3.31.2012

Random Journal Day Post 1 (3/31/12) Blog Hop/Link Up

Rum Pinkspiration- my wedding bouquet inspiration !

This journal entry comes from what could be called The Engagement Journal. 
It is full of all of our premarital
preparations.The bouquet picture was used as the inspiration for my own wedding bouquet. This entry is dated 8/31/02.  The pictures below are of the cover of the journal and the pages I am sharing. This is the first of my entries in our new Blog Hop (making good use of all our old journal writing!)!

Lord, 
Encourage me in your word, your ways, your love, grace & mercy. I'm sinking...
Hold me up. I need your peace, prioritization, organization...Lord your smile, 
your pace...your vision for my life...your passion for those you've purposed for my life. 
Lord, where do you want me?

That's my wedding party in the top right picture!

Wedding plans had my mind racing apparently. 


It was a short entry...and desperate.

Please come join in the new Blog Hop - Link Up hosted by  Recovering Church Lady and me! Yippee!










Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up 1



Hi Friends!


Remember a while back when I mentioned that Susie from Recovering Church Lady and I wanted to host a link up for journal writing. We both are journal keepers and bet a lot of our Bloggy friends are as well. Well we are taking flight and hoping you will join up in this joint venture and link up and share with us.

Here are the rules: Susie and I hate rules. Rules seem so restrictive. So let's just say these are our "guidelines" for linking up.

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal or anything you have scratched out your random thoughts or feelings on as a form of expression (die-hard diary keepers will write on anything when desperate). Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 
2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here. We don't have a Meme thingy yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work. (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) If anyone wants to make us a meme thingy we will welcome you as a co-host with us!
3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy. Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

    Susie and I will be linking up asap. Feel free to link up anytime during the next week through Friday. We are planning on doing this every weekend, okie - dokie?  Now dig in your journals pile and share away!  

PS: This is our first attempt. Expect some glitches! But let us know if anything is really whacky! 


3.28.2012

Got Faith Goals? Interview: Dawn Stegall of Faithfully Yours (Inspiring Women Series)



Our Inspiring Women for today is Dawn Stegall, owner of Faithfully Yours a Scrapbook Site dedicated to remembering God in scrapbooks. Dawn has recently released a wonderful kit to help Scrapbook fans express their faith goals in a focused and beautifully creative manner. Currently Dawn is finalizing the Faithfully Yours Design Team for 2012. The team shares their faith and work through a number of ways including: layout, theme based projects, devotions, writing and prayers in uniquely inspiring ways on the Blog and the Facebook Group Page. I actually have followed Dawn since 2008 when I myself searched for "Faithbooking" details online. Dawn has been married to Shawn for 17 years and is also Homeschooling mom to  her four beautiful daughters.  It truly is an honor and blessing to have the opportunity to interview her here as part of this series!


Dawn, thank you so much for taking the time for this interview, I am excited to share you and your wonderful creativity with my friends here at Beneath The Surface!
Well, first of all, thank you for that wonderful introduction.  I did homeschool my four girls for 5 years.  I still homeschool the two youngest, but the older two are in their second year at a Christian high school. They are both involved in sports and love it!  The two youngest are in dance.


Faithfully Yours has grown from the early days- when did you first start off and how did you determine that it would be worthwhile to pursue this as a business?

I started in the spring of 2005.  It was actually at this time when God was calling me to homeschool.  To be honest, I kicked and screamed and selfishly thought “what about my business?”  At the time, I handmade Christian greeting cards, journals, etc.  and most were made to order.  This was time-consuming and the thought of homeschooling 4 girls in 4 different grades when I was just about to get the youngest off to preschool....Well, needless to say God had an answer.  I had a faithbooking category in my little shop where I sold handmade tags with scripture on it to be used as embellishments in scrapbooks.  I received many new visitors because they were searching for faithbooking.  I then realized I didn't need to quit my business, but change my focus.  StampinglyYours became FaithfullyYours.


What kind of obstacles did you encounter with the development and planning of the business?

Time and money! I'm an early bird, so I would spend early morning time and in the afternoons after school.  In the beginning, I found product I could purchase in low quantities to resell and slowly added new inventory as I was able.

I know that the Scrapbooking Industry has been somewhat impacted by the current economy, yet you have a unique product, how has this impacted you as you have been growing and shaping your business and decisions?
Almost all Christian scrapbook companies have gone out of business or faith lines have been discontinued.  I still get new people finding me looking for ideas, inspiration as well as Christian supplies.  Therefore, I decided to start designing and manufacturing my own line.


