Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tricks or Treats!

“…Your word is truth.”
~John 17:17b

Children dressed in costumeI’ve learned over the years the common saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But that’s not always the case when it comes to God. I think that often times we take the wisdom of this world and try to apply it God and most times it just doesn’t fit.

Sure, God has a specific way that He wants things done and if we don’t follow that way we will have to face the consequences. But we so often and easily forget the love of God.

God loves us so much that He sent His ONE AND ONLY SON down to earth to DIE to be the SACRIFICE for OUR SINS. Jesus did NOTHING wrong while He was here on this earth. The only reason that He WILLINGLY went to the cross was because of HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, Psalm 86:15)!

God isn’t sitting up there in Heaven waiting for us to trust Him completely only to let us down in the end. He is lovingly guiding us closer and closer to Him.

The Bible tells us over and over again that God is faithful. He keeps His promises. From the time we are little children we are told of the stories of Abraham and Moses.

“God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He not said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
~Numbers 23:19

God has proven His faithfulness over and over throughout the pages of Scripture. Even when the Israelites continually failed to obey Him He still loved them and led them to the land that He promised them. When Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it, God didn’t banish Him and turn away. He didn’t let Moses lead them into the promise land but He allowed Moses to lead them to the border and then God showed Moses the land that they would inherit.

Abraham and Sarah never had a child of their own. God suddenly appeared telling them that they would one day have a child of their own even though they were well past the age of having children. Sarah got impatient with God and made Abraham lie with her servant Hagar. God was disappointed with their actions and they did have some additional issues to work through but He didn’t suddenly change His mind and decide to not give them that child. He kept His word.

The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins He is faithful and will forgive us (1 John 1:9). He tells us that He has removed our sin as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Why then do we question His faithfulness in our own lives with our own sin struggles?

If we take a long hard at the Scriptures we will find within it’s pages a big God who can do huge things but who is also present with us in the small and mundane areas of our lives. He is faithful to guide us through this life and is with us every second.

God doesn’t trick His people. He loves them and leads them to himself.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings! (:

Hey Ya’ll! I hope that you’ve had a good week. Here’s a few blessings from the past week that I’d like to share with you.

1) The peach trees have arrived

Peach Trees_with textOne of the things that we loved (and the only thing we miss) at the old house is the fruit trees that we had planted. We had five trees in total; three peach and two pear. We worked together to plant them and enjoyed watching them grow and produce fruit.

Live Plants_with textSadly, this house didn’t have any fruit trees on the property when we bought it but it will tomorrow! 🙂 We ordered 5 peach trees and they came today! We plan on planting them tomorrow. I’m a lot more excited than I thought I’d be at the prospect. But, hey, it’ll only be few years and we’ll have some homegrown peaches!!

2) Exciting plans to look forward to in the coming weeks…

With the end of October being upon us (how did that happen?!?!?) that means that the holidays are just around the corner. And you know what that means? It means that there’s all sorts of fun and festive things to do around town. We have already started planning to attend a few free Christmas events in our area and consulting cookbooks for some new holiday recipes. I’m looking forward to enjoying this Holiday season and all of the festivity along the way!

I want to remind you that you don’t always have to spend loads and loads of money to enjoy this time of the year. Look for fun things that are free or low cost. Remember that memories and fun times with family can’t always be bought. Most times it is what you make it. If you determine that you’re going to have a good year and be festive with what you have then you will. (And most times, kids never remember the super expensive things that you do to celebrate. They often times remember the little things..)

3) A fire in the fireplace

fire in the fireplaceI am SO excited to report that we we’re finally able to have our first fire in the fireplace! I know that we’ve only had it for less than a year but I really don’t know how we didn’t have one sooner. The warmth and warm glow that it gives makes the Christmas season just a bit more cozy and the winter just a bit more bearable. I look forward to the time when we are able to have fires everyday! All that wood that we’ve been cutting over the summer has been worth it!!

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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Dressing Up?

Children's Halloween Costumes

Who knew I’d be a business woman 12 years later?!?

One of my favorite things about Halloween when I was little was deciding what to be. Who did I want to dress up as? Some years it was simple; a cowgirl, a hillbilly, or a witch. Other years it was a bit more complex; Cinderella, a business woman, or a clown.

