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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What Matters To Me

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This post title came to mind this morning and I felt it really encouraged me, with the need, to come vulnerable here, in this space, this morning, and say... what matters to me has really fallen by the wayside.

I know I am not alone in this.. and certainly, this is a topic that I care and share deeply about. Yet, I still need the daily reminders and the constant encouragement.

But seriously.  Today!  Today, I feel so lost in knowing what really matters to me the most.

If you know me well, at all.  How would you describe who I am and what I do?

Here is what I hope one would say:

Bevy is a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a Christ-Follower, a blogger; a creative soul who loves to sew, decorate, cook/bake, think deeply, and who enjoys capturing those moments via the photographic lens or in the written word...
A homemaker who just so happens to also have an etsy shop, and a facebook page and an AWESOME business as an Ambassador for a fabulous health and wellness company.
So, there are the home and family needs..
Laundry
Meals
Discipline
Cleaning
The relationships to keep up with...
Books to read..
Time with God!  

Now to keep up with all of that.  
Each one is important (to me).  Special.  NEEDED.

It's just right now, I feel I'm falling under the attack of overwhelm.
I can't stop!
It ALL has to continue.  I mean, I want it to.
It's who I am!!  Right?

But, does it matter to me?

Here is where I think I've gotten off track.  
Its gotten to where... I have to do all of this.

It's not as easy to do it if I don't want to.  Do you hear what I'm saying?

How to want to do all of this... because it matters to me... needs to be the focus.

And, so I'm humbly coming to ask for prayer... encouragement... and advice.

Proverbs 16:3 reminds me..
"Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established."
and this from Proverbs 14:1
"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands."

As a way of refreshment and reminder...
Last year - sometime - a dear friend sent me a book called, The Life-giving Home, (info found HERE) that came with a 12-month guided journal - with the same title.  Written by Sally Clarkson and her daughter, Sarah Clarkson.

I really enjoyed the few moments I could steal, to SLOWLY read through this book.

I would like to "add" this (rereading and journaling) into all of the above and really delve into the meat of this book. It really was an easy and encouraging read.  Very relatable, too. 

 Side note:  I ALSO would like to add in a regiment of walking everyday.  Getting that in is something I REALLY, REALLY want to do.  How, When and Where...?

And, then.  There is this!!

and, you know what this means?  Changes...

Changes and Challenges are looming on the horizon!

So many questions.  So many unknowns.  SO MUCH TO DO!!!!!
But, what I do know is this.  I NEED to stick to what matters to me, the most!
And, make those moments count.

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength! ~ Philippians 4:13 

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Want to know something?  Even before I hit publish, on this post here, today, a phone call came my way, from a sweet friend who simply wanted to pray with me and for me.
Talk about tears.
God's providence and timing, is always right!!

I really do know I am Blessed!!  And, that matters, too!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition...

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Here we are.  Our last gift... 
It's nice knowing there are things we can give away that can bless way more than a tangible, "costly" gift.  Amen?

I hope you enjoyed this mini series.  I had a lot of fun putting it together and am grateful for your patience and grace - while it SLOWLY came together.  See!  more gifts. :)
We're mid-week between Christmas and New Year - and the bulk of gift-giving, for most folks, is over... but I KNOW that true gift giving continues...

And, with this last one.  I truly HOPE it will continue.


The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition.

This is certainly one beautiful gift.  And, I had a hard time picking just one reference to share with you.  Because there are many, MANY friends and faces that come to mind... but, we'll go with this one.

I have a certain, favorite Mom and Pop type of gift shop that I like to frequent.  The thing is, I only recently discovered this store, though it's been around for a long, long time.
But what truly draws me to this store is absolutely not her "stuff" - although it sure helps, because,  I do LOVE what she has for sale.  I love her style.  The way she "decorates" her store... I love the old, uniqueness of the building...
The sights, the smells, the sounds...everything!!

However, do you know what it really is?
It is the shopkeeper's Cheerful Disposition that is what truly draws me in and keeps me coming back.
This woman is so friendly, amiable... very chatty - but heartfelt.  She's authentic.. even while sharing about hard times... she still has a smile!!
I appreciate that I don't feel like I have to purchase anything... rather, just being in her presence makes me feel so blessed.
I want to be like this - all the time - with everyone I meet.   Oh, to be known for a cheerful disposition!!

Proverbs 17:22 says,
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


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And, this concludes our mini series on gifts that don't cost you a cent.  To read the other seven gifts - click HERE!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading along!!



Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Gift of Solitude or Time...

