Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's Not a "New Year's Resolution" It's a Habit.

Everyone knows that there are new year resolutions, and most of them fail.

The key is, don't think of whatever your doing as a new year resolution. Think of it as a habit you are forming. I usually hate commitment, but if you think of it as a habit--like brushing your teeth--it's not so bad after all.

My habits I want to start:

  • Make space for my sewing machine...somewhere.
  • Learn more on the piano.
  • Keep my room clean and work on making it better.
  • Write in my journal more.
  • Start, and work on My Faith Notebook journal.
Now I bet you are wondering what a Faith Notebook is, so here is the link: I got the idea from a lady's blog.
What are yours goals?
Don't think of them as resolutions that are going to fail, but as a habit.

So don't be afraid of losing your goal halfway through January. Make it a habit or commitment, don't just say, "Oh! There goes that new years resolution! Uh oh! To bad, not trying that again," because honestly--us humans--we are lazy. Now maybe not everybody in this area, but everyone has something they don't want to do.
We won't get up and do something about it!
I heard on KLOVE radio that it takes only 30 days to form a habit.
So let's do it! Let's do something for a change.
This is a bible verse that might help you with this time of making habits:



Shared:
Wednesday-  
Wholehearted Wednesdays - So Much at Home  - A Little R & R 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

-Carolers Out In The Snow-

Only thing we are missing is snow! You heard it right--we don't have any snow yet. But I am hanging on to that "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas" hope. So I think there will be.

I just wanted to share a few Christmas songs. They are not classics, but they are fun ones. Myself, I love just singing the originals. I don't find many that artists sing that I like, so I decided just to do these ones this time.
If you are looking for some really good artists who do Christmas carols, my family's favorites are Bing Crosby and The Carpenters. Enjoy!

Brenda Lee: Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Chuck Berry: Run Run Rudolph

The Drifters: I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
Bing Crosby: White Christmas

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song

The Carpenters: The Christmas Waltz

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Deep Breath...Ahh...Christmas!

We are all thinking the same thing: Christmas!
We are all thinking: Let's get ready! It's almost here!

STOP

Wait a moment! Pause!
Before you begin thinking of the Christmas season, I want you to think of what it symbolizes.
The birth of our Savior.
Before you put up your tree or wrap the first gift, (well, I know some have already, but that's not the point) I want you to think of Jesus. I know we all can get caught up in Christmas preparation without realizing that we are stressing about a celebration that brought peace.

When you get ready for almost everyone's favorite holiday, think of the true gift; Jesus.

So, have a great day and celebrate the saviors birth!!!!
ADVICE: I recommend watching Saving Christmas this year, you will understand and appreciate the  traditions we all do every Christmas. My mom also did a review on her blog for it. Click Here.

Have a joyful Christmas season!

Thursday
This Week in My Kitchen -  Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday  Share Your Cup Thursday Serving Joyfully   - Shine

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Are We Truly Following Him?

Do not be afraid to stand up for Christ, because it is better (and we get a reward in heaven, and we all love rewards) than being popular and noticed by others. Tell others about your faith and the one true God who saves. It is our duty as a Christian.



This is a quote from a good book I am reading, Do Hard Things (Alex and Brett Harris).
"She knew that she wasn't called to follow Jesus only when she'd get pats on the back for it, she was called to follow Him even when it hurt. And if she wasn't ready top follow Him even when it hurt, she wasn't ready to follow Him at all."
People all over the world are being beaten up, thrown out, killed, and tortured for Jesus; and we won't even risk being unpopular, or standing out in the crowd? Matthew 10:22 says, "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end, will be saved."

Matthew 10:32-33
"32 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men I also will confess before my father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before men, him I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 10:38-40
"39 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me, is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will loose hit and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. 40 He who receives you receives me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

What is Christianity anyway?
The Websters dictionary gives us a definition: "The religion of Christians or the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ and recorded by the evangelists and apostles."
So this says we are supposed to do what Christ told us to do, and put the biblical teachings of the bible to action. Are we?

I advise reading the bible in a new way. Through the eyes of a follower... a follower of the author---God.


All the Bible verses I used were from Matthew 10. NKJV.

