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Monday, August 30, 2010

Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr. David Jeremiah

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This book is the sequel to Dr. Jeremiah's New York Times best-seller, "What in the World is Going on?" Now that we've been told "what is going on" this book tells us "what we should do now".
Dr. Jeremiah gives us confidence through the Word of God that although the future does look bleak, God's Word never changes. Infact, God told us these days would come. He has promised to guide his children through every circumstance we encounter.
In an easy to read format, Dr. Jeremiah outlines 10 ways to conquer our fears in these tumultuous days. We are reminded that it's not all about us, but about Him.
With examples of faithful believers who suffered during their lifetimes, yet came through with confidence in God and remained faithful to Him.
If you are concerned about where our world is headed and wonder "What can I do?" then this book is a must read.
The only drawback I found was the redundancy. He said the same things over and over only in a slightly different way. Yet, there IS only one way to cope each day.....look to Jesus!

*Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Making a Family Quilt

I am a newbie quilter.  Many years ago I did make a "Log Cabin Quilt in a Day".  It took so much work and time to finish that twin size quilt that I never made another one.
Recently I was encouraged by my sister-in-law to get back into quilting. She is an avid quilter.  She offered to help me get started.  So with her help I dove into a very large project:  a queen size quilt for my daughter and son-in-law as a wedding gift.
Here is a picture of it finished:

As you can see each square is different.  I chose a star pattern, picked the fabrics, then involved the whole family.  I sent each family group samples of the fabrics, square template and instructions.  They were to design a square.  When I received all the sample designed squares, I made 18" squares per each design then sewed them together, added sashes and a border to construct the quilt.   So this is a "family project".  
I'm not so sure I would suggest that a newbie make a quilt this size, as involved or one as a 
wedding present. :)
I put many hours into the sewing and quilting of this.  Every hour I concentrated on and prayed for my daughter, my future son-law and their marriage.  

Since this quilt I have made 3 more and working on another.  The other 3 were a particular type that has become my favorite for its ease and simplicity.  I will share about those......to be continued






Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Total Money Makeover Review & Giveaway




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AND THE WINNER IS:


ANN CRABS



In my 28 years of marriage and handling finances I have read plenty of financial books.   Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover  and his overall philosophy about money is the only one that my husband and I have consistantly followed and had success with.  I think part of that success is Dave's approach.  He is an in your face, down-to-earth, straight talker who isn't afraid to tell you what he thinks.---Hmmmm....that sounds a lot like someone I live with ; )---  His bluntness and  honesty will not appeal to all, but what he has to say is worth listening to.

His advice is appealing because he has been at every financial place imaginable. From millionaire, more than once, to being broke.  He has followed what he teaches and KNOWS that it works!  For me, it's much easier to take advice from someone who has been where I'm at and has successfully moved forward.

I have taught my children his ideas and encouraged them to handle their finances in a similar way.  I know his plan works, because I practice it.

This book is all about NO DEBT; meaning that you should pay for everything using only cash.   Yes, EVERYTHING.....save for it and pay for it.  But how do you start?

He lays out a 7 'baby step' plan to get you there:

1.  Save $1000 as an emergency fund
2.  Pay off all debts using a method called "The debt snowball"
3.  Build up a 3 - 6 month emergency fund
4.  Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement
5.  Start a college fund for children
6.  Pay off your house mortgage early
7.  Now you are in a position to build wealth and give
The book also has budgeting forms to help you implement the ideas you've read about.  There are testimonials of people who have successfully used the above 'baby steps' to reach financial independence.

This is a complete self-help book in the area of finances.  Dave's no nonsense style is a great motivation to get moving toward financial freedom.  With the state of our economy, now is the perfect time to take control of your money so that it no longer has to control you.

Dave Ramsey also has many other products to help get control of your finances.  To find out more visit his website at : http://www.daveramsey.com/
He even has a radio show.  You can find a radio station near you or listen online.

