The 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundles are one of my favorite Ultimate Bundles each year. They offer some amazing resources each year, all in one place, at a great discount.
Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018
This year, there are so many resources that we will use. I was going to highlight all of the ones that I think we will use, but then I would be highlighting about 98% of it. I have left a few highlighted.
As you can see, Water Wellness and The Women’s Health Master Class are each three times the price of the bundle.  Even if I was interested in one of those alone it would make this bundle worth it.
Earlier this week I shared about how to tell if a bundle would be worth the price, you can take a peek at that and the product list below and see for yourself it you think it would be worth it for your family.

What Is Included in The Bundle This Year?

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018

Allergy-Free Cooking (10 products worth $159.84)

  • 14 Dinner Recipes for Food Allergies by Megan Lavin ($4.99)
    The first two weeks of learning to cook with a new list of dietary restrictions are the toughest. That’s why you need this e-cookbook that has 14 delicious dinners all free of the top 8 allergies, including gluten and dairy.
  • 25 Allergy Friendly Treats by Dena Norton ($9.99)
    With the recipes in this ebook, you can enjoy allergy friendly treats—including dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, tree nut/coconut free, and soy free options—without compromising flavor!
  • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
    Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
  • Go Grain Free by Jill Tieman ($67.00)
    Go Grain Free is a self-paced, online cooking class featuring grain free, additive free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that are appropriate for healing diets such as SCD, GAPS and Paleo.
  • Goodness Me It’s Gluten Free Baking: Bread, Pastry, Cakes, Cookies, Muffins & More by Vanessa Hudson ($5.99)
    Gluten free baking has never been easier. With simple instructions & using common ingredients you can now make bread, pastry, cakes, cookies, muffins and more in your own kitchen that taste so good you won’t know you’re eating gluten free!
  • How to Go Gluten Free: What to Do After Being Diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity by Jenna Drew ($27.00)
    A complete guide to help you navigate a gluten intolerance or celiac diagnosis.
  • The Food Allergy Mom’s Guide to Substitutions for Cooking and Baking by Kelly Roenicke ($7.99)
    This guide contains simple substitutions to make your favorite recipes allergy friendly.
  • The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox by Kathlena ($14.95)
    Packed with over 60 lunches and recipes, The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox can help guide you in making delicious lunches for taking to work, school, or restaurants with friends.
  • Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies by Kelly Roenicke ($5.99)
    Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies is a simple guide to handling everyday situations when you have food allergies.
  • Weeding Out Wheat by Trisha Gilkerson ($9.95)
    Weeding out Wheat addresses both why wheat is unhealthy and how Christians should approach the Scriptures around this topic.

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Alternative Health (9 products worth $376.83)  

    • 3-Month Rise UP: Online Integrative Wellness Membership  by Kristyn Bango & Stephanie Wharton ($45.00)
      Rise UP is an Online Integrative Wellness Membership designed to educate its participants on evidence-based, functional health approaches specific to their unique situation and goals.
    • Beat Crohn’s: The Real Truth About Crohn’s Disease and How You Can Overcome It by Megan Redshaw ($7.99)
      Beat Crohn’s is an ebook that breaks down the most common myths surrounding Crohn’s disease and provides a natural approach for overcoming it.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.
    • Debunking PCOS by Nat Kringoudis  ($8.85)
      This little gem includes all you need to know to get your hormones back on track to tame those wild ovaries of yours.
    • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
      The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
    • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
      If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
    • The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicolas Pineault  ($14.99)
      The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs helps health-conscious people like you dramatically cut down their EMF exposure without going back to the Stone Age.
    • The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s by Jill Grunewald & Lisa Markley ($9.99)
      The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is a book within a cookbook containing a substantive, rigorously researched educational component as well as over 100 original ”food as medicine” recipes for your thyroid and immune system.
    • Water Wellness: Using the Healing Virtues of Water to Revive, Recover, and Recharge by Christine Dalziel ($97.00)
      Learn to use the secrets of water, temperature, and salt to sleep better, have more energy, and restore that healthy glow. Turn your daily water routine into a wellspring of comfort and health with easy to follow recipes and herbal remedies.
    • Women’s Health Masterclass by Wardee Harmon ($99.00)
      The Women’s Health masterclass contains the Women’s Health eBook plus 10 masterclass videos.

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      Detox & Reset (8 products worth $208.73)

    • 4-Week Total Paleo Reset Plan by Irena Macri of Eat Drink Paleo ($45.00)
      Working with leading experts in wellness and nutrition, Irena Macri has created a 4-week plan that will help you reset your body and gain all the health and wellbeing benefits of the paleo diet while eating delicious, real food.
    • Ditch Your Nutritionist: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Look Your Best, Feel Your Best… Guaranteed by Anne Marie Garland ($39.00)
      Commit to Ditch Your Nutritionist today, and leave the nutrition blogs and diet books behind… guaranteed.
    • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
      The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
    • InTENsive Reset & Refresh  by Wendie Schneider ($19.99)
      The InTENsive Reset and Refresh is a 10-day nutrition program aimed at returning you to your roots – real, whole, nourishing foods. It also includes information and instruction on staying hydrated, exercising lightly, and finding ways to reduce stress.
    • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
      If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
    • Mind Your Gut Health by Daniella Hogarth ($8.75)
      A great workbook and introductory guide to a ‘plant-based’ Paleo lifestyle including over 70 delicious recipes. Comprehensively covering goal-setting, meal-planning, food preparation, exercise tips and stress management.
    • The Easy Detox + Recipe Book by Jennifer Lynn ($9.00)
      In this guide you will learn what it really means to detox, how to cleanse your body every day as well recipes and meal ideas to get your started on the right track.
    • The Real Food Reset: 30 Days to Lose Weight, Be Free from Cravings & Feeling Great! by Roland Denzel ($12.99)
      The Real Food Reset puts you in touch with your instincts, and reintroduces you to the power that Real Food has over your health and waistline.

