Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: Stretch Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone



Do you feel s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d???

It's a good thing to be stretched and to learn new things and to develop new skills, no matter where you are in life!  If we aren't willing to be stretched and grow, we can become stagnant. Also, if we aren't willing to stretch ourselves and learn new skills, how can we expect our children to stretch themselves and tackle hard things?

I started thinking about this because my youngest daughter, Bethany, did something that was hard for her on Sunday.  I didn't even realize it, until she told me later, "Mom, I went out of my comfort zone and talked to {the girl}who was visiting our church today."  Wow! Do you know how happy that made me??  Obviously, she had been listening to our conversations about stretching ourselves out of our comfort zones and had been willing to give herself a nudge and do something hard for her!  Isn't that amazing??

I know some people who refuse to do things that are hard, or uncomfortable, or outside their comfort zones.  They miss out on so many opportunities and blessings in life!  Sometimes that person is me.

But, I've been learning to step out of my comfort zone and do new things.  As a Mom, I stepped outside of my comfort zone 24 years ago when I chose to homeschool my children.  Homeschooling was pretty strange and unfamiliar to most people back in those days, and I wasn't totally sure that I could really do it, but I stepped out in faith and was willing to be stretched and challenged in this new lifestyle.

I really stepped out of my comfort zone when I followed the Spirit's leading and agreed with my husband to give God control of how many children we had. I'd already done the Math -- I figured I could have ten children!  That was a pretty scary thought to a girl with one sister!  But, I stepped out of my comfort zone and lived a life of faith . . . with no regrets!

I stepped out of my comfort zone again when I agreed to take a cross-country trip back in 2006 with 12 people in a 12-passengar van pulling a pop-up trailer!!!!!  Were there some uncomfortable moments??  Yes!  But I would have missed many blessings and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if I had refused to go along with my husband's wild idea!  :)

I also stepped out of my comfort zone two years ago when I signed up to be a Lilla Rose consultant.  I've never been good at selling, and I've had to learn how to push past my fears and talk to people about hair jewelry!  :)  I've learned how to approach people at vendor shows and how to demonstrate a flexi clip in my own hair or a potential customer's hair in front of a crowd. I've even learned to love doing these shows and to love meeting new ladies and introducing them to the amazing flexi clip!  I even leaped out of my comfort zone and flew by myself to California last February to attend the first ever Lilla Rose Convention!! I roomed with a lady I had never met, made lots of new friends, learned new skills, and had a grand adventure!  :)

Because of my success with Lilla Rose, I had enough confidence to stretch myself a bit more and I recently signed up to be an ambassador for Plexus Worldwide.  I am so excited about this company (which was recently named the 8th fastest growing private company in America) and their life-changing products!  But, I'm definitely being stretched again as I educate myself about the products and how they help with the leading health issues of our day, and as I learn how to share the amazing products and opportunity with others.  I often find myself wandering around outside of my comfort zone, stretching myself as I learn new skills and develop new abilities.

It can be both exhausting and exhilirating to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zones.  It can also have far-reaching effects, because as we stretch ourselves we are able to do things we never thought possible, and we model this for our children and grandchildren as well!!

So, today's tip is to Stretch yourself out of your comfort zone!  

{Please share how you are stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone in the comments. I'd love to hear your story!}

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marriage Monday: The Good Wife {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. 

Since the beginning of the year we've been looking at different characteristics of the godly wife. Last week we took a look at the gracious wife, and today I want to focus on the good wife.


She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  ~ Proverbs 31:12

The Hebrew word for good here simply means pleasant, agreeable, or beneficial.  That really shouldn't be too hard, should it? To just treat our husbands well, to be agreeable and pleasant, and to have their best interests in mind!  And yet, how many times do we trip over Self??

The New Testament is full of admonitions to be good, and to do good works, and to not return evil for evil, but blessing instead. Consider this verse:

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.   ~ Galations 6:10


Surely, if we are instructed to look for opportunities to do good to those who are part of the household of faith, then it's a Given that we will be doing good to the members of our own households! And yet, how easy it is to let down our guard and to be anything but pleasant and agreeable and full of good works in our very own homes with our own precious husbands and children!  How sad that those we love the most often see us acting our worst!

We've already looked at this passage several times in previous weeks, but did you notice that little word "good" tucked in there??

