Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lilla Rose Sale and Early Release of the May Flexi-of-the-Month!

I just had to take a moment to let you know about the Lilla Rose Sale that is underway now!  The new May flexi-of-the-month has been released early (so you can order it for Mother's Day) and is 10% off ~ and it's a real beauty!!  :) (I've already ordered this clip in a couple different sizes for my personal collection!)  :)


The new redesigned headbands are also on sale! While I love the old headbands, the new customizable ones are even better! The new metal clasps hold up to 3 beaded bands of your choice, plus you can choose an elastic band that matches your hair color! These are 10% off during the sale!


There is also a new elegant flower flexi (that coordinates with the elegant flower bobbies) that is on sale 10% off, plus some select older items are 20% off, while supplies last!





This sale is a great time to pick up some beautiful and unique Mother's Day gifts!  (If your Mom has short hair, she can still use a flexi clip on her scarves!)





Click here if you'd like to browse my Lilla Rose website!  :)



Monday, April 20, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31: She Makes Herself Strong {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. 

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! 


She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  ~ Proverbs 31:17

As a modern woman you may be a bit thrown off by the phrase, "girdeth her loins with strength." Let me explain. In biblical days, both men and women wore long flowing garments, which they gathered up and tucked into a belt (girdle) before going on a journey or tackling a job.  So, we might translate that phrase into "she putteth on an apron" or "she putteth on her workout clothes" before she gets down to the serious business of working in her home!  I've noticed that being dressed for my work does make it easier to get started!

Now, let's take a look at this passage in the Amplifed version of the Bible:

She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.  ~ Proverbs 31:17 (Amp)

One thing is for sure, this woman was not soft or weak!  She was not afraid of hard work and she was certainly not sitting around all day! She filled her days from early in the morning until late at night with productivity, and she worked hard with her hands.  If you've ever kneaded bread dough by hand, you'll have no doubt that her arms were strong and firm!  :) 

What is her secret?  Once again I quote from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth George, from Beautiful in God's Eyes


She knows her goal: she's on assignment from God to build a home (Proverbs 14:1) and is therefore highly motivated. She wisely plans her days so that each one of them moves her toward her goals and dreams. She works -- and she works hard -- never procrastinating, always using her time well, focusing her plans and her energy on making her dreams come true. 

This woman's fear of the Lord and her time spent gaining nourishment from God's word early in the morning, provided the spiritual strength she needed to tackle her demanding schedule. The vision she received from the Lord and the dreams He put in her heart, gave her the motivation and determination to work hard. Then, her willingess to spring into action, working diligently on the tasks at hand, strengthened her physically to perform the work that was a part of her day.

Her mental toughness is crucial, because we all fight the battle over hard work in our minds.  It's our mental toughness, our self-discipline that causes us to win the first battle of the day -- the one with the sheets, and to continue to win over our flesh as we choose to get up and make supper, wash dishes, vacuum the carpets, mop the floors, train our children, or help a family in need, instead of sitting in our favorite chair reading a book, watching TV or browsing the internet.

But, even the virtue of hard work is not very effective without a plan!  We have to know where we are headed and have a plan to get there! Then we follow through with self-discipline and diligent effort.

I love the exhortation from leadership expert, John Maxwell, to make everyday a masterpiece!  How?  By our decisions and our disclipline.  John Maxwell explains:


Good decisions minus daily discipline equals a plan without a pay off.  Daily discipline minus good decisions equals regimentation without a reward.  

A P31 combines her spiritual, mental and physical strength to live a life of purpose, to create a daily plan of action, and to put forth the physical effort needed to accomplish her goals and make her dreams for her home and family a reality!


Especially for Single P31s:

If you are a single woman, you are in the perfect season of life to begin your "strength training!"  You can begin now to exercise your faith, seek the Lord for purpose and a vision for your life, and begin a daily "workout plan" that strengthens you for the work the Lord has for you!  You can also work to strenghten your mind by filling it with the Word of God and by making the hard choices vs. choosing the path of least resistance.  Then, you can follow through with physical work and exercise that strengthens your body so that you will be strong and capable for all the Lord calls you to do, whether as a single or married P31!  (He needs both, you know!)  :)


Project P31, Mission #7:

Your mission for this week is to look for ways to strengthen your mind and body for the work the Lord has for you to do. If you don't know what God's purpose is for your life, ask Him to reveal it to you. Then, create a daily plan that helps you fulfill the purpose that you believe God has for your life. Begin to discipline your mind by making the hard choices. What is one hard choice you can make this week?  Then, look for ways to be more active throughout the day, working hard physically to strengthen your body as you build up your home and family. How can you squeeze more physical activity into your days?  What is one hard job you've been putting off that you can tackle this week?? 


