Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Several years ago I had an amazing revelation of freedom:
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson says, “Maybe we underestimate our freedom in Christ. Maybe it’s not just freedom from sin. Maybe it is freedom to do the extramdimensional.” Freedom is not just a fringe benefit of being saved, it is our inheritance as a son or daughter.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
- How wide
- How long
- How high
- How Deep His love is!
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
This is not just great lyrical ability, this is TRUTH.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Well, it took 42 years, but I am finally having my first Thanksgiving at my house. I am 25 weeks pregnant, so I will not be making the turkey or ham, but my kids and I are making all the sides and desserts. I am excited about our menu, so I wanted to share some of the great tried and true recipes and some new ones. Click on dish for recipe:
- Spiral Cut Glazed Ham (purchased at Bjs)
- Smoked Turkey (purchased from a local meat market)
- This ham is delicious and easy because it is already cooked and cut. Leftovers make amazing split pea soup.
- This is a new one. I have always loved smoked turkey, but never tried to do it myself. When I saw the local meat market was offering these for $30 for a 10-12 pound turkey, I ordered one.
- I am Cuban, so I had never eaten collard greens until a few years ago. I had really good ones and loved them. This year there were collards in our CSA box, so I had to turn to Youtube to figure out how to make them. This video is engaging and these really are the best collards ever. She gives a recipe list at the beginning of video.
- I found this recipe through Swagbucks last week. As my plan indicates I prepared it yesterday and it is by far the BEST macaroni n' cheese I have ever tasted. Printable recipe here.
- I tried mashed potato stuffing years ago and it is the most amazing combination. I've made it several times and it is always delicious and always a hit.
- Tried and true!
- I have made this pie once before and let's just say, it disappeared!
- My daughter loves pumpkin pie and I have never made one. This year she will attempt this Paula Deen recipe.
- Prepare macaroni n' cheese, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
- Prepare green bean casserole, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
- Put ham in refrigerator to thaw out.
- Prepare mashed potato stuffing, cover with foil, write directions on sticky note. (this gets cooked with foil on, so I didn't want the fumes from a sharpie wafting in the oven)
- Prepare bacon and onions for collard greens.
- Make pies
- Pick up Turkey
- Heat up ham at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
- Heat up turkey at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
- Start collards at 10:30, they need a good two hours to cook
- Noon, heat up remaining casseroles
- 1:00 Eat
I am looking forward to a new tradition and hesitant about it at the same time. Thanksgiving was my favorite time of year as a kid, we ALWAYS did the same thing. It was constant and it was sure, there was comfort in that for me. Over the years, I have shared dinner responsiblities with others, I have made and brought dishes, I have made nothing, but I have never been the hostess. I did it this year out of necessity more than anything, which is not always the best motiviation. I have hope that it will be fun, thankFULL and a blessing to all of us.
I have so much to be thankful for; a new husband, four great kids and a little boy on the way, my health, healing, strong faith, great friends, the body of Christ and so much more...
What are you thankful for this year?
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
While out to lunch with a friend she mentioned that they were looking for a home for their dog. We arranged a meeting between said dog and my children (without their knowledge of the possibility that we might keep him). They fell in love and my heart leaped when I saw their eyes light up and their countenance change. We visited with said dog a couple of times, but it became evident it just wasn't a good fit. He was a puppy, a large puppy and we have a small house with no fenced yard. My prayer specifically was for a dog, not a puppy!
We began talking about a bunny and my oldest two got to work saving for a bunny. I got an email about a rabbit cage and pen for sale, so I bought them. My kids did a wonderful job saving and planning for a bunny. We went to our old neighbor's house, a rabbit breeder and picked out not one, but two bunnies. I just couldn't resist and my littlest two needed a pet too. We brought the bunnies home and fell in love. They are amazing. Lola, my bunny acts more like a dog than a rabbit. They are sweet and were immediately litter box trained. We keep them in their pen, with the cage inside on the screened porch (I'll include a picture of that one day when it's clean). For more on rabbits as pets, check out Georgia House Rabbit Society.
Then seemingly out of nowhere, but totally in God's bigger picture plan, we got our beloved little dog, Maggie back. We purchased Maggie, a long-haired, dachshund in the fall of 2010, but I never got the chance to post about her. In March of 2011 the kids and I moved to a new, small town with Maggie. I was a single mom, with four kids eight and under and very unsure of our circumstances and future. So, I sent Maggie back to live with my ex. He has had her since then. Recently circumstances changed and it was a good time for us to get Maggie back, so we did. In a month and a half we went from zero pets to three.
Maggie is settling in nicely. Everyone is so happy! I have realized the decision for me to not have Maggie for a while was a really loving thing to do for myself and allowed me to focus on the most important things, my children, at the time. I do not regret it or feel guilty. I am actually grateful that at a time when I could have really been cruel to myself I chose to love myself. It is a good example for my children. God is so rich in His mercy, He has restored to us what was lost and continues to do so. We are all at a much better place to love and care for Maggie.
This song is a great reminder of God's love for us (for you), His beloved children:
Still hoping in Him,