Monday, June 29, 2015

Marriage Monday: A Defense of Biblical Marriage



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. 

That is how I introduce this series every single Monday.  Yet today, I can't read those words without tears in my eyes.  

My heart has been heavy since the news broke on Friday.  It was not unexpected, and yet, I'm an eternal optimist, always hoping for a miracle . . . 

With this new blow to biblical marriage, I cannot bring myself to continue with my series on the Model P31 today. I'll get back to it in a week or two . . . but right now my heart is too heavy.  I feel I must weigh in on the recent Supreme Court ruling . . . 

I know, you're probably tired of hearing about it and reading about it, but that's what bloggers do -- add their opinions to the mix, just because they feel compelled to share what's weighing heavy on their hearts. It's our therapy of choice!  :)

I spent some time early this morning reading some of my older Marriage Monday posts.  I revisited some of my earliest posts, where I explored How One Became Two and Two Became One and the Four Purposes of Marriage: part 1 and part 2.

In spite of what our world thinks today, marriage is not man's idea. Man did not create it and cannot recreate it on a whim.  Marriage is purely God's design and fulfills His purposes.  He has every right to establish the rules governing marriage! And while man's opinions may change, God does not change - He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)

I'm thinking my grandparents would be totally shocked that I'm even having to defend a biblical view of marriage!

Do you ever wonder how we got so far off the right road?  

That one's easy -- we threw away the map!  

The Holy Bible and prayer were removed from our schools back in the early 1960s and have been being removed more and more from public life since that time. If you look at the statistics, you'll see that various positive aspects of our society, including things like student test scores, have been on the decline ever since that point, while negative things, such as teenage pregnancy or violence in schools, have been rising since that pivotal point in our nation's history!

I have news for you -- the sanctity of marriage was not destroyed in a day or a decade -- it started well over 50 years ago when a generation arose that rejected all authority and rules and moral laws and embraced the "sexual revolution."  It's foundations were destroyed when man elevated his own opinions above the mandates of God and His Holy Word.  It suffered irreparable damage when the average person started to believe that we evolved from monkeys instead of being created by a Holy God. Animals follow their instincts; they can't help but fulfill their base desires.  

If Christians had stood their ground against such societal changes, biblical marriage would have prevailed. But, when the Church became just like the world, embracing a woman's right to limit her family size via any form of birth control that seemed convenient to her, including abortion, extolling self-fulfillment vs. sacrificing for the good of the family, accepting divorce and remarriage as the norm, endorsing extramarital "affairs" and living together before marriage as acceptable lifestyles, the destruction of biblical marriage became inevitable!!!

The seeds were sown . . . and we are now reaping the harvest.

As I ponder the situation, I find it ironic that I used this picture for my early Marriage Monday posts:


  
Those of you who have seen the movie, Fireproof, will understand the significance of the salt and pepper shakers perched atop the wedding cake. But, today I realized something more.  

Matthew 5:13 says: "Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."

Salt is a seasoning that brings out the flavor of foods and is used as a preservative.  When Christians ceased to live holy, set apart lives, they became just like the world, they lost their ability to bring a Christian flavor to society and to preserve our society from the moral decay that sin brings.  And so Christians became worthless, their views were cast out, and their beliefs trodden under foot of men as archaic.

And that is where we find ourselves today.  We have a nation full of "savorless Christians" who were afraid to stand up and speak out and be different, because someone might call them "judgmental," "narrow-minded," "holier-than-thou," "homophobic," etc.  So, we blended in.  We conformed. We compromised biblical standards to be politically correct. 

And now we have a nation that has fully rejected God and His ways. We are a modern day Sodom, a nation that has been "given over to vile passions."  (See Romans 1.)

What do we do now? Is holy matrimony an icon of the past?  What is the future of marriage??





I love this quote from The Southern Blog:


The first marriage was between a perfect man and a perfect woman. The last marriage will be between a glorified man, the Lord Jesus, and his sanctified bride, the church. Between those two weddings, humanity has marred and defaced the institution of marriage in many ways, including this new way. But the Lord Jesus will have the last say. Until then, I am doing all I can to make my marriage reflect the love of Christ for his church and to share the gospel of grace with everyone.

I encourage you to do all you can to make your own marriage a God-honoring marriage!  

I encourage you to teach your children and grandchildren that God's pattern for marriage is one man plus one woman for life!   

I encourage you to stand boldly for the TRUTH every chance you get, even though you may face ridicule and persecution.

