Sunday, September 30, 2007

~Coupon and Store Ad Savings Begin~

Ok well since I was able to cut our grocery costs down to $80 starting back in July/August, I thought I probably could save even more if I started shopping store ads and using coupons. I had some money leftover from selling our old house decor and decided to try one store today, Walgreen's. I looked online at their weekly store ad and saw 2 items which I buy, Folger's coffee and Blue Diamond Almonds. I normally paid $3 and some change for one of the Almond containers at Walmart. However in the ad for Walgreen's they were buy one get one free, so I got 2 for what I normally would have only bought one for. Then the coffee was just $1.99 for the medium size canister.

It didn't end there! They had an unadvertised sale inside the store we found out. My husband wanted to buy some light bulbs. Well.....the lady said they are 19 cents and at the front of the store. Sure enough......they had those energy saving bulbs that cost $2.19 and they had coupons to save $2 right there and we got the bulbs for 19 cents each! They had a limit, so hubby got some and then I got some.

Guess who is going to Victoria's Secret this week? ME! I got in the mail a card that gives me $10 off my purchase and there is no minimum purchase. MEANING I can go in there and buy something for say $10.29 and get it for 29 cents plus tax.....and that is what I'm going to do lol. I love these deals!

This week I'm planning the meals out for the 2nd Tuesday of October till the 2nd Tuesday of November. I'm going to incorporate coupons and store ads and see if I can save even more that way!

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

~Primitive Country~

A lot of people have asked me what we are redecorating in and its called "Primitive Country". I was inspired after seeing my sister's houses and my mom's house on my visit to TN. It will be a while before I get the living room, dining room and kitchen done and then the rest of the house will probably be a year from now LOL. I'm taking money I saved and taking some items I already had and painting them. We also are just slipcovering our sofa and wing chairs to cut costs as well. I'm using the money I'm saving from my grocery budget! ; ) Hubby might give me some too for the house......and of course money I'm making from my virtual yard sale selling my old decor, Paris Chic/Shabby Chic.

Here is a picture of the style to give you a better idea:


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~Meal Planning E-book~

As I mentioned before I'm making the Free meal planning e-book for my readers. The sign up is now to get your free copy when it becomes available in a few weeks. If you do not sign up by Tuesday, you will not get a copy of the e-book.


List will be closed at midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning. Thanks and sign up! (I also reserve the right to refuse a copy to anyone I choose, especially if you are some of the ones who have left criticisms).

  • I have been insulted from a few people who have said its impossible to feed a family of 3 on $80 a month. Well you can ask my family, and I it. I'm not alone in this, the critics also criticized "The Economides" family (America's Cheapest Family). Oh well.....we are saving the money and others are scoffing......who is really winning here? LOL

  • I don't use coupons or shop store ads either (just now starting too), I go to one store and buy all my grocery items there. (It was Walmart but now that Winco opened, I go there). I'm sure if I started doing the coupon thing and shopping store ads, maybe I would save more money? I might try it out on my next month's meal planning, which will be October's. I shop from the 2nd tuesday of each month and get all I need till the 2nd Tuesday of the next month.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

~Grab a Tissue~

I watched this video clip today and balled my eyes out! I had thought about how it would be if me and my husband had children when we were in the Air Force. We are both veterans of the USAF and didn't have my daughter until we both were out. I can only imagine the heartache and the tears shed if one of us had deployed and left behind our child. Thank God for men that will fight for our country and families that must endure the grief and suffering of missing them.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

~WD Passport Portable Hard Drive Giveaway~

Here is a heads up on a great giveaway, you win an external hard drive! To enter go here:

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

~Virtual Yard Sale~

All day I have been going through things and pricing and taking photos, etc. I'm worn out LOL! I decided besides listing on ebay and craigslist......I would also let you all in on the deals, as we are selling a lot of things really cheap to make way for our new decor!

