Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Reading Aloud & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & LinkUp Party!


Don't you just love the chance to slow down and do the things you love in the summer? I have loved spending time with my mama. Here we are in our sun hats ~



We're building a house and where the water is on the floor is our kitchen :-) The scripture I keep thinking of that keeps reminding me that my attitude will be so important in our home (and now) is Psalm 127:1: {I should have read it more this weekend and pondered on it as I was bickering about things that will not matter in the long run ☹, especially as I learned the medical news concerning one of our dear reader's grandchild. Hearing her news put everything into the right perspective (see prayer requests in comment section below)}. 

"Unless the Lord builds a house, its laborers labor in vain." Thank you Lord that your mercies are new every morning!



I love reading aloud to Mary. We have two books going! These are both excellent Christian books to read aloud: A Girl of the Limberlost and Elsie Dinsmore. I read aloud to Mary even though she is 17 because she is blind, and many of the books we want to read are not available in Braille or audio. You can read Mary's story here. We also adore The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos. It is fantastic no matter if you are 5 or 95. It sticks to the Bible account, while keeping the beautiful language of the Bible (we read the day's reading in that first, then our other books, and we usually split up reading the books since we have 2 going. One we read after breakfast and one later in the day or at night). 





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It's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will be reading your prayer and lifting up your request as I read it, or if you just have a comment (click the word "COMMENT" located below my signature below, under the colorful social media 
sharing squares:-)
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If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party! For readers, enjoy the blog party below!
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I'd love to connect with you on your favorite spot:

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It is my delight to pray for you! 
Remember, God desires us not only to be a believers, but to be wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ! May we listen to Him daily through His word, and obey Him!

Walk by faith,




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 Checkpoints to Refresh Your Marriage ~ Part 2 & Wednesday's LinkUp Party!


Last time, I gave you a list of 5 daily checkpoints that I use to refresh my own marriage. I don't go over them everyday, but I do go over them quite regularly. I first learned them from Anne Ortlund, wife of Ray Ortlund, but have since tweaked them just a bit. This time I will give you the last five tips. They are excellent reminders to help you and me keep the main thing the main thing in our marriages. If you missed the first five tips, you can get them here

6.  I will make some comment today which points to God's wonderful tomorrow. Build hope ~ God is in charge. Remember Jeremiah 29:11: God plans to give you hope and a future. Encourage your husband by pointing to God's wonderful tomorrow!

7.  I will seek to bring laughter into my husband's life today. Have a good time together! A cheerful heart is good medicine. Laugh and have fun together. Ask yourself: am I fun to live with? Psalm 126 tells us the mouths of God's people were filled with laughter! What helps you to do that? Is it telling stories? Looking at photos? Playing games? The noise of laughter is healthy. Enjoy one another. Note: Parents of young children: it can be a tense time, like the early days of a hard, green tomato. Red tomatoes are ahead! God will build in more laughter. Your children will not be little for long. The days will pass quickly.

8.  I will give my husband some little gift today, whether a tangible one or just a word or deed. Proverbs 21:14:"A gift given in secret soothes anger." ... a note on the pillow, orange juice in bed,  thoughtfulness.

9.  I will not end this day angry with my husband. "Don't let the sun go down on your anger." {Ephesians 4:25}  Say, "I'm sorry, it was my fault."

10.  I will pray for my husband before the day ends. End each day praying aloud. Thank God for each other. You cannot be critical and angry and at the same time pray together!

Little acts of love can act like a balm after a stressful day of irritating business concerns. Do all you can to make your husband's life as pleasant and as easy as you can (I'm talking to myself too, dear readers, in fact—more than you know! I need these reminders to prevent me from going off and just living life according to my own likes and dislikes!) As Christians, we should live our lives totally differently from how the world lives. 

Try to see life from your husband's perspective. What he has been through? What difficulties does he face? Is he weary? He needs to come home to a place of peace and rest and loving attention. Only a wife with a loving heart could see these things.

"That was the secret of her heavenly power. The one who will be found in trial capable of great acts of love, is ever the one who is always doing considerate small ones." -F.W. Robertson
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It's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will be reading your prayer and lifting up your request as I read it, or if you just have a comment (click the word "COMMENT" located below my signature below, under the colorful social media 
sharing squares:-)


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If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party! For readers, enjoy the blog party below!
♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

I'd love to connect with you on your favorite spot:

You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'. 

It is my delight to pray for you! 
Remember, God desires us not only to be a believers, but to be wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ! May we listen to Him daily through His word, and obey Him!

Walk by faith,