Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Heavenly Perspective

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith…”

~Hebrews 12:2a

path-in-the-woodsI was thinking recently about how we view the things around us and how important a proper perspective is in life. About how the right perspective can change everything if we let it.

 Life on earth is temporary

“As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” ~2 Cor. 4:18 (ESV)

In the midst of this crazy life I think we can easliy forget what is really important. The main reason that we are here on this earth is to bring glory to God (Col. 3:23-24). We are commanded to tell others about this God that we love and  serve and show them a better way to live (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 1:18-20). Every thing that we have on this earth will one day not be here. One day life on this planet will end and none of our stuff is going to matter (Mattew 24:35). What is going to matter is how we lived our lives. Did we love others as Jesus did? Did we make our relationships a priority or were we too worried about what was on the T.V.?

Having the right perspective doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a daily decision. Each day we must choose to see each moment as Jesus would. Finding the good and thanking God for the blessings that we take for granted.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Our Daily Blessings

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”

~Psalm 34:8a

bread-and-pumpkin-butter-with-decorated-pumpkin-cupThis week has been really good, the leaves are starting to really turn and the weather is following suit. Oddly enough it’s going to be in the 70’s most of next week, but hey, I’m not gonna compain because come mid January I’m probably going to wish for it to be this warm. (: Here’s three of this week’s Daily Blessings.

SOUP SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!!!(:

If you couldn’t tell by the heading I LOVE soup. It’s my go-to comfort food, especially when the days grow chilly and the nights cold I crave a hot bowl of soup. In all honesty, i’m not very picky about what kind of soup it is; and I have yet to meet one that I don’t like. This week was excellent for soup. We had chilli and bean soup earlier this week and we’re making taco soup for dinner. (: I’m always on the hunt for new soups to try, if you have a favorite I would love for you to share it in the comments below.

It’s cold enough for hot chocolate…

Sadly, i’m not much of a coffee drinker. Although I do like hot chocolate made with coffee instead of water or milk. I find that making it with coffee makes it less rich and I can feel less guilty adding coffee creamer. My favorite this time of year is the pumpkin spice. Are you a fan of all things pumpkin this time of the year?

Little touches of Fall…

Normally at this time of year the house is full of fall decor. This year we don’t have any decorations out due to moving, but we are determinded to enjoy the season despite our circumstances. We’ve bought apples, cider and pumpkin butter that give us a touch of Fall. Last weekend we took a walk around the nature preserve to enjoy the changing seasons, you can read about that here.

What are some of the blessings that you have experienced this past week? I’d love for you to share some of them below. I hope that you get out and enjoy the weather this weekend.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Are You Ready?

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

~Matthew 25:13

lighted-lanterns-and-candlesMost people attribute the parable of the 10 virgins recorded in Matthew 25:1-13 as the second comming of Christ and how we need to be ready.

Looking at these lanterns not only reminded me about the parable but also how we need to be ready in general–ready for good works (Eph 2:10), ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), ready to fight the spiritual forces (Eph. 6:12), and ready to aknowledge that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isa. 55:9).

Before we even listed our house we prayed that His will be done. We were super excited that our house sold in a week, we found one a week later and were set to close on both houses October 14 and be setting the new house up on October 24.

The morning of October 6 we lost the contract on the new house due to zoning issues. After about 10 minutes of informing family and me freaking out and getting angry we went into “survival” mode; looking online for places to rent that would accept two cats and one soon-to-be large dog for about a month. We also started looking at other houses and praying that we wouldn’t have to go to an extended stay hotel for what looked to be five weeks. 

God answered some really BIG prayers in the days following the lost contract. The new owners of this house were kind enough to let us rent it until November 27–the latest day we would be able to get into the new house. We found a house the weekend after the contract fell through that we love even more than the one we lost.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus.”

~Philippans 4:19

When we pray for God’s will be done it’s not always a stright line from Point A to Point B. In fact it’s RARELY EVER a stright line; but in the end His plan is SO much better for us (Eph. 2:20). We didn’t know that the house that we are going to move into was the one for us back in August when we started looking, but God did. He provided a house for us to hold us over until the one that was really meant for us came on the market. Over all this house is MUCH better suited for us than the other one. The house is in a much better location, the yard is fenced in for the dog, and it has two fireplaces instead of one!

We may not understand all the twists, turns, hills and valleys that God has us travel in this life but He calls us to trust in His plan. To be ready to aknowledge that He’s got this and that in the end we will be better.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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A Walk in the Woods

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

~Isaiah 30:21

three-people-walking-on-a-pathSince the leaves here in southern Ohio are really starting to turn we decided to get out and enjoy the beauty of God’s handywork. So, Saturday amid all the running around that we had to do we took the time to enjoy a walk in the woods.

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Bradley and Billie Jo taking the adventurous path…

There’s a really nice nature preserve down the road a little ways that we love to go to every so often. We even took a hike last Christmas Eve because it was so warm. I find that when I’m really stressed out and worried about life a walk out doors is very soothing. It relaxes me and it helps clear my head.

bridge-in-octoberThe same was true Saturday. And as a bonus it was really nice to pull the camera out and get some pictures!