So I'm putting most of what is for sale on this blog:

Keep checking it because I'm constantly adding more. You can pay easily online with paypal, a safe and secure 3rd party. Or send me a money order or cashier check. Also if you live locally, you can just come pick it up!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

~My Recipe Blog~

I finally found a template I liked for my Recipe blog! I also added some of my recipes and others that are my favorites. I will be adding more to it in the future and will organize it into categories when I get enough recipes uploaded.

Here it is:


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Sunday, September 23, 2007


My daughter is so excited (so am I) about starting pre-school homeschool on Monday! I had to put it off for a few weeks because we went to TN to visit my family. I had started in the middle of the summer but I stopped because I wanted to get her used to doing school in the fall just like everyone else.

We have our curriculum and flash cards and going to go get a few more items today. We already have 2 field trips planned until December also! The Seattle Aquarium is one and the other is the Science center.

Everywhere you go can be an educational experience for your child! Take the grocery store.......big time math and problem solving right there lol. ; ) We are starting already to give our daughter a paycheck.......yes a paycheck each month and teach her to budget. Start young and it will save your child the school of "hard knocks" later on in finances!

We are still undecided as to whether we will homeschool our daughter when she starts real school but the more time goes by and things happen (school shootings, teachings about homosexuality, etc) the more that I feel it would be best for her. Times have has my opinion on homeschooling. We have thought of a private school also but I myself went from a public school to a private school (a Christian one at that) and it was at the CHRISTIAN school were I was first exposed to alcohol and drugs! Some would bring alcohol to school in their thermos' ......not kidding here! I didn't see that in public school. So it was actually detrimental to me going to that school and I may have been better off left at the public school, which my last year, Senior Year, I did go back to public school.

So lots to think about.......I just want to do what God would want for our family and will be in much prayer when the "official" schooling age starts in a few years.

But to the present........preschool is in session tomorrow!!

  • Also don't forget my Nutrition and Fitness blog! I've been recording my daily meals and workouts there for the past 4 days and hope to do it EVERYDAY because it helps me stay on track. My first weigh in is coming up this week also:

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

~It's Called Parenting!~

  • This was written by me and is copyrighted.

A lady that was in the same store as me and my daughter had been listening to my 3yr old daughter sing Jesus Loves Me, sing her ABC's and talk to others around us while we shopped. Come to find out she was a Kindergarten teacher and she was amazed my daughter knew her ABC's among many other things she could sing several songs, quote the fruits of the spirit, tell Bible stories and tell someone about Jesus. She thought this was some extraordinary child and gifted and told me she will go far.

It was might be saying "Why would that be sad?" Well, it is sad because all it is, is simply PARENTING!!!! Spending time with your child, teaching them the Bible and things they need to learn. Constantly talking with them and letting them help in the house, etc. However in today's society it is not so popular to really raise your children. Send them to daycare.....send them off to preschool to let someone else teach them what you YOURSELF could teach them in those young and moldable years.

Why is the average mother not doing her role? Why have a child in the first place if you were not going to raise them yourself? It mind boggles me all the time when I hear comments about my daughter being gifted.......when in reality, she is a normal 3yr old who has her parents loving her and teaching her and constantly praising her. Children NEED praise. Children NEED enthusiasm. One thing I always want my daughter to have is enthusiasm. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. They have interest in life......and others simply by enthusiasm.

There is a documentary coming out that is about daughters being what they were made to be by God......homemakers. Watch the clip here:

Instill in your daughters (by your example).....the role in which they were made for. Show them the value of what God has made them to be. Don't let the world and all its ideals, be the motivating factor in your daughter's life! Train them at home........teach them what the Bible says! Guard your children from outward influences which would be harmful......get rid of your TV!

