Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Called To Accountability~Embracing the Principle of Admonishment

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:6 NKJV



There's a theme that is prevalent right now in many churches. It echoes on many of the women's blogs that I read; I hear it among my friends. Often, it even fastens itself within my own heart. 

That theme is: don't judge me

Don't judge my house, my appearance, my children, my car, my makeup, my dog, my fingernail polish. Don't judge the circles under my eyes, what my kids eat, whether or not I'm gluten-free, who I stand for politically, how I spell my name. 

Just don't judge me. Keep to yourself. Just let me live my life the way that I need to or see fit. 

Don't judge me. 

Some of these things are very insignificant and really don't matter eternally--but there is a deeper principle here, and one that has become rooted in the hearts of modern Christians. This principle of "don't tell me what to do--don't confront me--don't tell ME I'm doing something wrong"--on issues that really do matter and do carry eternal significance.   

Issues that the Word of God is very clear about . . . open sin or disregard for God's Word, hypocrisy, compromise, anything in our lives that brings dishonor to the name of Jesus Christ.

And when someone does, they are almost immediately labeled "legalistic" or "judgmental." 

I'm going to say something controversial here, but something that I believe is strongly Biblical and something that has been heavy upon my heart for a long, long time:

 We are called at times to confrontation. And many Christians will call us judgmental.

Not about nail polish, or makeup, or dog breeds, but about things that really do matter eternally. 

There is a principle in Scripture, one that is very barely spoken about, and that is the principle of admonishment

We are called to it. 

Admonish (definition--Merriam Webster): 

~to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
~to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to 
~to say (something) as advice or a warning 

And there is a distinction made between making judgments on our brother or sister as if we are God and admonishing them, as  a fellow sinner saved by grace.

This distinction is very, very important. 

Admonishing is something vital within the Christian community whereas judging another believer in a way that sets ourselves up as better than that person is sin. 


Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Matthew 7:1-2 NKJV


There are times when we need to keep our mouth shut and pray about a supposed problem that we see in a another believer--not ignore it, but pray. Christ does not call us to criticism but to intercession--


When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block our fellowship with God. God never gives us discernment so that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.
~Oswald Chambers

And sometimes that intercession leads to this deeper principle of admonishment. 


Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 
Romans 15:14 NKJV

Like it or not, agree with it or not, we are called to accountability with one another within the Christian church. The Scriptures are very clear about that--


but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13 NKJV


When everyone within the Christian church is afraid of admonishing one another , we "exist" as a church in a murky mediocre puddle--and the Spirit of God is quenched. 


Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.
~Francis Schaeffer

I really believe that this is why there is not more power in our churches. Because sin is so tolerated. We are all so busy with our own lives and problems and with our fascination with this principle of not judging anyone that we have  lost a sense of (as A.W. Tozer would put it) "the Holy." 

We are afraid to admonish, to gently warn. To turn someone and deliver them from sin--


let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
James 5:20 NKJV


This admonishment must always flow from a spirit of humility, of determined gentleness, of the desire for the other person's good and for purity in the church. It must flow from love--and from a deep longing for holiness in the church, something that has been greatly lost. 

Indeed, we are losing our sense of "the Holy," our sense of the majesty of God and the authority of Scripture over our lives. This is reflected in our attitude of tolerating obvious sin in our own lives and in the lives of others. The fear of God has been greatly lost--


With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can appreciate or experience the life in the Spirit. The words, “Be still and know that I am God,” mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshiper in this middle period of the twentieth century.
~A.W. Tozer

We are losing our sense of true community, of true Christian love, of God's grace through repentance and turning from sin. 

Revival cannot come without true repentance. Revival will not come until we renounce hidden sins and allow ourselves to be judged by God's holy Word, the thoughts and intents of our hearts laid bare before Him. Revival will not come until we regain our sense of the Holy. 

Here is another almost foreign principle in the modern Christian church--that guilt can be the goad that drives us to the cross. 




Guilt in and of itself can be toxic to our growth as believers. But the guilt that brings us to our knees and causes us to search our hearts before God can bring us to that place of humility before Jesus Christ that drives the spear into our sin and kills it. Guilt can drive us to our knees and be a help to grace. David speaks about this kind of guilt after he sinned with Bathsheba--the guilt that lead to repentance and restoration. 



Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord open my lips
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. 
For You do not delight in burnt offering
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and contrite heart--
These, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:12-17 NKJV


How grateful I have been for this principle of admonishment in my own life! It brings a smile to my heart to think of how many times my Mom has said to me "I'm just throwing out warnings." (or something else along those lines :-) Her words and admonishment and advice have saved me 
through the Holy Spirit of God from making many, many mistakes in my life. I am grateful to her for warning me and giving me the opportunity to search my own heart and motives before God. Where some would call other Christian's admonishment in their lives, "judgmental," when it is done in a spirit of love and in a true desire for the other person's good and the glory of God, it brings hope and grace and as the Word of God says, may save someone from a multitude of sins. 

So don't be so quick to feel "judged" by other believers when they genuinely confront an area of your life that may be off course. In our parenting, in our day to day relationships, in our marriages--another believer may be offering hope, not judgement.

And even if they are judging you, offer them grace--the same grace that you have received. Search your heart before God and submit to Him . . . He will make all things plain when we sincerely seek Him. 

So go ahead--judge with righteous judgement--with the discernment of the Holy Spirit of God--admonish, rebuke, encourage, exhort. And above all, make sure that your own life is right before God--be as hard upon sin in your own life as you are in the lives of others. Because it starts there first. 

And embrace this Biblical principle of admonishment--because judgment, true, righteous judgement begins in the house of God. It will flow from obedience and humility. It will flow from a sincere love of the brethren. And it's eternal effect will be peace. 


I'm not a prophet of doom; I'm a prophet of love. But love will bid a warning doom to the children who play on the freeway. We need to wake up.
~Keith Green





Sunday, August 19, 2018

End of Summer Giveaway!


Time for a giveaway! :-) I've been wanting to share this wonderful book with you all and have been gathering together some things for a giveaway, and so there you have it. :-) Voila! An "End of Summer Giveaway." :-)

They Call Me Mother Graham is one of the most encouraging reads for Moms that I have found . . . I've read this book, written by Billy Graham's mother Morrow in the past and picked it up again recently. Oh, how the Lord spoke to me through it! 

Morrow provides little details of how she and her husband came to a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what their family life was like in the years when Billy Graham was young. Her words were so helpful to me as a Mom of young children--her determination to put the Lord first and to teach the Bible to her children from when they were very young spoke to my heart as well as her gentle, consistent discipline and admonishing of her children toward the Lord from when they were tiny. 

She was also a woman of great faith and persistent prayer; this was impressed upon me as well. Morrow pleaded before the throne of grace for her children, and I believe that part of the fruit of her prayers was Billy Graham's ministry and life's work. 

Every Mom should read this book; truly. 


Now books are wonderful and necessary for life, ;-) but so is chocolate and coffee ;-) and so I have also included the latter in this giveaway. I found this chocolate bar in a local store in my (new) home state (if I had still been living in Rhode Island, you would have gotten a clamcake ;-))--it looked exceedingly delicious and miraculously, I have not sampled it yet ;-)--and so I included it in this giveaway.  

This coffee piqued my interest (especially the fact that it may be prepared hot or iced (versatility! ;-)). Always important in a good coffee drink.  :-)

There is also a little "coffee" basket included in the giveaway, just to reinforce the merits of that delightful drink one more time


I hope that you enjoy this giveaway; please feel free to share about it with others and to enter every day with the "free entries" option. 

I pray that each of you is having a blessed, restful summer and are refreshed to enter into the coming Autumn with joy. The Lord bless you, each one. 







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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President~~Children's Book Recommendation


I found this precious children's book (Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President) in a bookstore last week. If you know me well at all, you know that I rarely ever buy new books . . . I am a thrift store loyalist ;-) and so one knows that this book must have been special for me to purchase it new. :-) 




Written by Mike Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen, this book was a sweet look into the life of the Pence's pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo. 



It chronicles his ride to the White House and follows him around for the day, providing facts about the White House as well as detailing Marlon Bundo's activities and the Vice President's. 



The text is easy to read and engaging.



The pictures that accompany the text are bright, vibrant, and engaging for children (as well as adults! :-)). 



I have been so encouraged by Mike Pence's faithful stand on moral issues as well as his uncompromising witness. We need more men like him serving in the political sphere and making an eternal impact in a secular environment. 



My favorite part of the book came near the end where Mike Pence is reading his Bible before the closing of the day and holding his sweet bunny while he reads. 



This is a wonderful book to add to your personal library; we enjoyed it immensely!








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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quiet Joys

This is my story; this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long . . . 
~Fanny Crosby


The Summer is already ripening toward August and I thought that I would share some pictures with you of the quiet joys and scenes from our lives here over the past few weeks. . . :-) These are some of the things that have brought happiness to my heart or just some happenings here . . . there is joy in knowing His presence in the quietness in a very precious way --

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him
He also will hear their cry and save them.
Psalm 145:18-19 NKJV



Zinnias from the garden . . . their bright faces gladden my heart . . . 



