Joy vs. Happiness- What Is The Difference?

IMG_7392.JPGThere are lots of positive pick-up lines we hear in this day and age, ones I have used myself, such as, “Keep Smiling!”, “Keep Your Chin Up!”, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine!”, “Choose Happiness!”, “Enjoy The Little Things!”and so many others. Each of these are good in their proper places.

There are some truth to these clichés, yet we are living in a time where depression and suicide are on a rampage! Don’t you thing that is rather ironic?

So, why doesn’t this “Stay Happy” stuff seem to work very well for most people?

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Adventures In Arizona ~Part 2~

Our second day in Arizona began with an amazing breakfast of blueberry baked oatmeal. I think that was my favorite meal the entire twelve days of our stay {all the other food was scrumptious, too!}

The activities planned for that day, Friday, were kayaking and mountain climbing. Mr. D. and I have always wanted to go kayaking, and this was our first time. We loved it!

{Lots of photos ahead!!!

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Kentucky Bound!

This weekend, the Lord has allowed me to go on yet another trip. This time to Kentucky! So that's why I haven't posted anything yet, between work, getting ready for the trip, and such.

I am spending the night at my cousin's house, and we hope to leave by 7:00 tomorrow morning. My cousin Deana is coming along, too!

We will be coming back on Tuesday.

See y'all later! Please keep us in your prayers!

GUEST POST WITH SISTER ELISABETH WALLACE: How God Kept The Goodwin Fire From Burning Their Home

IMG_6789I am so sorry I am just now posting this!

I am also very excited for all of you viewers to read about how marvelous our God is; this story is truly a testimony of how much power Jesus Christ has over EVERYTHING! Even the weather and elements!

Here is the story from Sister Elisabeth’s point of view, as well as some photos.

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What’s Goin’ On. 

Hey, peeps!

I’m back from BYC! The Lord gave us good travels, and an awesome week of services and fellowship!

Did ya miss me?!

I need to tell y’all that I am going to switch the Guest Post to next week, and do a DIY pre-view, instead.

I am currently working on a project, that I hope I never see come to an end.

You might think that sounds weird, but you’ll figure out why once I tell you 😀.

My project is… drum roll, please…

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Okay, so I promise to do my best and keep you posted about our trip to BYC (Believer’s Youth Camp) this week! I won’t be posting on the blog at least until next Saturday. We leave tomorrow, plan on staying at some of our friends’ home in Ohio, and continue on to Indiana. Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a wonderful time! God Bless! 

P. S. When I update you on this past week, I’ll tell y’all about the birthday weekend, and a trip to New England’s Connecticut. 

Top 10 Tips For The Future Home-Maker


Helping Hands (BW)
PC: Google Photos

Young ladies, this one is for you!


As a teenage girl, especially in today’s society, I think it is very honorable for a young lady to learn the arts of home-making, even if she doesn’t get married. As a young person myself, I struggle a lot with some of the things I’ll be talking about (such as waking up early!). There are many things a girl dedicated to home-making must learn, but I felt these were some of the most important and industrious.

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Just So Y’all Know…

I was told that there was some technical difficulties in trying to watch the slideshow I posted a couple days ago. I believe that problem has been fixed. If there are any more issues, please let me know! You can view it in this post. 

Also, I’d like to remind you, if you haven’t done so already, to “sign” my Guestbook Page! Let me know how you like the blog, or just drop a quick comment to say hi! 

The Catchin’ Up On The Slide Show, A Very Belated Merry Christmas And Info On How To Make Maple Syrup!

I don’t understand how I get so incredibly busy. I still want to talk about Christmas and New Years, even though it is nearly the first of March! I have had an incredibly difficult time trying to put this slide show together for you. Please forgive my tardiness. I am sorry there isn’t any music. Perhaps you can play your favorite Christmas song while you watch. 😀

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In Everything, Give Thanks

Searched on Google, but site link here.

November is a month that shows us how blessed we are, and reminds us to be thankful for the things we have been blessed with. But whether we are in the month of November, or March, or any other time of year, we should learn to give thanks all the time.

