Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday I'm in Love

We met the newest addition to our family this week.  We look forward to spoiling our little niece, the first little girl in the family!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Getaways

This time of year is the ideal time for a weekend getaway to enjoy the cooler weather and changing colors.  My criteria for the perfect fall getaway includes a destination not too far from home to keep the trip relaxed and unscheduled.  No flights to catch and no worries about how much or how little to pack.  Here are a couple of ideas for the budget conscious, the weekend spender, and for those who want to indulge. 

1. If you're looking for a quick getaway that doesn't break the bank, head to Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa on Lake Ouachita.  This quaint resort is located 25 miles west of Hot Springs and was voted #1 spa in the South!  Turtle Cove Spa offers many packages for the weekend traveler including their popular I'm On a Budget SPA Package.  Now to find the perfect weekend...

2. If you're up for a splurge, Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains, fits the bill.  Located just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri, this resort offers you a choice of a cozy cottage or a secluded log cabin.  Reservations book up fast so this getaway might need to wait until 2011...

3. If money were no object, you would find me passing the time at Blackberry Farm.  This 4,200 acre estate is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Just knowing a place like this exists makes me happy and just visiting their website puts a smile on my face.  Maybe I'll get to visit one day...

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Bible in One Year

The start of this month marked the completion of my first year reading through the Bible chronologically.  I started The One Year Chronological Bible NIV last fall along with Iva May's One Year Chronological Bible Devotional Study.  Reading God's Word and reading it chronologically has changed my life.  It is my intention to read through the Bible every year and in chronological order.  As I reflect over the past year, here are a few things that have made quite an impression:

1. 75% of the Bible is Old Testament!  Why have we spent 75% of our time studying the New Testament?

2. It only takes three months to read through the New Testament.  Out of those three months, the Gospels only take up six weeks (September 28 - November 11).

3. It was a lot harder than it seemed to keep up with the daily readings.  Missing a day or two turned into several days off schedule and before long I was two weeks behind.

4.  My goal this past year was to finish in a year - some days I read only half of the passage while other days were spent playing catch up reading as many as four passages in one day.  This year my goal is to not miss any days and to actually stay on schedule.

5. Reading the entire Bible through in a year helps us to get our doctrine from Scripture (exegesis) and prevents us from bringing our opinions to Scripture (eisegesis).

6.  Scripture shows us story after story and tells us over and over again that God is a merciful God.  And He is so very compassionate.

7. The people in the Bible were real people with real circumstances and they were so very flawed.

8. My favorite book is Genesis.  Love it.  I recently was told the book of Genesis spans approximately 2,000 years of history.

9. My second favorite book is Deuteronomy.  I don't think I could ever forget the Blessings and Cursings chapter (28).

10. We are commanded all throughout Scripture to care for the poor and the oppressed.

11. Faith is the only way to please God.  "... for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Saturday

 Our little puppy loves car rides but obviously not as much as this little piggy does...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday I'm in Love

Strawberries & Cream Scone from Panera Bread

  ULTA has great products and great coupons!  Click HERE for a $5 coupon

  Love this magazine about all things Southern


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