Monday, July 31, 2006

FINALLY...A Slow Week & An EASY Menu

We haven't a slow paced week in quite a while ~~ so since we do I made the menu to be nice and easy too.

MONDAY ~~~~~~~~ Chili and cornbread
TUESDAY ~~~~~~~~ Chili dogs, fruit & veggies
WEDNESDAY ~~~~~ Bacon Sloppy Joes and salad ( a family favorite)
THURSDAY ~~~~~~ Chicken Parmesan and Brocolli
FRIDAY ~~~~~~~~~ Cheddar Chicken spaghetti & French bread (my new recipe for the week)
SATURDAY ~~~~~~ Marinated pork chops, stuffing, and corn on the cob
SUNDAY ~~~~~~~~ Sausage gravy and biscuits

Anyone else want to share their menu for the week????

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

One of My Favorite Rooms.....

I love my home, I truly do!! Over the years sense we built it we have slowly been remodeling it room by room. Remodeling is something that my wonderful husband absolutely LOVES to do. I love to outcome, but am not a big fan of the overall process and mess that goes along with it.

My favorite room in the house has not been remodeled yet - it will probably be the last one we do. That room is the kitchen. I LOVE to cook. I love hanging out in the kitchen cooking while the kids sit at the counter working on school or visiting with friends. It is probably one of my favorite things to do.

Last night Jeff and I started talking about how I would want to remodel it, once we get to that point. Then we got on the computer and started looking at kitchens. Here is the one I liked the best:I love the layout, the openness, all the work space, and the lighting!!! What is really great is that this type of design and layout will work in our home. So, I think I have discovered my dream kitchen!!!

How about you? What is your favorite room in the house - and why??

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I Have It All!!!!

"That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 3:17

I was thinking this morning about just how Great our God truly is!! According to 2 Timothy, He has "thoroughly furnished" us with everything we need to do good works. We are lacking in NOTHING when it comes to our ability to serve the Lord. Then I started thinking…just what has He given each of us to make us so fully equipped? HE GAVE US HIS SON AND THE LIVING WORD OF GOD!!!

Look at 2 Timothy 3:16…”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

God has given us ALL SCRIPTURE!! When we hide God’s Word in our hearts we will be "perfect" and prepared unto every good work. How exciting is that?!?!?

Ladies, we (speaking to myself especially here) have no excuse for NOT doing the work of God. We are prepared for it already, and quite able to do it, according to Gods Word. All it takes is taking God’s Word and applying it to our lives – I know we can do this ~~ and even more importantly, so does God!

Look what these verses tell us…ALL scripture is given by...God. He is the Giver, and the Provider, and the One who gives us the power to do His work! He never commands us to do what He does not already prepare us to do! He tells us to do good, but He also makes it easy for us to do it by giving us the "tools" and resources we need to do it. All we have to do is be willing and obedient.

We are without excuse when faced with a decision of what to do. God says we are to do good, at all times, everywhere.

One thing that will hinder our ability to do that is sin in our lives. It will effect our prayers, our walk, our talk, and our attitude. Sin will water down our effectiveness and our desire to do good. We will be much more effective, and see much more fruit in our lives if we will get the sin out. My prayer this morning was…

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

I pray the same for each of you. Have a wonderful day Ladies!!!

Friday, July 21, 2006

I'm such a copy-cat.....

My sweet friend, Tammy, did this yesterday and I really liked it - so I thought, "Why not do it too?"

Ten things you've done today:

Spent time in prayer
Did my Bible study
Fed my cats
Made coffee
Unloaded the dishwasher
Did some accounting work for a company
Kissed my dear, sweet hubby
Took out stuff for dinner tonight
Put away a load of clothes

Nine things you need to do tomorrow:

Finish the church bulletin
Go to Nick's baseball games
Take my little ones to Fort Lincoln
prepare dinner for the single men at our church
Clean the church
Snuggle up with my hubby and watch a baseball game
Give my cats a bath
Clean the inside of my van
Get clothes ready for church on Sunday

Eight items always in your pantry:

Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
A full pepper mill
Garlic - LOTS of garlic
Distilled water

Seven things you need to feel "at home":

My family
My Bible
My pillow
My fuzzy blanket
My cats - Elliott and Tanner
My favorite coffee mug
A bath tub

Six things that sum up your childhood:

Time with my Grandad
The tree in the front yard
My dog, Patches
Playing with my cousins
My mom was my best friend
School - I LOVED school

Five items of clothing you wear again and again:

My denim skirt
A baggy sweatshirt
My khaki skirt
A black skirt
My denim jumper

Four places you've lived:

Simi Valley, CA
Eugene, OR
Minot AFB, ND
Bismarck, ND

Three books you've loved reading recently:

My Bible
I'll Love You, Forever (It's a childrens book, but I read it regularly to my kids)
A book called Tornado in a Junkyard

Two heart's desires:

To live my life for Christ
To see my family do the same

One thing everyone reading this can pray about for you:

That I can be a blessing to my family and my church.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Biblical Thoughts for this Tuesday


"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

Have you ever felt so weak that you felt like you just didn't have the strength to go on? I know I have!! But then God renews my strength and I know I can keep moving forward. That’s what I love about this verse in Isaiah – the thought of mounting up with wings as eagles, running, not being weary, and not fainting!!!! I tell you….just reading that verse energizes me!!!

Things get tough, there’s no getting around that part of life. But we just need to wait upon and trust the Lord. When we do, we will find that time where we are renewed and there really is no feeling that can compare to that moment!

Whatever you're going through right now ~ even if it feels hopeless ~ THERE IS HOPE!!!! There will be a time of your renewing and there will be a time where you will be delivered and when that time comes you will appreciate it.

