Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Be prepared for the launch...

of the new Stay at Home Daughters!
Monday, October 20th, 2008.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A survey for Homeschooled girls ages 17-32!

Taken from

Click here for the survey.
Last fall Tricia M. interviewed over 500 public-schooled girls in her hometown about their life and career choices. She hopes to get at least that many responses from homeschooled girls in order to compare the results. This survey should only take two minutes. Please send this on to your friends, and thank you for your time! [Note that you can also share this survey with friends through Facebook. Pass the word!]


We're still working on the new Stay at Home Daughters, but in the meantime I wanted to pass this along to our readers!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Hello faithful readers! Just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you! Actually, quite the contrary. We're in the process of redesigning and reconfiguring the entire site premise, so hang tight! It's sure to be a change for the better. ;)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesday Talks: A Maiden In Waiting

Today is Tuesday Talks here at Stay-At-Home Daughters.

I am reviewing "A Maiden In Waiting", compiled by Crystal Paine.

This booklet is really good. Basically, it is filled with articles and testimonies from young women just like us, sharing what they are learning in their single years about contentment.

Some of the articles include:
"Trust and Obey" by Genevieve Smith (now Genenvieve Smith De Deugd)
"Her Price is Far Above Rubies" by Annie Kolb
"Service: The Key to Contentment" by Sarah Race
"Wait on the Lord" by Victoria Lind
and several more!

I really enjoyed reading this. I know you will too!

We would love to read your reviews! Leave your link below and don't forget to comment! :)

God bless,

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wise Insights from a Fellow Stay-at-Home Daughter

With all the hullaballoo about the new vice presidential candidate, stay-at-home daughter Jasmine Baucham shares "Ten Reasons why I Don't Want to Be VP."

I thought you would be delighted and encouraged by this post, so I'm linking you to it!

Here's reason number 9 in Jasmine's post, just to get you interested,
As a woman who hopes someday to be a wife and mother, I want to give my household 100%; not 80% for the nation, 20% for my household; not 50% for the nation, 50% for my household; not 90% for my household and 10% for the nation; I want to give everything I can to the home I have been called by God Almighty to guard (Titus 2:3-5), to the family He may make me the mother of.

While on the issue of Sarah Palin, these are very much worth reading, from some of my very favorite bloggers.

"Woe to My people..."

McCain's Biblically Unqualified VP Pick a "Feminist for Life"

Wake Up and Smell the Manipulation

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Reader Question

Bethany T. writes:

Hi, I had a question for you guys. If you could give me some insight, I would really appreciate it. I am the only SAHD in my church. How might I balance keeping my beliefs and opinions to myself to not offend, and being honest and giving folks a different perspective outside of the college/career path? I don't know what sort of sympathies you have in your church, but any insight you might have would be helpful. Thanks, Bethany T.

My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatlyshaken. Psalm 62:2

I'm going to share a little bit of encouragement for Bethany, then I'd like our readers to chime in with whatever they feel appropriate!

First of all, Bethany, I know just how you feel. There are quite a few stay-at-home daughters in my church, but I know many others who are not at all understanding about my current position. When you are living your life to the glory of God, you are going to have people look at you funny now and then. If not, then you are doing something wrong. I take comfort in that daily!

Don't worry about offending others. Live your life the way the Lord leads you! As long as you are displaying a gentle and quiet spirit, the Lord will take care of the hearts those around you in his perfect will. When asked about your situation, or your convictions, explain in the politest way possible, answering every question with as much insight as you think will best benefit the inquirer. Don't get into a confrontation - if someone is getting pushy or trying to sway you, let your father (or mother) handle it. Most of the time, this will not happen. I usually have people get very quiet or try to change the subject.

Simply modeling a biblical worldview and a gentle and quiet spirit will show others that you are different from the average college aged girl. Most people who ask will have a genuine interest in your beliefs and why you do what you do - even if they are not likeminded.

Trust the Lord, Bethany, model your beliefs in your behavior and answer other's questions politely. Don't be afraid to offend others. Let them be offended if they wish - you're not telling them what they have to do with their life, you're simply living as the Lord leads you.

I hope this answers your question! If you have any extra, or more specific questions feel free to comment! Readers, please chime in with your thoughts on this matter, I'm sure you can be much more eloquent and helpful than I can!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Treasury of Vintage Homemaking Skills

Hi everybody! Sorry we've been MIA lately, we've been very busy and struggling with internet issues. Today I'm reviewing a wonderful book, "Treasury of Vintage Homemaking Skills."
It's not really a book you would sit and read straight through, it's a resource. Have you ever heard of a "Homemaking Journal" or "Homekeeping Notebook?" My mother researched it once and was going to build one to keep track of everything that she needed to get done in the home, but she never found the time to do so. It's understandable, especially since she's running a home with six children, four dogs, a garden and a cat!

Well, voila! The Treasury of Vintage Homemaking Skills comes to the rescue! This is laid out very similarly to a homemaking journal - only better! The Treasury of Homemaking skills has so many more housewifely things listed and organized in it that I would never have thought of!
For example, here's the table of contents:
Bedding and Linens
The Hostess
Preparing Hearth and Home
The Fare
Our Merry Guests
Home Duties
Daily Duties
Duty Ever at Hand
Children's Duty to Parents
Snippets and Clippings
First Aid in the Home
Medicinal Cupboard
Emergency Care
Burns and Wounds
Home Remedies
Family Medical History
Garden Basics
Vegetable Gardens
Planting Records
Garden Sketches
Old-Fashioned Flowers
Harvest Bounty
Cooking and Baking
Meal Times
The Pantry
Kitchen Tools
In the Kitchen
Well-Planned Menus
Butcher, Baker, and Homemaker
Family Recipes
Reserves for the Family
Preparing for Emergency
Home Canning
Recipes for Preserving
Reserve Records and Recipes
Sewing Basket
Basic Skills
Stitching Projects
Business of the Home
Simple Home Repairs
Documents and Necessary Papers
Home Inventory
Family Records
Sacred Union
Family Crest
Family Creed

