Resurrection Sunday

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.” Luke 24:1-2“And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments; And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was in Galilee, saying, The son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

“And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.” Luke 24:4-9

We need to tell “all the rest” about Jesus, our living Savior and King.

    

Spring Time

Well, it’s that time of year, you know, time for spring cleaning. When spring rolls around, I want to clean out my house, clean up the yard, and get ready for warmer weather. I don’t know about you, but I feel better when I know that things are organized and clean. It just gives me a feeling of satisfaction. Springtime is the perfect time to clean up, and clean out.

Keeping our home clean is important. We want our homes to reflect the love and care that we have for our family. Home is a place of refuge from the outside world. It’s a place where we can feel comfortable, secure and welcome. Just as we need to keep our homes clean, we need to keep our souls clean.

Our soul can get dirty with the pressures and struggles of life. We can have unconfessed sin in our heart that will affect our spirit, but we know how to get that cleaned out.

God has promised us in His word that we can be cleansed from our sin if we simply confess it. That’s not so hard, much easier than cleaning my house.

This cleansing happens everyday for me. I can’t keep myself clean. It’s an ongoing job each day, but He has promised to “cleanse me from all unrighteousness,” if I do my part and confess my sin.  God is so wonderful. He knows that I will fail at keeping my soul clean and pure, but He is there to help me in my time of need. I need to keep my soul saturated in God’s Word to keep my soul clean.

If I keep God’s Word in my heart, it will help me stay clean in my soul. God’s Word works like a filter. I can compare thoughts, feeling and ideas that come into my head with the Word of God. Ask myself, “Is this good for me, healthy for me, positive, helping, or hurting me.” If we are dwelling on something that is unclean or ungodly, how do we expect to keep our soul clean?

We have to think on things that will give us peace and joy. Those are the things that will help us to live godly in an ungodly world.

Spring cleaning can be a lot of hard work, but it is always worth it. Cleaning our spiritual houses can also be hard work, but it will refresh our souls, and lead to a life full of God’s blessing.

 

D I Y Monogram Wreath

I enjoy hanging a pretty wreath on my front door, but I just can’t make myself spend a lot of money on a wreath. Most get faded way too soon, and have to be replaced. Because of this, and a small budget, I usually end up making my own.

The biggest dilemma is what to do in between the holidays and seasons. I just removed my Valentines Day wreath (which I paid $1 for), and want to replace it with something till spring arrives. I started searching for ideas on Pintrest. This is my favorite source for new, budget friendly ideas. I saw a lot of holiday and seasonal ideas, but one type of wreath just kept popping up – a monogram wreath. Monograms are so popular right now, and all the craft stores carry various monogram letters in different fonts. I already had a large letter “P” for our last name, and never did anything with it. I also have several grapevine wreaths that I save and change out for this type of project. I can ususally find one at Good Will for a couple of dollars or less.  Artificial flowers are available at the dollar store, so I always have plenty left over from projects. I search through my stash and found some that I thought would work for my new wreath.

I found a picture on Pintrest of a design that I liked, and used it for my pattern. This wreath had tulips, but since I didn’t have any of those, I just used what I had. This design is from the blog Sugar Bee Crafts, called the Spring Tulip Wreath.

I liked the burlap bow, but I’m not very good at making bows. I recently found a used wreath with a straw base. It was wrapped in a ribbon with an attached bow. I decided to reuse this bow on my wreath. This saved me a little time and stress because I didn’t have to make a bow from scratch.

I began by gathering all my supplies, a grapevine wreath, flowers, bow, glue gun, monogram letter, spray paint and twine.The stems of the flowers have to be cut to separate them from the bunch. Just separate each stem and cut at the bottom with wire cutters. Next, start arranging your flowers. I just tuck them in the twigs of the grapevine wreath. Most of the time I can get them in tight, but if they won’t stay, glue them with a glue gun. I tried to lay out my flowers on one side like the tulip wreath above.

I left room in the center to place my bow.

The bow that I had was already wired, but the wire was really thick and hard to manipulate, so I cut off the access, and decided to attach my bow by tying it to the wreath with some twine. The twine will blend in with the twigs.

