More Than Just Changing Sheets

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Pursuing What Is Excellent -- More Than Just Changing SheetsAs the woman of my home, I’m in a pursuit mode.
Learning new things everyday about loving my husband and taking care of my dwelling place.

I’ve always known that my daughters are watching me. This should have prompted me years ago to do my daily best.
I don’t want to let them down.
I look around me and see so many areas that are begging for attention. I can’t even make excuses anymore.There were no less than 4 instances last week that the word “atmosphere” showed up in my cluttered world.
A blog post from my friend at Raising Homemakers (Your Home Dynamic), an encouraging word that was meant JUST FOR ME, but the time that I felt the most sting was from my husband. “This is not an atmosphere of motivation.”

I knew exactly what he was talking about. THE place that was supposed to be a safe haven, refuge, strength-builder, for love and sweetness was a wreck! It reeked of chaos and madness. Junk!

It’s about more than just changing sheets.
It’s about valuing my husband.

While pouring over God’s Word for help in this area, one thing that I gleaned was that I’m to be my husband’s helper. I already “knew” this, but now I have a better understanding. I’m to help my husband with his attitude by having a welcoming atmosphere for him to come home to. Please note; I’m not responsible for his attitude.

Practically, what does this look like?

  • I had to step out into my garage and come back in again. As I stood in the doorway, what do I see? My kitchen table and family room. Ooh. Clutter.
    • What will I do about it?
      • Clear the table before my husband gets home. Oh, and wipe off the sticky stuff.
      • Those clothes on the sofa waiting to be folded? Don’t just put those on the bed in my room…fold them up and have the kids put them away promptly.
  • Next comes our bedroom.
    • What will I do about it?
      • 1 simple word that’s so often heard, but needs to be more present in my vocabulary…DECLUTTER!

More order; intentional order, in my day is beyond needed. It’s to the point that it will be required.
Proverbs fourteen one
My daughters will be building their own homes with their husbands. They’ll be the determiner of the atmosphere in their home.

This may be one of the only times that I’m willing to admit this. I could wallow in pride, but I wont. Here goes…my oldest daughter can run circles around me in de-cluttering and cleaning. I then realize that she’s had more than just me as a teacher. I’m not the only one that she’s watched. She’s also sat under the guidance of a meticulous grandmother.

With that said, I’m thankful for another godly woman in the family that was willing to mentor my daughter.
There is so much that I know that I’ve imparted about marriage into my daughter and she’s truly on the right track.

As my mother-in-law has poured some things into my daughter, I pray to be able to have that same kind of influence one day with my granddaughter(s).

Preparation. Pursuit. Intentional. Order. Atmosphere. Got it!

Sister, if any of the above sounds like you too, please allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and set out to obey the message. I’m in this with you. Let’s do this!!

Living to Worship Him,

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No Hunger in the Wait

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- No Hunger in the Wait

I was reading 2 Corinthians 9 and stopped at verse 10.
Realizing that:
1) We get every bit of our seed from God; being material or spiritual.
2) He gives us our substance (bread for food) while we’re waiting for the harvest.

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- 2 Corinthians 9 ten

He won’t let us go hungry in the wait!
Rely fully on Him!
This is totally where Matthew 6:25-34 steps in.
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What seed has God given you to sow in faith?
Keep nurturing it by thanking Him right now; knowing that the answer is on the way!

He gives us the seed to sow so that His work is multiplied.
We freely give from the abundance and overflow of what we’ve harvested.
As we give, He replenishes!

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Psalm 37 twenty-five
So, let’s not hold the seed with clenched hands.
That alone won’t satisfy (don’t eat your seed), nor will it be beneficial to anyone else.
Open our hands and receive the bread that He places there to gain nourishment from.
There’s no hunger in the wait!

Pursuing What Is Excellent - No Hunger in the Wait

Living to Worship Him,

Word Treasurers


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I rejoice over Your promise like one who finds vast treasure.
Psalm 119:162 (HCSB)

Studying the Holy Scripture never gets old, because it can never be exhausted!
There are times that I love digging in deep with other women that love hearing from God personally; that after reading it their hearts beat and say, “OH! I’m just so IN LOVE with HIM!” and, “I am undone!”

Sometimes it looks like a formal Bible study (like with books from other Bible Study authors), but others its precept by precept (verse by verse/line by line).
I love experiencing both the logos (word for everyone) and the rhema (specific revelation from the Word).

That’s why Psalm 119:162 has become so significant to me!

It’s the finding vast treasure and I can’t help but to rejoice in that!

Would you like to join me on the treasure hunt?

Since most of us do a daily devotional on our own, I’d like to try this:

  • Visit my Word Treasurers (closed) Facebook page and request to join!
  • As you read your day’s devotional, and share what the Lord has shown you from the Scripture that you’ve read! (daily is NOT mandatory, but some participation is highly recommended)
  • As the group grows, I’ll take a poll to see where the heartbeat of everyone is and ask the Lord for further direction!

I think that the Summer is the best time to keep it light and not get into specific study, but to get in the habit of seeking Him more and more with women that have a passion for experiencing His presence!

Looking forward to finding the vast treasures in God’s Word with you!

Living to Worship Him,

Calm Yourself, Child

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Calm Yourself, Child

There are things that I’m learning about God and how He sometimes answers my prayers.

I had a prayer in my heart one day and I decided to journal it; you know, to fully hash it out!

Instead of speaking to me the way He often does and whispers a specific answer or direction, He led me to start reading Ephesians.
I got to Ephesians 1:2, and that was it!
Instead of giving me steps 1, 2, and 3 as an answer for what I was praying for, He calmed my soul!

Ephesians 1-2

That’s all that I need to do in this moment; accept His grace and peace.
”Calm yourself, child”, is what I heard!

What prayer are you begging God to outright answer?
It could be that He wants you to calm yourself. He’s the peace-giver. The One that loves to love us!
So, right now, accept His calm.
Roll your cares over onto Him (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6-7).
Let Him give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Be fully aware of Him in the moment; seeking His presence and not an answer.

Living to Worship Him,