10/31/11

Webcam ~ Mature Love

You are going to LOVE this!

My husband got this in the email today from "Family Life Today" and I just had to share.

It is so sweet, loving, even flirty.  They remind me of my husband and I but so. much. older.  That is going to be us someday!  Probably sooner than we think.... sigh...

This is their description of the video:


"Bruce and Esther Huffman of McMinnville, Oregon, sat down at their new computer and tried to figure out how to capture a picture from the webcam. What Esther didn’t know was that she had activated the video capture and the computer was recording everything.   In the video, as Esther puzzles over the computer, Bruce acts like a monkey, moans over wrinkles in his forehead, yawns and burps, compliments Esther on her hair, and much more. It’s hilarious and touching, a nice picture of a couple who are still crazy about each other after all those years."

"The Huffmans discovered the recording a couple days later and showed it to their granddaughter, who then uploaded it to YouTube. And now it’s a hit, running up nearly 9 million hits since August. It’s worth watching."



10/29/11

Do you remember this?

Ok, I admit... I'm a total nerd and I LOVE it! :)

Do you remember this? My kids are laughing at me for singing along. LOL! I can't help it! I'm musical. The tunes just stick in my head.

10/28/11

Urgent question for YOU!


For those of you who study the Biblical Feasts (or at least understand them), would you PLEASE email me or leave a comment?

I have some information for you that is blessing my socks OFF!

I'll tell you how huge it is.  You know how you would feel if God handed you a check for $2,000,000 and then you went and cashed it and it was in your bank?  That would be such a happy and overwhelming time, right?  Well, I wouldn't even be able to sleep or think of anything else.

That's how I am feeling Spiritually.  God has given me a HUGE nugget out of His Word and I have got to share it with you.

Free Reading: Marriage



Ever wonder what the Bible says about marriage and sex?  Oh, it's in there!  God shows us a wonderful picture of what that area of our lives is supposed to be like.

A great place to start:  Read through the Song of Solomon; it doesn't take long.

Step 2:  Find a guide that helps to explain the symbolism in the book. (I've included some below.)

Step 3:  Read it again or at least parts of it, and as you read it, read it to your husband and explain what the symbols mean.  First of all, he'll think your smart (LOL)!  Plus it may sprinkle some... excitement into both of you!

Also, you can subscribe to some Twitters that send out marriage tips.  They are really great reminders.

Here are a few: The Marriage Mentor, The Marriage Bed, Seeds 4 Couples, Family Matters, Marriage Today, Marriage Family


Things to read:


Romantic Lovers - Song of Solomon (PDF ~ Explanation of Song of Solomon)

The Joy of One Flesh  (Romantic Ideas ~ These look like real fun! PDF)

Sex Romance and the Glory of God  (Ladies, you WANT your husband to read this book! ~ Book review PDF)

The Bible - A Love Story  (PDF ~ Stages of a Jewish wedding)

Good Romance (PDF ~ Romance before and after marriage with Scriptures!)

Have any resource ideas?

10/27/11

For my girlfriends!


This post is dedicated to my friend.

(The following is said in love and with a girlfriend tone of voice in a Chicago accent!)

Girl, let's get a few things straight.  First of all... NOwhere in the Bible does God, Jesus or any other person call you EVIL!  Once you are born again, the Bible says you are a saint.

The Bible says that you are justified, sanctified, and glorified. (Rom. 8:28-30) Not will be someday.  You ARE!

You have been redeemed and forgiven. Not just the stuff you did yesterday, but the stuff you'll do tomorrow!

You have been taken out of the darkness, the dark evil of the world.  You are rescued!  It's already done!

Colossians 1:13-14  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  


If you needed to hear this, would you please let me know.


Part 2 is coming!


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Stay with me now!

Ever wonder about what God's name is?  You know that we have "Jesus."  You know that we have the Holy Spirit and then we have God the Father.  But did you realize that God actually has a name?

