Monday, March 21, 2022

BOOK SALE!!, A Happy Good-bye & Good Riddance!, 20 Edifying YouTube Channels, & Other Randomness


Blog Issue

Before I get into the meat of this post, I wanted to address one of the blog issues I have been having. If you are a blogger and you have my blog imbedded in your sidebar blog roll, you have probably not been getting my blog post updates or been alerted when I publish a new post. Linda from Life and Linda so kindly helped me figure out this issue and told me you will need to insert this new feed into your blog roll in order to receive my posts:

https://www.blogger.com/feeds/2143425638178770788/posts/default 
Thank you for your patience, and please let me know if this doesn't fix the issue.

A Smilestone

I know it is quite late, but I wanted to praise God for a smilestone He allowed to happen on October 1, 2021. That day marked my Ten-Year Blogging Anniversary! How? I have no idea how time goes by so fast. I must be getting old because Mom always told me the older she got the faster time went! 

A Happy Goodbye that has Dramatically Improved my Life

I don't know about anyone else, but it feels to me like the whole world has been turned upside down ~ and not in a good way.

There is a sinister, beyond evil spirit that has been unleashed that has permeated out across the whole earth, and never in my years of life have I seen such deep-embedded, far-reaching, multi-faceted pure evil at work. How we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to discern what is really happening! 

In these dark, chaotic, unsettling times, I am trying to keep my eyes laser-focused on JESUS, the Author and Finisher of my faith.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
These are dark days, and if I take my eyes off Him, even for a little bit, I will start sinking. Just like Peter. When Jesus bade Peter to come to Him on the water, Peter actually walked on water - like Jesus was doing. But, Peter took his eyes off Jesus, saw the waves crashing around him, started to panic, and began to go down in defeat. Thank God, Jesus was right there to grab Peter by the hand and pull him back up to safety. I am SO thankful He does that for me, too, every time I start to sink in despair. I never sink in despair when I am keeping my eyes on Him! What a powerful, life-transforming truth!

One of the ways I am forcing myself to keep my eyes on Jesus is that I absolutely refuse to listen to or watch mainstream media. No, I am not burying my head in the sand, nor am I refusing to face reality.

Here are my reasons for saying a firm "goodbye and good riddance to mainstream media!!" and why I absolutely refuse to allow it to have a place in my life:

#1. I just do not feel the need to know every single thing going on in this world. Call me selfish, but I choose to focus on my world. All glory to Jesus, I have the sweetest, dearest husband and son in the whole world, and they are second only to Him in my life. I cherish every second the three of us can be together, and next only to God, they are my priority. I refuse to allow what is going on in the rest of the world to mar or put a damper on our world and the precious time God gives us together. 

#2. I am a sojourner here.
"This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue..." written  by Albert E. Brumley.
When our dear Lord prayed to His Father in heaven, He said this concerning His disciples, "And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." John 17:13-14
Did you catch that? Jesus' was not of this world. His original disciples were not of this world. And, we, His current disciples, are not of this world, either. There is to be a clear line of demarcation between us and the dark world around us. As long as we stay in our lane, our priorities will stay straight.

#3. The joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) If I lose my joy, I lose my strength. I can't afford to do that. My family needs me to remain joyful. The wife and mother sets the tone for the home and that truth is ever before me. In the above mentioned passage (John 17:13-14), Jesus said, "that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves." How can our hearts be full of joy when we continually, incessantly fill our minds with negativity, fear, and chaos? No, thank you. 

#4. I refuse to allow the "prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2) to hold more influence over me, my mind, my emotions, and my heart than the Prince of Peace. "The power of the air" brings television, internet, phone service, radio, etc. into our lives. Much of it is controlled by "the prince of this world" (John 12:31), our arch-enemy, satan himself. The mainstream media is full of corruption and liars and fear-mongers - like vultures, they will do and say anything for a sensational story and elevated views and ratings, all driven by lust for power and insatiable greed. They are given a daily agenda (by people I do not want controlling my mind, believe me), and all of them follow it in lock-step fashion, spewing out propaganda, lies, and deceit in order to manipulate thought patterns and inject their own ulterior motives. Did you ever notice no matter what channel you flip to, the same basic message is being propagated? I refuse to sit and feed on and digest what satan is dishing out. Again, no, thank you. The precious Prince of Peace will control my thinking and pour in "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" and "shall keep" my heart and mind "through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7) as I continually yield to His dominance and control of my time, what I watch, what I listen to, and what I ponder on. Thank You, Jesus!

#5. I admired my Papaw. He was born in 1900 and died in 1979 and was one of the most Godly, praying men I have ever known. He never had a TV or the internet, and his mind was pretty much continually on God's Word, studying it, memorizing it, digging deep into it, allowing it to permeate everything about his life. I am so abundantly blessed to have some of the sermon notes produced by his countless hours with Jesus. In Papaw's day, he had limited access to what was going on in the world, which enabled his generation to be present in the here and now and what was happening in front of them. How blessed they were! What if by shutting it all out, we lived the same way? Just because it is 2022, I don't have to buy into modern distractions or allow the pressures of the world to derail me from living with Papaw's mindset. It's my choice! How liberating!

#6. Me knowing about every atrocity that is taking place does not fix the atrocity. Being clear across the world and unable to help remediate suffering only frustrates me and tears up my nerves. If watching the news would help my brothers and sisters in some way, then, of course, by all means, I would do it solely for that purpose. The reality is, me knowing about every other human's distress does nothing to help ~ them or me. So, I will not allow things I cannot fix to enter and dwell in my mind. It is far too heavy and completely robs my peace for zero purpose. The only thing I can control is myself (through the power of the Holy Spirit's indwelling work within me.) I cannot control one other person, one other world event, one other thing at all. If World War III breaks out, (has it already?) then so be it. If a nuclear war catches our world on fire, then so be it. (I often wonder if that is what Peter meant in 2 Peter 3:10? "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.") Nuclear bombs may or may not be launched, but what are we afraid of? Our outcome is secure. Is it not? Are we not children of the living God? Haven't we all read the back of the book? God wins!!! So, do we! Jesus is coming soon!!! Can I just tell you how much joy that brings to me? As the signs of His coming become more and more pronounced, my heart rejoices within me because I know we are one step closer to that glorious day!! We get to spend eternity forever sheltered in the loving arms of Jesus! Whether He takes us there through death or His 2nd coming, our destination is the same. I don't need the constant threats of what might happen in the meantime and all the "what ifs?" invading my world and infiltrating my peace-filled time here on earth with my precious family. It is well with my soul. That is all that will matter in the end.

#7. Philippians 4:8 is my goal. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Very little that is spewed in the mainstream media is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or of good report. I have even seen evidence of how they are using old photos and misleading viewers to think the images are of current events, etc. So, again, no, thank you. People say, "You just don't know what to believe." Yes, you do! God's Word is the only absolute we have, and yes, my friend, it IS absolute! If you want some good news, open your Bible! The Gospel never changes and is always "the good news!" Jesus is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and every word out of His mouth is a good report, so I choose to listen to His voice, to keep my mind laser-focused on Him, and to continually yield to His influence. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3

Note: Sometimes our loved ones and family members may not be on board with our decisions and convictions. "No harm, no foul."
"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." Romans 14:5
We all have to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12
Do what God shows you to do in a spirit of love, not judgment. Walk the path the Holy Spirit dictates and show the same quality abundant grace that God has so lavishly bestowed on you to those who make other choices . It is not necessary to make a megaphone announcement or shame others. It is better to simply and quietly leave the room. Keep the peace while minding God.

"Resist and Replace!"

In spite all I do to erect safeguards and keep bad stuff out of my life and mind, we all know the enemy comes in like a flood without any help, anyway. Though Papaw and his generation didn't have the constant technological bombardment of negativity we have to deal with, his generation had the same devil to contend with and their own unique battles. Same enemy, different tactics. The truths they implemented will still work for us today. I have come up with a "resist and replace" method that I implement on a regular basis when I am dealing with negative thinking.
First, I submit myself anew to God. "Submit yourselves therefore to God." James 4:7
Next, I verbally resist the devil out loud. "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
Next, I replace whatever negative junk he is trying to inject into my peaceful world with something that falls into at least one of the "true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and good report" categories. Such as when I am trying to go to sleep at night - that is when he tries very hard to get me all upset and in turmoil. When he comes, I am ready. I am armed. My arsenal is prepared ahead of time. The weapon I most often pull out in times like that is a song that God repeatedly brings to my mind. I start "singing it" in my mind, and soon I have drifted off to peaceful slumber. If the world outside blows up or falls apart while I am resting, I will be ushered immediately into His presence, and that is the best outcome possible. I also often quote Scripture - that puts the enemy on the run every time and immediately. Praise God for His Word and songs in the night!
"God my maker, who giveth songs in the night." Job 35:10

