Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

I hope you're having a wonderful fall season, and enjoying the warm fires, and pumpkins, and leaves all around. I know I sure am, and I can't wait for Thanksgiving:) God is SO faithful to keep His promises. I've been enjoying doing Kings Blooming Roses' Thanksgiving Challenge. It's SO fun to see all the little things I usually overlook, as blessings from God.

I just wanted to share a quick note with you, and let you in on something that's been keeping me away from the blog for the last few weeks.

I'm hosting a local event called Rosewood Christmas Bazaar on the 5th of December in Hillsboro, OR, and the Bazaar is sponsoring a $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway.

Go to this link to check out the Bazaar, and enter the giveaway. And if you're in the area, I hope to see you at the Bazaar:)

P.S. Please share this on your blog/social media:) I'm trying to get the word out as much as possible:)

Psalm 127:1 "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it, except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." 

Monday, November 2, 2015

What If You Loved Someone as Much as You Want to be Loved?

The thought struck me late last night after watching the 2015 Cinderella movie for the second time. It is a heart moving story in many ways, and I was impressed with the way the producers captured the themes of forgiveness, kindness, and courage. But I was also impressed with a theme that was acted out throughout the movie, but never spoken. To truly love someone as much as you want to be loved, even when they don't deserve it. Several times throughout the movie Cinderella is seen doing the right thing when all the people around her are not. She is seen holding her peace when others are fighting, and refraining from blaming others even when there was reason to do so.

As I went to bed last night the thought kept coming to my mind. What if I loved someone as much as I want to be loved, even if they don't deserve it? What if I sacrificed without hope for reward, and what if I truly lived with the needs of others in my focus instead of my own? What would change? Would life be different for me? Would it be better?

I think it would. I know for myself, the challenges and struggles I face would be almost eliminated if I was to truly live with others in my perspective instead of myself. I would come face to face with my heart, and I would see that true value is created not when I get, but when I give. True love is being willing to sacrifice without hope for gain.

So many times I think we look to people to provide us love and acceptance which we have never been able to provide to someone else. For example, many people dream about and hope for a future spouse to meet their needs, and love them unconditionally. But how many of us dream about loving someone else unconditionally, and sacrificing so that they can experience the same depth of love we hope to receive?

Maybe the reason we have yet to find that love and acceptance which we so desire is because we have been looking for it in the wrong place. Maybe instead of searching for someone to meet our needs, we need to search for needs we can meet, and maybe instead of waiting for someone to come along and love us unconditionally, we need to love the people that come along in our lives…. unconditionally. Maybe…. just maybe that is when we will truly experience the love we desire to receive.

God has given us a great gift in Jesus, His Son. He is our only source of true love, and even though most of us know that, and have come to experience the blessed hope we have in His love, we still look for people to meet our earthly needs. We look for "Cinderella's" and "Prince Charmings" to come along, and offer us a hand, to walk beside us in the journey of life, and to always know just the right thing to do, and the right words to say. But with God's help, I submit to you that we can stop looking for other people to meet our needs, and we can start becoming the people that meet needs. And as a result, instead of searching for "Prince Charmings" and "Cinderella's" we will start  becoming them for other people.

Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

So what's your opinion? What would change if you truly loved others as much as you want to be loved? What do you wish someone would come along and do for you?

Leave a comment….Let's start the Conversation.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Take Joy in the Lord!

Here's a simple poem of encouragement  the Lord gave me to share with you this morning. It was inspired by a recent Bible Study in John 16. I was inspired by this verse, and convicted by how many times I refuse to take joy in the Lord. But I hope this poem helps us all remember, that He is our source of Joy, and no one can ever take that from us!

"And ye therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy NO man taketh from you." John 16:22

Take Joy in the Lord!

Take Joy in the Lord,
He knows your mistakes, 
He's the source of all truth, 
Live for His name's sake.

Trust Him in the trials, 
They won't last that long, 
Even in the mist of them all, 
His love is still your song. 