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      Fitness & Weight Loss (11 products worth $571.89)

    • 4 Week Fit & Strong Workout Plan by Lynn Neville ($27.00)
      A plan packed with tips, motivation, and quick and effective workouts to get the fit and strong body you’ve always wanted.
    • Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT by Karen Shopoff Rooff ($47.00)
      Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT delivers 18 ALL NEW at-home workouts suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. It is not necessary to have completed Balance Virtual Bootcamp before starting REBOOT.
    • Clean and Lean Blueprint by Amanda Brooks ($7.99)
      Find out how to lose weight by focusing on the right foods, no more gimmicks, no fads, and nothing you can’t do long term.
    • Healthy Aging Class Pack: Healthy Moving to Help You Feel Amazing in Your Body Today and for Decades to Come by Jen Hoffman ($29.97)
      The Healthy Aging Class Pack includes five Healthy Moving classes packed with unique exercises and flows to help you feel amazing in your body today and for decades to come.
    • MerryBody 4-Week Yoga and Pilates Home Fitness Program by Emma & Carla Papas ($75.00)
      MerryBody is a 4 week program that combines Yoga, Pilates and mindset to completely change the way you work out—AND how you feel about yourself.
    • Printable Food & Fitness Trackers by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
      The Food and Fitness Trackers printable kit includes four pretty, editable, and comprehensive worksheets to help you quickly and easily track your food intake and exercise habits.
    • Secrets to Controlling Your Weight, Cravings and Mood by Maria Emmerich ($9.99)
      The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters. This book gives you the tools to do just that.
    • The Busy Life Diet: Healthy Weight Loss for Women on the Go by Gaye Christmus ($9.95)
      The Busy Life Diet is designed to help you lose weight in a healthy way and a reasonable amount of time, and to make the very best use of the time and energy you devote to healthy eating and weight loss.
    • The Slim and Satisfied Handbook: 4 Weeks of Gluten Free, Sugar Free, High Protein Menus and Recipes by Jacinda Vandenberg ($9.99)
      This 4-week, low glycemic menu plan is complete with grocery lists and recipes for every meal of the day!
    • Unhinge the Binge: The Answer to Emotional, Binge and Stress Eating by Jenny Eden Berk ($297.00)
      Heal your relationship with food by using mindful and intuitive based techniques and tapping into inner wisdom.
    • Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women: Conquering Cravings and Finding Freedom by Sara Borgstede & Becky Lehman ($39.00)
      Conquer cravings and find lasting freedom from emotional eating with the 4 week course, Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women.

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Gardening (12 products worth $156.32)   

    • Container Gardening: Your Guide to Container Gardening Anywhere by Heather Harris ($7.99)
      Grow your own food, in the space you’re in. Learn more about container gardening and how easy it is to do!
    • Fall & Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm by Rootsy ($7.50)
      In Fall and Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm, you’ll get advice and guidance for successfully growing brassicas, root vegetables and leafy greens that will guide your path to eating fresh food, longer in the season.
    • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
      Learn to use your herb garden to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and add delicious flavor to your meals.
    • Grow a Good Life Guide to Planning Your Vegetable Garden by Rachel Arsenault ($7.99)
      Good planning is key to a successful vegetable garden. Whether you are new to growing your own food or have been growing a vegetable garden for years, you will benefit from some planning each year. Organize and plan your vegetable garden with this guide.
    • Grow Abundant Herbs & Greens….in Pots! by Nicola Newman ($4.90)
      When you grow herbs & greens in pots, you get to enjoy eating the freshest, healthiest food possible and have a garden that gives you personal satisfaction & nutritious food every day of the week.
    • Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy: A Quick, Simple and Inexpensive Growing Guide by CaliKim ($14.99)
      Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy shows you exactly how to grow your own tasty, healthy, organic tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant (from seed to harvest) in your own backyard in a quick, simple and inexpensive way.  
    • Growing Urban Orchards: How to Care for Fruit Trees in the City and Beyond by Susan Poizner ($19.95)
      In Susan Poizner’s award-winning book you will learn to choose, plant and care for fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions.
    • How to Grow a Vertical Garden by Anna Hackman ($39.00)
      Double your gardening space and harvest in order to grow vine vegetables using cattle panels.
    • Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside by Melissa Will ($5.00)
      A complete beginner guide to indoor seed starting for outdoor flowers, veggies, and herbs.  
    • The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski ($13.00)
      With The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil, you WILL become a better gardener. Your plants will resist disease and your produce will be nourishing because you’ve built healthy soil.
    • The Ultimate Garden Planning Spreadsheets by Laura Seabolt ($9.00)
      With planting dates and growing tips for 40+ crops from basil to turnips, these spreadsheets do everything for you except put the plants in the ground!
    • Understanding Your Climate by Angi Schneider ($17.00)
      In Understanding Your Climate you will learn how to use common gardening metrics to truly understand your gardening environment.
    • Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way by Jami Boys ($10.00)
      There is a way to eat your favorite vegetables warmed by the sun without the backbreaking work your parents or grandparents might have done. It’s called Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way—and it truly can be easy!

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Healthy Children (7 products worth $114.63)

  • Fit2B Girls: The Holistic, Non-Sexual Body Education eCourse That Empowers Girls to Respect Their Bodies and Stay Healthy by Beth Learn ($39.97)
    A modern, family-friendly approach to body education for girls ages 9-14 with videos, printables, quizzes, tasteful graphics, and wholesome contributors including doctors, physical therapists, a fitness specialist, nutritionist, midwife, and more!  
  • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
    Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
  • Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
    Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make includes 4 videos and lesson plans for all ages – your kids really can make breakfast on their own, no mess, no fuss, no failure!
  • Homeopathy for Mommies: Family Guide for the Acute Use of Homeopathy by Sue Meyer ($14.99)
    A comprehensive guide for teaching caregivers how to use homeopathy.
  • National Parks Guide for Families by Saren Loosli ($10.00)
    This guide offers descriptions, photos and videos of the best hikes, activities and places to stay in many of the U.S. National Parks.
  • Real Food A to Z by Starlene Stewart ($4.99)
    This colorful picture book will help you teach your toddler the alphabet as well as the names of real fruits and vegetables.
  • The Well Nourished Lunchbox by Georgia Harding ($18.69)
    The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed ebook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily.

