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Living a Beautifully Dignified Life – Part 2 Sally Clarkson Conference

Monday I shared powerful quotes from Sally Clarkson’s Mom Heart Conference(her family is pictured above). Today I want to take you a bit deeper into some of the things I am wrestling out in my own life as a result of the conference.


Living Beautifully:

Some of you may remember Women Living Well’s Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge . I encouraged us all to light a candle and pray for peace everyday. I am still practicing this habit in my home daily and as I undressed my mantel from the holiday season, I realized that the word PEACE from my mantel would go well right on my desk by my keyboard. It has served as daily reminder to pursue God and his peace. Living beautifully brings peace in the home.

Sally’s daughter Sarah opened the conference with a talk on Living Thoroughly Alive. She encouraged us to cultivate time for beauty in our lives. The Bible starts “In the beginning God created…” In nature we can see God’s grandeur and beauty – we cannot watch television and experience this. God is the source of beauty. Whatever keeps us from his beauty keeps us from his presence.

Sally and Sarah tag teamed as they gave practical ways to express beauty inside our homes.

1. You can read books together – to make books even more beautiful – do it beside a fireplace with a warm glow.

2. You can serve the family a warm dinner – but if you add a candle and some light music it becomes an event.

3. Take the time to make holidays extra special – celebrate life together – this builds a beautiful strong foundation.

4. Read good books – you can only give to your children what you already possess inside. Good books are essential not a frivolity.

5. Expose your children to the best things – the best art, best people, best books, and the best thoughts.

Sally shared that it was in some of their dark moments that their pursuit for beauty saved their family. And all this beauty doesn’t happen by accident. We must cultivate time for beauty and time to celebrate life with our families. We must remain connected to the source of all beauty.

Dignity:
One of the most convicting moments of the conference for me personally, was Sally’s talk on Proverbs 31:25. It says “She is clothed with strength and dignity.”

I’m really not a very dignified person. I pretty much am an open book and I lay it all out there. I thought this was a strength for what I do in blogland BUT Sally opened my eyes to the fact that if I’m not careful…I could be a “blabber mouth” – OUCH!

Sally talked about how many women today in our media saturated world lack dignity. A dignified woman chooses to be dignified just as she chooses her clothing for the day. She does not live in fear, whine or have a critical attitude. She cultivates contentment, overlooks another’s sin and is known by her love.

Family Ministry:

Watching Sally’s husband and children come up on the stage one by one and sing, play their compositions they had written on the piano and share their hearts was moving. Sally said that when God called her to ministry this meant that God had also called her children and husband. I have never viewed Women Living Well as a “family ministry” but in that very moment I realized that indeed – not only is Women Living Well a calling on my life, but also on my husband and children’s lives.

I came home and immediately shared this thought with my husband and he agreed. He has shared me with my on-line friends and the entire family not only prays daily out loud for my blog but also cooperates with letting me take pictures of them and splatter them all over Women Living Well! Bless their hearts!

Faith:

Sally said “If you only live by what you can accomplish by yourself, you will be condemned to works for the rest of your life. Step out in faith.”

I have saturated my thoughts with this challenge…and am wondering…what is it that God wants me to step out in faith and do? Fear has been a hurdle for me in blogland – what if I say the wrong thing? What if I get a bunch of nasty emails for something silly I say lol!? What if people don’t approve of my school choices? What if my children go wayward? What if what if what if…
I must choose faith over fear – clinging to God’s great goodness and beauty. It is the only way to live thoroughly alive!
Thank you Sally for a weekend of both challenges and comfort. Your conference has been a spring board for me and I carry your words in my heart as seeds that I pray sprout into a beautifully dignified life.

Walk with the King!


Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you join 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, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

I am linked up at Titus2days (Time Warp Wife), Raising Homemakers, and Works for Me Wednesday.

Women Living Well’s NEW Wednesday Link-Up! Come Join us!

Let Us Encourage One Another ~ Hebrews 10:25
 
In 2010, all link-ups were attached to challenges and were on Mondays.
 
 
But in 2011, it’s a fresh start and link-ups are moving to Wednesdays!
 
This first one is WITHOUT a challenge! (although I do have plans for a new challenge coming soon – right in time for Valentines Day! I’m hoping your husbands like it!)
 
Today, I want to invite bloggers to link-up any blog posts that will encourage Women to Live Well. It can include posts encouraging women in their walk with God, marriage, parenting or homemaking.
 
