Sustainable Tuesday: Buy For The Future

Feel free to leave comments about how buying for the future is the point of sustainability, then I can know you only read the first sentence.

 

 

Okay. Now onto the point of this post.

Ages ago, my parents lived in France and something delightful happened. The worth of the American Dollar went way up. Their income remained the same, but they were worth so much more.

They didn’t start eating out all the time. They didn’t start eating expensive food all the time. They didn’t start going to movies all the time.They bought things.

Things that have been used since then. Things that are still being used. Things we joke we will argue over when they die. I might have considered taking pictures of these things. But sadly we have looked and found they are no longer made.

Mom’s Pans

Stainless steel nesting pans. With Copper in the bottom. Removable handles. Yes these are plastic, but as long as you keep them clean and off of cooking pots they will last for years with only the springs needing to be replaced. The largest pan can hold just enough soup for six people and the smallest is perfect for one person. I love these pans.

Theory

If you find yourself with a surplus of money invest in some nice, expensive pans and learn how to take care of them. Thirty plus years from now you will still be using them and patting yourself on the back.

Matching Backpacks

As my parents knew they would be doing a lot of traveling they got matching orange backpacks. These packs were designed to be used for hiking or traveling. The smaller one just works as a carry on, but the larger is great for stashing extra things. They zip all the way down the sides, but still feel great for a long time on your back. I can’t say they’ve been used as much as the pans, but on average probably twice a year for some purpose or other. These are mostly plastic, but with care they’ve lasted and been used, so it’s less of a worry.

Theory

If you know you will be traveling a fair amount invest in a good backpack. Do your research and find something. If you know you will be doing lots of spontaneous traveling get something that zips all the way down. You will not regret it.

 

Unlike some of my parents wedding presents (which I’ve barely seen), the things they bought in France are staples of life. Perhaps some other day I will write about some of the old staples in our house, but for now these two will do.

Buying larger items, that hopefully will only need to be done once or twice may seem hard, but if done correctly will be extremely rewarding.

What are you going to cut out of your life so you can invest in your future?

 

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Representatives

As Christians, or followers of the God of the Bible. What ever, you know what I mean. We are called to be Representatives.

It’s a big word. And it has a heavy meaning. Like actually two meanings. As usual for online definitions I wandered off to Merriam Webster

Adjective

1 : serving to represent
2a : standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
b : of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
3 : serving as a typical or characteristic example a representative moviegoer
4 : of or relating to representation or representationalism

 

Noun
1 : one that represents another or others: such as
a(1) : one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body
(2) : a member of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b : one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal
c : one that represents a business organization
d : one that represents another as successor or heir
2 : a typical example of a group, class, or quality : specimen

So maybe you could even say twelve little meanings.

We are called to represent God. And it is hard.

1. Do as the Bible commands

As I am currently of the opinion that the Ten Commandments are the hardest of God’s commands, I find it saddening that they are the best known.

2. Represent your Family

Sure if your family has a bad history, leave it in the past, but if there is anything you are proud of… Make sure to keep doing it. Bring it up in conversations.

“Yeah, my family has done this longer than I can remember.” Do it with your siblings, your spouse, your children, your cousins, your extended relations.

3. Be your best

Make new traditions. Do your own thing. Remember the cliches. Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving, Fair… Show Love.

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Please pray. I don’t know whether or not I’ll be able to continue posting on Thursdays, because I just started a new job and it mostly happens on Thursdays. Pray that I do well.

A Crazy Blog Tour; Part 1 Of 3: Inspirational

Waiting. Does it ever stop?

Is it just me, or is there irony in that question? Let’s admit it, though: sometimes, we’re just waiting for the waiting period to be over.

But usually it doesn’t just stop there. Have you noticed? We’re waiting for graduation so we can stop doing school then we’re waiting for that perfect job to come along. We wait until God brings along a husband for us gals, then we’re waiting for the engagement, then the wedding. Then we wait for the first baby, and wait until said baby is out of diapers, and wait until baby grows up and goes through all the school years and graduates, and wait for baby to find a spouse and get married… the circle never ends. As soon as one waiting period is over, we’re waiting for the next thing.
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I’m a single gal myself. What most people don’t realize is that I’m knocking on 30’s door (nope, not in my teens anymore by a long shot). And in these definitely-less-than-thirty-years, I’ve had my fair share of waiting. Whether it’s an annual event, a nephew to be born, a sister’s wedding, a husband for myself, or the wide-open “just waiting”—it’s all the same. Waiting can easily lead us to impatience and uncertainty. And if we’re not careful, the agony of waiting can lead us to take steps that God is not leading us to take.

Granted, in some instances in life, we are responsible to take action during the waiting period. For example, every time I have a story idea, there is this waiting and anticipating stage for writing, editing, and publishing. But guess what? If I don’t actually crack down and put some work in, I’ll be waiting for it to be ready for publication for years.
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But what about when something is completely out of our control? When the waiting is contingent on someone else? Or if it’s open-ended waiting… and we’re not really sure what we’re waiting for?

Yeah. That’s when it’s extra tough.

