Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #32

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others! 

One of the most viewed posts from last week was:

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A Little Overdressed by Reflections of the Heart

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Words of Encouragement – Make Your Household a Church for God

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Dear mothers, I would love to share this word of encouragement with you from Charles Spurgeon.  No matter what anyone may tell you, the work in your home does matter.  This “homework” will most likely be the greatest calling that the Lord ever places on your life.  Take heart!

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.”

C.H. Spurgeon

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #31

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others! 

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Artful Homemaking: What We Wore {Modest Monday}

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Words of Encouragement – Don’t Be Afraid to Be Feminine

 

 

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Several months ago I mentioned that I would like to begin sharing quotes and snippets from books and the like that might be encouraging to you, dear friends!  Today I’m sharing encouragement from Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Don’t be afraid to be feminine.

“Do you know who you are? God made you a woman. Accept His gift. Don’t be afraid to be feminine and to add physical and spiritual loveliness to the setting where He has placed you. You are a child of God. You are a part of the bride of Christ. You belong to the King–you are royalty. Dress and conduct yourself in a way that reflects your high and holy calling. God has called you out of this world’s system–don’t let the world press you into its mold. Don’t think, dress, or act like the world; inwardly and outwardly, let others see the difference He makes in your life.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free

Road School Adventures – Tennessee Bound!

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A few months ago my family purchased a travel trailer.  Since we are now a family of nine, we decided to look for a more economical way to travel.  I discovered that campsites can be rented for as low as about $25 in some areas.  Yes, please!  We decided to take the plunge although I’m not much of the camping type.  I hope to chronicle some of our adventures here.  Sometimes the posts might be home school related, and other times, they will simply be about fun!

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Our ride.

On our first excursion, we decided to travel to Pigeon Forge.  I adore the Smoky Mountains, and this destination is fairly close to our home in northwest Georgia.

Ladies, it was fantastic  to be able to just pack all of our belongings directly into the camper!  We brought along our favorite movies, toys, and books.  The trip was uneventful, and we set up camp at Clabough’s Campground.

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On the first evening, we decided to tour Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We saw an abundance of deer, along with a fox.  We toured a Primitive Baptist Church.  Walking around the cemetery was sobering, several infants were buried there.

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It was a treat to drive “the loop” at dusk.  It was one of the first days that really felt like spring!

Once we arrived back to our camper, we discovered that we really needed a fan and a more comfortable bed!  After one sleepless night, we went to Walmart and purchased a small desk fan and mattress topper.  Later in the day we also discovered that there was a gas leak when we arrived “home” to the smell of gas and an alarm sounding.  We turned off the gas and stayed away from the RV  for some time.  This was disheartening since our camper is new.  But on the bright side, I was able to overcome my fear of bathhouses in order to take a hot shower.  (They really aren’t that bad!)

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The next morning we also visited Goats on the Roof, where my children, well, fed the goats of the roof.  We also rode the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster which was a blast!

Above all, I was so grateful to spend a few beautiful days in the mountains with my family.  God is so good, and His creation is breathtakingly beautiful!

I hope to share more of our trip soon, thank you so much for stopping by!

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #30

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I apologize for not getting the link up posted last week.  I was out of town and forgot to schedule it.  Now onto our link up!

Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others! 

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Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #29

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others! 

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #28

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others! 

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #27

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

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This summer, my oldest daughters are hoping to minister to and share the love of Jesus with various communities in Appalachia Kentucky this summer through word, deed, and dance!  They are in fundraising mode right now to make this happen, and they would love to share about the heart of this trip with you.

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Being a Christian Witness on Facebook

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Facebook.  To some it is good, to others, it is plain evil.  It can be a time stealer and marriage destroyer.  About one year ago I was ready to throw in the towel for good.  I truly didn’t see how any goodness could come from Facebook.  After a six week break, I returned, but with a fresh perspective.

While for some, Facebook just isn’t worth it.  I totally respect that, and I have been there!  At the same time, there is tremendous potential to reach others for Christ on this platform.  When I’ve made that my focus, as well as changed a few settings on my computer, I feel like I can use it in a God honoring way.

I would love to share a few strategies that I have found helpful while using Facebook!

  1. If you are married, share one joint account.  Friends, I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard about divorces occurring after a former flame looks up an old boyfriend or girlfriend.  Sharing an account is a way to keep accountability with your spouse.
  2. Unfollow, but do not unfriend, those who share inappropriate content.  Those who share this content need you as a friend.  At the same time, scripture commands us to remain focused on purity.  When we unfollow, but do unfriend, others can still see our sharing Christ but inappropriate content will not show up in our newsfeed.
  3. Limit your time.  Facebook can steal time that rightfully belongs to our families.  Setting time limits (and sticking to them!) will solve this problem.  If need be, remove the facebook app off of your phone so the temptation isn’t quite as strong.  If the temptation is just too hard to bear, stepping away from Facebook entirely might be the best solution.
  4. Choose likeminded ministries and blogs to follow for encouragement.  I find so much encouragement from ministries, blog, and homeschool groups that show up on my facebook newsfeed.
  5. Stay focused on others, and not on yourself.  While it is nice to share photos of your family to your friends, excessive selfies (of only oneself) can be an indicator that your focus is in the wrong place.  Instead write encouraging notes on other’s timelines.
  6. And finally, the absolute, most important thing that you can do on Facebook is:

Share Christ and Keep Focused on Him!

The truth of the matter is, Christ should be the center of absolutely everything.  We can use this platform to share the gospel, scripture, and other amazing Christian resources with others.  God can use you mightily when we focus on Him, others, and not on ourselves.

We must remember that if we claim to be a Christian, then others are watching us.  And sadly, most of them are hoping that we will not remain in Christ.  While none of us is perfect, we really need to remember that we are Christ’s ambassadors!  If we stay focused on Him while online, then we will keep our good witness.

While this is true for all Christians, it is especially true for those in ministry positions, like pastors/elders.  We recently left a church where I honestly would not have admitted that our pastor was our pastor based on his Facebook life.  Yes, I know that this is a major problem, but I waited on my husband to make the final decision for us to leave.  God is good, and as soon as I stopped worrying about the situation we left within one week!

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I would also like to share a little story about something that happened in my life that really brought the importance of our witness on Facebook to my attention.  This same pastor posted on Facebook that he had taken his eleven-year-old son to a movie that was rated PG-13.  I looked up this movie on Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In, and while it wasn’t all bad by any means, there was some language and innuendos mentioned.  In our family, if there is anything in this nature in a movie we avoid it.  I try to ask myself, “If Jesus was physically sitting next to me on the couch, would I watch this?”  Anyhow, I questioned this practice after I saw that my pastor watched a PG-13 film, and my husband and I rented one the next weekend.  Needless to say, we turned it off within the first 10 minutes!  While I believe that this pastor should not have watched this movie in the first place, if he would have kept this information off of his Facebook page, and instead have focused on Christ and his family, then the thought to put mild vulgarity in front of our eyes would have never occurred to me or my husband.

Ladies, if we stay focused on Christ in all we do (including Facebook), He will be glorified, and our witness will remain intact.  If we use Facebook, let’s try to keep this in mind.

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