Y'all this is a topic that has been on my heart for a while, and I want to address it and reassure you at the same time. Listen, we're all unique, you know that already, but we tend to gravitate toward people who have similar interests as we do, and that's normal. I want to encourage you today to be yourself, don't be someone else.
For the longest time, I've had a dream. That dream was to live a more simple life. About five years ago life seemed to speed up so fast my head was spinning. Every day was faster than the next and more than a few times I told my husband I just needed a pause button. I was so completely overwhelmed with my everyday life and I felt helpless to stop the hustle.
There were so many things I wanted to do, but I didn't seem to have time to do any of them, and that was a real bother to me. Finally, I took it to the Lord in prayer about a year ago and He started speaking a slower pace into my life. We stopped thinking the kids had to be in a ton of activities, and we started examining how we spent our time. I had always wanted to learn to bake. Listen y'all, I'll own what I can own and I'm a pretty good cook, but I was never a baker, and I wanted to be.
I wanted to work on my sewing skills. My grandmother is quite the accomplished seamstress, but my mother never learned to sew. I always found that sad and troubling as a young girl, so when Home Economics class came around in Junior High I took the class and excelled at sewing. Since that time I've sewn only a minor amount because honestly, I relied on my grandmother to sew for me, but she's older now and doesn't sew as much, plus she lives 1000 miles away from me, so it was time to start sewing again; ya think?
I wanted to have chickens. I had wanted chickens since Hank was born in 2011, but never got them mostly because I was taking care of lots of babies, and you know, that time factor. It just never happened. I wanted a garden too, and I have had a few over the years, but never to the scale, I hoped for. I wanted to learn to can and had never been taught, so there was that. Just so many things y'all, that take time, but that are time well spent. I also used to craft a ton. I'm an artist, and being a creative spirit I love to do DIY and handmade things. Upcycles and such are my favorites. Again, I wasn't doing those things because my life had gotten crazy busy and I didn't like it one bit.
Now I'm going to admit all these things danced in my head for a long time but it wasn't until I began to pray about them that the Lord spoke urgency and trust into my life. An urgency not to wait anymore, and a peacefulness that said: "Trust me."
In the natural, I was a little worried about a venture of including many of these things as I started a blog. I wanted to be an encouragement to women, but I wondered what people might say. Would they think I was copying them? I have friends who blog, garden, farm, craft, bake, well really all the things I mention some or all of them are partaking in, but few of my friends, if any at all, have all the interests I have. I, just like everyone else, am drawn to people who share my interests, so I know lots of women who do the things I do, but none of them are me.
I'm different in one way or another from all my friends, and we're supposed to be. God didn't make us all the same, so I want to encourage you today on a couple of points.
FIRST, listen to the Lord. Whatever it is you're wanting, ask Him, and then do what He says, and not what you think or what anyone else tells you.
SECOND, be who you are. Don't be her, she's already taken. Having said that, I don't mean you can't do some of the things your friends do. Of course, you're going to do that, that's likely why you are friends, but do your unique version of whatever it is you're doing. No one else is you. God made you perfectly unique and you should embrace that, and not try to full out copy anyone else.
THIRD, Go for the dream God has given to you. Whatever your dream looks like, just go for it and trust in His plan completely. You'll be your best when you're being you, whatever that looks like, and when you're listening to and following God's plan for your life.
As I begin to put my life out there on social media, and make new friends and share all the things I'm doing, I'm finding peace in it. Embracing the things I love and sharing it with others who also love those things is an amazing feeling. I pray God will use me as an inspiration to someone. He has placed people in my life who have inspired me to live the life I've imagined, but never thought possible. God said it is possible, and I'm trusting in Him that He's never wrong.
I encourage you today to do all the things you love and don't waste a minute. Whatever that looks like for you, if you're in God's will it doesn't matter what people think or what they say, you are on the right track. Be you, not her, it's that easy.
I pray you have a wonderful day and drop me a comment below if this blog was a blessing to you today. Until we meet again.
