Making Your House a Home

This week we are celebrating the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with some fun giveaways all centered around some aspect of homemaking. Yesterday was the first day of an iPad mini giveaway and today is a decor-themed giveaway. I wish I could win, but since I can’t, I’m rooting for one of you. ;)  If you are at all interested in purchasing the bundle, don’t miss out.   I’m even offering to share my commission by sending anyone who purchases the bundle through my link a $10 Amazon gift card.  Just email a copy of your receipt to simplelifeabundantlife (at) gmail (dot) com. Click any of the following links for more information on the books, the $200+ of free bonuses, or to purchase.

If you ever wish your heart could come through in the decor of your own home, then you will love today’s giveaway. It’s brought to you by all the lovely co-authors of Set Apart: Becoming a Woman of Virtue in a Modern World.  This devotional is one of the many encouraging books you will find in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale which is not going to be around for very long. set apart 3d

This giveaway is for over $100 worth of Mary and Martha products. If you are unfamiliar with Mary and Martha here is a quick run-down: A child company of Dayspring; Mary and Martha focus on helping you make entertaining simple. All products point to scripture with beautiful table settings, wall decor and more. Be sure to check our their site! (seriously, check it out to earn more entries in the giveaway!)

Blessed Home

One lucky winner will receive all of the items pictured above.

  • Blessed by the Grace of God wall hanging. Retailed at $54, this hanging measures 22 3/8″ x 15 3/4″ and is handcrafted in India.
  • Count Your Blessings Table Runner. Retailed at $32, this runner contains stamped on thankful messages, and is 72″ long x 13″ wide.
  • Blessings Placemats. Retailed at $22 these stamped placemats contain thankful sayings such as “Give Thanks”, “Savor the Moment”, “Have Seconds” and “Say Grace”.

Giveaway Sponsored by:

Kendra Stamy, A Proverbs 31 Wife.
Danielle Tate, More Than Four Walls.
Sarah Nichols, Simple Life, Abundant Life.
Jennifer Fountain, Growing Up Triplets.
Karli Von Herbulis, Feed Me Mama.
Anjanette Barr, Raising the Barrs.
Virginia George, Virginia George .Com.
Whitney Cornelison, Beauty in the Mess.
Ashley Roe, Joyful Thrifty Home
Jane Martin, Mary and Martha Independant Consultant.

US Winner only, Giveaway dates are April 23rd through April 28th. Prize will be shipped directly from Mary and Martha.

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2014 (+ iPad mini giveaway)

I am excited about this bundle sale.  It contains amazing resources from well-respected authors, all centered around homemaking.  Heaven knows I could use some help in that area. ;)  I also can’t even believe the sentence I’m about to type, but here it is: I have authored/co-authored THREE different books in this bundle.  In case you were wondering, our devotional More Than A Holiday is included along with Set Apart: Becoming a Woman of Virtue in a Modern World and The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies.

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***Before you go on, I wanted to make sure you don’t miss my special offer.  If you purchase this bundle through one of my links and send a copy of your receipt to simplelifeabundantlife (at) gmail (dot) com, I will share my commission with you by sending you a $10 Amazon gift card to say thanks! OK, carry on….Get The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle--Hurry: Sale 6 Days Only!

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and it’s better than ever!

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See the full list of 80+ eBooks, audio files, eCourses & printable packs included in the sale HERE.

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This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

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Don’t forget, if you purchase through my link and send a copy of your receipt to simplelifeabundantlife (at) gmail (dot) com, I will share my commission with you by sending you a $10 Amazon gift card.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Click here to read the fine print about this bundle. Click here to read the answers to frequently asked questions.

And now for the giveaway:


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It Cost Him Everything

lightstock_80434_medium_user_2412442This is a special guest post from a certain man I’m pretty fond of. He’s a youth pastor and the father of our children. Everyday he is a living example of selfless love to me and our boys and I am proud, honored, and extremely blessed to call him husband. I hope you enjoy his words as much as I do.

If you were asked the question –”What is the one single event that has had the most historical significance across the world over?” How would you answer?

Would you say it was creation?

God created everything you see around us and it is beautiful. There was nothing and then there was everything. That was a pretty big event.

Was it the Fall?

Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s directives and eat from the tree that they
were commanded not to eat from. We’ve inherited a sin nature from Adam because of this action.

Was it the birth of Christ?

This was an event that had a huge significance to all of Israel and even humanity. God’s Messiah had arrived! The pomp that was on display was amazing. Prophecy was being
fulfilled and the angels were singing praise to God.

I asked the youth this same question a few weeks ago and these were some of the answers I got.

I would argue that the death and resurrection of Christ are the most important to all of history.

This event is one that has changed the course of history and the eternal destiny of billions of people. In fact, as you read through the Old Testament, history from the very beginning was building towards this event.

In the Garden of Eden, a prophecy was given that promised this event. Genesis 3:15 tells us:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

God was talking to the serpent (Satan) and promised that he would strike the
heel of the women’s offspring. This happened when Christ died on the cross. He also promised the offspring of the women would crush the head of serpent. This happened when Christ rose from the grave and conquered death.

This prophecy is one filled with hope as it is the first promise of the Messiah, but it’s also one that is filled with mercy. Adam and Eve had just done exactly what God had asked them not to do. They ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He promised that if they did that, they would die. When they ate that fruit, physical death and spiritual death were introduced into the world (Romans 5:12). Even though they had just sinned, God was going to show them and the rest of humanity mercy. They were not deserving of His mercy and yet His love overflowed and mercy was introduced.

What is Mercy?

Mercy comes from the Greek word eleos which means showing mercy or compassion. It can be defined as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”  As sinners, it is well within God’s right to bring judgment upon us. A price has to be paid for sin.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Yet God, through His mercy, does not want us to have to pay this price on our own. So He sent the Messiah to restore our relationship with Him.

In Isaiah, the prophet writes about the coming Messiah:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5


The prophet was describing the crucifixion of Christ, some 700 years before it happened. He was going to suffer a terribly painful death for us. His death paid the price of Sin. So while He suffered, it was an act of Mercy towards us, Isaiah tells us, because it brought peace to us, and we are healed.

Our relationship with God can be restored because of the Cross.

History was building to this event- the death and resurrection of Christ. Christ suffered a horrible brutal death. He was whipped and beaten. He was mocked and spat upon. He was nailed to the cross and exposed to the elements to die. And yet God took this terrible instrument of cruelty and turned it into something beautiful. Christ rose from the grave three days later. Death was beaten, Christ gained victory over it! Through this victory mercy was shown to us! We were not deserving of it, but because of God’s great love for us, mercy was made available to us. Titus 3:5 tells us that “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy…”. We can have a living hope because of the mercy that was shown to us. Peter writes:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:3

Mercy is free for us. We don’t have to do anything to acquire it except to ask for it. However, mercy wasn’t free for God. It cost Him everything. It cost Him His Son’s life. That is about as high a price that can be paid for something.

How do you respond to this gift of mercy?