Category Archives: Some of My Favorites

31 Day Prayer Challenge for Marriage

Prayer is how I survive. Not only in my personal life but in my marriage. I’ve been married to my husband for 22 years and it hasn’t always been peaches and cream and in the beginning, we didn’t even go to church or pray together.  Neither one of us had a relationship with God.

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Once our kids came along, that’s when God got a hold of us and we were both baptized together and accepted Jesus as our savior together.  It was pretty cool to do it together and I feel like it brought us closer as a couple.

Last year for Christmas, I found these really cool books that were sold as a bundle.  It’s called “31 Prayers for your Husband” written by Jennifer Smith of The Unveiled Wife. Have you heard of it? One for me and one for my husband. I put my husband’s in his stocking and mine in my stocking and we made a commitment to pray for each other for 31 days. Well, we keep going every month, but you get the idea. So are you up to the challenge?

Isn’t your marriage worth fighting for?

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Here are some of the prayers you will find in the book.  There is also blank pages after each prayer where you can make it more personal.

Some of the prayers in these resources include:

Prayers for her:

  • Freedom From Fear
  • My Wife’s Health
  • Grace in Marriage
  • Life Giving Words
  • Cultivating Romance
  • Rejuvenate My Wife

Prayers for him:

  • Leader Of The Home
  • Pursuing Gentleness
  • Freedom From Lust
  • Knowing His Purpose
  • Integrity
  • Extraordinary Marriage

As women, we need our spouses to pray for us, just like our husbands need us to pray for them. It’s important. It’s vital. Without it, we have no hope.

So, I ask you to join me in the #31prayerchallenge and make a commitment to pray for your spouse for 31 days. I highly recommend the books and she has them on sale right now.  If your spouse won’t read it or pray, then start praying about that for them and see how God moves in their heart and your marriage. The enemy wants to destroy our marriages so even if only one of you are praying, that’s so important. I noticed a wonderful difference in my husband when I started praying for him and vice versa with me.

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Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.  Psalm 107:28-30

So, please join me and my husband as we commit to this challenge that The Unveiled Wife has going on in 2017. Let’s see how God moves in our marriages!

Blessings,

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Prayer Strategy

Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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Prayer Strategy

So Close to Amazing

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Do you ever have a day where everything goes right and you’re like “bam”, I’m the best mom ever? And, then there’s those days that absolutely nothing goes right.  Are you with me?

I am honored to be part of the Launch Team to my new friend KariAnne’s book – So Close to Amazing! KariAnne Wood is the beautiful inside and out lady behind Thistlewood Farms. If you don’t already follow her blog, go check it out.  You can thank me later. She’s absolutely amazing!

My job as part of the Launch Team is that I get to read the book before it hits the shelves in September. I can share with you some highlights and from the looks of Chapter 1, this is going to be an awesome book, especially for all of us moms! Oh, and I didn’t mention all the cute DIY tutorials at the end of each chapter. 🙂

Feel free to share this first post with all of your friends and join me on this journey. Your friends can sign up for my blog HERE. This way, they will receive all of my weekly updates I will be making weekly prior to the launch of the book in September. Chapter 1 is about taking a “Jump”. Have you ever been in a situation where you want something so bad but not sure if it’s the right thing to do? Do you ever hear God speaking to you and you just ignore him until he’s tugging on you and tugging on you? NO. Oh, ok….well I have! Instead of trusting HIM, I get scared. This book is encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and JUMP! So, are you with me?

Embrace the you God created you to be.
And discover the amazing that was there all along ~ KariAnne Wood

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So Close to Amazing, KariAnne Wood

Blessings,

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Your 2-week recipe plan to take back your health

