I know that many of you have started your holiday preparations and shopping early so I wanted to share these beautiful Holiday “Sweetheart” Lace dresses I found on Jane today!

 

They come in many different colors and are on sale for 37% off right now!

 

Here is a description from the site:

  • She will look so lovely in our “Sweetheart” Lace Dress. This Gorgeous  Dress is made from the softest lace. 
  • This dress features a delicate lace long sleeves and a lined sweetheart neckline .
  • It is lined with soft cotton fabric for comfort and a side zipper for easy wear! 
  • She will capture the hearts of all ages anytime she wears this beauty!
  • This dress is perfect for every occasion, from photo shoots, weddings, holiday parties and important fancy events
  • Dress comes with the Rhinestone sash to add the final touch to this timeless beauty. 

This dress comes in the following colors:

 

They are available only for a limited time and ends tonight!

You can find them HERE!

I hope you are blessed by them!

 

 

 
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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Thanksgiving should be a time of feasting on the abundant grace of God. @mferrell

The wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us and as Christians it should be a time of not just feasting on food but feasting on the abundant grace of God we have been shown through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

I know as women we can get caught in our to do lists and forget to give thanks in and through all things – even in the gift of preparing to serve others with the hope of pointing them to the One who we truly have all things to be thankful for!

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

My hope today is to simplify your holiday planning a bit and to let you know that as I am writing this (literally the week before Thanksgiving) I am just starting to plan my holiday meal. (I actually just ordered my turkey today). I want you to be able to keep your family’s and your focus on Christ and not get caught up in all the things on your seemingly long to do list.

I’m sharing below my simple planning for one of my favorite family traditions to celebrate together along with some helps at the end to keep the focus of the meal on Christ and Who we are truly giving thanks to. My hope always is to spark ideas in ways you can make much of Christ during your time together.

Simple, Stress-Free Thanksgiving Plan:

  1. Menu Plan – Very simply sit down and write down your menu plan for the day. If you are serving some munchies before the meal put those on your list too. My meal plan stays pretty much the same from year to year and I keep a copy of it in my planner. This is where I take note of who else may be bringing food items and I’ve already put our guest list together but I always leave room for more people last minute that the Lord may bring our way.
  2. Grocery List – From my menu plan I write out my grocery list. I make sure I’ve ordered my turkey (if needed) and I put on this list any other items I may need to make the day run smoother. I think of things like the foil pan I cook my turkey in (I like easy clean-up) and I make sure I have plenty of ziplock bags and containers to send leftovers home with guests. I make two grocery lists one with items I can buy ahead and one for fresh items I need a couple of days before. I try to get to the store at least a week before as some items can be hard to find last minute. Think about your beverages you’re serving at this time too. I also plan my table centerpiece (more on that below).
  3. Calendar Plan – At this point I look at my planner and mark down my shopping dates and on what days I am going to make certain foods. I determine if my turkey needs thawed or brined and get that on my calendar. Many side dishes can be made two days (or more) ahead of time.
  4. Clean Your Oven – I have forgotten to do this in years past and it’s so awful if you have a burnt smell stinking up your house as you’re cooking your turkey. Skip this step if you don’t need to but thank me if I reminded you that you did ;).
  5. Quick Clean – Give your house a quick company clean two days before. See my posts on company cleaning here and here. I have a podcast coming out next week on Tuesday on this topic so you can plug your headphones in and clean while you listen.
  6. Clean Your Fridge & Freezer – Take time several days before to tidy and clean your fridge and freezer. You’ll be thankful you did this – trust me!
  7. Set a Beautiful Table the Day Before – I’m not talking fancy like House Beautiful but utilize items you already have on hand. I really do keep it simple and utilize grocery store flowers to make my own centerpiece in vases or items I already have on hand (I love mason jars for this). I love mini pumpkins and gourds for fun color. I use simple tea lights in holders I have on hand and a favorite with the kids is to put whole nuts, use a variety on the table scattered, along with a nutcracker or two for fun. Place cards are a help so everyone knows where to sit and people aren’t standing around the table having to determine it themselves (more on this below too).
  8. Music – Put some lovely music on in the background. You can find some fun playlists on Spotify or Pandora or make your own.
  9. Let Guests Help – Your guests want to feel helpful so let them. If you’re not good at delegating think about it ahead of time before people arrive on what tasks you can give to various people. Get the kids helping too.
  10. Enjoy Your Time – Pray and ask the Lord to give you a cheerful heart and attitude during this busy day. Enjoy and give thanks in and through every task. There is no hurry and just move from one task to the next without rushing but being mindful to enjoy your time with family and friends.

“Take a little time to make ordinary things extraordinary.”

