Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey everyone!

 My new site is complete and you can now visit me at www.BeverlyDillow.com

I can't wait to see you over there!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Declare Conference!

I'm excited about attending the Declare Bloggers Conference that is soon coming up!  I'm looking forward to being inspired and motivated by the teachings during the weekend.  We were asked to post 4x4 of 4 Things, so here it goes:


4x4 of 4 Things.....

4 Things About Me:

*I've been married to my Jim for 34 years.
*We have two amazing kids and a handsome son-in-law.
*We have 4 of the cutest grand babies ever and one on the way.
*I became a Christian when I was 14 and it has been an amazing journey.

4 Of My Endearing Quirks:

*I'm extremely shy and work on it constantly.
*I'm a germaphobe and I try not to be.
*I'm a night owl that forces herself to go to bed early.
*I spend way too much time dreaming and not doing.

4 Things About My Blog/Writing:

*I love writing on topics that will encourage women to live their lives for Christ.
*I write about things that I wish I would have known about as a young mom.
*I write about the things that the Lord is teaching me daily.
*I also write about the fun things in life such as family, decorating, cooking and shopping.

4 Of My Favorite Things:

*My Relationship with Christ
*My Family
*My Health
*My Freedom


Monday, July 21, 2014

Where is Beverly?

I've been redecorating my blog and combining my website with the blog........new fun posts coming soon!!!!


This was my very first blog header!


This is the header that I have now.




Sunday, April 27, 2014

My New Love!


I've discovered a line of bags and jewelry at my favorite Brighton store.  It is called, My Flat In London.  I bought these two beauties in a Brighton store in Branson.  The good news is, they were both on sale!  

My wish list just got longer after discovering my love for everything they have.  A girl can dream, can't she?  I'll take one of each!  Click here to see what else they have!  You will love it!





Tiffany Blue My Flat In London bag with coin purse.




My Flat In London



Sunday, April 13, 2014

I'm No Angel 
From Victoria Secret Model to Role Model
by Kylie Bisutti

I saw Kylie Bisutti on a program not too long ago. Since hearing her, I looked forward to reading her book.  Kylie talked about her modeling career and as her love for Christ grew stronger and stronger, she was convicted of the things that go on in the modeling world and she stepped away from something that had been a dream since a young girl.

Kylie is very transparent about her life as a young teen craving the attention and love from her dad. She found the attention in a way that too many girls end up regretting.

The modeling world always looks so appealing and exciting not only for young girls but even for women like me who are in their 50's.  It seems we are all attracted to fashion and a more glamorous life.  When you read, I'm No Angel, you will see the other side of the fashion world that we are protected from.

Kylie didn't become a Christ follower until she was already beginning her dream of modeling, so she was pretty much caught up in making excuses for the lack of discretion in dress and situations that we hope our daughters would never find themselves in.  We all know what Victoria Secret stands for and you will know for sure what their goal is once you read this book.

I encourage moms to read this book and then share with daughters and make it very clear what really goes on in this world.  We need to be honest with our sons and daughters of what is out there waiting for them.

If you work with teen girls, you might consider having Kylie come speak to the girls in your group along with their moms.

How important it is for dads to be involved in every area of a girls life.  Dads are to be the protector of their daughters.  When the dad isn't around, a girls risk of being exploited and hurt are greater.

I was impressed with her husband and the way he prayed for her to allow the Holy Spirit to work on her heart about the world she was in.  You will appreciate that part of the story.

I love what she wrote toward the end of her book, "I quit being a VS model to become a Proverbs 31 wife."

In a day and time where modesty, purity and common sense are quickly fading, we need to hear from those that know first hand what is in the trenches.  God has something so much more exciting than what the enemy has in store.  Be wise and discerning.  Mom and Dad, please don't leave it up to your children to figure it out all alone.  The results might not be what you expect. -Beverly Dillow




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Touches of Spring!

Time for Spring....
I love the changes of seasons and especially the special day that we celebrate Easter.  


















Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine Thoughts!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

This tea setting is in honor of my sweet Aunt Daphene, who passed away last night.  She loved dishes and she loved tea time.  I'll always remember the sweet words of encouragement you have always given me and all the decorating and entertaining you inspired in me.  I can't wait to see you again someday!  I love you, Aunt Phene!



I think of cupcakes at Valentine's, so this apron was perfect.  A gift from my Mom.  Thanks, Mom!


A little Valentine's in the entry.
My Aunt Daphene Tea Setting!

Filling the curio up with red and pink!

Whenever I see the colors of red and pink, I think of my bedroom as a young teen.  My Aunt Phene made my bedspread and curtains for my room.  I can still see it and wish I still had it.  The top of the bedding was a quilted red and pink rose print with a red ruffled skirt all the way around.  She made a special pillow cover and window treatments.  I had red and pink beads over my door. (70's) and a red inflatable chair.  I can't forget about the red and pink furry feet that I hung on my wall.  Evidently, the furry feet were popular then.  They matched my large red fur throw rug by my bed.  Thank you for making my room so special! I bet your new home in heaven is absolutely beautiful! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Poppin' Proverbs!

Poppin' Proverbs!

When I was a young teen, I heard a speaker say that she reads a chapter of Proverbs everyday according to the the day of the month.  Such as, today is January the 11th, so you would read, Proverbs, chapter 11.  I have made that a habit for the past 35 years or so.

Even after all these years, when I read the chapter for the day, there is always a verse that pops out at me that I didn't really notice that strongly before.  I'm assuming with whatever I'm going through in life or studying,
is what makes them pop.  I also believe the Holy Spirit is tugging at my heart when a key verse or word pops out at me.

I'm going to try something new for some excitement.  After this many years, I'm always looking to change things up a bit to help me see things new and fresh.  On my FaceBook page I'm going to post each day the Proverb that pops out at me.  I'm calling them, Poppin' Proverbs. :)

Come on over to my FaceBook page and join in.  I do hope it will be an encouragement to your life.  The word of God is powerful and it changes lives.

I hope to see you on my page!  (Beverly's Facebook)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Spiritual Goals for 2014

Setting Spiritual Goals….

 I've asked Kathy Howard to share today on setting up goals for your Bible study.  You will love Kathy's practical and encouraging wisdom to get serious about your Bible study.  Kathy has several Bible studies published and you will want to check them out and make them a part of your studies this year.
I met Kathy in a writer's group and found out she was also a director of women's ministries at her church.  I attended a couple of her events at her church and had her come speak to our ladies at one of our events.  She is an inspiration!



5 Tips for Setting Spiritual Growth Goals
by Kathy Howard

What do the following things have in common?
  • Exercise more
  • Lose weight
  • Improve my relationships
  • Pay off debt
  • Get organized
Every year these items pop up in lists of the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions. Did you make any resolutions for 2014? The first of the year is a great time to start fresh, set goals, and begin something new. In fact, it’s the perfect time to evaluate our spiritual health and set some goals for growth.
We can’t cause our spiritual growth. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to transform us into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18). But God does expect our obedient and active cooperation (1 Cor 9:24-27). One way we can purposefully “train ourselves to be godly” (1 Tim 4:7-8) is through spiritual evaluation and goal-setting.
Resolutions and goals are often hard to keep. Statistics show that, at best, only 46% of New Year’s resolutions are still kept six months into the year. People lose their resolve quickly because they set unattainable goals.
The following five tips will help us set personal discipleship goals that will keep us growing through the year:
  1. Concentrate your efforts. Set just one, two, or three goals at a time. Don’t spread yourself too thin. When you experience success then add another goal.
  2. Be realistic. Set attainable goals. If you don’t read your Bible regularly now, don’t set a goal to read the entire Bible in three months. Instead commit to read it 3 to 5 times per week.
  3. Think concretely. Set goals so progress can be measured. For instance, this goal is too ambiguous: I’m going to spend more time with God. Instead be concrete: I will read one Bible chapter and pray for 10 minutes five times a week.
  4. Include strategies. Develop strategies designed to move you toward your goals. If one goal is to memorize Scripture, determine how you will do that. What verses you will memorize? How often you will tackle a new one? What memorization techniques you will use?
  5. Create manageable steps. Break your overall goal into a series of smaller goals that are doable and will foster success.
How do we begin? First, take a serious look at your spiritual health. You may use the free “Discipleship Evaluation” download. This tool covers 17 different key discipleship areas. Your weakest areas can be great growth areas in 2014.
Next, set spiritual growth goals using the five tips above. Planning is not "unspiritual." Living a life that glorifies God will not happen by accident. The free “Spiritual Goals” worksheet walks you through specific areas of discipleship such as time with God, ministry, service, and Christian education.
Most importantly, ask God to guide you as you evaluate your spiritual health and set goals for growth. He will bring the spiritual transformation as you strive to live a live that pleases Him.
What kind of spiritual growth goals have you had in the past? How did it go?


