Monday, October 5, 2015

Self Examination is Crucial

"The devil doesn't come to you
 with his red face and horns,
he comes to you disguised
 as everything you ever wanted."

Such a powerful quote, wouldn't you agree?

I saw this online the other day and it made me think about our sins and weaknesses and how at times how we allow them to grow without putting them into check. 

It can be anything in our lives that we allow before God.

For some it might be:


-praise from man

-the pursuit of money and materialism

- getting things done our way

- power or influence

-putting ourselves and our desires first

You name it--so many times what our desires, even with good or noble intentions,  can be the very thing that leads us away from God. 

Are you being led away from God?

The Bible talks about self examination. How critical this is to a Christian to make sure he is on the right path and being careful to not sway left or right. 

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  -2 Cor 13:5

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 1 Cor 11:28-32

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:3-5

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!  Lamentations 3:40

Is there something in your life that you are not laying down to the Lord? 

Is it something that has gone out of control?

Is it something that you have a hard time letting go of?

Return back to Him and forsake the old sinful ways of the flesh. 

JC Ryle said this about self-examination:

"One thing essential to growth in grace is diligence int he use of private means of grace. By these I understand such means as  a man must use by himself alone, and no one can use for him. I include under this head private prayer, private reading of the Scriptures, and private meditation and self-examination. The man who does not take pains about these three things must never expect to grow. Here are the roots of true Christianity. Wrong here, and a man is wrong all the way through." 

Friends,  do not allow Satan to get a foothold!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fun Fall Books for Children!

As part of our Focusing on Fall Series, we wanted to include some fun books for children. Every year I try to get some new fall books for the children to read as we welcome the season of Autumn. I love being able to curl up on a couch with a child or two (or three or four plus more) and read a story of look at pictures that help them to understand what it is all about.

Special moments with your family are so important to make with your children. They will always remember the time you spent to talk to them and teach them all the things they needed to know.

Some of our best moments are curling up with a good book and having a conversation about what is in it. Children learn so quickly and we love to fill their minds with good things!

 Here are a few that might be of interest to you:

P is for Pumpkin: God's Harvest Alphabet

“For God made the Earth—He made everything! He makes all the wonders each season will bring. He changes the colors on leaves big and small, red, brown and yellow to tell us it’s Fall. He turns the fields into ribbons of Gold, sparkling with frost as the autumn grows cold.” Destined to become a family keepsake, this unique, jacketed hardcover celebrates the wonders of an entire season. With help from the alphabet, preschoolers journey through God’s harvest blessings—in the process discovering just how much there is to be thankful for.

A Pumpkin Prayer 

Colorful pumpkins, crunching leaves, crisp breezes—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through charming illustrations and sweet rhymes that are perfect for young hearts. Families will want to look for other titles in the new Time to Pray series including An "I Love You" Prayer.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable

This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season. . .and now with children everywhere.

The Fantastic Gifts of Fall 

Playful rhymes leap off illustrated pages by Katherine Blackmore and give thanks to God for the wonderment created in fall. The infectious rhyming prose paired with scriptural passages, give gratitude and glory to God as early learners discover the Fantastic Gifts of Fall.

My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining Through Me

Small children will eagerly open this pumpkin-shaped board book to discover the delightful story and colorful illustrations, by artist Claudine GĂ©vry. Using sing-song rhyme, author Crystal Bowman describes a fun fall tradition―carving a pumpkin face. But she adds a twist that helps preschoolers grasp the concept of God’s life-changing love for them. Just like we scoop out the inside a pumpkin, God makes us clean on the inside too.

*Note: I know that many familes do not participate in pumpkin carving but many do so I am including this in here for them! Please, no debates on this issue--thank you.

God Bless Our Fall

Parents and children will want to cuddle up together again and again to hear the sweet rhyming story and see the snuggly animal families happy in their fall activities. Pumpkin patches, apple harvests, leaves that change color, hayrides, warm beverages, cozy clothes—God Bless Our Fall highlights all the wonderful things families get to enjoy together when the air turns crisp and cool.  

You can find more Fall books at Amazon!

Have a blessed day snuggling up with your little ones!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Super Easy Fall Slow Cooker Apple Recipes!

It's harvest time and what would that be without taking a ride out to your local apple orchard and piling up on some freshly picked apples and pumpkins? We haven't gotten out to ours this year yet but I can't wait to visit it to whip up some of these favorite recipes below!

And even if you don't have an orchard near you be sure to take advantage of the great prices apples are right now and make some of these fall treats for your family:

Baked Apples with Raisins

6-8 medium sized baking apples cored
2 tbsp raisins
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup water or apple juice

1. Remove the top in of peel from each apple.

2. Mix the raisins and honey then spoon into center of apples.

3. Add additional honey and dot with butter (or coconut oil)

4. Place apples in slow cooker and add water. Cook on high for 3 and a half hours or low for 7-9 hours.

Spiced Apple Sauce

12 Cups pared, cored, thinly sliced cooking apples
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1 cup water
1 tbsp of lemon juice
fresh grated nutmeg is optional

1. Place apples in slow cooker.

2. Mix the  honey and cinnamon and mix it into with he apples. Stir in water and lemon juice, and nutmeg is optional.

3. Cover. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. Stir to desired consistency.

You can serve this hot or cold.

