Monthly Archives: February 2017

One Courageous Choice

“…And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ~Esther 4:14b

Children StudyingI was thinking recently about my parent’s choice to homeschool my sibblings and me and that decision reminded me of Queen Esther’s decision to save her and her people.

King Ahasuerus divorced Queen Vashti because she didn’t obey  his order. Then young virgins were brought to him so that he could pick a new queen. Esther, who was raised by her cousin Mordecai, was chosen as the new Queen. She was told by Mordecai not to reveal that she was a Jew to anyone.

After some time a decree went out by Haman, the King’s right hand man, stating that at a set time all the Jews would be annihilated. Mordicai then warns Esther and tells her that she must go to the King and beg him for her life and the lives of her people.

The thing was that if she approached the king without being summoned she could be killed. She decides to fast and pray for three days and asks that her people do the same. After the appointed time she went to the King…

You’ll have to read the book of Esther to know how it ends. (;

My point in sharing this is that because of Esther’s courageous choice lives were saved and changed forever.

Children walking down stairs

Going to school…

When my parents decided to pull us out of public school seven and half years ago, they only knew of one other homeschooloing family. But they knew that God called them to make this move and they trusted Him. We were very blessed to have a homeschooling mentor to help us get our feet wet in the begining.

Children eating breakfast

I had an attitude from day #1…

Because of their conviction and courageous choice, lives were forever changed. In fact this blog, my photography, and who I am today is a direct result of my years as a homeschooler. Mom and Dad knew that this was what they were called to do for our family and were not going to step back from the plate for any reason (including my-not-so-pleasant-attitude at the begining).

Children working on school work with their cat

Oreo evidently had some work to do too!

I share this with you for a couple of reasons. First, I want you to know that if you feel like God is calling you to do the impossible. Do it with all your heart. It’s not our job to figure out precisely how we should go foward because we know the One who knows the future.  The second reason that I share this with you is because every decision that you make is important. I just wanted you to know that today.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Our Daily Blessings

Happy Friday ya’ll! Here’s some of my daily blessings from this past week and a little hint at what’s coming next week…

country sunrise with a barnFeeling Caught Up

We have had a lot go on recently. Some days it doesn’t feel like we have really stopped since last June. This week has been different. Even though we still have chores to do and wood to cut it doesn’t feel like we are behind any more! It’s not really a routine per say it’s more of a slowdown–a normalcy and peacefulness to our days that wasn’t there before.

Seeing The Light

I wrote yesterday that it felt like I had been in a funk for quite a while and I finally figured out why. Last night I decided that I was putting my foot down–I was finally done making excuses. So this morning I finally really read my Bible and spent time in prayer. And it felt so good. I think that I really needed to spend time doing that. If I got nothing else done today I believe that I would have felt better just becasue I spent time in the Word and in prayer.

An Exciting Addition Coming Soon

For a few weeks now I have been wanting to expand this blog a little and incorporate some more fun based posts. I think that I have finally thought of a solution (with the help of Mom…seriously I have no idea where this blog would be without her brilliant ideas!) So, stay tuned…It’s coming very soon…(:

I hope that ya’ll had a great week! I’d love to hear some of the daily blessings from your life in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Maintenance on the Temple

“Or do not not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

~1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Exercise EquipmentI don’t know about you; but I find myself getting into a funk every so often and I decided to figure out why. So, I got to thinking and discovered that when I don’t take of myself I don’t feel right and get into a funk. Sounds pretty simple right?

I then thought about what I could do that would make me feel better and get out of this funk. I came up with three things that I’d like to share with you.

  1. Drinking enough water

I know, it sounds so simple but when I get down I really need to remember to drink more water. I have found that not drinking enough causes me to become very tired and irritable therefore I become more likely to waste time doing things that don’t matter and then get down emotionally.

2. Exercising regularly

Okay, let’s be honest here, I REALLY DON’T LIKE EXERCISE. But I have found that I feel better when I do a little exercise 3-5 days a week. Spending time exercising allows me to accomplish two things at once: I can be healthier and spend less time wasting time. It’s a win-win. Sure it’s not exactly fun and sometimes painful but in the end it’s worth it.

3. Being in the Bible and spending time with God

When I really get down I find that it’s mainly because I haven’t been spending enough time with God. Sometimes I wonder how in the world I am able to go days at time without really reading the Bible and talking to Him. Then I get overwhelmed by the fact that I can somehow live without communicating with Him and the Devil tries to convince me that I’ve been away too long or that there’s not enough time in the day to spend some with God.

But, you know what, the Devil is SO wrong.

He lives to make us feel like we are too far gone and that we can’t come back. We can come back to God anytime we want. The truth is that He waits patiently for us–and when we do come home He greets us like the father greets the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).

