Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm Wealthy!

    I am a very wealthy woman!  When I sit and ponder all that I have been given by my Lord, I see wealth untold!  It is too much to comprehend!
     My wealthy status is not based upon the "gold standard."  Nor is it based upon the home wherein I live, the vehicle we drive, the clothes we wear, or the food we eat.  It is not based upon the color of my skin, nor the vacations we take (though, we have never had a "real" vacation all the years we have been together!).  It is not based upon our bank accounts, the church we attend, my husband's vocation, or any such thing.  It is based upon you.
     Yes, my wealth is in people:  my family, my friends.  If I were to sit and list all the people I have ever had in my life, still have in my life, and all the experiences marked with those people, I may very well lose count!  Indeed, when I see you, I see value.  I see importance.  Not one person in my life is worthless.  All have innumerable value to me.
     We may never have met in person.  We may have known one another all our lives.  We may have only met once, never to speak again.  We may have hurt one another, and our paths ended (at least on earth).  We may always be connected in this life.  However we are in one another's lives, God has allowed it to be, and to me that soul is priceless.  I have so many priceless gems in my treasure chest!
     All the relationships, all the people, all the experiences, give me opportunity to thank God, glorify His name, and humble myself before Him.  I deserve not one of you in my life; yet, my good Lord has seen fit to allow you in my life, carefully selecting another precious gem to go into my treasure chest.  You are not just some item stored away; rather, I always treasure, value, and meditate on your worth.  I do not value you in my life only because you have some way to meet some need in my life, but rather you bring value because of the person God made you to be.
     I love each person God has put in my life.  By His grace, I see the worth of that soul He created.  I desire to see that gem shine out His glorious light with every bit of their being.  I desire for them to be supremely blessed of God, as He has seen fit to supremely bless me with such richness.  He has used you to teach me, guide me, strengthen me, and draw me closer to Him.  Indeed, I am a wealthy woman, and am undeserved of you all.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Prayer Day

     Last night I finally finished reading the wonderful book, "Passionate Housewives Desperate For God," by Stacy McDonald and Jennie Chancey.  It was hard to put down the book.  I am definitely purchasing my own copy in the future!
     It encouraged me in this blessed role of daughter to God, wife to Dear, and all things gloriously feminine.  They helped expose even the most subtle of feministic thinkings:  whether in the world or in Christian living.  Wow.  I am so glad I read it!
     I am praying more diligently, and purposing more faithfully, to live as a glorious, feminine woman; not seeking to be this "tough gal."  It does not mean I will be putting away the God-given strength I have, or the endurance He has built up in me, but rather, seek to use them and all feminine traits as He ordains.  I will not hang my head for who God has created me to be, or how He wants to me to function!
     So, this week, as we pray to the Lord, would you remember me?  I definitely could use your prayers, as it will be a battle for a while.  Growing up in a fallen world, it will take some time to undo some of the wrong thinking given this lady.  However, with God's Word, tools in my apron :D, and godly women from whom to learn...I do believe God will have the victory in my life!  I thank you in advance for your prayers.
     Do you have any prayers you would like for me to add to my list?  I will appreciate the honour of praying with and for you.  Feel free to leave them here, or please visit my friend Gail's site to add to the list being accumulated there.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 January Diary of Five

I am seeing...

I am hearing...

my husband discuss his awe of Scripture.

I am smelling...

the comforts of home.

I tasted...

my homemade no-flour monster cookie bars.

I am feeling...



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How To NOT Keep To A Budget!