So, today I had ONE goal, to "keep the tiny humans alive" just like my coffee cup says. So to be fair, my youngest child is almost seven; she's not so tiny anymore really. Still as a homeschooling mom, some days I just feel overwhelmed and tired. Let's be honest, if you're a mom who sends her kids to public school you too have felt overwhelmed and tired, no matter your children's ages.
Here's the thing though, we've had a rough week. We've had the sickies. My back has been out, and I feel very behind on many of the things I typically do. So today I decided if I could just get through we'd be doing well. I got a good amount of work done this morning and then we were off to Rural King on a "field trip". My husband thought we were going to look at baby chickens, but our children knew we were going to buy some! I hadn't said I was buying them or not buying them, but have y'all ever seen baby chickens? Well, let's just say they're the sweetest, cutest little things ever! There was no way we were going in there and not coming home with some.
So we ended up buying seven at Rural King, and almost made it out of there with a Cornish Hen, but I luckily talked my ten-year-old out of that! We bought some chick starter and some new feeders too and headed to Tractor Supply to see what breeds they had available.
So y'all, as we walked in the door at Tractor Supply I could hear the chirps! There sure was a lot of chirping going on, and when we got back to the chickens there they were, Marans and Cochin chickens...the two breeds I wanted! Y'all know I wasn't leaving there without them, even if I had already purchased seven.
They were part of a straight run and so we weren't sure if they were boys or girls, but my Friend Audra is the bomb. She had read that you could 'sex' a chicken by looking at their wing feathers and determining if they were boys or girls (we wanted girls). Unfortunately what she knew and what we read doesn't appear to be correct, so who knows what we ended up with. We had thought you could look at any baby chick to tell if it's a Pullet or a Cockerel, but actually, after further research, once I got home, that doesn't appear to be the case all the time. First I read this:
"Feather sexing is a simple technique that even an amateur backyard chicken keeper can perform. Yay! First, sexing a chick based on when they develop their wing feathers is easily done through simple observation. The early presence of wing feathers almost always indicates that your baby is a clucky little female." But after visiting Cackle Hatchery I read that there's a whole lot more to it than that. So, we looked, we thought we knew, and we found out, we don't know jack! LOL
Well, guys, we made it home with four more from Tractor Supply for a total of 11! Who knows if they're male or female, that will remain to be seen for a while. I am sorry to report we lost one of them before we got them transferred to a larger container and a heat lamp. It appears the others squished him (sat on him) and my son Hank was so incredibly sad. It was the one he had picked out.
Hank has Autism and he's highly emotional at times. I quickly swooped in when we realized the dead chick was his and told him he could have my Cochin. These chickens have furry feet, so they're "special". I told him that chick was meant to be his because it was special just like him! I got a quick smile out of that and the tears stopped. Please pray for him though y'all, I know he'll obsess about that dead chicken for days, and I'm praying he can let it go easily and begin to love on the sweet little furry chicken that he's now adopted!
So we learned a lot today!
I hope you can be like my daughter too and find the good in every day. I always like to say, it's a bad day, not a bad life, which means there's always something to be grateful for, and going one step further, look at the little things and embrace them and consider it all joy.
Thanks for stopping by and spending this time with me. I appreciate you and I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Please take a moment to tell me you stopped by and about your chicken experiences!
Hey, y'all! So we're in the middle of a garage clean-out to get organized and all that good stuff, and I came across an old trunk I bought about 15 years ago and had once used for our daughter's toys. (Said daughter is now almost 15) Clearly, that need is long gone. But I was wanting a little table for my living room so I got an idea in my head I could create a table out of the trunk, and let me tell you, what a good idea that was!
Now, being that my life is basically a hot mess most of the time, you know me, I forgot to take the actual before shot. (rolls eyes) Hey, I do the best I can, but I did get a couple of shots as I was spray painting it. So what did I use on this project?
So, of all the things I used for this project the only things I didn't have were the correct size nuts and washers to hold the legs on and the stencil. So I spent about $6 total on those things.
First I washed the outside down really well with soap and water, and after it dried I spray painted it completely and let it dry. My husband drilled the four holes through the bottom for the legs so that would be done before I hand-painted it. I came back to it with a brush and used the latex paint to cover it better. I wanted it to have stroke marks and not look spray painted.
