Friday, January 23, 2015

Life's Interruptions ~



I am Jonah
I want to serve God…..
as long as it is convenient.
I desire to do His will….
until it is a tad uncomfortable.
I want to hear His Word…..
as long as its message is one I'm supposed
to pass on to someone else.
I don't want to have my plans interrupted.
Oh yes, I am Jonah, and I suspect that in
one way or another, you are too.   Taken from~ Priscilla Shirer (Jonah- Navigating A Life Interrupted)

I have been doing this Bible Study on Jonah and a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.  It is not by accident that God places in my hand's encouragement just at the right time. He has been doing this for me since I can remember. I was at one of those moments when life was comfortable. I am satisfied. I am happy. And out of the nowhere, the winds start to blow and my boat is rocking.  My life has been interrupted.

In doing this Bible study I am learning in depth the surroundings of just why it was hard for Jonah to just go preach to those enemies in Nineveh. He had to sell his home~ his belongings~ leave behind all that he loved to go to people who were not only evil but they hated his people. It was a long way to travel to preach to his enemies.   Can you give a little grace to our brother ?~ I sure have been.  He had great wealth to leave behind. Yet ~ God interrupted his life and demanded him to go. I would say Jonah had no option ~ wouldn't you?

When I started this study a few weeks ago life was boring. I was at a crossroads and needed some direction. Just two weeks later God has thrown an interruption at me. ( Not exactly what I was praying for.)  Jonah ran when God gave him his life's interruption.  How well did that work?

My natural response is much like Jonah's response. RUN! So this morning I am praying~ seeking~ and listening. Where is this interruption going to take me? What am I going to be willing to leave behind?  Is God asking me to leave behind all I know and love?  I  don't know but I know I am not going to run. I think I will learn from Jonah and just be willing to trust and obey whatever it is that He is asking me to do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What interruptions has God placed in your life today ~ how will you respond?

Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Kitchen~ Lemon Poppy Seed Bread




 I wrap my mini loaves and large muffins in coffee filters and tie them with a bow.

LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD-CAKE
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. poppy seed
(1 tsp. salt, optional)

GLAZE:

1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease bottom only of 4 (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 1/8 inch) loaf pans.In large mixer bowl combine all bread ingredients. 

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into prepared pans. 

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


In small bowl stir together glaze ingredients. Pour over warm bread. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen edge with knife; remove from pan.


Yields 4 mini loaves, which are great for gift giving. Freezes well.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Weight Watchers Cherry Cheesecake Recipe~ OH SO GOOD!





A Great Treat for the New Year!
This also makes a great Valentine's Day Dessert~
 so easy~ so light and so yummy!

Crust~
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
2 Tbsp. light butter ~melted

Filling~
3/4 cup low fat cream cheese
6 Tbsp. fat free cream cheese
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 vanilla extract
3/4 cup light cherry pie filling


Place 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.

Mix graham crackers in a small bowl with melted butter. Mix well. Place a Tablespoon of the mix in the bottom of the cupcake liners~ press down to make crust ~ refrigerate until ready to fill.

Mix together both cream cheese until smooth with a mixer until light and fluffy~add the rest of the ingredients~mix well.  Fill each pan with filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Top with 1 Tbsp. of pie filling and chill.

Yields 12 servings~ 3 points


Friday, January 9, 2015

KJV Note-Takers Bible ~ My Reiview


I have a fetish with my Bible. When I look for a new Bible I can't part with my old one. I mean I have notes and special dates marked in my Bible. I have moments in time when God spoke to me that is noted in my Bible. My Bible is a spiritual journal so-to-speak to me. So when I had the chance to review this Bible I jumped. I am a note~taker when it comes to my Bible.

However~ when the Bible arrived I was greatly disappointed. While the Bible does have some extra room ~ it is very boring in its layout. It is a hardback cover and just doesn't have a nice feel. I think this book is more of a table- top book not like a Bible I  would want to read every day and carry with me.  

It retails for $34.99 which is way over priced. I am not at all impressed with this Bible~ sorry Zondervan. I rate this Bible a 2 star only because the content is God's Word but the publishing of this Bible leaves much to be desired. 


I received this Bible in exchange for my honest review. 


 Publishers Book Description

Finally, a Bible that has plenty of room for taking notes during public or private worship, small-group fellowships, or any other time or place you feel the need to make comments on the Bible. No more cramped writing in tiny margins—the KJV Note-Taker’s Bible makes it easy to stay organized and neat. Personalize the text of God's Word to your life as never before, and treasure this record of your spiritual journey. Includes the complete text of the classic King James Version.
Features:
  • Deluxe wide margins for note takers
  • Complete King James Version text
  • Double-column text for easy reading
  • Words of Christ in red letter


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cake Mix Cookie Recipe~



 For those moments you need a quick chocolate fix~ these are soft and yummy!
1 Box of chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
Add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, etc. (anything you like)

Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Bake 350 degrees until done, about 10 minutes.

Tis The Season For The Sickies~ Homemade Disinfectant Recipe



In our area they say the flu peaked last month but I couldn't help but notice many getting sick. So~ this morning I whipped up some homemade germ control. 

2 Tbsp. ammonia
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 vinegar

Put ammonia, alcohol and vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water to spray away the germs. Stay well my friends.

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