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He Came Alone
Without Gethsemane, without Christ’s death and mostimportantly His resurrection, there would be no hope. All of our faith hangs on this fact: that Jesus is ALIVE!!
“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain: if ye are yet in your sins.”
~1 Corinthians 15:13-17~
I am so thankful that Jesus chose to come alone to die for our sins. My sins. He is ALIVE!! He has given me the Comforter to abide in me when life is hard with trials, fears, and filled with stress and worries.
I’m telling you!! I am just ecstatic over this year’s BUNDLE sale!! Seriously!! I really CAN. NOT. WAIT. for next Wednesday, April 23rd, when the sale begins.
There is nothing I love better during the summer than sitting outside soaking in the summer with a good book.
This is NOT just any book.
THIS is over 80 ebooks!!
I am so absolutely thrilled about this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G collection of homemaking ebooks that my thoughts are coming out all jumbled in an over-caffeinated tumble (I drank just one Dunkaccino tonight!!)
Maybe this cute little boy can help me explain:
So yeah!! You CLEARLY must hurry!! Get up early this next Wednesday (April 23rd) and be online by 8am!!
Yes!! That’s 8am!!
Hop on over to WholeHearted Home to see what I have cooking (remember, it is a homemaking BUNDLE)
You only have SIX days (like only 6 days) so hurry!!
Last year I bought the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for 2013 and found it to be such an outstanding blessing in my life. I love anything homemaking and write about it constantly. One of the things I love to do most is to read about homemaking.
So, for less than the actual value of all 80+ books, YOU can do JUST that!! You will have a whole stack of e-books for your book shelf that won’t even get dusty (since they’re e-books) that you can devour this summer!!
Because last year’s e-book was such an awesome success, we’re bringing you another book but this time with a whole slew of NEW books to choose from!! How ULTIMATELY amazing!! You will be nourished, grow, and thrive!!
What You NEED to KNOW!!
When? 8am EST Wednesday, April 23 until midnight EST Monday, April 28
What? 78 ebooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll love using!
Where? Right here at WholeHearted Home!
How much? This is totally awesome part. It’s like going grocery shopping and filling 5 carts to overflowing and paying under $30 when the entire package is worth nearly $900, and we’re selling it for less than $30.
Are you doing your ‘happy dance’ yet?? Woo Hoo!!
So, meanwhile, stay tuned as the saga continues and I keep you informed!!
There are affiliate links within this post. Affiliate sales are what keep this blog afloat, so I truly appreciate your purchasing the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle this Spring!! Please go HERE.
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will equip you to minister to your family and ultimately those outside your family. You will learn all aspects of homemaking that you likely never learned before!!
Come back each weekday to see if I make a HUGE reveal of WHAT is COMING on Wednesday!!
You never know since I love the element of surprise!!
I want to welcome Kate from Teaching What Is Good who shares today for our Blessed At Home weekly feature that is published every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. This month we are focusing on Easter so that we are equipped to encourage our families as we prepare to celebrate our risen Lord this month.
Our family is not huge with traditions.
We do our Family Outreach on October 31, we tell our children’s birth stories on their birthdays, we do Christmas shopping for one another at the Dollar Store, we have communion first thing on Christmas morning, and we do an egg hunt on the first day of spring we call our Spring Fling. But we’ve never come up with one really great tradition for Resurrection Sunday.
Last year we purchased a lovely wreath from Family Life Today called Behold the Lamb. It is really lovely, can be used on a stand or removed from the stand and hung on the wall.
This starts on Palm Sunday, with a little booklet for each day.
Are you polite and dislike asking your reader for a call to action? When writing a post or making an infographic, you will likely invite more interaction when you include a call to action.
Doing Unto Others
When you give to others in your niche, you will most often get back in return. If you are a selfish blogger because your life is lived to the full on your home front, you will become ingrown and out-of-balance.
Now, what blogger isn’t out of balance trying to juggle her home and blog?! The thing is that in each area you need to prioritize and leave off the fluff.
If your blogger-friend’s linkup party is bigger than yours, you might think there is no need for you to share her party on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest. You don’t have to share it everywhere but occasionally taking the extra time to bless her will actually bless you too!!
