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Monday, August 22, 2016

{ Dear Friend..... }

I'm so enjoying doing the study Fit For My King with my sweet Friend, Ms. Barb.  I'm gleaning so much more reading it through and jotting down notes the second time than I  did the first go-round.  It's so important in everything that we do in this life to have an accountability partner.  Left on our own, lots of excuses will be made to just give up or take a day off or whatever we tell ourselves at any given moment.  As I was reading yesterday's devotional, this verse of scripture stood out to me.  I looked it up in the NLT and loved how it was worded in that version because it used the word "friend".

This is my prayer for each and every person who visits my blog, leaves a sweet comment here or on Facebook, sends me a personal e-mail, whatever you do that brings a word of encouragement to my heart and soul.


I sincerely HOPE you have a Marvelous Monday chock full of blessings!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

{ Friday Foto Friends #41 }

 It wasn't intentional, but it seems I focused on trees this week.  
Here's a few pics I captured on a morning walk and at my Mom's.






I'm so excited for the weekend because of the expectation of HOPEfully getting to see one of my dearest friends.  
It's probably been five years and that's way too long!

Looking forward to seeing everybody's pics for FFF.

HOPE you have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

{ An Inquiring Mind Wants to Know }

Hey, sweet People!

I've got a personal question for y'all today.

What's your all-time favorite Bible verse, or verses.....
something that you seem to just return to because it speaks to your ?

I've got a reason for asking, but that's a secret!



PLEASE take just a minute to let me know either here, via e-mail at wiseoldowldesigns@comcast.net, or on my Facebook Page.  You can click on the link below to go there.....


Here are a few of mine.....








HOPE everybody has an awesome Thursday!

And, don't forget.....
tomorrow is Friday Foto Friends!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

{ Wednesday's Word - Accountability }

"The first fall of man was between a woman and food - could that be why women have been struggling with this food issue and our body image ever since?"
~~~Sheri Rose Shepherd~~~

I told y'all about this book......



in this post, Fit For My King.

I highly recommend that you get the book if you struggle with how you've taken care of your body over the years. From speaking to other ladies, I know I'm not in this boat alone.  If you have no problems in that area, just the devotions are well worth the 30 days it will take for you to finish this very well-written and in my opinion, God-ordained journey written by Ms. Sheri Rose Shepherd (who, is now going through cancer treatments).  She is open and honest about her past and how she overcame the guilt and shame she carried around but only through her salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.

One of the sweetest and most thoughtful ladies I've ever met, Ms. Barbara, asked me if I would pray about doing this devotional and eating plan with her.  We both had already gone through the 30 days of devotions, but hadn't stuck with the recommended eating plan.  As we talked on the phone, I shared with her that I did my best at sticking to a plan if I was being held accountable.   I did pray about it and was a bit torn as to what to tell her, but then I realized it was simply Satan holding me back and telling me "you can't stick to such a rigid plan."  He really likes to get into our heads and convince us we cannot accomplish something when God tells us in His word that we can do ALL things through His strength.  SONday morning, before our SS class, I told Ms. Barbara, "YES"......
and during our class one of the best SS teachers I've ever had (besides Ms. Thelma, of course) shared during our lesson how we need to be accountable to one another.  After class, we told said that we knew his statement was a confirmation we'd made the right decision!  Ain't God so good at showing up at just the right time with exactly the right words?

So, our journey has begun.
She has a goal......
I have a goal!
Not sure mine can be met in only 30 days, but we're hoping this will be the start of a brand new journey in taking care of our "temple" and giving God ALL the Glory!

Who knows.....
in the future, this might turn into something a group of us girls can do together.








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(if you're interested in what this plan consists of, 
please contact me @wiseoldowldesigns@comcast.net.  When I say "rigid", it's actually a low-carb diet and for a sugarholic like myself, that's tough!)

HOPE everybody has a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

{ Tutorial Tuesday }

Do y'all like to journal?
Or, maybe just like to have something to write on to take notes as you're reading your Bible and doing your devotions?

I love pretty journals, but not so much what some of them cost.
So, what's a girl to do?
Why, make her own, of course!

I started with a composition book that you can buy pretty cheap right now because of all the school supplies on sale.....


Dug out my stash of scrapbook papers and embellishments......


Grabbed a pair of scissors and a glue stick......

uh-oh, I didn't get pics, but y'all know what those look like.

Decided what colors I wanted my journal and started cutting and gluing and embellishing and came up with this.....

Front

Back
Did y'all notice the binding?
It's actually duct tape that my sweet friend, Stephanie, from church got me!

I've already starting using it to take notes as I do the Fit For My King devotional study with another friend from church, Ms. Barbara. I also took it to the doctor's office yesterday to jot down some notes about my Momma's visit.

How about y'all?
Have you ever made a journal/notebook similar to this?  
I'd love to see your version.
(I bet Ms. Mary's made one!)

HOPE everybody has a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

{ Miscellaneous Monday }

I thought I'd share some pics with y'all today of things that make me smile.....
or laugh out loud!



Spider Lace that comes up volunteer every year.
I these flowers because the original seed came from Mammie, my paternal grandmother.



Our new grand gecko, Lizzy Grace.
If you saw my post on Facebook, you know it's gonna be Nannie's job to feed this reptile when the kids are out of town.  The bad part, besides that THIS.IS.A.REPTILE, is what it eats.
LIVE crickets, People.


I saw this T-shirt at Wal-Mart and wondered if you could buy them in bulk!
LOL!


I went for my physical last week and this was on the wall in the exam room.



There's a young lady I go to church with who sells Thirty-One products.  Occasionally, she has a "flash sale" on her Facebook page and that's where this zipper pouch came from.  I LOVE it (can you tell me why?) except it didn't have handles.  So, I dug through my stash and found  this webbing in a dark green, cut it to the length I needed, sewed it to the bag......
and now I it even more with handles!




And, I'll leave you with this.
My hubby didn't understand the humor in this at all.
Please tell me that you all find it as funny as I do.

HOPE everybody has a Marvelous Monday!