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September Feature

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I enjoyed having a feature blog during the month of August that I decided to have another for September!

For the month of September I'd like to feature a favorite of mine -- Ladies Holiday.


I love checking out the fun posts they put up every day because it never fails that I end up smiling halfway through it. Their posts are full of fun tips, or ideas for mamas and women in general. I highly recommend checking them out sometime to get an extra smile in (I hear that smiling helps to keep you looking younger longer...)

I also love stopping by Ladies Holiday because they have a fun book hop on the first Wednesday of the month- I know this shouldn't surprise you, I have admitted too many times now I'm a book fanatic.

Book Worm Wednesday, Book Worm Wednesday Blog Hop Badge at LadiesHoliday.com

Here's a little something from my friends over at Ladies Holiday:
Ladies Holiday (http://www.ladiesholiday.com) is modern women's lifestyle blog with a retro flair. Our multi-author blog covers everything from parenting and the home to personal growth and fashion. If you're looking for food check out our sister site Aliment (http://www.alimentblog.blogspot.com) 

Each day you will find new and original posts along with our weekly Photo Friday Linky-Party and our monthly features including "Ladies in the Know" - a mini-interview with remarkable women, Mommy Moments - real life stories from moms about the good, the bad and the funny and the first Wednesday of the month we host Book Worm Wednesday Book Link Up! Please visit and check out our twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ladiesholiday) and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/ladiesholiday)


Here are a couple of current favorites from Ladies Holiday, if you want to check them out. 
Thanks everyone for this little break from my routine - although with a little luck this might be a new monthly thing... interested?  Also I look forward to hearing what you think about this favorite of mine! 

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Change

Friday, August 31, 2012

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. 
And the heart of this community..
I cannot believe this is the last day of August! The summer fly and crawled by... and now autumn is approaching. 
I've always loved autumn, the changing colors of the leaves - they add so much to a season that is full of dying... It's like we don't mourn the end of the gardens or the days of mowing the lawn.
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I love walking on the sidewalks and listening to the leaves as they crunch under my shoes. Oh yes shoes... no more flip-flops (another change).
There is apple picking, followed by all the apple goodies that will be made - again we don't mourn the fact that the best fruit to make such goodies are the ones that are days away from dying - those are the best ones- they have more sugar and cook up beautifully.
Nope the changes of Autumn are not sad, they might be the beginning of the end of the year but these changes come with so much fun stuff we don't focus on the ends. 
Now if only I could figure out how to see all the good stuff that comes with the beginning of the ends of the parts of life - I'm sure the sugar-filled-fruits are there, I just need to stop looking at the ends and focus in on the goodies waiting to be made.


God Creates & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, August 30, 2012

There are many great children's books that teach the creation story, but we were blessed with a great version. My son has loved this book for at least a year, maybe longer (can't remember when we got it...).

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God Creates and so much more... is a wonderful book. The words are strictly from Genesis so you don't have to worry about issues of lost in translation. But what makes this book so great are the pictures. They are absolutely amazing.
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Every page shows God's hands as they create the world, the waters, the animals, people.

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If you are looking for a great book to read to your kids as you discuss the creation story with your kids I highly recommend this story. There are great devotionals at the end of the book also to continue your discussion.


Another week of sharing your posts!  I'm so excited. I have greatly enjoyed reading every single post you have all added. I know this is a small group right now, but I know us book lovers tend to be more quiet than some, so if you are checking in on this hop each week waiting for a chance to join - here it is!!  

Link up any post about books you are reading, have recently read, loved, hated - or posts about books your kids read or love - or how you are teaching your kids (the next generation) how to read and love the written word. They are all great!  Share away!  I can't wait to see what you have all been up to.

After you link up, I would love for you to put the cozy book hop button on your post or blog or just link back to the hop so that more book lovers can join our little community. And if you could stop by some of the other links that would be great so we can start to build a community of "book nerds".

Linked up with: http://blog.jennimullinix.com/http://passionateandcreativehomemaking.blogspot.com/http://www.beholdingglory.com/http://www.nictomsmom.blogspot.com/http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/http://lifewithtwinsandadramaqueen.com/http://christianmommyblogger.com/genuine-fellowship-the-real-deal-fellowship-fridays-linkup/http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-26/http://www.yourthrivingfamily.com/search/label/Weekend%20Whateverhttp://www.athometake2.com/2012/08/weekend-blog-walk-17.html,  http://www.frommymountainview.com/search/label/Moms%20Against%20Manic%20Mondayshttp://www.michellederusha.com/2012/09/hear-it-on-sunday-use-it-on-monday.htmlhttp://www.thebettermom.com/2012/09/our-homeschool-plan-for-2012-2013/http://www.time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2012/09/titus-2sdays-15-must-follow-women-on.htmlhttp://www.shandaoakleyinspires.com/2012/09/pick-up-bowl-and-towel-plus-oyht-link.htmlhttp://www.aboverubies.net/2012/09/domestically-divine-tuesday-homemaking.htmlhttp://www.deeprootsathome.com/http://internetcafedevotions.com/http://womenlivingwell.org/category/women-living-well-wednesdays/http://www.ladiesholiday.com/


