Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Well that is what they say right !  When all else seems to be wrong, someone has failed you and hurt you deeply, nothing seems to be going right. Start over…  I continue to ask God daily Why ?  What should I do Lord ?  How do I make it work with my own disabilities ?   How do I get there from here ?    I know your saying ” Linda, you don’t have a clue whats been going on “.  Well, if you want to talk about Teen Pregnancy, Rape, Abuse, Bad Marriages, Mental Illness , Depression, Physical Disability, Vitamin Deficiency , Rebellious Children , Tight Budget, Alcoholic Spouses , Unsaved Spouses, Living in a Shelter etc.  Need I say more ?   Been there , Done That !  but I am saying, let it go and start over.

Anger, Bitterness,Stress  can and will eat you alive , it will ruin your health.  Yes you can be angry and it is ok to be angry if you have a good reason to be so.  I personally don’t hold on to grudges , so being bitter doesn’t work. That is anger that is allowed that causes you to want to lash out at someone else or not be around others.  It is a hateful attitude for someone or something. Stress will literally make you ill. Constant stress can wear you down and cause depression,physical pain and steal your Joy.  Sometimes you have to get rid of the source of your stress in order to get well.  I know you are thinking I can’t get rid of it…  Yes you literally can.  Do stop allowing the Drama and Abuse in your life.  You Draw the line and don’t allow anyone to cross it.

You do this for You and for your Kids.  You do it to regain your sanity, so to say.  You do it so that you do not become sick, literally.  You do it because God does not want you living in the state you have been in.  You ask everyone you know to pray for you and your children.  You do the best you can, even if money isn’t there and you don’t be afraid to ask for help.  And you don’t bare your heart to anyone you cannot trust.  Those who have been where you are, are usually the ones to trust, they know just how you feel and where your heart is at.

Today, I am starting over, for Me and for My Kids.

~ Linda ~

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Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-At-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer ~ Take the Challenge

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In Balanced, author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom.

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom 

How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. Balancing is a process and a journey, one that Tricia herself has yet to perfect. But between writing more than forty books, raising and homeschooling six kids, being a wife, and being active in her community, she has amassed valuable tips she shares in “Balanced.”

The book includes tips on:
—how to create focus themes for your family
—how to prioritize your schedule
—how to utilize your job so it also benefits your kids
—how to keep yourself out of the comparison game
—how to make working at home work for you
—and much more!

Tricia Goyer

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at http://www.TriciaGoyer.com.

Find out more about Tricia at http://triciagoyer.com.

https://www.facebook.com/authortriciagoyer

https://twitter.com/triciagoyer

http://www.pinterest.com/triciagoyer/

You can purchase a copy of her book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Balanced-Finding-Center-Work-at-Home-Mom-ebook/dp/B00HHDF788/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393645570&sr=1-1&keywords=balanced+by+tricia+goyer

Tricia is hosting

the Balanced ChallengeRSVP for the Balanced Facebook Party on March 10th and learn more about the challenge.

http://www.triciagoyer.com/join-the-balanced-challenge/


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My Review of Balanced

I must say that when I heard of this wonderful book, I was seeking to find a way to have many things.

More Time to spend with my family, More time with God, More time to help others and More time to Write, Read and Feel whole.  So what is a mom to do right ?   I prayed and spend time reading Bible, Reading books on parenting and how to have a great marriage.  While I still didn’t feel like I had the answers and I surely didnt’ feel like i had it all together.  Yes I know Mom’s at age 50 should have it all together, but I don’t.    I am not the perfect Wife, Not the perfect mom and I don’t get time to go out and be with others alot of times.  We homeschool and that is hard for me, even  with 4 older ones who are out on their own now.  Yes I started homeschooling in 1990.  sorta gave up and let my oldest go to a baptist church school and then had more children and started again to homeschool them, well we made it through to teenage rebellion stage and they wanted to go to public school and given that we were a broken home, they went to live with their Dad for a time and did attend public school.  Most all of them came back home and eventually got their GED’s and went on to college or to work and live life.  I am proud of each of them.

~So here I am at age 50 and not feeling so balanced…smile~

Along comes this new book on finding center in life as a work at home mom ! I thought at the time ” Wow, Lord this has got to be an answer to prayer ” , but Lord I have read so many books and not every thing works for everyone and Lord you have called me to do many things and I don’t know where to start….  but I will give this book a try.  When I started reading Tricia’s Book I could tell that the evil one was causing me a lot of tension, Kids went crazy that night, acting out and fighting, DH wasn’t in a good mood and here I was just needing some sleep and yet this book was on my kindle and calling to me.   So at 10pm I started reading and didn’t stop till 2 am, no I didnt’ finish the book that night. I read, prayed, kept reading and prayed more. Talked to the Lord and  shed plenty of tears.  This book touched my heart !  It met me right where I was at and brought me full circle to stand as always right before the Lord.  Do I have it all together ? No, but what I do have is a desire to work harder to make it all work.  I know that God the Father sees me and knows my heart and my hearts desire. I know to that most women don’t deal with some things I do.  He knows that I long to do so many things in life and yet I feel like for 50 years they have been put off for one reason or another , someone else’s plans for life and living.  A year ago, I read a book that got me really excited about reading again.  It led to reading and reviewing christian authors books.  After a year and a half, it has led to me sharing about my life and all the things that the Lord has brought me through.  I have  for years had a desire to help girls going through teen pregnancy. I also have  a desire to help women who may have suffered rape, pregnancy, miscarriages , abusive relationships and divorce.  So Lord, How do I do that all from home and make it work ?  Well here came Tricia’s book to show me that I wasn’t alone and I could surely find my answers by seeking the Lord, following biblical teaching, loving my family and still occasionally having time to do something to help others.  And the best part is she reminded me I don’t have to feel guilty about being me or about taking some time for myself to be who I truly am in the Lord.

