Monday, 12 November 2018

Homemaking Mondays: A Quiet Place of Rest


Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a bit about a quiet time in my home.  
Above is my living room.  It's an older picture...there are lace curtains now and a new small table under the window by my husband's chair.  It gives you an idea though.  

There are moments in a home that are so special you sear them into your memory.  
I had one of those moments last night.  
In our living room...the family gathered just spending time together for no other reason then just to be together.  My girls and I each crocheting our own projects.  My youngest son snuggled in a blanket up against me on the couch.  My oldest son driving a truck on his Dad's back..and then falling asleep on his legs.  My husband sleeping quietly.  Then our dog laying on her bed all content.  
Peace . Quiet . Togetherness . Precious .

These are special times and I am blessed to have them often in my home.  
No outside distractions to pull us away from each other's company. 
We have our evenings mostly quiet and at home.  
We have our family Bible time each night before the kids go to bed. 
We take time away from the computers and chores to just be together.  
It is one of my favourite times, and often gives me pause to thank the Lord for His abundant goodness to me.  At that moment I have all that I ever wanted.  
A home and family full of the Word of God and His blessings.  

Do you ever get carried away by busyness?  Into the evenings?  Into planning things for the evenings?  Perhaps planning for quiet evenings at home would be an idea.  
Just shut down the distractions and gather in the same room.  
I am often surprised at the conversations that come about. The sewing/ crocheting that we share, the board games or other quiet games that are started.  Sometimes there is quiet music, sometimes we make our own.  Sometimes there are books/scriptures read and shared.  Just being together in one room has a special comfort to it.  A blessing of family. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Monday, 5 November 2018

Homemaking Mondays: Unfeigned Faith


2 Timothy 1:5
"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."

When I read this verse it gives me cause to pause.  
What do others remember of us?  Do they see and remember unfeigned faith in us? 

UNFEIGNEDadjective Not feigned; not counterfeit; not hypocritical; real; sincere; as unfeigned piety to God; unfeigned love to man. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

Do they see our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?  
Is our faith alive and growing? Is it shared with those we know and meet?
Paul says this of Timothy...but what he says next really stirs me.  

Which dwelt first (speaking of the unfeigned faith) in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice. Two godly women in his life.  It is very apparent that they didn't keep their faith to themselves. It does not mention who was saved first, the grandmother or the mother, but they both had the same faith in the Lord Jesus.  
They obviously shared this faith with Timothy.  What a testimony to the love of God in bringing saving faith to their child.  
It stirs me to share more and more with my children.  
To talk with them about the Lord Jesus "in the way".  

I encourage you to read Luke chapter 24: 13-32 regarding two men that were walking in the way...talking about what had just happened concerning the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  Jesus joined them (although they did not perceive it was him).  When He saw that they were not understanding, he brought them to understanding through His word!  Not just talking about things, but going back to what was already written in scripture. 
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:27b

Ought we not do this also?  In our regular everyday comings and goings..should we not be talking about the Lord Jesus with our children? Telling them of the great things the Lord has done, and taking them to the scriptures as the Lord Jesus gave us example?  
 Luke 24:32
"And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"

It does not need to be an intense in depth study each time.  It can just be proclaiming the scriptures to them.  As we do things as simple as washing the dishes or laundry.  Talking about the Lord Jesus and how he washes away sin when you repent and believe on the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin.  When disciplining our children, explaining to them why something is wrong, and what the Lord says about it.  Take them to the scriptures for them to read it for themselves...so they know it's not just you saying something...but that they hear it from the Lord himself.  For the Bible is God's word!  That is how He speaks to us today, through the written word.  Do our hearts burn within us when we delve into the Truth written in the pages of our Bibles?

Persuaded in thee also.  Knowing the faith of the mothers...it is evident that Timothy was also holding to that same faith.  Can we say that about our children?  We have such a ministry in our own homes for the Lord.  
The Lord can save our children and use them for His glory! 


Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Winter Has Begun


Winter has begun here in our part of the world.  
The snow has come and it's cold enough to stay.  

