Monday’s Musings #256 & February Daybook

February Daybook & Monday's Musings #256 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is March 5th, 2017.

The weather is cool because the wind blowing is chilly. It’s a high of 68 degrees but feels like 50 degrees.

The book I am reading “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, is one I am really enjoying. Some of you have probably read it but it is new to me. My book list is long so I am glad to be getting to this one.

A craft project I finished in two afternoons were these Mickey and Minnie pillows for the sofa in our Disneyland room. It was such a treat to be sewing again. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down at my sewing machine and made anything. I used to quilt a lot but have gotten away from it. Maybe I will be able to pick it up again.

A new skill I am learning is calligraphy and hand lettering. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I sometimes post my progress. Practice makes better and I can see growth each time I sit down to write. I love this new skill and look forward to the time I can sit and work on it.

I am looking forward to a visit from a friend of our family’s. He will be spending a week with us. We hope to show him some cool things about our city and state. But mostly, we are looking forward to our time with him.

Healthwise, I have been sticking to my workout regimen of cardio and strength training. Sometimes I have to push myself to get it done but when I’m finished, I love that I did something good for my health. With the weather warming up, going on walks is given. I  love walking for exercise!

A favorite pastime is antiquing. I love looking through old forgotten things. I have a favorite antique store I visit every few months. I spread out my visits so I see new things. I recently found a wingback chair I adored. I have been looking for a “new” chair for my sitting area in our bedroom. I was ready to be rid of the 11 year old chaise chair. A trip to my favorite antique store lead me to the chair that I’ve been waiting for. Here is a photo of the chair! I absolutely love it!!

I am watching Star Trek: The Next Generation series with our youngest son. Well, he’s over 20 years old but still the youngest of our two boys. We are presently in season 3 and moving right along. We usually will try to catch two or three episodes in a row if we can. Some episodes we’ve had to skip due to content but other than those we are enjoying the series. It’s been a long while since I’ve watched it.

I am grateful for time with my children, for this blog and all who visit, and for the ability to learn something new.

A favorite quote:God’s aim in all His doings of grace is to ‘hide pride from man'; to hinder boasting; to keep the sinner humble.” (Horatius Bonar)

Another link up is here. It humbles me to see how the Lord has grown this community. I appreciate you being here.

Monday's Musings #256 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #252 & January Daybook

January Daybook & Monday's Musings #252 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is January 29, 2017.

The weather is really nice. Not too cold and sunny. Supposed to have nice sunny weather all week.

I am presently enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. It’s the Lord’s Day and it ought to be restful. We’re watching a 1936 movie with our kids at the moment. Do you like old movies?

I finished my goal setting earlier this month. So far, I have been able to work toward some of them. I like to do a monthly check in to see where I am with each one. This helps me stay focused and intentional.

We have been tentatively planning our future trips. Planning early helps us afford it financially as well as encourage us to hold each detail in prayer. It is my prayer we get to do all we are hoping to.

Some of the books I am hoping to read this year are in my hands now. I am starting with “Does Grace Grow Best In Winter?” by Ligon Duncan. This book answers the questions: What is suffering for? What does it look like from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty? It looks like a quick read with, hopefully, a good message.

Our family bible time consists of two things. We are reading through the New Testament using this plan. We are also continuing our study through The Shorter Catechism using Training Hearts, Training Minds. We’re on question #42 this week. We often have good biblical discussion and I am loving this time with my kids.

I am excited about baseball season! With the Super Bowl this upcoming weekend, I am ready to close out football and watch some baseball. Do you like baseball? Do you have a favorite team?

Spring cleaning has begun in our home. I’ve tackled the master bath and my bookshelf in our bedroom. I’ve also begun to clean out and reorganize our pantry. I am excited to be making good progress in decluttering and reorganizing areas in our home. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to happen in spring friends.

At our church, we are starting up our community groups once more. We will be in a different group and are excited to see how God will grow us up in Him during our time together. It’s a blessing to fellowship with fellow believers.

