Saturday Encouragement

Monday’s Musings always has some wonderful sites
to share. Here are some I want to pass on. Go and
visit them and tell them you got there from here.
From Living Life At Home, Jennifer shares some thoughts on
how to view frustration. She writes…
Frustration is something we all face from time to time. The question is, how do we respond? Do life’s trials make us bitter or better? Do they cause us to sink or soar?
It takes wisdom and maturity to swallow disappointment without complaint. Any two-year-old can throw a tantrum, but if we hope to do more than survivesetbacks — if we want to actually grow through them and profit from them — then we must learn healthier ways of handling                                                      hardships.
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Next, at Harvest Lane Cottage, Laura gives great suggestions
for being frugal around your home and in life. She shares..
Hard times are upon many of us.  I’ve been trying to Use it Up, 
Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without for several years now. 
Here are some of the things I’ve done.
Harvest Lane Cottage

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Finally, I want to share Keeping House’s way to waking up
45 minutes earlier. Janine tells us…

It is important to change your body’s rhythms – that will take at least 
one week.  The KEY is that you are changing your NIGHT rhythm while 
actively changing your MORNING wake-up rhythm. 

If you go to bed at midnight or later, your body gets less deep rest.  Every
 hour you are in bed before midnight is like TWO hours after midnight to your body. 

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Remember in April I will begin selecting one submitted
link to highlight the following week AND I will put their
logo, for one week, in my sidebar giving them some exposure.
So, be sure to link up.
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If you missed it…my series on NonToxic Cleaning
started this week. We began with laundry. Next week
we’ll focus on other cleaning products and other solutions
that are better for your family’s health and the environment.

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Lastly, coming Monday, we will host another guest post-er.
She is a delight and I KNOW you will appreciate what she
is going to share with you. Also, it will be another chance
for you to link up at Monday’s Musings. Be sure and stop back by.

Grace & Peace,
Naomi 

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Safe In the Arms of Jesus & Monday’s Musings #3

Today our guest post-er is my sweet friend, Abby, from 
I’m honored that Naomi would ask me to write a guest post for her lovely blog.
   I don’t remember exactly how I found Naomi’s blog, but when I “landed” here,
 time stood still and I became absorbed into it.   As I was reading, I clicked 
on the page about her baby Joseph Xavier, who passed at a very young age. 
My heart ached for this family, and the tears flowed as I read it.  
Naomi wrote:
While I was standing beside Joseph, telling him it was okay to 
stop fighting, reminding him that I loved him so very much, my 
oldest child leaned in and said to me “Mom, this is a win-win situation.” 
I looked at him and said “What do you mean?” He said “If Joseph 
gets better, he gets to come home. If he doesn’t, he gets to go Home.”  

It brought to mind a hymn titled Safe in the Arms of Jesus.  It was 
written by blind Hymn writer Fanny Crosby following the death 
of her only child, a baby.  Fanny was a famous hymn writer who
 lived from 1820-1915.  She wrote over 8,000 hymns, was blind from 
infancy, but never let it stop her from achieving.  Her mother and 
grandmother read to her from the Bible, and she committed much 
of it to memory.  It’s been said that she worked on as many as 
12 hymns or poems at a time before dictating them. 



Here are the lyrics to that hymn of comfort.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is over;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore. 

Fanny Crosby 1868


I’m sure Fanny couldn’t have imagined that the Lord would use this 
hymn over 100 years later to still bring comfort to those who are 
suffering the loss of a loved one. Years ago, early on in my first pregnancy
 I had a miscarriage.  I healed physically and emotionally and was later 
blessed with a beautiful baby girl, a mother now herself.  It wasn’t that
 long ago that I realized the baby that I “lost”, wasn’t just discarded.  
It was a life, a soul that went straight to the arms of Jesus and was safe. 
I believe without a shadow of a doubt that I will be reunited with this 
child someday – just as Fanny was with her child, and Naomi will be with hers. 
Thank you again Naomi for asking me to be your guest here today.  
I hope this hymn will bring comfort to those who need it. 


Abby 


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Thank you Abby for such a sweet post. If you have not had
a chance to learn this hymn by Franny Crosby, I encourage
you to do so. Its beautiful.

