Free Printable: 8 Scriptures for When You’re Needing Rest & Refreshment

8 Scripture Cards for When You're Needing Rest & Refreshment

Are you in need of some rest and refreshment? 

Yes?

Yeah, me too.

And I’ve had the most delightful opportunity to enjoy just that . . . in the beautiful state of Montana.

It felt so funny packing my suitcase and heading to the airport while it was still dark early this morning. I can hardly remember the last time I flew on a plane, all by myself.

I think I was pregnant with our 7th child.

Who is now 10 year old – if that gives you any idea.

I wish I could invite every one of you to come along! Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Well, we can’t quite pull that off, but at least I can share some of the pictures over on Instagram, if you’re over there.

AND I promise to later pass on the things that God presses upon my heart this week-end as I get to visit my dear friend Christy (who often writes for us here!) and attend a writers’ retreat with some other Christian friends gathering there.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about Rest and Refreshment lately and how important it is to us as women and as believers in Christ. I’m looking forward to encouraging you with some wonderful ways a woman can find that kind of renewal when I return next week!

Until then, let me share one of the very best ways – soaking in God’s Word and resting in Him. 

Scripture Cards for Rest and Refreshment Part 1
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8 Scripture Cards for Rest and Refreshment – Part 1

8 Scripture Cards for When You're Needing Rest & Refreshment Part 2
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8 Scripture Cards for Rest and Refreshment – Part 2

Many blessings to you, my friends!

Resting in Him.

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My 5 Best Tips to Help You Out in Homemaking

My Best 5 Tips to Help You Out in Homemaking

She told me that she remembers it well.

My friend – more like my mom’s friend –  said she can still picture me as a young girl walking around with my duster in one hand . . . and my nose buried in a book in my other. Dusting the bookshelves without ever glancing up from my own reading.

My idea of “doing my chores.”

This explains a lot of things really.

Like how I spent most of my childhood with my head in the clouds.

Like how I never did pay much attention to housework (just as my mom always suspected).

And why I was clueless about homemaking when I first got married.

Not the end of the world, I suppose.

Except that once the honeymoon was over,  I woke up and looked around our small, 2-bedroom apartment and suddenly realized

I

knew

nothing

about keeping house.

Or at least next to nothing.

Let’s put it this way: the learning curve was fairly high.

You’re probably much farther along that I was when I began running our home. But in case you’re in a place where you’re looking for a few helpful homemaking hints, or maybe could use a refresher course?  I’m offering my 5 best tips today.

My 5 Best Tips to Help You Out in Homemaking

1.    Practice.

Practice might not make perfect, but it should improve things over time. If you’re not efficient at cleaning the bathroom? Practice. If you’re struggling with laundry? Practice. (And maybe read this: How to Change Laundry into the Chore You Love).

Like any other skill – yes, I used the word skill –  do it every day (or often) until you get really good at it.

2.    Work on one area.

Or at least one area at a time. The biggest complaint I hear is about being overwhelmed. But you don’t have to be up on everything all the time! I’m sure not.  I’m telling ya, it’s a juggling act. Just when I get the bathrooms shipshape, I realize the laundry room is overflowing. Then the fridge gets green and scary. And so on and so forth. One step at a time. One area at a time. Rinse and repeat.

3.     Give yourself grace.

In challenging seasons. Pregnancy, new baby, illness, job loss, or maybe moving to a new house? These are BIG and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself when walking through it. During such times, slip into survival mode and try to concentrate on the bare basics – the other stuff will get done when we’re in a different season. You’ve got enough on your hands without heaping further guilt on yourself.

4.     Remember Who you are serving.

If I think of all this work as only for my sake (or my pride), or even for my family’s sake, then it can be downright discouraging.  But when I remember that  I am doing this as service to God—and Him only? Changes things quite a bit. (More here: 5 Good Reasons Why Cleaning Actually Matters)

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (or family, friends, or neighbors). ~ Col. 3:23

Then ask the Lord to put a song in your heart and strength in your hands and go to it!

5.     Study the craft.

So I admitted how inept I was at keeping house when I began.  Wondering how I eventually learned the skill of homemaking?

I studied.

