Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving "Thanks" During Hard Times ~ Happily Ever After?


Oftentimes we romanticize the plight of the pilgrims.

Their journey consisted of wild storms in the violent, stormy seas and a lack of fresh food for many months at a time. There was seasickness and dirty diseases while being surrounded with buckets of filth for the uses of everything else I dare not mention. Showers and clean clothes were non-existant. These people were also among passengers who taunted them for their faith on their historical voyage to the "New World".

Notwithstanding all these torments was the grief in their hearts lingering from their final good-byes to loved ones. For others it was the great detachment from the civilized world as they knew it. They would most likely never see that world and those left behind loved ones ever again.

When they finally arrived at their destination, their troubles were not over! They lost one half of their people to starvation, disease and cold in the first winter.

And this was a journey led by God because of their faith in God?

Surely they must have felt forsaken? They had every opportunity to lose hope. But, what did they do when given the opportunity?

They thanked God for everything He had done for them!

Truly there is much to learn from a people like this! In these uncertain times, it is so easy to lose heart. Looking back to the journey of this God-fearing people, we can see the grace that has been shown to us in our present circumstances because of their endurance. {Think of the legacy you may leave the next generation because of the life of faith you are currently living!}

May their example stand out like a beam of light during our dark moments for what was their source of strength?

Dear reader, it was the Living God and the inspired and encouraging words of the Scriptures!

This is the faith that we must hold on to in our own lives when our journey goes down a thorny path of sorrows, storms and pain. This is the faith that will sustain us in all circumstances. And when our life takes us to some scary scenarios, we know that we are safely in the place God has chosen for us…

"In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

{emphasis mine on "you"}

We know it isn't this life where we will live "happily ever after" but the next one to come. The Lord has already laid down His precious life for you, for us (John 3:16). And for that, we should always be thankful...

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
~ Colossians 3:15



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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #28

"Few religious exercises mean so much in the way of spiritual impression and culture, as daily family worship. It sweetens and sanctifies the home life. It brings into the daily experiences, which are always marked by more or less friction, the spirit of love, thus healing the hurts made by impatience, pride, and selfishness, and continually restoring the balance of affection. If there were no other blessing from household worship, this alone would be enough to justify it as indispensable in a true family — one of the secrets of happy home life!"
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

{I apologize if I haven't been able to do much visiting on your blogs this week, we are still visiting with out of town family and enjoying them very much!}

* Featured From Last Week's Link Up *
What I loved about his post was its down to earth and practical sentiment. Many of us try to live this concept year round in order to give our family the best on what limited resources we have. It is a way of life and Mrs. White always shares the managing of the home so beautifully. I encourage you to visit:

A Prudent New England Thanksgiving by The Legacy of Home

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Mulling Spice" Room Spray ~ Autumn Aroma Essential Oil Blend


"The smell rejoiceth the heart of man, for which cause they used to strew {herbs and flowers} in chambers and places of recreation, pleasure, and repose, where feasts and banquets are made."

Ah, the warmth and coziness of autumn is captured and bottled in this aromatic blend! To make this seasonal room spray, place the following ingredients (in order) in a small spritzer bottle:


Let mixture sit for 24 hours and it is ready to use! Simply spritz around your home and soak in the sweet and spicy scent! 

This would also make a lovely hostess gift if paired with our DIY mulling spices and/or simmering potpourri. Happy homemaking, ladies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #27

“I shall keep my book on the table here,
and read a little every morning as soon as I wake,
for I know it will do me good, and help me through the day.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Sorry, no features this month, we are still visiting with family :) *

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Make Your Own Gifts ~ A Lovely List

"When people take the time and care to make the presents they give, 
they put into the gifts not only the materials needed,
but also a part of themselves."

Whether you want to pamper someone with hand-crafted bath and body products or give a practical person something serviceable, there are many gifts that one can make from items found in the pantry, scrap bin or even your back yard! Here are some easy projects that we shared which would make lovely gifts (most of which include printable tags and labels)!









































Writing Letters


If you enjoyed these simple projects, we share 100+ more ideas on how to frugally use up fruit scraps in our Ebook here! Most of the recipes come with matching gift tags and make lovely gifts! Happy kitchen-crafting, ladies!
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). *The quote by Tasha Tudor was found on one of my favorite blogs, Little Birdie Blessings.
DIY Make your own gifts
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