Although I never really used masks for dress up I know many who did.

As I’ve grown older and more mature in Christ I’ve found that dressing up or putting on a mask isn’t just something little kids do for candy or in play. It’s something we all take with us into adulthood one way or another.

I’ve found that many of us hide behind masks in our everyday lives. Sometimes we are afraid of what others will think or say when we let the quirky or crazy parts of us show. Other times we tell others that we are “fine” even though our worlds may be falling apart. We are afraid of sharing our struggles or telling our story for fear of being labeled weak or judged. We aren’t always open with our faith in Christ because we are afraid of being labeled as something we’re  not or losing friends.

So, how do we get to the point that we can be ourselves in front of anyone we come into contact with? How do we get the boldness to be honest with ourselves and others and share our story? How do we become confident in all the quirky crazy parts of us?

The answers may seem simple but the actions that follow aren’t. It’s something that I’m still learning and working on myself. But here’s a few things we can do to gain the courage to take off the masks.

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” ~Genesis 3:27

I think that one of the first things we can do to remove the mask is to realize that we are made in the image of God. He created us just as we are (quirks, struggles, and crazy in all). And He has a plan for us and things that He wants us to do (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10). We need to remind ourselves that He knew us while we were still in the womb (Psalm 139) and that He loved us enough to send His Son down to earth to be the sacrifice for our sins so that we could live our lives close to God (John 3:16).

“Pray without ceasing” ~1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is one of those areas in my life that I long to get better at. But I think that if we actively search for God and are trying to continually honor Him in our everyday actions we will be more readily able to take off our masks. We will gain the confidence in Who He is and who we are in Him. One of the ways that we can do this is through prayer. God is always there and He listens to our prayers (Psalm 66:19). Sometimes taking just a second to utter a quick prayer forces us to refocus and reminds us that God is there, He loves us, and He wants us to show His love to others that need to be reminded that someone loves them.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:37

If we have put on Christ through baptism we have the Spirit of the Living God living inside of us. He helps us to live life here on earth like God wants us to. He shows us when we are wrong, helps us when we are weak, and helps us pray when we don’t know what to say (2 Timothy 3:16, Romans 8:26). Learning to recognize His voice and listen to His call will help us when we aren’t exactly sure what to do.

If we search for God and strive to act on the promises of His word we will gain the confidence to be who He made us to be quirks and all. It’s not an overnight process and it will be challenging at times; but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Apples…

As I think about Autumn one of the things that comes to mind is apples. Freshly picked apples, apple pie, apple butter, apple sauce and you can’t forget caramel apples and apple cider.

Girl holding appleOne of my favorite memories of this time of the year is when we went to a local fruit farm and picked a bushel or two of apples and then went home and made apple butter, apple sauce, and apple pie filling. It was a lot of fun to work together and see who was able to get the peel off in one piece (It wasn’t me…I have yet to be blessed with that level of hand eye coordination…).

As I was thinking about apples and all the yummy things associated with them I was reminded of the verses in the Bible that talk about us being the Apple of God’s eye.

Girl making pie“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings.”
~Psalm 17:8

Google defines the apple of my eye as “[Referring] to something or someone that one cherishes above all others…” Google defines cherish as to “protect and care for (someone) lovingly [and to] hold (something) dear.”

One of the synonyms for cherish is the word love. And you know what? God is LOVE (1 John 4:8). He loved us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to be the sacrifice that was needed so that we could live a life close to God.

“He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye”
~Deuteronomy 32:10

I love the way that this verse describes it. God found us in the dark wilderness of this world, encircled us in His love, taught us how to live a life pleasing to Him and keeps us as the apple of His eye. Cherishing us, loving us, and encouraging us as we continue on the journey toward our forever home in Heaven with Him.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Fall In Blessings

Hey ya’ll! How’s your Friday been? This week I’m gonna do something a little different. Fall is now in full swing and to celebrate I’d like to share a few of my favorite Fall In blessings.

1) Fall in a cup

pumpkin flavored coffee I’m one of those people that is ALL things pumpkin this time of the year. I love the pumpkin spice creamer in either hot chocolate or coffee. I also just discovered this pumpkin flavored tea. It seriously smells like Fall and tastes pretty good too. Trinity even liked the smell!

