Monday, October 18, 2010

Show Us Your Life: Office/Sewing Room

Kelly over at Kelly's Corner is doing a series of Show Us Your Life Home Edition and this week is the Office!

Since we are going to be Foster Parents, we decided to switch all the rooms back around! So the office and sewing room got put together in the "back room." This room is an addition and doesn't have a closet, so it wouldn't be good for a bedroom. The dogs often hang out in here during the day, so the back door is usually open. (A doggy door for a Great Dane is just not practical, I mean if a human can fit through it then is it really safe?) So we just leave the door open and they can come and go as they please.

See the box in the lower corner of the picture...
We are gearing up for our Fall Fest here at our house and we are getting super excited!!! That box contains all the goodies and some of the games that we have planned! Last year we had 60+ people and we hope that we have even more this year!

Make Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge

This is the third week of Courtney's Making Your Home a Haven: Fall Challenge, and I think it is a realy good one! The challenge for this week is to declutter! That inlcudes decluttering our homes and our bodys!

As far as our house goes, it is fairly decluttered. I don't like tons of decorations or things laying around, so therefore I am constantly throwing things away. I think it's because my mom and grandmother are hoarders. (I say that kind of joking and kind of seriously!) I do have a few clothes that I am going to go through and give to someone that I know can use some T-Shirts, so I will be getting rid of somethings this week. Another reason the house is fairly clutter free is, since we started the foster care classes I have gone through everything and got rid of what we didn't need. So know all we need is some kids!

As far as my body.....
Just this weekend at the Minister's Wives Retreat this was brought up. Clutter in our body can be anything from weight to sin! As far as weight goes, I know I need to stop taking in tons of kunk food and replace it with healthy food!

And as far as sin...
We all sin. None of us are perfect. However, we should not let this hold us back from having a better relationship with Jesus. The more sin we have in our lives the less room we have for God, and vise versa. WE should want to be over flowing with God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit! The one thing that God spoke to me about this weekend personally was, Gossip. I admit that I am a gossiper and a busy body. This is something that I will be working on this week and continue to work on from now on. If that means that, I have to loose friends over it then so be it. I don't want gossip to stand in between me and Jesus. I want to be so full of the Holy Spirit that all I can do is praise the Lord!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Women In The Word Wednesday!

We had another meeting this past Saturday, so I decided to wait until today and post the lesson that we did. I took some things that were on my heart, for myself, and things that I am learning through different blogs, and church, and put it all together for our lesson this month. The title is a sounds a little harsh, but all of us girls found it funny, and everyone received a tote bag to go along with the lesson, and to serve as a reminder this month!

Are You An Nagging Old Bag?

(Be completely honest here! Remember only God will know if you are lying

but in order to help yourself grow as a Christian Woman we

all need to be truthful first with ourselves!)

1. Do you gossip about others?

2. Are you bored when no one else is around?

3. Are you unhappy with the way things are in general around your house?

4. Do you want things for yourself, or would you rather have something that your family or household could use?

5. Do you criticize your husband, family, or friends?

6. Do you mock your husband, family, or friends?

7. Are you disrespectful of your husband, family or friends?

8. Do you mope around and complain about your housework?

9. Do you complain about what your husband does around the house or at work?

10. Do you spend half the day talking on the phone, texting, on Face Book, watching TV, sleeping late, or surfing the web when you know that you should be doing other things?

Total Number for YES _______

Total Number for NO _______

So which is it ladies are you an old nagging bag? It is so easy to complain about every little thing! If you ask any random person how they are doing, what do you get? “Oh well I’ve been better, my gallbladders acting up again, I didn’t sleep last night, my dogs are barking, it’s hot, and well I went to the doctor 3 times this week, so you need to be praying for me.” Right...

Why can’t we tell people how our days are going with praise reports! God gave you the breath to wake up this morning, so use it to glorify His name and show gratitude! Psalms 150:6 says, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” I know it is hard even mutter nice words to our family when we are tired and aggravated. I get so aggravated when I start to do something and can’t get it done because someone drives up, or the phone rings, or someone else wants me to do something else for them.

The past few mornings it has taken me almost an hour just to get my Bible reading done. I don’t even want to mention how long it has taken to do other stuff around the house! It’s stressful. Then I stop and think... “Well, if you would have just got up an hour earlier, you could have gotten everything done.” Man, that’s just a slap in my face. (By my own hand!) Instead of getting aggravated at others, I should have really been aggravated at myself for not planning better.

