Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Go Through the Bible in One Year as a New Year's Resolution


Happy Happy New Year to You!!!

Dear Friends,
I hope today, wherever in the world you are that it is a BEAUTIFUL day!  Happy New Year!

I'm talking today about the Daily Audio Bible as this is my third year to go through the Bible in audio form.  It NEVER gets old.  Since I was a little girl, I've had Christ in my life, but going through the Bible has changed my life forever and I'm truly blessed. 

Brian Hardin reads a passage in the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day.  Then he applies it to our lives today and finally callers who have called in with prayer requests or praise reports previously on a recorded line have their requests and praises played.  It is a privilege to get to pray for them, who I consider my Daily Audio Bible family, and they have prayed for me too.  What a blessing to know that hundreds of thousands of people are praying and joining together.

If you've thought you would like to go through the Bible in a year as a New Year's resolution, consider listening to it.  Brian's voice is comforting and he is so knowledgeable.  On occasion his family is on the air as well.  His wife Jill helps him and two of his children record Daily Audio Bible Kids.  It is precious.

So Friends, during 2013 and beyond:

May the Good Lord bless you and keep you,
May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
May He lift up his countenance on you and give you peace,
May the strength of God go with you,
May the wisdom of God instruct you,
May the hand of God protect you,
May the word of God direct you,
May you be sealed in Christ this day and forever more.
Amen.
 
With Love,
Nancy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary


The tragedy in Newtown, CT has been on my heart as I'm sure it has been on yours. One of the children who passed away used to live in my town here in New Mexico.  I'm joining in on the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary movement to help welcome the children back to school.  Below is a quote from the North Canton Patch.
“Snowflakes for Sandy Hook” is one of several nationwide assistance movements spearheaded by the Connecticut PTSA on behalf of the Sandy Hook Elementary PTA. The National PTA joined in, sending out emails inviting PTA members across the U.S. to start crafting.
“When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible,” the National PTA posted on its website.
 
Many crafters are making snowflakes from various media.  A number of machine embroidery designers have offered free snowflake patterns for enthusiasts like myself to stitch out.  I personally chose this free design offered by Lindee G. Embroidery.   I thought the design with the hearts in it truly spoke to me.


I love the music by Donna Cori Gibson. Here she sings the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or the 3:00pm prayer. Jesus is our rock even in times of sorrow such as this. Jesus I trust in you.

If you would like to make snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary, you are asked to get them in the mail by Jan. 12th.  The address is below.
Want to make snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary students? If so, have them in the mail by Jan. 12 addressed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514
 
In a near future post I will talk more about the snowflakes and how I made them.
Warm winter blessings from my house to yours,
~Nancy


 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from How To Homemaker

Dear Friends,
I want to wish each of you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.  Like the wise men, may we too follow the star, follow the light, live in the light that leads us to our Lord and Savior.
With Love,
Nancy

ps.  Friends, if you would like to see what I have been doing lately, hop over to Embroidery It.  Machine Embroidery has become a new passion of mine and I'm fortunate that it is turning into a business.  The Christmas ornament above is one of my creations.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SHINE

 
On September 30th of this year I had one of those "God Moments" in which I feel the Holy Spirit's presence in my soul and feel he is truly speaking to me.  What came upon me was SHINE.  YOU ARE TO SHINE NANCY.

The word shine has filled my thoughts since that date.  How do you want me to shine God, I ask.

I've come to discover that I am to Shine in all I do, shine in my thoughts, my words and my actions.  God's love is light and his love shines to keep us from darkness.  I am to shine with God's love.

You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house.  Let your light so SHINE before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16.
 
And so I pray, "Dear God, May my light always shine with your love.  First God, may it illuminate the narrow and difficult path that leads me to you and may I stay on that path without stumbling or straying.  Should I stray on the wrong path, I pray I don't go far and realize my mistake so I may turn immediately around.  Then Lord, may my light shine more for others to see.  May it start in my home and with my family.  Finally, may my light reach far and deep to help bring others out of the darkness and onto the path of righteousness that leads to you.  Dear God, I ask to be blessed with wisdom to know what to do and say and that my light always always be illuminated and shining brightly. ~Amen.

SHINE is my word of the year.  I know many of you pick a word or phrase of the year to focus on.  SHINE is mine.  One year I had the word "simplify" and another year I had the phrase "keep ahead of the game."  This year, "shine".  At least I will keep it as my word until I feel God is placing something else on my heart.  I can't wait to see all the ways I can shine this year.  Starting today!

With love and God's Blessings,
Nancy 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Simple Woman's Daybook - September 5, 2012

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...It is cloudy and 80 degrees.  I thought we might get some rain today but I guess not.  It really is a perfect transition day from summer to fall.

I am thinking...many thoughts swirling around my head.  I'm wondering how our Katie who is in the Air Force is doing.  I'm also wondering where my journal is as I seem to have misplaced it.

I am thankful...for having such a wonderful group of children in my religious education class today.  Today was the first day for the school year.

In the kitchen...we are having leftovers tonight.  I have some leftover ribs, chuck roast and baked macaroni and cheese.

I am wearing...my chocolate skirt and blouse as I taught class today.  I wanted to look nice.

I am creating...nothing at the moment.  I have some fabric to make into slips for the outdoor furniture as well as make some outdoor pillows.

I am going...to write a book.  I've started it's draft.

