I Need Your Imput:)

My goal in life has always been to help other people, and make the most impact in the world. And so the other day I had this idea that I want to run past everyone on here:) I always love giving gifts to people for birthday's and special occasions, but I always have a hard time finding unique gifts and matching the personalities of the people I'm giving gifts to. 

So, my idea is for a subscribtion based gift service, where I would provide customized gifts handmade by other women, already wrapped, and send them annually to freinds of your choice. Gifts could be chosen based on what you know of the person, or I could use a Statistical method based off FB profiles and what people post on FB. Gift subscriptions could be purchased for the year, and all your friends and family could be covered for their special days, taking the worry of what to give them out our of your hands. So what are your thoughts? Obviously I'm still in the very beginning stages of this idea, but I just want to get imput and thoughts on it:) Looking forward to your comments!!

Life is a Missionfield!

The harm in the statement "Everyone did what was right in their own eyes" is that the people overlooked God's commands to them. They choose their own path, and followed what they believed to be right, instead of what was right. I see many similarities in the world today. We have overlooked God's Word, and His commands to us, and we have departed from what is right, and decided to do what we believe to be right. God has reason to judge the world and all it's inhabitants for this wicked act of departing from the truth. There is nothing that is right in our own eyes, because in our natural state, we all desire and do evil. So the only way we can return to the truth, is by doing what is naturally undesirable in our own eyes. What is right, and wholesome, and true and just, and pure, and holy. Philippians 4:6-8

Five of my favorite characteristics about Paul are….
1.His willingness to pray for others without ceasing. Colossians 1:9-14
2.  willingness to obey God and do whatever He called him to do at all costs. Romans 8:38-39
3. His humility when he had reason to boast in his accomplishments. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
4. His determination to do everything in His power to share the gospel without ceasing. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
5. His willingness to suffer for Christ without regard to personal pleasure. Romans 8:18-23
I would like to be more like Paul in my prayers for other people. I usually ask people how I can pray for them, but sometimes fail to actually pray for them. I wonder if Jesus was on the earth in human form today, how many of us would truly live for and with Him like the disciples did? How much time would we spend with Him? How much desire would we have to be with Him? The Bible says Jesus is our friend and brother, yet, I spend less time with him then I do with my best friends. I don't see the great privilege I have to be able to come into His presence without ceasing. Oh for a little more of Paul's reverence and love for the Savior. For a little more of his willingness to go to prison and to death, for the sake of one who gave His life for us! 
Who is your favorite Bible character? What would you like to learn more about from them? 
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Health, Life Lessons, and My Personal Journey Update!

It has been so long since I updated this blog with a legitimate post of how my life has been going and where God has been leading me recently. I do apologize for all the many months I have been silent, and not kept you up to date on my life. It seems hard to think about picking up where I left off, because there's so much I haven't shared. So instead of trying to fill in where I was when I stopped writing, I think I'm just going to start where I am now, and move ahead, and hope that the future posts will have more details about the past, and what I've missed sharing with you all.

Recently I've been busy doing a lot of dog sitting for private clients through Rover.com. It has been a journey of a thousand lessons, teaching me more every time I watch a new dog. I've learned so much, and have had some wonderful experiences with dogs. God has used dogs, and the challenges, and joys I've had with them to help me to see more of His love, and more of my need for Him. I hope to share with you many stories of the pups I've been able to watch, and the lessons God has been teaching me through them. But for now, I just wanted to share that I've been doing dog sitting, and finding it to keep me very busy, and always learning. Here's a few pictures of some dogs I've watched recently, and click here for a link to my Rover profile to see more about the dogs I've watched. (please note I use my middle name Ruth on my profile for safety purposes)