In Exodus 34:6, God descended in a cloud, stood by Moses, and then passed by him.  As He passed by He
"...proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth..."
In Hebrew (which is what most of the O.T. was written in) when it says "LORD" in all caps, that is actually "Yahweh."

So, God spoke His own name and proclaimed it to Moses!  How awesome is that?  Then, He described Himself and told of His attributes!

Oh, this is sooo exciting!  So, here is how it should read:

"And YAHWEH passed by before him, and called out, YAHWEH, YAHWEH, The Almighty One, compassionate and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in kindness and truth..."

Stay tuned, I will be talking about Jesus and His real name later.  It is just as exciting!


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10/25/11

Romance In Marriage ~ God's Way!

(This was yesterday ~ After 16 1/2 years of marriage)


Sheila at "To Love Honor and Vacuum" wrote a post called, "Do Women Expect Endless Courtship?" and that got me thinkin!  So, go check out her post and her blog (It's amazing!).

This is what I had to say about her question (plus some):

Everyone has opinions of what a "good" marriage is ~ MYSELF included! ;)

BUT, what does God say? Well, actually, He has plenty to say about husbands and wives. If the two were doing to and with their spouse like He says, the argument of sex vs. love wouldn't be there.

If husbands "loved their wives in an understanding way" and "washed her with the Word" and "loved her as Christ loved the church" etc. etc. She wouldn't feel the need to turn elsewhere.  She wouldn't try to fill her days with activities to avoid going home.  She would RUN home everyday to be with her lover, protector, the one who cherishes her.

If wives didn't trash talk their husbands and they were "respected at the city gate" and if she respected him the way the Bible says and if she "didn't withhold" from him, his love tank would be overflowing.

It's so awesome that the Bible can be our standard on love, sex, friendship, romance, passion, and marriage! God thought all of this out beforehand!

Check out this verse:
Proverbs 5:19
A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.

I am studying Song of Solomon in depth right now ~ talk about stirring up passion in marriage! That will do it! Talking about it together, that will do it too!  If more people turned to the Bible for their inspiration, maybe they wouldn't have a need to turn to porn.

Romance is all over the Bible. Love, respect, passion, friendship, sex ~ I could go on and on. If the churches would teach their married couples what the Bible says about these issues instead of just the typical ~ submission vs. respect argument ~ there wouldn't be a need for romance movies! LOL!

When the Bible is our standard and we try to do what it says in our marriages, watch out! The churches will be on fire! People will be fanning their flames of love and romance given to them by God Himself!

Hollywood would be going to the church for romance ideas!




Song of Solomon (The Message)
1:12-14 When my King-Lover lay down beside me,
   my fragrance filled the room.
His head resting between my breasts— 
the head of my lover was a sachet of sweet myrrh.

 16And you, my dear lover—you're so handsome!
   And the bed we share is like a forest glen.

2:3-4 As an apricot tree stands out in the forest,
   my lover stands above the young men in town.
All I want is to sit in his shade,
   to taste and savor his delicious love.
He took me home with him for a festive meal,
   but his eyes feasted on me!

6  His left hand cradles my head,
   and his right arm encircles my waist!

  16-17 My lover is mine, and I am his.
   Nightly he strolls in our garden,
Delighting in the flowers
   until dawn breathes its light and night slips away.    Turn to me, dear lover.
   Come like a gazelle.
Leap like a wild stag
   on delectable mountains! 

There is POWER and this is amazing!




I'm tellin ya, this made my week!

In His name!

I lead worship at our church and yesterday morning I really felt like I was supposed to help people put the name of Jesus "above" their problems.  I explained how powerful His name IS!  I read a couple of Scriptures about His name and then we proclaimed Jesus over our issues.  We sang a song called, "Your Name."

I was surfing through my Twitter (@JanetsAtHome) and saw a Tweet (http://twitter.com/#!/2_to_1) with a link to this video.