     Today,  my friends from The Imperfect Housewife, Victorian Rose, These Five Of Mine Plus Two, and The Straightened Path, and I are writing on the topic of the dreaded "B" word:  "Budget."  Yes, I said it.  No, I do not need soap in my mouth!
     "Budgeting" can be a scary topic.  It means disciplining yourself, being responsible, and *possibly* doing without some desires.  It means being a grown-up.
     I know all too well how not to keep a budget.  I am not an expert on keeping one; I am an expert at failing one!  My friends are the experts.  ;)
     It is not as though I do not want to keep to it; but rather, I do.  Yet, I find myself doing those things I do not want to do...Sounds like Paul and I have something in common (see Romans 7).  What are some of those ways?
     Some of the things in which I regularly indulge are those things not budgeted.  And, if we do try to budget in our indulgences, we typically go over the allotted amount for the month.  Not beneficial to keeping a scheduled budget, I might say!
     I like to give in to those blessed frappuccinos, ice cream delights, dinners out at a restaurant (or take-home), retail therapy...You name it!  Any way to spend money can be a way to not keep to a budget!
     Anytime I spend money that should have been saved for a bill, savings account, or any other itemized account, I have done a big "No-no."  I have shown to God, my husband, myself, and the rest of humanity my absolute inability to be a faithful steward.  Aargh.
     It is frustrating!  I want to be good with my time, my talents, and my treasures on earth!  God gives us money, and we are to wisely use it.  It is not to be used, regularly, for those spontaneous desires of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, I'm-tired-so-let's-order-in-or-go-out-to-eat, I-really-like-that-movie-so-now-that-it's-on-disc-let's-buy-it, Why-don't-we-drive-out-to-just-window-shop?, Let's-go-out-for-a-date-night (every night!)-to-keep-the-spark-alive, I-need-to-fill-my-house-with-supplies-just-in-case-there's-a-massive-catastrophe-and-we're-the-only-source-of-reliable-easily-attainable-supplies-for-our-whole-town...Get the picture?
     Those "once-in-a-while" gestures can easily morph into a regular occurrence.  You get hooked.  You become addicted.  Rather than being content with what one has, and asking the Lord for those "wants," we decide to go ahead and spend that money.  It is burning a hole in our pockets, after all.  Nothing like experiencing the rush of an empty bank account!
     Yet, since my friends and I started discussing "budgeting," I have been seeking to pay more and more attention to myself.  There are many things for which my husband and I are responsible, and things we would like to have/accomplish.  Those will become impossible if I am irresponsible in budgeting.
     I need to die to self.  In order to function as the good Lord unctions, I need to say "No!" to myself, and pretty regularly.  If I want something, I am learning to share it with Christ.  If He thinks I should have it, I will have it.  If He thinks I do not have to have it, then I will not have it.  That takes faith, and meekness, in His fatherly care.
     So, in order for myself and others like me out there, we need to daily seek the Lord's guidance.  Reading His Word, praying to Him (openly, honestly, and humbly), sharing with our husbands our sin (so they will guide us, pray for/with us, and know us), and meditate on God's Word regarding this sin in our life.  If we practice walking with Christ daily in such a manner, it will  not be long before those impulses are erased from us!  In their stead will be godly desires, such as found in Proverbs 31:27a:  "She looketh well to the ways of her household..."

     Here are some encouraging, exhorting, straight-to-the-point quotes that will be undoubtedly a blessing in aiding in avoiding not keeping a budget:

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."  
Matthew 26:41

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
Romans 13:14

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
2 Corinthians 7:1

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
Galatians 5:16

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;"
1 Peter 2:11 

     Please join the rest of the series on the topic of "How To...Budgeting."  You will be blessed, encouraged, and exhorted in your walk with Christ in this most important matter!  Oh, BY THE WAY, there is a give-away associated with this series!  We will be giving away to one of our readers these items:
  1. 1 year's free subscription to "Keepers At Home," which is a lovely quarterly periodical!
  2. Wonderful, homemade goat's milk soap from Victorian Rose Soap Company
  3. Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip from personal consultant Gail Harris
  4. "The Good Wife's Guide" e-book from Time Warp Wife
  5. "Blog Design On A Dime" e-book by Jacinda @ Growing Home
For those desiring to enter this lovely give-away package, please go to The Imperfect Housewife's site to enter the give-away!  There, you will find the contest rules, entry opportunities, and entire run-down of it.  God bless!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 January Day Book


Outside my window...

God has covered the land with a beautiful white coverlet.

I am thinking...

That I am one blessed daughter of God to have been graced with such a gift of snow!

I am thankful...

for God in my life!

In the kitchen...

The no-flour cookies I made last night are nearly gone.

I am wearing...

my homely clothes, with a spirit of joy.

I am creating...

a new perspective.

I am going...

to Heaven some day!

I am wondering...

how my loved ones back east are doing.

I am reading...

"Passionate Housewives Desperate For God."

I am hoping...

that I haven't burned too many bridges.