There are blank pages, blank schedules, and blank lines for you to fill in to help organize your homekeeping. And, all the pages are decorated with lovely little vintage illustrations. It's just adorable!
Here's the description on the back of the book:
Reminiscent of the old-timey home journals kept by homekeepers of the past, this treasury is to be passed from mother to daughter. This will be a treasured album of homekeeping skills, something fast becoming a lost art in our day. Filled with inspiration for the homekeeper, with plenty of room to paste snippets and clippings and to journal in your own handwriting, keeping the way "Mother always did it" from becoming forgotten in this ever-changing world.
I have a copy of this book in my hope chest, and my mother has a copy as well. It's very helpful and I highly recommend it. You can purchase it from our Amazon Astore (in the sidebar).
Do you have a review you'd like to share? Leave your link below!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Raising Maidens of Virtue

I hope you are having a great Tuesday! Today I'm reviewing "Raising Maidens of Virtue" by Stacy McDonald.

Here is the description from the book's website:

More than a fill-in-the-blank Bible study, Raising Maidens of Virtue is an engaging tool for mothers to use in training daughters who are approaching womanhood to think biblically. Through stories, conversational teachings, illustrations, and memory-making projects, Raising Maidens of Virtue covers topics such as guarding the tongue, idleness, sibling relationships, honoring parents, contentment, modesty, purity, cleanliness, and feminine biblical beauty.

This is an excellent resource and very encouraging! It's excellent for mothers and daughters to work through, or older daughters and younger sisters, or just for a daughter or mother to read on their own. I've used it when giving a devotion to a group of young girls - each chapter can stand on it's own, but the whole book is designed to work together to encourage feminine loveliness. I recommend it highly, it's one of my favorite books!

You can purchase it from Vision Forum, or our Astore in the sidebar.

Do you have a review to share? Post your link below!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway Winner!!

The winner of our vintage pattern is...

Mama Hill


Thank you to everyone who entered, we've enjoyed participating in the summer Bloggy Giveaway carnival!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Fuji FinePix A805

Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope all of you have had a wonderful week so far.

Today I am reviewing the Fuji FinePix A805 camera. This is a just a regular point-and-shoot camera, easy enough to use for the beginner, yet with enough features/mega pixels for photography students as well.

The price is great, especially for the quality of the pictures that it takes. Here are a few examples:

Featuring a high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, you can easily compose your picture. I have had a lot of fun taking pictures with this camera.

This camera does not have a view finder, so every shot is composed with the screen. I am a glasses wearer, and having the screen versus a view finder was a definite plus for me.

At 8.3 megapixels, this camera has a very high resolution, that is high enough to sell your pictures online if this is something you are interested in.

I would definitely recommend this camera if you are looking for a good point-and-shoot! :)

Do you have a review to share? Leave your link below!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's a Bloggy Giveaway!!

Thanks for all your entries! The comments are now closed. To see the winner, click on the header to refresh the blog!!

It's giveaway time again, and we at Stay-at-Home Daughters can't resist an opportunity to offer a fabulous prize to our readers! This time we are giving away a vintage 1950's dress pattern!

This is a never been used, pattern from the 1950's, with all the pieces! Perfect for making a gorgeous 50's dress to prance around the house in, complete with high heels and pearls of course!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a valid email address. Duplicate comments will be deleted. On Friday, Aug. 1st we'll choose a winner using a random number generator. If the winner does not respond within three days, an alternate winner will be chosen. Good luck!

The pattern is in a size "18", which in the 1950's means:

  • Bust - 38 in.
  • Waist - 30in.
  • Hip - 40in.
  • Back length (neck base to waist) - 16 3/4 in.
  • Finished back length of dress - 44 1/2 in.

For more great bloggy giveaways, visit

Happy sewing!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Is Our Father's World

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks

and trees,

of skies

and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,

declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father's world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and Heav'n be one.

This is my Father's world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, "The Lord is in this place."

This is my Father's world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son, Came a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father's world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King let the heavens ring. God reigns let the earth be glad.

This is my Father's world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father's world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.

This is my Father's world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate'er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Reverse Edition #2

Hello to all of you on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope your day is going beautifully!

Today is a very special Tuesday Talks! You get to ask about a book, movie, or music that you would like to know more about, and others can come by your blog and give their opinion!

I am wondering if any of you know of a good book on cake decorating. I am a very visual person, so I am looking for good illustrations/pictures. Cake decorating is something that I have played around with now for a few years, and I am ready to take it to the next level. I would love to hear your suggestions! :)

Now, it's your turn! Help us make "Tuesday Talks" a success!! Leave your link below!


Friday, July 11, 2008


A wonderful way for a stay-at-home daughter to serve her family is to create and maintain the family schedule! This week I surveyed everyone in my home about what they wanted to get accomplished during the week and compiled a list.

Following the example in the Maxwell's book, "Managers of Their Homes," I gave everyone a color and built a master schedule, from 6:00am, through the entire day until 11:00pm. Listing mine, and all the children's school hours, piano practice, chores, reading, and free time.

Scheduling really makes all the difference in our house. When we have nothing to govern our day by, the children are wild and unproductive, often resulting in punishment. When we have the schedule, they are productive and self-disciplined. They can't wait to rush to the schedule to see what they are supposed to be doing.

We re-do the schedule every few months to keep things new and interesting. It's like getting new school supplies, you'd be amazed at how enthusiastic a child can get about getting his or her work done efficiently!

Of course, we don't always get everything done, and there is a lot of room for flexibility. If Nana calls and asks us to meet her for lunch, we are free to do it - especially if everyone has gotten their things done up until that point. It's truly a blessing, and a wonderful thing for a stay-at-home daughter to work on for her mother, also very good practice for when she is a wife and mother herself!

I'd love to hear about your schedule or scheduling plans, please leave a comment!

God Bless,

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Bible Commentary

Good Morning! Today I'm reviewing my favorite Bible study tool, Matthew Henry's commentary of the whole Bible.