I was stunned!  You GO girl!  Check it out:






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10/24/11

Flirting With Your Husband



It's fun to flirt with your husband through Twitter!  You can Tweet sweet, uplifting comments about him.  Make him feel like your hero.  Reaffirm your respect for him.

You can also send him private messages.  That's where you can be a little more specific in your compliments or wording.

Do you use social media to flirt with your husband?


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Are You the Type



Are you the type of person who has several projects going on all at the same time?  I work best that way.

I live a fairly simple life outside of our home; we don't have a lot of sports, clubs and activities going on all at once.  I'm not the person who, when asked, says, "...oh we've been so busy..."  BUT, inside the house, if I don't have things going on, I can quickly get bored or into a rut!

Here is what I have going right now:

  • 1 Christian workbook
  • 2 Books
  • Studying Song of Solomon in depth
  • Mentoring 1 college age girl through the Bible
  • Homeschooling 2 boys (of course)
  • Redoing 1 chair
  • Redoing 2 lamps
  • Redoing some decorative wall items
  • Reorganizing our bedroom to make it more... romantic :)
  • Card making
  • Building a website for my future online ministry
  • Making devotional videos for online ministry
  • Etc.  LOL!


Although I have a lot going on all at once inside the home,  I can put just about any of them aside at any time and life will still go on.


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10/21/11

Fabulous 40 ~ My "Thank YOU" Video


So, my husband and mom threw me a big surprise 40th birthday party.  Well, I needed to thank everyone and I decided to do something a little more modern than a written thank you note! ...and a little more fun too!

So, here is my "thank you" to all of the people who came and blessed my SOCKS off!


10/20/11

Follow Friday Four Fill-In

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1.  I am afraid of____ heights and my boys are disappointed that I won't go in the clear box that sticks out of the Sears Tower.  Sorry... NO WAY!



2.  My ___ kitchenette is my favorite room of my house.  My husband and I sit here to read, talk, and have coffee everyday! (Quality time)


3.  The last time I __tried_ I couldn’t __think of anything to fill in here____.  

4.  I got my first __ surprise birthday party__ when I was _turning 40_. 

Fabulous 40 posts



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I'm Lovin It!



Yes, you read that right!  I am now 40 and lovin it!  I've been 40 for almost a week now.  You know that song by Shania Twain?  Man... I feel like a woman!  (Heard it at Sonic the other day.)  Well I do!  Not that I wasn't a woman before 40 but I just feel GOOD!

I feel mature.  Wiser.  ...More... attractive (To my husband of course.)

I am really excited to see what this next phase of life will be like.  I KNOW that God's got something great for me and I'm ready for it.

Are you 40 or above?  How do YOU feel?

10/19/11

Ministry LIFE




Whether you are in full time ministry or not, we can all imagine that there are plenty of struggles along with the blessings.

Since this is "Pastor Appreciation Month" I thought I'd share some resources with you.  I hope you are encouraged and inspired to do something WONDERFUL for your Pastor and his family!

If you are a Pastor's wife, there are some PDF articles for you to read.  If you are a member of a church, there are some PDF articles for you too.  These articles give encouragement and a glimpse into being a Pastor or his wife.

If you are a Pastor's wife and are struggling, I would love to encourage you!  Please email me (homeiscool4u   @    yahoo.   com).



31 Days of Praying for Your Pastor's Wife - PDF (Revive Our Hearts)

Loving the Pastor's Wife - PDF (By Mark Driskol - and yes, for some Pastor's wives, it can be this bad... even worse.)

A Guide to Appreciating Your Pastor - PDF

The Role of the Pastor's Wife - PDF

The Role of the Pastor's Wife - PDF (short article)

Pastor's Wife Killers - PDF (Conversation between Pastor and wife ~ very nicely done)


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10/14/11

What's your favorite?

What is your favorite ---

Bible Verse?

I have 2 that I like a lot but really can't pick a fave.

