Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Introducing a Special Lilla Rose FOTM for Mother's Day!

I am SOO EXCITED about the May FOTM!  This new clip looks gorgeous, and as you already know if you've ordered from Lilla Rose before, the flexi clips are always so much prettier in person than you ever imagined!  :)



Not only is this new clip absolutely charming, it is also clever, as the "Mom" charm is removable!  So, this clip isn't just for moms, but for anyone who loves it!  :)




There's also a coordinating hairband, and if you look very closely, you'll see that it also includes the "faith, hope, love" theme!

These items are available on my website on May 1st.  You can order tonight, starting at 12:01 AM Pacific Time (3 AM Eastern Standard Time), and based on the beauty of this clip, I predict that it will sell out that day!  So, if you really, really want this flexi, I'd suggest you set your alarm for this one!  :)

You may even want to join my team, so you can sell beautiful Lilla Rose hair jewelry to your friends and family!  If so, click here to find out more about this amazing opportunity, or email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com.  If you join today, you'll have your own website in time for tomorrow's sale!!  :)


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Marriage Monday: The Pure 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 various characteristics of the godly wife. Last week I talked about the sympathetic wife, and today I want to spend some time considering the pure wife.


God has called women, both married and unmarried, to be pure.

"that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." - Titus 2:4-5 (NKJV)



What does it mean to be pure?  These definitions are from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Pure:

  1. unmixed with any other matter <pure gold> 
  2. free from dust, dirt, or taint <pure springwater>
  3. free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes 
  4. containing nothing that does not properly belong
  5. free from moral fault or guilt
  6. marked by chastity 

A pure woman keeps her life free from anything that would pollute or weaken her body, her spirit or her testimony. Click here to tweet this.


Purity starts in the heart.  

Titus 1:15-16 says, "Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good." (NLT)

Wow!  Aren't those powerful verses??  Because we can only be pure if our hearts are pure, we are instructed in Proverbs to diligently guard our hearts.   

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."  (Proverbs 4:23)  

Just as the quality of life of the physical body is determined by the health of the heart, so also the quality of spiritual life is determined by the health of the "heart." 


The daily battle for purity occurs in the mind. 

That's why we are instructed to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and to train our minds to dwell on what is right and pure.  

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." - Philippians 4:8


So, a pure wife keeps not only her body, but also her heart and mind, pure and undefiled.  She is modest, chaste, and self-controlled.  She doesn't flirt or flaunt her body -- she reserves her mind, body, and emotions for her husband alone and treats other men as "brothers."  She is also careful what she puts into her heart and mind, realizing that she must keep her heart pure and think pure thoughts for her actions to be pure and virtuous.

I'm often shocked by the books that Christian women read and the movies and TV shows they watch. To be pure, we have to carefully guard what we allow to enter our minds and hearts through our eyes and ears.  

1 John 1:5 says "that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." That means there are no "Shades of Grey" for a woman seeking a life of godliness and purity!


Now is a great time for all of us to search our hearts and lives and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us anything that may be defiling us and keeping us from being pure and chaste brides for our husbands and our Husband.  

"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."  - Ephesians 5:27




Click on the following links to read the other posts in this series:


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


Your Turn to Share:

Are you a pure wife? Have you allowed yourself to be stained by the world? What changes do you need to make to be pure, holy, and undefiled for your husband?  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.



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Friday, April 25, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ April 25, 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!  






My life has been so hectic that I didn't make it to my front porch last Friday, but I'm looking forward to "sittin' a spell" this morning!  :)  I have so much to tell you about, as it has been a very eventful week!  I'm pretty tired after a busy couple of weeks and looking forward to relaxing on the porch together!  :)


Last Friday night, we celebrated Tyler's 22nd birthday! It was really special to have his Mom here with us for the evening!  Not only were we celebrating his birthday, but also the fact that he had been awarded The President's Award at college that day and recognized for his perfect 4.0!  Woo hoo!  We have been so blessed to have this young man living in our home the past couple years! I can't believe he is about to graduate and move on . . . 





Sunday was a very special day.  Not only was it Easter and the time when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, but many of our loved ones were baptized!!  Taylor and Josh felt God leading them to be re-baptized and to share their testimonies; Bethany was baptized (all except her left arm!); and Kristi's Mom and Dad were also baptized!  It was truly a day for rejoicing!!  Of course, we followed church with a big Easter dinner after the prerequisite family pictures on the front porch steps!!  :)  (Click here to see the pictures from last Easter!)