Matthew Henry wrote his commentary in the 1700's, yet it is very easy to understand and really brings whatever I'm reading in God's Word to a whole new light. I've discovered so many things that I never saw before - even in the passages of scripture I've read countless times.

I recieved my Matthew Henry Commentary (in six volumes) for a graduation gift from my church. My pastor highly recommends them as well as many members of our church.

You can purchase this commentary anywhere, and you can even read the whole thing online!

It's perfect for furthering your Bible study!

I'd love to hear about your Bible study/quiet time tools and routines, please leave a comment!

Do you have a review you'd like to share? Leave your link below!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Violin Practice

One of my favorite things to do is practice my violin. It has only been two years since I received it, but it feels like forever for me.

When I was four, I heard someone playing the violin at a homeschool day that we attended. I loved the sound of it, and decided that I would like to play the violin as my choice of an instrument.

A few years later, Mom and Dad put me into piano. I took piano for 5 years, and then I began self-teaching myself the rest of what I needed to know (I am still learning ;) ).

We began looking at violins, to see what the price ranges were. They were way over budget for me! I began to pray about it, and we found one very low-priced on the internet. I was thrilled! I can remember checking to see when it would arrive every day on the shipping tracker online.

When it arrived, I actually cried. I could not believe God had seen fit to give me one.....

Now, I am learning to play, teaching myself. It is going slower than it would if I had a teacher, but I am not screeching as much, so I suppose I am improving! :)

I thought I would share a few pictures from today's practice:

With God, anything is possible. I had only dreamed of this, but how much more God wants to give us if we just ask!

Wishing you a lovely day!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Peasall Sisters- Family Harmony

Hi Everyone! I hope that this Tuesday finds you well!

I am reviewing: The Peasall Sisters- Family Harmony, by Franklin Springs.

This wonderful documentary tells about the Peasall Sisters and their family working together in perfect harmony.

You can watch the trailer here.

The three girls, Sarah, Hannah, and Leah Peasall, sing and play instruments together. Sarah plays guitar, Hannah plays mandolin, and Leah plays the fiddle. They have put out two albums, "First Offerings" and their newest, "Home To You".

The DVD includes the documentary and a full concert, plus, there is a unreleased studio track too.

My family loved this DVD! I know your family will love it too.

Please leave your link below!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Guest Post: "Of God's Grace and Words"

Submitted by Meghan G.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” goes the old and untrue saying. Words are very powerful things no matter how they are used. They can sway opinions, encourage, hurt and influence whether in writing or spoken. Hurtful words are almost indelible; they hurt so much and if more hurtful words are flung at the victim it makes an even heavier mark that stays with the victim for years.

Many times a day I hurt my sister with my words and my mother reprimands me for my behavior but in my weak flesh I do it again and again but by God’s grace and my sister’s grace I am forgiven. Though I am forgiven by both the Lord and my sister my words still leave a mark on my sister’s heart and in turn, she is sometimes unkind to our younger siblings. It is not her fault but my own. If I had simply held my tongue instead of lashing out at my sister, the hurt would not mark my sister’s heart and she would not have lashed out at our younger siblings at a later time. Psalm 55:21, “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil yet they were drawn swords,” accurately describes how our words can hurt and this verse also directly talks about what the next paragraph is about: our tone of voice.

The tone of voice we use has a very heavy effect on our words even if we don’t intentionally try and sound that way. Countless times I ask for help with baking, schoolwork, my handiwork and I sound like I’m whining and though it was unintentional it effected the rest of my family in the form of my baby sister whining her head off if she did not get her own way. No matter what we say it’s how we say it that matters. Something as simple as saying ‘hello’ to a relative can show them our attitude towards seeing them. In the case of having relatives who are not believers your tone will tell them what your attitude is and they’ll think, “I guess their God isn’t as good as they all say He is if they’re acting so miserable.” What kind of a Christ proclaiming witness is that?

On another note, your tone of voice, words, attitude and everything you do is an example to your younger siblings if you have any, your friends and extended family. If, like me, you are an older sister, you have one of the greatest gifts God could give you: built in accountability partners. They watch your every move, copy you from time to time, and without thinking, they show you up and ask “why did you do that?” oh so innocently and sweetly. Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Substitute the word “brethren” for “Sistren” and isn’t the verse true? How good it is for sisters to live together in harmony with their siblings? I know it would make parenting a lot easier for my parents, not to mention our family relationships would grow stronger and that would spill over to how we treated our friends. Unfortunately, in our weak flesh it cannot always be like that; that is where grace from God comes in. If we try our best to act selflessly and humbly to our siblings and to control our tongue with God’s help our family environment will be peaceful and happy.

Our tongue is so untamable but for God’s marvelous grace: James 3: 8-12 "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh." Just in these simple verses, God shows us His grace; He wrote these words through James to speak to us and convict us. That alone is grace and mercy! Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

Grumbling about chores, commenting about a sibling’s messes, grumbling about babysitting; the list of things we complain, grumble and comment about can be endless. Many times if we comment frequently we are reprimanded but I know sometimes is goes through one ear and right out the other. It all goes directly back to our weak flesh and our tongue. Our tongue is the hardest thing to tame; it all goes back to our pride and self-centeredness. We are so focused on ourselves that we think it’s a huge inconvenience to be asked to do the dishes after lunch or we think we’re higher than doing anything but what we want to do. When it all boils down, A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride, Proverbs 21:24 and Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18.

2nd Chronicles 7:14 is the answer to pride: "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." The key to holding your tongue is self control and humility and you can not have any of those things without God’s grace and forgiveness. "Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble." Proverbs 3:34
My sister is so important to me, as are all my siblings. She and I are very different but yet the same in a lot of areas. I wouldn’t trade her for anything! I wouldn’t trade all the nights of she and I talking until midnight, I wouldn’t trade the little tickle scuffles we have all the time for anything. I’m sure all sisters in the world have small arguments over stupid things but I know they all repent and ask forgiveness.

There is a verse in Ezekiel and I am not sure if it reads the same in all versions, but it reads the following in the New King James version: "You, who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs; they are more righteous than you. Yes, be disgraced also, and bear your own shame, because you justified your sisters," Ezekiel 16:52.

