Notebook Pictures

Shalom Girls,

Sorry this has taken me so long to get out to you! I must say, though, that being in Israel has been a blast! :) But here are the pictures of new notebook that I made. :)

The front cover my notebook…it’s 400 pages and I got it from Wal-mart for $12.99.

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Since it’s slightly larger than my last one, I was able to have 4 columns on this new one…and I don’t fill in the titles until the morning or the previous night, as each day’s titles change. So it leaves a lot of room for personalizing it.

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I also have the right page for additional notes, prayers (written out), or verses and thoughts that come to my mind.

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This is what the left page layout looks like.

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Because this notebook (which does lay flat, even though it’s bond!) has 400 pages, I was able to add numerous sections to it. I have a sections for my daily use, praise/quotes/songs that have touched my life, attributes of God/also prayers, prayers for my love and I, financial, etc. Here are some examples of the pages. I also use the stickers to enhance the pages and just make them a little bit more beautiful and inviting. :) Amazon and Hobby Lobby have some really nice ones. :)

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Israel

Dear Precious Girls,

I just wanted to let you know why it’s been so quiet lately. I’ve been so richly blessed with a 4 week trip to Israel, and hardly had time to even process it, before I was on my way! :) In fact, I honestly bought my ticket the day before I left! I will try to write more when I have a free moment, but it may be a little while before you hear from me…but now you know why! :) Please do keep me in your prayers.

Much love,

Samantha

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Review: Ordered Steps

Wow! Where do I even begin when it comes to writing a book review on this book?! My beloved Ima got this for my 30th birthday, as she had heard it was SO good…and was it ever! This book, although written by a single young lady in her 30′s, isn’t just for singles! This book would bless each and every last age! It is packed full to brimming with insights, encouragement, challenges, poems, etc. I read it in a couple of days, and then went back and am reading it again, just because I felt there was so much godly advice in this book that I felt like I needed time to fully digest it…but I could hardly put it down the first time through! It seemed to speak to my heart in so many ways. The chapters aren’t that long, but the truths are profound…even sometimes given in story format. All I can say is, if you ever have the chance to get and read this book, I pray that it will bless your life, as it has done mine!!

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Intentionally Using Our Tongues

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29

 Another trait that we see with our role model of what a virtuous lady is supposed to look like is that she knows what to say and when to say it. She uses her tongue, not as a two edge sword to tear people apart with, but she instead uses it to build them up with and minister grace, kindness and wisdom with.

Precious sisters, how are you using your tongue? Are you using it to tear others down with? Or are you using it to minister grace, love, kindness, and wisdom with? Are you using it to the edification of body with? Or are you using it to slander, to gossip, to tear others apart with, to criticize and condemn those around you (maybe even behind their back)?

Lately YHWH has really been working on my own life with this, teaching me to take every word and thought captive. Why talk to others about something, if they can’t change it? Why slander those around you? Why tear them down? There is a time to speak in the negative of someone. I’m not saying there is never a place to give information that could protect the righteous from the ungodly. There is a place for it. But, honestly, these are few and far between. Yet, what does your conversation consist of?  Is it in keeping with Philippians 4:8? Let’s read this passage again.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

I want you to think about something. If we aren’t even supposed to be thinking about these things, how much more so are we not supposed to be speaking about them?! Yet, how often are we guilty of this very thing? We are not supposed to be allowing any corrupt communication proceeds out of our mouth! That means slandering or talking ill about another, tearing another down, gossiping about another, etc. So let me ask you again, what does your communication look like?

I want to challenge you to think about the virtuous young lady again. Her communication was edifying.  It was filled with wisdom and kindness. Even when she needed to say something hard, it was done with kindness. It was used to build people up in the anointed. I can just imagine receiving a letter from her hand. Oh, what a beautiful thing that would be!! How graceful it would be! How wonderful!!!

