Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Final Call For Souls

The first time I visited Paddington Station in London, I was made very much aware of one particular thing. The final boarding call really was final. There wasn't a lot of looking around to make sure they had everyone before the train pulled out. If you weren't on when it was time to go, you were left behind. Stuck. Simple as that.

Does anyone else feel like the current events are really just one big last call for Christians? So many issues that were once "gray area debatable" have now become very much black and white.

I've already written about the big favor the Supreme Court did Christians by forcing all of us to come out of the closet regarding our stance on homosexuality, special rights for homosexuals, and whether or not we should have a right to redefine what God has already clearly defined. We now have to make a solid choice to "obey the law" or face persecution.

There are no more "valid" arguments for keeping the abortion mill that is Planned Parenthood open. It doesn't matter what other services they may offer a woman, they've been exposed as committing unspeakable, unwatchable, and very much illegal acts. We have to make a solid black or white choice now. Are we going to fight to end tax payer funding or are we going to sit on our hands some more so we don't rock the boat?

How about the Ashley Madison exposures? (See what I did there?) Adulterers without the integrity to come clean on their own have been forced to own their sin and face up to the consequences. Last I heard, there have been three suicides linked to the leaks, as well as the public humiliation of several well-known figures. Millions of men and women are put on the spot now: confess and begin the process of restoration or continue to try to lie their way out of owning it.

To top it off, the current most-likely candidate for the Republican party is Donald Trump. Seriously? I'm just going to delete everything I just wrote about him and leave this here. I can't even touch that.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 NKJV

Matthew 24:14 is significant for our time because it answers the question the disciples are asking about the end of the age. Not only will this be one last chance for non-believers to hear, believe and repent, it will be one last chance for believers to hear and repent.

I can't help but wonder if all the junk coming down the last few months is not just a big wake up call, but a last call. What are we going to do with all this? Are we going to vote? Christian---what are you going to do about it? Are you going to protest, act, sacrifice, debate, speak up, get up, man up? 

Or are you just going to "pray about it"? Yeah, we should pray. Pray and then act.

The {Not Just} Homemaking Party: Preparing for England with Regency Stays

Whew! It's been a crazy few days as I've been constructing these Regency era stays for Lynzie's Jane Austen Festival ensemble. They're definitely, DEFINITELY not perfect...but they're functional and they're almost done! Yay!

This was my first time sewing eyelets by hand. Some of them look pretty good!

Hope you're having a great week!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Tips for Sharing a Family Car #1stImpressionsCount #ad #cbias

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When my husband and I were in high school, I had a habit of "borrowing" his car to skip class with my girl friends. To absolve myself of any guilt, I'd often thank him for "sharing" his car with me by taking it to the car wash where I'd clean it spotless and detail the inside with Armor All®.

Now he's got a new generation of drivers to share a car with and we want to make sure it's a pleasant experience for everyone. As parents of two high schoolers, we know how important it is for them to make that great impression. As our kids are just entering the driving world, we want to teach them how to take good care of the cars they'll be sharing with the rest of the family. Not only will they look great for their passengers, but good car care keeps them nice for the next person who uses them. 

In high school, I'd grab Armor All cleaning cloths out of the vending machine at the car wash. I've recently found a whole line of Outlast products by Armor All that will help to shine and protect both the car's interior and its wheels. Two of my favorite products are the Protectant and the Tire Glaze.

I found Armor All Outlast products at Walmart. They've got a great selection of things to spruce up your car including, Armor All® Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer, Armor All® Outlast Tire Glaze, Armor All® Outlast Leather Restorer, and Armor All® Outlast Protectant. For a limited time, you can print a coupon for $2.50 off any of these four products. 

Do members of your family share a car? Here are some tips for keeping the peace and making sure the car looks nice for the next person to drive.

1. Keep it Clean. Take turns being in charge of washing and detailing the car. Keep a caddy in your garage filled with products for spiffing it up and consider investing in a small outdoor vacuum cleaner to save money on the coin-operated one downtown. We love how Armor All Outlast Tire Glaze repels grime and makes our tires shine. They look great!

2. Keep it Protected. Armor All Outlast Protectant does more than shine up the plastic and vinyl inside your car. It also protects it from damaging UV rays and helps keep it from fading and cracking. Plus, it makes everything look so nice and new that it makes everyone less likely to mess it up.

3. Keep it Fresh. Car fresheners can be hit or miss so make sure you're using yours on a car that has been shampooed regularly and isn't harboring unpleasant smells. You don't want to try to mask an odor; trust me---wet carpet and Coconut Dream do not go well together. So take care of lingering odors and then use a mild, refreshing scent to enhance the atmosphere of your car.

4. Keep it Organized. I like to set a little tray inside the middle console for storing things like change or charging cables. This is a great place to keep quarters for the car wash. Consider purchasing and marking phone chargers that are specifically for the car. This way, no one has to go hunting for them when they're needed.

5. Keep it Uncluttered. One of the best things you can do is keep a box or basket inside your car for catching all the garbage, books, mail, purchases, and more that can accumulate. Make it a rule that it gets emptied out after every trip and you'll have a clutter-free vehicle.

Armor All Outlast #1stImpressionsCount Sweepstakes What are some things you've done to make sharing a car a positive experience? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to grab your Armor All coupon.