5 Tips for Clearing Information Overload + WholeHearted Wednesday #101

5 Tips to Clear Information OverloadYou are living in a society that is doing more and more on electronic devices. You may not be reading online from a desktop computer as they are becoming outdated fast. You might be reading this from your i-phone or tablet while you’re on the ‘go’ or even while sitting at a pool or beach.

Times have changed.

Everything is on the computer both online and offline. You might pay your bills online, read a book on an electronic device, you might even read your Bible online. On the other hand, you might have forgotten to read your Bible because you checked into Facebook before getting out of bed!!

In the course of the past week, I have read many posts, interacted on Facebook, Google +, and Pinterest. I read an e-book twice and learned many new technical skills, became frustrated at the technical skills I don’t yet possess, and basically went into information overload today!!

Have you experienced information overload?

What course of action did you take?

Take this test to see if you’ve reached overload:

Information Overload Test (by Judith Kowles)

Tally up your points. 1 point for each “yes”

  • 1-5 that you answered “yes” – you have good computer coping skills!! What is your secret? Share in the comments as we ALL want to know!!
  • 5-10 “yes’es” - Not too bad. You are balancing your computer time with offline time fairly well. Tell us how in the comments.
  • 11-15 “yes’es” – You need some help!! My “5 Tips for Clearing Information Overload” will help you.
  • 16-21 “yes’es” - YOU have a problem!! Get off the computer RIGHT NOW and go to the park, pool, beach, river, and R-E-L-A-X and CLEARLY you have information overload!! Read my 5 Tips!!
  1. Do you go to Facebook (or one of your other social media platforms) first thing in the morning before making your bed or taking a shower?
  2. Do you start scrolling down through your newsfeed on Facebook and forget why you got online in the first place?
  3. On Facebook, do you feel obligated to listen to every single music or video clip even though you think they are ridiculous?
  4. Do you have 6-8 email accounts that are jam-packed with pending or unanswered mail? (I have 5 email accounts, so this is not unrealistic.)
  5. When you open your inbox, do you become anxious with “information overload” before you even open the email?
  6. Do you lose track of time on Twitter, Google +, Facebook, or Pinterest as you stress over the avalanche of twaddle?
  7. Do you find yourself compulsively eating junk food while reading online?
  8. Are you becoming sadly behind on your dishes, paper-clutter, laundry, and undone projects, as you spend increasing amounts of time online?
  9. Are you irritable with your husband and children? Snappy? Can’t look away from the screen when they talk to you?
  10. Are you playing Facebook games?
  11. Do you become frustrated from the electronic information you need to process daily?
  12. Do you become overwhelmed because you can’t get to the blogs or e-books you’d really prefer to process?
  13. Do you sit at your computer for more than an hour without getting up?
  14. Do you constantly check into your social media accounts and email (even in the bathroom) because you are afraid you’ll get behind?
  15. Are you subscribed to more blogs than you can possibly read and you feel bad when you finally delete them?
  16. Has reading your Bible become dull and so boring that you tire after reading 2-3 verses?
  17. Before making a decision, do you check with your online friends first before asking God for wisdom?
  18. Do you read so many posts that you are skimming and hardly reading them, feeling like you have to comment, “Like” and “+1″ all those in your niche?
  19. Is your Kindle app full of books you will never have time to read because you are inundated with the ever-flowing avalanche of electronic information??
  20. Did you forget to hydrate with 8 glasses of water? Electronic devices dehydrate you. Did you realize that?
  21. When you make it to the end of your day, do you feel really guilty that too much time was wasted online and you didn’t live real life?

Compared to 20 years ago, we are spending more and more time on the computer. In many ways that is unavoidable as banking, filing systems like Evernote, and online businesses are all housed within the screen.

The problem is that we are not balancing our time. We are accountable to God for how we are spending our time; someday we will give an answer for our motives and use of it.