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, April 13, 2015

Marriage Monday: Pursuing the Field of your Dreams {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'm sorry for being Missing in Action here the last couple weeks!  We traveled out of town two weeks ago and then had company for Easter weekend, followed by Spring Break week, and I just never found time or quiet enough to gather my thoughts into a blog post!  :)

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! 


She considereth a field, and buyeth it: With the fruit of her hands she planteth
a vineyard.  
~ Proverbs 31:16

You know how I love the Amplifed version of the Bible, for giving me insight into various passages. Let's take a look at this passage in the Amplifed version:

She considers a new field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]: with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. ~ Proverbs 31:16 (Amp)

I love how the excellent wife prayerfully considers expanding to a new field before she does so. One common pitfall for modern women is taking on more and more activities and responsibilities, until we are totally in over our heads! I love the reminder to not take on so many new commitments that we neglect our present responsibilities and priorities!  

The virtuous woman is a wise steward of her time and resources, always seeking to invest both profitably. She is prudent in her decision making, resourceful and entrepreneurial.

She rises early to care for her family and get her servants working productively, as we saw last week.  Her wise management of her home enables her to have the time and energy to invest in other "fields of opportunity" that will enable her to increase her family's well being.  Yet, she doesn't neglect her home and family in the process.  She expands prudently.  

The secret to her success?  She knows that her first priority (after the Lord) is her husband and family! 

A P31 remembers her priorities!!  She focuses on building her own house (Proverbs 14:1), building an honorable name for her family (Proverbs 22:1), and building up the next generation (Proverbs 31:28), before building a business!  Also, she's not focused on "building a name for herself" but on building up her husband and her family!

I love what Elizabeth George says in Beautiful in God's Eyes:

God's beautiful woman's supervision of her home, her oversight of the budget, her labor for her family, her doing without, her thrift, her saying 'no,' and her time spent getting the best bargains -- all of these efforts pay off in money saved and lead to her dream becoming reality. Clearly, one of her financial goals is earning and saving money she could use not for herself, not for trifles, but for making her dreams for her family come true!  Because of her dreams, her family is served! They benefit.

I really love that!  There is nothing wrong with a woman having dreams and earning an income to bless her family. But something is wrong when she sacrifices her husband and children in the process!!  A wise woman {mother} will look for ways to earn an income from home, so she can be present with her children as much as possible!

Do you have a dream?  Elizabeth George, shares how dreams can become reality for the P31. She says, "Behind very success story is plain ol' hard work -- powered by love for family, a vision of their well-being, a dream about how to make that happen, and God's gracious blessing!"


Especially for Single P31s:

If you are single, you have the advantage of having more time and freedom to pursue your dreams and explore different opportunities. I encourage you to consider fields of study and career options which can be done part time or from home, so that you will have more family-friendly options available to you in the future. 

Also, while you are still young is the perfect time to begin the progression which leads to success.  The excellent wife of Proverbs 31 started with virtue and right priorities, and added a willing heart and an industrious spirit which enabled her to wisely invest her time and resources and led to her eventual success.


Project P31, Mission #6:

Your mission for this week is to look for ways to wisely save and invest your time, money, talents, and other resources.  First of all remember that a penny saved is more than a penny earned!  Secondly, if you need to add to your family's income, I encourage you to look for ways to make money from home.  

I've been blessed to discover two amazing businesses that are perfect for moms at home. I love that I can fit these opportunities into the nooks and crannies of my days!  First of all, Lilla Rose, is a fun business for women and their daughters who love pretty, functional hair accessories! If selling unique hair jewelry online, through home parties, or at craft fairs appeals to you, you might be interested in learning more about being a Lilla Rose consultant.  If you are interested in health and wellness and love helping people feel better and lose weight, then you might be interested in learning more about the amazing opportunity available with Plexus Worldwide! I am so grateful to have discovered the Plexus products and business which are improving my family's health and wealth! (Message me if you'd like to know more about either of these opportunities for making an income from home!  I'd love to tell you more!) 


