Monthly Archives: February 2016

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (NIV)

God the Father created our bodies, God the Son redeemed them, and God the Holy Spirit indwells them.  The Holy Spirit resides in those that believe as Christ as the Savior.  When we place our faith in Christ, then the Holy Spirit enters our bodies.  The Spirit is with us forever.  Christ’s blood purchased us out of the slavery of sin and set us free forever.  Bought at a price of Christ’s blood.   Christian’s bodies are God’s temple, and we are to use them to glorify God.  How we behave, think and speak, and what we let into the temple through our eyes and ears becomes critically important as well, for every thought, word and deed is in His view.  This is something to think about.  Everything I say, see, think, speak, do, and hear are heard by the Holy Spirit.  Wow, I had never thought about this that way.  In my past, I had really failed with this.  I chose to do things and let things enter my body that were not good for my temple.  I did not really think about my body being a temple.  Oh how I wished I had focused on this more from the age of 19-24.

I have pondered the temple in regard to what I place in my body as far as food.  This too was not something I focused on my whole life.  I try to choose foods that nourish my body.  I am not perfect and I do on occasion indulge in foods I know are not the best like sweets and chips.  I will pray that the holy Spirit will help me to make great choices to help nourish my mind, spirit, and body.  There is always room for improvement.

 

Cuisinart Automatic Bread Machine & Pizza Dough Recipe

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I remember as a child, my Mom had a bread machine.  I was always amazed how awesome bread tasted from a bread machine.  It took me many years before I broke down and bought one for myself.  I am so glad that I did.

This dough recipe I use to make pizza and we use it to make cinnamon rolls.

Pizza Dough
o 1 cup war, water, room temperature
o ¾ tsp sugar
o 1 ½ tsp salt
o 1 ½ Tbsp Olive Oil
o 3 1/3 cup bread flour (can substitute white or wheat flour)
o 1 ¾ tsp yeast, active or dry, instant, or bread machine

Directions:
o Place ingredients in order listed into bread machine pan
o Make sure the kneading paddle is fitted
o Press menu to select dough function
o Press start to mix, kneed, and rise

 

 

Vetiver Essential Oil

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After a day of standing, apply to feet as part of a soothing massage.After a difficult school day, apply to your child’s neck and feet to promote feelings of calm.
Is rich in sesquiterpenes, which gives it a grounding effect.
Calming, grounding effect on emotions.   After a hard day’s work, apply as part of a
soothing, aromatic massage.  Use as an earthy base note in your favorite DIY
diffuser blends.  Vetiver is used in many popular perfumes

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

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This is my favorite eggplant recipe ever! Unfortunately I went to make this and I discovered I did not have Panko breadcrumbs.  I was able to substitute regular white crackers crushed.  It worked out just fine.  This was a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

Ingredients:
1 medium eggplant
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp vegan parmesan
1 tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 tsp cornstarch
Pasta & Sauce

Directions:
For complete directions please visit:

http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-eggplant-parmesan/

Having Faith for Others During Their Time of Need

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I have several friends whose family members are going through medical, tough times.  My one friend’s Dad has been in the hospital for months and not much has changed.  Many people have been praying for her Dad and the family.  Hard decisions have had to be made in the past few days.  I am having faith in God that those making the decisions will be guided by the Holy Spirit to do what is right.  I am still praying for a full recovery and have faith that God can make that happen.  It is difficult to wait it out and see my friend hurting.  I cry for this family.  Times like these are not easy.  I will continue to have faith that God is working on this situation.

Another friend is in another state helping her Grandma.  She is by her side as she is in pain and close to the end of her life.  As she asked us to pray that her Grandma would accept pain medication to make it easier.  I cried for them too.  I know how sad I was when I lost my two Grandmas.  I still think about how my one would say, “Sarah, I love you very, very, very much,” before she would hang up the phone.  Often, she made me hand up first because she did not want to be the one to hang up.  It is never easy when a loved one is at the end of this life.  Though we will see them in Heaven it still pains us to not see them on Earth anymore.  Praying for these families today.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is…

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (NIV)

It seemed appropriate to discuss these verses today since it is Valentine’s Day.  Everyone has people in their lives whom they love.  Often times, we get caught up with life and ourselves.  It is very easy to become self absorbed and forget about those we love.  How often, do you pick up the phone to call someone to check up on them and let them know you love them?  How often do you become self absorbed with things that you do not see or hear your loved ones that live with you?

