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Monday, January 30, 2012

This Little Light of Mine

"Hey Mom, I think I did one of the best things I've ever done today at school."

"That's great! What did you do?"

"My teacher was really mad at one of the kids in my class today for not turning his work in, keeping his grade card in his desk and not taking letters home to his parents. He was sitting at his desk crying. I went over to him and told him that it was ok. I told him we all do bad sometimes and that I've gotten bad grades too, but that you can get them back up again. Then I told him not to be embarrassed because he was crying. I told him I've cried in class too. Then I asked if anyone else had ever cried in class. Almost all the kids in our table group raised their hands. By then, he stopped crying and started to feel better. I think that really made God happy today!"

With a lump in my throat, "Yes, Sweetheart, I'm sure it made God very happy!"

Some parents measure the success of their children in trophies, awards and honors. Until recently, I was one of those parents. However, for the Christian parent, the success of a child should be that they grow to love God with all their heart, soul and strength (Luke 10:27). This is what I long for in my children, what I deeply desire, what I pray for as they head off to school, as I'm running errands, as we pray together as night. With these prayers, I see growth! I see a 9-year old, 4th grader willing to stand in the gap to encourage a classmate. I see a boy not only memorizing our weekly Bible verse at home, but finding practical ways to implement them during his day. Last week we memorized Matthew 5:16.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
 Oh, how I love to watch his light shine!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 10


It's hard to believe this series is coming to a close. Thank you for joining me on this journey. It has been an honor to share with you, what the Lord has revealed through His Word. To be honest, this is the first time I have dug deep into Proverbs 31. The chapter has always intimidated me, making me feel guilty for not measuring up to what I perceived as unattainable standards. I'm so thankful that God nudged me into this study. He shined His light into the darkness and revealed the truth about this amazing woman!!

The Proverbs 31 woman is pretty remarkable isn't she? It's no wonder that she is called "rare". However, I don't believe she is rare because woman can't measure up to the example she sets; but rather, most women won't discipline themselves to strive for her level of excellence. It is my prayer that through this study, your eyes have been opened to the truth. Becoming like the Proverbs 31 woman is completely attainable. The question is, "Are you willing to put forth the time, effort and dedication necessary to become a woman who "is hard to find; her price is far above rubies. (vs 10)"

When our son looks at his weekly homework on Monday afternoon, it appears overwhelming. He is frustrated and discouraged as he looks at the task before him, wondering how he will ever get it finished on time. Yet, when we look at it together, break it down into manageable segments, spend time each day on the task, the homework gets done on time with little stress. Proverbs 31 is very similar.  Looking at verses 10-31 as a whole is, without a doubt, completely overwhelming. It is easy to become guilt-ridden, discouraged and give up.
FYI - This is exactly where the enemy want to keep you! Don't give him the satisfaction of allowing him to keep you from reaching your full potential in Christ!
Like our son's homework, if we learn to take one characteristic, one attribute at a time, one task at a time the transformation is much more tangible. 

Each day during this series I posed a challenge to you. Choose just one task from that day, try to implement it into your daily routine. How did you do? Many of you commented that this was just the boost you needed to get you started. Did you start? Did you put your desires into action? I hope so!! If you didn't, don't give up! Today is a new day. Begin today, this moment. Pray that God would be your help and your guide as you make the necessary changes in your own life to become more like the woman He created. He deeply desires to see you reach your fullness in Him, and so do I!!! I believe in a God who changes lives and I believe He can and will change your's if you let Him. Won't you please let Him?
 Becoming like the Proverbs 31 woman is completely attainable. The question is, "Are you willing to put forth the time, effort and dedication necessary to become a woman who "is hard to find; her price is far above rubies. (vs 10)"

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Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 9


"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25

Wow! The woman of Proverbs 31 is pretty amazing, isn’t she! She serves her family, others and still has time for herself, both physically and spiritually. Is there anything this woman can’t do? YES!! Today we are going to see one thing the Proverbs 31 woman doesn’t spend her time doing…worrying!