2) Fall in a Can

air freshenerWhile out shopping earlier this year we came across this air freshener that was pumpkin scented and decided to try it out–IT SMELLED AMAZING!!

3) Fall in a Bag

wax meltsYou know those wax warmers? We have several of those throughout the house and we melt various wax scents in them ( we call wax melts smelly good things). We keep a bag of all the various wax melts, once they get melted down so far, so that we can make candles.

The other day Mom went upstairs to put another used smelly good thing in the bag and realized that it smelled really really good. So, yes, I ran up a flight of stairs to sniff the bag of smelly good things and got a wonderful whiff of Fall. 😉

What are some of your favorite Fall In things this year? I’d love for you to share them below! As I mentioned earlier I LOVE all things Fall and would love to try some of them out! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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The Bonfires of Life…

Sparks and FireOne of my favorite things about Autumn is the chance to have a roaring bonfire. I love to watch the flames flicker and change, see the sparks fly and feel the warmth that it gives. And let’s not forget the s’mores!

As I was thinking about all those times we’ve had bonfires I got to thinking about life. How it’s not always in the good times that we grow. Usually we learn the most when we are tested, when we go through trials.

“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~1 Peter 1:7

See, just as gold is made finer through fire, so are we. The things that we go through teach us more about ourselves and the steady, true, and deep love of Christ.

“The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Psalm 12:6

The Bible is 100% truth. He always keeps His word (Deuteronomy 7:9). One of the things that He promises us time and time again is that He is with us and that He never leaves us–even in the fire.

The book of Daniel tells us about a man named Daniel and two of his friends. King Nebuchadnezzar had created a golden image. He then commanded the people that when they hear the music they were to worship the golden image that had been created. Whoever chose to disobey the command would be thrown into a fiery furnace, (Daniel 3:1-7).

Daniel and his friends (known also as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego) chose not to bow down and worship the king’s idols. Once the king was informed he warned them that if they didn’t bow down when they heard the music they would be thrown into the fiery furnace. Daniel and his friends responded in faith saying that “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18).

The king was angry with the men and commanded that the fire be made 700 times hotter than normal (Daniel 7:19). The men were then bound in their clothing and thrown into the fire. The fire was so hot it actually killed the men who took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to the fire (Daniel 3:23).

Once they were in the fire King Nebuchadnezzar noticed that the men were no longer bound and that there was a fourth man walking with them in “the form of the fourth is the the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25). The men survived that day and it was later decreed that no one say anything amiss about their God, (Daniel 3:29).

God didn’t abandon His children when they were thrown into the fire and He won’t abandon you! He goes with you and never leaves you. He is there in the hard things of life and the joyous times too. Trust that whatever you are going through God will use for good (Genesis 50:20). Hold on tight to His hand and let Him finish the work that He has started in you (Philippians 1:6).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Harvesting Our Spiritual Garden

Ripening SquashThis time of year is my favorite for many reasons. One of them being the harvest. We spend the vast majority of the year plotting, planting, weeding and caring for a garden. This time of the year is when we finally get to reap what we have sown.

We go out and gather all of the fresh produce and wash off all the dirt and grime. And then we begin the processing. Some choose to freeze their harvest but we love to can ours. We make all sorts of yummy things. Tomato juice, salsa, canned peaches, pie filling, apple sauce and pear sauce among others.

Thinking about our past years of gardening I was reminded of a Spiritual Garden that we need to be cultivating and harvesting as well

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
~Galatians 5:22-23a

When God enters into our lives He begins to change us to be more like Him. He takes the time to prepare the soil of our hearts to receive His Word. He plants the seed in our lives and works diligently to pull all of the weeds out. Those things in our lives that sneak up on us and wreck havoc if they go unchecked.

He then prunes us making us more fruitful. Challenging us to rely on Him more than we do others or even ourselves. Continually showing us that He is enough and that He is all that we really need in this life.

If we continually allow God to work and prune our Spiritual Garden we will have a bountiful harvest. Are we letting Him complete His work in us and receiving the nourishment that He offers through reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping with other Christians; and then sharing our harvest with others in need? Or are we just content to sit back and let our garden wilt away and die benefiting no one?