Andy Stanley’s iMarriage came back to me.  I appreciate Andy Stanley as a pastor.  I think he makes it very easy to understand his messages.  In his Marriage Expectations (iMarriage)Part 1, he discusses two big I’s.  Each person walks down the aisle with each being big I – each having their own expectations of what the other person was to be like.  As long as I leads to the marriage, then it will struggle.  What needs to be at the center of the marriage for it to strive and be successful is God.  Love is a gift.  God wants us to put our spouses first as Jesus laid down his life/ put us first.  Wives submit to their husbands and husbands submit to their wives out of reverence to God.  It has nothing to do with if they deserve it or not, it is out of reverence to God.

Love is not easily angered.  I admit it at times this can be difficult for me personally.  Sometimes lack of proper sleep or if I am hungry, can put me in some mood swings where my husband comes out the bad guy.  I will grumble, say things under my breathe, and get upset over the littlest things.  Little things like his shoes in the middle of the floor, him never making his side of the bed, the fact he is snoring and getting rest, the fact he is rested and not helping get children ready for school etc.  Often, I need to take a deep breath, pray, apologize to God for my crummy thoughts about hubby going on in my head, and then I need to apologize to my husband if I lashed out in anger.  This is something that I am continuously working on for I am perfectly imperfect.

Love does not keep records of wrongs.  In the past, I was really bad about this.  My husband says he wishes that I did not have a memory like an elephant about certain things.  Though I remember certain things, I do not bring them up in our heated discussions.  I do not hold my husband accountable for past mistakes as I do not want to be held responsible for my past mistakes.  I try hard to live in the moment and look toward the future.

Daily, I work on accepting my husband as the person he is.  I want to show unconditional love.  God made him the way he is, the perfect husband for me.  Though we differ a lot in our beliefs, many ways we compliment each other.  My husband is a blessing that God provided to me.  I need to make effort for Jim to realize that.  I do not want to change him rather I want to help him be the best He can be.  I want him to help me the best me I can be!

Blendtec & Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

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When we saw the commercials for the Blendtec, my husband was amazed by it.  We decided to purchase it to make smoothies.  It worked very well.  Now we use our Ninja for smoothie making.  Personally, I use the blendtec mostly to make homemade baby food.  It is a good tool to make soups with.  Lastly, my favorite thing to do when I make the time is to make dressings in it.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (p 196 Blendtec Lifestyles Recipe Book)
o ½ cup olive oil
o ½ cup apple cider vinegar
o 1 tsp black pepper
o 1 tsp salt
o 1 Tbsp sugar
o 1 tsp ground oregano
o 3 Tbsp red raspberry preserves
Directions: Place ingredients into blender jar and secure lid. Press the Dressing button.

 

 

 

 

White Fir Essential Oil

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When working through difficult circumstances at home or at work, diffuse white fir to reduce stress.  After strenuous activity, massage into skin for soothing comfort.  On a day when deadlines are approaching, add one drop of White Fir to your shower to evoke feelings of energy and empowerment.  Diffuse for an energizing effect.  Evokes feelings of stability.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seed Meal
  • 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup vegan butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar in the raw
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the chia seed meal and water. Let this sit for 10 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
5. Add the flax meal egg and mix.
6. Add the molasses and mix.
7. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
8. Add the flour mixture from step 3 and mix until incorporated.
9. Stir in chocolate chips.
10. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out cookie dough onto cookie sheets.
11. Bake for 15 minutes.

Having Faith While Teaching Your Children

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Being a parent is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, yet it is the most rewarding also.  There are many ups, downs, and in-betweens.  So many times we think that our little ones are not paying attention or not being reached.  We just need to have some faith in God to move their hearts and adjust ours too.  You might wonder if they really understand how loved they are.  How loved they are by you, family, friends, other Christians, and God.  With yourself and others repeating scripture and lessons to the little ones, observing people’s actions towards them and others, they start to get it.  Sometimes God needs time to work on them longer than others.  Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face, then one of my girls talking to me about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  I love when Samantha says, “Mom, God loves me, and you, and Daddy, and Jessica, and Deanna, and Briella, and the dogs, and everyone in the whole world.”  Yes he does and I am having faith that you will love everyone too my dear daughter!