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!



Link up:

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31 ~ Rising While it is Yet Night {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. 

We are in the midst of a new 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 for the next 16 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 


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

The excellent wife doesn't lay in bed until noon!  She rises early and wisely invests the most valuable hours of the day!

She rises before the sun, so she can start her day with the Son! She nourishes herself with physical and spiritual food, so she can share physical and spiritual nourishment with her family! Then she wisely plans her day, dividing up the tasks to be completed and assigning them to her servants.

I love how the Amplified Bible translates this verse:

She rises while it is yet night, and gets [spiritual] food for her household, and assigns her maids their tasks.

The virtuous woman realizes that she can't serve her family, manage her home, and be a shining light in her community without spending time in the presence of her Lord first! She has to prepare her heart to serve and strengthen herself for the day ahead. The joy of the Lord is her strength!

After being nourished spiritually, the virtuous woman is ready to nurture her family! In Biblical times, one of her daily responsibilities was to grind grain, then knead and bake the daily bread for her household. After spending time with the Bread of Life, she was up to the task!

Modern day P31s also need to learn the discipline of rising early, so we can spend time in the presence of our Lord, receiving spiritual nourishment and strength for the day's challenges. Since we are the Lord's bond servants, He may assign us our tasks for the day, just as the excellent wife assigned tasks to her servants!  

Rising early provides a peaceful time to prayerfully plan our days, so we can be more productive and organized.  As we consider what must be done that day, we can assign tasks to our servants.  What? You don't have servants?  What about your vacuum cleaner, your washer and dryer, you mixer, your crock pot, your food processor and bread machine??  And what of the eager helpers in your home?  My children expect to see a job list most mornings! :)

Rising early and redeeming the time by starting our mornings in the Presence of the Lord, praying over our days, and planning our days based on our priorities, will help us be productive and peaceful! This proactive approach lends calmness and order to our days, making us feel more serene and prepared to tackle the unexpected.  (And every day has its share of surprises!)  


Especially for Single P31s:

Single gals can begin to establish a life-long habit of rising early. It may seem fun or "more cool" to stay up late, but research suggests that the hours spent sleeping before midnight may be twice as effective as the hours after midnight. The younger you start disciplining yourself to form habits of "early to bed, early to rise" the better! Also, you are at the ideal stage of life for establishing a daily quiet time and for learning to spend time in the presence of the Lord each morning. If your mornings are wisely invested, it can affect both your attitude and your productivity all day long! 


Project P31, Mission #5:

Your mission for this week is to plan a realistic rising time, adjusting your bed time as needed. Then set your alarm and discipline yourself to actually get up early each morning! Once up, follow a plan for your morning that includes spending time in the presence of the Lord, planning and/or preparing the food for the day, getting your "servants" started early, and based on your calendar and your priorities, wisely planning your day.  If you need help establishing a good morning routine, check out my friend, Judith's, post on Creating the Perfect Morning Routine.

And remember . . . "An ounce of morning is worth a pound of afternoon! :)



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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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!



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are You Lucky or Blessed?






Do you have your green on today??  How about your Lucky flexi clip in your hair?? :)

Do you do anything special with your family or make a special meal for St. Patrick's Day?  We don't usually do anything special, but last year I did make Corned Beef and Cabbage!  Today I'm making Meat Loaf, Irish Potatoes and Sauteed Cabbage and Bacon for supper!!  Yum!!  :)

It's fun to joke about "the luck of the Irish" and to join in some St. Patty's Day fun, but I'm so thankful that I'm not lucky, I'm Blessed!! In fact, I don't believe in luck at all!  I believe God is sovereign over everything! I don't believe in coincidence . . . only Providence!  :)

The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord {even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him}.  Proverbs 16:33 ~Amplified Bible

So, it's not by "chance" that you've stumbled upon my blog!  It is part of God's plan!  Isn't that cool??  :)


I wanted to let you know about a special opportunity. Today Only you can join my Plexus team for $17 off in honor of old St. Patrick!  This is a wonderful opportunity to join a fast growing, top notch health and wellness company and get all the amazing Plexus products at wholesale prices!  If you share the products with your family and friends and get just 3 or 4 preferred customers, you'll be able to cover the cost of your own products!  