The strong, steadfast beauty of the sunflower, lifting its great face toward the sky . . . my sister planted these all around her tiny house last year and she inspired me! :-)







Corn and the other vegetables ripening remind me of His faithfulness to provide for mankind . . . 








My daughter eats these little cherry tomatoes as fast as they ripen! :-) I have to beat her to them! ;-)



She will eat these too as soon as they ripen; she loves to bite into them like apples .. . :-)





. . . then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Leviticus 26:4 NKJV




The cone flowers delight me and remind me of my Mom's beautiful perennial garden back in RI . . . she placed a love for the beauty and preciousness of flowers in my soul . . . 


The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8 NKJV




These little ground squirrels love to eat underneath our bird feeder--the ones below are part of a litter of baby ground squirrels . . . 


But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:7-10 NKJV



I love Autumn; it is one of my favorite times of year, so in anticipation we planted a lot of pumpkins :-). Now if only the resident groundhogs don't eat them all . . . ;-) 


My Mom planted a cherry tree for the birds . . . unfortunately a raccoon also likes it and the fruit is just too tempting for him ;-). He broke the trunk twice now--we are trying to protect it with this fence . . . 


Last year, there was a soybean field across the street from us; this year it is corn. Truly, all of creation points to a merciful Savior . . . may He give us eyes to see it . . . 



Have a blessed week, dear friends! 







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Sunday, July 1, 2018

My Eye is Not On the Density of the Fog

A very dear friend and man of faith wrote to me and my husband recently. His simple, sincere words of encouragement reminded me of a story that I had read about George Mueller a few months ago. It was a story that "stuck" with me and that challenged me to hold fast to the Lord, even when circumstances seem to contradict His leading and clear direction. Such a situation happened to me about a year and a half ago when my husband and I were seeking the Lord in His opening up a place for the ministry He has led us to pursue (you may read more about that HERE). This is the story that I read about George Mueller. 




When I first came to America, thirty-one years ago. I crossed the Atlantic with the captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted men I ever knew, and when we were off the banks of Newfoundland be said to me:
"Mr. Inglis, the last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, one of the most extraordinary things happened which, has completely revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. Up to that time I was one of your ordinary Christians. We had a man of God on board, George Müller, of Bristol. I had been on that bridge for twenty-two hours and never left it. I was startled by some one tapping me on the shoulder. It was George Müller:
"'Captain, he said, 'I have come to tell you that I must be In Quebec on Saturday afternoon.' This was Wednesday.
"'It is impossible,' I said.
"'Very well, if your ship can't take me, God will find some other means of locomotion to take me. I have never broken an engagement in fifty seven years.'
"’I would willingly help you. How can I? I am helpless.'
"'Let us go down to the chart-room and pray.'
"I looked at that man of God, and I thought to myself, what lunatic asylum could that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing.
"'Mr. Müller,' I said, 'do you know how dense the fog is?'
"'No,' he replied, 'my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life.'
"He got down on his knees and prayed one of the most simple prayers. I muttered to myself: 'That would suit a children's class where the children were not more than eight or nine years old.' The burden of his prayer was something like this: 'O Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five minutes. You know the engagement you made for me in Quebec Saturday. I believe it is your will.'
"When he finished. I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. "First, you do not believe He will; and second. I believe He has. And there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.' I looked at him, and George Müller said..
"'Captain. I have known my Lord for forty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to gain an audience with the King. Get up, captain, and open the door, and you will find the fog is gone.' I got up, and the fog was gone!
"You tell that to some people of a scientific turn of mind, and they will say, 'That is not according to natural laws.' No, it is according to spiritual laws. The God with whom we have to do is omnipotent. Hold on to God's omnipotence. Ask believingly. On Saturday afternoon, I may add, George Müller was there on time."
~Herald of gospel liberty, Volume 102, Issues 27-52


My eye is not on the density of the fog . . . these words have been playing over in my mind this week. When God calls us to do something, to believe that He will do something according to how He has led us and spoken to us, it will come to pass. This is what my friend wrote in his e-mail, this is what the Word of God strongly teaches us, this is what the Holy Spirit presses upon our hearts even when human logic seems to contradict His leading. 


He opened the door for a place to begin our ministry here, after living in a drafty, dingy rental house for a little over a year--and after seeking Him in prayer for over 16 years (yes; 16 years)--at the time when every single door appeared to be shut to us and I felt like my prayers were pounding on the iron door of Heaven. 

