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servingHim

servingHim
Date Joined: January 29, 2013
Last Online: July 19, 2018
Birthday: September 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a stay-at-home wife, formerly a homeschooling mom who has now graduated three children.

I am a new grandma! My son and his wife are the parents of a little girl. My husband and I call her the Bean; she is such a joy to us!

I enjoy reading, writing letters :-), studying the Bible, working on embroidery, and spending time with friends. I especially like to come alongside young women to help them in their journey of being Christian wives and mothers.

I am learning to use my time wisely as I am home by myself for most of the day. It's a learning process!

I like bird watching and have many feeders in my yard. I like to take nature walks with my husband.

Favorite Music

I like Christian music, especially the group Third Day. Some of my favorites are Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Laura Story, Skillet, Josh Wilson, David Crowder.

I also like instrumental hymns. More and more I like listening to "quiet" music.

Favorite Books

My favorite book, other than the Bible, is Jane Eyre. A close second is Lord of the Rings trilogy. I like Jane Austen so have read quite a few of hers. I also like Elizabeth Gaskell, author of Cranford, North and South,and others.

I also like to read Christian books (non-fiction) and some of my favorite authors are Jerry Bridges, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth George, and Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

I like Christian biographies. It is such an encouragement to see how others have navigated the Christian life.

I also like older Christian fiction by Francena H. Arnold, Grace Livingston Hill, and Isabella Alden.

I've enjoyed Elizabeth George, the mystery writer, very much. I also like Sue Grafton and have read her alphabet murder novels up to "J". I like mysteries and am open to finding new authors. I don't particularly like "cozy" novels, though.

I also like books by Miss Read. I've read all her Thrush Green series but haven't read any Fairacre yet.

Favorite Movies

I am a big fan of classic movies. My favorite movie is Casablanca. I never get tired of seeing it! I like movies from the 30's and 40's. My favorite actors are Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and the like. Really anything before the 70's.

I also like some newer movies including The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. I like dramas the best; movies that are more character-driven than plot-driven.

I'm not a big fan of comedies.

Favorite Television

I love Masterpiece Theatre. Especially their Classic and Mystery programs. I really, really like a lot of the BBC shows. Some of my favorites: Grantchester, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, etc. They are so much better than American TV programs.

The main thing I watch in the fall/winter is NFL football. Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Favorite Crafts

I like to make greeting cards using rubber stamps. I would say that is the main "paper" thing that I do. I have done some flip books, ATCs, Pocket Letters, and postcards.

Any kind of scrapbook and rubber stamping supplies are always making their way into my home. Craft stores are a dangerous place for me!!

I am use a Happy Planner!

Food and Drink

I am a big Dr. Pepper fan but am really trying to cut back. I enjoy herbal teas and all the wonderful flavors. I guess my favorites are the berry family: raspberry and strawberry. I also like hot cocoa.

I like all kinds of food especially Mexican and Italian. My favorite snacks are crunchy kind but I do like a little chocolate now and then. ;-) My favorite candy is Reese's pieces or something sweet and sour.

I don't like anything with watermelon in it or the watermelon smell.

What I Don't Like

I really don't like anything with skulls or devils on them/nothing satanic. Not really into Halloween either unless it's vintage stuff like black cats and pumpkins. Nothing scary and no witches.

I don't really like too much scent on things either unless it's citrus-y.

I am looking for:

Planner stickers

Ephemera especially Christian ones--pages from prayer books, children's books, and hymnals.

Illustrations from old readers of the 40's-60's.

Vintage/old time embroidery patterns.

