Decisions, decisions, decisions–they are a daily part of our journey in this life. We cannot avoid the choices that await us. I am so very thankful for the privilege of communication with the Lord, for His Word, and for fellow believers on my journey. I do not know where I would be if it were not for these tools God has given me to guide me down life’s path.

I am bombarded by decisions all day long. Some decisions are small and simple like small, smooth stones, but others are large and intimidating like rough, jagged, mountains. I am so thankful I do not have to hike these mountainous decisions in my own strength. The Heavenly Father will walk with me and many times even carry me through. When I reach the other side, I realize how silly I was to worry or doubt what was on the other side of the mountain.

Through many choices, good and bad, I’ve come to realize when God calls me to do something not only does He equip me to do it, but He also carries me through it with His perfect and unlimited strength. When I reflect on all of the poor decisions I have made in my life and the wrong paths I’ve chosen, I regret not trusting Him and utilizing the tools He provided to help me continue on the right path. I realize that my choices affect the lives of others as well. I wonder what my life or the lives of others would be like now had I chosen to be strong and walk in faith.

Sometimes I complicate my life with clutter, inhibiting God’s plans. Choosing to do too many things or things that are good, but not beneficial, I need to seek God on these. Many times I make my life, my job, and my calling complicated. I listen to the voices and patterns of this world. This never ends well. Filling my life with good things fine, but if those “good” things distract or overwhelm me they aren’t beneficial. I realize I just need to get back to the basics of my life. God has given me everything I need. The “bells and whistles” of life can entangle us in overcommittment, busyness, needless activities and worries that draw me away from my relationship with God.

I’ve had many scary decisions to make in my life. I won’t dwell on the wrong choices I’ve made, because I know those have been forgiven and forgotten. There are too many choices to count, but I am thankful for the good ones: accepting Jesus as my Savior, marriage, purchasing a home, children, working part time from home, homeschooling, changing churches, healthier living, witnessing to others. Some of these are not as significant as others, but with every single one I can remember feeling God’s hand in mine. For each of these choices, which took faith, there has been a remarkable outcome. No amount of weighing my options or sleepless nights could have every revealed to me the blessings and spiritual strength God has given me simply for walking by faith.

Don’t get me wrong, it is not always easy to walk in faith. The enemy tries to sneak in some doubt wherever he can. However, it is much easier to walk in faith when we aren’t overwhelmed by the unnecessary instead of simply living in the basics of life. Declutter your life and work of the unnecessary things, even the good ones. When you are faced with a decision, you’ll be able to clearly see and hear the Lord in it.

Search His Word, pray and listen for His answer, request prayer and seek wise counsel from fellow believers. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6. Thirst, hunger, and search for His will in your life, and He will not only help you make the decision, but He will also walk with you hand in hand as you go through the unknown. When you reach the other side of the mountain He will still be there and your relationship with Him will be stronger than ever, uncluttered by the unnecessary. You will be blessed beyond measure, and your choices will make a difference in the lives of others!

Mandy

Mandy is a blessed daughter of Jesus Christ. She has the honor and privilege of being a wife to her loving husband since 1993, homeschooling mommy to four blessings, and a happy homemaker. Mandy is a Southern Belle from The Palmetto State. She enjoys inviting women to join her quest for rubies amidst the ruckus of life. One way she accomplishes this by encouraging them on her blog: Motherhood-Ruckus and Rubies based on Proverbs 31. She is a Trim Healthy Mama, whose favorite past times include being a wife and mommy, camping with her family, reading, gardening, cooking, singing, fashion, piano, decorating, crafting, and grabbing anything chocolate and a cup of coffee with friends.

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Since we are a large family of 11 people under one roof, we love going to Aldi and save SO much money there!

We can easily leave with two carts and I have to take a boy or two with me to help bag and get it all into our 12 passenger van.

A few new things that caught my eye this time around (remember, it might be different at your store) is this Organic Black Bean:

This one has a hint of spice with cumin, lime, and smoky chipotle. I loved it along with their multi-grain chips that are a low price of $1.99 too.

And was just $2.29.

 

I actually saw this one two weeks back, it is peanut butter spread with chia seed and flaxseed. My boys exact words were “Why would you take something so perfect and add those things in?” That made me laugh, but I just explained how the seeds were healthy for you and that many people try to get healthy seeds in when they can.

This one was only $1.99.

 

This Ghee Clarified butter was a little more but I am showing it because it is rare to find this in my Aldi. I love when they rotate different types of food for us to try.

 

This was $6.99 but a little more expensive online.

Grapeseed oil is great for dressing and dipping and can be used instead of olive oil on salads.

 

 

Here it was just $2.99!

We save so much there I thought I would highlight a few of their products for you–hope you enjoyed them.

 

What have you found lately at your local Aldi?

 

 

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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If your little one spends a lot of time in the kitchen you know how excited they get when they get a chance to bake or cook something!

My little daughter, Bella, loves baking cookies and pies (especially with her brothers) and looks so cute when they put a little apron on her.

These personalized aprons (for girls and boys) are handy in protecting their clothes while they are baking up a storm!

 

They come in many colors and different fonts, you can view them all HERE.

Right now you can find them on sale at Jane!

 

I hope they are a blessing to you!

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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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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Are you looking for a quick smoothie recipe that will also heal your gut?

Today we are sharing a recipe from these great gals and it is their Gut Healing Strawberry Quickie Kefir Smoothie. It only has two ingredients but you can add more if you like. Here is the recipe:

2 cups plain kefir (store bought or homemade)

1 scoop strawberry Pristine Whey protein powder

Blend until smooth about 10 seconds only and then enjoy!

 

If you wanted this cold you could use one cup kefir and one cup ice.

You could also add and handful cold blueberries, strawberries or raspberries that are good for your heart.

As you can see from the above picture there are also a few more optional ingredients as well.

This recipe is from Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table:

We love these gals and think their recipes help so many!

 

If you haven’t gotten the book yet and are wanting to get healthy this year–you can find the book HERE (it is almost half off right now too)!

Trust me, you won’t regret it!

What easy recipes do you like that are gut healing?

Please share them in the comments!

 

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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We love to share cute dresses for girls when we come across (we know how hard they can be to find)–this one is feminine and modest and cute for church or some special affair.

 

It comes in different colors including:

  • Black
  • Cream
  • Dusty Blue
  • Dusty Pink
  • Mustard
  • Navy

You can find the sizes it comes in HERE.

Here is the description:

This maxi dress is the most perfect dress for your little girl. Floral, comfy and yet so stylish is something you can’t find anywhere else. It features a scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, and pockets (can’t get better than that). Perfectly paired with her favorite pair of booties to get that adorable outfit. Your daughter will want every color we have to offer to add to their winter wardrobe!!It is on sale for 30% off at Jane right now for a limited time!

You can find it HERE.

But remember they are only available for a limited time!

 

 

Enjoy!

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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Homemaking Linkup!

by June Fuentes January 10, 2018

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 […]

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Drafting New Year’s Resolutions for Your Homemaking

by June Fuentes January 8, 2018

Today our sweet contributor, Rebekah, is sharing with us: When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, the likely reason why up to 80% of said resolutions fail by the time February rolls around is because we simply jumped immediately to the step of writing out our resolutions without ever doing some necessary prep-work beforehand. […]

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