Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mommy Moments #112

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to Amanda from Life With Grace and her post When Your Birth Plan Goes Out The Window. I think most of us moms can relate to some aspects of Amanda's story as birth doesn't always go the way we planned. What an introduction to motherhood as we learn early on that we can't always be in control! Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Amanda. Enjoy that sweet baby girl!


The Not Quite Military Wife

 Like A Morning Cup Of Coffee

Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Love what you do

Love what you do.  Last night this was the saying on my Dove chocolate wrapper. Yes, who wouldn't love what their doing while eating chocolate, right? As I read this simple statement, my heart was filled with a happiness knowing that I do genuinely love what I do. 

I love being a wife to my husband.
I love being mom to my daughter.
I love being a housewife (yes I said that).
I love my job at AllieRuth Design.
I love being the creator and owner of Daisy Designed.
I love sharing my heart here at Life Of Faith.

I don't love these things because they are perfect, or easy (have you tried mothering a toddler?). My life is far from perfect. Often I'm not even good at being a wife, mom, shop owner, blogger, and employee. 

And you should see my house most days. 

I love what I do because each of the things I do are gifts, responsibilities entrusted to me by God. He has given me everything I need to do them well and He delights in me as I do them. I can choose to find the joy and beauty in them or choose to be miserable doing them. 

I don't know about you, but I prefer being happy and so I choose to love.

I just finished rocking a curly headed tutu wearing little girl to sleep. She still had her suede boots on because it wasn't worth the tears to try to convince her to nap without them. My heart is full. I am thankful for this little reminder of how blessed I am and I hope you take a moment to be thankful for your little blessings as well! 
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A purpose in life greater than your happiness

Over the past few months, I have been thinking a lot about the following statement quoted frequently by John Piper and his ministry:
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."
That phrase has challenged me deeply as I have spent the past few months meditating on what it means in my life. I have heard it repeatedly over the past decade, yet never stopped to understand the gravity and depth of its meaning.
 It was in my brain but not in my heart.
It held no meaning for me whatsoever; it was just one of those things Christians say. 
And so I said it.
 I meant it.
 I believed it was true.
But I didn't live like it was true.

I have always longed for deeper meaning in the little things of life. My time as a stay-at-home mom is often spent caring for my daughter, doing laundry, changing diapers, cleaning the house, gardening, canning, cooking, baking, organizing, and cleaning some more.

I enjoy it, but it always lacked eternal meaning for me. 
What's the point?
 Is there purpose in the monotonous
 or is it simply a means to an end.

My spiritual life was always separate from the rest of my life. I read my Bible prayed, and had a relationship with Christ but then I left God in my devotion time and lived the rest of my life on my own.
Boy, was I missing out!

Because of this chasm between my spiritual life and the rest of my life,  serving wasn't something I was always glad to do. I often did it as an obligation or because that's what Christians are "supposed to do". That was the first sign of something being wrong with my perspective in life. If we aren't finding joy in meeting the needs of others, then we need to take a look at our own lives and see if we are living for our own happiness rather than finding our joy and satisfaction in the Lord.

Piper puts it this way as he paraphrases 2 Corinthians 8:2:
"Love is the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others." 
As I find my joy in Christ and my satisfaction in Him and the work He has called me to here on earth, serving my husband, my daughter, my friends and those around me is not a burden but just a natural overflow and sharing of the joy I have in Christ.

God has taught me so much over the past few months, and given me a depth of joy as I find satisfaction in the life He has given me. My time with Him has overflowed into the rest of my life. All of a sudden everything has meaning. Formerly purposeless things in my life, such as washing dishes and changing diapers, suddenly have eternal value.

You see, I serve the living God.
 He created me for His glory and His pleasure!
When I delight in the work that He has given me to do and am satisfied with the life he has called me to, there is eternal value to it because I am fulfilling my purpose here on earth, namely glorifying God. 
It is simple yet profound.

I am so thankful for the new found meaning in the everyday monotonous tasks of life that God has given me. Yes, there is joy to be found, even in changing diapers. Who knew?

It is my prayer that every daughter of God discovers this joy, satisfaction and purpose in life.
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Giveaway and Blog Hop!

Welcome to the All Things Fall Blog Hop and Giveaway Part Deux. Take a gander at this awesome fall posts and enter the fall themed giveaway below!  Also, check out yesterday's posts and giveaway, if you haven't already! 

5 more ways stay sane as a stay at home mom 
 Burlap and Babies has some awesome fall gifts you can give to your friends, family, neighbors, even yourself! She is also giving away a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

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 Faith from Life of Faith is sharing ways to stay fashionable this fall. Isn't this little one super adorable! She is also giving away $10 credit to Daisy Design where you can purchase one of these cozy scarves just in time for Fall!

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Stephanie at Slogan Adventures has a list of great fall crockpot recipes! I am going to need to add these to my weekly menu! She is also giving away a Starbucks gift card! 

 Make sure you enter the giveaway below for a chance to win some awesome fall treats! Also, did you get a chance to enter the giveaway yesterday for some other fall goodies?

Fall Fashion!

I am so excited that Fall is just around the corner! I have recently given my Etsy shop a makeover and am excited to share with you some of the new Fall fashion products available at Daisy Designed just in time for the crisp air!

My favorite new products are my handmade cozy Infinity Scarves available in three different patterns! These come in baby/toddler sizes as well as adult! You can even order a Mommy & Me set at a deal price!

You can find the Chevron print here,
 the grey plaid here,
 and stay tuned for a lovely pink and grey plaid to be listed soon!

To stay extra cozy in the cool weather, I now have Chunky Knit Head Wraps available in multiple colors! These are made to order and can be made in any size and/or color. Order a Mommy & Me set at a special deal price!
Click on the photos below for more info!

Gold Chunky Knit Headwrap

What could be better than some cozy fall accessories? What about FREE cozy fall accessories! That's right, I am co-hosting a giveaway right now that includes a $10 shop credit to Daisy Designed as well as a Starbucks gift card. It doesn't get better than that, so head on over here and enter to win!

If you can't wait to order, I am offering 10% off everything at Daisy Designed for this week only when you use promo code fallfashion. Order in time to stay warm this Fall!

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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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