The First Blog I Ever Followed & A Link-Up Party

 

Before we start this month’s blog hop, I thought I would share with you the first blog I ever read on a daily basis.   The blog is called Girl Talk.

I began reading it many many moons ago but lately I’ve been so busy writing, I don’t have time to read there but they are still wonderfully inspiring!  I went back to their blog to see when it began –and I can only go back in the archives to 2005 but I am almost certain that they existed in 2003 and they just don’t have the archives…I read them every.single.day.for.years.on.end!  And I bought 3 of their books and devoured them!

They challenged me in my walk with God, as a new wife, new mom and new homemaker and it is because of them that I thought…maybe I could be used by God to do this blogging thing too.

What first drew me to the blog was who wrote it.  It is written by a mother name Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters –Janelle, Nicole and Kristen.  I related to them because the three girls reminded me of the relationship I have with my 2 sisters and my mom.

  

As you blog hop today – I encourage you to hop on over to visit these Godly chicks! They have a really great resource page filled with free PDF downloads on Biblical Womanhood, Motherhood, Marriage, Homemaking and Singleness.

I’m pretty sure they don’t know I exist…I’ve emailed them multiple times to tell them how much I appreciate them and how they have inspired me…but I never heard back.  At one time, I was sad I never heard from them…but now that my email inbox is crammed full and I’ve failed to answer my readers back…I understand.  But if by chance they stumble here…Carolyn, Janelle, Nicole and Kristen – THANK YOU for writing. You have blessed my life immensely!

Blogging friends, I can’t wait to see what you all have been writing lately!  Link up your favorite posts from the past month below! And reading friends – grab a cup of coffee and come fellowship with us on this blog hop!

Walk with the King,

 

 

 

Come on in!!!

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 
 
 



January Faves & WLWW Link-Up Party!

Announcement:

Women Living Well Wednesdays will now be a monthly link-up rather than a weekly link-up

It will be on the last Wednesday of every month.

 

These were some of my favorite reads from around the web this past month.

1.  Boy Dads - it’s a new blog for dads!  I personally know some of the Daddy contributors to this blog and am SO excited to see them pulling together to write for our men!!!  My husband has subscribed via email.  Maybe your husbands would want to subscribe too?

2. I loved this post by Jen Wilken: New Year, New Self-Control  here’s an excerpt:

 January is typically a time when we talk a great deal about calories, work-outs, and weight loss. What if we didn’t? What if we didn’t talk about body sizes at all? What if we made it a point not to mention our own calorie sins or victories in front of our girlfriends and daughters?

….Sure—hit the gym, eat the Paleo diet, run six miles a day, wear Spanx from neck to knee. Just stop talking about it. Stop telling your friend she looks skinny—instead tell her you love her sweet spirit…

 …Historically, padded women were considered beautiful, because only the rich and idle could achieve such a figure, and because curviness indicated fertility. For women of past generations curviness was extremely hard to achieve unless you had the money to eat well and work little. Thanks to trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup, this is no longer the case. Ironically, the rich and idle of today strive to look undernourished and overworked. And the rest of us rush to follow suit…read the rest here.

3.   Recovering Lost Disciplines by Burk Parsons – here’s an excerpt:

The missionary and martyr Jim Elliott wrote, “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds…Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.”

It is difficult to escape the busyness, noise, and crowds of life. We are bombarded by a host of amusements and contraptions, most of which we have enthusiastically welcomed into our lives, homes, communities, and churches. We have conditioned ourselves to distraction, and we are leading the next generation down the same path in a hurry. C.S. Lewis wrote, “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private.”

We stand at a crossroads, and we will either rediscover the lost virtues of listening, meditating, and thinking, or we will amuse ourselves to death.  To read more click here…

4.  The Local Church and Why It Matters by John MacArthur -

Do you have a church you attend regularly?  John MacArthur speaks frankly to this topic:

“I can’t understand people who don’t have a similar love for the church—who aren’t eager for every opportunity to worship together with other like-minded believers. I can’t understand people who go to church on Saturday nights so they don’t “mess up” their Sundays. Why are they so eager to get away from the church? Where else would they rather be?

There was a time when coming to Christ meant coming to His church. As far back as the New Testament, salvation brought you into union with the visible, gathered Body of Christ (cf. Acts 2:47). Becoming a Christian meant entering into fellowship with the people of God.

