Sunday, February 26, 2017

Be Salty for the Lord!

A peek into my journaling bible. 
As I said in my last post, " Trusting God with all your Heart" I got out my bible journal to help walk me through the verse I was breaking down. As I was flipping through it I found one of my old journal entries about "Being Salty". Some of you are probably curious as to why I'm sounding like a beach bum. Well read Matthew 5:13. It says, 
"You are the salt of the Earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."
What is salt without saltiness?

Nothing.

Let that sink in for a minute. Salt is nothing without saltiness. What are Christians without Godliness? I'll let you answer that one for yourself.

Trusting in God with all your Heart

Today I needed some alone time with God. I had some apologizing to do for putting Him on the back burner a little bit this past week. But anyway, after I fed and watered the chickens & ducks I sat down and pulled out my bible, my bible journal, and a sheet of notebook paper. Then I began to write. I read a passage from Proverbs. Proverbs 3:5-6 to be exact. Someone, somewhere needs to hear it. Or maybe even I need to hear it to prepare myself for this week. Who knows. But why else would it be given to me to read today?

It reads like this:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your own eyes."

The question, "How do you trust?" came to mind. Trusting for me comes natural. I trust everyone until they give me a reason not to trust them or if I get a feeling from God telling me to be careful.

It tells me to trust in God with ALL my heart. What  kind of a feeling is that? ALL your heart trusting in one person? Remember the "Trust Fall" we did as kids? When you fall back and that person should be there to catch you? That's how it is with God. He expects us to fall back on Him. When things are going good or bad, fall back on God. He won't step out of the way like some of our friends did. He will catch us no matter what.
You know how you trust those stairs not to break and let you fall through them? That's how we should trust God. Like a sturdy staircase that won't break. God will catch you. Keep that in mind this week. As you go through the week think of how God has your back and when you begin to fall He will be there to catch you. His plan for you and your life will go exactly according to plan as long as you trust Him to get you through it all.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink?

Photo Credits: Cozy Ideas 

 Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink? 

Here in South Georgia, the days are getting hotter and the nights are getting cooler. It's February and feels like Summer. So that means that we are all trying to find ways to stay hydrated, cool and happy. I have increased my water intake massively in the past week just because i'm sweating so much between work and just being hot. 

One thing that is quite popular that I am just learning about in the past month is "Sun Tea", some of you may have heard about it before. You basically make the tea outside on a sunny porch or table. But is it healthy? I mean you're not actually boiling the water or anything so is it okay to drink? 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Things You Should Know While You're Engaged

Things You Should Know While You're Engaged

With my wedding being over and so many others getting engaged, I feel like I should pass on some of my new found wisdom. I may sound like a granny but this is all stuff I can honestly say I wish I had known. 






Sunday, February 12, 2017

5 Ways to Save Money Wherever You Are!

5 Ways to Save Money Wherever You Are! 

Want to save money? Want some insider advice? 

Photo Credit: Girl Who Thinks
Whether you live on a farm, in the city or anywhere in between, I think we can all agree that its nice to save a little bit of money. Right? 
  1. Make a garden. (Even if it's a bunch of small pots.) This is the best way to save on fruits, vegetables and herbs. Plant your own! 
  2. Buy eggs from a local farmer or get yourself some chickens! Eggs in a grocery store around here go for about what $3? That's $3 that you can save! ((In one of the chicken groups i'm in on facebook, someone said that eggs in their town costed close to $7 a dozen! THAT IS CRAZY! 
  3. Buy "Pantry Staples". Flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, etc. It last longer and you can cook more with one bag. Think of it like this, how much is one can of biscuits? $1.98? That's not bad. But you only get 8. Why not buy flour and a couple other things like buttermilk and butter and make 50 biscuits? Okay, I know you won't make that many biscuits but point is, if you buy a bag of flour it will add up to the same as biscuits, cake mixes etc. 
  4. Line dry your clothes or sheets. Okay, so I'm not one to be talking much. I don't really abide by this one. But I do line dry our "farm towels & rags". The towels and rags that I use for the animals, I keep it separate from my bath towels and washcloths. I wash them in a wash tub and line dry them so that I don't get our washer and dryer smelling like ducks or chickens. It saves on water and electricity. 
  5. Sew up your own clothes. Instead of buying a new shirt. Patch that old ripped one up. It's not hard to learn a few basic stitches that will help you patch up clothing. If you're really creative you can even create your own clothing. Kid's clothing is pricey. Why buy the same cute kid's clothes when you could make them? 

3 Unforgettable Valentine's Day Dates!

Photo Credit: MD Junction

3 Unforgettable Valentine's Day Dates! 

Don't have much time to plan? Need some quick date ideas? You've come to the right place! 

With my farmer's busy schedule and my busy schedule, Valentine's Day is just a day for us to do something fun together. But we always make time to do something as far as dates go. Here's a few date ideas that won't take alot of planning (mainly because I planned them out for you) and they won't take a whole lot of money!
  1. A Picnic in "Italy": Okay, so OBVIOUSLY I can't just pack my bags and run to Italy, right? This date involves a picnic blanket, a basket, cheeses, and a bottle of wine. Be sure to go to the store the night before and pick up grapes, maybe some sausage or other meat, a loaf of that french bread, baguette I think its called, and don't forget your wine and cheese (for pairing ideas on wine and cheese click here to go to an illustrated wine & cheese pairing guide.) Find a place either on your land or a private pond, maybe even a park. Lay out your blanket, play some soft italian music in the background and let your lovie come over. (I'd keep them in the car until you get all set up.) 
  2. Night under the Stars: Pretty self explanatory. Take a truck to a field (we have quite a few of those around here.) and place blankets, pillows, or even an air mattress in the back. After going to dinner in town, take it back to the country and lay under the stars. It's also pretty interesting if you study up on astronomy. I mean how romantic is it when you can point out the constellations and tell the stories behind them? My husband thought it was the coolest thing that I could point out Orion the Hunter and tell him the story behind him. He loves when I point out the big and Little dippers. 
  3. Romantic movie and fondue: Pull out that old movie, The Notebook or find something ROmantic on Netflix. Then pull out a pot and make some chocolate fondue. Have some strawberries, pineapples, marshmallows and other dippables on hand! You won't regret it! 
So take your pick! Here's three date ideas, want more? Check out my post 5 Farmer & Lady Date Ideas. Perfect for the farm couple!