Monthly Archives: August 2017

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

P.S. I’ve added a new design to my shop! You can view and purchase it here if you wish!

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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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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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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Happy Friday Ya’ll! I hope that you’ve had a good week . Here’s some of the blessings that I have noticed in my life this past week.

1) Getting Wood ready for winter

Stacked WoodThis week we’ve been cutting a lot of wood to get ready for the upcoming cooler temperatures. I can not tell you how excited I am for Fall. I am ready for jeans, sweaters, hoodies, bonfires and fires in the fireplace. It’s been a really good workout moving and stacking wood a couple of nights this past week. And it feels good to know that we are all working together for a common goal and that there is no job that is too small…All jobs are important.

2) Seeing Dreams Come True

Firefighter Bradley

2006 and 6 years old–2017 and 17 years old

Before each of us kids started Kindergarten we went though a program called “Passport to Safety”. The program taught kids the importance of stranger danger, when to call 911, and introduced us to first responders. One particular day was Firefighter day. Some of the local Firemen would come with their ambulances and firetrucks so that we could be somewhat familiar with them and not be scared of them. There was also a firefighter that put on all of his gear so that we could see what he looked like and in the event of a fire run to him and not away from him. This was Bradley’s favorite day (and my least favorite day–I still get a teeny bit creeped out by the ambulances.)

This week Bradley has had the opportunity to help out with the program. He went yesterday and got to put on all the gear (including the breathing apparatus for the very first time) and be that firefighter that the kids had to high five (and occasionally hug). Today he has the pleasure of being Sparky (who terrified him as a child). It’s really neat to see him come “full circle” if you will. From a star struck child loving the engines to a 17 year old that gets to dress up in all the real gear and be on the engine.

3) New Designs added

Owl Scarecrows Facebook Image for BlogIn preparation for Fall I have added a few new designs to my shop. You can view and purchase them here, here and here if you wish. I plan on adding more in the next couple of weeks so if you don’t see one you absolutely love just hang tight there’s more coming…

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 and be safe watching the eclipse Monday!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Satisfy Your Soul

Water FallDo you feel empty, unsatisfied, bored, or just like something is missing? Keep on reading and see just how to satisfy your starving soul.

I was reading in the book of Ecclesiastes recently and came across this that I’d like to share with you.

“All the labor of a man is for his mouth,
And yet the soul is not satisfied.”
~Ecclesiastes 6:7

As I’ve been reading the book of Ecclesiastes I’ve seen several very interesting, thought provoking passages within it’s pages. Although I’m a little over half way through the book (7:23), I think one of the biggest things I have learned is that without God, life has no meaning. “…Vanity of vanities, all is vanity…I perceived that this also is a grasping for the wind.” (1:2b and 1:17b).

I was reminded of Jesus’s own words in Matthew 4:4, “It is written ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” In order to survive on this earth we need more than just food, water, clothes, and a place to live. WE NEED JESUS! We need Jesus more than our basic everyday needs. “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips, I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12).

The world today likes to distract us and tell us that we don’t need God. But the reality is that we really do need God. The world says that although we may feel lousy right now we just need to get that new car, a bigger house or (Fill in the blank). There will always, always, always be something bigger and better out there. If we place our fulfillment in things we will NEVER BE SATISFIED.

So, how do we satisfy our starving souls? We don’t. No matter what we do, in and of ourselves we can never be satisfied. The only way that our souls can be satisfied is through spending time with God, reading and studying His word and prayer. That is the ONLY WAY OUR STARVING SOULS WILL BE FILLED.

 

“The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”
~Isaiah 58:11

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Hello and Welcome to your Friday! Here’s a few blessing from this past week.

1) Mind Mapping my Goals:

Mind Mapping My GoalsEarlier this week I decided to sit down and create a mind map listing all of my goals and dreams for each aspect of the business. And you know what? It was so invigorating. It was something that most business owners and bloggers suggest and something that I thought that I could just get by with a mental list. I was wrong. I found that getting it all out on paper gave me clarity by clearly and specifically defining my purpose, dreams, and goals.

2) Cooler Night Time Temperatures:

As I’ve said in earlier posts I LOVE Fall. So, I am very happy to report that although it’s not quite mid-August it has been much cooler in the evenings!! We are almost to the perfect bonfire weather! And hopefully it won’t be much longer until we are enjoying a fire in the wood burning stove!

3) A Day at the Farm:

Buckeye SundaeFeeding the GoatsLast Saturday we went to explore a local dairy farm and check out a car show that they were hosting. We looked around at all the old fashioned cars and fire trucks. After that we bought lunch and ice cream. Mom suggested that her and I split their “Buckeye Sundae”. I was a bit miffed at this suggestion but went along for the ride and boy was I thankful! The sundae was amazing! It was almost comparable to a “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup” in ice cream form. It was really rich and so good. I could have eaten the whole thing but I would’ve been sicker than a dog. Splitting it with Mom enabled me to enjoy it without being sick. Then we walked around some more and I got to feed some goats.

What were 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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Trusting Him to do His Part…

Oil LanternSomething that I have come to realize recently is that although I may know what the Bible says and where the verses are; I don’t have the faith and trust I need as a follower of Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 says that it is “impossible to please God without faith.” Faith is defined as a “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something” (Google definitions). Since the Fall of Man we as children of God have needed faith. Faith is a crucial part of being a Christian. In fact the word belief is defined as “trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something” (Google definitions).

So, in order to believe in God we have to have faith. “Faith in what?” you may be asking. Faith in God and His Word. God’s Word is truth (Psalm 119:160). The Devil tells us lies. Lies about ourselves, our relationships, and most importantly about God. He walks the earth looking for his victims (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8).

Instead of being another one of Satan’s victims we can be one of God’s victors! By believing God and trusting that His word is true for us and acting on that belief we can be changed from a victim to a victor! We can walk confidently along the path that God has chosen for our lives knowing that He is beside us each and every step of the way. Trusting that He will do His part and confidently doing ours–knowing that His grace is there to cover our every mistake.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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What are you thinking about?

Rose on a StumpI’ve been reading this book by Joyce Meyer that I just love. It’s called “Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life’s Challenges“. In one of the chapters I read recently she talked about being what you think and it made me think about what I think about…

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
~Proverbs 23:7

I was reminded of that little song Mom used to sing to us whenever she didn’t like what we were watching on T.V. or the music we were listening to. It went something like this:

“O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
There’s a Father up above
And He’s looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see”.

I’ve come to realize that my thoughts DIRECTLY effect my mood. If I’m thinking about the lies the Devil tries to get me to believe or worrying about the future my mood goes down hill very quickly. And it’s a battle to get it back on track again.

Something else that I have noticed is that what I do first thing in the morning also affects my mood. If I waste time scrolling through social media before my chores are done I feel really lousy the rest of the day. Why? Because I am am comparing my life to the lives of others instead of seeing all of the blessings God has given me.

“And now, dear bothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts 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

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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