One of the first things you can do to empower yourself to start feeling better right away,
is to take charge of your nutrition.  This is what I did to make myself feel better. Let food be thy medicine, right?
You’ve likely heard about the Autoimmune Paleo Diet and my friend, Dr. Izabella Wentz,
a rebel pharmacist and thyroid expert, has found that 75% of people feel better when
they implement this Autoimmune Paleo diet!  I know I talk about eating bread a lot, but I only started eating it after I felt better and I only eat the bread that I make since I grind my own flour.
This diet can help eliminate the symptoms of thyroid disease and in some cases, help
some people get into a complete remission…
She’s seen numerous people shed symptoms like skin breakouts, headaches, fatigue,
stomach issues, depression (not to mention unwanted pounds), within days of starting
this protocol! She’s even seen thyroid nodules disappear with this protocol (this even
surprised me at first!).
I know it can seem intimidating, and even daunting to remove the most common
offending foods like gluten, dairy and soy…and nightshades and people often ask,
“What Can I Eat?”
So I want to make this easy for you, and share Izabella’s simple, quick start guide that
contains everything you need to get started on the diet – so that you can be one of the
thousands of success stories and start feeling better too!
Here’s a free 2-week recipe eBook to get you started!
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  • You’ll get 14-days worth of delicious meal plans and recipes. That’s breakfast, lunch,
dinner and snack, for two weeks, so you’ll never get bored or feel deprived.
  • You’ll have a shopping list for each week, so that you can go to the store, stock up on
everything you need and move on with your life.
So without further ado, go ahead and download your two weeks worth of recipes, meal
plans and shopping lists based on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet template!
Give it a try, and please let me know what you find. Remember, if it doesn’t work for
you, you can always go back to the way you were eating before, you have nothing but
your thyroid symptoms to lose 🙂

Blessings,

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P.S.
If you’re ready to start feeling better in as little as two weeks,

Are you going to join me?

I want to invite you into the most powerful conversation about miracles – and mindset – that I think has ever taken place. My friend, JJ Virgin’s, movie premiere, You Are Stronger Than You Think opens today. (And I have a front row ticket for you).
The world’s leading minds debate that miracles are even possible.
…But this movie has created a powerful idea to consider:
not only are miracles possible, they come from you, not happen to you.

Here are the facts:

  • JJ’s 16-year-old son was in a near-tragic hit-and-run accident and left for dead.
  • He was given a VERY low chance of survival.
  • This story – and what happened next – are life-altering.

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Click here to join me (and I want to hear your thoughts – please add your comments on the world premiere page after you watch the movie).

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P.S.: I know you’re going to be moved by this experience! The next step is JJ’s memoir, Miracle Mindset. Watch for it – I couldn’t put it down.

* This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime stories. The movie is uplifting and life-altering, and I hope you’ll share this email – and the invitation – with the people you care about most.

Why I Grind My Own Flour

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Do you love bread?  Or anything made from flour for that matter?  Like, do you have to have a slice of bread from Longhorn every time you go?  Do you know what I mean?  Like a cookie or what about Chicken Pot Pie with a yummy crust!

For those that do not know, I was diagnosed about four years ago with an intolerance to Gluten so I stopped eating bread.  Yeah, it was pretty miserable.  I didn’t understand what was causing it.  I spent the next few years researching and trying to make some sense of it. After meeting an amazing lady a few years ago, she changed my entire outlook on flour.  well, that’s what bread is made from, right?  I learned that it’s not the Gluten that is bothering us.  It’s the fact that the miller’s from the 1900’s started to remove the vital nutrients of the Wheat Germ and the Bran and added in a few things to give the flour a longer shelf life.  Well. that stinks.  Why would they mess with our nutrients just to keep the flour from going rancid too quickly?  It’s more money in their pockets, that’s why.

This lady that I am talking about is named Sue Becker. Click HERE  for a little more info on Sue.  I learned so much from her and I joined her Co-Op and started buying my own grains in 2015.  I thought to myself, “I’m going to try the grains and see what it does to me”.  I use to have bad “chicken skin” on my elbows and I had developed a horrible rash on my neck that would not go away for anything.  I started making homemade blueberry muffins and I noticed no bloating.  Uhmm, that’s a good sign.  I then made a homemade loaf of bread.  No side effect there either.  What!!!

Move forward to today and I am making something with the flour almost every day.  If it’s not bagels, it’s bread or rolls or my new thing is hamburger buns.  Do you understand how much I missed a Hamburger Bun??

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I’m telling you I won’t go back.  Go back to eating any other bread than this.  I highly recommend buying a grain mill and grinding your own flour.  It is so worth it.

