7 Tributes to God ~

King David used 7 Tributes to describe and laud God ~
Psalms 18

~ MY STRENGTH. The psalmist knew his strength lay-in God. Without God he would have succumbed; with Him he was victorious.

~ MY ROCK. My cliff. When the storm beat the hardest, he found God a rock, a solid rock, a cliff of shelter.

~MY FORTRESS. A place of defense and protection. There is no safety like Fort Divine.

The original word is translated shield, a shield buckled to the arm. Life is a warfare, and to win we need God on our arm when we raise it in defense.

~THE HORN OF MY SALVATION. Jehovah was to the writer what a horn is to an animal, the means of defense.

~ MY HIGH TOWER. Or refuge, that being the translation of the word in Psalm 9:9. Truly, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous man runneth into it, and is safe” Prov. 18:10


Published in: on January 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Natural Housecleaning ~

Hello friends πŸ™‚ I have been working very hard the last two months or so to get all the toxic cleaners out of my house. I gave several boxes of good smelling cleaners away. But, now I am on a quest to find new non-toxic cleaners for the house. I didn’t realize how many cleansers I used that were toxic and also the strong smells they had. After my 30 day detox and fast my sense of smell was very keen and I have now been trying to go green. This is a whole new way of cleaning but I am excited about the changes.

I have been using dish soap from Whole Foods Market with hot water with a little vinegar for mopping the tile floors. The counter tops I have been washing with hot water and then drying them with a dish towel.

I now use the feather duster for dusting the furniture and every other week or two I polish with Pledge. I am looking for an alternative for the furniture polish, if you know one please share it with me. I am going to try this one below, soon.

For the toilets and bathrooms I use a product called Miracle II in a spray bottle. It works really well. I dilute it with water about 75%. Here are few recipes I found but have not tried them yet. Let me know if you have tried them and what you think of them. Or if you have a better one that you would like to share with me. I am going to experiment with a few of these this week πŸ™‚

Happy Home Blessings !!!

Furniture Polish Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

* 1 cup olive oil
* 1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

* 1 cup white vinegar
* 1 cup water

In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas.

In the bathroom, use vinegar spray cleaner to clean countertops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet.

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

* 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
* 1 cup water
* 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 2:53 am  Comments (8)  

In-home walking ~

Hello friends, I am so exciting about the last month or so I have been faithful to my in-home walking exercise and I wanted to share it with you.

First of all, my favorite way is to turn on some very upbeat, happy music (usually black gospel or praise and worship music) or jazz…whatever you like that makes you feel like going.

Then I gather up as many in the house that wants to go on a house walk with me. Kinda like follow the leader type game. We used to do this in the winter months when we were home schooling for PE and stress relief, haha…

I usually am the leader so we walk as fast as we can all through every room, around every coffee table, up and down the stair cases (we have 2), around the pool table, everywhere there is space to keep walking at a high pace.

I set the kitchen timer for 15 – 30 minutes depending upon how much I have time for. This is a great booster for energy, it gets your heart to pounding. Your blood is moving and your spirits are high and usually everyone is laughing.

To step it up a bit add hand weights to your in-home walking regiment.

Also, now that the children are grown nobody want to walk with momma anymore so what I am doing now I really like. It is a in home walking DVD by Leslie Sansone. She has a 1,2,3 and 4 mile walk. She is very easy only 4 steps. It is not a dance routine. It is so simple but it gets the job done. The 2 mile walk is my favorite and it takes me 30 minutes.

I play it on my laptop on my bedroom dresser in the privacy of my bedroom. Then I hop in the shower. So nice and private and fast.

I want to encourage you to work in a 30 minute in-home walk at least 3 times a week. I walk in my home everyday but one and that is on the sabbath. It is good to give the body one day of rest.

Get up and take a walk and never leave home ~


Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm  Comments (2)  

Organize your Exercise ~


8 Tips to help you create and maintain an organized at-home exercise plan.

1. Make a list of the activities you enjoy doing that will get you moving – weights, kick boxing, bike riding, walking, dancing, in home exercise DVD’s, rebounder, etc.

2. Decide which days and times during the week you will exercise (aim for at least 3 times per week.) How long will your workouts be? If necessary start out small, even just 10 minutes a day to get you going and gradually build up from there.

3. Schedule the time you have set aside to exercise in your calendar and make it a priority to stick to the days and times you have set for yourself.

4. Place a chart on a wall close to where you exercise and keep track of your exercise routine. List the exercises you plan to do down the left hand column. Each day, jot down the time spent and/or number of reps for each exercise in the corresponding box.

5. Create a routine where you do different types of exercise on different days: Mondays – Walking, Tuesdays – Stationary Bike, Thursdays – Weights, Fridays – Exercise DVD, etc. To keep it fresh and interesting, rotate your routine from time to time to include new exercises.

