Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Specials!

I know many of you enjoy supporting small family businesses this time of year, so I wanted to share some specials with you, in case you'd like to support mine! :)


If you are a Lilla Rose fan, you're going to love this amazing Black Purple Friday Sale!  :) There are several beautiful new styles being introduced, some great re-releases that are available (including the wildly popular Winter Wonder), fantastic sale prices on everything, and free shipping, too!




Click here to shop my Lilla Rose website!





And, if you are interested in building (or rebuilding) your health, losing weight safely, or building a part-time or full-time income from home, you're going to love the Plexus Black Pink Friday Sale!  Plexus is offering 10% off everything, even Welcome Packs, plus FREE SHIPPING!  You might want to take this opportunity to order a bottle of Block and join my December Block Party!!  :)

Message me for more information!




Click here to shop my Plexus website!




Note: Both of these are fabulous companies with the highest standards of quality and customer service, and I am proud to represent both!!  I'm also pleased to be able to come along side my husband at this season of my life and help add needed income to our family! Thank you for supporting my home businesses both in the past and in the future! You are a blessing to me!  :) 

Thanksgiving Day 2015

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, overflowing with the blessings of food, family, friends, and faith. Our Thanksgiving was truly blessed!  :)

I did most of my cooking on Wednesday, which made Thanksgiving Day relatively easy and peaceful!  :)


Thanksgiving morning, while Alan and I stuffed the turkey and got it in the Roaster, the kids ran the annual Turkey Trot.  Bethany won first place in the 1 mile fun run! :) The others made a good showing in the 5k.



When the runners got home, I treated them to Pumpkin Pancakes with maple butter syrup and bacon! :)



Here's my Thanksgiving selfie!  :)  Why do I look so happy?  Because the cooking was done and it was time to eat! :)



Our menu included: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Squash Casserole, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Bread, and Pumpkin Yeast Rolls. 


Here's my plate! (Thanks to Plexus Block, I didn't overeat on Thanksgiving, and half of my carbs and sugars were blocked from being absorbed by my body!)  :)


Here we are sitting down to eat!  This picture shows everyone but me and my granddaughter Sarah, who is in the highchair to the left! :)  The two beautiful blondes on the right are international students that we are hosting for Thanksgiving - Lizzie from Scotland and Beata from Sweden! :)


It was a delicious feast!  We saved dessert for later that night . . . Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie! :)




It was a fabulous Thanksgiving and we enjoyed the time with family and new friends counting our blessings! :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Marriage Monday: A Marriage that Beautifully Illustrates God's Divine Plan




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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}



Today I want to share the most beautiful love story I've ever seen or heard!! I had heard of this relationship -- but watching their video really touched my heart!!

I just wonder . . . if more marriages truly reflected the love that Christ has for his church, if more couples truly lived out this kind of pure love for one another that is based on a holy love for Jesus Christ and a desire to please Him first and foremost, if we would be battling the redefinition of marriage in our country . . . 

I'm just pondering how much marriage has been devalued and perverted over the years, until it rarely resembles that holy institution which God designed it to be!  

I just love how this couple elevates marriage - truly demonstrating that it is a holy, set apart union that illustrates the relationship between Christ and His Beloved Bride!  Watch this video . . . and tell me what you think!  :)




Monday, November 2, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: Let Her Own Works Praise Her in the Gates




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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

Today I am concluding my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It has been both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and discover practical ways to apply these timeless truths to our own lives as women of the 21st century. I hope you are inspired to emulate this worthy woman and become a Model P31! 




Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. ~ Proverbs 31:31


If you read back over the entire passage -- Proverbs 31:10-31 -- you'll realize that much of what this amazing woman did was done in "secret."  The majority of her hard work, loving service, and the development of a variety of skills was accomplished in her own home and for the benefit of her own family. Eventually, many of her talents and abilities "spilled over" into the community as she served the poor and needy and supplied her hand-crafted items to the merchants.

Now, we learn that her works are being publicly praised in the city gates! That is where the leaders of the city gathered to conduct official business!