Many women are spending too much time on social media and are neglecting their time alone with God; which then plays out in their relationship with their husband and children.

5 Tips to Clear Information Overload (Plus Test)

5 Tips to Clear Information Overload

  1. Do not feel bad for not reading every email and blog post word for word. You will never get “caught up” so don’t bother trying.
  2. Zero out ALL email accounts each night before closing out your day. Process all emails into filters, or read them, then archive what you have finished and delete the rest.
  3. Set time limits for each task you do. Don’t allow yourself to lose track of time.
  4. Know when to close your laptop and get outside. When you get to the point that you can no longer concentrate or think, you have reached information overload and you need to clear your head. Today, I reached that point and I drove 3 miles to the river and took a walk. The fresh 82F heat was refreshing and cleared my information overload, so that I was able to come home and make a delicious supper and get back to writing.
  5. Know when you need to scale back on social media and other online commitments. Maybe you need to write less or take a blogging break!!
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How to Share Chores with Children

“And Moses’ father in law said unto him, “The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is to heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.” Exodus 18:17-18

How To Share Chores With Children {WholeHearted Home}

It amazes me how we can look to the Bible for direction on how to go about getting our chores done. Whether you work out-of-the-home, homeschool your children, or work-from-home, this verse gives careful instructions to Moses on how to share his work responsibilities. We can apply this great advice to our own situation.

You can’t be everywhere all at once and neither can you do all the things that you would like to do.  Many women struggle with the need to get everything done. I know I do, and is it true that you do too?

How to Share Chores with Children

Trying to be all things to all people puts us on the fast track to burn out.  We need to share our chores.

Jethro, was the father-in-law of Moses. He saw that Moses was getting more and more overwhelmed and wearied as he directed and guided the Israelites. They would come to him with disagreements seeking solutions. There were many many Israelites and Jethro made a wise suggestion.

He suggested that the people would be divided up into smaller groups with captains over them to make decisions over the disputes. Moses would only be consulted for the bigger issues that couldn’t be solved.

Why didn’t us mothers think about this?!

I used to have a bunch of children, wild and energetic from sunup to sundown. Some days they were like a dam ready to burst.

So, why not delegate chores with your children and harness their energy?

How to Delegate the Chores

Starting with even a two or three year old, divide up the chores with each of your children.

  1. Make a list of chores that your children can learn to do
  2. Take that list and divide it up with each child
  3. Now, take each child’s list and spread it out for the week allowing for chores that will be repeated each day.
  4. Find a system to record each child’s chore list

Ideas for Chore Charts

If you think your child will remember WHAT chores he/she has and WHICH days to do them, and WHERE to do them, YOU HAVE ANOTHER ‘THINK’ COMING!!

Here are some tried and true methods for Chore Charts. Remember, without a chore chart, your dear child is likely to say, “You never told him he had to do that chore!!”

  • A computer generated by YOU chore chart with a place to check-off when it’s done
  • A small white board (8″ X 10″) for each child on the wall or fridge. You can list the chores and easily change them up. Some people change the chores each week.
  • A Clip Board hanging on the wall for each child that holds the chore chart.
  • Purchase a chore system and use it – there are many to choose from

Just Remember

Delegation helped Moses and was the wisest thing for him to do. Stop thinking that you as a mother can possibly do it all. You will become ‘weary in well-doing’ just like Moses!!

Let your children help.

Do you delegate your household chores and let your children help?

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All For Jesus: Revival with A. B. Simpson

All for Jesus Revival with A. B. Simpson {WholeHearted Home}

Would you give your all for Jesus?

In the mid 1890′s in the Christian Missionary Alliance, founded by A.B. Simpson, a call went out to members to donate their gold rings, watches, and other gold possessions to missions. In return, they would receive a metal ring and a gunmetal watch. It was in this way that thousands of dollars was raised for missions.

As I read this, I was totally amazed. I don’t know anyone who would give up their possessions for missions like this today. For the most part, it seems that missions is often placed on the back burner.

