Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Preparing for Sunday Morning Worship, Feeling Connected at Church, When Your Tempted to Neglect Church & Planning for the Lord's Day


My husband and I are home from our time in Africa where we participated in a women's conference and visited church plants that our local church supports in northern Kenya.  We traveled to Nairobi, Marsabit & Moyale and were so blessed by our time with the local pastors, their families and congregations.  I have much to share but I want to wait until we give our presentation to our local church in a couple of weeks before I post some of the photos and stories on the blog.  

So, in the interim, I have some articles to share that I've been encouraged by and one that has been on my list of reads is the importance of our attendance and participation in our local churches.  All the articles below are to encourage you in your role as a member of your local church.  Take the time to read through them and see how you can be a blessing to your congregation and the leadership in your church.  

Why You May Be Tempted to Neglect Your Church - "When you are tempted to disassociate from the local church, whether permanently or semi-permanently or even for a lazy Sunday where you just can’t be bothered, you have forgotten what you bring to the people of your church. You have neglected to understand or believe that you, yes you!, are a crucial part of the body of Christ. You have a gift to bring, and the church is only complete when you bring it and use it."

When You Don't Feel Connected at Church - "Can I confess something to you? Sometimes I don’t feel very connected at church. And I’m the pastor! But, guess what I do? I get to work on myself because nine times out of ten, the problem is with me. I need to get to work with the simple, ordinary means of grace. This always gets my focus off of myself and on to Christ. It helps me to remember that while the church is full of sinners, I myself am also a sinner."

The Scandal of the Semi-Churched - "I want to talk about church members who attend their home church with great irregularity. These aren’t unchurched folks, or de-churched, or under-churched. They are semi-churched. They show up some of the time, but not every week. They are on again/off again, in and out, here on Sunday and gone for two."

Planning for the Lord's Day “For the majority of people, even church members, church is not the priority of their week. Too often school, work, sports, and other activities take precedence over going to church. They make the mistake of letting their time be ordered by the world, which views the weekends as a time to relax, to play sports, to stay up late and sleep in. For Christians, however, Sunday should be the most important day of the week. You should try to schedule your work, activities, get-togethers, and vacations around church. You should live by the principle that Sunday morning starts Saturday night.”

Preparing Our Families for Sunday Morning Worship - "How many times does Sunday morning roll around and you find your heart in a state of chaos instead of calm to worship the Lord?  How many Sunday's do you arrive at church and realize you haven't taken the time all week to pray for your pastor or your church family?  I want to share with you some simple steps we can take to prepare our hearts and the hearts of our families for Sunday morning worship to the Lord."


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Helpful Bible Study Tool - Look at the Book


Look at the Book from Desiring God on Vimeo.
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There is a new online Bible Study Tool from Desiring God called Look at the Book and I am hooked.  It is a video series where the emphasis is on the text and John Piper walks you through how he marks the text, what he sees, how me makes connections and leaves us with a better understanding of the text and how to tear it apart and see and find the treasures of God's Word for yourself.

It is great for family or personal devotions.  Each video is 8-12 minutes long and has an outline available of the teaching time.

Mama's this would be a great addition to your homeschool studies or a great addition to your normal bible study time.  Take the time to watch the introduction video and at least the first lesson - you will be hooked too.  Make sure to sit with an open bible and notebook so you can follow along.

You can visit the website here - Look at the Book - to find all the videos and they are posting two new ones every week.

Here is the first full lesson on 2 Corinthians 8:1-2:



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Favorite Planner for the Homemaker


I love planners and have tried a multitude over the years but one favorite that has been a good fit for me in my role as a homemaker is the Homemaker's Daily Planner

It was designed by a wife and mother who knew the varying needs a homemaker needs in scheduling her days.  Rarely are two of our days alike and this planner offers the flexibility we need as keepers of  our homes.  Sue Hooley is the designer behind the planner and she has been married for 24 years and is the mother of six children.



How I Use My Planner:

There are seven sections in the planner.  The Yearly Section looks ahead to 2016 so you can put any future events on paper so they will not be forgotten as you're planning ahead. In this area I may write future vacation plans or special events like weddings I know the date of ahead of time.

Monthly Section


In the Monthly Section the year to date is broken down into months.  This is where you get an overview of your month and can write in all your appointments and events coming up.

Weekly Section


The Weekly Section is where the road meets the rubber for me.  My planning for the week is usually done on Sunday evenings and I appreciate the room allotted for each day's tasks and the overview section to write in any extras that I need to tend to that week.  The planner leaves room to put your menu plan in for the day, has an encouraging verse and a monthly calendar overview.

Task List


The Tasks List & Projects Sections gives me space to plan for other items I hope to get through in the course of the year and I turn to them as I plan my weeks each Sunday night to see if there is room to get to any additional projects.  It may be planning an event for church or getting a closet cleaned out or working on a photo book or writing a letter to a faraway friend.