Then, after it dried I put the legs in place and put the stencil on the top. I painted the stenciled area, and then dry brushed the accents of brown all over the trunk and let it dry. I came back and dry brushed the legs with white and waited for them to dry completely.
Finally, I tightened the legs and sprayed the entire thing with spray lacquer. This project dried quickly and it was very easy to get this look. I love how it turned out, what about you? What do you think about it? Leave me a comment below and let me know. Please share this with your friends if you like it!
I want to encourage you to get creative with things you already have. There's so much youcan do with things the average person would never connect the dots on. You can do it! Get going and let me know what you make! Thanks for stopping by the farm. I'll talk to y'all again tomorrow!
How many of y'all know that seasons change. Of course, you know that, as many of you anticipate the change of season from Winter to Spring you know that the change will bring significant things you're looking forward to. Planting a garden, wormer days, more rain and less snow, flowers, sunshine, baseball, and so much more.
Well, seasons change in our lives too, and I'm on the precipice of a season change with my family. My husband will graduate Ministry School in May this year, and he'll be ordained. We aren't sure what the future holds, but we feel God moving us into a new season.
Something that has signaled this new season, but may not seem all that significant to you is a huge change for our family. We have been Disney Annual Passholders for literally years, and God told us this year not to renew those passes. Let me tell you I had some emotions over that. I might seem silly to some, but that's something our family enjoys, and to know we'd be out of God's will if we renewed the passes was heartbreaking, but God has other plans this year, this season.
We are gravitating to so many new things. As my husband becomes more and more comfortable in the new skin God has given him for this season, we expect big changes to come. He knows he's called to Evangelism, and his style of preaching isn't only desired by many churches, it's needed. We know He's stirring up something big for us, and we're excited about that part of our future. We also started homeschooling last fall, and that was a major change for us, and the kids. Right now there are just so many things that are morphing and changing and we're trying to hold on tight for this ride of life.
What does all this mean in the natural though? How do we deal with these changes when God shakes things up in our lives? First and foremost you must put your trust in the Lord. Know full well that His plan is far greater than any plan you have, and even when it doesn't look like someone else's' path, know that He has you in the palm of his hand. There can be lots of stressors surrounding these types of changes because the world doesn't understand it. When we fully rely on God and His will, people sometimes freak out a little bit. Hey, sometimes I freak out a little bit at myself. I just know that when I pray, and He speaks to me if I don't listen I'm going to be in a hot mess of trouble, and I don't need any of that.
It's just a fact in our lives; nothing stays the same. If we expect it to stay the same we're going to be disappointed. God is always working and rearranging things, and something that I've told people in the past, and I believe it whole-heartedly is that God doesn't want you comfortable. He's not trying to make you happy, he's trying to make you Holy. If you're Holy, you'll be happy! That's a tough pill to swallow for many people, but that's what the change of seasons is all about. God is pushing you out of your comfort zone and on to bigger and better plans that he has for you. In Jeremiah 29:11 we're told, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." He knows, even when we're clueless! Take heart today my friends, the Lord of all the earth has a plan for your life, and it's probably going to include changing seasons.
If you're like me and my family and He's pushing you on to something new, and you feel the season changing, don't fight it; embrace it. Being in God's will is the safest and most lovely place to be. You can't out dream Him. You can't out plan Him. Embrace His plan and you'll be blown away with where it takes you and your life. I'm embracing this new season that's upon us, and even though parts of this new direction don't make me the happiest right now, I know full well that God has this and in six months or a year from now I'm going to look back and see the beauty of it all. I'm thankful for a God that loves me so much He's always making things beautiful for me in my life.
On Saturday we spent our last day at Disney for at least a year as we, in fact, did not renew those annual passes, as He instructed. We got one more day of fun in with our kids, and now we're off to new adventures. We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for those hours and days that will be freed up. We know His plans are BIG and MIGHTY. I'm excited.
If you're struggling with the change of seasons I hope to encourage you today. Trust Him, listen to Him and follow Him. Until tomorrow, God Bless you and your family.