Are we willing to give our ‘all for Jesus’ no matter what that would be in our life?

We cling on to our material possessions but we also cling to our very lives and are not willing to give our all for Jesus.

The Burden of Evangelism in the Faithful

Do we feel that all people groups have been reached?

Why are we so complacent about missions these days?

Week after week can go by without mention of missions in our churches.

When I was growing up I remember a HUGE thermometer that measured pledges in raising money for missions. We don’t pledge our life to the Lord anymore let alone pledge our precious money for those serving Christ overseas.

There was a day when the ‘burden of evangelism’ was heavy on the hearts of the faithful.

“Gold-for-Iron for Jesus? What Are We Laying at Our Master’s Feet?

O Holy Ghost, Thy people move,
Baptize their hearts with faith and love,
And consecrate their gold.
At Jesus’ feet their millions pour,
And all their ranks unite once more.

For some, giving gold-for-iron-for Jesus would mean that they would consecrate their life for service as a pastor or overseas missionary. For others it would mean that they would sacrifice their money and time in prayer support for those serving Jesus elsewhere across the globe.

Are you giving gold-for-iron-for Jesus? What are you laying at your Master’s feet?

 

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Why Planting a Garden is Beneficial for a Strong Heart

Planting a Garden is Beneficial for a Strong Heart {WholeHearted Home}

Planting a garden is beneficial for a strong heart in more ways than you can imagine.

Do you grow a garden?

Nothing compares to a juicy vine-ripened tomato from your own backyard.

You might not have realized why planting a garden is beneficial for a strong heart.

This might come as a surprise to you but it is never too late to start doing something beneficial. The sooner you add a healthy habit the better.

Doing squats and planks would seem beneficial for your heart, and they are. Gardening just doesn’t seem hard enough physically to be exercise. So, why is it beneficial?

4 Benefits Why Planting a Garden is Beneficial

Besides providing healthy veggies, here are four benefits that make it worth your while:

  1. Getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine

  2. Sinking your fingers down in the hot soil reduces stress and gets your blood moving

  3. Whether you kneel, squat, or bend, gardening keeps you limber

  4. Being outside in the warmth elevates your mood.

When you are at a desk many hours in your day or just in the everyday grind of raising children, there is something satisfying about creating something that’s really beautiful.

Reasons Why Planting a Garden is Beneficial for Your Heart

I have gardened since I was in my twenties and have successfully grown veggies, herbs, and flowers.

It never occurred to me that it’s beneficial for a strong heart.

Do you garden for pleasure? You may not have realized how good gardening is for your health.

Did You Know?

  • Gardening is as good for you as an aerobics class

  • Turning the compost pile provides a decent amount of exercise

  • Basic yard care like mowing the lawn or raking are good ways to get exercise

  • Gardening is calming and is known to reduce high blood pressure

  • Weeding burns as many calories as using a power mower

  • Gardening provides as much exercise as a trip to the gym. Now who has time for that?!

If you have been gardening all along you will have the benefits of a strong heart.

If you are young, get off your i-phone or computer for 30 minutes a day and start gardening.

No matter how young you are, a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t burn calories and common sense tells you it isn’t beneficial for your heart

Did You Know that God Thinks Planting a Garden is Beneficial for a Strong Heart?

The Bible often talks about planting, sowing and reaping. Do you know the story about ‘The Parable of the Sower?” The seed is sown and some fell by the wayside, some on the rocks, some in the thorns, and some on good ground. This story is describing the heart condition of the hearers of this parable.

Although it is beneficial to have a strong heart so we stand a better chance of living healthily, it is far more important that we have a strong spiritual heart.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” ~2 Corinthians 4:16~

Planting a garden is beneficial to having a strong physical heart, but renewing our inward man day by day is the exercise which will build the muscles of our spiritual heart.