Apple Honey Tea

12 oz. can frozen apple juice or apple cider concentrate
2 tbsp instant tea powder
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Follow direction for juice and pour into the slow cooker.

2. Add tea powder, honey and cinnamon and then stir to blend.

3. Heat on low for 2 hours. Stir well before serving!

Tip: If you need to replace yours or just get a new slow cooker you can find some nice ones at Amazon that are on sale right now.

You can find more scrumptious Fall recipes over at our Fall Pinterest Board!

Follow June Fuentes's board Fall Celebrations on Pinterest.

Happy slow cooking!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wise Woman Fall Linkup!

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

And since this is the week that we are Focusing on Fall with a series, we would love for you to share your posts on anything, old or new, with a fall theme. Recipes, decor, fall fun, and whatever else you can think of as long as it has to do with fall!

Now if you do join us we only require one thing, PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us:

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

You can enter below:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fresh Ideas for Fall Decorating

Yesterday I spent most of the day pulling out sweaters and decorating the house for fall. It is finally getting cool around here and I can't wait to enjoy it!

What is there not to like?

The cool wind.

The pulling out of boots.

The warm sweaters.

The apple cider.

The warm cocoa.

The simmering soups.

The hayrides.

The pumpkin picking.

The soft falling of leaves.

The bright new mums.

The curling up in a cozy blanket with a good book.

The bonfires.

I could go on and on but I am sure by now you get my drift.

We've shared many posts here on the blog about decorating for fall over the years but this year I wanted to share some new ideas for some fresh inspiration.

So I thought it would be fun to share some recent fall decorating ideas that I have stumbled upon that I know you will probably like too. And many of them are with some of my favorite things--white pumpkins and acorns!

Here they are:

1. Since I love acorns I will have to mention these adorable glitter acorns first! If you don't have glitter on hand, why not try these painted ones?

2. These white jeweled decorated pumpkins look so elegant and would beautiful in any part of your home.

3. This homemade leaf and branch mobile really caught my eye and would be lovely on any wall.

4. Need ideas for the mantle? Check this one and this one out.

5. I can't get enough of this orange button pumpkin picture craft. Even my daughter could do this!

6. Love, love, love this recipe on a pumpkin idea!

7.  This long, harvest-looking bench pillow looks so inviting.

8. This sunflower wreath sure makes a statement.

9. Just a simple and easy way to bring life to your stairway banister!

10. Pinecones and white pumpkins simply in a white footed bowl make all things beautiful!

BONUS: If you have a black chalkboard, you might want to try this great idea out. If you have a really big one try this. 

You can find all of these and more inspiring ideas to get you in the mood to decorate over

I hope you get a chance to visit them all--enjoy!

And one last thing you should know about fall, Lilla Rose is having a fall sale:

You can visit here! And if you buy three you can get one free (limit one per customer, must purchase from our website that says 'June Fuentes') just email me after you purchased three at and we will send out your coupon!

Happy Fall!

"Even if something is left undone
everyone must take time to sit still
 and watch the leaves turn."

~E. Lawrence

This is a part of our Focusing on Fall series:

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Best Autumn Sales - ONE DAY ONLY {Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire & Dayspring $5 Sale}!

Yesterday we announced that we were going to kick off the fall season with our Focus on Fall Series. It is going to be fun and I hope you will be joining us for that! So with the focus on fall we thought we would share a little shopping fun with some of the best Autumn deals around the for you to enjoy today!

And when I say today, I mean today ONLY!

Here are the special sales that we wanted to mention:

 Amazon is celebrating and having a sale on their Prime Membership which is originally $99 and now marked down to $67!


What is included in Prime Membership? All this:
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
  • Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs
  • Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
  • Free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Having Prime saves our family tons of money with the free shipping and we love having it!

You can also preorder Kindle tablets for just $49 with FREE shipping- the Fire will be released in five days! I think this sale is on going for a limited time. 

They have a special package that if you buy a bundle of 5 you get one FREE.


You can find it all here at Amazon!

And Dayspring is having ONE DAY a Holiday preview $5 Flash sale with tons of items:


dayspring joy

Click here to visit Dayspring to see the rest!

And finally, we are currently having a sale on our blog consulting services  (one-on-one mentoring over the phone or email) with a $30 off coupon! Email me at to redeem it!

I hope you are enjoying these sweet fall days!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Focusing on Fall Series!

Don't you just love fall?

I do!

It seems like every year fall goes by so quickly and before you know it the holidays are here and it happens way too quick. Sometimes we miss all the things we wanted to do. That is why we want to focus on fall and really get a chance to relish and enjoy it while it is here, so we decided to do a series called Focusing on Fall!

To kick off the season we are going to be focusing on all things fall for the next week or so and will be covering:

Fall Decor

Fall Wardrobe

Fall Recipes

Fall Crafts

Fall Harvest Party

Fall Linkup Party

Fun Fall Reading

I hope you will join us!

What other topics would you like to see?

What is your favorite thing about fall?