I have an additional copy of this book from Dave Ramsey to offer to one of my followers.  Just leave a comment with contact info.  (US residents only, please)

Drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.  If I cannot reach the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

If you want more information or wish to purchase this helpful book, click the Amazon link to the left.

***I reviewed this book with no compensation from Dave Ramsey or his publisher. I was offered a free book from the company as a giveaway only.  I already owned a copy of this book.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pray for One Another





Samuel said, "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you." 1 Samuel 12:23

I'd like to edit this verse to say:  "Cindy said"! 

The VERY best we can do for one another is to pray. We all have worries, stress and needs.  If we share these with each other then we can   "approach the throne of grace with confidence," for each other "so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) 

Prayer is the most powerful resource we have. 
Here are a few things we are told to pray about:

*to keep from sin:  Luke 22:40
On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."

*to keep from worry:  Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

*to give thanks:  1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

*to ask for wisdom:  James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

*to confess sin:  I John 1:9
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I have a wonderful friend who says prayer is like "holding up the hands" of each other.  In Exodus 17:11-13 the Israelites were in a battle with Amalek.  It reads that when Moses put the staff of God in his hand and held up his hands the Israelites prevailed, but when his hands got heavy and they began to fall, the enemy prevailed.  So Aaron and Hur stood on each side and "supported his hands".   His hands were steady until sunset and the Israelites won the battle. Moses could only sustain his purpose with help.   
This is a great picture of what prayer does for each one of us.  It helps us to win the daily battles we face. We can't do it alone, we need each other!

So let's pray for one another starting today.  

You can pray for me not to be lazy in the daily tasks that I have.  I tend to do what I want rather than what I know needs to be done.  I need self-discipline and diligence.

How can I pray for you?
Leave your request here.  If you'd rather I don't post publicly what you ask me to pray about, just say so in your post and I'll keep it between you and I. :)


Friday, August 20, 2010

What is this?



I saw this creature while mowing today.  Never saw it before....anyone know what it is?

If you think you know click here to enlighten me :)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pizza dough

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
WINNER:  reluctant writer





For several years now, too many to count, we have had homemade pizza once a week.  My 2nd daughter, Mandie, starting at a young age, would be in charge of the pizza making.  Now that she is grown and married, I am once again the pizza chef.  Every Saturday I don't have to think and wonder, "What should I make for supper tonight?"  We have never tired of our weekly pizza.   

Today I share our pizza dough recipe.  It is very simple, yet delicious:
This recipe makes 2 large pizzas

2 Cups warm water
1 package dry active yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon oil

Mix water, yeast, salt, sugar and oil.  
Add flour 1 cup at a time until a soft dough is formed
Knead 10 minutes.
Divide in half.
Rise a minimum of 2 hours. 
Preheat oven to 500 degrees 
Roll each piece into 16" circle
place on greased pizza pan

add sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 500 degree oven.  Enjoy!


I began using King Arthur flour when my fourth child, now 16, was born.  We discovered 6 weeks after his birth that he had some allergies.  This began my interest in the processing of foods.  I searched and read about the food that I fed my family.  To my disgust, I was ignorantly feeding them many fillers, chemicals, additives and preservatives.  Now to find better ingredients.  This search led me to King Arthur flour.  Milled naturally, never bleached.....WHAT? other flours are bleached!!!!  I never knew :/  
Not only is it all natural,  it is made in America, in the state of Vermont.  Which is local for me :)
  
Celebrating their 220 year birthday on September 10, 2010 (join them in Norwich, VT for a b-day bash), King Arthur is America's oldest flour company, founded in 1790.  They are committed to bringing everyday bakers the highest quality baking products.  Employee owned, they take pride in every item that leaves the facility.  As stated on the website:  "Our employees have a stake in what we do, and it shows in every bag of flour."

Surf on over to King Arthur's website and you will find a wonderful array of information and products to use in your kitchen.  This website is loaded with not only great products to purchase, but recipes, a tour of the facilities, tools for the kitchen, secrets to great baking and oh, so much more. 