Are you a worry wart? Or are you confident, fully trusting God for all your needs? For the first several years of our marriage, I was a worrier. I wasted so much time, energy and effort fretting about everything from our bills to our jobs, to our future, to our children (whom hadn’t even been born!). Anytime an issue arose, I automatically saw the worst-case scenario. My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. (Yes, opposites do attract!) For every question or doubt I expressed, he had a statement of faith. It wasn’t just a statement; but a full confidence in knowing God’s promises and trusting in them alone. His example and constant reminders help strengthen my own walk.

The Proverbs 31 woman is a lot like my husband. Proverbs 31:25 says, “she laughs at the days ahead.” We saw yesterday, that she spends time in the Word and in prayer. Because of the time she spends with her God, she is well aware of His promises. She doesn't spend her days stressed out or worried about what her future holds. She is filled with joy by the One who holds her future! How do you view the future? Are you so full of confidence in God’s promises that you can look to your future with joy and laughter? Or do you spend precious time consumed with things that are out of your control?

Spending time memorizing scripture and knowing God’s promises is a great way to move from a life of worry to a life of joy. Here are a few of my favorite verses:

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Matthew 6:25-27 "25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?"
Romans 8:31 "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Deuteronomy 31:8-9 "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” 

Christian author,Max Lucado,wrote "No one can worry and pray at the same time." Elisabeth Elliot, widow of missionary Jim Elliot, says, "Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive." So how will you choose to spend your time, wringing your hands in worry or lifting them in praise?

Challenge: Commit one of the above verses to memory. The next time those unsettling thoughts creep into your mind, say it out loud! Become confident in the One who holds your future!

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 8


"She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple." Proverbs 31:22

The woman of Proverbs 31 spends time on her family, time helping others and today we'll see she still has time for herself. How is this even possible?? "I don't do half of what this woman does and I'm lucky to get a shower everyday!" If this is the thought that just ran through your mind, you're not alone! Me too!! I'll be honest, there are days when I pray that no one sees me as I drop the kids off at school-no makeup, hair in a ponytail (not the cute kind) and still in my pjs. I guess it's one thing if you start the morning this way, it's another when you pick the kids in the same outfit! This is definitely not how the Proverbs 31 woman would begin her day.

Verse 22 says that, "she is clothed in fine linen and purple." She spends time on herself and takes pride in the way she looks. (No pjs during carpool for this momma!) Her clothes are always well put together; her makeup pretty and natural; her hair nicely styled. She doesn't do this as a form of vanity, but out of respect for her husband. Verse 23 tells us that "her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land." Her husband holds a position of  leadership among the city members and therefore his wife spend the time necessary to attractive.

"But my husband isn't a government or city official, so why do I need to spend time on myself?" From what we've seen of the Proverbs 31 woman she holds her family in the highest regards. In my humble opinion, I don't think it would matter what her husband's profession, she would spend the time to look attractive simply out of respect for him. Think back when you were dating. Remember spending hours getting ready, looking just so, only to sit at home and watch t.v. or go out for coffee! It wasn't the activity you were preparing for, but rather the person. I'll be honest, I have been convicted in this area. After 12 years in a loving, secure marriage, I've become comfortable, too comfortable. I remember when I wouldn't dream of leaving the house without being totally put together. Now it's rare if my hair is down, makeup on and clothes resembling an outfit replace my daily jeans and t-shirts. I love my husband and greatly respect him. I need to take the time and effort to look nice for him.

Secondly, she spends time on herself, spiritually. Verse 30 says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." She understands that outer beauty is short lived. Her soul is what people find beautiful. This kind of maturity doesn't come without spending time with God. Spending time in His Word daily is crucial. You will never know what God wants of you or for if you don't learn to listen to His voice. She also spends time in prayer. Do you pray, I mean really pray, over your family? Do you spend time praying for your husband, asking him what his prayer needs are and committing them to God? Do you do the same for your children? Do you spend time with God, seeking His will for you and your family? I say this from experience, prayer can and will change your life! God deeply desires for us to commune with Him. He is our Abba Father, Daddy. The desires and dreams, cares and concerns you carry in your heart matter to Him.

