It's Sunday! But it's not just any Sunday, It's THE Sunday. It's the Sunday that changed everything, forever, even before we were born. It changed it even if you don't know Him, and even if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about. THIS Sunday changed eternity. That's powerful stuff y'all. But wait, how exactly did things change? What is she talking about you might be asking yourself? Well, let me tell you.
Do you believe in God? Do you believe Jesus is the son of God? If you believe those things, you must also believe that Jesus was born of a virgin birth, and he died on a cross about 2000 years ago. He died, and 3 days later, just as Jesus said He would, He arose from the grave, victorious as He had conquered death.
Matthew 12:40, "For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Jesus dying on the cross, and rising again means something very significant. If He died and rose again, then He has defeated death, and if He has defeated death, we too can defeat death. We are no longer separated from God for eternity if we accept Jesus Christ and His sacrifice and we follow Him. If Jesus was just a man and wasn't fully God also, none of His life would matter, none of what He said or did would matter, but we know He is Lord and Savior, we know He did die on that cross, and He rose on the third day. This is our hope. For that hope today I am so grateful.
Maybe you're saying to me right now, but Jen, how do you know that? How can you be sure? First and foremost it is spelled out in the Bible by four distinct accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and we have details, and we have accounts that are extremely similar, but not exactly the same, reflecting truth, but more than that, the Holy Spirit, who is in me, directs, leads and guides me on what I read in the bible. If I believe the Bible at all, I have to believe it is 100% truth.
The Christian faith falls apart without the resurrection. Our entire faith hinges on it, because if Jesus didn't step out of that tomb, nothing else He said or did matter. Oh but folks, He did, and because He defeated death, so will we someday if we are following Him. I'm so excited today. Today is a day to rejoice, and to reflect on what Jesus did for you and for me and why He did it. I will rejoice that my Lord and Savior lives, and He's coming again.
With times being what they are now, and people, especially those who aren't Christians, living in fear and with anxiety over the state of our country and our world, there is no better time to rejoice, and to share the hope you have in Jesus. He's in control, He's coming again, and in Him, we find perfect peace that passes all understanding. It's an exciting time to be alive and to be a follower of the King.
I want to encourage you today, if you're a Christian, share your faith, not fear over the state of the world. Share with nonbelievers what is getting you through this troubling time. Share what Jesus did for you, and also what He did for them. Tell them about not just your personal faith, but tell them WHY you have that faith. All of it, every bit of it hinges on the Resurrection. Share with them how He conquered the grave and how He's coming again. That's real, it's not a fairytale, and it's not just words. Paul knew it, the disciples knew it, and I know it too. If you know it, share it. Share it with people who don't know, because their eternity depends on knowing it!
I hope this was an encouragement to you today on Resurrection Sunday, but I hope you'll be sharing about the resurrection all year through. People need to know who He was, who He is, what He did, why He did it, and How He saved us all by walking out of the grave, and they need to know He's coming soon!
Be blessed today and always, and thanks for joining me here. If you enjoyed this please share it with a friend, give it a like and leave me a comment.
Y'all we're living in a world where stuff matters, and when I say stuff matters, I mean, people care a whole heck of a lot what car their driving, what house they're living in, what name brand tag is on the clothing they're wearing, and some people care about what you're wearing too. How many of y'all know I ain't got time for all that mess? Well, I don't. There might have been a time that I did care, but that time has come and gone a long time ago; here's why guys.
Y'all, when I'm worried about what someone else has, and what I don't have I'm not doing any good to anyone, especially myself. Satan wants us to envy others and what they have, but all that does is give us horrible feelings, it ends friendships and it doesn't put us any closer to happiness. Happiness doesn't come from things, if it did, we'd live in a much happier world. If we aren't content with the things we already have, what makes us think having more or having something better will make that happen for us? That's just foolishness, still, we live in a world where people strive to "keep up with the Jone's", and they do it in high style and big fashion. All that "stuff" is nothing but a big distraction from the Lord. Satan knows that which is why everywhere you look distractions abound, and temptation lingers. This sinful world is full of all the stuff that looks shiny, and pretty and amazing until you find yourself wrapped up in it so deep you can't find your way out. He'll present a whole lot of "squirrels" in your path that's for sure. So how do we stay focused on the important things, and how do we maintain distance from distractions in this world?
