afternoon of life, daily life, nature study, simple living

An Evening on the Reservoir

Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset.  We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone.  We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set.  The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!

daily life, faith life, simple living, thankfulness

One Another

I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house learning to make pot stickers.  It was much easier than I thought and they turned out delicious.  We had them for dinner tonight.  It will now be in the regular rotation of my menu plan.

It was nice spending time working on something together while talking about parenting, politics, and discussing the Word and how it relates to those subjects and more.  I’m thankful that my days are free and that I’m able to have time to invest in others’ lives.  And that they are able to invest in mine.  It’s what “one anothering” is all about.

Love one another.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Serve one another.  Encourage one another.  Spur one another on to love and good works.  That only happens when we step out of our own little world and spend time with together.  I’m glad I was able to “one another” today.

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concerts, daily life, faith life, missions

Be Content

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This story really started months ago when a friend asked me to drive down to Atlanta to see Third Day on June 6th.  She purchased the tickets; I got us a hotel room.  Fast forward to earlier this week.  My friend messages me to say that something had come up and she will not be able to attend the concert.  I knew I didn’t want to drive all that distance by myself so I cancelled our hotel reservations.  My friend felt really bad about it and I told her that it was fine.  I really should stay home as I’m getting ready to go on a mission trip on the 11th.

The problem was that I really wasn’t ok with it.  I was more disappointed than I should have been.  All this week it has rained every day and that only contributed to my grumpy mood.  The Lord had brought this situation into my life and I was not content.  I was disappointed in what He ordained.

Staying home allowed me to attend a birthday party that I would have missed.  The party was for a 13-year old.  She had invited women who are special to her to come and to share some thoughts and Scripture with her as she enters into womanhood.  I know that each woman there had the birthday girl in mind when they shared their wisdom/thoughts/Scripture but the Lord used those women to speak to me.  As each woman spoke about contentment, not conforming to the world, being a light in the darkness, etc., I was convicted of my attitude.  I am so thankful that the Lord uses people to sharpen us and to speak into our lives–even though they didn’t know it.  I confessed my sin and discontentment.  I laid it all before the Lord and told Him that I was content with the situation.

No concert, no matter how fun it is, could have compared to this afternoon.  To see a young lady that wants to be held accountable for the way she lives was so refreshing.  It was also very convicting.  Do I have that same passion?  Do I want women speaking into my life?  I realized in that moment that as much as I love Third Day, this was so much more important. The Lord had to remind me to be content in every situation. Following the Lord in obedience is better than any concert.

Later this afternoon when I was home and checking Facebook, I saw an announcement that the guys will be in Virginia in August.  Trusting in His plan and His way always brings blessings!

concerts, crafts, daily life, home projects, Third Day, vacation

This Summer in Pictures

books, daily life, faith life, home, home projects, homekeeping

This and That

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Today I’m at home working in the kitchen.  I’ve cleaned out the fridge and washed it thoroughly.  I’ve also cleaned out the freezer.  I still have our chest freezer to go through but that’s pretty up to date.  I use a freezer inventory form to keep track of stuff so I don’t over by.  I think I might need one for the fridge because I have 3 jars of salsa in there; all opened!

I’m making spaghetti sauce right now and later this afternoon I’ll be making some banana bread.  The bananas are perfectly freckled so I know it will taste yummy.

Last night Michael and I picked out the tile and flooring for the master bath.  Today I’ve been looking at paint samples.  The names of them crack me up.  There’s Encounter, Heavenly Day, Blue Gate, Storm’s End, Floral Cascade, Air Kiss, Escape, and Breezy.  All of these are shades of blue.  The one I’m going with is Clear Blue Sky.

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It’s a really small room so I want something light and airy.  Everything will be new in there.  The smallness of the room is good because it won’t cost a lot to redo everything.  We’re getting a new vanity and toilet, too.  We’ve been here for 23 years so it’s about time.  The hall bath will be next!

I’m reading Feeding Your Soul:  A Quiet Time Handbook and this was the summary for the chapter I read this morning:

Our choices, primary and secondary, enable us to make and preserve space in our lives for God.  Relationship with God is the “best dish” among all the possibilities of life.  It falls to us to hack back the busyness of life and choose to make room for Him.

What a powerful reminder that it’s the choices I make that affect all that I do and that God is waiting to spend time with me.  He’s always available.  I’m the one who needs to put Him first!!

books, daily life, faith life, home, homekeeping, homeschooling, simple living, thankfulness

Here at Home/Monday

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Monday is almost always laundry day.  I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed.  It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does!  Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while.  When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away.  That is why washday is always on Monday.  I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed.  I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!

Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend.  There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend.  I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.

I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc.  It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!

I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night.  I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same.  If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June.  Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated.  I don’t want them back in my house!

I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day.  Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed.  Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!

afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, daily life, home, homekeeping

Here at Home/Friday

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Fridays are usually quiet here at home.  Today was no exception.  The sun was out after 3 days of heavy rain and I think it washed most of the inch worms away.  Happiness and joy!!  They aren’t as bad as two years ago but close.  I’m hoping they won’t be back.

My days here at home are ordinary.  Cleaning, organizing, reading, working on crafts, Bible study, listening to music or podcasts, and many other things.  It’s not exciting work but I always remind myself of what Elisabeth Elliot said:  “Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as is the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely a duty but a holy privilege.”   I can do my ordinary work here at home to His glory.  Being a homemaker is a holy privilege.  It’s a high and holy calling!  And I can be thankful that He has called me to this and He has sustained me in it.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  (Colossians 3:17)

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)