Do you need to spend some time on yourself? I know I do!! It doesn't have to be hours, like during those dating days. Most of us don't have hours to spare. Let's start with 15-30 minutes. That's not too much time to ask to being to put some effort into how we represent our families.

Challenge: Purpose to dress nicely tomorrow. Put a little thought into your outfit. It doesn't have to be fancy. Trade in the "mom" jeans for your "cute" jeans and a nice sweater. Open your Bible and meditate on His Word for 5 minutes. Not sure where to begin? Start with today's verse, Proverbs 31:22. Finally, pray. Talk to God. You can do this throughout your day, anywhere, anytime! Share your heart with Him!

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 7


"She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20
So far we've seen the Proverbs 31 woman spends her time practically at home by attending to the needs of her family (vs 27). Today we examine how she invests time into the lives of others.

We see in verse 20 that she opens her arms and extends her hands. What a picture of compassion for others! She doesn't just see the needs, she actively gets involved in filling that need! She isn't consumed with her life, her household, her responsibilities...her little world. She is fully alert to the needs of others. Oh, how easy it is to have the best of intentions, but never really getting around to helping those less fortunate.

What does this look like? How does she have the time to serve her family and others too? How can I serve others?

  1.  See the need. Don't be so caught up in your own world that opportunities to help pass you by. I don't normally give money to homeless in parking lots or on the corner. However, last week a man approached me at the gas station. He was deaf and had a lanyard around his neck explaining his situation. I distinctly felt the Holy Spirit move me to help him. I searched the car for a couple dollars. Then I was reminded of a $5.00 I had in the glove box for a rainy day. Well, my day wasn't rainy, but his didn't seem very bright. I prayed that God would use it to bless the man. I left, my heart full of blessings for taking the time to listen to that still, small voice.
  2. Volunteer your time. Look for local outreach programs where you can get involved. Area food banks, shelters, pregnancy crisis centers, non-profit charities all need volunteers to help our communities. What a great way to not only serve others, but be a light in the life of someone else! If you don't know of any opportunities in your area, contact your church office. Many times they have been contacted by these agencies looking for assistance.
  3. Do for one what you'd like to do for everyone. By this I mean, take one person and serve their needs. Sometimes the need is so great we are overwhelmed and discouraged, wondering how we can ever make a difference. You may not be able to make a difference in the lives of many, so just start with one! Find a senior who is lonely and spend time chatting together, reading together or helping them with errands or housework. Adopt a family in need and help them with dinner or groceries. Befriend a child in your neighborhood. Reach out a helping hand to just one. 

The dilemma of taking care of elderly parents.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40 

While her household responsibilities are a part of her daily schedule, the time she spends helping the needy can be more relaxed. It may be once a week, once a month or once in awhile. It's also a great opportunity for you to spend time as a family; serving together, spending time together, investing in the lives of others together. What better example for our children than to join with us in being the hands and feet of Jesus!

What better example for our children than to join with us in being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Challenge: Ask God to show you who and how He wants you to serve. You will find yourself just as blessed, if not more so, than those you serve!

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 6


"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes." Proverbs 31:24
Do you have a talent? Is there something you do especially well? Maybe it's something that your friends and family recognize and praise, like your cooking or baking. Maybe it's something you've never considered as a talent like being able to teach or encourage. God has made each one of us with special gifts and abilities. He desires that we recognize our talents, work diligently at them, and use them to serve others and glorify Him.
"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." Romans 12:6-8
The Proverbs 31 woman is wise with her time. That alone is a talent! We've seen in the past few days how easily it is to waste time and how much work it is to be diligent with our time. After what we have already seen of this extraordinary woman, it may be surprising that she has any time left! 

