Friday, June 25, 2010

Goodbye (for just a few weeks)


As I explained on the last post I will be out of the country for around nine days. After returning we will be departing again for church camp a few days later. Then, when we return from camp we will be moving! Due to this I will not be able to blog that much in the next few weeks. So, I wanted to share several links with you gals to check out instead of reading my blog for the next few weeks.


www.desiringgod.org
This is the ministry of John Piper; preacher and author. The Lord has used this man to challenge me so much in my Christian walk with his intense focus on the Bible and God's Sovereignty.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/
Justin Taylor's blog is such a well rounded blog. The name sums up the topics: Between Two Worlds: faith, books and culture.

www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com
Country is a SAHM with two children. She uses her blog to minister to ladies from a biblical perspective.

www.crazydomestic.com
This blog highlights two stay-at-home moms on a quest to make their homes happier by "setting routines, cooking simple meals, decorating on a budget and taming the craziness that often comes with being domestic."

www.hoperoadblog.com
This beautiful lady blogs on several issues. The thing I love most about this blog is that there is a beautiful thread of making much of Christ in nearly ever post. She has a wonderful series on Homemaking. Up to date she has three parts, check them out!

www.alligatorsinmypond.blogspot.com
This blogger is a wonderful friend of mine! Things you will find on her blog are: insightful and challenging devotions, what's going on with her and her journey with adoption and reminders about the cause of missions. She and her husband are currently taking care of a foster child and she also writes about journey and lessons learned.

www.homemademamas.net
This is such a unique blog. The “mamas” which blog make tons of things from everyday items around the house. Check them out for making unique things such as soap and face scrubs to decorations.

www.pursuitoftitus2.com
This lovely lady is a Christian with a beautiful testimony of the Lord's grace. I enjoy reading her blog because she gives such practical advice from a God-centered perspective. (She is moving and will not be blogging for a while but you can read all the things she has already written)

www.raisinghomemakers.com
This is a new website which I am so excited about! The objective of this site is to teach and prepare daughters in the art of homemaking.

www.myheartforhome.blogspot.com
This blog is also written by a dear friend of mine. Jessica opens up her home by sharing recipes and opens up her heart by sharing devotions and things that the Lord is teaching her. Jessica is currently stationed overseas with her husband so she has insightful reminders on what a sacrifice it is to serve our country. You can also read about her recent adoption story, her struggles during the waiting time and the joys of the final day when they brought their little one home.

Hope all of these blogs will encourage you while I’m away from my computer! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Getting the Passports Ready!



My dearest husband and I will be dusting off the passports and heading out of the states early Monday morning. Destination: Northwest Territory, Canada! We have been planning this trip for sometime now and are so excited that it's finally here. Our focus is mainly on encouraging the Canadian believers and putting on a day vacation bible school.

Until recently I didn't see much of a need to go to Canada on a mission trip... my thoughts were that they were just like us with churches around every corner. Don't get me wrong, I do think we need to take mission trips in the states, my husband and I are preparing for an in-state mission trip set for August, but when I think of overseas I don't normally think of Canada.

The Lord began opening our eyes to Canada through several instances within a few weeks and we felt let to pursue a trip there this summer. A retired man in our church travels to Canada several times a year to do mission work so we told him we were interested in tagging along if he went this summer and well the rest is history!

One of the greatest needs in Canada is more churches. There are several places in the Northwest Territory were there is no known church gathering or a small group of believers meeting with no pastor. The Christians in the Northwest Territory are few and they often get discouraged due to the fact that they are alone in their Christian faith. Due to this saddening reality we are traveling around to visit with several Christian families in hopes of encouraging them. It's been my prayer that the Lord would give my husband and me wisdom about how to encourage and that He would use us to help them see Christ even more.

Please pray for the three of us as we head out early Monday morning.
We will be leaving June 28th and returning July 7th.

Pray for our traveling (we will be traveling a lot, we are staying somewhere
different almost every night)

Pray for the VBS (that the Lord would open the eyes of these children and allow them
to see Him)

Pray for the Christians (that the Lord would use us to encourage and edify them)

Pray for the unbelievers (that the Lord would go before us and open their hearts and
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

How to Comment on a Post

Someone has told me they were having trouble commenting so I thought I would try to help!

1) Click on comment at the end of the post

2) Write your comment under "Post a Comment"

3) Select your profile under "Comment As"

*This can be the confusing step.... if you do not have one of these profiles aready made I would suggest Google Account.

4) Click "Post Comment"

5)It will open up a new page or tab to sign into your Google Account. If you don't have a Google Account already then click on "Create Google Account" (located under the sign in box on right side of page).

6) Fill out information (won't take long :) )

7) Once you submit your information you may need to go to your e-mail address and follow the link to verify the information.

8) You are ready to post! Next time you will only have to hit Google account and type in your username and password! Pin It Now!

Chief End of Man




What is the chief end of man? Or what is the purpose or goal of man? Often times Christians think little about their ultimate purpose in life or they respond quickly by saying to glorify God. What does it really mean to glorify Christ? John Piper says that to glorify doesn't mean to make glorious but, to reflect or display as glorious. We are reflecting something that is already beautiful. As Christians our ultimate purpose is to reflect God's glory in everything we do.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (ESV) The ESV Study Bible comments, "Every aspect of every Christian's life has the potential to honor God."