I think all of this boils down to what kind of home do we have? Is it a peaceful home, where your husband can come home and relax after a hard days work? Or where your kids can play with out getting in trouble for disturbing the parents for watching television? Do you do the things that your husband asks you to do? Do you do the things that you know needs to be done? I know that it is very difficult to be a domestic engineer. (I got called that the other day and it tickled me pink!) But it is what we are called to do! It says in Titus 2:5, “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Now I know that some women need to work, but that doesn’t mean that God, her husband, her kids, and lastly her house should be put on the back burner.

The more that we do when we have the time to do it, the easier our life is, when we are busy or need to be somewhere! That is something that I struggle with. Waiting until the last minute to do things, when I could have done them this morning instead of being on facebook! I’m not saying that women should work from sun up to sun down without ever sitting down. Not at all, I want to rest my old dogs after all, they aren’t getting any younger! I’m just saying that we should get the important things done first, so we can have time to spend with company when they come over. Or watch a movie with our husband. Or even play with our kids! By doing things on a regular basis, they take less time to do. Laundry doesn’t take all day, dishes won’t take hours to do, and cleaning the house is a breeze. (Or maybe just a small hurricane!) We need to find balance in our lives and the first step is to put God where he belongs. In Matthew 6:33 it says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” What things you ask? Anything that you really and truly need to survive is included in those things.

If we are hurting others with our words, complaining about our lives, being lazy and just plain selfish, how is that letting God shine in us? Everybody sees the way that we act. Total strangers will remember your face if you grip at a cashier. And trust me they will remember that face, and point you out to others! We need to be careful with our words and actions especially in our own houses. Don’t be the nagging old bag that everyone hates to be around. Be the cheerful, loving, hospitable, gracious, and humble woman God wants you to be! In Proverbs 27:15 is says, “A continual dropping in a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike.” Have you ever experience something like that? It’s annoying! That is what we are like when we are constantly complaining and nagging to our husbands, kids, families, friends, and strangers!

I want a peaceful home, where my husband can relax, my friends and family can come over to relax and visit peacefully. I really want the house to be more peaceful for me, most importantly! I know that I have the power to set the mood for the house. You know the saying, “Ain’t nobody happy, if Mama ain’t happy!” Try doing things that will make the rest of your day go a little bit easier. For example, I think my days would go a lot better, if I got up just a little bit earlier. Our goal this month is to pick one baby step, that we can work on the entire month, a step that will help us not to be an old nagging bag. Do that baby step, but also watch the words that come out of your mouth. But don’t let last months lesson fall to the way side. Keep reading your Bible daily, so that our lights can shine while we are making ourselves peaceful! Now you can use your bags to pack your Sunday things in, so you can get out the door a little bit faster for church! But every time you use that bag remember what you could be...An Old Nagging bag!!!!

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman!” Proverbs 21:19

What is your Baby Step? __________________________________________________________________

Ask someone to keep in touch with you to make sure you are doing this step!

Who did you ask? ________________________________

Who will you be helping this month? _____________________________

Monday, October 11, 2010

Show Us Your Life: Kitchen

Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is doing a series of Show Us Your Life, this week we are showing our Kitchens!

Our Kitchen

We have a new stove order, it should be here in a couple of weeks! I'm really excited to cook something on the correct temperature without burning it! Seriously I cook cakes on 200 degrees and if I'm not careful they burn, (bad)! So I am really excited about that and cannot wait.

It is really hard to take pictures of our rooms, I don't know if it's just because they are little or because I don't know what I am doing!

My husband just redone the counter tops, and made the nice/pretty edging around it. He also made me that pretty cutting board sitting there on the counter! He good...real good! 

Make Your Home a Haven

This weeks challenge is to play music in your house and to be calmer with your family. I didn't use to be an angry person! But it seems the busier our life gets or the more people that we come in contact with the angrier I become. I don't want to be like that, and I also don't want to be known as that angry woman! So I have been trying to stay calm and pray every time I feel that resentment or anger rising up.

