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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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Once In A Lifetime…

Moon above tree

Yesterday is a day that many people won’t soon forget. The Solar Eclipse started it’s journey across America and several cities along it’s path experienced totality. For just a few minutes in the middle of the day, darkness fell over the land as the moon crossed over the sun. People flocked to these cities along the path of totality from all over the Nation to share in this phenomenon. Scientists were just as excited as the “average Joe” because they are now able to learn more about the sun.

This particular area in Ohio didn’t get to experience 100% totality, but we still got a show. We had about 89% coverage. And when we looked through the special glasses the sun looked like a sliver of moon.

As I watched the news coverage of thousands and thousands of people staring at the sky wide eyed–mouth opened I couldn’t help but think  about the One who created the sun and moon.

“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
~Genesis 1:16-18

I wonder what would happen if everyone got as excited about the Creator instead of His creation…

I think that sometimes we get so caught up in the “once in a lifetime” moments that we forget that God is the One who creates them. And you know what? “Once in a lifetime” moments happen EVERYDAY. We just have to be aware of our surroundings and be on the lookout for God each day. He’s always there, by your side, guiding you through each and every moment of every day.

“To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever–
The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.”
~Psalm 136:7-9

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Becoming the CEO…(:

2018 PlannerI have a confession to make. The Queen of Excuses has made another appearance and is refusing to leave. So, I’m making some changes.

For the past year or so I have been able to “slide by” with this job. I haven’t treated it like I would a job outside of the home. Time and effort have been given willingly to things that I know in the end will only bring me down. Opportunities have come and gone without so much as a glance up from my phone. Numerous discussions have taken place and plans have been made with very little follow through on my part.

But, it’s time for all of that to change. I have come way too far in the last 2 years to suddenly change course. I believe that this is something that God wants me to do–something that He has called me to do. Despite the challenges and struggles of this job–I find it very rewarding. Doing what I do has opened my eyes not only to the amazing God I serve; but continually reminds me how often I don’t have any bit of this life together and just how often I need to rely on Him. It has forced me to confront areas of weakness and address them despite the fact that I’d rather hide them in the corner and ignore their existence.

However, things are going to change around here–and change for the better.

The past couple of weeks I have realized that I need to get organized–and not in the way that you think. Sure there are physical things like paper work and mounds of images that need organized but something much more important needs an overhaul. My mind and attitude.

So, what exactly am I doing to change my attitude? I’ve given myself a title of CEO and a job description. I’m working to set hours and plan my days so that more of what needs to be done is done in a day. I’m beginning to  pray very diligently about my life and this business. Asking for God to lead me and provide direction and wisdom. I’m starting to really dig deeply into my Bible and learning more about God and what He wants me to do.

I don’t usually learn life lessons the easy way. For me it takes a lot of repetition and a good dose of conviction. But, I thank God that He has reminded me and convicted me and given me His grace to step into this opportunity more fully. I look forward to what He’s going to do in the future.

The adventure of life awaits. Are you ready?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Lessons Learned from a Bug…

Bug on Flower

A much prettier bug than those I encountered on Monday….

“It just won’t die!!”

We spent some of the past weekend doing work outside. One of my “jobs” was to move and stack some of the wood so that we could clean off the carport. As I was moving the wood I came across several creepy-crawl-y bugs. Now, I don’t mind the occasional ant or catapillar. But these bugs that I was encountering were rather large and icky looking.

I kept trying to step on them or smush them with my foot but since I am rather uncorrdinated it ended up being a warning stomp; and the bug would just scurry away. It really made me angry. It seemed that no matter what I tried the bugs just wouldn’t die!

As I was walking away thinking about this and trying to not get totally creeped out, I was reminded of the spiritual side of this story.

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.”
~Luke 12:4

I was reminded that we as Christians are very much like those bugs. The Devil can throw whatever he wants at us and it may kill us physically but it can’t kill us spiritually. We are alive on the inside–being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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A Thankful Heart

“O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
~1 Chronicles 16:34

Orange Lily in front of black backgroundI’ve been doing some work here on the backend of the blog. Along the way, I’ve been reading snippets of older posts and was reminded of the goodness of the God we serve. We are reminded over and over that God and His plans for us are good, but sometimes in the middle of this crazy life it’s hard to believe.

