Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to build up your home and word at a time

Another timely and powerful encouragement from Lisa Jacobson at!  The power of our words...this one so hits me!  I frequently stand amazed at how much effect our words have, for the better and for the worse.

 I'm sure many of you have heard this saying, but this is a favorite one in our home, especially with such a cute little rabbit as Thumper saying it. :-)...

It also reminds me of the prayer in Psalms 19:14

Also the prayer in Psalm 141:3

Oh that the words that proceed out of my mouth would be that which is good to the use of edifying, that it would minister grace unto the hearers! (Eph. 4:29)  I know this is the desire of all of our hearts.  May the Lord help us to set a watch over this unruly member of ours (James 3:8) that our homes, families, churches, etc. would be built word at a time.  It starts today.  Each word that comes out of our mouths is an opportunity to build up or tear down. What a challenge to take into each day!

Okay...on to the article! :-)

How to Build Up Your Marriage, Child, and Home . . . One Word at a Time

More Than 100 Words of Affirmation to Build Up Your Home

You wouldn’t think a word could make such a difference.
But it does.
On some days, all the difference in the world.
The difference between tears or a smile.
Between slumped shoulders or a hug.
Between healing or hurt.
Between building up or tearing down.

Funny, how only a few words can turn around an entire day. Even turn around an entire heart.
I know. Because I’ve seen it happen right before my eyes.

I’ve heard my husband say to our youngest son, “I like the way God made you!” and watch that boy stand that much taller.

Then not too long ago, I told that same Man, “You are such a good daddy to our boys!” Something I figured he knew. But he almost seemed surprised to hear it. Like it was a new revelation. I guess it’s one of those things I’ve thought for a long time, but never got around to saying. Until last week.

And you could tell it meant the world for him to hear it. Coming from me. Maybe especially coming from me.

But then it was my turn to be on the receiving end.
And that really did it.

It was a weekday and I was dashing between the laundry room and the kitchen. Chopping vegetables, then sorting dirty clothes. Slicing sausage, then changing out loads of laundry. Stirring the soup, then folding clean clothes.
Back and forth. Back and forth.
He was working on his computer downstairs, but watched me from his chair.
Even in my hurry, I could feel his eyes on me.

Then I heard him say it.
He simply said, “You are amazing.” Followed by, “Do you know how amazing you are?”

And I answered him honestly, “No, Honey. I don’t feel very amazing at all.”
“But you are.” Then he went on to list out a bunch of things that he appreciated about me and, quite frankly, several things I had no idea he’d even noticed.

And I smiled.
And I hugged.
And I stood that much taller.

So yeah, our words matter. Because a kind and loving word can make all the difference in the world.
At least they do in our little world around here.

So we’re working on building up our home, one word at a time. 

Lisa Jacobson

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Come to Jesus

Come to Jesus...the greatest need of each and every one of us, in every season of our lives.  He must be our All in All!

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith...For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him..."
(Colossians 2:6-7, 9-10)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
(John 15:4-5)
Come to Jesus by Chris Rice

Friday, April 22, 2016

He's Laughing!!!

Our sweet little guy, almost 3 months now, just laughed for the first time yesterday!  There was no mistaking it, it was a true laugh.  We were all so excited!  He's getting so big so quickly and we are loving every day with our special little man!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Homeschooling is AWESOME!!!

The children's writing assignment last week was writing an instructional on how to make banana splits.  They currently think writing is amazing! :-)  Got to love homeschooling!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Special Visit with Three Very Special People :-)

Last month we had a very big treat with getting to see and spend a few days with Tayte, Martha and our little grandbaby/neice Alexandria.  What a special and precious time we had! 

 Our three boys.  What precious guys these are, bringing so much life and laughter to our family. 
They truly are our "spice of life"! Love each one of them so much!  Titus so enjoyed the time he got to spend with his big brother.  Let's just say they had a lot of fun doing what only brothers would do. :-)

Esther and Sarah had SOOO much fun with their little niece!  They couldn't get enough of her.