I'd love to hear about your changing seasons. Please leave me a message below, and give this blog a like if you enjoyed it and share it with your friends!
Okay, that title is a bit deceiving because let's be honest, there's not really any shaking going on here. LOL. There is however a whole lot of baking going on. From August to December last year I baked up a storm. I perfected buttercream frosting, I found a homemade roll recipe that is out of this world, and super easy, and I made everything from homemade biscuits to pies, cakes, and loaves of bread. I even made completely homemade cinnamon rolls, and they were amazing. Yes, my bake game is strong, but my back, not so much.
You might be saying to yourself, what does her back have to do with baking, and you'd be right to be confused. My back has little to do with baking, but it has everything to do with my stamina to get anything of real value accomplished, and last year it was a stretch to do that. You see, emotional health is important, very important, but physical health is just as important. If you're lacking one or the other, you're lacking a whole lot. Last year I baked a lot, but some days I couldn't get my things into or out of the oven on my own, seriously, I couldn't. That may sound silly, or sad, or unbelievable, but it's the truth, and it was life-altering.
It all began when I slipped a few years ago hanging a birthday banner for my son, and I have had continual issues with my lower back ever since, but it wasn't until this past year that things really took a turn for the worst. I went from an occasional issue with my lower back to chronic lower back pain that was disabling. At one point we nearly invested in a scooter so I could go places with my family that required a great deal of walking because I simply couldn't keep up with them. The fact that I was still going to work and accomplishing anything at home was remarkable because I couldn't move without pain, and not just back pain, but nerve pain as well. It was all so devastating.
Being a strong, praying Christian, I did what anyone in my position would do, I prayed. I prayed BIG, and I believed God would take care of my back. As weeks turned into months, I started to doubt I'd ever be able to function again without a large amount of pain, but God is so great y'all, and He didn't leave me hanging. When the time was right He fixed my back, and I was without pain for the first time in months just before Christmas.
Now, do I believe God can heal, absolutely, but do I believe God healed me, absolutely, at least in that moment. You see, I know God can perform miraculous healings, He does it every day, but I have continued to have lingering pain and so I know He didn't totally heal me (yet). He gave me what I needed, not necessarily what I wanted. He's a mighty God though and He fixed me up so I could function again and that matters. I literally went to bed one night and when I woke up the next day all that horrible pain was gone; that's God.
So back to the baking. Did I mention I learned to bake last year? When I say I learned to bake, I don't mean from a box, but I learned so much more. I learned to make everything from bare ingredients, but I also learned that sometimes when you're accomplishing great goals, those goals can be met and achieved amid some real setbacks. I learned that my husband is even more amazing than I had ever imagined. He literally put my things into the oven to bake and took them out for me for four months. That's love y'all. He did anything that required any lifting, and he still does. He helps me more than words can express, purely out of his love for me. I am so blessed and I know it.
I learned that physical and emotional health matters. I also learned that a support system matters, but mostly I learned that God is good to His word. He never left me not did He forsake me, instead, He was right there with me and brought me through that trial. He also gave me the passion and strength to do things I hadn't really done before but wanted to. I'm still relying on Him greatly. We've progressed to a mini urban farm at our house. Gardening and chickens and canning and more. I couldn't do any of it without my husband's help and my God's faithfulness. When the song says "Great is Thy faithfulness." They're not kidding.
Do you have a physical need in your body today? Please allow me to pray for you. Leave me a message here and it would be my honor and privilege to pray for your need. Know that God is with you and even if He doesn't heal you, He'll sustain you, but also know that He can heal you completely, so don't give up on that reality. I certainly haven't given up on that for myself.
If you're enjoying reading my blogs daily, please like it and share it with your friends. Some days we'll talk about home decor and crafts and I'll break down different projects, but other days it will be just like today where I share my heart and my life with y'all. I pray you are blessed today by the God of miracles. Until tomorrow I pray you have a wonderful today.
