Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Monday, August 20, 2018

An Exciting Coincidence

"Our eggs are not only farm fresh, but farm fresh, loved eggs. Each loved on by SweetPea as she fills up the egg carton" is the status that I had put on Facebook 3 years ago on Wed. When I saw the post - I just had to share it. I knew that we were coming close to getting eggs again. Little did I know how very close we actually were.

Later on Wednesday when I went out to check on the chickens and freshen their water and fill up food containers - I decided to look around the chicken shed. For some reason I was drawn to look on the ground in the back corners. Guess what I found?!

These two lovely little eggs!
Every day now we are getting eggs! It is so much fun to go get eggs. It's all I can do not to go check on the days that SweetPea will be here since I need to let her go collect the eggs!
Raising animals can be a big job. It really can be - but there are joys that make it all worth it!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Best Deal

This weeks installment of "My Best Deal" involves a super deal that I got at Goodwill, during their 50% off sale last week. I am not sure if all areas do this but the Goodwills in the local metroplex area run a 50% off sale once a month. It used to be once every few months but I guess they realized that people were having a harder time affording things and so now they have a sale once a month. Usually it is mid month.
Last Wednesday was the sale for our area and I decided to hit a few stores. I only found 3 things during my shopping trip. At the first store - I found 5 blue Tupperware cereal bowls for $1.08 with tax. Lucky for me - I found 11 cents in the parking lot so I had the tax covered by the money I found!
At the next store is where I found the awesome deal!!!
This Quilting Hoop - brand new!! It is the hoop with a stand. It was marked $15.99 - So I knew it would cost me $8.00. I decided to do some checking on line before buying it and I found them for about $45.00 mostly. There were some a bit more and a bit less. I thought the $8.00 was an awesome deal!!
At this store I also found a cake pan for my husband - it is a PrimeWay Three-tier cake pan - click here to a link to Ebay- is you want to see what it looks like. The one I found is brand new still in the bag so I figured you would get a better idea at what I got by me linking to the one on ebay. I paid $2.50 for it. With buying these two things at this store - I spent just over $10.00 so I was able to get a stamp on my stamp card.
Stamp Card- The local Goodwill's also have stamp cards- every time you spend $10.00 you get a stamp and when you get 10 stamps - you get $10.00 off. It is awesome. One time when my husband and I went to a smaller town near where we were camping there was a goodwill there - I asked about the stamp cards and sadly they do not have them. So this may or may not be available in your area- it is worth checking out for sure.
Anyway there you have it my best deals of the week!!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Musical Inspiration

This song is worth watching and reading the lyric so you can understand it. A great song talking about God's grace!  One of my favorite lines to this song is:
"Those that keep hoping when its hopeless" May you feel blessed by God as you listen to this song. :O)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sacrifice of the lower for the higher

"God is the fountain of life, and we can have life only as we are in communion with Him. Separated from God, existence may be ours for a little time, but we do not possess life. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." 1 Timothy 5:6. Only through the surrender of our will to God is it possible for Him to impart life to us. Only by receiving His life through self-surrender is it possible, said Jesus, for these hidden sins, which I have pointed out, to be overcome.

It is possible that you may bury them in your hearts and conceal them from human eyes, but how will you stand in God's presence?

If you cling to self, refusing to yield your will to God, you are choosing death. To sin, wherever found, God is a consuming fire. If you choose sin, and refuse to separate from it, the presence of God, which consumes sin, must consume you.  It will require a sacrifice to give yourself to God; but it is a sacrifice of the lower for the higher, the earthly for the spiritual, the perishable for the eternal. God does not design that our will should be destroyed, for it is only through its exercise that we can accomplish what He would have us do. Our will is to be yielded to Him, that we may receive it again, purified and refined, and so linked in sympathy with the Divine that He can pour through us the tides of His love and power. However bitter and painful this surrender may appear to the willful, wayward heart, yet "it is profitable for thee."
~ Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings pg 61-62
If you would like to read more in this chapter - click on the link above.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

:Health Tidbits - with a special bonus

Today I am going to get back to sharing something health related on Wednesdays. Hopefully this will be an encouragement to you and me to take better care of ourselves.