Here's your chance to win for yourself a 5# bag of King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour to use in one of their fabulous recipes or even one of your own.  All you have to do is leave a comment (or 2 or 3) sharing what you will be surprising your family with using your winnings.   Be sure to also leave contact information (email, phone, facebook) so if you are the winner I can contact you.  Winner will also receive 2 issues of King Arthur's subscription baking newsletter, The Baking Sheet. 

Every 'follower' that I have contact information on will automatically be entered..so if you are already a 'follower' AND leave a comment, you have doubled your chances on being the BIG winner!  


Drawing will take place on Wednesday, August 25th.


GREAT NEWS:  King Arthur is adding their pizza crust mix to this drawing.  You will receive 5# of King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose FlourClassic Pizza Crust & Flatbread Mix and 2 issues of The Baking Sheet.  Don't miss out!



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Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Another one just like the first one"

I read the excerpt below in a devotional email I receive.  I was struck immediately at how well the message here fits the "theme" of this blog....being there as a help to one another


“I am going away” ( John 14:28).

Imagine their shock when they heard Jesus say those words. He spoke them on the night of the Passover celebration, Thursday evening, in the Upper Room. Christ and his friends had just enjoyed a calm dinner in the midst of a chaotic week. They had reason for optimism: Jesus’ popularity was soaring. Opportunities were increasing. In three short years the crowds had lifted Christ to their shoulders . . . he was the hope of the common man.
And now this? Jesus said, “I am going away.” The announcement stunned them. When Jesus explained, “You know the way to where I am going,” Thomas, with no small dose of exasperation, replied, “No, we don’t know, Lord. We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” ( John 14:4–5 NLT).
On the eve of his death, Jesus gave his followers this promise: “When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:26–27 NLT).
As a departing teacher might introduce the classroom to her replacement, so Jesus introduces us to the Holy Spirit. And what a ringing endorsement he gives. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit his “representative.”
The Spirit comes in the name of Christ, with equal authority and identical power. Earlier in the evening Jesus had said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:16 NIV).
Jesus’ promise: allos—“another one just like the first one.” And who is the first one? Jesus himself. Hence, the assurance Jesus gives to the disciples is this: “I am going away. You are entering a new season, a different chapter. Much will be different, but one thing remains constant: my presence. You will enjoy the presence of ‘another Counselor.’ ”
Can you see how the disciples needed this encouragement? It’s Thursday night before the crucifixion. By Friday’s sunrise they will abandon Jesus. The breakfast hour will find them hiding in corners and crevices. At 9 a.m. Roman soldiers will nail Christ to a cross. By this time tomorrow he will be dead and buried. Their world is about to be flipped on its head. And Jesus wants them to know: they’ll never face the future without his help.
Nor will you. You have a travel companion. When you place your faith in Christ, Christ places his Spirit before, behind, and within you. Not a strange spirit, but the same Spirit: theparakletos. Everything Jesus did for his followers, his Spirit does for you. Jesus taught; the Spirit teaches. Jesus healed; the Spirit heals. Jesus comforted; his Spirit comforts. As Jesus sends you into new seasons, he sends his Counselor to go with you.
God treats you the way one mother treated her young son, Timmy. She didn’t like the thought of Timmy walking to his first-grade class unaccompanied. But he was too grown-up to be seen with his mother. “Besides,” he explained, “I can walk with a friend.” So she did her best to stay calm, quoting the Twenty-third Psalm to him every morning: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life . . . ”
One day she came up with an idea. She asked a neighbor to follow Timmy to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, lest he notice her. The neighbor was happy to oblige. She took her toddler on morning walks anyway.
After several days Timmy’s little friend noticed the lady and the child.
“Do you know who that woman is who follows us to school?”
“Sure,” Timmy answered. “That’s Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy.”
“Who?”
“My mom reads about them every day in the Twenty-third Psalm. She says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life.’ Guess I’ll have to get used to them.”
Fearless BookYou will too. God never sends you out alone. Are you on the eve of change? Do you find yourself looking into a new chapter? Is the foliage of your world showing signs of a new season? Heaven’s message for you is clear: when everything else changes, God’s presence never does. You journey in the company of the Holy Spirit, who “will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you” (John 14:26 NLT).
From Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1985, 2004) Max Lucado

