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Seeing as Christ Sees

It has been a while since my last post, but in this new year, I am vowing to get in shape both physically and spiritually in my relationship with God. And, as I commit to make the most out of 2013, in my quiet time this morning, I came across a quote from Marcel Proust, a French novelist –

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.

The contentment in our journeys is truly not about seeking earthly happiness, the peace and joy of our journeys truly comes from seeing our days through new eyes, the eyes of Christ.

For some of us this may mean that today, we simply ask God to reopen our eyes to Him, to His ways. For others, this may mean that we need to take the first step into a relationship with Christ.

No matter the case, we cannot find true contentment and peace without looking with Christ-like eyes.

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God HAS Equipped Us

Last weekend, I enjoyed an overnight getaway with girls from my Sunday School class. I am so thankful for this group of ladies. The last time I enjoyed true fellowship with a group of girls was during college (thanks Cathy, Joy & Angela). Through spending time in God’s Word, praying for one another, shopping, eating and laughing together, those girls became some of my greatest friends. As we all went our separate ways, I never found a group of girls that I could get together with in such a way as that. (I’m taking my lifelong girlfriends out of this mix because we have a unique relationship in itself.) So, all of that to say, I’m really thankful for a group of gals – some old friends, some recent friends and some brand new – to be able to grow with as I walk this journey.

After spending an evening eating, acting like teenagers on a scavenger hunt and creating our own Pinterest Prayer Journals, we took a few moments for a devotion to end the evening.

As you all know, God has been teaching me a lot about being a Proverbs 31 Wife, and my husband would quickly tell you that I still have A LOT to learn! This may be my lifelong journey.

I hope that God used me that night to share with the other gals their value. Perhaps, you are searching for your value, as well. In case, let me share what we shared that night.

As a wife and mom, what is your biggest struggle? What are your anxieties? What are your insecurities? What are your frustrations?

For me, my biggest struggle is taking care of my home. I’m terrible at managing the laundry (just committed my teenage cousin to helping me with it weekly) and keeping a tidy house.

As women, we sure do beat ourselves up a lot! We question and second-guess ourselves all the time. We compare ourselves to other moms and other families.

Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, 
   slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

  • If we want to follow God’s example, and He is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, why are we not compassionate with ourselves? Why do we get angry with ourselves? Why do we give up on ourselves?

Moms, we need to take time to focus on what we do right. God has blessed us with great skills and talents and qualities as wives and moms. God chose us to be the moms of our children!

So, what are 3 qualities or talents you have as a wife or mom? Share these by commenting below. 

For me, I am a planner. I am easy going. I am frugal. And, as my best friend talked about her strength, I must steal it for me, as well – I always think of Nathan and the kids before I make any decision. In my planning, I think of them from the moment I wake up until the moment I lay down at night. And, I would imagine that most of us moms share this strength.

As you share these qualities, do not feel as if you are boasting. This is a tangible way, to say out loud, how God has equipped us.

I challenged myself and the girls that evening to jot their strengths down in their prayer journals and to make notes during the week of times that they used their strengths. I challenge each of you to do the same.

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Frugal Girl – Finally Tried the Fabric Softener

So, after learning about the Fabric Softener concoction on Sunday, I re-washed the load yesterday and forgot to even put in the Fabric Softener, so I opted for the third try tonight. On the third try, I didn’t make it in the rinse cycle, so I didn’t figure it really counted. On the 4th try, I correctly added the homemade softener into the rinse cycle, immediately transported to the dryer after the wash was complete, and it was . . .

okay, just okay.

Our Fabulous Envelope System

All of that trying, only to discover that it is adequate when the Dave envelope is empty, but I still really prefer a great recommendation that came to me from my girlfriend, Niki – half a lid of my Snuggle filled to the rim with vinegar makes it go further, gets the clothes cleaner and aids in keeping the washer clean.

Did any of you ladies have a different opinion? Post if you tried the homemade softener. Do you like it, hate it or have another D.I.Y to make our laundry fresh and budget friendly?

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Frugal Girl (to be continued)

This is the first post to reveal I’m not super fabulous. There will be many more post like this to follow in the coming days and weeks. I always say that I need to write a book about the life of a “real” mom with 3 kids ages 4 and under.

WHOOPS!

I told you that I would let you know how the DIY Fabric Softener worked . . . well, I don’t know – I never got around to trying it today. That load of laundry that I was prepping for the new creation is still sitting in the washer, and yes, I know, this means that if I don’t get up now to unload the dryer and transfer the load from the washer into the dryer, I will have to rewash the load tomorrow because it won’t smell so pleasant.

This is the first installment of my transparency – I am terrible at keeping up with laundry! My dream would be to have someone do our laundry, iron it and put it away for me. I am even more certain that this is my husband’s dream. Hopefully, as I strive to be more of a Proverbs 31 Wife, I will be a better laundry attendant, as well. If that doesn’t work, we are

“living like no one else so that one day we will be able to live like no one else” (Dave Ramsey)

If I get around to trying out the new concoction tomorrow, I will post. In the meantime, let me know if you are first to try out our new product.

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Frugal Girl

So, we just ran out of fabric softener and the fabulous leather bound Dave Ramsey envelope system is also out of cash for cleaner, so what is a girl to do? We must have our clothes smelling fabulous, so I checked out my Frugal Girl friends for a DIY fabric softener fix. I’m trying it in my next load, and I will let you know if it passes the test . . . stay tuned. I have already been using half vinegar and half softener, so this may be even better!