Aprons & Pearls Linkup

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

I believe homemaking is an art, and to pursue the development of any piece of demands time and talent.

Kelley Patterson

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.
Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways. Leave as many as you like, but please be sure to comment on two posts for each link you leave.

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.
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back 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.
 
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I often link up posts at:

Wow Us Wednesday

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

Little by little things are getting done. Painfully slow process, mainly because the kids are so young and need mama a lot, and mama is tired.
I wish things were like in the movies…mostly the Disney ones where all of the nice little animals come and help you clean or you can clean with a snap of your fingers. We have a family of bunnies and some ducks and cats in the neighborhood that could lend a hand! I suppose that would cause it’s own problems, but one can day dream, eh?
Things have been further complicated this week by Bobby figuring out our baby gates….thankfully he’s pretty good at listening and going back in the living room when told…most of the time.
I feel like I am making progress. I can see the changes in the house, little by little it is getting better.
I need to be more intentional with teaching the kids to clean up after themselves this week.
Anywho…enough real life! On to the link-up
 

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What are your biggest struggles in homemaking? Was it something you learned growing up?
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.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

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 up to three 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, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

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



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Introducing The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

I have been thinking about setting up a link up for quite some time, and I finally made a graphic that, while not quite what I envisioned, will work until I find that perfect image.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This will be a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three 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, Oil Selling or the like).
  •  Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

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

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Overflow With Thankfulness

This time of year it is fairly common to ponder things we are thankful for. I am usually a glass half full kind of gal. I like to try to see the bright side and the best in people. I am human and I do fail a lot though.

Overflowing With Thankfulness @godschicki

I was recently studying Colossians when I hit these verses:

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

(Emphasis mine)

Wow. Do you overflow with thankfulness?

When we put our roots into the Lord, into His Word, our faith is strengthened and our vision, our focus changes.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:15-17

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Colossians 4:2

(Emphasis mine in above verses)

When we let God’s peace rule our hearts, it’s a lot easier (note that I did not say easy, but easier) to be thankful, no matter what is going on in our lives. We know who is in control.

Be always thankful. Sing to God with thankful hearts. Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.  A thankful heart. Catch a theme in Colossians?

 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Easy? No, but we were told this path would not be.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2

Consider it an opportunity for great joy. Consider is more of a mental exercise than human nature. for it to become habit to look for the good, we have to consciously make that effort.

Why is it so important to have a thankful heart?

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Philippians 2:14-15

The world is watching. If we do not have the joy of the Lord, why would they want to know Jesus? HIf we are always complaining. Always arguing. Where is the difference between the followers of Christ and the people of this worldly generation? Where is the light? The salt?

To do everything without complaining is a tall order, one I fail probably daily. Multiple times. Yet, I have found that if my heart is focused on Him, the more I give thanks, the more I overflow in thankfulness, the less room for complaints.

I am excited to be able to co-host the Loft once again. The theme for the month of November is Thanksgiving.
The Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers
Graphic by Kerry Messer

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To Participate:

1. Be creative. We provide the prompt. You feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly prompt.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.

5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single prompt. Please make sure your post is on topic.

6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

The Loft Link Up
November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up in November.
NOTE: The Loft will be closed on November 25th so that we can celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with family.
I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!