 
So join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you join below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!
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If you are looking for Janelle’s typical Wednesday Recipes – they have been moved to Fridays! So please check back!
 

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Equality in Marriage




4 years ago at St. Josephs Beach in Michigan

 This quote below is taken from Girl Talk Blogs

I LOVE it so much I had to share it with you all!

“I once had a lively discussion with a brother who insisted that in his relationship everything was equal, and that this was the hallmark of their marriage. To him equal meant same and therefore interchangeable. He proudly rejected the idea of male initiation and female response. And what is more, he thought he was serving the cause of women in this.

I responded by saying that in my marriage, my wife and I never think about equality, though if forced to think about it we would affirm our mutual worth before God. Instead, I see my wife as better and more precious than I–of greater worth. And I told him my wife took no offense in this matter. Indeed she gets upset with me precisely at the point when I start treating her as my equal. To her it feels like a step down.”
~John Ensor, Doing Things Right In Matters of the Heart, p. 95

 

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This post is linked to Titus 2sdays, We Are That Family and Raising Homemakers.

Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!

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The Problem of Envy and Selfish Ambition

The day you were born-again you grew in wisdom. Your eyes were opened to god’s wisdom and your life forever changed. There are many who are wise in the world’s eyes but true wisdom comes only from God.
Wisdom, does not mean knowledge. It does not mean information. It means the application of knowledge with divine power to the reshaping of life, transforming attitudes, transforming behavior into righteousness. Wisdom then is not what I know, wisdom is how I live. And so how I live according to the wisdom of God is a barometer on my spiritual condition.” ~ John McArthur
James tells us in James 3:14 that envy and selfish ambition harbored in our hearts is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic wisdom. Take note of where this envy and selfish ambition lies – it lies quietly in our hearts where no one may see it…but there it lies and it leads us down a path into disorder.
This next quote is LONG lol!  but bear with me as John McArthur says it so much better than I ever could:
So earthly wisdom is spawned by demons, it is reflective of sensual feeling and it goes no further than the fallenness of mankind. That is earthbound sensual demonic wisdom. And that’s the way most people live. But Satan calls it wisdom.
When Eve was in the garden in chapter 3 verse 6, she looked on the fruit because she heard that the tree was able to make one wise. That was a lie. Satan always promises wisdom. And he always promises that you will know and be in the know and understand and be erudite and be educated. But the wisdom of the world proceeds from evil spirits. It proceeds from fallen angels. It proceeds from demons. It proceeds from Satan and his agents who are disguised as ministers of light when in fact they are ministers of darkness.”  
This video below touches on worldly wisdom, God’s wisdom and how I pursue peace in my daily life.  Peace is my theme word of the year!

James 3:13-18 ESV
Wisdom from Above
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Selfish ambition leads to disorder.  Is there disorder in your home, work place, friendships or church?  Perhaps selfish ambition has reared its ugly head.  Pursue wisdom from above – be pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

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Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!

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I’m linked up here today: Mustard Seeds

The Danger of Bloggers

Faith plus nothing equals nothing. You can know more about a person by what they do rather than what they say. I would say this is one of the dangers of bloggers. The world mainly sees my words. But the integrity of my writing comes by how I LIVE out the words I write.

Sally Clarkson once said “The first book anyone ever reads will be your family.” What she meant was – live the truth out in your home first – then write. I want to write from the faith that is lived out in my home and that takes repentance and the pursuit of God daily on my knees.

There is NOTHING good or Godly within me. I am a sinner saved by grace and it is through his strength that I can do anything good at all.  My true faith brings good works.  Those with a dead faith can substitute words for works. Words are cheap – they are easy…but living out our faith, that’s hard!

In the James 2:14-26 it says “19  You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! ”   And again the danger of bloggers come to mind.  We must ask, could some of those who blog in the name of “faith” not actually be of the “faith”?  Absolutely!  We must test those we follow – do their words and their life match.  And the truth is in blog land that is hard to do!

So my two thoughts: 1.  Let’s be on guard as to whose voices we listen to – from our Pastor, to our Bible study leader to our favorite blogs.  Test their words against God’s word – are they true?  Watch their life closely.  2.  Let’s look into our own hearts, if someone were watching us closely would they say our walk matches our talk?

(This video was first played on the Good Morning Girls blog.  Our groups did a challenge where we mailed care packages to the Mercy House – this challenge is over but you can visit the Mercy House here.)

