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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Hello everybody, welcome to your Friday! I hope that you have had a great week seeing all of the little ways that God has brightened your days. Here’s some of the blessings I’ve noticed this past week.

1) Our First Responders

I’m thankful that God gives everyone different strengths and weaknesses. The things that I can’t do or can’t do well someone else exceeds at. I’m thankful that God knows that we need all sorts of different people to do all sorts of different things. Monday was 9/11. A day that to thousands not in the United States of America is just another day. To Americans it’s a day that we will never forget. It’s the day that we were attacked for being that light on a hill–that place of freedom. Each year on the anniversary we remember. We remember loved ones that died. Those that sacrificed so that others could be saved from the smoke and fire. And we remember that even in the worst tragedies God is there with us and won’t let us face these hard things alone. I am beyond thankful that there are those willing to run into the fires while others are fleeing. I’m thankful for the sacrifice that they and their families make day after day and year after year so that we can all be kept safe.

2) The Fall decorations are out!!

Acorn PeopleAs many of you know I have been super excited and counting down the days until we can finally decorate for Fall. On Tuesday we pulled out all the decorations and put them around the house. We decided to decorate the outside Monday night because it was supposed to rain all day Tuesday. It didn’t take us long to put the decorations out but I LOVE it. The house looks all warm and cozy and festive. 🙂

3) THE BEAVER DAM IS GONE!!!

Beaver Dam Before and AfterSo remember earlier in the Spring when I mentioned the Beaver Dam and how we were working on getting rid of it? Well, good news! It’s GONE! I remember thinking that it would take us FOREVER to get rid of it but it really didn’t take that long. The days that we were outside cutting wood we would just pick up a pile of the Beaver Dam and throw it on the fire every so often. We even took down one of the smaller trees back in the corner.

As I think about the Beaver Dam being down I can think of three blessings–three things that I am thankful for.

  1. IT’S GONE! Now when we look out the sun room windows we don’t see a huge pile of sticks that need burned we can now dream and plan ways to use that space more effectively.
  2. Working together. It took all five of us working outside and working together to be able to finally get rid of it. Those memories of working together will last us a lifetime.
  3. Wood for Christmas. I know that it’s a little early to start thinking about Christmas but one of the things I have wanted to do Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is to have logs burned in the fireplace instead of the 4x4s or slats. Now, I know that all wood burns and provides heat but I just think having logs in the fireplace for Christmas would be very old fashioned and pretty. Since we took down a tree from the back corner we have 2018’s Christmas wood. 🙂 We even found a few small pieces that were stuck in the Beaver Dam that we can use this year!

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! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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The One Question you should be asking…

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
1 Corinthians 6:12

Yellow DaffodilIt’s a question that I was asked a lot growing up, a question that I now try to ask myself when I’m tempted to do something that isn’t in my best interest.

That question: Will this glorify God or not?

It’s a very simple question with very simple answers. Answers that we may not like. But answers that will bring us a whole lot more joy in the future.

WHY ARE WE HERE ON THIS EARTH?

This is yet another question that gets asked so often. Again, the answer is quite simple. We are here on this earth to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). The work that we do–no matter how simple, is to be done like we were going to give that completed project to God (Colossians 3:23).

It’s not about how much money can make or how big of impact can make. We live to shed light on One name and One name only. Jesus Christ. His Name is the only Name we should strive to place in lights. Now, this doesn’t mean that we should just replace our name with the Name of Jesus on every form we ever fill out. It means that we should allow God to work through us (Philippians 2:13). The way we live should be a direct arrow back to God.

THE FREEDOM WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN

We as God’s beloved creation have been given a great freedom. The freedom of choice. We can decide what it is we want to do and how we want to live. God being all powerful could have just made us do what He wants us to do. But, He didn’t. He gave us a choice. He lets us decide if we want to follow His plans for our lives. God is not going to just ignore the hopes, dreams and desires we have for our lives. He created us (Genesis 1:27). That means that He created those hopes, dreams and desires in us. He already knows that they are there. We have to trust that He is working in our lives and that His plans are there for our good. As we yield our will to His He gently changes our desires to be His desires.

Just because He gives us this power of free choice doesn’t mean that we should abuse it and sin all we want just because He offers us grace (Romans 6:1). We should try to stay away from sin and not willingly walk into temptation. But we should also know that it’s not impossible to sin. Just because we have committed our lives to Jesus doesn’t mean that we will never ever sin again. All humanity sins (Romans 3:32). But, the good news is that there is grace that Jesus died to give us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

So, lately when I’m tempted to make a decision that may not be the best for me at that time I have asked myself this one simple question. Will this bring glory to God? Answering this question honestly and acting on our answer will not be easily done. But, it will be better for us in the end.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Where are you looking??