If God calls us to this purpose and if we love Jesus as we ought we should make it our ambition and whole life pursuit to glorify Christ. This isn't just something that you place in the back of your mind which pops up every now and then when you are ministering or at church. This is something that your thoughts should constantly be on. We should be meditating continually on God and seeking to honor Him in literally everything we do. I know this sparks more questions and in order to keep this post from being extremely long I plan to post more thoughts on this at a later time.

Being that we are called to this purpose and that this pursuit will bring us true happiness and joy we must pursue to glorify God in all things. It's easy to try to glorify Christ in certain areas but, more difficult in other areas such as homemaking! Of course you know by now that this is my reason behind starting www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com , because so many women view homemaking (cooking, cleaning, organizing, nutrition...)as mundane dutiful tasks which must be completed instead of seeking to display the glory of Christ in these everyday routines around the home. May you continue to read as we try to learn how to do this.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

What all does Homemaking include?

When you think of homemaking what all come to mind? Probably the usual like cooking and cleaning what what about other areas? What about decorating and nutrition? While surfing desiringgod.org I came across an article by the lovely Carolyn Mahaney about the various aspects of homemaking.

"But the truth is that homemaking involves so much more than just cleaning a house. The commands in Scripture to love, follow, and help a husband; to raise children for the glory of God; and to manage a home encompass a vast responsibility. Homemaking requires an extremely diverse array of skills—everything from management abilities, to knowledge of health and nutrition, to interior decorating capabilities, to childhood development expertise. If you are to become an effective homemaker, then you must study these subjects and many more."

Enjoy! Let me know what you think about this!

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Summer Challenge

I know that today is suppose to begin week 1 of the Summer Challenge... but, due to the fact that I'm on vacation with the family I will not be able to post pictures of my dating years with my husband. I plan to post the challenge at the end of the week when I return home to get the pictures! Also, it's been a few days since I've blogged and I do want to say that I don't want to wait so long to blog..however, last week was my 4th Wedding Anniversary which called for a small trip to a Bed and Breakfast! Although this summer is extremely busy (being a youth pastor's wife) I plan on blogging as much as I can! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Meditations: Are we truly fulfilling James 2:14-17 ?



This video is so funny, even though we never think we are guilty of such a thing I love the fact that it points out what so many of us do in reality each day to those around us who are hurting.


"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:14


Through this passage the Lord began to open my eyes to where I am guilty of this very thing. God began to say, "Marcie, how many times do you do this to your brothers and sisters?" In particular I was thinking about the fact that its so easy when someone opens up to you about a trial... it so easy to only pray for them, but, faith does so much more.

Recently I have seen one person in particular that I knew was suffering around me and have went to them with a heavy heart and told them that I am praying for them, and I am. However, I should show them that I care in other ways. In the Reformed Expository Commentary on James it's pointed out that we should not call someone after surgery and ask how they are, but instead, we should take a meal to their house and when we are there ask them the question.

See, God graciously showed me that I am not ministering to those around me who are going through trials. God reminded me of something my husband shared after dinner the other night. He was encouraging us to give God our Effort, Time and Money. I thought, of course we tithe and of course I give Him time in the morning and effort yeah it takes effort to strive to fight sin in my life. However, this really struck me when I read this passage. To help those who need help takes all three of these.

Are you guilty of this too? Are you turning a blinds eye to a brother or sister who are in need of something? If you say that you are doing these things, then be encouraged my sister that you are glorifying God and you are proving that you have faith by your actions. If you say that you really don't know anyone with needs around you, then pray that the Lord would show you and open your eyes to see those around you who truly are in need.

One final thought, I know this blog is "Don't Waste Your Homemaking" so I thought I would include some thoughts about helping those in need in our homes. Let’s consider that someone comes to you and shares a trial they are going through. Why not instead of just praying for this person ask them if they would want to come to your house the following week? Set a date right then and there and ask if they would like to come over for some coffee or tea so you could see how things are going. Prior to them coming over seek the Lord and ask Him to use you to encourage this person and to strengthen their faith. Be intentional with their visit and remind them of scriptures that will carry them through this trial.

May we seek to glorify God in all things we do, may we not waste our homemaking.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Challenge


Something that I will post more on latter is setting goals. I love setting goals, they help keep me focused on what I need to complete. In view of this I decided to commit to a challenge for the summer. The challenge is, "Completing Him: Being the Woman your man needs." I have decided to do this challenge myself and encourage you gals to do the same. The challenge will begin next week and conclude Aug. 9th. Each week we will have a new challenge to complete dealing with our marriage! I'm so excited about this, hope you join me. Leave a comment if you are willing to commit to this wonderful challenge!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Beginnings of DWYH



Wow... my first post! I want to start by saying that I'm so excited to start this blog. This has been a desire of mine for sometime now but, I'm just now finalizing all the details.

As you can see by my profile information and by my title my desire is to not waste my homemaking and to encourage other women like me to do the same. It is a fight in our culture for women to delight in their careers as homemakers. I have seen the two extremes... one extreme I've seen is that Christian women think it is ridiculous for a woman to not have a career outside her home, the other extreme I've found is Christian women who make their career in their home and yet dread doing the tasks of a homemaker. Either woman is in danger of wasting their life due to their lack of glorifying God in this area. Due to the fact that I am a full time homemaker I will be speaking from this perspective and trying to fight to not waste my homemaking. I will be posting thoughts about how we can glorify God in our homemaking tasks, hospitality, recipes, lyrics to challenge us and many more things!

What does the unwasted life of a homemaker look like? What does a wasted life of a homemaker look like? How do we as Christian women seek to glorify God in our homemaking careers? Continue reading to find out!
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