Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Slower Pace



Nothing says a slow life like a front porch 
or even a back porch.
Porches are a great place to slip away  and to read with a nice glass of tea.
It is a great place to unwind and live life at the speed of a rocking chair.
It is a great place to begin your day in prayer and reading.

The front porch is just another room to us. We find ourselves out there often, 
especially on rainy days.  We love listening to the rain on the tin roof.  
The kids like to jump rope or play jacks on the porch.   
If you have a porch, visit it more often, and you will feel your life slowing down.

  Turn off all noises in your home.  
Turn the TV and radio off.
(Thankfully, we don't have a TV)
Turn off all electronics and the phones.
Unplug everything possible.
When my husband arrives home from work,
he shuts the front door to the world,
and he enters into a quite peaceful home.

Use a diffuser in your home:  
I am just starting  to use diffusers in our home, and I love them.  I like to keep lavender oil in mine, and nothing says relax like lavender oil does.  I also like to use natural lavender scented cleaning products.  Breathing in the lavender scent is so calming.

Open up your windows:
Let the sound of nature come in your home. I love the cool breeze coming in the early mornings, while the little ones are sleeping.  It is a peaceful way to spend your mornings.



 Take time to enjoy what ever your hands find to do.  
Whether it is washing dishes by hand, sewing, or working in your garden, take time to enjoy these things instead of hurrying through those tasks.  
Most importantly stop what your doing and
enjoy holding and spending time with your children.  

Put up a clothes line: 
Hanging out clothes helps you to enjoy the sunny day more.  Nothing says comfort like fresh smelling clothes and sheets drying in the warm sun.
Life doesn't get any more simple than this.

Look for ways to bring back simpler times and ways to your home.

Living simple is just a matter of slowing down, saying no to a busy life, 
while finding time to stay home.

What are someways you live life at a slower pace?
Teresa

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Better Tomorrow



A young wife noticed that her neighbor  and their children would be about their chores very early each morning.  Goodness what is the matter with me. It seems like each day I struggle just to get out of bed each morning, I know I should be up early enough to fix my husband breakfast before he leaves." was the thoughts of this young wife. Daily this young wife dreaded getting up, and starting her daily task of keeping house and preparing meals.

Finally, this young wife couldn't go another day feeling like a failure at keeping house and preparing meals that didn't turn out great.  She decided this day to seek for advice from an older Christian wife whom she had met while visiting her farm to purchase fresh eggs.

Ms. Gray was busy tending her garden, her clothes were neatly hanging on the clothes line all in order and all the colors matched as the wind gently blew them.  The young wife could smell lunch was cooking through an open window.   Ms. Gray wore a apron to protect her clothes, while she was gathering vegetables from the garden to be canned. The little ones where on the front porch playing with kittens.

As she approached Ms. Gray in the garden, she spoke to her and asked "Do you have a minute to talk?"  Ms. Gray smile and said " Hello, it is so good to see you again, Is everything alright my dear?"  The young wife replied, "Yes, I was just wondering how do you keep your home so beautiful and your clothes out to dry before eight o'clock? "  "Isn't that lunch I smell coming through your kitchen window"? she added sweetly.

Ms. Gray arose from kneeling in the garden smile at the young wife, she invited the young wife to come into her kitchen to talk over a glass of lemonade.  Upon entering the house it was just as the young wife expected, beautiful flowers arranged in a vase on the table,  and wonderful smelling food was awaiting in a crock pot for lunch along with homemade bread, and pies were cooling on the counter-top.

Ms Gray watched the young wife gaze around her kitchen.  "Your home is so clean, I feel like a failure as a wife." stated the young wife as she took a sip of the lemonade.

Ms. Gray joined her at the table and said, " I used to be where you are today; I compared myself to others and could not keep up with them". she said sympathetically.  "It wasn't until I took it all to the Lord in prayer, and He showed me that I was doing it for the wrong reason.  That wrong reason made me feel like one miserable wife so much that I dreaded being home."

The young wife carefully listened as Ms. Gray continued.  "I found myself going into town or finding some where to go rather than to be at home attending to what I was blessed with.  My poor husband suffered from it greatly no breakfast in the morning, and supper was something I just tossed at him". she admitted sadly.

Ms. Gray looked out across the fields through the window and confessed,  "I learned one day on my knees that I was to please God and Him alone." The young wife listened as tears ran down her face.

Ms Gray refilled our lemonades as she continued sharing her heart, "I had learned that I was to serve the Lord in all areas of my life and that I was to serve Him with gladness even when I was cleaning my home or cooking meals.  He desires all the praise and all the glory in my every day life.   After many trips in prayer,  I soon learned how to care for my home and husband with a humble and joyful heart while serving my home for God."

The young wife left the little farmhouse feeling a load of guilt coming off her shoulders. That evening her home was glowing with candles and a song of praise was upon her heart.  She finally gave it all to the Lord and trusted that He would show her how to serve Him in her daily task with a joyful heart.

What is true worship in our daily lives? It is through our conduct, living a pure and holy life before Him, it is how we treat each other, and it is through the words we say. It is teaching our children of Him and it is when we take the time to pray and read. Its when we give to God and others. When we sing praises.  It is in our daily lives that we should give God the glory and praise. This worship is the highest worship until God.

Serving and pleasing God in this wonderful ministry that He has called each of us to do.

As I thought about writing on how to be a good wife. I wondered how could I share my heart with the ladies, I decided to write it out in a short story form. I hope you have enjoyed it. Be encourage ladies no matter your age.

I would love to hear from you.
Teresa

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Which One?

Besides the herb project that I have going on, 
I have another project that I am slowly working towards.

Do you remember this POST  where I thought the wall
behind my couch needed something? 
For starters, I no longer have that couch, we gave it to someone in need.

So, I am trying to decided which of the following two choices,
would look great behind my new couch that is a pale grey?

I love bouncing ideas off others.
Please vote which one do you like better!!

WHITE SHIPLAP?


OR

 WHITE BRICK?



THANK FOR VOTING!!!   Looks like it is going to be shiplap behind my couch!!!