We only listen to Christian music around our house, so I have been singing along with the music all morning and praising God! It feels so good to know that I am getting things done and ministering to God while I am doing it! Our Secret Sister Meeting was about not being a "Nagging Old Bag!" Which fits right along with making our home a haven and not being angry, mean, hateful, or even decieving.

So go turn on some music, make sure the volume isn't too loud, that way you can still talk to your husband or kids. Get some things done around the house, that way it is a haven for your husband to come home too after a long day of work! My husband won't be home for another week, but I am trying to get as much done as I can, so that he won't have to do those things when he gets home. I think our husbands need just as much rest as we do, and often times they are put to work the minute they open the door. Give them some time to unwind and relax today!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Women In The Word Wednesday!

We have finished Luke. Lots of good things in Luke! Lots of scripture that goes along with letting our lights shine for God and allowing the world to see. The challenge that was posted yesterday, goes along perfect with what our lesson was for last month! So I think at our next meeting (which is Saturday) I am going to bring the challenge up and see what the girls have to say! 

We have also read Jonah since the last post, and Oh My! I have read Jonah before, but I guess it just didn't speak to me like it did this time! God wanted Jonah to do something for Him and Jonah didn't want to. So God allowed Jonah to be thrown into the sea and swallowed by a whale! He stayed in that belly for 3 days, until he cried out to God and admitted that he was wrong! That is all God wants us to do. Admit that we are wrong, so that He can have complete control of our lives!

Jonah was mad at God for not destroying the people of the city, after all the trouble he went through. He was MAD! He wanted God to just kill him. So he sits outside the city, waiting to see what is going to happen...and God allows a gourd to grow but then also to wither even before the sun comes out. So once again Jonah gets angry enough that he wants to die. Sound familiar?

We often get so mad at God, for not answering our prayers when we want Him too, that we get mad at Him. So mad that we completely turn our backs to Him. By turning our backs, we are saying, "Lord, I just want to die, I don't want the eternal life that you promise me." God knows what He is doing! He has been doing it for thousands of years! He knows what tomorrow brings, He knows what a year will bring! He sees the big picture when we can only see the now.

So just trust in God and listen to Him, do as He says! (Or you could very well end up in the belly of a whale!) After all He is the same God He was when Jonah was alive!

Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
Jonah 4:4

Monday, October 4, 2010

Making Your Home a Haven

This is the first official day of the Make Your Home a Have Challenge hosted by Courtney. You can look at her post and all the other results for the challenge over at Women Living Well. Her blog is a great resource for many things, and all of her posts have Godly inspiration! I long to be a Proverbs 31 Woman and will take as much information and help that I can get from anyone that lives their life according the Bible.

The first challenge is to light a candle everyday in your home. Each time the candle catches your eye, you are to pray for peace in your home. I didn't buy a candle, just for the fact that I just spent money on some Scentsy products and decided to use them, instead. Right now I have the "Pumpkin Pie Spice" wax in, which we found at Wal-Mart for $2.00. It smells wonderful and the house is really peaceful.

Right now it is easy to be peaceful. Derreck just left for work, for 14 days, and it is just me and the dogs. It's easy to keep the house clean, dinner cooked, and laundry done. Often it gets really, I mean REALLY boring around here when he is gone. I want it to be this peaceful when he is home though. I don't want to be the woman that is distant, distracted, crabby, discontent or the one that doesn't pray. Trust me, all of these show up at some point while Derreck is home, and I know it makes his days at home horrible. So that is what I will be working on and praying about. Not that the Lord will change him, but that He will change me and bring peace to me so that I can make our house a haven.

I want to be the woman of second home that Courtney described. I desire to be engaged with my family, a wise time manager, have a pleasant demeanor, be content, and most importantly be a woman that prays without ceasing! I desire our house to be a haven for my husband, for future kids that will be living here and for me!

"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."
Proverbs 14:1

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Show Us Your Life-Dining Room

Here is my dining room.

This picture was taken last December after my wonderful husband finished the table for my birthday. Isn't it beautiful? I do have a fall centerpiece on it right now, so it's not just all Plain Jane.

Also the China Cabinet in the back is a refinish project that we did a couple of years ago. It was in a fire and completely covered in soot, and all the glass was broke out. It also turned out beautiful and it matches the table perfectly!

I love when my husband builds something for the house! I know his work is going to be great work, specific to my taste and it is going to last! Plus it will always be that much more special, because he made it and it wasn't bought at some store.