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NEW BEGINNINGS: BUILDING A FOUNDATION

If you are following me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we are more than halfway finished with our new home. It’s been such a crazy and amazing journey!

Let me start from the beginning.

My husband and I purchased 10 acres back in 2014 and had hopes to build one day and have no mortgage. Why did we need to move though? We had a beautiful home on 1 ½ acres in a neighborhood that we really loved.

We lived about 30 minutes from town and our kids were getting to the age where they were driving and honestly, we were just doing more in town than we did when they were little. My life basically consisted of home-school and 4-H and I was fine with that.

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From Trash to Treasure in the Minivan

I’m back from my trip to North Carolina and boy, am I glad to be home! Don’t get me wrong….I absolutely love going to visit my family and I’d probably move there if I could, but when you leave and you’re driving on the interstate and you finally get home and back in your groove, it just feels good.

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Ok, so let’s re-cap from where I left off. You can read last week’s post here.  I got up to Jacksonville safely with my charged battery and walked into the car rental place. When I pulled in, they had Tahoe’s. My husband really wanted me to drive one as he thinks we are going to buy one some day LOL. He said that renting it would give me an idea if I would like it or not. Ok, he’s right ha ha. I asked the guy if I could get the Tahoe since they had two sitting on the lot. He said, “Sure.” I handed him my debit card and he said that I can only go up to a mini-van if I use a debit card. Well, we strive to live debt free and do not have a credit card.  So, I guess I’m driving the mini-van after-all.  They told me that I’d have much more room to bring stuff back than the Tahoe anyway. Score!

I get to North Carolina on Friday afternoon and I got straight to work.  I told my family to get tables out while I started organizing piles within the same categories. In the midst of doing this, my family said take anything I want. Really? No, I can’t do that. They are trying to make some money so I’m here to help them sell. Stay focused Wendy. I started pricing everything accordingly and then my family said, “Are you sure you don’t want this?” as they show me a bunch of garden tools, a scroll saw, an old wooden sled and so much more. If they didn’t sell, they were just going to take it to the local thrift store. I said, “Let me think about it.” As the night went on, I started adding a few items. Next thing I knew, I had a ton of stuff to fill my mini-van with LOL.

IMG_9662Saturday came and we had an amazing yard sale. Pretty much everything sold except some Christmas items and a few other odds and ends. (What actually is an odd and an end???)  I guess it’s just too hot to think about decorations. We were sweaty and tired but we hung in there. Kind of reminds of that song by Survivor…..Face to Face, out in the heat, hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry….the Eye of the Tiger. Oh yeah!

My family kept saying, “Please take this or that”. We can’t take it to Texas (where they are moving to). I can’t believe all of the treasures I brought home with me. Let me tell you. That mini-van was such a blessing. There is no way that I could have gotten everything in the Tahoe so in hindsight, this was the way to go. I packed it so efficient too. I came home with these two beautiful white rockers that are going to look amazing on my future front porch. I packed boxes tightly in every nook and corner, making sure nothing gets loose while I’m driving. I also received a plow and sickle that are over 100 years old as well as two ladder-back chairs that were my great grandparents. What gifts and items that I will treasure forever!

“I learned that sometimes what looks like trash is actually treasure. And that God doesn’t make junk.” I love this quote from KariAnne Wood’s new book I’ve been reviewing for the past six weeks. I just finished up Chapter 6  and it is no coincidence that every week, the chapter resonates with what is going on in my life right then and there.

You can pre-order her book and I know you are going to love it! I can’t wait to get my hard copy. Ooh, I almost forgot! Save the Date for September 5th as I’m going to be doing a Launch Party and will be going Live on my Facebook page.  It’s going to be so much fun! I hope you’ll join me!!

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Have a great weekend!

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Life Lessons in a Dead Battery

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It’s Thursday…..how’s your week going? I hope it’s been filled with pockets of joyful moments! I’ve had an amazing week! My friends and I had a pre-Bible study gathering just so we can plan out everything and I got to meet a few new ladies. We are starting Beth Moore’s – Believing God and I can’t wait to see how God moves in our group.