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Please remember that no matter what’s going on in life sometimes it’s a good idea to take a llittle break and regroup. Even Jesus took a little alone time: “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.” ~Matthew 14:32

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

~1 Chronicles 16:34

Wow, I can’t believe that it’s almost Halloween. Time has really flown. Here’s a few of the daily blessings that I’ve noticed this past week.

1: Catching a squirrel in the act

squirrel-eating-tomato-at-tableWe decided to plant a salsa garden and some corn this past summer but noticed that the squirrels seem to be enjoying it more than we have. There were several eaten corn cobs under the tree and our picnic table was covered with little bits of tomato peel. They had been helping themselves to the corn and ended up eating every ear! We were shocked at their desire to have dinner at  the table. We had never managed to catch the naughty squirrels in the act until Tuesday. Billie Jo and I were headed outside to hang a load of laundry and she started banging on the window. I looked up and this little guy was eating a tomato while sitting at the table. (:

2: The inspection on the new house

We also had the new house inspected this week which means that we are one step closer to actually moving. Everything looks pretty good. I think that we’re just waiting on an appraisal and a closing date.

 3: Leaves changing

I love Fall! It’s my favorite time of the year. I love wearing the boots, sweaters, and sweatshirts! I love the fact that it’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s just right and oh-so-pretty! After a warm spell the weather has grown colder and I’ve noticed that the leaves are starting to change! I think it’s neat that we never know what color each of the trees is going to be but we know that in the end they’re going to be beautiful!

4: A game of catch with the family

The truth is I really don’t like sports-even a simple game of catch.  I don’t have very good aim and have to really think before I throw anything to make sure that it ends up somewhere near the inteneded recipient. But while Bradley was out grilling dinner the other day I decided to give it a try. Thankfully he was extremely patient and helped me learn how to throw the football a little better. As we kept playing (Daddy and Jojo joined us as well) I actually got a little better and I had a good time too! (:

What are some blessings you have noticed in your life this past week? I would love for you to share them in the comments bleow! Have a great weekend!!

Unitl next time,

Bailey Sue

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We Can’t Always Expect A Burning Bush

changing-leaves“…And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” ~ 1 Kings 19:12b

With all that has gone on in today’s world sometimes we can’t help but wonder where God is in all of this. We wonder why on earth would He allow such-and-such to happen. Or why He doesn’t just show up in a HUGE way and fix the problem. I mean, God created the world and He can read our minds why won’t He just change them so that the world is a better place?

I’m begining to think that His reasoning for this is very simple: Tust. So many times in the Bible God tells us that He’s in control and already knows how this entire thing is going to turn out. And I believe that in a way we do too. Things may be very stressful and scary and downright icky down here but we know that when all is said and done one day we will be in Heaven and see Jesus face to face.

Sure, sometimes God does show up in big ways. For example, two weeks ago we had NO idea where we were going to live. We actually had to be out of our house by the 24th. In that two weeks time God has shown us another house that we like even better than the one that we had and  allowed the owners of this house to let us rent it for a month until we can get occupency in the new house.

But I also think that God shows up more in the small ways. If you look hard enough He is indeed everywhere. From the changing leaves, the friendly smile on a bad day, and the endless other things in this life that we sometimes don’t even notice.

I know from experience that we can get so busy and so tired that we forget to look around. We enter into survival mode; going from one day to the other not really living just existing. Is that a good way to live? I don’t think so.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” ~John 10:10

Did you catch that? Jesus wants you to live an abundant life. He died so that we not only could live but, so that we could live well. Some synonyms for abundant include plentiful, ample and lavish. He doesn’t want us to live in fear of the future or sit around all day waiting for a huge neon sign from God declaring, “I’m Here!!”. He wants us to look for Him, to seek Him.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you…” ~Psalm 63:1a 

After all we can’t always expect a burning bush. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Mattew 7:7

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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You’re Worth More…

vanity-with-mums-and-open-bible” …You were ransomed…not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.”

~ 1 Peter 1:18a-19a (Emphesis mine)

I’ve done a little thinking lately about how the world views a person’s worth and how God determines a person’s worth. Society measures worth based on apperance. God measures worth based on the value that He has given you because you are His child.

If you read the Bible from front to back you will see woven in the pages a deep love. The Love that God has for His creation; His people. We as humans are the only part of His creation to be made in His image (Genesis 1:27). He gave us a free will. He didn’t have to–He chose to. God didn’t want us to love Him because we had to, but because we wanted to.

The world tells us that we aren’t good enough–that we have to look a certain way to be “liked”; But God tells us something very different: He says, “I made you, I know all about you. I love you. It’s not about how you look. I have made you worthy. There is nothing that you can do that will ever make me stop loving you.” (See Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:1-3, & 16, 1 Samuel 16:7, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39)

I know that sometimes it’s very hard to believe that. Satan wants us to doubt that we are worthy of a love as grand as God’s. 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan prowls around “looking for someone to devour.” Our goal is to stop him in his tracks. We need to recognize that he is on to us and begin to replace the thoughts that he has put into our head with the truth that is found in God’s word. Because God was tempted just like we are, He is able to help us conquer our temptations (Hebrews 2:18).