YouTube Channels that Inspire Me

When it comes to resisting the negative, depressing news of our times and replacing it with something beautiful, I want to share some edifying channels I have found that I turn to in "free" time instead of flipping on the taboo mainstream media.

Before I share the links, let me just say that the criteria I require in my personal YouTube "Subscribe to" litmus test is pretty specific and stringent. I believe God will hold each one of us accountable as to how we stewarded the time allotment He gave us on this earth, and I do not want to waste one moment of the precious hours He allows me to live each day.
"Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." Colossians 4:5
A channel's content must be able to check off the right "yes" or "no" following boxes to earn my click on the "subscribe" button ~

1. Would I rush to turn off the channel if Jesus walked into the room?
2. Does the channel include content that I would be ashamed to watch with my husband and son?
3. Is the channel content spiritually edifying according to Ephesians 4:29 standards? "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
4. Is profanity or vulgar talk/phrases used on the channel? "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:3-4
5. Is it comprised of information that will influence me to be a Godly "keeper at home" according to Titus 2:3-5 standards? "The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
6. Does the content motivate me to "guide my house" according to 1 Timothy 5:14 standards? "I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."
7. How do I feel after watching an episode? Depressed or uplifted?

And, one more disclaimer before I proceed - I have not watched every episode on these channels. In fact, I have watched very few on some of them. Nor can I say what the content creators will do in the future or whether or not they will change their views. We are living in the last days, and so many are doing that and falling away from Godly standards. I place my confidence in no human. I am just saying that I have really enjoyed the episodes I have watched on these channels, so far, and they have motivated, inspired, and encouraged me as a woman who absolutely loves being a wife, mother, and homemaker and strives with all my heart to please God, model Proverbs 31, and be the absolute best "keeper at home" and "guide of the house" I can possibly be.

So, with all that being said, here is that list.

I just love the Amish and Mennonites' lifestyle! Though I am neither of those, I love their simple way of life, the way they guard against the invasion of worldliness into their homes, their modesty of dress, and their work ethics. Thankfully, there are now several of these type channels I enjoy. Here are some I'd like to share with you, and I hope you will check them out!

1. Positively Amy

2. The Mennonite Mom

3. Lynette Yoder

4. Valerie Keim

5. Kim Martin

6. Megan Fox Unlocked

7. The White Cottage Company

If there are other Amish or Mennonite channels you enjoy that are not mentioned, will you please leave them in the comments below? I would love to check them out when I have time.

The following are not Amish or Mennonite, but other channels I enjoy (in no particular order):

8. The Secret Slob

9. The Hillbilly Kitchen

10. The Flylady

11. Celebrating Appalachia

12. Freedom Sprout

13. Old World Home

14. Farmhouse on Boone

15. Mountaintop Spice

16. Three Rivers Homestead

17. This Mama's House

18. The Pressley Girls

19. Homesteading Pastor

20. Cooper Stuff

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God bless each of you and keep your hearts encouraged in these perilous times.

24 comments:

  1. Your advice and recommendations for us are spot on, Cheryl! I must agree with you completely that this world is being spiritually attacked like never before. If we fail to keep our eyes, minds and hearts focused on Jesus, we are bound to lose our way. May God hear our prayers and redeem this fallen world.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much, Martha! Yes! We must surely keep our eyes on Him - it takes a very concentrated effort, but it is the only way we will have peace! May God bless you, sweet friend. Blessings to you, too, in Jesus' name.

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  2. I agree with your post, Cheryl, and can't watch MSM any more. I love your criteria on choosing what to watch on YouTube, especially if Jesus walked into the room...so great!! We cannot do anything about what is going on in the world, I agree, but we can pray.I'm praying for the world, and for our country. We are prayer warriors!
    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! Blessings to you, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, dear Kitty! I am surely praying, too. Oh, how we need the Lord to direct our steps & keep us focused on Him in these crazy times! Yes, my friend - we are prayer warriors! The very name indicates hard battles, but if we don't fight them, who will? Thank you for your kind words and sweet visit. Blessings to you, too, in Jesus' name!

