My Proverbs 31 Challenge!

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I don’t know about you, but I loathe waking earlier than then the sun. I like a leisure morning with a cup of coffee and my Bible open, and maybe some music playing in the background.. I like a late morning in my pajamas and slippers with time that stands still.

Okay…now to reality!
Three children later and a household of organizing and cleaning added to my to fast growing resume…as a “professional” (I use that word loosely) Mother, Homeschooling Mother at that, and Homemaker.

Over the years I have been convicted quite often regarding my
availability to my Lord and Savior and my Husband and Children.
Being Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically available at all times is almost virtually impossible in my book.
Thankfully there is an Awesome book written just for that very reason. A play book if you will…..

As of late I have read more about Proverbs 31, The Virtuous Wife.
So often I look at the woman described in Chapter 31 of Proverbs and I think….What? Really? Come on…(pause in disbelief)..
Is it truly possible to be a Proverbs 31 Wife?

I know that my Salvation is not about works but about my relationship with the Lord. Ephesians 2:8-9.(By Grace you have been saves through Faith…”)

Even so there is yet still an aching for something more in my life.
I have never been the kind who needs occupation to feel worth in my life. (I mean no ill towards mothers who work)
I just desire More at what I do…to be more….to require more of myself…to live as a Virtuous Wife and Mother.

Proverbs 31:10 says:


10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies. (WOW! I want that kind of worth and to be valued like that…)



11 The heart of her husband trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. (Am I unconditionally loving my husband, and can he trust me with his heart. Do I value his heart and feelings? Do I give him any reason to believe I could be unfaithful? I certainly hope not.)

Proverbs 12:4 An Excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in the bones.


Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.



12 She does him good and not evil, All the days of her life. (How do I talk to my husband, with respect? How do I speak about him to others? Do I lift him up or use words that might damage his reputation or scar his character?, Do I argue with him just to prove a point, just to have the last word?)


Proverbs 21:9     
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.        

Proverbs 25:24
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
(This scripture is written two times in Proverbs. I think the Lord is trying to tell us something, don’t you.)

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

(I really think these verses are so important)

14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. ( I do know the culture and world were so different. I look at this and think….How can I save us money? Do I have a coupon for that? Going to the store isn’t quite the journey it once was for those walking on foot many miles to acquire food, but it can be an adventure of stewardship and care of finances and gathering food for the family.)

15 She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.  (Let me begin by saying…waking up in the morning is a hard battle for me. I am a night owl and the words “early bird” are not often in my vocabulary. I am really working hard to change that. I want to be up and have a nice breakfast ready for my early rising husband, and children. In addition, I have no maidservants although I suppose that would be helpful! )

This is just the beginning of my Proverbs 31:10-31 challenge.
I hope it will encourage and challenge you as much as it has me.
The next blog post will pick up where I left off.

Do you find value in the way you care for your husband? Do you value your family…your home?
Come along with me on my journey as I attempt to grow into a Virtuous Woman and Wife!

Be encouraged my friends,

Christmas Reading

Throughout this Christmas season we have had numerous books make a home on our coffee table.
Each month I switch out books to holiday titles and season related books. Here are just a few of the books we’ve been ready this cold winter season.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

http://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-Giving-Living-Lights/dp/0310712556/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325181673&sr=8-1

We absolutely love this book! The Berenstain Bear books were fantastic to begin with, and then they added their Living Lights series. You won’t regret reading this!

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http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Barn-Margaret-Wise-Brown/dp/006052636X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182134&sr=1-1
Yet another heart warm book by Margaret Wise Brown. So many have come to love Goodnight Moon and so have we! I found this last year and enjoyed the simplicity yet love brought for by the Saviors birth.

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http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Shepherd-All-Really-Christmas/dp/1400309646/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182351&sr=1-1
I love the way the Christmas story is told through “The Really Woolly Series”.




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http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Me-My-Christmas-Tree/dp/0310708745/ref=sr_1_36?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182478&sr=1-36
This is just so sweet! My boys always loved this book. It’s a perfect book for little hands, and it’s in the shape of a tree!