I went home to visit my family and just being there for 12 days.......I saw enough on TV to reaffirm me not having one, going on 9 years now. I thought to myself "well it is a cartoon channel, so what could be so bad, right?" Then I saw the commercials and some of the cartoons had horrid things in them! How could this be?? Do parents leave their children to sit and watch this day in and out? WHO IS MOLDING YOUR CHILD'S BRAIN?????? Hollywood?? Is everything you put in front of your child what you want them to learn and mimic? If not, then THROW it out! ; )

We occasionally let my daughter watch a cartoon that we have screened on our computer, most are Bible DVDs and learning tools. My daughter mostly does puzzles, plays instructional computer games (yes she can use a computer very well), and loves learning and playing. Children's minds are impressionable and we must filter what is put before them, things we can control.

Check out this clip:

God has given you children and entrusts them to your care. Don't disappoint him.......train them up in the way they should go!! It's YOUR job, not anyone else's.........

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007


  • This was written by me and is copyrighted.

The theme in my life right now is DISCIPLINE! I'm increasing discipline in all areas of my life, including my food and exercise habits. What it really comes down to for me is LACK OF discipline and self control. That is why I got fat again! The food didn't just walk up to me and force its way in. I opened my mouth and I put the food in there. I had a choice to make.....I chose to indulge and thus I'm left with the result of my indulgence.....fat lol.

So now I have a choice to make and I'm choosing more discipline and going to lose the weight I put on after being in the hospital and then on vacation. I have gained 24 pounds since March from my sickness and the medications and then also from pure eating whatever I wanted and not moving enough!

Check out my progress as I start this journey to lose the 24 pounds and more.......on my fitness blog:

That brings me to the theme again........Discipline. Just what is discipline?

Discipline - training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character; control gained by enforcing obedience or order; orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior; SELF CONTROL

I also looked up the definition of self control and it is defined as restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires! That is exactly what I need......some restraint exercised!! Also in my daily life with home things and cleaning and cooking, etc. Even spiritual.......we all need more discipline and self control somewhere in our lives. Or maybe I'm talking to an elite group of readers who are the epitome of discipline and self control.

Discipline makes your flesh do what it doesn't want to do and restrains your flesh from doing things that would cause undesirable consequences.

It is biblical as well! How about these verses, do they not display the discipline and self control quality?

Romans 6:19

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Romans 8:13

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Romans 13:14

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

2 Cor 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

You can see the words that I put in bold describe things that we must do. All through scripture we find that it doesn't stop at salvation......we must CONTINUE to walk in God and practice discipline to keep our flesh under control. It doesn't just have to follow God's word. Notice the bold words that we must do, these are action words:

put ye on
make not provision
let us cleanse

There are MANY more scriptures but I just shared the first few that I found. If you truly are a Christian and love God, you will continue to walk in the Spirit, practice self control and discipline in your life and do those things outlined in the Bible that God has COMMANDED for us to do as his children. His commandments are not grievous to the Christian.

1 John 5:3

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Week #3, Blogger Friend School

It is Week #3 of Blogger Friend School and I was unable to participate last week as I was on vacation.

The assignment is:
  • Using the FIRST letter of the Alphabet, describe yourself or things that are important to you. The hard part: use ONLY one word per letter!
  • Part 2 - Share another scripture that is upon your heart this week.

So here is mine and it was hard.....I had to look at the dictionary a lot and still couldn't seem to find all the words I wanted lol.
  • Attitude
  • Bible
  • Character
  • Discipline
  • Enthusiastic
  • Family
  • God
  • Homekeeper
  • Intelligent
  • Jesus
  • Kind
  • Love
  • Marriage
  • Nice
  • Outgoing
  • Play
  • Quotes
  • Right
  • Saved
  • Trust
  • Unique
  • Vision
  • Willing
  • Xample
  • Youth
  • Zealous
Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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A Man's Needs

Below is a list from men around the country that either spoke or sent the comments in to Dr. Laura. They are great and every married woman should strive to meet her husband's needs! We are selfish when we constantly think about our needs and our feelings and forget that MEN have feelings and needs too and in reality.......if you meet his needs, yours will be met in return. ; )

