Monday, October 16, 2017

Small Ways to Keep Extra Pounds Off During the Holidays

Happy MORE Monday! These posts started in the new year when most of us make the BIG resolutions that are often forgotten and left behind by February or March.

simple ways to keep holiday pounds off
I wanted to motivate us to continue with and keep our resolutions by making small changes throughout the year.

The changes have focused on different areas--health, money, relationships. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Verses

god has already overcome anything we are facing
Happy Sunday! Folks, life is just hard, isn't it? There is pain and problems and forces coming against in all directions some days. There are mountains we are facing that seem insurmountable and those that are in the distant that we can barely see, but we know are there. And, many of us are choosing to live in defeat. We worry (oh, how I struggle with this) and we stress and we forget. We forget that God has already won the victory, that HE is greater than anything we are facing, that HE has overcome the giants and the mountains we face. Let's claim and believe and live in the victory Christ won for us on the cross. Amen?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Buffalo Checked Bison Sign

Oh, how I love this buffalo check stencil from Funky Junk Interiors' Old Sign Stencils. It is perfect for adding a rustic, cabin vibe to anything.
Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils

I decided I definitely needed to make a buffalo checked bison (or buffalo, although in North America they are bison).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Let's Give MORE Grace

In the beginning of the year I started a series on Monday called MORE Mondays that offered simple and small steps to improve our lives and get more out of life this year.
simple ways to get more out of life this year

And then summer happened and book writing happened and I put the MORE Monday posts on hold until September. But, then a big computer slow down occurred and for about 5 weeks every post took me three to four times longer than normal and I just couldn't create printables. But, all of that is done and cleared up and so my MORE Monday posts are back for the rest of 2017.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about loving others without limits
Happy Sunday! I love the message version of these verses because it really spells out HOW we are called to love others--without reserve and with everything, like Jesus loves us. We are not called to pick people apart, to decide if they are worthy of love, to love them only if they agree with us. We are simply asked to love as we are loved, without limits. It is not always easy, but God has a plan for that too. He tells us to hang out with him more, read his word, pray, and learn how extravagantly he loves us and then ACT and show that love, HIS love to others.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Porch Decor on a Budget

Yesterday I showed you my quick fall sign I made with pallet wood scraps.  Today, I am sharing the rest of my porch, or at least one of my porches decorated on a budget with thrift store and garage sale finds.

use thrift store finds and pallet wood projects to decorate your porch for fall
This porch we call the breezeway porch because it leads into the breezeway (which is enclosed) from the garage to the mudroom. It is the door that most everyone uses because we have no path to the front door (YET!).

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pallet Pumpkin Sign

I "needed" a new fall sign for my porch AND I had recently "cleaned" (or removed excess paint) from paintbrushes on some scrap pallet boards. 
make a hand painted sign for fall on pallet boards

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! We had a long fire season in Montana this past summer. But, even though the smoke was miserable, we also know that fires are sometimes necessary and that good can come from them. Fires release seeds for new growth, rid forests of dead materials, renew the soil, and allow for a more diverse ecosystem. God is an expert at bringing good from bad. He allows the hard times to refine us, to make us better, and he tells us the hard times will not last--joy is ahead. Rest this week in knowing that trials are not forever and trust that God's mercy and grace bring us wonderful joy in the future. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rustic Farmstand Pumpkin Sign

I knew I wanted a sign for fall that was rustic and looked like it had been painted by a farmer for a roadside farmstand. A little "playing" and I got the look I was after--rustic and simple.

how to make a rustic farmstand style sign

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion on Making Life Easier with Jesus
Happy Sunday! Do you have a do-it-yourself attitude and independent spirit, or have you ever been called strong-willed? I sure have and while being independent is an admirable quality, it also can make life awfully hard when we try to do life apart from Jesus. Some of us try to do life without Jesus because we have fallen away or are ashamed of how we are living or we have never sought a real relationship with him. But, this is not how our Father intended us to live. He wants us to remain in Jesus no matter what--to let him be a part of everything we do--the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is not always easy to let him in, but it always worth it. And if you are not sure where to start, simply talk to Jesus, repeat his name if that is all you feel like you can do and practice daily relationship with our Father.

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