Be Still. No, Really. Be Still.

Psalm 46:10 reminds me to Be still and know that He is God. I’ve clung to this very with every fiber of my being the last two years. Moving from our home in Ocala to our temporary home in Ormond Beach was an act of obedience to God. His plan was only visible by a narrow stream of light, but we trusted in it and had faith in Him.

Tender moments of certainty have sprung from this season. We’ve seen the hand of God work in areas that I just cannot explain. Each little piece fell perfectly into place at just the right time. It’s been incredible.

Now again we are stepping (actually, we are be stilling, pardon me as I make up words) into obedience of His will. Only problem is that we don’t know yet what that is. We have faith that His plan is better than anything that we can come up with so we wait. We were so sure of His plan coming here and He did do all that that He promised he would, but he is awfully quiet right now. Silence is, as they say, deafening.

I’ve really got to get a handle on this “be still” thing. I am fatally flawed with an inability to be still. Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit here, but I really do stink at it. It’s not one of my strongest points. Sometimes I wonder if I’d better serve Him if I were tied down and not able to do what I think I should because ultimately I’m more of a let’s do this kind of girl! I like action, I like to plan, I like to do God’s plan NOW.

Am I alone in this? I’m hoping not.

So why am I rambling about it? In hopes that maybe my lack of ability to be still will stir something in both of us, you and me. We can be still together. God is moving in both our lives, even if we can’t yet see it.

We do have a few things we know though! Hardy little trinkets of His genius all on paper (or for the digital users, e-ink).

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Proverbs 27:13-14

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

There is so much hope in these words for me! They bring a peace that only He can(Philippians 4:7). So let’s be brave! Let’s step out or stand still together, holding hands and looking to our Almighty provider for the path we are so often determined to find ourselves. We can, but we have to let Him light the path.

Clean Pockets, Not Cleaned Out Pockets

Hey Ya’ll!

Over the last few years I’ve tried my hand at Vanilla Extract making, wreath creations and other odd hobbies. So when my Mother In Law brought me some homemade laundry detergent to try I knew it was right up my alley. I love this stuff! But then I was asked by a friend if she could buy my detergent I decided maybe it was time to widely share the “recipe.” It’s so easy and saves us about $150 a year. That’s based on Gain’s 96 load container which we went through one every 2 months. Money talks in this house and it says “save me!”

Okay, so how do you make it?

Everything you Need

1 cheese grater *I bought a cheapie one that is only for making laundry soap.

1 tote *I chose a medium sized tote as that gives me plenty of mixing room as well as storage after making the detergent.

2-14 1/2 bars of Zote *Zote can be tricky to find, but I have found it hidden in the laundry soap isle. I’ve tried Zote alternatives and am not a fan. It’s offered in both pink and sometimes white. I’ve now used both and maybe it’s just because I’m a girly girl, but I like the pink.

1 or 2 55oz bottles of Purex Crystals *choose your scent! I went with one 55oz and one 18oz bottle

1-4lb box of Borax *Found in with the laundry detergents

1-3lb container of OxyClean * Used White Revive because well..  this Mama has boys and needs all the help she can get! They say this is optional, but I can’t speak to how well the detergent works without it as I have simply not tried.

1-3lb 7oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soap *also in the laundry detergent isle

1-4lb box Pure Baking Soda *It can be found in the laundry detergent isle as well.

First step is to grate your bars of Zote which can be tiresome so don’t forget to take a Sweet Tea break!

Sweet Tea Break!

Finished grating, finally!

Grating Completed!

Our next layer is the whole box of Borax.

Borax-layer 2

Mix the Zote and Borax. I find mixing between layers makes it so much easier than waiting until everything is in the tote to mix.

Next, add both (if you chose to do 2) bottle(s) Purex Crystals-I chose purple which is Lavender Blossom

Purex Layer 3

 

So pretty!

 

Mix Again. By the end of this you won’t need a workout for your arms.

Now for the Arm and Hammer Super Wash Soda.

A&H Layer 4

 

**As you can see I leave my wedding rings on during this process, they’ll be extra sparkly once washed.

Mix AGAIN. Do you love me yet?

Only two more steps!

Now for our OxiClean

Oxi Layer 5

 

And… we mix.

Last ingredient! One box of Pure Baking Soda.

Final Ingredient

Mix once more and you’re done!

Some extra tips and the how-tos.

I store the bulk of my detergent in my mixing tub, but I have a smaller container I keep at the washer. So you have the simplicity of “regular” detergent, but it’s oh so much better! Also, I have been known to give jars of it away so after making a fresh batch a pre-jar several jars just in case.

How-To

Each load takes about 1/2 to 3/4 full using the Purex lid. This detergent is safe to use on HE machines as well as standard washers. We have an HE so you may need to use more for a standard washer.

Got any questions?

I sure hope Ya’ll enjoy your new detergent! Come back and let me know what you think!

 

One last thing: I shout out to my honey for helping me take pictures for this post.