Spending time each day in God’s Word and in prayer communing with Jesus will build your heart muscles so that you have good courage and this will strengthen your heart.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ~Psalm 27:14~

Did you plant a garden this year? Are you strengthening your spiritual heart through renewing your inward man (your heart) day by day?

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4 Fun Indoor Toddler Activities When Summer is Too Hot

Every Thursday, a group of five bloggers take turns writing for our Blessed At Home on-going series. This week, I am so excited to share this post from Rosilind who blogs over at A Little R & R.

We are focusing on ‘anything summer’ during June and July and hope what is shared  will encourage, equip, and bless you in your calling as homemakers and godly women at home.

4 Fun Indoor Toddler Activities When Summer is Too Hot  {Blessed At Home for WholeHearted Home}

I don’t know if this happens where you live, but I live near the Mediterranean Sea and the climate here is pretty hot and humid in the summer time. Often the combination of the two makes it dangerous to be outside, especially in areas where there is little shade…

…which would be our yard, for example.

Thus, our outdoor time is generally limited to a couple of hours in the evening.

It also means I have to be extra-creative so that our children don’t spend all day watching cartoons.

Here are 4 fun indoor activities my toddlers like to do when summer is too hot.

1. Put on concerts.

My kids love music. I mean they really, really love music. My 4 year old will spend copious amounts of time watching drum instruction videos while “practicing” at his toy drum set. This kid is serious. So, mama plays the piano, little brother dances, “tata” (daddy) plays the guitar and we hold concerts. They love it. They could literally do this all day long.

2. Make movies.

What kid doesn’t like to see himself in a picture or in a home movie? Sometimes I just turn on the built-in camera on my laptop and let them be goofy. It’s so much fun watching them watch themselves on the screen.

3. Build forts.

My kids love it when I drag out all of our spare pillows and bedding and let them make forts in the living room. You can fill the fort with toys – or better yet, books. Turn out the lights and give them flashlights to play with – it is endless fun.

4. Take baths.

This is one thing my kids absolutely love. I told my husband not long ago that I’m almost positive that I gave birth to fish. My kids love bath time. And it’s a perfect activity for summer because it keeps them cool and cleans them off at the same time. During the summer months we usually bathe our children at least every other day – sometimes every day, depending on how hot it is.  Fill the tub and give them lots of toys to play with. You can even give them fun water toys like cups and spoons, strainers and sieves.

There are many fun things you can do to make those extra-hot summer months fun and entertaining when it’s too hot to go outside. Turn off the TV and get creative.

What are some fun summer activities that your toddlers enjoy? Join in the conversation and let’s swap ideas!

 

5 Tips for Optimizing and Organizing Your Pinterest Boards + WholeHearted Wednesday #100 + Giveaway

5 Tips for Optimizing & Organizing Your Pinterest Boards {WholeHearted Home}

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I used to go on Pinterest about once a week when I had the time to relax and I would spend about half-an-hour scrolling down through the attractive pictures pinning randomly to my boards. That was before I learned the importance of optimizing and organizing my Pinterest boards.

In whatever way you interact with Pinterest: as a mom pinning recipes and ideas for homemaking, as a blogger promoting your posts, as an online or offline business owner, it is beneficial for you to optimize and organize your Pinterest boards.

1. Where Oh Where is That Pin?

Pinning that awesome graphic is so you can find it later and do it, right? Pinterest is a paperless bulletin board that we fill with a collection of ideas. It effortlessly eliminates that messy stack of paper scraps lost within the bills, junk mail, your kid’s schoolwork and coupons you’ll never use.

After a year or two of Pinning (ok, just a month) your pin is lost in a slew of boards and you can’t remember where you pinned it!

Sound familiar?

Ever lost sleep over a Pin?

We are going to solve that problem!

2. Rename those Cutesy Boards for Optimization

Most of my boards have cutesy names that will never be found on a Pinterest search. So what’s the sense?!

SEO is just as important on Pinterest as it is in blogging.

