Tuesday, October 25

The Simple Woman's Daybook (October 2022 Edition)

    For Today

Looking out my window... 

The first roll of smoke from the chimney for the season has always made my heart sing and my bones go, "ahhhh!"!

I am thinking... how fast time is moving and how precious it is

I am thankful... for God's provision! And for all the months I have spent preparing and stocking up our pantry for hard times ahead.

One of my favorite things... making my own cleaning supplies. I have never been one to buy a large number of cleaning supplies, so I find making my own to be so easy, so natural, so cheap and the smell is wonderful.

I am wearing... warm gray joggers and a soft white long sleeve pullover

I am creating... satisfying meals

I am watching... this. I have been following Brian for over a year and have gained some understanding into the stock market, inflation, recession, etc. It is hard to find someone who is straight talking, can share in laymen's terms, and is not over-the-top. You might want to give him a listen.

I am reading... 

I am listening to... this and feeling the sting

I am hoping... a good settle rain arrives soon as things are just now getting a bit dry.

In the garden... tilled over til Spring

In the kitchen... all things apple goodness

In the homeschool room... slow and steady with my Samuel

Shared Quote 

"When David faced Goliath, he didn't talk about how dangerous Goliath was...he talked about how great God is!"

A moment from my day... doing my dishes is a joy when I have this lovely calendar to look at! I mentioned more about it in the October Gazette below.

Post Script

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Well, I made it dear friends! The month is almost over, but October still lingers. My goal is to post a Simple Woman's Daybook and a Simple Woman's Gazette once a month. I pray they encourage you in some way and you are being blessed by the simplicity of them. 

Until November...

Please find links on the sidebar where you can follow and you are always welcome to reach out by emailing me at thesimplewoman@gmail.com

Monday, October 10

The Simple Woman's Gazette :: Whatsoever things... {October}

~Issue 2 ~ 2022~

Inside this issue:

from my desk - greetings 
one by one a thankful heart
sing praise - listen and worship
at the well - living water
home and hearth - the loving and the keeping
a woman's altar - pressing in and digging deeper
noteworthy - too good not to share
the archivesfrom the simple woman

From My Desk...

Hello and welcome to the October issue of The Simple Woman's Gazette! To say I am blown away would be an understatement on the response I received last issue! Your kind and encouraging words were such a blessing and deeply spoke confirmation to me in starting up this little good-news gazette. Thank you!

Dear Friends,
If you read the last issue, you will notice I have added an extra page to the gazette this month. It just made perfect sense to me, since I have always been about the loving and the keeping of my home and the passing of that on to other women

As I settle into a monthly posting rhythm here at the blog, I will no longer be creating posts that stand alone, unless they are a large post with a set purpose to share. I really like doing this format as I have for years with the daybook, a once a month sharing that holds a larger offering. 

So please get a cup of something good and hot and settle in for a little visit.

~One By One~

a wonderful growing season
having a stocked food supply
a diligent husband
hearing our Samuel singing beside us in church
the feedback I received from issue one of the gazette

~Sing Praise~

I knew I had to share this with you after I heard it. It could be my theme song for 2022.
Do you see the evidence of God all over your life? Haven't looked in awhile, please stop and look! 

~At The Well~
This past Sunday as we stood to begin praise and worship, one of my most favorite aspects of gathering together as a body, I had a little inside giggle with the Lord. 

First a bit of background...

You know when you begin to stretch for a workout and your muscles begin to warm easing the stiffness of that muscle that may not been worked for awhile and it feels so good. Well, as I stood up my praise and worship "muscle" was already warmed and ready to stretch. Why? Because I had made the time that morning to get up early, open my Bible, take the cap off of my highlighter, pray and begin my time with Jesus! It does not happen every single Sunday morning, but most often it does because of the habit I began building years ago.

So, as I was singing the first words at 8:30, a.m., I had been warmed up hours earlier because my praise and worship began quietly and intimately at 5:30 a.m. I have been in that place where praise and worship felt distant, forced, scattered, you know when you go through the motions without getting anywhere.

For me personally, I have felt angst and even guilt because I was reminded that it had been too long since I read my Bible, took notes, highlighted sections that spoke strongly to my life, really just not taking the needed time to sit and just be with my Savior. Not anymore and I am so happy I made the commitment and not only the commitment, but I put actions to my words. Sometimes the want-to is hot, but the follow through waxes cold.

So as I stood, my praise and worship simply felt like an extension to my morning devotion...in other words, I was already warmed through and through from spending that time earlier with Jesus and he already knew what I had just learned.

~Home and Hearth~

For this issue, I want to bring your attention to my sidebar where I wrote an eight part study entitled, Homemaking...more than dishes and laundry that you may be of interest. I wrote it months ago, but you may have missed it. Here is a quote taken from part seven, entitled, "Pocket Moments". 