This past week has been filled with preparations for our homeschool co-op's first annual Formal Senior Banquet at the local country club! All of our hard work paid off with a very beautiful and God-honoring banquet that honored our five graduating seniors. 





However, this is what it looked like at our house earlier in the day!  ;)

  



Ha Ha!  I thought you would enjoy a behind-the-scenes look!  :)

We took some pictures on the Front Porch before we left. Unfortunately, the afternoon sun pours onto the front porch, which makes it difficult to get good pictures there later in the day. However, I think you'll still enjoy these pictures of Chris and Hannah, who were all dressed up and looking Fabulous!  :)




And here we have Hannah with me and some pics of sweet Bethany!




Yes, it's true -- I now have proof that there is a sweet, pretty girl hidden under the tough tomboy exterior!  (Please disregard the green cast!!)  ;)




So much more to share, but I'm out of time for today!  I'm sure I'll be sharing more about this special time for our seniors in the days ahead!  :)


I'll look forward to seeing you here again next Friday on my front porch!













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, April 21, 2014

Marriage Monday: The Sympathetic 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 various characteristics of the godly wife. Today I want to focus on a quality you may not have thought of -- the sympathetic wife.


Have you ever heard this quote?





While that statement may seem a bit archaic in our culture today, it actually contains much wisdom.  I remember reading a book a number of years ago that contained parenting wisdom from yesteryear and learning this secret to child training:  When we show sympathy for our children and their childish problems, hurts and disappointments, we win their hearts.  However, if we make light of or make fun of the trivial (to us) things that break their little hearts, we are sure to cut the fragile heart strings that tie our hearts together and do irreparable damage to our relationship.  I believe that this wisdom applies to the husband/wife relationship as well.

What does it mean to be a sympathetic wife?  Having sympathy for your husband means you feel compassion or concern for him; it means you desire his well being even above your own; it is being able to put yourself in his shoes and feel what he is feeling; it is understanding the pressures he is under as the primary provider and leader of the home.

What are some practical ways that we wives can demonstrate sympathy to our hard-working husbands?

1.  Give your husband some space when he first gets home from work.  Let him change clothes and unwind a bit from his day before telling him everything that broke that day, expecting him to take over with the children, or telling him every naughty thing that his children did that day!  ;) 

2. Take time to truly listen to your husband when he is ready to talk about his horrible day at work, how unfairly he was treated by his boss, his concerns for the future, a big decision he must make, or financial pressures that are weighing him down.  Put down your phone, your book, your laptop, and give him your undivided attention. 

3. Don't make light of his problems, or try to outdo him by sharing how bad your day was, indicating that his hard day was nothing compared to yours! Just listen and commiserate, showing sympathy and compassion.  Yes, you have problems and needs too, but a biblical response is to put the needs of others above your own. Philippians 2:3-4)

4. Don't try to solve his problems. There is nothing wrong with offering suggestions at a later time, but when your husband first confides in you, he really desires your sympathy, not your advice. You win his trust by really listening and understanding and showing you care. In time, you may be able to share your insights into a situation and offer your suggestions.  Women often look at people and problems from a different perspective than men, and can be a valuable asset to their husbands as they share a different viewpoint or a dose of womanly intuition.  However, here's the thing:  it builds your husband's confidence more if he comes up with the solutions to his problems himself, rather than feeling like his wife has to always solve his problems.

5.  Make sure he knows you believe in him.  Men often come across strong and (over)confident, when in reality, their male ego is quite fragile. It is crucial that they know their wives are behind them, believing in them and cheering them on!  The world is a vicious place!  When our husbands come home tired, discouraged, weary and beaten down, it is sooooo important that we are there to encourage them and build them up!  (I think this is one advantage of a wife being a worker at home.)

6.  Let your husband know that you appreciate him and the huge load of responsibility that he carries!  Sincere appreciation and admiration go a long way in comforting and encouraging our husbands and inspiring them to go at it another day!

What other ways can you think of to be a sympathetic wife to your husband?


To learn more about some specific ways we can bless our husbands, click on the following links to read the other posts in this series:


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

Your Turn to Share:

Are you a sympathetic wife? Do you take time to put yourself in your husband's shoes and understand what he's going through?  Do you seek to comfort and encourage him?  I'd love to have you share the difference it makes in your marriage as you learn to be a sympathetic wife. 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.



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