Doing Life for the Glory of God

There are a million successful blogs so why would anyone want to hear from me? 

It’s a question I’ve been pondering for a long time — an insecurity hidden deep in my heart keeping me from productivity and writing. See, I love to write and I love connecting with people. Part of my ministry as a stay-at-home wife and mom is that I’m blessed with time — time to share, invite, write, and connect with other women and moms. 

But how do I compete? How do I beat the algorithms, master the SEOs, and write regularly enough that I get noticed but not so much that I burn out and need a 3 month hiatus? 

I don’t. At least, that’s not what I’m called to do. 

I’m called to be loving wife and attentive mommy; I’m called to connect with people and be hospitable. I’m called to minister by being mommy, wife, and friend — not by being the best on Instagram or Pinterest. 

I’m called to do life “heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” I’m called to obey “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Whatever I do — change diapers, wash dishes, host guests, or write words — all needs to be for the glory of God. No cares need to be given on the reception. I mean, I love to write so why not write? And if someone notices then great because I also love to help and inspire too. And if I never make an income blogging or grow my following then that’s great too.

Because there’s fulfillment in doing what you love for the glory of God and leaving the results to Him. There’s joy in doing a job well done because you’re called to do so — more joy than competition can ever bring. 

So, here’s to do life for the glory of God. Cheers to all the women who are choosing to focus on their current ministry for God’s glory, not for the likes, the pins, or the shares — tell me how you do it so I can learn from you! 

Love, blessings, and coffee, 

Frannie

Living Life with a Get-To Attitude // Coffee Series

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Hello, sweet peoples!

Home has never been sweeter since I finished my travels fourteen days ago. I’ve unpacked, settled into my routine and rediscovered midwinter afternoon walks. Isn’t home the greatest?

I’ve been away from my blog because … well … I have a confession.

I’ve been petty.

I have this crazy desire to “make it big” in the writing world along with a ridiculous habit of comparing myself to others. Lately I’ve felt like I can’t make it in this world of writing when bloggers have 50 + thousand followers and I can’t even get a newsletter together.

Petty, right? 😉

My heart has been needing an adjustment; my people-pleasing disposition had developed the idea that I had to please. I had to please God. I had to serve my darling man. I had to write because I had a blog. One afternoon I was reminded that I have a choice in the matter. I have the choice to do life with the mentality of a slave or a free child.

In other words, I get to.

I get to write. I get to delight myself in the Lord and delight His heart in the process. I get to love my husband and enjoy his love. I get to take care of my home by vacuuming, washing windows and creating beauty. I get to make menu plans, wash dishes and create delicious meals. I get to love people. I get to.

That soft correction from my Lord has changed everything.

I’m learning to wake up in the morning thinking, “I get to make coffee” and “I get to make a yummy breakfast for my husband.” I take off on my afternoon walks reminding myself that I get to walk and make healthy choices. And I’m writing again because I get to share life’s sweet lessons and joys with you.

It’s been a hard lesson but it’s one to keep.

Oh, one more thing I get to do? Announce winners of our winter giveaway! 😉

Hooray for Angel (you’ve won the lovely handbag!) and Amy (you’ve won the silver cuff bracelet!) So happy for you two beautiful souls! I’ll be in touch, ladies, with getting you your winnings! 🙂

I just love giveaways!

Blessings to all you readers. I am thankful for you and the love you send me through your comments! So blessed that I’ve gotten to know you!

With love, blessings and coffee!

Frannie

Hello 2016!

Currently Series with Authentic Virtue Blog

We all celebrate milestones differently. Me? I light candles, pour coffee and snuggle in; especially now as I reflect over what the Lord did in 2015 and what He may do this coming year.

It’s been a blessed, beautiful, adventure-filled year.

First, we celebrated our 1st anniversary and went on our postponed honeymoon to Las Vegas (baby!). We absolutely loved being able to afford our first nine day vacation with each other. We walked the strip (a lot), swam in our resort’s lazy river every day and thoroughly enjoyed our friendship and recalling our first year together.

Las Vegas! Las Vegas! Me and my Darling!

We logged hundreds of hours on our local interstate visiting family and making memories with the folk who really make our life tick. I’ve got to say that we really love Dalton’s 3-day weekends! We’ve been to Branson, Missouri with both sides of our family, surprised parents, and spent a lot of time in my mother-in-law’s salon. I’m so thankful our dear family are only 3 hours down the road.