I am looking forward to...

living according to Christ's will.

I am learning...

many things I believed were wrong.

Around the house...

there is a peaceful contentment.

I am pondering...

the ease in which anyone can become "religious," rather than simply obey God out of love. 

A favorite quote for today...

"Fire can't burn a blood-washed soul."--The Blood Of An Old Rugged Cross Song

One of my favorite things...

Is to have spiritual songs & hymns play all day at home.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Are now determined on the weather.

A peek into my day...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Prayer Day

     Hi, all!  Today is Monday, which means over here in my little corner of "bloggy world," it is an opportunity to share prayer requests and praises!  Will you not join us?  We would love to share this burden or joy with you!
     Please visit The Imperfect Housewife's site to enter any requests or answers to your requests, as she is formally hosting this time.  You are free to share here with me, too, if you would like.  Please, do not hesitate.  Prayers are so important, and siblings in Christ the world over praying for you is such a blessing!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Passionately Pleading

     This morning, by God's good grace, I read 2 Timothy for my devotional time.  Lately I have struggled in maintaining any time allotted throughout my day to read God's Word, save for a few snippets here and there; or, not at all.  Not pleased with my unfaithfulness, and a husband's concerned prayer, got me reading this morning.  :)
     As I read Paul's letter to Timothy, I felt his passionate pleading with his son in the faith.  Over and over again, Paul exhorted Timothy to keep going.  He did not want to see him fall in battle, or turn back, as others had.  He wanted to see Timothy as a good soldier for Christ.
     I also could sense Paul pleading with Timothy to not be ashamed of the persecutions that Paul was enduring for the sake of the Gospel.  It was noted at the end of the letter that this was Paul's second letter to Timothy, after his second appearance before Nero.  It is well known in history that Nero was a wicked man, especially towards the followers of Christ.  It is not surprising to me, then, that so many forsook Paul, and recoiled at the "stink" of persecution.  Nero was inhumane to Christians...To put it lightly.
     However, Onesiphorus sought out Paul, going as far as Rome, to minister unto him.  What faith!  What brotherly love!  In spite of all those who turned away when the going got rough, Onesiphorus went straight into the lion's den.  Paul greatly needed that support, and made sure to note it in his letter to Timothy.
     I also noticed Paul's great desire to see Timothy.  Paul knew that his time on earth was near ending, and was asking for such personal effects as his cloke, some books, and some parchments.  I saw such an intimate bond, to ask for such things, as well as ask Timothy to hurry.  Over and over again, I saw such a fatherly tenderness in his speech with this dear son in the faith.
     I saw all the exhortation to keep preaching the true Gospel, the true doctrines of Christ, and to avoid the false teachers who like to seduce (and successfully do so) silly women and those who have become weary of hearing the truth preached.  He told him to hang in there, not give up, to know it is only going to get worse.  Over and over, I felt as though Paul was preparing Timothy, (his spiritual son), for life on earth without him in it.  I nearly cried.
     I was so incredibly thankful for God letting me see this side to this epistle.  It has always been easy to overlook things when reading; by reading as a textbook, or in a hurry, or always purposing to find some great spiritual truth.  Reading it how it was meant to be read, to whom it was written, etc., and allow God to speak rather than trying to make Him speak, has blessed me many times over.
     This epistle has encouraged me as a woman of Christ.  I was moved at the passion in which Paul wrote, under God's inspiration.  Though I am no preacher, nor ever will be, and never will be a pastor, I want to never be ashamed of the Gospel.  I want to lived with a full-fledged love of the Lord and His Word.  I want to minister to folks according to His will, even when the going gets rough.
     I thank God that He has ever been so gracious and merciful to me.  I know I have never had to face such an evil emperor like Nero.  I know I have not had those I love in the faith turn their backs on me, like Paul experienced.  I know that I have not had to ask folks not to be ashamed of my testimony in Christ, due to being persecuted for it.
     I need to be more willing to speak to that grocery clerk about Christ when He prompts me to do so.  I need to say "Praise the Lord," when He answers a prayer, even if it is at the doctor's office.  I need to be joyful in Christ, even if others are uncomfortable with the love for Him He's given me to express for His glory.
     Thank You, Lord, for getting me to read your Word this morning.  Thank You for opening my eyes to something so beautiful, so passionate, so alive.  May I, my family, and my home always be on fire for You, even when it is unpopular.