Kathy Howard helps women live an unshakeable faith for life by encouraging them to stand firm on our rock-solid God no matter the circumstances. Kathy, who has a Masters in Christian Education, has been teaching the Bible for over 25 years. Kathy and her husband have three children, a son-in-law, and one grandson. Find out about her books, Bible studies, and speaking ministry and get free discipleship tools and leader helps at: www.kathyhoward.org.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Goal Setting for 2014

I asked my friend, Donna Watson, published author and speaker, to write a post for us on the subject of setting goals for the new year.  I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by her words.

I met Donna about 9 years ago at a writer's conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.   I found out that she graduated from high school with my mother (Ft. Stockton, Texas)  and even worked for my uncle when she was in high school. My uncle owned a radio station and Donna did a radio show called "Dinner Date With Donna." Is that a small world or what?

Donna became a precious friend and a mentor.  She is an encourager and motivator. She lives her life for Christ and it is very evident to everyone who knows her. I'm thankful that she was in my path and I know it wasn't by accident.  For this, I am very grateful!


Are You a Goal Setter?

            Are you a goal setter?  See any reason for them?  Maybe not.  But think about this.  Not having goals in your life is like getting into your car, starting the engine and then never touching the steering wheel.  If you don’t know where you are going, sometimes you can’t go anywhere. 
            Goals are a plan.  They are the way we get to where we want to go.  They are the most valuable asset of our successful lives.  A goal is anything that you can have, be or do.  Only 5 out of every 100 people actually set goals.  Interestingly enough, research has confirmed that at age 65, only 5 out of every 100 people are able to financially take care of themselves.  Coincidence?  Most likely not. 
            Written goals are an essential part of goal setting.  A study done at Harvard Business School showed that the 3% of graduating MBA students who actually wrote down their goals upon graduation, earned – in only ten years – ten times as much as the other 97%.  Written goals do make a difference. 
            Goals are simple…not always easy…but simple.  There are only 5 steps:
1.    You must have a beginning date.  Have you noticed that “someday” is not a day in the week? 
2.    Your goals need to be specific. The more specific they are the more likely they are to happen.
3.    The goals must be written down.  Unless your goals are written down they are only a dream. 
4.    Your goals need to be committed to someone who believes in you. 
5.    You want an ending date.  Is that ending date in concrete?  Of course not!  The ending date is a target date, and if you don’t make it, it is okay.  Strive for it, work for it, but if you don’t make it, just set another date and go on.
            Is it easy to make goals happen?  Of course not.  But they can happen.  Persistence is the key and it does pay off. 
            Why don’t people try? 
1.    They don’t understand the importance of goals.
2.    They don’t know how to set goals.
3.    They may have a fear of rejection.
4.    They may have a fear of failure.
            But the most important thing to remember about goal setting is that you have nothing to lose. 

            Take those goals you have established and write them down on 3-by-5 cards, put them in your Blackberry, or post them on your mirror.  Read them three times a day – out loud.  You will be amazed how quickly things will begin to happen.  Reach for the moon.  If you don’t reach it, at least you will end up among the stars. 

Donna Watson, PhD


 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Goals for a New Year!




2014!  Wow!  Another year with lot's of opportunities to make a difference in our world.

I get tickled with all the debate with who likes and doesn't like resolutions or setting goals.  I've heard some say that when you set resolutions all you are doing is setting yourself up for failure and the same with goals.

