Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday

Over at Cafe Internet Devotions, Wednesdays are particularly for sharing the Word of God, pure and simple.  The "challenge" (more of a blessing to me) is to find a picture that, to you, symbolizes some certain scripture.  I have a picture that is very dear to me.  These are my godparents, my Auntie Chris and Uncle Bob.  Sadly, Uncle Bob passed away this fall, before his 90th birthday.  I feel like the most blessed person alive to have these two be my godparents, always made me feel so special.  They're not wealthy, or fancy, or anything like that, but they are SO rich in love!!!!  For each other, for family, for friends.  Oh how I love them and oh how I love their love for one another!  So this is a favorite picture of them, taken in Maine.  Auntie Chris laughing her gentle laugh and Uncle Bob with that good-natured  grin on his face.  I miss him sorely, but I'm pretty sure God needed a really good gardener up in heaven!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A couple recipes I use in catering

Sleeping In Breakfast Casserole
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Prep Time: 20 minutes + it soaks overnight while you sleep!
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
6 whole Onion Rolls
1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 stick Butter
10 whole Eggs
2 cups Milk
1 teaspoon Chopped Chives
1 teaspoons Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Get Cooking:
Generously butter an 9x13 baking dish.
Tear onion rolls into chunks and place them in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, then tear cream cheese into small pieces and place over the top. Cut 1 stick butter into pats and place over the top.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the top of the dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, bake at 325 degrees, covered, for 45 minutes. The remove foil and continue baking at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
Just because it says "sleeping in", doesn't mean you should not double check your alarm clock!!  I made this for the weekend catering for the AEF retreat staff....I was supposed to get up at 5:30 to get it going in the oven....I woke up at 7!!!!!  Yowza!!!  But people ate it later for lunches and snacks, so it was still enjoyed by all!! 

Another recipe I used for the weekend catering for the AEF retreat staff.  This was a big hit.  Don't be afraid of the cayenne in it, it gives it a little bit of a spark with the chocolatey cinnamon taste.  A friend who prefers using boxed mixes suggested just adding the cinnamon and cayenne (in amounts listed) to a boxed brownie mix.  I'm pretty sure that could work just as well!

Mexican Brownies
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
1/4  teaspoon pequín chili powder or cayenne pepper
1/2  teaspoon kosher salt
1/2  teaspoon baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 9×13 inch baking dishes with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.  Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.
2. Melt the 4 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
3. Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

both recipe titles are hyperlinked to the site where I found these recipes.  Visit their pages for more yumminess!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Warrior's Prayer

A dear friend of mine shared this prayer with me.  Wow!!  What a great prayer to start your day!!

Heavenly Father,
Your warrior prepares for battle.
Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!
I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word
so I will not be a victum of Satan's
and his demons' lies.
I put on the breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil
so I will remain pure and holy,
protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.
I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel
so Your peace will shine through me
and be a light to all I encounter.
I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan's fiery darts of
doubt, denial and deceit
so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
I put on the Helmet of Salvation!
May I keep my mind focused on You
so Satan will not have a stronghold on my
I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two edged sword of Your Word
be ready in my hands
so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.
By faith your warrior has put on
the whole armor of God!
I am prepared to live this day, in spiritual victory!
In His most Holy Name!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prayer of my heart

Psalm 51

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.
   1HAVE MERCY upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions.
    2Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin!
    3For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me.
    4Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.
    5Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].
    6Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.
    7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow.
    8Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
    9Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.
    10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
    11Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
    12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    13Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You.
    14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness (Your rightness and Your justice).
    15O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
    16For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering.
    17My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
    18Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
    19Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, justice, and right, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then bullocks will be offered upon Your altar.

from the Amplified Bible, cuz I'm a word-girl!  :D

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Notes from Refuge Ladies' Retreat

We're attending Refuge church.  The church is less than 2 years old, and this was their first ladies retreat with 43 women attending!  Wow!!  Sue LeBoutillier of Calvary Baptist Church in Ontario, Oregon taught through the book of Ruth.  This isn't everything, but hopefully enough to light a spark in you to go and study the book of Ruth for yourself!!

