Monday’s Musings #266 & A Summer Reading List

A Summer Reading List & Monday's Musings #265 | What Joy Is MIne

It’s officially June and summer is almost here. It’s the perfect time to share some books to read. Some are on my reading list and some I am recommending that I have read. Now I am partial to a book in my hand while I get lost in what I am reading. But audio books serve a purpose too. Well, let’s get to it!

Books I am hoping to read this summer…

                    

So, I have five books I hope to get through. We shall see if I do. It’s very ambitious for me. I picked three faith building and two fictional. Since I am finishing up Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, I thought I would take on Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. There is something to be said for reading children’s literature as an adult. I am certainly enjoying Peter Pan and am so glad I decided to read it.

The Little Paris Book Shop I saw and skimmed in the book store. It sounded interesting so I am hoping it is a good read.

Here are some books I recommend…

                   

Summer time is the perfect time to take J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You will love the set! Bonhoeffer is a long book but a great summer read. I loved reading about Bonhoeffer’s love for the Lord. I am finishing up The Pursuit of God and learned so much from it. I didn’t list it but “The Imitation of Christ” by Tomas a Kempis is another awesome faith building read. I added in Peter Pan, of course, and The Lamplighter, both excellent fictional reads. If you desire, you can click on the book and it will take you to an opportunity to purchase it. Yes, they’re affiliate links.

So, what are you planning to read this summer?

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Monday's Musings #265 | 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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Monday’s Musings #265 & May Daybook

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Today is June 4th, 2017

The weather is partly cloudy, windy and warm. Expecting some rain but probably won’t get it. The clouds are not close enough to give us rain.

Life is good. I’m in a season of busyness but not too bad. It’s enough to keep my mind occupied but not overwhelmed. These seasons are good and serve a purpose as do all seasons of life we walk through.

We survived the theater production of “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Our children are involved in a local student-run theater group. I oversee the meals and snacks for tech week and the shows. It’s exhausting but I have fabulous help from involved parents and love being around these kids, ages 5-25. Our daughter was prop manager this show and our son helped with the backstage crew. Yes, it’s a family affair. As it ought to be, in my opinion.

My garden is finally planted. We are growing squash, cherry tomatoes, green beans, Anaheim chile peppers, green bell pepper, jalapeno, basil, lime basil, lavender and rosemary. I hope to add another lavender plant as well as thyme and chocolate mint. We also planted flowers in some pots and I can’t wait for them to bloom. Do you have a garden? What do you grow?

Summer is practically here. Do you travel? Do you spend days at the pool? Do you have a reading agenda? We keep our summers low key since we do most of our traveling in fall and spring. But this summer is proving to be busier than usual by filling up with graduations, baby showers, birthday celebrations, another theater production (in which our daughter is acting in this time), a 3 week visit from a family friend, and a few other things. We are hoping to get in some family tennis matches and view some new movie releases, too. Summer is not my favorite season due to the heat YET I love the family things we do close to home.

My craft project for the next couple of weeks is to finish a baby quilt for our pastor’s wife. She is expecting a baby girl so, of course, pink is overrunning my dining room table. I am excited to be quilting again. And I am even more excited to bless their baby girl with a pretty blanket. Do you quilt? Or make blankets?

Healthwise, I am enjoying my walks outside. I have to go earlier with the sun making it too warm to walk later. I am opting to listen to audio books while walking instead of music. I get to “read” books which is not always something I find time to do. What are you reading?

I am thankful for plants to nurture and grow, for birthdays to celebrate life, for the ability to learn something new and for tacos!

A favorite quote: “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.” (A.W. Tozer)

Here it is another week. Another Monday. Keep in mind that your smile looks good on you. Wear it boldly. And welcome back to another opportunity to encourage another. I am glad you’re here.

MMSpring2017

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 #264 & A Road Trip to Seattle

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Have you ever been to Seattle and seen its beauty? Last time you were here I mentioned that our family was taking a family road trip. Well, we decided to make the 22 hour drive to Seattle, Washington. “Crazy,” you say? No way!! Road trips are the best! Here’s how it went.

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We made the trip in 2 days, going and coming. Saw some incredible sights along the way including national treasures in each state we drove through. We drove through 5 states. Stayed at our first AirBnB. Saw the Space Needle but opted not to pay the costly charge to go up in it. Visited a beautiful marina at sunset and the waterfront. Walked through Pike Place Market which hosts the Gum Wall. (Ew gross.) Ate a meal at Ivers, which has delicious seafood. Can’t go to the coast and not have seafood. Hello? We also enjoyed a meal at The Spaghetti Factory where we had a pretty fascinating waiter. Won’t forget that guy.

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We saw the Snoqualmie Falls. (Just gorgeous.) We celebrated that we had no rain for four days out of the five we were there even though Seattle has had the most incredible amount of rainfall the past few months. I mean they broke a record folks! With all that, the best part of our trip was the time we spent with our sweet friends.

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Besides all of the things I listed above that we did together, we also bowled a couple of games, watched a Mariners game, saw “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2″ in recliner seats, had two fabulous games nights, ate tasty meals and snacks (our friend, John, makes the best Almond Roca and delicious popcorn), had great conversations, and truly enjoyed one another’s company. We are so thankful God worked out all the details so we could take this trip. Saying bye was hard but we hope to see one another again soon.