If you don’t blog, don’t run away because you want more followers too and organizing your boards will simplify your time on Pinterest. Believe me it will!!

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Without realizing it you have learned to use ‘keywords’ every time you search for something on Google. You’ve learned because if the words you type into the search bar do not bring results you try again with a more specific word or phrase.

Choose titles for your boards that folks will type into a Pinterest search. That will optimize your boards and bring in more “Likes” and “Follows” and we all love a growing community.

I am gradually changing up my board titles to reflect optimization which will help pinners to find my graphics.

3. Organize Like Boards Together

There are two ways to organize your boards. You can alphabetize your boards or put the most popular ones at the top where they are more visible.

Right now, I have grouped ‘like’ boards together with the most popular ones at the top.

I still have a LOT of tweaking to do as I optimize and organize for my own ease in finding that one cookie recipe.

It is easier for both you and me to find that needle in the Pinterest-stack.

4. Group Collaborative Boards Together

I have group collaborative boards on my Pinterest account. In case you are confused, a group collaborative board is a board where multiple pinners can pin on the same board.

Folks can follow these boards without being able to pin to them. Exposure is increased as many of these boards tend to have a huge following.

5. Make Attractive Cover Pin on Each Board

You can choose a board cover and like anything Pinterest, you can make it attractive to-the-eye. The easiest way to do this is to pick a favorite pin and select it for the cover.

There is always a better way to do something and Diane over at Vintage Zest shares “How To Make cute Pinterest Cover Boards” that take the cake!!

Leigh Anne over at Houseology wrote another fantastic post on Pinterest and referred to Diane’s post (above).

As the conversation goes in the blogosphere, I had already chosen my subtitles and written the intro to this post. Great minds think alike and Pinterest is where it is “at” socially speaking.

Why Should You Optimize and Organize Your Pinterest Boards?

I intend and choose to do everything to the glory and furtherance of the Kingdom of  God. I want to do everything with all my might.

Many of my posts are devotionals and others still reflect my faith-based views of serving my family in my home as God’s calling on my life. Pinterest is a means to promote my blog posts and in turn, I love promoting other bloggers in my nitch.

Optimizing and organizing your boards attracts others to your boards and then maybe they will have a scripture graphic or biblically based post scroll through their feed inviting them to consider a personal relationship with God.

Do your Pinterest boards need a major tweaking or are you set-to-go? Have you been taking advantage of the opportunity Pinterest has for sharing Christ?

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Pinterest & Blogging Series

  1. Pinspiration for Pinning Images on Pinterest
  2. Preparing a Pinteresting Pinnable Image for a Linkup Party
  3. How to Add a Pinterest Follow Widget for Word Press
  4. 6 Tips for Pinterest Image Optimization for Bloggers
  5. How You Get Followers on Pinterest
  6. Optimizing and Organizing Your Pinterest Boards

 

WholeHearted Wednesday #100 Linkup

WOWZERS!!!! It is Time to Celebrate!!

I want to thank each and every one of you for faithfully linking up with me for the past two years!! There are so many of you who come by each week and many who have stopped by now and then. The credit all goes to the Lord Jesus Christ for making WholeHearted Home a place of ministry and encouragement.

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WholeHearted Wednesday #100

1. Strut Your Mutt {Sharon Sharing God} - Sharon did it again and got the MOST VIEWS!! I think it is her  title that peeks your interest. What do you think? Don’t you just want to hop on over and read her post?

2. 5 Sure Ways to Manage Your Home {by Naomi: What Joy Is Mine} - Naomi wrote a very thorough and helpful post on managing your home. Do you have trouble balancing homemaking? Visit Naomi and see what she shares with you today.