I encourage you to ask God to help you love those who hold a different opinion or a different lifestyle, even though they are hard to love!  Hate only pushes the sinner farther away from God and causes us to grow bitter and hard. Remember: God loved us all while we were yet sinners!  (Romans 5:8)

I encourage you to offer Hope to those who are trapped in sexual sin. The only way to Truly Love them is to share the truth that sinners will never inherit eternal life . . . But, God can forgive any sin when we REPENT from it and are covered in the righteousness of Christ!  True Love is not approving them in their sins, but showing them that God has provided a way of escape!

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

And finally, I encourage you to not give up!  Fight for the future of our nation and the future of marriage . . . for the sake of the next generation!!

I think you'll be blessed to read the passionate words of my young friend, 16 year old, Dianna, and aspiring writer and world changer!!  You can read her fiery post here!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Marriage Monday: Her Clothing is Silk and Purple {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 maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 
~ Proverbs 31:22


One thing I love about this passage is how it demonstrates that our Model P31 first saw to it that her family was prepared for winter and clothed in scarlet, and then she turned her attention to herself and her home furnishings. She wasn't all about herself -- making sure she had what she wanted and "deserved" first and foremost, nor did she neglect herself and go around like a "martyr" dressing in rags while her family was dressed in scarlet.  She achieved one of the most difficult things in the Christian life -- balance!  

As a woman of dignity and honor, and one who was obviously well off, she was dressed appropriately for her station in life.  She also dressed in such a way as to bring honor to her husband, who was a leader in their community (as we will see in the next verse).  Furthermore, her outer adornment was an accurate reflection of her inner character. (1 Peter 3:3-4)

The position our husband holds in life does affect the way we dress.  The wife of a college president, US senator, or state governor, for example, would have different wardrobe needs than the wife of a farmer, mechanic or factory worker.  One is not better than the other -- God needs faithful representatives in all walks of life!  

The primary thing for a woman to remember is that her attire should be modest, clean and neat, appropriate to the occasion, within her means, and a reflection of her character. While the Bible condemns ostentatious and immodest dressing, we can deduct from this passage that wearing attractive, appropriate, colorful, and well-constructed clothing is praiseworthy!  :)

The virtuous woman not only adorns herself attractively and appropriately, she also furnishes and decorates her house in the same manner.  The "coverings of tapestry" actually refer to her household decor, as is evident from reading this verse in the Amplified Bible:

She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. ~ Proverbs 31:22 (Amplified)

God has put the natural desire into a woman to make her house into a home.  As long as it is not overdone, there is nothing wrong with this!  It is part of the woman's role as keeper of the home to create an inviting, pleasant home that is welcoming to her family, her friends and to those whom she ministers to.

What if her husband can't afford much of a house? What if she lives in a camper or a makeshift shelter? The queen of the home may not be able to determine the type of "castle" she lives in, and it may resemble a shack more than a castle, but she is still in charge of making it beautiful and fit for her "king!"  :)  This may sound impossible, but did you know that in most cases, the woman controls whether the house is clean and organized and whether it is characterized by an atmosphere of contentment, peace, love and joy?  As much as we are able, we as women should use our creativity and love of beauty to add little personal, lovely touches to our place of residence, even just a Mason jar of wildflowers on the table.  And above all, our heart attitude and words should make it a lovely home to live in!!  

And what if money is no object?  Then it is good to remember that our goal is not to create homes that are showplaces!  We don't want to impress others -- we want to minister to others!  Our goal should be to create a home that is comfortable and cozy, a haven from the outside world, a place to be encouraged to dream and grow, and a place where all are loved unconditionally while they are growing into who they are meant to be.  




Especially for Single P31s:

You may not yet have responsibility for your own home, but you can cultivate beauty in your domain, no matter how small.  Your room, your apartment, your cubicle at work can be neat, orderly, and inviting.  Your attitude can be positive and nurturing.  You can also dress in a matter that reflects godliness and propriety.  Heart check:  Ask yourself: Am I dressing to impress others or to draw undue attention to myself?  Or am I dressing in a way that reflects well on my earthly father and my heavenly father and represents the character of a godly woman?

Also worthy of noting is that the P31 "maketh herself" these adornments for her home and body. While making your own clothing, curtains or bedspreads is certainly not a requirement for being a godly woman, it is a skill that you might want to consider cultivating as it will allow you to create beautiful and affordable items for yourself, your home, and possibly customers in your future. 



Project P31, Mission #12:

How are you doing on your homework assignments each week??  Are you ready for a new assignment?  This week's homework has two parts -- and they may take some time to complete, but will be well worth your investment!