 

You can see how I attached the bow in this picture. I added a little glue to secure the twine, and tied it in a double knot.

If I decide to rework this wreath at some point, it will be easy to remove all the flowers and the bow. That’s why I really like using grapevine wreaths. They are really easy to clean off and reuse again. I feel like I’m getting my moneys worth because I can use it again and again.

Here is what the wreath looks like after I attached to bow to the front. I think it looks pretty just like it is, but I wanted to add my monogram. I have had my letter for a while. It has been hanging in my dinning area. Kind of reminiscent of Mary Tyler Moore and her “M” on her wall. My letter was black, so I knew that I would have to paint it to use it in my wreath. I thought about color, and decided on white. If I take the wreath apart, I can use my letter again, and I thought that white would work best for that purpose. Plus, white will show up really well in my wreath.

It took about three coats of white spray paint to ensure a solid coverage. Since my wreath will be hanging outside in the elements, I knew that I needed to spray it with a top coat of clear enamel to protect it from water damage.

I attached the letter with some glue, but found it hard to get the glue to hold on the twigs of the wreath. I finally got it to hold, but just for security, I took some twine and tied the letter to the wreath. At least I know that it won’t fall off and break if the glue comes lose.

Well, here is the completed project. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I really like the fact that this wreath was completely free. I already had all the supplies. That’s the best kind of project, right?

This was an easy wreath to make, and it looks really nice on my front door.  It looks kind of like spring because of the flowers that I used, but you could make this with just greenery. I plan to leave this up until I make an Easter wreath, and after the holiday I will probably hang this one back out again.

Give this project a try. It would make a great gift for a friend.

Easy Project Idea

I like to change things up in my home every now and again, and special holidays or events are one way that I can do that. Valentine’s Day is a special day, and a simple “holiday.” It is very easy to add a few simple changes to get ready for this special day. Just by adding a heart garland or changing out a wreath will give you a little festive mood without breaking the bank.

I love paper products, and whenever Valentine’s Day draws near, you can find all kinds of cute paper doilies, heart-shaped paper doilies, glitter, vintage looking valentines, etc. After Valentine’s Day, when these items are marked down, I try to stock up for next year. Last year, I bought some pink and white paper heart doilies, and decided to use them for a quick bunting or garland this year.

         

All I did to make the garland was plug up my glue gun. I had some twine that I cut to the length I needed, and I spaced out the hearts and just glued them to the twine. This makes a cute decoration, and it’s very simple to make. The white hearts keep the look neutral, so I could leave it up after Valentine’s Day.

Another simple project is a wreath. I really enjoy making wreaths. They aren’t just for doors. I love to hang them in a room. A wreath can add a lot of style, or accent a holiday. I found a really simple project for a wreath using coffee filters. The filters make a very fluffy, full looking wreath for not a lot of money.

Isn’t that cute. I love how it looks, but I wanted to make something for Valentine’s Day, so I purchased some cute red and pink glitter hearts and pompoms to add to the wreath. To make the wreath, you need a pack of coffee filters, plenty of glue sticks for your glue gun, your glue gun, and a wreath form. I bought a foam wreath from the dollar store.

To begin the wreath, I pulled out several filters (they are hard to separate). I took one filter and gathered all the edges and  then kind of bunched it up so that I could apply some glue to the bottom of the filter. I started gluing the filters around the outside edge of the foam.

I worked my way from the sides to the top, and then the inside of the wreath.

Please be careful with the glue gun. I burned my fingers several times trying to stick the filters to the wreath.

After you have finished with the filters, you can add extras if you want. I added in my hearts and pompoms, but you could just leave it plain. You can also add a decorative ribbon to hang it, or a bow. I added a ribbon, by tying it to the door hook, so I could remove it if  I wanted.

                   

I have made similar wreaths using cut paper, or vintage book pages, and they are really cute.

          

Coffee filters are great to use for craft projects. I have made watercolor flowers with them by just applying paint to the filters, and then bunching up several at a time to form a flower.