I put this underneath our Living Intentional series, because girls, think about it…if we don’t intentionally guard what we say, I think I can safely say that we will all fall short of this and speak about things that we shouldn’t.  How much better would we be if we intentionally set out to use our tongue only for the edification of the body and ministering of those around us to build them up in the anointed? My mind brings this verse to mind,

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11

Let me share with you a little story that I think will demonstrate this very thing.  Recently I went through one of the hardest trials of my life.  Satan was trying to destroy me with something that YHWH was bringing me through and allowing me to go through. I knew I was in an extremely spiritual and emotional battleground.  I felt like I was sinking in despair and grief.  In a way I wanted to just crumble, yet felt my Heavenly Father’s arms around me, holding me, speaking words of comfort and truth to me. Would I listen to Him? Would I dwell on the truth and base my life one what I knew was true and continue to trust YHWH? Or would I allow Satan’s lies to grip my heart and destroy me?

YHWH blessed me with surrounding me with some very godly and precious friends and family and oh, how thankful I am for them!  One of them looked down at me and used his tongue to minister to my aching and bleeding heart.  (Well they all did, but I would like to dwell on this particular time right now.) He had two options. He could use his tongue to minister kindness and truth, or use it to be a minister of Satan.  He chose to be a minister of YHWH and allow YHWH to use his tongue to minister to my aching heart and build me up in the faith.  I write this with tears in my eyes. Girls, he had the power at the moment to kill or to make alive, for I was extremely vulnerable right then and there, and I was truly struggling with grief beyond words.  Yet, he didn’t push me deeper into the pit of despair I was sinking in right then, he chose to pull me out of it. He challenged me to trust YHWH and to find my way back into his presence.  I had gone from the mountain top of joy to the valley of grief in less than three hours.  He reminded me that Yahshua had gone from hell to heaven in three days! He encouraged me that YHWH had something very special planned, and I needed to keep trusting him through this. I couldn’t let this destroy me and stop trusting YHWH simply because I didn’t understand it. (Remember Proverbs 3:5) His ways were not and are not our own.  But he was and still is worthy of our trust and praise!

Girls, every single time they would see me sinking or carrying this heavy burden myself, they would encourage me to lay it down at his feet and intentionally trust him with it. They would consistently minister grace, kindness, love, and encouragement to me.  I know YHWH was there with me but he also knew that I needed help.  I cannot possibly tell you how much it meant to me to have friends and family willing to use their tongues to bless, edify, and encourage me to keep trusting YHWH during this time. I needed to be pulled out and set back on firmer ground!  I needed people willing to quote the Word to me and remind me of his truth.  Their tongues were used to speak the truth, to speak wisdom, knowledge, grace, love, and edification. And I thank YHWH continually for blessing my life in such a way!

Yet, I’ve also seen the other side of it, too.  I’ve seen where people allowed Satan to control their tongues as to minister lies, wounds, and sometimes even death.  People speak about the tongue having the power to kill and destroy or to minister life and minister grace, kindness, and love with it. And I am here to say that that is TOTALLY true!!! Again I ask you, how are you allowing your tongue/pen to be used? Are you consecrating it to YHWH to be kept for his kingdom? Or are you allowing Satan to use it to wound, kill and destroy those around you? Are you using it to discourage and destroy others with it? Or are you using it to instead minister and encourage others with it?

My precious girls, may I bring you back to YHWH’s word? YHWH’s word admonition’s us to only allow our tongues to be used to minister grace and edification with it! He tells us what to think about, and if we are to be thinking about those things, we are certainly also supposed to be speaking about them! So are you allowing your tongues to minister wisdom, kindness, and love with it? Are you learning to control that two-edged sword?

How I pray that you will take time to surrender this member of your body, consecrating it to YHWH’s use, to be kept by him, to be used for and by him…for my precious girls, you do have the power to wound, kill, and destroy with it, too! May we never be found guilty of this! Let’s ask him to show us ways that we can encourage and minister to others with it today, to bring healing, life and blessing to their lives! And while we’re praying that we can use it to minister grace and wisdom and love to others with it, let us give thanks and praise for those in our lives that YHWH has used their words to minister to our own hearts, encouraging us in our relationship with our Heavenly Father!