Bible and computerI’ve realized recently that I’ve really been searching for contentment for years–I’ve just looked in all the wrong places.

I’ve looked to Social Media thinking that if I could just figure out a way to post more than I do I might just feel like I actually “do” something with my life.

—What I failed to realize is that life was happening right before my very eyes…I was just too blind to see it. Everyone’s life is different. Passions, desires, and convictions differ with each person. I kept trying to fit the mold of the crowd not remembering the simple truth that though I live in the world, I am not of it. I could NEVER fit in no matter how hard I tried.

I’ve looked to the social profiles of the famous thinking that just maybe one day I’d be able to meet some of these people whose work I have enjoyed. Hoping for that one social media post that would make me “somebody cool”.

—I failed to see that being “cool” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. They are people just like me with their good days, okay days, and down right ugly days. They have struggles just like I do and those struggles can be deep and ugly. Acting is just that, an act. A way to put food on the table. Most of the time the characters that we so deeply wish to be be like and admire are just fictional people brought to life by an author and a really good actor. They aren’t real. As much as we want and wish them to be–they’re fake.

I’ve tried living vicariously through those in viral videos and vlogs…thinking that maybe one day I could be like them. Have a relationship like they do with the same joys and trials and struggles that they have. Maybe some how seeing what they go through could prepare me for something similar.

—We can’t know the future. People are different and unique. The way that I see and process something may be vastly different than the way that you see and process that very same thing. Watching someone else go through it doesn’t mean that you will feel those exact same feelings the exact same way.

Over time I’ve realized a couple of things…

  1. I can’t in any way, shape, or form predict or create my future. I can’t make people just fall out of the sky and land into my life just when I want them to. That’s not up to me. That’s up to God. I have to trust the promises. The promises that He HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR MY LIFE (Jeremiah 29:11), hears EVERY PRAYER THAT I PRAY (1 John 5:15), that HE LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY (Romans 5:8) and that HIS GRACE EXTENDS TO ME TOO (Titus 2:11).
  2. Life won’t just fall in your lap. You can’t just wish and pray for things to get better or an attitude to change. You have to work for it. Change is a conscious decision. Trust me, not living vicariously through others lives and accepting your own life–the challenges, joys, strengths, and weaknesses you have been given IS NOT EASY; BUT IT IS WORTH IT IN THE END!

So, I ask you today, where are you searching for contentment? Are you looking to the amount of reactions or likes you get on your social media images or are you looking to the Only One who can give you true contentment?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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The Gift of Patience

Watches“For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you”
~John 13:15

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
~2 Peter 3:9

As I was researching for this post I came across these two verses and I got to thinking… While Jesus was on the earth He set us an example that we should follow (see 1 Peter 2:21-24). He showed us how to live and what is really important in life–loving God and loving our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-39).

God has shown us His patience in His Word. During the Exodus there were numerous times where the people grew impatient and wanted something NOW. They cried and complained against Moses and God heard their complaints and heeded their cries (Exodus 16:2-4). He is patient with us today–not wanting anyone to “perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

I have known for sometime now that patience is not one of my strong areas. I want something and I want it NOW–or as soon as possible. But God’s time-table is very different from our own. “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”–2 Peter 3:8.

See, the way that the world teaches us to think is so vastly different than how God wants us to think. The world tells us that if we don’t do this or have that by a certain age we are missing out and life is just passing us by. But friends, that is not the case. Life only passes you by when you don’t take advantage of the life you have been given. God’s plans for you are good (Jeremiah 29:11). You are His (1 Corinthians 3:23). Trust His promise to work all things for your good (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes God’s plans take time. He is patient with us; let’s be patient with Him and trust Him in all things (Proverbs 3:5-6). He’s got it covered.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Three Lessons I’ve Learned from Wood…

Stack of SkidsWe spent quite a bit of this past weekend cutting wood in preparation for winter. As we were cutting, moving, and stacking hundreds of wood pieces I was reminded how life is similar to wood. Here are a few of the important lessons I’ve learned from wood.

EVERY PIECE IS USABLE

Scrap Wood PiecesEvery piece of wood that we cut has a use. The small scraps we use in the fireplace on the weekends when we have more time to spend filling the fire box. Pieces that have nails we burn outside in the fire pit so as not to scuff and scratch the fireplace. 4×4’s are used along with the slats in the fireplace. The 4×4’s burn longer and are good to use during the night. Slats don’t burn quite as long but are good to stack in the fireplace and fill in some of those cracks.

As it is with life: NO HUMAN IS UNUSABLE! God can use anyone! He has specific plans for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10).