There seems to be so much sickness, sadness, and heartbreak in this world–and there is; but there’s also life, and hope, and joy–if we look for it. As I was reading these snippets, I saw that amid the hard things I faced, there was good. God was there leading me just as He promised.

I was thinking about the journey thus far: homeschooling, graduating, college, and researching and starting this blog. I was reminded how blessed I am to be given these oppertunities. Looking back, I realized that I’ve never heard the words, “You can’t do that!” or “That’s never going to work!”. I have always been shown love and encouragement. I’ve always been told things like, “Give it a try, what’s the worst that could happen?” or “I think you could really do this.”

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also have been doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

I’m very thankful for all of the support I’ve been given throughout this journey. The words of encouragement and guidence that have been spoken have carried me far. I am not on this journey alone. No one is alone on their journey. We each have God lovingly showing us the way along with  friends and family to  encourage us to keep up the fight and stay on the path that God has for us.

I would personally like to thank each and everyone that has helped me along the way. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, for liking, sharing and commenting on each of these posts, for offering a helping hand, for sharing your knowledge, and for giving me a chance to live my dream. Thank you! You are an encouragement to me!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Think Less; Dream More…

Butterfly on FlowerAfter I made some inquiries about the legalities of starting a business, I was told that I need to think less and dream more. I already knew that I have a tendency to overthink EVERYTHING. In talking to me for maybe 30 minutes tops this man knew exactly what I wanted. Everything set up and PERFECTLY alligned BEFORE I take the plunge into the business world.

He affirmed what I was already starting to figure out: I was letting the legalities of starting a business stop me from dreaming about what I could achieve.

Starting a business is hard work, but if you’re in it soley to make money you won’t be satisified. My success or failure isn’t determined by monetary gain or loss. My success is based on what Jesus did on the cross for me. He determines my worth not the amount of money in my bank account.

I encourage you to quit overthinking life. If you have been given a dream by God don’t let the legalities or fear of the unknown stop you in your tracks. Remember that He has NOT given you a spirit of fear, but one of power (I Timothy 1:7). He is with you in every step and will guide you in the way that He wants you to take.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Friday Ponderings…

DaffodilsHey Ya’ll!

Ususally on Friday’s I list about 3-5 blessings from the past week. This week I’m going to share something different with you. This is not to say that there weren’t blessings. There were. But there’s something special that I’d like to share with you.

Today was a different kind of day. One that has occoured far too often in the last few years. It was a day of discussions. We talked about various things. Things that I need to work on, where I want to go in life, and things we wish we knew sooner.

Through all of this I have come to a couple of conclusions.

  1. God wants us to find joy where we are in life NOW.

I know that I have said this probably a thousand times before but it’s something that I am still trying to learn. So often I wish that I knew how to do this or had that new thing or looked like that T.V. personality. Something that I am continuing to be reminded of is that everyone’s life is different. God has a very different plan for each of us. And that’s okay. The earth would be a very boring (and stressful) place if we were all identical. Our job is to find where God wants us to be and to live right there. In the here and now. Making the most of every opportunity that we have (Eph. 5:16). He wants us to be content right where we are. Finding our joy and confidence in Hiim alone.

2. God really does want us to pray about everything.

The truth is sometimes this seems crazy. There seem to be SO many people suffering in this world that need prayer. Why would I pray about this seemingly small thing that doesn’t really seem to be that big of a deal when people are facing life changing health scares, cancer, and surgery on a daily basis. And the truth is that God does want us to pray about those things and these people. But He also wants to hear from us. What is going on in our neck of the woods. The big and the small of OUR lives. Even if it doesn’t seem huge. He cares about what we care about. And the best thing is that He is willing and wants to help us right where we are. Right here. Right now.