The Imperfect Housewife

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My First Successful Sourdough Loaf!

     Yes, yes, it is true!  I have experienced the sheer delight of making, baking, smelling, and tasting my very first successful sourdough loaf!  Praise God for like-minded folks, who graciously share their recipes online!  Thanks especially to The Homemade Housewife for sharing her recipe, for that is the very recipe that garnered my success (and MOST OF ALL, prayers to the Almighty God and my Saviour! )
     So, now I would like to share photographs and the recipe that has blessed me so!  Enjoy!

Renee's Garlic Sourdough Loaf

1/2 cup sourdough starter
1.5 cups bread flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
5-7 garlic cloves, (large ones sliced, the rest whole)
1 tsp. sea salt
1.5 cups water

I took out my sourdough starter, and allowed it to get to room temperature.

Once room temperature, I added all the ingredients together in a plastic mixing bowl.  I blended it thoroughly, then covered it with a damp, warm towel.  I also replenished my sourdough starter, leaving it out on the counter overnight, covered with cheesecloth, before putting it back in the refrigerator.  I let the dough sit out overnight to rise, making sure to give it at least 15 hrs., before flipping the dough over, and letting it rise again for another 2 hrs.

Once it had done its second rise, I buttered a 9-in. glass pie dish and placed the dough in it, and scored the top of the bread.  I took another 9-in. glass pie dish, and placed it on top.  I preheated the oven to 450 degrees, then baked the bread for 40 minutes.  Once baked, simply slide out onto your bread plate, slice, butter, and enjoy!  

I do have to say, homemade bread is a delectable delight to Dear as he enters our home from a long day at work.  I'm sure he'll be utterly pleased when he comes home today!  Want to try to give your man a little present:  try this recipe!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Gilded Birdcage? I Think Not!

   There used to be a time in my life where I saw my dwelling at home akin to being in a gilded birdcage.  Though I wanted to be a keeper at home, not only because the Lord and Dear asked it of me, but because of the inner desire of my heart, I found myself "lacking."  I would readily find reasons to "escape."
     Since we do not have any children, yet, I am not as occupied as a mother would be.  I do seek ways to fill my time.  I am finding more and more ways in which to do it; as I look for ways to beautify, sanctify, and industrialize our home.
     Nevertheless, I would run out to visit, run errands, go shopping (retail therapy), etc., all to fill my time.  I would stare at my four walls thinking to myself, "Okay, what can I do now?  All the chores are completed.  I've already read the blogs for today.  I've called everyone with whom I wish to speak.  What's left for me to do?"  Such woes had I!
     Having such a habit is costly.  Not only does it eat away at the finances, it eats away precious time and energy.  I was not being a very good steward of that which God enabled me to use.  I was giving it all away, rather than investing it in the life of my home.  Not very smart budgeting, huh?
     Lately, though, I have found myself longing for home all the time.  I do enjoy visiting with folks, running errands, going shopping, etc.  I don't begrudge those activities:  only if they keep me from home too long.  I find such pleasure being at the homestead, finding ways to occupy myself here:  preparing for Dear, creating/following new recipes, reorganizing so that the home flows better, taking in all the blessings bestowed upon us, writing, and so forth.
     I appreciate all the opportunities wherein the Lord has gifted me.  I know that I am able to assist folks who need it, because He has allowed me to do so.  Yet, I find myself longing for home.  My haven, my abode, my life:  my home.
     One day, Dear and I will have children, by God's good grace.  When we do, I greatly anticipate being with the children, and that I can be home with them all the time!  I cannot wait to train, love upon, and interact with any children the Lord puts in our lives!To be home, and be home with children, would be such a blessed dream come true.  To live such a life that has such purpose, such meaning...Wow!  I cannot imagine having children, only to send them away for most of the day to have someone else care for them for me.  They'll be gone soon enough--I want to enjoy them while I have them.
     Being able to be home with them gives me such a joy.  Seeing our home full of the love of Christ, love of family, love of home, love of church, love of life...Aah, sweet nectar indeed!  I know I am blessed to be able to start my keeping at home now, so that whenever children do arrive it'll all flow so smoothly in the transition.
     I am glad that God changed my "stinking thinking," as Debi Pearl has put it.  I am glad that God has put such a strong desire to be at home and do all I can in the role of keeper at home He has given me.  I don't want to work for another man.  I don't want to work for anyone else but God, and Dear.  :)  I don't want to dwell out in the world, but in the home, the life that God intends for me.  That place is home.

