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One Man's Walk
"Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you." - Psalms 143:8
My man has come out of the woodwork. It has almost been a full year since he has sat down to blog. He's not really big into it, but when he does, the words...smooth and wonderful.
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One Man's Walk
Christmas is just around the corner. Literally....it's coming soooo fast!
This Christmas we are doing gifts on...shhh...it's the B-word: BUDGET. We've always had a budget for Christmas, but this year...it's a little bit lower than usual. We prioritized other activities and other things rather than spending a lot on Christmas. And that's okay. Plus, DIY gifts are so much fun! This year our gifts will consist of crochet and essential oils.
1. Crochet Bobble Beard Hat -- This is such a fun, easy, and cute gift. If you missed No Shave November, don't worry. You can have it all year round. Ashlee Marie has a 2-part blog post giving you the hat and the beard patterns. Or if you're WAY more creative than I am, make your own hat and add the beard. So far these have been a hit in our house.
2. Coffee Cup Cozy -- These are PERFECT for teacher gifts. You can grab the travel mug at your local Dollar Store, grab a $5 coffee gift card to your or their favorite coffee shop, and slip it into the handle of the cozy. BOOM! Done! Whip up a few, have them on hand and you're set for those surprise gifts. You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones where you didn't have them on your list, but they had you on theirs...yeah, it has happened before. So crochet up and you'll always have something homemade and special ready to go. You're welcome!
3. Cinnamon Vanilla Scrub -- I don't know about you, but my skin gets super dry during the fall and winter months, especially since we moved to Colorado. I was just in Portland for Women of Faith this past weekend and OMG...my skin returned to normal. I miss the PNW. Any way, since I'm here, exfoliation is HUGE. And what's better than doing it all naturally? It exfoliates gently and smells fabulous! Young Living Essential Oils is what we use in our family because of their Seed to Seal Promise. (I'm not here to debate oils. This is just what we use, love, and trust.)
4. DIY Deodorant -- My friend Corrine Overend has a wonderful recipe to make your own deodorant. When you make it in bulk, it saves you a TON of money and can gift to several people in just a few batches. Plus, you know what's in your deodorant and it's all natural. I'm loving all the DIY essential oil recipes out there. Everything from scrubs, to deodorants, to chap sticks/lip balms, to creams of all kinds. Email me to get started with your Premium Starter Kit or if you want to use my 24% discount.
I have a TON more of DIY gifts that we're doing this year and you can check out some ideas here.
Want to see other Christmas gifts on a budget ideas? Want to share yours? Come on over to The Mommy List with Kayse Pratt and start sharing!
Devos. Devotionals. Time with Jesus. Quiet time. Bible study.
Whatever you want to call it, spending time in the Word is important. But trust me Mamas, I feel ya. It can be difficult to squeeze that time in. I know it's hard getting up earlier than the kids. Mine wake up between 6-6:30 AM. That means for me to get some really good quiet time, I have to get up, be showered, and sitting at the table by 5:30 AM. That's early for this mama. Really, it is. I'm a night owl.
But wait! Who said devos need to be done in the wee hours of the morning? No. One. You can do them whenever YOU want to do them. Pick a time and a place and do them. Is it going to happen everyday? Maybe not. But when it does, it's like warm sunshine covering you. It's THAT good!
I was so excited to see what other Mamas have on their devo list because I'm always looking for something new, something challenging. And it's all worth it; To feel uncomfortable in my sin. I don't want to be comfortable sitting in my poopy diaper of sin. I want to be changed and dang it, I will cry till I'm changed.
So here is my Mommy List of my favorite devos:
Ok, I REALLY heart Jen Hatmaker. She makes you feel like you're her bestie. She speaks to my heart in a loving way and I, well, I love it! In this book, she walks you through HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE. It's a novel concept, right? She gives you so many little nuggets to work through to use THE BIBLE as your devo. It's a 5-week study on how to study the Bible and she even includes a couple of reading schedules to get you started.
No one promised studying the Bible would be easy, but no one said it was supposed to be all work and no play, either. Join Bible teacher and author Jen Hatmaker as she introduces a refreshing way to learn and laugh while forming a deeper relationship with God's Word. Written specifically for today's busy woman, A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study, offers user-friendly advice on how to get the most from your personal Bible study time. Like a funny conversation between friends, this book will make you laugh out loud as it transforms the academic nature of personal Bible study into a fresh, simple format that will radically change the way you interact with Scripture. So whether you're taking some "me" time or getting together with all your girls, grab a comfy seat and a cup or a plate of something yummy and get ready for a whole new view of the Bible.
I first found out about #SheReadsTruth from YouVersion. It's basically a GIANT small group. They always have a plan going on that you can participate in real time. They also have past plans that you can review. You can get the app (it is available in all formats) or you can go online. You read the scripture and then the devo and participate with the hashtage #SheReadsTruth to share in the community. Join up now. They're only on Day 2 of their current plan O Come Let Us Adore Him.
Patience. Yeah, not my strong suite when it comes to my kids. I chose this 8-day study to realign myself. I don't know about you, but these past couple of weeks have been straining my patience. So when I found it, I was immediately drawn to it. Like #SheReadsTruth, you read the devotional and then scripture. I love the prompts to help me journal because sometimes, coffee doesn't get my brain thinking in the morning. Maybe I should start my NingXia Nitro. Any way, it has been a great 3 days thus far and I'm looking forward to seeing what God has to teach me. He is my Refuge. He is my Redeemer. What is He to you today?
Want to see other devos out there? Want to share yours? Come on over to The Mommy List with Kayse Pratt and start sharing!
Hi! I'm Kate. Thanks for joining me here. I'm wife to my Man, Mark and mama to my 4 kids. I'm a foster, soon-to-be adoptive mom to our 2 oldest. I love my family, God and Young Living essential oils.