I am reading...and studying Proverbs 31.

I am hoping...and praying for Katie and Eric.

I am looking forward to...Katie coming home from the Air Force in November.

I am learning...How to write a book.

Around the house...I'm tired and did not sleep well.  The house didn't get its usual attention today.

I am pondering...How do I respond to people?  I was asked today what I do during the day.  I said,"I cook and clean and spend time in my garden.  I also love to sew."  They replied, "Great, then you can help me sew my daughter's first communion dress.  We'll make it from my wedding gown."

A favorite quote for today...


One of my favorite things...getting to sit and write.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Take Cindy our beagle in for lab tests.  Nothing exciting really.

A peek into my day...I didn't sleep well last night so I just didn't move as fast or get much done.  Did 2 loads of laundry.  Took a nap.  Taught 1st grade religious education.  We are having leftovers for dinner tonight.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Print Your Own Freezer Storage Labels

Hi Friends,
When I saw this I thought it was a must share item!  Using Avery weatherproof labels, Martha Stewart has a printable download for them.  Get to it HERE.  You can now keep track of when you froze those delicious foods from your garden.  Now I'm off to staples to find these!
Happy Homemaking and I hope you have all had an amazing summer!
Love and blessings,
Nancy

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Get Serious

There have been times in my life when I truly feel I am being spoken to by the Holy Spirit.  I was reading back through my journal and had written back on April 18, 2012 about "Get Serious."  Those two words rang loud and true in my head.  Here is some of what I wrote at that time.

My first thoughts and what I feel are most true is that the Holy Spirit is saying, "Get serious about God."  Stop having any doubts. (Oh my friends, I believe in our God almighty, but sadly, yes there I are times I have doubts about things I read in the Bible.  I know I shouldn't and I ask God for forgiveness of my feelings when they pop into my head.)  Believe in the Lord God fully, 100% and put your complete trust in Him."

I have been praying and working on this and in putting complete and full trust in God.  I have placed Emily in His hands for her complete healing.  I have placed my other children in His hands that God will guide them along His path.  I've placed my husband in His hands as the leader of our family.

Then I got to thinking about how "Get Serious" applies to all areas of my life and I made a list.
  • Get Serious about God
    • Meaning put complete faith in Him.  No more doubting.
  • Get Serious as a Mom
    • Meaning spend more quality time with the kids.
  • Get Serious as a Wife
    • Meaning make certain Mike's needs are met.
  • Get Serious about having a my own Business
    • Meaning stop being on the fence, reach out in faith and just do it.
  • Get Serious about caring for Myself
    • Meaning start exercising and stop unhealthy eating
  • Get Serious about caring for my Home
    • Meaning keep it organized, clean and welcoming
  • Get Serious about our Finances
    • Meaning stay on top of the bills and control unnecessary spending.
As I have written these things, I know God says that I must care for what He has placed in my hands.  When I show that I can care for these things, he will entrust me with more.

One of the things I have truly wanted for a long time is to have my own business.  You may know that I sell Scentsy, but ultimately that is Scentsy's business.  I want MY own business.  I believe God will entrust me with my own business.  I am believing and stepping out in faith with this new business venture of mine that I will be sharing with you very soon.

Are there things you need to get serious about?

God Bless each and everyone of you who read my blog.  I'm praying for you!
Love, Nancy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is It Too Soon to be Thinking About Christmas?

Today I was in need of a journal.  I have a collection of notebooks that I've written in throughout my many years.  I pulled a pretty one off the shelf.  It was one I had written in for several months back in 2008.  It had many blank pages in the back of it and I wanted to see if it would work for my current needs.  I read through my 2008 writings.  They were from September through December of that year.  It was fun to see what I was doing, what my dreams were as well as my feelings.

One thing I wrote about was the stress we went through during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I had made the comment that it seems as if every year it is stressful at this time.  The stress comes from a variety of sources.

Another thing I had written was my strong desire for peace in the home.  I wanted peace and organization as well as joy in my home. 

I know it is unrealistic to expect those things to occur constantly.  There are times when my home feels like utter chaos.  I have noticed over the past 4 years though, that peace, organization and joy occur more often.  I don't feel some of the stress that I felt 4 years ago.  Some of this may be due to the fact that we have continued to live in the same home.  Where as before, we seemed to be moving every 2 years.  I think over time I have fallen into a good routine to keep the home running relatively smoothly.  (We still have chaos though!)

So as I read back about my feelings during the winter holidays, I got to thinking that it really isn't too early to begin planning for Christmas.  I've added to my list of 14 things that I want to accomplish this summer to include one more.  Number 15 is to complete any homemade, handcrafted gifts that I want to give this year.  I know these will include machine embroidered towels for family members as well as making a number of hand towels to give to special friends and neighbors.  If I run across creative ideas that I want to give as gifts when summer ends, I'm going to keep a list of those ideas and they can be used as gifts for next year.  Finishing these homemade gifts this summer will be a big task done that will help keep stress from the holidays.

The picture above shows the three handtowels I made for my mother and gave to her this spring.  They are hanging in her bathroom.  The towels were $1 each at Walmart.  The embroidery thread I had on hand and I purchased the trim at JoAnns.  The designs are an Anita Goodesign and it is from the "Spring Curls" collection.  Making up some hand towels like this but in Christmas designs is my homemade gift-giving plan.

Love and Blessings,
Nancy

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