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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jesus Be My Lord, Everyday

Dear Father in Heaven, my awesome, amazing, almighty, Father God, I thank you for making yourself known to me.  I thank you for JESUS, my salvation, my way, my light.  May He dwell richly and grow wonderful fruits in my heart and life!

Thank you for being a present help in times of trouble.  

I pray for YOUR will to be done, in my heart, in my life, my family's life, my children's life, my local church, local community, my country, and in all the world, as in Heaven.

Thank you for preparing a place for your children, in Heaven.
In Jesus's name I pray, AMEN

If you do not know Jesus as Lord and savior, I invite you to follow this link to a brief explanation of God's plan to save His people, through Jesus.  You can become one of His people........

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another Land by Grace James

by Grace, a friend from my school days in Rockport, TX
HUGS sister!  It's gonna be a grand party in Heaven isn't it?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Love Stories All Around; The Pricelessness of Fellowship

Love is all around,
It inspires me to see it,
Recognize where goodness is found,

In the sacrifice of a great-grandparent,
Well up in years, who gives years of life,
To invest in the young,
Service to others, over self and fun,

The secret gift quietly handed, 
To the loner's hands, whose been socially branded,
No one was looking,
It wasn't for accolades,
It was for LOVE that effort was made,

To say, You matter,
             You are significant,
             You matter to me,
Do your best in this world child,
I pray with the Father you will be,

May have let you down,
But in our God, there is a LOVE,
To be found,

Admiration of men,
Tis de-valued by him,
Men's conduct itself tends to discredit the race,
But in position with God,
That's where we can be strong,

All of us have limits,
We will not be able to live, love, or give as God,
But in Him we can do better, 
And recognize and hold dear, 
The demonstrations of LOVE
Around us, year after year,

Grandparents who live to pour in where they can,
Of LOVE and morals, God word take a stand,
Share HOPE of things eternal, 
And friendships from God, a life that is grand,

The single woman I know,
Physically strong though small,
Accomplished and independent,
She now lives to serve and give back,
By being CASA advocate for 6 or so sibling groups,
In foster-care,
She is the one that has been steadily there,

Hurt lonely people,
Who unite in faith and grow in love,
As they seek to provide a HOME,
Build a home, which honors God above,
And embraces and edifies all who are a part, 
Makes life-long commitment,
To the children who need, who were the reason
For this START 
(new beginning as family)

The over-comers, 
The leaders, the ones who bear,
A history, a past, that you would not guess,
Much has been accomplished,
To survive and stay nice,
Looked for ways to contribute,
Be true to one's word,
Service, dependability, steadfastness,
Be heard,

All around,
I see good and I see bad,
May I glance over the bad, and settle on God,
Focus more on the LOVE and goodness,
In this world around me,
The demonstrations of LOVE, 
By real and true folks,

This is the pay-off, if you invest,
Time, care, stay a spell, 
Get to know the community around you,
And you will see,
Lots of amazing LOVE shown,
In front of me and Thee

The rescuers of orphans,
The preachers to prisoners,
The organizers of good things,
The encourage-ers to who needs,
A smile, a hug, stretched patience,
Phone call, visit, card, tasty food offering,
Service for Him,
Be encouraged around you,
See demonstrations of LOVE,
And do not forget, 
Good and perfect gifts come from above,
You see glimpses of God, when you see LOVE

My heart was touched deeply this week as I attended a great community celebration, and also as I reflect on members that I know from my community and my local Christian fellowship.

Each line, each stanza of my poem... people, situations,  came to my mind.  Each line, phrase, stanza is in honor of someone I know.

I know that there are heroes like I see here among me, all over the world.  A blessing of fellowship, or getting to know the people around you, is getting to know their stories.

I am inspired.

May you learn the stories around you, and be inspired.

Endure.  Persevere, with hope, mercy, and grace.  
Love will grow in your fellowship, as strive to 

focus on the good and lovely. 

build one another up.

