Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yesterday's Post about Husbands and the Performing Arts

Husbands really enjoyed my post yesterday. Slow down, fellas, I'm not letting you off the hook. 

You can show appreciation for your godly woman by, at the very least, renting one recording of a staged performance and snuggling with her to watch it. Calm down; I said dressing up required! If that still makes you shudder with revulsion, take the children out for a few hours so she can get a nap. Most of us busy mothers would really appreciate the sleep!

Mamas, I always have your back! ;-)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Appreciate Your Godly Husband

My Vice Principal and 10th grade teacher, Mrs. Jordan, made me fall in love with the arts. I am blessed that my husband, a rugged man who works hard at his job and on our farm, does not mind going to staged performances, orchestras, art museums and galleries, wine tastings, and other cultured events. However, many husbands will not participate in those activities. Never mind, dear ladies, about what you think is their unrefined state. If their heart is for the Lord and they are serving Him through a quiet, obedient life, they are much better off than those who pridefully profess to be cultured. Be humbled and thankful for that, and kiss him hard tonight for being that kind of man!
A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stand. Stand therefore

"We cannot lower God’s standards in the hope that if the terms are easier, more people will repent." -Alistair Begg

We are told to stand not to bend and sway.

Ephesians 6:13-14a Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, 

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Onion Soup

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I like onion soup. When I go near a certain restaurant, I will pick up a couple of 8 ounce cups of soup to bring home to enjoy later. It costs a bit over $12 for the two cups. I made these pints for about 50¢ each. That's a savings of around $11.50 per pint of soup. It took me four hours from start to finish to make 28 pints. The actual time involved was considerably less since I was able to do other things while the soup was cooking and the canner was running. For the sake of argument, we will figure four hours of work time. My total savings is approximately $322. Even with that high figure of time investment, that's like making $80 per hour! That doesn't figure in the other things I was doing while I waited or the other products I have canned or baked for the freezer this week. 

Knowing the value of the work I am doing is encouraging to me. My pantry is filling up, but the extra job and even faster than normal pace to my day wears me down. Figuring how it is saving our family gives me a boost to keep working. It might give you a boost to figure out what you are worth too, busy mama.

Dnn't forget the value God places on a godly living wife: 

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 
Proverbs 31:10

Monday, January 26, 2015


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We love our family in Alaska


we love our new ulu!

(This arrived around Christmas. Thank you!)

These are wonderful tools with so many uses! Working mostly with fresh fruits and vegetables that need peeling, slicing, chopping, dicing, and mincing, I love mine! If you work with fresh ingredients, I highly recommend one for the time it will save you once you get the hang of using it. They are excellent for cleaning fish. They allow you to cut with more force with less effort. This leads to easier cutting of normally hard to slice things like frozen meats. Amputees and those with arthritis find they give them the ability to cut their own food again. They are very, very sharp, so use caution and, of course, keep away from children. I hang mine on a hook high enough my youngest children can't reach it. I plan on investing in the wooden cutting board with the bowl.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Michelle!!

Happy Birthday to Michelle! 

I believe God put us in each other's lives for a reason. We've known each other since before kindergarten. Our mothers went to school together. We went to church, school, and college together. We lived right down the road from each other and road the bus together. You were there when Clint and I met and knew we were a "done deal" before anyone else...even us! Our lives have been so entwined from the beginning. I know that if we are together loud laughter will be present too.

I pray for you and wish you the best in the new life you are building. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thank You Dover Police Officer

We enjoyed watching Dover Officer Master Cpl. Jeff Davis get his groove on in his squad car to Shake It Off. We watched it as a family three times on the big screen. Thank you for the laughs! You look like a fun loving person who would fit right in with our gang at Contentment Acres. Since he introduced the song to us, there may or may not have been a dance session to it in the kitchen. :-)

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Mille Fleur d'Uccle Bantams and Rabbits

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This is a full grown rooster and a 5 lb rabbit. 
These true bantams are very small chickens!
Rosey thought the chicken found a morsel and was moving in quick to check it out.
The rooster gave her a warning!

