Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I am doing lots of walking with my new niece. She won't stop crying unless you walk, pat, and bounce. Once she is good and asleep you can keep her quiet if you bounce when you sit and rock back and forth. I forgot what it is like to have a new born. They are lots of work. It is probably why Paul wants us to "no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:14-15). When we have infants we do these things - pat, walk, and bounce and occasionally rock them. But not for long. Next time I come, Malia should be a bit farther along in her maturity. She won't need to be coddled so much. I must ask the question, do we need to be coddled? Are we moving along in our maturity in Christ? I sure hope so, babies are lots of work!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The stove that I almost blew up the other day, well, it is a precious stove. Why, because not too long ago a member of my family, I won't mention who, the other adult in the house got frustrated and slammed his hand on the top of the stove. He shattered it in a million pieces. We had to pay $300 for a new glass top. Yes, a precious stove. I finally cleaned it yesterday and the house once again smelled like smoke. God is continually reminding me how yucky smoke smells.
I found the jeans at Costco I have been wanting for months for HALF – PRICE! He is good to provide the needs and every now and then those extra special wants. YEAH GOD!
I have realized that I am totally treating our youngest like a true baby of the family. A few mornings ago, I was making breakfast and my youngest kept changing his mind about what he wanted for breakfast (something I never would have let our oldest do). Our motto was "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit." But you know how it is with the younger ones – you get lazy and they get away with so much more. So Drew (the oldest) looks at Jackson and says, "You are a spoiled brat." Now, we are not allowed to call each other names in our house, but that said a lot. I need to make sure I am not raising a brat. On my knees I go, I don't want to grow weary in doing good. I want to be faithful and consistent with the baby of the family. He will thank me for it one day and so will his wife!
Our Mom's group was on discipline today. OUCH. It was so good. I needed it. I know what to do – just need to do it. Isn't that how it is. We know what God wants us to do, just need to do it. Don't be just hearers of the word, but doers.
I finally beat Melanie in Nertz last night. It was beautiful!
I leave tomorrow for my trip to see my sisters. I can't wait to sit on the plane and read a book and not talk to anyone or worry if my kids are kicking the seat of those in front of them. I bought a new book just for the trip. A fiction that I hope will bring some mind-numbing relief after a full week.
Drew got selected by his teacher to go to a leadership enrichment class. I was very proud!
I think I am addicted to sugar! I love it!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I have a new and healthy respect for fire. Let me tell you why. Yesterday, Brad and I asked some friends over for dinner. I stuck a brisket in the oven that morning to be ready for dinner. I followed all the directions for the oven bag that you are to put it in. Well, almost. When it was about time for our friends to arrive I realized that I needed to put rolls in the oven. So, I turned up the heat a little (ever had God turn up the heat a little in your life?) and started to take the brisket out to the oven. Well, the brisket was heavy and I couldn't hold it steady and juices began to drip out in the oven which then started a fire inside the oven. I dropped the brisket and ignited more of a fire. Thank the Lord, I mean really, I thank the Lord that Brad was right there and smart enough to think to use the sprayer from the sink (it was already on because I had left the water running – which, this time, Brad didn't mind!). He got the fire out but not before all the smoke alarms in the house were going off and the neighbors were coming out to check on us. We had the privilege of telling them, all is well, Kasey is just cooking. They all seemed to understand and went back into their houses.
After we had all calmed down and I had lectured the boys on fire safety and what to do if they ever heard that sound again. RUN! They missed all the excitement; they were downstairs playing video games. Kids! Even a fire doesn't really interest them anymore.
Ok, then I had another bright idea, the first being me in the kitchen, now I thought to use my self clean feature on the stove. Why clean up that mess when the stove will do it for you. Our pretty new stove has an automatic lock on the stove, for safety reasons, I am sure. I proceeded to clean the stove. Brad looks up and screams "fire," again, I thought?? Now, our wonderful safety feature on the stove would not let us open the door to put out the fire. I wonder how safe that really is. We finally had to turn off the whole oven so that we could put out the second fire in one night in our house. Whew! Aren't you glad I didn't ask you over for dinner? We ended up at On the Boarder for dinner. Impressive, I know.
Thankfully, I have good friends who are neighbors and they came over immediately to help. She came armed with her air purifiers and Febreeze to help with the smell. It was so smoky in the house my eyes were burning and Brad was coughing over and over again. I am going through Daniel in our Bible study and I couldn't help but think of the Daniel's three friends who were thrown in the fiery furnace. You know the one that the king ordered them to turn up 7 times hotter. The same fire where the mysterious person appeared and they were not burnt. Coming as close to the fire as I just did – I just can't imagine it. Fire is consuming and if it isn't stopped, it will burn everything in sight. Listen to this verse in Daniel 3:27b "They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them." It is God and only God who could make that happen. I can still smell smoke in my house.
