Author Archives: Jayne

About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.

What’s Your Problem?

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“In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.” Psalm 36:2

When I first read this verse I could apply it to many people. I had one person in particular in mind. Then the Lord showed me that it also applied to me.

I have always known that I have a temper. I say I got it honest from my dad. There is a verse that applies to this as well. It is one of my favorites. Proverbs 30:33 says, “For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” I get angry about something and I just can’t seem to let it go. I think about it and think about it till I am like a volcano about to erupt. You can literally see the smoke going out of my ears and nose. Ok, not really but my family knows when I’m mad just by looking at me. One of my eyebrows rises. I got that from my mom. Her’s went up when she was mad, too. When it was up you knew to steer clear. Far away clear! My family has learned the same thing.

Like the alcoholic that doesn’t see drinking as a problem, I didn’t see my anger as a problem. Like the alcoholic, I didn’t want to admit it. But once I admitted it as a problem and handed it over to God He began a mighty work in me.

He showed me what triggered my anger. Sometimes it is worse when I am totally female (if you get my drift). I have learned to look for that and do something on those days that keeps me busy and focused on something positive. I sing a lot more now. Something about singing helps me to express my emotions better. So many Christian songs are out there that express exactly what I am feeling. This blog is a huge help. I have found that the truth really does set you free. When I am open and honest with you, my readers, Satan’s hold is broken!

There are many things that can be a problem. There are the more obvious one’s like alcohol and drugs, but there are the subtle one’s too. We all have a problem that we need to give to God and allow Him to clean them out of our hearts. Do not flatter yourself into thinking that you don’t have one. You do. If you can’t see it ask God to reveal it, but be ready. It isn’t going to be pretty and you aren’t going to like it. Just except it and ask God to clean it out of your heart so you can become more like Jesus. Isn’t that you goal anyway? If not, it should be.

Father, we are a new creation if we have excepted Jesus as  our personal Savior. As a new creation we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Sometimes that means we have to take a hard look at the ugly in our hearts. The mess is sometimes way too big for us to clean and we need help. Let us never be too proud to admit the we need help. Humble us so we can be helped.

Read: Psalm 36 and apply it to yourself instead of that person that comes to mind.

 

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The Hardest Time

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“The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.” Numbers 13:1

Ok, so I’m trying to move my name domain  from wordpress.com to another registrar. I’m moving because when I signed up for worpress.com I really hadn’t done my homework about starting a blog as a business. What I should have done is gotten a domain registrar site and a host site that has wordpress.org. WordPress .com dosen’t allow ads unless you have an outrageously high number of views a day, like over 830 a day! Yes, I was just excited about the whole blog thing and was naive about much. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this.

Anyway, registrar is switched, but when I tried to get on, a whole other page popped up. It had His Heart And Home as its title. I was listed as the author. But everything I had written since June was gone. Vanished. Not to be found. I was panicking. Big time panicking. One of those times I wouldn’t listen to anyone and just wanted My Man to fix it. He is good at fixing things. He is very good with computers. I wanted him to fix it and he said, “I don’t know what to do.” OH, the horror of those words! I didn’t sleep well at all last night. Ok, I was really just too hot, but when I woke up my blog was the first thing on my mind.

I do apologize to those of you who follow my blog via subscription by e-mail and got a couple of extra e-mails last night. That’s when I could get to my dashboard but not view my post. Again, PAN-IC-KING!!!!! And so mad!!!

I’m still not sure if I can put the ads on. Haven’t tried and am not gonna till MM gets home to help me. Oh, I hope it is fixed.  We could really use some extra income. And having it on another registrar will allow me to reach more people for Jesus. That is and always has been first and foremost the thing I have wanted to do. I would rather reach one soul for Jesus than make $100,000,000. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could reach 100,000,000 souls?!!!

So, again I am trusting God to get all this worked out for His glory. I truly feel this was all His idea. I just need to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” If I had been all this in the first place, I would not have had to take the long detour to get to where He wants me to be.

Father, I know that you lead us to new endeavors.  Still, we don’t need to jump in feet first without checking things out. We need to get organized before we start. As, You lead us, teach us to look to You for wisdom and follow Your guidence.

Read: James 1:19-20

Check out some of my decorating ideas for the Christmas season and recipes found under Home and Garden and Kitchen.

