Vera Bradley Purses: Products I am a fan of

vera bradley purseI love Vera Bradley purses for several reasons.  And yes I am a big fan.  I don’t buy any other purse but VB purses.  Yes, they are a bit pricey; however, the quality of the purse is well worth every cent. I can buy a VB purse and expect to keep it for at least two years.

I have bought purses from Wal-Mart and other discount stores for twenty dollars.  With twenty dollars, you end up paying for purses with vinyl straps.  These straps unravel quickly (like within a month or two).  How disappointing is that?

I don’t have to worry about the straps for the Vera Bradley purses.  Besides, VB purses are well constructed.  The patterns are cute and the colors are vibrant.

I love it that my VB purse makes me feel good.

That’s my take on VB purses.  You can find them on sale or also in consignment stores in good shape.  But be quick at the consignment shops because they are snatched up quickly.

Charlotte

Who meets all of your needs? The Husband Journal Entry 22A

blog pictures 012When I was first married, I thought that my husband was going to take care of all of my needs.  Boy, was I up for a rude awakening!!  We struggled financially.  We had our ups and downs in marriage.

I had this fairytale story in my head that life was going to be perfect and that my husband was going to make it perfect for me. My first year of marriage was the hardest one out of the first ten years of our married life for several reasons.

And of course, I learned in that first year that my earthly husband cannot meet all of my needs.  But there is One who will……….because He says so in the His Word.

Phillipians 4:19

And my God will meet all of your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Does that mean that your life will be all rosy and perfect?  No.  We all have problems and storms head into our lives…………but He promises to carry us through all of it.

Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Many blessings, beloved!

Charlotte

Are Your Words Loving?: The Husband Journal Entry Number 21

Botanical Gardens 003Galatians 5:14 says For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself.

We have to love others in word and deed.  Yes, our conversation needs to be loving and at all times.  Well that is a pretty hefty order to fill.  And yes, because this is the husband journal, I am talking about that we use loving words toward our husband and family.

Well I did say at all times…….why?  I am telling you that your heavenly Father is loving towards you at all times as well.  And we are hoping to be molded in the image of his dear Son. Well I know that sometimes loving words hurt at times, but that is a whole different topic.

Drop down to the next verse and it says Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not destroyed one of another.

If we are not loving with our words, then we are using them to bite and devour our husband and family.  I don’t see that there is any gray area in this.  Either you are building up with your words or you are tearing down.

Which one are you?  Examine your words today.  Are you being loving with your words to build and nourish your family or are you the opposite?

The consequence of using words to bite means you are destroying what the Lord has blessed you with.

Can I say something here?  I am examining myself in this area as well.  I am not asking myself or you to be perfect with this.  I am just asking you to meditate on this and then examine yourself and ask the Lord to help you.

Charlotte

Who is the spiritual leader in the home?: The Husband Journal entry number 21A

Botanical Gardens 002Who is the spiritual leader in the home?

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
I believe strongly that this verse really hits the nail on the head.  The husband is the spiritual leader of the home.  I can only give you examples from my life of what that may look like.
We moved recently to a new town and were looking at finding a new home church.  We visited many.  I know my husband discussed this with me at length, but ultimately he made the decision on the church we were going to attend.
Most recently, my husband wanted to foster children.  I just didn’t feel anything from the Lord regarding this decision. My husband pressed and pressed til I finally was like okay………I don’t understand, but let’s move forward.  My husband was getting the leading from the Lord not me.  I was scared to death we were going down the wrong path because I never got an inkling from the Lord.
Well it turns out that when the children came into the home, the Lord gave me affirmation that this was His will for us.
I have never experienced that before having to totally depend on my husband on a major life decision.  Before, we both had peace from the Lord on life decisions and moved forward.
Hard financial decisions are ultimately decided by my husband.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t get to have a say.  A wife is to help with weighing in on how these decisions will impact the family. But at the end, my husband is the one who makes the final decision.
Charlotte

Five Ways I am Being Frugal: August 24, 2015

Money

  1.  I have been taking my Wal-Mart receipts and entering them on the Wal-mart Savings Catcher program.  It isn’t a lot of money, but every little bit helps.
  2. I was able to get a coupon through the mail for my dog food by signing up for the company’s email newsletter.  I saved 10% on my last purchase.
  3. We are purchasing a lawnmower. We have decided to wait and not make a hasty decision.  We are waiting until the end of the year to get the best deal for the lawnmower.
  4. We are slowly paying off debts and have made some headway in the past six months.
  5. I got off the coupon bandwagon for the last few weeks.  However, I was able to use a good many coupons on my last grocery shopping trip to Kroger.  I spent for three people and a baby……….$110.00 for one week.  I felt really good about my trip.

Charlotte

Do You Really Know Him?: Husband Journal Entry 20

blog pictures 012Do you really know God and his Son Jesus Christ?

I am afraid there are many out there who profess to know Christ, but they really don’t have a personal relationship with Him.

Many folks think that good deeds will get them to heaven.  As long as I am a good person, I am fine.  No, No, No!!  Everyone falls short of the glory of God.

Some think that going to church gets them to heaven.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Only going to church does not get you to heaven.

Jesus is the only way to the Father.  That is it!!

Having head knowledge about Christ doesn’t mean that you have a relationship with Him.

You must believe by faith that He is……………….He died on the cross for your sins and was buried and rose again on the third day so that you can have eternal life with him.

Charlotte

You must believe……..