Thursday
This Week in My Kitchen -  Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday  Share Your Cup Thursday Serving Joyfully   - Shine

Friday, November 21, 2014

As The Days Grow Colder....

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere,
Summer's last flowers in my hair.
Soon the sun will hide its face,
And soon the cold of winter will take its place.
But not yet, not until I have seen,
Every tree swept bear, every branch clean.
So get out the rake and rake the yard,
And maybe to a loved one send a greeting card.
If you need cheer just grab a book,
And snuggle with some cocoa in your reading nook.
Then plunge into early winter well prepared,
And of the deep snow storms don't be scared.


I wrote this poem, please do not copy. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! 2014

K-Love Thanksgiving song!

Gobble Gobble
by: Matthew West!


 



Till the day after Thanksgiving!
By: Brandon Heath



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Part of His Divine Plan

Don’t overlook your life like it is nothing, it’s not. Your life is part of God’s divine plan. Never forget that. Your life has a purpose – why would God make you if you did not? He loves you. Even when you feel worthless and have no sense to your life, turn to God. Ask him to help you, to give you joy again, and you won’t be denied. He loves you so much that he went through tremendous pain on the cross so that you and I could be here. Sitting here, reading this. I mean, have you ever known anybody who would be beaten up, whipped, and nailed on a cross to die – for you? My guess is no. Do you know anybody who will always be with you no matter where you go, all the time? No, you don’t. And who do you know that has the power to heal? Physically, mentally, and spiritually? Anybody? No, not that either. It is impossible to find someone with the qualities of our savior. He will give you that and so much more! So don’t look at your life as if it’s nothing. Even when you have nothing left, and you feel like you want to give up just give all the control that you do have to the One that will always help you. Did you know he forgave all your sins before you were born? Well he did. So all you have to do is ask. Ask him to work through you and to give you his joy. Over time you will start to feel it. It may take days, weeks, months, or even years. Just keep looking and you will find it, with God’s help. Never stop trying to have joy. Thank God for the things that you do have. Take heart, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!


“Have I not commanded you, be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid nor be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “ Joshua 1:9






Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Unexpected Request (My Book Review)

While on the run from "them", Ty Elliot comes back home to his only sister and his father who is dying. On his death bed, Ty's father gives him and unexpected request, to find "her". So Ty, his sister Sally, and a friend named Carson, set out to find "her". They find out that it is their sister they are looking for. While they are on the trail, the party of three run into adventure and trouble. This book is definitely a page turner. Will Ty, Sally, and Carson ever find who they are looking for? And when they do, if they ever do, what will happen next? And what will happen if they have a run in with "them", the very people threatening Ty's life? You will just have to read it and find out!
This is a book full of action and a saddlebag full of adventure.

This is an amazing story about so much more than what is on the back cover. This story displays hope, love, adventure, loyalty, prayer, and so much more. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I will just say that this is an amazing book. The Unexpected Request is now my second favorite book ever! It is definitely a book you will want to read for hours on end. I myself,don't normally read more than a chapter or two at a time let alone for more than an hour. But with this book, I found myself flipping the pages and reading for up to 4 hours at a time! I highly recommend this book to you and your family. Overall, this book shows you that with God all things are possible----even the impossible.

Summary from the back cover
"Ty Elliot returns to his home after an absence of two years, knowing full well the danger which threatens him each hour he lingers in the old cabin in the mountains. But with his father on his death bed and his younger sister exhausted, Ty knows he must remain for a time at least. When his father makes a strange request and begs his returned son to “find her,” Ty promises but is bewildered. Who is he to find? How can he set about the task of honoring his word? The only clues the dying man can give his son are a broken locket, a small photograph of a woman and a few last whispered instructions; “Take care of your sisters.” In confusion, Ty turns to his father’s childhood friend, Carson, for advice. Would the older man be able to help Ty and his sister, Sally? How much time did Ty have at the cabin before ‘they’ found out? Join Ty, Sally and Carson on their journey in search of the missing sister. The dangers they encounter, the hardships they face, as well as the friendly homes they visit, will keep you turning the pages. Set in the untamed west of the mid-1800's, this is a story the whole family will enjoy."


