Sunday Words: Encouragement

What does the bible say about encouragement?  The bible tells us that we need to encourage others, “sustain the weary one with a word.”  I think we’ve all come across someone who has, I’ve had a terrible, no good day, written all over their face.  
Or perhaps knowing someone who is giving up everything to start their dream business, or a young person entering their first year of college.  Whatever it is, we are here to remind them that they do not walk alone and never will.  The lord is always with us and we should unload all of our worries onto him.  And as his disciples, we are told over and over and over, to encourage others; strangers or not.
“The act of inspiring others with renewed courage, spirit or hope.  We spur them on, stimulate, affirm them.” – Lorain County Free Net Chapel
So the next time you see someone who has had a bad day, make them laugh, give them a compliment or simply wish them a good day!  Positive and uplifting words can do wonders to banish the anxiety that weighs someone down. 
 
I figured I would supply all of you with a few verses that talk about encouraging one another.  I wish I had time to write them all but there are SO MANY!!  That should be a testament to how important it is to Him to always speak words of encouragement.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 

Hebrews 10:23-25

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Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for
he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one
another to love and good works
, not neglecting to meet together, as is
the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you
see the Day drawing near. 

Galatians 6:2

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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14

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And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 

Proverbs 12:25

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Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. 

Hebrews 10:24-25

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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good
works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but
encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing
near.
So let’s remember we have important work to do!

John 8:31

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So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples…” 

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Hi ya.


I’ve had something on my mind recently.  It involves the number 31.  If you haven’t guessed it already, this number represents my age in just eleven short days and it affirms that I am hurtling into my thirties.  I could have sworn that just last year I was in Las Vegas celebrating my 21st birthday.  Where did the time run away, to? 

Don’t misunderstand, though.  I’m not upset about it, it’s just…different.  I guess I am trying to say that even though I may be hurtling into my thirties at an unimaginable speed, I’m taking it surprisingly well and in stride.  I like where my maturity sits.  Trust me.  I thought I showed the world whats, what, at 23 but it turns out that I didn’t know, bleep. haha.


Any ways.  It looks like I will be having a pretty big year to celebrate my 31 years of life, and I can’t wait to see what I learn, experience, fail, and accomplish. 


So yeah.  Thirty-friggin’-one. Bring it.

 

 

Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year folks, were we head over to a local farm, to get our fill of the fall festivities.  This year we attended the Flower Mound, TX Pumpkin Patch.  It is by far the best we’ve been to… so far.
This year though, it was hot.  As in, we should be wearing shorts and tank tops with sunscreen sort of hot.  At least to me, anyways.  84 degrees is cool to most people around here.
In fact, most people enjoy hot chocolate at the pumpkin patch, but in Texas, we do things a bit differently. 
We do snow cones.
No need to rub your eyes.  You read that right.  We ate snow cones in order to cool off. 🙂
I would like to say that this outing had no meltdowns, perfect photos, no crowds, and no bird poop, but then it wouldn’t be a Luscomb family outing! Hahaha!


A little later…

We began our search for colored pumpkins.  I’ve been dying to have a white one to sit pretty-ly on our front porch.

Then…
The unthinkable happened.

A black crow circled above us and then dropped a butt bomb onto Bubba’s back with a thud.  Bubba’s hand immediately went to his back and smeared his hand deep in bird poo.

With his eye’s bulging out of his head and the most disgusted and distraught face he asked me, “NuhUH!!!! Did a bird just crap on my back!!!?”
It is hard to see in the pictures, but on the right side of his shirt, he smeared the poop everywhere.  I had to quickly snap these pictures before he caught me.  It had just happened and he was pretty grumpy. Haha!


His reaction, guys…seriously made Nathan and I laugh so hard that we were both crying. However, Bubba did not find it too amusing, and I can’t say that I blame him.  Although, for the record, he laughs about it now.


He wasn’t digging this photo shoot.

 
Rori wasn’t digging the photo shoot either.  This was the ONLY decent shot I took of her. 
This is probably why Bubba was pooped on.  There were a ton of  standing and hanging bird houses like these above.
Despite the bird poo incident, we had a blast.  It was so much fun for the kids, and if you live in this area, then I highly recommend visiting.  Did I mention that it is ALL FREE!?  All the kid jump houses, hay rides, etc. were all for FREE!  All you had to pay for was parking, $5, and of course if you purchased pumpkins.
Speaking of, here a couple of pics of the jump house.

He was so scared to bounce!  He just tip toed around once then came out.
It was crazy busy.
 
 
 

Making Butter

I made butter today.  

I’m not sure what possessed me to do it, other than the fact that I had a whole cup of cream sitting in my refrigerator that was about to expire.  

I wasn’t in the mood to bake…so I turned to my son Nate…
Me: “You wanna make some butter?”  
Nate:  Are you serious?
Me: Yes.  Do you?
Nate: You’re seriously making butter?
Me: Yes!! Good Grief!
Nate: Ughhhh….I’m going to pass, mom.  (he looked at me like I suddenly grew a second head…sheesh)

Am I the only one who has made butter?  Surely not.

Any way. 

I didn’t do much, my Kitchenaid did all of the grunt work for me.  I just stood and watched the magic happen.  


Step One:
Throw a cup of cream in the mixer, equipped with a whisk attachment and turn that bad boy on.

Looking good.

Don’t become distracted by the tasty whipped cream!
Or you can be distracted like me and help yourself to a well deserved finger dunk for all this hard work.  Mmmmm.

Back to work!

Butter!  At this point you want to drain the liquid in a strainer, then return it to the bowl and mix again for a minute.

Then strain it again. 

Now you are finished!  Just add salt and refrigerate! **And because it is fresh butter, it won’t last as long…probably a week or so.**

After I made the butter, I put garlic, herbs and salt in it; then spread it on an Italian loaf of bread, wrapped it up and stuck it in the freezer.
This way I will have garlic bread when I need it later this week.

Linking up with:
the gingerbread blog
my turn for us 

Roasting By The Fire

I don’t know about you, but as cool weather approaches, it makes us want to huddle by the fire pit, making s’mores, and hotdogs.

And you know…good ole family memories.  ;D

So anyway.  The south finally experienced a cold front last week for two whole days!  
*yes, that was sarcasm*


Not wanting to miss our opportunity to make fire, I made a quick trip to the dollar store and picked up our necessary supplies, to which the cashier asked, “Let me guess.  You’re having s’mores tonight by the fire?”  To which I replied, with my jaw dropped, “Are you psychic?”  

Just kidding, I didn’t ask that.  

Instead, I enthusiastically nodded my head, “Yes!!”

So, we bared the wind, the cold, and made a ton of laughable memories.  
and s’mores.  
and hotdogs.  
and a great big mess. 😉
But it was all worth it and I can’t wait until it’s cool enough again for another fire. 







I‘m seeing a future project with these logs…  Can you see my vision?





 

The Girl Who Chased The Moon

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This book by, Sarah Addison Allen, is exactly what I needed in terms of a good read.  I’ve been stuck on dark, brooding, supernatural, star crossed lovers books lately and I needed a good ole sweet, southern, enchanting, mystery..

The Girl Who Chased The Moon, charmed me from the first chapter and had me guessing what would happen next all the way until the end.  Every day that I read this book, I felt like a young girl again, day dreaming of that happily ever after in fairy tales.

This book is just plain whimsical!
And charming…
and the sort of read that just leaves you with a cozy feeling.

You must read this book!!
It is a quick read, which is good for busy peeps like myself.  AND because I like all of my readers, I’ll give my copy of the book to whoever wants it.  Just leave me a comment on my blog and I’ll mail it to you.  If there is more that one person interested, then I will choose someone at random, so be sure to include your email address.  Just be sure to use brackets, ie, lizluscomb{at}live{dot}com. or email me your address.


Here is the synopsis:
Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

7 Years Today

The sales girl made us take this picture after we had picked out our rings.  This was at Helzberg 4-09-2005

this guy.  i married him seven years ago today.  i’m not one to plan anything special for this sort of occasion, but i feel i owe him a tribute for being the wonderful husband that he is.  so here goes.  bubba…thanks for being kind to me day in and day out.  you anticipate my needs and finish my sentences for me when my brain decides it can no longer think for itself.  you are and always have been, a wonderful father to your children, who in return, adore you for it.  you respect me as a woman and a wife and a mother to your children.  you work hard to make all of our dreams come true.  you scarfice things you want, need, and time for me.

thank you.

i’m truly happy that every day, i get to wake up with you.  i love you.  so let’s say cheers to another great year of marriage.

–Liz

Karmin

I think everyone in the world knew about Karmin except for me!  I’m a little on the slow side, sometimes.  


But if you are like me, and you haven’t heard of them yet, then you’re in for a treat because they are an auh-mazing little duo.
This girl not only has awesome fashion sense, she has the prettiest voice who also happens to RAP like no one’s business!  And you better believe that she nails it every time.  

Be sure to check out some of their videos.  You won’t be sorry you did!!


High Five For Friday!

1.  The week started off busy and then stayed busy.  On Monday, it was a scramble of cleaning the house, park play date, and then running all over town to find three sculptures to take pictures of for Bubba’s art class.  
2.  Tuesday was a big day for big news!  For the entire month, we’ve been biting our fingernails, wondering if Bubba would be accepted into the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC, and on Tuesday, we found out that he did indeed make the cut.  What does this mean for us?  A LOT! It means we have a lot of money to save by January. lol. 
3.  Bubba treated me to a day of sleeping in and a home cooked breakfast when I woke up.  Then it was a busy day of phone calls, finishing up errands, and planning.  The picture of the cowboys are from when we went grocery shopping.  Two cowboys unloaded this girls cart for her.  That’s how we roll here in Texas. 😉
4.  Yesterday was spent with more planning, phone calls, and looking for a possible city to live in that is between Pageland, South Carolina and Concord, North Carolina.  If anyone is familiar with this area, please give me advice on where we should go!  I’ve never been to NC, but I’m hopeful that we will love it. 
5.  Today, the kids and I are going to take advantage of this cool weather and hang around outside a bunch today! It will also be sweater weather this weekend which makes me super happy.  😉
How was your week?
I’m linking up today with,  From My Grey Desk