The Old and The New

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

There are many things listed in the Bible that we need to repent from: gossiping, slander, stealing, adultery, etc.. But there are some things that aren’t specifically listed. God does tell us not to think too highly of ourselves (Romans 12:3)  I think this applies to  thinking too lowly of ourselves too. We each have our own area of that.

Growing up I never really felt all that smart. I struggled somewhat in school. Never really knew where I belonged, academically. If I were with the “average” students I made straight A’s. If I were with the “advanced” students I struggled anywhere from B’s to F’s. I know part of my struggle came from my family moving three times in between my first-third grade years. I missed out on some of the basic concepts and played catch-up for the rest of my school days.

Since school was a struggle for me I didn’t try really hard at it. I was a latch-key kid so there was no real follow-up on homework or projects. Back then there wasn’t many, if any, parent-teacher conferences so, my parents were clueless. At least, I thought they were. I would change the grades on my report card. Easy to do when they were hand written, not computer generated like today.  If they ever knew that I changed my grades they never said anything about it or punished me.  Nor did my parents have a way to keep up with my grades on computer like I can keep up with Dillon’s.

This self-esteem of being average has carried over into adulthood. Psychologists  say we are shaped by our past. I agree. BUT…

I have accepted Christ as my Savior. I have been made new in Christ. I don’t have to see myself as average anymore. That is my old self. God created me just the way I am and I am smart, if I learn something the way He created me to learn it.  He has shown me how I learn best and I am beginning to apply that to my life. There are other ways He is showing me that I don’t have to be anymore; that I can choose to repent and change my thinking. Like being a latch-key kid. He is always there for me. He is always ready to help me learn something new, whether it be about myself or something about the computer. (Right now I am very computer illiterate! lol One reason He gave me My Man! I let him figure it out then show me how to do it. That’s how I learn best!)

What do you struggle with? Perhaps you feel unliked, ugly, or just simply not enough. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not good enough. Ask God to show you why you think that way, and what you need to do to repent from that and how to transform your thinking.  Ask how God sees you and begin to believe it. You are dearly loved, Beloved!

Father, help me to receive your healing and forgiveness for things in my past. Show me how I am made new in You.

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Still

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I still have Dillon at home. Not for much longer I know, but for today and that’s all I have…today.

Kathy is still an Evans. That will change soon, too. She will become a Smith. But, I will still love her no matter what her last name is.

I still love to hear Will laugh. His laugh is contagious. When you hear it you have to at least smile. He has a “from the gut” laugh.

No he is not eating the couch. He is asleep! He makes me laugh!

After 24 1/2 years I still love My Man deeply.

Only one of many car problems he has solved.

I still love to decorate my house for Christmas. I go overboard at times, but I’m learning to keep it simple.

 

I still wish we hadn’t put the tv over the mantle. I just have never liked it there.

I still have most of my brown hair and it is still curly. Although it could really use a cut.

WHEWW! More gray than I thought. May have to do something about that.

 

We still have Bandit. We have had her for about 12 years now. She is still sweet and loves to be petted.

I still wonder when things are gonna get better financially. Not only for my family, but for many who are effected by this economy.

I still trust God completely.  I still put my hope in Him. I still go to Him as my refuge and my strength. I still trust in His promises. I still believe that He has got this and will never leave me nor forsake me. I still worship Him. I still love Him with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength.

My Favorites

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This are some of my favorite pictures. I didn’t take most of them. My daughter, Kathy, did. I do believe she as an eye with photography. I do apologize for the poor quality. They are pictures of pictures.

This is Dillon when he was about 5 years old. We were at the pool and I had one of those disposable underwater cameras. Getting underwater pictures with one of those is so hard! haha I kept floating to the top. I needed a weighted belt to keep me under.

This one was taken few years later. The original is much better. I take loads of pictures when we go to the lake. This is one of those 1 in 1000 shots where the lighting, the color, everything fell into place. I love that you can see their reflections in the water. And I like the way their life jackets color coordinate with the inner tube they are on. LOL That was not planned.

They loved riding these and bumping into each other. Once, when going around a curve, My Man slung them so hard that Will and Kathy not only bumped into Dillon, but went over him! And they stayed on the tube.! They were so impressed by that. They asked him to do it again.

This is Kathy at her very first majorette performance. She was so proud to be apart of that majorette line. She also twirled competitively. She won Miss Majorette of Georgia for beginners in 2008. We went to the national competition at Notre Dame. She is a very talented twirler. Very graceful and beautiful.