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Home & Beauty (6 products worth $79.96)

  • Celebrate: Your Comprehensive Guide to Low-Tox Entertaining by Alexx Stuart ($9.00)
    A low tox entertaining e-book with 37 food and cocktail recipes, tips and resources for you to create less waste when you entertain, decorating ideas, table arrangements and floral inspiration, gift ideas and more.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.
    • DIY Face Masks and Scrubs: Natural & Nourishing Homemade Skincare by Stacy Karen ($3.99)
      DIY Face Masks and Scrubs is your comprehensive guide to creating luxurious and effective natural skincare products for healthy, glowing skin.
    • Holistic Living For Penny Pinchers by Meg Richardson ($9.99)
      Learn how to live a healthier life by creating your own all natural products and revising your daily routines to serve you better.
    • Nourishing Nature: Beauty Recipes from the Garden by Kristy Doubet Haare ($11.99)
      Make beautiful nourishing products for your skin with all natural ingredients picked from the garden.
    • The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide by Kresha Faber ($14.99)
      The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide is a positive, upbeat, step-by-step checklist that helps you take an honest look at your home and make simple-but-effective changes so your family’s living space is healthier and happier.

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Homesteading (4 products worth $41.93)

  • Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead: Radical Inspiration and Practical Advice by Teri Page ($9.95)
    If going off the grid is something you’re curious about, Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead will be your guide! With equal parts practical information and inspiration, this book will give you the support and knowledge to make your off grid dream happen.
  • Homemade Dairy by Jill Winger ($9.99)
  • Provident Homesteading by Julie Gropp ($12.99)
    This beginner homesteading guide will help you take the first steps to start a homestead wherever you live and with whatever budget you have available.
  • The Homestead Goal Planner: Create the Homestead You Want in the Time You Have by Sarah Toney ($9.00)
    The Homestead Goal Planner will help you prioritize your goals and show you how to break those goals down into manageable pieces so that you can create the homestead life you’ve always dreamed of!

  • Natural Remedies (8 products worth $94.95)  

  • Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing by Kristyn Bango (19.99)
    Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing is a comprehensive guide to managing stress in our bodies in order to achieve whole body health.
  • Essential Oils for Women’s Health: Maiden, Mother, Crone by Rachel Silves ($9.99)
    Discover how essential oils can be used safely and effectively in the management of common women’s health concerns.
  • Essential Oils Notebook by Crystal Brothers ($17.00)
    This notebook is intended to help you formulate a plan for your essential oils. It contains everything you need to organization to your storage and use of essential oils.
  • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
    Learn to use your herb garden to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and add delicious flavor to your meals.
  • Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum by Christine Cassella ($4.99)
    Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum provides practical advice, easy-to-make recipes, and inspiration to help you or your loved ones have a healthy, uplifting, and empowered postpartum period.  
  • Homeopathy for Mommies: Family Guide for the Acute Use of Homeopathy by Sue Meyer ($14.99)
    A comprehensive guide for teaching caregivers how to use homeopathy.
  • How to Be Healthy: Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Care by Heidi Villegas ($9.00)
    Natural Cold & Flu Care will give you the tools and knowledge to use natural remedies such as herbs, essential oils, honey, spices, and more to help keep you well and feeling great this cold and flu season.
  • The Truth About Essential Oils and Cancer: A Biblically-Inspired, Evidence-Based Approach to Beating Disease God’s Way by Dr. Eric Z ($3.99)
    In The Truth About Essential Oils and Cancer, Dr. Eric Zielinski lays out how to harness the healing of power of plant-based medicine with do-it-yourself tips needed to customize your own essential oil cancer protocol. Regain control of your health today!
  • Your Gentle Guide to Labour and Childbirth with Acupressure & Essential Oils by Katie Schablon ($15.00)
    Learn how to use essential oils and acupressure points for a more gentle birth experience, and how you and your birth partner can use these tools safely to help with pain relief, contraction efficiency, calming, and focus and energy.

 
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Pregnancy & Baby (7 products worth $77.48)

  • Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers by Erin Odom ($12.50)
    This 200+-page book is the most comprehensive cloth diaper guide on the market today.  
  • Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum by Christine Cassella ($4.99)
    Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum provides practical advice, easy-to-make recipes, and inspiration to help you or your loved ones have a healthy, uplifting, and empowered postpartum period.  
  • Nurse Smart Breastfeeding Handbook by Trina and Alli ($9.00)
    All the knowledge you need to nurse successfully without the struggle of having to read thousands of pages, so you can discover the joy of breastfeeding.
  • The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally On Your Postpartum Journey by Rebekah Thompson ($4.99)
    The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally on Your Postpartum Journey is a much needed resource for women who are wondering how they can nourish and support their bodies while also taking care of their new baby im the first weeks after giving birth.
  • The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: Simple, Nutrient-Dense Recipes To Nourish Your Baby As They Learn To Eat Solids. by Genevieve Howland ($12.00)
    Nourish your baby and help them to eat solid foods with 150 real-food recipes organized by baby’s age.
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class by Stacey Stewart ($19.00)
    The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class is a simple step-by-step program that covers everything a woman needs to know to breastfeed her baby in 13 easy-to-watch lessons and under 90 minutes.
  • Your Gentle Guide to Labour and Childbirth with Acupressure & Essential Oils by Katie Schablon ($15.00)
    Learn how to use essential oils and acupressure points for a more gentle birth experience, and how you and your birth partner can use these tools safely to help with pain relief, contraction efficiency, calming, and focus and energy.