It was at the point when I let go of human logic and wisdom and what seemed to be the wise, prudent thing to do (to buy a temporary house in town while we were waiting for Him to open up a permanent place of ministry--maybe in the years to come, I thought) that I quietly humbled myself before Him in prayer. He led me to pray and fast in a specific way for 21 days and at the end of that period of time the door opened in such a miraculous way that I sensed His Presence and direction so surely and perfectly that I could only sit in the quietness before Him and thank Him over and over

He is God. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond all that we ask or think. We limit Him through our unbelief, through our logical assigning of what we think He is able and willing to do. 

If God has truly called you to something--for me and my husband it was to create a place of rest for God's people--He will do it--be sure of your calling--pray, seek Him diligently--it is usually something that you don't feel qualified to do! But He is able. And as the friend that I mentioned at the beginning of this e-mail reminded me and my husband many years ago, He does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called

Are you called to raise children well--with a Godly foundation and heritage? Do it, and don't be distracted by the things of this world. Are you called to serve in a certain capacity in the church and you feel weak and unable to step forward? Take the first step, by the grace and power of Almighty God. Are you called away from your comfortable home to go to an unknown place, called to uncertainty and trial? Press into His calling and you will find His sustaining grace and the everlasting arms beneath. 

There is nothing too difficult for the Lord. And what we see as difficulties are only the places where He makes His glory shine brightest. 

So trust Him--and place your eyes upon Him, not on the density of the fog. 











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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lessons From My Garden

come to the garden alone,
While
 the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

~C. Austin Miles



One of my earliest memories is of sitting on our back stairs outside while my Mom was working in her garden. It was a beautiful clear day and a bumblebee landed beside me. I must have thought that he was a friendly chap from all the storybooks that my Mom read to me when I was younger, because I reached out to pet the little fellow. He surprised me with a sting and I learned to admire that particular creature from a distance! :-) Happily, that solitary sting did not deter me from being outside or from loving flowers and plants. :-) My Mom gave me and my sisters a deep love for gardening. I feel close to the Lord outside in His creation . . . I love the smell of the soil and the feeling of sifting and refreshing and creating order and peace and beauty in the garden. I am dirty and sweaty all day long and mulch falls out of my hair at night, but I love it :-). It is fascinating to me that the Lord began His relationship with men and women in a garden--it was a place of communion and beauty and order and peace. It was the place of perfect fellowship with God until that union was broken by sin and chaos. There is something of peace in a garden that reminds us of that initial communion with God and that leads us to that place again though the blood of Christ. 





Lately, I've been spending a LOT of time outside! :-) I love being outdoors with my two children, hanging up laundry and raking and planting and weed whacking ..  . . and WEEDING! :-) Oh, so much weeding--but it's all worth it . . . ;-)



As part of our first year of homeschooling, we planted a vegetable garden. It was (is) a lot of work, but oh, it is so much fun! We are learning new things daily about how to take care of the plants and that has been exciting and challenging for us. It's not perfect, we still need to finish the fence, and I only planted two rows of corn instead of four by accident, but such is life.  :-) It's brought us a lot of joy through hard work. :-) 



I like vegetables, but I've always been partial to flowers and herbs; they just draw my heart in some deep, inexplicable way. I love the way that the Lord allows them to bloom at all different times to bring beauty to every part of the spring and summer, from the daffodils in the early spring, to the grandeur of the iris, and then the sweet sentimental happiness of the daisy, the cone flower, and the black-eyed Susan as the summer wears on. Did you know that all of the individual flowers and fruit trees also feed countless species of birds? The coneflowers are a treat for the goldfinch; the hummingbird drinks from the fluted Hosta cup and the old-fashioned hollyhock. The Robin and Cedar Waxwing enjoy berries from various bushes and trees--mulberry and serviceberry, cherry and raspberry. Nature relies upon the Lord in every way to feed it and to nourish it. The Lord continually amazes me in this, especially here in the country where it is so observable in every perfect way. Even in the winter, the animals and birds rely upon the "leftovers" to get them through--their "manna" from the Lord to sustain them through the harsh winter months (and the winters are harsh around here). 




The Lord constantly speaks His lessons to my heart here and these are some of things that He has impressed upon me lately. .


Columbine-there is still some white paint on it from when we painted our fence--the kids helped! :-)

 Never despise meager beginnings. This is a quote from one of my favorite movies, Love Comes Softly. The Lord is in the seemingly little things and this is so evident in the garden. The tiny seed that is planted yields a magnificent harvest. The "little things" of watering, weeding, and caring for plants and flowers produce beauty and grace. And it's so important to be faithful and consistent in them. 



