Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Short Post About Our Tongues



If you are anything like me, when you feel you've been wronged you:

-get defensive
-feel the need to make others change their minds
-talk about it with other people

What I'm learning is... people say hurtful things because {often times}, they are hurting.  I'm learning just to let God fight my battles... and I'm no where near perfect at it.

How do you show Christ's love when you feel you've been wronged? 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Run To Sit...

What makes you excited?  What are you passionate about?  What gives you that extra bounce in your step?  Think about it for a moment.  Just ask yourself what you go out of your way to make time to do...

Is it spending time with friends?
Is it reading a good book?
Is it surfing the web?
Finding time to go to the gym?
Going on a date with your spouse?
Going out shopping for that great deal?
Finding new and exciting ways to teach your children?
Watching that favorite television show?
You time?


God's been reinforcing some things in my mind and heart lately.  Refining might be the correct word.  He's continually reminding me that no earthly thing or even person can ever take the place of His role in my life.  He wants you and I to run to Him.  To come boldly to His throne. (Hebrews 4:16)

We forget sometimes that He thinks we are pretty special.  He is longs for our affection and the intimacy which is so lacking.  His love for us stretches far beyond what we could even dream of... and yet, most of the time, He's the last person we run to in good times and in bad.

We run to people for advice, instead of searching in His Holy Word.  We run to things to fill voids, when only He can truly satisfy.  We run to places to find enjoyment, when only He can give true and lasting joy.

So during this hectic and crazy time of year, let us remember to make time to sit at His feet.  That's what He longs for us to do.  Run to sit.

Seems kind of crazy to think of running to just sit.  We are doers, us women aren't we?  We love to do do do do ... it makes us feel important and really it's just part of our nature.  But go against your nature and make time to sit at His feet today.  And tomorrow.  And the next day...

For in making time to run to Him, we gain all the things we are searching for and striving after:

Joy.
Peace.
Contentment.
Purpose.
Fulfillment.
Love.
Security.
Fruit.

Will you run to sit today?   


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Key To Having A Thankful Heart






Warm air blows from vents within four walls.  I take the trash out in my pajamas, white socks and brown high heeled shoes hoping none of my neighbors spot my stylish, no-make up, no-shower get up.  Frost lightly dusts green grass  and white billows from my mouth and nose as I exhale.  It's cold this morning and I'm grateful for the cozy warmth I quickly slip back into, called home.

The smell of pumpkin and cloves and spices and all sorts of yummy aroma captivate my senses.  Dirty dishes fill the sink from last night and new ones pile on top.  I smell those too.  The boys are playing and the toys are scattered and noisy.  I'm home.

The key to having a thankful heart 
is stopping to awaken the senses.  It's being grateful for what you do have, and silencing your bickering heart.

As you see these gifts, scratch them onto lined paper or tap out letters onto white screen.  
Better yet, seal them upon your heart.   

See: Look around you right now and see what you do have, not what you don't.  Thank the Lord out loud, for these present gifts.  See the Lord in it all. 
Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed."

Listen: Open you ears and pay attention to what you hear.  Little children playing, maybe even fighting.  Be thankful for the little people you do have.  Listen to the Word of God in your life and obey it.
Luke 11:28 "But He said, Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it." 

Taste: Be thankful for the food you have in your cupboards.  Many go weeks without much to eat at all.  Instead of saying, I have nothing to eat, eat what you do have in your cupboards and fridge and be thankful.  Better yet, feast on the Lord.
Psalm 34:8 "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."

Touch: Be aware of that cozy sweater up around you neck.  Be thankful for the heat that warms your skin while frost sticks to the cold earth outside window panes.  Remember, that God sees your trials and your pain too!  Run to Him... for He knows.
Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; bu t was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."  

Smell: Thank God for the smells that fill your home.  Even for the dirty dishes, because it means you have food to eat.  Remember, as a child of the King, you are a sweet smelling aroma to your Savior!
2 Corinthians 2:15 "For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."

Linking with Women Living Well... 

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Stop Using I'm Human As An Exuse


I saw this quote on pinterest and it really hit me hard.  How often do we make excuses for our sin and pamper our flesh?

Instead, we need to be walking in the freedom Christ died for on the cross of cavalry!