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Real Food (5 products worth $53.97)

  • 10 First Steps to Real Food (Plus 10 More for the Brave) by Beth Ricci ($8.00)
    A short guide to real food basics so that you can build a solid foundation and gain clarity in your healthy eating lifestyle.
  • Healthier in 30 Days: Simple, Effective, Actionable Tips for Living a Healthier Life by Heather Behrends ($17.00)
    Healthier in 30 Days is designed to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle with simple, effective, actionable tips and encouragement along the way.
  • Meal Planning on a Budget Bundle by Dina-Marie Oswald ($15.00)
    A step by step guide to make a meal plan that fits your needs and your budget.
  • Mommy & Me Recipe Binder Set by Laura Rizer ($7.98)
    A set of recipe binders and tools to help moms organize their recipes and meal plans while also encouraging kids to get involved in cooking and meal planning too!
  • Resistant Starch 101 by Heather Dessinger ($5.99)
    Why gut microbiome diversity is important, and how to support it with resistant starch-rich foods.

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Recipes (10 products worth $264.60)  

  • Celebrate: Your Comprehensive Guide to Low-Tox Entertaining by Alexx Stuart ($9.00)
    A low tox entertaining e-book with 37 food and cocktail recipes, tips and resources for you to create less waste when you entertain, decorating ideas, table arrangements and floral inspiration, gift ideas and more.
  • Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
    Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make includes 4 videos and lesson plans for all ages – your kids really can make breakfast on their own, no mess, no fuss, no failure!
  • Healthy No-Bake Treats by Elise New ($7.99)
    20 healthy no-bake treat recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, and propel you toward your health goals.
  • How to Make Kombucha Tea: The Complete Handbook Including Continuous Brewing by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory ($4.95)
    You will love this 100 page PDF handbook, perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to brew Kombucha safely and successfully at home for a fraction of a cost of store-bought with maximum freshness and value.
    • Ketonomics: Healthy Low-Carb Recipes that are Budget-Friendly by Sarah Pope ($9.99)
    • Simple Meals 1 Year Subscription by Laura Coppinger ($52.00)
      Your yearly Simple Meals subscription equips you with a 52 week’s worth of simple real food meal plans, grocery guide, recipes, and bonus tips!
    • The Keto Paleo Cookbook: 53+ Mouth-Watering Recipes To Burn Fat and Nourish Your Body by Louise Hendon ($29.99)
      A full-color cookbook filled with 53+ delicious recipes that are both Paleo and Keto compliant.
    • The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s by Jill Grunewald & Lisa Markley ($9.99)
      The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is a book within a cookbook containing a substantive, rigorously researched educational component as well as over 100 original ”food as medicine” recipes for your thyroid and immune system.
    • The Well Nourished Lunchbox by Georgia Harding ($18.69)
      The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed ebook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily.
    • Well Fed 30-Minute Paleo Recipes’ Magazine: Complete Paleo Meals in Half an Hour by Melissa Joulwan ($14.99)
      The meals in Well Fed 30-Minute Paleo Recipes feature colorful ingredients, savory spices and herbs, irresistible sauces, and super-fast prep. It’s everything you need to get a healthy, satisfying dinner on the table in just half an hour.

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Wellness & Self-Care (9 products worth $174.96)  

  • Beat Self Sabotage: How to Overcome the Emotions That are Holding You Back by Joelle Byrne ($3.97)
    This is your guide to understanding and conquering the most common emotions and behaviors that block you from achieving your dreams.
  • Commit to One Small Thing: Health Made Easy, 3 Month Membership by Bethany Skarupa ($15.00)
    Commit to One Small Thing is a membership site and Facebook community that will help to increase your motivation and accountability and improve your fitness as you simply choose “one small thing” at a time from the lessons to commit to for just 30 days!
  • De-stress for Life: Bring Your Happy Back by Jackie Schau Holdridge ($14.97)
    Your De-stress for Life journey will help you to identify your personal stressors and responses and help you find the stress management techniques that will work for you to prevent and manage the stressful events in your life both now and in the future.
  • Fuel Your Soul 1-Day Jump Start by Jennifer Lynn ($9.00)
    Fuel Your Soul 1 Day Jump Start is a guide to help busy moms, just like you, calm the daily chaos.
  • How to Do Health Research Online by Leesa Klich ($75.00)
    When you want fast, accurate, and credible information about health goals, foods and nutrients, or supplements, this course has you covered!
  • Lifestyle Upgrades For Busy Adults eCourse: Learn Easy Ways to Cultivate a More Satisfying Life by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith ($10.99)
    Learn how rest benefits every aspect of your life including your happiness, relationships, and overall health.
  • Live on Purpose: 31 Habits to Help You Ditch Distraction & Live Intentionally by Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui ($10.00)
    One habit a day, for 31 days, to help you live on purpose.
  • Self Care Workbook: For the Fiercely Independent Soul by Christy Wilson ($10.00)  
    The Self-Care Workbook features 24 pages of ideas, affirmations, tools and techniques to help you design your personal self-care routine.
  • Soulful Seasons: A Creative Journal by Lucy AitkenRead ($7.00)
    Soulful seasons invites you to find more connection to the community of living things around you and more connection to your intuitive soul through poetry, self-reflection and creative ideas.
  • The Whole Journey Healthy Life Handbook: Action Driven Digital Workbook by Christa Orecchio ($49.00)
    The Whole Journey Healthy Life Handbook lays out our entire philosophy in an easy-to-follow format. Each session builds off of the one before it to empower you to make inspiring, consistent, and amazing positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.