Yeah, I’m serious.

You wouldn’t believe all the books  and articles I read on the subject!  I was determined to master this stuff.  And after a time, I even began to get excited about what I was learning.  At the end of the day, I’d share with my husband all kinds of thrilling bits of information:

  • Baking soda gets the smell out of stinky spots.
  • Clean the dirtiest areas of the bathroom first and then work your way up the mirrors last.
  • Run a lemon through the garbage disposal to freshen the sink.

He was on the edge of his seat, I’m sure. :)

The main thing was that I was learning things that made my homemaking easier and more efficient. I no longer felt quite so helpless and overwhelmed.

Which brings me to the next thing I wanted to share with you . . . .

Homemaking from Scratch Conference 2014

Homemaking From Scratch Online Conference
I found out just last week about this Homemaking from Scratch Conference and it looks amazing!

These 12 terrific bloggers and authors (I can say that because I know a number of them!) have gathered together for a conference filled with Biblical advice, wisdom, tips, and resources on topics covering homemaking routines, motherhood, natural cleaning and more.

The conference is “live” from October 7-9th, but the beauty of it (if you’re anything like me) is that you can listen to it anytime you like, at your own pace. You can stop, pause it, and come back later – whenever it is convenient to you.  Whew.

Now I’m passing this on to you in case you’ve been wanting to improve your knowledge and skills in homemaking. It’s just the kind of thing I could have used when I first got married. Could still use . . .

So you know I’ll be signing up!

You can find more details here: Homemaking From Scratch.

Happy homemaking! 

Now back to reading my book . . . some things will never change ;)

*Just for fun: Share one or more of your favorite homemaking tips! Like how to clean burnt milk off the stove – stuff like that! (I’m all ears) 

In His grace,

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*Additional note: If you’re not in a place right now to do something like this – whether financially or just plain headspace – then that’s okay too. I only want to share things that will bless you—not as “one more thing” to add to your already full plate.

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How My Husband Became My Best Friend

How My Husband Became My Best Friend

He often introduces me as his girlfriend.

Ever-so-slightly embarrassing.

He’ll say it to the barista at Starbucks, or the cashier in the check-out line of the grocery store. Even to the new couple we met at the homeschool picnic.

After 22 years, you’d think I’d get used to it, but it still makes me blush.

And smile.

I always hasten to add that I also happen to be his wife –an important fact to establish when you have 8 children together.

And I’ll flash my wedding ring to prove it if necessary.

I think he gets some kind of odd gratification out of my embarrassment.

Then pretends to protest, “What . . . you are my girlfriend, aren’t you?”

Yes, well . . .

It’s true: I am a girl. And I am his friend.  A close friend.

The best of friends, really.

So I guess that does make me his girl-friend.

And like most good friendships, ours has grown over time. We’ve had to invest in our friendship and look after it.

So many times people think it’s because we somehow just “click”. But while there might be some “clicking” between us, it’s more than that. Far more than that.

It wasn’t as though we instantly became best friends. It’s been a long, purposeful process.

Here is how we became the best of friends….

How My Husband and I Became Best Friends

How Your Husband Can Become Your Best Friend

By spending time together.  I know. You’re going to tell me how busy you are. I understand busy. And yet I figure I manage to get a shower (usually) and several meals a day. That’s because it’s a priority with me. I need these things.

I also need time with my husband, so I can make that happen too.

By being nice to him.  You know how you’re super sweet to your girlfriends?  Smile and cheer them on? Do nice things for them? Yeah, well, it’s kinda the same here. This friendship is no different.

Play nice.

By being interested in his stuff. So I have one friend who is really into gardening. And another who is into goats. I am not particularly keen on either of those things – but since it’s my friends we’re talking about here, I’ve decided to be interested. For their sakes.

Same with my husband.

By having fun together.  Friendships are never all business, are they? Of course not! It’s not like you sit down with your girlfriend and constantly go over the budget, or decide who is going to drive which child where.  No, you sip coffee, go fun places and laugh at each other’s stories!

Hello . . . ?

By praying for him. If you’re a friend of mine, than you already know that I pray for you.  I can’t always get away from the kids, or write long emails, but you can count on my praying for you. It’s one of my “love gifts” to my friends.