That’s changed. The contemporary emphasis in evangelicalism is a believer’s personal relationship to Christ. Individual faith is the pervasive theme, and rarely is there any discussion of how believers are supposed to fit into the church.”  To read more click here…

 5. Five Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Jane Roe’ by Justin Taylor – here’s how the post begins:

Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the controversial Supreme Court ruling that progressives want to enshrine and conservatives want to overturn. Few rulings have been more consequential. According to Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute, 22% of all pregnancies now end in abortion, with 3 in 10 women terminating their pregnancy by the age of 45. There have been approximately 57 million legally induced abortions in the U.S. since 1973—nearly the current population of California and Texas combined.  To read about the 5 things you didn’t know about ’Jane Roe’ click here…

Walk with the King,

 

 

 

Come on in!!!

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 



10 Things I’m Thankful For & WLWW Link-up!

I could make a list of 100 things I’m thankful for but I don’t want to bore you – so here’s my top 10.
 
1. God’s Word – the Bible.
 
Daily I come to this living well, to drink a tall glass of living water and it is from this Living Well that Women Living Well was born.
 

2. My Husband – our fearless leader.
 

 

3. Two beautiful gifts I get to homeschool!
 
 

 

4. A godly heritage. (my dad, mom and grandmother.)


5. Sisters who challenge and inspire me (even when I didn’t get the “purple and black” memo for Easter lol!)

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My sister’s husbands who love the Lord and love our children.

 

6. Cousins who live close by and who my children can look up to as role models.
 
 
 
 Even if 2 of the more ‘mature’ cousins steal my camera in the middle of a family get together and take 20 photos of themselves in my bathroom! lol!
{Gotcha guys – I bet you didn’t think these pics would make the ‘blog’ hehe!}
 
 
 
7.  Godly friends – like my BFF Angela from Good Morning Girls
 
 
And my real life Good Morning Girls group that emails each other everyday -
L to R: Kimmy, Janelle (ComfyInTheKitchen), Kara, Me,
Aimee – who coined the phrase “Walk with the King“, Kristy, and Kelly.
 
 And my real life friend and one of my favorite bloggers - Clare - Miss Peak 313 Fitness - {who currently has a 21 Day Holiday Challenge beginning – check it out!}

 
8. An abundance of laundry that says we have an abundance of clothes.
 
9. Dirty dishes that say our tummies are full.
 
 
10. Crumbs on the floor as evidence of our daily bread God has provided.

 

And if I could take a picture of all of you – I’d put it right here! I am SO thankful for all of my on-line friends and sisters in Christ. You, dear readers, have changed my life. I give thanks to God for all of you.
 

Have a FANTASTIC Turkey Day!

Walk with the King!

**Chime in: What are you thankful for today??

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 



GMG Christmas Devotional eBook has arrived! & Link-Up Party!

 

 

I’m so excited to announce our upcoming session on GoodMorningGirls.org !

It’s a 4 week Advent Study – Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus,

It begins  November 26th!

We would LOVE for you to join us!

For this session we have written a FREE Advent eBook which will guide us through our 4 week study.

The {GMG} Advent eBook includes:

  • Weekly Devotions
  • Assigned Scripture Reading
  • Daily Family Activities
  • Recipes
  • S.O.A.P. Journal Pages

Our Advent eBook is available free to ALL subscribers at GoodMorningGirls.org. (so if you are already a Good Morning Girl – you should find the link at the bottom of your weekly emails.) 

Not a subscriber to Good Morning Girls yet? Not a problem! Click here to subscribe! (Note: Once you subscribe, the eBook will be listed at the bottom of your Good Morning Girls email the next time we write another blog post.)

Now before you email me to say that all you see is the Proverbs 31 ebook in your emails – that’s because you are looking at your “WomenLivingWell” emails – please subscribe to Good Morning Girls to get this ebook.  Why you might ask?  Because this study is not happening here - it’s happening over at Good Morning Girls – I’ll be over there! :)  (So not only will you get the ebook, but you will also get our daily devotionals, videos and extra resources to follow along during the Christmas season!  We don’t want you to miss a thing!)

You do not need a group to participate and there’s no enrollment for this 4 week session.  Just come as you are on November 26th as we blog along side your home study.

(And in case you’ve never met my high school BFF – here’s Angela – we made this video in our hotel room at Allume :) )

(Not seeing the video? Click here!)

Please feel free to invite your family and friends to join you for this upcoming study by sharing this image with them. You can post it on your Facebook pages, pin it on Pinterest, or upload it to Twitter or your blog! To save the image, simply right-click and select “Save Image As”!

We are so looking forward to you joining us this Christmas as we keep our hearts focused on Jesus, this Christmas season!

 Walk with the King,

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 



How To Make Homemade Crayons & Link-Up Party!

 

I am not a very crafty mama but this is one craft we do yearly…after I explain the steps you’ll see why. :)

How to Make Homemade Crayons:

1.  Have your children peel the paper off of worn out crayons. (This is great because it should keep your children busy for a long time while you get work done or read a good book – like your Bible!)