For a number of years now the Lord has been waking me most mornings before my alarm so I can spend some time with Him. Being hard headed, and often thinking I know it all, it took me awhile to realize that's what He was doing. I'd get aggrivated and frustrated that I was wide awake more than an hour before my alarm was set to go off, and I couldn't go back to sleep. This went on for over a month before it dawned on me that maybe I should be using that time for prayer instead of struggling to get prayer in at other times during my day.
Now, to be fair, I had just come out of a season of life where I had babies and toddlers and didn't get a lot of sleep or alone time so I had been using shower time for prayer mostly. I had continued that, as well as adding my commute to work, but it never seemed to be ample time, and the Lord knew I had moved out of that season and needed to reevaluate things. I, on the other hand, took a little while to catch on.
Now, y'all know we learn, and then we grow. That's how all this works. We do the best we can until we know better, and when we know better, we do better. As I was changing seasons, I was growing in the Lord in so many ways. Reading my Bible more than ever, and giving up worldly things that were holding me back from growing in Him. Lots was happening, as God was moving me to the next level. He was trying to do even more in me and through me, but I was slow to the party. I didn't realize there was a direct correlation between how much time I spent with Him, and how much time I talked to Him, and how fast and far I would grow in Him. Although it was true I hadn't been a "baby Christian" in some time, I wasn't that mature Christian He was pushing me to be either, well not yet anyway.
When I started using that morning time for prayer I felt a shift. It was literally like everything changed, and that's because it did. There were mornings I'd wake up and say things like, "I'm tired today Lord, what's on your mind?" Let me tell you, He filled me up with His mind. I was amazed at how much clearer I could hear Him when I just listened in those early morning meetings. Sometimes our morning meets were longer, and sometimes they were shorter, but they were always worth my time because He was preparing me. He was preparing me for that day, and every day after that. He was preparing me for things I wouldn't know were coming for a long time, and for things I needed preparation for. Indeed He was guiding me, and because I was spending time with Him, I understood that.
He gave me more patience with my children. He gave me more patience with my husband. He gave me love for the people who hurt me, and acceptance of myself and all my flaws. I bet y'all can guess, I was still completely imperfect, but I was listening more than ever to a God who was not. This changed my life.
If you're a Christian and you're reading this and you're not spending time in the secret place daily with the Lord, I implore you to do it. It's a game changer. If you're not a Christian, reach out to the Lord. He loves you were you are, but too much to leave you there, and if you don't know how to do that, reach out to me. I'd love to share the Gospel with you and answer any questions you may have. God doesn't promise us a life free of troubles, He just promises us that when we go through troubled waters, He'll be with us. So, in the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Hey y'all, I'm having deep thoughts today and thought I'd share them with y'all. Do you ever get in a funk? You know, nothing's really wrong, just a little blue, you're just kinda tired, kinda worn out, a little blah, sorta feeling like a jammies all day sorta day? Man I sure do, and today is one of those days. It's Friday, but it doesn't feel like a Friday to me, it feels like Tuesday! Maybe it's because I am bogged down with so much to do, or maybe I'm just seriously tired and I need a long nap. Haha.
Feeling like this got me to wondering how many other women are experiencing this regularly. Is it because I'm menopausal, or is it because I have too much on my plate at this moment? I sort of think it's the menopause because I don't have anymore on my plate than I've ever had. I've always been a very busy person, heck, I finished three degrees with three small children and a job at one point in my younger life.
Maybe it's not menopause, maybe it's just my age, period, I'm not sure. One thing I do know is, even though I don't feel like this all the time, I sure feel like this today, and I know I'm not the only person who goes through times like this. If what I'm describing is you, let me encourage you today as I have been encouraged. Psalm 42:11 says: "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." My God goes before me, He lifts my head high.
Anytime we start to feel this way, or even if we're beyond just a bad day, but if we are fighting depression, we must always cling to the garment hem of Jesus. He is our hope, and only He can provide all we need, When I begin to feel this way I spend some time in prayer just talking, but mostly LISTENING to the Lord. Listening to Him is one of the easiest way to get out of that funk you're in. "He walks with me and he talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.", one of my favorite song lyrics. Isn't this true though? I know it's true for me, and even when I loose sight of Him for a moment when I'm feeling out of sorts, He comes in and He sorts it ALL out for me, perfectly in His way and in His time. I have to seek Him though, and not try to do it all myself, because the truth is, I can't, and neither can you!