About the Author



"Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate who has a love for writing. She is the author of dozens of short stories and poems. After six years of loving labor, her first book, Home Fires of the Great War, came out in March, 2011.  Every Friday her blog www.rsreadingroom.blogspot.com is updated with her work. Living at home in Missouri with her parents and sister, she also does beautiful hand quilting, and greatly enjoys history, reading, teaching writing to a variety of ages, playing the violin and piano, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do."

*I am not an affiliate.  This book was a gift from Miss Morris in exchange for an honest review.

Shared:
Make Your Home Sing Monday

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grow Where You Are Planted

Life is like a garden. The world is the garden, and God is the gardener. Satan is the thorns, and his demons are the weeds. They're trying to uproot the flowers which are the lost people of the world; we Christians are the bees. We have to carry the gospel to each flower in order for them to grow. Without the pollen/gospel and the living water that the Gardener provides, they will surely shrivel up and die. Don’t let the enemy/weeds/thorns overrule and overpower you. You have the power of God by speaking His words, in the name of Christ Jesus. The Gardener is constantly fighting for you against the growth of the thorns/weeds among your lives. With God/the Gardener's help, you can defeat this. And remember, God, the Gardener, planted you exactly where you are, because he wanted you there. If he wanted you planted somewhere else in the world, He would have put you there.
Grow where you are planted, until God, the Gardener, replants you somewhere else.

I got this acronym from our church. 

G go
R reach
O our 
W world

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Young Woman's Call To Prayer

WAIT! please read this post. I really believe that this book is for you. The book I am reccomending to you is A Young Woman's Call to Prayer, by: Elizabeth George.

Do you feel like your prayers have no meaning anymore, and it just seems awkward to pray?  If so, this is the exact book you need to cuddle up with everyday and read. This book helped me so much with my prayer life and it made me realize that I did have a prayer life. It made me realize that prayer is not just for asking for stuff. It is a real relationship with my best friend...God


Click here to buy it on Amazon

Summary from the back cover:

"Elizabeth George, author of A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, which reached #1 on Christian Marketplace’s Young–Adult bestseller list, offers another exciting teen book—A Young Woman’s Call to Prayer.
From her own journey, the Bible, and the lives of others, Elizabeth reveals the explosive power and dynamic impact of prayer on everyday life. Older teens will discover how to—
  • make prayer a reality
  • establish a regular time for talking with God
  • pray from their hearts for daily needs
  • live God’s will to the max
  • worship God through prayer
A Young Woman’s Call to Prayer gives step–by–step guidance for experiencing an enthusiastic prayer life. Great for Sunday school, group studies, and individual reading."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Do You Not Hear Me?

This is a post that I wrote as if God was speaking it. I hope you find encouragement for today in it. And I believe it is for you. No matter how your day is going, good or bad, this is for you.

"You pray to me saying you want to hear my voice. Yet, I am speaking already to you. But child, I do understand that it is hard to understand my voice, and to learn to recognize it. I will help you recognize it, but it does take time and patience. Are you ready to be helped? Ready to be patient? I love you. Never forget what I did for you. I died on the cross, and it hurt a lot, but it was worth it for you. Oh, it was so worth it. I want to have a relationship with you. I chose you, yes you, to be my own. I am speaking to you, my child. I made you on purpose, not by mistake. I will work through you if you will only let me."



Raising Homemakers - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home -  So Much at Home - Wake Up Wednesday - What you wish Wednesdays - A Little R & R - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster Making a Home 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The New 4-H Year Begins!

This will be my 2nd year of 4-h. I will be doing Photography, Public Speaking, Gardening, and Crocheting. I am so excited!  I am looking forward to the first class! YEAH!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For a Limited Time Only


I think we get caught up in life so much sometimes that we forget to cherish our lives. If you look around us, we are so busy that we don't just stop and notice that our whole life is passing by and we are not hardly noticing. Every day we get up, and immediately think of what we have to do that day and already you can't wait until its over.  I know I do.  What about you?

But what we really need to do, is realize what an amazing world God has given us to live on and off. Look at all the opportunities and gift he has given us. Look at your family, whether is is your siblings, kids, parents, or relatives, God gave you people to support you and encourage you in this world, to love you.  And when we got too busy we forget to love and appreciate the people that love us.