A Man's Needs

  • A man needs to feel strong and needed as a protector for women - basically, to conquer the beast and rescue the fair maiden.
  • What every man wants is for his woman to make him feel that he is strong and the head of the household. I am not talking caveman-style, dragging the woman around by her hair, but just as the leader of the family.
  • A man wants respect, kindness, and love from his woman.
  • A man wants to be put on a pedestal, not so that he can look down on everyone, but to show him that he is the most important thing to his woman.
  • A man needs his woman to show him that she needs his strength to help her through life.
  • The man should be the major breadwinner in the family. Every man needs a battle or war to win to prove to himself that he is strong and capable of conquering any and all dragons that life throws his way. Taking care of his family by working and providing are his battles.
  • A man needs enthusiastic approval, appreciation, and respect from his wife for being a competent man, husband, and father.
  • A man needs his wife to show some interest in his interests, especially when it's an activity she may not "get" or like. Just being there is important.
  • A man needs his wife to greet him after work with love and enthusiasm.
  • A man needs his wife to care about the day he's had.
  • A man needs to know that his wife is sexually satisfied by him.
  • A man needs his wife's encouragement in order to be a man.

These are all tried and tested! They work....he WILL treat you like a queen if you start treating him like a man and let him be the leader of the home.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

~Apples of Gold Blog Giveaway~

There is a giveaway over at Apples of Gold, a blog that I frequently read, you can read the details here:

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

~Rocketfish Giveaway~

Just wanted to let you all in on a giveaway to win a wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can read the details and enter here:

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~Vacation Update~

Hello everyone! I'm still on vacation and having a blast! =)

I'm eating a little too much but its hard to resist the good ole' southern food down here. My favorite part so far was Dollywood, I went there several times a month every year growing up and coming back home to visit, it is one of the places I'm sure to go!

I faced my fears of the new ride, Mystery Mine, and rode it and I loved it. It was suprised me because it went straight up and then straight down a few times. Then also sideways and upside down. It really felt like we were going to come off the track when we went straight up and my bottom was not even on the seat! See it for yourself here:

We are going back to Dollywood on Friday and Dolly Parton is going to be there (it is her amusement park), but I have no desire to see her.......we were told if you go when she is there, yes it will be busy but the rides will be pretty empty because everyone is there to see her and will most likely be gathered around her.
I'm also buying my daughter's fall wardrobe here because it is cheaper down here and of course with so many relatives, she is getting free stuff!

Just wanted to update.......thanks to all the visitors that come by here and the nice comments and emails you have given me. I don't do this for applaud or glory from others, I do it to help others and glorify Christ and edify others to good works! That is what its all about!

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Our Words; Conclusion

I hope you all enjoyed the study, here is the last part and this will finish it up!

The Power Of Words To Hurt And To Heal

Have you ever heard the expression: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Is this really true? Of course words will not break your bones or hurt you in a physical way, but can words really harm and hurt a person? Let’s see what the book of Proverbs says.

What damage can words do according to Proverbs 11:9? ______________________________________

According to Proverbs 11:11? ____________________

Do you think you would be hurt if someone pierced you with a sword? _______ Can the wrong kind of words hurt a person (Proverbs 12:18)? _______ (It’s possible for a person to speak daggers!)

According to Proverbs 16:27, in the lips of the ungodly man there is as a _______________________ (scorching) fire. A fire brings destruction everywhere it goes (think of a forest fire). So also the words of the ungodly bring destruction and ruin wherever they go!

Who is the person who has destruction and comes to ruin (Proverbs 13:3)? __________________________

What causes a fool to be destroyed and trapped (Proverbs 18:7)? _______________________________________

Not only can words harm and hurt, but they can also help and heal.

The tongue of the wise is _______________ (healing)
Proverbs 12:18
A wholesome tongue is a ___________ of______
Proverbs 15:4, and this tree brings forth good and healthy fruit!