So what exactly is Faith-booking compared to Scrap-booking  in your opinion?

Faithbooking in its simplest form is remembering God in your scrapbook.  This can be accomplished in a variety of ways:
*  Use verses/scripture-You can find verses ready to go in the form of stickers, printouts, die cut sheets, scrapbook paper etc. Another great resource is to use a scripture concordance and look up a verse based on the topic of your page.
Journaling-Simply tell the details about the photo on your page while describing how God was there the whole time!
Photos-Take pictures of VBS, a church picnic, youth group activites, etc. In the future, your children can look back and remember their Christian upbringing and God’s faithfulness.
Title-The title tells what the whole page is about in one short instance. Make the most of it!
*Supplies-Sometimes by just using supplies with a Christian theme helps to remember your faith and how God is always present.


What do you believe are the benefits of Faithbooking?

We are forgetful!  We aren't much different the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea on dry land.  After experiencing that miracle, it was a mere 3 days later they began grumbling about being hungry, wishing they were back in Egypt where they had meat.  We say we wouldn't forget the miracle or that God couldn't provide, but we do.  God provides one day and a few days later we are complaining about lack.  We need help remembering all about God!


Do you use Scrapbooking  in your homeschooling in any way?

I have done the occasional scrapbook layout about homeschooling, but I haven't used it in homeschooling.


I love the new Faith Goals Kit- can you share a little about how you came up with that and what the features and benefits are?

When the new year rolled around, I was getting caught up in the idea of making New Year's resolutions.  Every year I make them, and every year they are pretty much the same as the year before.  I wanted this year to be different.  I thought what needs to happen?  God needs to be a part of my goals.  So I designed a webinar and kit around that need.  The kit is journal-rich allowing plenty of room to not only record your goals, but your progress, how God spoke to you and lessons learned.


What would you say your mission or role is with regard to your  creative community and team?
The purpose of the design team is to offer ideas and inspiration for remembering God.     I am only one person with my style.  I can't represent all design styles nor is my story the same as someone else's.  Although you can still be inspired by another person's story.  The facebook community is a place for fellowship, accountability, asking questions, prayers and praise reports.  It is such a wonderful place to ask, receive and share!


Do you think that scrapbooking can be seen as a form of worship? 

Yes!  I'm at a loss of words how to explain.  But I feel you can praise, thank, and creatively express your feelings through your scrapbook pages.



 Where do you and your family make your home?

We live in Granite City, Illinois, 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. (7 minutes from the Creating Keepsakes convention)  <smile>  I grew up in a suburb north of St. Louis and returned “home” with my husband after our time in the Air Force.  My in-laws lived in Illinois and we started attending their church.  We found ourselves at church several times a week and thought it best we move closer!


I read on your Blog that you train for triathlons - can you share a bit about how you got started and if this is a family endeavor?

Oh, I should update that. When we did triathlons one of my daughter did as well.  She did her first one at age 9.  While the whole family didn't race in the triathlons, they were definitely all involved.  Now we spend our time “running” kids from cross country to track to soccer to dance. 



All in all it sounds like you juggle a lot: Homeschooling, Homebased Business, Coaching ;
tell us your best secrets for managing all the "balls" including the much coveted quiet time!

  My day starts at 5, hubby off to work by 6.  Then I get my quiet time in.  I guess that is the secret, having at least 30 minutes to begin my day with Him.  I often recall scripture pertinent to what I may be going through. I'm a huge multi-tasker, not sure that is a good thing though.  Also my mother-in-law helps out with homeschooling.



What is your absolute favorite way to relax?

Relax?  I love to read, but beyond quiet time in morning, it doesn't happen often.  One thing I love is spending time with just the 6 of us.  We sit around the living room playing games, telling stories, playing guitar and singing worship songs and laughing.  When we lost electricity awhile back, we did just that and it was such a blessing.


Do all your girls also enjoy Scrapbooking and Faithbooking? 

Not as much as I would like.  Right now they are pretty busy, but I have bought them albums for the 1,2,3 faithbooking method.  Kimi likes to scrapbook her dance photos.  Kori wants to scrapbook her pets, but hasn't done so yet.  Although she has done a few other pages.  