Another thing I've been learning a lot about lately has been health, and finances. We just finished the Financial Peace University class with Dave Ramsey at our church. My Mom and Dad did an amazing job leading the class and we learned SO much about finances, and the biblical perspective on how to use our money for God's glory. One of the biggest things I learned through the class was the purpose of making wise choices now so that we can have more resources to give and invest in the lives of others in the future. God really convicted me about my need to reach out to our local community more, and find ways to serve and meet needs around me more. I highly recommend you attend a Financial Peace University class if you haven't already!  There have been so many opportunities to share the gospel, or a word of encouragement with a hurting soul, and so many times I have passed them up. I don't want to do that anymore. I'm asking God to provide areas of growth for me to be able to reach out more to my community and encourage the people around me. One way I'm excited to see God grow me in this area is through Next-door.com It is an amazing way to reach out to neighbors and get to know your community on a close basis. I've already had many opportunities to meet needs, attend community events, pray for others, meet neighbors, and even got a few dog sitting clients through the next-door community. Here's a link to check out Next-door. I encourage you to join the website and connect with your neighbors more!

And lastly, a new adventure I've been starting recently has been learning more about health and how to use my health for God's glory. Our bodies are the temples of God, and as such we must use them in the way they were created to serve others, and be ready to do all that we are capable of doing. I have been realizing that I need to be more active and focused on my health so that I am aware  of things I need to change, and able to serve God more fully with my life.  In light of this I'm excited to be learning more about vaccines and the major role they play in diminishing and destroying our health and vitality. I'm looking forward to a webinar series on the Truth about Vaccines, starting next week. Be sure to go to this link for more information and to join me on the webinar. Life is too short to live it in poor health because of bad choices we've made. Let's take the chance we have now and make a difference for the future. 

I'll leave you with a verse of Scripture that has been encouraging me a lot recently. 
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry." Jeremiah 31: 3-4 

God is not finished with you yet! Take time today to rejoice in the finished work of Christ on your behalf. 

What has God been teaching you recently? ..… Leave a comment and let me know!

What’s most important to you?

It seems like the majority of families that I encounter say that after faith, family is the most important thing in their lives. If that’s the case, then it makes sense that we would want to do everything in our power to intentionally develop our families into being, doing, and having our very best.

Although a lot of us are “doing ok” as a family —some better than others— I think if we’re honest, we all know deep down that we could do better, but it’s hard to know where to focus our attention to start.
Look around the restaurant next time you’re out to eat, and see how many people actually have their smartphones either in their hand or on the table – face up. Or how many teens are at dinner with their family but are nose-down into their social media accounts. It’s kind of depressing.
Or how many teens are at dinner with their family but are nose-down into their social media accounts. It’s kind of depressing.
Is this the way it’s destined to be from now on? It doesn’t have to be.

There is another way of life for us and our families. We must raise the bar to a higher standard, and put our families first. That's why I'm taking the 7 Day Family Challenge to return to the right focus of what family really means.

The 7 Day Challenge includes a daily encouragement from Christian leaders pointing us back to the Word of God, and the true meaning of family.
You'll hear from these encouraging speakers each day for the next 7 days. 
  • Dr. Gary Chapman (relationships)
  • Michael & Gail Hyatt (communication)
  • Dr. Josh Axe (physical health)
  • Tony Dungy (work/life balance)

  • Brian Buffini (community)
  • Dave Ramsey (finances)
  • and Zig Ziglar’s own children – Cindy, Julie, and Tom (spirituality/faith).
I'm excited to share this challenge with you, and I hope you'll join me as we seek to put your family first. Click here to join the challenge 

"God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land." Psalm 68:6

So let's answer this question. What does family mean to you? 
Leave me a comment if you join the challenge. 

8 Strategies Super-Successful High Achievers Use to Prepare for the New Year

I'm curious...

What is the most important thing you do at the
beginning of each year to set yourself up for your
best year ever? Leave a comment with your answer. I'll be writing a post in the next couple weeks with my answer.

That was the question Michael Hyatt asked of over 30+ high
achievers. The replies have been pouring in.

All the answers have been compiled into a single,
handy PDF, and you can get it for free here:

Some of the contributors include Tony Robbins, John
Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Andy Andrews, Jeff Walker,
Marie Forleo, Amy Porterfield, Lysa TerKeurst,
Andy Stanley, Chalene Johnson, Lewis Howes, (and
many others).

I know you will be encouraged and motivated by this ebook.

You can download it here.


Be sure to leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of the ebook:)

Month Long Trip Part 4- Disneyworld!