There are three examples of sisters in the Bible: Mary and Martha, Orpah and Ruth and Leah and Rachel. I believe they had their ups and down’s like any other normal human being. Orpah and Ruth were sister in-laws but they probably lived together with their husbands and got to know one another; Mary was the humble younger sister and Martha was the prideful sister who that her work was more important than spending time at Jesus’ feet and Leah and Rachel had the same husband and in the Bible it says they did not get along. Just because these women were in the Bible doesn’t mean they were perfect. When the sisters were younger I’m sure they bickered a lot like any other normal little girls but it doesn’t mean they were not disciplined and punished for their actions and words. Rachel was jealous of Leah and I’m sure they exchanged angry and hurtful words many times, but they did not have the grace of God as we are so blessed to have now.

God’s wrath was not satisfied until Jesus died on the cross and before the crucifixion; the people had to sacrifice animals annually to pay for their sins. It is important we thank God daily for our families, especially our sister(s) who is a built in best friend. God’s grace is so vast and even if we doubt why God put us in our family, it is His grace He did so! He has a purpose for our life, our family and we owe it all to Him alone.

In Christ Alone, my hope is found; He is my light my strength, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My comforter, my all in all. Here in the love of Christ, I stand.

One of my favorite hymns has a particular third verse that sums up everything about God’s grace:

O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.

Only by God’s grace can we control our tongues and speak encouraging words of kindness to our sisters and brothers. But first we must realize we’ve done wrong in our Heavenly Father’s eyes, humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness from our heavenly Father and the person we’ve offended. The more we humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness, the easier it will be to hold our tongues and keep our comments to ourselves. Words hurt; sisters argue and hurt each other, but through God’s awesome (in the true sense of the word) grace, we are forgiven.

Meghan G. is a fourteen going-on fifteen young lady who loves to write, crochet, cross-stitch, read and watch old musicals. She is home schooled by her mother and is entering tenth grade-this will be her ninth year of home schooling. She is the eldest of her four siblings Sara who is twelve, Ronnie who is six and Anna who is three. Meghan loves receiving e-mails and getting to know other like-minded young ladies. Her e-mail is

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Recipe Books

Sorry to be late with this! Today I wanted to review one of my family's favorite recipe books. It's called "Hallelujah Simple Weekly Meal Plans."

We've tried almost every recipe in this book, and all of them rank in our favorites! The best part is that the book gives meal plans for an entire month, which is very helpful! And, everything is very healthy. Perfect for those trying to eat healthier, but need some meal ideas.

Here's the website's description of the book:

Simple Weekly Meal Plans By Marilyn Polk, is a handy month-long meal planner that will help everyone on the Hallelujah Diet & LifestyleSM – from newcomers to seasoned followers! Offering four weeks worth of menus, shopping lists, and recipes, this book is an excellent resource to help you transition to The Hallelujah Diet®, or add new recipes to your repertoire. And with the menus and recipes for holidays and special occasions, you can make every day a Hallelujah day!

We have lots of recipe books, but this one is our very favorite!! You can purchase it from the Hallelujah Acres website.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Open Discussion: Modesty

I have a few open discussion questions for you today, readers! I've been thinking a lot about this lately.

Where do you find modest clothing in your area?

Do you think it's possible to be fashionable and still modest? If so, how?

Do you think it's harder to find modest clothing in the summer?

How do you keep cool in longer skirts/pants and sleeves?

What are some reasons why wearing modest clothing is important?

We'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment (or two!) below. After a day or so, I'll chime in with my answers to these questions. I love open discussions, it's always an encouragement to everyone involved. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Proverbs 31 Daughter

This article was submitted to us by Bethany T. Thanks Bethany! If you would like to submit an article, you can email us at: sahdsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com . Thank you!

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10*

Who is the Proverbs 31 Woman?

The proverbs 31 woman is indeed an amazing individual. I am sure you have heard, at least once, of the qualities of the excellent wife that King Lemuel writes about. She is rare and precious and an asset to her husband. She is industrious and generous. She cares for those around her with a womanly strength. And, she is married. So, since she is married and I am not, I don’t need to bother with that chapter right? I need to be married before I can become a “Proverbs 31 women”. Wrong! A proverbs 31 woman is a woman who lives her life for Christ by serving others. You can be the virtuous woman King Lemuel writes about in Proverbs 31 even while you are yet unmarried.

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

What can I learn from the proverbs 31 woman? Can she teach me things that I can use now? Yes! We as unmarried daughters can learn much from her example.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Are you trustworthy? Can others trust you not to gossip and to keep your word? Do you endeavor to serve your family and not just further yourself? You are a virtuous woman!

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.”

Do you make the most of your opportunities to learn and work and use the resources you have? Do you willingly help when asked, with a cheerful spirit even when it is not enjoyable? You are a virtuous woman!

“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

Do you consider before you spend your time and money, that you may do it wisely? Are you investing and developing the skills and assets you possess that you may have more with to serve the Lord? You are a virtuous woman!

“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”

Do you take care of your body to be healthy and better equipped? Do you do your best in everything you put your hand to, and look for ways to go above and beyond what you are required to do? You are a virtuous woman!

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

Are you ready to assist not only those who are poor in material things, but also those who are poor in friends, poor in kindness, poor in joy? Are you willing to reach out to those around you who need the love of Christ shown to them? You are a virtuous woman!

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Do you take into consideration the clothing of your behavior, and not just the clothing that covers your body? Will you look back on your life and rejoice, knowing you have done what you can to glorify the Lord with your actions? You are a virtuous woman!

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Is your conversation edifying and true? Do you speak of things that will encourage others? Are you gentle with your words? You are a virtuous woman!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

Do you care for your family first, and are you ready to do what is needed? Are you making the most of your time, and endeavoring not just to be busy, but to serve the Lord whole-heartedly? You are a virtuous woman!

Endeavor to Be a Proverbs 31 Woman

You, the unmarried daughter, can be a proverbs 31 woman! Husband or no, there are people the Lord has placed in your life whom you will be a witness to through the example of your cheerful attitude and loving service.