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, ________________ to the soul, and
_________________ to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24

As honey is to the taste, so good words are to the ears and to the soul!

The lips of the righteous ______________ many.
Proverbs 10:21

The lips of the unrighteous constantly bring forth GARBAGE, and who would want to feed on garbage? But the words that come forth from righteous lips are healthy and wholesome and good for the soul!

Can you think of any time in your life when you have been helped and strengthened by someone’s words? Have you ever been encouraged or cheered up by someone’s words? Have the words of concerned people ever kept you out of trouble?

How can a person keep his life according to Proverbs 13:3? _____________________________________

How can a person keep his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23)? __________________________________

Every believer needs to guard his mouth. It is like the gates of a city. If the gates are well guarded, the city is safe!

What should the believer’s prayer be (Psalm141:3)? ___________________________________________

What is another good prayer that the believer can pray (Psalm 19:14)? ________________________________________________

Words are very powerful, whether for good or for evil. May God help us to use the powerful weapon of words for Him!

Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.


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Wrong and Wicked Words; Part 5

Slanderous Words

A person who slanders is one who makes false charges or false statements (or half-true statements) about another person, and these statements are meant to do harm! See Proverbs 16:28.

Did Joseph and Potiphar enjoy a good friendship (Genesis 39:1-6)?________

Did a slanderous woman ruin this relationship (Genesis 39:7-20)? ______

May we be careful to never accuse someone falsely. Would you want someone to attack you with words? If not, then don’t do this to others (see Matthew 7:12)!

Excessive Words

There is a real danger in the use of too many words:

In the ______________________ of words there wanteth (lacketh) not ______but he that refraineth his lips is__________

(Proverbs 10:19).

The wise man learns to S________________ his words (Proverbs 17:27). The wise man learns to close his mouth (see Proverbs 17:28). HE IS A FOOL, NOT WHO HAS UNWISE THOUGHTS, BUT WHO UTTERS THEM. If you close your mouth they might think you are a fool but if you open your mouth you prove it!

Before we answer with our mouth we should ___________ with our ears (Proverbs 18:13)!

In James 1:19 we are told to be _________ (quick) to hear, ____________ to speak. God has given each person two ears and only one mouth. This seems to indicate that God wants us to do more listening than talking! It is very easy to interrupt someone and answer someone before we have really listened and thought carefully about something. Better to be a fool than to be a person who is ___________________ in his words (Proverbs 29:20). Some people are quick to open their mouth and let it all spill out (like when you turn over a garbage can!). How much better to close the mouth and guard very carefully that which comes out!

When it comes to talk, a good rule to follow is this: WEIGH IT BEFORE YOU SAY IT! (Think before you speak!) If after weighing your words, you determine that what you are about to say is true, kind, necessary and helpful, then say it. Remember, once the words go forth, you can never bring them back!

Next - Conclusion of Our Words; "Our Words". Hope you enjoyed it and learned something about words, I sure did!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

~Today's Fixin's~

I made Navy Bean Soup today with tuna and cheese sandwiches.

Then I baked some Granola bars for my trip. Here they are cooling:

I will be going on a vacation Friday for about 2 weeks to visit my family in TN. However, they do have Internet there and most likely I will take my laptop LOL. So I plan on still posting, although maybe not everyday, we will see how time goes.

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~Entertainment Books~

I don't buy the regional Entertainment books, simply because 1. It costs money and 2. It would mean I would be eating out more to just use the coupons, thus spending more money lol.

Here is a great post on them from Mary Hunt, whose blog I read regularly:

What do you think of the books? I could understand buying them if you eat out a lot or use the other services offered in the book, but for those who don't, its just a temptation to buy something to get something free. Also to help a friend out by buying them for a school program, I guess that would be a good reason as well.