What a silly group of folk

I began last year substituting in a local Christian school and then accepted an official, part-time position this school year as librarian and p.e. instructor. I’ve learned so much from accepting this position. I’ve helped put together a book fair, discovered how to prepare usable lesson plans, spent hours decorating my space and countless time loving (and being loved) by awesome kids and staff. It’s a challenge I’m so glad I accepted.

I even hosted my very own brunch! 😉 Only one soul was able to attend but we sure had a delightful time and I finally branched into hosting!

Hello, brunch!

This blog has also grown! I feel like Authentic Virtue became an adult this year when I moved from my beloved BlogSpot space to my own domain and WordPress! 😀 I enjoyed the excitement of having one of my articles featured by To Love, Honor and Vacuum and felt the thrill (and freakout!) of branching into an actual Facebook site and Periscope channel!

Speaking of the blog, here are 2015’s top five posts of the year! (I still can’t believe #1 got 1,752 views! I also can’t believe I wrote about such a controversial topic!)

Yes, it’s been a beautiful year. I’ve become more adultish. I’ve had to schedule my own doctor appointments, successfully completed a sugar fast (twice!), read more, made friends (hey! it’s a big deal for an introvert in a new city 😉 ), and pushed myself to work harder for my goals and dreams.

(I’ve also failed my sugar fast, gained a few pounds and cried a lot over little things … all things in moderation, right? 😉 )

Soon I’ll be penciling plans and dreams into a new calendar. Ordinary, day-to-day tasks will need to be inspired and revamped. I’ll need to find new ways to keep my home better and do small things with great love. We’ll need to organize our priorities as we discuss what we think God desires from us in our mid-Western town. Should we begin a Bible study? Should we get involved with the Boys and Girls Club? Should we look into renting the adorable house up the street?

There’s also the possibilities. Will I get pregnant? Will Dalton apply for a promotion? Will we stay in Jefferson City?

(I’ll also turn twenty-six in eight days … I’m getting old, ya’ll.)

So many possibilities, so many opportunities for God to reveal Himself through our lives.

What has your year looked like? Care to share some of your 2016 schemes and dreams?

I know one thing about 2016; we’ll sure enjoy our 2nd anniversary Eastern Caribbean cruise … 😉

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Christmas Bliss

Mmmmmm … there is something so delicious about Christmas time. I’ll be enjoying some of the most glorious, simple pleasures I love. Namely, family gathered close at home, candles burning, full stockings, giving and receiving and eating hearty, homemade goods.

Most of all I’m excited to be spending this coming week in thanksgiving and prayerful reflection on my Lord Jesus and Heavenly Father’s amazing gift born in a poor town to a poor couple in the poorest way. We have a good Father who loves us and if you don’t know the full extent of that love please read 2 Corinthians 8:9.

I’ll be pretty silent for the coming two weeks but I do plan on sharing some pictures from where I came from, my own mother’s beautiful, Christmas homemaking. 🙂

I’m sure there will be a few coffee pictures shared on my Instagram and Facebook for those still needing a midnight browse. (Tisk, tisk you! Shouldn’t you be in bed? 😉 ) Don’t forget to leave a comment if you’re interested in our wintry giveaway.

So very thankful for you reading folk and wishing your Christmas week be very merry and white.

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Return of the Blogger

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Ah … hello sweet reading peoples.

It has been a very good blog-on-the-back-shelf, must focus on grace, freedom and life month and my heart is refreshed and rested.

However, I have missed writing, reading your comments and enjoying life with you and plan a full return to this sweet place.

This has been a revolutionizing month for me. I was extremely busy with projects I had become responsible for. One ended up being a stress-filled, awesome success and the other ended miserably. At the end of it all I found myself exhausted, harried, and losing track of my true priorities; after a few good arguments with my Beloved I began to realize that I had to change a few things starting with my feeding and pursuing my idea of perfection.

Amid the busyness there have been sweet moments of visiting with friends, serving at church and heart-to-heart conversations with people I very much love.

So, here’s to blogging again, letting Christ be my perfection and the beauty of the Christmas season. Because my trees up, ya’ll and I couldn’t be more excited.

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie