Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Get cozy and have a big bowl of popcorn at hand because you are about to watch a very special movie!!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here are some wonderful ideas to make your Christmas special
~ As a family read about The Lord's birth in the Bible
~ Decorate the Christmas tree differently this year or buy a new ornament
~ Visit someone in a nursing home- Maybe someone that doesn't have family
~ Give a secret gift to a friend or neighbor
~ Build a snowman or fort
~ Go sledding and out for hot cocoa and doughnuts afterwards
~ Watch Christmas movies and pop popcorn
~ Go caroling as a family or with friends
~ Make a new Christmas dessert
~ Shovel snow for an elderly person
~ Give Christmas gifts to a family in need
~ Make a special meal and take some to a friend or someone without family
~ Have a dollar gift exchange with someone for fun and see what you come up with
~ Play a new game
~ Hide a little gift under your spouses or child's pillow
~ Start a blessings journal for the New Year
~ Call a friend and wish them a Merry Christmas
~ Have a snowball fight
~ Write notes to those that gave you something
~ See a Christmas play
~ Have a cookie exchange
~ Send a gift or note to a soldier
~ Visit a new church that you have been wanting to visit
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Attitude as a Choice- I am responsible for my own attitude. My spouse may treat me unkindly or ignore me, but I am still responsible for choosing my thoughts. Love always seeks the well being of the other person. When you choose the attitude of love, you are asking yourself: What is best for my spouse in this situation? That always means holding your spouse accountable for unacceptable behavior.
Outside Help-Trouble is inevitable, but misery is optional. Attitude has to do with the way I choose to think about things. Maintaining a positive attitude in a troubled marriage may seem impossible, but the Christian has outside help. "Lord, help me to see my marriage the way you see it. Help me to view my spouse the way you view them. Help me to think the thoughts that you have toward them." This kind of praying will lead you to a positive attitude.
The High Road-A positive attitude can be the salvation of a difficult situation. We must not yield to our natural tendencies. We must seek to walk the high road of looking for God’s hand in everything. Even in a troubled marital situation, God is always at work.
Scripture's Challenge for You-The challenge of keeping a positive attitude is not a new idea. It is found clearly in the first-century writing of Paul the apostle. He wrote: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds. ...Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.” Phil. 4:4-7.
What's Your Attitude? -One reason my attitudes are so important is that they affect my actions: that is my behavior and words. If I have a pessimistic, defeatist, negative attitude it will be expressed in negative words and behavior. The reality is that I may not be able to control my environment: sickness, alcoholic spouse, mother who abandoned me, spouse who is irresponsible, aging parents, etc. But I am responsible for what I do within my environment.
If you want to know your attitude, look at your words and behavior. And, your behavior greatly influences your spouse.
Excerpt taken from Loving Solutions: Overcoming Barriers in Your Marriage by Dr. Gary Chapman. To find out more about Gary Chapman's resources, visit http://moodypublishers.c.topica.com/maaiXpCabDdSdbK0xUfcafpRrd/.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
~ Sensational Spice Cake ~
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
In a saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients. Heat to boiling and simmer for five minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a small cup, dissolve baking soda in a teaspoon or two of hot water. Pour into above cooled mixture. Add flour and baking powder, stir until blended. Bake in a greased 8x12 glass baking pan at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
~ Penuche Icing ~
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 and 3/4 - 2 cups powdered sugar
Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Heat to boiling; cook and stir over low heat for two minutes. Stir in milk. Return to boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until icing is of a good consistency to spread.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I miss you, Emma!! I miss your kind smile and your sweet laugh. I do not know anyone that has a smile and laugh like you had.
~ "In Appreciation" by Emma Stewart Jacobson ~
Accept, Eternal God, my prayer of thanks
For roses blushing in the twilight's haze,
For grasses drenched with diamond drops of dew,
For azure pastures where soft "cloud sheep" graze.
Accept my thanks for these: The robin's song,
The emerald arches of the trees above,
The murmur of the crystal brook nearby,
The plaintive cooing of the turtle dove.
Accept my thanks for winds that moan and sigh
And shake the leafy trees upon the hill,
For crimson berries dripping honeyed juice,
For velvet moss on stones besides the rill.
Accept, Eternal God, my thanks for all
The beauteous things Thy tender love has planned.
With grateful heart I touch each flower, each leaf,
And in so doing, touch Thy blessed hand!!