If you want to "go for the gold," then this is a Very Doable business for the mother at home!  My Plexus sponsor, is the homeschooling mother of 12 and she is wildly successful!  Her sponsor is the homeschooling mother of 11, and her business is exploding!  And, guess what, her sponsor is the homeschooling mother of 4 and she has reached the top rank of the company!  Message me if you'd like to know more!  Or check out my Plexus Website.   



One other tidbit, today is the last day to sign up for the new T-Tapp live streaming workout -- First Steps.  Work out with Teresa Tapp from the comforts of home!  Click here for more information!  (affiliate link)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31 ~ Bringing Your Food from Afar {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. 

We are in the midst of a new 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 for the next 17 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 


She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 
~ Proverbs 31:14

The excellent wife doesn't look for the path of least resistance. She's willing to "go the extra mile" for her family!  

This type of woman scouts out the best deals on food for her family. She is willing to shop around to get the lowest prices, and she purchases her food from several sources to get the best food her money can buy.

During one season of my life, I was definitely shopping like this. We purchased a side of grass-fed beef for the freezer.  Then, each week, I stopped at a local farm to buy fresh raw milk; I bought farm fresh eggs from a neighbor; I purchased cases of produce from the state farmer's market; I joined with other families to purchase healthy foods from a food co-op; and, I joined with others to order wheat from Montana to make fresh whole wheat bread. I am no longer part of a food co-op, and I don't have a source for raw milk, but I do buy eggs from friends when available, and we drive about an hour and and a half once a month to buy good quality food at a reasonable price from Costco.

Maybe you aren't part of a buying club or food co-op, but perhaps you shop all over town, buying the sale items at each store, in order to stretch your food dollars.  You may even be one of those that matches coupons to the sales and knows how to maximize your savings!

There are many ways for the modern woman to "shop around" and buy quality food for less.  I even know some women that order food items from Amazon!

Once at home with her purchases, I don't think the P31 serves her family a steady diet of frozen dinners purchased on her shopping excursions!  She takes the extra time and effort to prepare home made meals with quality ingredients to nourish her family!  (This would be as a general rule!  There are certainly times when shortcuts become necessary!)

I love what I heard a lady say this week -- her goal is to buy and eat food that was grown on plants -- not food that was manufactured in plants!  :)  An excellent rule of thumb, I think!

Once the food is carefully purchased and prepared, I don't see the P31 throwing it on the table in a haphazard fashion and yelling, "Come and get it!"  ;) I imagine her setting a lovely table, and lovingly serving the food she has shopped for and prepared, while sitting down with her family to enjoy a meal together!  :)

Setting a nice table may seem like a lot of extra work, and it may not seem worth it . . . until you read what my friend, Charlotte, shares in her post Magic of Ordinary Days.

The little extra touches that we do out of love for our husbands and children do make a difference! Consider these words by Elizabeth George, author of Beautiful in God's Eyes:


Is your heart in tune with God's great heart of love? Do you cherish those at home whom He has given you to provide for? Are you giving your utmost as you work to provide for your family? Proverbs 31:14 -- albeit an image of a merchant ship -- actually addresses a matter of the heart, a matter of love. You see, only love -- God's gracious love -- can motivate you to lay aside selfishness and exert the physical energy needed to set sail on behalf of others. And only the love of God, filling you to overflowing, can supply you with the necessary emotional endurance to forego personal ease and sustain the relentless activity of a lifetime of enterprise for the good of others.

Especially for Single P31s:

If you don't yet have your own husband and family to shop and cook for, you can certainly practice these skills by helping your mother plan, procure, prepare and serve meals for your family. If you live alone, you can sidestep the temptation to buy frozen dinners and eat them out of disposable containers standing up in the kitchen. You can still prepare and serve yourself simple, but nutritious meals, and freeze the leftovers in single size portions for later, or use some of the leftovers to bless widows.

It's never too early to begin cultivating your love for God and for forming the habit of going the extra mile in serving others as you let His abundant love flow through you!