1. Take stock of your wardrobe and get rid of anything that doesn't fit your body, your testimony, or your station in life.  If it looks cheap, is that really appropriate for a daughter of the King?  Remember, your clothing should not be used to "showcase your goods."  Nor, should it be used to hide that you are a woman!  God created you as a woman, not a man!  There should be a difference in how you dress. Above all, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be adorned appropriately!  If you think God doesn't care how it is adorned, spend some time in the Old Testament reading all of the detailed instructions about the temple!  It was not just "thrown together!"  God cared about every detail of the temple!

2. Take a look around your house as if it were your first time there. Does it reflect the beauty and orderliness of your Creator? Does it feel comfortable and inviting?  Does it feel peaceful or chaotic?  Begin to make a list of things that need to be cleaned, reorganized, replaced, or refurbished.  Don't worry about a lack of resources.  Start praying and waiting patiently and you may be astonished with how God provides exactly what you need in His timing.


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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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Get Your Red, White and Blue On!


Attention Lilla Rose fans!  Lilla Rose has just announced a 3-day Sale featuring the re-release of the extremely popular July Flexis-of-the-Month from July 2014, 2013 and 2012! These pretty patriotic styles will ONLY be available during the 3-day sale and while supplies last!  (Expect them to sell out quickly!) 





I love the patriotic flexis, which are perfect to wear for July 4th picnics, Veteran's Day Parades, Memorial Day observances, Flag Day . . . and any other day of the year that you want to show you are proud to be an American!  :)


Which sparkling patriotic flexi is your favorite??  

Liberty Bow??



Dazzling Sparkling Fireworks??



or Patriot's Heart??



If you're like me, you may want one of each!!  :)  If so, I'd love to have you visit my website HERE.

SPECIAL DEAL:  For First Time Customers only:  If you order 3 items from my website, I'll send you 1 free item up to a $16 value!  Must be a first time customer!  Must NOT be the customer of another Lilla Rose consultant!  :)  Email me for more details:  elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com

Monday, June 15, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31 ~Doubly Clothed in Scarlet




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 is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet. ~
 Proverbs 31:21

In previous verses, we've witnessed the virtuous woman's diligence, her enterprising spirit, and her willingness to go the extra mile to procure excellent food and clothing for her family. Well, there's more!  Not only does this amazing woman work hard each day to meet her family's needs for food, clothing, and a loving home, but she also takes time to plan ahead and prepare for the future!

This verse states that she is not afraid of the snow, because every member of her household is clothed with scarlet.  She is prepared for the next season -- in this case, cold, wet, winter days.

Scarlet cloth was more expensive, so we know she has prepared ahead with utmost care, providing only the best for her family!  She knows and appreciates quality material which will last, and she is not afraid to wear richly colored, beautiful clothing.

But there's so much more to this verse.  The Hebrew word clothed also contains the concept of doubly clothed, and is thus translated that way in the Amplified Version:  

She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.

While on the surface this may mean that her clothing was double thickness, I believe there is a double meaning to this entire verse. Not only has the virtuous woman prepared her family for winter weather, she has prepared her family for spiritual winter by making sure they are clothed in Christ's righteousness.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ~ Isaiah 1:18.


I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10

I love the idea that the virtuous wife has prepared for the future by making sure her family is doubly clothed in scarlet!!


Especially for Single P31s:

You may not have responsibility for a husband and children, but you are still responsible for yourself.  Do you plan ahead or do you just live for the day before you?  Do you take time to prepare for the next season of life?  Perhaps all your attention is focused on preparing for life on this earth, and you've neglected to prepare for life after death. That may seem a long way off, but we are not guaranteed a long life.  Each day is a gift!  Also, being prepared to die enables us to fully live!  Jesus came that we might have both eternal life and abundant life in the here and now!   


Project P31, Mission #11:

How are you doing on your homework assignments each week??  Are you ready for a new assignment?  Today's assignment has three parts:

1. Take some time to prepare for the upcoming season.  What will you and your family need? How can you begin now to prepare for the season ahead?  We need to prepare ahead for the both the next season of the year and the next season of our lives!

2. Consider what you could do to be prepared for an emergency.  Do you have a pantry stocked with food?  Do you have any stores of water, first aid supplies, flashlights and batteries?  I remember when everyone was stockpiling for Y2K!  :)  While it is not wise to live in fear, it is wise to make some simple preparations for a possible emergency.  Many of us will face tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, or extended power outages. Are we prepared??

3. Most importantly, are you prepared for the inevitable fact that none of us will make it out of alive!  :) Are you and your family "clothed in the scarlet blood of Christ?"  There is no greater provision for your future (and your present) than to be clothed in the blood of Christ and ready to stand before God on Judgment Day! Being religious is not enough!  Religion is like the Emporer's New Clothes -- when you stand before a Just and Holy God one day, you will be naked and exposed!!  Only the blood of Christ will cover us from our shame and guilt!! (Message me if you need clarification on this point! I'd love to share with you how you can be prepared to meet your Creator!)


