Category: Joyfully at Home

Character Matters

Character Matters

Character Matters When we started having children it wasn’t hard to keep track of undesirable behavior in one or two of them. As more children came along, we realized it was getting harder to keep track of each and every issue that could potentially produce bad character traits. We can plead, promise, talk or yell,

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Making of a Nativity

The Making of a Nativity

The year has flown by, and we all know 2020 was an ‘interrupted’ year. We have had to work harder this year than usual to keep our children encouraged. They’ve been fearful, sad, and uncertain at times. We finally decided to quit talking about the news, quit watching the news, and dwell. I’m referring to

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Diligent Hands Rule – Proverbs 12:24

Do things diligently. Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but every one who is hasty comes only to want.” Let’s talk about diligence as a matter of duty to others. We try to teach our children that their work is important. Whatever work it may be, it affects other people,

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Loving Grandma

“I came to visit, but you weren’t here. I’ll be back later, love George.” Instantly she remarks, “George who?” We all laugh with her. George, 94-years-old, her husband of 74 years, came to visit while she was in physical therapy – the therapy she has refused to take for over 3 years. Today, she was

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Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

It’s hard to maintain joy if you focus on circumstances, things of the world, media, or too much of the news. Your heart becomes restless, depressed and you become unproductive. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  Colossians 3:2 One thing that has disrupted my joy lately is seeing other

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Quivering As the Trees – When Fear Overtakes Me

Quivering As the Trees – When Fear Overtakes Me What is your fear? With the week’s responsibilities and trials, it’s easy to get weighed down and sometimes fretful. Have you been there? All of sudden the list of things to do comes rushing at you like waves out of control. I don’t know about you,

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New Projects and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

First, some projects I have been working on for the last couple of weeks… A quilt for an upcoming quilt class… My embroidery design for the upcoming Seasons At Home magazine. We will have more pictures of these later! I love the new embroidery designs we’ve been working on. Now for some ice cream. Recently,

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Free Recipe Cards

Gingerbread Recipe Cards

If you’re a pen and paper recipe gal, we have some lovely free recipe cards for you!  Just click, download, and enjoy!  There are four different designs. Make sure you have the latest adobe reader. These printable cards are 6″ x 4″.  Use a light colored sturdy paper like cardstock and print. Cut around the

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Growing Time..

As much as we love the snowy winters here in Colorado, there is something equally exciting about our “growing season.” Yesterday we were officially able to start our garden! We are starting most of our seeds inside, rather than outside like we did last year. Last year really was dry and most of our seeds

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Will the Real Gentlemen Please Stand Up..

and give your seat to the lady standing… I’ve seen many courteous men and boys. I’ve equally seen, and sadly seen more often, the opposite. I’m training my boys to understand that ladies must be first. Ladies first! It’s terrible when my 18-year-old son understands this concept, but a 70-year-old man in the grocery store

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Prayer Ignites Action

I’m sorely tempted each time I pray to wonder where it went. As the day passes, I recall my pleadings to the Lord and say, “Remember this morning Father?” The past few days my devotionals from Elisabeth Elliot have been direct answers to my daily questions. This morning I was reminded that prayer sets forth

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Invisible Blessings

This was the Elisabeth Elliot newsletter for today.. I thought I would share it here 🙂 I love reading articles by Elisabeth Elliot, and have many of her books. I especially love it when the daily newsletter seems to pertain to what we are going through at the time. Right now for our family, it

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Love Covers All

Yesterday one of the verses that was given was Proverbs 10:12. I am a KJV lady all the way, it can be a challenge to read at times, but Lord willing (and I think He is), God will continue to help me understand it. I wanted to compare the versions of this verse because it

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The Story

The article is much longer than this, so I thought I would post the part of her brother’s situation, for the full article go to the link in the previous post. “My brother, Phil Howard, was a missionary up in Northwest Territory in Canada. When he first went up there, he could not gain the

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A Challenge

I used to love Elisabeth Elliot’s program Gateway to Joy. Today I ran across one of her shows that talks about something that we have been focusing on, forgiveness. Isn’t it hard? We can choose to forgive the person who hurt us, even though they won’t even think of doing the right thing themselves. I

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What Color Do Our Children See?

A short story has come to mind.. I went to check on the children outside one day and caught little Zoe running out of our neighbor’s garage, out of breath, and excited. Before I said anything she said, “They borned a baby, and she is brown, her name is Zoe!” How sweet this girl, what

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Forgiveness: Part II

Having some thoughts this morning.. Do you forgive easily? On the spot, take the apology, no questions asked, no rehashing of events, no accusing, wipe the slate clean, forgive? Do you know that Jesus wiped your slate clean? Anything other than doing the same for another will make you miserable. Not only that, one day

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Can We Remedy Being Miserable Offenders?

Can We Remedy Being Miserable Offenders? If you haven’t read the works of Elisabeth Elliot, you are missing some great encouragement. I’m not one to have a load of ‘other’ books to read. I have a few wonderful, oldie but goodies in my nightstand. Here is an excerpt from All That Was Ever Ours. “We are

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Antique Thoughts

I have a real want to go antique shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I hate clutter when it doesn’t have a purpose. How many of you like to go window shopping in an antique store? Some of the items aren’t really antique, but only replicas, and I really don’t know much about that. It’s interesting

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Courage with Moderation

At this time of year, more hearts seem to be open to listen to the message of the gospel. Although we need to use every opportunity given by the Lord to spread God’s love everyday, this is a time where there may be a chance to act in love toward someone who would never otherwise

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