The “Messy Beautiful Love” Book Club {Begins Here – November 3rd!}

Book Club Announcement

 

I know we are all in the midst of the Making Your Home a Haven Series on Mondays and we aren’t really thinking about November’s Monday series quite yet BUT since it’s a book club, I want to be sure you have enough time to order your book before November 3rd!

So here are the details:

When:

Every Monday and Thursday in November we will be reading and discussing the book Messy Beautiful Love* by Darlene Schacht, the Time Warp Wife.

Where:

Here at WomenLivingWell.org

Why:

Because marriage is Messy right? But it’s Beautiful too. This book is an inspirational testimony of Darlene’s messy marriage made beautiful and laced through out are Biblical and practical applications for building a Christ-centered marriage.

How:  

Purchase the book, Messy Beautiful Love, and follow the schedule below.

I can’t buy the book:  

That’s okay – just join us here anyhow and hopefully the blog posts will bless you.

Is there a Reading/Study/Companion Guide available?

I’m SO glad you asked!!! Lol!

Yes – there is a free one right here -> just click this link and it will open!  This is exclusive for us – it’s the first time for it to be released to the public free with just the click of the link!

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The Schedule:

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Darlene and I were together in Dallas, Texas this past August
and we made this video for you!
Meet the Author:

(if you are seeing this post in an email – click here and come watch this video)

Love gets messy.

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.
~ Darlene Schacht
Darlene blogs at TimeWarpWife.com, is the coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book “Reshaping It All” and the author of Messy Beautiful Love*.

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The book is available on Amazon at a great price today >> here* <<

I really hope you will pick up a copy of this book and invite a friend to join us for this book club!

It should be a lot of fun!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

 

Making Your Home a Haven {Week 2 – Music}

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Music.

It has a strange effect on people.  Certain songs can flood our minds with good memories.  Others can touch a painful and tender place deep inside of us where we’ve been hurt and bring tears.  Others make us lift our hands in worship while other songs just make us all want to boogie! lol!

Edith Shaefer says “There is a charm in making music together which not only stimulates interest and creativity, but which breaks through whining and fussing and clears the atmosphere.”

Music changes the atmosphere of our homes.

In our home, soft piano music plays 24/7.  Yes, even in the middle of the night we have music going.  We can’t hear it in our bedrooms but I like coming down the stairs in the morning to a serene atmosphere.

6 things I absolutely love in my home:

1. Vaccuum cleaner lines on freshly vaccuumed carpet.

2. The sound of the dishwasher running at the end of the day – signaling the kitchen is clean and closed.

3. Warm towels fresh out of the dryer.

4. The way the house is sparkling clean ALL at once right before guests arrive.

5. A flickering candle on my kitchen counter.

6. Soft music playing in the background.

I simply enjoy these gifts in life.

But…

They are momentary.

Soon the kids will come running into the room and wrestle around and the vaccuum cleaner lines will be gone.

The dishwasher will stop running and need emptied – that’s not so fun!

The towels – they’ll be cold and wet soon. And most likely, left laying on the floor somewhere.

After the guests leave, the house will need cleaned all over again.

It’s the cycle of life.

But…

My candle keeps on burning and my soft music…keeps on playing.

Morning, noon and night they serve me. My candle serves me with a flickering warm light, a pleasant scent, and a reminder to turn to God as my source of strength and help.

My music serves me with a soothing sound.

They don’t make messes, they don’t need managed, they just simply bless me and my family.

This week’s challenge:

Keep your candles burning, your prayers going and add soft music in your home.

Choose worship, classical, jazz or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships.

Work on gentleness and self-control this week.

Now we can’t have our candles burning and our music going and not pause to take a look at our own hearts.  Our homes should be different than those who do not have the mercy, grace and help of the Lord.  As we go to Him in prayer, may we take the time to see if there is anything in our lives that is displeasing to God, that we need to repent of.

Here are 4 ways to pursue gentleness and self-control this week:

4 ways to pursue peace in our homes 

So let’s begin. Light your candle, crank up your music and continue praying over your home. Every time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye – pray for peace. Peace with each other and peace within your soul.