The pain you face, will not long last, 
He knows the future, present, and past. 
Give Him your heart, your hope, your love, 
Take joy in the Lord, your hope above.

Take joy in the Lord, 
Each moment, each day, 
For in the midst of confusion, 
He still knows the way. 

So whatever comes along
Let this be your song,
Cling to the Word,
Take Joy in the Lord!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Portrait of a Godly Woman || Tiffany

Today I am excited to share my second ever guest interview on this blog. Remember those questions you all submitted for interviews? Well, today you'll get some answers.

Here to talk with us today is my dear friend Tiffany Schlichter. Tiffany was gracious enough to allow me to interview her over the phone several months ago. She is such an encouragment to me, and I was very blessed to be able to hear her perspective on such important topics.

I met Tiffany and her family in 2010, when her sister Brittany competed in the National Bible  Bee. Right from the start, I knew that Tiffany was a godly woman I could look up to and be encouraged by. Tiffany has written several books. "All Glorious Within," "Noble Girlhood," "Encouragement to the Homeschool Student" & "Higher Ground at Home." She is also the author of the Virtuous Daughters Magazine - a monthly encouragement for young ladies. I have been very blessed and encouraged by her example of humility, and I hope you are blessed with this interview.

Could you tell me about some of your successes in your life?

Well, I guess I would say that I've been grateful to the Lord for giving me an opportunity to publish 4 books, and write the Virtuous Daughters Magazine. I know that anything that I have accomplished is only a result of the Lord's grace. I've also enjoyed helping my siblings and my parents be sucessful. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Movie Worth Watching…..& a Giveaway!

I don't usually post about movies on my blog, but this one is worth sharing about. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly encourage you to see "Beyond the Mask." It's showing in theaters all around the country RIGHT NOW and until June 18th. One of the leading Christian films of the year, Beyond the Mask is packed with action, adventure, history, and even a bit of romance. It's sure to be a film your entire family will enjoy. Produced by two homeschool graduates and their families the film is complete with stunning scenes, inviting stories, and a moving message that will challenge your faith. Be sure to go to this link to find the showtimes and theaters near you! 

As a special treat for my blog I have 2 exclusive Beyond the Mask t-shirts that I'm giving away. They are size Large and X-Large- Perfect for the guys in your family! There will be two winners so enter away:)

Oh, and be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you thought about the movie after you see it:) Have a blessed day:) 

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Goal for Writing this Blog

In December of 2012, I had an idea to start a blog. I had accumulated quite a bit of writng, and I wanted to be able to share with others, and hopefully be of some encouragement. So, I contacted my friend Eden S.,and we talked about the possibilities I could do for a blog. Would it be a specific theme? Would it have giveaways, and reviews, or be more of an encouragement, and exhortation blog?
There were SO many possibilities for what I could do, and so many ideas in my head that I was eager to pursue. But overall, I knew that whatever my blog became, I wanted it to bring glory to God, and encourage other people to do the same. I wanted to start with lessons from my life, and insights from Scripture. I also had a few poems to share, and hoped to include details of our family expereinces. So, I started my blog, and with Eden's help, I came upon a name. Elanee's Endeavors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Early || The Last Morning

What Would Getting Up Earlier in the Day Help me Accomplish?

Getting up earlier in the day - is that just an idea that will never fully come to pass, or is it something that must be worked at until it is accomlished?
Recently, I've been doing a 30 day Early to Rise challenge by Andy Traub, and I've been noticing how many limiting beliefs I've allowed to come into my mind and belive. I think that there's nothing wrong if I sleep in an extra hour, Nothing wrong if I waste most of the morning sleeping, and somehow I'm going to become successful without doing anything. What a lie!The truth is that the Bible   has many things to say about slothfulness, sleeping in late, and believing that work is not necessary.