So, the week has been going great, that is until yesterday. I got in my car to go somewhere yesterday and it wouldn’t start. I thought, “That’s weird.” It’s a 2016 and I couldn’t imagine that the battery would be dead. Uhmm, so I called a friend and they came over and gave me a charge and let me borrow their jumper cables, just in case. I was able to get it going and then it shut off on me again. Meanwhile, I’m trying to put a trip together to go to North Carolina to help some of my family with a moving sell. Does my car not know that I need it work so I can leave? On top of that, I had to be at the airport in an hour to pick up my husband’s 93 year old grandmother and his aunt. Scream….well, no I didn’t LOL. I wanted to but I dropped everything I was doing and asked God to help me. I looked over and saw my son’s truck there. Light bulb??? I’ll just take his truck to get nana. Perfect, then I will deal with the car issue later.  I picked up nana and Aunt Rita and drove them back home. I called my son and asked if he would check out my battery when he got home. He called me and said he was able to start my car and took it up to the auto store and they checked it and everything was fine. Uhhmmm again….

So, here we are today. I went to go start my car and nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have a rental car I have to pick up at 1pm and a million other things to do and my car won’t start. Really?

The car rental place called me and said they don’t have the SUV that I wanted available. But I need it so I can bring some antiques from my family back home with me. So, the lady offered me a mini-van and she said it’s actually got more cargo room. BONUS! I can bring more stuff back with me LOL. Things might be looking up!

I called my husband, who is out of town, and he told me, go up to the auto store and buy you a set of cables to have in your car and then use Kyle’s truck to start your car, drive it to the rental place and pick up the rental. He said the car should have enough charge by then. Your battery isn’t dead. It sounds like a light got left on. So, it’s that simple. Why didn’t I think to have jumper cables in my car??

If you’ve been following me each week, then you know about me reviewing KariAnne Wood’s book , So Close to Amazing. This was a #soclose moment.

My favorite quote Chapter 6 is “You’ve got this,” I whispered. “It’s just a floor. These are just nails. They can’t keep winning forever.”

My battery is just like the issues that KariAnne had with her floor removal job in the book. God’s got this. He always does. I will fill you in next week when I get back from my trip. Can’t wait to share with you all my finds!

Have an amazing weekend!

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The Internet and a Mustard Seed

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Technology. What did we ever do without it for all of those years? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I can’t stand it. Like right now. I’m trying to write my posts for the week and I keep struggling with our internet. It works, it doesn’t work. Make up your mind Mr. Wifi. We are in the country but not that isolated like our last house. I bet my kids are watching an episode of Friends that they’ve seen a million times? Well, that can’t be the case because I’m here all alone LOL. So, off to call our phone company. They said they would be out within 24 hours. Grrrrh, seriously? This is when I took a step back and said, “Thank you, I really appreciate it!” I used this non-wifi time to start writing on some other things I have going on that I really didn’t have time for and to get a little more chores done that had been piling up. It’s those little God intervening moments that just hit us over the head and says “it’s time you take a break from all the craziness of your busy day, even if it’s just for a little while.” Do you know what I’m talking about?

Well, not even two hours later, guess who shows up? Mr. phone guy. YAY!! He was there maybe 30 minutes and found a piece of our wire that was fried due to a lightning storm from a while ago. Thank you Mr. phone guy! Simple, just like that.

I am now back in business which brings me to: Faith.   I had an issue and stepped out to the phone company to help me. Faith acts upon the prompting of the Lord. Hebrews 11:1 says this, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. I couldn’t see the issue I had with the wifi, but it took faith to make a phone call and for the phone guy to see it and fix it.

“We each have a measure of faith. Increasing it is not important; it’s using the faith that we’ve been given”. ~ Pastor Toby Cox

Happy Wednesday!!