Jesus said: “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 and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

**Chime In**

Are you taking the challenge this week?

What kind of music is playing in your house?

Have you been lighting your candle?

How has God worked in your home through this challenge?

If you are a blogger and are writing about this- please leave a link to your blog post in the comment section so we can visit you!!

Thank you all so much for your accountability. I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! We are in it together!

Walk with the King,

November & December Reading Plans & This Week’s Plan {10.13.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

I want to give you a sneak peek to what is ahead  {for all the planners out there. ;) }

First – here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

I am so enjoying this walk through Genesis with you!  Can you believe how relevant God’s word is to our lives, thousands of years after it was written?  That is because of the work of the Holy Spirit.  He is illuminating us to see and understand the nature and character of God as you read!

I Corinthians 2:10-13 says:

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Coming Next…

In the month of November, we will be moving to a reading plan that is 5 days a week.

I know change is hard and many of you like the  “7 days a week” reading plan. But some are already falling behind and some groups are feeling pressure during the weekends to check in.  We want GMG to be a blessing not a burden.

For those who can handle more, I encourage you to take the weekends and look into commentaries or listen to sermons regarding the readings from the week.  Use the extra two days to dig deeper.

For those who are concerned that it’s going to take FOREVER to get through the Bible at this pace. Take heart, I have plans to read through some books of the Bible more quickly than others.  For example, we may be able to read 2 chapters a day to get through books that are repetitive such as Job or are heavy such as Leviticus and Isaiah.

This is what November’s Reading Plan looks like:

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And December’s Reading Plan:

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We will break on December 19th for Christmas and start back on January 5th, 2015.

OH my goodness!!! Did I just say Christmas in a post?  I think I did!  And in case you were wondering – there’s 73 days until Christmas but who’s counting? Lol!

So glad you are joining us on this journey.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Conflict and Separation {Genesis 13}

Conflict and Separation

Good Morning Girls!

Today we are up to Genesis 13 where Abraham and Lot’s herdsman have a conflict and they separate.

Have you ever been in a conflict and had to separate?  I have – that’s why I hope you’ll watch today’s video.

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**Chime In**

What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

Have you ever had a conflict where you needed to separate to resolve the issue?  How did God work through this?

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 13 discussion question

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

 

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Easy Chicken Teriyaki Wings

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Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back with this Easy Chicken Teriyaki Wings recipe!

Janelle writes:

Ahhhh wings.

For some reason, they are a “big deal” in this house. Watching “the game” and eating wings go hand in hand. I don’t know about you, but there are times I get very disappointed by the wings I purchase from a pizza shop. They’re not cheap and at times, they are a little on the puny side. Here’s a great recipe that will be sure to please the sport’s fans in your home – I know I get plenty of cheers when these come out of the oven!

Serve with celery, ranch and/or blue cheese. They’re finger licking good, so hold the napkins! Enjoy.

*Use GF soy sauce for a GF appetizer!

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In a medium bowl mix ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar and oil.

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Place 2 dozen wings in a 9×13 pan.
( I used foil for easy clean-up but you certainly don’t have to if you don’t want).

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Pour sauce over top and bake

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Top with green onions and serve with your choice of dipping sauce! Mmmmmm…..

EASY Chicken Teriyaki Wings

Serves:12
Prep time:10 mins
Cook time:30 mins
Total time:40 mins

Ingredients
24 wings

1 1/2 cups of soy sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp minced ginger
3 Tbsp white vinegar
3 Tbsp oil
green onions as garnish

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375
Mix sauce ingredients in a medium bowl
Add wings to a 9×13 pan- I line mine with foil for easy clean up
Pour sauce over top and bake for approximately 30-40 mins until done.

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speakerJanelle Nehrenz

Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”.

You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog.

You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com
Follower her on facebook at Comfy In The Kitchen
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And in case you missed the BIG announcement, Janelle just launched her brand new website >>>> OvercomerOutreach.com!  This website is to comfort and counsel those who are walking through hard times and deep waters in their lives.  (I’m contributing there too!)

You can find Overcomer Outreach on the following social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

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