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Yearly Planning at the Sather House Tags: Purposeful Planning Planning seeking the Lord

This is the 23rd year we are setting aside a week to pray and seek the Lord about His plans for us and our family.

When I look back I can see some of what that consistency has accomplished. Many things would not have happened if we had not set aside this time each year to connect with the Lord and each other.

It brought tears to my eyes when my son told me he and his bride had a little planning day on their honeymoon! He had asked for a copy of the book - Purposeful Planning - but I didn't realize that was his purpose for wanting it.

Starting Saturday, January 19th we will spend the better part of each day for the next week talking and praying with each other and our two daughters who are still at home. Yes, they are adults, but they really want to have their time to talk and pray with us. Isn't that wonderful!

As usual, we would like to ask you to pray for us during this time. We NEED your prayers. Our enemy doesn't want us to spend this time seeking God's plans for our lives. He wants us to fail, and our family to fail.

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." I Peter 5:8

Our Scripture for this book is "Where there is no vision the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

This time is when we check our course. Are still walking the way the Lord wants us to? Are we going the way we planned, or have we somehow gotten off on the wrong trail?

I had a lesson on this yesterday when going to meet my friend. Thinking away I suddenly realized I was on the wrong street. I ended up being a half hour late because I wasn't paying attention. I had signs, like not remembering some things along the way I was on. But it took me a while to realize that I was lost.

Please leave me a comment telling me you will be praying for us. It will really encourage us. I'll try to drop some notes next week as well updating you on our progress.

Phyllis Sather






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Three Days out of the House Tags: home homemaker housewife mother wife

Three Days Out Of The House

Three days in a row out of the house is very unusual for me. I usually spend most of Sunday at church and with family or friends. Then I’m home until Thursday when I run errands while my daughters teach for a homeschool mom.


  • The above graphic is how I picture myself.
  • A little old fashioned,  but comfortable with who I am.
  • I enjoy being home.
  • Cooking and baking are two things I really enjoy doing for my family.
  • Cleaning isn’t always enjoyable, but it is very satisfying for me.
  • When I’m home I have time to write to you guys, which is also something I really enjoy. 🙂


  • Somehow I managed to book myself to be away most of three days in a row.
  • They were all good things, necessary things, but I would rather have been home for most of that time.
  • Lunch with my new daughter-in-law was great!
  • I almost felt giddy this morning when I realized I would be alone all morning and at home.


  • It isn’t overrated.
  • Being content with who you are and what the Lord has called you to do is a gift.
  • Sure, there was a time when I wasn’t so content.
  • I’m grateful that the Lord has changed my heart.

How about you? Are you characterized by being content? That doesn’t mean you are always content, but that most of the time you are. Let me know your ideas on contentment in the comments.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1Ti 6:6-8 KJV




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Make the Most of Homemakeing and Tips shared by Older Titus 2 Women (Part 1) Tags: cleaning Titus 2 women Homemaking

Make the Most of Homemakeing and Tips shared by Older Titus 2 Women (Part 1)

I grew up in the era of Leave it to Beaver.

  • June Cleaver was always in a dress, with a cute apron.
  • She did her housework in shoes with heels and we thought nothing about it.
  • Not that we did our housework like that, but most women and young girls did wear dresses, especially if they were going to have guests, or be seen in public.

This struck me today as I continue to look for work I can do in about 15 minutes. I’m still dealing with a sinus infection and it has really restricted my stamina, so I’ve arranged my work schedule for breaks every 15 – 20 minutes. I’m not getting as much done as usual, but I am getting things done.

I laughed at myself last week when I finished my part of the housework on Thursday. Friday is our usual cleaning day, so I had to start over the next day. However I did feel a sense of accomplishment for completing my share.

I digress… I’ve been cleaning out drawers and cupboards since that’s a job that can be easily divided into several small tasks. I can also leave it for several days if I need to.

I realized that I have about every machine made to seal packages for freezing or storing and I had decided to give them all to Treasure Chest, our local thrift store.

  • Why would I give them all away? Because I don’t use them!
  • Did I quit buying in bulk and repackaging? Certainly not!
  • All the new methods were frustrating.
  • They all seemed to unseal after just a short time, and freezer burn was always the result.
  • Or if I was sealing something that I would open and use part of, I had to take out a machine to reseal it.
  • But…after trying every new method, I’ve gone back to freezer paper and masking tape.

Freezer paper and masking tape? You might question my sanity to do something so old fashioned, but it works. I grew up with subsistence farming before is was faddish. It  was just a way of making life work.

I decided to check out how freezer paper kept things. We had venison in the freezer from a year ago, so I checked it and it was still in good shape – no freezer burn.

So, I pulled out all the gadgets I had for sealing packages and boxed them up for the thrift store

sealing machines

sealing machines

And replaced them with freezer paper and masking tape and a permanent marker.

  • Both are available at most grocery stores or Walmart.
  • They are relatively inexpensive.
  • They take up a lot less space than any of the machines I got rid of.

I did keep my stash of zipper bags but I don’t use them so much for freezing. I use sandwich ones for lunches and quart ones and snack sized ones for leftovers since they take up less space than a container when you just have a little something leftover.

If you had told me when I was still living on the farm that I would revert to the old ways I would have laughed – until I recently made this switch.

Please share with me how you package your freezer items. Does it work for you? Are you happy with it?

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,  and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV

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