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http://www.amazon.com/Stable-That-Built-Cindy-Kenney/dp/0310704723/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182621&sr=1-1
You just can’t wrong with the Veggie Tales. A witty story of Bob building the stable! Love it!

Product Detailshttp://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Sam-Amy-Hest/dp/0763636886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182702&sr=1-1
A warmhearted story of Sam and his Mother baking goodies and taking them to neighbors, driving and walking through the snow and coming home and putting on their warm socks and sitting by the fire. A great book to read when drinking hot cocoa and cuddling with your little ones.
A book of giving and encouragement.

Product Detailshttp://www.amazon.com/Snowmen-at-Night-Caralyn-Buehner/dp/0803725507/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182827&sr=1-1
I just can’t help but to share this silly little tale about snowmen at night. It has been one of my boys top choices to read this winter. A great book for the imagination!

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http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Stays-Christmas-Karma-Wilson/dp/0689852789/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325182974&sr=1-1
Yet another one of those imaginative books that light up a child’s eyes when
they are read to. A lovely book about friends and giving.

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http://www.amazon.com/Snowy-Day-50th-Anniversary/dp/067001270X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325183077&sr=1-1
Although this is a long time favorite for years and years, it just made a home in our house this year. First published it 1962 Ezra Jack Keats does a great job of writing the actions and thoughts of a child.
A simple little book about a little boy named Peter and his walk through the snow.

The list could go on and on. I chose to share only a few of what we have in our home library, I am certain you have many also in your home. What are some of your children’s favorite Christmas and cold wintry books?

As you enjoy the continuation of your winter season I hope that there will be plenty of time for you to sit and read with little eyes watching and little ears listening!

Enjoy friends!

That Story Again?

We awoke Christmas morning, ate breakfast and dressed up to worship at the Livengood Grandparents church for Christmas morning service. After a few Christmas choir selections and some congregational singing of Christmas Hymns there was a children’s story time.

Our two oldest boys walked up the the front , sat quietly and listened to the Nativity story around the storyteller on the platform steps.
After the story all the children were directed to go back to their parents and sit.
Both our boys walked back and sat beside their Father.
Our oldest son looked at his Father and with a very serious expression and whispered “Daddy, why did she tell that story? Everybody knows that one!
Both embarrassed and amused, my husband held his composure hoping no one around him heard the question that was stated and could have been heard by the row in front or behind them.
Initially I found the situation quite humorous but then started to really think about his question.
Why that story again? Really? Why? Everybody knows that one!

As I began to think I realized that there are so many that have never heard the story of Christ’s birth or that it was completely for them. They have not been given the opportunity to hold a Bible in their hands or even to be told the Nativity story.
 I’ve heard that story more times than I can count. My children have heard it numerous times already in their very few years of living.
I started thinking” Do I take for granted hearing or reading the story of Christ coming to earth for me”? After hearing it hundreds of times?
I think I do.

So many have not heard the Good News of Christ birth, though who have, have the responsibility to share it. I have a responsibility to share it!

It wasn’t just another time of celebration of a new baby’s birth although those times are so exciting, so anticipated and unforgettable, yet this birth was like no other.

Let’s not take for granted this Miracle story of a Virgin birth. Mary, visited by Angel of the Lord. Given a grand gift and responsibility to raise a Savior, the Savior that would save us.

Let’s not forget the Shepherds visited by a huge choir of angels that then informed them of the Saviors birth . The Magi that were led by a star that hung overhead the Saviors birthplace.

The Plan God had for His only Son. What a story! Let’s not forget, nor take for granted this amazing story of love.

  He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
                                            Mark 16:15

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

We wish you a Merry Christmas friends. Come on in and have a cup hot cocoa and a freshly baked cookie. Ponder the love and peace that Christmas brings….

Pull up a chair and page through some Christmas books…..their words so true…..
A babe in a manger…born for you….

The simplicity of light, yet it’s glow brings comfort and joy…..