Will we ever be perfect this side of heaven?  No.  But we can walk in the Spirit and allow God to have His way in us!  

Romans 8:31-39 (MSG)

31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. 



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe



Ingredients:

1 prebaked pizza shell
3 cups shredded chicken, cooked
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Place crust on 14" pizza pan.  Combine chicken and barbecue sauce; spread over crust.  Sprinkle with cheeses.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Enjoy!




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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hello Kitty Cake

Here are some pictures from our daughter's 6th birthday party.






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15 Ways To Battle PMS Cravings



That dreaded week before my cycle.  It's like I have an endless roller coaster of cravings!  I know it's coming, but still, those pesky cravings sneak up on me and all I want to do is grab a bag of Doritos!  {Seriously, I think Doritos are my gateway-food-drug}.  As soon as I eat them, my taste buds flood with all sorts of ideas of what I can put into my mouth next.  Needless to say, not good!

Why do we crave?  We crave because our serotonin levels dip, and our bodies scream to replace them!   

So what can we do to fight against these cravings?

1) Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.  Staying hydrated will help you from feeling bloated.
2) Avoid processed sugar.  I know what you are thinking, that's what you are craving and when you put that sugary food in your mouth, you feel your body settle down and relax.  Don't be fooled, it's only a temporary fix and will only feed the cravings even more!  They cause your blood sugar levels to rise very quickly then crash even faster!  Try stevia on some fresh berries.
3) Avoid salty and sodium-rich foods.  This will help avoid fluid-retention.  Use herbs and spices instead of salt.
4) Limit cola and caffeine.  This will help you feel less irritable and relieve breast soreness.
5) Cut your meals in half.  Eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals.
6) Aerobic exercise.  Exercise boosts endorphins and helps reduce hunger.  This will help you feel better and create a healthy mind and body.  It will boost your mood because it is a natural way to replenish serotonin levels.
7) Get your rest.  Studies show that a good night's rest will help relieve stress.  When you are stressed and overtired, you are more likely to give in to those food-temptations.  Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep will help increase the levels of the fat burning and appetite suppressing hormone Leptin.
8) Grab some warm tea.  Instead of grabbing that food, sit and slowly sip some warm caffeine free tea.  Let your body relax and slow down.  Sometimes we give into our cravings because of impulse and habit.
9) Sunlight.  I know it's hard in the winter months, but whenever you can grab some, do it!
10) Do something you enjoy.  Find an activity that makes you feel happy.  This is an easy way to boost serotonin levels and beat the cravings.
11) Grab some protein.  Lean protein at your meals will help regulate and stabilize you blood sugar levels.  Some healthy choices would be turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, and even a healthy peanut butter.
12) Vitamins and nutrients.  If you aren't getting a daily multivitamin, enough calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin D, your body will crave more.  Vitamin B-3 will also help lower your sugar cravings. 
13) Sniff some vanilla.  The sweet smell of vanilla tricks your brain into thinking you already satisfied your sweet tooth.
14) Wait 20 minutes.  Most cravings pass within 20 minutes so if you can distract yourself with something else, they just might vanish!
15) Use hot sauce.  It has been proven to lower the hunger inducing hormones while increasing the appetite suppressing hormones.  Who knew!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 Practical Ways To Help Your Child Grasp The Meaning Of Thanksgiving






As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, here are ten practical ways you can help your child grasp the meaning of this warm occasion!

1)  Physical Labor: 


Gather the kids together and go help a neighbor rake leaves.  Leave them a pie and tell them you are thankful for them.  Leave a bible verse on a pretty card attached to the pie.






Read the rest over at the Tommy Nelson.com


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Monday, November 12, 2012

My New Header

I'm so sorry for the identity crisis I've been having with my blog, but I think I've finally found the right fit and color scheme!  I love the warmth of my new header.

In other news, I'd love for you to follow me OVER HERE or HERE and subscribe.  Thanks, you're the best!






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Friday, November 9, 2012

Quiet- Five Minute Friday

I love music.  When I was a child I use to blare the music and my mother would ask me to turn it down (or off).  I never understood this behavior until I became a mother myself.  Now I crave the quiet.  I still love music, but with all the chaos that can fill one day, I dream and ache for quiet.  