Do you have any last words of inspiration or encouragement for us? 

Faithbooking doesn't have to be time consuming nor do you need a lot of supplies.  Think of it as an extension to journaling. By writing down and recording God in your life and then expand a little by adding photos to help you remember, supporting scriptures or anything you like.  As long as God is glorified, it is all good!

Faithbooking is also a wonderful witness tool!  As your friends and family look through your scrapbooks, reading and learning about your faith and who God is through your eyes, can sow seeds. 



Thanks again, Dawn for taking the time to stop by and share how you use your gifts & talents in this unique ministry for His glory!
Congratulations to the newly formed Design Team;
may God continue to use you all to inspire, sharpen and encourage others through your creative gifts!



The Stegall Family Shawn, Dawn, Katlynn, Kelsey, Kimi and Kori
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3.27.2012

My Nightstand Overfloweth




Seriously my reading has slowed down lately, so here is my boring update...I might be slightly reading anemic.

What I am still in the middle of:

Praying For Purpose by Katie Brazelton- I am loving this one and read it daily OK almost daily. It is a daily format hence my excuse for not finishing!
Beckoned By The King by Jeannie Palette
Called To Controversy by Ruth Rosen

Are you convinced I am the slowest reader ever yet? Seriously I have been very busy. I think I need a nice vacation where I can just read for a weekend with a tall drink on a beach or poolside. Hmm. Can you picture me there? Or are you selfishly imagining yourself there... I forgive you. Do you see that stack? There is more, where that came from- I have too many books. Not to mention that last month I won a slew of books. Poor book-loving me. You are feeling sorry for me, right? I didn't think so.


What I finished:



I loved this book and suggest it for those of you who are looking to seed scripture into your heart and be encouraged through the practice of scriptural prayer. Jody has also written a book for parents of teens which I have not read yet, but I assure you I think it will be useful. Jody is a Moms In Prayer  (formerly Moms In Touch) Leader and has much to share from her personal experience.







A quick read and good to share. I got this one as a freebie. John MacArthur is a favorite teacher of mine. This is a small one, good to pass along in discipleship or friendship evangelism situations.







Last but SO not least I finished Anne Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts.
I started this book in January. I put it down after the first chapter because I could not suffer the pain of the experience Ann shared. If you have read it you know, if not, I will not spoil it. But, I just was not ready to ball, and had just started the Hunger Games trilogy so was not up to it. Ann got shelved. Then I picked it up and immersed myself in her picturesque poetic prose. I allowed myself to enter into her world and emerged feeling as though she touched a universal nerve. Suddenly I understood the fuss and the community that this book has birthed.
She somehow manages to sketch the raw beauty of our existence in a unique and common yet powerful manner that invites all to come and take part in the journey.


So my excuse is also I have been so busy writing my gifts that I have not been able to read as much. Read:The dog ate my homework!"

I am still lamenting the loss of my dear Kindle. Which was uninsured. Lesson learned. 




I hope to do better next month. Off to see what the die-hard read-a-holics put down! 

Happy Reading, Friends! 


What's On Your Nightstand

3.26.2012

Bunnies, and Kitties and Gummy Bears, Oh My!

Join me for breakfast and coffee on the back deck?

I am feeling oh, so random this week...
So I will just go ahead and roll with that!

My attitude is best reflected in this 
30 second video today:




Yes, she ate the whole thing!

It was nice enough to have quiet time outside again,
and I forgot how much I enjoy  doing that!
The highlight of my week was when I got an e-mail from Lisa Tener  inviting me to be an 
"audience of 1" for her while she polished up her Harvard presentation. I had never met Lisa in person before and was so excited, blessed and ecstatic for this opportunity! She welcomed me into her home and I got to see, listen and learn from this wonderful author/coach and felt like God gave me the most wonderful gift of the week through her! 
I have a whole Blog post in mind for that. 

Ashley is doing well after last month's emergency surgery.
 Her hair is growing back nicely...
Thank you God and Dr. Luong from North Kingstown Animal Hospital

Aurora hiding under the overturned laundry basket.

We got this sweet little guy last Easter
 (another of my hubby's brilliant ideas!)
for the Queen of Everything.
Our sweet "Buddy".
Mom brought me back this little gift from Florida.
Yes, it is true.
I love living near the beach.
Ask me again in June when we can't get out of our driveway due to the tourist traffic!