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands that the word of God be not blasphemed.  ~ Titus 2:3-4


I looked up the Greek word for good used in these verses and here are some of the synonyms I discovered:  pleasant, agreeable, joyful, excellent, distinguished, upright, honorable.  

I don't think it's too hard to use our imaginations here and come up with a list of good works that we can do in our homes for our husbands and children, do you?  But, did you know that the Bible specifically mentions some good works that godly women should be known for??  Check this out!  :)  

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.  ~ 1 Timothy 5:10


I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.  ~ 1 Timothy 5:14

There's no need for guessing -- God has clearly revealed some of the good works we should be doing as godly wives!  For a more complete list, check out Proverbs 31:10-31!  :)


I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for homework!  :)  Your homework assignment for this week, if you choose to accept it, is to focus on doing good works in and through your home this week.  Make sure your husband is the direct recipient of some of those good works; however, realize that he indirectly benefits from all of them, as you bring honor to his name when you life a life characterized by virtue, honor, and good works! :)


All of the posts in this series have been designed to help you build your marriage and to be a strong, confident, suitable helpmeet who is an asset to your husband. Use this list to catch up on any posts you may have missed.


The Abiding Wife

The Respectful Wife

The Accepting Wife

The Admiring Wife

The Supportive Wife

The Humble Wife

The Grateful Wife

The Joyful Wife

The Content Wife

The Trustworthy Wife

The Kind Wife

The Sympathetic Wife

The Pure Wife

The Serene Wife

The Celebrating Wife

The Wise Wife

The Wife as a Suitable Helper

The Diligent Wife

The Sensible Wife

The Discreet Wife

The Homeworking Wife, part 1 

The Homeworking Wife, part 2

The Obedient Wife

Understanding Submission vs. Obedience

Ten Traps to Avoid as You Strive to be a Submissive Wife

The Feminine Wife 

The Gracious Wife



Your Turn to Share:

Are you a good wife?  Is your life characterized by good works that bless others (your own husband and children plus those outside your home) and bring honor to your husband and glory to your God??  Please share some of the good works that you've done lately so we might all be encouraged in our pursuit of good works!  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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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










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Friday, September 12, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ September 12, 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!  






It has been another busy week here!  So much so that I find myself dragging a bit this morning. We always have so much going on around here!  

For example, the wedding we had last Saturday . . . 

Many people saw these pictures on my daughter's Facebook and wondered who in our family got married!  :)




Actually, it was just a fake wedding!  :)  It was all staged for a photo shoot!!  :)  Photographs were taken by my talented daughter, Hannah of Hannah Elizabeth Photography.  All make up was done by our sweet pastor's wife and Mary Kay consultant, Susan Hudson, and hair was styled by me and my daughter-in-law, Kristi, with hair jewelry from Lilla Rose. :)  




So, hopefully that dispels any rumors that may have been floating around!  ;)


Last Sunday was Luke's birthday.  Unbelievably, he is now 16!! {Where do the years go??}  That means 16 years ago I spent my Labor Day laboring!  A very fitting way to spend Labor Day, don't you think??  :)

Here are some pictures of Luke's birthday celebration:





I made this scrumptious Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Taste of Home!!  I highly recommend it, if you want a fairly easy, but over-the-top delicious chocolate cake!!  :)


On Wednesday, we took Kendra to the airport, so she is now back home with her family, and Hannah is catching up on sleep!  :)



That's a bit of what's been going on around here.  What has been happening in your neck of the woods?

By the way, there's still time to order the Lilla Rose September Flexi and Hairband of the month!  The latest style is known as Dusky Plum, and captures the darker hues of fall in a beautiful way!  Click her to visit my Lilla Rose website.











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, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: How to Prepare for Your Day



Train yourself to rise before your family and prepare yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually for your day!  It may seem difficult at first, but it is so worth it!  In fact, I don't see how you can have peaceful and productive days without this practice!

"She rises also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household and a portion to her maidens."  ~ Proverbs 31:15

The Amplified Bible puts it this way ~ "She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks."