Romans 15:13 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
But The God of hope shall fill you with all joy and peace by faith, that you shall superabound in his hope by the power of The Spirit of Holiness.


Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

 24 The LORD bless you, and keep you;

 25 The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
 26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’


What's yours?

Beauty



It is a beautiful day!  I am so happy it's my 40th Birthday.  So many people get sad when they turn 40.  So many women feel inferior and old when they turn 40, but not me!

I know who I am!  I can't wait to see what God has for me in this next chapter of my life.  He LOVES ME!

I have all of this and more through Jesus- my Christ- my Redeemer!

  • I am a daughter of the Most High God!
  • I am blessed and highly favored!
  • I am royalty and an heir to the Kingdom of God!
  • I am dressed and equipped for supernatural living!
  • I am blessed with every spiritual blessing!
  • I am chosen!
  • I am complete!
  • I am an over-comer!
  • I was born to reign!
  • I am blessed to be a blessing!
  • I am blessed beyond measure!
  • I walk in power and authority!
  • I am anointed!
  • I am a faith walker!


Because of Jesus Christ, that's who I am!
You can have this too!  Just ask.

10/12/11

Confession Time





Ok, I'm going to fess up!  

This week


On Friday


I am turning........  Drum roll please!





To be continued!

Check it out!

Hey!  Check out this car.  There is a single mom in our church and her car broke down.  We all pulled together some money and bought her this one!  This is one of the nicer cars she's had and it was a gift.

I think that is awesome!  ;)


Do you have one?

I guess we all do to some extent...sigh...

Don't watch this video if you can't stand conviction or if you don't like the word - but.

10/11/11

Blog header for a friend

Hi ladies!  I was feeling creative today so I decided to make a blog header for someone else.

Do you like it?

Good Deeds


I often hear the quote, "Our good deeds are like filthy rags." (Quoting from the book of Isaiah in the Bible - Isaiah 64:6)

 Meaning~ When our Holy God looks at the good things that we do, they are actually filthy.

Is that really true?  Because MY Bible says:

Eph 2:10 (NIV)  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

If God created us to do HIS good works and He prepared them in advance for us to do, how can they be filthy?

Isaiah 64 is talking about Israel when she had fallen.  They thought they were righteous and were worshiping other gods.

I realize that not every good deed that a person does is a God deed!  I also realize that motives and heart come into play.  But to say that our good deeds are like filthy rags is a misquote of God's Word.

Let's be careful to look at God's Word with fresh eyes.  We shouldn't go quotin our "Christianeese" until we have studied to show ourselves approved (2 Tim. 2:15) to God.

10/10/11

Sometimes a mama's just got to protect what is hers!

Some things are just worth waiting for and when the boys get older and can appreciate it, they can have some.

What am I talking about you say?  Chocolate.  The goooood kind.  Grinning from ear to ear...


That's right, I hide my stash.  I purchase dark, dark, dark chocolate and keep it all to myself. Sometimes for months!

Now, before you say, "Awwwww.... the poor boys don't get any candy." Let me tell you, they do!  Although we don't live off of the stuff, my boys aren't candy deprived.

We went to a candy factory the other day and they got over a pound of gummies...  EACH!  What did I get?  I settled on a tiny, little, expensive bag of dark chocolate covered almonds, one dark chocolate haystack and one other little chocolate treat.  I made it last too!  I nibbled on that little treat like a mouse and enjoyed every morsel!

So, yes.  I hide my dark chocolate stash in the back of the fridge or freezer and if they stumble upon it, they know to leave it alone.  That's Mama's chocolate!


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10/7/11

Know your gifts so you don't say yes and regret it!


Yesterday, I posted some links for you to take a Spiritual gifts test.  On the website with the online Spiritual gifts test, I found some information with Scripture concerning the gifts. 

When you know your gifts that God has blessed you with, you are better able to serve Him and those around you.  You won't be volunteering for something that you regret later when you sign up for service in an area that you are gifted in!