Bonuses

  • FREE Eyeshadow Duo from Redeeming Beauty Minerals, a $29.90 value
    **U.S. only: $7.95 shipping
  • 50 FREE Loads of Laundry Wash + FREE Washing Machine Cleaner from MyGreenFills, a $36.00 value**FREE washing machine cleaner for existing customers**international shipping available: $9.76 within the U.S.; international rates vary
  • FREE BeeSilk Lotion Stick (.6 oz) and Foot Rub Stick (.6 oz) from MadeOn Skin Care, a $16.50 value**international shipping available: $5.95 within the U.S., $15.95 internationally
  • FREE 2 oz. Bottle of Teeth Tamer from Earthley, a $14.99 value**international shipping available: $8 within the US, $20 in Canada, $31 – $34 to other countries
  • FREE 2-pack Soap Bundle from Puro Co, a $15.00 value  **U.S. only: $7.95 shipping
  • FREE 2 oz. bottle of Select Liquid Herbal Formulas from TriLight Health, a $12.95 value
    **U.S. only: $5.99 shipping
  • FREE Nosey Plush Toy Aromatherapy Diffuser with Soother Holder from Essential Bracelet, a $14.95 value
    **U.S. only: $5.99 shipping

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Have you ever utilized an ultimate bundle as a resource? What resource are you most excited about this year?

A bit of an update, some upcoming news, and the Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Well, life has been intense lately.

Our youngest was diagnosed with oral ties, so the past few weeks have been about nursing him more, appointments for weight checks, and appointments for setting up revisions for it. It has left little time for much else. I hope to share some information on the process at some point.

We are officially starting school today. I plan to share about our curriculum, and how we are using various things along with it.

We are also starting a reschedule.

Story time starts next week, as well as science time. We have our schedule worked to include them.

The children are enjoying karate

I am excited about some upcoming posts. I really want to get back to writing more regularly.

Tomorrow the 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle goes on sale. I am very excited about this year’s bundle. There are several resources that are worth more than the bundle itself, and they are ones I will definitely use.

Summer is not officially over, but I am turning my attention to this autumn. I will be sharing our bucket list.

Our summer bucket list was not a complete wash, but we did not quite get everything done. Honestly, I am pretty happy with what we did. Memories were made.

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On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki

This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.

Leave links to posts that are:

Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.

This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

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    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!

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The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki

This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.

Leave links to posts that are:

Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.

This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

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    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!

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The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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The Kingdom of the Journey {Guest Post}

A big thank you to all of the contributors that have helped give me a bit of a break this summer!

The Kingdom of the Journey

Sharing the journey #testimony #journey #allergies #trust #jesus @gosdchicki
Just before my husband and I got engaged, we went to a Christian conference at the time (Soul Survivor UK) and there was a fantastic talk on “The kingdom of now and not yet” which we took great comfort in, especially as my father-in-law was very ill at the time.
 
The talk encouraged us that God’s will will be done. That when we seek and petition Him with our prayers He always answers, whether we hear and see a yes or a no, or a not yet. He is invested in our situation and His will will be done in our lives and our healing, even if that manifests as a “not yet” because His healing can come in death when we join Him. He always gives an answer, even if it’s not the one we want or expect.
 
We took comfort in this when we lost my father-in-law, we took comfort in this when we had our eldest son and then when I was hospitalised because my gallbladder ruptured. We have continued to take comfort in this with the trials and tribulations life has thrown at us.
 
When we had our second son his health was never quite right, from irregular stools from 4 days old, to eczema following his vaccinations which turned out to be symptomatic of an immune hypersensitivity triggered and exacerbated by them. This began a challenging voyage into identifying why his immune system was haywire, and how we could support his healing. Then came identifying the dozens upon dozens of food and environmental triggers that can causing anything from flushing to anaphylaxis.
 
There are few things in life as scary as holding your 18m old in your arms as their lips turn blue because of respiratory distress, triggered by a dust-mite allergy.
 
Before that reaction we had felt God speak to us as a family and assure us that this would not be to the death, but for the journey.
 
Though, when your child is being starved of oxygen before your eyes the fears slip in…
 
…what if I misunderstood God.
 
…what if our journey includes caring for a child that is neurological or otherwise damaged from oxygen deprivation?
 
We don’t know what our journey’s will hold. But we can trust in God.
 
For we know He works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
 
Which brings me back to the kingdom of the journey…
 
God has gifted us with free will, and the responsibility of stewardship of the dominion He has put us in. As a global scale we have neglected and abused this responsibility, now our collective health is suffering.
 
We live in a world plagued by illnesses, autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions and mental health disorders, cancers and so much more. Our bodies don’t function in the way they should because our environment, stressors, medications and nutrition have manipulated our genetic expression to make us more prone to being ill. We have entered the first generation that predict children won’t live as long as their parents.
 
This is not progress.
 
So, it’s our responsibility to bring the kingdom in our journeys.
 
People share testimonies all the time of salvation and healing, which – Hallelujah – is worth rejoicing over; BUT we need to bring our testimonies of the journey.
 
That salvation isn’t the end of our transformation, that miraculous healing isn’t the only kind worth talking about. We need to share our lives testimony. Through the ups and downs, battles with the normative practices that have played such a huge role in the condition of our world and health. We need to bring God’s glory back and rejoice in His kingdom where we are.
 
Be the change you want to see in the world, is a cliche for a reason. But we are called to lead by example, in our faith, which should include our stewardship of our health and our environment both close to us and on a global scale.
 
The Kingdom of the journey, to me, is trusting God’s will and plan for our lives, because even though miracles do happen, the bigger witness can be to bring glory and healing through the trials and stewardship of our lives.
LillieWHiteLillie blogs over at TED Mamas. One mums experience, discoveries and intrigues through a Total Elimination Diet, allergies, breastfeeding and parenting her little joys.
You can also connect with her on  Facebook.

