Wednesday, February 11, 2009

just a good article I found

Do you ever have recurring spiritual questions? Like recurring dreams, they keep coming up over and over, sometimes for years. In high school and college I had a question that came up every few months, but I felt I could never get a straight answer. I was wrestling with the “works” part of my faith. Where do “works” come from? Do I just decide to do things for God and that’s how I show my faith or do I focus so much on God that my actions are a natural byproduct of my relationship? To me, the first seemed too contrived and the second seemed nearly impossible. I prayed that God would show me the answer. How am I supposed to live, Lord? I wanted Him to just open me to the right page in the Bible. When I asked Christians I knew and looked up to, I received vague advice that left me confused and feeling that maybe no one really knew the answer. I knew that seeking the truth was important. Understanding this was crucial to how I lived my life. It affected the very core of how I operated as a person. But when I didn’t get an answer right away, my desire to seek faded out as other “pressing” matters crept in: school projects, relationships, and even things at church. I could almost tell what was happening during quiet times with the Lord-I wasn’t looking, I wasn’t asking. I would soon forget all about my questions and my spiritual seeking would be pacified for a few more months.

Here’s some advice: When a spiritual question starts to gnaw at you and you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop until you find an answer. Don’t let it slip away like so many other spiritual things have a tendency to do. Write it down and carry it around in your pocket. Post it on the mirror in your bathroom. Keep asking and keep seeking. God has allowed that question in your life so you would seek after Him and come to know Him better. He wants you to ask and seek, but He won’t do your work for you. Oswald Chambers wrote, “The reason for asking is so you may get to know God better…We should keep praying to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.” You see, it’s not so much the answer to your question that is important, but asking the question and seeking the answer brings you into a closer relationship with God-you’ve come to know Him in a new way. You have experienced God.

Oftentimes, we don’t hear from God because we don’t wait for His response. Many of us have spiritual ADD-we can’t pay attention to anything for more than a few minutes. We make a request and then get caught up with what’s going on around us and cannot focus on the spiritual world long enough to see what happens.

It’s not easy to be focused spiritually-diligently seeking and waiting for God. It’s like trying to read when the TV’s on. Life is loud and flashy. It forces us to look at it and lose ourselves in it. It seems impossible to stay focused on something so quiet and still, something that doesn’t demand our attention. But we must. We must force ourselves to do it. We can’t turn the TV off. Life will continue to blare in our ears and flash in our peripheral vision until the day we die. But somehow we must turn our eyes upon Jesus.

My own question has slowly been answered over time. The Lord has brought wisdom and insight through a few books and devotionals that have come my way. I know that the Lord put those things in my path to guide me and show me the truth when I needed it and because I asked for it. When it comes to works, I’ve learned that we are intended to “abide in the vine” first and foremost and the rest will follow.

Seeking God takes effort. Continue to ask questions. Continue to listen. Wait in excited anticipation of God. Don’t give up if His response is not immediate or if it is not what you wanted to hear. Remember, it is God Himself-not His answers-that we seek.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Schedule vs. No schedule

I have read may peoples opinions and views and how they run there house and family on a schedule and they write it down and keep it logged and follow it daily. It sounded good and I decided to try a schedule myself and I just can't get myself to this day to follow one routinely and for a while it upset me emotinally and spiritually. I have come to the determination about myself that I need to learn that what works for another does not necessarally work for me and that I need to stop compareing myself to others.

2 corinthians 12:10
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

I do not sit down and write out a schedule but I do have a set of goals that I would like to see done each day and with Gods help I get those things done most of the time. I am a very organized person I just can't seem to follow a schedule to the T without blowing it then thinking of myself as a failure for not following it, so there for I just set focus my mind on what I would like to accomplish that day and I do it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Daughter not feeling well amoung other things

I did not do a post yesterday because lack of posting insperation and my youngest daughter is not feeling well. A cold has been passed to her along with a bad cough.

I will be back with my normal post tommorow after a long day of rest today on this lords day. Hubby and older daughter left for church this morning and I will be going tonight. We have to go in shifts because not wanting to take younger daughter.