How is it with us when we are put through the fire? Do we stink? Do we sound off the smoke alarms with our bitterness and resentment towards the fire? Or do we withstand the fire and not smell? God, at times, heats up the fire in our lives, or allows things to happen that heat up the fire and it is hot. God will be with you in the fire. He will stand with you so that you can through and be a pleasing aroma to those around you. Don't set off the smoke alarms – let those around you see that God is in the fire with you and He is protecting you. He is all you need!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I am joining in on the recipe swap at http://lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/ . Here are my most requested recipes. Enjoy!
SCONES – BEST EVER!
2 cups flour
4 tbs. Butter – melted
1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
1 Tbs. Sugar
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Add 1 carton blueberries (can use any fruit you want)
Mix together and clump on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 for 20 min or until golden on top
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 ½ tsp flavoring (vanilla, maple – whatever you have)
Tiny bit of lemon juice
Whip together and serve with scones. This make allot – can easily half or double the scone recipe.
1 1/2 packages of double stuff Oreos
1 8oz. of cream cheese softened
Almond bark (chocolate/ white)
Put Oreos in food processor until crushed. Mix well with cream cheese. Form into balls and place on wax paper and refrigerate 1 hour. Melt almond bark per package instruction and coat on balls, place back on wax paper until set. Drizzle extra chocolate on top in opposite color for decoration (I dip and fork in the chocolate and drizzle over top). You can use regular Oreos, mint, whatever you want!
1 whole fryer (I use 5 chicken breasts instead)
1 cup of chicken broth, approximately
1 12-oz pkg. fettuccini noodles
3 medium onions, chopped
½ bunch green onions
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
12 oz. Half and Half
1 tbsp. Creole seasoning
3 stalks celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ sticks butter or margarine
Black pepper, to taste
Parmesan Cheese, to taste
1 lb. Velveeta, cubed small pieces(Save 1/3 to put on top)
Cook chicken and deboned. Cook noodles and drain. Sauté onions, celery and parsley in margarine until soft. Add Velveeta to noodles, then add other ingredients. Mix well and pour into casserole dish. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
This will make one large and one small casserole. I add parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste. Also, after I get it in the dishes, I add some of the chicken broth over the top.
Green Chili Sauce for Chicken or Pork
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. flour
1 8 oz. carton sour cream
2 cups chicken broth
4 oz. diced green chili's, canned or fresh roasted.
1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese, shredded
In pan, sauté onion, garlic, coriander, and the pepper in butter. Stir flour into sour cream. Add to onion mix. Stir in broth and green chili's all at once. Cook till thickened. Remove from heat and add cheese. Serve over pork roast or chicken breasts.
Pork Roast: Shake 2 tbs. flour in oven bag. Pat pork dry. Place a medium onion, chopped, on bottom of bag. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on roast. Add roast to bag. Close and tie. Cut 6 slits in top of bag. Bake 1 - 1 ½ or until meat thermometer reads 160. Slice pork and spoon sauce and juices over top. 8 servings.
For Chicken: do the same, only bake time will be less.
Pork Chops with Cherry Preserves Sauce
4 (4-ounce) boneless loin pork chops
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup cherry preserves
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Chopped chives (optional)
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle pork with ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove pork from pan, and keep warm.
Add preserves, vinegar, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper to pan. Cook 30 seconds, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Serve with pork. Garnish with chopped chives, if desired.
We had the dedication of our new church building last night and it was awesome. God's spirit filled the place. The worship was rockin', His name was glorified in each song, hands were lifted in praise, hearts were rejoicing in all He has done, and the Word was preached! What a night. Most importantly, God was glorified in what HE did for our church. We gave Him the praise, honor and glory for His blessing on our church. We had different pastors come into say a few words and pray over the church. One of the pastors felt that God had given him a word for our church. It was Isaiah 43: 19, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." What a word from the Lord that is! He wants to do a new thing in us and in our church. God is into new things, big things. He is a big God. He makes a way for us in this desert (mountains and cold).
When I was at church yesterday someone made a comment about how we have said over and over that it is not about the building, it is about the people (which is SO true) so why do we dedicate the building? I argued with him over and over (surprise, surprise!) why we were having a dedication. How we take things and let the Lord know that we want to give it to Him. But it had no effect. You know when you are trying to tell someone something and they just don't get it or want to think anything other than what they already think. This was the case. We dropped it and moved on but I just can't quit thinking about it. Why do we dedicate? What does it mean to dedicate? I looked it up and the Bible says that to dedicate is to declare. We are declaring what God has done for us. Why do we give Him the glory for what He has done?