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I love our Mille Fleurs "thousand flowers." We currently have six and plan to keep some chicks to enlarge the flock. I've been rotating the roosters through the greenhouse where the three hens live. Other times, they occupy the other two rabbit colonies. Rabbits and chickens do very well together and can, if managed correctly, compliment each other. My rabbits leave behind the little seeds in the hay which the chickens will eat. The chickens provide the rabbits with pest control.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Two Ways to Handle It


Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise

You can deal with what scares, or keep on running from it!
While you are running, things will not get better!
When you face it and deal with it, things improve even if only inwardly!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reliquefying Crystallized Honey

Originally published 3/10/07:

Honey is too expensive to be wasted. In cold weather, mine always crystallizes because our pantry area is kept cool.

This tip was passed along to me in e-mail: To keep honey, syrups and jellies from crystallizing, add 1/4 to 1/2 cream of tartar to each pint and mix well.

This is from Carla Emery's book Encyclopedia of Country Living:

"Any liquid honey may crystallize into a stiff, whitish texture if stored in a cool place. Sometime this happens after only a week or so, sometimes after several months. This process is called granulating and is normal. It doesn't harm your honey one bit."

Re-liquefying Crystallized Honey: When my honey in the can gets sugary on top, I just put the can on the back of the wood stove or very low heat on the electric stove, and the sugars will go back into the solution as fast as it warms; 130 degrees F (water no hotter than you can bear your hand in) is a perfect temperature to do the job. You can warm a quart jar of honey in a double boiler. Honey in a glass container can be re-liquefied in a microwave oven. (Remove the cover first! Then cook on high 30 seconds or until clear.) No matter what your method is, be careful not to overheat. Don't boil the honey because that ruins the delicate flavor. Just keep it at about 130F until it re-liquefies--it may take hours or days depending on how much honey you're working with. Storing it in a warmer place will help avoid a repeat.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great Article: No, You Are Not Running Late: You are Rude and Selfish

I shared I do not like being late because it is disrespectful of other people's time in December when I posted about the Broadcast Gardening. A few days after I made this post and scheduled it in blogger, a friend shared this through Facebook. 

Article: No, You Are Not Running Late: You are Rude and Selfish

"And it is not that we lead ‘busy lives’. That’s a given, we all do, and it’s a cop out to use that as an excuse. It’s simply that some people no longer even pretend that they think your time is as important as theirs. And technology makes it worse. It seems texting or emailing that you are late somehow means you are no longer late.
You are rude. And inconsiderate.
And I act on it, too. My dentist kept me waiting 50 minutes not long ago. She has done it for years and years. But enough! I walked out, past a literally open-mouthed receptionist who had never seen a patient act on their frustration, only to get a frantic call from the dentist herself as I got into my car.
Sure she was “busy”, another patient took longer than she expected, blah blah.
But hold on, I am busy too! I would not keep her waiting 45 minutes if she came to see me as a candidate. And yet I am HER customer. I told her I have been coming to you for 15 years but don’t take me for granted. See fewer patients in a day if you have to, but see me on time or close to it. She has never kept me waiting again.
Me? Am I ever late? Sure, sometimes. That’s inevitable even with the best intentions. But I never plan to be late. I never ‘let time slide’ because my stuff is more important than yours.
I am not talking about the odd occasion of lateness. I am talking about people who are routinely late. In fact, never on time. You know who I am talking about!
And certainly I consider serial lateness a character flaw which I take into account when working out who to promote, who to hire and who to count amongst my real friends."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menial Tasks

If you are too proud to do the menial tasks of life, you might be too proud for Jesus. He washed others' feet. He came to serve. We are to emulate Him. Serving others is a high calling. Be humble. Work/serve in any manner you can with gratitude. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty because that might be the opportunity which opens the door to Jesus in someone's life! 

I Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

You Never Know Who Is Watching

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It was Dec 23, and we were cooking for our celebration of Christ's birth. I looked up from the stove and saw FOUR turkeys intently watching us through the window. Before I could wash my hands and get a picture, three left. This guy stayed and watched us closely for another hour. Turkeys are very intelligent, very curious, and a lot of fun on the farm. I have loved having them over the two decades we have been here. Their personalities make us laugh often. We have one who karate chops his opponents in the face with his wing! I named him Larusso.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Just Ducky

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juvenile muscovy drake warming himself in the sun

Psalm 31:19 
How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's a Small Price for What I Have Now

Originally published on 1/15/07: (I am deleting some old posts that lost pictures to make room for more content. When I get to a page that has been popular, I am reposting them.)

I am in no way minimizing the effects HG has on a woman's health, but I would go through it all again to have each of my children.

