God’s Word Made Visual

             Here at Making Life Magnificent, I strive to motivate and inspire you in every area of your life. The spiritual side of you is no exception. A life without Jesus Christ, in my opinion, is no life at all.  How can we live closer to Jesus without His word? The answer is that we can’t.  So today, I want to feature some of my favorite visual scriptures and quotes that really inspire me and help build up my faith. Enjoy and share some of your own below! prayProverbs 3no eyemy peacelife guardHis planisaiahguard your heartgood couragefear notbeautifulall you have

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Coupons Aren’t Just For Crazy Ladies!

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Now that we are into the New Year, one “resolution” you may be saying or hearing often revolves around being more financially smart. We want to save more, invest more, spend less, but keep our quality of life in the process.

When my son was born, money really needed to be stretched, and the help I needed to stretch those dollars even further came in the form of coupons! Now that I know how to use coupons and I’ve seen first hand how much you can save using them, I will never go back to paying full price for certain items.

Now, before you tune out, hear me out…coupons are not just for crazy ladies taking tons of time in the checkout line. I just recently saw a man in a Bi-Lo grocery store with a stack of coupons and his shopping list. SMART man!  If you are curious about couponing, below I’m featuring a blog post from one of my favorite coupon blogs Southern Savers.

This site features great info about how and where to coupon (and no, I’m not getting paid to say this!) Just click on the picture to get started couponing.

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     If you want to know more about how to get started with coupons, take a look at their list of how to do that. Then stay tuned as I compile a list of my own with tips for how to Make Life Magnificent with coupons! 🙂

Welcome to Wacky Wednesdays! My weird food habit!

Ok, ok…I have to confess: I can be weird at times! (Awww, that’s so sweet, you were totally surprised by that confession!) Although I am committed to Making Life Magnificent, I never said I was perfect, and I don’t try to be. I want to live a better life, but the only one who is perfect is Jesus. Besides, I think it’s healthy and can be healing to be able to laugh at yourself at times. To help us embrace our love for laughter and our weird ways, allow me to introduce Wacky Wednesdays! Each Wednesday, I will be plugging in a bit of humor to help us all lighten the load and get our laugh on!

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  To kick start this weekly tradition, today we are going to talk about weird food habits. In addition to my weird ways, one other thing you will learn about me is that I LOVE good food! (My favorite is Italian by the way!) Yet, when it comes to food, I can be pretty weird and wacky. I do have one really weird food habit…drum roll…I heat my ice cream up in the microwave before I eat it! I know, I know…you’re either shaking your head like “this girl is crazy!” or you’re scratching your head like “Why would she do that?”

    The truth is, I don’t know why I have this weird food habit. I’ve been doing it for years. Anytime I get a bowl of ice cream, I immediately take it to the microwave, nuke it for about 15 seconds, then enjoy my delicious bowl of runny, soupy ice cream. Ha! Weird, I know-but very good. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

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Do you have a weird food habit? I want to hear about it. You got a chance to laugh with me at me, so return the favor. Comment below. 🙂

 

PS-Butter Pecan is my favorite ice cream too 😉

Should Christians Listen to Non-Christian Music?

listening to music      Although I am deeply interested in this topic, I am actually nervous to feature it on Making Life Magnificent. Yet, I am choosing to engage in this conversation because it’s one that MANY people are interested in: Should someone who claims to be a Christian consistently listen to music that is not Christian based? Basically, people want to know is it a sin to listen to secular music if you are a Christian?

This question reminds me of the question that was brought up to the apostle Paul by the church of Corinth when they asked, “Is it wrong to eat meat that has been offered to idols?” Paul responds by saying, “Food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.” (read the entire discussion in 1 Corinthians 8: 4-13). Paul’s answer was YES-it can be wrong and NO-it’s not wrong. What does eating food have to do with listening to music Tanya? Basically Paul wanted them to see that the entire debate was centered around heart issues. Is it wrong for Christians to listen to secular music: the answer is YES and NO.
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Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Does the music you listen to on a regular basis make you want to know God better?
  • What are you most motivated to do after listening to your music?
  • Is your favorite choice of music offensive to others around you?
  • Are you listening to secular music to fit in with others?