"God knows your intentions and sees your heart and would be honored to have even your stolen thoughts, praise, thanksgiving, and adoration that you give or even those "pocket moments" during those run-thru kind of days. We should not set out to make this a habit, but it just has to be okay some days." 

 ~A Woman's Altar~

It is here that I want to share with you something that is near and dear to my heart. I have embarked on a personal study to learn more about the names of God and I will be using this space from time to time to share my findings. There are specific names used in the Bible that God used for himself. So come along with me as we look at these beautiful names of God.

This month, I will begin with the name, Elohim. The very first name the Lord uses to describe Himself is the name ELOHIM. Being the first name of God makes it vitally important that we understand the truth found in this magnificent name. 

This name is used over 30 times in Genesis chapter one alone and 2,570 times in the Old Testament. Every time the English word God is mentioned in the Bible (KJV), it refers to ELOHIM--our Creator." 

Wow! Don't you just love when you find out the broken down translations of words
from the original Greek text. I find that sadly, the word of God being put into the English language has some how lost some of its beauty. The words themselves are beautiful and rich and very much alive and breathing life into us when it's read. It is like water turning to wine once you have the full intended meaning I think. They are no less powerful, don't get me wrong, but I guess I love words that are full and not weakened or watered-down.

The "magnificent" name of God, Elohim! The creator, the hanger of the sun, divider of the day and night, the master artist, thinker of great and mighty things, royal planner, bringer of color, giver of life. 

I am not sure any words I share in this space each issue will do my Lord any justice. It is so very hard to put into any words how I feel about God. I believe we can only fathom the tip of the iceberg when we think of how our God created. Our minds are so small, but our thanksgiving should be large and the time that its takes to contemplate these things even larger. I speak as one who wants more of him, more of what he can place into this little mind of mine...so I search, won't you search alongside of me.

Read Genesis 1:1-4


The Peace of Wild Things
~Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting in their light.
For a time I rest in the grace for the world, and I am free.

from the lovely 2022 calendar by Leana Fischer from May We Fly
I am so excited to see what she does for 2023! I love her work! Please check her out, she is currently working on next year's calendar with the theme, "Quiet Earth".

~ The Archives

My Simplicity
{2002 journal entry}

"When I started the women's group, Lives of Simplicity, I had a vision of the beautiful word, simplicity. What that meant to me was indeed the physical simplicity that falls under the umbrella of things such as; soap making, bread baking, making food from scratch, raising animals, growing a garden, preserving your own food, etc., but, for me it goes so much deeper than these things. It is having a spirit of simplicity that begins with a thought process of how I look at and see things in life. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been in the company of simplicity, a love for simple things, the things that most often people just pass by either to get to the next thing or see them, but without pause, value or appreciation.

When I smell the air right before the rain arrives, the sound of the first Spring Peepers, the train off in the distance and knowing well which of the 5 roads it is crossing, the moon's glow through the skylight falling across my face as I drift off into sleep, the majesty of mountains and rolling hills, sitting by a lake shore in sweet contemplation, the brilliance of the cornfields in fall as the sun's slant lights them up...I could go on and on. These things make up the fiber of who I am, it is a state of mind and a comforted soul intertwined within an intimate ongoing relationship with God, our creator, that sets me up to be content and at peace." 

Note to add ~ Over a decade of time, Lives of Simplicity (see more about this first Yahoo group on the sidebar) evolved from a group to a blog entitled, The Simple Woman. The rest is history, but the love of simplicity will always remain.

Until next time...

In closing, I pray that this second issue of The Simple Woman's Gazette has been a blessing to you. Would you consider sharing it with others or sharing the link to my blog. I would appreciate it very much!

If you would like to drop me a line, please feel free to do so by emailing thesimplewoman@gmail.com or you could always leave a comment. 

I welcome your thoughts!

Finally brothers and sisters, whatsoever things are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable,—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—think (dwell) on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Tuesday, September 20

The Simple Woman's Gazette :: Whatsoever things... {September}



~Issue 1~

What's inside each issue:

from my desk - greetings 
one by one - a thankful heart
sing praise - listen and worship
at the well - living water
a woman's altar - pressing in and digging deeper
noteworthy - too good not to share
the archives~ from the simple woman

From My Desk...

Hello and welcome to the first issue of The Simple Woman's Gazette! Well, maybe not the first issue, but very close to it. There may have been a few issues sent out in the past, but those are long gone over the years and forgotten.

 I was lamenting the other day of promises made and promises not kept, wondering how in the world one revives something that is nearly gone. And not only how do you resurrect it, but once it begins to breath, how do you keep it breathing?

The blog identity is on life-support in our culture or is it, things are changing so fast that you have to wonder if anything you share with another in social circles ever gets seen, cared about and most importantly has it made a difference. 

I had a long stretch of days for my emotionally charged grief since most of it was spent sick in bed. Once I was well enough to sit up, I began to sort my fevered thoughts into a plan, I pulled out a stack of notebooks full of past articles, blog posts, that maybe someday book I thought I would write, chapter after chapter, dating back to 2000. 

