Picks of the Week- 10/20/2014

Scripture: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all– Psalm 145: 8-9

An important verse to remember and keep close to your heart. How many of us are slow to anger, rich in love, gracious, and compassionate?

Reading Materials: The Waste Land

I didn’t discover T.S. Eliot until college and it was long overdue. Eliot had his faults with his personal viewpoints and political leanings. If you consider his poems for what they are, the impact is masterful.  He paints worlds with words, explores faith, and comments on society. Read his poems and take your time with them. You’ll be glad you did.

Family Activity: Halloween Parade

We just started the parade circuit in our area.  There’s something perfect about small towns and parades, standing on the curb smelling french fries in the air and listening to the high school band play as they walk past. Carter loves collecting as much candy as humanly possible.

Marriage Activity: Cooking

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming.  These are the major holidays for big family meals.  Spend time cooking dinner, working on recipes, and creating something delicious. The act of creation will bring you together.

Val’s Style Pick of the Week:


Prepping blow dry lotion provides heat protection up to 450 degrees and reduces friction and breakage. Also protects color from fading and controls frizz. Val loves this stuff for anyone’s hair.

Val’s Bag of the Week:


One of two monthly specials for November only $7.00! You can find other specials for November and the entire new catalog for the month at Val’s personal Thirty-One site.


Soundtrack Inspiration: Skillet is one of the few Christian bands who manage to find crossover success.  Great music for working out and inspiration!