Monthly Archives: January 2016

2 Corinthians 1:4

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2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (ESV)

God has the power to comfort us.   God, in every aspect of His being, is full of comfort, strength, and help for us.  This comfort that God gives us in our troubles, enables us to comfort others who have troubles.  We may be comforted by others who have troubles, but this may not happen if we do not allow others to know we need help and what our troubles are.  Do not let pride get in the way of you getting comfort today.  It is so awesome that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit comforts us.  Then God allows other men to comfort us too!  Thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ!

Wet Brush

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Wet Brush where have you been all my life?  Recently, my hairdresser shared this with me.  Oh how it has made a world of difference after baths/showers for my girls.  Deanna has long, straight hair that tangles easily.  Prior to the discovery of this brush, we had many nights of crying and screaming as I carefully brushed her hair.  Now, the crying has ceased and she allows me to brush her hair without a problem.  We loved this brush so much that we had bought 6 of these.  A few weeks later, I told my Mom about the brush and sent two to her; one for her and one for my 4 year old niece.

When Teething Takes Over

Several days this week were rough for my baby Briella.  Several nights were tough too.  Wednesday was especially difficult.  No matter what I did or how many times I tried to put her down, she would not sleep.  It was to the point that she was crying on and off so much and loud that my oldest daughter, Jessica could not sleep.  So about 2:30 AM I took Briella in my van for a ride.  Even after a 20 minute ride she did not fall asleep. We struggled until around 4 AM.  My husband was up to keep me company for part of this which is unusual.  On Thursday, he must have felt bad because he got the 3 girls ready for school and I slept in.  When a baby has an off day, it is hard to get them back on a schedule.  Last night Briella fell asleep at 6:30 PM and then woke up several times throughout the night.  I was so tired I fell asleep holding her at some point.  I am praying we can get back on track today.  I feel so bad for her.  She has a runny nose too and coughing.  I am unsure if it is a cold or all related to teething.  My gut is saying all teeth related.

Lavender Essential Oil

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Lavender Essential Oil is used for its calming and relaxing qualities.  It can soothe occasional skin irritations, and reduce appearance of skin imperfections.  You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep.  Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of lavender essential oil combined with water in a spray bottle.  Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.  Use lavender in cooking to soften the  citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

 

 

 

Vegan Chile

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Ingredients:
1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic diced
1 onion diced
1 can (15 ounces) tomatoes diced
3-4 cups vegetable stock
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 can kidney beans
1 can navy beans
Directions:
Place all items in the crockpot and let it cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

2 Corinthians 9:8

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2 Corinthians 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV)

God has the power to provide!  God gives you everything you need so that you can do every good work.  Every good work means all good works described in God’s Word.  God will provide for you in order for you to help others.  When you think you are not enough or do not have enough to help others, God is there.  God can fill you and provide materials for you to help others!  We serve an awesome God!

IKEA paper/letter organizer (Wall Magazine Rack)

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Why did I wait over three years to buy this gem? I am not sure but I am so glad that I did.  I have just freed up counter space.  Plus now we are more organized.  All the girls have their own section with their special papers for school.  I will no longer be looking through papers to find the explanation for the next book report or assignment.  I can get it in my hands within seconds without making a paper mess.  Score!  There are several ones on the market.  I bought mine from IKEA via the web.  If you know me, I am all about shopping via the web.  It is how I do all my birthday and Christmas shopping.  I am a big Amazon shopper and Kohls shopper too.  I am an Amazon subscribe and save junky.  Yes, I get my toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and wipes sent directly to my door.  Who has room in their cart for all these big items not this girl with my children in tow.  Here is the the link is for the  Wall Magazine Rack.

Holy Snow

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Well I cannot complain since today is the first real snow of the winter.  Here in Pennsylvania, it is still snowing like crazy.  Unfortunately, the hubs forgot to get gas for the snow blower. Off he went onto the rough roads.  Thanking God he has a truck with a plow and made it back safely.

The 3 girls went out to play.  I wondered how long they would last.  The 3 year old made it for only 5 minutes.  It took longer to get her dressed. 🙂  The other two are still going strong.  I predict they will want some hot chocolate when they get in.

I thank God for a warm house today.  I thank God for being able to afford pellets for the pellet stove and propane for heat.  I thank God for warm clothes on this frigid day.  Lord please keep those on the street and those less fortunate warm today!  Have a blessed day everyone!

When You Need to Breathe

Sometimes things just get overwhelming.  There are times when several people and items are calling your attention.  Today I was dealing with a crying baby who was tired and needed to be nursed to sleep.  Simultaneously, my husband calls me to write out a check as I am trying to get the baby asleep.  Within a minute, the dog pukes and husband tells me as he rushes out the door.  Two minutes later, my 3 year old comes in to tell me the dog puked.  On my computer screen I had posts I was working on for scheduling a Clean Green Essential Oils Class on Facebook.  My laundry is sitting in the laundry room waiting to be folded.  I just remembered that I need to pay the credit card off.  I needed to send a quick email to my supplier to see when they are starting my samples for my product.  Then I remembered I had to send an email to my oldest daughter’s teacher because a boy was cursing in class yesterday when the substitute was in.  Did I mention that I had not even started lunch and it was lunchtime already.  I am just grateful that I took the time to read a passage from the Bible this morning.  I had so many things going on today, that I had to take a pause and a deep breathe.  I had to prioritize everything and finish through all my tasks at hand.  I will not stress if the laundry sits one more day! I am off to run to the bank, pay the credit card bill, and play with my 3 year old.  Have a blessed day everyone!

 

Easy Vegan Crockpot Stew

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 (8 ounce cans) tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce can) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 cups chopped onions
  • 1 sweet potato diced
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup uncooked lentils
  • 1 can cannellina beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans

Place all ingredients in the crockpot.  Let it cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.