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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Friday, June 12, 2015

From my Front Porch ~ June 12, 2015



Welcome back to my {supposed to be!} 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!  



Surprise, surprise -- I got behind again!  :)  It's really hard to keep up with blogging when my life is a whirlwind of activity!!  :)

My oldest daughter, Tiffany, was home for a week and she kept us all busy trying to fit in every fun thing she had on her summer bucket list!  ;)  She loves the beach, so hare agenda included several beach days!  :)  Some of the items on her bucket list were: getting peach milkshakes from Chick-fil-A, flying a kite:



building a sand sculpture:


and hunting for ghost crabs at night!


Tiffany was also able to mark off having a Cook Out while she was home, as we celebrated this big guy's 25th birthday on Memorial Day with a big cook out and with his favorite cheesecake!  




The following Thursday, I accompanied my husband on a trip to Orlando. While he attended meetings, I got to have fun relaxing by the pool!  :)

I named this picture, "Make Way for Ducklings!"  :)  


Lunch always tastes better poolside, don't you think??  :)



Not the best picture -- but we enjoyed a really fun Hawaiian Luau one evening!



We were home for just a couple days, before we were both off again!  Alan had a board meeting in Maine, and I flew to Phoenix for the Plexus Convention!!  I was so blessed to be able to go, and I even earned the Convention Registration Refund, which helped make it affordable!  :)

The Convention was totally AWESOME!  I enjoyed the inspiring and motivational speakers, the practical instruction, the moving testimonies, and getting a glimpse into the heart of the company.  (I love Plexus more than ever!!)  I also enjoyed meeting so many incredible people!

I left my house at 4:00 am last Thursday to start my adventure!! First, I drove to Jacksonville; then I flew from Jacksonville to Atlanta; then I flew to Atlanta. The long flight from Atlanta to Phoenix "flew by" thanks to these amazing ladies!




The event was held in the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix and everything was totally "plexified" -- right down to our room keys!!  :)






There was So much ENERGY and EXCITEMENT!  :)  


One fun thing about the convention was being able to drink from the "fountain of youth" whenever we wanted to!  :)  There were water coolers everywhere full of the Pink Drink!  :)



One of the highlights of the trip was meeting my sponsor, Emerald Ambassador, Charlotte Siems!  I have been inspired by this lady for many years through her blog and her T-Tapp journey!! The other two ladies in this picture are two of the fabulous women on my Plexus team -- Angie and Judith!  We had so much fun together!!



I was also privileged to meet my upline, Diamond Ambassador, Brenda Martin!  She is so inspiring!  She is the homeschooling mother of 11 and has made it to the top position of this company, proving that it's possible for a homeschooling mom of many to be wildly successful with this amazing company!!  Brenda is Charlotte's sponsor, and Charlotte is also a homeschooling mama of 12! She is right behind Brenda, and is making well over $10,000 a month as an Emerald Ambassador!  (Plexus is a very generous company and provides an amazing business opportunity that is perfect for stay-at-home moms!  If you'd like to know more, please message me or check out my website!)


I was blessed to be one of the ambassadors who qualified for the Winner's Dinner!!  :)  It was very nice and we were definitely made to feel special!








The convention was AWESOME, but before we knew it, it was time to fly home again.  Angie and I made good use of the flight home, as we discussed what we had learned and brainstormed some ways to act on that new knowledge.





I'll pick up here next week!  :)







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!  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Marriage Monday: She Reaches out Her Hands to the Needy {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 stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. ~ Proverbs 31:20

In previous verses, we've witnessed the virtuous woman's diligence, her enterprising spirit, and her willingness to go the extra mile to procure excellent food and clothing for her family.  Through her hard work and God's blessing, she has filled her hands with all she and her family needs and more.  Now, she does not close her hands tightly for fear of losing what she has worked so hard to gain.  In fact, she opens her hands to the poor and needy, freely sharing the blessings God has given her with a generous heart!

As we've observed, this woman is not idle, her hands are always busy meeting the needs of her household and engaging in profitable work.  Yet, she is not too busy to notice and help meet the needs of others!! The first part of the verse says she stretches out her hand to the poor, which means she willingly gives of her resources to meet their needs.  However, the second part of the verse states that she reaches forth her hands to the needy, implying that she uses both hands to serve them and help meet practical needs.  It's one thing to reach into your wallet and pull out some cash for the offering plate, or even to give money or food to the poor or homeless, but this woman is stretching forth both hands in humble service to the poor and needy!  Isn't that a beautiful picture of our Model P31?