Friday, April 10, 2015

God's Faithfulness || New Beginnings

Psalm 89:1 says “I will sing of the mercies of The Lord forever, with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Lamentations 3:21-24 says “It is of The Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good to them that wait for Him to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The Lord.”
How many times do we stop and consider The Lord's faithfulness? Every day His mercies are new, and His compassions fail not. Through the hard times, and the good times God never changes. His Word remains steady and sure, and there is nothing uncertain about His faithfulness to keep His promises. Have you ever stopped to consider the power of God? He rules the heavens, and the earth. He could have made one star, and one moon, and the earth, and stopped. He could have just made the earth as well, and stopped. But He didn't. He decided to go beyond all that we could ask or think, and create infinite wonder and beauty in the heavens of heavens, and in the earth. He went so far as to create you and me, and not just create us, but to give us unique thoughts and dreams, and feelings and goals. He went beyond, just to show that He could, and prove that His faithfulness is never ending. When we think we can't go on another day, and when our failures seem to be closing in on us, God sends us his love, in the form of a ray of sunshine, a bird, a flower. The sound of rain on our roof, and the knowledge that we are safe inside His arms. His mercies are new every morning. His strength is sufficient for another day. Great is His faithfulness.
I read a book recently Priscilla Shier entitled “God is Able” The entire book was an explanation and practical application of Ephesians 3:20-21 that says “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages. World without end. Amen.” Mrs. Shier basically took every negative thought, and concern we have about God, and challenged it with the truth of Scripture. Through stories, and insights from her life, she showed the importance of trusting and believing that God is truly able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. And He requires us to live in light of that belief.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Today is the day!

"Now is the time to know God is able. To connect your current reality with God's present ability. But in order to do that- in order to experience Him Now, to burst through the cloud cover that's keeping you from catching the rays of His light- you need to make a deliberate decision to change your perspective. " Priscilla Shirer- "God is Able"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Guest Interview || Eden

 Motivation, anticipation, passion, and experience, these are some of life's greatest stepping stones that mold and shape our character in more ways than we can imagine. Here to talk with us today is my dear friend Eden S. from Eden's Evaluations. Eden graciously agreed to be the first person to share her answers to the interview questions you helped me formulate. 

       What motivates you? 
Knowing that my time on earth is short and fleeting… I want to use all my time serving the Lord, glorifying Him in all that I do, being a light for Him, and building His Kingdom!

Who has had the most influence on your life, and why? 
My parents. They are such amazing examples in many ways, one of which, is how they both honor and love the Lord with their whole hearts.

How are you preparing yourself to be an adult woman? 
Heeding the instruction of my Mother! She is an amazing woman of God, and attending my ear to her instruction is one of the best ways I can prepare myself.

What quotation most inspires you?
I have a few, but these are two of my favorites.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie Ten Boom
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” -Corrie Ten Boom

What are some books you would recommend for young ladies to read? 
“Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” By Anita Dittman.  That is one of my favorites… Anita’s love and trust in the Lord is absolutely amazing and an incredible example to me.

What are the biggest assets to your time management? 
Hmmm… probably accountability and self-governement.

How have you gone about overcoming laziness?
I would have to give the credit to my parents! :)  Goal setting also helped me with overcoming laziness.

What has been the most significant Scripture passage for your life, and why? 
Currently, Psalm 71:1 is one of my favorites, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”  I find this very comforting, knowing that the Lord will never leave or forsake me.  Satan works with confusion, but God works with clarity.  With our eyes and trust in Jesus, we will not be put to confusion.

Based on your life experiences, what advice do you have for young women as they move forward in life?
Keep your eyes on Jesus, be continually in His Word, always have a heart open to receiving instruction, and keep Hebrews 12:1 in mind. :) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
I'm Eden, I'm 16, the fourth out of 7 children, and the daughter of Jesus Christ. I love anything active, hanging out with my amazing family and friends, dancing En Pointe, singing, doing thrilling things, talking, laughing, playing fun pranks, and overall, being hyper. ;) You can visit my blog at:

If  you enjoyed reading Eden's interview, please leave a comment and let me know. How were you encouraged or inspired by Eden's interview? 
Thanks for reading, And remember, the past is history, and the future is a mystery. Today is the only day you have to make a difference. Make it count for God's glory!