Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Single Step ...

A Journey Begins with a Single Step ... Sometimes that Step is a HUGE step and other times it's just a Step in Right Direction -- Movin' Forward.

Life can seem so hard at times, don't you agree? I mean one minute we're on top of the world and the next, it seems we've been plunged into the valley. We may not all walk the same path, or take the same steps in life, but we all walk through difficulties and blessings. My hope today is that you will follow along with me as I walk my journey -- a Journey of Faith, Fitness, Fashion, FarmHouse, Fun and Fabulous. A journey that I believe God has lead me to start blogging about -- a journey that may have similar situations and maybe give you a little more insight, a journey where you will feel encouraged and inspired.

I've been writing sporadically and my goal at this point is to try to write more often -- I have set a goal for once a week, but I would honestly like it to be daily (Mon-Fri) or at least every other day. I am writing in my journal again so maybe that will encourage me to share more here, with all of you. The will to write is not usually my downfall, it's finding the time to write -- as a wife, mom to four children (one who is special needs), mamaw to eight beautiful grandchildren along with doing all the accounting, office work for our family business, I also am working diligently to get my own business going again. This is another goal that I have felt led by God to set.

At this time, Prim 'n Purdy will be going through some changes -- design changes, color changes, etc. Please be assured, that I am still here for you with your prayer requests, questions, etc, it's just might be a little like visiting when my house is in despair -- I will still offer you a cup of coffee (or tea!), but there may be dishes in the sink and papers all over the desk (and even a toy or two on the floor, if the grandkids have been over recently)  :)

Follow along with me as I want to encourage and inspire each one of you on your path to a healthier, more fit, heart stronger YOU! As I hope to encourage you to be the woman God designed YOU to be! As you see yourself grow, allowing your inner beauty to be shared with all those around YOU! SPARKLE and SHINE!! Let's Get Started Today ....

Beautiful Blessings,



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Fitness Journey

It has been a challenging couple of years but last year, as I prayed, I remember God sharing a new motto with me: "Strong 'n Feminine. Be the Woman God Designed YOU to Be ~ Beautiful from the inside out." At the time, I don't think I truly realized what this motto was going to mean or where God was going to take me.

And as I continued to pray, for God's guidance and leadership to walk along the path that He had chosen for me, I felt a strong desire to start working out. As a family, we were already eating healthy and limiting our processed foods. And to add exercising seemed to be the next step. But like so many before me, I didn't take it "seriously", just made a decision that maybe I needed to start doing what God had asked.

As I continued along my path, I could feel a very strong pull -- God trying to get me on the right path, maybe??!! Then I started noticing photos, some of friends and some of people I followed on media sources, and the transformation process made me stop short. WOW!! And then that pull again, God saying YES, this is what I want for you -- Strong 'n Feminine. You can do this! Remember the story of Moses?? ME?? I don't think so, isn't there someone else, Lord, that can do this??

On January 20, 2104, I awoke knowing that this is what God wanted and I was going to do it!! No questions asked. Was it going to be easy?? Hmmm, NO WAY!! It was going to take all of my strength and God's too (Philippians 4:13). And believe me, some days that is truly my only thought: "I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 (NCV) After working out, consistently, for a little over 3 months, I still didn't see the results when I looked in the mirror. Yes, I have a wonderful husband who tells me over and over how beautiful (and fit) I am looking. I have a very best friend, who says the same thing. ... But for me?? No, I wasn't seeing it. Looking back, it's because I didn't consider myself heavy -- out of shape, yes, but I am 48 years old *smiles*!

So what did I do? I decided to "share my transformation". Imagine my surprise, when looking at photos ... was that really me? WOW! I really had lost and reshaped my body image -- I could NOT believe it!



I mean LOOK at ME .. that couldn't be me in the BEFORE photos, could it?? But of course, it was. I was inspired and encouraged to continue along this God-given journey. I had NEW Motivation! I could do this ... I really could with God's help and strength. And not only that, I was inspiring and encouraging those around me too -- how exciting! 

What's next?? Follow along with me on this journey as I share my workouts (which by the way, all done with basic equipment AT HOME because I homeschool and run my own company and help with our family business too), share eating habits and even a few recipes, and my own disappointments and encouragements ...

Strong 'n Feminine.
Be the Woman God Designed YOU to Be ~ Beautiful from the inside out!

Country FarmHouse Blessings,


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Commitment and Changes

This seems to be my year for setting goals and then working toward them. Yes, I've always been a list maker and I've always set goals but usually I just let those goals fall aside. Not this year, apparently God has a different plan -- for both personal and business goals.

I made a personal commitment on January 20, 2014 to "Get Fit". No more "I'll start tomorrow" or any other excuse. On that day, I made a personal decision and commitment -- and I haven't looked back. Has it been hard? You Bet! But God is my strength and my rock. He will not leave me, He will not forsake me and He isn't going to give up on me. Follow along with me on my journey to ... Getting Fit!!



I also set a few business goals for this year. The first was to get Prim 'n Purdy back up and running ... I am moving forward. The enemy has tried to put up a few roadblocks along this journey, but guess what? Every time there's a roadblock, there's also a prayer "God, if this is Your will, I know You will make it happen". And so far, every roadblock has been cleared -- not instantly, but cleared at some point.

The first business goal was, of course, to make the necessary changes in the design. It seems lots has changed over the past three years of my absence -- not from the internet, but from a design perspective. I prayed a lot and the necessary changes came about without too much hassle -- YAY God!!

Then, I set a blogging goal and the enemy sends me GERMS! Yes, I ended up with a terrible cold -- now mind you, I hadn't been sick throughout this long, cold winter. Spring comes, I start walking my journey with God and I get sick??!!! Something's not right, the devil doesn't like when we are doing as God asks and encourages us --- but again God prevailed and the cold only lasted a short time. So now, I can get that blogging goal moving forward ...

I am looking forward to sharing with you, not just business products and ideas but my personal goals, setbacks and achievements too. I also hope to share from our daily life of country living, homeschooling, raising a special needs child and of course, our grandchildren (and their families -- our beautiful adult children!). 

I hope you will find encouragement and inspiration as you follow along with me on my God-given journey -- Faith * Fitness * Fashion * FarmHouse * Food * Fabulous.

Country FarmHouse Blessings,


Monday, April 7, 2014

A Work in Progress ....

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

We all have a purpose -- a God-given purpose to this life that we are living -- some of find our purpose at a very early age, some of us take awhile longer and some of us are still searching. It doesn't matter what category you fall in, God is leading you in the direction that you need to be going -- maybe you're not quite ready for what He wants you to accomplish for Him. Maybe there's a few valleys that you still need to walk through, or maybe you're almost to the top of that mountain -- DON'T STOP NOW!


Are you going through a difficulty? A major trial? Keep climbing! That mountain probably seems pretty high right now, but imagine what it's going to feel like when you finally reach the top??!! The sun is going to shine a little brighter. The birds are going to sing a little louder. All the colors of nature are going to be more beautiful. Is any of that even possible? Yes, it is. 



He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:3-4 (NIV)


God promises to walk beside you -- to guide you, to lead you -- every step of the way. While the valleys are the hardest, toughest, most difficult things you will ever go through, God makes promises of better things to come. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Those better things may not happen overnight, in fact, you may need to walk through a few valleys before you even see a glimmer of that "better" life. But God has given you a purpose, He will not forsake you and things will get better (it doesn't say return to "normal", but it does say that He works things out to the good). Maybe this valley you're in is a faith-growing experience, maybe it's a "learning" tool -- I can't answer what purpose it serves, but at some point, God will reveal His ultimate plan for your life? The next question becomes "Will you be ready"? "Will you be listening?"

Spend some time today with God -- in His Word, surrounded by His beautiful creations and most of all in prayer -- you want to be ready when He reveals His plan for you.

Country FarmHouse Blessings,


Monday, January 13, 2014

RED ....

RED is MY FAVORITE COLOR -- for so many reasons. It's the Color of LOVE. Ruby Ring. A Single Rose. A little Red Dress. Bing Cherries. Farmall Tractor. Strawberry Jam. Nail Polish. A Yamaha Grizzly ATV.




There are so Many Reasons to LOVE RED --- but one of the MOST important reasons is because it stands for the "American Heart Association" and the "Go Red for Women" Organization. An organization that is very true to my own heart -- Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.


https://www.goredforwomen.org/

This year's Go Red for Women Day is February 7, 2014 and it's so easy to show your support -- simply by wearing RED. But there's more ... you can encourage others to do the same. You can show support by making a donation. You can help by educating others. You can reduce your risks by changing your diet and exercise.

So MANY Reasons to LOVE RED ... Won't you join us and Show your Support on February 7. 

Country FarmHouse Blessings,



Friday, January 10, 2014

Dream ... Encourage ... Inspire ...

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-35 (NLT)

Do you ever feel that God leads us to "just the right Words"? Right when we need them? I read and needed these verses today just as I had just made the decision to close the office early (well, early for me) and work on my blog, website and a few other things that I have been neglecting lately.


Earlier this year, I made a promise to myself that I would find the time to blog more -- to really make a difference -- and to be honest, I am letting myself (and God) down lately. God has given me a VISION -- a place where He wants me to be and I need to be obedient to Him. I don't measure my success in total sales or dollars, I measure my success in helping others -- by encouraging someone, by helping someone to be beautiful (by teaching them to share their inner light so that it shines brightly and brings out their natural beauty), by inspiring someone else's dreams and most importantly, by remembering that God is in control and wants, no expects, me to obediently follow Him.

