Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dignity and Sanctity of the Home

Do you love and value the people that are living in your home?  What kind of home environment do you have?  Is it an environment that promotes peace and love?  I have mentioned on my blog before about a book that has been very helpful to me called The HOME Experience by Devi Titus.

I purchased this book several years ago and went through it, to be honest, sort of half heartedly I am ashamed to say.  Recently, I came across some youtube videos that Devi has put out that go along with her book The HOME Experience.  I was delighted when I found these videos! It's as if Devi is right in the room with you, speaking to you personally and sharing the truths of God's Word to encourage you to be a better wife, mother, friend, and ultimately be a better servant to God.


I pulled my copy of The HOME Experience off of the shelf and have been going through it whole heartedly this time.  I would highly encourage you to look at Devi's videos and purchase a copy of The Home Experience. You can purchase a copy here.  Check out Devi's website The Living Smart Journal.  I think up to this date of my blog she has 9 videos on Youtube that you can view on this topic of the Dignity and Sanctity of the Home.  I have been greatly encouraged and I know you will be also.  Start today making your home a place of peace and love.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Well we have packed up and moved.

Now we are in the process of unpacking.

  The process of moving is not my favorite thing to do.  It is hard work to get all of your belongings in boxes and move it all to another location then unpack it all. BUT I was reminded the other day of what an ADVENTURE moving can be.  It's an opportunity to experience a new place and new things and meet new people and make new friends.  It's also an opportunity to grow in our relationship with the Lord as we trust Him to lead us along the way.

We now have a new backyard to explore. It is so lush and green.  We have a deck that the kids like to shoot their bows and arrows from.

There are lots of things to explore in our area, like a local horse barn that offers riding lessons and a girls horse club. There is an opportunity to learn something new while making new friends at the same time.
My daughters headed to the barn
 The girls have taken up riding lessons at the barn.  It is a beautiful place not too far from our house.
First Riding lessons
The boys are even interested in learning to ride now that they have seen their sisters do so well.

So even though the packing and unpacking is not that fun if we view the move itself as an adventure it will help us to adjust to the change easier.  Check back to see what other new things we uncover & discover in the days ahead.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I am still alive. Just been too busy to sit long enough to write a blog post.  I have been busy with getting our house on the market and preparing a move while homeschooling the children.  Lately things have been so hectic that I am beginning to think that I need some therapy! For me therapy involves SEWING! I decided that for my own sanity I need to spend a little time here and there in my sewing room.  Here is the pattern I have chosen to work on.

You can get it here! 
Download Today - Make Today!

I will let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tea Time!


My daughters and me
The ladies of our new church hosted a Tea this past Saturday to welcome my daughters and me to the church.  We had a great time and felt very embraced by the ladies.
I got to bring and use one of my own favorite teacups that my oldest sister gave to me.  It's my favorite Old Country Roses pattern.  There were many beautiful and unique teacups.  I enjoyed hearing from the women who brought a favorite teacup, the story behind why it was a favorite teacup.

Each lady that came was also just as unique and beautiful as all the different teacups. They looked so gorgeous wearing their hats and gloves.

The music minister's wife also read from the book If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes which is one of my favorite books. I am a big fan of Emilie Barnes who in this book encourages readers to embrace and pass on to others the gifts of friendship, tradition, comfort, celebration, and imagination...all with a cup of tea.

As we shared tea together and began to get acquainted with one another I felt very blessed to have the opportunity to serve alongside this group of ladies.  I am so grateful for the gift of friendship and the wonderful friends that I have made over the years in the churches that we have served.  I am excited about the new friends and church family that I have now and am looking forward to getting to know and love them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I first heard about Sheri Rose Shepherd while listening to an episode of Focus on the Family.  This episode was the most listened to that year on Focus.  I was so amazed at her testimony and obvious love for Christ that I have been a big fan of hers for years now. Sheri Rose is a popular speaker for women's events and an author.  I have purchased some of her books and cd's and have shared them with friends over the years who have needed some encouragement.  Can you believe this woman is 50 years old!!!
Sheri Rose Shepherd photo from Bible Life Coaching.com
I am presently participating in an online kitchen coaching series that Sheri Rose is doing and I am really enjoying it.  She will be doing another session in March and you may just want to check it out.  If you struggle with making healthy choices with your eating the online coaching will definitely help you break that habit and change your way of eating. She makes it easy for you!
Here is another resource from Sheri Rose that I highly recommend. I have my own copy and have referred to it over and over again through the last few years.

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By Sheri Rose Shepherd / Revell

In Fit for My King, Sheri Rose Shepherd, bestselling author of His Princess, shows women how to win the diet war once and for all. This 30-day diet and devotional journal brings you 30 days of life-changing devotions, heartwarming stories, creative cooking, and a daily dose of Scripture. Transform the way you see yourself forever as you discover God loves you! Hardcover.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Thrive

One of my favorite bloggers over at A Cultivated Nest shared a great post about the new year and how she picked a focus word for the year. Head over there and check her blog out. She always encourages me and inspires me with her blog posts.  Anyway, I was delighted with her post because I had also picked a word to be my theme or focus for 2012 and that word is THRIVE.  The definition of thrive is to grow vigorously!
Psalm 1:3 says "He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers."

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!
My husband & Me



It’s a new year! How exciting! I have so many dreams and hopes for this year. How about you?
It is with great anticipation that my family and I walk into 2012.  Did I say walk? It felt more like sliding into home base!!! Our lives have been in a tailspin for the last several months. (Hence my lack of blog posts.) Along with the busyness of the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, my husband was also candidating for a senior pastor position.  Needless to say, life has been a bit hectic as well as stressful as 2011 came to a close.  However, as always, God’s faithfulness to provide, guide and direct us has led us into the year 2012 confident that He is working His plan out in our lives.

On Dec.18 my husband was voted in as the senior pastor at an SBC church in a neighboring state.  Let’s just say I will still be a CAROLINA GIRL even though we will be leaving GAMECOCK country. I will have to get used to saying I’m a CAROLINA fan and that meaning the USC Gamecocks because where we are headed CAROLINA does not mean USC.

We are beyond excited about our new place of service. We look forward to embracing our new church family and to being involved in their lives. We know that God has great things in store for us all as we seek to put Him first in our lives and serve Him.