Think about it, if you were always strong and you never felt weak, would you appreciate it? Would you think about where that strength came from?

When we're weak we hope and wait for that strength that can only come from the Lord, and when we get it we are ever so appreciative for it.

It is the tough times that we go through that brings glory to God. It is when we long for something that we appreciate it the most ~ and when we are most thankful for it.

God wants us to appreciate the things that He gives us. Whether it is strength, food, clothing or anything else, the Lord wants us to thank Him for these things and know where they come from. Whatever trial you're going through, remember…

Romans 8:28 ~~ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Monday, July 17, 2006

After years of praying about this

I am FINALLY goes to start a project I have dreamed of. I know this project is going to takes me years to put together, but I am ready for the task (and the challenge.)

I accepted the Lord as my personal Saviour on October 28th, 1989 and ever since then I have loved to hear testimonies from others. Then I began thinking, "Wouldn't it be great to collect testimonies of others?" How many times do you get to hear the testimonies of just ordinary, everyday people? We can read books of famous preachers, missionaries, and such - but what about all the rest?

I know many of you ladies who read my blog have blogs of your own (and many more readers than I do.) So, I am asking for two things

1) I would love for you to send me your testimony of salvation - either as a comment on my blog or in an email.

2) I would really appreciate it if you would put a little something on your own blogs so that your readers could possibly send their testimonies to me as well.

I am also putting out the requests to several of the churches I know and praying that over time this will spread and I will gather numerous testimonies from around the world.

My prayer is that as I gather these testimonies they can be used to encourage the saved and point the lost to Christ.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

As the storm passes by......

Last night this was the song we were singing at my house:

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,

While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.

'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,

Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;

Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

We had some serious stroms in and around our city last night, but we were so fortunate to not have any damage by them.

Four tornados were spotted on the ground, but only one did any serious damage ~ and that was to a small city about 40 miles north of us, called Coleharbor.

Coleharbor has a population of about 100. It is a farming community right off the highway. All but 2 of the houses in the town were damaged, along with the school (it was completely destroyed) the store, grain elevators, and silos. It was amazing that with all the damage there were only 2 minor injuries.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Don't Worry!!!!!

"For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." Isaiah 41:13

Last night I was sitting up late talking with my son, Jeffrey. During our conversation he asked me, “Are you worried?” It was such a blessing to be able to say, “No.”

After that, him and I talked about ‘worry.’ We talked about how worrying can’t change anything except our own hearts. It causes us undue stress and takes our focus off of the Lord. It was a great time spent talking together.

You see, I used to be a big worry-wart! Fear and worry would overtake my thoughts. But the more I read my Bible and studied it; I have learned that I shouldn't worry about things because God is in control of each and every situation in my life.

Look at what Isaiah 41:13 tells us…God is holding our right hand!!! He is right there walking with me, leading me when I am hesitant, and comforting me when things are tough. He is telling me that I don't need to constantly battle my fears or worries because that is all they are ~~ they are fears, NOT truths. Fear is the expectation of something bad that I THINK MIGHT happen. Fear is worry about something that hasn't happened and with God on my side there is NOTHING He won’t help me get through.

People live in fear and worry so often that they don't really get a chance to live. Take the Lord's hand and let Him guide you and protect you. Then you can sing the song…..DON’T WORRY!!! BE HAPPY!!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

We are so blessed.....

As we sat here tonight having family devotions I did some serious thinking of just how blessed we are ~~ especially here in America. During one of the messages we had at Family Camp the preacher talked about the things in our lives that we have a tendency to take for granted. We were talking about some of these things during our devotions tonight ~ an evening of "Count Your Blessings."

Now that my family and I have shared blessings I would love to hear from the sweet ladies that take time to read my blog......share 5 "little things" that are a blessing to you ~ things that you may not ordinarily think of. Here are my 5 OUT OF THE ORDINARY blessings:

1. A home with central air conditioning (it's 95 degrees outside)

2. A Bible cover that my loving husband spent weeks finding so it would be "just right"

3. A special houseplant (long story) that is almost 7 years old

4. Having Godly friends that I have never met face-to-face, but feel as though I have

5. Hearing my children laughing as they play in the pool

Monday, July 03, 2006

A Day at Family Camp

Tomorrow morning we are heading out for the day to Family Camp in Grand Forks. This is a camp that is dear to our hearts. We have been going for the last 15 years. This year will be a little different for us because we are only going out for one day instead of the whole week ~ but God knows the reason it worked out this way and we are just thankful for the day we get to go.

The kids are as excited as we are. They have friends they only get to see once or twice a year there, so this time is special to them too. We are all looking forward to hearing the preaching. We are leaving early enough to make the morning sessions and we won't leave until after the evening message. It will be a long day, but well worth it.

I pray each of you have a blessed and safe 4th of July!!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Never too old to need their mom....

The last week has been a busy one, with Jeffrey ~ my 20 year old ~ having been sick since last Sunday and ending up in the hospital since Wednesday. Praise the Lord...he is home now and doing better. He even made it to church this morning!!! AMEN!!!!

One thing I have learned from this is that even though he is 20 ~ and an adult in the eyes of the world ~ there are times when a young man (who is not married) still needs his mom. This was one of those times. Even when he was in the hospital, being very well cared for, I know it made him feel better when I was there to help with things.

I know one day God will provide a wife for him and I do look forward to that day. I look forward to seeing him start a family of his own and watching them serve the Lord together. Until then I am thankful for each thing I am able to do for ~ and with ~ my children. I am truly blessed!!!