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  3. Such an inspiring post. Thank you for letting it be "Ok" to not watch and be involved in everything that is happening around the world. I have long felt this way and didn't know why. It is because I am not of this world! We can pray for those in need without having to watch and know every circumstance surrounding them. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing our wisdom in this area. God bless!

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    1. Such a sweet, encouraging comment! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am so thankful you found inspiration here - all glory to Jesus. May He bless you again and again!

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  4. typo, for sharing Your wisdom!

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    1. No worries at all! Thank you so very much!

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  5. Great minds think alike they say. Well, I say, spiritual minds think alike. Your post sure does run along side by side to mine this week. I know we watch too much news for sure and it's all about things we cannot fix, pray for yes, but not fix. And because we all love to fix it stays in our minds and really the only way to stop that is not to put it in our minds. Your words convicted me and I so need that conviction for it testifies of the work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Keep writing Cheryl, we need you and your convictions which stand on the Word of God. Blessings my blog friend.

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    1. Dear Betty! Thank you so much for these precious words of encouragement! I, too, was amazed at how God was dealing with both of our hearts along the same line. I told Kevin and Zach about your post - it was truly one of my favorite posts of yours ever. And that is saying a lot. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and for always being such an encouragement to me. Sending love and blessings and gratitude to you, sweet sister!

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  6. Thanks so much, Cheryl for this timely post. I cannot watch MSM and haven’t in several years. Thank you for the list you shared, I will definitely check them out. Thank you for being faithful to God’s Word and not wavering!

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    1. Thank you, dear Pam. I can't stand to watch it, either. I so appreciate your sweet encouragement and comforting words. May the Lord bless you and your dear family!

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  7. Happy Smilestone to you, dear one. May God bless you in knowing that you have impacted countless lives for His kingdom ...

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. My, those words of encouragement ministered deeply to my heart this morning. Sending love and blessings to you with much gratitude!

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  8. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging, Cheryl! I love your word for it - Smilestone. :) This is so true - "These are dark days, and if I take my eyes off Him, even for a little bit, I will start sinking." The story of Peter and Jesus always resonate in my heart, so thank you for this reminder. Love and blessings to you! And thank you again for sharing the story of your mom and butterflies with me!

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    1. Thank you so much, Trudy! The Lord gave me that word "Smilestone" several years ago, and it always makes me happy to think of that. Much love and many blessings to you, too, and I am so thankful you enjoyed the story of my dear Mom and the butterflies. :)

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  9. This world has definitely become more chaotic with what the media is feeding us. They're good to keep us updated with what's happening in the world but sometimes they get too much.

    Congrats on your blogging anniversary! I also celebrated my 10th last year. :)

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    1. Lux, it was so wonderful to see your comment today! Thank you for your kind words. Congratulations to you, too, on your 10th year blogging anniversary! God bless you.

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  10. Congratulations on your anniversary! Ten years in the blog world is a real achievement! I appreciate your thoughts on the way we participate in media and especially enjoyed your perspective. Thank you for adding us to your list!!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Tipper! I appreciate your kind words and support. You are very welcome for the mention. God bless you!

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  11. Lots of wisdom and very good advice in this post, Cheryl. I don't worry about what's happening in the world, because I know Who is in control and, like you, I know how this all ends. :) I do watch Newsmax, which is an absolute conservative news channel. Many of the news hosts are Christians who fearlessly share their faith in Christ. I love that. I also love Mary at White Cottage Company. I always enjoy her videos. Have a lovely Mother's Day, my friend. Hugs.

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    1. Aw, how neat that you watch Mary at White Cottage Company! I just love her. Did you get to see her latest video where she showcases her beautiful gardens and land? It is just stunning. Thank you for your comment and kind words. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, too. May God bless you always, sweet friend.

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  12. Hello! Congratulations on winning my giveaway! Could you leave me a comment with your email address so I can communicate with you about the item you won? (I won't publish the comment for anyone else). Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was so excited to win. I left you a comment with my email address. Thanks again!

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