Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This Is What I Have Been Training For

Justin and I decided to spend our Tuesday afternoon working on our newly purchased land. There was litter that needed to be picked up, and two trees hanging over the road, to be cut.
We both started out with the trash detail, and then headed to the trees.
I stood, watched, and waited until he had the first tree cut down.
While he cut the branches of the tree, I began to pick up the branches, and toss them into the woods.

While I paused to allow him to cut more branches off the tree, a thought hit me.

This is what I have been training for.

What have I been training for, you may ask? Life my friends, life.

All those long hard hours lifting weights, and running laps, paid off. I was physically able to spend the afternoon helping my husband with some pretty serious, physical labor. Lifting logs, picking up and throwing branches felt so easy!

So, the next time your sweating it out, and feel like giving it up, don't. You never know what the LORD may call you to do the next day of your life. Maybe it's helping an elderly person carry their groceries, run errands for a sick neighbor, carry a child on your hip or in your body, or maybe throw some branches around to help your hubby out. Being physically ready should be a priority for us all.

What has exercising helped you accomplish lately? Any work going on around your place?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Big Happenings 'Round Here

Why is this dirt...
This little scrubby pine...
This path through some woods...
These trees...
This flower...
These wild blackberries...
This puddle with a pretty little dragonfly resting on some weeds...
So important to my husband and I?
They are ours. :D
Praise GOD, from whom all blessing flow!
As of this week, we are officially land owners!!! :D :D :D
GOD has so graciously allowed us to purchase a piece of property, that we can call our own.
So, many an hour of late has been spent walking through woods, dreaming, and planning.
For now, the property will be used primarily for hunting, and romantic camping getaways. ;)
And if the LORD tarries, we hope to build a house on it in the coming years, plant our own garden, raise animals (maybe some kiddos if the LORD blesses...), and just grow old and more in love together on it. :D
That's my puddle, ya'll... :D
GOD is so good, and we pray this land can be used to bless others as well. :)


Any big happenings around your place of late?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Roasted Radishes and Supporting Local Farms

For about two years after I graduated high school, I worked on my then neighbor's farm. They grew veggies, raised pork, poultry, and eggs to sell at Farmer's Market's, and a few local restraunts. They were not a certified organic farm, as becoming "certified organic" is pricey for small farms, but they did raise everything in an organic and ethical way.
Any way. I LOVED my job. I spent most of my days feeding animals, weeding, planting, and washing eggs. I also had the opportunity to help sell at the Farmer's Market.
With all that being said, being a part of that community for so long has made me a HUGE supporter of buying from local farmers. It provides jobs for local folks, and money into a local economy.
And hey! Most food bought at the farmer's market is of WAY better quality than that of a grocery store. And I've found it is a huge money saver when buying grass fed meats, and organically grown veggies. (unless of course you can grown said items yourself. Like we hope to do one day. We are not able to currently, as the land we live on is not ours, and I'm not totally sure the owner would be thrilled with us digging up the backyard, and putting in a garden...)
My first trip to the market this year rewarded me with a source of grass fed beef for half the price I was paying at Whole Foods. Plus, I have the guarantee this farmers cows were finished on grass, and never saw grain.
My second trip was more veggie filled. I was able to buy tomatoes, green onions, and even branch out into the world of radishes.

I never tasted a radish before last week. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to food. Slowly, as I learn more and more about nutrition, I am beginning to branch out. And my body and taste buds are loving it. :D

So after seeing a recipe for roasted radishes in the "Nourishing Gourmet" quarterly, they were quickly bumped up on the list to try.

All I had to do was toss them in a tablespoon of butter, sprinkle some salt, and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

And how yummy they were placed atop a salad, alongside grassfed burger patties, topped with mashed avocado and tomatoes. Yummy!

I am definitely looking forward to picking up some more at the next market this week. :D

Do you shop at a farmer's market? Have you branched out in the world of food, and tried a new ingredient lately?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Psssttt... I've Been Updating...

