Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Quietude: Taking Time to Be Still

I am resting in my room this morning and thinking about kindness.

How something so simple is often overlooked.

I want to be kind in my ways --kind to my children and my husband. I want them to remember me for being a kind person.

We all fall short in so many ways, but the Lord is kind and gives us grace. 

A look, a smile, a kind word.

Do not underestimate their power.

Maybe a hug or a pat on a back.

Makes the world of a difference to someone who feels all alone or discouraged.

Just taking the time to spend it with those that you love.

Asking questions, finding out how their day has been.

Just plain simple caring.

Sitting down and talking around the living room and making yourself available to anyone who joins you.

Maybe heating up some cold food so that someone who came home late at night can have a hot dinner after they have worked the whole day.

And listening.

Just sitting and caring can change someone's entire day.

Let us also extend that kindness to others outside our home too.

To strangers and those who are different from us.

So that God may be glorified.

And they may see His love through you.

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." ~Colossians 3:12-17

Quietude is a new monthly post where I will be sharing on my reflections as I grow closer to the age of 50.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

What To Do if You Are Thinking About Homeschooling

You might have been reading about the new CDC guidelines that school will be following in the coming year and it has you thinking about all your options.

You may also have been kicking around the idea of homeschooling even before all this happened and now you are thinking this could be the right time.

Monday, June 22, 2020

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Are you staying home and needing books?

Yes, I said needing--especially for all you bookworms out there. (You know who you are!)

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Father's Day Gift Ideas That He Will Love

Are you looking for a special gift for dad?

You might have several dads in your life---your husband, son(s), father, grandfathers, uncles, in-laws, and friends and sometimes finding them gifts that would be encouraging and clean can be a challenge.

I know that my husband loves spending time together as a family (he is a big family man) but not so keen when it comes to shopping--especially for himself. He only does it when he absolutely has to or when the need arises (which is probably how many husbands are), but I know that can pose a challenge to women who are looking for something to get them. 
Sometimes we need a little inspiration!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Family Time: Games to Bring the Whole Family Together

"Let them be happy, encourage all innocent joy, provide pleasant games for them, romp and play with them; be a child again among them. Then God's blessing will come upon your home, and your children will grow up sunny-hearted, gentle, affectionate, joyous themselves and joy-bearers to the world.”  

~JR Miller,  The Christian Family

Are you looking for ways to pass the extra time home with the children?

We have been tackling various home projects around here and getting several needed things done.

But while we also are working around the house we also take the time to play hard too. (smile)

Friday, May 1, 2020

He is a Refuge in the Storm

This year has been a doozy, hasn't it?

Who would have known what this year would have brought forth...only the Lord knew.

I know there has been a lot of worry and fear for the last few months for many of you.

I know that times have been hard.

I know that you have been wanting to cry or have cried (many times).

Feminine Favorites: The White Spring Dress

It has been awhile since I have been able to share one of these Feminine Favorites post -  I really do love doing these because it is so fun to find cute clothing to share with you!

About every once a month or so we like to share some pretty inspiration from around the web, we hope it encourages you and gives you some fun & feminine ideas for your wardrobe!

Today I am just picking one dress that I really like for spring which is this soft white dress called from The Spring Lillies Dress Collection:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Staying Home: Christian Movies to Watch

We have been given the gift of time with this quarantine.  Yes, I said gift. How have you been spending it? I know that for many it has been a very stressful time but many you are trying to make the best of it. Remember to just do what you can do day-by-day and know not to pressure yourself!

A relaxing way to use this time is to catch up with some Christian movies you might have missed watching in the past when you had a busier schedule. They will inspire you in faith and teach your children a lesson or two in character now that time has slowed and you can invest some time into it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Penny Pinchin' Easy Flat Bread Recipe

Are you finding that it is hard to find bread these days?

Thankfully in our area it has been fine but I know that many of you are looking for easy bread ideas that are also cheap to make so I wanted to share this easy flatbread recipe with you that I found online that I really think you will love.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Deepening the Pantry

How many of you have had food storage on the mind?

I know that with all the talk about viruses and quarantines and that more people are taking this topic a little more seriously. But so many other just like to do it "just in case."

Many homemakers have found it helpful and a lifesaver if there is a layoff or some other kind of unforeseen emergency that arises.

A wise man stores up choice food and oil but fools gulp theirs down." Proverbs 21:20.

Monday, March 9, 2020

How to Deal with Worrying

Are you dealing with worrying right now?

Are you looking at the future and it is looking bleak?

Steady yourself and calm your heart.

 The Lord is near and we only need to look to Him.

 We can trust Him and His faithful Word is a comfort to us in hard times.

 It is like a balm to our troubled souls.

 Maybe you are worried about health issues...


 your family...

 the future...

 or even all the things you see in the news...

or all the above!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness

I want to first begin post by sharing that we should act in wisdom and not fear.

God is certainly in control of everything and our trust is in Him.

We all have heard the news that the virus is here in the U.S. and nearly every media channel is sharing updates about it.

I just came back from a doctors visit and the first thing my doctor told me was that she stockpiled 6 months worth of toilet paper. I think she only has a family of four but said she wanted to be safe and would use it up any way. Another person said there was a line outside of their Costco with people actually fighting over bottle watered.


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