What's So Spiritual About Your Gifts?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What's So Spiritual about Your Gifts?
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What's So Spiritual About Your Gifts?
By Henry & Mel Blackaby

The concept of the gifts of the Holy Spirit has been one that has been extremely hard for me to grasp my whole christian life. I never got anything from those tests that are supposed to tell you what your gifts are, in fact they reminded me of the test you took in school that told you what you should be when you grow up. As a result I've been searching for a tool that made sense to me on this subject - I am thrilled to have found something that has helped tremendously.

This book is a super quick read - I am a mommy of two energetic boys, so trust me when I say this is a super quick read. And yet it is packed with information that unravels this mystery of the gifts of the Spirit.

The main point the Blackabys make, is that the Lord gifts believers with the gift of the Holy Spirit - let that sink in for a minute.  This means that all the "gifts" that I was told I had in those tests are mostly, if not all, natural talents, which were also given to me by God, but they are not the same as the Spirit.

Of course some of you are thinking - what about all those gifts the Spirit gives us?  That is what the book discusses.

By focusing on having "an intimate relationship" with God and allowing His Spirit to become your Spirit, you are allowing God to use His gifts through you whenever He needs/wants to.

Our focus as Christians needs to be "What does God want to do through me?" (p 11). Not what spiritual gifts am I honing so that I can do God's will. Do you see the difference? The focus needs to be on allowing God to work through you, not honing skills while waiting for some calling - I think the book does a better job explaining this than I am!

"God is waiting for a heart that is surrendered and ready to obey before you ever hear Him speak." (p 53) This is a huge point because many Christians talk about how they are not walking closely with God but are trying to work on their spiritual gift while they are finding their way back to Him. The Blackaby's say this just isn't possible. You have to be walking closely with the Father in order to hear the Spirit - it just goes together.
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Now don't get me wrong, we, as Christians, are still called to serve, so keep doing acts of service, just don't mix it up with the gifts of the Spirit (it usually is just acts of service). Realize that just because you are gifted at one type of service, it doesn't mean it is a Spiritual Gift, don't brag about it - that seems to a major point in the book.

So now of course the question that came to my mind was, well what am I supposed to do? I am supposed to have these gifts, how do I even know when I'm allowing the Spirit to display His gifts or just serving God's kingdom?

Well here's Blackaby's answer:

  • Don't compare yourself and your abilities to others (Isaiah 66:2)
  • Develop a deep hunger for the Bible (p 39)
  • Check the condition of your heart through prayer (1 Sam 16:7)
  • Find places to serve and allow God to shine through you

There is also a great quote from Oswald Chambers that I'd like to share:
Every element of our own self-reliance
must be put to death by the power of God. The moment
we recognize our complete weakness and our dependence upon Him
will be the very moment that the Spirit of God will exhibit power.

~~ Oswald Chambers,  My Utmost for His Highest

I truly think this is a must read for anyone who is unsure about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christians. It truly helped me greatly - I hope I did the book justice in this little review. 

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you any insight on the gifts of the Holy Spirit? I'd love to hear from you!

Linked up with: http://www.deeprootsathome.com/http://internetcafedevotions.com/http://womenlivingwell.org/category/women-living-well-wednesdays/http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/http://passionateandcreativehomemaking.blogspot.com/http://blog.jennimullinix.com/http://lifewithtwinsandadramaqueen.com/http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/http://www.nictomsmom.blogspot.com/http://www.beholdingglory.com/http://www.thebettermom.com/2012/09/our-homeschool-plan-for-2012-2013/http://www.michellederusha.com/2012/09/hear-it-on-sunday-use-it-on-monday.htmlhttp://www.frommymountainview.com/search/label/Moms%20Against%20Manic%20Mondayshttp://www.cornerstoneconfessions.com/2012/09/titus-2-tuesday-linky-party-17.htmlhttp://www.aboverubies.net/search/label/Domesticallyhttp://www.shandaoakleyinspires.com/http://www.time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Quote

Monday, August 27, 2012

Twenty years from now 
you will be more disappointed 
by the things that you didn't do 
than by the ones you did do. 

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So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
~~ Mark Twain

That's it!  Take this week to rediscover something you want to do - and take at least one step towards doing it. 

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