Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Breaking Down Walls & Learning to Trust Again




"I have been seriously hurt before in past friendships and put up some walls around myself to protect my heart from being hurt again. Because of this, I have struggled with friendships for years, but now I believe that God wants a change in this area of my life. He wants the walls to come crumbling down."

Are you like this lady?

Have you been hurt before in a friendship?

Did you build walls to stop the hurt?

We probably all have in one way or another--but there is a way that the Lord wants us to deal with it.

Let's take a look a five things to remember when something like this happens in our lives:


1. GOD HEALS ALL THINGS. 

God is the Healer of all things. He can mend a broken and hurt heart, repairing it to be even stronger than it first was. Sometimes He allows hurtful experiences into our lives so that we can learn and grow in character from them and we must be wise enough to not allow them to destroy us.

2. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE COMMUNITY. 

We weren't meant to live this life alone. There are many Scriptures on how we should treat, love, and live among each other. This is how He is glorified here on earth and even how the Gospel is spread to those who don't know Him.

3. GOD WANTS US TO FORGIVE

We need to face reality--there is no such thing as a perfect friend. Friends will make mistakes, say wrong things, not always be available when we need them, and so forth. But if we are honest, we have probably done the same things too and/or maybe just not have noticed it. God wants us to forgive and move on. Remember that our trust is in God and not in our friendships. Only God will not fail us but others will. It is a great comfort to know that God is faithful and is always there for us.



4. GOD WANTS THE WALLS TO COME DOWN.

If you have built up walls it is time to tear them down. These walls can hurt yourself over time. Becoming isolated and alone without fellowship from other believers is no way to live. You are missing out on God's best for you. Tear down the walls and experience God's blessings over your life through those around you.


5. THERE IS FREEDOM IN CHRIST. 

When you live inside walls that you have built yourself and have not let others in, you are making yourself a prisoner of your own life. But the reality is that with Christ there is freedom. We do not have to let the shackles of past hurts haunt us into the future. This is where we need to draw the line and start living in the freedom, love, and grace, that our Lord has blessed us with and always points us towards. God will not steer us wrong and we can trust our hearts with Him!


And finally, I encourage you to to take action steps and pray about how you can be a good friend to others, without any expectations, so you can bring glory to Him.



A prayer for you:

Dear God, please help the dear sweet soul who is reading this today who has suffered from past pain and has trouble trusting again. Please help her to heal, forgive, tear down the walls she has built, and move on to the future of what You have in store for her. Wipe her tears from her eyes and make her hard heart soft again. I pray blessings over her and that you would surround her with love and help her to trust again. Thank you for all that you do and all that You have already done. May Your name be glorified to the ends of the earth. We pray this in Jesus' name--Amen. 



If you would like more encouragement in this area, you might want to check out Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships. It is written by a pastor's wife:



"Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women

- what's holding them back from developing satisfying friendships
- how to make and deepen friendships 
- how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
- how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends
- and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship

With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us."

You can get this book HERE.







May the Lord help you to move forward in your life and the area of friendships!




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fun Audiobooks for Your Family Road Trip



Are you planning a family road trip soon?

My daughter just came back from a road trip to Florida and had such a great time there seeing the sights. She and a few friends drove down there and it took them a total of 19 hours! Can you imagine the drive with little children? 

We all know what it is like to have a car full of kids and wanting the time to go by quicker for them (and us). There is nothing worst than having nothing planned and a long trip in front of you mixed with some grumpy or impatient children--that can quickly become a  path for grumpy and impatient parents, wouldn't you agree?

So today we wanted to share a few favorite picks that will not only entertain but some will also help inspire them in their faith and educate at the same time! A road trip full of peace and quiet and adventure is a huge blessing!