We got one big dump (well for us in a semi arid area). :)  I know it's laughable to some. 
From then we have had lovely snow flurries. 
The big fluffy snowflakes wandering aimlessly down.  
A very quieting time watching them. 


Our dog loves to play with the squirrels.  They are all very used to her...and know she won't hurt them.  Sophie doesn't bite them, but sometimes she does catch them and then let them go. 
In the above picture you can see the squirrel under the tree in it's stash watching Sophie who is eyeing him to. 


We have put out our feeders as the bears have hopefully, gone to sleep for the winter.  
We call them the feeders as the birds and squirrels both use them.  
We at this  point have the resident squirrels, grey jays, and chickadees around.  
I hope the pine grosbeaks and red poles come back. 
We have a mealworm farm for our leopard gecko, and when we have too many worms we give them to the birds as well. 
We don't have feeders in the summer due to the bears that are around.  We share our area with about 6-8 bears depending on the season.  We don't want to encourage them to hang around our yard.  
Walking through is ok, but visiting isn't. 


As the weather gets colder and colder, I am enjoying crocheting more.  
I am working on a new shawl made with wool that is from Carstairs, Alberta.  
It's really nice wool.  It will be nice and warm.  
I'll share the finished shawl and pattern later.

Many  look at winter with sadness, but I love winter to.  It's a time when you can do things that are different like snowshoeing, skating, sliding, sparklers....and so much more.  Here with the winter comes lots of darkness. It's hard at times, but it's wonderful to now see the stars and moon that are not visible through the long Yukon summer light.  I always look forward to the northern lights.  
I was blessed to get a new pair of snow pants this year so being outside will be more comfortable. 

Every season has it's blessings and beauty. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer



Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Approved Unto God


Homemaking Mondays: Approved Unto God

As we've been going through some passages in Titus, Timothy, and Proverbs...a reoccurring theme has come up.  That is our focus needs not be ourselves, or our families, or our homes.  Our focus needs to be the Lord Jesus Christ.  

We can do all what we can, and then one day we'll burn out because we are attempting to create a home without the Lord being the focus.  We need to seek out His company,  His direction, and His strength to be good homemakers.  
We find lessons all through scripture and we need to study things out to know the truth.  We need to put things in context, and understand the whole picture.   
We need to study God's word, taking time each day to feed on the word.  It's the bread of life...it's just as important as regular food for our stomachs.

Matthew 4:4
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

2 Timothy 3:16-17
" All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
The Bible is God's word, we need nourishment from it and it's not going to come by osmosis.  We need to read it and have others speak it to us.  

Feeling a bit discouraged, or overwhelmed... take it to the Lord and spend some time with Him.  Open your Bible and get some nourishment to be strengthened.  Sometimes it takes a bit of chewing on to get the full benefit of it.

I know that life is sometimes very full and sitting down on one's own for any period of time is at times an immense challenge.  I have found that even just leaving my Bible open on the counter and reading some verses as I pass by gives me nourishment.  Then by the end of the day it is surprising how much I've been able to feed on throughout the day.  Sometimes a dictionary is needed to understand some words.  Take time to look things up.  Part of studying is not just reading...but doing a bit of digging.  Mulling it over and meditating on it's meanings.

Reading to the kids as they eat, or reading verses that are displayed throughout the home (or sharing what you are reading) also gives them nourishment as well.  We have a family Bible time each evening that my husband leads us in.  

I know that many people focus on the hands on aspects of homemaking (and that is an important part of our time).  We all need older women in our lives to help us learn the skills of homemaking (Titus 2:5 referring to Keepers at Home).  Being a keeper at home doesn't mean that we follow all the fads of homemaking out there...but just that we learn what the needs of our home are and the best way to met them.

There is another layer added when it's an older Christian woman that is teaching.  They add the spiritual nourishment.  It's not just how to clean, or following a recipe out of the cookbook.  Helping to point out the eternal value in all that we do in the everyday keeping of our homes.  They share the scriptures as they do.
They help us with training our children in righteousness, in loving our husbands with respectful submission, and in doing the everyday practical needs with joy and a servants heart.
Teaching how to create a home where the Lord is glorified, our families needs are met both in a carnal earthly way, but also in an eternal way as well.