Verse 24 says that she "makes linen garments and sells them and supplies the merchants with sashes."  On top of her responsibilities at home, she also is a business woman! Her talent was making fine garments:  "She selects wool and flax (vs 13)", "She grasps the spindle with her fingers (vs 19)," "She makes coverings for her bed (vs 22)". She was a  seamstress. She made garments for her family and then made extra to sell in town. She used her time to help her family out financially. In these very difficult economic times, our family's finances may need our help more than ever. If your family is struggling to make ends meet each month, maybe there is a way you can contribute if you aren't already. I live in Las Vegas. Our city has been one of the hardest hit by the nation's economic crisis. Let me tell you about three of my girlfriends, all SAHMs, all with children still at home, all needing to contribute to their homes financially. 

  1. "Angie & Kim" - Both of these woman love God and their families. They serve Him at home and in their churches. They both love children and are amazing mothers! They have turned that love into an opportunity to help out financially. Each provide in-home daycare. They are still able to be SAHMs  and use their time and talents to help meet their family's financial needs. 
  2. "Holly" - She too loves her husband and children dearly. She leads woman Bible studies and is an outstanding example of God's grace, forgiveness and love. Did I mention, she makes the most amazing cakes!!! Recently, she started doing this on the side for birthdays, baby showers and other events. She is taking her time, using her talent and contributing to her family's resources. 

Now it's your turn. What is your talent? How can you use your time and talent to benefit your family financially? Is now the right season in your life to explore this area? To everything there is a season. Now may not be the right time for you to pursue your talent in this fashion. For someone else, this may be the perfect time to step out in faith and see where God is taking this talent or dream of yours. Give it to Him. He knows your needs and desires. He will provide all your needs!

Challenge: Search your heart. Pray and ask God to reveal your talents to you. Seek His will and timing in using them to help your family financially. 

  Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 5

"She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar." Proverbs 31:14

Today we are going to examine how the Proverbs 31 woman shops. Yes, the Bible even gives us an example of how we are to go shopping! In verse 14, we see that she is compared to a merchant ship. Imagine living as she did - no local grocery stores, no massive warehouse-style bulk buying, no refrigerator to preserve food. Like a merchant ship that would bring food and goods from far away lands, everyday she traveled to the busy market trading her goods for food for her family. Makes me thankful for modern conveniences like a car, Costco and our fridge!

Since we do have so many resources to make our lives faster and easier, how can we still be like a merchant ship today? Is it even necessary? Yes, it is still necessary because the Bible say she is like the merchant ships, not that she was. It is in the present tense, meaning it still applies to us today.

How do you go grocery shopping? Do you run to the closest store because it's convenient? Or do you take the time to drive further away for better prices or products? Do you go the extra mile to spend your family's finances wisely? Let's see some practical ways that we can use our time wisely as we shop for our families.

  1. Review local grocery ads and circulars each week. This is so important! Each week grocery stores run sales (and most of them will have similar items on sale). Be informed! Know the regular price of items, so that you can compare the sale prices. 
  2. Make a meal plan for the week. Once you've gone through your ads for the week, make a menu. Base it off of the main ingredients (meats, produce, in-season items) are on sale. This will keep your cost down. Having a weekly menu in place will also save you time each evening because you will already know what to make for dinner (and you will already have all the necessary ingredients on hand). This may seem to take a lot of time at the beginning. Stick with it! It will get easier and faster as you build your recipe/menu library.
  3. Visit your local farmer's markets. During nice weather, many communities have a weekly farmer's market. Take the time to visit them. They have fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, breads and even pasta. You get some yummy, in-season treats while supporting your local agriculture community.
  4. Make a grocery list and stick to it! Once you have your menu in place, make a list of the ingredients you need for the week. You may find one store has better prices on non-perishable items, while another may have quality produce or you need to buy in bulk for a larger family. Don't be afraid to shop at a variety of stores. I shop at 3 each week. Yes, it's time consuming. However, I have found that I'm able to save more money this way. 
  5. Be organized!! I can't stress this enough in regards to time management! Plan a shopping day. Know what items need to be purchased at which stores and plan your route accordingly.  Pick up the non-perishable items first. You don't want to buy meat and dairy first, just to make a trip home before the ice cream melts ;-). If you use coupons, separate them into envelopes for each store. This will save you time at the store searching for that one coupon you remember seeing but can't find. Being organized takes time upfront, but saves you time, stress and frustration in the long run. 

