Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: Prepared to be a Blessing



Today I want to share a quick tip that helps you be ready to bless others.

One way busy moms at home can minister to others is by taking a meal to a family when there has been a crisis of some kind. I have often blessed a family with a meal when the mom was struggling with morning sickness or on bed rest with a difficult pregnancy or after the birth of a new baby.  I've also prepared meals for families who were moving, had someone in the hospital, or when there was a death in the family.  And sometimes I've shared a meal or portion of a meal with someone . . .  just because!  :)

I've also been the recipient of many such thoughtful meals through the years!  What I've learned along the way is that it is so much easier to not have to worry about whose dish belongs to whom and to not have to worry about getting all the dishes thoroughly washed (often by child helpers) and returned to the proper people.  So, I try to send food in disposable pans when possible.  That way, the dishes don't have to be washed or returned!  :)




So, my tip for today is to keep some disposable pans on hand.  That way when you need to take a meal to someone, you are prepared. If you want to take this preparation a step further, then try to keep your pantry stocked with the ingredients you need to make a simple meal for someone.  It will make it so much easier to be a blessing!!  :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marriage Monday: How Do You Treat Your Husband? {Link up}






Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

I want to ask you something -- how did you treat your husband this past weekend?  Take a minute to think about it . . . 



Yesterday our pastor shared a message on how we should treat one another as Christians.  After compiling all of the scriptures that contained the phrase "one another," this was the list he gave us:


  • Prefer one another
  • Receive one another
  • Admonish one another
  • Encourage one another
  • Greet one another
  • Serve one another
  • Forebear (or put up with) with one another 
  • Be kind to one another
  • Forgive one another
  • Comfort one another
  • Edify one another
  • Exhort one another
  • Consider one another
  • Don't judge (or look down on) one another
  • Love one another



As I was thinking about his message, I thought about how we should not only be treating other people this way, but this describes how we should be treating our people.  You know, our own husband and our own children and our own extended family members.

Learning to live the Christian life starts in our own homes and moves out into our neighborhoods, and radiates into our communities, and eventually reaches into the darkest corners of the world.

Some Christians are near-sighted -- selfishly focusing on themselves and their own families and ignoring the needs of the world around them.  However, other Christians are far-sighted -- focusing on the needs in their communities or on the other side of the world and looking over the glaring needs right in their own homes.

We need to ask God for "corrective lenses" so we can have 20-20 vision to see the needs for love and acceptance and hope and comfort and sustenance that are both far away and right under noses.  Then we need to allow the love of Christ to fill us and overflow out of our hearts into the lives all around us, causing us to bless and encourage others.

If we don't treat others with love, the love of God is not in us!! 

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."  ~ 1 John 4:7-8

How should we love?  

See the list above for starters.  Then check out 1 Corinthians 13.

Who should we love?  

Our husbands and children (even though they're not perfect) and our nosy neighbors and difficult relatives and cranky co-workers and belligerent bosses and the person in our pew and the man who lives under the bridge and the repulsive person in Wal-mart.

Why should we love?

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."  ~ 1 John 4:9-11 



So, I ask you again -- how did you treat your husband this past weekend?  Note, I didn't ask how he treated you.  Christ loved us while we were yet sinners, and we are to love with that same kind of unconditional love!

May God give us the grace to love our husbands, our children, our neighbors, our world!  May we be known for the way we love . . . 



Your Turn to Share:

If you are a Believer, how does the love of Christ spill out of your heart and into the lives of those around you?  Do you love your husband with God's amazing love??  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!



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Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is MinePhotobuckethttp://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/ Making Your Home Sing Monday!  




Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth



  


a-wise-woman-builds-her-home         Messy Marriage      Mom's Morning Coffee



    Wholehearted Wednesday     A Little R & R





Proverbs 31 Link Up  




     Graced Simplicity

Hearts for Home Blog Hop   Hope In Every Season





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Friday, October 24, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ October 24, 2014




Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  






I'm sorry I didn't make it to my porch earlier today, as I usually do.  I was taking part in our homeschool co-op's annual Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser!  Our little group sold 375 boxes of doughnuts!!!  :)  Matt is my natural salesman, so he enjoyed getting out there and selling, delivering (and eating!) doughnuts!





This was the beautiful sky we saw early this morning on our way to pick up our doughnuts.