Psalm 37 is kind of my go-to Psalm whenever I’m having a rough time waiting or knowing the next step to take. Verse seven says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…”

Instead of “just waiting,” we need to refocus our heart to be “resting and waiting.” What’s the difference? To me, resting in the Lord means putting my entire life in His hands—my past, my present, and my future. It is, in a sense, just another definition of trusting in Jesus Christ. As long as I am focused on the fact that I’m waiting, my eyes are on my circumstances, not on Christ. And when my eyes are off Christ, it opens the door for discontentment, impatience, doubt, and fear to set in.
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Psalm 27:14 encourages us to “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” This thought is reiterated in Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” Ultimately, we are waiting on God. When I remind myself that my Savior loves me and has greater plans for me than I could ever imagine, it helps me to trust Him in every waiting period.

Does it get easier? You know, sometimes it does. Is every day easy? No, of course not. But every day in every waiting period offers us the opportunity to grow more in our trust of Jesus Christ. We can choose to heed the exhortations from the Psalms and wait (patiently!) or we can ignore them and fret our days away. Today, I have that choice. Today, you have that choice. How will we live in our waiting period?

 

About the Tour
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. 😉 Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

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About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Wedding Photography Tips

Normally M would be the photographer of choice, but she was one of the bridesmaids, so I took up the camera. I’ve read plenty about how taking wedding pictures is different, but I’ve never read how it is different and what you should do to get good pictures without paying for a professional wedding photographer. I am not an expert, but I’ve realized a lot more about the subject.

1. Two photographers are better than one. One can be getting the pictures of the families and the wedding party while the other is getting more casual pictures. I was the wandering photographer which meant I was running after the ring-bearers a lot (they were so cute).

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The oldest of the ring-bearers enjoying an uncle.

2. Have the photographers come to the rehearsal. (and have them get pictures during it, because you may end up getting good  pictures in normal clothes) This way the photographers can learn where they can stand, where others will stand, how they can move, and how others will move. Like if the bride and groom run out of the building after the ceremony.

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Being at the back of the building at the end of the wedding was the right move.

3. Make sure your photographers will be there the whole time. G&P’s official one left because it was super cold so I ended up taking pictures of the cake cutting and the leaving. It was a little stressful and I know I missed some pictures.

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4. If you are getting your friends to do the picture taking make sure they know how to use the equipment. You may want to repay them (and get better pictures) by getting them a nice addition to their photography equipment, but make sure they have time to learn how to use the equipment well and quickly.

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I had just switched from baby closeups.

The fact is there are so many people wandering around, that you will miss shots. It isn’t like a one person shoot where you just point the camera at them and click. Or like group shoots, where people will take turns. Everything is happening all at once, games and reunions are all around. Try to get some of everything, but don’t stress.

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The youngest Bridesmaid taking some time off

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How To Read Through: The Bible

Reading through the Bible is hard. It’s starts great, then you get like half way through Exodus and it can get a little boring. Powering through gets you to Leviticus with its sacrifices, then Numbers (title is self explanatory). Finally you reach Deuteronomy and it repeats the last three books… What!?! Oh, and once you’ve finished that you are only five books in.

I struggled with this, because I’m impatient. A couple of deep, but boring chapters with more to come and I want to say, “That’s enough of this for today” and then tomorrow will come and it’s “More deep but boring, one chapter is enough.” and the day after I’ll just put it off.

So how did I get over this.

Easy.

I started reading the Bible differently. I took the Bible and decided on four large sections, The Pentateuch, Joshua-Psalms, Proverbs-Malachi, and the New Testament, and I read a chapter or twenty verses from each section every day.

I’ve considered changing it so that Psalms and Proverbs are there own section, but I haven’t gotten around two it yet.

Of The Weekend Between January And February

The week/ten days around the switch from January to February has three important birthdays in it. It takes this honor from the beginning of April. I have a large family, there is plenty of opportunities to eat cake. Seriously if it isn’t an early or late birthday, it’s probably someone’s anniversary.

M is down taking care of my Grandparents, and we decided to give them a day to see how well they could do without her. So on Friday we went and picked her up, then we hurried over to R’s house. We after dinner and games, JH got permission to spend the night, from seven people. 🙂

On Sabbath, we spent much of the morning on the trampoline, practicing flips. After lunch when the rest of JH’s family got back we went out for a couple more hours. After we got tired there was games and Bible reading.

We had to leave super early Sunday morning because we thought we had to take Grandparents to church, but they had arranged transportation.

This whole story is meant to be a long segue into the fact that this past weekend took me back to my childhood. Kinda, we didn’t have a big trampoline. I mean I took all thoughts of fashion and told them, “I don’t have time for you, I’m to busy living life.” I enjoy fashion and beauty, but family, friends, and good times, mean more to me.

The Day I Love

This Shabbot is coming far to slowly. Probably because I haven’t done hardly anything this week. I celebrate the Sabbath. I keep the seventh day of rest.

I know Saturday is the seventh day, because Sunday is the first day of the week.

God created the seventh day for resting on. It’s for resting from what is ordinary and spending time honoring God.

Some spend the day experiencing creation. God Made It!

Others spend the day discussing the Bible. God Wrote It!

There are those who merely come together in fellowship. God Recommended It!

A few spend the day serving others. God Commanded It!

There is no wrong way to do it. Just think about what God wants you to do and make sure it’s not your normal routine.

And if you can’t manage that focus on God’s word. Remember it.