If a blogger is promoting a book, it is helpful to her if you do a review on her book. What goes around comes around and someday you might be looking to promote your own book. If you have never bothered to promote a friend’s book in your niche, you might not have friends wanting to promote yours someday!!
You get the point??
Call to Action
Do you have a call to action included in your blog post? When someone asks you to do something (or you ask them to do something) you know better what needs to be done.
Blogging is about community and communities grow. If you want your blog to grow it is to your advantage to interact with another blogger’s community. Somehow it just works that way. What goes around comes around!!
There are words that are paramount in calling your reader to action.
Facebook Words that Call to Action
1. The Word “Like”
2. The Word “Comment”
3. The Word “Share”
Twitter Words that Call to Action
1. Please ReTweet gets more action than Please RT
2. Please Help gets even more action than Please ReTweet
3. Singular Words used without ‘please’ get action but not so much: Please, ReTweet, Spread, and Visit (in respective order.) Funny that even in the Social Media world using the word ‘please’ produces the highest action. Being polite does still matter!!
If you are not convinced yet that using specific words calls your readers to action, then stop over and read THIS post by Dan Zarilla who is an expert and not a novice like I am.
Do you use a call to action when you post on social media??
Have you found a word that works as a call to action on social media??
Share in the comments below how you will intentionally improve your call to action on social media.
April brings on the urge to clean but most of us don’t have the time to devote to spring cleaning. I never do. Do you?
Have you even had the urge day after day to clean and organize, yet the realization that you have absolutely no time whatsoever to do it?
If you only have 10 or 15 minutes (or how about 30 seconds?) you can make a dent in the piles on the kitchen counter, and that overflowing junk drawer, or that pile of papers on the desk! Where does all the paper come from when we live in an almost paperless society?!
Not Exactly Spring Cleaning
We all have problem areas in our homes that need attention from time to time. I am not spring cleaning as I rotate Zones (somewhat) but I do have some projects I am working on in what little spare time I have.
1. Kitchen Cabinets – I don’t know if I will clean all my kitchen cabinets, but I have two shelves that are problem areas. I have been procrastinating this task for a month or more. Finally today I tackled just one of them. Right now, I really do not have large blocks of time for cleaning, so taking 15 minutes for one task, works for me!!
2. Cleaning/Tidying Pantry – I am so blessed to have a pantry. It has always been downstairs under the stairway. Before we ever thought to have a pantry was back when we had only two children. My husband built an enclosed area under the stairs. I made it into a ‘club house’ for my two young children. Eventually, I needed a storage place for our dry food while we were raising our children and buying lots of food each month. Occasionally I need to clean up and reorganize this area (now turned pantry) as it has become a royal mess. Hopefully I will tackle this job on Monday or Tuesday.
3. Master Bedroom Closet – I am blessed to have a nice walk-in closet. I didn’t always have one. In our first house, a cottage, there wasn’t one single closet in the whole house. When we moved to our current home, too much ended up in our closet since our 3 unit bookcase wasn’t assembled yet. Gradually I have been moving things out of my closet to other places in our home. It takes so long after you move to think through how you are going to organize. Do you intend to clean out and organize your closet? Mine is an on-going project!!
So, those are 3 areas that I am focusing on this Spring. Not really because it is spring but just because those areas have gotten out-of-hand.
What areas are you focusing on (no matter whether it is Spring or Winter when you read this
“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” ~John 12:4~
Mary’s fruit was the result of sitting at Jesus’ feet. When you are filling your soul with the Word of God and waiting on Jesus in prayer and meditation, you are preparing for when you will work with passion and power in whatever capacity the Lord gives you to serve.
Today I am sharing over at Coffee For The Soul where I contribute about once a week. Would you like to follow me over HERE?? I’d love to have you!!
If you are looking for me, you might also find me over at Coffee For The Soul. Here are previously published posts:
After a long winter when you have been indoors more than outside, you might find you are struggling with mood swings. For some it just might be a heaviness on your heart that affects your mood as life has pulled you down.
I don’t have any idea what you are facing. Maybe one of the biggest trials you have ever faced in life. On the other hand, it might be nothing at all outside of that heavy mood that you awake to.
Honestly, you and I don’t have to ‘stay’ there since we have a marvellous God!!