~ I know too that I don’t have to feel ashamed of who I am ~

I totally enjoyed this book and want to thank Tricia for being open, honest and such a blessing to women.  She is a wonderful Author, Sister in the Lord and a friend to so many.  She has encouraged me to seek God, Be myself, Share my heart and Love my life in Christ.

I hope you will get a copy of this book and I hope you will find a mentor like Tricia or I and just seek the Lord and grow in Him.

Until Next Time

~Linda~

I received a free ebook copy for my kindle in return for my honest opinion and have received no further compensation for doing so.

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I MUST be CRAZY !!! Lord Help Me, to bring Honor to YOU !

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Today I signed up for SPEEDBO !  Everytime I saw this it struck fear my heart… Fear of Writing, Fear of rejection and fear of putting whats in my heart and head on paper…

But Here I go !

Pray for me…

Just sending the email to Seekerville brought tears to my eyes !

~Linda~

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Getting Started with Sourdough with Joanne Bischof

Today I wanted to share something really homey with you and by homey I mean something that truely goes with making a home and caring for our families.  My wonderfully talented sister in Christ Joanne Bischof has made us a video of how to make Sourdough Bread. I can smell it baking in the oven and just taste the wonderful goodness, Can’t you ?  This is an art and a forgotten one at that, I hope you enjoy Joanne’s Video and I hope you are challenged to try making this yourself !   While your thinking on warm, wonderful Home things, you will want to check out Joanne’s books, they are just filled with Home, Great food and well what I call All Things Home and All Things Country !

Enjoy !!!!

You can find Joanne at the following places to connect :

http://www.joannebischof.com

https://www.facebook.com/joannebischof

https://twitter.com/joannebischof

http://www.amazon.com/Joanne-Bischof/e/B00DVS53MS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1392656712&sr=1-2-ent

 

I hope you will check Joanne out and I have to say that I have and am totally enjoying her books ! She is an awesome stay at home mom and author !  But she is also my Christian Sister and that makes us family !

Until Later

~Linda~

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The Jesus Hearted Woman by Jodi Detrick

The Jesus Hearted Woman

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~ 10 Leadership Qualities for Enduring & Endearing Influence ~

If you have the heart you can learn the skills.  With a blend of delightful humor and ” been there” compassion, Jodi Detrick weaves together memorable stories, biblical insights, and valuable wisdom from her many years of successful leadership. Written for both new and experienced leaders, each chapter includes:

~ Coaching questions for small group discussion

~ Lessons for new leaders

~ A personal application Bible study

Jodi Detrick is an author and religion columnist for The Seattle Times. She  has a DMin degree in Leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Jodi is Chairperson for the national Network for Women in Ministry. She and her husband Don , live in the rainy Pacific Northwest.

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Learn more about being a Jesus-hearted woman at http://www.jesusheartedwoman.com

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~ My Review ~

On what are you basing your confidence ? Are you in turmoil over being in ministry ?  Do your women of your church need a boost to get them in the mindset to serve and be confident about it.  Remember , God chooses and uses Reluctant Leaders ~ This is a reassuring fact !   I like how Jodi leads us in lessons that bring us to a point of understanding who we are , what God wants us to be and be like.  I think its like my DH Mark said to me many years ago ” Lin, its not about YOU, Its about JESUS , in you “

I can share that from personal experience, when being asked to write a column for our blog that year, I felt totally unqualified and so not worthy to share with women , as I surely didn’t have it all together. Nor do I still at times think I am the best woman for the job.  But God knows each issue of my heart and each woman who needs to hear and learn from where I have been.  Jodi’s book is a refreshing look at how and why the Lord can and will use you to minister to others.

It will leave you with the confidence you need in God’s ability to work through you , to bring others to him. Surely he knows  the end before we do and he knows each facet of the story and how its to play out right ?   I highly recommend this book to all women.  Men could learn a lot about how to  help their wives have confidence in themselves and in God’s ability to use them for his glory.  As women  we are to minister to other women and we need to learn those qualities that will draw others to us and help them to see that even if we have not got it all together, God does and when we shine the light of Christ to others, they will see their way to him and his ways.

I recieved a copy of this book from Gospel Publishing House and  myhealthychurch.com  for my honest review and have recieved no other compensation for doing so.

You can learn more about this book and other resources that go with it at: http://myhealthychurch.com/store/searchresults.cfm?StartRow=1&MaxRows=30&cat=AGMHCINDEX&mastercat=

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The Simple Woman’s Book Club ~ Love Revealed by Kerry Clarensau

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Title:
Love Revealed

Author:

Kerry Clarensau

I read this book in:

 Paperback format

My personal thoughts on this book:

We are always searching for the Love of God in any form as christians and I choose to do this book for
Valentines week as I love the heart filled with words on the cover and I wanted to share the
greatest Love of all time, God’s Love.  I am still enjoying this book, it is a wonderful study.  Learning to
see God’s Love and learning to be intimate with Him is an awesome goal for life. This book will help you discover
your Heavenly Father’s :
Authentic Love
Transforming Love
Extravagant Love
Consuming Love
This would make an excellent study for womens ministry and there is a whole bunch of awesome things to go with this book.  It is one of the most awesome studies I have done in some time.
You will be blessed !  It will touch the hearts of women and  speed the healing of the heart , mind and body !
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Here is a link where you can find/purchase this book:

A favorite quote from the book:

” What great love the Father has lavished on us ! ” (I John 3:1)

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New Ball Heritage Collection Green Jars – Pint and Quart

New Ball Heritage Collection Green Jars – Pint and Quart.

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