Today, if you're in a funk, if you're feeling down, tired, or just melancholy in general, know that we serve a God who will be there for you to lift you up when you feel like you can't do it on your own. Yes He is capable of lifting you out of a deep depression, but He cares so much for you that even when you have an off day, if you call on Him, He will be there for you! How amazing is that? Thank you Jesus that you love me so much you don't leave me in my spoils.
Y’all, you know my life is a little crazy. Okay, some days it’s A LOT crazy, but I’m blessed for the life I live and the God I serve. An amazing husband and seven children I love so much, all the rest is just bonus so on a day like today, I drink a little more coffee, go get some junk therapy in, and get back to loving life.
I pray you have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend. I'll be doing all the things this weekend, and I'm sure I'll be sharing them with all of you. Leave me a comment below and give this blog a like if you can relate to what I'm talking about. Please share this blog post if you think others would benefit from it. God Bless you all until tomorrow.
We bought a new house 20 months ago, and I've struggled to fill it. I used to always decorate for the holidays, but when we moved to Florida almost 4 yrs ago, all that ceased. It wasn't because I didn't love it, it was because I simply didn't have the time or money. This year I vowed it would be different.
So I was out junkin' the other day and I came across a yard sale that had a few pieces I snatched up. One of them was a really odd item. It was a rectangular frame with a burlap insert and a big HUGE butter knife on it. It was marked $1 and the frame was real wood so I grabbed it and knew immediately I was turning that piece into an Easter upcycle.
I noticed when I got home the ugly thing had come from Kirkland's and it was $19.99 on sale. Wow! I got my husband's screwdriver and removed that old ugly butter knife that had been bolted onto the picture frame.
I then flipped the frame vertically and began to brainstorm! I needed something pretty simple since the frame was narrow. I opted for making this. I'll tell you how below!
Here's what you'll need to complete this project.
-Second, I cut the letters out and I Mod Podge them to the wood letters and sat them aside to dry.
-Third, I traced my bunny shape onto the backside of the moss sheet with a black SHARPIE and then cut it out.
-Fourth, I cut and tied a cute bow for the bunny's neck.
Then once my letters were dry, I laid it all out and decided where I wanted everything to go. When I was happy with the placement, I hot glued it all onto the burlap board. I decided once I was done that I wanted to add a bit of white accent paint to the frame, and so I did that after I had put it all together, but I suggest finishing your frame before you put your elements into it.
This little cute sign is going to sit in my living room among some other decor I'll likely end up making and talking about as well. I hope you enjoyed this quick little upcycled DIY Farmhouse Style Easter Sign I created today! I hope you'll come back tomorrow where I'm sure to be talking about something else I've created, found, grew, cooked, etc. I'm always doing something, and I love writing about it for y'all!
Until tomorrow, God Bless you all. Please give this blog a like below if you enjoyed it, and leave a comment to let me know if you'll try this, or if you're creating something else, and what that something else is! I'd love to hear about it.
DIY is life y'all, and yesterday I ventured into new territory. I have a ton of old Mason Jars because I love canning. I also love Farmhouse Style (as you well know) and so I wanted to make some cute jars for storage. I decided to play around with some buffalo check napkins I had to see what I could come up with, and the results were stunning!
I started out with a QUART WIDE MOUTH JAR, some MOD PODGE and my NAPKINS. This simple little DIY project is so easy, but so amazing when finished! Simply take your jar and lightly spread the Mod Podge all over the outside with a brush.
Then, you'll start wrapping your one layer napkin (if your napkins are two-ply you'll need to pull them apart gently to get the side you are wanting to use. Carefully place it on the jar and begin to lightly press it down all the way around. When you're done, lightly brush over it to be sure it's all secured to the jar, then set it upside down to dry.