God promises to give us JOY that isn’t based on what life brings our way. I can promise you that you can rise above your circumstances.
A healthy lifestyle that includes fitness is so good for you, but do you have any idea how good? From boosting your mood to improving your walk with Jesus, find out how exercising can improve your life.
Since we are to put Jesus first, it seems like my priorities are mixed when I say that I workout before my quiet time each day.
I often wake up with this blah-bleh kind of feeling. I am a melancholy at heart. That isn’t good since it works totally opposite of JOY. After falling asleep trying to have an effective quiet time and feeling like crying the whole time (trials, you know) I upped my workouts to daily and started having them first thing after making my bed (that is a mood booster in itself!)
Do you know what? It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
I am no nurse or doctor and don’t have lots of medical information to back up my findings. I am only sharing a personal testimony of what I have found.
It is pretty hard to stay moody or melancholy once I have exercised. Add to that the daily discipline of reading God’s Word and my mood is CINCHED for the day!!
I find that exercising also is a form of worship. As I lift my hands up in the air doing this and that movement, I am also lifting them to the Lord in worship. Sometimes I pray as I workout. Sometimes I just allow my mind to relax from all the anxiety trying to crowd into my day. Once I have added God’s Word to my day, it is inevitable that I will not have more trouble with my mood being down as I have allowed Jesus to be Master of my day and I am using my body’s natural gifts to balance hormones and whatever it is that makes me so wonderfully and marvelously made by my Almighty God.
Have I convinced you yet of boosting your mood through movement?
I want to welcome Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker who shares today for our Blessed At Home weekly feature that is published every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. This month we are focusing on Easter so that we are equipped to encourage our family as we prepare to celebrate our risen Lord this month.
We have been busy doing the things of Easter season – decorating our home, getting activities started, planning events, and more. We like to make this time of year just as grand and meaningful as Christmas for our family because it is all about the gospel! We really try to make it a time where we are focused on the events around Resurrection Sunday and how important they are. We also try to enjoy the time and celebrate with acts of service, special projects, good food and get-togethers.
Another new thing we’re using this year is the new activity ebook from ohAmanda called A Sense of the Resurrection (affiliate link). It is something you can start anytime before Easter and comes with 12 devotions and activities that engage kids, helping them experience the biblical account with all 5 of their senses.
For example, the first day, we made little perfume diffuser bottles to place around the house and remind us of the story of Mary washing the Lord’s feet with perfume. A family foot-washing activity is coming up as well! I’m trying to resist the temptation to teach them to give me a pedicure while they’re at it.
More Easter Activities
Here are more of the things we like to do together:
Sticking with your husband through thick and thin, sickness and in health, when money is tight and when it flows a little more, is so worth it.
When couples give up on their marriage earlier on (or later on) they give up the memories that stretch through the years. Even when a couple has been married for 20 or 30 years and throws in the towel and jumps ship, the memories suddenly are marred.
Ladies, do ALL you can to make those memories special through the years. Do little things for your hubby and you will find that he will grow dearer where your marriage was straining to the breaking point. Don’t ever give up!!
35 Things I Love About My Husband
He loves the Lord Jesus Christ and is faithful to Him.
He has stuck-it-out with me through thick-and-thin.
He is so faithful!!
He is the dearest person in my life next to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Being married to my husband is the best thing that ever happened to me (outside of getting saved.)
He has been my husband, my lover, and my dearest friend.
Knowing I have his love has let me face life’s challenges.
I have one special man who thinks about me.
He has supported me so that I haven’t had to work (outside our home, that is) for 26 years.
He cares for me more deeply than anyone else (tissues yet??)
He is such a hard worker both at work and home.
He loves his job (not many can say that)
His thorough enjoyment about anything aviation.
He can repair an airplane.
Always fixing the cars so that they keep running.
I have the most wonderful memories with my husband!!
I loved canoeing with him over the years.
Great camping memories in Kentucky, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Vermont, and probably other places that slipped my memory.
His determination to stick to what is right.
His friendship through the years.
Ability to fix ANYTHING that breaks so that it is better and stronger than ever!!
Changing flat tires for me!!
Always giving me nice homes to live in.