This is my reminder...for when I start getting a certain attitude.
Rocks are useful, aren't they? 
My God reminders...

Here are some Blog Highlights from this week:

This Post has gotten the most views of any of my written posts:
Do you think it is the title?

This is my favorite post that I wrote, plus Yoda is just so adorable.
I just had no idea when I started where I was going but enjoyed the journey. 
It was one of those out of the body random pondering experiences!



Still counting my gifts...and all these are!
I am up to 300 in my notebook, and will resume my online next week.



One more thing:
I have decided to open up my Faith Tab to personal testimonies.
If you would like to share your story of how you came to know 
and have a relationship with Jesus Christ, 
I invite you to contact me . 
I will share a link back to your blog if you have one, 
but if you do not have one you are still welcome to share!
Let's share our stories! 


Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 
Psalm 34:3





Miscellany Monday @
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3.25.2012

Faith that Tries Not

Do or do not. There is no "try".

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. 
Titus 3:4-5
I sent a quick heads up to some of my prayer partners through e-mail; I wanted a confirmation that each of them would be available and ready to pray together on our designated day. One response came back and looked like it had been quickly sent off.
   " I will try to make it..."
I thought to myself, try? 
Try? 
What does this mean?
 It really got me thinking about commitment, faith and calling.

First of all, I want to say that this is in no way a judgement on anyone as in reality, the person who sent that particular note made it and we had a blessed and needed time of prayer. Also there are times and circumstances that we are committed to a ministry or cause but in reality cannot be where we are called to be and that is all in God's hands. But the fact is the response prompted a few thoughts and caused me to examine myself and I wanted to share those thoughts here with you, whatever the worth. 



I love the way Yoda tells Luke in this wonderful scene in Star Wars how he must unlearn what he has learned. 

I have found so much of my own life of faith has been, after all, a great UN learning.

So much of what had been helpful to survive childhood trauma had to be released.
Former strengths became strongholds as my spiritual formation began to take hold in this life.
Wrestling with God over who would determine the course of blessing, ultimately sitting on the throne in the chamber of my heart, brought injury to myself and others. Learning to trust and submit came at a cost that was deemed necessary pain in the unlearning process. Learning to rely on Him alone by grace alone, through faith alone, seems easy enough to say, but is harder to live by, as Satan pursues those who are marked for Kingdom service. But He who is in each of those called is stronger than he who is in the world.

How often do I step forward in places He calls me and shrink back after 
I look at what I am doing or where I am? 

It has caused me to stumble in ministry and my walk more than once. 
Even after stepping out and feeling sea spray on my face, water beneath my feet, 
and sensing a glimmer of the great Glory before me. 
How I step out in Faith, fully confident of Him who calls, 
but let one tine dart come my way and instead of standing firm I cower, 
run, shrink back, get sidetracked with temporal things. 
Ultimately, I make the mistake that many make at one time or another this side of eternity.
I take my eyes off the Master. I forget His promises. 
I forget what He has spoken in our sweet times of fellowship and intimacy.

I 'm dropping my jaw at Peter for his impulsiveness, his cowardly denial, 
his bold proclamations and fears. 
And ashamed that I am Peter on His worst days.
I'm wagging my finger at the Pharisees, picking up stones to hurl at my brethren,
because of the perceived shortcomings I see and lack of Christian love, 
and tripping on my own long tassels. 
I'm an Israelite hot on the trail of The Promised Land, forgetting slavery as 
I recall the delicacies from days past.

So how do we turn our eyes back on to the one who is faithful?
Here are 4 ways I considered.

1. Recognize
it is you who have strayed from God; God has not changed. 
A wise friend said to me once when I was in a backslidden state: "Dawn, God has not gone anywhere. But you have." I was not very happy when he said these words, but he was right. I would have done well to heed those words immediately; instead I wrote a few choice descriptions of him in my journal. 
Later, I recognized God had used this friend to speak truth. 

Once you were like sheep who wandered away. 
But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 
1 Peter 2:25

2. Readjust Your Trust
Once you recognize you are the one who is offtrack, get back on track.
As one very fine friend said to me, "Do what you did before". 
That was actually a biblical principal. In that the returning was to the simple acts of obedience and trust I had done as a "baby" Christian. It's amazing how many "good" things can get Christians out of the will of God. 