* I was not compensated by Thomas Nelson or Max Lucado in posting this. I was just blessed and wanted to share it with you :)

First devotional post: Love one another

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Catch a falling Star



Last night we (my husband (Lennie), my mom, (June), my son (Zeke) and my daughter (Julie)) all stayed up until midnight to watch the annual Perseids meteor shower.  
Arriving home around 9:30 pm from our weekly Wednesday night Bible Study with our church family, I found Lennie and Julie already set up in the yard.  They had a tarp on the grass, a fire going and the blankets ready.  
Only a couple "falling stars" to report thus far.  
I went inside to get a bite to eat and put on the layers of clothes necessary to stay warm, grabbed a sleeping bag and headed out to join them. Donned in a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, jeans, knee high socks and my sneakers, I arranged my sleeping bag, snuggled up to hubby and waited for the show!
At first there were small ones that would quickly dart through the sky.  Don't blink or you might miss it.  Amid, "oh, there's one" and "wow, did you see that one?" we watched and counted.  I saw 4 that were amazing......long tails shooting across the sky.  WOW!  After 2 hours and with eyes that could no longer stay open I had counted 24.  Twenty-four viewings of beauty....an average of 1 every 5 minutes.  
This morning I surfed on line to see what information I could find about this annual event.  Well, if you missed last night's show, tonight is the peak!  Don't miss out on this late night event.  It is well worth the loss of sleep ;)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You just HAVE to try this recipe


I  had an "a-ha" moment in the kitchen yesterday.  Ever had one of those?  I was getting ready to make a new meatloaf recipe (below) and I didn't have dry bread crumbs.  So I almost just didn't make it....then it came to me----toast the bread, then you will have dry bread crumbs. DUH!!!
Do you have an "a-ha" moment you can share?



This meatloaf recipe is the very best I have ever tasted.  This recipe was given to my daughter, Mandie (21),  from a friend who worked at a "up-scale" hotel. She got it from the chef.  When my husband tasted it he said, "This is even better than mine."  He thinks he makes the greatest meatloaf.  My meatloaf, on the other hand, was never a big hit.  Always tasteless and dry....but no more

2 pounds  ground beef
3/4 Cup chopped onion
1/2 Cup chopped pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 Cups dry bread crumbs
3 eggs
1 Cup parmesan cheese
3/4 Cup marinara sauce
1/3 Cup milk
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
2 Tablespoons worcesterhire sauce
2 Tablespoons A-1 sauce
2 flashes tabasco sauce

Mix all ingredients well.  Shape into 2 loaf pans.

Glaze:
1/2 Cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Spread glaze over each loaf.

Bake 350 degrees for 55- 60 minutes

I baked one and froze the other.  I wrapped the one I froze in several layers of plastic wrap and one layer of tin foil.
I want to try this with ground turkey, too

Please share one of your great recipe finds!  I'm always looking for new recipes to try :)

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Monday, August 9, 2010

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

 Dear friends, since God loved us so much we also should love one another.  
I John 4:11


Without love we are basically useless to each other.  But what exactly is love?
Many people, many ideas...


Webster's definition of love:  to feel warm affection for, to like very much


Is that all there is to it?  Or is there more?  


Love is giving, sharing, caring.  It is more than any words can say.   Yet a simple, "I love you" can fill an empty soul.  How often do you say these words and mean them?  Or even hear these words from ones in your life?  I can honestly say that it is hard for me to say, "I love you".  I feel it, but to say the words is not as easy.  Why do I have such a hard time saying this to the ones who do mean the most to me? 


I've always thought that showing my love is much better than just saying it. I know this is true because sometimes the words are too easy.  BUT the spoken word is very powerful.


Today I will try to use the words "I love you" to those most precious to me.  Maybe I will be able to unlock my hesitation to use these 3 powerful words.




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