Monday, June 5, 2017

I Am A Devotional Addict~ I Confess

Photo Credit ~ Miss Gypsy

Here I sit with four devotionals turned to June 5th. I have read all four written at a time when some person felt led to share what God has placed on their heart. Devotionals just call out my name and I can't resist. Many times when I write a devotion it is about what God is working out in my personal journey in this fast-paced life we live.

A good devotional and a cup of coffee with a splash of flavored creamer just seem like a great big hug to me. ( I am a simple girl.)  I love my quiet time. But the truth of the matter is to be with Jesus, we simply need to read God's Word and be still and listen. We need to devour God's Word like we do a meal with our best friend, unrushed, unstressed and attentive.

 Today I am meeting a couple of my favorite new friends for breakfast. We are meeting at a place I have never been before.  I have been looking forward to this all weekend.  We will talk and eat and share our lives. We may spend a couple hours just eating, talking and listening. Why? We enjoy spending time together.

Today is a great time to open the door to our hearts and let Jesus come in and share a time of listening and eating with our best friend. He really is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

 Do we look forward to spending time with Him as our very best friend?

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Joy of Letting Go ~ Book Review

I think one of the most difficult things in life for me has been knowing when and how to let go of my children. I remember at times that I felt I could not breathe.

This book is an amazing resource for parents of all ages and especially parents of teens. This devotional contains 52 devotions. I enjoyed reading it each day but it also can be used as a weekly study. We tend to want to hold on to our children forever but that is not God's plan. We are raising them to leave from the moment they enter this world. We need wisdom and direction from God each and every step along the way.  This book offers sound advice and is a wonderful resource. 

This is a book that every parent of a teenager needs to read. I highly recommend this book. 
This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Upon A Spring Breeze~ Amish Book Review

What a fun read for Spring. The setting of this book is Jamesport, MO which I totally loved. This Missouri girl has spent many of my favorite days in this little Amish town.

Bess has a hard row to hoe. Her childhood sweetheart and husband was killed in an accident and lost his life on an icy road when his buggy was hit by a truck. Her Caleb was killed before he could meet his unborn son. Bess must not only give birth to a child without Caleb but she must find a way to have joy again.   She is stuck living with her cantankerous mother-in-law. To make matters worse after suffering such a huge loss, she doesn't know why she wants to escape her new baby who looks just like his dad.

Bess decides to take a job at a B and B working as a housekeeper. It was the best escape she could find that was acceptable for an Amish woman.

This book is filled with tons of emotion and suspense. I loved this book and so enjoyed reading each and every word. I recommend that you add this one to your summer reading list.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Remember That Tomorrow Is A New Day

 Remember the part in Anne of Green Gables when Anne puts skin medication instead of vanilla in the cake she was making? When her guardian, Marilla, is not happy with her Anne simply states, "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

I really like Anne's way of looking at things. We all mess up and make mistakes. When we ask God to forgive us~ He gives us a clean new slate. In fact, the Bible tells us He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. We need to bury our past failures and mistakes and live today as a fresh new page of grace.

If you are discouraged today because you have blown it in one way or another. (Right now, Grammarly is telling me that I am too wordy. I imagine that my husband would probably agree.) Just give it over to the Lord.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is a great reason to celebrate today.  The Lord's mercies are new and fresh each morning. And remember that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes yet.  Have a wonderful day and make it a great one.

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Are You Thirsty?

 My oldest daughter is constantly preaching to us that we need to drink more water. I was one that just hated to drink water.  She said that the more you drink water the more you will crave it. She was right. I stopped buying Diet Coke and made water my go-to drink. I now crave water and it is so refreshing to me. It took time~ I won't lie. Water is vital and important for our health. Prolonged periods without water can lead to death. People in third world countries have to walk miles for this life-saving commodity. 

God's Word is just like that. The more you read it, study it and make it a daily priority the more you will crave it. Just a cup-full of His Word daily can fill the empty void in our soul. A few minutes in His Word can give us the wisdom to make important decisions. It is refreshing to our souls and gives us joy in our journey. Without it, I just could not survive. 

