April Lessons And A Link Up!

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1. Mornings go better when you start with Bible time.  

I used to always do my personal devotions in the morning, but somewhere between the first child and the third, the desperate desire for sleep took over.  For the last couple years I have been letting the kids wake me up in the morning.  When I do that, I have to jump right into dressing and feeding three little people, and by the time I am finished all thoughts of finding a quiet place for morning devotions have evaporated from my mind.

I have been trying for the last month to do better about getting up before the kids come traipsing into my room in the mornings.  Even if I only beat them by fifteen minutes, I feel so much more rested and in control of the day when I start with a quiet time with the Lord.  And on the days when I succumb to temptation and hit snooze, I can tell the difference.

2. Flowers on a kitchen table bring the whole room to life.  

Why have I not been buying fresh flowers for the kitchen table for years?  I was forced into buying some flowers earlier this month, then I was given some flowers for my last day of work (that's a whole other story - I'm sure I'll be telling you all about it soon).  Between those two bouquets, there have been flowers on the table for most of the month - and I love it!  It has brought a little springtime into my life while I wait for the outside to catch up.  Pink flowers are my personal favorite, even though they don't go with my dining room colors.

3. Current country music stinks.  

I used to be a fan, I really did.  Back when all the greats were in their heyday, when they sang about family and love stories and hometowns and love of country.  But now every time I take a chance and turn the dial to a country station, all I hear about is drinking and hooking up and revenge and how some girl looks in tight jeans.  No thank you.  Let me know when country artists grow up again and use their words to portray something other than hormonal teenagers.

Scotty Mcreery, you are the one exception that I can find right now.  Stay wholesome.

4. That whole "hot coals" thing works.

Here is the verse, just in case it's been a while since you've read it.

I am not going to go into the whole story, but let's just say I felt a little wronged by someone recently (not my family, so don't think that).  So I bought them food, just because, and you should have seen how nicely I was treated after that.  Now don't go heaping coals on anyone's head expecting anything in return, because you won't always get seeming evidence of a change of heart.  But you know what you will get?  A reward from the Lord, and that is something special.  Scripture is true, guys.

P.S. I love Proverbs.

5. You can have a "midlife crisis" in your twenties.  

I always think of a midlife crisis as a time when you are having an identity crisis.  Identity crises are not always tied to aging; they can happen any time a part of your identity is threatened or removed.  I have been a little lost the last month or two, because I feel like part of who I am (dental hygienist) is no longer as certain as it has been for the past seven years.  And this is a whole post that I have in my drafts, so stay tuned.

6.  I have a book problem.

I am in the process of redecorating our room, and we bought a new bed and nightstands, which forced me to remove all the books from the "to-read" pile that had accumulated in my old nightstand.

Those are all the books I have yet to read.  And yet I still keep buying more.  And signing up for more reviews.  It's like a sickness.

7.  Springtime doesn't have to be so bad.  

Usually I am not a fan of springtime, at least not where I live.  The mountains get yucky and muddy this time of year.  Spring has always been my least favorite season.  However, this could be the year that changes my mind about springtime.  It's been gorgeous outside for most of March and April, which is highly unusual.  Despite the fact that the lack of moisture (i.e. snow) is concerning, I have to admit that I am finally starting to see the appeal of springtime.  It's pretty exciting to see God's creation come to life like it has this year, and it makes me appreciate His creativity more!

Did you learn any lessons in April?

(Also linking up my lessons with Chatting At The Sky.)


I am so thrilled to be co-hosting the Faith and Fellowship linkup with Susannah from Simple Moments Stick!  I have been following Susannah's blog for a few years, and she now has an adorable five month old boy.  She and I also have a mutual real-life friend (hi Ashley!), and when I realized this, the song "It's A Small World After All" might have played in my mind.

It's been so fun to watch Susannah's family and blog grow as I've been following over the years, and her Faith and Fellowship linkup is one of my favorites (and one of the few that I've actually participated in since Clyde has been born!

If you have written any faith-related posts in the last week or so, this is the linkup for you!  Check it out!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.

2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.

3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

This Week's Cohost:

My name is Callie, and I blog at Through Clouded Glass about a variety of things, like pregnancy, motherhood, DIY attempts, and recipes.  However, my main goal for my blog is to share my faith in Jesus Christ through what I write and to encourage other women to focus on their impact for eternity, even through the day-to-day (and sometimes mundane sides) of life.

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:

Life on the Parsons Farm
Infertility: What to (NOT) Say

Spoons of Grace
Work: The Struggle is Real

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:

Made to Bloom
Confession of a Busy Mom

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com

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Trena said...

I hear ya on the country music! I have satellite radio and if I'm in the mood for country, I listen to Prime Country, the good country music from the 80's and 90's.

Bijee said...

I have been trying to get up for time in my word also for a while now, and failing miserably at it. Its actually easier for me when it is warm and sunny so hopefully I will get back in the habit soon. I love having fresh flowers in the house it makes an amazing difference. Have a great weekend pretty lady!

veronica said...

How is it already May?! I'm totally with you on the morning quite time with God...however for the last 2.5 weeks Rebekah has been waking up at 5:18 AM :-/ soooo, I have been doing my quiet time during morning nap time. And I love Proverbs too :)

MorningMotivatedMom said...

I LOVE you book pile. So good. :)

I agree that starting mornings in God's Word is so key. I'm trying to make it the first thing I do every morning. It's one of my goals for May.

Callie Nicole said...

That really was the prime of country music! I get too depressed when I think about it to even attempt to listen to it anymore. If you hear of any more wholesome artists, let me know!

Callie Nicole said...

I definitely think it's easier to drag myself out of bed in the summer! The sunshine just puts me in the right mood. :-)

Callie Nicole said...

Ugh! It is so hard when the kids wake up earlier than you do! My kids always seem to wake up with the sun, so it gets worse in the summertime. It's been mostly 6:00 mornings around here lately. :-/

Callie Nicole said...

It is so hard to drag myself out of bed sometimes! And yes, haha, the book pile is out of control ;-)

Elle said...

It's so nice to meet you through the link-up!
YES to starting the morning with devotions. I wish I was more determined and disciplined to do it, but when I do, I see a difference to the rest and peace in my heart the rest of the day compared to leaving it for the last minute before falling asleep when it's hard to focus.

YES, I typically have fresh flowers on my kitchen table from March until Octoberish, especially when the farmer's markets are open in the summer. I like saving the flowers that dry nicely and then I decorate my table and living room with those in late fall and winter for some blooms.Dried lavender and babies breath are my favorite dried flowers.

Cheryl Smith said...

I love your blog! So happy you co-hosted the link-up this week and took the time to come by and visit me. I am now your newest follower...looks like I am the 500th one!! God bless you :)

Callie Nicole said...

Oh yay, Cheryl! My 500th follower! I feel like I need to find you a prize or something, haha! :-)

Callie Nicole said...

I'll have to remember the dried flowers for the winter time - great idea!

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