Years ago, I had a lady tell me she thinks I am plain crazy for putting myself through a pregnancy with the HG I have. She told me her second and third children would not have been born if she had been that sick during her first pregnancy. "I'd have had it (her womb) cut out and thrown away!"

I tried explaining to her that for me, a child to hold and love for a lifetime is worth this "little bit" of suffering.

I have many friends who are unable to have children. Some are women who haven't found a mate yet. Others are infertile. Most of them desperately want children of their own. Many of them tell me they'd willingly go through my worst pregnancy just to have a child. These childless friends, who have never even been pregnant, have been my greatest source of encouragement and inspiration during the very worst of the HG. The smallest encouragement from them can keep me going the entire pregnancy. They understand the blessing of a child.

Nothing I shared got through to this woman, so I gave up and we both went back to watching the t.v. in the waiting area. A story came on about a tragic fire in our area. A screaming, agonized mother was shown being held back by big firemen. Witnesses reported hearing this mother's children screaming in pain as they burned to death.

The lady beside me said "I'd have fought those men off and gotten to my children."

While I agreed with her, I looked at her and said "Even knowing you might die?"

She looked at me like I was crazy and said "Yes, those are my babies."

I pointed to my big belly, smiled and said "And this is MY baby. Running into a burning building risking permanent scars or death makes my HG look like a walk in the park, doesn't it?" She got it. Suddenly, I didn't look "so crazy" to her. :-)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Encouragement for Mothers

Originally published 1/3/06:

Knowing God's will for your life seems to be elusive for so many. For me, it was literally dropped into my lap. I asked God what He would have me to do with my life. Titus 2:3-5 was in one of my next Bible readings. The passage jumped out at me as if it was written for me and me alone. It was one of those rare but precious, breath-stealing moments that stand out as if it happened just minutes ago. I knew without a doubt I had found what God had planned for Wendy to do.

I have worked in many places and put my head, hands and back to many tasks. I have never found any that gives me greater satisfaction and joy than being a wife and mother. It is a job full of opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. 

My ministry to my husband strengthens him so he can fulfill his calling and allows him to minister to many others. When I show him honor, I show others he is honorable. Mothering my children will one day bless their employers, co-workers, friends, spouses and their own children. 

I am often challenged and taken to my limits. It is never boring and keeps me on my toes. I wake up every day knowing that I am needed. The things I am doing are important and worth my time. Mothering will touch many and its effects will touch generations, if done for the glory of the Lord.

God's Word tells us that children are given by Him as a gift, a blessing, a heritage, a reward. He means for us to receive them with that viewpoint. There are no stipulations or exceptions placed on those statements. God does NOT say "Children are a blessing, IF they are healthy/beautiful/come at a good time/the gender you desired/until they become teenagers/etc." It is worldly thinking humans who put the conditions on whether children are received as a blessing or a curse. 

Mothering is the nuturing of those special gifts, blessings, and rewards. It is a high calling with great importance. I encourage you to embrace your work as a mother. Plead for God's help when it gets difficult and praise Him in all situations. He will not let the work He has started in your role as a mother go unfinished. He will take your stumbling journey and turn it into something beautiful and perfect.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Causes of Infectious Abortions in Goats

Causes of Infectious Abortions in Goats Several years ago, I had three goat does I had just acquired from another farm spontaneously abort. Having raised goats for more than ten years at that point, I knew there was something going on. I did research. I talked to local vets and goat owners but never received a satisfactory answer. I posted the question in the blog (my old Wordpress blog) to try to gain more info. Several people wrote to me over the years asking if I had learned anything and to share info if I did. Today, I came across a discussion about abortions in goats and their causes. This link was shared, and as promised, I am sharing the info.

Article: Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

This story gives on much to think about and has a lesson on taking thoughts captive we can all take home.

"Then one day, he decided he'd had enough. He wanted to gain some small measure of control over his day. So he figured out how to tell time by how the sun moved across a room. That was the start. Eventually Martin found a way to reframe even the ugliest thoughts that haunted him. Like when his mother said, "I hope you die."

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

"JOANNA PISTORIUS: If I ask him anything, he'll give me an honest answer. There was no pretend. Oh, OK, well, he's in a wheelchair and he doesn't speak, but I love this guy. He's amazing. Then it just so quickly turned into love (laughter)."
Don't miss the rest of the transcript here. (I couldn't get the program to play.)

Read a free chapter of his book here.

Proverbs 4:23
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.