So let's begin:

1. Jonathan Park Adventure Series





2. Heirloom Audio Series



3. The Pilgrim's Progress and Little Pilgrim's Progress





4. Winnie-the-Pooh



5. Charlotte's Web



6. Little House on the Prairie



7. Amazing Grace



8. The Brinkman Adventures



9. Black Beauty






10. The Green Ember Series






11. Old Yeller



12. The Kingdom Series




13. Anne of Green Gables





14. Silas Marner 



15. Adventures in Odyssey Series




16. Lamplighter Theater




17. The Railway Children



18. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys Series








I hope this list was a blessing to you!





What would you add to this list?






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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to Homeschool on a Budget and Not Go Broke

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Are you someone who thinks "I can't homeschool, it costs too much."

Well, you need to know that is a myth. Homeschooling can cost just as little or as much as you'd like. You don't need to spend a fortune on curriculum--there are some years where I had barely spent anything for our size of family and some where I have spent a little more. But I always try to follow some helpful guidelines that keep me on track with my budget goals.  Let me explain how I have done this in further detail:


1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Don't try to overthink everything and try to get everything out there. It is easy to get caught up in all the hoopla of new books and a new year and thinking you need more than you actually do. Be wise with how much you really need and not be wasteful.

2. DON'T BE SWAYED

All that glitters isn't gold. Sometimes that shiny new curriculum just isn't what you thought it would be. Do your research and realistically think about your children and how your home runs. Can you actually implement this curriculum without becoming overwhelmed?

3. IGNORE PEER PRESSURE

Just because all your friends are using a certain curriculum don't feel the pressure to use the same thing. I have heard from so many moms who have made this mistake and regret it. It may work for your neighbors but it might just be a disaster for you so make sure you pray and ask God to direct you to what would work best for your family.


4. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Last year I shared 18 Ways to Save on Homeschooling Curriculum while thinking outside of the box. You might find it helpful too:



Oh, and don't forget to reuse your curriculum. Because we have a large family we like to buy books we can pass down every year and not buy many consumable workbooks that we have to rebuy every year.

5. DON'T MISS GREAT DEALS WHEN YOU SEE THEM

I remember one time at a homeschool conference there was a huge clearance sale on classic paperback readers that were going for a quarter to a dollar each.  I didn't take the time to look them all and regretted it later when I went by the booth later and saw most of them were already picked through and gone. I should have not walked by this great deal! That was definitely a lesson learned.




So what ways do you homeschool on a budget?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!


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We share things there that we don't share here on the blog!

In case you missed our recent posts be sure to visit them:


5 Ways to Teach Character When You're a Busy Mom




Favorite Mother's Day Gift Ideas









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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Ways to Teach Character When You're a Busy Mom




B.U.S.Y.

Go ahead, say it again--we are all busy!

As much as we'd like to slow down--if we are honest, some days just do not allow for it. But that doesn't mean we can't take the time to teach our children godly character in the midst of our busy schedules. We just need to intentionally and naturally integrate teaching good character into our days.

You're thinking "I just don't have the time to do that. I am barely surviving right now as it is."

We need to remember to take time for what is important. Our children and their character is more important than spending our time on things that will not have eternal results. We might need to cut out things in our lives that are not important to teach our children if we feel that we don't have the time.

I wanted to share a few quick ways we can add teaching godly character to our days:


1. Read the Bible - there are so many great examples of what to do and what not to do in the Bible that this would be our first stop.

2. Model it - around your child in the home and out. They need to see what good character looks like in real life and there is no one better to model it than you!

3. Praise when you see it - from them or any one else. Things like "You were very diligent, Johnny." or "Suzy really persevered through her schoolwork."



4. Tell them what is expected - otherwise they won't know. Like when cleaning their room you can remind them to do it with excellence and not to be slothful. Have them keep at it until it is done correctly. Following up is always so important in teaching character.

5. Use helpful resources - There are so many valuable resources out there that teach character that you might want to check out--like this one and this one. With nine children I am always on the lookout for something that will help me make my job easier!





What ways do you try to teach character with a busy schedule?


Please share them with us!

















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