A Vision? What’s That?

So many people, especially young people, ask me this. When I tell them the reason behind what we do is because of our vision, I get blank stares.

A Vision

“But, what vision? What’s a vision?”
Let me just say right now, this is not some “God-came-to-me-in-a-dream” deal. This is what our whole scope, our whole life is about. The Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1 is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer? “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”.
THAT is our vision. To glorify God in our lives. What does that have to do with our daily tasks, our roles, our mundane? Everything. You have to have a vision for the future. If you’re a wife of a godly man, he will have a vision and your role is to further his vision.
There will be different aspects to your vision, or visions for different areas of your life. Luke and I have a vision for how we want to parent; for the atmosphere of our home. Luke has a vision for his company; I have jobs and duties to further that. We have a vision for hospitality and servanthood in our family, so I have to be proactive in reaching out and inviting people over.
Your vision may be different.
Different seasons of life will call for different areas to work on.
But, we must remember that our chief end, our biggest vision, should be to glorify God. To further HIS Kingdom.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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His Eye is on the Sparrow

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Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

1905, Civilla D. Martin

Jesus Paid It All

I love, love, love the hymn “Jesus Paid It All”. It’s such a blessing to me!

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“I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.”

“Jesus Paid It All”-Elvina M. Hall, 1865

“Be Willing”

Tuesday’s (Feb.24’th) Streams in the Desert devotional really touched my heart, and I would like to share it with y’all.

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“You may be very discontented with yourself. You are no genius, have no brilliant gifts, and are inconspicuous for any special faculty. Mediocrity is the law of your existence. Your days are remarkable for nothing but sameness and insipidity. Yet you may live a great life.

John did no miracle, but Jesus said that among those born of women there had not appeared a greater than he.
John’s main business was to bear witness to the Light, and this may be yours and mine. John was content to be only a voice, if men would think of Christ.

Be willing to be only a voice, heard but not seen; a mirror whose surface is lost to view, because it reflects the dazzling glory of the sun; a breeze that springs up just before daylight, and says, “The dawn! the dawn!” and then dies away.
Do the commonest and smallest things as beneath His eye. If you must live with uncongenial people, set to their conquest by love. If you have made a great mistake in your life, do not let it becloud all of it; but, locking the secret in your breast, compel it to yield strength and sweetness.

We are doing more good than we know, sowing seeds, starting streamlets, giving men true thoughts of Christ, to which they will refer one day as the first things that started them thinking of Him; and, of my part, I shall be satisfied if no great mausoleum is raised over my grave, but that simple souls shall gather there when I am gone, and say,
“He was a good man; he wrought no miracles, but he spake words about Christ, which led me to know Him for myself.”
—George Matheson

I hope it was a blessing to you!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

5 Things

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing 5 thoughts I have right now…..

Snow!

ONE// Y’all….we got snow!! Over a foot of that fluffy goodness. Two days of snow fun, and now it’s almost all gone. Okay, South, I’m ready for Spring.

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TWO // Speaking of Spring…I am SO ready for it! I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil and start on our HUGE garden this year. I spent quite some time pinning garden ideas HERE if you want to check them out….

Biscuits

THREE // Have your tried your hand at making these amazing fluffy biscuits? You totally should! 🙂

tv commercial workout

FOUR // I am loving all of Mary’s workouts….but especially this commercial one! You’ll have to check them out!  

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FIVE // All this being at home has given me more time for Bible reading and journaling…..it’s been such a blessing! What has the Lord been teaching you lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

[5 on Friday]

TGIF! Y’all…..I am so thankful for today!

{ONE}
This amazing man’s 24’th birthday is today. We started courting when he was 21. I can’t believe I’ve had 3 years with this man. ❤ Happy birthday, Honey!!

Happy Birthday!

{TWO}
We’re going out for our Valentine’s Day date tonight. We’ll be able to spend the day together tomorrow- so happy!

{THREE}
I am so obsessed with this song right now. It’s the sweetest!

{FOUR}
I reread my post on trying your hardest in marriage. Yep. I still stand by it.

Trying Your Hardest

{FIVE}
I am super pumped to have our girls’ Valentine’s Tea Party today at my house! Come back next week to see what we did, or just follow along on Instagram!

What are you doing this weekend?
Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Scents of the Holiday Season

Happy Thursday! Who is enjoying this holiday season? I’ve been loving all the Christmas music, lights and smells! Not only do we have a live Christmas tree (major excitement over here, y’all!!), but I also have my diffuser going all the times with these wonderful combos!

Scents of Christmas

Why do I love using these oils and the diffuser? Because we get an amazing scent without all of the chemicals and junk in candles and room sprays.

Scents

These two oils are amazing. I love them by themselves or together. Christmas Spirit seriously smells like Christmas! Plus, who doesn’t like the scent of Peppermint during this time of the year?

