Jun 28

Friday Funnies

2013 at 6:43 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

This week’s Friday Funnies comes from Debra. Too cute! Enjoy your weekend everyone! Nicole for the girltalkers

When my granddaughter Sophia, age 2, had been moved out of her crib and into a big girl bed, one of her rules for nap time was that she had to stay in bed and not look at books. She had done a good job with the transition and usually stayed in her bed. But one day when her mom went to check on her, she found her sound asleep out of her bed and on top of a book. The name of the book was “Hoorah, I Obeyed!”

Jun 27

What to Wear This Summer

2013 at 7:09 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Modesty

Have you ever worn the wrong clothes to an event? I once heard the story of a woman who was invited to the White House for a function that she assumed was formal, only to find out that it was business casual and she was the only one wearing a gown. How embarrassing.

No doubt we’ve all got stories like hers, although they probably didn’t happen at the White House! But the most concerning wardrobe-fail of all is when a Christian woman wears the wrong clothes.

Thankfully, we know the dress code. God has provided us with a very clear pattern for a Christian woman’s dress. Not only has he told us what not to wear but he has also told us what we should wear.

The Apostle Paul sums up the Christian woman’s style: “I desire then…that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control (1 Tim. 2:8–9).

First, note the imperative: “women should adorn themselves” (emphasis mine). In warning against excess, Paul is not saying, “Forget about your appearance. A Christian woman shouldn’t be concerned with how she looks.”

Quite the contrary—it matters a great deal what we look like. We are not to ignore our appearance; instead, we are to make a conscious effort to adorn ourselves, to look attractive.

The Christian woman does this by clothing herself “in respectable apparel.” This doesn’t harken back to your grandmother’s dress code; rather, it means that we make a deliberate effort to wear clothing and accessories appropriate to the woman whose life has been transformed by the gospel.

We take great care to dress in a way that honors the Savior.

What we wear should line up with, speak to, and be consistent with our profession of faith. Our dress should intentionally and carefully show our desire to glorify God in all things. And it should display the power of the gospel we have received to do just that.

So just as we would choose a summer dress and not a ball gown for an afternoon picnic, so a Christian woman should only wear clothing that is appropriate to a gospel-centered life.

(adapted from True Beauty)

Jun 24

Planning My Children’s Summer

2013 at 10:52 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Homemaking | Holidays | Motherhood

As a mom with young kids, summer is full of endless possibilities and countless hours to fill, depending on how you look at it. I get excited about all the memories we can make and overwhelmed by all I think I need to accomplish for a truly “successful” summer. I’ve got to go berry picking and set reading goals and make popsicles and get out the sprinkler, and the list goes on.

I’m trying to learn from my mistakes. If I try to do too many things, I end up failing to do most of them. So I want to start with the most important summer mothering goal: training my children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Teaching and training our children in the ways of the Lord requires intentionality. And so, in addition to the daily devotions my husband leads at breakfast, I decided to choose one area that I wanted to focus on with my children. Thus, I’ve inaugurated the “Summer of Kindness.”

My goal—and check back with me at the end of the summer on this!—is to focus on this one area for the next two months, and hopefully cultivate a greater culture of kindness amongst my four children.

I am going to try to lead the children to memorize at least one verse about kindness together, to talk to them about kindness in Scripture, promote kindness through encouragement and even a kindness contest, and to be faithful to bring appropriate consequences for unkindness.

Now I’m sure my plan will morph over the next eight weeks or so, and it might even get derailed. And I don’t have any unrealistic expectations that my children will be perfectly kind to one another after this. But as one wise person once said, I’ll make more progress than if I had never tried at all.

And by targeting this one area for growth, I know it will help with all the other areas. So, I’m raising a glass of lemonade, and more than a few prayers to a summer of kindness.

Jun 21

Friday Funnies

2013 at 3:18 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

Here is one of the honorable mentions from our recent Friday Funnies contest…love it! Have a great weekend everyone! Nicole for the girl talkers

From Sanny:

One evening, my husband was explaining to our 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter what it means to be tempted. He asks them, “Are you guys supposed to jump on beds?” To which they both replied, “No!” He then proceeded to ask, “Ellie, what if Micah said to you, ‘Hey Ellie! Let’s go jump on mommy and daddy’s bed! Here, I’ll even go first to show you.’ What would you say?” Our daughter Ellie’s eyes light up and she exclaims, “Yeah! Let’s do it!”

Good to know.

Jun 19

Summer Couscous Salad

2013 at 10:18 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Homemaking | Recipes

Here is our new favorite side dish that we served with brats as part of this past Sunday’s Father’s Day menu. It should be noted that Nicole and Mom prefer to substitute (extra) cilantro for the parsley. Oh, and you can add shredded chicken to make this a main course. Add yummy rolls and it makes a perfect summer meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 box couscous, cooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 to 3 limes, juiced

Directions

In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients except the olive oil and lime juice. Add olive oil and lime juice right before serving.