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Down to sharing two more gifts that don't cost you a cent!!  I was trying to get these in before Christmas - but, here we are.  On the Eve of Christmas... and I'm just getting to this second to last one now.  We can still give gifts after Christmas - right?

This gift is one I for sure - savor!!   I want to say it is one of my love languages... one where I feel the most loved.  Someone giving me the gift of time?   Ahhh! I love...
The Gift of Solitude or Time.

Are these two, time and solitude, the same thing?  Yes and No!

We often hear the phrase " to give of your time" is a valuable and valiant thing to do.  As you can guess, it happens on rare occasion for me.
I know I would appreciate that gift even more than I am already blessed with and by it.
But I do think that the Gift of Solitude is a really special thing.
However, I'm not too sure it can be given as much as it needs to be taken.
It's like solitude almost needs to be found or discovered.

Solitude is definitely a gift and yet if you don't have the time to enjoy it - is it really anything?

Let me tell you - if you ever find yourself in a moment of quiet, peaceful solitude... take a minute, or five, or ten and simply enjoy it.
It truly is a gift!!

Wishing you and yours a Quiet and Peace Filled Christmas!!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Gift of Encouragement...

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 So, yes! This gift feels closely related to the Gift of a Compliment, doesn't it?
 I actually had to think about how to differentiate the two.
There isn't a whole lot of difference.


Now.  I thrive on encouragement.  I'm sure most of us do.  As well, this isn't something necessarily easy to do, either.  To encourage others.  But, we're called to do it.

I'm going to share a bit about my 9 year old son today.  
Fourth grade has pretty much whipped his hyde.   He's doing fine... way more that he thinks he is, but he won't always hear it.  If you know what I mean?
He needs constant encouragement.  And on one tough night, recently, when I told him that he lights up like a Christmas Tree every time he receives a compliment (see, I told you the two go hand in hand. Compliments.  Encouragement.) - well, he didn't know if that was a good or bad thing.  So, then, I had to encourage him all over again - that, YES! - this is obviously a way that makes you feel loved.  

Compliments.  Encouragement.  Words of Affirmation. 
They all go hand in hand.

We all need daily doses and some of us need more than others.
Back to the whole compliment  side of things.  I'm serious.
Sometimes being told your appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can ever hear.

I need to remember to encourage others as much as I know I need it myself.


**this photo was taken the night of Caleb's Winter Concert - with school.  He sang in the choir and ALMOST ranked up to play in the band. ;)  He plays 1st trumpet.  And, is doing fabulous... if I must say so myself.   I'm very proud of my boy!!!!

He loves to play it for everyone - and honestly, it is never a chore to get him to practice.  I can hardly complain of the "loudness" - but he gets it.  He's doing great.  I wish you could hear him play... unfortunately, the video (he asked me to make and to show all my friends... :)) wouldn't load for some reason.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Gift of a Compliment...

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We all know the blessing of a well-rounded compliment - don't we?  
It kinda fills our bucket...doesn't it?


I believe each one of my kids, in their kindergarten years, has come home from school with the story of how we need to be "bucket fillers" in each other's lives - not bucket dippers.
You know this story, too, don't you?

Well, today something interesting happened.

You know how every Christmas - outside of all the prominent retail stores you hear the familiar ringing of bells as the Salvation Army representative is sitting or standing there with their bucket - waiting.  Waiting to fill...

As I entered this particular store I didn't have anything at the moment to share, but I wanted to be sure to drop something in on my way out.

Now, this man, attending - was a jolly, friendly fellow wishing ALL, he saw, a Merry Christmas - but I also noticed he was not shy in speaking LIFE (compliments) to ALL he met, as well.  It wasn't awkward.  Rather, genuine.

When I came out of the store - I had my "gift" waiting and ready to add to his bucket - but, at the same time he caught my eye and filled mine.  In other words... he gave me a compliment - saying something about my smile being something really special and not to lose that.  Now, I've heard this compliment many, many times before and I'm not sharing this to brag - just saying... when someone "new" notices and it continues to be noticed - I sincerely hope that it continues to be a blessing!

I may or may not have have walked away with a tear in my eye... appreciating all over again the compliment that continues to remind me to wear my smile.  What's fun - is that it always catches me off guard - that someone will notice a simple smile and say something about it.  Maybe not enough people are doing it.  Smiling, that is.

Are you a bucket-filler, or a bucket-dipper?
Don't let others steal your joy - but rather give it away 1st - if you can!!

And, remember.  This is yet another gift that will not cost a single cent.

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