Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Great Ebook Sale!

Have you heard the big news? TODAY ONLY you can get an incredible ebook package from $100 worth of money-saving ebooks, homemaking helps, and encouragement for only $5.97! It is a great savings that she is offering and with prices for groceries and gas so high, who wouldn't want to save some money! Stop on over to her site here and check it out.

What makes this deal so good is that this ebook package includes the ecourse Supermarket Savings 101--this course alone is worth much more than $5.97 and will teach you how to drastically reduce your grocery bill. If high fuel and food costs are discouraging you and leaving you strapped for cash, you definitely need to buy this ecourse. You'll learn how to cut your grocery bill by up to 50% or more and have fun saving money at the same time!

Some of the other highlights include: Tips for Successful Home Management, What to Do While Waiting for Prince Charming, What My Parents Did Right, A Proper Tea and more!

Click Here to read more about this huge sale! Hurry, though, the price goes up tomorrow!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Beautiful Giveaway!

I just found this today, but you have until midnight to enter to win a lovely apron, catch all bag, fabric and cookbook! Visit Sew Take a Hike to enter!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Frugal Friday: Sailor Showers

When I was a kid, we lived in a desert where water was scarce. We had been in a drought there for as long as I could remember and we had to try to save water where ever we could. One of the ways we learned to do that is to take sailor showers.

The process is very simple; when you are not wetting yourself down or rinsing, turn the water off. It may sound like you are not saving much water but if you consider how much time you spend, standing there with the water on but not using it, I think you will see what a difference this can make. Plus the more people in your home who take showers, the more water you will save.

This process has one other benefit. The less water you use in the shower, the less water your water heater has to heat, thus saving you money on your electricity bill as well!

Blessings to you all as you try to be Frugal!

Frugal Fridays are hosted every Friday by Domestically Inclined. Click here to read this week's Frugal Friday tip!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Calling all Wives and Mothers...

There is a new forum for Christian homemakers set up by Mrs. V at Quiet Pleasures of Home . The stated purpose of the site is, "A place to talk about frugality, homeschooling, homechurching, homekeeping, recipes, pantry stocking, & being a Christian wife & mother".

If you would like to join in the conversation, visit The Quiet Pleasures of Home forum!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Makeing Your Home a Haven - July 21, 2008

A Little Beauty

Today's Make Your Home a Haven challenge is finding a way to beautify some part of your home.
I chose to put up some pictures that I have had sitting around, some since January. (I will try to post some pictures later.)

My husband and I are picture addicts. Since we have been married, about 15 months, we have taken over 1500 pictures! (For those of you who are counting that's about 100 a month.) It's a good thing we have a digital camera. So, today to make our home more like a home, I decided to frame a picture of the two of us and one of the three of us and place them around our living room.

I would have loved to do more today, but I am still trying to get our home unpacked. It seems like there is always something that comes up to keep me from getting that done. Then I run in circles, doing tiny bits on ten different projects and accomplish nothing. So today I have set the following goals:

~ Clean both bathrooms (done)

~ Wash towels (half way done, still waiting on the washer to be finished with a load so I can start a new one)

~Complete morning routine (see my morning routine here) and I have added reading to my daughter,today's reading was Exodus 10, all of which is done except that handwashing of dishes, because I have some dishes that must soak first

~Go through craft/sewing/cross-stitching/beading/etc...totes and weed out unnecessary things

I think I just might accomplish all my goals since it is only 10am and I have only a few chores left and then on to the weeding!

Blessings to you all!

Friday, July 18, 2008

One of my favorite hymns

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.


Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.


Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.


Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.


When times are tough and I need to know that God is with me, I sing this song. I am so thankful He is there to lead me along.

(To find lyrics to your favorite hymns, try Hymn

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Funny or Sacrilegious?

Check out the Apostle's Comedy skit by Ron Pearson. Then let me know what you think. (Just click on the Apostle's clip towards the bottom of the page.)

Here are some of my questions:
Is there such a thing as Christian comedy? Should there be? Is this funny to you? Or somehow sacrilegious? Or could it foster sacrilegious attitudes? I'm just curious what your thoughts are on this.

Thanks in advance to all who comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm not so sure about this...

but this just had to be shared!

blog readability test

Never Leave (Movie Trailer)

This is the movie our church is shooting as an outreach. I hope you enjoy it.


My first award!

I am so excited! One of my favorite bloggers, Lisa at Stop and Smell the Chocolates just nominated me for my first award! Thank you so much, Lisa!

Now here are the rules as I understand them. In accepting this prestigious ;) award, you really should follow these rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog. (Of course!)
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. (And you should visit her blog too!)
3. You must nominate 7 fellow bloggers for this award. (I've wanted to do this ever since I started blogging!)
4. Add links to the recipients. (Again...of course)
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award. (I just hope they will enjoy this as much as I am.)