Let’s look at the last thing King Lemuel tells us about the proverbs 31 woman:

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

Being a virtuous woman is not about outward beauty, or being admirable. It is about working the works of God. It is being a witness of Jesus to those around you. It is letting your service to the Lord show others what the work of Christ can do in an individual.

Above all else, fear the Lord and you will become a woman to be praised by God. Sow the fear of the Lord, and gather the fruit, wisdom. (Pro 1:7) Sow the fear of man, and gather the fruit, a snare. (Pro 29:25) Please, sow wisely! You will reap the fruit of your hands, whether good or bad. May Christ our Savior guide you in His path, and show you how to serve Him.

Daughter of God, strive to be a virtuous woman!

*All scripture quotations taken from the King James Bible.

Bethany T. is an eighteen year old stay-at-home daughter currently living with her family. She enjoys teaching and playing piano, being a mother’s helper, sewing, and investing in those around her.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Piano For Dummies

Good morning!

Today I am reviewing "Piano for Dummies" here at Stay-At-Home Daughters.

I am about to begin teaching piano to several of my younger siblings, and I wasn't sure where to start.

While at the library a few weeks back, I noticed this book:

and I decided to check it out.

I was surprised at how good it was! It is divided out into 8 sections:

Part I:Warming up to the keyboard
Part II: Getting Sound Down on Paper
Part III: One Hand at a Time
Part IV: Living in Perfect Harmony
Part V: Technique Counts for Everything
Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time
Part VII:The Part of Tens .

It covers everything from picking out your piano to finger positions and dynamics, and different mnemonics to help you remember the notes on the staff. There is also lots of sheet music sprinkled throughout the book.

I can see that someone could easily teach themselves a lot about piano. A definite thumbs-up for me!

Note: I do not think my siblings are dummies. :) Just clarifying!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Guest Post: "Common Examples of Kindness"

Thank you so much for your article submissions! Keep them coming! We have recieved a few submissions which we will be publishing sporadically. First, a short, but lovely piece by Meghan G.

Kindness: a young granddaughter letting her grandmother lean on her while taking a walk.

Compassion: A schoolmarm bandaging a little boy’s knee after a scuffle.

Sympathy: A friend comforts a friend who has lost her grandmother. No words needed, just a listening ear and a shoulder.

Benevolence: a smiling face at a potluck supper cheers the grouchy old man who usually sits in the back of church.

Goodwill: After a slight, the girl just smiles and walks away without a smart retort.

Gentleness: A sister sits for two hours or more singing a lullaby to her baby sister without complaining so that her mother can get chores done.

Thoughtfulness: A girl stooping to help a old widow with her groceries even though the girl knows she’ll be a bit late for her sewing circle.

Kind words are different from proud words because they are usually spoken softly and tenderly whereas proud words are spoken loud and boisterous. In “The Primer Lesson” by Carl Sandburg, it says pride words wear long and hard boots but I think kind words would wear slippers, or a soft comfortable shoe such as loafers.

Meghan G. is a fourteen going-on fifteen young lady who loves to write, crochet, cross-stitch, read and watch old musicals. She is home schooled by her mother and is entering tenth grade-this will be her ninth year of home schooling. She is the eldest of her four siblings Sara who is twelve, Ronnie who is six and Anna who is three. Meghan loves receiving e-mails and getting to know other like-minded young ladies. Her e-mail is

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Article Submissions

Hi everyone! I hope you have had a marvelous day. I want to apologize for the recent lack of posts on my end. I have been very busy working with my family on our garden and some other things.

Do you enjoy writing? We would love for you to send us your articles for submission.

If they meet our guidelines, we will publish them here on Stay-At-Home Daughters.

Not only would we like to hear from other young women, but we would love to hear from older women who have been down the path that we are currently traveling. We would love to share your testimonies, articles, recipes and anything else you can come up with.

We will only accept content that meets the following guidelines:
1. We will allow only content that is Godly. No gossip, slandering, false doctrine, or anything else un-godly.
2. Please no slang, IM/text messaging terms, or foul language.
3. Please keep content clean for all audiences.
4. Please do not re-publish other people's articles without permission.

Once we receive your article, if it meets our guidelines, we will publish it here on Stay-At-Home Daughters. If you blog, we will be happy to link to you in the article.

You can send your submissions to: sahdsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com .

We look forward to reading your submissions!

for all the Stay-At-Home Daughters.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Century

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm reviewing a book called, "The Century" by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster. It's an excellent historical resource.

The Century covers everything from 1900 to 1999. This near 600 page book is laid out in chronological order and is filled with full page photographs of everything from the Wright Brothers first flight, to World War II, Elvis, the Space program, and everything in between.

What I love about this book is that, even though it wasn't written from a Christian perspective, you can tell the writers took great lengths to hide any political biases and simply laid out the facts. Another thing I love is that on every few pages there is a story written from the perspective of someone who lived through the events being discussed, with pictures! It's amazing to read about the life experiences of these people.

Also, in the back of the book there is a 100 book suggested reading list that covers everything that happened in the twentieth century.

Here is an excerpt from the inside cover:
What was it like to watch the Wright Brothers soar into the sky? To hear the first crackling voice aired on the radio? To cower in the ghastly trenches of Europe during World War I? To lose everything in the stock-market crash of 1929, or experience the birth of rock and roll? To watch the Berlin Wall divide East and West, and then, twenty-eight years later, to see it fall under the weight of tens of thousands seeking to taste freedom? For the past seven years, researchers, reporters, and producers for ABC News have searched the world's archives for the rarest and most stunning photographs and images, consulted eminent twentieth-century historians, and discovered and interviewed hundreds of eyewitnesses and participants in the significant moments of the most eventful one hundred years in human history.

The result is this spectacular book... The Century features a narrative of extraordinary quality that tracks major themes -- the impact of technologu, the soaring of the imagination, the ghastly violence, the joy of entertainment -- through chronological chapters recounting the signal moments of each era in the century. From "Seeds of Change: 1901-1914" to "Machine Dreams: 1990-1999," each chapter is threaded through with fascinating first-person accounts of the great events of the twentieth century, and illustrated with over five hundred color and black-and-white photographs (many never published before) reproduced in exquisite depth and clarity."