The first thing we need to do is to look to God's word for direction away from all the distractions. Titus 3:3-7 tells us: 3 "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."
God promised us eternal life, it says so in Titus: 1:2 "...in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began..." That promise comes with some strings though. Not every person will enter the gates of heaven, and I promise you Satan is working overtime in this world to distract you from getting there. If he can keep you distracted, he can keep you in chains, and he could keep you in chains eternally.
When the distractions don't entice you, and you're not following others, you might not be the most popular kid on the block, that's true. John 15:19 tells us: 19 "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." We are further told in Romans 12:2 not to conform to the world. If you don't do what they're doing, they're gonna hate you. You won't be in that "in" crowd, and we are often convinced we must be in that crowd.
You see folks, God knew all that would be out there for Satan to use to tempt us. Just as Satan tried even to tempt Jesus, he will try to tempt you. He will look at your desires, then present you with something nearly irresistible. He knows what your shortcomings are, and this is why I implore you to keep your fence mended and keep your eyes on Jesus and off of all the distractions of this world. It's not things that matter, it's people, it's not how much money is in your bank account, or what neighborhood you live in, it's what's in your heart, and how you live your life. If Jesus is in your heart, and you're living life for Him, He's got you! Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
Don't get wrapped up in keeping up with other people. Don't live your life to please others, and don't ever believe that THINGS can fill the emptiness you feel inside. Only Jesus fills that hole, I promise you that. So if you're feeling empty today, less than, and second best, and you have been trying to keep up with the Jones' for the longest time and you're exhausted; rest. He will hold you and all you have to do is be. Redirect your energy to the one who holds the stars, and the one who will hold and carry you. Don't let Satan distract you with shiny objects anymore. Hang onto the hem of His garment, and don't let go!
I hope this was an encouragement to you today. No matter where you're at in life, no matter what season you're walking through, stop looking left and looking right, keep your eyes on Jesus, and off of the many distractions and live a life of purpose for the King of Kings. We are in the world, but we aren't supposed to be of the world. Don't fill your mind, your heart and your life with things, fill yourself with JESUS.
Until we talk again, have a wonderful day and if you enjoyed this please "spread the charm" to your friends. A like or a comment is always welcome too!
Life moves fast. Sometimes it just seems like you can't catch your breath! I can't believe it's already April. Where has a third of this year gone? Time passes so quickly! I have often said, when you're a momma, the days are long, but the years are short. I think during this time of craziness in our world, where most of us are stuck in our homes, those days seem so long, but the reality is, time is slipping away from us. I'm here today to tell you to make the most of every moment with your babies, with your grandbabies, with your spouse, and all the people you love.
Currently, I have four of my seven children still living under my roof, but I also have three who have grown up and moved on with their lives. They all live at least 1,000 miles away from me, and two of them have children, which means I have grandbabies far away. I don't want to miss all the things with them, and so Facetime has become my friend more than ever. With my kids at home, well we are getting on each other's nerves just a little at this point, so I'm struggling in some ways. It's not that I'm not used to my kids being home, I homeschool, so of course I'm used to it. I'm just not used to my kids not getting out of this house for weeks at a time. We typically go to lots of places, and that has come to a standstill.
Even with all the chaos and with our schedules being so out of wack, I am trying to embrace every moment. I'm trying to play with them more, listen to them more, and celebrate them more. I'll admit, it's been a tough go of things the past few days, but today I think we made progress at turning the corner to less stress and more joy. With birthdays falling right in the center of all that's going on, we had one this week and another next week. I cannot lose my focus on them, their education, the time I spend with them beyond school, and what it all means for the future.
I've read more than a few times that people should start looking at this "lockdown" scenario as a chance to spend time with the people they love, and it is, but shouldn't we already be doing that? I think we've come to live in a society that is always on the go, and it affects us, our relationships and how our children learn and grow. Many times parents would rather throw a two dollar toy at their kid than spend quality time with them enjoying something together.
I refuse to be the parent who misses this boat, and who doesn't understand the importance of our children and the future. I refuse to be the person who got it all wrong because I thought I had it all right. I don't have anything right until I have it on good authority from Jesus. That's why every day right now, as always, but even more so, I'm praying and asking God to guide my steps and show me things through His vision.