Figuring out why I slip into a funk makes me feel a little better because I can then change things up a little and with the help of God I can rise out of the pit.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Moving Forward in Prayer

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love that you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” ~Revelation 2:4-5

Bible notebook and writing pensHere lately I’ve been reminded that I need to go back in order to move foward. I’m finding that I keep trying to solve all of my problems without praying about them. I used to have a specific prayer time and would write out very specific requests andI kept seeing answers to even the smallest and somewhat insignificant prayers that I prayed.

Then life got really crazy and I fell off the wagon. I keep telling myself that I need to get back on but I keep failing to really set aside a time for prayer and Bible study. So, I am finally putting my foot down. 

After doing a little research I decided that my current approach was too overwhelming; so I’m chaging things up a bit. I went to the store and bought a bigger notebook that is divided into sections. Each day I’ll pray about specific topics. Then if I think about something stressful or conserning throughout the day I’ll pray about that then.

Why wait when we have Jesus interceding for us up in Heaven (Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34)?

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” ~1 John 5:14

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings

Well, it’s Friday; that means that it’s time for me to share some of this past week’s blessings. So, here we go…

1) A plan foward

I am getting close to being able to open my own online shop. With that being said there are still a few small “projects” that need to be completed before I can begin the set up process. This week I have been able to formulate a plan to complete most of these projects within a couple of weeks!

2) Farm Fresh Eggs

farm fresh eggsLast Saturday we deicded to make an outside work day. While working Dad started talking to our neighbors who own some chickens. We learned a little bit more about the area and they offered us a dozen eggs.We decided to save the eggs until the next Saturday because we usually have a big  breakfast; but we have plans for early tomorrow so we’re doing breakfast for dinner tonight! (:

3) Being reminded that it’s okay to fail

 I have the tendency to not want to do anything until I know that I can do it perfectlyWhen taking small steps I want to know that each step  I take is the right one and that I won’t mess up and ultimately fail. During a conversation today I was reminded that it is okay to fail. Failure is a part of this life. Not doing something just because I am afraid of failing isn’t accomplishing anything. I need to remember that even in failure there are lessons to be learned. Failure isn’t something to fear; it’s something to be embraced.

 4) Sunshine and Spring Temps

Although it’s only February we are slated to have some Spring like temperatures this weekend!! Today it’s been very sunny and according to the weather on my phone it’s 63° right now. I love sunny days. One of the things I like to do on nice days is to take a drive. I love riding in the car listening to the radio and thinking about life. I’ve been fortunate to be able to do that twice today. Yeah, we’ve made two different trips to the store because we keep forgetting to buy butter. (;

What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. I hope that ya’ll have a great weekend.

Until next time,

Bailey sue

 

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God’s Great Love…

Valentines FlowersWith today being Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a moment of your time to remind you of how much God loves you.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though prehaps for a good person one would dare to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

The great thing about God’s love is that it is unconditional. It’s not based on our preformance or how we look. God loves us just as we are. He sees us in light of what Jesus has done. In His eyes we are perfect.

God offered His love without requiring any love in return. He wants us to love Him back, but He gave us free will. He won’t force us to love Him. He wants us to love Him because that’s what we want–not what we were told.

Another thing about this love is that it never ends and it’s new every morning. God’s love for us is eternal. He will love us forever. Lamentations 3:22-23 also says that His love is “steadfast” and it “never ceases”. His sweet mercy is new every morning. (ESV)

This Valentine’s Day, let’s remember how much God really loves us!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Our Daily Blessings

Happy Saturday ya’ll! Here’s some of my daily blessings from this past week.

Snow

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I am very thankful that Southern Ohio got a couple inches of fluffy picture snow. I was very pleased with the way that most of the images turned out and very  thankful that God answered the prayer for snow and that He gave me another chance to take pictures of His creation.

A Step in the Right Direction

In an effort to start my own business I have had to really step outside of my comfort zone. I have read, watched videos, made phone calls, sent emails, and asked God for the wisdom to know the right steps to take. Recently I realized that I slightly overlooked an important step and immediately began to make the necssary contacts.  So, I sent an email out and waited for a response. Today, I recieved a response. I am going to be very honest: This was not the response I wanted to hear. It wasn’t negative, it just requires a little more time and effort on my part. Although I am frustrated at the waiting period required I know that this is the right path to take and am thankful to hear a response. At least it’s a step in the right direction.

The Challenges that Mold Us

I am thankful for these challenges that God has been giving me. Although they are irrating and annoying at times I know that He’s working on me. I am not a very patient person and I know that each of these challenges is intricately designed by a loving God who has the best plans in mind for my life. He sees the big puzzle and knows that in the end I will be more like Him. I just have to be patient and wait on His timing.

Water to Drink

Jar filled with waterOne of the really wierd things that I noticed while attending college is that most of the people I talked to forgot to eat!  When I was in school I would pack foods that I could eat one handed or on the move. So, I never fully understood how one forgot to eat. I, on the other hand, would always forget to drink enough water in a day. I just get busy and forget to take a drink. It got to the point where I was feeling very lightheaded and almost dizzy, and Mom and I then realized that I wasn’t drinking nearly enough water. This week I have been tired and sluggish. Part of this is due to a slight change in routine, but the majority of the problem is that I need to drink more. So, today I have been making a conscience effort to have a glass of water near me most of the time. I am very thankful that I have easy access to clean healthy water to drink.