Don’t ever forget that God thinks you’re beautiful just the way you are. The way He made you to be. Don’t let anyone tell you anything less.

“You are all together beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”

~ Song of Solomon 4:7 

 Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings

“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift.”

~2 Corinthians 9:15

This week has been a whirlwind; but God has been busy as usual creating so many good things along the way. Here are some of this week’s daily blessings!

1: God working out the house fiasco:

Prehaps the thing that I am most thankful for this week is the solution that God has worked out for our house. We placed an offer on a house that was accepted Wednesday afternoon and yesterday we closed on this house. We originally had 10 days to be out of this one but thanks to the generosity of the new owner we are able to rent this house for thirty days! That means that we are able to move from house to house instead of staying at an extended stay hotel for five weeks!

2: Celebrating with dinner out:

Yesterday we were all on pins and needles so to speak waiting to see how the house fiasco would unfold. Once we found out that we were able to stay here we all felt 10  pounds lighter, extremely thankful, and very tired so we decided to go to out for dinner to celebrate. We even got to get dessert too! (:

3: Echos in the house:

After making memories and learning lesssons in this house for 14.5 years we all thought  that moving would be difficult. As we have begun paking everything but the bare neccessites we realized that the house is looking more like a house and less like home, and it’s starting to echo! :0 Even though there’s still a sense of sadness leaving someplace we’ve been for so long we are finding and learning that home isn’t the suff in between the walls it’s the people you share the walls with. (:

4: Playing with Trinity:

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Trinity Cream-the newest member of our family!

So, we’re getting a dog! One of the families at church have a dog that recently had puppies–9 of them to be exact. Because the puppy would be so young when we got it and we knew the family the dog was coming from we decided to take the plunge! Everyone, meet Trinity! We were able to go spend some time with her last night and love on her a little.

I hope that you all had a great week and were able to see some of the wonderful blessings that God has showered upon you and your family. I would love for you to share some of them in the comments below! Have a delightful weekend enjoying all that God has done!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Letting God Drive…

steering-wheel“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

In all honesty, I really don’t like driving. It scares the living daylights out of me. The fact that I tend to panic rather easily while driving is one of the reasons why at 20 I still don’t have my license.

Although I don’t like driving, I do like riding in a car. I guess that could be attributed to visiting extended family. The majority of my extended family is anywhere between 2 and 8 hours away. So, I’ve gotten used to long car trips.

As I was thinking about all that has been going on lately I realized a couple of things. The first thing that I’ve realized is that God is in control and arguing with God is pointless.

“The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” ~Isaiah 14:24 

Now, I admit that when I’m really worried about something and I read a verse like the one above it doesn’t make me feel any better. In fact, I am then convinced that my worst fears are going to come about. If that’s you right now, I ask that you take a deep, calming breath and read on because that’s not necessarily the case.

“…plans for welfare and not for evil…”~Jeremiah 29:11 

The second thing that I have learned is that God’s plans for me are GOOD. Psalm 86:15 says that God is “…Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. God loves us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He loves us like a parent loves their child  (see Isaiah 49:15-16). My parents have never wanted to harm me in anyway and God is the same way. He wants what is best for us. The best may not be easy or convient but it is the best for us.

“…They shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).” ~Matthew 1:23 

The third thing that I was reminded of is that Jesus’ very name states that He is with us. When Jesus was on the earth He was tempted by the Devil (see Matthew 4:1-11) and He remained victorous!! Hebrews 4:15 says that “…[We have] one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus has been here; He knows EXACTLY what life down here is like. Because of what Jesus has done on the earth we can share in HIS VICTORY.  1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The final thing that I have learned is that Jesus wants to take our burdens from us. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tells is to come to Him when we are burdened by life. We are told in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our burdens on Him becasue He cares for us,

So, when we don’t know where God is taking us we just need to sit back, trust in His Word and enjoy the ride knowing that whatever happens He will be right beside us and we will be better in the end.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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When God’s Plan Isn’t What We’d Like…

calendar-page“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

~Proverbs 19:21 

Throughout selling the house, house hunting, finding a house, the contract falling through, and house hunting again;  I’ve been learning a lot and my faith is being tested. Sometimes we need to tell our brains what to think. The Bible doesn’t ever once claim that after becoming a Christian life is a piece of cake. In fact, it states just the opposite. There are vairious verses that say we will be tested and tried. Life will be hard but the glorious thing is that no matter what happens God is there; and it is His plan that prevails. 

But you know what? We don’t always like His plan, do we? His plan isn’t always convient or fun. But His plan is good.  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts. neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” ~ Isaiah 55:9

God sees all things, Hebrews 4:13 says that nothing is hidden from His sight. God sees the big picture. The entire puzzle, the finished quilt. He knows what will be best for us. We as finate humans are not capable of thinking or seeing like He can. And I have to ask, how many of us, if we knew what was going to happen before it happened, would actually go through with it? I don’t know that I would.

 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” ~James 1:2-4

Trials and hard things in life mold us into who God wants us to be. Ultimately, we need to remember that everything that happens in this life is for God’s glory and our good.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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