What is important to me is...to always strive to be better, regardless if it is the first of the year, the first of the week or in the middle of the year.  When we stop trying to improve ourself and the world around us, we just exist.  The reason the new year is so popular is because it is like a fresh start as in the way Mondays are.  Each Monday is a fresh beginning to a new week.

Whenever I am listening to someone and they start criticizing those that make resolutions or goals, I tune them out.  I will continue to make my goals and or resolutions to be a better person in the areas of my world.

If that isn't enough, you may have set goals and then someone rips your goals apart saying they aren't good enough, not specific enough,  etc. etc.  It's almost like you can't win for losing.

I would like to encourage you to go ahead and set your goals/resolutions and strive to be the best you can be in every area of your life.  Don't ever stop reaching for that goal.

I recently heard someone say that they hate going to the gym at this time of year because of all "those people" who want to begin an exercise program are crowding the gym, but they know they won't be there in a couple of months.  If each of those that have that complaint, maybe they should take one of "those people" by the hand and encourage them, maybe they will be there in a couple of months and may just be pretty successful.

All that to say:

1.  Set your goals/resolutions for the year.
2.  Ask God to give you strength.
3.  When you fail, pick yourself back up and get going again.
4.  Be careful who you share with, you want them to be positive encouraging people.
5.  Don't judge others, encourage them to keep on keeping on!
6.  Your goal should ultimately always be to please God.

*Tomorrow I will have a guest writer that will share tips on how to set your goals and stick to them.  I can't wait!

May 2014 be your best year ever!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Eyelashes and Contentment

                                              Eyelashes and Contentment 

"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have..."   Hebrews 13:5a 


Being content with eyelashes has never occurred to me until recently. I was hearing so much about 
eyelash extension it made me curious. I began noticing ladies with long full gorgeous eyelashes. I’ve  always had decent eyelashes, I’ve never complained about them. They never bothered me with being too thin or short. The fashion magazines always show models with extra long eyelashes. I was beginning to think how fun that would be to have extra long eyelashes, plus I justified the expense with not having to buy mascara or eye makeup remover. Not to mention, no more mascara smudges under my eyes. So the eyelash bug got me….I made my appointment for eyelash extensions. I was excited, never will I have to bother with mascara anymore and my lashes will look as good as the ones in the magazines. What could be better? My appointment finally arrived after a few weeks due to the fact that she is booked months ahead because so many ladies are getting extensions. The first question she asked me was “Are you an eyelash puller?”  “No, I’ve never pulled on my eyelashes” I replied. So for two hours, the extensions were applied. I LOVED them! They were so long that when the wind blew, I could actually see my eyelashes blowing in the breeze.  Who knew? 

A couple of weeks down the road, I was watching an intense documentary with my husband 

and son about some men that built a raft to travel the high seas and were attacked by 
sharks. I don’t do very well with movies like that.  By the end of the movie, I didn’t have any 
eyelashes left. Yes, you read correctly, I had been pulling on my eyelashes throughout the 
movie and I quickly found out that when you pull an eyelash extension out, you pull your 
real eyelashes out. So all that to say, “My name is Beverly Dillow and I’m an eyelash puller.”  

Now, as I sit here waiting patiently for my eyelashes to grow, I thought, “Why wasn’t I content with the eye lashes I had?” Nothing was wrong with my eyelashes, I just wanted something better. Okay, maybe I coveted long full dark eyelashes.  I was consumed with the thought of “better” lashes, that I justified every reason to not go for it.  

I’m all for taking care of ourselves and being the best we can be in order to glorify the Lord, but I sure wish I would have been content with the eyelashes that God gave me.  
  
I’ve always taken to heart the verses that deal with contentment and I have worked hard at being content in the seasons of my life and also being very careful not to covet the blessings of others and miss the blessings God has for me. Little did I know eyelashes would be a huge lesson of the century. As I wait for my eyelashes to grow and try very hard to be patient and not run down and get some more, I will be on guard and keep my heart in check 
for those other things in life that sneak up on me, whispering, “if you had so and so, your life would be so much more fun!” 


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Decor Tour

A Christmas Welcome!