On Mondays, for the month of March, I am having fabulous
ladies guest post here at WJIM. Last week, it was Jacqueline
from Deep Roots At Home. This week it is Abby from Little
Birdie Blessings. I’ll keep you in suspense of who are the other
ladies but be sure they will tickle your fancy like Jacqueline and
Abby did. 
Then beginning in April, I will select one linked up post at
Monday’s Musings to feature the following Monday plus
place their blog logo in my sidebar for one week. So, be
sure to link up and share your posts. 
When you link up, be sure to place a text link or grab the
button below to link back. Thank you. Now….link up ladies!
I’m glad to have you here.
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On my side bar, you will see a link for our friend, Vincent. Vincent is a
childhood friend of our oldest son and he is battling a serious and rare
tumor called Jugular Foramen Schwannoma, which is found in only
 2% of  people. Please click on his picture and see how you can
help him afford his surgery scheduled March 27th. And please
keep him in prayer! Thank you.

Grace & Peace, 
Naomi

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Saturday Encouragement & A Laugh

For this Saturday’s encouragement, I am sharing two posts
from Monday’s Musings.


Janine at Odd Mommy Out shares how much God truly love us.
She writes…

I once had a vision. The image was of a left hand reached out with its palm facing up. Sitting in the palm’s cup, delicately secure , was my heart. Then the right hand reached over and covered the heart. The hands lightly clasped so the heart was mostly hidden from my sight. Then the hands gently started to press and release rhythmically, and my heart began to beat.  These were God’s hands, and only weeks after he first began knitting me together in my mother’s womb, he set my heart to beat.

Continue reading HERE.
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Teaching What Is Good
Next, Kate over at Teaching What Is Good shares good
words on training our children. She writes…

How many times do we find ourselves frustrated with our children? If we have young children who are into EVERYTHING, it may be more often than we care to admit. If we have older children who are struggling with hormones and wild emotional swings, it may be even MORE often than when they were young.

The reality is, when we get bugged with our children, it is usually because we have expectations for our lives that our children haveinterrupted. We wanted no arguing or we thought the house should stay tidy for an entire hour in a row or maybe we just wanted to have a nap FOR ONCE without being woken up with crying or something breaking!

Continue reading HERE.
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Now….the laugh.
If you are not familiar with Tim Hawkins then let

me introduce you to him.This tickled my tummy because even
though I don’t attend a charismatic church, we do have
hand raisers so I could enjoy this to the fullest. 
Have a laugh today! Its Saturday! 
Grace & Peace,
Naomi
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Gardening In Partial Shade