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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow


Today is Election Day. Many people are so concerned about who will be the 45th  U.S. President. Hilary Clinton vs. Donald Trump: who will be the winner? As much as we are being kept in suspense as to who the new national leader will be, let us not forget the One Who is truly in control! No matter if the candidate you voted for wins or loses, God knows exactly what will happen.

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Blog Update

I updated my About Page by saying that you could follow me on Instagram @asubstanceoffaith

New Blog Post soon to come! 

Now that I’m getting back into the swing of things, let everyone know there’s new stuff here on A Substance Of Faith! Like this post, and share on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media available! Thanks for spreading the word! 

God Bless! 😉 


Top Ten Things I Have Learned About Parenting (For The Future)


I want to stress that I am not a parent. I absolutely admit that parenting goes beyond what people who don’t have children actually perceive.

The following points are simply some of the most important things I have learned by merely watching the successes and mistakes of other parents. You may or may not share the same views that I have on these topics, but I believe each of them may prove to be a good reminder down the road, be of some use for my future family, and might even give you some fresh ideas, if you are parents.

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Too Many Things Happened To Come Up With A Witty Title (Part 3)

Oh, dear. This post has certainly been a long time in coming! I actually have some spare-ish time while chillaxing in my bed during a thunderstorm to share with you some memories of BYC 2016! Just so you know, I won’t really be “catching up” on all the news since then, because there is way too much to go into. And my poor brain would be helplessly worn out. So in future posts, I will basically just be doing things in the present. Aside from Baby I care, chores, church, now school, the fair a couple weeks ago, et cetera, I have had to tackle my bedroom.

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Guest Post With Mariah Holloway: Author of Christian Historical Stories

I am excited and pleased to announce that we have a special post today! A sweet young lady, who I met at the Believer’s Youth Camp I talk about so often, has an incredible talent for writing stories.  I thought it would be fun to have kind of an informal interview with her, via email, and she was very gracious to answer some questions for us.

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Grad Weekend & Church Goings

I am going to tell you about the graduation party we went to Saturday. It was a bit chilly and windy since we were by a lake. All in all, we had fun, chatting and watching some people play football. I don’t play football, neither do I understand it very well,  but I don’t mind watching people I know playing it.

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Chiropractic Care

You guessed it- I went to the chiropractor yesterday! I am one of those people who love to get popped and cracked. Well, my rib was quite out of place, so it was causing pain in my shoulder. She put me back in place and put a long piece of tape down my back to hold me together. I am a little sore still, but a lot better, thank the Lord! By the way, folks, the link to that image where that skeleton is excited because it got adjusted is here.

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Cutting Out The Sugar!

imageSince yesterday wasn’t too exciting, I thought I’d share with you the what and why of my Low Sugar diet. I still eat “normal” foods, like fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, fats like oil and butter, and wheat products (I like bread and pasta!). I am just controlling my refined white sugar intake.

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Brunch & Baseball

Monday. Most people dread that word. It was a fairly good Monday, though. For us, it started out getting up early-ish to go over to my aunt’s and help prepare a brunch that we were having for the missionary and his family. The meal consisted of breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza, breakfast muffins, and cottage berry whip (THM recipe). All low carb. Most people there were low-carbers, so that kinda makes sense. Sorry, I neglected to take a picture of the scrumptious brunch! 😒

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Spring Cleaning And Benefit Dinners

Ahhh… I LOVE Spring! When it finally starts warming up after a long winter, the birds start bursting with joyful tweets, lovely flowers start peeping their pretty little heads above the soil, we get lots of warm and sunshiny days, and after we have a drink of rain, the air is so fresh and clean! And speaking of clean… That’s what we did part of our day yesterday.

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Enjoying The Ride

I got this off of Pinterest. This is the website that was with it.

Since yesterday was so lovely, a bike ride was definitely on the agenda! My mom, four siblings, aunt, two cousins, grandma, and I went to a mile-long, all-purpose trail. There were six of us kids riding bikes while the ladies walked and Baby I ate snacks in his stroller.

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