Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Praying for Pastor Saeed, Are you Killing Your Marriage?, What to do about Santa?, Winter Tea Party, Homemaking from Scratch Conference and Much More!


5 Questions to Ask Before Posting to Social Media - "Before we snap one more picture of our hot chocolate topped with a foam leaf, perhaps we would benefit from a brief pause—an extra 30 seconds to ask five simple questions might suggest it’s time to unplug, or at least reconsider when and how we use social media:"

American Pastor Saeed Writes Heartbreaking Letter from Prison - "This Christmas, as we celebrate our Savior, we must remember those who are in chains for their faith, in chains for the very Gospel – the Good News – we are celebrating.  American Pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith – has written a heartbreaking letter from his prison cell. Please pray for Pastor Saeed’s freedom as we work to secure his release." 

5 ways you are unknowingly destroying your husband and killing your marriage - "Here are just a few ways you might be unknowingly destroying your husband and killing your marriage (as a caveat, please understand that although this article is directed toward women, it applies to men as well):"

The Rich Family in Church - This one is an annual read aloud here.

What to do about Santa? - There was much good stuff to ponder in this article over at The Gospel -Centered Mom

Winter Tea Party - I love when my daughter writes a post so I don't have too :).  We had a lovely winter tea party with the ladies from church and some of us participated in an ugly sweater contest.  Go check out all the details at Joy Dare Blog (and some fun pictures too!)



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“On this side of eternity, Christmas is still a promise. Yes, the Savior has come, and with him peace on earth, but the story is not finished. Yes, there is peace in our hearts, but we long for peace in our world.

Every Christmas is still a ‘turning of the page’ until Jesus returns. Every December 25 marks another year that draws us closer to the fulfillment of the ages, that draws us closer to . . . home.

When we realize that Jesus is the answer to our deepest longing, even Christmas longings, each Advent brings us closer to his glorious return to earth. When we see him as he is, King of kings and Lord of lords, that will be ‘Christmas’ indeed!”

~Joni Eareckson Tada




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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cinnamon & Raw Honey Cold Fighter Recipe



The cold season is upon us in Wisconsin and this two ingredient powerhouse should be a staple on your counter to knock out a cold before it gets a chance to get a hold of you or your family.

Cinnamon & Raw Honey Cold Fighter:
1 teaspoon of Raw Honey (antibacterial and antimicrobial properties)
1/4 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon (contains volatile oils that are antibacterial and anti fungal) 

Mix together and take one teaspoon with a glass of water two or three times a day as soon as you feel a cold starting to come on.

I mix a larger batch and keep it on the kitchen counter.  We take it by the spoonful and wash it down with a glass of water or mix it in our favorite cold fighting herbal tea.



These two simple ingredients seem to work wonder on a cold.


Local raw honey is best but if it's not available in your area you can buy raw honey here .  I use clear liquid raw honey in this mixture and not the creamy raw honey. 

Just a side note on the various forms of raw honey:
"The truth is, the creamy texture of honey does not imply any superiority in terms of quality or health benefits. Creamed honey is formed by blending a specific ratio of finely granulated honey and liquid honey. The mixture is then placed in cool storage to promote rapid granulation and produce a small crystal structure that results in a smooth creamy texture. The precisely controlled crystallisation process also lightens the color of honey (some creamed honey is white), but does not alter the taste or affect the nutritional value.
The only difference in cream and clear liquid honey is the form and texture, nothing more and nothing less."  
~ Read more at Benefits of Raw Honey

*Honey should not be given to children under one year of age due to botulism 



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What are some of your favorite home remedies to fight a cold?  


Related Resources:
How I Got Over a Cold in Two Days
A Beginner's Guide to Assembling a Natural Medicine Cabinet


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Disclosure: This article is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this article. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. 




