Friday, March 27, 2015

Without Hypocrisy

You have heard it ...
it is the goal of a Christian.
We want to walk by faith.
We want to live by faith.
When things get tough, we exclaim, "I am living by faith."

But are we really?

As I thought of this,
I thought of a poster that hung in my room as a child.
There was a small kitten hanging from handle of a basket.
The poster said:

Am I really living by faith?
Is God all that I need - all that I cling to?
What is the backup plan?
Is it a government check?
Is it a savings plan?
Is it an insurance policy?

Easy to think on ... harder to live.

Found a picture of the old poster online - aah Google!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eggs and Coconut Oil

There are so many "little" things to be thankful for each day.

This morning, as I made breakfast, I was thankful for this time of year
when the coconut oil is soft - not hard to scoop and not liquid yet.

I was also thankful for the 3-4 weeks of free eggs that we received.
A local family was looking to donate eggs to a soup kitchen and could not find one that wanted eggs.
They dropped off A LOT of eggs to the church.
What a blessing!
Especially since we go through 2-3 dozen a week in our house.

Small things - but still things that need to be uttered.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Best Friends

I had a best friend as a little girl.
Sleepovers, matching clothes, dreaming and giggling.
Time and distance separated us,
I never had another best friend ... until ...

Early in marriage, he did not care to be called my best friend.
It was a simple issue of semantics.
We were more than friends ...
but he is still my best friend ...
and I think that is the way it should be with married couples.

Why would I tell a girlfriend things that I would not tell my hubby?
Why would I long to be with the "girls" more than with my hubby?

He is my best friend ... and I want him to know it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Put It Away!

I just finished reading the book of Joshua.
What an encouragement!
I love the reminder that God will enable me to do those things which He commands me to do.
I appreciate the reminder that even Old Testament "heroes" had frailties.

As I finished the book, this verse jumped out at me.

Joshua 24:14 
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth:
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

Perhaps it was the fact that I had been contemplating verses to use in decorating at church;
but I was also stunned that after all that the Israelites had been through,
they still had Egyptian gods.

How about you?
Is there something that is more important than God?
Is it your schedule?
Is it ministry?
Is it family?
Is it tv/internet?
Is it food?

Fear the Lord.  Serve Him.  Put Him first.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Still Learning

I guess life is about learning and growing.
I was surprised the other day.
I was planning my meal for a fellowship dinner at church ...
I needed some simple things since the days have been busy.
spanish rice with beef in the crockpot
raspberry jello salad (sub blackberries and blackberry jello)
fresh fruit salad
corn muffins
carrot cake.

The surprise ...
hubby said he just LOVED carrot cake!
I have made carrot cake before
and it translates well to gluten free because of the moisture of the carrots,
but it had not sunk in that it was one of hubby's favorites.
13 years and still learning!

So whether anyone else enjoyed it ...
hubby did and that is what matters.

A little touch of spring in the meal.

I used this recipe made with almond flour
and then went with a basic frosting covered with unsweetened dried coconut.

This week's menu:

Sunday: Spanish Rice
Monday:  Spicy Chicken Dijon
Tuesday:  Spaghetti Squash with beans and tomato sauce
Wednesday:  Crispy Cornmeal Coated Fish
Thursday:  Mustard Coated Pork
Friday:  Chicken Cobb Salad
Saturday:  Vegetable Rice Soup

Thursday, March 19, 2015

All Types ...

I recently watched an online course concerning personality types.
While I do not like to put people in a box,
it does stand to reason that we are all different and we all have different personalities.

The course reminded me to be thankful for my strengths
as well as the different strengths in others.

I am thankful that God did not create "cookie cutter" people.
He created us all as unique individuals.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boundaries and Balance

We are in the midst of the balancing act again.
It takes about 6 months, and it seems that the over extension creeps in.
So we look at the schedule again ...
What has to go?

I want the best in life.
The best means that the second best has to go.
I cannot do everything ...
and neither can you.

Choose the Best ... and enjoy :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I mentioned yesterday that I am working at church.
I am giving 2 full days each week.
We had a flood and while the restoration goes on, we are doing some updating as well.

The plan started as fresh paint to go with new carpet
(a putty color and a khaki color),
but the plan has blossomed.
The pews are getting a makeover.
They were stained with a blue/green wash,
but we are stripping them down and restaining with a dark stain to match the trim of the church.
You can see the green stain on the pews and pulpit furniture.
They will now be closer to the dark on the choir rail.

Today, I am cleaning at home.
Finishing plans on the St. Patrick's Day celebration.
MOWING for the first time of the season!
Hopefully, tidying in the shed.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring! Spring! Spring!

What a beautiful day!
We are enjoying late spring weather today.
On my way home from a church workday, I noticed that the Bradford pears are blossoming.
For those not familiar, they are beautiful spring trees covered with white blossoms.
They bring "southern snow" in April or May as the blossoms are replaced with leaves.
I did spend the day at church, but have been planning a St. Patrick's Day celebration for hubby. 
I was a little torn about dessert, 
but given the warm weather ...
I settled on a homemade shamrock shake adapted from here.

Shamrock Shake

  • 3/4 cup coconut/almond milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut ice cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced avocado
  • 1-2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 1 cup crushed ice


Pour the milk, frozen yogurt, avocado, sugar, mint extract and ice into your blender. 
Blend 3-4 minutes until the mixture is thick and icy.
Pour into two glasses, and serve with a straw. Serve immediately.

This Week's Menu:
Sunday:  Ham, potatoes
Monday:  Leftovers with deviled eggs
Tuesday: Corned Beef
Wednesday:  Chicken Putlaneska
Thursday:  Almond Crusted Tilapia
Friday: Turkey Parsnip Casserole
Saturday:  Black Bean Soup

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Afraid to Dream ... Afraid to Try

Are you disillusioned?
Has society warped your view of love, marriage, home, and family?

I know that no human is perfect.
I understand the sin nature.
Yet - 
I sure long to dream about perfection,
to set my heart and mind to try to reach it.

Does it seem like society often gives up on perfection?
That it is viewed not only as unattainable, but not worth dreaming about?

I try to be perfect (of course I fail).
I dream about a perfect marriage (it's a great one, but not perfect). 
I long for perfect children.

Sure, I know that it is impossible,
but why not try.
We often give up, because it is guaranteed to be hard work.

During rough evaluations as a young teacher,
I was often instructed to envision the perfect lessons, the perfect classroom.
I would then be asked to plan how I would make these dreams a reality.
I had to expect perfection if I was to even get close to it.
It is the old adage that "if you shoot at nothing, you are destined to hit it."

So make a plan.
Plan to strengthen your marriage.
Plan to help your children succeed.
Plan to grow spiritually.
And follow the plan.