Next, use your HOT GLUE GUN to secure the seal and ring together for your lid, and choose a paint color to paint it. I chose Apple Barrel Paint "KEY WEST", and some Apple Barrel WHITE paint to accent it. Then I sat it on the bottle of white paint to dry.
Typically at this point, if I'm in a hurry, I will sit both the jar and the lid in a 175-degree oven for about 10 mins to dry quickly. If I'm not in a hurry I simply let it air dry for 12 hours. Either way, the only step left is to tie a piece of twine around the jar mouth opening and to write whatever you like on the side. This particular jar got the word "STUFF" written on it. I would have done it in BLACK PAINT PEN, but I didn't have one, so instead, I used a BLACK SHARPIE. The Sharpie works great too.
The final product is great for bathroom storage, kitchen storage, or just about anything you like. You could also make three or four of the same size and put them in a little wood box on your dining room table with some foliage. That would be lovely.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Farmhouse Style Craft, and if you try it, let me know how it goes. Show me what YOU come up with. I'd love to see it. If you enjoyed this you can see a video of me actually making this jar HERE, and you can join us in my Facebook Group HERE. We'd love for you to join us and share what you're doing with our group!
As always I'd appreciate you sharing this blog with your friends, and giving me a like or a comment and tell me how you do things differently, or that you tried this DIY. Until tomorrow, I pray that you have a blessed day!
My husband and I went to the DAYTONA 500 yesterday and we had a good day. When I got back to my blog today I was a little discouraged because I didn't have good service at the race, and because of that I didn't get my blog shared so hardly anyone saw it yesterday. What a discouragement. I work hard every day to get the things important to me accomplished, so when I fail, I'm no different than anyone else, it discourages me.
Listen, life is hard y'all, and if you're a wife, a mom or just a human being, you know that emphatically. Sometimes we're just all doing the best we can do to make it through the day. I feel ya. I've been there, so, so many times. Some days don't feel like successes, but complete and total failures, and that's discouraging, but God doesn't want it that way for us. Joshua 1:9 tells us "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." The Bible also tells us "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9. There are so many things the bible says about not giving up, staying the course, and getting back up again when we fall. I'm here to encourage you today and say, girl, get back up; you can do it!
My daughter Joely was in gymnastics her whole childhood off and on. She was very talented, but honestly, we never had the money to keep her in lessons consistently. Finally, when she was older, the man who owned the gym she went to recognized her potential and offered her free lessons if she'd stay, and so she did. I watched this very talented young girl become discouraged as she worked hard to accomplish what some of the others were doing. The difference was the girls doing those amazing flips had been consistently in gymnastics, without breaks for, in some cases, years. Joely didn't give up though, and soon, with consistency, she reached those goals. She was about to do araerial twists and such, and they were beautiful and she leaned them in a fraction of the time many of the other girls had taken to learn the same things. She was now being consistent, but more than that, every time she fell, she got back up and she tried again. Trust me when I tell you she fell a lot. Some days it really worried me as I sat there and watched her determination to do what seemed almost impossible, but she never gave up, and soon she was doing what I could only imagine doing. She amazed me, but the premise of this story isn't amazing, it's actually obvious. God tells us not to give up, why don't we listen?
We only really fail when we quit. I know you've heard this story: The famous story goes, Edison failed to refine the LIGHT BULB (one of the few creations he merely refined but did not invent) so many times it took him 10,000 attempts to perfect. However, rather than accepting failure 9,999 times he is quoted as answering questions on his failures as rather: 'I have not failed. I have just found 9,999 ways it did not work.'
Michael Jordan is another person who exemplifies never giving up. He is quoted as saying:
So I hope today you'll be encouraged to keep going. Whatever it is you're trying to be successful at, just keep going. If no one has ever encouraged you (doubtful) or if you just need some extra encouragement, here I am and I'm telling you, JUST KEEP SWIMMING! (a little FINDING NEMO reference) :) I know you can do it. Whatever you do, just don't stay down. Girl, get back up!!! Enough said.
I hope you have a wonderful Presidents' Day today and hope you're off spending time with your family. If not, I pray your workday goes quickly. Until tomorrow, enjoy your today!
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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