Biblical Summary about Spiritual Gifts

  1. Every Christian has at least one Spiritual Gift ( 1 Peter 4:10 )
  2. No Christian has all the gifts ( 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 )
  3. We cannot choose our gifts; God does that job ( 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 )
  4. There is no gift that every Christian possesses ( 1 Corinthians 12:29-30 )
  5. Believers will account to the Lord for how they use their gifts ( 1 Peter 4:10 )
  6. Spiritual Gifts indicate God's call and purpose for a Christian's life ( Romans 12:2-8 )
  7. Gifts used without love do not accomplish God's intended purposes ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 )
  8. Spiritual Gifts are for the common good to build up the Body ( 1 Corinthians 12:27
If you scroll down on this page:  Spiritual Gifts List with Definitions and Biblical References  you will find easy to understand explanations of your gift.


10/6/11

What are you doing?

When you know what your Spiritual gifts are, you are better able to serve the Lord and those around you.  You won't be signing up to do something that you will regret later.  

Rather, when you serve the Lord with the gifts that He hand picked for you, you will THRIVE!  Serving is much easier that way.  You will find joy in your heavenly job!

Don't let this verse from Matthew be true because of you!  You can be a blessing to the Kingdom!  The very Kingdom that you will be spending all of eternity serving God in!  

Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

I've often heard people say, "I don't care what my job in the Kingdom will be.  Just give me a broom and I will sweep streets, as long as I get there!"

That isn't a Biblical or even Godly perspective of the Kingdom.  You have all of the power that raised Christ from the dead at your disposal!  Find out what your gifts are and go use it!



Do you know what your Spiritual gifts are?




Here is a great assessment from Canyon Ridge Christian Church:  Spiritual gifts test PDF

Gifted 2 Serve:  Adult Spiritual Gifts Test

Do your children know what their Spiritual gifts are?  Kid's Spiritual Gifts Test

So, what are your gifts?

10/5/11

I found a great resource!


I was searching the net for a free Bible study on being a Godly woman, wife, etc. and I found a gem!  Thought I'd share it with ya!

The Godly Woman Bible Study (complete with Bible study PDF and an MP3 teaching)

"Personally, I believe that The Godly Woman: Personal Bible Studies for the Christian Woman is unique. In this book, you have an excellent combination of well-designed lessons with relevance to the issues and problems of the day, deeply rooted in Scripture with practical application of biblical truth to specific areas of life."

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10/3/11

So much depression...



I look around
I listen
I see into the eyes

So much depression...

There are so many people inside and out of the church who are struggling with depression.  I, too, struggle occasionally.  Now that I have learned who I am in Christ, the frequency and duration of depression have lessened tremendously!

Is the Bible true?  Does God lie?  That's right, NO!  Therefore, anything you say or think that is contrary to what the Word says, is a LIE! 

God is so good!  The Bible is alive and active; it will penetrate even the hardest soul.

I did a Google search and found some great verses to declare over yourself.  Do it!  Even if you don't feel like it!  Print up some of these verses and speak them.  God's Word and YOUR word are powerful!

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.  Prov. 18:21

Because God is so good and loves us so much, we can say the following and they are totally true statements!




From Inspirational Bible Verses:


I acknowledge and declare by faith the following truths:

I am a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away and all things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am forgiven, in Christ. (Colossians 1:13-14)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms, in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
In Christ, I am free from guilt and condemnation. (Romans 8:1)


I have received the righteousness of God, in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
In Christ, I am holy. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
In Christ I am free. (Galatians 2:4)
In Christ, I am joyful, prayerful and thankful according to the will of God.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

More from Crossing Church:

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)

I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
I have hope (Ephesians 1:12)




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10/1/11

Change Your Atmosphere

Praise changes the atmosphere!  It's time to get your praise on!


Here, I'll help you:




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