As I think about her works being done in the "secrecy" of her own home, it reminds me of several verses in Matthew chapter 6 that talk about how the good works that we do in secret will be seen of God and He will reward us openly.  I'm also reminded of Luke 8:17:

For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden
that will not be known and come to light.

Many young women fail to realize that the way they treat their husbands and children, the way they manage (or mismanage) their homes, what they watch and read and what they involve themselves in, and how they invest their time will one day not be secret, but will be manifest to the world. And that day will come sooner than they expect . . . our works are eventually broadcast for all to see and will either bring us (and our husbands) honor or dishonor, praise or shame.

As our children grow, they reveal much of what has transpired in our homes and broadcast it openly. One verse that the Lord keeps bringing to mind is Proverbs 29:15:

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

We can learn so much wisdom from thinking about this very simple, biblical concept. The seeds we plant down in the soil when no one is watching, will one day bear a harvest that everyone sees!  Our secret disciplines . . . or our secret indiscretions . . . will one day be broadcast to the world and either bring us praise and honor  . . . or shame and regret.  
I don't know about you, but I truly want the fruit of my life to bring me, my husband, my children, and my Lord, praise and honor and glory!



Once again, let me share a quote from lovely Model P31, Elizabeth George. This is from her book, Beautiful in God's Eyes:

Paraphrased in today's words, Proverbs 31:31 could read, "Give her credit for her achievements! Give her all that she has earned! Give her all that she has worked for so diligently! Give her the fruit of her hands, the harvest of a lifetime of loving effort! Give her the profit she's earned, the goods she's worked, the reputation she's established, the marriage she's nurtured, the home she's built, the family life she's cultivated, the future she's labored for! Give it all to her!

Then, I believe that this virtuous woman, who is praised because her life was built on the fear of the Lord, will take that praise and lay it at her Savior's feet, knowing that she could not have done any of it without Him!  Isn't that beautiful?  Isn't that the life we all long for?  A life that is worthy of praise, both here on earth and throughout eternity!


Especially for Single P31s:

As a single P31, 
l encourage you to not be deceived by popular feminist propaganda! If you've been following this series, I hope your heart has been stirred to be a Proverbs 31 woman!  Don't be deceived by what comes out of Hollywood or Washington D.C. -- true beauty, joy and fulfilment come from the inside out; they come from living a life built on the fear of the Lord; they come from giving our lives away in joyful service to our families!  You can be a true Model P31, whether single or married, as you emulate her character! I encourage you to start now where ever you are in your life, building your life around God and His unchangeable Word, seeking after true beauty, and modeling yourself after the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31! She is not a mirage -- she is real! You can be her!  :) 


Project P31, Mission #22:


While our series has come to an end, your work is just beginning! I encourage you to examine what you do in "secret" and what the results will be when these actions are broadcast to all.  Your daily words and attitudes and actions are like seeds that you are planting "in secret." Do you know that these seeds will grow and bring forth a harvest??  What kind of a harvest can you expect from the seeds you are planting? Will the harvest bring forth sweet or bitter fruit??

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man [or woman] sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ~ Galations 6:7-9



Your Turn to Share:


I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  


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.




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Monday, October 26, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: A Woman that Fears the Lord




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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 




Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord,
she shall be praised. 
~ Proverbs 31:30


While the Proverbs 31 woman certainly may have been a beautiful woman, her beauty was not "skin deep." True beauty begins in the heart and radiates outward. It doesn't depend on the perfect features or figure or the most fashionable wardrobe!

Real beauty is a result of having a heart that is yielded to God in obedience and loving submission to His will, a character that is formed by His word and work, and a desire to be beautiful in God's eyes above all. 

The world's idea of beauty is always changing.  (Have you ever considered those pictures of Victorian women? They would be considered obese by our modern anorexic standards! And while modern women may spend hours in the sun or a tanning bed to obtain the perfect sun-bronzed skin, there was a time when women wore sun bonnets to avoid getting even the slightest tan, because the goal was delicate, pale white skin!) 