The Info Section is handy for important numbers and addresses.  My doctors, accountant and family and church family members information is kept here handy at my fingertips.  It is also helpful when you are meeting a new friend to quickly get their information to enter into your phone at a later time.

Shopping List


Last but not least is the Shopping Section which has perforated shopping lists for every week of the year to use.  It is great to jot down your needs as the week moves on and helpful for your menu planning and shopping.



The planner is small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag (6 x 9 inches) but still big enough to keep lots of information right at your fingertips.

Homemaker's Friend is offering a free copy with your purchase of the 2014 calendar (while supplies last) so get started on your organization before the new year starts with that special offer!!

If you are looking for a planner that is easy to use and helpful to you as a homemaker you don't have to look any further.  The Homemaker's Daily Planner is practical and affordable ($13.99) and I highly recommend it!








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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thoughts on Contentment



We have been on the road for quite awhile and that has given me some time to tackle my growing book list.  The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge is one I will find myself revisiting frequently.

This book was such a refreshment as it reminded me how rich we are in Christ.  I just want to leave you with a few nuggets that I wrote down in my journal.  May they encourage you to not look to the unsatisfying pleasures this world has to offer but to find your true satisfaction and joy in Christ and in Him alone.

I have been given much but I still lose focus when I take my eyes off of Christ and look around at what others have and not just materially but how they have been gifted or their friendships or whatever it may be.  The snare to compare leaves us in a sinful pattern that brings only discontentment.  

May you be encouraged by the thoughts below and The Greener Grass Conspiracy is one I highly recommend to put on your must read list:

"If you follow Jesus you will have every spiritual need met.  Forgiveness, adoption, spiritual strength, everything.  And if we have all our spiritual needs met and are content with what we have, that is great gain."


"Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain"
(I Timothy 6:6)

"Discontentment begins when I start trying to be God.  Discontentment happens when I attempt to displace God from his rightful place at the center of the universe.  When I think that everything should run according to my plans instead of God's plans.  When I forget that God is God and that he is allowed to do with me whatever he wants, whatever will bring him glory.  Discontentment results from a big view of myself and a very little view of God."

"Contentment is inward, untouchable by circumstances, out of the reach of trouble.  It can't be stolen away by sickness or poverty, can't be ruined by the loss of a job or house or spouse.  Biblical contentment is not rooted in circumstances but in the infinitely stronger foundation of God himself."

"If we want contentment we need to spend time, much time, lingering in the presence of God.  We need to go to the place where contentment is found, to regularly drink from the fountain of joy.  We need to let our eyes pore over the pages of sacred Scripture and to listen closely as God speaks to our hearts.  We need to commune with God by praying to him and by fellowshipping with the people of God.  If we're not consistently spending time in the presence of God, we won't be content.  Period."

"Life is a precious gift from God.  He doesn't owe me a minute or a breath.  Yet this morning I'm alive.  God sustained me through the night and gave me at least one more day to enjoy."

"In Christ we can be truly content while on this earth, but we'll never be fully satisfied.  The day of total, complete and ultimate satisfaction is still coming.  The day we see Jesus face-to-face and look into the eyes of our Savior, we'll say, "Now I'm truly satisfied."


~ all the above quotes are from The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge


"I have heard of some good old woman in a cottage, who had nothing but a piece of bread and a little water.  Lifting up her hands, she said a blessing, 'What all this and Christ too?'"~ Charles Spurgeon



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Friday, October 03, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Under the Book, Food Allergies, Messy Churches, Blogs Going Cold and Much More!


At the moment you are reading this my husband and I are in Africa.  I am hoping to post photos on my Instagram and Facebook page periodically of our mission trip there so please come follow along with me.  

Where I have been - the top two links below probably describe my absence pretty well. 

Blogs Gone Cold - "Conservative female bloggers tend to publish less consistently than their male counterparts. Three women writers explore the reasons why."

7 Real-Life Reasons Womens' Blogs Go Cold  want to share my thoughts on this because women bloggers do bemoan the fact that we don’t write consistently. The topic recently came up in a mastermind group: “How do you find time to write consistently?”

Some Other Good Reads from the Past Week:

Reason Behind Increasing Food Allergies DiscoveredTry to remember grade school. (This may take either a few seconds or hours, depending on how far into the vault those memories are located.) Remember when it came time for lunch. Now, try to remember how many times you heard the phrase "food allergy."

Under the BookWe like to “interview” normal members of our church once a month in our Sunday evening service and I am still pondering a comment made by one of my sisters a couple of weeks ago.

Why Leaves Change Color - A great video to watch with the kids

Thank God for a Messy Church It’s is God’s grace to you if your church is messy. I heard those words come out of my mouth yesterday as I was guest-preaching at a church close to home. I said them, and I believe them. At least, I believe them most of the time

Favorites from the Blog Here This Week:



Last but not least - Have you joined in on the Homemaking from Scratch Conference yet?  Click on the photo below to get all the details and please join me as I share about how routines and simple homemaking schedules have turned my days from chaos to calmness.  

Homemaking From Scratch Conference 2014




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