Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lavished


"I love the word "lavished." We didn't just squeak by into God's family. We were gloriously buried by an avalanche of mercy (Eph. 1:8)." 
- Jason Meyer

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pepper Poppers


Ana and a friend made these the other night to have with supper, and they were delicious!  Dad even ate some and he does not like peppers!  (They ended up with more pepper halves than bacon so that is why some are 'bacon-less'.)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

14 - 16 jalapeno peppers
1 (8oz) package cream cheese softened
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 lb bacon, slices cut in half

Place a backing rack on a large baking sheet.  Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and center membrane.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cheese, cumin and chili powder; salt to taste.  Divide among jalapeno peppers.

Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with half a slice of bacon and place on a backing rack.  Bake in a preheated 425 oven for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

TIP: Poppers may be assembled and refrigerated for up to 1 day ahead.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

God's Forgiveness


"Don't think that God's forgiveness is a begrudging forgiveness and with that thought deny some of God's glorious love.  And don't think that God's promises are only for other people.  If this is how you are thinking, you must realize that your own sins, no matter how big, are not bigger than God's pleasure in forgiveness.

This is a time when you must be controlled by the truth of God more than your own feelings.  God's Word, not feelings, is our standard.  To be driven by our fluctuating sense of well-being may seem spiritual, but it is wrong.  It exalts our interpretation above God's."
- Edward T. Welch  in the book When People Are Big and God is Small

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pearls on a String


“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Friday, September 13, 2013

No Mere Icing...


"Affirmation is no mere icing on the cake. 
It’s an essential ingredient in the very batter of healthy human interaction." 
- David Mathis

Monday, September 9, 2013

Real Ministry


An article that I really appreciated by Audrey Broggi!

"When I was a young mother, I attended a strategic planning meeting with my husband in an exclusive hotel in the city because we were going to start a Bible study for executives and plan evangelistic outreach dinner parties.  It was as we walked to the elevator after the meeting that the wife of the ministry leader took my hand in hers and said, “Someday, when your children are all tucked away, perhaps you can have a real ministry too.”  

Her sentence bothered me.  Maybe she didn’t mean to sound condescending.  But I remember wanting to tell her that I thought I was having a ministry as I helped my husband, mothered our children, and kept house.     I had four little children and they seemed to need me.    Carl was very busy in seminary and serving as Pastor of Evangelism at a large church, and he had just been asked to head up the Executive Ministry of Cru.  I was quite content teaching the Bible to my children, leading them to Christ, having them as my little disciples and doing ministry from my kitchen sink, the playground, the supper table, and the back yard.   It never occurred to me that this wasn’t real ministry.

Had I not had deep convictions rooted in Scripture, I might have been tempted to wonder, when this woman approached me, if what I was doing at home had any ministry significance whatsoever.   And I might have been tempted to long for the days when real ministry would finally be mine.

This incident made me think.  And I began to realize that a woman like me fulfilling her God-given role at home was not really being seen as ministry according to so many in the Christian world. The only thing that seemed to matter as far as ministry was concerned was what took place outside the home.  Leaving the home, ministering to other women – really ministering to anybody other than a husband and children ~ was the only real ministry. 

But over the years, I have learned so much of the Bible through teaching it to my own children, to children at church, and children in my neighborhood.  I took theology seriously because I was instructing little lives with the truth of God’s Word...."   
Read the rest  HERE!




Saturday, September 7, 2013

What to do when the power goes out...

Light some candles, and get out the flash lights.

 Finish frosting a cake.

And work on a puzzle!