Sometimes we go days without even thinking about how much God loves us and thinking about the joy he gave us when we had no joy; and that he sent his only son to die for us, in our place, so we could enjoy this life. He did not die so we could stress about every moment. We are only here for a limited time. We need to make a good difference. Because, believe it our not, no matter who you are or what you have done , you are making a difference, whether it be good or not. Now, ask God, "Am I making a good difference? If not, how can I make my difference better? Lord, please show me the way".

Truly our time is slipping by. Time is always moving. You cannot touch yesterday or tomorrow. You can only touch today, so are you going to make it a good day, and spend your time wisely?


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Almost Autumn...

We are almost there. The official first day of fall is on September 23, but things start earlier around here.
My big things for fall are decorating and crafting. I have always loved fall. It makes everything seem...fresh in a way. The hot days are over and Missouri is finally cooling off. Fall around here can be anywhere from 80-50 degrees Fahrenheit. You say hello to sweaters, school, blankets, and soup, and goodbye to swimming pools, shorts, fans, and the heat. My favorite seasons are summer and fall. I like winter too, just not as much. I can never seem to get my toes warm!  (:   Anyway, I don't really like spring.  You might think I am weird but, the only things I like about spring are seeing the sun again and the flowers.


This fall I am hoping to make some more of the crafts I have on Pinterest for fall. I actually have done several. I am really enjoying the cooler weather.   How is your autumn going so far? Have you started decorating yet? I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment!


I got the cool graphic from Twin Creek Primitives.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Philippians 4:4

        "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice."



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Birthday Season


It is birthday season at the Lane house right now. My birthday was last week, today is Michael's birthday, and the week after next week is Emily's birthday. If you don't know who Emily and Michael are, they are my sister and brother. I have one other brother too, but his birthday is in January.

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I had a great birthday. I turned 13. 


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Happy EARLY Birthday Emily!


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Happy Birthday
A birthday is a special day, one that no one can take from you.
A birthday is the celebration of your life, so make it special. 
A birthday is a good time to reflect on the previous years and see how much God has blessed you. 
A birthday is a happy time, not a sad time. 
It's okay that you're older than last year, because you're probably smarter than you were last year. 
The only annoying part about birthdays is having the Happy Birthday sung to you over and over at the most random-est times, even in public!


Happy Birthday to Emily and Michael, you are the best friends I could have. I love you!

Psalm 118:24
"This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it."

 I designed the Happy Birthday pictures on Pic Monkey.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY: Earring Tree

I was cleaning my room yesterday and found a bunch of those pop can lid things. So I decided to make an earring tree. I am a person who likes to make her own patterns and make stuff up. Now I know my colors do not coordinate, but it is what I had on hand. As mom says: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." So! I am doing a tutorial.

Things you will need:
A glue gun and glue 
Scissors
Ribbon of your choice
Mat board
 Pop can lids
 (as many as you like according to how long your earrings are.)

1. Cut a piece of ribbon for each side of the mat board. Make sure to cut it at an angle so that it will not shred. Turn it over and make sure it is aligned on the other side.

2. Glue the ribbon to the back of the mat board.





3. Now turn it back over, and glue under the ribbon and press the hot glue until it dries. Repeat until all sides have ribbon outlining the mat board.  Now put it aside.



4. Now bend the little tab that holds the pull thingy on the can down (picture in top right corner). Do this for all of them accept one.  

 5. Hot glue all the tabs on. And the different one on the back as shown.


6. Take the one you saved from earlier, and bend the front part down. Then bend off the tab part, and hot glue to the back. Make sure it is in the center or your frame will not hang right.

 And you're done!

If ya'll are wondering how I edit, make collages out of my pictures and design headers, I will openly tell you I use  Pic Monkey. And the best part of it is that it is free!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

More than just a verse....

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."


-John 3:16-17

The writing on the drawing above is Hebrew for "Jesus Messiah".



I love Jesus more than anything. I believe he died for my sins, and for yours, and that even though we are not worthy of his love, he loves us anyway. He died the most painful death--- for us. He didn't have to. He CHOSE to die for the people that yelled "CRUCIFY HIM!" in the crowd!!!!----you and me.


I am hosting a poll for the month of August, on what your favorite name for Jesus is, if they are not your favorite title for Him, please tell me in a comment below.
 Don't forget to vote please!

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