So without further ado, here are my chosen 7 fellow bloggers:
1) Stephen at Stephen Hardy's Blog
2) Tara at Patience is a Virtue
3) Mrs. Anna T at Domestic Felicity
4) Mrs. V at Quiet Pleasures of Home
5) Michelle at By His Grace and For His Glory
6) Lady at Domestically Inclined
7) You (if you are reading this, please take this chance to be awarded!)

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Giveaway that Truly Sucks!

Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee has announced a giveaway that any mother would like to win; a 100th Anniversary Hoover Wind Tunnel Bagged Vacuum Cleaner!!! So pop on over and enter to win. Who knows maybe your summer will be cleaner than you thought!

Great Summer Giveaway!

I found a great giveaway from Monica at The Homespun Heart, a $120 gift card to Lands' End. Their clothing is very high quality and it has been on my mom's shopping list for a long time. Click on over to their site and check out what they have to offer, then head on over to The Homespun Heart to enter to win!

(A special thanks to Heather at More Than Survival for the tip!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Prison Alert

For those of you who have visited my blog before, you may notice a new icon on the sidebar. When you click on it, it will take you directly to the Prisoner Alert website. What this site does is give us a way to encourage our brothers and sisters who are imprisoned for their faith. We can write letters to them as well as email government officials, subscribe to email alerts, and email all this information to your family and friends.

When Paul was in prison in Rome, he wrote to the Church at Colosse: "Remember my bonds." (Colossians 4:18) It is easy to let the enemy convince us that we are all alone, especially when we are locked up away from the rest of the world. I pray with God's help, that we will be a strong voice reminding our brothers and sisters that they are in our prayers and God will never forget them or leave them alone. (Hebrews 13:5)


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

God's prayers are not our prayers

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been reading Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn. It is the story of Arthur and Wilda Mathews, missionaries with OMF (formerly China Inland Mission). In telling the story of particularly difficult time of trial, she quotes Luke 22:31&32a , And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not...

I was pondering this and how we don't pray the way that Jesus did. If it were our prayer quoted in Luke, it would probably sound somethings like this, "But I have prayed for you that Satan would leave you alone and that you would have a smooth road ahead of you." Since Jesus is our model and we are supposed to pray as he prayed, I think we should take our cue from this verse. We need to pray that we will not be shaken by the sifting, not that God will keep Satan from trying to sift us. We must stop praying for an easy road and start praying that whatever God sends our way would be met by his strength and a firm faith that he will get us through it. We must remember that God's ways are higher than ours and his goal for us is not smooth sailing but that we draw daily closer to him, regardless of circumstances.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Making Your Home a Haven-July 7, 2008

I have been praying about how to make the most of my time during the day. This is a problem for me because I get easily distracted from the task at hand and that I get interrupted frequently as I am trying to get my home in order. I find myself doing 15 different projects during the day but completing none of them. Then I'm left at the end of the day wondering where all my time went. I first had to identify why. Well the truth is there are many reasons, but the main ones are that I just don't stay on task well and that I have a little baby who has various needs through out the day and I can't always make her time frames meet mine.

Then this morning God gave me a revelation. (For those of you who have been doing this for a while, this post will probably disappoint you, since you have more than likely already figured this out.) I don't have to do each chore at one time. I just have to do what I can, when I can. Kind of like the old saying, How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. And that is how, at least for now I have work towards making my home a haven, one little piece at a time.

For those of you who were wondering about this, yes it took me about four tries to get this posted, in between interruptions. But using my new method, I did finally get it done. I guess I'm like the tortoise in the old story; slow and steady wins the race.

To read other's stories, visit Biblical Womanhood's Making Your Home a Haven Monday.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Frugal Friday Tip - July 4, 2008

I'm sure I am not the first to think of this but maybe I won't be the last!

As a way to save money, I have been using hankies around the house instead of Kleenex. I still keep a box handy in every room for company but this is one small way that I can keep costs down.

How do you keep ahead of the rising costs?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Since we will be traveling to see both sets of parents tomorrow, I am taking this moment to wish you all a happy 4th!

I posted this link back in December but now is a good time to remind everyone about it. Please take a moment this weekend to thank our troops who are right now, making sure we have the freedom and the right to celebrate our nation's independence. And don't forget to pray for their protection and safety. We owe them at least that much.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thoughts for today

I was reading two Isobel Kuhn books this morning and I wanted to share a quote from each with you.

"In a young man's Bible were found these words: 'Wanted: wicks to burn out for Christ. Oil and light furnished free.'" ~Children of the Hills


"God does not waste suffering, nor does He discipline out of caprice. If He plough, it is because He purposes a crop."~J. Oswald Sanders in the Forward to Green Leaf in Drought


Just as a side note, the title of the later book comes from Jeremiah 17:7-8. I made these my meditation verses of the day.

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."



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