I love this poem and tonight I am so thankful, for I have found that our little horse is finally on the mend and we will not need to worry that we will lose him now. Tonight is a very happy night!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
The winners are:
Sharron and Vonna!!! ** Congratulations!! ** I'll be sending each of you a special surprise this week!!
Note ~ I want you to know I enjoy all of your blogs, but for some reason ( I think it is because we still have dial-up connection) I am not able to reply to most. Hopefully we will have a faster service in the future!!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Sharon at www.sharonsroses.blogspot.com has nominated me for the , "Nice Matters Award" I was so surprised and want to thank her for this sweet blog award. I hope you will all go to her blog ~It is a very special blog that is full of encouragement and I know all of you will be blessed!! All of the bloggers I have met are all SO nice and sweet, so I wasn't able to pick just a few, because all of you deserve the award!!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
~ A Blessings Journal ~
Have you ever kept a journal? I am sure many of you have had journals over the years! Years ago I was going through some hard times and my mom suggested we start a ,"Happy Diary"~ She said that through the day each of us would look for happy things that happened that day ( blessings). I did not think this was going to work and I did not think this would help the pain I was going through, but I said I'd give it a try and we both began our journals. Each day it was one of the first things I would start to think about ~ I began looking for things throughout the day that I could write down in my journal. It was hard at first to find anything, so I started by writing things like I was happy for having clean water for showers and for meals (since so many go without). The next few weeks turned into months and my mom and I would share some of our blessings before going to bed each night. It became something that changed my life as I started to see God's blessings in each day ~Things that I would take for granted, small things, large things, and very unexpected blessings. From time to time I would flip back through the pages and it would once again make me smile. My focus soon shifted and I started seeing my blessings and the good things. This helped get me though some hard times and focus on what the Lord had done for me. I hope you will give this a try. It was so much fun to do this with my mom when I was young and it gave me something to look forward to during the day ( that we would be sharing our blessings with each other that night). Give it a try ~ I hope it encourages you like it did for me!!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This is a wonderful summer read about a secret giver in a wonderful town. The people in the town are finding secret gifts with their name on it and don't know who the secret giver is. There is a lot to this story and it is such a sweet book!! You can Google this book or find it at http://www.heartsongpresents.com/ (A wonderful Christian book club/ publisher with books that are rated " G") It might also be on Ebay!! Hope you'll enjoy one of my favorites!!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I hope you all enjoy this special treat ~It is VERY yummy and our family loves it!!
9 cups rice crispy cereal (squares)
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
In a saucepan, over low heat, melt the chocolate; add the P.B and mix well until smooth. Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated. Pour powered sugar into large pan or plastic bag and add coated cereal and shake until well mixed. Store in airtight container.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Jesus loves you and longs for His lost sheep!! Jesus says," I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25
~Lately I have had periods where I feel sad because I no longer have a father, but I do!! My dad is still alive ~in heaven and I have my heavenly Father who never leaves me and has been such a comfort to me!! Please do not wait to ask Jesus into your heart!! Jesus loves you so very much and He died on the cross to save you from your sins, so that everyone that believes in Him can have eternal life!! It does not matter what sins you have committed in your past, the Lord will forgive you. He loves you and died for YOU!! John 3 :16.
If you want to follow Christ and accept Him as your Savior then you need to be born again!!
1~ BELIEVE- ( John11:25,26,40) Believe that God loves you and that He died for your sins and that He rose from the dead and that He will forgive all sin if you ask Him.
2~ Recognize - that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6) No one is free from sin. We are born with a sinful nature. Unless you believe you're a sinner, you cannot be born again.
3~ Repent-(Matthew 4:17) You must be truly sorry for your sins and have a sincere desire to be free of them.
4~ Pray- (1 John 1:9, Psalms 51:2-5) Confess your sins to God and ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to come into your heart and make you a new person. Promise Him that you will serve Him the rest of your life.
~~If you have done this, you can be assured that your sins are forgiven and that you are a child of God. You will want to start reading the Bible and find a Bible believing church. The Christian life is not always rosey; it can, and will be at times, a battlefield. As a Christian you will face difficult temptations, but the Lord has promised that we can have victory because of the shed blood of Jesus!!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wanda has a devotional out that is called, "The Simple Life" It is a special devotional that is filled with wonderful stories and recipes throughout.
Here is the most delicious recipe for potato salad that she has included in her devotional. We enjoy going to some of the Amish restaurants in Southern Ohio and they serve this delicious recipe. I have always wanted the recipe and was so excited to finally find it in her devotional. It is just fabulous!!
1/8 cup cider vinegar
6 Tbsp. mustard
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.