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  
2 Thessalonians 3:3


3. Return
to the Everlasting Arms of the one who will never fail, leave or forsake you. There is nothing more beautiful than learning firsthand the graciousness of God. Except that once you receive it you know how to give it. Therein is the key and last important component of our turning back.


The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. 
Deuteronomy 33:27

4. Remember 
His amazing love, grace and mercy towards you. In doing this, you are empowered to lavish it on others. Do likewise and be wise!

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 
  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 
Ephesians 4:1-3, 7


So the next time you are tempted to say, "I'll try"...
Try not!


Dear Lord, Jesus, I am incapable of anything worthwhile apart from your saving grace, mercy and everlasting Love. Thank you for being faithful, even unto death on a cross, that I might live the life you have called me to. By your power, for your glory, learning as one who is blind, naked, wretched and poor, I ask for the riches of your wisdom and rejoice in your truth. Lavish us with your love that we might know what it means to love...by your example; though it cost us everything. We know it is the way to freedom now and forever. Amen.

I am linking up this particular inspired post with Create With Joy's
Inspire Me Monday!
Have a wonderfully inspiring week!



3.24.2012

Seeing Through New Eyes

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There is a time for everything, 

   and a season for every activity under heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1



Today I want to ask you how is your baby? What baby, you ask? The one that is being formed in you now. I am not talking about a human baby...unless of course you are pregnant now. Then by all means you need to put those feet up and nurture the beauty within, resting in the wonderful season, delighting with the precious soul you are presently birthing. 

I am actually speaking figuratively about that dream within that wants to be birthed. 

Perhaps a shelved dream, derailed goal, thwarted plan or even the need for renewed commitment to the same resolution. Is it the book that needs to be written, a specific career path, a life role that needs more active participation from you? It could be a specific regimen, lifestyle change or volunteer opportunity you know is God's call. I could go on and on. But really, you know already what is beneath the surface which needs to bear fruit, is rooted, sprouting or in some kind of growth process. 

Now take a look at that cute little baby picture. I find that an irresistible baby, right there. I love babies and children. They really bring me great pleasure, as all is new in them, 
and through their eyes we see some things new again as well! 

Do you have an old dream that needs to be taken down from the shelf, dusted off and looked at with fresh new eyes and inspiration today? 

Why not see it with fresh, new eyes and see if it is time for that baby to be born.

You don't want to keep that cutie hidden on a shelf forever do you? 
What is your secret or temporarily shelved dream?

What is the God seed planted that longs to burst right out of your heart


Stop beating yourself up if you have failed or derailed
and start visualizing the irresistible outcome of that little seed dream
be it small or great!


He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. 
Revelation 21:5








3.23.2012

Live Out Loud?




I don't want to be perceived as loud, yet I long to live life out loud. I want to live every moment loudly outside, but still and quiet within my soul. Loud. The word bothers me. The sounds of cars hum by...loud. The sound of the dog snoring heavily...sweet. The sound of loud is the busyness of a day that wants to push itself in all around me, squeezing out margin, white space, room to breathe. Loud shouts, "Hurry up" and reminds me of all I am not. No...I do not want to be loud. 

Closed eyes, 
still, 
breeze blowing bangs across my face, 
facing the day with peace. 
Quietness. 
Calm. 


I am linking up for the first time with Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Friday! 
This is a writing activity and community where you write for just 5 minutes- a drop in the bucket-
and join in! That was fun and challenging...and it gets the creative juices flowing!
I could write all day, so stopping in five is a good exercise in self-control for me! 




Heather over at Mommy Only Has Two Hands is also featuring me on her blog today.
I regularly link up there as well for "What Have You Written Lately" (Blog Hop)!
Check her place out!


MOHTH


Have a great weekend! 

Coming Next Week: Our next Guest in the Inspiring Women Series! 
Be sure and stop by on Wednesday! 

You can check out the previous Guests on the Right Sidabar!






3.22.2012

Why Is Peeta Mellark Skulking Around Our House?

Are you hungry for The Hunger Games?