As I turned page after page tears began to fill my eyes. How was it that what I deemed so
 vitally important at the time as a woman, as a wife and as a mother, had now somehow become out of date, old-fashion and obsolete in the eyes of the culture. I thought surely there are others, there still must be women out there who feel alone walking their path, who feel unsupported while they raise children, who feel afraid of what the future holds, who feel lost in the noise and are lacking peace in their own hearts. 

Did I have anything to offer them? Was everything already said? Would I be adding to the noise of already harried lives? Or could I bring a ray of hope, a word of wisdom from a life lived, encouragement amidst tear stained pillow nights, or inspiration from a deep well of faith?

And then...after a few days days of pondering on these thoughts, the fog cleared from my own weary soul and I knew I had listened to the lie long enough that said, "Who would care what you write, let alone read it?" I had heard that voice before and it was then I pulled on truth that would knock it down to size and call it out for the lie it was. 

From there I would try, I had to try in order to fulfill a personal calling I committed myself to years ago, a longing that had stirred in my heart to once again revisit words. Putting words to paper had always been a joy to me, but now the reviving process was staring me in the face. 

So, I came full circle after those first weeks to the question that needed answered, "But, how do you resurrect it and once it begins to breath, how do you keep it breathing?"

I rumbled back and forth with myself knowing I had told readers in the past of upcoming content, things I had been working on, ideas that were on the way only to fall short on promises. Would it go this way again? 

Then...I opened my Bible and remembered this beautiful command.

Finally brothers and sisters, whatsoever things are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable,—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—think (dwell) on these things.
Philippians 4:8

There it was "dwell on these things". My life outside of this blog is filled with this goodness, but I knew I had to share that here at The Simple Woman. I want to share how I live in these things (and not always from a place of perfect circumstances), live on these things, live from these things, have them be such a part of your life that they inhabit you and ultimately dwell in you. 

We all need to pass the goodness along, pass it along...

~One By One~

good health after sickness
relationships with friends
habits that bring value
making bread by hand
making a return to writing

~Sing Praise~

Turn this one up loud!

~At The Well~
I wanted to share a little idea that may be new to you and come in handy during your time spent in the Word. I love to sit at my desk and have a nice sturdy area to write and to be able to lay out all my resources. In the dark early morning though, I find a comfy spot on the couch to sit with only my Bible, pencil and Bible markers. The only thing wrong with this is not having the supported surface and the ability to bring my Bible up to a readable level...until now. 

A few months ago I was looking at the cutting boards at Walmart and saw this pretty one by Pioneer Woman. I knew there was no way my knife would be cutting on this one, but it would be the perfect size for a base to put on my lap during my morning study times. I hope you find this idea useful as well.

 ~A Woman's Altar~

Romans 8:35-39

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For your sake we are killed all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these thins we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

If these words are not an encouragement then we must be asleep! Oh, that we might be very much awake and keeping our lamps full of oil. It is time to be vigilant and watchful. We need to be in the Word in order to find our strength and courage for each day. It is only the Lord who can sustain and keep us in times of trouble, sickness, or despair and it is running down around us nearly every day.

I read a lot about self-sufficiency, self sustaining, finding self this and that, we are not self sustaining. Ever cut your finger and see the little drops of blood drip out until we get the band-aid out of the cabinet? We are but a vapor. I wonder as we run hither and yon if we have not gotten so self dependent  that we have crowded our Lord right out of the day to day equation. Could be time to get back to the basics of Christ and dwell on that goal, instead of fretting over the next best thing.


Out in the Fields With God

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees;
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;
Among the rustling of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born
Out in the fields with God.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Could be that Elizabeth was onto something, could we learn from her lovely inspired words!

~ The Archives

Letting my Light So Shine
{2009 journal entry}

Little pieces of summer lie around the house giving small hints of what is now behind, and like the remnants, it is the same with our past, be it a day, a month or a year. We take the best, keep them and let the others behind, like footprints in the sand...washed away by the salty sea.

I have been thinking of those little pieces of my journal that I have written here over the years. And for the past week or so have renewed my commitment of encouraging women in their walk with Christ. Having path weariness of uncharted and encumbered walks, I am turning myself gracefully to the one that I walk best, the one that is not heavy and staggered by new or changing times. 

I am finding my voice once again, be it shaky it is still there and yet to find it's time to be used for the glory of God. May the light still shine even though the bushel basket fell lightly upon it, if only for a time.

Until next time...

In closing, I pray that this first issue of The Simple Woman's Gazette has been a blessing to you. Would you consider sharing it with others or sharing the link to my blog. I would appreciate it very much!

If you would like to drop me a line, please feel free to do so by emailing thesimplewoman@gmail.com or you could always leave a comment. 

I welcome your thoughts!