Anything related to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ratings

Helena8664 rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the insta-love! <3 <3 Sorry for the late rating...life got on top of me there for a bit.
Helena8664 rated for ESG: What is in my bag? on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: I absolutely LOVE the way you shared your colorful bag and it's contents, but my favorite thing BY FAR was the cool coupon pouch you have...did you get that in a swap?! It looks handmade.
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Comment: thanks for a nice swap♥♥♥
Artistic rated for Swaps ~ Patriotic Homemade Envies on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: Nicely done! Love the liners you put in as well. Thanks for a great swap.
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Comment: Super cute card!
Kellpepper rated for PW ~ Prayer card/tag on May 22, 2018
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Comment: I pray this often also. Have a great summer study!
Response: Thank you! And thanks for the heart!
Leanne85 rated for ESG: What is in my bag? on May 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your email, loved reading through your blog as well.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
littlemissme84 rated for ESG: What is in my bag? on May 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing
Response: You're welcome. It was a fun swap!
LindaW rated for TCHH: Postcard with Book List on May 20, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing about the interesting books. We are safe over here. We live on Oahu so it’s a distance from the volcano.
Response: Glad to hear all is well. thanks for the heart!
christywebb rated for Prayer Journal Swap on May 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the incredible prayer journal package. Everything is wonderful and so thoughtful. Tucking your card into the front of the journal so I can add a special prayer for you each time!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything and thanks so much for praying for me! I really appreciate that. Have a blessed day!
elkalsa rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
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Comment: thanks for visiting
Response: Thanks for rating! I enjoyed looking through your feed.
Liiskah rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for visiting 🙂
Response: I'm glad I did! Thanks for rating!
chaari rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks a lot for all the nice comments!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
echeveriaLilacina rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on May 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks a bunch for your comments and likes you left on my IG :)
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
BizzyBusMom rated for I Don't Want These Anymore - 2 on May 13, 2018
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Comment: Elaine, I really liked a few of these....the Dayspring cards are nice. Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness of the stamps. Your penmanship is so pretty too. Well the whole presentation was beautiful - thank you
Response: I'm so glad you'll be able to use some. Thanks for the heart!
grannysimpson rated for SMSUSA: Spring Questionnaire on May 3, 2018
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Response: Thanks for the heart!
Kathy821 rated for TCHH ~ Bible Book Marks on Apr 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much. I love both bookmarks especially the one that you made. Really nice job. The envelope is great as well. I love the postcard and notecard too. You are very kind!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you liked everything. Thanks for the heart!
AnnaL rated for SMSUSA: Cheerful Note & Blind Surprise on Apr 18, 2018
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Comment: ELAINE, I just love all the items you sent me, can't wait to use them in future craft projects. You have such good taste in embellishments. many thanks for everything. Enjoy your week, I know I will, AnnaL.
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the heart!
JaneInSD rated for HC- All Things Green on Apr 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the cute card and the extra postcards. They are awesome!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything. Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you for the words of encouragement. I will have to look into those resources!
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart!

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Comments

valentina22 on Feb 22, 2018:

Elaine I just opened the last envie-I cannot wait to use the journals and read the great materials. Today I enjoyed the Carmel candy! This has been a great week!

valentina22 on Feb 22, 2018:

Elaine I just opened the last envie-I cannot wait to use the journals and read the great materials. Today I enjoyed the Carmel candy! This has been a great week!

CurlyTea on Sep 27, 2017:

EnjoyingLifeAlways on Jan 1, 2017:

Hello Elaine, I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Chrismas and may you all have a wonderful New Year.

And my Soul shall be joyful in the Lord... Psalm 35:9

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit... Romans 15:3

I love both those verses . I have found that in my life and it took way too long to figure out that when I let God be God and stopped trying so hard to be happy and instead just go to him, share with him my troubles and then rest in him, that I began to truly feel joy in my life. It did not come overnight.

He taught me to slow down, to take smaller steps , to breathe more, to trust in the process when my children were young and medically fragile (my twins were born very premature 17 years ago) , and later to do it again for my own health, which took trust to a different level.

He teaches me how to use the gifts he has given me, the fruits of the spirit, When I begin to take for granted and grow too comfortable, he teaches me how to move into my comfort zone.

When I cry and think I reached my breaking point he whispers in my ear and reminds me that I am His and that he has my hand, he promises me that He won't let go. All of these things and much more than words can ever express has led me to feel joy in my life.

He is leading me to see the invisible false fortress around me.

I now can feel joy so much more than I ever thought possible but it is still just a tiny sliver of what waits for me when I go Home and live with Him.

Thank you for letting me share. I apologize for getting this out to you so late.

In Him, Angela

lagemaz on Nov 29, 2016:

CSG~Fruit of the Spirit~Patience

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Patience? We have to wait in life, the question is what do we do while we wait? Do we dwell on how long it is taking, do we focus on something unrelated (read while waiting in line), or do we spend time in prayer renewing our strength. We are spinning our wheels, letting life runaway with us. When we stop and refocus on God, He helps us off the Merry-Go-Round and we are at peace. Spending time with God prepares us for the battles of life; we are not equipped to fight alone. We must wait for God's reinforcements. Instead of questioning God I should be like the father who spoke to Jesus, Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief ( Mark 9:24)

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

bjmonroe on Sep 27, 2016:

RyeRye on Sep 27, 2016:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LLL/IS

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

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