I know not everyone will do that, so I wanted to let you know that I am going to start grinding and selling 5lb. bags of fresh milled flour.  If you are interested in buying some, please email me at wendy@littlehousesimpleliving.com.  It’s easily kept in the freezer so you can pull it out any time you need it.

I want everyone to benefit from the nutrients from the grains.  It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that our bodies are lacking.

While I am here and sharing all of this with you, I have had several people want my bagel recipe.  I have only branched out to plain and Cinnamon & Raisin but I will let you know when I feel a little more daring and try some other variations.  Just wait.  You are going to be telling Panera to move over cause your bagels will be so amazing, especially when they come right out of the oven.  I kid my family that the “Hot Fresh Now” light is on LOL.

Whole Wheat Bagels

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe comes to you from Sue Becker with a few twists of my own.  They are fun to make and freeze well; the recipe can easily be doubled.

INGREDIENTS:

2 ¼ cup of warm water                                  5 cups of freshly milled Hard White flour

2 Tbsp. of raw local honey                             2 tsp. Instant yeast

2 ¼ tsp. Himalayan salt

 DIRECTIONS:           

Combine water, honey and salt.  Add half the flour and yeast and mix well.  Add remaining flour and knead to form a slightly stiff dough (8-10 minutes).  Cover and let rise until double.  If you are using a Kitchen aid mixer or similar type, lessen the water by ¼ cup and only knead for 8 minutes.

 Divide the risen dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls, allowing them to rest.  Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water, bringing it to a boil and then add 1/3 cup of honey.  Working with only 6 balls at a time, take each ball and poke a hole in the middle with your thumb and twirl it around to enlarge the hole.  Let each bagel rest for 5 minutes.  Place 2-3 bagels at a time in the water for 1 minute. While these cook, prepare the next 6 bagels.  The bagels should sink and will rise.  After the minute, remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and place side by side on a greased cookie sheet.  I put parchment paper down to make it easier for clean up.  Bake at once in a 425 degree oven for about 35 minutes.  Now, I have a convection oven and I back mine at 400 for 20 minutes.  You can cut them immediately and spread them with cream cheese or make a breakfast sandwich like we do.  Oh my holy bagel!  You won’t buy store bought ever again!!!

 Here’s a variation for Cinnamon & Raisin: Add 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and 2 tbsp. of honey after the dough has been kneaded.  If you want to make 6 plain and 6 of these, then just ½ the measurements.  Enjoy!

If you want to know more about grinding your own flour or just have questions, please comment here or email me at wendy@littlehousesimpleliving.com.  Happy Baking!

It’s Finally Here!

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I’ve been waiting all year for this day!  I absolutely love this time of year!  Is anyone else as crazy about FALL as I am?  I say this every year but it’s so true!  There is just something about the cooler air, the pumpkins, making apple butter, festivals and well, you know…..all the fun stuff!  Unfortunately, we don’t have the beautiful scenery of the leaves changing here in Florida, but I do try to make it as “Fally” (I’m pretty sure that isn’t even a word) as I can.

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The first thing that comes to mind is making my Aunt Linda’s Pumpkin Bread.  I’ve tweaked it a little bit to make it a healthier version (sorry, Aunt Linda) but it tastes just as yummy as hers does.  You can get the recipe and make it yourself HERE.

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I’m also usually making apple butter that I go up to Tennessee or North Carolina in the fall and go apple pickin’.  We have a trip planned to Virginia this year so I’ve got to look and make sure I can bring a bushel back for my canning.

So, here’s to FALL! I hope you have some fun and relaxing things planned this season.  Just spending it with family and friends maybe around a fire or tossing a football on Sunday afternoons is perfect enough.

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Oh, I almost forgot to mention, but here are some FREE printables for you to use.  Check out all the goodies HERE.

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I also wanted to mention that I have some new FALL signs listed in my Etsy shop.  I keep adding more from time to time and I will be adding a Painting Workshop so you can learn all my techniques.  Be sure and sign up for my newsletter so you can be first to know!

 

 

Fall Blessings,

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