Grandpa enjoying this sweet moment with his little granddaughter and daughter.
So precious!

Bell and Martha having a treasured time up in bed as Bell shared with her the story book she has been writing.

Alexandria trying to figure out her uncle.  So cute to watch them together!

Two of the most darling babies ever!

Saying good morning. :-)  This little gal LOVES her daddy!  It's so precious getting to see Tayte as a dad.  I think little dolly has a very special place in her daddy's heart. :-)

Uncle Titus with Alexandria.  He thinks she's pretty special. :-)

 A calming moment to snuggle with Aunt Brittany, who also thinks she is just precious. :-)

Precious times of talking and catching up.  What a precious sister in law/daughter in law we have!  Add the darling babies and what could be better?!

The guys were hard at it a good deal of the time, working together wrenching on "stuff", etc., and just having an enjoyable time being together, with even some water fun happening at the one point. :-)

Grandma treasuring the time with this sweetie pie!

Big brother with his littlest brother, 20 years younger than he is.  Who would have thought?!  The Lord's ways, though often mysterious and beyond our comprehension, are so marvelous!  How thankful and truly blessed we are!
Tayte loved how snuggly Benjamin is. :-)

This little gal is a ray of sunshine!  She has such a pleasant personality and is so full of life.  What a joy and treasure she is!  Yes, Aunt Bree was drinking up every minute with this sweet heart!  She has a way of melting your heart and making you fall in love with me! :-)

Her mommy painted her little tosies!  So darling!

Thank you so much for the sweet time we had with you all Tayte, Martha and Alexandria!  We  love you all so very much!  You are daily in our thoughts and prayers and always in our hearts!  You are loved beyond words!


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Benjamin 2 months old

Oh we love this little man!

We had a hard time deciding which one to use as his two month picture but finally decided on this one for the wall.  What fun this past month has been as Benjamin began smiling at us.  This little guy is pure delight to our family.  How thankful we are.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trust ~ He Knows Best

"I need oil," said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling. "Lord," he prayed, "it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers." And the Lord sent gentle showers. "Lord," prayed the monk, "my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray Thee." And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. "Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues," cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.
Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. "I, too, planted a little tree," he said, "and see! it thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means. 'Lord, send what it needs,' I prayed, 'storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.'"

- taken from Streams in the Desert, Vol. 1, March 29th


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lessons to learn from boiled carrots, eggs and coffee beans (how to handle times of adversity)

“A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; she was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.  Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.  
Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed  ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 
Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.' 'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. 
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Think on this:
~ Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
~ Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
~ Am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you, dear homemaker, handle adversity?

~ Author Unknown—shared with you at The Homemaker’s Society


Sunday, March 27, 2016

True Living is Dying ~ If it Die, it Bringeth Forth Much Fruit

"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."
- John 12:24-25 -

"Unbroken and unbruised men are of little use.  Life is one constant battle after another in which the good triumphs over the bad, the spirit over the flesh.  We have not begun to live until we cease to live for self.  True living is dying.
When the law of self-sacrifice has become the principle of the heart, then one's life becomes a rich full blessing to others.  Until we have learned this lesson, we cannot be truly useful to those around us."
-M.Taylor, taken from Streams in the Desert, Vol.2

This is a favorite passage of mine, and this quote expresses it's thought so well.  We were created to die in order to live, to sacrifice in order to bless, to subdue and conquer our flesh in order to have joy and peace in our spirit.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lord, break the chains that hold me to myself; free me to be your happy slave - that is, to be the happy foot-washer of anyone today who needs his feet washed, his supper cooked, his faults overlooked, his work commended, his failure forgiven, his griefs consoled, or his button sewed on.  Let me not imagine that my love for You is very great if I am unwilling to do for a human being something very small.
~Elisabeth Elliot, A Lamp For My Feet