Homemaker’s Notebook-Again!

Homemaker’s Notebook..Updated!

 25  Strength and dignity are her clothing,
MomandChildrenBaking Proverbs 31 Jewelsand she laughs at the time to come.
26  She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27  She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Pr 31:25-30). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Dear ones,

I want to be ‘That WOMAN’. I want to be what God calls me to be. She was industrious, she was bold and she loved her family. She was fully devoted to her God and the tasks, the ministry of her life.  She is honest and hard-working. I believe we all want to be what God calls us to be as individual women. Whether we are at home full-time or not. We all need to be focused on what matters. We are so busy, we must be tender-hearted to His guidance. We must determine what is better and what is best and settle only for the best.  And as we learn to focus solely on the best, we grow in strength and in wisdom.

And for me, I need focus. I have so much going on, our schedule now is hectic to say the least. I love to be organized.When life is in disarray or disorderly, it causes stress in my world. I need to keep it simple. And I need to write everything down or I forget. I used to pride myself at never missing an appointment but that has not been the case lately. So I need a ‘Do Over”.

 I used to have this large homemaker’s notebook and then I made it smaller but thicker 😉 It was a pain to drag with me everywhere but it kept me focused and on schedule. Then, my beloved gave me a tablet 😉 I LOVE IT!  It is always handy but I still need to write things down. Having my calendar online or on my tab is helping quite a bit :) But, I must admit, I am finding it a little difficult to change my old ways. How shocking it is that I am not changing! NOT..I am a creature of habit. So, with prayer and a desire not to get in a rut,

Well, as life would have it, while I love my filofax and will always keep one around, I am finally switching to my tab which is a samsung note 12.2 note pro. I also have the samsung note four as a phone.. I love to be able to write on them! It has a working calendar, notepad program and everything I need..

what do you use?

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We Are On The Same Team

We Are On The Same Team!

on the same team

I had an amazing time recently and was able to ‘spy’ and observe strong, gracious, capable women who are in ministry. I was so encouraged! I saw wonderful women who are serving Christ in their local congregations as pastors and leaders with wisdom and love.  They were taking a moment to gather and encourage each other at a conference which included men as well. Well-thought out questions being asked to stir each woman on were given. Discussions on how to properly behave with dignity and honor and how to behave in such a manner as to also receive dignity and honor in return. A young leader wisely mentioned, “We are all on the same team.”

As I grow older, I have a new appreciation for women and the gifts He gives to each one of His girls. He has not created us to be the same. He does not have a one size fits all mold. Some are called to serve Him at home full-time and yes, some He calls to the workplace full-time. Some are called to have a family and children. Some are called to be single. Yet, we are all on the same team.

In the past, we women have not had the same opportunities in ministry or in the work place as men. For reasons we can discuss, many have been discouraged about using their gifts to serve Christ and others. I also, have to say, we have segregated each other as well. We put up fences  and put others into boxes. We debate the work at home vs work outside the home. We argue that a woman has no place serving at church other than in the nursery or kitchen or if one is called to teach, the woman feels the need to be on the defensive. This should not be, as … we are on the same team.

We are on the same team as men. We are all commanded to go out and make disciples. “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20, NASB)

I was so encouraged by the welcome and the encouragement that was given to all as we serve others in the name of Christ from all in the group. We are all called. We are all to be about His kingdom business. Are you on the team?

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Thrive!

Want to Thrive?

 

I'm Thriving

 

I’m so excited be walking on a journey to wholeness and obedience. I am taking a move forward in treating my body as God’s temple. Romans 12:1-2 are my key verses for this point in my walk. It states,

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Presenting my whole life to God is a spiritual act of worship. Service, here, in the Greek means to ‘to work, to worship,’ it is the same connotation of when used for the priesthood when they would serve by tending to the altar and sacrifices. It is a duty of the priesthood. Remember, dear ones, we are called His Royal Priesthood. Our lives are our sacrifice, when lived out in love and obedience.

I am placing my health, my love of food on the altar and allowing my Jesus to reign in this area of my life as well. I’m learning what it means to thrive in all areas of walk of life.

This afternoon, I tried this recipe for a green shake :)  Its Yummy!

2 tbl plain peanut butter

1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk

2-3 cups spinach and kale mix

1 cup frozen strawberries ( I used 4 very large fresh strawberries)

1/2 cup greek yogurt.