I am grateful for a new year, for goals to work towards, for a God who hears my prayers, and for praise.

A favorite quote: My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #247 & December Daybook

December Daybook & Monday's Musings #247 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is December 25th, 2016. Christmas Day.

The weather is cold. And we woke up this morning with snow on the ground. Got a little white Christmas.

Our Christmas Eve was truly blessed. We spent the early evening worshiping at our church in a sweet service honoring the birth of our Savior and rejoicing with church family. Ended the evening with family, good food and conversation.

Christmas Day, we spent it with more family eating delicious food, playing games and laughing. I am always bummed when its over and all go home. It just seems to go by so fast.

I learned two new games today. A board game called “Let’s Have Church” and a card game called “Chaos.” Chaos had us laughing and requires much thinking. It was good times! Do you play games with your family?

New Years Day is around the corner. We don’t go out New Year’s Eve but instead enjoy an evening at home playing games, eating and counting down to midnight. New Year’s Day is our son’s birthday so we do remember him and his birth that day. We miss him.

A challenge I faced was standing in front of a crowd to lead a reading of scripture at church. I stumbled a bit but found my way. It’s one thing to read the scripture by myself in front of a crowd and another to lead and read with the crowd. It was out of my comfort zone but I am glad I did it.

One thing I love is old movies. I am fond of good movie making without CGI sometimes. Back then they relied on real acting and good storytelling to make the movie worth watching.

I am looking forward to having things settle down a bit. The holidays are always a busy season for us. Hopefully, as they pass, the days will become simpler and less stress-filled.

It is time to start looking ahead a bit. Time to start planning and goal setting for the new year. I am praying over this and asking God how He would have me redeem the time He has given me. Are you goal setting and planning for 2017?

I am thankful for family, for Posole, my study in 1 John and for the birth of Jesus.

Favorite quote:Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” (C.S. Lewis)

Can you believe we made to through another year of link ups? And this being our last one for 2016 ought to be as good as the rest. Thank you for faithfully linking up and being a wonderful presence here. What have you to share today?

Monday's Musings #247

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #245 & November Daybook

November Daybook & Monday's Musings #245 | What joy Is Mine

We are in the last month of 2016. Just saying that blows my mind. November came and went so quickly. Since I shared our vacation last week, I wasn’t able to share my November daybook. So that’s what we are doing this week!

Today is December 3rd, 2016

The weather is sunny and chilly. We had our pellet stove this morning to take the chill down a bit but its off now because the sun decided to make an appearance. What temps are you living with today?

Our vacation time in Disneyland was a such sweet trip. You can read about it HERE and HERE. Our kids really look forward to this particular trip each year and we start saving for it as soon as this month! God willing we can go next year, too.

Spiritually, I am now working through a study on 1 John by Susan Heck called, “With the Master:Before the Mirror of God’s Word.” So far it has been real good but I’m just getting started. And My daughter is doing with me.

Creatively, I plan to begin work on a jar quilt for my daughter this week. It is a jar quilt of things she has liked and does like. I know, you’re probably thinking nothing like starting late but I’m confident I can get it done before Christmas. I haven’t quilted in ages so I’m excited to be making a quilt again.

Our Thanksgiving was really nice. Had family over, ate good food and watched the Cowboys play ball. (P.S. They are having an exceptional season.) I love Thanksgiving and being with family.

Decorating our home for Christmas is done. I love the way our home looks when it is prepared for the season. Even better, I was able to go through and remove items that we no longer displayed and get them donated. Did you declutter your Christmas decorations?

Our family devotional for Christmas is Bonhoeffer’s book titled “God Is In the Manger: Reflections On Advent and Christmas.” We’ve read through this before and decided to go through it again. His book keeps your heart focused on Jesus. What are you doing for your family devotion time during this Christmas season?

Our church is having their first membership inductions this Sunday. For a church plant, this is exciting! We are a small church but God has shown Himself faithful to our church. It’s so humbling to see God moving. He is good!