3. Running on Empty {by Judith’s Dad – Anthony Bollback for Missional Call} - Find out what the most important aspect of our lives is. Why do you run on empty in your ministry? Please stop over to Rosilind Jukic’s blog, Missional Call and read my Dad’s last post. My dad, Anthony Bollback is a writer who has written 6 children’s books and at least 4 books for adults based in China. He is amazing!! You can pray for him as his eyes have suddenly gotten much worse making it impossible for him to continue writing his newsletter, China Clippings, that goes out to over 4000 subscribers!! At almost 92, he doesn’t seem any different to me than he was at 42!! Next month, my parents will celebrate 71 years of marriage. See, I  told you he was amazing…now stop over and read his post over at Missional Call where he has been a contributor.

Now for the 5 Prize Giveaway!!

I have a very special bloggie-friend, Roslind Jukic from A Little R & R or Missional Call who offered to give ONE copy of her wonderful book, 14 Days of Agape away to celebrate my 100th WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup Party.

I have 14 Days of Agape on my Nook and really enjoyed reading it and found it gave me spiritual encouragement and challenged me to grow in Christ.

You may enter to win 14 Days of Agape but if you don’t want to wait, or missed the Giveaway, you may purchase the book through WholeHearted Home by clicking on the book’s graphic.

14 Days of Agape $2.99 on Kindle or in PDF  

Is the church effective in showing the love of God to each other and the world at large? Does she really understand what it means to love – really love? 14 Days of Agape is my journey through 1 Corinthians 13 from the perspective of the local church and how it relates to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Join me on my journey, verse by verse, as we learn to truly love the body of Christ God’s way!

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I appreciate you so much that I am ALSO giving away THREE copies of Climbing by Rosilind Goforth, missionary to China. This is a very special book that amazingly applies to my walk with the Lord today. In it, Rosilind Goforth shares her side of the missionary experiences with her husband, Jonathan Goforth of China. You will be so encouraged by this book!! So even if you never heard of the Goforths before, enter the Giveaway to win this book. You have quite the chance with THREE WINNERS for this book!!

If you just simply can’t wait to have Climbing I totally understand!! In that case, click the book below.

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Then, the 5th winner of my Giveaway will receive a beautiful Lilla Rose Flexi Clip!

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Stress, Motherhood & Going Bonkers

Stress, Motherhood & Going Bonkers {WholeHearted Home}

There is so much that a mother must pack into a day with littles grabbing her leg and a nursing baby in her arms. Balancing it all during these intense motherhood years is nearly impossible and often spells S-T-R-E-S-S and she feels like she is going bonkers.

I was there not too long ago with 5 children under 6 and two slightly older children. Motherhood often continues as I have had 24/7 care of my grandtwin babies.

What season are you living out?

Are you in the trenches with your sleeves pulled up, drying hands from too much water, and your head constantly spinning from indecisiveness over what needs to be done first and what needs to be left undone?

You’re NOT alone. I’m “in” too!!

Stress and Going Bonkers Does NOT Need to Happen

According to Kevin Leman in his book, Bonkers, there are six major areas of stress for many women. Maybe these areas are always non-stressful for you but if you’re like me, this will resonate with you.

  1. CHILDREN From the time you get pregnant, the endless 20 years + caring for them, disciplining your children, and training them, all these things often are what brings stress into the mother’s heart and life.

  2. TIME Over-scheduling your week, dashing through life without margin, and living the typically hectic lifestyle that is considered normal today.

  3. HUSBANDS Say what?!

  4. MONEY Usually the lack-there-of, learning to manage that lack, and learning to do without can all cause stress.

  5. HOUSEWORK It never ends. You go to bed thinking the housecleaning is done and wake up wondering where it all came from!! Why do you think I blog so much about housework along with so many others in our blogosphere? You too??

  6. CAREER Some say a woman ought to have a career. Others say women ought to stay home (and even homeschool her children. Here are two opposing views on motherhood. Whichever camp you are in, the other will say you should do the opposite. Hey, but wait!! If you are a stay-at-home mother, you already HAVE a career.

Stress and Going Bonkers in Motherhood is a Preventable Disease!!