Scents for Gatherings

Either JOY or Gathering are perfect for, well, gatherings. Especially if there is tension…just get one of these going and your house will smell amazing, and will help calm people.

Scents of Cleanliness

These are great if you are wanting your house to smell clean! And….Thieves is amazing for immune support!

Scents of Season

I am so thankful for my oils! Oils are not some “new fad”. They’ve been around since Bible times. What did Jesus get as gifts? Frankincense….Myrrh. Yeah, those are oils. I do not “put my trust” in the oils….my trust in Christ. But, God made these oils. Just open the Bible and read….you will find tons of oils in it. 🙂 I use what the good Lord has made and given us.

If you are interested in knowing more, you can ask or email me at hannah.d.mooney(at)gmail(dot)com. If you are ready to sign up— yay! I will send you a FREE reference guide to learn all about your oils for signing up with a premium starter kit. 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m not a medical professional, I’m just sharing my experiences.

Trying Your Hardest

Y’all, marriage is hard work. Sometimes. I love being married. Yes, I’ve only been married for 6 months, but we’ve had a lot happen in that time. Things we didn’t plan for– like getting pregnant twice and miscarrying twice. Anyone who has miscarried or lost a baby understand…there’s a lot of emotions- good and bad- that happen in that time. But do you know what the biggest thing I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been married?

Trying your hardest…your best efforts….they aren’t good enough.

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As with anything in life- trying our hardest, doing our best, isn’t going to cut it. We need lots of help, lots of grace. Grace given from your spouse, given to your spouse and grace from God!

You have to lean fully, wholly, on Christ. A marriage will not work without Him. It won’t. And we’re not suppose to carry the weight of our whole marriage on our shoulders. Or feel like we can’t give unless we will get something back. Marriage is not 50/50. It will crumble that way. It has to be 100/100 with both the husband and wife leaning on Christ for fulfillment and complete peace.

Because, you know what? Your spouse isn’t perfect. And I don’t figure you are either. So, for the sake of your marriage (and the sanity of yourself and your spouse), look to Christ for fulfillment and lean fully on Him.

Oh, and show lots of grace. And love.

Because Christ shows you grace and love. Your spouse may not show you grace and love, but you are still called to give it to them.

Single people– marriage is great, but it’s not perfect. Just like anything else, it has it’s ups and downs.

Enjoy life– where ever God has put you. He put you there for a reason.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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P.S. I have the most loving, grace-showing husband. And I am so thankful. ❤

Marriage is…

Lately I have been reading the amazing book Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht. Let me just say….get this book. It is seriously amazing! Her story keeps you reading to know how the Lord turned her life around- and turned her heart back to her husband. She speaks with truth- this is a must-get book for any wife!

Marriage is a Thousand Little Things

I’ve been married for six months now…and Luke and I have been together for two and a half years. But this book has been such a blessing to me. I love the challenges at the end of the chapter and the emphasis on showing grace to your spouse.

Marriage is Friendship

Here is my favorite quote from the current chapter I am in-

“Love is deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth every minute that you give of yourself to another. Marriage is a thousand little things. It’s giving up your right to be right in the heat of an argument. It’s forgiving another when he lets you down. It’s friendship. It’s grace. It’s giving of yourself tirelessly down paths you never imagined you would travel”

What book has been speaking to you lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

How I “Make Time” to be in God’s Word

Do you ever struggle to fit everything into your day? Does it ever seem like your devotions or Bible reading get pushed to the end of your “to-do” list or you just rush through them? Raises both hands Sometimes, it’s really, really hard! But do you know what I’ve realized? I don’t have a good day….at all….if I haven’t spent time with my heavenly Father. But, how do you make time and make it a habit?

Be in God's Word Daily

Most mornings Luke and I have time for reading a Proverb, a devotional and time for prayer. And I love those times with the Lord and Luke first thing in the morning. But I also have to have my own time with the Lord. We all do. But sometimes we just don’t have time to sit down and read.

A couple weeks ago, as I was doing my (sometimes) weekly routine of checking out the thrift store in town, I found some Bible on CDs! And, surprise, they were KJV! I had to get them! For $.50 a piece, it was well worth my money. My vehicle doesn’t have a CD player, but I can now listen to the Bible while I’m in the shower, folding laundry, doing dishes or cleaning the bathroom. And let me tell you, it is such a blessing!

If having your sit down Bible time is difficult, I would suggest getting the Bible on CD. I found the whole KJV Bible on amazon for $35 here.

Now, I still have my sit down Bible time almost every day, too. Nothing beats sitting down, in the quiet, with your Lord. But this helps keep me in God’s Word during moments where my mind could wander. It’s my way of “writing them upon the table of my heart” (Proverbs 7:3).

How do you stay in God’s Word?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane