Sunday, May 24, 2015

Low Calorie Strawberry Cobbler

1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup King Arthur Flour
1/2 skim milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries

* Mix all ingredients together except the fruit.
* Add to a 8x8 pan sprayed with olive oil.
* Place fruit on top~ the crust will come up over the fruit.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition figured at

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 195
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0.20%
Saturated Fat 0.00%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Potassium 234mg 7%
Carbohydrates 48.016%
Dietary Fiber 2.811%
Sugars 32.3g
Protein 3.0g
Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 76%
Calcium 6% · Iron 8%

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like To Join The Amish? Called To Be Amish Book Review

Oh~ so many times I wish I could leave behind the craziness of our secular world, all the noise and fast pace living for the simple life.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have been born Amish? I mean divine intervention must play a part in me being raised Baptist and the Amish girl at my favorite Bulk Store being born into an Amish Community.

When I had the chance to review Marlene Miller’s book Called To Be Amish I couldn’t wait to dive in.  She is writing for a new series called Plainspoken. So many times our Amish friends are being misrepresented in our English world through media. I enjoyed getting to hear a real story from an Amish author. In this new series you can read their stories straight from the Amish people~ written by themselves. 

Marlene tells her story in her own words of how she grew up in an abusive home and learns to escape into music and dance. She loved cheerleading and being in the marching band. Only to fall in love with a sweet Amish boy who charms his way into her heart. The world changed forever for Marlene Miller. 

Marlene finds love and acceptance void of abuse in the Amish people and leaves all the modern life behind ~only to discover it’s not so easy and even considers leaving. It was amazing to read her real life story about her 100- acre farm, ten children, love story and the troubles and trials of the real “SIMPLE” life. 50 years later she is still trying to live out her calling from God as the wife of an Amish man in an Old Order Amish world. 

I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 stars. I so enjoyed your story Marlene.

Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.
In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.
Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.
Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.
Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Remembering To Keep It Humble


We celebrated a wonderful  accomplishment this weekend. After 25 years of night classes my Brian earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Missouri. He not only went to school all these years but he raised a beautiful family and did it all very well. I am so very proud of him and our family as we celebrate this achievement. He has worked so very hard. I married a school janitor and today I can introduce to you~ Dr. Shindorf.

This morning I am reading my devotion out of Devotions From The Garden. The author (Merriam) writes this morning about the humble little worm. The little  worm is ever working beneath the soil pushing the soil with her head all the while producing air and moisture to circulate through the soil. She is a great help to all gardeners. We benefit from her hard work yet never notice her. She even gives the soil great benefits from her castings~ if you know what I mean.  Worms work day after day unnoticed. 

Think about the people in your life today~ your parents, your neighbors, teachers, administrators…….. oh my~ none work as hard as dear ol' mothers. The people behind the scenes of your life that never seek the spotlight but work humbly behind the scenes deserve a Thank You.

I want to stay humble. The Bible says God gives grace to the humble. I need all the grace I can get~ how about you? 

James 4:6

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Today would be a great day to offer a simple Thank You for those humble servants in our lives that make our lives rich.  

Proverbs 16:19

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Have a happy and blessed Monday~ remembering to keep it humble. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Don't Want To Be A Troublemaker

Do you have someone in your life that just loves to cause trouble? Someone who likes to take your words and twist them and use them against you. A person who wants to cause harm or discredit another person to make themselves appear on a higher level in this game of life.  A troublemaker will try to discredit those they are jealous of and will eventually discredit themselves. 

It is my tendency when this happens to get angry and want to defend myself. My anger is wrong. God wants us to trust Him even with troublemakers. I am not judge and jury. The Bible says we all will give an account to Him~ including myself. How I handle those who try to discredit me is my business. We don't have to defend ourselves. We don't need to impress others but just be who we are in Christ. He loves us unconditionally.

Let's go even a step further. We can choose to be a peacemaker instead of a troublemaker.  We can stand up in a loving way without crushing their spirit.We can pray that that person who means to cause strife will ask God to change them into peacemakers instead of troublemakers. I can choose to kill with kindness and pray God will change their hearts. While I am at it pray that God will keep me from being a troublemaker.  I so don't want to cause anymore strife in a world full of pain! 

Psalm 7:15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

 May we remind ourselves that the trouble we cause will recoil on ourselves and the strife it causes will come down upon our own heads.  I pray God will keep my thoughts and mind stayed on what is good and what is right so that I don't wound others by being a troublemaker.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

When God's People Wound~

This morning as I am reading my devotion ~ I think it was written just for me for such a time as this. I want to start with saying, "God is still there." I always have to read the end of the book. It is one of my bad habits but this story gets ugly. So to inspire you to hang with me I am giving you the good news first.

Have you ever been wounded by God's people?  We only have to look at God's Word to see an example of one of God's people who was wounded by another of God's people. Hagar's story went like this. She was Sarah's (the mother of God's people) handmaiden. Sarah was promised a son by God but decided to manipulate the situation and take matters into her own hands~ control at the finest. She decides God is not big enough to deliver and He is taking way too long so she gives Hagar to her husband to sleep with to give her a child. Seriously~ how crazy its that? Hagar delivers a son to Abraham and Sarah only to be despised by Sarah who was jealous and mean. So she has Abraham kick her and her son to the curb. She was kicked all the way to Beersheba~ her very own wilderness.

Mother Sarah wounded Hagar terribly~ but God was still there. You can read the entire account below. The world is still paying for Sarah wounding Hagar~ but that is another devotion.

Where do we go from here when we are wounded? What do we do? I have not been wounded much in my life until the past several years. I am ever so thankful for that. I have been in my own wilderness but can I remind you that God is still there. Recently, someone very close to me is the one getting the stones. Much like Hagar he really had no control over the situation. Just a 16 year boy who loves Jesus. Yet~ he was told, "You are not welcome here" simply for who he is.  Funny thing is~ when people manipulate and control they always wrap it up in excuses of self-righteousness. After awhile lies wrapped up in excuses become so lame that only the abusers think they make any sense. Much like Sarah made no sense in her cruelty to Hagar. Yet~ others are told the truth. "That boy is not welcome here because he is a troublemaker." I am so thankful that God is still there.  That troublemaker is someone that loves God and walks with God. That troublemaker is someone I love.

Even in the wilderness Hagar cried out to God and says, "You are the God who sees me." It is easy to sink into a place of brokenness that leads to bitterness when those you love and trust wound or maybe just watch the abuse happen.  Yet~ I search my heart to see when I have been the one who wounded. God ~ please forgive me! I never want to be the cause of hurting one of God's own or causing them to stumble.  I never want to allow my faith to turn to agnosticism or my frustration to anger. I pray this morning that God will help me not to let my hurt turn to hardness.

Maybe we all need to be reminded of this verse.

Matthew 18:6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Fast forward to the end of the story~ God is everywhere. He is even in the wilderness. He knew Hagar's name and He knows my name too. He knows the name of the boy. God is in the dry, barren, lonely, rocky place and He is still the God who sees. The amazing thing about the wilderness is that God reveals Himself in mighty ways. He speaks a little louder and blesses a little more. He never wastes pain. When we encounter the Living God in the barren places of life we will come out calling our Heavenly Father~ "The God Who Sees Me." 

I need to remind myself and you too this morning that the God of Hagar is still there!

Genesis 16 King James Version (KJV)

16 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lordjudge between me and thee.
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

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