James 2;14-16 ESV
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18  But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19  You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20  Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23  and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25  And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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This is linked to Titus 2sdays,  We Are That Family and Raising Homemakers.

And please take a minute to vote for Women Living Well and other faith based bloggers here(there are some non-Christian bloggers listed there so beware – test them before trusting them): Circle of Moms Top 25 Faith bloggers.(you can vote for more than one, once a day through June 8th!!)

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Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!
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Do Not Favor the Rich Over the Poor

In this video, I mention a book by Richard Stearns titled “The Hole in the Gospel“. This book powerfully explained the need for American Christians to understand the poverty of the world around us. I reviewed this book here .

Here’s an excerpt from the book: “Richard was a godly husband and father to 5 children and was the President of Lenox China before giving up his Jaguar, large home, and large salary to become the President of World Vision. He went from living the country club lifestyle to sitting in grass huts in Uganda feeding children who are starving. Why? Why did he give up the American dream?




Richard told the story of a pastor friend who went through the Bible literally cutting out with scissors, all the verses on poverty and then when he preached on poverty, he held his ragged, tattered Bible in the air and said “Brothers and sisters, this is our American Bible; it is full of holes…here are all the Biblical texts we ignore.”

James  2:1-13
The Sin of Partiality

2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?



8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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This post is linked to Raising Homemakers, Titus 2sdays, and We Are That Family.


Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!
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What Are The Secret Desires of Your Heart?

 In this video, I talk about a time when my husband and I were clashing over how we were going to spend our weekends (my husband was traveling extensively for business on the weekdays). My husband wanted to spend them at home with just me and the children. I wanted to go out and have fun! I neglected to tell how the clash was resolved.
I listened to Keith and tried to understand why he felt this way. Then he listened to me. We came to an agreement that before I scheduled anything I would run it by him. Together we would decide which events to attend and which we should skip. We ended up missing a lot that year…and I learned a lesson in contentment and sacrifice. Keith is still a less social person than I am, but we have come to a place of understanding and self-sacrifice on both ends. Sometimes as wives we have to be willing to “go first”.

James 1:12-18 ESV

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

The method of Bible study I mention in the video above is called the S.O.A.P. Method:

1. S- Write out the scripture passage for the day.


2. O- Write down 1 or 2 observations from the passage.


3. A- Write down 1-2 applications from the passage.


4. P- Pray over what you learned from today’s passage.

Next Monday, we’ll complete James chapter 1.

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This post is linked to Raising Homemakers, Titus 2sdays, and We Are That Family.


Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!
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How To Make Bunny Cupcakes

Today I’m featuring Janelle from ComynKitchen.  She writes “I found a photo of these cute cupcakes on the Betty Crocker website a few years ago. As soon as I saw them, I couldn’t wait to make them for an Easter play date we had scheduled! The children at the play date went crazy when they saw them! Ever since, I have made them every year around Easter. I give each of my children a cupcake, individual ingredients, and I show them step by step how to turn their ordinary cupcake into a cute little bunny…they have so much fun! These particular bunnies are on their way to my son’s school tomorrow…I am sure they will bring some Easter cheer to the students!”

Make cupcakes as directed on the box. This particular mix used eggs, oil, and water.
I chose Funfetti because of the colors. You can use any cake mix you like.
Place in 12 jumbo cupcake liners or 24 regular cupcake liners. Bake as directed. I baked mine for 18 mins at 350.
When cool, frost all cupcakes with pink frosting, then using white frosting, make a circle for the bunny face.
To make the ears, cut a marshmallow in half lengthwise and cut a slit 3/4 of the way down. Dip sticky side into pink sprinkles like so..
Place ears on top of cupcake
For the eyes I used decorators frosting. However, I have used sugar dots attached to paper in the past…I couldn’t find them this year. The frosting worked just fine.
A jelly bean nose
Twizzler Pull n Peels (you may use black if you wish)for the whiskers
No sneaking into those jellybeans! LOL!
Cut the Twizzlers into small pieces
Here you have it…a cute little bunny
Off to school they go!

Enjoy and Happy Easter to you. He is RISEN! Love, Janelle

Thank you Janelle!!!!

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You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter. I am participating in Titus 2sdays, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, and Balancing Beauty and Bedlam recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.


Today is Women Living Well Wednesday! It’s a Link-Up Day!!!

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