Moms, grandmas, your kids, and grandkids are important. They're looking up to you. They're wanting attention from you, and you need to be there to give it to them. Not because you have to, or even because you should, but because you love them and you know what hinges on your role in their lives.
Grab parenting by the horns and hug your kids. Let them sleep in some, and let them stay up late a little, and when they do, spend that time with them. Play cowboys and Indians, jump on the trampoline, read a book to them, they'll love it! Go on a bike ride, let them help you plant or cook or sew. Whatever you do, just spend time with them. Time spent with children is never unimportant, unappreciated, or uneventful. We are here to guide and lead, make them put down the electronics, (and put down yours too) and have a blast with those little ones you adore so much.
Whether you're a mom or a grandma, I know you love them so very much. Don't let this moment in time pass you by, but instead do all the things you wish someone had done with you. Love them, and give them the very best gift, your time.
Until we talk tomorrow, enjoy your babies and grandbabies, and smile, you're pretty awesome! Thanks for liking and spreading the charm. Be sure to leave me a message and tell me if you needed to hear this today.
There's not much I consider a lost cause. I can upcycle almost anything. From an old chicken coop to wall art, to dressers and dollar tree finds, it's my mission to make it better, newer, more beautiful and lovely. We live in a society where things are so disposable, and I really just dislike that so much. I hate being wasteful, and so I try not to be.
My thoughts on this subject may come from a place of not having. As a young adult, I remember struggling to have the necessities, and so every little thing became a treasure to me. I was always so thankful for whatever I had, and I didn't want to waste, in fact, I wanted to make whatever I had the best it could be. So when I did a dumpster dive in college and found an old dresser, I was so excited. It was what is called a "gentleman's dresser" from many years ago. Someone had just dumped it a long side the dumpster, and I snatched that thing right up! I loved that dresser so much, but eventually, I did sell it before moving to Florida. I loved that dresser and used it for almost 20 years though. Someone else's trash became my treasure and over the years so many times that has been the case.
Today it's not for a lack of money that I will take trash and make it a treasure, it's out of my desire to create and not be wasteful. We were recently given an old chicken coop by friends. They had also been given this coop, and when it started to break down from wood rot, they decided it wasn't worth fixing, and so they offered it to us if we wanted to fix it. I jumped at the opportunity, and so we took it, and my husband has nearly completely rescued it. We're just needing to put roofing on the new roof he put on it, and it will get some paint, and we'll have another coop that cost little, and will be an awesome addition for our girls. I do that a lot. I take what others didn't see potential in, or what they didn't want to mess with, and I create something amazing. I am thankful to God for the gift of seeing more than what's on the surface. Some people just don't have vision for that.
When I bought my first home many years ago it was the same thing. I wanted a five-bedroom home, but I didn't have the money to buy one. I was living in Indiana at the time, and there are basements there (you know, those things that are non-existent in Florida). I looked at so many homes, and then I found the one I ended up buying. It had three bedrooms, but it had a full, dry, clean basement and I saw the potential for a family room, and two more bedrooms, and we made it happen once we bought the home. I was able to get a five-bedroom home out of a three-bedroom home and at the cost of the smaller home as well. That's not me, that's God's vision. The vision He has granted me to see things for more than they are. To see them for what they can be. I am so grateful.
Even when it comes to us, God doesn't see us for what we are, He sees us for what we can be. He knows we can be so much more, and He longs to take us to that place. Even after He saves you, there is much work to be done. I am a work in progress because God sees so much more in me than is visible on the surface, and He sees what I can be if I'm following Him and in His will. It's the place I long most to be.
When you pray today, thank God for always seeing the best in you, and for guiding you to be that better person. He makes us beautiful, He makes us everything we are not without Him. He's no respecter of persons, He'll do it for every one of us. So I encourage you today...see the beauty in all things, if you're a crafter, or an upcycler, (or if you want to be) look at things with new eyes, and salvage what others think has no value, but also know that God is doing that in you, and in me, and be thankful for it today.