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And I, too am beautifully and wonderfully made

That’s what resonated with me this week as I read Chapter 5 of “So Close to Amazing”.  If you’re following me, every week I am reading a chapter in KariAnne Wood’s new book, “So Close to Amazing” and it’s really hard not to read ahead to the next chapter LOL. I’m part of the launch team, yeah I know, little ‘ole me and I’m so honored to have been chosen to be a part of this. The book is due to come out September 5, 2017 but you can pre-order the book right now on Amazon and it will be shipped to you as soon as it’s released. How cool is that?

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So, how was your 4th of July? We hosted this year and we had fabulous food, wonderful friends and the best fireworks ever with even music to go along with them! I even made my homemade yummy chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter butter cream frosting that are really quite healthy and I dare not tell anyone what’s in them. I’m thinking about sharing the recipe one day so stay tuned for that. I had primitive fabric cut perfectly for my tables and I even fresh picked sunflowers from my garden and put them in mason jars. Everything was perfect except for……the drinks. Well, let’s just say, they didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.

See, we don’t use regular “chemical” white sugar anymore and I had a great recipe to make a Peach Sweet Tea and Lemonade. I even made my simple syrup. Well, apparently you don’t put coconut sugar and honey in lemonade and my so called sweet tea was so bland and just not serving worthy. So, we made a dash to our local supermarket and bought their gallon jugs. I’ll have to work on that for sure. That will be another post down the road. #soclose

But what about my cute galvanized silo looking dispensers I bought at Wal-mart that I was going to put the drinks in. I didn’t have time to empty the non-worthy drinks, clean the dispensers and fill with fresh great tasting drinks.  But I wanted it to be perfect.

“Not only does God have a plan for my life, he understands room layouts and curtains and drapes and antique floors and bathroom sinks. Of course he does. He has a master plan.” This is quoted from KariAnne in the book. It’s not about my decorations at a party and how perfect my table looks or what I’m wearing or driving. God has a better plan for us. The next day after my party, I received text messages from all of my friends saying how wonderful and amazing everything was. See, no one even noticed.

Just when I stress out and try to make everything perfect, God steps in and does exactly what needs to be done, even with drink dispensers.

Isaiah 64:8 says this: Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand. Isn’t that the truth.

Sunday Blessings!

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PS. Don’t forget to Pre-Order KariAnne’s new book “So Close to Amazing” on Amazon. I promise, you are going to love it!!! Stay tuned in August, I’m hosting my own Live Launch Party…eek!!!

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Happy 4th of July

What does today mean to you? Maybe you’re going to a BBQ and then watching fireworks afterwards? That’s what we do, right? But, what if, we dug deeper to find out why we celebrate this holiday?

So, when we think about July 4th we think of the Declaration of Independence, right? The day America was born, July 4, 1776. You can read all about the history HERE. It’s pretty interesting to go back in time and learn of all the neat history stuff of America.

I usually spend this day reflecting on how fortunate and blessed we are to live in America. It’s such a cool place! Of course we are having a BBQ and my hubby and his friend Mike are setting off a huge firework show in our pasture as a grand finale for the evening. We are having some close friends come over, nothing big and fancy. Sometimes, it’s the simple gatherings we have with our close friends and family that make it so much more memorable.

So, what are your plans for today? Stay safe and have a wonderful day no matter what you are doing!

Blessings,

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*Photo Credit: These images are not my own and I have no knowledge of their source.

