Monday, August 29, 2016

The Aroma of a Christ in a Home



Today we are covering the second chapter of The Most Important Place on Earth, I am so glad to see that so many of you are joining us and if you haven't already gotten your copy to follow along with us you may do so here. 

This chapter explains how a Christian home is a God place and has a certain..."smell", or better yet, the aroma of Christ which sets it apart from other homes and is quite noticeable when witnessed.

"Whose house smells like God to you? To what do you attribute that sweet aroma?"

When I think about homes I have been in that I definitely felt God's presence as opposed to homes that did not. These homes are full of love, grace, and mercy. Not perfect homes, mind you, but homes where I know that God is working and it reflected in the atmosphere of the home.

Stop for a minute and think about homes that you have been in. Your friend's home, your neighbor's, your sister-in-law's.

Which homes have impacted you?

And why?


"Your home will have the aroma of God when He is invited to be part of your day-to-day  life together. Then He is able to work in each person's heart and add His love and grace to your family."

Some of the points or habits that the author mentions to move toward having God more in your family life are:

1. Going to church - for growth and health and "assembling together".

2. Every member owning a Bible, reading it and memorizing Scripture (and making it fun).

3. Praising God and asking questions like "What did God say to you today?"

4. Praying together as a family


He reminds us that the suggestions above are...

"...not a magic formula, a scorecard, or a do-everything-or-it-doesn't count list. These are simply ways to allow your relationship with God to impact your family life."


As he discusses the habit of prayer I love how he paints "the hallowed" picture of a pajama-clad child laying down in bed after a long day and you sitting on the edge of the bed or on the floor kneeling by them and and clasping your hand in theirs to pray over their day.

You tell Jesus you love Him.

You thank Jesus for the precious gift of your child.

You thank Him for loving you, your child, your family and forgiving them and always protecting them.

You ask for God to help them to be a girl (or boy) who loves Jesus.

and so on...

"By the time you say amen, you'll  discover a distilled air of quiet hovering over the moment. This is a perfect time to remind your child how much you love her and how thankful you are that she's yours. It's a moment as close to sacred as you'll get with your kid all day. Take your time. Drink it in. Pull the covers up, and give a tender forehead kiss and a final "I love you."



And isn't that what it is all about?

Sharing the love of Jesus in a home.

Showing the true example of what love really is.

Touching their hearts with Him.

So that they might know Him.

And love Him too.

Yes, indeed it is.

Let us pray today that we can exhibit His love to those we love with great mercy and abundance!












If you are joining us for the first time, we are going through this book for the next few weeks and would love to have you join us! We will cover a chapter a week and in case you missed it be sure to watch the video and get the A-to Z  Bible Verse Printable to do with your children (we'll be doing it too). The book is still on sale so it is a great time to get it!











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Thursday, August 25, 2016

How to Help Your Child Achieve Their Goals and Dreams




Awhile back when my second oldest daughter, Naomi, was a young teenager she had a dream.

It is so important to let a children dream and become the person that God created them to be.



She wanted to be able to use her passion for photography to earn some income on the side.

We always try tell our children when they aspire to do something that:

1. Make sure it's what God wants you to do. 

2. Whatever you do, do it with all your might and do it to bring God glory. 




"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord..." 
 


~Colossians 3:23

So to make a child's dream come true we bought her a camera.

And she practiced day after day and taught herself.

She asked for accessories for her birthday and Christmas.

She learned to use them all on her own.

She diligently took shots of her surroundings and her siblings and her friends.

And carefully studied websites, articles, and magazines.

And slowly but surely her goals became a realization.



She now can easily make an income with her photography.  She has now worked for families, big events, church functions, this blog, and even has worked several times for a major fast food chain! She eventually upgraded all her gear and now has a camera with all the bells and whistles. The Lord even blessed her with friends and neighbors who would pass down their extra equipment to her!

Here is a sample of some of her work early on:










I  even believe she would have no problem doing this full-time in the future if that is what she ever wanted to do so in the future.

Now if you would like to encourage your child, here are some helpful tips to help you help them to achieve their goals:

1. Encourage them and pray for them. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way, be sure to use it! And pray for them to follow God's direction.

2. Give them tools and let them run with it. Even though we bought a cheaper camera, it was still a great "starter" camera until she could afford something more professional and with the use of the internet today, the sky is the limit!

3. Praise them for their achievements and for not giving up. This teaches them perseverance and character and gives them hope. We all need hope and someone as a positive mentor and role model in our lives.


And before I go I wanted to share something fun to go along with this topic. Did you know that tomorrow, August 26th, the movie Greater is being released? It is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible.


Here is a quick peek at the trailer:




Here is a bit about it:

"GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth. Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team.  He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates.  Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice.  He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off.  Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts. "

You can find a theater near you HERE. 

My husband (who was a football captain for his high school team) and five sons LOVE football so we will definitely be sure to catch this family-friendly movie!


What other tips do you have to encourage your children to achieve the goals/dreams?

Share them in the comments below!







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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!

 

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!


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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Big List of Back-to-HomeSchool Supplies




This year our local schools seemed to go back pretty early in early and mid August. I am wondering what happened to the old days when schools would start after Labor Day? The summer just keeps feeling shorter and shorter.

But I know that probably works out for many of you--to have your children in school early or when the heat is on and you can't bare to hit the outdoors and prefer to hit the books instead!