I've been doing a bit of decorating, and updating here of late.
What do ya think?
Any suggestions?
Oh. The "About Me" page has been updated.
If you want to get to know me a little better, click on it and give it a read.
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rejoice In the LORD

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:4-12
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 1, 2015

What's Going On 'Round Here

Carolann Over at "A Happy Homemaker" shared her post "What's Up Wednesday". It's basically some questions you can answer to share a bit about your week.  (do check out her blog, as she shares some really good recipes, and her thoughts and feelings on homemaking and life in general) 
It looked like a lot of fun, and decided to give it a try meself. But I'm going to call it, "What's Going On Round Here This Week".
I had to give it a country flair. :D
What I Loved About This Past Week...
A dear friend sending many encouraging scriptures. :)
Getting my ever growing children chickens into their big girl coop...
Finding that I have one little girl that particularly likes to get right up into my face, and happily jumps onto my shoulder to do so. I just can't wear earrings around her. She may have try to eat my favorite pearls that first time...
And going shopping with these lovely ladies. My mama, and little sissy...
What I'm Looking Forward To
My handsome hubby arriving home from work
Supper (bacon, tomato, and mozzarella grilled cheese sandwiches on fresh whole wheat sourdough, with salsa and quinoa tortilla chips)
The 80 degree weather that is in the forecast for this Sunday
What I'm Nervous About
Not being able to find a naturally minded doctor to treat some health issues
Directing a friends wedding in June

What I've Been Daydreaming About
I'm not really a daydreamer.(Unless you count the constant thought I may just one day deadlift my own weight, or more...) I prefer to try and stay grounded in reality. I know, boring and party pooperish. But it saves on disappointment. :)
What I Ate for Dinner Last Night
Herb roasted chicken, brown rice, and broccoli. And let me tell you. It. Was. AMAZING.
What I'm Craving
Quite a few things actually. Mostly meat, (I was tempted to go all cavewoman on that chicken last night and eat it all myself...) anything with tomatoes, and this amazing discovery from earlier in the week...
 What I'm Doing This Weekend
Not sure on the specifics, but hopefully its spending lots of time with this good looking thang...
But outside the chicken coop. ;P
So what are ya'll up to this week?
Feel free to copy and paste the questions into your own post (and let me know so I could check it out) or answer right here. :D
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks  for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Surprises and Mess Making...

Did you know, that when you turn your Keurig on, wait for it to heat up, put the little K-Cup in, and push the brew strength button to start, you should have already had a mug under it ready to catch the liquid gold?
Apparently I was oblivious to this fact yesterday morning before school.... 
Which instead of a joyful cup all ready to go, to aid in keeping up with five three year olds all morning, I ended up with a puddle around the machine, and a dripping mess all over the floor.
Did you know it was going to be school picture day that very same day. I didn't.
So, when I arrived at the school I work at yesterday morning, I grabbed my cup of liquid happiness (thankfully there was time to clean up said mess, and try again...), my bag, and headed to my class. And lo and behold, I find a sign on the door announcing class picture day.
Which means a group picture with the little kiddies.
On the plus side to this surprise, I had actually taken some thought and time into my outfit for the day. Usually it's just grab whatever is clean and wrinkle free.

The shirt if from Loft, purchased two years ago at the end of season...
The skirt is a Goodwill find from last week...
and I was pretty excited at finding it. I think white skirts are a summer wardrobe staple, and my old one, well, I recently discovered it has a big ole' hole near the zipper.

These shoes are another Goodwill find, but from three, maybe even four years ago. But this is only the third time they have been worn. I have no clue why. Because I love the vintage appeal they have. Maybe it's the color that is hard to match. Any hoo...
Don't ya just love messes and surprises? Even when they happen before 8 am? :P
When I can laugh about them, and smile and move on, I do. :)
Any surprises or mess making of late?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sometimes You Need the Storm...

I had a bit of a rough morning. Who am I kidding, all of last week was rough spiritually and emotionally. It’s just that for some reason this morning, I hit a tipping point. 

This morning I broke into tears, fell down on my face, and begged GOD to show me clear direction in a situation, bring someone to help me, or take it away!

This is not the first time in my life such a break down has occurred.

In fact, I think this is the third big one.

The first was over what to do with my life following high school. The second, was the longing to be married. This third is a kind of mix-up of health and contentment in a situation.

You think I would have complete peace and confidence that GOD is in control, is gracious, and will work in this situation, just as HE has in the others. HE has showed countless times HE is sovereign, and will bring into my life what HE wants, when HE wants it.

But alas, I have not been very peaceful.

