Partners for Life

Valentine’s Day is upon us! As we blow sweet nothings in our partner’s ear, and get lost in each other’s eyes….let’s remind ourselves what a gift marraige really is. Enjoy!

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Proverbs 5:15-23

Drink water from your own cistern,
    flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
    and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
    and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
    and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for…

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Without Change there’d be no Butterflies……..

We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament.  Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil.  It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God.  As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father.  Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who?  The Job Lesson is really meant for whom?  For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes?  Why does God  allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?

I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory!  Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through.  Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused.  And thank God for his refusal.  His refusal led to our deliverance.  We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.

So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God.  God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.

Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.

❤ bbprep

WoW Wednesday- Fill me up

Food!  Who doesn’t like to eat food?  Well I’m sure some people may have food struggles but I’m a foodie!  I’m the type that takes pleasure in eating not preparing.  Cooking doesn’t bring me joy until the end when it’s time to eat.  Being a Southerner, comfort food and down home cooking is how we get down everyday!  I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal.  But mostly potatoes!  I can eat some form of potato everyday-french fries, hash browns, mashed, baked, scalloped, souffle’ its heaven.  Then when we add the cheese, the sour cream, the ranch dressing, the bacon, the butter……I mean come on, it’s HEAVEN. I just sit there and act like I have no control over my hand and allow it to shovel that yummy-ness into my mouth until I’m full!  It’s bad…I know!  But what if we did that with the Father?  What if we sat down and gave him full control of our lives and allowed Him to shovel His goodness inside of us..what would happen?  Does He even desire to do that? He does!  Psalm 81:10-New Living Translation-For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things! UmmmK.  Being a food freak-when I first read that scripture I thought about food…”open your mouth wide and I will feel it with good things”, screams food to me.  But once I got past the flesh, I realized that God wants to fill us with his goodness.  He wants to physically feed us of course, but more importantly He wants to satisfy us spiritually.  And He wants to do it to the fullest!  Open your mouth wide He says!  Because what He has for us is so great and mighty, you gotta be ready to receive it!  Also at the beginning of the passage, He reminds us that He is the God that rescued His people from Egypt.  So that tells me that He is reminding us of who He is.  No problem, trial, bill, or desperate situation can negate who God is!  Hallelujah!  He has always been bigger than our situations, its up to us to remember!
So for this Women of Wisdom Wednesday, get full!  Don’t cut back the word of God, take a full plate and dine on its goodness.  Open your mouth wide, and fill it with good things.

-bbprep ❤

Clogger- Blogger – Flogger

If you follow me on Instagram (@bbprep) you’re hip to my hashtags!

#flogger # clogger #faithblog # christianblog

But many still ask what is a flogger?  And if I’m a clogger, they never see me dancing in wooden shoes!!!! LOL

The term “flog” or “clog” for me refers to my faith or christian blog.  So I am both a FLOGGER and CLOGGER.  BBPREP is a lifestyle blog that focuses on…….life.  But a life that includes Christ.  For me being a Christian is a lifestyle, not just a cliche’. So I can’t talk about mascara without talking about God.  Or discuss planning without including Christ.

I live in the South and down here-we talk about being a Christian like we talk about sweet tea; ITS ALWAYS ON THE MENU! But it seems that over the years, we’ve lost what Christianity means.  Its now a tagline not a conviction.  We wear t shirts that say GOD OVER EVERYTHING but embarrassed to say our blessing over dinner, in a public restaurant.  My husband sums it up-“being a Christian should mean that you are in an intimate relationship with God, not just dating Him”.  So where did we loose our way? How did #Christianity become trendy and not classic…the next big thing and not the only thing?

I contend that it’s my fault.  I can’t blame society or the church with out blaming myself.  I can’t expect others to share Christ if I’m not bold enough to share Him.   So YES I AM A CLOGGER BLOGGER FLOGGER!

But most importantly a child of the King.  Romans 10:9-10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Draw the line

A conversation with a close friend, and sister in Christ led me to ponder about drawing the line?!  Lines are barriers that are created to separate, to group like objects, to determine clear boundaries, they’re created for protection….but from whom or what?