It started quite subtly. My daughter asked me; no actually she firmly insisted I read The Hunger Games.
I admit that I was hesitant. Skeptical. We see eye to eye less and less these days. She rejects most of my book suggestions and we have had more than one discussion (read:confrontations) about choosing wisely. That being said, I was not expecting a lot when I started reading these books. I guess I did not know what to expect and because I rarely read Fiction and read slowly, I was wondering if my attention would be held or if I would have to fess up and tell my girl, "Mom can't finish these books because I am bored stiff" or "Sweetie, I hate this story so much I would rather scoop my eyes out with a melon scoop than go on, ...sorry". The last series we read together was Lauren St. Johns's,  "White Giraffe Series" and we both really enjoyed it. Those of you who read my Blog already know that I was blown away with this Young Adult series by Suzanne Collins and could barely stop myself from reading them! I had one emergency when I got to Mockingjay because we could not find her copy around the house and I had to wait for it to come in from the library. This was not an option (it was THAT good), so I actually got it on my Kindle (before I killed my Kindle) for free and continued on happily. We are looking forward to opening night Friday and I daresay that this will be a movie that is up there with my other favorite all time epic movies: Lord of The Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars. This story is riveting and has so many thought provoking ideas and concepts in it that I think it can be seen as both entertainment and warning. If you haven't read them, do. As for us, we are looking forward to seeing this movie Friday night with two other families from my daughter's school. I think that the story stands on it's own so I do not want to say too much. But of course I want to say just one teeny little something. This is not the first time the reality of a godless society has been portrayed in literature and film. The fact is when human beings are left to their own devices...it's "dog eat dog",  "When in Rome ..." and "Anything goes". The beauty of this book is the fact that anyone with eyes to see must ultimately wonder: "Could it ever be?" One does not have to look far in the pages of history to see the answer. Resoundingly, Yes!

Have you read the books? Are you curious? 
Will you see the movie? 
Share your thoughts if you have any on Dystopian literature.

So why is Peeta Mellark skulking around our house 
as if you have to ask? 
My daughter has invited Peeta into our home to stalk, skulk and startle us
from wherever he lifelessly stands... because- that's why.
Didn't you invite strange cardboard cutouts into your home 
when you were a tween?
Don't answer that.




3.20.2012

Angry Wives Make Great Prayer Warriors


 “In your anger do not sin”
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
and do not give the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:26-27

I know my title really grabbed your attention, didn't it? Well it is true, yet I am not here to tell you about my hubby's flaws and why I am mad at him at any given moment. I am here to tell you that God is faithful to transform my anger into useful fuel for prayer when I am willing to surrender it all to Him.

Now here is the really fun part. I confess I am a bad girl. My hubby is very gracious and he calls this behavior "fresh". I am not bread. I do not come in fresh, moldy or stale states.
But when I am not being fresh and giving him a Miss Smarty Pants sassy answer, I am mostly talking behind his back. Yup. I do that too. I am REAL bad. I am fresh and I talk behind my hubby's back.

The good news is when I talk behind his back (except when I am being fresh to his face, of course), I am talking to God about him. This is what I want to share with you today: The importance of praying for your husband instead of grumbling, complaining or cursing about him. Do I need to remind you I am guilty of all? Of course you're not. Just me. No worries. There are times I have to work harder at being vigilant. There are times I am tempted not to pray. But I also know the power of prayer and he has called me from work some days and shared something that was so specific to answered prayer that it is mind boggling! Also he has thanked me when he himself has experienced the effects of prayer firsthand.

I have been wanting to share this simple little craft and prayer "tool"  that I made awhile back because in creating it, I was inspired and encouraged to continue to pray. I am always looking to find creative ways to incorporate prayer and express prayers in various forms, so this was just fun! I thought it would be a nice fit for Darlene's Titus 2sdays link up today at Time Warp Wife.

I used Nancy Leigh DeMoss's 31 Days of Praying For Your Husband and got an inexpensive small journal.
Initially I was only going to write out the prayers, and some scripture but then I decided to add some pictures to remind me of the blessings, memories and history of our relationship. I am including some pictures here of this little book. You can make a little Prayer Book for your hubby or not, but either way praying for your hubby is one of the greatest investments you can make for your marriage, your family and your life. I love that once I finished the book I was able to go through again and again, praying the scriptures and seeing the subject of my prayers right alongside. Reminders of His grace, love and faithfulness.

Hope you like it and let me know if you give it a try. It really is easy and I am a big advocate of writing out scripture. I printed favorite pictures off the computer. I personalized the prayers. I added some of the scriptures from Nancy's references. I really just love this simple to make, portable prayer book. I am getting ready to use it again...because I am REAL mad at him lately...just playing with you! If you want to know how I feel about my husband, check out this shocking revelation: The Top Ten Reasons My Husband Is Awesome. 





















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