At the retreat, we went through the book of Ruth and WOW, WOW!  The famine in Bethlehem was a way for God to get the attention of His people, so they’d turn back to Him.  If you look at Judges 21:25, that is like the set up verse for Ruth: In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.  So this is what Elimelech and Naomi do.  They see that there is food in Moab, and although God is against Moab, they go there anyway, thinking they’ll only be there “a short time” rather than turning back and trusting God to provide.  10 years later Naomi is still there and has lost everything!  She’s come low enough to realize that the ONLY thing she has left is to return (to Bethlehem, to God) application: in a place of need do I try to fill that need on my own or do I continue to trust in God’s provision? 
Then, in Ruth you see that Judah is referred to as “land”, implying a vast expanse, whereas Moab is referred to as a “country” implying a limited space.  God gave them vastness but they chose the small, limited space.  Proverbs 16:25 says, There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.  The result of their choice was death in a foreign land.
As Naomi and her daughter-in-laws set out, there are a lot of tears. Naomi’s are tears of repentance (compare this point with the prodigal son in Luke 15).  Orpah’s tears are emotional only, she is like the seeds sown on rocky soil, nothing really went deep into her and changed her.  She returned to her old life.  Ruth’s are tears of true desire.  She has been changed and is compelled by Naomi’s intense desire to return.  She is truly a seeker, willing to suffer any trial (being a foreigner in Bethlehem) in order to meet Naomi’s God.  Application: How serious am I in my seeking?  What kind of tears do I weep?
Arriving in Bethlehem, Ruth knows she needs to be the one to provide for them.  She is able to glean in the field because in Deuteronomy 24:19, God has already provided for this to happen!!  When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.  Ruth is both an alien (sojourner) and widow!  And not only does she happen to be in Boaz’ field, he offers to provide and protect her and goes beyond what is expected!  Application: Ruth is a symbol of the Bride of Christ (us) and Boaz is a simple of Christ.  He notices and focuses in on Ruth and cares for her above and beyond her need.  She came seeking and he was there.  As we press in, God is there! Isaiah 43:1 says, BUT NOW [in spite of past judgments for Israel's sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.  Just as Boaz tells Ruth to stay in his field, Christ tells us to stay in His field, under His ownership.
Ruth 2:17-23 is about Ruth’s returning, and it is obvious to Naomi that Ruth has gleaned in abundance.  Application: it shows when we’ve been gleaning in Christ’s fields.  Where are you filling yourself?
Ruth had to make 5 choices.  She prepared herself by removing her widow’s garments and making herself ready to belong to someone else.  She went to a specific place, a place of threshing or separating the good from the bad, separating self-righteousness and God’s righteousness.  She chose a specific person, a “kinsman redeemer”.  To redeem is “to restore it it’s original purpose”.  In order to be a kinsman redeemer, the person had to be the nearest male blood relative.  Hebrews 2:10 says, For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren; Christ is our kinsman redeemer, and like Boaz, He’s WILLING to redeem!  Ruth also chose the right posture, she came to Boaz in a position of humility and submission application:  am I willing to submit myself at Christ’s feet?  Am I willing to do this for my daily life??  And finally, Ruth chose the right petition.  She recognized that she needed a covering.  We can only be reconciled to God through the covering of Christ!

Well, that’s the meat of it.  The story goes on and there was more, but just seeing it in light of Christ and His bride brings so much more depth to it all!  My thought on all this was that “Blessings will abound when we abide!”

So there you go!!  :0) I pray that you may have the time to read through this and ponder it and that it blesses you as it did me!!  I’m not even gonna look in Moab’s direction (heh heh, and from here that’s only a few hours away!!!!!!!!!!!)

Friday, September 23, 2011


This might be one of my absolute favorite recycling projects!!  Look closely and you'll see what I recycled....yep, a dog food bag (that plasticky kind).  You can find out how to make one for yourself by visiting this website  And here's mine...just used it in harvesting stuff from the garden....worked great!!!  Can't wait for my dog to finish up the next bag so I can make another one!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on the Bridegroom

Okay, so God, at times, gives me these pictures in my head that I then write in my journal, describing to the best of my ability (though the picture always seems so much more than I can describe)  I believe God wants me to share this one from December 2005.

Matthew 9:15 " And Jesus replied to them, 'Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them?  The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them and then they will fast.'"

The guests are here, waiting now on the arrival of the bridegroom.  They are not eating, out of respect and honor for the bridegroom as well as their own eager anticipation.  And in this time of waiting...?  They are checking things over, making sure all is ready, making things as welcoming and honoring as possible; they are sharing stories of their relationship with the bridegroom, and inviting others to come celebrate the bridegrooms return with them.  There is no "sitting-at-the-table-and-waiting" going on, but rather a happy, eager busy-ness.   Preparations are under way to honor the bridegroom on His return.

