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Let Your Light Shine

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“that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” ~Philippians 2:15 (NKJV)

The Book of Exodus gives us one example of a shinning face:  Moses had gone up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God. Scripture tells us that, when he came down from the mountain, “he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with God.”  Continue reading →

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Contentment

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I wonder how many of us are truly content with the lives we have.

How much time do we spend grumbling, complaining, and wishing our lives were different?

Do we lie awake at night with worry, or rely on a substance to get us through the day?

Do we let our circumstances determine our attitude?

For most of us, times are tough. Whether we are dealing issues surrounding health, finances, or relationships, life isn’t always easy. Continue reading →

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Blogging For A Cause – An Update

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”                                        ~Matthew 25:35-36 (ESV)

Just after starting my blog, I posted about an idea of how this blog could be used to raise money for one of my favorite charities. If you’d like to read that post, click here. Go ahead, I’ll wait for ya.

Would you like to know how much you’ve helped me raise? Continue reading →

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Grateful For His Grace

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 Titus 3:1-7 

When we talk about grace, we often find it more apt that God is greater at this than we. Yet, it is one of the most remarkable qualities of the believer that we seem to understand. It is probably the one biggest trait that separates the regenerate from the rest of the world. It has the amazing power to overcome our personal need for justice.

To emphasize my point, I want to share a story with you— Continue reading →

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Buttery, Caramel-ly Peach Pancake Sauce

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When Our Thoughts and His Words Collide

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It recently occurred to me that there is a disconnect between the things I think and worry about and what Jesus has said in His Word. I worry about the dwindling savings, about retirement, about the future of my boys, and a host of other concerns. These are all things the world tells me I need to be concerned about. But what did Jesus say? Continue reading →

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Enjoy The Day

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“Rejoice always…” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NKJV)

Is it too early for me to ask you how your day is going? Are you already having one of “those” days, when things just seem to be oppressing or demanding? I think those are the times when we should stop and give thanks. What? You ask. But, how many times have you read in Scripture: ‘count it all joy, when . . . ?’ Continue reading →

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Peach Flavored Simple Syrup

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I recently posted a recipe for Simple Fruit Cobbler. I’m sure enjoying coming up with fun ways to use my peaches.

We drink a lot of iced tea around here, so I thought it would be fun to make a Peach Syrup for a flavorful twist.

Simple syrups usually consist of water and sugar. The idea is that the sugar is boiled in the water in order to reduce the graininess of the sugar in your favorite beverage. They can have varying degrees of thickness based on the ratio of water to sugar. I went with a medium thickness here as I don’t prefer things to be too sweet. As usual, I will give you some options in the recipe.

If you have a bounty of summer peaches in your kitchen, be sure to give this a try. Continue reading →

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How To Stretch Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk!

While I don’t drink it, it’s my favorite milk for all baked products. I use it for pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc. I also use it in my Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce and my Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns.

If I were to buy buttermilk from the store and use it in my recipes, as is, it would not be a very frugal option for my family. However, I have found a buttermilk hack! Continue reading →

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5 Reasons Why I Pray Before I Shop

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A few weeks ago, my Pastor’s wife and I headed ” the big city” to do some shopping. Our goal was to purchase groceries and board games for our upcoming Youth Night hosted by our church.

However, when one travels two and a half hours for a Costco, you can imagine I’m going to take advantage of that opportunity and do a little personal grocery shopping.

And so I prayed. I prayed for days before. I prayed not just for a safe trip, but for how I shop.

There are several reasons I do this: Continue reading →

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Simple Fruit Cobbler

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When your friends bless you with a box of peaches, well, you make cobbler and a host of other wonderful, summer dishes. We’ll get to the others later. Today, we’re talking cobbler.

There are about a zillion-and-one recipes on the web for fruit cobblers (and crisps). Mine is rather simple, but as always, I will give you a few ideas for fun additions to experiment with. Continue reading →

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How To Have A Mary Heart In A Martha World

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It’s such a short story, and yet it convicts me every time.

The Bible astounds me. Not only does God love us enough write a love letter to us, but His Word is living and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12). I can read the same passages over and over again and learn something new each time.

In a Bible containing 66 books, more than 1,100 chapters, and over 32,000 verses, these 5 somehow seem to jump off the page and smack me over the head each time I read them. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I know this story, intellectually, it can take great effort and discipline to live it at times.

In Luke 10:38-42, we find the story of Mary and Martha. I’m sure you’re familiar with it. Continue reading →

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The God of Comfort

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2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (Click on the highlighted text to open these verses in a new window)

Have you noticed how much misery there is in the world today? Everywhere one turns, there seems to be no end of wretchedness, despair, and unhappiness. People often ask me why God allows so much suffering in the world. It is an interesting question, to be sure, but it is one that I cannot adequately answer. I have found myself involved many times in this theological discussion without ever having resolved the issue to anyone’s satisfaction. We always seem to arrive at the stock answers to life’s dilemma regarding suffering. Continue reading →

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No-Bake Energy Bites

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We had the privilege of enjoying a wonderful Father’s Day dinner with some very dear friends of ours. We were served BBQ beef sandwiches with homemade cole slaw and an incredible homemade berry pie complete with vanilla ice cream. The food was wonderful and the company even better.

In addition to all that wonderful food, my friend let me taste her No-Bake Energy Bites. Continue reading →

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My Life Song – Live Like That

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live-like-thatSometimes I am so laser focused on the to-do lists that I let the daily tasks of life dominate my thoughts and actions.

And then I listen to the song Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets. The lyrics to that song inspire and encourage me in a way that causes me to zoom out and take a bird’s eye look at my life. From that view, I remember that I am a small part of something much greater.

Let’s consider the lyrics: Continue reading →

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Conquering Faith

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“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:37 (NKJV)

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in the Book of First Samuel. It is the one about David and Goliath. I think everyone who knows the story is impressed by the fact that the “little guy” stood up against a giant (literally) and came out on top. We love these kinds of stories, don’t we? Movies have been made, books written, and songs sung about these conquerors in life. Continue reading →

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The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

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After my Grandmother’s Memorial Service, my mom, aunts, cousins, and I were going through her room cherishing our time together, sharing memories of her, and claiming the items that meant the most to us.

Among many precious things, my Aunt Patrice found a package with an egg timer in it. She laughed as she recalled how Grandma made sure all of her daughters had one in each of their kitchens. When I asked what it was, my aunt was surprised that my Grandma hadn’t given me one, so I got to bring that one home with me.

After using it for the first time, I was hooked. In all my years of cooking hard boiled eggs, I gave it my best, but I inevitably ended up with the greenish hue of the overcooked egg or a mushier-than-I’d-like center. Since using this timer for the last almost year and a half, they have come out perfect every time. Continue reading →

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Trimming Off The Suckers

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A few years ago, a friend of ours came to our home for a visit. Having been a very successful, avid gardener for many years, I was anxious for him to come see our first garden. I wanted him to tell me what I needed to do next and how I could improve. That is until, he whipped his knife from his hip.

He bent down to his knees to examine my tomato plants, which I was very impressed with due to their abundant and overflowing leaves. They had started out as tiny little plants and now they collided into one another until you couldn’t tell one from the other. Boy, was I pleased!

My friend, however, had a look on his face that told me his excitement wasn’t quite the same as mine. He explained to me that I had a bunch of “suckers” on my tomato plants and that they needed to be trimmed back. Opening his knife, he looked up at me and asked if I trusted him.

Of course I trusted him.

Right? Continue reading →