Bogdan Kipko, author, blogger, and pastor asked this exact same question and after careful consideration stated that

Ultimately, it is not the music that saves a person but Jesus.

It is not what comes in through a persons ears that defiles a person, but rather what comes out of the mouth. But very often, what comes in through the ears, exits out of the mouth in daily conversation and decisions.

Can a person remain distinctly Christ-like while feeding on a steady diet of Kanye and Rihanna? Maybe. But I doubt it. The steady current of themes which stand in stark contrast to the gospel from these artists will inevitably make their mark upon the individual.

       I want my life to be magnificent in every area and that includes my spirit. Saying I am a Christian and Living like I am a Christian are very different and it’s the everyday things that can seem really vague.  It takes honesty, prayer and personal reflection for you to determine the right answer to this topic question. Be real with yourself! For some the answer to the question is a resounding YES…it is wrong for a Christian to listen to other music because it influences you too much for wrong. And for others, your answer is NO…as long as it’s all kept in balance, you can listen to secular music and still grow in the Lord. I think the most important piece to remember is that we want to find our answer to this question from HIM and HIS WORD only! Well meaning family and friends will be eager to tell you what they think, but your walk with God is an individual one…they can’t walk it for you.

    So as you wonder more about this in your own life, meditate on these scriptures as a guide to finding the answer that’s right for you:

You may have more scriptures or insights to share and I would love to hear it! We are all striving to Make Life Magnificent, so don’t be shy in responding. 🙂

 

   

 

My New Baby

     I have a new baby…here he is!!

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     Hopefully you aren’t too disappointed that I’m not talking about a real human child! My one child has enough energy to equal about three kids, so for now, I’m content on the number of actual children I have!

      In my pursuit of Making Life Magnificent, I believe in trying new things and challenging myself to grow. I encourage you to do the same. Don’t become stale! Get out and experience something different. Especially when that “new thing” you want to try is something that could really improve your life. And let’s face it, anything that will get those brain engines firing up and create anticipation should be good for you! It certainly beats feeling that “same old, same old” feeling day after day.

      So I am exploring a new hobby: sewing. This may seem second nature to some of you, like breathing! For me, however, it’s like learning Rocket Science. But I am not going to quit! I’ve been pinning all sorts of great things on my Making Clothes and Sewing Pinterest Board, but I’m still thirsty for more tips and ideas on how to sew. Here are some things I am especially interested in:

  • Taking in shirts or dresses at the waist

  • Hemming pants or long dresses

  • Any sewing related to kids clothing

  • Upcycling/Upgrading shoes  (is this even possible with a sewing machine?…if not, no prob. I still like the idea of it!)

If you have sewing tips or maybe you know someone who is really good at sewing, come my way and share your wonderful ideas. In the meantime, I’ll keep you updated with my progress and projects!

 

Happy 2014 New Year, Fun with Flipagram!

I am usually not one to get caught up in trends, but I must admit–this Flipagram was fun to make!! It really helped me to see that my commitment to Making Life Magnificent started long ago. These pictures with captions also illustrate the beautiful struggles of my life as a single mother, a teacher and a young woman who is striving to live a better life.  If you were wondering, this whole “magnificent” thing is not a quest for perfection! I believe in growing, improving, evolving–that’s what this blog (and my personal story) is all about: becoming the best me I can be.

So take a look at my journey so far…and let me know about your journey as well! Happy New Years! 2014, here we come 🙂

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Help! How Do I Organize All These Christmas Decorations?

I LOVE decorating my home for the holidays, but now that it’s almost New Years, I need to take these Christmas decorations down before school starts again. So for all those great organizing minds out there, what are your tips for successfully storing away Christmas/Holiday décor? I’ve listed some ideas that I’ve already found from my Holiday Décor Pinterest Board below, but I would still love to hear your secrets. Don’t be stingy, share and help all of us Make Life Magnificent(and orderly 🙂 )

So Clever! 10 Smart Tips for Storing & Organizing Christmas Decorations