“The human body has many parts,but the many parts make up one whole body.”
~1 Corinthians 12:12

CUTTING MAKES IT EASIER TO USE

Chainsaw cutting WoodThe skids that we cut are big. Most of them are taller than me and too heavy for me to lift. Until the skids are cut into the various sizes they are way too big to fit into the fireplace. They can still be used just not for heat in the fireplace. Cutting them to size ensures that they can be used effectively for heating the house.

Sometimes we have to go through challenges and hardships so that we can be a better light for God (James 1:2-4, Matthew 5:14-16). We are clay in the hands of God. He is the Potter (Jeremiah 18:1-10 and Isaiah 64:8). God knows where the best place for our service to Him is. It is our job to allow him to complete His work in us and be willing to be used as He sees fit (Philippians 1:6).  When we make mistakes as we will (Romans 3:23) there is grace to cover every wrong. God can redeem even the worst mistakes that we make in life and turn them for our good (Romans 8:28, Genesis 50:20).

IT NEEDS TO BE STACKED ON A FIRM FOUNDATION

Large stack of WoodI’ve learned this one from experience. We had a stack of slats that ended up toppling over because it wasn’t stacked on a very firm foundation. It didn’t have support as it got taller and as a result it grew very wobbly and unsteady, eventually falling over.

Life can be the same way. If we don’t start with a firm foundation as we try to grow and reach new heights without the proper support we will eventually crumble.

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
~Matthew 4:24-27

Jesus and following His commands needs to be our foundation. That way when the storms do come we will be able to withstand them and grow from them.

One of the things I love about these lessons from wood is that these lessons were something that I was able to learn just by doing something I do often. What are some things that you do often that teach you spiritual lessons? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Hey Ya’ll! Welcome to September!(: Here’s a few of the blessings I’ve noticed this past week!

1) Hope in the midst of tragedy

Hurricane Harvey has brought devastation on so many people in the Houston, Texas area. But amid the tragedy there is HOPE. People are coming together to donate truck load after truck load of supplies. Others are donating their time and money to help these people who have lost everything. I’ve enjoyed watching the news coverage because it reminds that even though bad things happen there is still hope. People are still helping people. It encourages me to know that no matter how bad the world seems to have gotten in recent years there are still good people willing to love and help others the way Jesus would.

2) IT’S SEPTEMBER 1ST!!!

Okay Ya’ll I am so happy that it’s finally September! We all feel like we got a little jipped on celebrating Fall last year due to our move. But thankfully we have no plans of moving again in the near future and we can really savor this time of the year. I’m really looking forward to sweaters, boots, hoodies, and bonfires. Before we know it, it’ll be time to light the wood burning stove and curl up on the couch with a good movie and some hot cocoa!

3) Everything Pumpkin

Pumpkin Nut CookiesSpeaking of September 1st I am also very thankful that it once again is time for everything pumpkin! 🙂 Pumpkin Spice creamer, pumpkin nut cookies (which I’m making later today!) and pumpkin granola bars (which tasted really good by the way!) Are you a fan of all things pumpkin? If so, I’d love to hear what pumpkin-y things are your favorite–tell me in the comments below!

What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week  I’d love for you to share them below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Taking Life for Granted?

Swing hanging from treeI’ve been thinking a lot about the people of Texas…and how often I take things for granted. They say that you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone–and I think that that’s true. The people of Texas are in need of the basic necessities that most of of time we take for granted.

  • Clean clothes
  •  A hot meal
  • Fresh drinking water
  • A safe place to stay

How often is it that we don’t have clean clothes? We may say that we have nothing to wear, but is that really true? Sure, our favorite outfits may be in the laundry pile but is that really all we have? I know for some people this may be true, but most of us (myself included) have closets and draws filled with clean clothes. It’s so easy to wash laundry now-a-days. It used to be a project that took all day, and now we just have to dump some soap in the washer with the clothes and press a button. Presto! Clean clothes!

We often don’t think about the water that we drink do we? I know I don’t (unless the power is out!). We just go to the faucet and turn the knob and just like that there’s clean water that we can drink, cook with, and clean with.

This weekend is a long weekend for many of us. We usually use the weekend to squish in that last bit of Summer. Take that last vacation or just take it easy out back and grill some good food. Others get together with family and have a picnic.

This weekend the people of Texas Affected by Hurricane Harvey are going to be figuring out what to do now. They have lost almost everything and are just trying to survive the day and pick up the pieces. They won’t be taking that one last vacation, grilling out or going to that family picnic.

So, as we go about our Labor Day festivities this weekend let’s remember the people of Texas and thank God for even the smallest of blessings that He puts in our path.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
~Romans 12:15

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Dear Texas,

Rainbow touching earthDear Texas,

I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I want to share a few words of encouragement with you.

“When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you go through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.”
~Isaiah 43:2

HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU!