I would like to leave you with this passage that another friend used to minister to my life during that trial. This is an example of how we can use scripture to comfort and encourage and minister to others, too.  YHWH’s word is SO true!!! Praise YHWH for he is truly good, not just some of the time, but ALL the time!!! YHWH bless, my girls.

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for YHWH; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in YHWH. Blessed is that man that maketh YWHW  his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, YHWH my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”~ Psalms 40:1-5

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Intentionally Working Willingly with Our Hands

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”  Proverbs 31:13-22

 I sit here in complete awe. This virtuous daughter, wife, and mother, is my role model in life and how could she be anything else? I mean girls, look at this wonderful woman of YHWH! She is amazing!!! She works willingly, joyfully, she is always serving, and working to advance the comfort of those around her…she is sooooo utterly selfless. She isn’t sitting around, being idle with her time. This lady is a queen, but she is a queen because of who she is, not because of just a vain title. She was a queen in every shape, form and word! This lady was always looking around her to see how she could reach out and bless another. She could have slept in, but she chose not to. She could have let her servants get the meals. But who was serving whom? She was serving them! She was serving her maidens (or maids)! She was overseeing things, she was the one planting and working hard, she was the one reaching out even in her busyness of life, to bless the poor and needy. She willingly worked, and she took pride in doing it correctly and well.  She wasn’t afraid, why? Because she worked hard and knew that everything was in order and done to the absolute best way possible.  She could stand back and take pride in it.

Now mind you, she wasn’t prideful in a vain way. She was anything but vain or prideful in a wrong sense. But there is nothing (in my opinion) wrong about taking pride (or joy) in a job well done. She wasn’t boasting about what she did.  But I can picture her standing back and smiling with joy, knowing that it was done very well.

But the other trait that I love about this queen is she is not afraid of hard work! How often is it portrayed to us that queens are soft, delicate, but lazy/idle? We see them being doted upon by maids and servants, sitting around more or less, being lazy and idle, accomplishing very little themselves. Yet, this is not the picture that I get from this virtuous lady/queen. She was serving others! She was working and working hard! She had long days of hard work! She was intelligent, strong, capable, and a servant to her very core! She was compassionate, loving, kind, helpful, and always looking for ways to bless those around her.

She willingly worked with her hands. I’m sure she really didn’t need to, but that didn’t change anything. This lady was a willing servant and worker. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the dirt.  She wasn’t afraid to mix with those less blessed than she was.  She willingly reached out to those that were less blessed than she was, sharing what she had. She was intelligent in business matters. She knew a good buy when she saw it and she knew a good business transaction when she saw one. This lady was incredible and we see just how much she used her talents to bless her family, her home, her servants, and all those around her. She wasn’t doing this to bless her self, but was purposefully, intentionally, reaching out to serve others.

We can explain her in one word, selfless.

My question is, are we the same? Do we look out for the betterment of others? Are we willing to “get our hands dirty”? Are we willing to work hard and not just hard, but joyfully and willingly? Or do we gladly look for work that needs to be done, and do it with a light step and smile? Do we look at those around us, even the poor and needy, and find ways to lighten their loads and bless their lives? Do we look for ways to serve others; even the very ones that are supposed to be serving us (remember she served her maids herself!)?

Let’s take some time to stop and ponder whether or not we willingly work with our hands, or if we tend to grudgingly do what needs to be done. How have you been serving, my beloved sisters? In what ways have you been serving and blessing those around you? Think about the past couple of days. Were there ways that you reached out and went the extra mile for someone? What are some ways that you can lift another’s burden today?