I have so many ideas written down; so many designs just waiting to "come to life" that I want to share with you all. When I am practicing obedience (and let's not forget -- no one is perfect!), I can feel more and more inspiration -- inspiration from nature, inspiration from a song, inspiration from looking at a picture. I believe that when we are walking on our God-given path, He is going to offer us more and more opportunities ... are you missing out on an important opportunity??

Country FarmHouse Blessings,

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chili Seasoning Mix

It has been awhile and I sincerely apologize ... so let's get started "Back to Blogging" with a "Back to Basics" Recipe from the Country FarmHouse


Chili Seasoning Mix

Ingredients
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon season blend pepper

Mix all ingredients together well. Store in an airtight container - a mason jar works great. I use a serving size of One Tablespoon per chili batch ... but it's really a personal preference. 


Country FarmHouse Blessings,



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Changes....

No one ever said Change was easy. Sometimes it's a lot of hard work too. BUT ... 


is undergoing some MAJOR CHANGES. And we all know that I'm not always very good about making changes, but these are God-leading changes ... which are the VERY BEST KIND of CHANGES.

I am working on clarifying my goals --- goals that will meet my vision, my mission, my dreams --- and making sure that those goals are also God-defined. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) * Motto: Making It Happen * Stepping out of the "safe zone" and into the "faith zone" ... Trusting God each and every step of the way!

This above statement was posted on my facebook page not too long ago. And as the saying goes, "Be Careful what you wish (or pray) for". Stepping out of the "safe zone" --- that statement seemed to tell God, "hey God, look she wants you to make her feel very uncomfortable"! NOT! In truth, though, that is what seemed to have happened.

As most of you know, I have been in a waiting period --- that has lasted almost 2 years --- a period of me waiting on God. Waiting on God to lead me in the direction that He wanted me to go. Waiting for something that would give my life a meaning -- a purpose -- again. Guess what??? I found it!!


Here's another facebook excerpt:  It is not my ability but my response to God's ability that counts. ~Corrie Ten Boom ** I am a firm believer in this quote -- I always thought my hearts desire would be something I was really, really good at, something that would use knowledge I already had and just grow it -- nope, not happening! God changed my heart while I was praying for His help. And best of all, I am loving it, this new direction, new path is wonderful. I am still so excited and can't wait to see where God leads me. Definitely gives new meaning to the thought "Impossible means I'm possible" with God's help and guidance.

I do believe that when we are praying --- you know praying for God's guidance on what WE WANT for our life --- it is during that time that God works on changing our heart. Changing our heart to what HE WANTS as our desires of the heart. 

And of course, Prim 'n Purdy has a NEW MOTTO. Although, I am open to change, if God decides that it is needed. Until then, I will walk in this path, work on my new goals and know that no matter what happens, God is loving. God is good. God has the perfect plan for me. God is always in control. God is Great!

Oh, our NEW MOTTO is Prim 'n Purdy. Strong 'n Feminine. Be the Woman God Designed YOU to Be ~ Beautiful from the inside out ~ A Purdy Lady.


Wishing you JOY and BLESSINGS,




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Living a Simple Life

This is a continuation of Passions and Dreams ... I believe that we should live our lives simple. And I am very passionate about wanting to teach others way that they can simplify their own lives. Simple can mean so many different things so let me explain what I think a "Simple Life" is all about.

Does it mean give up everything or sell everything? No. Does it mean we should all live in a cabin with no electricity, just gas generated products? No, not unless you want to do that. Does it mean we should give up our running water? Not me. 

Of course, Living Simple is going to have a different meaning depending on your circumstances too. If you are a millionaire, your idea of a Simple Life will surely be different than a person who lives paycheck to paycheck or even worse.

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let me explain my idea of A Simple Life. I believe that Living Simple is living within your means; it means thinking about a purchase instead of impulse buying. How many times have you purchased something and then a week later had doubts and maybe even a regret or two? I can honestly say that I have purchased on impulse and then wondered why I made that purchase.

If this is something you have considered doing, or are maybe considering now, you might be thinking "where do I start?" "How do I start Living Simple?" That's an easy one ... pick a room, a closet, a cabinet, etc. Take everything out -- this may seem like a lot of work, but it's the best way to start so you don't overlook anything. Start making piles: "Keep" because I use it or wear it. "Maybe" because I really like it, not sure if I can part with it or maybe it has sentimental value. "Discard" because I don't use it or wear it and never really have or it's simply worn out, doesn't fit, etc.