Who's missing summer? I know I am:) I love the warm sunshine, flip flops, the outside activities, and gardens, fresh fruit, and days filled with friends and activities. But fall is such a beautiful season, and I'm really enjoying the relaxation and sense of calm and reflection it brings with it.

 I have some photos from our trip to Disneyworld 2 years ago to share with you. Perhaps you remember these posts about our Month Long Trip that I did of our time back east in 2014. If so then you might remember I said it was going to be a 4 part series, and well, I just never got around to the fourth post until today. So enjoy this look back to fall two years ago in Florida that felt like summer.

Before you begin reading this post, go to this link and play this music to go along with this post. It will make it a lot better I promise:) It's the music from the Epcot Firework show at Disneyworld. 
( I like to skip past the first few seconds of the song just so you know;)

We spent 5 days in Disneyworld, and enjoyed it a lot. it was super fun to spend several of the days in the Park with friends from Bible Bee. I had my doubts about going to Disneyworld, and I especially didn't want to be bombarded with a worldly perspective on life. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the family friendly atmosphere, and level of character and excellence that I saw. Even the emplyoees had a sense of dignity, and a a standard of excellence that I haven't seen before. Not to say that there weren't rides we skipped, and parts of the parks we bypassed, but overall Disneyworld exceeded my expectations. 

One of my favorite rides was It's a Small World. I still have the song stuck in my head.

Evan & I couldn't resist trying on the Spanish hats.

We took lots of boat rides, and enjoyed being able to spend some of them with the S. family. 

Fun times:)

I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful butterfly. 

The Hall of the Presidents was probably the most amazing replication of history I have seen in real life. 

I loved being able to see the 4 amazing firework shows while we were there. 

A big highlight of the trip was going to the waterpark.

Originally I was a bit skeptical about the waterpark and what might be there, but it turned out to be an amazing experience, and we all enjoyed it a lot. 

This is the big  Summit Plummet slide that we all were excited about before the trip. It turned out to be quite exhilarating and a lot of fun. 120 feet straight down. 

 Disney world was full of beautiful architecture and attention to detail.

The Epcot fireworks show was my very favorite. SO beautiful and wonderfully engaging. 

Starting out on one of the rides. 

Cinderella's Castle 

Gondolas in the water park. 

Who says real life can't be magical? 

Part of the Magic Kingdom firework show. 

We had a fun time meeting up with the Strangs for part for our time. 

Getting ready to ride the flying dinosaurs. 

It's a bugs life. 

After our time at Disney world, we went to Destin beach on the other side of Florida to spend a few nights on the beach before heading back home. Here's some pictures of that time. 

The beautiful white sand beach 

Taking the inner tube out. The water was SO warm, even though it was November. 

I could get used to this life. 

Mom enjoying the beach

It was amazing how calm it was that day. 

The Sandheart castle we made. 

Exploring a wrecked sailboat. 

A small crab. 

Overall we had a wonderful time in Florida at Disneyworld, and I will always remember how special it was to spend that time together as a family. If you ever get a chance to go to Disneyworld I highly recommend it. You will not regret it, and you will make memories to last a lifetime. 

That's all for now. It's never too late to post pictures I guess:) 
I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying this season of life that God has blessed us with. 

Comment if you'd like to see more posts with pictures of what I've been up to lately. 

I Will Wait

Here is something I read today that was a blessed reminder of waiting on the Lord,  and why it is so important. I edited and revised it to be more applicable to our lives as Christian young women.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Leave a comment if it encourages you today!

It seemed cool, for everyone to be in a relationship without me. So I took matters into my own hands and… ended up with him. Him, who secretly displayed the characteristics of a cheater, a liar, an abuser, and a thief. So why was I surprised when he broke into my heart? I called 911, but I was cardiac-arrested for aiding and abetting, ’cause I let him in, claiming we were “just friends.”

I had decided that even if he wasn’t, I was gonna make him “the One.” I was tired of being alone, and I made up in my mind, that it was about that time, 'cause I was always the bridesmaid and never the bride. A virgin physically, but mentally just a woman, who was tired of the wait. He had a… form of Godliness, but I was sure I could change that, because he was so close.