Don't Judge Someone Based on One Piece of Their Puzzle {Guest Post}

A big thank you to the contributors that have helped to make this summer break possible!

Don’t Judge Someone Based on One Piece of Their Puzzle

We do not always see the big picture. #grace #bible #jesus #scripture #bigpicture @godschicki @herarms_strong
Someone just told my husband they’re worried about me because it seems like my child is my whole life, and my two-year-old child is so attached to me.

My automatic response was to defend myself. “Nuh uh! I go out with my friends for girls night. There’s date night. I have my own hobbies…blah blah blah.” The defensiveness came from a place of hurt and anger that I was being judged by only one piece of my puzzle this person sees.

Here’s the thing about judgment: We all do it. Judgement is simply looking at an incomplete picture of a person and their life and filling in the blank spaces with our own ideas and assumptions. It’s not fair. Chances are the assumptions we make are largely clouded by our own baggage, and that means those pieces of the puzzle we’re filling in are probably wrong. Even if we get a piece of the puzzle right, we’re still missing twenty other pieces that fit together and impact every other piece to create a full picture.

This person’s judgment is fueled by concern, so I understand why she said something. And she’s partially right. I do spend every day with my kiddo. We’re pretty inseparable, even down to the fact that my son needs to nap in my arms, he still breastfeeds, I post about our adventures together online all the time, and we plan to homeschool.

But this person is missing a lot of pieces. Like the fact that it brings me deep joy to spend time with my son since a struggle with infertility left me doubting I’d ever get to have a child. She’s missing how much peace breastfeeding brings us both because it’s a nifty comforting tool in the tumultuous toddler years full of wild emotions. She doesn’t see that sleeping in my arms brings him the best sleep, which means I get quality me-time to write, read, or watch Netflix. She doesn’t see that I catalog our adventures online because it’s the easiest way for me to keep track of precious pictures. She doesn’t know that my motivation for homeschooling is to give my son the most freedom to follow his own interests and passions. And she doesn’t see me going out with my friends, out to date nights, or working on passion projects that are just for me.

After I got past my defensiveness, I realized a few things.

1. I’m not ashamed that my child is “my whole world” or that he’s so attached to me. Family is big in our family. We’re tight-knit, always there for each other. I want to raise my son to appreciate and love family too. I can’t imagine withholding affection, comfort, love, time…and for what? Societal expectations? Nah, I’m good. We follow a unique path.

2. It’s not my job to defend myself or our lifestyle. Every family is different. Clearly, this person does “family” a little differently, or she wouldn’t feel this concern and make these judgments. And that’s okay! Her family culture is hers, and my family culture is mine. God is my defender, so I don’t have to defend myself. We can just live our lives and appreciate differences.

3. I judge other people too. Like I said earlier, we all do. Storytelling is a passion of mine, so it’s in my writerly nature to fill in the blanks when it comes to character thoughts, backgrounds, and motives. But I carry those tendencies into real life and fill in the blank pieces of real people’s puzzles. That’s not fair of me. It doesn’t bring peace. Judging like this actually causes me a lot of anxiety because I bring my own insecurities into their picture and assume they’re thinking the worst of me.

It all needs to stop. I need to stop judging you. And I hope you will stop judging me. Instead, let’s celebrate and appreciate the pieces of the puzzle we do see. Let’s take everyone at face value–trust a little more. If we wonder about something, instead of filling in the blank ourselves, we can ask! Ask that person what they mean. Ask why they do things this way. Or if we’re not comfortable asking, it’s okay to be comfortable with mystery. We don’t need to know every puzzle piece to see the beauty in a person’s picture.

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”

-Romans 14:1-13

My note:  We are called to help keep our brothers and sisters accountable, but it needs to be a matter of prayer, and founded in Scripture. This is not judging, God does that. When the Spirit leads, we should follow in a gentle reminder.
This is about giving grace to people, because we do not always see this big picture.



JessieMullins

Jessie Mullins blogs about gentle parenting, crunchy living, and faith on Her Arms Are Strong. She’s married to her middle/highschool sweetheart, and together they have a son. This trio loves to spend time with family, thrift shop, and explore nature.
You can also connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.
 
 

Slayed Yet Vindicated {Guest Post}

Thank you so very much to those that contributed to make this summer break possible!
Slayed Yet Vindicated
This morning as I was doing my devotion I was reading the daily My Utmost for
His Highest and what Oswald Chambers had written really penetrated my heart.
Encouragement for when your are going through the refiner's fire. #encouragement #bible #job #refining #toughtimes #hardtimes @godschicki
I mean, I still find myself drowning in amazement at how what he wrote can so perfectly fit into our everyday lives. He had used Job as an example in his writing this morning and to be honest, it made me want to read the book of Job from beginning to end. (I don’t even know if I have done that before.)
I am just so quick to complain when things may get hard or when life brings me to a crossroad and I am left to decide one thing or another.
Poor me, having to make tough decisions and poor me when the wi-fi is down
or I have no phone service.
And God knows it is a tragedy when my blonde is attributing those brassy penny colored hues.
But seriously, who has been there before?
When not only the day or week but the whole month, maybe half the year seems to not
be going our way!
The first thing I know I don’t do is praise the Lord. That’s for certain.
Because why would I?!
My life is literally falling apart!! Right?
Haha. So, so wrong, my beautiful friend. Our lives are simply falling into place.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

Job 13:15

Though it may feel like the Lord has a chisel on our lives and is constantly pounding at
that chisel, will you choose to trust Him still?
Is He the same God you learned about as a child that would never leave you, never let anything “bad” happen to you, the God who loves you this big? (Opening your arms as wide as they can go.) Yes, yes He is and He will always be.
I will be the first to admit that this is something I struggle with every single day.
Whether it’s because my life seems like it will never come intact, I will never
lose that weight, I won’t succeed, I am not a good mother or simply because I see
another mom who looks like they have it all together even though she has 10 kids. Ha.
Because we all know those are fiery darts straight from hell that the enemy endlessly
shoots our way.
Whatever it is that may be slaying you at the moment, let God have His way.
Trust in the stretching and uncomfortable straining you might feel right now
because soon, He is going to release you just like an arrow in an archers’ bow.
God sees the ultimate target and He is doing what is necessary to get us there.
So please, whoever you are, wherever you may be, whatever you may be feeling:
DO NOT GIVE UP. DO NOT WAVER. PERSEVERE.
Trust in the God you could never even doubt when you were a child. Trust….in the God who is bigger than the universe. He’s got you. He’s got me. He even has those who you may be praying for.