 

I’m Not the Director Here

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What a whirlwind it’s been lately. Exactly one week ago today, I woke up to the text that my sweet friend Janet went to be with Jesus. But I don’t understand. I just saw her in the hospital less than 24 hours ago. Janet was diagnosed six months ago with Stage 4 Lung Cancer that went to her bones and brain. The doctor cleared her of any cancer in her body just a few weeks ago. But she woke up last week and couldn’t breathe. How does that happen? This wasn’t the way I planned it. We just had her service on Wednesday and all I keep hearing from words that her wonderful family spoke of is “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

I prayed and prayed with Janet over the past six months and believed that God would heal her. Janet did receive her healing. There’s no doubt in my mind that she is sitting in heaven with Jesus. I remember sitting with her a few months ago and a doctor’s office had called to schedule a scan. They said, ” You have cancer, right?” She looked at me and we both chuckled and Janet whispered, “What do I say?” I then said, “No, don’t speak it.” Janet then told the lady on the phone, “That’s what the report shows.” We just laughed when she got off the phone. Too many times we start believing what the enemy wants us to believe and if we truly are walking with God, then we know that we are healed.

I’m still in shock about Janet’s passing which brings me to this post. I missed last weeks reading of Chapter 3 of So “Close to Amazing” so I thought I’d combine Chapter 4 with it. What a fitting week in the book for what I’m going through right now. If you’re like me, do you try to write your own script for your life? Like do you live as if you are in a Hallmark Movie? OK, good, I’m not the only one. Life isn’t about us pre-planning and figuring out how our entire life will be. I do know that when I get out of the way, my life makes so much more sense. Just like losing Janet wasn’t part of my script but I realize now that I was here for the lessons that I was going to learn through her. She walked in grace and confidence and loved everyone. I’m going to carry that out and knowing how she impacted my life I will be forever grateful for her friendship.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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Prayer Strategy

Are you going to join me?

I want to invite you into the most powerful conversation about miracles – and mindset – that I think has ever taken place. My friend, JJ Virgin’s, movie premiere, You Are Stronger Than You Think opens today. (And I have a front row ticket for you).
The world’s leading minds debate that miracles are even possible.
…But this movie has created a powerful idea to consider:
not only are miracles possible, they come from you, not happen to you.

Here are the facts:

  • JJ’s 16-year-old son was in a near-tragic hit-and-run accident and left for dead.
  • He was given a VERY low chance of survival.
  • This story – and what happened next – are life-altering.

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Click here to join me (and I want to hear your thoughts – please add your comments on the world premiere page after you watch the movie).

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P.S.: I know you’re going to be moved by this experience! The next step is JJ’s memoir, Miracle Mindset. Watch for it – I couldn’t put it down.

* This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime stories. The movie is uplifting and life-altering, and I hope you’ll share this email – and the invitation – with the people you care about most.

The Daniel Plan – Faith & Nurturing Your Soul

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What’s this Daniel Plan thing all about?  Glad you asked….

The Daniel Plan is not just a silly diet that you do for 40 days and then go back to what you were doing before.  It’s a Lifestyle!!!

Many of us are disciplined when it comes to spiritual practices like reading our Bible or going to church, but we may not have that same discipline when it comes to caring for our physical health. Others are careful about eating habits, but ignore caring for the soul. But our spiritual health and physical well-being are intimately connected— and each can strengthen the other.

This week’s Bible Study introduces you to the new book and study, The Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan is built on five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. It is far more than a diet plan, but rather a program aimed at helping individuals develop an overall healthier lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. The title of the Daniel Plan was derived from the book of Daniel in the Bible, which gives the account of the prophet Daniel.

Watch the Brief Video of The Daniel Plan

 

I’m leading a group at my church on The Daniel Plan and would love for you to join me!  You can order the books and work along side me virtually.  I’ll be blogging about my experience over the next 40 days.  Actually, we will go a little longer so we can start our detox and get acclimated to ridding our bodies of the “bad stuff”.

These include: sugar of any kind, gluten, dairy and caffeine.   Most people find out that when they eliminate a certain food and re-introduce it, they realize they may a food sensitivity.

So, if you are like me and sick and tired of being sick and tired, join me on my journey to a healthy life!

I’ve given you the links to everything you need to get started!