6. Make sure you have the equipment you need on hand for the various activities you have chosen to do. Keep all exercise equipment together and in a place where it’s easily accessible and close to the area in which you will use it.

7. Designate some space inside a closet in which to keep your equipment and work out clothes. Use a basket, box or other small to medium size container to house wrist weights, resistance bands, & pulleys, etc. A dumbell rack will store your weights and make them easy to access. Keep your exercise mat rolled up. Stack steps & risers along a wall or inside your exercise closet. A great way to house your exercise ball is to use an exercise ball stacker to stop it from rolling around when not in use.

8. Keep all work-out clothes together in your exercise closet and separate by long & short sleeve tops, long & short exercise pants, etc. Keep a selection of fun exercise DVD’s on hand for when you need to pump your at-home work out up a notch.

I know you can do it, you have got to do it. This is your year to do it !!!!!!!!!

Cheering for you πŸ™‚
Teresa ~

Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm  Comments (3)  

Painted furniture ~

I thought I might share this picture with you. I bought this old handmade desk at a yardsale back last summer for 10.00
It was an ugly peach color. I painted it with the left over paint from my kitchen, verbena green. You can still see my painter’s tape around the edges on the floor.

Then I took some black paint and put a little on a rag and rubbed here and there on it to give it that distressed look. I really enjoy this little desk in the kitchen.

It is a great little space for working on my laptop or working on recipes. I find myself going through the mail, or writting a letter~ there most days. It has truly been a blessing from the Lord to me in my kitchen πŸ™‚

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

I hope this encourages you to look at old furniture with an eye for the possibilities that it could be with a little effort.

Happy ” practical” Homemaking πŸ™‚

Teresa ~

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 5:12 am  Comments (7)  

New Health Blog ~


Hello friends,

I appreciate all the prayers for me and my health through the past couple months. I have decided to create another additional blog dedicated to restoring health and all the Lord is doing for me. You can find it on my link list as Restore Health Unto Thee ~

I look forward to seeing you there. I am rejoicing and feeling strong in the Lord !!! Thanks for all the prayers.

Teresa ~

Published in: on January 7, 2011 at 2:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Room Inspection Tour ~

As we enter into this new year many housewives start thinking about all the changes and improvements they need to do around her home. As I was reading this week I wanted to share something from one of my favorite books called ” The Complete Book of Home Management” by Elva Anson and Kathie Liden. I agree with these ladies that sometimes it helps to take a tour through the house with a “fresh eye”. This is more easily done after being away on a trip or away from the home for a few days. Hope it encourages you this week ~

Making an Inspection Tour

Creating physical order within the house involves a room-by-room inspection to see if anything can be done to make the house more functional. Once a room in under control in terms of organization, it is relatively simple to keep it in running order.

It is impossible to follow the old adage ” A place for everything and everything in it’s place” unless we have the functional potential of every room. Special thought must be given to creating the “places” necessary to keep everything and make order easy.

If your house does not have adequate cupboard and closet space, invest in some inexpensive unfinished chests, cabinets, or shelving. Some houses do have physical limitations, but see what you can do to relieve the crowded conditions by sorting, filing, and throwing away excess belongings.

Before you make any decisions.

Take a tour of the house, and as you go, ask yourselves these questions:
1. What do we do in this room?
2. What do we need here?
3. Is there anything here that belongs in another room?
4. How can we improve this room so that it can do better what it is purposed to do?

Teresa’s thoughts and tidbits on the subject …

Start by going outside and coming in the front door. Have a clipboard or notebook of paper. As you tour through your house make list of anything and everything that needs to be done to make that room perfectly perfect to you. Think as though you were a potential buyer that has come to view the house for purchase. Space speaks volumes !!! Declutter and live sparingly. The eye should be able to have places of rest as it travels around the room. Does this room give me a restful or restless feeling?

I have done a critical inspection tour many times through my home. The thing that motivates me the most is after going to a nice furniture store or interior decorating type store where things are beautifully arranged and the so much beauty and order to the eyes. Then come home and start the inspection on your own home. It makes you want to get your donation bags in hand and start weeding out the ugly weeds that are present in your lovely home.

Be encouraged today as the New Year is here. If you have a big task ahead of you in this area, I encourage you to take it one room or space at a time. Even one space put in order can bring peace and happiness to you and your family members. Give yourself a time limit. Example: This month I am working on these three rooms/spaces, or I am going to put a space or room to order every weekend until it is achieved. Whatever works best for you so that you do not give up in hopelessness because it all didn’t come together in 30 days. It did not get this way fast and it will take time to put it in good working order, but it is sooooooo worth the effort.

God bless you as you bless your house and family !!!!

Happy New Year ~

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm  Comments (4)