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Blogger Friend School; Class #1

A. Give a brief introduction paragraph stating how you got started blogging and your personal goals for journaling:

  • I got started in blogging, years ago when it was called journaling! I have almost always kept a paper journal since childhood but since around 2002 or so I started blogging online. I have changed blogs many times but finally came to rest on what I liked blogging about best, which is all things to do with being a Christian AND a Homekeeper and Nutrition and Fitness related things.

    My personal goals for journaling is to HELP OTHERS. That is my goal, that is the reason I do it (besides that I love writing) and that is my motivation. Just knowing that others would be helped and encouraged by reading what I write is such a joy. I want others to learn what I've learned and what works!

B. Share a “dream” place to blog in picture if you can:

  • I would have to say it looks something like this place in Devon, UK
C. Answer some questions to tell us more about you:
1. What time do you usually blog?
  • It varies, I don't have a set time. It is usually whenever I have a free moment or get an idea for a post or devotional!
2. What is your favorite drink?
  • Coffee! Sweetened and with cream of course!!

3. What is your favorite book?
  • The Bible, can anything else really compare? No
4. What is your favorite dessert?
  • Tiramisu
5. Share a scripture that has been an inspiration in your growth with Christ.
  • It's a common verse but it has helped me through hard times and through goals:
Phil. 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Click on the graphic for the School at the top of the post to join in on the fun!

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Wrong and Wicked Words; Part 4

Boastful Words

Boasting is telling how great someone is. There is nothing wrong with boasting in and of itself. For example, we can boast in the Lord and tell how great He is! The problem comes when we use words to praise ourselves and tell others how great we are! This is sinful pride!

Some very helpful advice about boasting is found in Proverbs 27:2

Let another man _______thee, and not thine own _____________.

Praise is a beautiful garment, but though you may wear it, ANOTHER MUST PUT IT ON! Here is an example from the New Testament. Humble John the Baptist called himself "UNWORTHY" (Matthew 3:11) but Jesus called him the "GREATEST" (Matthew 11:11). John wore the garment of greatness, but he did not put this garment on himself. The Lord Jesus put this garment on him!

Flattering Words

What is better and more needful, rebuke or flattery (Proverbs 28:23)? _____________

The person who flatters always says nice things. He says things that a person wants to hear and he is unwilling to say things that a person needs to hear. He would rather speak smooth things than rough things (he does not want to cause any waves or create any problems). Often a flatterer praises another person too much (and often the praise is untrue or exaggerated).

Suppose you had cancer. What do you think the doctor should say?

You are in excellent physical condition. Everything seems fine.
You have a deadly cancer growing in you that must be removed immediately!

The nice things and the pleasant things are not always the things we need to hear! In His Word God always tells us what we need to hear even if it is not what we would want to hear. A good friend is someone who tells us what we need to hear even though the truth sometimes hurts.

Next - Part 5 Wrong and Wicked Words; on Slanderous and Excessive Words.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

~Works For Me Wednesday~

This is my first time doing the "Works For Me Wednesday" posts. This week's is on Brand Loyalty. Click on the picture above to go to the blog and participate if you want.

  • Tim Cascade Chips - These are THE BEST chips in my opinion! They are crunchy and just right and I love all flavors, with Salt and Vinegar being my favorite.
  • Scott - We have for years bought the brand Scott tissue. Main reason being, the 12 pack lasts us a month and half to 2 months and we found that in total costs, it is cheaper because it lasts so long!
  • Mazda and Honda - These are our 2 brands of cars we consider to be the best. We have owned both and currently own a Mazda. They last for years, even at high mileage, get good gas mileage and rarely have maintenance issues.
  • Aquafresh - This is the toothpaste we have used since we got married, which was 7 years ago! It works great and the new Extreme Clean keeps your teeth very white, even when you are a daily coffee drinker! ; )