~ Emilie Barnes

Christ Centered Thanksgiving Ideas:

My Thanksgiving post last year had some of our traditions listed on it but I wanted to share a few more thoughts with you on simple ways to point the day towards Christ. My husband loves when I just get him all set up at the table to work through the items we’ve decided to share together in as a family. I’ll have anything printed out he needs and have a Bible with readings bookmarked in it for him.

  1. Pray – As everyone is seated (or maybe even standing together) open in prayer and also pray this beautiful prayer from The Valley of Vision.
  2. Read Psalm 100
  3. Plan a devotional -Maybe one you have written or one that stood out to you that you read online or in a book.
  4. History of Thanksgiving – Give a brief history of Thanksgiving. I love this one from Got Questions. We love the story in Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember and utilize the one for younger children.
  5. Coloring Sheets or Crafts for Kids – I’m not overly craft buy I like to have a small table set up for the kids with coloring sheets to keep them occupied.
  6. What are you Thankful For? – This is always a great conversation starter and many times it can open up opportunities for someone to share the Gospel through giving thanks for the gift of salvation through Jesus. If you’d like your guests to make a list and share from it there is a sweet printable from Ever Thine Home here. I love this free printable banner from them too.
  7. Conversation Starters – To keep the conversation going and keep people lingering at the table have some fun questions on hand to share. A rule we love to keep is there is only one conversation going on at the table at a time and we all listen and participate in it. 
  8. Scripture Place Cards – When you make your place cards (and I keep it simple by usually just using 3×5 cards), put scriptures on the back that represent thankfulness to God. This is a great activity for older kids to do for you.
  9. Sing a Hymn Together – There are so many great ones but our family favorite is My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness. We are not an acapella family and utilize a bit of help for our singing time together.

Gratitude is a handmaiden of contentment. An ever-growing attitude of gratitude will certainly make us more content since we will be focusing more on what we do have, both spiritually and materially, than on what we do not have. But contentment is more than focusing on what we have. It is focusing on the fact that all we do have; we have by the grace of God. We do not deserve anything we have, materially or spiritually. It is all by His grace.

~ Jerry Bridges

What are some ways you simplify your Thanksgiving planning and keep the focus on Christ? Please share with us in the comments.

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Marci is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, helpmeet to her sweetheart Doug for over 26 years, mother, mother-in-law, caregiver and grandmother. She is here by God’s grace and overwhelmed by His kindness in redeeming her as His daughter. Loving her husband, children and granddaughter, reading, home keeping, cooking, feeding lots of people and making lists are some of her favorite pastimes. You can find her at Thankful Homemaker where she shares about her walk with the Lord, her passion for biblical womanhood and living all of life for the glory of God.

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We are quickly approaching what is for some women the most dreaded time of the year – the holiday season! We have largely allowed our culture’s priorities and expectations to color our viewpoint of this special time, turning it from the peaceful, fun, memorable experience it was meant to be into a season of over-the-top hustle and bustle, busyness, stress, and endless to-do lists.

There is a better way, ladies! We have another option. We do not have to fall prey any longer to the breakneck speed of how the culture does the holiday season. We have the freedom and ability to take action, to be intentional, and to craft the kind of festive season that we have always dreamed of for ourselves and our families. It’s up to us!

Today I want to share with you ladies four practical ways you can intentionally go about making the most of these last several weeks leading up to the holidays in order to make it the most peaceful, beautiful, impactful season it can possibly be. Let’s get started!

 

4 Steps Towards Creating a Beautiful Holiday Season

 

Ask your family!

We live in the age of Pinterest, in which we mistakenly believe we have to make all the crafts, cook and bake all the recipes, host all the events, and take in all the holiday experiences in order for our holidays to count for anything. Nothing could be further from the truth! We are not living to impress or please the culture (at least we shouldn’t be!). We should be living to first and foremost please the Lord, and part of doing so is prioritizing our own families and their unique interests and desires. So, here’s what I want you to do: sit down with each member of your family and ask him or her what traditions, foods, and events mean the most to them. Find out what says “Thanksgiving” or “Christmas” to them and what they have been really looking forward to doing. Then make a list of those things.

We all want to make the holidays special and memorable for our families. The problem comes when we race ahead with things we assume will constitute as special and imagine ourselves to have to plan a holiday to-do list a mile long, when instead all we have to do to make the most of the holiday season before us is simply ask our families what they would enjoy. It’ll save you so much stress if you do this, and will truly make the holidays meaningful.

 

Practice the right priorities.