 After all of these discussions I decided to let Trinity out to play. I loved on her some and was able to put her collar on her without her jumping on me (a VERY rare thing. I have hardly EVER put her collar on her). And then we took her outside to play. Our backyard is somewhat of a muddy mess right now but it felt amazing out there. I was in shorts and a t-shirt and was very comfortable.

Trinity loves to play with the soccer ball. So we played with that for a while. Once she began to get tired Bradley threw me the ball and told me to hold onto it until he got over there.

Not really a big deal. Until the ball goes into the briers. Long story short, my hair got stuck on one or two of the branches. That wasn’t a very pleasent experience but I was able to free myself rather quickly and avoid too much embarrassment. Afterward I grabbed my camera to take a few pictures.

Muddy Boots

One of the very muddy spots in the yard…

briers

I got my hair stuck in here…

I guess I tell you all of that to remind you to live your life and to pray about even the smallest things. God cares about you and for you (1 Peter 5:7). Don’t ever forget that.

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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Excuses, Excuses

“…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

~John 10:10b

No Excuses 2017I have realized that I am very good at making excuses. I can create an excuse to get out of almost anything that I don’t want to do. Creating a whole list of reasons why I should do something when in reality I should be doing something else is a trait that I have also mastered.

So, I have decided that 2017 will be the year of “No Excuses”.

Google defines the word excuse as “A reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.”

Luke 14:16-24 tells us of a man who set a great banquet. When the banquet was ready; he sent his servant out to let those whom he had invited know that the banquet was ready. But then each of them had some excuse as to why they couldn’t attend. The master then sent his servant out into the city two different times to invite the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.

This reminded me of John 10:10 where Jesus says that He came so that we can have an abundant life. And it made me wonder; how many of the times that I created an excuse did I actually miss out on living an abundant life?

A lot of the time that I make excuses, it’s because for one reason or another, I just don’t want to do it. Sometimes it’s because I’m tired,  in the middle of doing something or just downright lazy.

2016 was my year of excuses. 2017 will be my year of No excuses. Changing this will not be easy, but God promises that He will help us where we are weak and He gives us all that we need to serve Him (2 Corinthians 12:9a, 2 Peter 1:3).

All we have to do is ask God to help us in our weakness and He will (Psalm 22:19). I encourage you in this new year to not let anything stop you. Get out there and do what it is you know God is calling you to do. Quit making a never ending list of excuses and start relying on the God who gives you all that you need.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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We’re Home…

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

~Romans 12:12

Hey everybody! Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. We moved into the new house last week and finally got internet this morning. So, here I am!

With that being said, there is so much that I have learned from this process thus far. I’ve learned to really appreciate the little things that most of the time we take for granted. Last night was the first night in about 4 weeks that we actually had  a home cooked dinner on our glass dishes. Oh the joy! We weren’t even sure what we enjoyed more the food or eating off of real plates! (:

Even though there is still a lot of unpacking to do this house screams with potential. We as family love anything old fashioned or rustic and this house fits the decor perfectly. Right now I am sitting on the loveseat facing a paned glass window looking at the electrified lantern hanging in the corner listening to Christmas music from our new record/stereo/cassette/CD player (Our first gift of Christmas)!!

old-radio-and-hanging-oil-lanternI remember fearing the once we left the old house I would be unhappy here and want to go back, but I’m finding the opposite; I LOVE this house. And it really does feel like home.

We were worried about how our cats would adjust with the move and let me tell you: THEY LOVE IT HERE (At least they act like they have been here for a year not just a week.) We have a sun room and lots and lots of windows throughout the house and Calico loves to perch herself in the middle of  the stairs and look into the sunroom to get a view of all five windows at one time and have quick access to the Attic/Storage room if the puppy gets too excited.

oreo-and-calico“…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” –Isaiah 55:8

It has been a very long 3 1/2 months. Even though it was trying at times we knew that in the end it would all work out for the best. Through prayer we were able to have peace knowing that God had this all planned from the begining–that He wasn’t surprised by the house falling though. We learned that His plans really are bigger, better and higher than we could ever dream.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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