2.  Get out metal cookie cutters (if you don’t have these on hand you will need to purchase them – but they are usually quite cheap at dollar stores this time of year!)

3.  Break the crayons into pieces (this is a little messy but it’s so worth it…the children should enjoy this part!) and sort them in piles according to color (again another time consumer :) !)

4.  Then put foil around the cookie cutters (if you don’t use the foil the crayons won’t stay in the cookie cutters.)

5.  Place the cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until melted.

 

 

6.  Then place them in a freezer to cool (or in our case, out on the back porch!). The crayons should separate from the cookie cutter just enough that you can pop them out easily!

Now give the children time to color with their brand new homemade crayons and enjoy their new works of art!

Walk with the King!

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)



The 3rd Annual Making Your Home a Haven Challenge Is Back!

For the past 2 years we’ve done this challenge, and an overwhelming number have been asking where it is this fall?! So it’s back and I’m excited to get started! Each week I will give you one practical tip and one spiritual tip that you can do to create a haven in your home.

Stuffed full calendars and to-do lists sky high can leave the entire family feeling tense during the holiday season. I believe we can create a physical environment, as well as a spiritual environment, that can bring peace, harmony and a sense of calmness to our homes if we are willing to be intentional.

So let me introduce you to the “Making Your Home a Haven” 3rd Annual Fall Challenge. I  am writing fresh material this year so I hope you will join me again.
This challenge will begin next Monday, November 5th and run through the month of November. Check out last year’s video and topics below:

Here’s the topic schedule for those who want to link up each week (the content of the posts will be new for those returning from the previous years)

 

November 5th -Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.

 

November 12th - Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. I’ll be playing Christmas music!  Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Work on gentleness this week.

 

November 19th – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas – like homemade bread, pies, and cookies.  Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remove discontentment and give thanks to God for the home God has given you in which to create a haven for your family.

 

November 26th - Decorate! The holidays are upon us.  Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology.  In the beginning God created.”  Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays.  Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.

 

Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

 

I have been lighting my candle all winter, spring and summer long. It’s my daily habit to light my kitchen candle and then say a prayer for peace in our home. Join me today – light a candle in your kitchen and say a prayer for your family.

 

Bloggers – I invite you to place the wreathe button on your blog and link up your “Making Your Home a Haven” post here! If you are not a blogger, leave a comment in the comment section to let me know that you would like to join the challenge.

Walk with the King,

 

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)



Are You On Facebook? Join the WLWW Link-Up Party!

 

 

Linker-uppers – PLEASE note that there are TWO link-ups below- ONE for Facebook Pages and ONE for Blog Posts!!!!

We’ve linked up our Etsy Stores,  Twitter profiles (and I followed every single one of you back :) ), Pinterest boards and now it’s one of my favorites – Facebook time!!!!

Do you have a public facebook page that you would like to share with like-minded Christian women?  Link-it up below! I plan on visiting as many as I can.

Here’s how you do it – click on the “enter here” link. Then enter the web address to your Facebook Page like this:

http://www.facebook.com/womenlivingwell

Then enter your Facebook Name like this:

{Women Living Well}

Then choose a picture from your own your own files on your computer. Hit enter and voila! Your face will appear below!!!

I already did the first one for you :)

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK UP RIGHT ABOVE HERE IS FOR FACEBOOK LINKS – bloggers please page down to your link-up :)!

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here! (Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 
Walk with the King,

 

 

 

Are You On Pinterest? Join the WLWW Link-Up Party!

 

Linker-uppers – PLEASE note that there are TWO link-ups below- ONE for Pinterest Boards and ONE for Blog Posts!!!!

2 weeks ago we linked up our Etsy Stores, last week we linked up our twitter profiles (and I followed every single one of you back :) ) and this week it’s Pinterest time!!!

You do NOT have to have a blog to participate! If you are a like-minded, sister in Christ, who is open to others following you – link up below!!!  I plan on visiting as many as I can.

Here’s how you do it – click on the “enter here” link. Then enter the web address to your Pinterest Boards like this:

http://pinterest.com/womenlivingwell/

Then enter your Pinterest Board Title like this:

Courtney {Women Living Well}

Then choose a picture from the web – which should pull up your Pinterest profile pic or choose a picture from your files on your computer. Hit enter and voila! Your face will appear below!!!

I already did the first one for you :)


**PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK UP RIGHT ABOVE HERE IS FOR PINTEREST LINKS – bloggers please page down to your link-up :)!

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here! (Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

 

 
To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)
 
Walk with the King,