As we live in a world of excess and access we ignore the need for protection.  Identity theft doesn’t stop us from shopping online, the threat of cancer doesn’t stop us from smoking, and weight gain has never stopped me from eating a full box of sour patch kids!  So where do I draw the line?  Let’s face it life is a bit more complicated than eating way too much candy, the bigger issue is self control, integrity, and living a life that honors God in a world that does not.  And when I draw the line, what utensil will be used? A pencil, so that I can erase the line or adjust it to be more accepted among my gal pals, or is it a bold black Sharpie that stays put and doesn’t fade.

Drawing a line whether its for your spiritual protection. physical well being or for clearer boundaries, is one of those self inventory tasks.  I can’t tell you how or when to do it, its just something that all of us should address in every aspect of our lives.  God tells us in Matthew 5:37 (New Living Translation)-“Just say a simple yes I will or no I won’t. Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”-meaning to be who you are, draw the line, pick a side, say what you mean, mean what you say, and stick to it.

Draw the line.

-bbprep ❤

Planner Joy!

For planner girls(or guys??) the hottest thing going is your actual PLANNER!  Whether you are a FiloFax Phenom, Condren Crazy, or Midori Maven, we love our planners!  Since we like to combine styles and function, ie the Kiki Condren or Kate Dori, naming all of them would be nearly impossible.  I’m a lifelong planner, but about 6 months ago I kicked it up a notch!  Using my beloved washi, duct tape, page flags, and post-it notes, weekly planning got REAL!  Real what?- really fun, really serious, really relaxing, really creative, really joyful.

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Looking at my current week (above), you see I have a lot going on.  Between being a wife, mom, educator, entrepreneur……it’s madness!  So writing things down is a must.  I’m a list gal, post-it note freak!  Visual reminder must haves!  So what makes me happy, what gives me planner joy?!- viewing my to-do list  and appointments on well decorated pages.  AHHHHHHH! I feel calm just thinking about it!  We all love it. Our instagam accounts can attest to that!  Hashtags like, #weeklyplan, #planwithme, #plannerglam, # plannerlove, #poshplanner, #plannerlife, followed by the “pic of the day”, all testify that connecting with others who share your weird addition is the icing on the cake, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness-joy!

Daily, when I reach for my planner, not only am I reminded of what’s ahead for the week, I’m reminded of Romans 15:13-“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Our lives can be full of lists, to-do’s, reminders, appointments, and a bunch of nonsense!  But God desires to fill it with hope, joy, and peace as we trust him.  Trust him daily with your stuff, and watch him plan the best day ever.

So forge ahead my planner addicts, creating those daily works of art!

Wishing you planner joy.

-bbprep ❤

WoW Wednesday

For this Women of Wisdom Wednesday our topic is integrity.  We all know what integrity means; “doing what’s right when no one is looking, having strong moral character and uprightness, not being afraid of doing what’s right, even if you’re the only one doing it…….all the things our mothers taught us during our youth.
Now that we’ve had several chances to walk the walk, what does integrity mean to us today?  Does integrity mean walking what seems like a mile to return your Target shopping cart?  Returning the cash that a stranger dropped right at your feet?  Informing your neighbor that your kid hit their mailbox when they stole the car!? (YIKES)
Today it seems integrity is a lost art.  The nightly news proves it’s been replaced by corruption, selfishness, and pride.  However at the end of the broadcast, “the person of the week”, may show a glimmer of hope.  Someone who has stepped outside of themselves to be a helper, a supported, a friend, a person of integrity.  But is that it?  Is that all we get?  One person per week that has gone over and beyond to rescue a kitten from a tree?  No offense but there has to be more of us who want to honor God by living a life of integrity.  Proverbs 28:18 (ESV)-“Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.  God’s plan for us is to be delivered.  He sent Jesus for that reason.  To deliver us from our sins and to give us hope and a great end!
So be your own “person on the week”!  Be the one who does what’s right when everyone is looking and when it’s only you. Instead of saving half the cake for yourself, send a couple of slices next door! (that’s for me)
Be WoW!
-bbprep ❤