Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homemade Fabric Softener

I have had a lot of questions on my Fabric Softener~so here are my steps and photos. 
Hope this clears up questions!

Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner  ( I used Suave's new Wild Cherry Blossom this time)
6 cups of water

Mix all this together. You may use this like any other Fabric Softener.

 If you prefer~I diluted this down with water~ 3 parts water, 1 part softener. I then poured it into this glass container.  Next I added  sponges.  For each load~ wring out the sponge and add to the dryer as you would fabric sheets.  I added a few drops of  Downy scent!  Smells wonderful!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Too Blessed To Be Stressed~

If you are  anything like me~you  watch news and read the Internet headlines each morning. I get concerned for my children and now my grandchildren. I see moral decay on every hand.  It appears at times that our world is spinning out of control and Satan has finally tipped the scale to his side!

Then the Lord speaks to me~Psalms 37! Even when it may look like evil will overpower righteousness, God promises never to abandon His children (verse 25). Though we may experience the heartaches of a sinful world, God promises to never forsake us. He even promises the blessings will extend to the next generation. Praise the Lord!

Just thought I would spread some faith over fear this morning~

  Psalms 37:1   Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

  Psalms 37:2   For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

  Psalms 37:3   Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

  Psalms 37:4   Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

  Psalms 37:5   Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

  Psalms 37:6   And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

  Psalms 37:7   Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

  Psalms 37:8   Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

  Psalms 37:9   For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

  Psalms 37:10   For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

  Psalms 37:11   But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

  Psalms 37:12   The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

  Psalms 37:13   The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

  Psalms 37:14   The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

  Psalms 37:15   Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

  Psalms 37:16   A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

  Psalms 37:17   For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

  Psalms 37:18   The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

  Psalms 37:19   They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

  Psalms 37:20   But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

  Psalms 37:21   The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

  Psalms 37:22   For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:23   The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

  Psalms 37:24   Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

  Psalms 37:25   I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

  Psalms 37:26   He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

  Psalms 37:27   Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

  Psalms 37:28   For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:29   The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

  Psalms 37:30   The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

  Psalms 37:31   The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

  Psalms 37:32   The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

  Psalms 37:33   The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

  Psalms 37:34   Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

  Psalms 37:35   I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

  Psalms 37:36   Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

  Psalms 37:37   Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end ofthat man is peace.

  Psalms 37:38   But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

  Psalms 37:39   But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalms 37:40   And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. 

 God gently reminds me it is my job to be reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply sharing the most wonderful gift I have ever been given~eternal life and a life walking with my Saviour right now here on earth. I want the whole world to know how wonderful life is when you are walking and talking with the Heavenly Father!

Homemade Apple Pie~

Apple Pie Filling Recipe  
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples
(about 2-1/4 pounds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 stick butter
1. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together.
2. Add apples to the pastry-lined pie plate.
3. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mix evenly over apples. Then sprinkle the flour on top of the cinnamon and sugar mix~slice butter over the top.
4. Cover the filling with the remaining dough, pinch top and
bottom sections together with your fingers.
5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes or till top is golden brown.
6. Cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving
the best hot apple pie you‘ve ever had!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keep Calm and Carry On~

Woo hoo~ I am feeling better each day. That was a rough surgery ~ I won't lie. I have been missing in blog land and I have tried to stay off the computer.While trying to recover from major surgery the news has been dismal. Even Facebook can be so negative and discouraging.  If there was ever a time for a Christian to fall on their knees~ it is today. Our world needs God and NOW!

"Keep Calm and Carry On" first appeared in Great Britain as World War II began in 1939. The officials of Britain made up posters designed to offset discouragement and fear during the war. I don't know about you but I need to hear these words today. 

My mind quickly goes to the children of Israel when they were trying to build the Temple after returning to Israel after being in captivity. Their oppressors did everything they could to keep them from building the Temple. They tried to convince government officials to keep them from completing God's will in their lives. Yet~ in the end King Darius issued a decree allowing them to finish their Temple. (Ezra 5:7-17)

Life has a way of throwing us some curve balls~ things that knock us down. Issues that make us afraid and scared to live life. Yet~ just as the children of Israel had setbacks we too will have setbacks. But we must put faith over fear and carry on.  Why? because as servants of God we have a job to do ~ a life to live~ A LIGHT TO SHINE. (In Jesus name) We are servants of God.  We must determine to be courageous and calm as we carry on doing God's will in our lives. 

Ezra 5: 11 a~And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth,

God does not give us the spirit of fear but a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7~For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 Isaiah 26:3 ~Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

No matter what setbacks may come today we can "Keep Calm and Carry On" because God promised to never leave us or forsake us. That is something to celebrate this beautiful day.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Too Loved To Be Lost~ Book Review

What a wonderful book of encouragement. Just what the doctor ordered! As I was just released from the hospital after surgery I was blessed with this sweet little book. Debra Coty has a special way of using her humor to encourage women in all walks and stages of life to crawl up in Papa God's lap and be loved unconditionally. The book reads like a devotional/ Bible study but broken down in chapters and bite size pieces/topics. 

As women we have some tough roads to walk through and at times we can feel so alone and unloved. Yet~ our  Papa God does not ever want us to feel unworthy, unloved or defeated. This book offers great big advice to women. Debra explains how God sees us through eyes of affection and not criticism.  The God who is not fixed on a list of do's and don'ts but rather the condition of our heart longs to walk with us. Papa God's love is never too lost or never too late. He is always right on time. 

I so enjoyed reading this book.

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



Seattle—In a world where a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior or talents, does anyone love her simply for who she is? Debora M. Coty answers that question with a resounding “yes” in her new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Love (Barbour Books/October 1, 2014/ISBN: 978-1628369694 /$9.99).
“I believe that women today spend a lot of time feeling taken advantage of, judged unfairly and accepted only within certain boundaries,” Coty says. “We need to know — really KNOW —there is One who doesn’t condemn or critique us, but instead loves, forgives and accepts us — quirks, meltdowns, zits and all.”
Coty says as women fear loss of acceptance and try to outperform one another, they can begin to view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. “Sure, our heavenly Father is holy and just. He’s righteous and wants us to be too. But that doesn’t make Him a mean ole hulking principal stalking the halls with a big paddle. That is so not our loving Papa God.” Filled with Coty’s trademark quirky humor, Too Loved to Be Lost offers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, refreshment and revitalization of spirit, body and faith.
Coty chose to use a travel theme for her book to illustrate life’s journey. A self-professed, “directionally challenged” traveler, Coty believes most women will experience the hopeless feeling of being truly lost at some point in their lives. She knows because she’s been there herself, struggling with depression for two years following six heart-wrenching miscarriages. “My wounds were so painful and raw that I distanced myself from the Lord,” Coty admits. “At my lowest point, He reached down to me with His tender mercies and gently began chipping away at the rock that was my heart.”
Coty tells readers that God allows detours to happen in their lives to show them deeper and higher facets of his limitless love. Whether they’re struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts or hopes,Too Loved to be Lost will bring readers back to a secure love that no one can take away.
Too Loved to Be Lost is the fourth installment in Coty’s “Take on Life” series. Much like her earlier releases in the series,Faith, Fear, and a Fistful of Chocolate, Too Blessed to be Stressed and More Beauty, Less Beast, this latest volume is filled with humor and will deliver a much-needed smile while equipping readers with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging they crave — the kind only found in the unconditional love of Papa God.
Learn more about Debora M. Coty and Too Loved to Be Lost at www.deboracoty.com, on Facebook or Twitter(@deboracoty).

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