Women today are having to measure up to far too many stressors. They are under extreme pressure in too many areas.

Do you feel like you are going bonkers?

With my hormones raging on many days, I just didn’t handle my pressures too well. Dealing with headaches and migraines one half of the month and discomfort ranging from crampiness to extreme pain during my cycle, I just didn’t deal well with the demands on my life too well.

The good news is that stress and going bonkers does not have to be the norm. You can learn to reduce the stress you are dealing with in your life and say “Good Bye” to going bonkers.

Preventing Stress and Going Bonkers

  • This post can’t help you unless you let it.

  • You don’t need to let society tell you what to do and be.

  • Call your own shots

  • Be the woman God wants you to be.

  • Be the wife God wants you to be.

  • Be the mom God wants you to be.

  • You are NOT one crisis away from going bonkers.

  • YOU have a choice. The choice is YOURS.

  • No more going bonkers to all the stress in your life!!

Take a moment and surrender your particular area(s) of stress to the Lord Jesus Christ asking Him to live in and through you as a testimony to your husband, children, and others so that you stop going bonkers when there is stress in your life.

Do you feel the stress surging through your body over the smallest little thing that was said or done? Are you going bonkers and want solutions? Tell me!!

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A. B. Simpson and a Deeper Walk with God

A. B. Simpson and a Deeper Walk with God {WholeHearted Home}

If you’ve never heard of A. B. Simpson, you are in for something very special as you read through this series. You will be blessed as you learn about this humble man who grew to have a ‘deeper walk with God, early in his Christian life.

He learned through his weakness that God was leading him into a closer, deeper walk with Jesus Christ. His dependence on God became natural, along with a sweeter communion with his Savior.

Alone with God, Hush Your Spirit

William MacArthur, a friend and co-worker, said Simpson once told him: “I am no good unless I can get alone with God.” MacArthur added: “His practice was to hush his spirit, and literally cease to think, then in the silence of his soul, he listened for the ‘still small voice’ [of God].”

His practice was to hush his spirit, and literally cease to think, then in the silence of his soul, he listened for the ‘still small voice’ [of God].”

It is even more difficult to “hush your spirit” today with all the noise and voices pulling us in what feels like multiple directions at one time.

From the time our children are babies, we are rushing to this activity or another as we continually stay ‘connected’ on our i-phones with friends we might never have met. If we aren’t careful, just opening up one version of social networking bombards us with endless things we are asked to read, share, like, pin, meanwhile we are neglecting and forgetting to hear the voice of the Lord speaking quietly to us.

We can’t hear Him over the din.

Simpson was just a young man, newly saved when he began to learn to hush his spirit and listen to the Lord. What’s taking us so long?

Simpson was a Heart Preacher out of His Own Rich Dealings with God

Paul Rader, former pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago and Simpson’s long time associate, said: “He was the greatest heart preacher I ever listened to. He preached out of his own rich dealings with God.”

I like seeing humility in a preacher. Not the kind that boasts and shares specifically of all his sin but one who is humble enough to admit to the transforming power of God in his life through daily sanctification.

Simpson preached from his heart about the rich dealings God had with him. He preached about Jesus.

This was the kind of man that Simpson was. He was humble and knew what it was to walk with Jesus intimately and God used his preaching to touch masses of people in the churches and ministries that he founded.

Has this challenged you to get alone with God and allow Him to speak to you because you “hushed your spirit?”

Simpson Series

A. B. Simpson and a Deeper Walk with God

All For Jesus: Revival with A. B. Simpson

Jesus Only: Himself

Missions and A. B. Simpson

 

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What to Do on a Blogging Break (Part 3)

What to Do on a Blogging Break {WholeHearted Home}

My husband is taking off time from work and I am taking a break from blogging so I can enjoy my family. I don’t want to spend my week glued to the screen while family life happens without me!!

Maybe you don’t blog, maybe you work, or work-at-home, homeschool, or are a stay-at-home mom. I know from my own experiences that it is hard to change gears for family vacation.