I just finished getting all of my school supplies together and curriculum has already ready arrived. And since everything is so fresh in my mind I thought I would write out a quick supply list in case anyone still needed one or forgot anything.

(Don't forget we also have some helpful homeschool ideas on our Homeschool Pinterest Boards!)

Here are some things that you will need for a year of back to school or might just want just in case:

Ticonderoga pencils (they are the best, no breaking and constant sharpening)

black pens

red pens

crayons

colored pencils

dry eraser board

black chalkboard

chalk

loose leaf paper

glue or glue sticks

erasers

pencil boxes

index cards and flashcards

binders

scissors

back packs

lunch box

folders

laminator & sheets

globe

tape

Bibles

dictionary

thesaurus



laptop

dry eraser markers

colored markers

white-out

ear phones (for online classes)

construction paper

paints and paint brushes

paint pad

stickers 

certificates & awards

planner

pencil sharpener

printer paper

printer ink

calculator

sticky notes

composition notebook

highlighters

musical instruments

toys to keep toddlers busy


Don't forget that if you have Amazon Prime you can get two day FREE shipping!



That's all I can think of right now--can you think of anything I missed?


Add it in the comments below and I will try to add it to this list!









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Thursday, August 18, 2016

When Life Isn't Fair



Have you had a very hard week?

Has life just got you down and you look around at life and think that things are just unfair?

Maybe you are wondering why someone is prospering even though they are living a sinful life.

Or why someone who gave their whole life to serving others died suddenly or early in life.

Or maybe you are just wondering why you can't seem to get ahead no matter how hard you try.

As I mentioned earlier this week I have been going through some ups and downs myself. I lost my dad this summer and now having some health issues that are affecting me on a daily basis. We had a major house issue that strained our finances. And then even more bad news came flowing in from different sources.

Honestly,  it was easy to begin to feel that things are unfair and wonder where God was in all of the mess.  But I knew that I couldn't let my mind go there. I knew from past experience that I always want to remember to be grateful because I know that it could be much worse. I am truly grateful for the little things in life and hopeful for what the future holds since God is in charge of it all (the messy and the ugly) and not me.

I know I can trust Him with my life--the good parts and especially the bad. 


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."

~Proverbs 3:5

Last week I was encouraged when I listened to this sermon, When Life Isn't Fair. I know that the Lord wanted me to post this so that someone out there would be encouraged. I know I definitely was!


Here it is:






Something that Pastor Mark mentions that we need to not ever forget---

"Life is unfair but God is always faithful."

Remembering this truth helps us keep the focus on him and not the problems around us. We need to be centered on God's Word and not on negative thinking that wants to steal our attention.

Here are some the four points he highlights that will help from the book of James:


1. Watch Out : Especially to avoid the money trap


2. Don't Give Up: Because justice is on the way.


3. Don't Grumble: Resist giving in to an attitude of complaining.


4. Stay Inspired: Remember that perseverance comes with blessing



Watch the video to get all the details behind the points --you won't be disappointed! (And you might even squeeze in a laugh along the way.)

And know that if you are struggling right now that I am praying for you to trust in the Lord and HIS ways. 












Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!

 

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!


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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Special Ingredients in a Christian Home



We are kicking off the first day of going through The Most Important Place on Earth. I am so excited about this because we all need to refocus sometimes.

I know that I definitely do.

Sometimes it is so easy to get off track, do what we want, forget the Lord, and live how we please.

And fill our lives with comfort and pleasure.

But we want to live differently for Him. So that our families might know Him. 

That they would remember something was different while they were being raised there.

That they would sense the aroma of Christ seeping from every corner.

And from each loving parent.

But just what makes a Christian home different?

According to his book Mr.  Wolgemuth states:

“In a Christian home, there is something special. It is called grace. “

In the messiness of our lives we get to experience grace.

Grace in the morning.

Grace when the children are going crazy.

Grace when mama is stressed.

Grace when daddy comes home exhausted from work.

Grace when we least expect it.

Grace when we don’t deserve it.

Grace when things get tough.

Grace when there is more month than money.

Grace when we want to give up.

Grace when we persevere.

Grace when we lay our weary heads on the pillow at the end of the day.

Grace when we wake up in the morning.

What a gift---such a gift that grace is.



He also states:

“In a grace-filled Christian home there is salvation.  There is forgiveness. There is hope. Genuine happiness. There is purpose there.  Power there--- for the parents as well as for the children."


Will we sow these seeds for our children?

There are no formulas to follow or a mandatory to-do list.

Just love.

Amazing love.

I don’t know about you, but I want my home to be filled with this love.

 “You only get once chance at this home-building deal, and time is not on your side—but my message is not shame and blame. It is instead urgency, focus, purposefulness, intentionality, and care."


I want you to let that let sink in and digest this for the next few days as we will be talking about this more in our next post.

It is definitely something to pray about because time is not stopping for any of us.

Not for you.

Nor for me.

So let us pray intently about that.




And until then, here are a few things you should know:





  • I found that in the back of the book there is a Questions section (for discussion and application). This is great because it helps you to narrow down the chapter, ask yourself the hard questions, and stay focused! You can even do these questions on your own or with a friend or a group from your church. It is not too late to get the book----as I mentioned before, the book is also on sale right now for 41% off at Amazon (don't you love God's timing?) so be sure to get your copy today and join us!













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