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~ABC's of Being a Helpmeet~

A - Admit when you are wrong
B - Be positive
C - Cuddle
D - Do it his way
E - Encourage him
F - Fix his breakfast
G - Give back rubs
H - Hug often
I - "I love you" should be said many times daily
J - Joke around in a playful manner
K - Know his needs
L - Listen to him
M - Manage your home well
N - Never hold grudges
O - Open your eyes in the morning and smile
P - Pray for him
Q - Quit nagging him
R - Reminisce about good times
S - Show respect and honor
T - Trust, and earn his trust
U - Understand his need for reverence
V - Vulnerability is a feminine trait; cultivate it
W - Wink at him
X - X is for private times
Y - Yearn to please him
Z - Zealously guard him with your love

  • This list was sent to me, by my friend Shannon. Author is unknown.

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Wrong and Wicked Words; Part 3

Today's interactive Bible study is going to be on Gossip! This is one area, where women especially, will need help on and prayer for. I started a study on Gossip a few posts ago and you can find it here:

Before we start this study, I think it should be added a very valuable truth. If you pray a guard about your mouth daily, with the Lord's help you can keep your tongue in control! Not only will you not be guilty of the SIN of gossip, but your house will be cleaner and more organized, simply because you won't have much to gad around town about! What a concept.......mind your own business and do your work. (1 Thess 4:11)

Gossipy Words

Gossip is a terrible weapon of destruction. The person who uses this weapon loves to reveal very personal or sensational facts about a person (and of course this person is never present when the gossiper spreads these rumors). The gossiper loves to do anything except mind his own business!

According to Proverbs 11:13, a talebearer _________________ secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit ______________________ the matter.

There are some things that we are told or that we know about that are not meant to be repeated. There are some things that if said would only hurt and harm. Have you ever heard someone say to you,

Don’t tell anyone that I said this...?

If it is not worth repeating then it is probably not worth saying in the first place! In spreading gossip, sometimes the gossiper pretends that it is with great reluctance that he speaks--that he is

grieved to even repeat this, but...!

If he were really grieved, then he would keep his mouth shut!

Are there some things that we should not repeat (Proverbs17:9)?__________

Have you ever bitten someone in the back (see Proverbs 25:23)? Of course when the Bible speaks of a "backbiter" it does not mean this in a literal sense. It means that you talk about a person in a bad way when his (or her) back is turned (when the person is not present). Would the backbiter dare say those things if the person were present? _______

Can words of gossip hurt someone (Proverbs 26:22)?________ In this case a wound is inflicted even though no blood is drawn and no outward hurt is seen.

There is a simple way to kill gossip. Gossip can never survive unless there is someone to listen to it. The problem is that most people enjoy hearing the latest rumor and they eagerly devour the latest gossip. They are as guilty as the one who gossips.

Here’s a suggestion the next time someone begins to share gossip with you. You can say,

My friend, let’s go to this person that you are talking about and let’s share this with him (her), and then after we share it all three of us can get down on our knees and pray about it!

Do you think this person would make it a habit to share gossip with you?

We must be careful never to gossip and never to receive gossip from others. Don’t give it out and don’t take it in!

Next - Part 4 Wrong and Wicked Words; includes Boastful and Flattering words.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Wrong and WIcked Words; Part 2

This is the continuation in our interactive Bible study.

Perverse (Filthy) Words

The person who is P_________ in his lips is described as a _________ (Proverbs 19:1).

What kind of words flow out of your mouth? corrupt words? improper words? swear words? rotten words? Do you swear and use filthy language in public? in private? Do you copy the language of your unsaved friends or are you a testimony to them by the words which you use and which you do not use?

In the New Testament God tells us that no C________________ (Ephesians 4:29) or F_______________ (Colossians 3:8) communication should come out of the believer’s mouth! Don’t let the garbage and filth fly all over the place! Remember, our language reveals our heart! Filthy words come out of a filthy heart. Have you ever allowed God to do a "heart-cleansing" job within you (compare Isaiah 1:18 and 1 John 1:7)?