I hope you give this project a try. It is a little time consuming (I finished in about an hour), but it is very inexpensive and easy, and creates a big impact. Feel free to contact me with questions

Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman…

Her Price Is Far Above Rubies – Proverbs 31:10

What is a virtuous woman you ask? Well, let me begin by telling you what a virtuous woman is not. She is not loud, demanding, self-seeking, ungodly, unloving, unkind, lawless, disrespectful, inconsiderate, dishonest, rude, speaking profanity, need I go on? I think you get the picture. In fact, you have probably seen some of these women recently in our nation’s capital. What did you think of their behavior? I am a woman, and they did not represent me or my views in the least. In fact they represented the opposite of how God expects women to behave.

I am proud to be a woman, but I want to be the woman who God has called me to be. I don’t have to blindly follow the crowd, or listen to all the LOUD voices that are trying to tell me how I should think, or live my life. Today’s culture seems to be trying to destroy all that’s good and pure about being a woman. The culture today says that to be a strong woman, you must live by your own rules, demand what you want and take advantage when you can.  I know a lot of strong women, and they are the nicest, most sincere, respectful people I know.

Did you know that it is easier to follow the crowd? What’s hard is to stand alone, to dare to be different, but it is always worth it! My God tells me that I am precious to Him. I am valuable. Psalms 139:17 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me! How great is the sum of them!” God has precious thoughts of me. My life is too valuable to waste.  God has placed me here with a specific purpose to fill, and not only me, but all of His children. We have been created in His image (Genesis 1: 26-27), and bought with a precious price (John 3:16). We are of great value.

I’m not just a woman, but I am a Christian woman. I love this quote by Elizabeth Elliot, “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” Maybe that’s why I don’t understand this generation of women. Christ must abide in our hearts. If He doesn’t, well, you get all the chaos (protest) last week in Washington. God calls us to be women of virtue, valued higher than rubies. Virtue isn’t something that comes natural, you have to work at it everyday. We will stumble, but virtuous women get back up, and try again. Proverbs 24:16 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” We keep striving for virtue, seeking God daily in our lives.

God tells me, as His child, to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” Philippians 4:8. If we think on these things, the God of Peace promises to be with us. That is how we keep peace in an unpeaceful generation. Thinking on all these good things will help us stay focused on our call to virtue.

Let’s be the strong, virtuous women that God has called us to be, living out our purpose that He has called us to live. We don’t need to mimic the world to be heard. Sometimes the loudest voice, can be the life you live, with grace, love, peace and godliness. Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.”

 

 

I Love Soup

Nothing says comfort food better than a hot bowl of soup. I absolutely love soup. Soup is one of those meals that you can plan at the last minute, and it only requires one pot (and maybe a frying pan to precook the meat). There isn’t a better meal to plan on a cold winter’s day.

I don’t know how you plan out your grocery list or meal plan for the week, but I like to pick out my recipes first. I have a blank calendar that I use for each month. I number the days, and then plan out my meals for supper each week. Next, I make my grocery list with the recipes that I plan to cook that week. I have a running grocery list on the refrigerator for items that need to be replenished. This system seems to work for me, although, sometimes I don’t have time to be so organized and I have to wing it. When that happens, I just buy staples for meals that I know we all like.

I happen to love cookbooks. I’m not sure why, but I enjoy reading the recipes and getting new ideas. A dear friend gave me a cookbook called, “Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook; Feasting with your Slow Cooker.” This has really easy crock pot ideas. I found a soup recipe for Corn Chowder. The recipe seemed really simple, so I thought I would try it this week, and share it with you.

The recipe calls for:

6 slices of bacon, cooked and diced

½ cup chopped onions

2 cups diced, peeled potatoes (you could add as much as you like)

2 / 10 oz. pkgs. frozen corn (I used one pack)

1 / 16oz. can cream-style corn

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. seasoned salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 cup water

In a skillet, brown the bacon until crisp, remove bacon, and save the drippings

Add onions and potatoes to the skillet and sauté 5 minutes, drain

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, Mix well.

Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours. If it gets too thick, add more water.

 

I wasn’t able to make my soup in a crock pot, so I cooked my soup on the stove. I just kept a close watch on it, because it will stick to the bottom of the pot if overheated.

My family loved it, and I hope yours will too – Enjoy!