Wow! Who knew that God was so concerned about the way we go shopping! I know it seems like a lot of time and work just to go to the grocery. It is! But don't be overwhelmed! Take advantage of the sites listed on Day 4. They are a great resource for meal plans, recipes, grocery lists printables, and organization tips. 

Challenge: Today pick one area above to try. We all have to go grocery shopping at sometime this week. Take some time to either make a menu for the week, or study the weekly circulars, or stick to your list (no impulse buying). Implimenting just one of these ideas at a time will make the change more doable. 

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 4


"13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs 31:13 & 17

So far we have seen the Proverbs 31 woman wakes early and her mornings are full preparing for the day. In the evening, she continues to attend to the needs of her family. So you can guess that the rest of her day is spent much the same way.

Verses 13 and 17 says she does her work with "eager hands" (vs 13) and that she sets about her work vigorously" (vs 17). Ouch! Did that hurt you as much as it did me? She is eager to do her housework?!? Eager can be defined as, "having or showing keen interest, intense desire." When was the last time you cleaned your house with "keen interest or intense desire"? What does that even mean?

In regards to her time management, it means she has learned how to accomplish her household duties. This may sound silly to some. However, I, for one, had no clue how to keep a home when my husband and I were first married. I still say that if it had been up to me, we would have been starving and naked after the first few months. I was fine at taking care of myself during college. But now I had another person who was depending on me for food, clean clothes, a tidy home and numerous other responsibilities. Thank God he blessed me with a very patient husband who spent the early years of our marriage filling in all the gaps I was unequipped to fulfill. So how did I learn to be a homemaker? How did the Proverbs 31 woman know what to do?

From the beginning of time until the mid 20th century, girls learned the art of homemaking from the best teacher, their mother. They would spend countless hours together learning skills such as: how to care for a sick baby,  prepare meals, sew clothes and tend the home. Girls were knowledgeable and prepared when they left their father and mother to begin a new life with their husband. However, with the rise of the feminist movement, this quality time has lost it's level of importance in our society. Mothers are too busy, too tired, too stressed and too unskilled themselves to be able to properly teach their daughters the art of keeping a home.

Were you like me, a new bride who had no idea what it meant to keep a home? Let me tell you, there is hope!! After almost 12 years of marriage (and one very patient husband), I can say that my housekeeping knowledge and skills have vastly improved! It has taken time on my part to learn how to properly keep a home. Here is a list of some resources you can turn too for help:

  • Your mother - She may have more knowledge and skills tucked away then you realize.
  • Books - "The Good Wife's Guide" by Darlene Schacht is full of helpful tips to "achieving a well-managed home backed by scripture and gleaned from experience. As well she provides readers with detailed cleaning and organizing schedules for practical application." Book description.
  • Blogs - I love the blogging community! It is chalked full of helpful tips. A couple of my favorite sites are:  Women Living WellThe Time-Warp Wife, and  Growing Home. You can find house cleaning schedules, recipes, homemaking tips and blog directories full of more resources!
  • Other women / a Titus 2 mentor - Look at your girlfriends. Do some seem to be more domesticated than you? Ask them for help! Have them come over and help get your house organized. Pick their brains and experience for tips and tricks. 
  • Television - I LOVE Food Network! I gained so many valuable skills watching Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), and Sandra Lee. Not to mention, they are a wealth of new recipes to try.
Challenge: Evaluate your housekeeping skills. Are they in need of some assistance? Check out some of the resources above and try to implement one new tip, trick, or skill. 

Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

10 Day of Proverbs 31 - Day 3

"and her lamp does not go out at night." Proverbs 31:18b
Yesterday we saw that the Proverbs 31 woman is an early riser. Today we are going to see that she doesn't have a specific end to her day. When I worked outside the home, I had a set schedule. I worked Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Everyday I knew I could leave at 5:00. However, as all of us moms know, there is no specific "quitting time" for us. The woman of Proverbs 31 had a similar schedule.

Candlelight Verse 18 says, "her lamp does not go out at night." At first I though it meant that she not only got up before the sun, but that she stayed up very late as well. "Does this woman ever sleep?" I wondered. I don't know about you, but if this momma doesn't get at least 6 hours of beauty rest her temperament is anything but beautiful! You can breathe a sigh of relief. This is not what this verse means.  After doing some research, I gained a better understanding of this verse. Think back to a time before electricity. When the sun set, it became dark. There were no lights to turn on, only fire from candles and the moon to provide light. So when it says that "her lamp does not go out," it means that she works into the evening.

Many of us can relate to this type of work. Think of all the things you still need to accomplish during the evening hours: dinner, homework, bath time, laundry just to name a few. If you work outside the home, your list of evening responsibilities is even longer. If the woman of Proverbs of 31 lived today (and by the way, she's YOU!), she would not spend her evening in front of the t.v. watching hours of the world's view of reality. She wouldn't waste time on activities that didn't support her family, her friends, her ministry or her Lord. She would spend her evenings as she spends the rest of her day, busy serving others.

It all ties back to the main theme: she is not idle. Just as her mornings are full "attending to the affairs of her family," (vs 27) so are her nights. BUT This does not mean that you need to work yourself into exhaustion trying to get everything done in one day. That is why it's important to be organized. Make a plan in the morning for your day and stick to it.

Challenge: Tonight, pay close attention to how you spend your time. Are you attending to the affairs of your family? Or do you find yourself wasting more time than you should?  Pray that God would reveal areas in your life where you can be wiser with your time. 

Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dirty Dishes - Scotty McCreery

This week's song comes from one of our readers. Fawn, from The Happy Wives Club, shared her favorite song, Dirty Dishes by Scotty McCreey. Although we are avid country music fans, I hadn't heard this song, but on listen and I was hooked! As a mom, it's a great reminder of what is really important. Enjoy!!

Want to be featured next week? Leave a comment with a song that is currently blessing your heart. We just might pick YOU! :-)


Audry Cece said...
This is such a cute song! I've never heard it before so thanks for sharing!!

A song that has been blessing me lately is "When We're Together" by Mark Harris. It's from the movie Courageous and it's just such a sweet sweet song. It makes me think of my family.

My 2-year old daughter has been doing ballet all over the house to it for the last couple of days:)
Torrie said...
Audry, Thanks for sharing. I haven't heard this one yet. Can't wait to check it out. I love finding new inspirational songs! My husband and I just started a couples Bible study on Courageous. LOVE the theme song by Casting Crowns. Made it my husband's ring tone. :)
Debbie Riley @ life is simply bliss said...
Thank you Torrie. I really enjoyed listening to that song! I had never heard it before.

I have a song that I listen to when I am relaxing at home, or even cleaning up around the house.Its called " Start all over again" by Dana Glover. I love the words, they are very uplifting.
Torrie said...
Debbie, Thanks for sharing your song. I will head over and give a listen. Love songs that encourage...excited to check it out! :)
Linda Stoll said...
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10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 2

"She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls" Proverbs 31:15

morning Are you an early bird or a night owl? Well, I'm neither really. I like to sleep in (which at our house is around 7:30am) and I'm normally in bed by 10:30pm. (FYI-here came conviction We see from vs. 15 that the Proverbs 31 woman "rises while it's still dark." Depending on the season, that can be very early! Why does she do this? What purpose is there in rising so early compared to pushing that snooze button just a couple more times?