Today I have a special guest visiting. She is my precious
friend, Jacqueline. She is sharing her post on 
“Gardening In Partial Shade”. It has so much good
information and I know I’m looking forward to utilizing
her wisdom at my own home. Read on and enjoy. 
Gardening In Partial Shade, 
by Jacqueline at Deep Roots At Home.
lettuces in the shade of tomatoe plantsMost people imagine a vegetable garden as a spot that bakes in the sun all day. Now that is ideal for some vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash. These plants work hard to produce succulent fruit, large leaves, and sprawling vines, and need water, ample sunlight, and nutrients to grow. But what if you want to grow vegetables but don’t have a site like this “ideal” one where you live?
There are plenty of vegetables that will grow well without full sun, so for those who have some shade, you can grow vegetables, too.
Leafy vegetables require less sun because they don’t develop fruit or vines. These plants actually prefer cool temperatures and become bitter or develop seed heads (bolt) when temperatures soar. Leafy vegetables grow well in partial shade, especially in hot climates.
From all I understand, there is no vegetable that will grow in full, dense shade or where they have to compete with tree roots. But these LEAFY vegetables  will produce with four to six hours of sun per day, or fairly constant light dappled shade:
    • Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cilantro, spinach~ (See top photo ~ I plant to west of taller tomatoes or peppers. Notice the leaves that get more hot sun are slightly bleached in July/Aug, but we had it all summer.)
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Swiss Chard
    • Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale
    ROOT vegetables need more sun than leafy vegetables, usually about six or more hours of sun daily. Green beans, peas, and cabbages would also fall into this category.
    • Beets
    • Potatoes
    • Carrots
    • Parsnips 
    • Radishes 
    cabbage and lettuce starts in shade garden
    Some herbs are actually quite shade-tolerant. Members of the mint family fare particularly well, according to the University of Missouri website. Other herbs for shade include basil, sage, parsley, chives, coriander and tarragon.
    herbs that grow in partial shade, tarragon, basil sage, parsley, coriander, chives
    A good idea is to observe your proposed site through out the day and mark the limits of the shadows cast. It will also vary during the different times of the year as the sun sits higher or lower in the sky. A well-situated tree to the west of your garden can cast a cooling shadow after 3 or 4 PM in the hottest part of the summer. It might save water and extending the productive season for these veggies.
    shade and sun in the garden
    Warning: keep your garden away from walnut trees. They produce iodine which will stunt or kill vegetables and perennials.
    If you’re blessed to have an area with full sun that you can reserve for a vegetable garden, knowing which plants will take some shade will help you get the most out of your space. You can use that sunny space to grow only the sun-lovers: peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, tomatillos, corn, strawberries, rhubarb, potatoes, squashes and more.
    tomato flowers, buds, green tomatoes
    The other crops, those that do well in the shade, can be tucked in anywhere. A trick I use in intensive gardening is to plant lettuces and spinach to the east of a taller, more sun-loving plant such as okra or peppers or tomatoes, and thus they are shaded in the heat of the day.
    Grow some lettuce or radishes in a container or window box that only gets sun half the day. Make use of the space you have, in both sun and shade, and you can increase the amount of vegetables you would usually get.
    lettuces in pots, shady garden
    Having a partly-shady yard doesn’t mean you’re destined to go through the summer minus fresh garden vegetables. By making the most of what you have, you can harvest lettuces, peas, and other tasty veggies from spring through fall.
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    I hope you learned something new or more about shade
    gardening. I know I did. Thank you Jacqueline. Be sure to
    visit her at Deep Roots At Home.

    Today is also Monday’s Musings. I would LOVE! to have
    you share encouragement about being a child of God,
    being a wife, mothering and homeschooling. Truly anything
    that would encourage another is acceptable. On Saturday,
    I will pick a few posts to highlight. Help my blog along and
    share a post. Be sure to link back by using a text link or the
     logo below. Thank you for stopping by to visit.
    I’m glad you came.

    Grace & Peace,
    Naomi

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    Saturday Encouragement

    Its Saturday morning and I am on my way to dog
    training class with our sweet and loving Trixie. But
    I wanted to share with you some encouragement from
    my first link up party. 

    At Odd Mommy Out, Janine shares about the 
    “Lie We Tell All”. 

    “I don’t have time.” This might be the most common reason given for 
    why we say “no” to invitations, tasks, favors, etc. At the risk of angering 
    everyone who reads this, I’m proclaiming that this excuse is a complete 
    lie and should be taken out of our vocabulary. And this is why.




    If you’re feeling overwhelmed today, head over to Harvest 
    Lane Cottage. Laura shares a sweet reminder of where to find
    peace and rest.
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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    At Little Birdie Blessings, my sweet friend Abby shares her
    thoughts on spiritual vision.

    The scripture I chose this week is found in 
    1 Corinthian 13:12, and talks of looking into a glass/mirror.
      Mirrors were not always crystal clear like they are today.
      In Bible times, they were made from polished metals, 
    creating a vague image when looked into.  Paul, 
    the author of 1 Corinthians compares this verse to 
    our spiritual vision, which is dim, we don’t completely 
    understand it.

    Continue here for the rest of the article…


    At Deep Roots At Home, my dear friend Jacqueline shares
    about “The Deception of Marketing and Media”.


    “The average 3- to 10-year-old girl in the U.S. owns eight Barbies. 
    Only one percent of this group owns no Barbies. And every girl seems
     to go through similar stages with her Barbies — first, adoration, next, 
    ambivalence, and finally, rejection. By the time they’re in middle school, 
    most girls have either thrown out their Barbies or cut off their hair and 
    amputated multiple limbs. These aren’t just casual observations — a 
    2004 study observed that while young girls identify with Barbie, 10- to 14-year-olds 
    have distanced themselves from Barbie.” 
    This is according to Cognitive Daily, in 2006.

    The giveaway ends in one day. Go and enter.


    Grace & peace,
    Naomi







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