Monday, May 21, 2012

The Amish Project

 What if we all decided to do as Jake Reilly did and gave up all social media for 90 days?  I got a link from Dave Ramsey's website yesterday that took me to a You Tube video called the Amish Project. Jake is an interesting character. He graduated from Harvard with $90K in school debt and decided to get gazelle intense and knock it out in a year.  He blogged about it and actually paid it all off in 10 months. In the mean time he decided to give up Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, internet, email and anything else you can think of that would keep him connected electronically for 90 days.

It all started with a weekend with his best buddies. They had looked forward to all getting together and he realized they were all doing things in the same room that kept them disconnected.  One was playing Angry Birds, one was texting and one was on Facebook.

The fascinating part of all of this to me is our son Gabriel and his family just moved this weekend to a Plain Community.  For obvious reasons they don't have any electronics.  It is a simple and quiet life that they have chosen.  Which means that if I want to stay connected I have to start writing actual letters, which I did this morning.  It was interesting to actually sit down with pencil and paper and write an actual letter! It is a lost art for sure.  

Another son last week went up to New Hampshire for a year, working on a huge farm.  There is no electronics there either. So, another letter went out this morning to him.  All of this got me to thinking. Writing actual letters is a lost art. But what is lost can be found again. So I am conducting a challenge to each of my readers.

I would like to to write one actual letter this week.  Pencil and paper kind of letters. Pick someone in your life that you know would benefit and just do it.  Then, come back here and leave a comment and tell me about it. 

Here is a link to the video:    
Can't wait to hear how it goes.
In Christ Alone, Jill

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

Sunday, May 20, 2012

" At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith, I received my sight and now I am happy all the day."  

I love music.  It is a balm for my soul. Hymns give me courage to not give up.  Hymns remind me of what is important in my life.  They help me hold on to the promises that God has given me.  And, yes, they remind me that all my burdens can be left at the cross.  

Does life weigh you down at times? It sure does to me.  I find I need to be reminded over and over again that my burdens can be left at the cross.  You see, without the cross we have nothing. The cross is where the power is. 

Listen to Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of GodSo the cross is where we come in contact with the power of God.  There is power there that we have not even tapped yet!   Let's focus on the cross today. You and I will be blessed with the message of the cross.Till next time.In Christ Alone 

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Good morning and happy Gratituesday. It is the day we set aside every week to stop and give thanks for all God has done in our lives. 

It has been almost 2 months since I even visited my own blog, let alone write!  I am thankful I had the time off.  

I have missed my readers and I have missed writing. I had gotten to the point where I felt I had nothing to offer anyone. We have been in this battle for so long that I became war weary.

It is time to learn the lessons God has for me and share with you all that he has been teaching me.  The most important lesson I have been reminded of is that God has NOT abandoned us. I think it is a message we all need to be reminded of.

Precious friend, it doesn't matter what you are going through right now.  You might be fighting really little battles or you might be fighting the Goliath of all battles.  In either case, God will never, ever abandon you. Hold tight to that promise.   

So for today I am overwhelmed by the mercies of God.  He walks right next to you and I all day every day. On one of those days when it doesn't seem possible to get up He will carry us till we can walk again.

Happy Gratituesday.


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".