Sometimes we can get discouraged when we know that genetically we are more likely to get some sort of disease. But what we need to remember is that Genetics is only 30% of what determines our futures. Genetics just points the gun at us. It is our behavior that is the deciding factor of if the trigger is pulled or not. So please start making better choices to take care of yourself today.

I am speaking to myself here as well. I needed to write this out. As I shared last week - and then deleted it because I felt it was too negative and didn't want to discourage anyone- I have been struggling with some personal issues that has really discouraged me. And in the discouragement I have made some poor choices. I tend to be an emotional eater and sweets is my go to when I am in that unhealthy state of mine.

We all deal with the flesh and its desire for what it wants - even when what it wants is not what is best for us. I am being reminded that in these instances we need to surrender our will to God and allow Him to guide us.

We are told in James:

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7
When we are tempted - if we will submit ourselves to God - He gives us the power to resist the devil and the devil will flee! I looked up a couple of words in my Strong's Concordance:

~ to stand against
Oppose-resist, withstand
~ to run away
to vanish, escape, flee(away)
We can't resist in our own power -the flesh is weak
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:41
But God is faithful:
 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
I understand it is hard to resist temptation - I have been failing miserable lately. But there is always hope. We can put our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and He will help us. We just need to call on Him.
Usually our Health Tidbit doesn't have so much scriptures in it - but this is something that I have been processing lately and when I decided what health tidbit to post today I felt it was the perfect opportunity for me to share the rest with you. Hopefully to those of you who may be struggling right along side me - will be encouraged by these verses and thoughts that the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart. It can be hard but never give up - no matter how many times we fall we have a loving heavenly Father who is there to pick us up again.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Only Two Kinds of People

Just one of the great books that I have found at a favorite little thrift store for 50 cents!
I have only read the first two chapters of this awesome book, but have already found a couple of things I just couldn't pass up sharing here on my blog.

"I would like to remind you that there are only two kinds of Adventist. There are only two kinds of Baptists, only two kinds of Methodist, only two kinds of people anywhere in the world: those who know Jesus and those who don't. That's it. And the only Adventist who will be saved, and the only Baptist who will be saved and the only Methodist who will be saved, is the one who knows Jesus."

My friend, Do you know Jesus? If not - it is not too late to get to know Jesus. Open up His love letter to you and start getting to know Him. You won't be sorry you did. :O)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Thrifted Outfits

This past Sabbath the weather was over cast and actually rainy a good part of the day. I took advantage of the cooler weather and wore this top that I found about a month ago. It is a favorite for sure!

We have been blessed with about 3 inches of rain over the past several days! We have been in desperate need of rain. We have big cracks in our yard - both front and back.

Ok - onto the outfit of the week:

G Collection top paid $5.45
Ashley Stewart skirt- $0 - given to me

Total outfit cost~ $5.45

If my plan for next Sabbaths outfit stays the same- you will get to see the new dress I found for $3.00 !! Be sure and come back to see it! 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Best Deal

Today's "My Best Deal" will include deals from several different weeks. I decided to add them to one post because are all the same thing - BOOKS!

During the month of July my favorite little thrift store near by was having a sale on books and each week when I had a chance to go to the thrift store I would spend a bit of time in the book section. One of these days I will try to get a photo of the book section so you can see what it is like to look for books.

So here are the awesome books I found during the month of July:
This is the book I have been reading this month. It has been very good. I have gleamed new insight into some topics in the Bible that I have struggled with in the past. I highly recommend this book.

I have not read the rest of these yet.

This it the book that I plan to read next. Do you see the special word in the title that drew me to it?

This book is one I have wanted to read for a while - but I just didn't want to pay full price- I am kind of cheap like And the thing that makes this an even better deal that just the price of this book - it was brand new in the plastic wrap still!!

The reason why these books were the deal of the month - is because each of these books only cost me 50 cents each!! What an awesome deal!!!

If you have thrift stores in your area - be sure and check out the book section - you might be surprised at the awesome deals you find. I am very lucky because not only are there great prices on books at this thrift store - is that there are people in this community that have some pretty awesome books that donate to this thrift store. Many times when people pass away their books are donated to this thrift store - which is in place to help the needy. Which makes it even a better deal to go to this store - because not only am I finding great deals - but I am able to help others while I am at it.