Sadly, the idea of beauty in this modern age is photo-shopped perfection on the outside and emptiness on the inside. It reminds me of eggs, with their contents blown-out and their shells brightly decorated for an Easter Egg hunt.

True beauty is so much richer and fuller and takes into account the beauty of a woman who has given birth a dozen times and serves her family and community in love from before dawn until late at night.  (As I type this, I have a mental image of Marmee from the movie, Little Women. She lived a life of beautiful self-sacrificial service to her family and her community.)

The thing about beauty and charm is that they may lure and captivate, but they are fickle and fleeting. Neither outward beauty nor charm is capable of producing happiness or getting the work of life done. And neither one is lasting -- they are like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.

The beauty of a woman who fears the Lord is lasting and eternal. Instead of vanishing like a vapor, true beauty can actually increase with time. I truly believe my own mother is more beautiful today in the winter season of her life than she ever was!  And I'm not just talking about inner beauty!

Elizabeth George sums it up so well in Beautiful in God's Eyes:

Rather than the clothes you wear, the hairstyle you choose, the car you drive, or the house you decorate, you are to be primarily concerned about living out the holy character that God works in you as you live in His presence. You are to seek the praise of God rather than men. You are to shun the transitory vanities of this world and pursue instead the eternal beauty of the Lord. These -- not face and form -- are the interests of a womn who fears the Lord. It is your fear of the Lord that sanctifies every other part of your life and shows the internal majesty of God that is at your very core.

I love that quote! It's not that we are to ignore the outward appearance or consider it sinful to be outwardly beautiful, but we are to allow the reverential fear of the Lord to sanctify us from the inside out, creating a true and lasting beauty that impacts those around us! I believe that our appearance should incorporate the beauty, the order, and the creativity that God has woven into His creation, and should reflect well on our Heavenly Father and our earthly father and/or husband. As in every area of life, if we keep Christ at the center, everything else will fall into place!

 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:28-33

Especially for Single P31s:

As a single P31, you may feel the pressure to conform to the beauty of this world more than anyone else! I encourage you to focus on developing true inner beauty as you cultivate a love realationship with Jesus! It will serve you well whether single or married! Don't neglect your outer appearance . . . I do think it is important, especially in the world we live in today, to look our best.  But, remember that 
a joyful spirit, a smiling face, a loving heart, and a vibrant zest for life can make even the plainest features Radiant and Beautiful!  :)

If you are a single woman who longs for a husband, don't fall into the trap of thinking you must resort to worldly charm and Hollywood's definition of beauty to get a man. One of my sons is an avid fisherman, and I notice that he uses different bait, hooks and lures based on what type of fish he is hoping to catch. If you want a "good catch" -- a godly husband who will be the spiritual leader of your home, who treats you with respect and values children, why would you try to "lure" him with worldly devices??  Stick to prayer and a godly life and trust God to bring the right man in His perfect timing!  :)



Project P31, Mission #21:

This is a good time to stop and evaulate whether you are spending most of your time and money on creating or augmenting your outer beauty or on developing your inner beauty?  I encourage you to focus on your relationship with Jesus, and allow Him to make you beautiful from the inside out!  



Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  

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.



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Monday, October 12, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: But Thou Excellest Them All




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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 




{Her husband also, and he praiseth her:}  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
~ Proverbs 31:29


In my last post, I talked about the blessing of children rising up and praising and honoring the virtuous woman with their words and with their lives. Today, the focus is on the husband's praise. Don't you love this?  He is saying, in essence, many young women have become good mothers and godly wives, but you excel them all! Wow! Wouldn't you love to hear your husband say that about you??  :)

The Amplified Bible translates that verse this way:


Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength
of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.

What made the P31 excel all other women?  It was her spiritual and practical devotion to God, which permeated every area and relationship of her life!! We will explore the secret to her strength and virtue in next week's post!

Think about this - her husband knows her better than anyone except God, and he gives her the highest praise! 

It has to make us wonder if our husbands would praise us so highly?? It's a sobering question, is it not?? 

What made the virtuous wife so praiseworthy?