He is able to bring the dead back to life. I thought that I had lost my Hostas over the past winter. They were all uprooted in a construction project and piled in a huge mountain of dirt. I am not a huge fan of their waxy "look" but I love the way that they draw tiny hummingbirds to my garden. As I said, I thought that I had lost these flowers, but as the pile of dirt was slowly being removed in the spring, we noticed little Hosta plants springing up in the pile! We removed them and re-planted them. The spiritual lesson that the Lord placed on my heart was that He is able to restore even those things which seem dead, lost, and hopeless. He is the God of resurrection and hope even in situations that seem utterly hopeless.


Hostas, hostas everywhere! :-)


Don't judge by the outward appearance. Some of the "ugliest" plants give the most wonderful produce! :-) Rhubarb, for example, is not the prettiest plant, but so many delicious things can be made from it. Isn't this so in life? The Lord often uses those who don't "look" promising on the outside to do His greatest work. Truly, man looks on the outside, but the Lord judges the heart. 



Protect the things that are precious. I adore the little chipmunks that gather in my yard and the sweet, peppy ground squirrels that visit daily, but they love to dig . . . and dig . . . and dig! That's how the Lord made them--so I asked my husband to put chicken wire over the zinnias that we were growing  . . . it was easy to do and allowed the flowers to grow without being disturbed. And I can still maintain my friendship with the little creatures--the best of both worlds ;-). Truly, how important it is to preserve and protect--to the best of our ability, by the grace of God--to protect ourselves from the influence of sin, to protect our children from worldly influences as much as we are able, to protect the weak and defenseless, to preserve that which is precious. And may our Lord give us eyes to see the things that are precious. 





Little hands can be taught to work :-). Including little children in our tasks enriches them--and us--they teach us to slow down, they teach us to stop and talk about what we are doing, they minister Christ to us in their simple, innocent, never-tiring way. We assume that when children are tiny, they are incapable of working alongside of us--oh, how watching the Amish and their children around here has proven that assumption so wrong! Include little children in your daily tasks--take breaks in-between, but let them come alongside of you in some of the tasks that you do--don't just leave them to play on their own all the time. They need you--and you will find that you need them . . . Below is a picture of some of the vegetables that my children and sweet niece and nephew helped me to weed around! It was so much fun to work together, even in the strong heat! 


If He cares for the sparrow, how much more for His children? The sweetness of the birds who eat the seeds that my Mom puts out every day always fill me with joy. The Lord constantly uses these little creatures to remind me not to worry and fret but to place my hope and trust in His love. 


There is grace in quietness and solitude when the quietness leads to communion with Christ. One of my favorite times to be out in the garden is in the early morning before my children wake up. The Lord speaks to me in the quietness and stillness and it is worth it to wake up early to meet with Him there. When our lives become too busy and we become overwhelmed, "pressed," and hurried (even with "good" things) we lose that sense of His voice and presence that is so vital to our joy and hope. Take time in the quietness, especially in the early morning when you are not too tired, to meet with your Lord and Savior. 


It's not finished till He's finished . . . don't judge the ending from the beginning.  A lesson that the Lord spoke to my spirit this past spring especially as it related to my mothering was to press on even when I feel discouraged or don't see immediate results. This is true with seeds and flowers and it is true in other aspects of life. Perhaps we feel that our children aren't responding to our efforts of love or discipline at times, or we just feel weary in the day to day "grind," but press on--the fruit will come when we persevere--and one never knows how the Lord will work in any given situation when we sincerely wait upon Him in hope and do the best that we can with what we have been entrusted with. 



These are some of the ways that the Lord has been speaking to my heart lately; how about you, dear friends? 





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Inspire Me MondayLiteracy Musing MondaysThe Modest MomRaising Homemakers, Classical HomemakingA Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Woman to Woman Ministries,  Testimony TuesdayTell His Story, Messy Marriage,  Imparting Grace, Thought Provoking ThursdaySoul SurvivalGood Morning MondaysThe Weekend BrewCounting My BlessingsThe HomeAcre Hop, Mommy Moments Link UpGrace and Truth LinkupFaith Filled FridaySHINE Blog HopRaRaLinkupWord of God SpeakBooknificent ThursdayLiving Proverbs 31Coffee For Your Heart Weekly LinkUpYou're the Star Blog HopHomesteader HopFresh Market FridayHeart Encouragement Thursday Sitting Among Friends Blog PartyFabulous Warm Heart PartyOh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday LinkupWriter WednesdayTea and Word