Every Word

 Posted by on August 19, 2014  No Responses »
Aug 192014
 

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written; ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Every Word at Habits for a Happy HomeThis year God is calling me to draw close to him through his word. Not just the ones I like, the comforting, sheltering words, but Every Word. Many times I find myself disagreeing with something in the Bible, I don’t fully understand.

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

This is the year for me to read and begin to understand the Word. To read a portion of the Bible every day and to work hard at finding meaning and understanding so that I can be fully in agreement with the Lord. Should I not try to come to a fuller understanding now, instead of waiting for the time when I will fully know and be known? For me it is time to begin to know God’s word.

Will you join me?

~ written by Amy Waters

The Habit of Rest

 Posted by on May 27, 2014  1 Response »
May 272014
 

Can you feel it? The summer stretching out. The call to get out and enjoy these days with abundant sunshine.

We have. You may have noticed that our authors here at Habits for a Happy Home are taking a break. We hit the busy, full calendar time of spring and things got quiet here on our group blog.

The Habit of Rest www.habitsforahappyhome.com

We want to acknowledge that the habit of rest is good. We suggest you rest and take a break too. And if you find your way here, we’ve gathered a few restful posts to encourage just such a habit.

Rest, Mama – It’s been a long year. But you have rested a little while, and there are tasks calling. You might, just possibly, gain a bit of leverage by starting to work now, filling your sacks of heavy sand and beginning the line of a wall along the river of next year’s demands. The river will rise. We all know it. Not next week, but maybe in a month, certainly in December with the storms of busyness over the holidays, and likely in the spring with all of its expectations. But now, at this moment, your world is calm. The house rests, because you, Mama, are resting. Didn’t you know that?

Am I Really Resting? – Then I heard a little whisper from the Lord saying to me, “you don’t need more time for yourself, you need more time for Me.” So I decided to try things a bit differently. I closed the laptop and reached for my Bible. For 15 minutes I just sat and read and asked God to give me the energy I need to finish the day strong. I looked up the word “weary” and reflected on what I found in those pages.

A Season of Rest www.habitsforahappyhome.com

A Season of Rest – It is a time to sit back and look over the year. How have the seeds you have planted this year done? Some have done well, so plant more next year. Some may need a little tending and encouragement. Some may have grown a little too large. Prune them. Some may have done poorly or even died. Maybe it’s just not the right time or place for those. Pull them up and plant something more appropriate.

Building Happy Homes with Pinterest – put your feet up and enjoy the pins on our favorite boards.

His Ways Are Not Our Ways – I want to remind us to remember the habit that really matters…love.  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.   Then let His love pour out through you into your husband and children.   Give a hug, read a story, get up early and make a special breakfast.   Listen, really listen, to your teenager.  Let that love spill over to other believers, especially those hurting or in need.

Water and the Word – Let me encourage you to get your Bible and take a BIG GULP before this day ends. It will quench your thirsty soul!

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Just Take a Nap – “Honey, take a nap.” Some of the best advice my grandmother ever gave me. Yes, young children need a nap. But did you know that mothers need one too?

Early to Rise – So much better than before. I actually look forward to them waking up in the morning. And the occasional morning that they sleep in and we don’t get to have our Bible time, I miss it. And if I decide to sleep in and I’m not up when the freight train comes barreling down the hall, we have our Bible time in my bed.

A Worry Free Life - Our lack of worry—our obvious confidence in God—is an example that other people see. The peacefulness on our faces even in the midst of trials. The absence of worry lines across our foreheads.

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Every Day – I have been struck today with the reminder of how gracious my God is to me. He gives me so many good gifts. . .my little family..

The Habit of Running Well – As mothers there are seasons in our lives, we can feel alone, isolated and unappreciated. It is in those times that the enemy will try to discourage us and get us to shift our focus onto ourselves instead of the goal set before us.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

But we will be back. Our authors are talking about a series… Happy Summer dear Habits readers!

A new little space

 Posted by on March 27, 2014  No Responses »
Mar 272014
 

This month I thought I’d share a simple project recently completed at our house.

Our house is a good size, and with only three children, there was enough room when we moved in for everyone to have their own room.  (Except me and hubby, we like to share, but when one of the kids moves out, I’m going to make her room into a pink, “Shabby Chic” reading and napping room just for me and any future granddaughters.  Shh!  Don’t tell!)

A New Little Space www.habitsforahappyhome.com

Anyway, the girls were 12, 10, and 6 when we moved in, and we let them choose their rooms. Each chose a different one based on her personality.  Youngest chose the largest room, which was good, because she had lots of toys.  Our middle girl chose the room with slanted ceilings that was the most old-fashioned looking, one that one of the heroines from her many books would live in.  Our eldest chose the sunny room at the top of the opposite side of the stairs…  the whole south side of the upstairs is her room.  It looks like a little attic and was technically called a “bonus room.” If you know real estate, you know that means it has no closet. For years, we dealt with this issue by having her share a closet with hubby and I (the other girls’ closets were too small to share) for her “hang ups” and shoving the rest of her clothing into her dresser, storing off-season clothes under the bed.