Because if we don't praise Him, the rocks will cry out! We have got to give Him His glory! Or what compels Him the next time when He didn't get any credit the last time?
Ok people. We have got to GIVE GOD HIS GLORY! Don't let the moment pass. Get excited about it – jump up and down, lift your hands in praise! I want God to like doing things for me. Don't you just love it when you give someone something and it is just obvious that they love it - they are vocal about it, they show you that they are thankful for what you have done? They demonstrate to you that they are appreciative. That is what we need to do with God. I want Him to think it is great to do things for me – my reaction pleases Him. I want to dang well take NOTICE of what He is doing. To clap, shout, and jump for joy of all He has done. I don't want the rocks to have to cry out (however, I sure would like to see that!)
"Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done!" Ps. 40:5
"I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols...Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise...!" Is. 42:8,12
I am not fussing. (Ok, maybe just a little) Just feel passionate about it. Enjoy your God! Give Him the glory He deserves for all that He has done for us. He is so worthy to be praised. Don't let the minute pass without giving Him thanks. Stop and clap your hands for Him. We clap for everyone else, why not Him?
Ok, I'm done!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Ok, I am totally obsessed with Nertz. It is a card game that I just can't win. I think this is why I am obsessed with it. I just can't get to where I can win it consistently and I play it enough that I should be able to win more than I do. I had a group of ladies over for lunch today and finish up our study of 5 Aspects. Yes, we play cards after our study. My son thinks that we don't really study the Bible we just sing Jesus Loves Me while we play and count that toward Bible study. We aren't that bad.
The only reason I love it so much is it is such a challenge and I just can't "win" every time no matter what I do. It is not a game that you win every time. So you continue to play it over and over again. But when I am playing good, I get so excited. It is rather exciting around our house when the game is being played. There is lots of yelling, screaming and harassing each other. Total fun! I will usually play any time, day or night.
Why is it we always want what we can't have? It is in our sin nature. Our ladies were talking today about how women compare ourselves to each other and one of my friends commented that she usually compares and wants the things in other ladies she doesn't have. Like say, I had a friend who was good at sewing, I can't sew on a button so I long to have that trait. Comparing ourselves with each other is by far one of women's worst traits. We have all heard it said that women get dressed to impress other women, men get dressed so they won't be naked. How true it is.
Sometimes, we as women can use the things we study and learn to categorize women and grade them up and down based on our own personal score pad. How do we get past that? How do we see each other for who God made them to be and who they are striving to be and not compare ourselves to them?
It goes back to 1 Timothy 6:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain." It goes on to say that we brought nothing into this world and we surely aren't taking anything out. But we do lack contentment. I am not content to lose Nertz so I keep playing and playing. Maybe one day, when I am a mature Christian, I will be content to just play. Right now, I am not!
Let's work on being content with where we are, what we have, and love each other for who they are and what we can learn from them. If you can't sew, find a friend who can. If you can't decorate, find one who can. If you can't win at Nertz, find new friends who are slower than you!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Do we really believe that God is for us? I mean really, don't most of us think that if we totally surrender to God He is going to do something horrible to us? Or make us move somewhere we don't want to move? (Peru) Why is that?
I think we really don't believe God is who He says He is. If we really believed Jeremiah 29:11 that says, "For I know the plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Would we doubt anything He asks us to do? I could list verse after verse of how good God is and how He can be trusted. We could say many of them by heart. So, why do we doubt?
I am studying to teach Hannah and I have learned so much. Hannah was barren and longed for God to give her a son. She cried out to God and asked Him to give her a son – He did, but when Hannah asked God for a son, she also told the Lord she would give her son back to Him, for His service. Was Hannah bargaining with God? No, I don't think so. Hannah had a true heart change. Instead of coming to God for all the things she thought she needed, Hannah preferred God's will being accomplished to having her own way. Here lies the problem. We want our own way. We want to serve the Lord, just in our own way. Until we decide to do it the way HE wants, we are in trouble. Even in Peru or right here in my house. My way conflicts with His way just about every minute.
My way says will you get _________ for me. His way says, "What can I get you?"
My way says my needs need to be fulfilled. His way says, "How can I fill your needs?"
My way says I need that new pair of jeans(7 for all mankind, if you are interested in knowing what brand, Brad didn't get it). His way says, "I will provide for all your needs."
My way says I can't live without TIVO. His way says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." (For those of you who have asked, we went on a fast as a family asking God what we needed to remove in our lives that was hindering our walk with Him. Directv is the first thing - we are a movie-only house now.)
My way wants to be served. His way is to seek, serve, and give our life as a ransom for many.
My way wants someone to wash my feet. His way washes the feet of others.
We can't walk in His way apart from Him. We can't do it without Him. But with Him, we can. Have a "WITH HIM" kind of love today for everyone you meet.
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