Doing drywall in two of our homes even though it is a job that is a royal pain!!
Being thrifty over the years by choosing to burn wood for heat and doing all the hard work that goes with a wood stove.
Being a good father by reading the Bible to the children through the years.
Standing for what is right with our children instead of caving to what is wrong.
Always keeping our home repaired on the outside.
Making sure our septic and drains work.
Keeping the lawn mowed in summer and the driveway plowed in winter.
All the hikes we went on, waterfalls and lakes we visited through the years.
Bringing enthusiasm into the room….he knows how to break the silence.
His determination for anything he sets out to do.
I am so thankful to be sharing my life with him.
I need him and love him with all of my heart.
There are more wonderful things about my husband.
I’m sure there must be 100+ but I am like you, finding it difficult to think of them right now.
Thinking of the positive things you love about your husband will lift you out of the mentality of negativity that we often get caught into the longer we are married.
The more positively happy things we think of about our husband (and record – by the way) the sooner our marriages will begin to have restitution as a miracle begins to happen.
Instead of our husbands changing. I will change!! You will change!! Imagine THAT!!
What are some of the things that you LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. About YOUR husband? I’d love it if you would list 5 of them in the comments. They are likely the ones that I forgot to mention about my hubby!!
Beth over at Messy Marriage has been doing a series on Forgiveness which has been excellent, by the way. This past week she shared, “How to Prepare for Reconciliation” and got the most views for WholeHearted Wednesday last week. Way to go, Beth!!*
What’s a mother to do when you are not motivated to clean your home?
Maybe you are dealing with depression
You might have a serious illness
Your home may be filled with littles and you are plum tired out
A plethora of reasons can cause lack of motivation
We all like to present our best front on the internet. Nice smiles, clean and tidy homes, happy husbands and children, organized to the max both in our closets and homeschools (if that’s what you do) but isn’t it hard to show our messy side?!
I love to wholeheartedly do everything homemaking.
Most of the time.
What about the times when the best you can do is half-heartedly clean your home?
Half-Heartedly Cleaning Your Home
When you are feeling lousy or life has hit you a curve ball, you might not be up to wholeheartedly cleaning your home. Those are the days that you would rather lay down and collapse on the sofa. You have responsibilities to your family but you just don’t have the energy or umph to keep going.
This is not instructions in slothfulness but rather helping you to deal with those painful days whether they are caused by physical limitations in your body or sorrow weighing on your heart.
First sit down and make yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and read Psalms.
Bask in your sweet Lord Jesus.
Today, instead of doing all your housework until it is done, do just one chore: start by washing all the dishes, wash counter-tops, and scrub sink. Don’t you feel better already?!
Write: I want you to write. Find a spiral notebook and designate it for a journal. Open to a blank page and write the date. Whether you are a blogger or not, I want you to write. Sit and write continuously for 5 minutes. Write about anything wholesome that comes into your mind. If your mind goes blank, just write one word over and over (Blank. Blank. Blank. Blank) until you start thinking of something to say. Then stop.
Next, do one small task: Or part of a task. Make a game out of your chores by doing part of a task/doing something else, until the job is completely done. This is doable when you are blah. For instance: I bring folded and stacked clean clothes upstairs in a basket. Each time I pass the basket I put a stack away. Similarly, I will put one or two dishes away each time I stand up from my computer (which is often since I am ADHD for sure!) I deal with chores this way on those melancholy days.
Write again: It could be a blog post. It could be a letter to that missionary in Panama. Write to encourage. Spend 30 minutes on writing. If you have littles, write when they are sleeping.
Do part of another chore. If you have delegated chores to your children, find something that has to do with homemaking that needs to be done. Maybe it is cleaning out one kitchen cabinet. Whatever it is, bless your home in some small way.
Even with six less people in our home, there is always some homemaking task needing to be done. Breaking my housekeeping tasks down into bite-size pieces helps when I am carrying a super duper heavy feeling inside my heart.
For those who are dealing with illness, you do only what you can physically handle.
If you are dealing with depression, you end up the winner as you will start to feel encouraged as you see your house shape up.
You won’t get everything done these days, but that is OK.
Do you sometimes half-heartedly clean your home? Is this a good thing or bad?