Ready to sell my worth for a quarter, not knowing the value it used to be. My heart so clogged with my will, it blocked His will from flowing through me. So, I thank Christ that His blood pressure gave this heart an attack that flatlined my obscured vision, and put me on my knees. Through my ignorance, He saw fit to transplant Psalms 51:10, a new heart & a renewed spirit within me. So now, I fully understand, how much I need to wait for You.

Even possibly never having met me, let me assure you, I will wait for you. I will not date, socialize, or communicate with carbon copies of you to appease my boredom, and quench my thirsty desire for attention. I won’t settle for false companionship or feel the embrace of his arms, attempting to find some closeness. No more ‘just being friends’, passing smiles, & sharing drinks. I don't want to 'flirt' with the ideology of, “Can you just tell me how much I can get away with & still be pure?”

But with you, I know I can't even come close, we can't even touch. 'Cause I have thoughts that I’ve saved in a 'file' that God has only equipped you to open at the right time. I will no longer get weighted down, concerned for time, when I serve the Author of Time. He is not subject to time, but I am subject to Him, and He has the ability to stop, fast-forward, pause, or rewind whenever he sees fit.

I await your revelation, but once again, I will wait for you. And I will know you because when you speak, I will be reminded of Solomon’s wisdom, your ability to lead will remind me of Moses, your faith... of Abraham, your confidence in God’s Word....of Daniel, your inspiration.... of Paul, your heart for God... of David, your attention to detail..... of Noah, your integrity....of Joseph, and your ability to abandon your own will.... of the disciples. But most importantly, your ability to love selflessly & unconditionally will remind me of Christ.

And you will know me, because you will find me, where the boldness of Esther, meets the warm closeness of Ruth, where the hospitality of Lydia, is aligned with the submission of Mary, which is engulfed in the tears of a praying Hannah. And I will be the one, drenched in the water of the Word, waiting for you. But not just waiting, I will be preparing by living a full life of service to Christ.

But all of this only you O Lord should see fit. I desire Your will above mine. So in this time of singleness, help my heart be content. I know You are the greatest love I've ever known. You are forever my king & I’m forever Your princess. Let me always be found on a mission about your business. I will always be Yours, and I will always wait for You. More than the watchmen wait for the morning, help me to say 'I will wait'!

~Janette IKZ edited by Elanee

Would You Like to Join Me?

I'm starting out on an adventure and I need some fellow travelers to join me. You must be willing to take on a challenge. You must want to help others improve their health. You must be willing to make some new habits. And lastly you must be excited about earning $500 or more a month. If this sounds like you, send me an email, or comment under this post
for more information!!! I can't wait to see who's excited to join me:)

Happy Mother's Day!

You might remember this poem I dedicated and gave to my Mother from Mother's Day two years ago. It is still so true ( and even more true) today. I'm SO grateful for all that my Mom has done, and sacrificed for me. Without her, I don't know what I would do. She is such a encouragement, and inspiration to me, and I'm SO grateful for her.

Thank you Mom for everything!!!! You are such a blessing!

Stay In the Castle!

~Once upon a time there was a princess that lived in a beautiful palace overlooking a simple but worldly village. She lived in the castle with her Father, the King, and a handful of faithful servants. Her Father doted over her, supplying her every need and most all her wants. Over the years, she blossomed into a beautiful teenage girl, quick-witted, full of laughter, and always obedient - but increasingly lonely.