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I woke up this morning and spent some time with Jesus, then I went live and did a devotional with y'all. Thanks to those who joined me. While I was on the live, I was using my phone as the camera, and so constantly looking at myself. How many of y'all know that can be a hard thing to do. Looking at yourself and giving yourself words of affirmation is even harder. When I look at myself sometimes I don't see what I want to see, and then there are moments like today.
Today while I did that live, and when I went back and looked at the video I actually saw some youth. I saw some beauty, and I saw some good qualities. I liked seeing the good because heaven knows Satan wants us to focus on the bad. As we grow older, and that image in the mirror changes, I think it's normal to not especially like what we see. For a woman to continue to love what they see as time goes by can be really hard, especially for some of us. If we're being honest, women have a hard time loving themselves regardless of age, so when age comes, grey hair pops up, wrinkles embrace our faces, and age spots and random hairs appear, we struggle to see the good, but that's not a problem for Jesus.
Have y'all ever had a dream, but sat on it out of fear or a reluctance to go against the grain? Although I've always been willing to be different, because Oh boy am I different, I wasn't always willing to follow my dream. I think every boy and girl has a dream when they're little, and sometimes they're lucky enough to have parents or someone else who fosters that dream. Sometimes that dream really is out of touch with reality, and then other times its actually God-driven. What's the litmus test that tells us which it is? I would say does your dream glorify God? If it does, then you're probably on the right track.
Every since I was a little girl I've had a dream y'all. My dream was to be an encourager. I suppose the fact that I didn't have a lot of encouragement as a child made me want to be that for others. I have always been a positive soul, and always had a call of God on my life, even before I realized it. Looking back I sure wish I had recognized it sooner, because He has always been chasing me. He instilled this dream in my very being, but even though I had this dream, I had zero clue how to accomplish that. Did I have ideas? Of course, I did, but did I get off track? Of course, I did!
My young self, who didn't know Jesus and had no clue about life, took off into adulthood by jumping in feet first and making life a whole lot of complication for myself. I had babies young, didn't have any real plan for a career, and just forget about following that dream, or listening to God. I couldn't even hear God at that point in my life, and still, there was a nudge that would not stop pulling at my heartstrings for more. I knew I had so much to share, and I also knew God had given me an incredible gift of words and writing, but did I put two and two together to come up with four, of course I didn't, well, not for many years.
You see, I'm creative. I create, it's what I do. I'm an artist, a writer, a photographer, a designer, I love to create things and I'm not bad at doing it. That's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but when you're trying to fill a void in your soul because you don't know Jesus, it's all in vain. That was me for so many years and then about a decade ago that all changed and I met Jesus. I'd love to say that coming to Jesus moment completely transformed my life and set me on the path to His great destination for me, but I'd be lying. Yes, some people have that kind of God experience when they get saved and radically change and transform in literally moments, but that was not me. I did change of course, but the kind of transformation I'm talking about didn't happen overnight. Maybe God just knew how stubborn I am, or maybe I was just being stubborn, either way, it took me a bit to figure out what God was saying to me, how He was guiding me and where He was directing me.
After some tug of war with Jesus, and trying to do things myself, I finally submitted to His will and started to do things His way. Just living my life, the way He designed me to be, and not taking one minute for granted. Shining His light for all to see and sharing the love of Jesus with them, and letting Him use it all for His glory. That's how "That Farm Charm" was born. Now it was actually "born" long before it was born on social media. It's been being birthed for about three years now, but by listening to Him, He has allowed me to take the things I love to the next level and touch lives through creation, but mostly because of and all for Jesus.
So if you were wondering, who is this girl, where did she come from, and what is this Farm Charm all about? Well, now you know a little piece of what makes me tick, why I do what I do, and how this all came to be. It's all for the Glory of God. He's in charge of this dog and pony show. When I die, I pray it's not me that is remembered, but Him and how He changed me. I am honored to get on here every day and share my life, my vision, and my Lord and Savior. I pray that along the way something I say, do, create or share will be an encouragement to someone. I know that it's all about Jesus, and I just wanna share Him with the world.
Welcome to "That Farm Charm". I pray I've been an encouragement to you. Chase your dreams, but don't do it for yourself, do it for Jesus. When you're in His will, and you're asking His direction He will never steer you wrong. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! I know it because the bible tells me so! (Philippians 4:13).
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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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