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

   11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

   12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

   13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

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

   15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

   16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

   17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

   18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

   19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

   20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

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

   22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

   23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

   24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

   25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

   26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

   27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

   28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

   29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

   30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

   31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

     One of the blessed creations I was able to make for dinner last night (thanks to being able to stay home and be imaginative!) was so simple, yet so delicious!

Renee's Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

2 - 3 cups leftover roasted turkey meat
2 cans Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce
3 - 4 Tbs. Hot sauce (or season to your liking)

Shred leftover turkey meat.  Add all three ingredients in pot over medium heat on stove.  Heat until warm.  Serve on buns (I got a sesame seed French bread loaf, cut up in different sizes, and slopped on the goods.  Yum!)  Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Monday Prayer Day

Please raise your hands if you ever have one of those "funky fog" days...weeks...or even--years.  Oh, good, glad I'm not the only one!  :)

     Sometimes life seems "funky" to me.  It is as though I can't quite get it together.  It is as though my thoughts, words, and sometimes my life, just seem garbled.  No matter how hard I try to formulate them in a sensible fashion, they don't always come out that way.  
     When life happens to run its course that way for me, I have seek to pray about it.  I should remember to pray every time, you would think.  Unfortunately for me, I haven't, and I suffer for the lack.
     I usually find myself in a funk due to lack of prayer and lack of time with God's Word.  Once I start practicing both regularly, (even praying in my head as I clean, cook, etc.), I find that the "funky fog" lifts rather quickly.  My thoughts are established, and my day runs smoother.  I find that my words flow better, and even when things aren't going well externally, at least internally I'm better.  
     I do appreciate the peace that the Lord gives to me when I'm in constant communion with Him.  As I think upon His words throughout the day; talk to Him along my way; am non-hesistant to share about Him with others:  life is joyful.  However, when I neglect my relationship with Him, that is around the time when I notice the "funky fog."
     There are times the "funky fog" is around me because I'm sick, (e.g., this past week, thanks to the "crud").  Yet even then, when my thoughts are on His thoughts, the sick fog doesn't minimize my internal being.  
     All that being said, I need to remember to stay my thoughts upon Jehovah.  I know that my soul feeds upon His blessed Word, and I will find my greatest source of nourishment not from earthly bread, but from that which is Heavenly.  I will find sweet, close communion as I consistently and constantly talk to Him.  Let's see if I can keep it in practice!

Today, I'm linking up with these ladies:

The Imperfect Housewife

These Five of Mine

Thursday, January 5, 2012

For Me, Or For Him?