I've found this book very helpful as an aid to the history of the 20th century, however there are a few things I'd like to point out. First of all, this book was not written from a Christian perspective so spiritual matters are left out as much as possible. Also, be aware that is covers everything, including some things that are not so admirable, like the 1960's drug culture, the outbreak of AIDS, and the growth of feminism. So, keep that in mind.


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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Happy Birthday to My Mother!

Today is a very special day. Quite a few years ago, my dear mother was born.

Just a few things I love about my mother:

My mother loves the Lord. She is one of His called, and wants nothing more than to serve Him and please Him all the days of her life. She has no greater joy than to see her children walk in Truth. She brought six lives into this world. She teaches them from His Word and prays that the Lord would call each of them His own.

My mother loves her home. She loves adventure and outings along with her family, but on most days, she would rather stay home under the comfort of our roof. She serves her family constantly, and usually unacknowledged, with a sweet and quiet spirit.

My mother is brilliant, and hilarious. She is a free thinker and never hides her opinions. She takes the time to talk with all of her children, in all seriousness, but she is also able to laugh at the situations at hand. She jokes and laughs with us on a daily basis. Her sense of humor is what makes life in the Kudzu house magical! She can match anybody with her wits, and she knows it!

My mother is spontaneous, as well as my father. With the both of them as our parents, we have come to appreciate the fact that spontaneity is the spice of life! Some of my fondest memories were things that happened without any planning whatsoever. While teaching and modeling the fact that it's certainly wise to plan and prepare, my mother also has fun with us simply by being herself and taking things as they come. She can also turn anything into a school lesson!

My mother is beautiful. Literally, she is strikingly gorgeous. Truly. If you don't believe me, watch the video below. Actually, watch it anyway. I worked hard on it.

Not only on this day, but everyday, we rise up and call my mother blessed. She is worth more than all the precious jewels in the world.

Happy Birthday, Ma mére.

(Another little known fact about my mother: she loves blog traffic. And even more, she loves comments. Help make her birthday grand, head over to her blog and leave a comment! Lurkers, today is your day to come out and show your appreciation for the fantastic and whimsical, Lady Why!)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

An Inspiring Article

20-Something Reasons to Live at Home

"So Rachel," my new friend said, joking in that not-so-subtle way that meant she wasn't joking at all. "Want to move out and get an apartment with me next fall?"

I chuckled slightly and said, "Nope. I'm pretty happy at home." "But you could be so independent!" she insisted. "Living on your own is so great. You'd have your own space; the ability to do whatever you want; your own bills to pay. It really makes an adult of you."

I stuck to my guns. When she got to know me a little better, my friend changed her mind. Instead of asking me to move out, she expressed a desire to live close to my family. She saw something in our home that she wanted to tap into...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Prince Caspian

Sorry to be so late with this! We've been having internet problems today.

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm reviewing the recently released sequel to the movie, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Prince Caspian was a pretty good movie, all things considered. It wasn't quite as wonderful as the first movie, though. The first one was perfect. It kept to the book almost perfectly, and was very well done. It was just like projecting what I had been imagining as I read the book onto the big screen! I loved it.

Caution: This is going to contain spoilers!

With "Prince Caspian" they swayed from the book quite a bit. The first thing that bothered me was the fact that Prince Caspian was made out to be a 23 year old hunk, rather than the timid 13 year old he is in the book. In the book, Peter comes back and helps Caspian become ready to take up his throne as the rightful king of Narnia. In this movie, Peter and Caspian are always at each other's throats, since both of them are kingly figures in Narnia.

Something that I loved about the book, and a friend of mine pointed out to me yesterday, was the fact that (in the book) when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy come back to Narnia, most of them have lost faith in Aslan. Lucy has the strongest faith, and therefore sees Aslan first. As the book, and their faith progresses, one by one, all of them see Aslan -- except for Susan. She takes the longest to recover her former faith in the great lion. She finally sees him. In the movie, Lucy sees Aslan at the beginning and the others don't believe her, as in the book, but then they all see him at once later. It wasn't quite as meaningful that way.

Of course, the most obvious annoyance with this movie is the subtle romance between Susan and Caspian that was definitely not in the book! They kiss at the end.

Other than those few things, it was a pretty good movie. I love what they did with Reepicheep, they really captured his personality from the book. All the mice were hilarious. ;)

I give this movie a three and a half out of five stars.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I'm going to seek His face, by fearing the Lord and keeping His commandments, for this is the whole of man.

Ah. This weekend I had the most wonderful, God-honoring graduation ceremony. It was truly a sight to behold, and I wanted to share some of it with our readers here at Stay-At-Home Daughters.

If nothing else, fast-forward to the message. It's about 25 minutes in.

("right-click/Save Target As" to download)
Click here for the audio of the ceremony.

Wow. I was speechless and overwhelmingly grateful to God when I heard the message preached on Saturday. The graduation ceremony was much more meaningful than I had expected and the message was given so straight-forward, and so eloquently that everyone listening had no means to contradict.

Our pastor gave Scripture to support everything he was saying, and praised the high-calling of women to be wives and mothers. No one could have thought of giving me grief about my decision to forgo college after that.

Since there was also a young man graduating this year, our pastor also preached on the role of the man as leader.

It was truly amazing. I’m grateful to God for such a wonderful church family, and wonderful parents who care enough to bring their children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

My mother, Lady Why, also put up a wonderful post about it on her blog. And my sister, Poppy, posted pictures.

While on this topic... Carmon, over at Buried Treasure, also re-posted a very timely article just yesterday on her blog. Head on over and take a look!

Tuesday Talks: Stepping In The Light

Today is Tuesday Talks once more!

I am reviewing the "Stepping In The Light" magazine.

Published bi-monthly, this is a wonderful magazine just for young women. This magazine has articles, crafts, testimonies, recipes, and all sorts of other things.