1. "She provides food for her family" She gets up early to start preparing the day's meals. When was the last time you woke up early and cooked breakfast for your husband and children during the week? "Are you crazy! With lunches to pack, kids to get off to school, a husband to get off to work and myself to throw together. When is there time to cook breakfast?!" you may ask. For the Proverbs 31 woman, she sees the needs of her family and fulfills them. She sees the importance of a good breakfast and starting her family off on the right foot each day. This is also a great time to visit your freezer. Plan what you are cooking for dinner ahead of time. Then in the morning, just pull the meat out of the freezer. When you're read to make dinner, it's thawed and ready to use.

2. "She provides portions for her servant girls." Servant worries there. I don't have any servants so I guess I can skip over that part. Wrong! YOU are the servant girl!! In Bible times, it would have been the job of the wife to organize the tasks of the day and delegate them to her servants. You may not have servants, but you still have a day to keep organized and tasks that need to be delegated.  Do you find yourself frustrated as you rush out the door, feeling like your mind will explode if you have to remember to do one more thing? Me too ;-). So use this time in the morning to make a list of the tasks for the day. Prioritize them. Then, if possible, delegate some of them  (i.e. chores to the kids).

How much more could you get accomplished during that quiet time in the morning while your family is still asleep? We all love those mornings when everything runs like clock-work and we don't feel rushed, don't we?
 Challenge: Tonight set your alarm for an hour earlier. Purpose to wake up on time and follow this model. I can assure you; your husband and children will be pleasantly surprised to have a hot breakfast and a stress-free mom waiting for them in the morning!

Until Tomorrow Friends...
Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 1

I am so excited to kick off our series of the Proverbs 31 woman! A lot of women have prayed over this series and know that God has amazing things planned in YOUR life! How do we know this is for you? Because God has directed you here. Whether you follow BBM regularly, found us through another blog link or various other methods you are here for a reason - and I am so thrilled you are!!

God has been speaking to my own heart a lot lately concerning our marriages. As a wife, taking a closer look at the woman described in Proverbs 31 is a great way for us to examine areas of our own lives that  need a little work. In turn, as we become stronger women of God, we will begin to look at our marriages in a different light. If you are not married, that's ok. This is for you too. The Proverbs 31 woman is a rare treasure that we can all strive to become. If you're like me, you may have found the woman in verses 10-31 to be an unrealistic, unattainable vision of perfection. After reading and studying her in greater detail, I've discovered although rare (vs 10) she is attainable. 

Over the next 10 days I will be sharing how she uses her time wisely. Let me just tell you, God did some (ok, a LOT) of convicting in my own heart in this area. So what are we waiting for? Let's dive in!

"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

One of the most notable characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman is that she is busy. Verse 27 says, "she does not eat the bread of idleness." All of her time has a purpose. "Then I am well on my way to being a Proverbs 31 woman because my days are so packed I can't possibly commit to one more thing." If this is the thought that just ran through your mind, wait! With what do you fill your days? Are they filled "attending to the affairs of your household"? Or do you find yourself going to bed each night wondering where the day has gone, feeling as though little was accomplished? If you relate more with the later, don't feel bad. Most of us do!

Take a moment to evaluate how you spend your time. How much time do you spend watching tv, surfing the web, chatting online, texting, sleeping in, leisurely shopping and spending time with your girlfriends? None of these things are wrong, in moderation. However, when they take time away from your responsibilities at home, there is a problem!

Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged already? DON'T!! I've been praying for you! Over the next 9 days we will see how you and I can become wiser in our time management. We will see how this rare treasure (vs 10) spends her time and how it relates to us today. God is doing great and mighty things in our lives! Come back tomorrow as we see how she spends her mornings. Until tomorrow...
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Gentleness Challenge -Week 3

"I'm so tried of yelling."
"Why don't they just do as I asked!?"
" I feel like I'm angry all the time."
I'm sure you've never said anything like this before, right? (wink, wink). It's week three of The Gentleness Challenge and Courtney dives into anger management. She lists four main reasons that us mommies get angry:

  1. Our Expectations Are Too High
  2. Exhaustion
  3. Disorganization
  4. Bitterness in Your Marriage

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on each step this week. She explains everything so well. I encourage you to read it in detail here. Let me just say this, she hit the nail on the head again with this post!! If you want to have a spirit of gentleness, you must also learn to control your anger.

