Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Weekend of Stewardship

No matter how stressed or busy or frustrated we get in life, we are still blessed beyond measure.

For me, this becomes crystal clear when I get home and go outside. God has blessed us with the most beautiful property and home this side of heaven.

This gets cloudy when I get to too overwhelmed with the stuff of the world. Homemaking and upkeep go by the wayside because they end up sliding down the priority list. Sometimes I even forget to pray a hedge around the property and ask the Lord to continue to protect and bless us.

Do you know the feeling?

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

If the Lord isn't the center of everything in this home, then it's just a house. If I don't make the cleanliness, mood and security of our home and property paramount in everything I do, then I labor in vain.

Make this a weekend of remembering to be a good steward of all God has given you. Take care of it, treasure it and make it the utmost priority in your life. And then thank and praise the Lord for all He's done to provide for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Thanksgiving Tree

I've started the most amazing little daily project. It looks a bit sparse right now, but by the end of November, it's going to be much fuller.

This is my Thanksgiving tree, and every day I'm adding another leaf. Each leaf has something I'm thankful for written on it, and so far I think I could have written a dozen of them every day.

When you start a gratitude project, it shows you very quickly how much you have to be thankful for. In just the first three days of the month, God has blessed me exceeding abundantly above all I could ask or think.

It's pretty clear how I put this together, so you have no excuses to not complete this project. A jar full of pretty rocks, a tree branch and some paper leaves - that's it!
From there, it's entirely up to you. Add one leaf each day with something you're thankful for on it. Add several leaves. Have each person in the family add one every day. Keep adding them until Thanksgiving Day and see just how much you have to be thankful for.

Monday, November 3, 2014

What About Your Attitude?

One of the biggest struggles I've been having lately is with my attitude. The situations themselves aren't that bad, but the way I react to them can be. This just escalates to the point where I'm stressed, tired and frustrated.

If you're having these same problems, here's what I've been using to shake myself of a bad attitude.
 
Don't Let Your Attitude Ruin The Day Jesus Christ Died For You To Have

Don't:
This word is the contraction for "do" and "not." The Bible is our guide for the do's and don'ts in our lives. And what are the reasons for these don'ts? They've been given by God for our protection, our obedience and for fulfilling God's perfect will.

Let
The word means "allow," and that means you're making exceptions for what you would normally do, or rightly do. The dogs aren't allowed in the kitchen, but... Sound familiar? 

Your
This is personal - it's yours, not anyone else's. There's no one else to blame or thank because it belongs to you alone.

Attitude
Attitude begins in the mind, but it spreads throughout your entire being. Proverbs 23:7 says For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. That's how powerful your thought life can be and why it must be controlled.

Ruin
This always makes me think of the castle ruins in Europe, the result of battle and destruction. There's nothing left and you have to clear away the rubble and start over. That's exactly what our bad attitude can do - ruin our lives, those around us, our experiences, our home and our church.

The Day
What makes up your day? Praise, prayer, love, work, interactions, worship, fellowship, quiet time, family time, priorities, entertainment, joy, peace, sleep. All of these things will be ruined if your attitude is in the wrong place.

Jesus Christ
There's just something about that name, right? You're not comfortable saying His name unless you know Him.

Died For You
 Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice ... for you! John 10:9 says I am the door: by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. This is the ultimate verse of confidence. It's not just the rich, powerful or famous. ANY may enter in and have life more abundantly. That means you.

To Have
Jesus died for you to possess this day, not just exist through it. We can embrace and enjoy the day because it came from Jesus Christ Himself. Who are we to reject the gift God has given?



So what about your attitude now? Are you ready to live a joyful, abundant life without your attitude getting in the way? Now is the time. I'll be right there with you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peanut Butter Chewies Save The Day

When you have an 11-month-old Great Dane, you learn very quickly that she has a very short attention span. She may be gigantic like a big dog, but she's still very much a puppy.

So recently I went back to a tried-and-true distraction technique that always works on the girls - the peanut butter chewie. I was honestly surprised at how quickly she took to it and how long it kept her occupied.
A peanut butter chewie is simply the hardest rubber chew toy we have with an opening on one end. I put a handful of tiny treats inside and then slather the outside with peanut butter.

It only took a minute for her to get most of the peanut butter off, and then another minute to accidentally dump a treat out. From there, it was game on as she chewed and knocked it around, leaving a trail of yummy things behind her. Then she was a canine vacuum cleaner, picking them all up.

If you're looking for something to entertain and occupy your puppy for a little while, this is the perfect solution.