The Keep pile is an easy one -- you use it or wear it on a daily or when needed basis. If these Keep items are used daily, you will want them near the front so you can get to the item readily. If you use or wear it on a needed basis, for instance my canning equipment, it should be put toward the back of a closet or even in a cabinet that you are going to use for "as needed" items.

The Discard pile is another easy one -- doesn't fit, you don't use or wear it, etc. Now within this pile, I will separate into two more piles -- I didn't say this Living Simple was going to be EASY! *smiles* I make a pile of repurpose or reuse items. For instance, a tee shirt that doesn't fit can be altered to fit someone else in my family OR I can use it for fabric to make doll clothes, a quilt, etc. And the other pile is throw or give away; depending on the quality of those items. Of course, if you are not going to repurpose or reuse within a timely period, it might be best to just add that item to the give away pile.

The Maybe pile is going to be the most difficult. Here's what I personally do: I put things of sentimental value or just can't get rid of yet in a storage container -- plastic or cardboard box, whatever works best for you. Mark the container with the date that you sorted through your items -- today's date if you are going to start Living Simple today -- and you may want to "visit" this box again at a different time. Things of importance today, may not seem so important in a year or two. Now the items that you know you CANNOT part with should be put away appropriately -- maybe these are items you are saving for your children or grandchildren, mark them with a name and maybe add a letter, you just never know what tomorrow will bring. Or maybe these are items that were given to you from your great grandmother, again, mark these items in that way because the next generation may want to know "the story" that goes with that item. And so on. The items that you MUST save, should also be put away appropriately -- either in a storage container or a safe place.

After you have finished that first closet, cabinet, drawer, etc, Step Back and Admire your accomplishment. You may even feel as if a burden has been lifted from your shoulders, I know I usually do. These "empty" items are really just dead weight and space takers.

Let's move on to the next room, cabinet, closet, etc. As you get all your "give away" items in a pile, you may even find that you have so many items that are of a good quality, you can make some extra money. How? Garage Sale. Sell on eBay. Sell on Consignment. And what an even better feeling that will be *smiles*!

I have so many ideas and ways to Simplify your Life that I'm going to stop this post here with the promise to come back to it at a later date. This is probably more than enough "doing" for just one day. Well, what are you waiting for? Get Started Today --- Living a Simple Life.

Have a Beautiful Blessed Day!!

Country FarmHouse Blessings,




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Passions and Dreams ... continued

Passions and Dreams ... As I started journaling, after praying and thinking and then praying some more, what I was MOST passionate about, I realized that (as most of you already know) I love to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE others. I want to encourage others to READ the BIBLE. Reading the Bible is the best way I know to encourage Christians, long time Christians or even brand new believers, to grow closer to God, grow in their faith and get to know God. What better way to get to know someone than by reading their most intimate Thoughts and Words.

By encouraging others to read the Word of God, it could become one of the single most important things they do after allowing God into their heart. And what better way to learn the Truth --- the Truth that God wants / expects us to know. By reading the Bible and learning God's Truth, a long-time Christian or a brand new believer can discern between what the world wants and what God wants.

I know that finding the time to read the Bible can be difficult --- kids, well no other explanation is really needed, right??! There's always "other" things --- household chores, maybe an outside job, a busy lifestyle. Yes, I used to make all kinds of excuses too UNTIL God started waking me up at 3 am -- SERIOUSLY!! All of sudden I was able to "find" the time in the mornings to read my Bible. After a few months, of reading each and every morning, guess what?? That's right, it had become a habit and God didn't feel the need to wake me up during the night. Finding the time to read your Bible may seem to be difficult, but quite honestly, just set it up as an appointment -- you can schedule everything else from a phone call to a kids soccer practice and so on and so on.

Now that you've found the time to read your Bible, you're probably wondering WHAT you should be reading. And that's a question that I have answered many times over --- how did I get started? And it's an easy one to answer. There are thirty-one chapters in Proverbs, so take one a day. See, told you it was an easy one to answer. On the first of the month, read Proverbs 1; second day of the month, read Proverbs 2 and just continue reading. You can do this for quite a few months and by then, you may want to find a Bible study that interests you -- what do you want to learn from God? Do you want to live a more biblical life? Do you want to learn more about Jesus? His disciples? His Promises?

As you start reading your Bible, you'll find that God guides and leads you. And of course, that may lead you to WANT to CHANGE your LIFE and how you live. Then you'll find yourself wanting to learn MORE about God and what He wants / expects of each one of us. It will become a wonderful circle -- you discover things about God and then you'll want to walk with Him, become a better Christian and make positive changes to your way of living.

Today's THAT day!!! Get your Bible out, download an app, whatever it takes. Start Reading!! Encouraging others to read the Bible also goes hand in hand with my other passions -- which we will discuss in the next couple of days.

Country FarmHouse Blessings,