Thursday, April 26, 2018

No Matter How Humble Your Home May Be



Home is a refuge, a place of rest, a haven of content, where the burdens of everyday life are relieved. No matter how humble the home may be, how destitute its stores, or how poorly its inmates may be clad, you will find a friendly welcome from hearts beating true to your own.

The chosen partner of your toil has a smile when others have deserted you, and hand of hope when all others refuse, and a heart to feel your sorrows.

It should be the duty of all to strive to make home so happy that each evening will furnish pleasant memories to lighten the load of another day.

Make it so happy that you do not tire of it, but long for the hour when your day's toil is over, and you desire to reach it because it is the happiest and dearest place on earth.



















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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wise Woman 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.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IN THE HOME




MAGNOLIA TABLE COOKBOOK WAS JUST RELEASED YESTERDAY FROM JOANNA GAINES:




HOW TO MAKE MONKEY BREAD WITH JUST FIVE INGREDIENTS:






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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JUST RELEASED: Magnolia Table Cookbook {& Sale!}

Did you know that today Joanna Gaines brand new book Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering was just released?!





I know that many of you are huge Fixer Upper fans and many of you have even had a chance to go out and visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos like my mother-in-law did just recently. She went with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and they raved about it and the food.




And one of the things she brought back for us were these seeds that I can't wait to grow in our garden once the weather warms up enough (come on, spring!):





(Yes, she also brought us back some yummy agave quinoa sesame chocolate too--so yummy)


Here is a quick description of the book in case you haven't heard about it:


"Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table.
Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and friendship than through the art of togetherness, celebrating tradition, and sharing a great meal. Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes—from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts—presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by her love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor. Inside Magnolia Table, you'll find recipes the whole family will enjoy, such as:
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Asparagus and Fontina Quiche
  • Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction
  • Peach Caprese
  • Overnight French Toast
  • White Cheddar Bisque
  • Fried Chicken with Sticky Poppy Seed Jam
  • Lemon Pie
  • Mac and Cheese
Full of personal stories and beautiful photos, Magnolia Table is an invitation to share a seat at the table with Joanna Gaines and her family."


We love the fact that they are also Christians and often openly share about their faith.

And they would make great Mother's Day gifts!

Right now the book is on sale  at 40% off  for a limited time so now is a good time to get it!

You can find it HERE.










We hope it is a a blessing to you!












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Monday, April 23, 2018

Unrealistic Expectations in the Home




Does your husband irritate you?

Do your children drive you crazy?

Is your home a crazy mess?

Sometimes all of these things can happen at once---and it can feel like everything is crashing down on you! But one thing I have learned over the 25 years of being a wife and mother is that changing my perspective on everything can make a big difference.


"Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home."
-Stephen & Alex Kendrick



First off, we need to be able to be sober-minded women (1 Peter 5:8) and definitely avoid getting overly stressed out or having a pity party for ourselves. We need to watch over our thought life vigilantly and make sure that there aren't any unrealistic thoughts or expectations that have creeped in. In other words we need to take every thought captive!



Unrealistic expectations can seep into areas like:



YOUR MARRIAGE

-thinking that you need to have the perfect marriage.
-wanting your marriage to be like somebody else's (like a friends or someone's on Facebook)
-letting everything about your spouse irritate you


YOUR CHILDREN

-thinking that your children need to be perfect
-thinking that you need to be the perfect mom
-irritated with your children when they fail or for little "childish" things



YOUR HOME

-always thinking your home needs to be picture perfect
-thinking your home should never get messy (and no one better get it messy)
-thinking you are a failure when jobs are not done


We need to remind ourselves that there are no perfect homes, marriages, or children. That we are all just sinners in need of a great and mighty Savior and that we need Him greatly.


QUESTIONS WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES:

1. Is my thought life bringing glory to God?

2. Am I having unrealistic expectations about this situation?

3. Is this going to matter next week, next month, next year?

4. Are my standards too high and not even biblical?

5. How would God want me to handle this?



It is vital to remember to capture every thought to Jesus Christ so that even our thought life would bring glory to Him.

We need to pray for flexibility in knowing that when things don't go our way that we can extend patience,  grace, and mercy.

We especially need humility to ask for forgiveness when we are wrong or do wrong and restore our relationships as God would want us to.



Dear Lord, please help us not to have unrealistic expectations in our home. Help us not to be self-focused but instead be Christ-focused in Your Word. I know that when we think about our short comings we know that we cannot expect people around me to be perfect. Help us to love and serve them the way that you would want us to. Please create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Thank you for all that you have done and what you are going to do in our lives. In Jesus' name we pray--Amen. 





Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Make Monkey Bread {Just 5 Ingredients!}




I have five sons.

And I have found that when sons want something sweet they will take to baking something themselves if they can't find anything around the house to eat to satisfy their sweet tooth.

I definitely keep lots of fruits and vegetables around the house, but somehow this doesn't seem to sway them (even though they still eat plenty of those too).

One of the favorites that my 13 year old son, Joshua, likes to bake is monkey bread.

It is so easy and simple and only 5 ingredients!




So we thought we would share it with you--it is an easy recipe for days when you just want to indulge a little!


INGREDIENTS:

3 cans of buttermilk biscuits
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter



DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut each biscuit in quarters.

2. Shake biscuits in bag with sugar and cinnamon.

3. Layer biscuits in a greased bundt pan or  9x 13 casserole dish.

In a small pan melt brown sugar and butter together and boil for a minute. Pour over biscuits and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and serve.




Servings: This recipe feeds our family of 11.


Like the recipe states you can use a bundt pan but we usually use a 9 x 13 casserole dish with no problems. Speaking of baking dishes--have you seen the new Spring Collection from the Pioneer Woman yet?

It is pretty:







You can find this set HERE and also be sure to take a peek of the Pioneer Woman's NEW Spring Bouquet collection for 2018 that was just released!








We hope this recipe is a blessing to you!















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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wise Woman 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.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Be a Nurturing Mother




"What we want to do with our children is not merely to control them and keep them in order, but to implant true principles deep in their hearts which shall rule their whole lives, to shape their character from within into Christlike beauty, and to make of them noble men and women, strong for battle and for duty.

They are to be trained rather than governed. Growth of character, not merely good behavior, is the object of all home governing and teaching…

When a little child in a mother’s bosom is loved, nursed, caressed, held close to her heart, prayed over, wept over, talked with, for days, weeks, months, years, it is no mere fancy to say that the mother’s life has indeed passed into the child’s soul. The early years settle what its character will be, and these are the mother’s years."


~ J.R. Miller


This doesn't mean our children won't fall or fail. But I love how it talks about duty to train and love and nurture and to not just focus on the outward obedience but the child as a whole. It takes time, patience, prayer, and much of God's wisdom to raise children and only He will know the outcome. But what a blessing it is to rely on Him and trust Him, and not ourselves, with the results.

Dear sweet Mama, you might not see these results right away. It will take time. It will take trust. But just keep planting the seeds and God will let it grow in it's time. Keep praying for the harvest of all your hard work and time invested --and stay on your knees because He loves your children just as you do.

Remember that love always hopes. We need to have hope in the Lord in what the outcome will be for our children's lives. So don't give up and keep moving on.


You are not alone!


Here are some Bible verses for encouragement:


Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. - Psalm 127:3

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. -Proverbs 13:24

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." -Proverbs 29:17

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. - Psalm 103:13

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. -Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. - Joel 1:3







We are praying for you as you build up your home!











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