If you would enjoy more encouragement towards fellowship, please follow the link to a wonderful collaborative blog called Telling Hearts...... Introduction to Telling Hearts Fellowship Series

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Moist Apple-sauce Almond Flour Cake and Muffins

My  indulgence is..... either cake with my coffee in the mornings, or chocolate covered almonds will suffice.  If I am being a good girl then eggs and turkey bacon or fruit and peanut butter on toast, but often- cake it is!!

Time for cake today!  I made an adapted version of my banana nut bread recipe from my Grannie.  Instead of banana, I used apple sauce, and instead of regular white flour, I used almond flour.  The recipe I made is as follows:

3 cups sugar 
(part powdered sugar cause that is what I had) 
2 cups applesauce
4 eggs

I mixed that up.

Then whisk together:

2 cups almond flour
1 cup regular flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Next, incorporate the dry ingredients into the egg and sugar mixture, alternately with 

1 cup vegetable oil

I put part of the batter into the bundt pan and the other part, I added plumped raisins and chopped walnuts.

I baked it all at 350*.  The muffins were done in 30 minutes.  The bundt cake was done in about 40 minutes.  The muffins were DELICIOUS !!  

The cake was VERY yummy as well, but it did not come out all in one piece.  Some stuck to the pan.  I am of the opinion that if I had let it cool in the pan before I loosed it and tapped it out, then it would not have come out so messily, but I was feeding two busy and hungry teenage girls.  I hurried, and did not let it cool.

Some left-over cream cheese icing from daughter's birthday cake, made a nice tasty garnish!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pray Scripture Every Chance You Get

What a blessing Sundays are to my family!  We go to church to offer praise, learn, be obedient, give, fellowship...but we are blessed beyond blessed.  Our preacher has been speaking to us about speaking positive, expecting good, because of who we are in Jesus Christ.

A lovely sister got up to make announcements and shared that she prayed Psalms 112 over her husband and her sons.
Thank you Tracy!!  

After church, my daughter and I read that chapter to her daddy, and then I prayed it over him.  

Would you like to read it and try?

My prayer was something like this:

Thank you Father, that Daddy Paul is a man who fears the Lord, and seeks to please you.  Thank you for what you have grown inside of him, so that his seed, our children and grandchildren will be blessed. (v.1)

Thank you Father for that blessing, that I can believe that what ever good work you did in Paul and I, which we poured into our children, we can believe it will have good and wonderful benefits from generation unto generation. (v.1 and 2)

Because of the gift of our children, we are RICH. (v.3)

Thank you Father that we can know that what ever hard times we go through, there will be light in darkness for us, your children. (v.4)

Thank you that Paul has sought to exercise discretion in his affairs, and the assurance that when we go through difficult times, that it will be temporary and not lasting. (v.5,6)

Thank you Father in Heaven, that Paul has a generous heart and desires to help people and be good and generous.  Please continue to build us both up in your wisdom and riches so that we may be a blessing over and over again to others and that we may be even better grandparents, than we were when we were parents.

Please bless all the fathers, and draw them closer to you.  Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven.  All glory and honor to You our God, through Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN

Want more encouragement to fellowship?  I invite you to read these thoughts from some sweet Telling Hearts:

Family Favorite Carrot Cake

This cake is to celebrate my daughter's 14th birthday !  It is carrot cake by her request.  This is the recipe that I followed, with a few adjustments.
   The cookbook was a gift to me from my grandmother almost 40 years ago.  It is falling apart and I put it in a gallon size ziplock baggy to protect it.

The first adjustment that I make is I like to add EXTRA CARROTS, and a little extra crushed pineapple, and when I am making it just for my family, I also add LOTS of raisins and chopped nuts.  A LOT.