I encourage you to let God have His way with you. Let Him work in your garden.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Got Joy?

Flower Blooming amid dead twigs__WIth Text“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Do you ever let the little things get to you? Things like the cloudy weather, the sink full of dirty dishes, or the massive pile of dirty laundry that needs washed…

Do you ever wonder about those people SO full of Joy? Wonder how in the midst of this crazy chaotic life they have that much joy?

Do you ever feel guilty that you don’t seem to have that joy or do you feel that you have some how lost that joy. Maybe, it’s buried somewhere between the pile of socks that need folded and that list of never ending chores.

So, let me ask you one more question. How are we to find the missing piece of joy?

Realize the gift that we have been given

I think the first step to regaining this missing joy is to realize the gift that we have been given. In reality each day is a brand new chance to serve God better. His grace and mercy are renewed each day (Lamentations 3:22-23).We need to keep our eyes open for all of the little ways that God shows up and moves in our lives. Remember, He’s not just in the big things like we would expect (1 Kings 19:12).

 

“…I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
~John 10:10b

This life that we are living was not easily bought. It came at a high price. The cost of God’s one and only Son (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Realize that life is temporary

Sometimes amid the everyday things that need done each day we forget the simple truth that there’s SO much more to this life that we are living. Someday this life we know will end and eternity will begin. The only thing that ever lasts is the Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
~Isaiah 40:8

Remember that we work for more

These little tasks that we do day in and day out mean a whole lot more than we often think. Everything that we do is done to bring glory to God. (Matthew 5:13-16). We work for a higher purpose.

Joy is a choice. It is something that we choose to have each day. We choose to focus on the negative or those things which “are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Refueling…

Tall grasses surrounding pond“And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest’.”
~Exodus 33:14

Something that I am learning is that rest is essential. Not only do we need to make sure that we get enough sleep at night; it’s also equally important to do those things that replenish us.

In a world saturated with sadness, anger, hate, rage, and disaster it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. That’s why it’s SO important to take time to refuel. Walk away from the T.V. and put down the phone!

Find those things in your life right now that replenish you and MAKE time in your day (even if it’s only 15 minutes) to do them.

Don’t let Satan steal your joy! Draw near to God (the only source of true rest and joy). Resist the Devil and his evil schemes and he will flee (James 4:7).

In this crazy world, DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! Take some time each day and be ELECTRONIC FREE. (remember that it will be there when you get back) and fill yourself up. Spend some time with God, read a book, get outside. Do something, anything to break away from all the negativity the world continually throws at us! Get away for just a few minutes and rest!

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”
~Philippians 4:8

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings! (:

Happy Friday Ya’ll! How’s your week been? Here’s a few blessings from my week that I’d like to share with you.

1) Meeting John Godwin

Bailey Sue and family with Godwin1We recently had the opportunity to hear John Godwin (known as Godwin from the show “Duck Dynasty”) speak at a local church. It was really neat to hear his story and be encouraged by the things that he shared. We even got a duck call lesson! 🙂

2) The 1 year blogiversary

blog birthday1

I’m not a big cake eater so I celebrated with ice cream! (:

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Content In the Everyday. I have officially been doing this blog thing for an entire year–pretty crazy considering that I could never keep a journal as a child/teen. I am so thankful for this platform that I have been given and those of you that have encouraged me along the way! THANK YOU! I have grown a lot over the last year and am really excited to see where God leads me for year #2!

3) The support from my family

family support setting up1Something that I’ve realized recently is that I have been blessed with a big support system. From the start I have always had my parents rooting for me and instilling in me the truth that “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13). From the time I graduated high school  and started on this part of my journey my siblings have been a huge support. From taking time out of their school day to help me set up props for pictures or creating a “photographer’s stand” after a long day and even just corralling the dog outside at night so I can get pictures of the moon. My grandmother, an aunt, uncle and cousin (that I know of) read the early drafts of blog posts and encouraged me to keep going and refine the gift that God gave me.  I am immensely thankful that I have the strong support from my family and the encouragement that they give.

What are some of the blessings that you’ve noticed in your life this past week? Feel free to share them below! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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