As always, I have also posted this week's video at the end of this post. In the video, Courtney repeats a concept she shared in week 1 - It's not our job to be our child's Holy Spirit. Although it's a little longer than the previous videos, it's well worth your time!

God is continuing to do great things through The Gentleness Challenge. I know it's been tough. I want to encourage you today, stick with it! Pray!! God is faithful to complete the work He has begun!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 Series


I am so excited to announce that this week (Jan 18) Blessed Beyond Measure will be joining thirteen other blogs to bring you 10 Days of Proverbs 31. This series dives into the many aspects of the woman described in Proverbs 31 and how we can apply her Godly character to our own lives.

Below is a list of all participating blogs and their topics. Every day for 10 days each blog will bring you a new post concerning our given focus. We have been praying over this series and know that God has great things planned for it and you!

  • *A special thanks to Jeannie at 2 better than 1 for organizing this series.
  • Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Memories in the Making

    Yesterday was one of the Best Days Ever! Our little Princess and I got to have a very special "Princess Only" day. It was magical!

    From the minute I saw that Beauty and the Beast was going to be re-released in theaters for a limited time, I had been planning our day. It was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up. I remember coming home from church on Sunday afternoons, popping in my VHS tape and watching it over and over. I couldn't wait to share this with my little girl.

    My first movie!
    I didn't want to just take her to the movies. This was her very first movie at a theater and I wanted it to be an experience we would both cherish. She dressed in her new Belle gown, complete with slippers, crown & wand. She even had Belle on her ponytail. This alone made her so excited! We took pictures next to the poster at theater. Although we went to the 10:50am show, we got popcorn and drinks (because what's a movie with the popcorn, right?!) Once inside we snapped a couple more shots.

     "This is awesome!" she exclaimed as we walked into Theater 17 to find our seats. She picked them out...all the way at the top. Oh, did I mention, we were the ONLY ones there. We had the whole place to ourselves! She settled into her "big girl" seat, situated her popcorn and drink and got ready for the show. The lights when down  and the show began. She did great! She loved the movie, the singing, the cute little cup-Chip, and even the Beast. She loved when Belle came out in the same gown she was wearing. "Look Mommy! Just like me!" Good thing the popcorn came with napkins. I needed them to dab my eyes more than once. This is definitely going to make it into our DVD collection!

    I'm soooo excited!

    Our Princess waiting in her big girl chair

    Moments like this are a treasure. They are rare and priceless. Just like precious gems or works of art, they should be cherished. Before she went to bed last night, our Princess gave me a big, tight hug and said, "You're my best friend forever." "And you're mine, Sweet Girl." I said.  This really was one of THE BEST DAY EVER!

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    One Heartbeat at a Time - Steven Curtis Chapman

    Choosing the first song of 2012 for Musical Blessings was a little bit of a challenge. There are so many great songs out there, several of which have been speaking to my heart lately. But those of you who have been following BBM for any length of time know how excited I've been about The Gentleness Challenge! (Hopefully you're not too sick of hearing about it I heard this at church during child dedication and was a tear-stained mess by the end. A great reminder of the awesome responsibilty it is to be a mom and that what we do, no matter how small it seems, matter! Warning: Get the tissues handy!

    "One Heartbeat at a Time" Steven Curtis Chapman (SCC)

    Karen Dawkins said...
    The most recent song speaking to my heart is Follow You, by Leeland with Brandon Heath. It reminds me that my life is not my own, but that I live for God. And HE wants me to make a difference in this world.

    Surprise, surprise... my blog posts recently have been along the same theme. :)
    Karen Dawkins said...
    By the way, thanks for sharing this precious song :)

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