Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Beyond Walls: Bringing Home Jesus

   One evening prior to the state of the worship service a friend exclaimed, "I left my Jesus in the car." He was referring to his Bible still laying in the backseat, yet this simple candid statement left an impression on me for its potential for further application.
     Are we leaving our "Jesus in the car" in our homes or lives? The foundation of Christian life is Christ. How do we learn more of Him and His teachings? -His Word. The foundation of our home is precisely the same. Do we keep His Word stored in our car (or where ever else) for the next Sunday church service, or are we bringing it into our homes and our lives daily?
     Husbands and wives, return dominion of your marriage to God. Was it not for His perfect plan that you became one entity? Within a strong home is a stronger marriage, which must be centered on Jesus Christ. Work daily to learn and be an example of Christ's love to each other, so that your marrige may be a blessing and stand for a purpose- the Lord's work.
     So today as you're "bringing home the bacon," bring home a little Jesus too. :)

Friday, November 26, 2010


      One of my goals this Thanksgiving “season” was to become radically thankful. I refer to the holiday as a season rather than a day, because the single day passes quickly as we are often so busy that we are not mindful of the two components of the word: Thanks and Giving.  To my surprise, I discovered this was a difficult task to accomplish!
       Likely no one would assert that he or she is unthankful, but do we purpose ourselves to express that gratitude? I must admit that I’m at fault for placing the show of thankfulness as an assumption. By doing so I am missing out on valuable opportunities!  The expression of gratitude creates a joyful spirit! I wish to find the good in life and to be satisfied with the many blessings God has bestowed upon me. This starts with actually recognizing and praising Him for all He has done in my life. God is so good! I simply must stop my busyness to take it all in. The second valuable opportunity I'm missing out on by assuming thankfulness is the impact I could be having on the lives of others. I wish to live beyond myself; to do more than to live according to my own agenda. One way to start is to simply express thankfulness for positive character qualities or acts of service displayed in others. I truly believe we would see a positive return for displays of kindness. I know from my own work experiences that a customer or patient that relayed to me genuine appreciation or a complement made my day. Share this along! We can each make a difference. Perhaps a little something to think on the next time we're stuck in a long check out lane. I certainly will! I challenge you to take on "30 Days of Thanksgiving" next year!

      Another reason I prefer to think of Thanksgiving as a season is because the single day goes by so quickly. There is so much preparation that goes into the meal, and then in only a couple of hours the festivity is over. It's rather disheartening to think that family time can be contained in such a short time. It's as if we come, we eat, and then we leave. Why are we leaving so fast? Family is certainly comprised of a variety of personalities, but it is an entity worth pursuing wholeheartedly! If we don't know our family members very well, then let's put our differences aside and take advantage of getting to know them during this holiday season. (Hey, perhaps even tell them you're thankful for them in the family ;). I encourage you to do a search for conversation starters or group games to break the ice! I am blessed to be able to visit with both my family and my husband's this year. I throughly enjoyed their company. We started our day together from breakfast through the evening hours. Each family set aside the entire day to be together, and a couple of them even had to travel to get there. Love them! I'm already looking forward to spending an entire day with them during Christmas. My prayer is for families to come to know the full meaning of the work and make it a priority! <3
       My challenge to you is this: take a moment to slow down and make this holiday purposeful!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

About the RevivingHomemaking Blog

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   The vision for the RevivingHomemaking Blog is for it to be a place of encouragement and teaching for ladies called to a similar path in life. My perspective falls to precisely where I am in life as a “stay at home wife” or “full-time wife” as opposed to the “stay at home mom.” It is within this grouping that my writing is focused, but is certainly not limited to it. My heart is for serving with my full abilities, experiences, personality and resources.  I desire to meet not just the physical needs of a person, but also the personal and spiritual ones. I am inspired by tales of experiences and the wisdom gained from them, whether it is my own life or those told within books; the greatest authority of all being that of God’s word within the Bible.  I aim to assimilate that knowledge into cohesive pieces of writing so that they may be of a blessing to others and direct to Jesus as Lord and Savior. I pray my heart and intentions are well represented in this work. May my passions of home and family as well as my priorities of faith, family and friends be reflected in all that is written here.

Life Verses for RevivingHomemaking Blog
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
-1 Thessalonians 5:11
Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
-Titus 2:3-5

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