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I absolutely L.O.V.E. to travel with my family. But I needed a vacation from my vacation.

Our link up is back in action. I have missed reading your posts and look forward to what you will share this week.

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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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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 #262 & The Industrial Homemaker

The Industrious Homemaker & Monday's Musings #262 | What Joy Is Mine

The Proverbs 31 woman always seems daunting but she is not mentioned in the Word to intimidate us. She is there to encourage us in our roles as homemakers. A trait she urges us to take on is being industrious in life. “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.(Proverbs 31:27) There are two points to this verse: she is industrious (diligently tends to the needs of her home and family) and she is not idle (hard-working).

Industrious defined is “constantly, regularly or habitually occupied in business; opposed to slothful and idle.” Being an industrious woman means we map out with intention and determination a strategy to accomplish what we set out to do. It could be following through on a simple task like organizing a drawer or something more involved like home schooling our children or painting a room.

Being an industrious homemaker includes goal setting, laying out a plan then executing it until completion to the best of your ability. When we lay out our goals for the week then plan out how we will achieve those goals, we are enabling ourselves to be productive in our homemaking to the benefit of our family, our home and our sanity.

The industrious homemaker purposely schedules out her day so she is making good use of her time. She is not about wasting the hours scrambling about to get things done. Everything is orderly so there is a a game plan to follow. By doing this, she can successfully bring about her day’s agenda.

What she isn’t interested in is being idle in her day. As Matthew Henry puts it, “that when we have nothing to do the devil will soon find us something to do.” Idleness is the homemaker’s enemy. The homemaker that only puts off what must be done creates more work for her hands and opens the door for chaos in the home. Slothfulness does not bless our home or family. “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger,” it says in Proverbs 19.

The industrious homemaker strives to stay on top of things. Her objective is to take a look at her week and see what she would like to accomplish in it. However, the industrious homemaker gives herself grace if her planned agenda is interrupted. Having an agenda in place makes it easier to pick up where she left off or reschedule things to get back on track when she is able.

Now another great way to grow in this area is to find encouragement from others. And in just a few days, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will be available. I have purchased this bundle in the past and can tell you that it is worth the investment. The wealth of information is amazing and at your fingertips whenever you need it.  Topics covered will be creativity (can’t wait to share some awesome resources in this category), faith, finances, home, in the kitchen, intentional living, marriage, motherhood, organizing & systems, recipes, self care, and work & life balance. Stop by this week and see what I believe are some of the best products and bonuses of this bundle. I am excited its almost here!

Last week I was not able to get up the link up. I apologize. Life, all of sudden, got full. And isn’t slowing down until the middle of June. I missed not having you share and am excited about what you will link up this week. Well, let’s get it started!

MMSpring2017

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 #261 & Rise and Get the Worm

Rise and Get the Worm & Monday's Musings #261 | What Joy Is Mine

They say “the early bird gets the worm.” In other words, there is more success to be had by rising early. I am a firm believer in this fact. I used to be a night owl and in some ways I still am. However, I began seeing that I was missing out on precious hours that I could be doing more productive things than sleeping. So, I started to retrain my mind and body to rise early and not forfeit those morning hours.

Now there are good reasons why rising early is beneficial.

1. An earlier bed time. To rise early, we must make sure we are in bed early. This doesn’t mean we have to be in bed right after dinner, unless one requires 10 hours of sleep, which is not recommended. Yet we need to allow ourselves to get at least 7-8 hours of rest so that getting up early can be feasible. Plus, 7-8 hours of sleep is good for the mind and body.

2. The mind is clearer. Our minds are clearer because we give ourselves time to prepare for the day. In rising early, we have more time to get focused on the day’s agenda and begin tackling our to-do list in a orderly and more intentional way.

3. Skip the rushing. An early morning helps avoid rushing around. A late morning usually leads to us rushing to get our things done, which then leads to not accomplishing all of our tasks. Truly, no one likes to be rushing so an early morning puts an end to that.

4. Time for ourselves. An early morning opens up time for ourselves. This could be when we read and study our bible, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, exercise, journal or get in a nice shower. All done before the family awakes or we begin our day’s tasks.

5. Get things done early. When we start early, we finish early. It is a nice treat to have our agenda done in a timely fashion and early leaving us more free time to do other things we may enjoy more. For me, I like having the afternoon and evening for projects I want to tackle and more family time.

6. Enjoy the quiet of the day. Early mornings bring quiet moments. This is the time of the day where I, personally, get prayer in and just relish in the quiet of the day. I haven’t started my agenda yet and I love the quiet time to wake up and get focused.

So there it is. Early morning risers get the worm. They have a greater chance of success in accomplishing their day’s agenda. And let me be clear on this, early mornings don’t necessarily mean 4 a.m. wake up calls. My early morning is 7 a.m. with a 7-8 hour sleep. Find what works for you and put it into action.

Let me leave you with this example: Jesus was the perfect example of rising early in Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Jesus knew the importance of early quiet time with God to begin the day.

Another week is upon us and April is moving right along. What will you share today?

Monday's Musings #261 | 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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**Some photos on my blog are my own labeled NCPhotography. If any of my photos anywhere on my blog catch your eye, please email me for permission to use them in any way. I appreciate your cooperation in helping my photography stay protected and properly credited. Thank you. (photo credit)