Effective Natural Weed Killer

A cheap, natural weed killer that you probably already have in your house.... #earthday #banroundup #weeds #gardening @godschicki
Being a country girl at heart, going barefoot in my yard is something I love to do. “Earthing” as it is sometimes called today is something I do not even think about. Walking to the car to grab something, hanging clothes on the line,  and playing with the children, it just does not register in my brain to put on shoes. This has gotten me into trouble. I once had to were a pair of high heels (the only pair of shoes in my car at the time) home after taking my hubby to work because I did not put on shoes, and I couldn’t drive home barefoot (I’m pretty sure it is illegal here). But for the most part it’s not been bad.
I do not really care about weeds much (I love to use dandelion plants for various things), but recently these horrid little weeds began springing up in our yard. They have these very pretty little white flowers. They also have some nasty thorns. They have been everywhere. Not good for bare feet. Not my rather callused ones or my sweet children’s soft ones.
Not wanting to use the chemicals frequently used today for weed control (Monsanto’s Roundup has polluted a good portion-some reports say up to 75%- of rain water, and has even been found in breastmilk as a result, but this is another issue for another day!), I set out to find a natural alternative.
The answer was simple, and cheap. Salt. Yes. Less than $.50 a pound at the grocery. It keeps the roots of the plants from absorbing the nutrients it needs to grow as well as dehydrating the roots.
When applied to the base of the plant I have found it kill very effectively (water the plant when you apply the salt to carry it to the roots). In a few days your plant will be brown and dead. You can also mix it with water and pour on plants. In either case you may want to use a funnel or a piece of paper taped into a funnel to try to keep to the plant in question since salt will kill whatever plant it is put on.
We have had a couple of very small dead spots in out yard, but the weeds are gone (the spots didn’t last long, but the nasty weeds are still gone)! I will not be using this on the weeds in my garden since salt can stay in the soil for a while, preventing growth.
For the garden weeds I will just weed them out a little each day when we garden. One note about weeding-you have to get the roots out or the pesky weed will be right back.
Pouring salt out on weeds brought to mind some spiritual truths.
Spiritual truths from weeds and salt.... #weed #salt #saltandlight #biblestudy #jesus #christian #sin #community @godschicki
If we think of weeds as sin, think of salt as the fellowship with Christ-followers.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells his disciples “You are the salt of the earth.”

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

Being honest and open with each other as Christians is crucial to helping keep sin out of our lives. Will we slip up? Yes. But if there is something we struggle with continually, having an accountability partner (of the same sex) is vital to keeping that sin out of our lives.

Just like the salt keeps the roots of the weed from absorbing nutrients dehydrates them, the ‘salt’ of fellowship keeps the weeds of sin from absorbing nutrients from the soil of our hearts and helps spur us on wards towards the prize, helping us focus not on things of this world, but on Christ, essentially dehydrating sinful desires.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 3:12-13

 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left…

Hebrews 10:23-26

These are all from the NIV, but I would like to point out that several other translations say “For if we keep sinning…”.  I once heard a preacher say if there’s a ‘therefore’ or a ‘for’ you need to backtrack to see what it’s “there for”. Following a verse on fellowship and encouraging each other I would say that the two things are related, would you not?

I shared a little about this in Lesson From the Garden, but here are some other thoughts on weeding:

If your hand causes you to stumble,cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

Mark 9:43-45

Weeding is something that must been done to keep a garden growing. The roots of weeds will quickly choke our the plants your are trying to grow, tangling them hopelessly with their own. They steal vital nutrients from the soil. When you weed, you must not only get the leaves, or sprout, but the root as well. If you don’t take the root of the weeds, they will grown right back.
We need to pray daily and ask God to reveal the weeds of sin in our lives. To help us discover the roots of those sins. We have to keep on top of it. Weeds grow out of control quickly. If you see a weed and think “It’s just a small one, so I’ll leave it for another day.”, you have messed up big time. They, just like sin, grow exponentially.
Does a TV show or book cause you to dwell on lustful thoughts (as an example)? Stop watching or reading it.
Friends influence you to sin? Stop spending so much time with them. Surround yourself with godly friends who will encourage you to pursue God and hold your accountable. Find a mentor. Feed your soul. Watch what you feed your mind.
I love how everyday life can illustrate Spiritual truths.
 

Aerating

Come out to my garden with me. Mind the mud, we have had a lot of rain lately.
Today I am aerating around my plants a bit. The rain has packed the soil down considerably.
Aerating|Lessons From the Garden @godschicki
Aerating is basically puncturing the soil with spikes to break up the compacted soil to help the roots of plants better draw in the water and nutrients they need, as well as to encourage roots to go deeper and spread out, and by doing so making the plant grow even bigger and be more fruitful.

In the book of Acts (15:36-16:5), we are told God allowed the ministry of Paul and Barnabas to be divided. As a result Paul continued ministering with Silas and brought in Timothy. They went one way and the ministry God was using Barnabas in went another, allowing each minister to grow and spread roots in different directions.

Often we get nice and comfy where we are and God breaks things up because He knows we are creatures of comfort.  We like to feel settled and cozy where we are.

Moving away from the area I grew up in, leaving my church, all my friends and the ministries I was a part of, to a place more than an hour (and what seems like a world) away has been challenging, but has allowed and encouraged me to grow in the Lord. To rely on Him more fully. To turn to Him in prayer more.

Just some more ponderings from the garden.

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