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Review on Prismacolor Marker/Pens

 

I decided to do a review on these, as I don’t think I have ever done one on them before, but if you’re like me, finding a pen/marker that actually works for your thin Bible paper, is SO hard to come by!!! I have tried SO many different pens and markers. All either turn yellow or seem to bleed through to the other side of the page. :-( I don’t know if it is just that my Bible’s pages are SO thin, but still, it was frustrating. I’m also the type of person that LOVES to study her Bible, and yes, that means underlining, writing, taking notes, etc in it. The other problem that I have is, I no longer have a wide margin Bible, so I needed to write VERY small. To give you an idea, some places I have 1 cm of space to write in. YET…with these markers, they are SO fine, that I can often write quite a lot, in very little space AND they do NOT bleed through and they do NOT turn yellow with age, either! I have since bought 2-3 packages of these (as…yes…I wrote so much that I wore them out!) and I still LOVE them! I have used these markers for a long time and I couldn’t recommend a Bible marker more so than I do these.

I also love the fact that you get different color markers in the package, even though I only really use the black, blue, red, purple and green ones in my Bible. This means that I can color code different passages, so at a glance, I know what it is about. For instance, since I’m a gal (LOL you didn’t know that, did you?! :-)) things that stick out to me personally, I tend to do in purple. I tend to use red and blue for YHWH and Yeshua. Green for more general. Black for even more general. To give you an idea, the writing in my bible is SO small, but the markers are so fine that I can even write (and yes you can read it clearly!) between the lines…so can put the meaning of the word, above the word etc.

WARNING!! Do NOT get 05 for writing in Bibles! It will bleed through, it is too thick for this type page. It has to be a 005 point for the thin Bible pages!

 

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Make Me a Servant – Song

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Being Intentional With Our Time Pt 2

I mentioned in the last post that I was going to be sharing with you something that has been very helpful in my own life, where time management is concerned.  First, I have to disclose something to you. I don’t do very well on strict schedules…you know the ones I’m talking about…where each and every 30 minute block is filled, or where you say from “such and such of a time” I will be doing “such and such”.  My life isn’t structured in a way that these type of things work for me, but they may for you. :-) This is why it’s important to find something that works best for you and where YHWH has you. :-)

I also don’t do well with binders, although I know some people that will swear by them. But for me personally, I am a spiral bound type notebook person! I love being able to flip it to the right section, and fold it open to it. It is easier for me to write in it, it stays open to the correct page, and it’s just seems to be what works best for me. Since I knew that I have already tried with good intentions to set up a home management notebook binder to no success, I wanted to try to come up with something that I knew I would use something that was “perfect for me”. Thus, after much prayer, searching, etc, I came up with this idea. :-)

When I was thinking about what I would use to hold the data I needed, I came up with a few things I wanted it to contain.

1)      I wanted a section of “to do’s” for the things that I needed or wanted to accomplish that day

2)     I needed an area where I could put down my thoughts for upcoming articles, letters or notes I needed to write, etc

3)     I wanted a place where I could put that day’s special prayer requests, as well as an area for praise reports

4)     Then I wanted an area where I could put quick notes and ideas for meals.

5)     I also wanted an area for things I wanted to do where learning was concerned, also for chores that needed to be done.

6)     Finally, I wanted a place where I could put inspirational thoughts, quotes, and scripture verses.

This was to be my “daily” area of the notebook…and is usually the page that I always have opened to.

To create this notebook, first you will need to collect a couple of items.

