Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Master Gardener~

In case you missed my review yesterday~
 this is my devotional I have picked for the summer. I absolutely love it! 

Today I plan to work in the garden getting the yard ready for Easter. As I am reading this morning's devotion I am reading about spring bulbs. The birds are singing and it is a beautiful morning here at Farming on Faith. 

In my devotion~ I am reading about those ugly little spring bulbs we place in the dirt in the Autumn. We cover them with dirt and they endure the long cold winter under that frozen ground. As Spring unveils herself those little ugly bulbs begin to peek through the dirt and before we know it our beautiful tulips, daffodils and crocus come blazing in all their glory. They make our world a better place. 

That is how we feel sometimes~ isn't it so? This year has been much like that in my life. It has been a long cold hard winter in more ways than one. Yet ~ when we just yield to the Master Gardener ~He knows best and we will come forth shining as gold. It is the yielding to His plan that is the hard part. Surviving without getting bitter and angry when the harshness and coldness come to creep into our very souls. 

I am so thankful on this beautiful Spring Tuesday that God does tend to us well~ he nourishes us~ sends us help in the time of trouble. He gives us rest and restoration. He gives us mercy and grace when we struggle at our feeble attempts to yield. He gives us our joy when we feel lifeless. He gives us hope in His promises. Now that is reason enough to celebrate on this beautiful Spring morning. 

Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Devotions From The Garden~ I Love This Book!

When this book arrived in the mail I was so excited. This picture just does not do it justice. It is a beautiful hard back book with glossy pages of artwork. Each time I pick it up to read I find myself singing, I Come To The Garden Alone.  I find nothing better than meeting my Saviour in the garden and this is just the devotional to take with you. 

This devotional is not only beautiful but it is filled with 90 devotions. Each devotion is related to a gardening theme. I don't know about you but being in my garden I feel so very close to my Creator. Each devotion is well written by Merian Drennan. 

The first devotion is ~ God's Transforming Grace. In this devotion the author shares Philippians 3:20-21. She reminds her readers that Perennial bulbs are not very beautiful and have humble beginnings but when we place them in the ground in the fall and cover them with dirt they endure the winter to survive and  produce beautiful flowers at the first hint of Spring.  She explains that sometimes we may feel like a lifeless bulb but God can and will clothe us in a radiant blossom in due time.  Each devotion has a garden theme that teaches us a valuable lesson.

I can not tell you enough how much I love this book. Many times after I read and review a book I  pass it along to family or friends but this book will stay in my collection for years to come. It would be the perfect gift for someone who loves to garden or just loves to come to the garden alone to meet with the Lord.

I rate this book 5 plus stars. I absolutely love this devotional . Friends~You don't want to miss this one!

* This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Book Description

Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence.
There's nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It's the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity. Devotions from the Garden takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God's creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.
About the Author
Miriam Drennan is the author of Devotions for the Beach and the Days You Wish You Were There and Soar Above the Madness: Surviving Office Politics Without Losing Your Mind, Your Job, or Your Lunch. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoys gardening and playing with words. Drop her a line at www.that-writer.com.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? Amazing Devotional For All Moms

As a retired homeschool mom of 23 years I love to read books from fellow homeschool families. When this book arrived in the mail it came wrapped in tissue and M&Ms with a sweet note. How fun is that? Thank you Rachel for your sweetness.

I absolutely loved this devotional. It is written about every day life as a homeschool mom of seven, with 23 years of experience. Any mom who home schools seven children and finds the time to write a book is amazing. 

What I love about this book is that is it written with everyday life thrown in as the theme of each devotion. Each chapter is a small devotion with thought provoking questions at the end. It can be read in order or you can pick and choose which devotion speaks to you on any given day. 

  How many times have we said, "How many times do I have to tell you?"~ to our children? What 
Rachel discovered was how impatient she was with her children but God is never impatient with us.  She begin to take notice of all the phrases she told her kids to keep them in line and God convicted her that she needed to pay attention to what her Heavenly Father told her time and time again. Ouch! We all need to take notice of that.

This book is a must have resource for any mom. I rate this book 5+ stars. Great Job Rachel ~ I so enjoyed it and this copy is going to my daughter the mother of my sweet grandbabies.  Thank you for writing from your heart and I pray your wisdom will be en encouragement to my sweet girl too. 

You can visit Rachel at her blog here!

About the book:
How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? (Apologia Educational Ministries, March 2015)
You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?
“I remember the day you were born.”
“Turn down the music!”
“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
“Hold my hand.”
Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
About the Author:
Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

Challah Bread~ Just Speaks Spring To Me

Jewish Sweet Bread (Challah)
This bread is so delicious and so pretty because it is braided. It's not terribly hard to make, but takes a few hours because it has to rise twice. You can easily double the recipe and actually make 6 loaves by separating the dough into smaller parts. Also, the butter is very important. If you use unsalted butter, the flavor isn't as good.

1 pkg. yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water (as hot as you can comfortably touch it)
1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 c. flour

Mix yeast, water, and sugar, set aside. Mix the other ingredients together, then add yeast mixture. Lay out on floured surface and knead 5 minutes. Put into greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise, double, punch down. Cut dough into 3 parts (there will actually be 6 parts because the recipe makes 2 loaves). Make 2 braids and let them rise on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 min. or until golden brown. Pour 1/2 cube of melted butter over bread before baking and 1/2 cube of melted butter just after baking.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pack Lightly

My boy is coming to the end of his school year at a Technical School and has won the right to travel to a State Competition this week. As we tried to find the right bag he decided on a small bag and wanted to pack lightly. I ~on the other hand ~never pack light. I just can't do it~ I have tried. I never can decide on an outfit for any given day and need to keep my options open. This always makes for a stressful packing time~ cumbersome traveling and even worse is the unpacking when I return from my travels. You think I would get this figured out.

Mark 6:8King James Version 

 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:

This verse is talking about the disciples going on a trip with Jesus. They were to take no scrip~ that means a substitute for legal tender, no bread and no money. Wow~ talk about panic. When I travel I take baby wipes, medicine, snacks, something to read, my debit card and cash too. I have to have lots of clothes and the right shoes. Yet~ they were to go with Jesus on this journey and just trust Him to meet all their provisions. I would have thrown a tantrum and stayed home. What about you?

I am reminded how foolish I am to hang on to that which can be taken away. Jesus Christ can meet all our needs. As we travel this journey may we hold loosely to those things that can be taken away in a moment's notice and hold tightly to the One whom keeps His promise.

My Friends~My Followers