My favorite Christmas movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Actually, its my favorite movie of all time. Do you have a favorite movie you watch this time of the year?

Looking ahead, this month on WJIM’s Facebook page, we are doing a 25 day mini scriptural study to know Christ better. Since we celebrate His birth this month, it’s a good study to help keep us focused on Him. I share names of Christ, scripture to support that name and a brief insight into the scripture. At the end, I will be offering FREE printable cards to keep us reflecting on Jesus throughout the year. I’ll even share a project to use with the printable.

I am grateful to be in good health, for family memories, for a good night’s rest, and for football.

A favorite quote:The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” (C.S. Lewis)

Another link up is upon us and I know you have great posts to share. Thank you for being a part of this community.

November Daybook | Monday's Musings #245

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #241 & October Daybook

October Daybook & Monday's Musings #241 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is November 6, 2016

The weather is hanging around 55 degrees. We have gotten some rain and overcast these last couple of days. As  matter of fact, we started up our pellet stove one day this last week! We love our pellet stove. Do you have a wood or pellet stove?

My favorite time of the year is upon us and I am making every effort to soak it in. I don’t want to miss a bit of it.

This past weekend we took a mini trip up to the Sacramento Mountains. As we drove up, we drove through some thick fog. Plus, the two days we were there it stayed foggy and drizzled/rain most of the time. However, it did not deter us or the rest of the people in attendance from having a blessed time. Almost all of my husband’s side of the family was there so we took a nice family photo to remember it by,

One of my favorite shows to watch on the weekend is The Kitchen. It airs on Saturday mornings on the Food Network channel. I love the recipes and the rapport between the hosts. We don’t have cable but get the channel through SlingTV, which is such an expensive choice to cable. Anyhow, if I miss a Saturday show, I can go back and watch it later. Thank you SlingTV.

I am finishing up a study in 1 Peter at a local church. It has been a wonderful study and I have gleaned some new insights into this book. The best part is my daughter did the study with me! I have absolutely loved that and growing spiritually with her! Are you doing a Bible study? What?

I am looking forward to our trip to California next week. Disneyland, the beach, friends to catch up with, and so much more. It’s such a precious get away time for our family. And it looks like we may have nice weather all week which makes everything more pleasurable, especially the beach. I can smell the salt water right now.

One of the best breakfasts I enjoy is my morning oats. You might be familiar with these. I simply take an 8 ounce jam jar and put 1/3 cup organic oats in it. I follow that with 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 tbsp. organic crunchy peanut, 1 tsp. PB2 powder, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp. raw unfiltered honey and shake well. Stick into the refrigerator before you go to bed. In the morning, take it out and give it a stir to mix in the peanut butter better then top it off with chopped bananas. Yu-uuu–umm!

I have a new book to read while we travel. It’s the book by Chip and Joanna Gaines called “The Magnolia Story.” Every now and then I enjoy reading books about real people. The Gaines host the show “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and are Christians. I hope its a good read.

A reminder to vote. If you haven’t already, please make time to vote. I don’t talk politics here at WJIM but I do believe in the power of the vote. It is a blessing to live where we can have some say.

A challenge this past week was holding my dog still while the groomer trimmed his nails. I literally had to put him a head lock and another worker had to hold his backside so that they could trim one paw! He was not having it I tell you. Oh my! But we made it through and now he has fancy trimmed nails.

I am thankful for decaf coffee on occasion, our pellet stove, the fog in the mountains, peanut butter and church.

Favorite quote: (From the movie, “Lord of the Rings.”)                                                                                     Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought. (Underline mine)

I hope you have had a great week. I know you have great stuff to share today. Thank you to everyone who shared with me their thoughts on the link up here each Monday. I am grateful I asked. You have given me much insight. And for now, we shall keep the link up going and we’ll reevaluate in the future. Now let’s get to this link up party!

Monday's Musings #241 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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