Friday, February 6, 2009

I have a cork board in my kitchen which holds my weekly dinner menu, a kitchen inventory list and any recipes that I may need for that weeks meals that are on my menu and a pen.

Here is a picture of what my cork board looks like at the moment. To the top right is my weekly meal menu I re-do my menus every Monday and to the top left is a kitchen inventory list which is things I need in my kitchen at all times to make it function and it is really just a list of the most basics and then to the bottom right I usually just tack a copy of any recipes that I may need for a meal that week. To the far right I have attached an ink pen with a long string attached to a tack.

I find making and planning menus makes dinner go alot more smoothly and takes away the stress and headache of running around the house asking everyone what they want an hour before dinner.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Frugal living

Top 10 of what I do to live a frugal life

1. Never buy new always get good finds at consignment shops and garage sales

2. Shop sales and clearance buggy.

3. use use use coupons.

4. never pay full price unless you have to.

6. cook everything from scratch. (it's better that way anyways)

7. Make a weekly menu.

8. don't buy more than you have on your grocery list. (thats why we make a weekly menu so we can only buy what we need)

9. always think do i REALLY NEED THIS!

10. Shop around to check out other store prices.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Coupons and freebies

Looking to get Free samples, printable coupons, and the most for your money try checking out some of these great sites.,

those are just 2 of the most wonderful ones I have found so far and they will lead you to many others. Check them daily for new deals cause they are constantly updated.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I can't understand why so many people includeing myself get so frustrated and upset about there walk with God and why it's seems to fail often times. It is OUR OWN FAULT when we fail and we fail because we fail to really seek God to the fullest. We have to seek, yearn after, cry out to, pray to and go to God each day. God needs to be a part of every step we take, every breath we make and everywhere we go.

We are not perfect and never will be and we are human and have emotions but we can not allow our emotions and the lies of the devil to rule us, For there is victory thru Jesus Christ and the word of God. The only reason we fail in life as christians is because we fail with God. We do not really want to read our bible every day and we really do not want to take the time to say a 5 min prayer because we have no care for the things of God and we would rather take the time to tend to our own needs instead of tending to the needs of our spirit that is crying out to know God. We have to get over that lie from the devil and do what we know is best for us and that is to read your bible EVERYDAY not just when you feel like it, pray your way thru the day, pray for others at all times. If you do not have a desire to do any of those things and you call yourself saved or claim to be a christian I would advise you check up on yourself and see if you really are saved to begin with . I go thru my hard times but I do not shout it to the world or complain. It is so sad to see a brother or sister in Christ claiming to be right with God and say they are having victory yet they are struggling in an area That you try to tell them God will help them and they just don't understand or want the help.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Are you making the most of your Home?

As Godly homemakers we should be doing what we can to make home the best place for our family possible. It is a place that we can get together with the ones we love and share Gods love. It is a place of refuge and peace that we can run to from the outside world.

Are you doing the best to make your home a Comfortable environment for your husband and children? Do you have a well organized plan on how to run things? Do you constantly look for new ways to better your home? Do you do the most with what you got? Are you frugal or do you just waste? there are alot of questions to ask yourself. Only God can help us do all those things and for God to speak to us we need to constantly grow in the grace and knowledge of his word about what the bible says a Godly woman is to be and when we do that all else will fall into place easily and we will want to do it all.

I know everyone is different and we are not all the same but we can relate in one way or another. Here are a few things I do to try and keep my home running better and continue to make it better each day.

1. Spend time with God reading and praying everyday.

2.look after my husbands needs- clean cloths, fresh hot meals, clean home and happy smile when he comes home from work each day.

3.look after my children's needs- teach them Gods word, discipline, chores and responsibility and educate them with lots of love and guidance.

4. Take care of my home (palace-- clean, organized and ready for company at all times ( I try hard for that one but can be hard at times to keep up)

On the next post I will go into a bit more detail as to what type of things I do with my children and how I keep my home well organized.