And I pray for my husband and he knows it.

Just this past week-end Matthew was out-of-town on a business trip and called to ask me to pray for him about a particular issue.  I started praying as soon as I hung up the phone.

Because that’s what friends do.

{You might also be interested in joining the 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages by Time-Warp Wife. Her Prayer Challenge is starting up this week on October 1st!}

So if you ever run into my husband and he introduces me as his girlfriend, just smile and go along with it, will you?

Maybe even tell him that you feel like you already know him . . . . since Lisa talks so much about her boyfriend. ;)

Embracing friendship.

*How do you and your husband invest in your friendship? Or what are some of the things that get in the way? I love hearing from you, friends!

In His grace,

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*I hope you’ve enjoyed our Virtual Marriage Retreat! You can still hop over to any of the links below to catch up on all the articles written for this series. 

Embrace Your Marriage - A Virtual Marriage Retreat

These 5 bloggers and I have joined together to offer a word of wisdom and inspiration to encourage you in your marriage.

On these  5 topics . . . .

  • Embracing Grace 
  • Embracing Change  
  • Embracing Your Differences  
  • Embracing Unity 
  • Embracing Friendship 

100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa Jacobson and 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matthew L Jacobson

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A Spiritual Lift for the Tired and Busy Mom

A Spiritual Lift for the Tired & Busy Mom

So my husband and I had one of those conversations in the car this week.

Oh no, not one of those.

This one was actually about this book I’d just finished reading.

He could tell that I was enjoying it. Because he kept seeing it in my hands whenever I had a spare minute.

(Not that I really have “spare” minutes, but you know what I mean.)

I’d first heard about this book when some friends were posting on Facebook their “Top 10 Books that were influential in their lives” and this book was listed on several of them.

So naturally, I had to check it out.

Now, after reading it, I could see why it was listed in the Top Ten.

This book offers a spiritual lift to a tired and busy mom.

And you want to know something? This “tired and busy” mom could use a lift now and then.

Like right now.

And so I found myself picking up Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full every chance I got. Because friends? My hands are full right now.

Maybe your hands are full too.

If so, I thought you might be as encouraged and refreshed as I was by this little book of “Gospel devotions”.

About Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms

A Treasure-filled Book: In it you’ll find gems such as these:

“When the mundane looms larger than eternal life, we forget who God is, who we are, and who our children are.

When we have eternity in view, we respond to motherhood differently than if we lived just for the moment. We see that our children are marching toward a destiny.”

and

“God’s grace to us in Christ is greater than any frustration that threatens to unravel us. Because Jesus is upholding the universe with His word, we can trust Him with any no-good, very bad day.” ~ Gloria Furman

A Short, but Deep Read:  This is a relatively small book – only 160 pages long – and yet contains many rich truths for the weary mom to consider.

A Christ-Centered Book: This is more of a WHY than a how-to book. The author is continually pointing us back to Christ and His Word rather than a practical, child-training type of book (Both can be helpful to moms: I just wanted to clarify that this book falls more into the first category).

An Encouragement to Moms with Young Children and More: While the author is primarily addressing the mothers of young ones, I still found her insights and reminders to be very refreshing at the stage I am in with older children.

An Honest and Inspiring Testimony: In addition to being the wife of a pastor and mother of four young children, Gloria and her family minister in the Middle East at the Redeemer Church of Dubai. Her hands certainly qualify as “full” to overflowing.

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms
by Gloria Furman
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)

Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day—making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children, and the gospel.

In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman helps us reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing how to pursue a vibrant relationship with God–even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed–this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are. ~ from the back cover of Treasure Christ When Your Hands Are Full

*Gloria Furman is also the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home. You can read more from and about Gloria on her blog: GloriaFurman.com

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full is available (both paperback and Kindle) for purchase HERE.

Club31Women Book Reviews1So for all you tired and busy moms (and we know who we are) who could use a lift, this book offers spiritual encouragement in the middle of an intensely pouring-out season of life.

I hope you’ve found this Club31Women Book Review helpful and inspiring!

 

In His grace,
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