Harsh and Angry Words

Have you ever seen a person EXPLODE like a volcano in a fit of anger? When the human volcano blows, it usually explodes through the mouth! Usually the angrier the person gets the louder the words get and the louder the words get the angrier the person gets!

Have you ever heard an argument get louder and louder until the two people begin talking with their fists?

A __________ answer turneth away ______________

(Proverbs 15:1).

Next time try using the weapon of soft words! Soft words quench anger’s fire! Have you ever tried the soft answer approach when talking to your parents (especially during those times when there is a difference of opinion over something)? Loud, angry words only stir up wrath.

Next - Part 3 of Wrong and Wicked Words, which is Gossip.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

~New Template~

It came to my attention that if you have other browsers, such as Firefox, then my blog doesn't show up properly and the background is completely gone! If you are using Internet Explorer, it will show up correctly. I wasn't sure how to fix this, so I just went ahead and put a new template on my blog.

Please give me feedback on the new you like it? Is it ok on the eyes, etc?

Also you may notice that I only have 10 posts on this page. This way it is faster to load for dial up users, instead of loading all 87 posts! If you want to read the older posts, use the Archives or Labels.

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Wrong and Wicked Words; Part 1

Words are important. How much can you say in a three-minute phone call? Much can be said! In three short minutes slow talkers can get in about 450 words. It is possible to whiz through 750 words in three minutes. How many words do you think come out of your mouth during an average day? _____________________

Words are powerful. Words can create close friendships or destroy friendships. They can prompt laughter or motivate tears. Words can hurt and harm and words can heal and help. Let us now consider how words can be used in the wrong way.

False Words

What does the Lord think of a lying tongue (Proverbs 6:16-17; 12:22)? ________________________________________________

This sin caused Ananias and Sapphira to be hurried away into eternity (Acts 5:1-10).

Who is the liar’s parent (John 8:44)? ______________________

Will the liar be punished (Proverbs 19:5,9)? How will he be punished (Revelation 21:8)? __________________________________________________________

Those who love lies are showing that they do not love the God of truth. If liars will turn to Christ they too can be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save _______________, including liars (1 Timothy 1:15).

Are you a practicing liar today or are you a former liar who is now saved______________

Liars and deceivers hide the truth, twist the truth, misrepresent the truth and lead others away from the truth. How truthful are you?

What always came out of the Saviour’s mouth (John 8:45-46)? _____________________

Next - Part 2 of Wrong and Wicked Words

Also for those in service this morning at my church, I had this post planned BEFORE Pastor even preached about Ananias and Sapphira!

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Our Words; Introduction

This is the start of an interactive Bible study. The information provided is free to print but should not be taken over as ownership or changed. It is provided by a group who wishes to help others and edify the body of believers, and is free to distrubute.

That which comes out of the mouth is an expression of what is really in the heart. In Matthew 12:34 the Lord Jesus clearly stated that it is not really a MOUTH PROBLEM, but it is a HEART PROBLEM:

for out of the abundance of the _____________ the _____________ speaketh.

See also Matthew 12:35.

Words are like FRUIT ("the fruit of our lips"). If the fruit is bad, something must be wrong with the root (MAN’S HEART). Remember, when wrong or filthy words flow out of a person's mouth, he is showing everyone a picture of his heart. The words that a person speaks reveal much about the state of that person’s heart.

The book of James has a great deal to say about the tongue and especially how important it is to "bridle" that little member (James 1:26; 3:1-12). A bridle is used to control a horse and hold him back and keep him in check. A man’s tongue is like a wild horse that must be controlled and held in check and restrained. We must not let it run loose! God is the One who can help us control the tongue as we trust Him and seek to please Him in all that we say.

Like James, the book of Proverbs is a very practical book and has much to say about the use and abuse of the tongue. The first thing we want to do is to look at some of the wrong and sinful ways that words are used.

Next - Part 1, Wrong and Wicked Words

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