I have confidence GOD is in control. But I’m not feeling trusting.

I found a sermon on today. It’s by Paul David Tripp, and the title is “Does Jesus Care”.

The passage of scripture he goes over is found in Mark 6:42-55. And the scene in that passage is Jesus sending the disciples on a ship to Bethsaida, while HE sees the crowd of 5,000, whom HE just fed, off.

In scripture we are told that a storm arises, and the disciples panic. They then see Jesus walking on the water to them, and after HE gets in the boat, the storm calms.

Mr. Tripp goes on to talk about how it was Jesus who sent the disciples into this storm. Why?

Because they needed to learn the lesson of faith.

Jesus had to send them into this storm, so HE could reveal HIS glory, and teach them the lesson they needed to learn.

Jesus put them in that storm.

And that is what GOD does to each and every one of us, at some point in our lives.

HE has to put us in some pretty uncomfortable situations at times. Why?


GOD wants us to grow in HIM. HE wants to be LORD of our lives, and have complete and total faith in HIS goodness and grace. 

And at times, HIS grace comes in the form of trials. Why?

Because the kind of rock solid faith we need to face life, cannot come of our own efforts. It only comes by GOD’s hand at work in us.

So many times, we beg GOD to remove a trial in our life. But if HE did, we would miss out on that wonderfully, grace filled moment, to grow in HIM.

Another point that Mr. Tripp made, that really hit home for me, was that of how many times before the disciples had seen Jesus work miracles in the previous days. I mean, HE just fed 5,000 people, and before HE healed countless people from their sickness and disease!

But they were still afraid in the storm.

I was hit with the realization that I have seen GOD work countless miracles in my own life. But once again I have the same doubt, fear, panic, that I have had before.

And how wrong that is!

You know, GOD could easily get rid of me, and no longer call me a follower of HIS. But HE doesn’t do that. Why?

Because HE loves us. And through HIS grace, HE wants us to learn from our mistakes. And HE wants us to see HIS great glory and power at work. HE cares for us, and wants desperately to show that care.

And sometimes, trials are the only way to do that.

“Sometimes you need the storm in order to see the glory. Sometimes it's only the deep and dark storms of life that put the glory of the Messiah and the kind of relief where I can now see it and I can now get it and I can say, "I'm okay, because this One has drawn me into eternal relationship with Him. Sometimes you need the storm to see the glory. Oh, the care is not just Jesus' presence in the storm. The care is the storm! That's care, just the kind of care that we need. He's zealous that we would see and understand that we would really have hearts of faith—sturdy, assured, confident, bold, ministering, faith.” Paul David Tripp

There is one more thing that Mr. Tripp spoke about, that rings so true for me.

When Jesus got into the boat, and calmed the storm, the disciples were “astounded”. Meaning they were amazed at what Jesus did, but did not put their faith in HIM.

“There is a huge, significant difference between amazement and faith—being an astounded person and being a person of faith. There's a huge difference. You can be amazed by things that you do not put your faith in.” Paul David Tripp
And that my dear friends, is the root of my problem.

I’ve seen GOD do many a great work in my life, but have not seen them as what they were meant for. To show HIS goodness and greatness, and to produce and effect, I could not have on my own.

“God is not willing to leave you in divine amazement; He wants you to become a person of sturdy, assured, hopeful faith. So He will take you where you haven't intended to go to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own.” Paul David Tripp

I’m so thankful for the time, love, and eternal patience HE has with us, HIS dear children. I’ll never understand how HE could love me so much, to do a wonderful work in my life, just to draw me closer to HIM. So very thankful I am, though.

“This moment of difficulty is not a sign of His unfaithfulness and inattention. It's not a sign of the failure of His promises. It's not a sign of divine forgetfulness. These difficulties are a sure sign of the zeal of His transforming love. Sometimes you need the storm in order to see the glory. So storms will come so glory can be known, so hearts can be transformed, so faith will grow, so you will be usable in the hands of the I AM.” Paul David Tripp

What is GOD teaching you in your life right now?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

How To Draw Closer to GOD

Trust In God's Timing.
Rely On HIS Promises.
Wait For HIS Answers.
Believe In HIS Miracles.
Rejoice in HIS Goodness.
Relax in HIS Presence.
Draw Closer to GOD, and HE will draw closer to you.
James 4:8
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015