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Aug 20

Living So That Giveaway with Wendy Blight

Today I’m super excited to introduce my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 gal Wendy Blight! She is guest posting how we all struggle daily with faith-fully living in the mist of our peaks and valleys of life.  Be sure to leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of 2 copies of her new book.

Now meet my friend Wendy.

WendyBlightWendy  Blight is an InScribedStudies author, speaker, Bible study teacher, curriculum writer, attorney, wife and mother. Sparked with the desire and giftedness to share God’s Word, she teaches women to stand on Scripture, understand what it really says, and apply It in their daily lives.

She brings intensity and hard hitting reality to her teaching. Her messages and lessons share the specific verses and prayers that have transformed her heart and home.

She equips women to:

  • Apply God’s Word in a way that makes it relevant to everyday circumstances
  • Gain victory over trials and struggles through faithfully praying the Scriptures
  • Write powerful and effective prayers for themselves and others

Wendy has authored two books. Her newest book Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life and Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story. She has also authored numerous Bible study curricula, teaching them live in Charlotte as well as through on-line studies.

And now, here is Wendy:

Do these thoughts sound familiar?   

How am I gonna hold it all together today?

I know I should be kind, loving, patient and have self-control, but...

how can I be kind with that annoying coworker who always drinks my Diet Coke…

how can I not spew out words of anger at my husband who missed dinner with us yet again…

how can I hold my tongue with this child who again popped her little brother in the head after he stole the remote…

how can I refrain from joining in the gossip on our girls’ night out…

I know I should forgive, pray  without ceasing,  and trust God, but…

how can I forgive when my husband walked out on me after 15 years of marriage…

how can I offer one more prayer when a wayward child for whom I have faithfully prayed continues to rebel…

how can I not fear when nightmares from years of sexual abuse intrude upon my sleep…

how can I trust God as chemotherapy treatments wreak havoc in every cell in my body?

We struggle to live faith-fully in the midst of life-altering pain and heartache. We struggle to live  faith-fully life in the midst of our crazy schedules…to balance it all and make decisions that honor God. We know what we’re supposed to do, but it’s so stinkin’ hard! We want to react with an understanding heart but find it impossible. We want to be nice but can’t hold our tongue. We want to forgive but can’t speak the words. We want to trust, but it’s just not there..

So how can I be who God wants me to be in the middle of this mess?

If you identified with any or all of the above, Living So That is for you!

Now for the giveaway.  Living_So_That wendy

Two fabulous people will win a copy of Wendy’s book Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.  Simply leave a comment with an example about how arming yourself with God’s word helped you make faith-filled choices in the daily chaos of life. Or, tell us why you or someone you know needs this book!

You can learn more about Wendy {and get links to a free  5 day devotional & a free chapter from Living So That} by visiting @WendyBlight.com.


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Aug 16

The Most Meaningful Handmade Gift I’ve Ever Been Given

Kelly, my best friend from college, is the most thoughtful and creative person I know.

Last summer as part of my vintage homemaking series, I asked her to share how she made the most meaningful handmade gift she’s ever given me {there have been dozens of handmade gifts she’s given me since the fall of 1982 when we first met!} I thought I’d repost it again for a fun weekend DIY for you to do for a friend or loved one.

NOTE: If you are NOT crafty (like me!) you can adapt this idea by purchasing ready made tags like these or these or even these and then following the rest of the simple instructions.

Now, for Kelly’s creative idea!

She gave me this for my last birthday and it seriously the most thoughtful handmade gift I’ve ever received! Here she is to tell you her idea:

2We all know people in our lives that need encouragement and what better way to show we care for that special someone than to create some handwritten Scripture tags. In a day of texting, email, and twitter, we are getting closer to seeing the art of handwriting become extinct.

While making anything homemade takes time, each minute I write, cut, and glue sends a special love that could not be shown any other way.  Yes, it would be easier to type out the verse in a pretty font, but to copy Scripture in my own handwriting helps me to meditate more on the Scripture because I am physically writing each word. Also, praying the Scripture for the person as you write each one out, sends even more blessings.

A retro picture of Kelly and me from 1982 and one of us from about a year or two ago.

A retro picture of Kelly and me from 1982 and one of us from about a year or two ago.

In thinking about what verses to use, it is helpful to use those that would encourage a loved one in the situation of life they are experiencing. Maybe it is a fearful daughter going off to college, or a new mom who needs encouragement in her new role even in those wee morning hours. There may be a friend going through a tough valley because of her health that draws her closer to Jesus through the reading of each verse. Plus the act of making the Scripture tags slows us down. We cannot use spell check or the delete button, so it makes us more careful in how we handle God’s Word. For me, handwriting is a way to relax and wind down.

I hang a tag per week on my kitchen window above my sink.

I hang a tag per week on my kitchen window above my sink.

Here are some Scripture ideas to use:

  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • God’s Promises
  • Jesus’ words in the Gospels
  • Use a Bible Concordance or Biblegateway.com to look up words such as fear, hope, faith, thankfulness, God’s goodness, grace, joy, prayer, perseverance and many others.

Now, how to make them!


  • manila file folders
  • scrapbooking paper( about 3-4 coordinated designs with print on front and back)
  • white cotton yarn (mine was purchased on a cone and I use it for several things around the home)
  • White reinforcement hole labels
  • glue stick (one for crafts not kid’s glue)
  • hole punch

The size of my tag is 3 3/4 inch by 1 3/4 inch. Cut out a rectangle this size from the manila folders. At about the 3 inch mark cut away up to the middle of the top of the rectangle on both sides to make the point. Now use this as a pattern to cut as many rectangles as verse cards you will need. I made about thirty for a set.

Next, cut out  3 1/4 inch by 2 1/4 inch rectangles from the scrapbooking papers. Glue these papers onto the back of the Scripture tags. This should leave a small border around the tag. Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the arrow portion of the tag. Reinforce with a hole label. Then, cut a piece of yarn 12 inches. Fold in half. Tie a knot at the bottom, then loop in through the hole and pull to knot. The knot should be the part that is hanging.

1You could give them in a jar or basket, or just wrap them up and let them choose from a container they have that works for them. You could also make a tag with the verse from Ps. 119:105 and attach it to the gift. They could then attach it to their jar or basket.

And remember, they don’t have to be perfect. But they will know it was given from the heart.


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Aug 15

Grandma Elsie’s Blackberry Cobbler

My grandma Elsie (my mama's mama) was famous for making anything with the abundance of blackberries that grew on their property in southern Indiana. My mother remembers canning over one hundred quarts each summer of the luscious fruit. Grandma Elsie’s five kids especially loved her blackberry … [Continue reading...]

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Aug 12

Tool, Toy, or Tangent? {or how to pull the plug on wasting time}

I have a love/hate relationship with the phenomenon that is the Internet. Especially social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or my personal fav Instagram. What I love? The way it keeps me connected to my loved ones and friends, allows me to spy on…uh…er… keep up with my kids’ cohorts. I … [Continue reading...]

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Aug 11

Join Us Online Tuesday for THE BEST YES Free Webcast with Lysa TerKeurst

Do you live with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule yet ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Do others call the shots for how you spend your time and as a result, you dread saying yes but feel powerless to say no? Are you getting sick and tired of living your life according to the … [Continue reading...]

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