I love the insights that I learn from Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George, and this excerpt really captured my attention:

As she "stretches out" her mercy and compassion, she stretches out her heart. Rather than folding her beautiful hands for moments of relaxation, or using them to clutch her profits, or keeping them frantically busy in order to gain greater wealth, she extends her outstretched hands to those around her who are in need! She is aware of these people, sympathetic to their needs, and ready to help, and her full heart and full coffers spill over to liberally and plentifully bless others. Rather than drawing a tight circle around her family and shutting others out, she follows her heart, opens the circle, and takes them in. Her circle of love includes all who need her help.


Each day we have the opportunity to be like the Model P31 as we become alert to the needs around us, and ask God to give us compassionate, generous hearts that long to meet the needs He directs us to meet.  Sometimes supplying the needs we see can be overwhelming, as there are so many needy people all around us!  We can't help everyone, but we can help those whom God directs us to minister to!

We also need to ask God to give us 20/20 vision. By that I mean, we don't want to be "nearsighted" -- only seeing the needs in our own families and church families and being oblivious to the needs in our community or the world. But we also don't want to be "farsighted" -- being burdened for the needy people in our communities and on the other side of the world, while being oblivious to the needs right in front of our noses!  God can help us focus in on the needs that He desires us to meet, both near and far!

And one thing is for sure -- we will be blessed more than we can imagine as we allow God's love to flow through us to meet the needs of others!


"He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor." ~ Proverbs 22:9


"The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself." ~ Proverbs 11:25



Especially for Single P31s:

If you are a single woman without a husband and children, you may have more time for ministering to the poor and needy in your church or community!  The Lord may even lead you to foreign fields where you can minister to hurting women and children.  I can't type this without thinking of Amy Carmichael, Gladys Alward, Elisabeth Elliot, and other great missionaries who have spent their lives ministering to the poor and needy.  There are many modern young women who have also answered the call to minister to the least of these -- Katie Davis quickly comes to mind.  The question is, how can you reach out with love and mercy to the needs that God draws your attention to?



Project P31, Mission #10:

How are you doing on your homework assignments each week??  Are you ready for a new assignment?  Your mission for this week has three components:  

1. Ask yourself whether you have a generous heart full of mercy and compassion?  Or if you have hardened your heart to the needs around you, which is certainly easy to do!  If we ask for a tender heart full of compassion for the needs of others, God will most definitely give it to us!

2. Ask God how you can reach out your hand to generously give to the needs you are aware of?  When you find a need, do what you can to meet it!  (Make sure your husband is OK with this before giving of the family's resources!  Many years ago, my Dad used to require my Mom to give from her "grocery money" if she felt led, but if she ran out of money, she could not coming running to him to ask for more! :)  Guess what? The Lord always provided!  And now, God has given my Dad a Generous heart too!)

3. Ask God to show you some practical needs that you can meet.  Perhaps you know someone who needs a home-cooked meal? a bag of groceries delivered? a bathroom cleaned? someone to sit with an elderly parent or to watch their active little toddlers?  help with organizing or catching up on mountains of laundry?  Be the first to volunteer your heart and hands for the task!



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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Friday, May 22, 2015

From my Front Porch ~ May 22, 2015



Welcome back to my {supposed to be!} 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!  





Thank you for all your positive feedback after last week's post!  I enjoyed reading the comments and emails from several of you!  You sure know how to motivate a person to keep up with blogging!  :)

I realized after last week's post that I didn't mention Chris at all.  He is going to the local tech school where he is studying Computer Networking and working at a nearby grocery store.  He also makes time to see this girl every chance he gets!  :)





During the year we are very involved with our homeschool co-op, which meets at our church every Thursday, plus has other activities, field trips and community service projects. Yesterday was our end-of-the-year picnic at the beach.  One of the fathers brought a seining net, which not only enthralled our children, but some tourists who were at the beach as well! See all of those little balls?  They are Jellyballs! Each time they brought the net in, it held hundreds of them! The kids threw them all back into the ocean and then filled the net again!  I've heard they are a popular food in Japan, China and Thailand . . . but not so much in these parts!  :)

Here are some pictures of their fun:





Back in April our group took a field trip to The Holy Land Experience in Orlando and to the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL.  Here are some pictures of that adventure:
















  
Well, Tiffany just arrived home from SC and we are off to spend the day with her!  It's another beautiful beach day, so maybe we will end up there!  See you next week!









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!  

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