Project P31, Mission #5:

Our mission for this week is threefold.  First, it is to search out new sources for our food, so that we can buy healthy food at the best possible prices for our families!  Secondly, let's begin searching out and collecting simple, nourishing recipes to make preparing healthful meals "doable."  Thirdly, our mission includes serving our meals attractively and creatively for our families!  And, we get to practice doing all of this with joyfulness! Of course, there will be challenges. For me, my refrigerator decided to die yesterday, so I have my food in coolers all over my kitchen.  That doesn't really motivate me to get in the kitchen and prepare delicious, nourishing meals for my family!!  I'm sure you will face some challenges, too, but let's pray for one another that we overcome our challenges and go the extra mile in serving our families With Joy!


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!



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!



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NOTE:  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!




Monday, March 9, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31 ~ Working Willingly with your Hands {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. 

Recently, I introduced a new 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 for the next 18 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 


She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. 
~ Proverbs 31:13

This woman doesn't spend her days lounging around, watching TV, playing Farmville, or surfing the 'net.  She doesn't even wait for work to come to her. She seeks out the raw materials needed and works willingly with her hands. She is productive!

During biblical times, wool was commonly used for outer garments, while flax was used for inner garments and tunics. There were several painstaking steps required to acquire these raw materials, process them, spin the threads, weave the cloth and make all the clothing needed! Reading about all that was involved sounds pretty overwhelming to me, yet this woman worked willingly and joyfully! The Hebrew word for willingly means to work with delight and pleasure!

Instead of grumbling and complaining, and half-heartedly trudging through her day and her work, the P31 works willingly and joyfully, putting her whole heart into her work!

Ecclesiastes 9:10 -- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

The joy of the Lord is her strength, filling her heart with a joy from above that energizes the work of her hands! Her joyful heart and busy hands are a blessing to her husband, her family, her home, and her community!

Even though we know this to be true, and we desire to be like the beautiful Proverbs 31 woman, it is easy to fall into a rut of complaining about our work, bemoaning the fact that we are tired, overworked and unappreciated. We might look around and see others relaxing or playing while we are seemingly always working and become resentful. The more we focus on all we have to do and the fact that we seem to be the only one doing it, the more bitter and contentious we become!

I love what Elizabeth George says in Beautiful in God's Eyes:
I think key to her joy is the fact that she looks at her work with anticipation rather than dread. She sees tasks as challenges rather than drudgery. Her positive outlook springs not merely from love for her family, but also from her joyful habit of looking at each demanding task of life and deciding to do it, to do it well, to do it unto the Lord, and to enjoy doing it!
We choose our attitudes in this life. Contentment and joy are choices.  Yes, we may feel overwhelmed by all the work we have to do, but when we compare ourselves to the women of the Bible, or pioneer women, who literally spent their whole lives working just to put enough food on the table to survive and making every single item their families wore, we realize how much we have to be thankful for!!

We can choose to tackle our work with a joyful spirit and find ways to make it fun. We can also purpose to use our talents and let our creativity bloom in our homes, which is the theme of the classic book by Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking.  There is always something else to explore, to learn, to create, to master for the enterprising P31! 

Especially for Single P31s:

If you don't yet have your own home or a husband or family, you can still work to develop your homemaking skills.  You can enrich the lives of others by sprinkling your creativity on all that you do. Also, you are in the perfect season of life for developing your initiative, diligence, and thoroughness -- which are character qualities exhibited by the P31 in this verse. And you can most certainly start cultivating a heart of contentment and joyfulness, no matter your circumstances!

Such a heart can even help you find joy in the work you do at home. After all, every task you do out of a joy-filled heart greatly blesses those you love and serve. When you serve with a heart of joy, you refresh and revive tired souls and hurting spirits. Like a fountain of refreshing water in the dusty, dry desert streets, a heart God fills with His love ministers life and health. Besides, whether you realize it or not, dear one, your heart attitude determines how much you enjoy your work, as well as what the atmosphere of your home will be. When you choose to work with a willing, happy heart, you become a beautiful source of joy to all, a fountain of God-given joy! ~ Elizabeth George, Beautiful in God's Eyes



Project P31, Mission #4:

Our mission for this week is to tackle our work with our whole hearts, working cheerfully, no grumbling allowed! When tempted to complain, we should count our blessings instead and look for things to be thankful for!  When our work feels like drudgery, we should look for ways to be creative and make it fun!  When tempted to compare with others who seem to have it easier, we can practice contentment.  When tears of self-pity spring to our eyes, we get to practice joyfulness! When confronted with a difficult job, we can perfect our initiative and diligence!  Who's ready to get started??


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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