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Late November: The very moment she tied her shoes all on her own!

She had slip-on play shoes all summer. I showed her how to tie her first shoe, and then she tied the second! I grabbed the camera so I could get a picture for Clint. I think she's also been getting tips from her older six siblings!

Monday, January 12, 2015

They are SO Pretty!

I had no idea what this package from Jerusalem was:

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I collect wooden spoons, adore the look of olive wood, and love the nation of Israel.
Brandon combined the three and got me not one,

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but two extra large, hand made ladles from a Jewish craftsman for my birthday!

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They are just beautiful after seasoning with olive oil!

I plan to make the Low Carb Bacon Chicken Chowder to stock Brandon's freezer in his office as a thank you.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Test of Holiness

"The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it be manifest in the increasing humility it produces. In the creature, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. In Jesus, the holy one of God who makes us holy, a divine humility was the secret of his life and his death and his exaltation; the one infallible test of our holiness will be the humility before God and men which marks us. Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness." Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Which Direction are You Making Effort

"The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still." - CH Spurgeon

The hardest battle you will ever fight in this Christian walk will be about what you allow to grow in your own heart. Pulling weeds is hard, gritty work but it makes for a lovelier garden. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

Good Valentine's Day Movie: Old Fashioned - Official Movie Trailer

I Love My State

Most of these sights in this video are near us and the few that aren't we see when we take time off to relax. We use to visit the mountains 2-3 times a year but go about 1-2 times every year or two lately.


Chris in Poland, I thought you'd enjoy seeing this video. Most of these sights are within a short driving distance of where our home is located. The drop tower in the theme park is the Mach Tower at Busch Gardens. Brandon has been to that park many times. You are always welcome to visit us if you get the opportunity. Congratulations on the job and how well you are doing! Brandon keeps me up to date. I think of you as another son I have...just in Poland! :-) Blessings to you and yours from Mama Asbell.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A Faithful Saying

We only fully grasp the gospel when we understand, as Paul did, that we are the worst sinner we know.Timothy Keller

I Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Bethany's Hope

Bethany has asked for a swan for years. We can provide the care for one, but $2k-3k is a bit more than Clint and I are willing to pay.

Bethany's hoping we can get this swan being offered by wildlife services. It has to find a home or be euthanized in 10 days. It was hit by a car and is considered a nusiance animal in our state. They were going to kill it, but people asked if it could be adopted. Our Virginia officials have a heart and listened.

We are on the official list and are awaiting an email outlining what we must have and do to provide for the swan. We aren't in a prohibitive zoned neighborhood, and we have a large pen, 24/7 coverage of caretakers, ability to provide a swimming area, can afford the food, and are able to provide continuing health care. It's an insignificant matter, but God says to cast all of our cares on Him. It's a long shot, but Bethany wants believers to pray with her because she has seen what happens when they do. 

So, if you will, will you pray for Bethany's dream of a swan on the farm be realized? Thank you very much. 

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Article: The Mess & Noise of Sanctification

Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. Provebs 29:23

This is well worth the time to read this piece by Eric Owens to get the blessings contained within.

The Mess and Noise of Sanctification

Here's a teaser: 

"That’s always my reaction to exposed sin in others: surprise. I am, though, never surprised at my own sin; we’ve become quite familiar with one another over the years. He is always close at hand, ready and willing to act, think, and speak his nature. And that’s discouraging. That is, it’s discouraging when I’m sinful and I forget to remember the promises that God has given to me. To you. To us all, His people, His church.


What I see as upsetting episodes and unnecessary drama in my home, hour after hour, day after day, God sees as me as a husband and a father being polished, being made smoother, being refined, being sanctified. He’s giving me exercises for my soul.
I fail to see it because I’m concentrating on my failures. But the reality is that my failures today are fewer than my failures last week. I get angered less often, my patience is growing longer, my short fuse is lengthening and so on. I’m a better husband today than I’ve ever been if only because eight years of marriage has shown me, in the teary reflection of my wife’s eyes, just what a jerk I can be."
It's an article which touched me and several of my friends. Sanctification is happening right where you are in the seemingly simple things of life if you are humbling yourself before the Lord and submitting to His work. 
Men, if you are wondering, being humble before the Lord does not weaken you in the eyes of a godly woman because she knows the strength it takes and the rewards that come from being that kind of Christian.

