Becoming a More Beautiful You

Becoming a More Beautiful You

Fall is here. We can now enjoy cooler weather, fun decorations, and leaves. Red leaves, brown leaves, orange leaves…falling leaves. Dead leaves that the trees are letting go of.


And these dead leaves are somehow beautiful. We fly and drive miles and miles away just to see some of the most beautiful trees that are letting their leaves go. It’s lovely to watch the trees so easily let the dead leaves fall and go; allowing something even greater to bloom in it’s place with spring.

Are you imagining yet what would be so beautiful in your life to allow to drop and let go?

What would make you a more beautiful you if you let that certain something…or someone…go?


Finding Joy Within Your Soul


In this very garden Jesus knelt down; his knees dirty from the soil below Him, and He prayed. His disciples were in his thoughts as He prayed, and His thoughts were with us as well. And He wanted to give them and us…joy.


“And now I am coming to You. I have told them many things while I was with them so that they would be filled with my joy.” (John 17:13)

Joy ~ the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.

Jesus told His disciples about truth. He told them what is right and pure.

In a world full of sin and hate and violence and bitterness, He offers a glimpse of what pure nature and nurture within people and this world are supposed to look like.

Jesus is exceptionally good and everything He speaks to us is exceptionally good.

We feel joy because of something good that has happened to us or within us, but this joy can be so fleeting because others let us down and we let ourselves down. Our circumstances let us down.

But Jesus? He stays good always. His words are good always.

So when people tell us we can find joy in God alone, it means we can think of His goodness and what He speaks is true. We can feel full of joy knowing there does exists constant good in this life, and it’s only found in Him…and we have access to this constant goodness by coming to Him through Jesus in prayer.

Just as Jesus came to Him in prayer on that dark night in that quiet garden.

Jesus also prayed these words, “And I consecrate myself to meet their need for growth in truth and holiness.” (John 17: 19)

He has dedicated His every being to help us grow. To become strong. To become confident. To live a life worth living in truth and holiness. His forgiveness covers us so we can constantly grow.

When searching for joy in your life, focus on God. Focus on knowing that He is full of perfect love, forgiveness, wisdom, strength, and loyalty like none you have ever seen before. Believe that this goodness exists in God and find joy knowing you have access to God and His goodness.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. (Psalm 63:5-7)

Veggie Lunch


Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share with us here recipe for a light and healthy Veggie Lunch.


For one serving, you will need –

fresh green beans
grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1-2 garlic gloves, minced
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste


Cook beans until tender.
Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in oil.
Add lemon juice, cooked beans, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings.
Toss to coat and enjoy!


You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

When You Need to Know What Love Looks Like in a Home


No matter what we have given in a day, it always seems there is more we could have done. We expect so much of ourselves…maybe our husbands and children expect too much of us too. After all, we are imperfect women giving the best of what our imperfections can possibly give. And somehow, that is not even enough…for ourselves…for others.

What is enough to God?

A man asked Jesus this same question once…what is enough to God? What one rule should overrule any other rule I follow?

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Everything that is enough to God hangs on these two guidelines: Love God and love others.

At the end of every day something probably could have gone better than it did. You could have said more…you should have said less. You could have had more energy…you should have felt less run down. You could have been there more for your husband…you should have been less cranky.

But we’re not talking about perfection. We’re talking about enough. And love, simply loving, is enough.

If you like checklists and if it helps to see what love looks like, maybe these guidelines for a loving home would help:

Rules for Love in a Home:
~ Watch and listen to decent t.v., movies, and music

~ Keep the home and ourselves clean and organized

~ Limit electronics

~ Spend money wisely

~ Treat each other with kindness and respect. Show appreciation for each other

~ Avoid quarrels, teasing, or gossip

~ Encourage each other with genuine support and motivation

~ Work hard at home, school, and activities

~ Relax with family and friends and enjoy each others company

~ Trust God. Children trust also parents

~ from Matthew 22


*Joining Women Living Well. We’re reading through the Bible together ~ stop by WLW to join a group of sisters reading God’s Word together.

Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Aunt J's spaghetti sauce

Finding a great spaghetti sauce recipe is hard work! Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to help us out with her Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe!

Aunt J’s Spicy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce
8 servings

1 pound spicy sausage (or ground beef)
1 pound regular sausage (or ground beef)
3 onions, chopped
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 14.5 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 12 ounce can tomato paste
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook sausage, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover; cook on low 8 to 9 hours. Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!


You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

Determination for a Good Marriage


You have gotten the kids to a million places today. Coordinated play dates, dr. appointments, and school activities through text and e-mail all day long. Your husband called, and yes, you remembered to pay that bill. He has to leave on another business trip so you’re making sure his clothes are washed and put away before he leaves. A quick kiss hello and an even quicker kiss goodbye, and he’s off to work again.

And in all the rush and noise you forget that you are one with your husband. That when you said “I do” you were really saying “I do commit to letting go of the idea of “me” and “yes” to the idea of “us”. Because together we are one now, so as he works and provides and as I nurture and manage the home and the children we are still connected…we are still one…as long as I remember this little truth: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

The beauty of this most intimate union of marriage is not that your flesh must always be close, because sometimes it simply can’t. Bills have to be paid, and work has to be done. No, the beauty isn’t in the flesh, but in the two hearts beating with determination to selflessly love the other heart…to care for that other heart…to nurture that other heart…to understand that other heart.