What are your true priorities for the holiday season? To keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, to serve others, to have fun and make memories with your family, and to try out new festive recipes? Or is it to cram as much as you possibly can into the months of November and December, fill your to-do list to the brim with busyness and stress, and “keep up with the Joneses” as you try to impress others with your holiday festivities? After you have answered that question, ask yourself – is the way you are living your life right now and the way you plan to live it in the coming months reflecting those priorities?

 

Plan ahead of time.

We have the time and opportunity right now to prep for what could be the best holiday season of our lives thus far! And if we seize this opportunity, it will make a world of difference, because that is usually what causes so much of our stress – a failure to take a little time to pre-plan and prepare for what we want to do.

So here is what I propose: once you have made a list of the recipes your family would like to try, the holiday parties they would like to host and/or attend, the crafts they would like to make, etc., take your calendar for the next couple months and begin plugging those things into it. Find a day for pumpkin carving, pick a day for baking the gingerbread cookies, schedule that Christmas party, etc. This will help in two ways – it will show you ahead of time that you truly do have ample time and opportunity for those things which are of the most importance to you and your family, and, conversely, it will also show you where you may not have time for all the Pinterest ideas out there, thereby saving you from the stress of even attempting to “do it all”. This will go a long way in aiding you in your mission of cultivating an atmosphere of calm, warmth, peace, joy, and excitement this holiday season.

 

Stay in your own lane.

Something that oftentimes gets us women into trouble is our tendency to compare ourselves to each other. We end up thinking we have to be perfect, that we have to “do all the things”, impress others with our abilities, and do every single thing another mom is doing. But here is the truth: we don’t!

God never called us to be cookie-cutter versions of one another or to run ourselves ragged attempting to imitate each other. He called us to imitate Him. He called us to live the life He has uniquely called us to, not the life He predestined for another woman. We were each given unique husbands, unique children, and unique family dynamics and life circumstances. We all have different personalities, different needs, and different desires. Our holiday-celebrating, then, should beautifully and creatively reflect those God-given differences. We loose a bit of that special uniqueness, however, when we instead try to copy everything someone else is doing.

This year, rather than thinking we have to decorate, bake, or practice hospitality in the exact same way our best friend, mom, sister, or favorite blogger is doing so, let us instead look to the Lord, seek His wisdom, and ponder how He created our particular family to be. Let’s instead plan for the holidays with our family in mind (and with them included in the planning!), not another person’s family.

 

Remember the Reason for the Season

I know it is a bit cliche these days to say this, but it’s true – we need to remember the reason for the season. That reason is not to be Pinterest-perfect. It is not to impress our neighbors. It is not to “do all the things”. It is to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. It is to commemorate and remember the incarnation of Christ and its implications. It is to love on our families and the folks around us and, in so doing, point them to Christ.

That’s what this season is truly about. The decor, the songs, the cookies, and the parties are just secondary, fun little pursuits to make the season extra special. Therefore, if we keep first things first and emphasize Christ above all this holiday season, it will truly be a lovely holiday season to remember!

 

REBEKAH HARGRAVES IS A WIFE, MAMA OF TWO LITTLES, HOME BUSINESS OWNER, PODCASTER, AND BLOGGER RESIDING IN TN. HER PASSION IS TO BLESS FELLOW CHRISTIAN WOMEN THROUGH HER WRITINGS ON HER WEBSITE, HARGRAVES HOME AND HEARTH, WHICH EXISTS TO EDIFY, EQUIP, AND ENCOURAGE WOMEN IN THEIR JOURNEY OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD.

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Homemaking LInkup

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc.

Our new Linkup is sharing these posts along with our sister site to give you more exposure if you link up here!

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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We know how hard it is to find wholesome reading for your children and how you might want to just give up because the search can be so difficult! So today we wanted to share with you that several of The Boxcar Children Books are just $3.82 for the Kindle Edition. When you click through that link just scroll down on that page and find more of the same books for the same price.

 

My children grew up reading these books and always really enjoyed them.

They also make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers (the paperbacks of course).

The complete set is also on sale right now too and almost half off–you can find it HERE. 

I hope these books are a blessing to you!

 

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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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IT’S HERE: THE RAISING HOMEMAKERS CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017!!!

by June Fuentes November 1, 2017

* Are you the type who likes to begin your Christmas shopping in about this time? Within a few short weeks the holidays will be in full swing and that is why we are so excited to bring to you the FOURTH annual Raising Homemaker’s Christmas Gift Guide!We worked hard to select some amazing companies […]

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How to be Motivated for Day to Day Homemaking

by Emily October 31, 2017

How can we be motivated every day for taking care of our husbands, children, and homes?  I’m sure you, as I do, wake up some days and find it hard to want to get going, and maybe find it hard to get started.  Maybe we feel like we’d just like to sit around and waste […]

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