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18Feb

It’s been quiet around here… {and why}

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I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’m still here, and share some of the reasons things have been quiet around here.

We Moved!

I shared a bit about that a few weeks ago, but we our family moved. We are still renting, but we’ve gone from a house in town to one that is out in the country and we are so excited about it. We still have a small yard (since our house is surrounded very close by the landlord’s cropland), and the house is even smaller than before and the rent is higher…but it’s out of town, and our whole family loves that fact. Still praying for the day when we can get in our own place, but for now it’s nice to have a new place to wait. We miss our neighbors, but love the quiet offered out here.

We’ve mostly settled in now, but still a few extra things here and there that take time.

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Site Issues :(

I know some of you have noticed this because you’ve contacted me about it, but my site has been having some pretty serious issues, and I’ve been unable to fix it so far. Basically, I am having a LOT of downtime and there is no simple fix. The latest explanation I have received is that it could be malware, and this girl recommended that I would need to get a new host, do a manual transfer of everything on the site and *hope* that fixes it. I don’t have the skills required to do all this, nor the money involved with paying someone to do it. Every possible explanation is the same way–expensive and time-consuming to fix, at a time when I have neither extra funds for this or time.

So, the blog has been quiet. And, some of you may remember last year when I had intended to be a bit quieter around here anyway. I have felt the Lord leading me to focus more directly on serving Him and my family and less on this blog, and now seems to be the perfect time. I do wish that I could still have the blog fully functioning in the meantime, but there is little to be done about it right now. It’s a silly thing, but I would appreciate your prayers for direction and wisdom concerning this little blip of technology regarding this blog.

I pray this finds you all well, and that you’re keeping warm! We are having a lot of snow and cold temps here in KY.

21Jan

Thriving Thursday 1/22/2015

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As some of you have noticed, I’ve been having intermittent problems with my site :( It has been very frustrating and I, unfortunately, havent had the time or energy to deal with it right now. What I can tell you is that if you keep trying, it will work, it’s a complex problem that I haven’t been able to figure out yet.

And part of the reason I haven’t been able to figure it out yet is because…

We’re Moving!

No, we aren’t getting our little dream house and homestead of our own just yet, it is another rental…but we are going to be in the country! It is an old farmhouse,  even smaller than the small house we live in now, but we are all so excited about it! We’ve had a trying time of it the last week or so working to get things scrubbed up (it was awful!), fixed up, etc. So many things have gone wrong that I feel like we should be in a slapstick comedy or something. But at the same time, the Lord has showered us with so many blessings! I hope I will be able to share some of the things with you soon, but for now I will leave you with a photo of what will be our new home.

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We are pretty much finished with the cleaning and fixing up and now we just need to get all of our stuff packed up, moved in, and then get settled in the new place…so we’ll be in for a busy couple of weeks.

I also wanted to remind you to check out my brand new book, the Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal.I haven’t been able to promote much due to all the busyness of real life, but I hope you will check it out–and share it with anyone who might be interested in a printable quiet time journal :) It is my prayer that this book will help women get the one thing that can truly change their lives–more time in God’s word! 

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Here is a peek at some of the inside pages:

homemakers journal sample pages

 

What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.



15Jan

Thriving Thursday 1/15/15

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Well, Last week was New Year’s Day, and while I’m not much of a New Years Resolutions person, I did share one resolution that I think all Christians should make and keep.

I’ve been having some problems with my site, unfortunately, so I haven’t posted much this week. If you didn’t see these last week, though, I would love for you to check out these posts about the most important resolution for Christians, and my brand new product :)

One Resolution

I didn’t post much else this week because I was busy finishing up a brand new product that I am SUPER excited about!!! It is the Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal, and I hope you’ll check it out :) It is my desire that this book would bless women in their walks with God.

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Here is a peek at some of the inside pages:

homemakers journal sample pages

 

What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.



07Jan

Thriving Thursday 1/8/2015

This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Serving Joyfully.