~Often, later at night, she woild gaze from the window of her room, high in the castke wall, watching the people far away in the streets below. She would lean towards the gaiety, straining past the sounds of music and laughter, to try to pick out the words of the young people. No sad, lonely sounds ever reached her ears, and she began to believe that they must be the happiest people in the kingdom.
~"Father?" she asked one evening as they worked together on what he called her preparation. "Do you think that perhaps I might one evening be allowed to attend one of the festivals at the villiage? Perhaps just for a short time?"
~The old, but wise King laid aside the Book of Lessons and looked upon his daughter with compassion and concern. "My child, the villiage below is a worldly place full of sad people. The sound of merriment that you sometimes hear is their attempt to drown out the emptiness and despair of their lives. It is best that you stay in the castle."
~Though she loved her Father, it was not the answer the wished.
~"But Father, how will I ever meet...I mean...someday I would like to.....Oh Father, you are so good to me, and I do so love it here, but at times I get so lonely!"
~The King sat back in his chair, his eyes suddenly seeing his daughter not as the little girl she would always be to him, but as the young lady she was becoming. He then decided.
~"It is time that I tell you."
~"Tell me what, Father?"
~Standing to his feet, he walked to a window overlooking the countryside to the East. His eyes fastened onto the King's Highway, a straight road that passed high above the villiage and led to the castle gate.
~"Shortly after you were born, I foresaw the day when you would need someone special--someone with whom to spend your life. I set out to search; to visit other castles in the Kingdom; to find a Prince for you. Not just anyone, but that special someone."
~The King turned to look at his Princess, her eyes full of wonderment.
~"I have met him. I know who he is."
~"Oh, Father, where does he live? When do I get to meet him?"
~"He lives far away, but not so far. In a castle not unlike this one. He, too, is being prepared as you are--both for the other. Come stand beside me, my child."
~She walked to where her Father stood by the window.
~"See there? That's the King's Highway. When the time is right and not before, he will come on a white steed. You will know him."
~Then taking her into his hands, he looked into her tear brimmed eyes.
~"Princess. Never forget you are a child of the King. You are Royalty. The one being prepared for you is also of Royal Descent. Be patient. Prepare. And stay in the castle."
~She hugged the King, jumping into his arms, happy now and determined to prepare and wait. For many months, at night, she looked out her bedroom window, past the villiage and it's sounds to the Highway above, watching and dreaming of the one who would someday come.

~A year passed. Then another. The dream became harder to envision, and the night sounds of laughter and glee from the village below again began working their way slowly into her thoughts. It became harder to concentrate on her preparation; harder to be patient.
~One morning while taking her breakfast in the Royal Kitchen, a knock was heard at the back door; the door where deliveries were made from the village below. She waited for one of her Father's servants to answer, but when none immediately did, she decided to answer it herself.
~"Hello," said the young delivery man as he pulled off his crumbled hat and bowed. (It was an exaggerated bow, very low and lasting, followed by a winsome smile.) She couldn't help but laugh.
~"Delivery for his Royal Highness, the King." he proclaimed with just the slightest shade of irreverence. "And my, but I must say that he has hired some lovely kitchen help, a great improvement indeed!"

~"Why, thank you, but I'm not the kitchen help," she said blushing, "I'm the King's daughter."
~"I had heard that he had a daughter. But I was never told how beautiful she was! Do you live here all alone with your Father?"
~"For now," she replied, thinking briefly of the now fading story her Father had told her. He carried the supplies past her into the kitchen. "You ought to come down to the village some night. The lads would be taken with you! Lots of friends your age and wonderful parties."
~"Tell me about the village."
~For an hour they talked--talked and laughed. Every story of the village life  seemed so full of humor and excitement! He acted out the stories  he told and sang a village favorite, dancing merrily to the tune. She could not remember ever laughing so much, and found herself resenting her Father for not allowing her to take part.
~"You must come to the village this very night. The Fall Festival begins, and it is the best of the year."
~She glanced awkwardly at the closed kitchen door. "I don't believe my Father would allow me to attend."
~"Then sneak out after dark. I will meet you at the bridge this side of the village. You'll have a great time!"
~"Perhaps." She hesitated. "But I can't promise."
~"I'll meet you there," he said, then shut the door and was gone before she could answer. That evening, she sat with her Father in the Great Room, he reading aloud from the Book of Lessons, and she pretending to be listening. In reality, she was measuring the diminishing light from the setting sun. The distant music began to loft it. It took several moments before she realized that her Father had stopped reading.
~"You seem far away tonight."
~She straightened her dress nervously, "No, just tired I think. Perhaps I should go to bed early."
~ "Darling...."
~ "Really, Father, I'm fine," she said, quickly getting to her feet. "Good night," she said back over her shoulder as she scampered up the stairs.
~Two hours later, when it was believed that all in the castle were sleeping, a lithe, young figure stole out the kitchen door and disappeared into the night.