 



This spectacular sky brought back a vivid memory of when I was a little girl.  Every time I asked my Dad what his favorite color was, he would always answer outside of the crayon box with "sky blue pink!"  :)  Of course, that always frustrated me!  ;)  But today, it thrilled me to see my Dad's favorite color splashed across the sky!  I've decided that Sky Blue Pink may be my new favorite color too!  ;)


The biggest news of the past week is that Chris finally got his driver's license!!!!  :)  We celebrated by picking up his favorite girl, Angel, and having lunch at our newly renovated Chick-fil-A!  :)  I must admit that it will be nice to have another driver in the family . . . but it sure is hard to let those new drivers take off in the car alone!!  Now, I'm down to two instead of three that I'm teaching to drive!  Hannah and Luke are both eager to graduate to the next level . . . 



Last Saturday, I was a vendor at the Brunswick Stewbilee Festival!  So fun!  My daughter, Hannah, and my daughter through marriage, Kristi, helped me demonstrate and sell flexi clips!  We had a great time sharing some Lilla Rose love, meeting new people, and tasting Brunswick Stew!!!







Tasting all of that Brunswick Stew made me want to make some myself!  Is it prideful to say that I think my Brunswick Stew is better than 98% of the ones I tasted??  Tossing around the idea of entering the stew competition next year . . . 

So, I've been working on making my meats all week (pork roast, beef roast and chicken) and I threw it all in the pot today!  Here's a peek at my big pot of Brunswick Stew simmering on the stove! Doesn't it look good??  :)


Tomorrow I have another vendor show, and I'll be so grateful to come home and put my feet up and enjoy a delicious bowl of Brunswick Stew!  :)









Thanks for stopping by my front porch for a visit! I'd love for you to take a moment to "sign my guest book" (leave a comment!) so I can know that you stopped by and enjoyed your visit!  Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: A Child Training Tip



Today I'm going to share a child training tip from one of my favorite books on child training -- Child Training Tips: What I Wish I Knew When My Children Were Young by Reb Bradley.


Although most of us as parents love our children, our commitment to their happiness harms them. Indulged children are unprepared for adulthood. They have been sent the message that their perssonal happiness is of supreme importance, so they grow up thinking it is owed them. They ultimately lack the self discipline necessary for successful employment, and their self-centeredness will cause strife in their marriages. Then when their marriages fail, they will not consider it their fault -- they will be innocent "victims" of their spouse's shortcomings.  From the time they are young, our children must learn that life is not about fun and entertainment, nor is it about personal happiness and self-gratification. It is about responsibility and serving others. It is finding joy in honoring God and loving our neighbors.

What else can I say?  This powerful quote speaks for itself, does it not??

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marriage Monday: Marriage on the 50 Yard Line {Link up}







Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

Did you happen to see any good football games this past weekend??  ;)  That question might surprise you, but today I'm going to talk to the wife of the football fan!
Today's post might even be subtitled, "Loving your husband begins in front of the football game."  





Let me ask you a question, do you like football? In my experience, a few women really enjoy watching football, some even more so than their husbands, while the majority of women seem to hate it and resent the time their husbands spend watching it.

I want to challenge you that if your husband loves watching football (or basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.) that you should attempt to like watching that sport too.  (I draw the line at wrestling!)  ;)

Try sitting down beside your husband and watching whatever the sport is that captures his attention.  Ask him to explain the rules that you don't understand. Try to gain an appreciation for the game.  At the very least, try to understand it well enough that you will know what he's talking about if he shares some exciting detail with you!  ;)

If it bores you to tears, or seems like a huge waste of time, try to find something you can do while "watching" the game with your husband.  Football games are a great time for double tasking!  My Mom used to sit by my Dad and knit or crochet during football games!  I've been known to read a book, flip through a magazine, scroll through Facebook, or work on a blog post -- all while catching the big plays of a football game with my husband and sons.    

Like football, marriage is about more than just the "big plays."  It's about systematically moving the ball down field a few yards at a time, achieving "first downs" all along the way, until you finally score. If your husband is a big football fan, you might find that your showing interest in the game earns you a "first down" in his eyes.  Who knows, you may even score a "touchdown?"  ;)





Your Turn to Share:

Have you learned the skill of showing interest in something that your husband is interested in?  What was the result?  Did it please your husband?  Did it make him feel more appreciated?  Did it prompt him to show interest in something you love?  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!



Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!



marriage mondays


Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is MinePhotobuckethttp://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/ Making Your Home Sing Monday!  




Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth



  


a-wise-woman-builds-her-home         Messy Marriage      Mom's Morning Coffee



    Wholehearted Wednesday     A Little R & R





Proverbs 31 Link Up  




     Graced Simplicity

Hearts for Home Blog Hop   Hope In Every Season





    http://christianmommyblogger.com/fellowship-fridays-underdog/       Faith Along the Way










Please link up your blog post on marriage below by entering the url of your specific post.  Where it says "Your Name" enter the title of your blog post, not your personal name!  Thanks!  :)







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