Saturday, November 5, 2016

I am Second® with Brian Welch

We are all broken people in need of rescue.  I'm so glad Brian talks about receiving Christ and then going home to snort crystal meth.  This speaks to my heart because Jesus didn't come to save perfect people.  He didn't put any fine print in the contract that says we have to get it together before coming and surrendering to Him.  He came to save me and you.  He walks through our mud with us.  I don't have it all together.  I need God's strength just to get it together!  ♥  God will meet you right where you are.  He loves you and wants to rescue you.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Faithfulness


I recently had to give a short presentation on faithfulness, one of the fruit of the Spirit.  I also thought to share it here in the hope you will ponder and be encouraged today.
The fruit of the Spirit.  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Try as I might, I can’t produce any of these on my own.  Thankfully, I don’t have to.  That’s God’s job.  As I walk with him, He grows and develops the fruit of the Spirit in me.  One of which is faithfulness.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines faithfulness as: having or showing true and constant support or loyalty: deserving trust: firm in adherence to promises.  I’ve made promises that I didn’t keep and I’ve let people down, but God hasn’t.  Psalm 145:13 says, “The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”
One of my favorite stories that illustrates faith is the story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker.
In 1859 he became the first person to walk a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet across Niagara Falls. People from both Canada and America came from miles around to see him perform.
In fact, he walked 160 feet above the pounding falls, across a rope that was only a few inches thick, several times.  Each time with a different daring feat - once with a sack over his head, on stilts, on a bicycle and twice with his manager clinging to his back. He even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!
One time he walked across the rope pushing a wheelbarrow.  Upon reaching the other side he yelled above the cheers and asked the crowd if they believed he could carry a person across in the wheelbarrow?
The crowd enthusiastically yelled, "Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!"
"Okay," said Blondin, "Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow?"
As far as the Blondin story goes, no one did at the time!
I have good news.  Walking the tightrope of life, we don’t have a mere human holding the wheelbarrow for us.  We have God who is faithful in all he does.  As we learn to trust in His faithfulness, we will grow and develop in our own. 
When God asks you to get in the wheelbarrow, what will you do?  Will you look down and see the pounding waters from a dizzying height and back away or will you slowly get in the wheelbarrow and hang on with closed eyes and white knuckles and repeat Lamentations 3:22-23 in your head,  "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

When your garden grows a large amount of zucchini, make bread.  Chocolate zucchini bread to be exact.  Very few things from our kitchen receive as many unsolicited compliments as this bread.



Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3 eggs or 6 egg whites
1 cup canola oil
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients with spoon in order listed and pour batter into greased loaf pans.  Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wait in Expectation

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)


When I have a busy day looming, my tendency is to tell God all I have to do and ask him to help me get it done.  Instead, I should lay my requests before Him and wait in expectation.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Look Who Turned Six!

Happy birthday Mason!  Your birthday wish list included Legos and two stuffed animals.  For your birthday dinner you requested eggs and bacon.  May you always know what you want and try your best.  May you grow in your faith and become a confident man of God.  With your generous heart and cheerful ways, you bring joy to each member of the family.  We love you super tons and God loves you most of all.  xoxo.  soso. 

Look who turned six.  That six year old is our baby!

It's getting more difficult to capture a photo without some sort of antics.

Mason requested a birthday cake with a forest and four log houses at each corner.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This is How We Kill Flies

Autumn is here and so are the flies.  My goodness.  It seems we can't open the door without one buzzing in.  I've heard you can fill a clear plastic bag with pennies and water and hang that outside the door to detract them.  There is also the fly paper option, which is a great option, if you can remember to purchase fly paper.  For me, that is an ongoing challenge.  {sigh}

In the meantime, this is how we kill flies in this house.
Ethan shot this from the bow.

See it?!  :O