My favorite part is probably all the stories that other girls share about what God is doing in their lives, and how they are growing closer to Him, but I enjoy the recipes and poems too! :)

One neat thing is that older women share their testimonies and life experience so that we can learn from their mistakes and gain wisdom.

To learn more about "Stepping In The Light", you can visit the website.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday Thoughts: Sibling Spats

As most of you probably know, I am the oldest of 9 children. My siblings are such a delight to me each and every day. We all love one another very much, but even so, there are some sibling spats, as we are not perfect.

While I have been reading more and more about sibling rivalry, I have been trying to apply some new principles to decrease the number of "issues" that come between us, therefore, creating greater harmony here at home.

  • Step back and take a deep breath. Give both parties some time to cool off.
  • Really listen to what the other person is saying, don't plan your next statement while they are talking.
  • Ask forgiveness, even if you don't think you did something wrong. Make sure you don't just say it, but really mean it.
  • Talk to God about your problem. Ask Him to guide you through this hard time.
  • Ask if there is anything you can do to help. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. This person may just need a listening ear.
  • Apply the verse "do not let the sun go down on your anger". Do your best to solve the problem before it gets worse.

For more great ideas on getting along and truly loving your siblings, I recommend "Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends", available through our Astore.

I hope these help you stop fights with the siblings in your home. God bless you on this Thursday.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Dear, Dear Livy

Wow! Is it really Tuesday again?

Today I'm reviewing a wonderful book, "Dear, Dear Livy." This is the biography of Mark Twain's wife, Olivia Langdon. She was an amazing and noble lady, devoted to her husband and family and always thinking of others.

The book is wonderfully written, detailing her romance and life with Samuel Clemens - who's pen name was Mark Twain. Livy was her husband's only trusted critic and she accompanied him on tours with their children in later years.

The accounts of Livy's life, her trials, her heartbreaks, are extremely touching. The ending made me a bit misty-eyed.

I'd highly recommend it! I don't know if it's still in print or not, but if you can get your hands on a copy, do!

It's not a hard read, I finished it in just a couple of sittings, but it's well worth it.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Facing The Giants

Today is Tuesday Talks here at Stay-At-Home Daughters.

When "Facing The Giants" first came out, I wasn't really interested in seeing it, because I am not a fan of sports. I figured it was "just a football movie", and that it couldn't be very interesting, because it was "just about sports".

I was totally wrong.

Yes, football is a large part of the movie, but it is used more as an example of the principles that are presented during the movie.

It was a little cheesy in parts, but overall, still a wonderful movie!! 5 stars!!

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Couple of Links

As you might have noticed, as we've grown increasingly busy, Stay-at-Home Daughters has been a tad silent! Yikes!

While we get back on the bandwagon, I want to share with you a couple of articles that have been a blessing to me in the recent past.

First is a wonderful article called "The Merry Future Homemaker" from Ladies Against Feminism.

Here's an excerpt.

"A few years ago, I embarked on a new phase in my life. In the summer of 1999, I completed my formal academics, and that autumn was an adjustment for me. When people inquired what grade I was in, I replied with a phrase that seemed strange to my ears: “I am graduated.” Graduated? What exactly does that mean?

To any young woman who desires a joyous life of serving the Lord, family, friends, and, Lord willing, building a new family for the glory of Christ, it means something entirely different from the worldly ambition of a selfish life of pursuing a career for a “better, happier life that won’t tie us down.”

People often ask me what I am doing now that I am finished with my formal academics. I happily reply, “Training to be the best wife, mother and homemaker I can be.” And what better way to be trained and prepared than to continue practicing those household skills that my mother has so carefully taught me—right here at home?"

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The second article is called "Daughters at Home" from Stacy McDonald's blog. This is an excellent one!

"What is a corner stone?

A cornerstone is the foundational stone at the corner of two walls. It is not used in just any structure, but is typically found in temples, churches, mansions, or elaborate buildings. A cornerstone is set in a prominent location and typically has an inscription that communicates to others the details of the structure’s history.

So by looking at the cornerstone you should know who designed the structure, how old it is, who built it, who owns it and possibly what its worth as a historical monument....

...For the record, a maiden isn’t called to be weak or helpless; she is literally to be a pillar of strength – His strength. She is also to be beautiful – to radiate His beauty with all purity and love. She obtains this type of loveliness through His faithful craftsmanship of her character and demeanor; not from her own vain efforts at the fading kind of beauty—though her outward appearance in not unimportant."

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I hope these are encouraging to you!


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Above Rubies

Wow! It's already Tuesday again? Sometimes the week just flies by!
Today I'm reviewing a great resource for Christian women, Above Rubies.
Above Rubies is an excellent magazine and website devoted to encouraging women in their high calling of wives, mothers, and homemakers.

Their magazines are full of great articles and encouragment, as is their website. They also have great Women's devotionals and forums. Subscription to their magazine is free! So if you haven't already, head on over and subscribe!

Here's the website's description of the magazine:

Several times a year, the Above Rubies Ministry publishes the "Above Rubies Magazine" designed to encourage women in their high calling as wives, mothers and homemakers.

It's purpose is to uphold and strengthen family life and to raise the standard of God's Truth in the nations.

This valuable resource is available to you at no cost and is jammed packed with:

  • Encouraging articles
  • Stories
  • Recipes
  • Poems
  • and much, much more.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!


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Friday, April 25, 2008

Giveaway Winner!

Sorry, I'm a bit late posting this but, the winner of our lovely Ribboncraft book is...

Ashley R.


Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway. :)


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday Talks: MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook

Today is Tuesday Talks here at Stay-At-Home Daughters!

I am reviewing "MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook."

This book is perfect for the farmgirl in you. I learned so much with this book! There are sewing patterns, LOTS of ideas for crafts, lots of information on organic gardening, and beautiful photographs throughout the whole book.