Offer Praise Continually

The following came in Dayspring's 11/4/2005 newsletter and was in an article entitled Giving Thanks for God’s Overwhelming Generosity by Roy Lessin.

Thank Him today because—
He formed you and made you.
He has given you the breath of life.
He has given you this day.
He is working in you to become all that He has intended you to be.
He is working everything in your life together for the good.
He is using your difficulties and trials to conform you to His image.

Thank Him today for—
The forgiveness of your sins.
The peace that passes all understanding.
The smiles that have come to your face because His joy is in your heart.
The comfort of His presence that has quieted your heart and calmed your fears.
The hope that is in you because He has promised to always be with you.
The place in heaven that He has reserved and has prepared for you.

Thank Him today with—
Words of exaltation.
Songs of celebration.
A heart of strong devotion.
Thoughts of deep reflection.
Acts of admiration.
Claps of loud ovation.

By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

No Shaky Ground

He set my feet up on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 
Psalm 40:2

Thank you Lord for your unshakable foundation of truth that destroys everything that comes at it! Even when my knees knock in the storms of life with my limited understanding, my feet are unmovable because of the place you have set me! Victory is mine because Your Truth does not change! I will praise you forever and ever!

Monday, January 05, 2015

A Place to Be Watered and Grow for Weary Moms

I have used Doorposts products in my home for almost two decades. I highly recommend because they have been a tremendous blessing to our family. Their "If/Then" Chart and book "For Instruction in Righteousness" has really made an impact on the dangers of sin. Doorposts blog is doing a 30 Day Bible study. You can find the first day of study and the button follow them on Facebook at the link below:

Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy, Busy Mamas”, Day 1: Getting Started

"Do you have trouble even getting a shower, let alone finding the time to read your Bible? This month-long series of posts is for you! For thirty days, we’re going to look at just one chapter of the Bible and study it, one little step at a time. If you’re willing to try for five minutes a day, even if it’s in 30-second increments, you should join us as we work our way through Colossians 3."

Canning again...

The weekend was so much fun; I am offering it again today: 

If you are in the neighborhood, swing on in for some soups and sandwiches today. I am canning chicken vegetable soup (base for chicken noodle/chicken and rice, etc), beef bone broth (stock), chipolte vegetable soup, and french onion soup. You can keep me company while I clean the kitchen (and homeschool, laundry, incubator work and etc) while waiting for the canner to be freed up for the next load. I'll feed you and send you home with some tasty food. 

Oh, today is a hatch day, so you might be able to hold a chick while it hatches if you like too!

Competitive People

And I saw that all labor and achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor.  This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4

A friend has been dealing with a competitive peer and asked me how I deal with competitive people. 

I think we all have people in our lives who feel this life is a competition. They are constantly comparing where they are to where we are. They don't show a genuine desire in knowing us or being a part of what is going on in our life. They are checking in just long enough to see what we have but don't share any joy in our successes. They don't realize possessions and talents are to be used for God's glory and not self-elevation. 
The fact they get under our skin is really a reason to rejoice! God is using them to dig up things hidden in our spirit that need to be dealt with so we can be more like Him. 

If they feel very inadequate in their own lives, they will try to compare where there is no comparison. Your lives can be vastly different, and they will emphasize their strengths and your weaknesses. We are tempted to compensate by trying to find areas we are better than them. It can lead you into anger, frustration, boasting, pride, or discouragement. It will drain you and weaken the relationship.  

Here is how God lead me as a young mother to find rest and peace from competitive people: 

Disengage from the battle they are trying to draw you into by giving glory to the Lord for the object they are competing over. It takes humility to disengage because your flesh wants to jump to salvage your bruised pride. Don't allow yourself to be distracted. We can't obey the Lord's Word to encourage others when we are in competition against them. We certainly are not outdoing one another in honor or considering them better than ourselves. Romans 12:10, Philippians 2:3

Instead of competeing, point them to the Lord as the source. Celebrate what God has done for them and redirect their thoughts. Trying to "one up" them will serve to elevate your pride, fuel their fire to be better than you, and may trigger the sin of envy. We aren't suppose to lead each other into sin. "One upping" each other isn't important. Honoring the Lord is. 

Daily cultivate an attitude of thankfulness and joy in the place God has you. If you are struggling with envy, ask Him to help you.  If we are truly grateful for what we have, envy has no foothold and we can break free from the spirit of competition.