I hope that y’all have a great weekend. If you live in a place that gets snow this time of the year I encourage you to get out there and just enjoy the beauty of the white snow (please make sure you bundle up first 🙂 What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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An Answered Prayer & A Snow Adventure

Snow Covered UmbrellaSo, as many of you know I blew it in early December. We had a beautiful picture perfect snow and I sat inside on the internet. I realized that I had missed an opportunity and decided that the next time we had a fluffy white snow I would go outside with my camera and get some usable pictures.

I then began praying for snow. Now, I didn’t mention this request every night but every now and then when I thought about it I would ask God for a nice picture snow. In all honesty I wasn’t so sure that He would answer this prayer the way that I wanted it answered. I thought that maybe since laziness is a deep struggle of mine He would let this be a lesson for me… But last night He did something that made me very happy.

He allowed just a little bit of snow to fall.

Now, we’re talking about just enough fluffy snow to cover the ground. In fact at first it began to fall as sleet. So, I thought that it wasn’t worth investigating; but when I got up to fix dinner I realized that it was in fact the snow that I had prayed for. I grabbed my camera and ran outside to start taking pictures.

I’d like to share a couple of my favorites with you. (:

Snow falling and a snow covered tree

And my personal favorite:

snow covered pinecone

I just want to let you know that God really does answer prayer. He opens and closes doors and provides opportunities that we don’t ask for just because He can. Our job is to be looking for His hands in our life and respond to these opportunities and doors that He opens.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Taking the Time…

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8a

Open Bible with pocket watch and flowersHow often do we take the time to really talk or spend time with Jesus? I have to be honest here: I’m not very good at this. I usually try to read a verse or two everyday; and end my nights with a short little prayer before I fall asleep. If I’m lucky.

I used to have a really good routine I’d wake up and pray and then do some sort of Bible study. Here lately, I’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit (or maybe a lot). I think that we as humans tend to trick oursleves into thinking that we can handle life on our own. It’s sort of a pride thing. How far can we go before we really need God?

The truth is we can’t do anything without Him; not even take a breath (Isaiah 42:5). God created humanity to need Him. We each have a God-sized hole in our hearts that can only HE can fill.

Spending time in prayer and reading His word is the only way that this hole can be filled. Nothing on this planet can ever come close to fulfilling us the way that God can. We need to give Him the chance to do what only He can.

How exactly do we give Him the chance to fill us up in the crazy life? We make time for Him. We carve out time that is just for spending with Him. Whatever time it is that works best for you–He’s waiting patiently for you. He wants to spend time with you. We put our foot down and QUIT making 1,000 excuses as to why we can’t do it and start remembering all the reasons we should be spending time with Jesus. Remember that being in the Presence of God is a privilege that Jesus died to give us.

Let’s start giving God a little bit of our time. The privilege wasn’t something that was easily won; it was a fight to the finish. He wants to hear from us–to share in each and every moment of our lives. Let’s invite Him in.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Hello Friends! Welcome to February! It seems so crazy to me that we are already in the second month of 2017. It’s going SO fast. I’m so thankful that even though it’s going by quickly I’m still finding several things to be thankful for. Here’s some from this past week:

1) Getting into a routine

We have finally mananged to get into some sort of a rountine!! *commence victory dance* I have finally figured out how to do everything that I need to do in a day in a somewhat timely manner!! I have been able to include a couple of more things into my routine that are better for me personally. I find that I am feeling better mentally because I am being more physical and accomplishing more in a day!

2) Being caught up on Laundry!

Okay this is like a major victory dance!! I am actually caught up on laundry, I mananged to do at least one load a day almost every day this week and finished the rest of it yesterday. (: I find that I’m not much of a goal setting person but this year I decided that I was going to try to stay caught up on laundry and although I haven’t been perfect I am making loads of progress. (;

3) A BIG milestone

For those of you that may be new around here I launched this blog October 5, 2016. That was almost four months ago! Today marks an important milestone: 50 Posts on the blog! Now I know that most people wait to celebrate until 100 posts or subscribers, but in all honesty; I don’t have a lot of patience. So, I figured that I could go ahead and celebrate 50 posts. Seriously though, 50 is a big number and considering I could never keep an updated journal as a child this is kind of impressive!

4) Snapping this picture

Tree shot through windowAs I mentioned in yesterday’s post I haven’t been the best with my camera. I don’t take nearly enough pictures; and usually end up creating excuses and talking myself out of practicing everyday. But yesterday, I was quite pleased when I snapped this image! I was even happier that I shot it in Aperture Prioirty Mode. This basically means that I had some control over the final image and didn’t let the camera do all the work. (:

I hope that ya’ll have had a good week! What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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