In a christian home, things of eternal value are integrated in all that we do and say.
We need to rest in the Lord each day for only through Him can our homes glorify Him.  Through all of this....it'll lead us back to being approved until God.  The Word when it is alive in your life, it'll be alive in your home as well.  When the Holy Spirit of Truth is leading you, everything becomes clearer...even the everyday needs of the home.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Berry Woollen Blanket


Hello!  
I have a lovely woollen crochet blanket I'd like to share with you. 

I was gifted with some lovely woolen yarn for my birthday. 
This is a real treat to have wool yarn to use. 
I pondered for a while as to what I'd make with it. 


I went and bought a few more balls of yarn that they had since this brand was on clearance and I wanted to make something bigger then first intended.  
I didn't want to make it too big as I need to hand wash it. 
This is wool from Peru....thought that was cool!


I settled on a giant granny square blanket for me to snuggle in on my bed. 
I decided to make two rows of each colour, and the pattern changed a bit as I moved outward as some of the yarn was used up (and the store was out of that colour). 


To finish it off, I just added simple scallops to it.  
It is lovely and warm, and fits me and one of my younger children under it as we snuggle on my bed and chat. My bed often is a place to congregate and share deep conversations, or just snuggle, or read together, or crochet, or pay games.  
You get the idea... a lovely meeting place, 
and now under a lovely warm new blanket. 


Thank you for dropping by!  

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 15 October 2018

Homemaking Mondays: A Virtuous Woman Part 5


Welcome to Homemaking Mondays! 

Proverbs 31: 28
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."

This is such a wonderful testimony!  Those that she serves in the home have been not only the recipients of her efforts, but they have been blessed by them.  
They rise up... it's not an off hand comment they make, but a whole hearted proclamation. 
Her husband also praiseth her.  What a huge witness this is of what she has done.  
It is not empty praise.  It is the acknowledgement publicly that she has done well in serving the Lord in her home.  This is what all of us homemakers should desire to strive for.  
How do your children and husband feel about  you when they reflect upon you? 

Proverbs 31:29
"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."

Here the praise of this particular virtuous woman is a bit greater then that of just the average virtuous woman.  It states many daughters... there are many that are virtuous.  Then it adds the but.  This particular woman is noted for being even more virtuous then the others.  

Not that this particular virtue is a competition.  Those women who seek after the Lord and what He would have them to do in the home will be duly noted.  

Proverbs 31:30
"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."

One who seeks favour from others...as a source of motivation is misguided.  For it is deceitful and one cannot hold ones value or standard through the favour of others.  
Beauty...I am sure we can all agree, that beauty is vain, and fades.  Whether our own, or a flower...it is a shallow way to value oneself or others.  Favour, and beauty often draw attention...but what follows shows a much deeper more important way to be noticed.  I love this but!  A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.  Our solid, honest and true value comes when we fear the Lord and are directed by His Word!  When a woman's focus is on pleasing the Lord and doing His will, the result will be praiseworthy.  No flattery here, but pure honest truth.  When we order our steps aright, when we walk according to the will that the Lord has laid out for women, it will show forth a virtuous woman of great worth.  
Honour and praise will be given not only to her, but ultimately to the Lord Jesus Christ!  

Proverbs 31:31
"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."

No need for self proclamation here...no need to advertise or promote ourselves.  It will be a natural outcome of living a virtuous life before the Lord and others.  
Others will respect and praise to her our of sincerity. 
What is the testimony you are leaving?  What do others see in you?
Something to ponder. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Sweet Potato Spice Bread


Hello!  
Today I'd like to share with you something that was made in my kitchen this week.  

I was wanting something pumpkinish and so I pulled out this recipe I got from
It was for Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread. 
Now I just subbed regular flour for mine.  
I didn't have the pumpkin so I decided to substitute canned sweet potatoes.  
OH yum!  It was so delicious. You couldn't tell the difference.


It was so nice with a cup of hot cocoa to! 


Thanks for dropping by!  
I hope you have a lovely fall day! 

Jennifer