“See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated.”

Job 13:18

Bianca WIlliamsBianca Williams is a mother of 2 handsome boys and wife to an amazing husband, Chance. “If you were to describe to me the life I have now when I was in high school I would have literally died from laughing so hard. But that is what makes this life worth living. The fact that God can take who we were and turn us into who He has created us to be. I started writing as a form of venting and it was not until recently that I began to Blog and share what God was placing on my heart with others. I am nowhere near where I believe God can take me but that is what my Blog is about. Simply being Beautifully Unfinished. I hope that you remember that when you feel like throwing in the towel or when you just don’t think you can take one more ounce of pain. Christ is right beside you ready to endure all that you go through. Step by Step. Love you all and hope you have a blessed day.”
You can connect with her through her blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
 

Biblical Encouragement For Weary Moms

A big thank you to all of the contributors that made this summer break possible!

How to Find Encouragement in the Bible, Weary Mom

How to find encouragement in the Word when you are weary #bible #mom #encouragement #weary @godschicki @juliealoos
Parenting kids is hard.
When I was newly married, older and wiser adults told me numerous times to enjoy the time alone with my spouse for as long as I could. Their comments were met with rolled eyes or the tuning out of words.
But now as a parent, I’ve come to the realization that they were right.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, and I love being a mom, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
Honestly, it’s the hardest and most challenging job I have ever had. It requires nights, weekends and little to no time off.
Momma, are you weary like I am? Do you pour out into the lives of littles and then wonder if you’re doing anything right?
Maybe a child acts in a way that makes you shudder or says something that breaks your heart, and you collapse into tears. Surely, you feel like you’re the worst mom ever.
Sometimes our kids like to play into our guilt and shame us by reminding us how “So and So’s parents” never make mistakes or aren’t mean. Our kids can really pack a punch on the days when we are already feeling low.
Momma, I’ve been there on numerous occasions. You are not alone, and succumbing to those feelings is normal, but moms, you need to rise up and put your faith in the Lord.

God Never Grows Weary So Ask Him For Strength

God has had every reason to give up on us. Can you imagine how hard His job is?
He tells us how to live and what rules to follow, and we mess it up every day (I mean every few minutes).
However, we know that God never grows weary and that His love isn’t based on conditions.
So on those really hard days when you want to give your pink slip, let’s remember what God does for us.
When we blow up at our husbands, God nudges us to show love and ask forgiveness.
On the days we grump at God and ask Him why our lives turned out this way, He sends extra measures of His love.
When we tarnish His reputation, God extends His mercy to us.
God never grows weary with us and has promised to supply us with new grace, mercy, energy, and love when we are struggling as moms.

5 Bible Verses to Center Our Prayers on When We’re Weary

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Psalm 62:1, NLT

 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Psalm 4:8, NLT

 

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Psalm 46:1, NLT

 For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

Jeremiah 31:25, NLT

 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

Isaiah 40:29, NLT

How to Pray Using these Scriptures on Days When We’re Weary

When our child acts out, we can ask God to give us the power and wisdom to understand how to discipline and ask Him to grant us the strength to persevere in the discipline.
When our child makes a mistake after being warned, we can ask God to be our refuge and to help us both in this time of trouble.
If our child does something that tarnishes our title as mom, we can confidently know that God will give us victory in some aspect. (Maybe growing in our faith and trusting more in Him as we parent).
Here’s the truth, we aren’t alone in parenting. It doesn’t all depend on us especially when we are Christian. We have the Lord of the Universe on our side, He is hoping that we ask Him for wisdom, help, protection and every need that He can supply us.
Because we know He is on our side, we can seek Him in greater ways on those days when we weary knowing in full confidence, He will uplift us and give us the provisions to parent our kids.
“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.”- George Washington
JulieLoos
 
Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 18 years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes. You can connect with her on her blog, FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
 
 
You can also check out my series on Scriptures for Weary and Overwhelmed moms in these posts:
Renewing Your Mind | Scriptures for Weary & Overwhelmed Moms | Verses For When Trials Come
 

Guest Posts and the Aprons and Pearls Linkup

This might be a short post this week since I am writing it on my phone on the car ride home from a long day out.

We have been going hard since Friday with various activities, and I am hoping to take it a bit easier today. Hopefully catch up on some laundry, dishes, and sleep. Not really holding my breath on the sleep.

This past week we knocked out a few things on our bucket list. Checked out a local modern art museum. Had a water balloon fight. Still have not cooked veggies from the garden… mainly because the kids eat them while we are outside. I am sure that I am forgetting something, but my brain is fried.

I am so thankful for the ladies that have contributed to Timeless Mama this summer. If you missed the posts this week, they were When Anxiety Threatens Your Personal Peace, Joy & Sorrow and Viewing People As God Does.

There are some more guest posts scheduled for Wednesday (tomorrow), Friday, and Monday, so please come back to check it out!

On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki

This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.

Leave links to posts that are:

Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.

This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!

    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.

    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.

    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.

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Viewing People As God Does {Guest Post}

A big thanks to all of the lovely contributors that helped make this summer break possible!