She also had two beds in her room, which was convenient for having friends or little sisters spend the night, but took up a lot more space in the tiny room, leaving her no room for bookshelves, which she desperately needed.  I don’t have many pictures of her room, and I forgot to take a before picture. I just wish you could see the books stacked on the floor!  We even painted it aqua and added those neat, peel and stick dots… but no closet rendered it just not “done.”

Our sweet eldest went off to college over two years ago.  Even though she spends more time away from home that at home now, we wanted her to feel like we cared about her personal space, and that she is special to us.  We finally found a way to fix it up that would work without calling in a contractor or spending a large amount of money.  (Pinterest helped.)

Here’s what we did:

new little space www.habitsforahappyhome.com

As you can see, we used one of the popular “expedit” bookshelves from IKEA.  (Hate to say it, but they were being discontinued. There are other, similar bookshelves in that line.)  Hubby anchored it to the wall and purchased a closet rod from Home Depot and a little hardware to go with that.  The whole project cost less than $75. (If you wanted to be even more frugal, you could find a bookshelf at a yard sale or thrift store.) Now her clothes AND books have a home, and I can’t wait for her to see it.  (The shoe rack on the bottom is also from IKEA.  I love the simplicity of their designs.)

I am keeping all the hangers the same color to add to the simplicity and for color continuity (can you tell I love to read Better Homes and Gardens?!).  Hubby thought of putting a curtain across the front, but I like the look of openness, and if you peruse any of IKEA’s catalogs, you can see many designers like it, also.  But the main point is that WE like it, and I think our daughter will, too.  Better late than never!

I’m so glad she chooses to come home for Spring Break, and that this little treat awaits our girl.  We love her so!

The Greater Work

 Posted by on March 25, 2014  2 Responses »
Mar 252014
 

Icebergs, what in the world do they have to do with what’s going on in your life?  My husband, Bob, had surgery and developed an infection. We were praying earnestly for his healing.  As I was crying out to the Lord one night, He used the illustration of an iceberg to begin revealing what was really going on in our lives. You can only see the part of an iceberg that is above the surface of the water, and I had no idea know how much of an iceberg is hidden. Wikipedia says that typically only one-ninth of the volume of an iceberg is above water. The shape of the underwater portion can be difficult to judge by looking at the portion above the surface.

This has led to the expression “tip of the iceberg“, for a problem or difficulty that is only a small manifestation of a larger problem.  Bob and I were so focused on him recovering from the surgery and the infection all we could see was the physical problem and what we thought God needed to do.  Bob is an action person and the forced inactivity was very hard on him, but God used it to put us in a place where we had to stop and take a hard look at our relationship with Him.  Since Bob’s retirement we had just sort of drifted along, we got spiritually lazy and couldn’t seem to find our place. I am so thankful God would not leave us in that state!

When I dress his wound I only see the surface, but we know a healing is going on underneath the skin and that part must close up before the healing can be complete.  In the same way God is at work in the spirit realm, underneath what we can see with our physical eyes, performing a FAR GREATER WORK than we could ever begin to imagine.

The infection in Bob’s body was nothing compared to the infection that was developing in our spirits, but God is a healer of spirits as well as bodies;  He is interested in our total restoration.  If you compare His work to an iceberg, that means eight-ninths of what God is doing FOR us is not visible TO us.  He is performing a FAR GREATER WORK than anything we could ever imagine or hope for; and when He is finished we will come forth as gold that has been tried in the fire; pure and untarnished.  So when you are faced with a situation you can’t understand, remember it is just the “tip of the iceberg”; not of the problem, but of what God is doing.  He is at work!  You can’t see Him, but He is there!

So don’t give up, stay in the lifeboat, help is on the way and your deliverance is going to be amazing.  Let me close with this prayer: Now to God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen. (Ep. 3:20-21 The Voice)

Do Your work Lord, do Your work!

Mar 202014
 

The Book of Job is a book many people turn to in times of suffering.  It is a great lesson from God about trusting Him, even when we don’t understand our circumstances.  Job teaches us that God does not need our understanding and He does not owe us any explanation for His actions.  We learn to put our trust in God and allow Him to work in our lives, regardless of our understanding of our circumstances.

A Lesson in Friendship from the Book of Job www.habitsforahappyhome.comStudying Job recently I thought I would be reminded of God’s power and control, but God has shown me more through the trials and suffering of Job…

A little background… Job was a righteous man.  He had a wife, many sons and daughters, servants, and large herds of livestock.  God had blessed him with much because of his faithfulness and righteousness.  To prove to Satan that a righteous man would still be faithful in any circumstance, God allowed Satan to test Job.  During this test, Job loses everything and becomes very ill with boils and sores; he is about as low as man can get on this earth.

In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. 

Job 1:22

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