Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays


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

While I have known this to be true, it was made very evident to me not too long ago. Someone said some very hurtful things to me; however, I was blessed with a friend who spoke pleasant words to me which helped heal my soul. I was able to move on and deal with the situation with new strength and clarity. Speak pleasant words!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Restocked and Trying Something New!

I had posted last week how I had run out of Plexus Slim and ProBio5 and how being out of those, I really saw the benefits that I had been experiencing. I'm so excited to say that I received a shipment today so I am back in business! I've also been wanting to try the P96 protein powder so I got one package to try.


Again, I would love to chat with anyone who has questions about Plexus because I would love to help others experience health benefits!


Marriage Moment Monday


1 Peter 2:16
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

In our world, so many people are so caught up in "what I deserve" that they forget that we are called to serve others. Christ sets us free not to demand or even expect others to serve us, but for us to go and serve others without the premise that they will give back.

Even though we may think it is "right" for our spouse to share in the duties at home or for our spouse to get their own food/drink, we are called to serve. People are often shocked that I will make my husband's plate of food when we are out and about or that if he asks for a drink that I will get up and get it for him. These are small things, small ways to serve, but they speak so much love to the receiver. I never see it as a way my husband is trying to "control" me, but as an opportunity to show him how much I love him.

Spend some time thinking about how you may use your freedom in Christ to serve your spouse today. I would love if you shared your thoughts on this and/or the ways you serve your spouse.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Why I've Been Scarce

As you have noticed, I haven't posted much in the past two weeks and there is a good reason for that!

Of course, we celebrated Independence Day on July 4th. Our family attended the local parade and then just enjoyed family time together for the remainder of the day. Some of our girls had to work the next day (as well as my husband) so we decided to forgo the fireworks that night.

Our oldest graduated from our home school last weekend so we spent the week preparing things around the house, setting up shade tents, making food, etc. for her graduation and open house.

The very next day was our annual Carmichael family reunion so we then had to clean up from the open house and prepare for the reunion. After the reunion, it has become a tradition to go to my sister-in-law's house on the river for some fun in the sun.

The day after the reunion was the start of our three day Bible Bee camp. Our local Bible Bee gets together every summer for three days to have fun, work on learning verses, understanding the scripture passages, etc. While it is very fun, it is also very tiring (especially for this pregnant mama in this heat!). The younger children and I came home every night to do evening chores and then morning chores before heading back to camp. It was pretty rough on the youngest children as well since they either missed naps or had shorter naps than normal as well as getting to bed late every night. It took (is taking) a few days to get back to a normal routine.

Once we returned home from camp, not only did the older girls return to their jobs, but we had to start preparing for our son's 5th birthday! His birthday is today and we will be celebrating with family today and then he will have some friends over tomorrow to have some fun with a Thomas the Train celebration.We also have another graduation open house to attend after our son's party.

After that, we have a "normal" busy week filled with shuttling girls to jobs, tending the garden, midwife appointments, continuing in our Bible Bee studies, etc. before I will be taking my oldest on a girls' getaway for a few days. I have also recently agreed to be a mentor mom for our local MOPS group and the leadership is having a planning weekend that I will try to attend at least for a little while.

Through all this busyness, I have realized how beneficial Plexus has been to my life. You see, I actually ran out of my Plexus Slim last month and due to financial strain, couldn't order more. I went back to needing naps, getting charlie horses in the middle of the night, not sleeping well, not having regular bowel movements, etc. I also noticed that it had been keeping the negative side effects of our neighbors spraying chemicals on their trees at bay. In less than a week of being off Plexus Slim (and the neighbors spraying again), I started having an allergic reaction where my entire body itched as well as the normal sinus drainage that happens every year when they spray (which I hadn't actually experienced this year yet). Those effects made it even harder to sleep and pretty much made life miserable for a while. I did start on some herbal supplements to help combat those effects and started seeing improvements in just a few days. Through all this, I now know how much Plexus had changed my life and I know my gut needs much more healing for me to continue to see improvements.

I truly believe that Plexus can help so many people with their health issues. I have heard story after story of how Plexus has changed the lives of friends and others that I have never met and it is interesting to see how it seems to help everyone a little bit differently. It has also been amazing as I have been learning more and more about gut health, how many different health problems actually stem from poor gut health. 

I would love to discuss Plexus with anyone who has questions. Please just contact me through the form on the right side of the blog!

Here are a few pictures from the past two weeks so you can see what we've been up to!

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Psalms

Psalms 127:1-5 KJV 
A Song of degrees for Solomon.


1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.



Saturday, July 7, 2018

Life

I apologize for not posting all week. Today we celebrate our oldest daughter's graduation from high school. We've been busy preparing for the graduation and open house all week. Since we home school, we had many decisions to make about how we wanted the ceremony and celebration to look. I'm sure I'll share about it all after the fact, but I wanted to share a thought that I will be sharing with my daughter later today.




Saturday, June 30, 2018

Friends


I'm so thankful I get to spend time with friends today! Make the time to be with friends. They can be a most precious gift and just talking with them can be just what the "doctor" orders.


Friday, June 29, 2018

What's Next?

Nehemiah 7:1-4 KJV
1 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed, 2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many. 3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house. 4 Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses were not builded.

Now that Nehemiah had finished the  wall around Jerusalem and completed the gates and doors, the city was safer, but still not completely. He set up guards around the city and within the city. He declared safety measures such as when to open the gates. However, he realized very few people lived within the city. There is safety in numbers so I am sure his next concern was to bring back the people.

Just because Nehemiah completed the task of rebuilding the wall didn't mean he was done with God's work. He continued to help the city and the people in it. How many times do we treat a task from God as complete because we finished what He asked us to do? Shouldn't we say to Him, "What's next?"

Our work for God will never be completely done. We should always be on the look out for His next step for us.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Persevere!

Nehemiah 6:15-19 KJV
15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. 17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. 18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

Although people continued to spread gossip about Nehemiah and the Israelites, and even though Nehemiah continued to receive threatening letters, Nehemiah did not stop working on the wall.

He continued in the Lord's work despite the opposition. And guess what?! God blessed the work of their hands! They finished the wall. And not only did they finish it, they did it in only 52 days!

This was not a small wall. This wall surrounded the entire city of Jerusalem. Since that wall no longer stands, I can't give you exact measurements, but we do know that Jerusalem encompassed approximately 135 acres. Also, some historians believe Nehemiah repaired Hezekiah's wall which archaeologists have discovered and have found that it is approximately 16.4 feet wide.

The fact they accomplished repairing this entire wall in only 52 days is amazing-only God could do it amazing! IN fact, even the heathens know it had been done by God's hands!

What can we learn from this? If it is truly God's work and in His will, it will succeed and it will be truly amazing. Don't give up! Don't allow the threats of the world to stop you from His work! Persevere!