Friday, July 29, 2011

wedding fun for my SIL

So I offered to make a doily covered ring bearer's pillow and a garter for my SIL's upcoming wedding.  I still have to put the pillow together, but I've finished 2 garters for her (one to throw, one to keep).
"Something Blue" is a knitted lace garter (pattern here)

Next I wanted to crochet a lacy garter, but couldn't find a free pattern that I liked, so I made up my own!
Springtime Lace Garter is a quick and simple crochet project.  (pattern here)

As soon as I get busy and finish up the ring bearer's pillow I will post those pictures as well!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Chocolate Harvest Bread recipe

It's that time of year again!!  :)  I've pulled 4 zukes off of just one of my plants in the last couple of days and that got me remembering this yummy recipe I found in Sesame Street Parents magazine in the summer of  2000 (so you know it's good, I've had it a while!)

Yield: 16 muffins, 1 large loaf or 2-3 small loaves
1 med. Zucchini, washed and stems trimmed
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup milk
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup walnut pieces (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Generously grease and flour the loaf pans or line the muffin pans with cupcake liners.  Peel and grate zucchini until you have about 1 cup.  Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and baking soda.  Using a fork, toss the ingredients until they are well blended.  In a separate, smaller mixing bowl, combine the milk, butter, eggs and almond extract.  Add them to the dry ingredients and stir until blended.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Monday, July 11, 2011

so, where were we?

Some of you may not know that I have PMDD (basically, severe PMS) which shows up in depression, irrational anger, and craziness like that.  I take meds for it which kind of helps, but then, I still have a few days each month where I'm in "the pit of despair" and everywhere I look, life looks gray and hopeless.  Being a Christian, I KNOW it's not hopeless, and I know that this feeling will pass, but at the same time, it is SO overwhelming that it becomes my "reality" for a time.  Couple that with my quirky personality (seriously, I have tried to be serious, and it just isn't me), and we can have some interesting conversations....that is when I'm not hiding from the world.  But this last time around, when I was sitting at the bottom of that deep dark well, all by myself, and not wanting anyone to find me there, God reached His hand down into that slimey, stinky hole and just held me.  I was SO "unholdable" (is that a word?  well it is now!)  You know when a little kid doesn't want to be held, they're all squirmy and at the same time trying to pretend that you're not there and that they don't care....yeah, that kind of unholdable.  And you know you are truly loved when you get held anyway, even with all the squirming and stoicism.  And He sent friends to encourage me in the climb out of that pit, to let me know that they did notice I was MIA, and that I do make a difference, and life isn't always that gray cloud.  Whew!  Seriously, I cannot imagine living without knowing that GOD IS FOR ME!!  SO WHO CAN STAND AGAINST ME? (not even myself can be against me!)

Friday, May 27, 2011

I am a kept woman!

A friend emailed this to me and I just LOVE it!  Great reminders!

I Am a ' Kept ' Woman?

You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind,

But GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)

There were times when I thought I could go on no longer,

But the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)

At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong,

But the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)

Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,

But GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE
kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30 )

I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!

I'm blessed to be ' kept .'

Are you...or do you know a '
kept ' woman ?
If so pass it on to her to let them know they are '
Kept '

I'm Kept by the Love and Grace of God!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I still stand amazed!!!

The kids and I went with Big D’s new friend, Chris, and his wife Heather to their church this Sunday as Glenn had to run the soundboard at the chapel.  The services was really nice, great worship music, good sermon and such, but at the end, they did a baptism.  They had 6 people come to the front who had requested to be baptized, however they also invited anyone else who wanted to be baptized.  A guy came forward and while the other baptisms were happening, he was talking and praying with the guy….turns out the guy had just during that service accepted Christ!  And he wasn’t the only one to come forward!  When all was said and done, I think there were at LEAST 20 people who got baptized, some brand new believers, some had believed but hadn’t yet been baptized.  A young girl of about 12 came forward to be baptized and I kept staring at her as I thought she looked familiar, then another slightly older girl came up to her after she was baptized and I KNEW I KNEW these girls (the older sister then got baptized as well).  These 2 girls and their Dad had attended New Harvest church (our old church that had closed) with us!!  They’ve got kind of a hard life, but the Dad really tries to live right.  And they were there!!!  And they were baptized on a Sunday that we were at the same church!!!!  Just blew my mind how God works even in the littlest things like that!!  And then, as we were leaving, another newly baptized new believer was walking out ahead of us, and I commented, “Wow, look at that smile!”  and he turned and looked at me and said, “I haven’t smiled in a long time either!”  I told him that smile was truly the most beautiful Easter smile I’d seen!  I am just amazed and astounded!!  Also there was a Dad standing up front watching with 2 little girls (looked about 5 or 6 years old) and their Mom was one of the original people to be baptized, and when it was her turn, those little girls were jumping and dancing, and squealing, and I just KNOW they were just a small picture of what it was like up in heaven this morning as new souls entered the kingdom!!!  Oh so very, very good!!!!!!!!!