Secondly, I thought about the space needed for each section, then I created these boxes…

Then I named each one (and I do this pretty much on a daily basis, as sometimes that day calls for a different “section”) and to make it more appealing, I added some stickers to beautify it…for what lady doesn’t like pretty things? :-)

Here is what the finished project looked like;

After I had the “basic” blocks made, I would then filled out each one, either starting the night before, or filling it out the next morning (continuing throughout the day as I needed to).  I am trying to be better about praying about what YHWH wants me to accomplish that specific day, first thing in the morning, as I use this notebook during my quiet time with him each morning. Here is an example of one of the days completed…usually they are fuller than this. :-)

As you can see, that day I used the “Blog/Write/Inspirational” section for notes from the chapter in Genesis that I had read that day, and some thought-provoking questions that came to my mind. In the “Quotes” section, I wrote out a quote from Elisabeth Elliot’s (thus the abbreviation E.E.) book “The Music of His Promises” that I have been reading. On the very top of the page you find key points from Psalms 100. The others are just things that I needed to do that day. In the prayer section, that day I just “Prayer Verses” instead of “Prayer Requests” (like I said, they can change each day) and wrote in that I had prayed the key points of Psalms 100 for my Love and I. I love how flexible this notebook section can be each and every day!

The other area’s that I have within this notebook, were essential ones for me. I wanted my work notebook (i.e. my daily home management section) to be in the same notebook as my spiritual notebook (the area where I have specific prayer requests for my Love and I, songs that YHWH has been using to minister to my heart during this season, along with a section dedicated to YHWH (which includes truths from his word, attributes, etc). How I separated the areas, since this was only a 3 subject notebook, was I used the Martha Stewart Tabs. I like these because they are thick and durable and I know I’m going to be using them all the time. Also, with using the tabs to separate the sections I need, I can always just “add another” whenever I feel the need, or move them around, as needed.

I also have an area for my personal type things, which would include the priority/goal sections, as well as different areas that I have been brainstorming about. This section is more or less notes.

Back to the daily section of the notebook…when I am done accomplishing any one given tasks, I just put a line through it, so I can still read it, but know that it is accomplished.  Because it is open at my desk all the time, I can quickly add notes to it, as needed, and when I leave the house, I always try to take it along with me, so I can reference it and add to it when needed. It has become what others would term “my home management and life management notebook”. It helps my brain not have to work on overload trying to remember everything that I need to do, things that I want to remember, key thoughts, ideas, etc. It is everything from my spiritual life in a nutshell, to my daily routines, prayers, etc.

I chose my favorite size notebook, which is 8.5×5.5 or something like that, but I may end up moving to a 5 subject notebook next time, as I can already see that this isn’t going to last very long! :-) I also decorated the outside cover, first with a thicker plastic cover (which I glued onto the cardboard one), and then I cut out some butterflies from a piece of scrapbooking paper I had, and glued those on. I wanted it to be personal, pretty, yet extremely practical. :-) At the top of this post is a picture of the outside front cover…it is just solid on the back, but done the same way with the plastic…

I love the fact that it isn’t a minute by minute schedule, but still is a guide for what I need to be thinking about and doing for that day. I find myself spurred on and challenged to “accomplish one more thing” even when I know I only have 30 minutes before I need to run errands or even 15 minutes before dinner! Thus using even those few precious minutes that I have, wisely.

I know each person is different and has different needs. But I pray that by sharing what I have been doing, maybe it will help one of you find something that works for you, your situation and personality. :-) But regardless as to what we use or do, I think we need to be intentional about the time that he has given to us, my sisters. Don’t waste it! You will never be able to go back and reuse that time more wisely. Invest in the lives around you, advance the kingdom, use your talents and gifts for his glory, and serve him with your whole heart and in ALL you do, do it with joyfulness and a glad spirit! Live your life to the fullest…and remember…you only have one to live here on earth!!! Don’t live with regrets!!! :-)

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Being Intentional With Our Time Pt 1

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:11-12, 27

As I was thinking about what to write this morning about being intentional, I couldn’thelp but think “what is more important than our time?” Here is a quote I can across the other day by William Penn “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” How true is that!

I instantly thought about the passage above.  One of the many traits that we see a virtuous woman having is being intentional with her time. She managed her household very well, and we also see that her husband never had to worry about her bringing him to spoil (or to ruin), even in her single days! He knew that he could trust her to live her life in such a way that it would be a blessing to him (and all those around them) and would prosper their family. And boy was he right! This woman was indeed very careful with how she spent her time and used it very wisely!

