Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our Daily Bread

Today, I am thankful for our literal bread.
If you have met the needs of a gluten-free friend or family member,
you may know that a staple, like bread, is a major investment - $3-5 a loaf.

I am thankful that God led me to 5 loaves of bread in the past 2 weeks.
Each loaf ... $1.

I am thankful for His daily provision and encouragement.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Daily Tending

They say a woman's work is never done.
I believe that that may be true.
Today, I am cleaning up the garden,
picking up from the storms we had last weekend,
pulling and/or spraying weeds.
Many of these tasks seem to come back far too often.
Meals are cooked daily, laundry regularly, sweeping, ironing ...
But ...
I like a trim and tidy yard.
I like a clean home.
I like the results of the work.
The same applies to my marriage.

How have you tended your marriage today?
Have you worked to strengthen it?
Or are you tearing it down?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

More Transformation

I veer toward cause #1.
I like to speak or act before I think,
before I pray,
before I get all the facts.

#2 catches me sometimes too.
Not because I have ideas that I won't follow through on,
but because I dwell on things without addressing them properly
(think swelling bitterness).

Can you solve some problems today?
... by slowing down?
... or by taking care of things now?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Transformation

It has been a rainy couple of days.
Not a lot of work done outside.
Even the inside work was slow, because it just seemed so hard to get going.
In fact, the rain is supposed to continue through this week.

So I was thinking about a transformed life.

Do I get as excited about transforming my life as I do about transforming my home?
Is there a joy in cleaning out the clutter of sin,
in sprucing up,
in renovating?

It requires a change of mind.
It requires standing against the popular flow.
It takes as much work as a home renovation - even more.

Monday, September 28, 2015


My frequent goal is to make eating out less tempting.
With food intolerance in the home, it is not as tempting -
most of the "safe" food is in neighboring cities like Spartanburg, SC or Charlotte, NC.

The other night, I got a text from hubby.
"What's for dinner?"
"Rice Bowls."
"From Chipotle?"
"No - Copycat."

The nearest Chipotle is at least 45 minutes away.
It is a favorite, but ...
it is not too hard to duplicate.

We had some cilantro-lime rice.
That's as easy as it sounds.
Cook rice - add cilantro and lime juice to taste.

Top with cooked beans.

Add cheese, guacamole (avocado mashed with garlic salt and lime juice),
tomato or salsa.

We didn't add any meat, but some grilled chicken would have been great.
Sour cream is also an option - but we left that off as well.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Titus 2:3-5
 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,
not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
 That they may teach the young women to be sober,
 to love their husbands, to love their children,
 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands,
 that the word of God be not blasphemed.

On this Thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for opportunities to try to fulfill this verse.
As a younger woman, I imagined fulfilling this verse in my own home.
That has not been the case, but the Lord gives me opportunities in abundance.
I hope to reinforce these things through this blog with my dear nieces.
I have been given the opportunity to teach Sunday School each week.
The Lord has placed us in a college community with a few young women each year.
God is good.
God is faithful.
God cares.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Outwardly Thankful

The fine line ...
difficult to walk sometimes.

I have thought much about the fine line between
seeming prideful and and seeming ungrateful.


You know when something good happens to you.
You go on vacation.
You receive an answer to prayer.
You find a great deal.

How do you walk the line?
The line between bragging and being thankful.

There is balance.

I know some people who  tend to play down everything good that happens.
It seems as if nothing good ever happens to them.
The problem lies when others realize that this just isn't true.
It then seems as though that person is never thankful.

I tend toward the unthankful side as well.
In an effort to avoid seeming prideful,
I fail to give God and others adequate thanks and praise.
This is part of the reasoning behind Thankful Thursday on the blog.
I hope it is a blessing to you,
and it reminds me to express thanks for all the many "tokens for good" in my life.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Make it Last

Earlier this summer,
we were able to purchase some new deck furniture.
Real furniture ... with cushions.
With the purchase, we longed to protect our investment,
so I bought some covers.

Within 1 1/2 months,
my covers were tearing.
I duct taped.
But soon they were disintegrating as I tried to tape.

So what was left of the covers went into the trash.
I asked the company for a refund.
They obliged - I love good customer service.
I made my own covers.

Our local Walmart, the only fabric in town,
did not have enough of either color,
so I have bi-colored covers.
They are much heavier and will hopefully last longer than the first (much longer)!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Three and Four

On Friday, I visited our local discount grocery.
They had cases of blueberries and blackberries.
I love any and all fruits and bought a case of each.

Now, what to do with them.

It was church supper weekend,
so I went in search of a dessert.

I found one that looked promising.

I made one on Saturday afternoon.
Hubby wanted some for dessert Saturday night.
I made another on Saturday night for church Sunday.
I just finished making another two for our evening treats on the porch.
It's hard to feel bad about it ... it is sweetened only with the fruit and dates :)

Blueberry and Blackberry Crumble

2 c fresh blueberries
2 c fresh blackberries
2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 c almond flour
1/4 c chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
4 pitted dried dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
1/4 c sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350*
Place berries in 9x9 baking pan and pour juice over.
Combine almond flour, dates, walnuts, cinnamon and salt in food processor.
Add in coconut oil and process on high for 5-10 sec or until thoroughly combined.
Pour topping into a bowl and mix in the almonds.
Sprinkle topping over the perries and lightly pres into the fruit with spoon.
Bake 30-40 minutes, until browned.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Just Around the Corner

Today, I am thankful for ...
a touch of fall in the air,
open windows,
no a/c for 5 days,
cool mornings,
fall cleaning,
clear night skies,
warm drinks in the morning,

Hope you are having a good day too.