Well, Last week was New Year’s Day, and while I’m not much of a New Years Resolutions person, I did share one resolution that I think all Christians should make and keep.

One Resolution

I didn’t post much else this week because I was busy finishing up a brand new product that I am SUPER excited about!!! It is the Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal, and I hope you’ll check it out :) It is my desire that this book would bless women in their walks with God.

homemakers journal 3D

Here is a peek at some of the inside pages:

homemakers journal sample pages

 

What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.



04Jan

The One Resolution You Should Make (& My NEW eBook!)

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One Resolution

With last week being New Year’s Day, I’ve seen a lot of posts and articles lately about resolutions. So, I wanted to take this time to share with you one resolution that I think every single Christian should make and keep this year. Yes. Every single one.

You might be thinking that it’s a bit presumptuous of me to make such a bold statement. And with most topics, I would agree with you. But this one is just that important. So what is it that is just that important?

Daily Bible Reading

Yep. I believe that every single Christian should make time every single day to read His word. Yes, I know we’re busy. We’re discouraged. We just don’t have time every day.

To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.

— John Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407

When we’re too busy, or too discouraged, that’s when we need His words of life and truth the most.

I’ve written before about why daily Bible reading is so important. It is life-changing.

Today, I want to share with you a brand new resource that I have created to hopefully help you get the most out of your quiet time. The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal.

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I’ve always known daily Bible reading is important, but sometimes getting started might feel overwhelming. I am a person who needs a bit of structure. I wanted a guide and a plan, so I developed some journaling sheets and a quiet time routine to help provide that structure. Obviously, the most important thing is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us as He desires. However, just being honest here, sometimes that overwhelmed feeling would be paralyzing to me. I was so stuck on where to begin, how to find the time, what to do, etc. that I just did nothing.

Maybe you can relate. 

Maybe you’ve been struggling to make time for a daily quiet time. Maybe you believe, as I do, that it is vitally important, but you just haven’t made it a priority. Isn’t it funny how our actions sometimes defy logic that way?

Maybe you want to make it a priority, but aren’t quite sure where to start. Or maybe you already have a dedicated quiet time, but would like some direction with journaling through it.

If any of these describes you, then I believe this Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal could help.

When I did a survey here on Serving Joyfully, asking what is the number one way we can go from surviving to thriving, the overwhelming majority of the readers who commented mentioned daily quiet time, reading God’s word. But yet so often, it’s the first thing we let go when life gets busy.

I challenge you not to let that happen. Get in His word!

Bible Reading Resources

Here are a few of quick resources to hopefully get you started.

1. The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journalas described above. Click the link for a more detailed description of what’s included, but it includes an index of verses by topic–all chosen specifically to inspire your quiet time, and journaling sheets along with articles, etc.

2. Read  the Bible in 100 Days– Join my friend Candace as she journeys through the Bible in 100 days.

3. Read the Bible in 1 YearMaybe reading the Bible in 100 days seems to ambitious for you. It certainly is for me because I like to go more slowly, so this is the guide that I use (there is a printable version available on that page as well). There are many others available (when I was looking, I just did an internet search for Bible reading plans). Some go through chronologically, some include readings from OT, NT, and Psalms/proverbs each day, some include checklists with all of the books and chapters written out so that you can check them off as you go. Choose what works best for you.

4. Pens & A Highlighter. Again, these don’t have to be fancy or expensive, and aren’t completely necessary, but I love to highlight favorite verses in my Bible. Before creating my journaling pages, I would write out my journaling in a notebook. It’s really fun to look back and see the things that God showed me during my quiet time readings. My Bible study time includes:

  • Prayer
  • Reading a Passage;
  • Writing out a key verse (or verses) that especially spoke to me;
  • Journaling about the passage and/or key verse.

This is just a brief overview, but my book has more information about these sections and other things that I do during my quiet time.

 

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What do you think? Is a daily quiet time that important? What are your best tips?

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