So what are ways that we can be more intentional with how we spend our time? First, I would like to say that we need to know what is important for us to do. If we don’t know what our priorities are supposed to be, we will never be able to spend our time wisely. For if we don’t know what our priorities are, how will we know then how to spend our time and on what to give our time to? We have to guard the time that YHWH has given us!  One of the ways that I have figured this out, is to figure out where Yhwh is leading me in my life, what he has called me to do in the here and now (this season), and then I spent time thinking about what my top priorities are supposed to be in my own life (and girls, each person’s may be totally different, but it’s still important to know what yours are). Some of the questions that I have answered are as follows:

1)      What are my goals/priorities in this season of my life…spiritually, relationally (family, friends, etc.), physically (health), and ministry (area’s I am serving him in, Virtuous Daughters, writing, etc.)?

Then with these answers in mind, I went onto ask myself the second question:

2)     What are some ways that I can invest to further accomplish these goals?

With this in sight, I can then know what I should be working towards, how I can be using my time wisely that he has given me, etc.  For us to be able to be intentional with our time, means that we will have to say “no” to some things, so that we can say “yes” to other, more important things. We can’t do it all. We have to figure out what is worth doing or even learning, and what simply isn’t worth spending our precious time on. Think about it this way, we only have so many years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and even moments to live. YHWH has already decided how many each of us will have and he has given each of us something that he wants us to accomplish in that given time. The question is, will we?

With that said, How are you spending your precious moments? Are you wasting them on useless pleasures, or are you using them wisely? And are you using the time YHWH has blessed you with, to serve him, or yourself, with?

One of the things that I have found in my own life, is if I don’t live my day out intentionally, I find that the day goes by and I feel like I have accomplished very little, and often I really have accomplished very little indeed. But, when I set about living my days and even my moments intentionally, I feel like I have accomplished quite a lot and have used my time more wisely. Some ways that I have found profitable for my own life is to have this verse at the forefront of my mind in all I set about to do.

Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to YHWH, and not unto men;

That means each and every LITTLE and BIG thing, I am to do it as if I was serving YHWH himself. This means even cleaning the toilets! I am to put my whole heart into every single thing I do here on earth! And I am supposed to do it, as unto YHWH, not man. In other words, I am not serving a man (although in a way I am), but I am serving the King in all I do.  Puts even cleaning the floors and toilets in a little brighter light, doesn’t it?

Psalms 35:27 “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let YHWH be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

I can be extremely joyful and find joy even in the small, mundane tasks, because I am doing it for my King and my Lover! But yet, we have a stern warning if we don’t serve YHWH with joyfulness and gladness of hearts. Listen to what YHWH says will happen if we don’t serve him with joy and gladness.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 “Because thou servedst not YHWH thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which YHWH shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

WOW!!! What a warning that we need to take into careful consideration! Girls, it should go as a no-brainer that we should serve YHWH with joyfulness and gladness, but how often do we not? How often do we look at a set of circumstances before us, or a set of things that must be done, and do it grudgingly? Or even still, how often do we skip corners that we would never have skipped if we were cleaning YHWH’s house, or if we were having him over for dinner? What about in other ways, like grumbling about doing our school work, or learning knew arts (like sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, etc) that we aren’t excited about, as we tear out our work for the umpteenth time? Do we honestly give our all with the things set before us? I know all too often I have been guilty of not, but I pray that we can all learn to do better each and every day and keep this warning in the forefront of our minds and hearts when we are even *tempted* to have a bad attitude about something!

The next part in this series, I’m going to take out a little time to share with you all what I have been doing that has helped me to be more intentional about my time and days. It isn’t much, but it has been a HUGE blessing to me and has helped me to be able to be more focused, organized, but also still flexible (which is a must!), too.  My prayer is that it would give you some ideas to jump off of, to help you be more intentional with your days, too.