Knowing that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, you might look at it this way.  Begin your day by preparing the inside of the temple, as you spend time behind the veil with the Holy of Holies. Then, proceed to the outside of the temple as you prepare your physical body for the day  -- through physical exercise, perhaps, daily personal grooming and dressing for your day.  Then, move into the outer courtyard ~ your home ~ and prepare it for your day. In this way you will be ready to minister to your husband, your children, your neighbors, your community, your world!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marriage Monday: The Gracious Wife {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 apologize for my absence here last Monday, which was Labor Day here in America. I got up early and took my son to work at 6:30 am, so that my husband could sleep in.  Then, when I got home I had a choice to make -- sit down and work on my blog post or make a big breakfast to surprise my family.  I think you know which one I chose!  :)  I made my family a special breakfast of blueberry cream pancakes, bacon and eggs.  By the time breakfast was served and cleaned up, my husband said, Let's spend the day at the beach. So, after a flurry of preparations, we headed to the beach for the day!  So, let's just say I chose to live my Marriage Monday posts last Monday, instead of writing a new one.  As far as I'm concerned, if I'm not practicing what I'm preaching, there is no reason for me to continue writing here . . . 

Anyway, as you may know, since the beginning of the year we've been looking at the characteristics of the godly wife. Last time I posted here, I talked about the feminine wife, and gave you some homework!  Did you do it?? I'd love to hear about it if you did! Today, I'm really excited to share some thoughts on the gracious wife. 

Proverbs 11:16 says, "A gracious woman retaineth honor."

What does it mean to be a gracious woman?  The Hebrew word used here is chen, which means grace, charm, favor, acceptance, gracefulness, beauty and elegance.

A gracious woman is wise, full of grace and compassion, merciful, kind, gentle, slow to anger, and speaks with wisdom and kindness.  She is humble, not proud or arrogant. She makes a great hostess, because she is focused on making others feel comfortable and "at home," and is always warm and inviting. She knows how to smooth over awkward situations and her sweet spirit puts others at ease in her presence.  She always takes "the high road" and acts honorably in every situation.  This woman's character, actions and demeanor bring only honor (not shame) to herself and her husband.


A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.  ~ Proverbs 12:4

Above all, a gracious woman recognizes that she has been forgiven much and is only who she is and where she is in life because of the grace of God.  And so, she extends grace to others.

If you've been reading here for long, you know that one of my favorite verses is Proverbs 19:11, which in essence says that it is a glory or an honor for a woman to hold back her anger and overlook an offense towards her!  Truly, a woman retains honor when she is slow to anger and quick to forgive!  But when a woman is willing to overlook an offense -- meaning she doesn't even allow herself to notice it -- now that is truly a gracious woman! 


So, let me ask you -- Are you a gracious woman?  

Recently, I was in a situation where I was very frustrated and irritated, and definitely tempted to speak angrily.  However, when I was opening my mouth to say something ugly, this verse flashed across my mind in blinking neon lights, "A gracious woman retaineth honor."  I knew that I wanted to be a woman of honor and that I wanted my actions to bring only honor to my husband and to my Lord, so I swallowed my ugly words, and I chose to speak softly and graciously and I'm sure the situation turned out better because of it! 

I encourage you to copy this verse down on an index card and post it where you can see it, or carry it about in your pocket, and keep it with you as a reminder!  It will help you become a gracious woman!



All of the posts in this series have been designed to help you build your marriage and to be a strong, confident, suitable helpmeet who is an asset to your husband. Use this list to catch up on any posts you may have missed.


The Abiding Wife

The Respectful Wife

The Accepting Wife

The Admiring Wife

The Supportive Wife

The Humble Wife

The Grateful Wife

The Joyful Wife

The Content Wife

The Trustworthy Wife

The Kind Wife

The Sympathetic Wife

The Pure Wife

The Serene Wife

The Celebrating Wife

The Wise Wife

The Wife as a Suitable Helper

The Diligent Wife

The Sensible Wife

The Discreet Wife

The Homeworking Wife, part 1 

The Homeworking Wife, part 2

The Obedient Wife

Understanding Submission vs. Obedience

Ten Traps to Avoid as You Strive to be a Submissive Wife

The Feminine Wife



Your Turn to Share:

Are you a gracious wife?  Are you slow to anger, gentle, kind, compassionate, merciful, humble, and wise?  How important do you think it is to be a gracious woman?  Is there a woman that comes to your mind when you think of a gracious woman? How can you be more like her?  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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