The very first man and wife made mistakes. They broke away from the blessed and right path. Together they walked where they should not have gone. Yet, God covered their shame, and they stayed…joined…together.

If God can do this for the marriage in sin, how much more can He do for the marriage determined to get it right as much as possible.

Be patient. Don’t nag. Stop complaining. Smile more. Give when you don’t want to give. Forgive. Emphasize with his struggles. Accept.

This is love. This is a heart determined to selflessly love. This is a woman testifying to the permanence God designed for this most intimate union.

Let anyone accept this who can.

~ from Matthew 19


*Joining Women Living Well. We’re reading through the Bible together ~ stop by WLW to join a group of sisters reading God’s Word together.

Sugarplum Hand Cream


Usually Mrs. H brings us a delicious new recipe, but this weekend she’s bringing us a different kind of recipe ~ Sugarplum Hand Cream! Makes a great gift or something fun for yourself.

Sugarplum Hand Cream
8 ounces of vitamin E cream
8 ounces of petroleum jelly
16 ounces of Johnson’s vanilla oatmeal baby lotion
1 drop of red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a mixer until combined.
Fill 4 ounce jars.

Recipe makes eight 4 ounce jars of lotion.

You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

Casa Ole’ Green Dip


Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her Casa Ole’ Green Dip with us!


4 avocados
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 (4 oz) can green chilis
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 oz cream cheese

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth using a blender or food processor.

You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.

The Responsibility of Parenthood

The Responsiblity of Parenthood

So, we all know the obvious ~ teach and model Christ to children. But kids, especially pre-teens and teenagers, have a mind set on being cool, fitting in, pop music, and wearing all the “right” name brand clothes. When you’re raising a young adult with raging hormones and obsessions with clothes, music, and friends it can seem like a constant battle to “win them over” to have an attitude of Christ.

The answer is to create a bubble. Don’t let your kids socialize with any other kids their age. Take away all t.v., music, and technology. Make them stare at the wall and recite scripture.

Just kidding.

The “world” is everywhere. You literally can’t even take your child out to get ice cream without hearing a song about all kinds of things you don’t want your child to hear about playing at the ice cream shop.

Here are a few suggestions on how to teach and model Christ to a child:

Guard yourself ~ Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves. (Deut. 4:9)

~ Guard yourself. Daily self-assess your thoughts and motives. Give yourself “heart checks.”

~ Listen to the Holy Spirit’s convictions. Are you too obsessed with clothes? Are you determined to socialize with the adult “popular” crowd at work on in the neighborhood? Do you fake nice and then tear people apart behind their backs? Pay attention to where the Holy Spirit is convicting and guiding you.

~ Check your motives and actions through your husband or a friend. So many times we think we’ve come up with a great decision or plan, but after running it through a trusted person we realize it wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

Tell them stories…so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren (Deut. 4:9)

~ Moses was telling the Israelites not to forget what they had seen God do for them when He rescued them from slavery. He told them to always tell their children and grandchildren their story.

You were once enslaved to something before Christ came into your heart and set you free. In fact, there are probably many areas where you were once enslaved but are now free. We too should always tell our stories to our children and grandchildren about what the Lord has done for us.

In order to tell our stories we must be vulnerable, open, and relate with our children. These stories of yours will stick more than a forced lesson. As your child tells you about an issue she’s struggling with, relate to her. Tell her how God helped you overcome a similar struggle you faced.

Watch for teachable moments. Don’t preach all the time. Simply share your stories and how God has helped you.

Assemble around God’s Word ~ The day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people before Me, and I will let them hear My words, so that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth and may instruct their children.’ (Deut. 4:10)

~ Assemble your children around God’s Word so they will hear His Words and learn to fear Him.

Take them to church and church activities.

Give back in your community together.

Have family time at night. Read the Bible together and pray as a family.

Occasionally give your child an index card with an uplifting scripture on it. Lay it on his/her desk or pillow for him/her to find.

Your children’s friends most likely won’t assemble them around God’s Word. The television won’t assemble your children around God’s Word. Even your pastor or youth minister can’t consistently assemble your children around His Word. It is the parent’s job to daily assemble their children around God’s Word.

Listen, my son. Accept my words,
and you will live many years.
I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.
Guard it, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:10-13

*What ways do you teach and model Christ to your children?

Farmhouse Hamburger Soup

hamburger soup bowl

Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her Farmhouse Hamburger Soup recipe, which is just about the perfect recipe right now since winter doesn’t seem to want to go away!

Farmhouse Hamburger Soup
8 servings

½ onion, chopped fine
1 pound ground beef
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
1 can green beans, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
2 potatoes, chopped
1 cup baby carrots
1 small can tomato sauce
2 cups chicken stock
salt to taste
lots of freshly ground black pepper
cheddar cheese, grated
sour cream
tobasco sauce

Cook onions in oil until tender; add ground beef and cook until beef is done. Place onions and beef in a large stock pot (or crock pot). Add tomatoes, corn, green beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and seasonings. Simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender. Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hrs. Top with cheese, sour cream and tabasco sauce to taste. Serve with cornbread and enjoy!

You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse and follower her on Facebook here.