Do you know what I mean?

But that is exactly what I am going to do!

What I am Going to Do on my Blogging Break

  • R.E.L.A.X. I am going to relax. Yes! I am going to relax and enjoy my family.

  • Read a Book: An excellent way to relax is to read. I have a selection of books to choose from in my Nook. Between serving my family, housework, and blogging, I often don’t have time to read too much. I am going to try to get some reading in.

  • Go Hiking: I hope to go hiking where there is a waterfall. I am going to get outside in God’s creation since it is there that my spirit is renewed and refreshed.

  • DIY Projects: I told you about my pictures that need new frames. I am replacing miss-matched frames with new ones that I bought a while back. I bought these two old windows and only got so far. I was caring 24/7 for my identical grandtwins and many things just didn’t happen.

  • Biking: I hope to go biking with my husband. I go on short rides up and down my dirt road or on a nearby dirt road. Hey, we really do live a little out in the sticks. With my husband, we’ll put the bikes in the van and go for a longer ride.

  • Eat Out: I like eating out with my husband once in awhile. It is nice to get away from cooking and dishes and even computers and connect with each other in person. Just know that we can’t connect on Facebook while eating out (like some) because I don’t have a smart phone.

The list of ideas for what to do on a blogging break is endless. What are you going to do? I am looking forward to spending time with my family and although I might still write some posts, I will definitely not be hanging out on social media. Well, maybe Pinterest, just for fun.

Will you be taking a blogging break (or whatever you do)? What will you do while you are on break?

Blogging Break Series

Why You Need a Blogging Break (Part 1)

How to Take a Blogging Break (Part 2)

What to Do on a Blogging Break (Part 3)

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Plant in the Summer, Harvest in the Fall! {Blessed At Home}

Every Thursday, a group of five bloggers take turns writing for our Blessed At Home on-going series. This week, I am so excited to share this gardening post from Tauna who blogs over at Proverbial Homemaker.

We are focusing on ‘anything summer’ during June and July and hope what is shared  will encourage, equip, and bless you in your calling as homemakers and godly women at home.

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July is planting time! Summer is a great time to garden, planting crops that you can harvest anywhere from mid-fall to winter!

If you didn’t manage to get a garden in this Spring, or if you have some crops that have already been harvested and there’s space for something new, take these next few weeks to do some planting. You will not regret it!

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There is a lot you can plant in July. Right now, our snap peas are drying up (we planted them in Feb/March) and I have plenty of space to put in fall crops since I had morning sickness during sowing season! Here’s what you can start now:

Seeds to Sow

  • Beets (leaves all seasons, winter root harvest)
  • Chicory (harvest late Fall/Winter)
  • Chinese cabbage (late Fall)
  • Collards (Winter)
  • Fennel (Fall/Spring)
  • Lettuce (Summer/Fall)
  • Radishes (Summer/Fall)
  • Kale (Winter)
  • Mustard greens (Fall/Winter)
  • Bunching onions (Winter/Spring)
  • Shallots (Spring/Summer)
  • Parsnips (Winter)
  • Peas (Fall)
  • Rutabagas (Winter/Spring)
  • Spinach (Fall/Winter)
  • Swiss chard (Fall/Winter)
  • Turnips (Winter/Spring)

Nursery Starts to Plant

  • Basil (Summer/Fall)
  • Cilantro (Summer/Fall)
  • Dill (Summer/Fall)
  • Brussels sprouts (Fall/Winter)
  • Cabbage (Fall/Winter)
  • Cauliflower (Fall/Winter)
  • Kale (late Fall/Winter)
  • Leeks (winter harvest)

Fall crop carrots

For more information on figuring out what to plant in your area and more tips on summer planting, read my post Plant Now for Fall Harvest over at Proverbial Homemaker. Scroll to the bottom of that post for links to the rest of the three part series on fall gardening!