     These past fews days I've been musing on my own lacking.  I am remembering those days gone by, where I as a Christian had chosen to live as how I felt best, rather than God's good will.  Every time I go down that road, I have a gut-wrenching ache within me.
     You see, I have never been "Miss Perfect."  Oh sure, my little sister liked to get on my nerves by calling me such, ("Miss Goody-Two-Shoes," is actually the one I recall...Yes, sis, I remember!).  Though for most of my life after being born again I sought to be a good Christian, it wasn't always that way.
     When I decided it was better for me to acquaint myself with non-believers, to the extent that I was carousing with them and partaking in their unholy deeds, I was wrong.  When I chose that how I felt about a matter weighed more than the established judgment of my Saviour, I was wrong.  I learned the hard way that He was right (1 Corinthians 15:33).
     Yet with all of that part of my history:  the immorality, waywardness, etc., I am where I am today by God's good grace.  He could have allowed me to endure much worse than I do today.  Yet, He was merciful when I wouldn't have shown that much mercy, and has granted me grace where I would not have chosen to do the same (Hebrews 12:6, 7).
     In spite of my failures, because I repented (due to His pricking of my spirit), He turned me around and gave me another chance.  He worked on the heart of my husband, who in turn repented and was born again.  He is working on our marriage, making it a godly institution rather than an ungodly one.
     His impeccable grace and mercy is the reason I seek to live my life in such a manner (Romans 12:1).  It is no small thing to be a Christian woman.  Everyone has their eyes on you:  God, Satan, the world, your spouse (or future spouse), your children (or future children), your friends, your family, your church, and yourself...To name a few.  Every time you fail, they know it.  Every time you succeed, most of them know it.  Regardless of all eyes on you, it's wonderful to know that I'm living by the grace of God!
     To be a keeper at home, no easy task.  You willfully subject and submit yourself to a man.  A spirit of joy and gratitude is essential.  It doesn't always come easily, thanks to our flesh (Romans 7).  There are many thankless days, and one must come to grips that you needn't always be thanked.  There are many jobs that need done, or else the home will run haywire.  Guess who usually is the one to do it?
     Though the role of being a keeper at home is not for the faint of heart, it is one full of richness.  You have the joy of knowing you're fulfilling the call of God in your life as a Christian woman.  You know that everything you do to manage your home efficiently, effectively, and full of the love of Christ is never for naught--It all is in submission to God's will, and for His glory!  It is an enabler of blessings:  both to flow through you, and come to you (Titus 2:3-5).
     Even though I was a rebellious daughter to my Heavenly Father, and hurt not only Him but others in my life (and possibly my testimony), He has graciously and mercifully allowed me the opportunity to indulge myself in the blessed role of daughter of God and wife to Dear.  He has given me a beautiful marriage, a beautiful home, and simply a beautiful life.  None of these things did I earn, nor could I ever (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
     Since being graced with the opportunity of being a keeper at home for Dear, I do want to seek within all that God allows me to do so in such a way as to be a crown unto my husband (Proverbs 12:4).  It thrills my heart to hear him genuinely praise me for my deeds.  I know I need to do them regardless of praise--but, oh, the thrill in my heart!  It is even a bigger joy to go to my Father in prayer, knowing I've obeyed Him out of a right heart, and in obedience; knowing that I didn't just have a heart for it, but I put feet to it as well.
     The little things that may not seem much to others are such blessings to me.  An inexpensive tablecloth, cheerfully placed upon the table, enlivening the room.  Hand-me-down plants, that are by God's grace thriving (so far ;D), hand-me-down furniture and decor, and God's glorious creation at which to admire every day right through my window...Ahh, yes, blessings indeed.
     I know that when my spirit is right, it makes the home.  My walls aren't pristine, nor my carpets.  We have a small home, but one full of things we use regularly and for which we are very thankful.  We have tears here, scuffs there, faulty this over yonder...But, we have everything because we have Christ.
     I do with what I have.  I mend where I can, clean, organize, and seek to nurture and cultivate a home.  It is no easy task.  Yet, I am ever mindful of the grace whereby I have been gifted to fulfill such a blessed calling, and seek to do it 100%--for I do it for the One who saved me!
     So, no longer should I muse on my failures of the past.  I cannot change them.  I've sought to make amends where they were needed, and must leave the rest in the Lord's care.  I must move forward.  I must appreciate what He's given me today, not bemoan of all the woes of yesteryear.  I definitely should learn from them, but not live in them.  I must live in today--not for me, but for Him.

copyright 2012 I Am The Clay

The Imperfect Housewife

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

And The Winner Is...

     There were a total of 34 separate entries!  Thanks, girls, for taking advantage of all the different ways you could enter into this wonderful contest!  34 ENTRIES!  :)
     Each one of you had multiple entries, so that gave you MULTIPLE tries to win!  However, since I can't give ALL of you a gift certificate, I had to pick just one...Or, rather, let an impartial party decide (the random number generator).   Miss Blessed Momma had numbers 1-6 (for six entries), The Momma had numbers 7-10 (for four entries), Gabe & Becki had numbers 11-20 (for ten entries), KJean had numbers 21-26 (for six entries), and Melanie had numbers 27-34 (for eight entries).  After tallying up all the entries, per person, in order per person, I put it into the generator...
...The random number generator came back with #4!  That means Blessed Momma won the Lilla Rose Gift Certificate!  So, here's what I need you to do for me, Miss Blessed Momma:

Email me your name and mailing address, so we can mail you your gift certificate--God bless!
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