She was devoted to the Lord, her husband, and her children.
She used her time wisely.
She took good care of her home. 
She reached out to others in love and compassion.
She was productive.

My goal is to be such a woman, who is worthy of my husband's highest praise!  How about you?


Especially for Single P31s:

As a single P31, I encourage you to begin now to develop the qualities of the virtuous wife. Encourage and build up the marriages of those around you, and pray that God will use your waiting time to build in you the character of a model P31!  



Project P31, Mission #20:

Examine your life as a wife. Are you an encouraging, helpful, wife who makes your husband's life better? Are you devoted to your husband and to your calling to be a helpmeet?? Identify at least one area where you could improve!




Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  

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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Monday, September 28, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: Her Children Rise Up and Praise Her




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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 




Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
~ Proverbs 31:28


These are some of the most beautiful words in the entire Bible! When a young mother is in the bootcamp years of motherhood, with only small children clinging to her knees, working hard to train her young children to be kind and obedient, or even when she's a bit older, and struggling to maintain wise boundaries for teens who are straining against the rules and "reins" as they long to exert every independent muscle in their bodies . . . motherhood can feel hard and thankless.  When a mother rises early and stays up late serving her family, preparing nutritious meals (which may or may not be eaten with thanksgiving), and cleaning up the same messes over and over and over . . .  she can grow weary and lose her vision for the importance of her work in her home.  These words can become a lifeline for a weary mother to keep going, keep serving, keep loving, keep pouring herself out for the good of her family day in and day out, as she hopes and believes that her work will not be in vain!

According to Elizabeth George, in Beautiful in God's Eyes:


The words rise up mean that the Proverbs 31 woman's children grow up and go out to live in a way that brings honor and blessing and credit to her. The children's lives become the living praise of her worth and her work. . . The children of our Proverbs 31 woman give her life its highest reward. They bless her. They praise her. The children experience the sweet fruits of her virtues, and she experiences the sweet fruits of their lives and rejoices in them.

And that, my friends, is what keeps the Model P31 loving and serving and giving to the needs of her family.  She longs for the day when she will reap a harvest and her diligence in sowing good seeds into the lives of her family will be rewarded. Her reward? The godly, honorable lives of her children which bring her praise!  

But what if this is not the case?  What if her children do not rise up to thank her, and give her praise, and live lives worthy of honor??

Sadly, sometimes it's true that even godly, intentional, dedicated mothers raise up adults who choose to go their own way, and reject their mother's teaching, and wander off the paths of righteousness.

It's at times like these that we must focus solely on obeying God and leaving the results to Him.  God has clearly called us as women to love our husbands and children, to teach and train our children in the ways of the Lord, and to nurture and lovingly discipline our children. We are not to forsake these responsibilities - no matter what! 

Even when it seems that our efforts are in vain, we must continue to trust the Lord and to obey His commands and to trust Him to work all things together for good according to His purposes.  (Romans 8:28). 

A godly mother never gives up, but keeps loving and encouraging and praying for her family!  And many times God brings the prodigals to repentance and restoration, probably in large part due to the mother's tireless prayers and undying love!

I love these words by Edith Schaeffer, "Being a mother is worth fighting for, worth calling a career, worth the dignity of hard work."  And our children are worth sacrificing for! 

Being devoted to the roles of wife and mother may seem old-fashioned in our modern, fast-paced, two-income society!  But the value of such an investment of our time and resources is enduring and eternal! 


Especially for Single P31s:

As a single P31, I encourage you to pray for and encourage your own mother and other mothers you know! Also, begin now to study and learn from great mothers, both those in your circle of influence and those who can influence you through their writings. {With the dearth of good role models, it seems that effective mothering must be studied and consciously developed more than ever before!} 



Project P31, Mission #19:

Examine your life as a mother. Are you being purposeful and intentional? Are you investing your life in the next generation??  How can you be a more effective mother to your children, grandchildren, and others whom God has placed in your life?



{Next week we will focus more on the second part of this verse -- her husband's praise.}


Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  

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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