Three months later, a slightly older, but much changed Princess marched into the Great Room to announce to her Father the decision she had made on the previous night. Her midnight visits had increased in frequency since that first visit a long time ago. The village night life was more exciting than she had ever dared imagine. The people, though sometimes crude, laughed and sang and danced and chased each night into dawn. They were living! Living now! Not just waiting for a dream that might never come true.
The young man that had met her that first night had treated her, well, like royalty! In a hundred ways he had made her feel special. Then last night, the greatest of all nights of her life, he had proposed to her. She clutched the ring he had slipped onto her finger tightly in her palm, drawing courage from the pain it produced.
"Father, I have something to tell you."
He sat in his chair, the Book of Lessons on his lap, it's pages freshly stained with his tears. She almost lost her resolve.
"I've met a young man. I know I shouldn't have gone without your permission but...anyway, we are going to be married--right away!"
The King shut the Book and stared out towards the Highway. "I watched you go each night, wishing you back." Then turning his eyes to her he said. "This castle has never been a prison. This castle is a decision. I want you to know that if you leave here, things will never be the same again. My love for you will never change, but everything--everything--else will." She wavered for a moment, but only a moment, her head filled now with the village ideas.
"I know that this is what is right for me. He may not be Royalty, but I love him." And with that she left the castle.

~She woke with the dawn, not knowing that it was a year to the day since her departure. Her back hurt. "Just part of being in your last month of pregnancy," the village woman had told her. Rising with difficulty, her husband muttered something in his half drunken state. He had come home only hours before and they had argued--again. Oh, well, after the baby is born maybe things will get better.
~There was still a house to clean and chores to do. Picking up a worn, straw broom, she walked outside to sweep the front porch. Their house was small. It sat at the edge of town, not far from the bridge where he had waited for her that first night. Her eyes followed the path up to her Father's Castle. The King had still found little ways to show her that he had not forgotten her; that she was still loved. But what he had said was now true. Nothing was the same.
Her eyes wandered to the East to spend a few minutes watching the sun rise, a simple pleasure that she shared alone each morning. It's rays almost blinded her, distorting the trees and the hills beyond. Squinting against it's brightness, she returned to the job at hand, first glancing absently up the High Road.
~Her heart seemed to stop, gripped as if by a strong hand. The broom quivered in her grasp. Far down the road came a white horse, it's rider sitting straight and tall. He seemed to be coming straight out of the sun. The horse quickened it's pace as it neared the castle, sensing the excitement of it's master. Her heart began to beat again, now loud and in rhythm to the pounding hoofs. He reighed his mount to a stop outside the castle's front gate. She could not make out his features, but his stance spoke of honor and character. He knocked on the front door, her front door not that long ago. The King stepped out to greet him, and she watched as they conversed; watched as the King spoke with his hands, and then pointed toward the village. Involuntarily, she took a step back into the shadow of the porch.
~The noble Prince listened carefully, his strong shoulders sagging in disappointment and sadness. Shaking the King's hand and receiving from him a consoling hug, he mounted his horse. He looked toward her village home, his eyes finding her in the shadow. For a moment they both stared. Then, pointing his mount back toward the sun, he rode away into it's brightness.
~She felt the hot tears on her arms and hands long before it occurred to her that she was crying. Nothing, she thought, will ever be the same.


Written by Pastor Jerry Ross
Stay in the Castle is a story written by Pastor Jerry Ross about a young lady who finds herself at a crossroads. One road is marked, "My will,” the other, "God's will.” It is a love story–a story of misplaced love, lost love and genuine love realized. Best of all, Stay in the Castle is a true story. 

I hope this story was helpful to you. I know that it encouraged me to "Stay in the Castle" and wait on God's will for me no matter how long it takes! 

A friend of mine recently told me from her experience,"The most important thing to have a happy and healthy marriage is how you prepared for it. Did you honor your parents, heed their advice, value their counsel? Or did you despise them, and do what you wanted to do. Marriage doesn't have to be terrible, and discouraging. It's all in the way you prepare for it!"