1/2 cup ice

I mixed it up in my nutrabullet :) Yum!

If you follow me on twitter, you already know that I’m starting a lifestyle program called Thrive!

I'm Thriving

With Thrive, you are able to jumpstart your journey with three easy steps :)

1. take your vitamins first thing in the morning

2. 1/2 an hour later, drink a Thrive Shake which is so gooood! Reminds me of an orange and vanilla pop that I used to have as a child :)

3. use a patch and that is it! Easy Peasy!

thrive!

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The Real Proverbs 31 Woman List

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman List

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman

Beloved,

I want to encourage you to see yourself as He sees you. You are precious to Him, you are found in His heart to be worth more than rubies :) We have several pre-conceived notion of what she is and how we are to be like her if we are to be like her. Is she an example of what God calls us to be? Have we made too much out of a passage?

Beloved, I am wanting to dig deeper into this woman. Not the surface stuff which we find so divisive because I do not believe that the purpose here. This is more of finding our identity in Christ. There is a larger picture to be drawn. I pray you will join me as I want to take 31 weeks and study this priceless woman! I want to find the REAL PROVERBS 31 WOMAN!

The first thing I do when I want to learn about something is to make a list of what pops out at me at first. My first observations. I am going to make a list of each verse and what I initially see. I am CALLING you all to leave your lists here and we can learn together :)

  1. She is called excellent. Many versions use the word excellent, others would use the word virtuous. Both meaning strong, capable, powerful and intelligent.
  2. Wife. I want to address this one real quick. Some translations use the word wife but the word is translated also to mean woman. This is not strictly about a wife and mother yet we are wives and mothers. This is also for those who are not married.
  3. She is of high value.
  4. She is trustworthy.
  5. She does good
  6. She works diligently with her hands, her talents.
  7. She is industrious
  8. She is not lazy and rises early in the day.
  9. She in intelligent with money and produces a product whether in the business world or at home by using wisdom and common sense.
  10. She takes care of her health and well-being.
  11. She works into the evening to prepare for the next day. She uses wisdom in her planning.
  12. She looks outside of her own home and takes care of those who are in need, the least of these. She shares her compassion with other and is an example of Jesus to others.
  13. She has prepared herself and her family for rough times. She does not allow fear to rule her heart and can remain a strong example for her family and loved ones around her.
  14. She is dressed in fine linen of His presence.  She presents herself with dignity.
  15. She prepares for the future and cares for all those that Jesus brings into her life.
  16. She walks in wisdom and in His peace, His perfect love which casts out all fear. She is not afraid of the future.
  17. Her words are full of His wisdom.
  18. She is kind.
  19. She is blessed. She has the good will of those who she serves.
  20. She walks in grace and dignity and she fears the Lord. She will be praised.

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Will the Real Proverbs 31 Woman Stand Up?

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman

Have you ever found that you learn more of the Word every time you read it? It does not change but it changes you even if you read it a thousand times? I have many favorite passages but one of them for certain is Proverbs 31.  I have been reading this passage since I was a young wife.

As I grow older, as I read and study, I have to say, I have misunderstood this passage, have been convicted by this passage and just plain given up trying to be ‘The Real Proverbs 31 Woman“. I am a linear thinker and I like black and white issues. I am one who likes to do lists and planners and am a pretty conservative thinker and I make no apologies for this as this is just who I am :) But, I am so glad that God is never finished teaching me! He has given me a desire to continually learn and discover all there is to know of His Word and it is a lifetime adventure!

I have found that there are so many misunderstandings about that passage and I’m gonna admit, I have held these misunderstandings, believed them and taught them. I taught only what I knew and like a light hidden, I knew only a part. I am still learning and growing and hope you are with me on this journey to know His Word in all its fullness!

I am hoping to dig deep. I want to become all He desires me to be and I want to know Who He is and I know the two are tied together. He calls us to know Him and become like Him. He calls even the meekest one to join the great commission which states in Mark 16:15-18,

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (esv)

Dear Ones,

I want to invite you to join me in discovering truly who God calls each one of us to be. To discard the stereotypes, shelves the misconceptions and embrace all He calls each one of His daughters to be… An Excellent Woman, His Jewel. Come with me as we learn Who the Real Proverbs 31 Woman is!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mk 16:15–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

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