Sometimes, I just pull this book out to read it, because it is a very endearing book. The photographs are so lovely, with a simplistic, whimsical, old time feel. There are even directions on how to make a hammock! :)

The Amazon review follows:
"The Martha Stewart of the West proves that not only is she proficient at organic farming, carpentry, food preparation, and much more, but also that she can sell with the best of them. Her delivery is clear and forceful. She seems like someone you might like to have as a neighbor or as a manager running your company. Tender moments such as sewing a last-minute Christmas rag doll for her daughter share air space with the organization of a vendor sale. She happily provides Web sites of products she likes as well as her own. So what if you don't need to know how to keep an outhouse smelling fresh--this is a great listen. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --"

This is a wonderful book for anyone! You can purchase it through her website, and if you order it through the website, you will receive the book autographed by MaryJane herself!

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Happy Tuesday!


Monday, April 21, 2008

It's a Giveaway!

Last time we did a giveaway, one lucky individual won a beautiful apron from Stay-At-Home Daughters!
This time we are giving away something even better!

Yes, that's right! This time around you can win a beautiful book on Ribboncraft! This is just the sort of thing we love here at Stay-At-Home Daughters, so it's perfect for our giveaway.

This book includes 22 projects with wonderful instructional color pictures that follow each project step by step. It educates on all the different types of ribbons and has three sections: Home Accents, Gifts and Keepsakes, Wedding and Baby.

To enter, simply leave a comment with your email address or a similar way to contact you. We'll draw our winner on Friday, April 25 at noon CST.

Good luck!

For more great giveaways, visit Bloggy Giveaways!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

It's time for another Fruit of the Spirit installment! We've already covered love and joy. This month's Fruit is Peace.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

The kind of peace that I'm going to talk about is the kind that passes all understanding. The peace that only the Lord can give. When you have this peace from God, the world can see it. Children of God don't have to worry about death, or circumstances beyond their control. The Lord is sovereign!

I have seen so many people fall into worry and stress when they are not leaning on the Lord's guidance. You may have a false sense of security, a lot of money, you may have a lovely home, or a wonderful family, but without the Lord's hand in the lives of His children, we would have nothing.

I can't even explain how grateful I am to the Lord for choosing me and allowing me to be born into a Christian home with such wonderful Christian friends. It's the greatest encouragement of all to me. Whenever I start to feel tense about anything, whether it be large or small, all I have to do is remind myself to keep my focus and trust on Jesus. He is my rock. Without Him I would be nothing.

To those who are truly walking with the Lord, the petty things of this world don't matter. It doesn't matter whether or not others are pleased with your actions, as long as you are obeying the Lord's commands, all other thoughts can be put into perspective.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" Psalm 121:1
When things seem to be falling apart, and stress and sadness threaten to overcome, I find that crying to the Lord and keeping my focus on Him and Him alone is the only way I can find true peace.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" Matthew 11:28, 29

It's not possible to express in words how at peace and delighted in the Lord I feel when I think of the fact that His eye is on the sparrow, so I know He watches me.

Nothing can touch me that God does not allow! Everything is according to His purpose. It's the most reassuring feeling. When we give everything to the Lord and keep Him the number one priority in our lives, God's peace is granted.

Today, I want to encourage you to revel in the peace that comes only from Christ Jesus.

God Bless You!
"The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace" Numbers 6:26

Monday, April 14, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Elsie Dinsmore Collection

I can't believe we've never reviewed these before today! The Elsie Dinsmore books are some of my very favorites!

Set in the 19th century, this series follows Elsie Dinsmore from her young childhood to her days as a grandmother. She is a wonderful example for little girls and adults alike. Elsie becomes a child of God very early on, but she is persecuted and mocked by her relatives and father. She handles it with grace and wisdom that is far advanced for her age and throughout the series most of her family members gradually become believers because of her influence.

She and her children, and her grandchildren have many adventures and life milestones that are charming and wonderful to read about! These books are wonderful to share with younger siblings, especially sisters! I have enjoyed this whole series time and time again, and it's easy to become so involved that you can't put them down. They are written beautifully and very intelligently, but still easy for younger children to understand.

The Elsie Dinsmore Collection is very high on my list of recommendations for Christian girls and stay at home daughters, as well as sisters, wives and mothers! This is a series that I think everyone should have in their book collection. I can't wait to read them to my children someday.

You can purchase them very easily through Vision Forum.

Speaking of Vision Forum, I love their description of this series:

In the nineteenth century, millions of readers learned the meaning of godly womanhood from a little girl named Elsie. Her commitment to principle in the midst of adversity and her passionate love for Jesus Christ were the theme of twenty-eight volumes spanning her life. These are the original twelve volumes presented just as a young lady would have found them one hundred years ago. Over the last several years, I have heard hundreds of reports from home schoolers and Christian families about the blessings these books have been in their lives. Elsie raises the standard of godly womanhood to new heights. Feminists will not be happy with Elsie. She is a God-honoring young woman who strives to solve problems while working through biblical authority structures. By Martha Finley...>

I hope you and your family are blessed by this recommendation!

God Bless,

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Poppy!

It is my dear friend Poppy's birthday! She is such a shining light and example to everyone around her about God's love. I wish her many blessings and good wishes over this coming year.

Happy Birthday Poppy!

Leviticus 26:1-15
Reward for Obedience

"'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.

'Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.

'If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

'I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

'I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. "


Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Thought For Thursday: J is for Joy

This is a neat little memory tool for prioritizing your time and how you spend it:

J- Jesus First

O- Others Second

Y- Yourself Last

Although it seems so simple, JOY is a great way to remember to put the most important priorities first.

Many times (and I am guilty of this myself!), we put ourselves first, without thinking about others and what they might need. There are so many people who are hurting or just need a helping hand, and we are so occupied with ourselves that we miss the bigger picture. God wants us to help and be more mindful of others.

Sometimes we shove God aside, saying or thinking things like: "I will read my Bible later" or "Praying isn't that important".

God is the very backbone for my life. If He wasn't here, my life would be totally different. He loves and cares about me. If I truly loved Jesus, why would I put Him aside? I try to remember this before thinking of my own time.

JOY has really helped me place my priorities in order, and I know this will help you too! :)

You can feel free to place the graphic in your sidebar.

Wishing you all a lovely day!