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Are We Intentional Builder’s?

 “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverb 14:1

We will be doing a series on intentional living, and as I was thinking about this, the thought came to me about whether or not I was an intentional builder? For you see, if you aren’t intentionally building, even if you aren’t intentionally tearing it down, the results would be total collapse.  Think about it in terms of a literal house being built.  If you aren’t intentionally building your house, and thus just putting things in whatever order you so desire, not following a set of blueprints, the end results would be disastrous! You have to have a plan and know what you are doing. You have to think about how to intentionally build the house, knowing where the structure beams and supports need to be, where each board needs to be placed, how it needs to be placed, not to mention the flooring, the wall material, the electrical, the plumbing, etc. There is a LOT to consider when building a house.  You can’t just throw it together with no thought and no plans. It has to be well thought through and well planned. Otherwise it just won’t work. You can’t have huge side walls (say 12×12 beams), and then 1×4” floor beams and neither can the walls be made of 1×1” boards!  Carpenters know this wouldn’t work.

But just like we know we couldn’t “just build a house” with no knowledge and no blueprints, we can’t “just build a home, marriage and family” with no knowledge and blueprints.

But sadly, how often do we not even think about how we will are building our homes, our relationships, and our family’s? Yahweh tells us in Proverbs 14:1 that every wise woman builds her home, but the foolish one tears it down with her very hands.  This tells me we have two options, we can be wise in how we build our homes and families, or we can be foolish. The foolish doesn’t think, doesn’t have a plan of action, and doesn’t even know where she is going. She just does things “on the fly” without even thinking about the outcome.  She says things without thinking about it. She doesn’t have discretion. She doesn’t have knowledge, and she doesn’t have wisdom.

But we see something totally different about the wise woman. She knows how to build and she builds a strong home.  She is intentional about building. She has a plan. “She looks well to the ways of her household” Proverbs 31:27.

I’d like to pull out some key words about who our virtuous and wise woman is and what she does.

She is…

Trustworthy, seeketh, worketh willingly, bringeth, riseth early, giveth, considereth, buyeth, planteth, girdeth with strength, strengtheneth her arms, perceiveth, goeth not, layeth, stretcheth out her hand, reacheth forth, isn’t afraid, maketh, her husband is known, maketh and selleth, delivereth, openeth her mouth with wisdom, is kind, looketh well to the ways of her household, eateth not idleness, is called blessed, is praised, and she excelleth them all (all the virtuous daughters, not the unvirtuous daughters!).

This is what you would call a virtuous woman who is not tearing her household down…she is working at intentionally building it…and blessing all those who come in contact with her. But notice that she is intentional in the way she acts and cares for her home and family. She isn’t slothful or idle. Her character shines brightly. She doesn’t just go out and buy whatever she wants to, she considers it and perceives if it is a good purchase or not. She is fugal. She isn’t lazy, but is diligent in what she sets out to accomplish. She seeketh things, and does it. Another trait we see is the fact that she isn’t afraid. She has done what she should have done; the rest is in YHWH’s hands. She hasn’t left something undone. But she isn’t so consumed in caring for her home and family that she doesn’t think of others around her. She still reaches out and blesses those around her.

This brings me to another thought…she is orderly and organized. She has things running smoothly and efficiently.

We will touch on some of these topics as we go through our series, but I want to leave you with a request. Could you to stop for a moment and ponder whether or not you are currently building your home and family (even if you are single you still have the ability to be a builder…and I dare say you will be one or the other). Then spend some time really pondering the question that “If YHWH blessed you with a husband and home tomorrow, would you be capable of building that home and family right now for the glory, honor and praise of YHWH?” Do you know what you need to know? Is your character what it needs and should be, like? How are your talents and skills? Are they up to par and ready for the challenge of being queen and mistress of your domain? Do you know the responsibilities of marriage and are you ready to handle them? In three small words…Are You Ready? :o)

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