The stockings that are hung with tender care…bring back that childhood excitement in every girl and boy’s heart. Gifts that they will receive…but will in time learn that the joy that giving is far more fulfilling.

A star shines bright overhead…as we welcome our Savior….
lets celebrate His birth……His love for each  heart.

                                                               

Stay for a while….

                              Merry Christmas from Livengood and Primitive….

Luke 2

                                The Birth of Jesus

The Orange Pomander

The  Orange Pomander

I wanted to share a simple craft with you that is sure to create wonderful smells around your house at Christmas time!
All you will need for this ornament is:

orange
cloves
twine


I would recommend using an small nail or pin to punch holes in your orange in the spaces for the cloves. Often the skin is tough and difficult to break with the clove alone, and your fingers will not be happy when your done if you attempted to go it alone.
I had very sore fingers from the spikes on the cloves after my first attempt. I learned my lesson quickly!

Once your cloves are in place you can wrap the orange any way you like. I wrapped it this way in order to hang. You may also make many of these and place them in a large bowl or glass container to show off their beauty without the twine.

You can make many different designs with your cloves or even replace the orange with a lemon.

There are so many way to decorate these wonderful ornaments.

If you are interested in the origin of the Pomander, it’s history stems bank to the Renaissance times.
http://www.amtgard-wl.com/library/clovedorange/default.htm#history

Enjoy!

Ready….Set……Where’s My Go?

Do you ever find yourself on auto pilot? Running
 about the house…preparing…doing…getting…forgetting…doing again….and finally done. (We think things are done, but really there is always more, right?)

Often as I am gathering things up that need to be picked up…put away..or taken with me….I realize that I am clearly in a never ending cycle like a hamster  running in it’s wheel.

Although this is often the case I still find the task of Homemaker very rewarding. I love to see the outcome of a freshly cleaned house, a newly made bed and a fresh scent that lingers in our home.

My difficulty lies in the Ready…Set… Go of the day!

To accomplish all of this…and get dressed…and to make sure the children are ready…and to just get out the door to whatever appointment or place we’ve planned to go that day is the BIGGEST challenge.
Once the children respond that YES in fact they are dressed…teeth brushed..and beds made…
I often discover their seems to be a large crack in the preparedness of our readiness…..
Maybe…no underwear on a particular child…..a church shirt with sweat pants (maybe it’s just my issue of embarrassment for me)…..or the never ending cycle discovering the children have not finished their list of things to do….
“Go to the door and put your shoes and jacket on please”. I say. Four minutes later I approach the door. One child clearly missed the directions….no shoes…sitting but playing with some miscellaneous toy or teasing his brother.
Another….no shoes….playing piano….another child…putting on his BIG brothers shoes that will clearly trip him due to the largeness on their size compared to his little feet. (At least he tried, right?)
This my friends is the cycle! We Get Ready….We Get Set…and then somewhere in the midst of all the preparation we loose our ability to Go!
Can you relate to this? Just going to the store….church….anywhere…just going….
I hope you can find your Go today and that the preparation of your day goes smoothly.
To all those Enlisted in this Life of Motherhood….Good Luck to you Ladies!
I will be praying for you!
Ready…Set…..GO!

The Glowing of Advent Candles







Today I wanted to share with you
a craft we did here in our home this Christmas season. An Advent Wreath!
The concept itself came from makinglearningfun.com, but we added a bit of our own personality to it.
My eldest son was the most excited about this activity and even make the beautiful scissor cut stars to decorate around the candles.

We used:


5 toliet paper rolls
1 paper plate
purple, pink, and white construction paper for covering the candles
and green (for leaves), yellow  (for flames),   construction paper
assorted scrapbooking paper to accent with different leave colors, just for fun…
5 popsicle sticks (to glue the flame to)
and of course….glue!


makinglearningfun.com said to paint the toilet paper rolls. We chose to 
cover them with paper. It was less time consuming and definentely less messy!
I would highly reccomend this craft to you!

I hope that you are able to spend a little time with the little hands in your house making Christmas crafts.
It’s a fantastic way to make memories.