But this cake is to be shared with others who may not like raisins, and one guest I happen to know despises nuts, so nuts and plumped raisins will be offered on the side with this cake.  For the pineapple I used more than half of a big can of crushed pineapple and I did not drain much juice off.  I did not measure cups of carrots.  I grated nine good sized carrots and put it all in the cake.  You can see by the picture that there is more carrot and pineapple than flour in this cake.

Another adjustment that I made to the above recipe is I doubled the baking soda but left out salt and baking powder.  One reason that I try to do this is I have recently been made aware that baking powder may have traces of aluminum in it unless you purposely purchase SPECIAL (Look/research if you want...).

First I mix sugar, oil and egg.  Then I whisk together dry powder ingredients, and incorporate it into the egg, oil, sugar mixture.  Last I add the carrots and pineapple and of course read the recipe again to make sure that I left nothing out!!

You can see that this recipe made quite a bit.  My daughter got to TEST it by eating the front right, and I used the others to make birthday cake.

The icing that I used was made with a stick of softened butter, and two blocks of softened cream cheese and almost a two pounds of powdered sugar!  Yum.

I will note here that you really need parchment paper lining your cake pan(s) if you intend for the cake to come easily out of the pan.  I did not have parchment paper and my cakes, though baked in oiled pans did not come out easily.  I don't even want to go into describing the process that I had to go through to get to the product above.  (It fell to pieces and I had to mold it back together again.) 

Thanks for letting me share!  
Here are some other yummy recipes:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Time to GROW??

I love cake.  I love cake.  I love cake.
Coffee cakes are a favorite of mine, and my bundt cake pan is my new favorite thing.  The girls in my family are getting a bundt cake pan from Pampered Chef from me this year.

On the day that I took those pictures above, I spread the yumminess by cutting and sharing slices with people in town who were volunteering at the re-cyle center and county dump.  All community service matters!!!  I appreciate them, and this is a small thing that I can do to show that I appreciate what they do.  Go here for my PEAR Coffee Cake recipe:   Telling Hearts blog, where sisters tell it messy, true, and wonderful because we are His: PEAR COFFEE CAKE recipe

Out of your comfort zone to bake and take to relative strangers, you think?  Time to push yourself a bit, to stretch that zone?  Who could you cheer with a nice gesture?

I am challenging myself.  My challenge to myself these days is, "How much can you cull through and HAUL OFF, from your house? (my house)"

Summer vacation is here.  I am a teacher, and the first two weeks of summer that is what I always do; work on/in my house...This year it is going to stretch into a month I am sure, because I am helping daughter, just a little bit, to organize and paint her room. UGH it hurts to even say it.

She is painting over her flower garden:

This is the desk that she helped paint at age four.
She had requested purple and pink striped walls (age 4).  I compromised with a pink wall, a lavender wall, and stripes on top of her desk.
Now she hates purple and lavender.  Hahahahaaha

 Yep, her floor is painted plywood, and with pets who live in this room, it has been a fine choice.  We used low VOC paints as the base and some acrylic craft paints for flower accents.

In some places the kids helped.  She was about four years old and she helped paint her desk.  Her brother (who is now grown and married) begged to help paint some of the flowers, and his gargantuan blue-bonnet was her favorite flower in the whole room!!

I myself... I prayed for months before I painted this room.  I knew what I wanted to do.  I knew the overall effect, but felt quite intimidated and insecure.  I had very little experience painting flowers.

God answered my prayer and gave me vision, guidance, and skill enough that by His help, this room was for ten years, a standing tribute of love for my daughter to live in.
The dollhouse I bought for really cheap at a garage sale.  Most of these years, it has been the shelf (from the back) where she stores all items for the two DOGS that live in her room!

But ultimately I must acknowledge that growth is a good thing, even if it means that my daughter is growing up, and the flower garden room no longer is the best reflection of her personality.  We take pictures to treasure, and we move on.

Towards turqoise, teal, ocean colors, plus grey and yellow we paint and we grow.  New pictures coming..

What ways are you and yours growing?

Wishing you a wonderful tasty and beautiful journey of growth,

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