Blog-tember Challenge #1

I accepted a challenge from a blog called, Brave Love.

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Bailey Jean, the creator of Brave Love has an inspiring and encouraging blog.  I found her when reading up on the idea of Bible Journaling.   I love reading blogs that are inspiring, encouraging and Brave Love does just that!

The challenge is to blog each day with a  prompt that Bailey Jean has provided.  Challenge #1 is simply to tell about myself, so here we go!

I guess the number one thing about me and my life would be, I desire to live a life that is pleasing to my Savior.  I gave my life to Him when I was 14 and have never looked back.  I’m not perfect and I’ve messed up plenty of times, but, my one desire is to have a heart like His and I hope my life and my words would be an encouragement to others to do the same.

I hope you will follow along with me and we can together strive to live a life that is pleasing and a life that is victorious for Jesus!

Now for the foundation of who I am and for what I am most thankful for!

I am 56 and have been married to my Jim for 35 years!

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We have two adult children; Patti and her handsome husband have 5 of the cutest kids ever and Nathan and his beautiful wife of 5 months.

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Jim and I served in full-time ministry for almost 20 years and now own and operate our own business.

I recently ended 9 years as Women’s Ministry Director of my church.  I loved every second of this ministry and still have a huge heart for it.

I’m learning what it’s like to be in a season of life that is so different than that of a mom with children at home and a full schedule.

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We recently bought a home near our grandchildren and are slowly simplifying and down sizing.  Did I mention slowly!  Downsizing is hard for me as I love everything and it is hard to part with things.  I’m learning more about myself through this.

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I’m praying our son and his sweet Sarah will be closer soon, too.  I miss them terribly.  He is an animator for a major animation company.  He just finished working on the Peanuts Movie, which I can’t wait to see.  It is going to be adorable!!!!

I have a few published writings and am working on a book.  I keep saying working on my book…..if I really sat down and worked on it, I might be finished by now.  But, I’m getting there.

I have spoken at several conferences and to women’s groups.  Only the Lord gives me strength for that.  I grew up very shy and timid, so speaking to groups is waaaaaaaaayyyyy out of the box for me.  But, to be honest, I love sharing what Christ has done for me and my favorite thing to do is encourage other women, so that is how I get through all the speaking that I have done.

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Sewing and crafting are some of my favorite things to do.  I’ve loved crafting and teaching my granddaughters how to sew.

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Reading is a favorite past time as well.  I usually have 4 or 5 books going at once.  Along with Bible studies.  Oh, and magazines.  I think I’m addicted to decorating and cooking magazines.

Speaking of cooking……I love reading about cooking and watching cooking shows and even collect kitchen gadgets.  The only problem is….I don’t really like to cook!

Lunching with friends and catching up is one of the highlights in my week.  My mom lives close by and we have lunch once a week.  My mom is my mentor and encourager.  I don’t know where I would be without her.

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Well, I could go on and on about more, but I will stop for now.  I didn’t even mention fashion, decorating and the things I’m wanting to learn more about such as photography, Bible journaling, tennis…okay, I’m really stopping now.

I’m looking forward to tomorrows challenge which is:

*Describe your ideal day. Where would you go and what would you do?

hmmmm………I better get to thinking………..I love every day, so now to think of my ideal day!

See you tomorrow!

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4 Comments

  1. So enjoyed this Beverly! Such a lovely family. And, if that house is the one you are downsizing to then I’d hate to see the one you just left. :o)) It looks like a big house to me. I’m about to think we should have downsized when we built but, it’s too late now. I seem to walk myself to death but it will get better I’m sure. Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s entry!

    1. Lea, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I love hearing from you. I’m so excited about your house and can’t wait to see more pictures on your blog! Congratulations on your little one that just arrived. Praying that all is well! Talk to you soon!

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