Wednesday, March 4, 2015

He Knows My Name~ YOURS TOO

Good Morning Blog Friends~

 I so need to see the sun. How about you? I think here in our part of the world it is on its way and we have a warm- up coming. This girl needs to get her hands in some dirt.  I  need to hear the birds chirp and feel the sun on my face. Its almost here!

Just as it refreshes my soul to garden and feel the sun  ~ realizing that the Lord is my sun and shield refreshes my mind. We don't have to get caught up in the worries of the day. We only need to reach for the one and only~ true SUN of God. He holds us in the palm of His hand. HE KNOWS OUR NAME. 

 We can rest knowing He has it all under control. He calls me chosen, free forgiven, child of the King, His forever…… held in treasure. I am loved and so are you. 

Now that is something to celebrate on this cool~ brisk March morning. 

Yum Beef Burgers~

This our my version of the old fashioned St Joseph, Mo  Bucket Shoppe Beef Burgers ~ a place where my Dad would take me for lunch when I was a little girl. They are oh~ so good.

1 pound hamburger
1/3 cup water
minced onion to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons chili sauce
chili powder
hamburger buns
Cooking Instructions:
Mix hamburger, water, onion, salt, and pepper. Fry until almost done. Add tomato paste, mustard, chili sauce and a bit of chili powder. Simmer till done. Place on a hamburger bun with a pickle.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Have Been Here Before~

Life has been so large lately. This morning I was looking back to this time in my life a couple years ago. We were at a cross-road which left us selling our home we had built ourselves. I was leaving behind my chickens, my raspberries that were doing so well, my garden, my orchard and so much that we had worked so hard to build. It was a valley in my life but this morning I can honestly say I survived. ( I still really miss my chickens the most.)

I decided to re-post this devotion just to remind myself that hard times will come into our lives but God has carried me safe this far and one day He will carry me home. I am so thankful that my security is in the fact that Christ lives in me.

I think spring has finally arrived at Farming On Faith. Oh my stars~ I thought it might never get here.

I have this saying written on my chalkboard on the porch in hopes it really is true!

No Winter lasts forever ~
 No Spring skips her turn.

This morning as I sit on my deck listening to all the glory of a beautiful spring day I am having my devotions with Emilie Barnes. I raised my family on Emilie's books. I just love her! I am reading her devotion called

Philippians 4:11

 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 I have to remind myself of this because we are in the process of selling our home and moving back to town. Have I ever told you I would rather do anything except move? It gives me horrible nightmares and keeps me awake at night! So I am just having the hardest time being content in this state~ that I hate.

We have been looking for a home for about a year and that has not gone so great either but I just want to get where I am going. I hate being stuck in the middle and I need my roots to take hold somewhere~ anywhere. 

Emilie states~ "We don't happen to live in a society that puts a lid on anything, let alone our desires. As a capitalistic and consuming society we strive upward to the next level of prosperity; bigger apartments or houses, luxury cars, the next raise, fancier vacations, and more expensive toys. The echo of our success says that our happiness depends upon processions that show those around us that we have succeeded in the business world."

In and of themselves, there is not a thing wrong with owning things. But to love them so much we are not willing to give them up makes them a little god. I never thought we would be asked to give up our retirement home but that is exactly what God has asked us to do.

My husband has been called to a job that impacts way more lives than just ours. So ~ we are selling and obeying the call that God has called my husband to do.  

The part I am struggling with is the process. Sigh..... I have been here before!

 Paul is telling us in this verse above to have contentment in today ~ right now~ not the desires for the future. I have been here before and I really didn't pass the test with flying colors. In fact ~ if I were to give myself a grade it would be more like I verily passed by the seat of my pants.  I want to pass the test this time with faith~ and grace.

So today I am focusing on just living in the moment for today and being content even without my roots being planted.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Perfect Lemonade~ Just Tastes Like Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited I just can't contain myself.  It's almost  time for planting the pansies and starting the winter clean-up. I just get giddy this time of year when the birds are singing~ the frogs start croaking and I see the first bumble bee. I love watching God make all things new once again.
 It has been a long winter~ physically and spiritually but I am rejoicing that God does restore all that is dead and makes it new again. That is just something to celebrate today.
  Hope you are making a joyful noise unto God in your part of the world today.

Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Perfect Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

We Will Survive~

A couple of years ago we had the worst drought here in Missouri. The ground was hard and tough. This tender little green plant grew anyway. Why? Because I nurtured it. I went out in the early morning hours and fed and watered it. After the heat of the day I went back and gave it another drink. I can't say we had a bumper crop that year but our garden did survive.
 Some evenings I would go out to the garden to see my tender little plants stuck to the ground, all dried out and withered. I would slowly spray the plants with cool refreshing water and they would perk up once again. Eventually the plants got stronger and could take the heat of the day but I still had to water each and every day that year because of the drought. That little plant was at the mercy of the gardener's hands. If I had missed one day it would have withered up and died.
It's like that in the life of a believer in Christ. Our ability does not reside in us but in the Master who waters, feeds, and nourishes us. None of us are exempt from the punches that life throws at us. Storms are always going to brew up to threaten our stability. He is the Master Gardener that can sustain us. We can say with the Apostle Paul ~ We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed: we are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed. (2Cor. 4:8-9)
Many travelers through life have gone through deep waters of pain and suffering. We can have complete confidence that whatever comes our way that God's grace is sufficient. We can celebrate that in our weakness He is made strong. Our God is bigger than any problem that we are facing today.

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