Kathy took this picture. It is our Bradford Pear in our back yard. This was taken last year. This past spring we had some pretty strong storms come through and broke half the tree off.

These are some of the old jars that MM likes to collect. Kathy got an angle on these that I could not copy. I tried! I really like the feel of this picture.

What a neat idea! Kathy had her fiancée, Matt,  throw the frisbee towards her. Some one was behind her to catch it. So  cool!

Kathy on one of her many trips home from college. She rides with Matt. Said she was bored. I love that it is in black and white.

LOVE this! This was last Christmas. It started snowing Christmas night. This is the day after. We had not had snow on Christmas for more than 100 years. We had some huge, at least for the south, ice cycles hanging off the roof. The ones in these picture aren’t them. Both Kathy and I were taking pictures. She got more up-close. We were so cold taking these. We opened the window and hung out of it to get closer. She just has a much better eye than I do.

I am thankful to God for allowing us to have the technology of cameras. They allow us to capture a split second of life and remember it for a lifetime.  Like the last picture. You see a pretty picture…I see a memory made with my daughter. I am so grateful for that memory.

So the next time you look through your pictures praise the Lord for the wonderful memory. And the next time someone shares a picture with you ask them to share a memory from it. After all, that is really what a picture is…a memory.

***Just a reminder. Tomorrow is the day that I change domain registrars. If you subscribe to my blog you may lose your subscription. If you wish to remain a subscriber just go to my blog hisheartandhome.com and resubscribe. I can not tell you how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. Thank you all who take the time to read my posts. I love you all!

 

Southern By The Grace of God

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I love being Southern. We can do so much and get away with it. I’m fixin’ to tell y’all something  ’bout being Southern.

Being Southern doesn’t mean that I’m not educated. I may say “ain’t” and “y’all” and call you “Sweetie” or “Honey.” And I do “bless a lot of hearts.” I might even “piddle” around. I’ll greet you with a big “Hey-yyy”.

All soda  is “Coke.”  I refer to my grocery cart as a “buggy” and that’s okay.

I’m polite and say “Ma’am” and “Sir.” And if you hear a Southern gal say, “Oh, hell no!!” you’d better run. I don’t say that, but that is so true!

I might go a little crazy at the mention of snow and run to the store for milk and bread. But, I love my hot summers and sweet ice tea!

I have dinner at noon and supper in the evening.

I live right dab in the middle of the country. Not over yonder. If you don’t know where “Yonder” is, you ain’t from the south!!!

I believe in Jesus and that He died for my sins.  I love to worship Jesus.  I go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, too! I love to tell people ’bout Jesus. And I love the sweet fellowship we sometimes after church with a pot luck dinner.

I love grits and being a G.R.I.T.S– Girl Raised In The South!

But I Don’t Want To

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“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

I keep a 6-year-old in the afternoons after school. We have nicknamed her “Boo” because when she was little and we put her hair in pigtails, she looked like Boo from the movie Monsters Inc. 

Like all 6-year-olds there can be days that are trying. She has her moments of not doing what I ask her to do. Even with the simplest thing like putting on her shoes when she is told. She runs to do something else. UGH! Some days I just want to scream at her. I don’t. I know it wouldn’t do any good, and she would only cry and I would feel like a mean and hateful person. I just patiently stop her and tell her again to do what she was told. She does, even if she doesn’t want to.

I found myself acting like Boo this week. Not wanting to do what I was asked by God.

Last week, God showed me an opportunity. I think. I got that old anxious feeling inside. It was so strong I really couldn’t tell if it was God not wanting me to do it or that fact don’t want to do it. I couldn’t do any thing about it then anyway. The opportunity wasn’t open, literally, because of Thanksgiving break. So, I said I would check on it this week. I put it off Monday and Tuesday. Called myself  “praying” about it, but I was really trying to talk God out of it. Well…I made the call today. LOL the person I needed to talk to was out of the office and will be until Friday. I’ll have to wait till then to see if the opportunity is open. I still hope not. Doesn’t matter though. I was obedient and made the call. The anxious feeling is gone. I have never regretted being obedient to God. Even if I’m asked to make a simple phone call.

Now the question is will I be obedient if the opportunity is open to me? Ugh! Well, like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Father, Like a child there are times I don’t want to do what You tell me to do. But, I have never regretted being obedient. Help me now to be obedient to You and what You want me to do today. I love You! ❤

Read: Isaiah 1:18-20