Do you honestly think God is going to care who had the nicer car? or better brand of clothes? or has more popularity? or took more vacations? or amassed more knowledge? or experienced more adventures? had a better retirement? paid more or less? busier schedule? who works out the longest or has the hardest fitness routine? Do you think He wants you looking at what someone else is doing or obeying Him in ridding every defilement from the body and spirit to be a vessel for honorable use ready for every good work? (see: 2 Cor 7:1, 2 Tim 2:21) We get hung up on such trivial things when we are called for something much bigger! 

Dying to self is not easy. It feels like it costs us something, but in reality we make gains in our walk with the Lord. If you want a deep, personal relationship with the Lord, you have to cast off everything that gets in the way of that. Envy is a form of pride and leads to our downfall. Proverbs 29:23 One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.  

Once we grasp that all we have comes from the Lord and is to be used for His glory, we start boasting about what HE has done! We want to work joyfully with everyone we can to bring HIM the glory. Dying to self: life becomes more about Him and less about us!

That is how God led me when I was a young mother struggling with envy. I hope it blesses and encourages you. 

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:30 

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?  I Corinthians 3:3

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. James 3:14-15

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. I Timothy 6:10

He said to them, You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight. Luke 16:15

All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Proverbs 16:2

I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. I Corinthians  13:4

When Friends Make Mistakes

It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake. ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Your friends are those who repent for their sins, not those who dissemble in the face of their sins. Stick with the broken and contrite. -R.C. Sproul, Jr.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 
"God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." James 4:6

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Which are you seeking?

"The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. God’s one aim is the production of saints. He is not an eternal blessing machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity; He came to save men because He had created them to be holy." Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Drop By

It's too wet and dreary to work outside. So, I am canning homemade chicken soup base (noodles or rice get added before serving). and the Top Secret version of Wendy's chili. I had 38 quarts of the chili at noon. The chicken noodle is just getting started. If you are in the neighborhood, today Saturday, drop by! The house is warm and smells wonderful. There's laughter and a spot to rest a bit. You can keep me company while I work. I'll feed ya and send you home with some goodness!

What New Year's Eve Looked Like

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It was too wet to do the bonfire and firewoks, so we elected to snuggle up together on the couches and watch Back to the Future. Clint and I were able to share about our teen years and culture at the time. We had forgotten Huey Lewis was in the movie criticizing his own song, played by Marty, as being "too loud." That was funny!

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Inappropriate stuff in movies and tv shows, we don't ignore it. We do what we call "call it out on the carpet." We pause the program, point out the sin, share God's truth about the subjects like the drinking, lying, jealousy, fighting, and sexual advances. Then we discuss consequences and sometimes real life examples of how those things don't pay off. No matter how strict or guarded you are with your children, things will pop up. It is better to deal with it directly and let your children know what God says and where you stand on it than to pretend it didn't happen or hope they didn't notice.

Right as the old year left and the new one came in, we stopped to give thanks for 2014 and ask God's blessing on 2015.

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After we prayed, I asked them to hold their position so I could step out and take a picture. After the picture, one of them said, "That way we can show our children how we learned to pray!" Then Clint and I had a glass of wine, and the children had gingerale. The children were allowed to stay up as late and sleep in as late as they wanted. 

I woke up early on New Year's Day to shred potatoes for hashbrowns and make eggs, sausage, and biscuits. Clint woke up a little while later and gave me a hand. 

Friday, January 02, 2015

Time is Ticking

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Being a Christian...

Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Examine every area of your life and ask how you can live closer to how God wants you to live. Scripture is a great tool for this.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 
Psalm 119:105


Happy New Year!!!

This past year has been full of excitement and wonder for our family! It was so much fun and was filled with wonder and great joy!
We were eager to ring in the New Year because it already promises to have a lot of big changes, blessings, increase, and excitement! There is so much going on and so much more already in the works! I can't share a lot of it publicly, but it is good, good, good...thank You Lord!!!

May God bless you and yours with an abundance of peace and happiness!

May He awaken all peoples to their need for Him!
May His people awaken to their reality of  putting on their new self and need for living godly lives! Above all, may we, the body of Christ, truly learn how to agape love one another!

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 

Colossians 3:9-10

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 

Be kind to one another with a brother's love, putting others before yourselves in honour; 
Romans 12:10

"God is all about beautiful transformations. He is an active, deeply personal, infinitely caring God who restores us on a heart level with makeovers of a masterful kind." Gwen Smith