The Wonder of Creation

I love to look at the Heavens. The sky is one of the most beautiful creations. Just as we have various emotions, the sky can appear to have emotions. The sky can look ominous, scary and dark, and then turn in to the most beautiful, peaceful sunset you have ever seen.

Whenever I watch the sky, I can’t help but think of the One who created it. Psalms 8:3-5 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.” Isn’t it amazing to think that our God, Creator of the Universe, cares more about us than any of His creations. We are truly blessed to serve such an amazing God.

As you go through this new week, remember how incredibly special you are to God. You were so special that He gave His Son to die for you. Let’s not waste our precious days, but use them for His glory.

 

A Word For The New Year

Hello Friends,

Have you ever decided to choose a word for the new year? The purpose of choosing a word for the new year is to kind of pick a theme for your year, something inspirational. This is similar to making resolutions, except it’s a theme to live by, not just a list of goals. I like to pick a word, because when I lose focus, I just simply remember my word, and I helps me to get back on track.

For the past three years I have chosen a word for the year. One year I picked the word “fearless.” I felt that I was spending a lot of time being afraid of change, new or unfamiliar situations, the changing world, the future. Fear will paralyze us. It will keep us trapped, and we will never do anything for God if we live in fear. Fear shows a lack of faith. I heard a quote, although I can’t remember who said it, but it says “We fear man so much, because we fear God so little.” Great quote isn’t it. I remember thinking I don’t want to be someone who worries more about what man thinks of me, than what God thinks. Fear doesn’t come from God, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God Hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Isn’t that what we need, power, love and a sound mind. Fear robs us of all these. We can live fearless if we remember Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

Another year, I chose the word “balance.” Do you ever feel out of balance. It seems like sometimes, I’m doing really well on my eating plan,  but can’t be consistent with my exercise. Another example is that I will do great at daily Bible reading, but my prayer life isn’t so great. It’s really hard to keep everything in check. Balance is very important. It comes through diligence, determination, and faithfulness. Balance allows us to live with power and purpose daily. Here’s another good quote (source unknown), “There are no short cuts to any place worth going!” Staying balanced is a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.

This year I tried to think of a word that would keep me motivated in all my goals for the new year. My word for this year is …

Persistence is defined as: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Did you get that last part, “in spite of difficulty or opposition. Difficulty will come, it’s predictable when you are trying to do something good.  It never fails that whenever I set my mind on goals for the new year, that I run into roadblocks. There is always something that makes my goals more difficult to accomplish, so I don’t accomplish them. I give up. This year, in spite of the roadblocks, I want to persevere and reach my goals. Persistence is a word that will inspire me not to give up. I found a verse in my Bible reading that really helps me remember what accomplishing goals will do for my soul. Proverbs 13:19a says, “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”. I want to feel that sweet reward by being persistent this year in my goals. I love to listen to Zig Ziglar. He said, “You have to be before you can do, You have to do before you can have.” This sums up what it means to be persistent – a plan in action. Persistence requires you to do the work. My prayer for the year is that I can be persistent and live up to the potential that God has placed in my heart.

I made a visual reminder with Proverbs 13:19, a free printable for you to use, to remind you to be persistent and reach your goals for the new year so your soul can feel that sweet success!

Please click on the link below:

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Do you have a word for the new year?

 

 

Welcome to Seasoned with Grace

Hello,

I am so excited to welcome you to my new blog. My wish is that you will find encouragement and inspiration every time you visit. Here I will share with you all the things that inspire me. I will share things like home, faith, family, good food, DIY projects, crafts, motherhood, and homeschooling ideas..

I am new to the blogging world, although I have briefly had a free blog a few years back. During that time, I was homeschooling three children, and didn’t really have a lot of time to devote to my new hobby. My three students have grown a lot since that time. My oldest graduated, and recently married, my son will be graduating this spring, and so I will only have one student this fall. I am entering a new phase of life, hopefully one that will allow me more time to dedicate to blogging.

I love to read blogs. I enjoy seeing how other women manage home and family. I enjoy finding decorating ideas, DIY projects, recipes, holiday ideas, and devotionals that encourage my heart. My goal is to share all those things that will inspire us to be all that God has called us to be.

Welcome to Seasoned with Grace!