When I see images of the flooding that you all are experiencing I can’t help but think of Noah. Genesis 8:1 says that “God remembered Noah…”. I want you to know that God remembers you. He has NOT FORGOTTEN YOU. He promised way back in Genesis that He would never again flood the earth and destroy all of mankind. God created the rainbow as a symbol of His promise (see Genesis 9:13-16).

HE IS WITH YOU!

Not only has God not forgotten you. He is with you right where you are. Right in the middle of the mess! He has promised to “strengthen you and help you ” (Isaiah 41:10). Just because times get hard and life gets messy doesn’t mean that God will abandon you. In fact, He never leaves your side and is always, always there to provide what you need. He will never leave you and never forsake you. “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

So Texas, hang on.

I want to encourage you to never give up hope. Never give into despair. Remember that the God we serve is a God of hope (Romans 15:13).  Cling to the God of hope and the promises that He shares. Know that you have people in your corner. SO many people, including myself are continually praying for you. Know that God is working even if you can’t see it yet. Take note of the small blessings in each day–even the things that you used to take for granted. Mr. Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find those who are helping.'” God has not abandoned and He never will.

“…Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes in the morning.”
~Psalm 30:5

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Hey All! Congrats! You’ve made it to the last Friday in August. I don’t know about you but that little bit of news make me very happy. I can’t wait for Fall to officially arrive. Here’s a few blessings from this past week.

1) Getting to watch the Solar Eclipse

Although Ohio didn’t get to experience totality for this eclipse it still was really neat to see the news coverage of the places that did get to see totality.  We had about 89% coverage in this area of Ohio, you can read some of my thoughts about the Eclipse here. Where were you and what did you do for the Eclipse? I’d love for you to share below in the comments.

2) A French Manicure

My First French ManicureI have always loved long nails, however I can never seem to grow mine long enough. Recently I’ve been trying to grow them longer and was very pleased when I was finally able to do a French Manicure on my nails!

3) Building a File Cabinet Drawer

Building ProjectWithin the last couple of weeks I decided to get a file cabinet drawer to organize some of my files for the blog and business. I brought it home and attempted to put it together. It didn’t go as bad as I had feared. It took me a couple of hours to complete and I needed a little bit of assistance from Dad and Bradley and a touch of Gorilla Glue. I remember being so excited to have it put together and begin using it. However I was really happy  just being able to figure out where the pieces went and how they go together. I was not only pleased with the fact that I had gotten it done but also with the fact that I was able to do a lot of it myself. When it was complete I remember feeling a very strong sense of accomplishment; a sense of a job well done.

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! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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What Stifles Your Creativity?

Work and PleasureThere are many days that I LOVE what I do. Being able to share my thoughts with the world in hopes to bring them closer to God and encourage them in their individual walks with Him. However, there are other days that I’m just not feeling like doing much of anything. Some days I run into a really big snag, wake up on the wrong side of the bed, feel down, discouraged, or just plain tired and grumpy. As a result I end up spending the vast majority of my time on worthless things (Facebook, music videos, vlogs, etc.).

I used to think that the time that I spent doing these worthless activities was just something I had to get over. It wasn’t really that big of a deal. I just couldn’t do those activities before or during work hours. But I noticed something today. Those worthless activities, the time that was wasted doesn’t just effect my mood or my thought processes; it also ZAPS my creativity.

Sometimes I can get SO caught up in living other people’s lives that I just forget about my own. I become so caught up in their joys and stresses and become blinded to the blessings and joys of my own life. I’ve noticed that even on the days that these worthless activities are done in abundance; even at the “right times” still have the power to zap my creativity.

Now, what do I mean when I say that they zap my creativity? I mean, that it causes me to feel far from God and I spend less time with Him as a result. Therefore, I am running on empty most of the time and just surviving instead of thriving. God wants us to live an abundant life (John 10:10). He wants us to be aware of how He is working in our lives and ways that we can love Him and others better.

I used to think that I just needed to find myself some sort of hobby. Something that I enjoyed so much I wouldn’t want to spend time on worthless things. But if I sit down and really think, I have plenty of hobbies; cooking/baking, coloring, taking pictures, reading, and spending time outdoors just to name a few. Getting a new hobby won’t make the desire to waste time on worthless things go away. Sure, that desire may lessen for a while until the “newness” of the hobby wears off but eventually I’ll be back in the same boat.

So, what’s the solution?

Training our thoughts and replacing the worthless with the worthy.

As Children of God we are commanded to think on “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8). If something that we are spending  our time on doesn’t fit those qualities we need to reevaluate if that is something we should really be doing.

Life is not easy. It’s stressful, and sad, and there are just plain hard days. But we need to make sure that even in the midst of the crazy we are taking time to fill ourselves up with good things. Spending time with God and reading His Word, and spending our time on things that encourage us and lift us up, not things that stifle our gifts and creativity.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

 

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