Instead, I hear little voices, music, the television, blocks, toy cars crashing together and flying along end tables and kitchen counters and sometimes even my backside.  I hear, Mommy, I need this, and Mommy, he's hitting me.  

But I know, all too well, that one day I will miss the music in my life called noise.  I will miss little squeaky voices as they turn from boy to man, I will miss the blocks crashing and the match box cars vrooming and, even the fighting and whining.  I will miss the stomping of little feet as they hit the floor and come crowding  into our marriage bed.

So I'll cherish the music of noise today and steal away quiet moments as they arrive.  Like the occasional warm shower, trip to the mailbox, and the grocery shopping vacation.  Yes, vacation.  Right?

I will cherish these moments... for the quiet years will come, and then what?  I might just miss it all.

Linking up with one of my favorite parts of the week:  FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

100 Holiday Recipes (Cookies & Treats)



1. Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies 
2. Peanut Butter Reindeer 
3. Cherry Chocolate Kisses
4. Candy Cane Blossoms 
5. Caramel Brownie Crinkle Cookies
6. Candy Cane Marshmallows For Hot Cocoa 
7. Holiday Drink: Cranberry Juice/Apple Juice/Ginger Ale In Mason Jars
8. Cookie Dough Bites
9. Peanut Butter Pumpkins 
10. Pumpkin Pretzels 
11. Brownie Peppermint Cookies
12. Peppermint Oreo Pops
13. Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
14. Santa Hat Pretzels 
15. Pilgrim Hat Cookies
16. Peppermint Bark Snowflakes
17. Colorful Swirl Christmas Cookies
18. Gooey Layered Everything Bars
19. Surprise Cookies 
20. Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
21.Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
22. Chocolate Snowball Cookies
23. Brownie Crackle Cookies
24. Snickerdoodle Cookies 
25. Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies
26. Chocolate Toffee Bars
27. Molasses Sugar Cookies
28. Coconut Macaroon Cookies
29. Shortbread Cookies
30. Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
31. White Peppermint Snowball Cookies
32. Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies
33. Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies
34. Toffee Squares
35. Rainbow Cookies
36. Chocolate Hazelnut Smooches
37. Mint Wafers 
38. Reindeer Cookies
39. Christmas Shortbread Bites
40. Walnut Balls
41. Lemon Wreath Cookies
42. Chocolate Coconut Bars
43. Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
44. Butter Pecan Toffee Bars
45. GLUTEN FREE Sugar Cookies
46. GLUTEN FREE Grasshopper Bars
47. White Christmas Dream Drops
48. Chai Spiced Shortbread Cookies
49. Almond Butter Cookies
50. Candy Cane Cookies
51. Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clusters
52. Mint Chippers
53. Rocky Road Brownies
53. Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
54. Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
55. Chewy Sugar Cookies
56. Angeletti
57. Pecan Bars
58. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
59. Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
60. Old Fashion Peanut Butter Cookies
61. Apricot Crumble Cookies
62. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
63. Cinnamon Pinwheels
64. Chocolate Topped Crispy Bars
65. Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies
66. Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies
67. Pecan Cinnamon Wafers 
68. Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies
69. Italian Hazelnut Cookies
70. Orange Spice Molasses Cookies
71. Citrus Kissed Honey Buttons
72. Lemon Angel Wings
73. Salted Chocolate Caramel Rounds
74. Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles
75. Chocomint Blossoms
76. Gingersnap Logs
77. No Bake Lemon Drops
78. Peppermint Cream Bites
79. Chocolate Chip-Cookie Dough Truffles
80. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies
81. Tangerine Butter Cookies
82. Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bars With Chocolate Ganache 
83. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
84. Toffee Bars
85. Homemade Oatmeal Cream Mini Pies
86. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies
87. Coconut Candy Bars
88. Black-And-White Cheesecake Squares
89. Mint-Chocolate Brownies
90. Key Lime Bars
91. White Chocolate-Gingerbread Blondies
92. Pecan Squares
93. Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars
94. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 
95. Butterscotch Blondies
96. Chocolate-Coconut Cheesecake Squares
97. Cream-Cheese Brownies 
98. Christmas Ribbon Bars
99. Cheddar Crunch Apple Squares
100. Chocolate Raspberry Streusel Squares

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