Viewing People As God Does

One evening, while standing on top of a parking deck, I was prompted to look all around at the bustling people of downtown Greensboro. Office buildings, cars driving by, people waiting for the bus. There are people everywhere. I don’t know them, they don’t know me. But there they are, going about their business.
I began to wonder at the thought of how many people there were – and potentially could be – within my limited line of vision.
I was asked, “How do we view people?”
How do we view those around us? Especially the lost? #evangelism #Christian #Bible #jesus #jesustotheworld #saltandlight @godschicki
This thought struck a chord.
Oftentimes we view people (especially those with whom we aren’t familiar) through a lens of physical judgment. We base our opinions of people – and, therefore, our levels of appreciation and respect – on what they look, dress, sound, or act like. We narrow-minded humans can only seem to value others based on our view of them. We are quick to judge and to label.
This particular evening, I was inspired to view people in a much deeper sense.
I viewed each person I could see (and those in office buildings, I imagined) through God-lenses. I wondered what thoughts were going through their mind, what emotions they were feeling, and if they had joyful or broken hearts. What they were dealing with and what they were working towards. Heartbreakingly so, the question of the destination of their souls arose.
“Every name has a soul, every soul has a name.” –Dr. Jim Stagg
When we view people through our sinful lenses, they become worth what we feel they are worth. We often feel this way ourselves. We find our worth in what other people see in us – not who God created us to be.
So, how do we view ourselves?
Feeling valued plays an extensive role in our lives. People have started to find their value, worth, purpose, and identity in what they have accomplished in life, and what people say about them. We tend to find our worth in our title and job description. Those who attend college identify as students. Those who are parents identify as parents. Those who work in the corporate world identify with their job position – secretary, CEO, etc.
We find our worth in how good we are. Straight A student vs. a student who scrapes by on C’s. Those of us with a larger paycheck vs those who work a number of part-time jobs. How many followers we have on social media or the number of likes we get on our content.
This logic that we use to define our worth is flawed and misguided, a tool used by the enemy, Satan.
The Bible has a lot to say about our worth in Christ! Maybe you feel like you’re a mistake, or you know someone who does. But, my friends, if you feel you are a mistake, then you are saying that God has made a mistake – which is impossible!

“For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.  Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.”

-Psalm 139:13, 14

If you’re afraid that this is outdated because it’s in the Old Testament, I must caution you against that dangerous kind of thinking.
However, your worth is talked about in the New Testament, as well.

“Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

-Luke 12:6, 7

Everyone has been made uniquely and with purpose in God’s eyes. Everyone has a soul. Everyone matters. You don’t matter because of the words I am telling you, you matter because of the sacrifice that was made for you by Jesus Christ on the Cross. I do not have all the answers about for what purpose God created you, aside from for His glory.
Imagine, we have been created in the image of God, the One who is perfect! He made you, every curve, dimple, and mole. Embrace who you are in Christ!
You may think you are worthless because of your past. But, take heart!

“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”

–Romans 3:23

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

-2 Corinthians 5:17

 
But if no one tells the lost and lonely about the Good News, then how will they find their true worth? They will remain searching, hopelessly, among the dead-ends of this world. A relationship that is abusive, where they remain because they feel no one else could “love” them. Addicted to alcohol or drugs, because they think it will take them outside of their tormented minds – but only temporarily. Working themselves into the ground, for their mind is set on promotions and their income determines their value as a human being.
Maybe they feel worthless because they are different from other people around them. What they see in the media as being “ideal”, they strive for. A worldly interpretation of perfection that is wildly in and of itself, imperfect.
Who knows, they could have come in contact with Christians who made them feel as if they were not good enough for church, or even Jesus. There was a church who turned their back on someone in their time of need. There was someone who proclaimed loudly that they were a Christian, yet they didn’t treat others with love and respect. Or they didn’t tell someone about the Good News and the love of Jesus because they were different from them.
How can the lost and lonely find their true worth in Jesus, if we treat them so differently? If we treat them like they aren’t good enough for Christ?
Jesus is for everyone. He is for you, He is for me. He is for every color, every age, every background. He has the power to change hearts, we do not. So why do we try to change people before they meet Jesus? If it is such a turnoff to the Gospel, why do we persist so aggressively?
Changing people is not our job.
Showing them the Good News through our words, lifestyles, and attitudes, is.
How do you view people?

Acts 10:34 – “Now I truly understand that God doesn’t show favoritism.”

The context of this verse is extremely important in our understanding this issue of God favoring one person over the other.
This verse is a quote from Peter, a Jew and one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. During this time period, the Jews still held onto the mindset of being God’s chosen people – which they were – but that God was only for them. When Jesus walked the earth as 100% God and 100% man, He paved the way for the new mindset: God, and therefore the Gospel, is for everyone. Jew or Gentile. Peter was learning this lesson on a day filled with visions from the Lord, an officer in the Roman Army named Cornelius, and God breaking down the barriers of nationality. It was not only natural for a Jew to dislike a Roman officer, but even against traditional Jewish custom!
Cornelius was a leader, a God-fearing man, and a Gentile. He had an obvious respect and fear of God, but he didn’t have the Gospel – the Good News. God used Cornelius in Peter’s life, to break down the aforementioned barriers, and He used Peter in Cornelius’ life to tell him the Good News.
The whole story can be found in Acts chapter 10!
I challenge you today to view people differently. To view them as individuals who are different, fearfully and wonderfully made, and in need of Jesus.
SarahRichardsonBorn and raised in a small, southern town, Sarah loves calling North Carolina home. Saved by Grace, and passionate about helping others find boldness. Though she is often at home working on her blog, she enjoys exploring new places – England is next on the list! Flannels, coffee, mountains, and deep conversations are essentials.
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My note:
Ephesians 2:10 is also a great verse on our worth in Christ:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.