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The prophet Daniel is a model in many ways of an individual who was strong in body, mind, heart and spirit and found his power, purpose and strength in devotion to God. In the first chapter of Daniel, the prophet challenges the king’s official guard to a health contest in which some young men would eat the king’s diet of rich food while Daniel and his three friends eat healthy fare including vegetables and water. For this reason, the Daniel Plan food essential is built on eating healthier, fresher and more natural foods.

In additional chapters, Daniel proves his strength further, showing he was fit to serve, whenever, wherever, under extreme difficulty, and in any and all circumstances. Daniel was recognized early for his potential and was chosen as a young boy to serve the king of Babylon. He diligently trained physically, intellectually, relationally, and spiritually with the purpose to be the best he could possibly be. This is an example of a healthy lifestyle under the Daniel Plan.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13

Video Notes

1. Life is a battle, because everything in the world is ____________

Read: Romans 7:15-17Romans 7:18-19Romans 7:23-25

2. Romans chapter 8 gives us six wonderful benefits of __________ in God’s Spirit.

Read: Romans 8:1-2

  • All change starts with ________________.
  • 
The second thing that helps us to change is the ________________.

Read: Romans 8:6; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:12Romans 8:24-26

  • We do this by ___________________.

Read: Romans 8:28a

  • God will work all for _________________.

Read Romans 8:31-32

  • God wants you to _________________ in your life.
  • God’s _____________ will never stop.

3. ______________ is the foundation of The Daniel Plan because faith is the foundation of every part of our lives.

  • True faith motivates us to do God’s will.
  • God’s Word provides important tools for overcoming 
obstacles in our lives.

4. Grace removes the burden of trying to ____________ a body that won’t last, and yet grace is the reason to honor it, every day that it does.

  • It’s not about the mirror; it’s about the one we’re trying to mirror.

5. Our health is about ____________.

  • That’s the focus of The Daniel Plan: harnessing God’s Word, spending time with it every day, and setting the tone for an abundant life.

Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:20b (NIV)

Discussion Questions

1. Pastor Rick talked about Paul’s struggle against his sinful nature, which he writes honestly about in Romans 7. Which of the five Essentials (Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, or Friends) comes to mind when you read Romans 7: knowing what to do but not doing it?

2. Many of us wrestle with shame— feeling condemned or not good enough. If the Bible says that we have no condemnation, what does that mean to you personally?

3. Jimmy talked about the truth that grace means we don’t have to be perfect. Have you ever wrestled with perfectionism? If so, how has that impacted your relationships with God and others?

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)

Faith Next Steps

1. Pair up with a buddy. This will be your spiritual and encouragement partner for the study, your new Daniel Plan buddy. We have learned that people who do The Daniel Plan with another person 
or a group lose 50 percent more weight! Commit to checking in with each other throughout the week. Even a short text of encouragement is a loving way to let your buddy know you care. Now each of you answer this question: What are you hoping God will do during the 
next six weeks of this study? After sharing, pray briefly for each other.

2. Based on your conversation and prayer, select one of the verses from this week’s study that you think would be particularly encouraging to your partner.Share that verse with them by writing it on a card for them, or texting it to them. Call or text each other at least once during the week, and pray for each other during the week.

3. Pick a Bible verse from any part of today’s lesson. Write it down, and then read it every day. Try memorizing it and sharing with the group next time. Consider taking on this challenge: memorizing one verse each week during the six weeks of the study.

What Next?

Follow my BLOG as I’ll be posting my experience along with food and words of encouragement on a weekly basis.  You can also join my Facebook Page – Little House Simple Living and my Pinterest Page so you can enjoy recipes, tips, encouragement, etc.

Please be reading Ch. 1-3 once you get your books as that is where we will be starting.  Once a week, we will go over the study guide questions together.

*Source: The Daniel Plan

Prayer for Today

Father, thank you so much for what you’re going to do in our lives. Thank you in advance for giving us the desire to become healthier. We want to get well. We trust that by living out the biblical principles of The Daniel Plan, we will feel better, have more energy, and, Lord willing, live a healthier and longer life. Increase our faith so that we might be a better witness for your glory. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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