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Friday, December 12, 2014

My Top 10 Items to Prepare for a Party & Why Deep Cleaning is NOT on the List



Getting ready for large company this Christmas Season should be a joy and delight not a burden of having so much to do you miss having the heart of servant in preparing for your guests. There is much to do but my list of things to prepare beforehand has shortened over the years to what is necessary. The reality set in that I have more cleaning to do after the party so why do all that work beforehand and no one notices the things that are untidy or out of place in your home but you. I'm working on this today as we're having a ladies tea here tomorrow afternoon. So put on your apron and some fun music with me and let's get started:

HERE'S MY TOP 10 ITEMS I DO BEFORE A PARTY:

1. Tidy the rooms you will spend time in (straighten, fluff pillows etc.)
2. Feather dust and spot wipe any areas (fingerprints etc.)
3. Vacuum the traffic areas of the rooms you will mainly be using
4. Spot mop the floor - only mop spots that need mopped 
5. Tidy kitchen counters, keep an empty dishwasher, empty garbage cans
6. Tidy the guest bathroom - check supplies
7. Tidy the entryway (sweep porch, fingerprints off door window etc.)
8. Prepare simple foods and utilize the plates and serving dishes you have on hand to set a beautiful table with no cost - get creative!
9. Serve simple beverages - coffee, tea, warm apple cider & water
10. Tidy yourself up, light a candle or two and put on some classical Christmas music in the background. 


Let's get to work like Martha but with the heart of Mary serving and finding joy in all things because of Jesus 


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6 Simple Steps to Planning Ahead for the Lord's Day


It does amaze me how we can attend all the various activities during the week with our families and not miss one, but when it comes to attending church on Sunday mornings how often we don't attend because we're too tired or let other activities take priority over this special time we should have set aside to worship with the family of God.

What is the example we are setting before our children?  What we prioritize in life shows what is most important to us in this life.

We sometimes tend to view our weekends selfishly - time to relax or sleep in.  As Christians, Sunday should be the most important day of the week.  We should try as much as possible to schedule activities, vacations, work and other appointments around church attendance.

One way to do this is to remember a good Sunday morning starts the night before.

Here's a list of ideas to get you started to a good Sunday morning:

1.  Try to be home on Saturday evenings.  Plan ahead to get a good night's rest and not be up late.  It is not very respectful to be nodding off during the sermon.  Your pastor put in an average of 25-30 hours in preparing the sermon - just a fact from a preacher's wife for you to remember.  You should be prepared to give the Lord and your Pastor an hour of undivided attention.  You will benefit spiritually and so will your family.

2.  Take the time to get everything you need for church Sunday morning ready the night before.  We have food every week at church so this is part of my weekly meal plan.  Pack church bags, lay out clothes, plan breakfast, etc.

3.  Eat a good breakfast so you don't have tummy grumblings during church.

4.  Mama your attitude can set the tone for the morning.  Is it one of worship as you are getting ready to go to church to serve the family of God?  Do you grumble about serving the body?  Do you complain about others at church?  Are you rushed and short with family members because of your lack of preparation the night before.

5.  Try to arrive at church early so you have time to get your family settled before the service starts.  This gives you time to take littles to the bathroom, have everyone get ready with their bibles and notebooks and gives you a moment to quiet your heart before the Lord before the service starts.

6.  Take the time during the sermon to ponder questions you can discuss as a family after the service on the way home or later that day.

What are some ways you plan ahead for the Lord's Day?


Related Posts:
Preparing Our Families for Sunday Morning Worship
Cultivating True Christian Fellowship
Listen Up



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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap this Christmas Season


Mama's if there is one thing I want you to grasp this Christmas season is don't get caught in the comparison trap. Comparison robs you of your energy and joy to love and care for your own family with a heart of joy and thanksgiving. 

True Biblical contentment is not rooted in our circumstances but in God Himself. 


It's not the gingerbread houses or cookies or special meals that will have the most impact on your family. It is the attitude of your heart. It is them seeing the Gospel lived out in your day to day life - even in the midst of busy seasons. Make sure you love on them, model Christ to them, practice giving thanks in all things, take the time to just sit and chat and hug on them, pray for continued patience during this sometimes busy season and be reminded that true joy and contentment is only found in Christ. Let them see you are dependent on Jesus for all things. 

Jesus is enough - always 





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