John 4:14King James Version (KJV)

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Yum Yum Burgers~ Happy Memorial Day

I have been making these for many years. I found the recipe in my Grandma's recipes. I always wondered why they were called "Yum Yum Burgers."   I just found out that there was once a little restaurant called "The Yum Yum Burger Hut."
1 pound hamburger
1/3 cup water
minced onion to taste
salt & 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.
Photo Source~ Unknown

May we never forget the sacrifices made for our freedom.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day ~Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave

Home of the free because of the brave...Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  I am so very thankful for my freedom to worship my Creator. I am thankful I can meet to worship and sing praises at my church this morning. I am thankful that because many gave their lives, I may live my life to the fullest. I am thankful for those who said goodbye to their loved ones so that  I can hug mine a little tighter this very day.

I will remember and honor those who have fallen for the very sake of my freedom and all those who are proud to call themselves ~AMERICAN!  Our freedom cost so much. I fear we Americans fail to give honor where honor is due.  The blood that was shed had great value ~ someone's son, daughter, brother, sister, father or mother.  My heart is grateful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Today is the day to give honor where honor is due.

How can I not thank the ONE who gave the most?~ My Lord and Savior ~ Jesus Christ. He gave all that we not only may have freedom from death and sin~but that we may have eternal life. This eternal life far reaches this life now~ but for the eternity. He gave His all for you. If you have never accepted Jesus as your Saviour. May I bid you to today? Don't go another day with your soul hanging in the balance. This life is not all there is ~ you will spend eternity somewhere.

Romans 10:9,10, 13
 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Things Hoped For

When we talk of comes so easy when life is moving along without any bumps in the road. But then life throws us a curve or we just don't know what is around the bend. Sometimes illness just happens, a death of a loved one, disappointment or maybe an attack that you just did not see coming. It is then that we have to look beyond our feelings and emotions to see the hand of God even though we may not see His hand or understand His plan. 

God often allows difficult circumstances into our lives. And He promises to take what others mean for harm and mold it for our good. He longs to grow our faith. 

As a child of an alcoholic, I became paralyzed very early with fear.  After I became a child of God He began to replace that fear with faith. Once in awhile that paralyzing fear creeps back up. It is then that I stop and remember all the fearful things in life that God has already delivered me from. 

The presence of hard times or circumstances never negates God's love for me or you. In fact, God loves us so much that He lovingly and patiently replaces our fear with faith if only we walk with Him. It is up to us to choose to have faith no matter what our eyes may see around us. Our God is so good and we can trust his heart even when we can not see His hand. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Always Stay Humble and Kind

Good Morning,
It is a crisp and beautiful morning here in the capital city of Missouri. I have lit the candles and began to prepare for my day. A special guest is coming for lunch. I am getting ready to make some candied pecans and thanking God for another day of life. With candied pecans, it is bound to a great day.  It's a wonderful life... God gives us so much to praise Him for.

 I tend to run ahead when I have important plans. Most often God seems to call out to me and remind me that I need Him and that I am nothing on my own. I remember the old song that said, "I miss my time with you." God loves us so much that He wants us to spend time with Him. So I have sat down and opened up the Word to quiet my soul. I need to do that often. I once again confess my sin of running ahead without Him.  God quiets my soul and fills me with peace each and every time. I love how His Word comes alive and He speaks to us with what we need to hear at just the right moment. I open my devotional this morning and this is what I find.

I am reading in Proverbs 16:1-9

16 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

We can make our plans and preparations and run ahead with our own agenda and in running we lose sight of what God's plans may be for our life. What He truly is asking us to do.  What he desires to work out and achieve in our heart.

The scripture here reminds me to commit not only my way unto the Lord but also my mouth.  We tend to devise our own way when we really need to allow God to direct our agenda. I can't help but think as I read this passage ~we need to ALWAYS STAY HUMBLE AND KIND. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blue Bird...Blue Bird In My Window

Last May when we moved in our new home we placed this birdhouse right outside our kitchen window. I watched as several different breeds of birds fought for the new little dwelling. Imagine my surprise when a sweet little bluebird pair made their nest. We watched as they worked so hard bringing all kinds of creative things that would make a soft little place to hatch their babies. Then the excitement grew as we heard the little chirps of new life. Momma bird would go in with worms in a loving manner. Daddy bird kind-of landed and tossed the food in and flew away. It wasn't long before the babies flew from the nest and we missed watching the whole process
 A couple months ago I noticed the pair back just checking things out. Then the whole process began all over again. These photos were captured by my Hannah when she was home visiting the past couple weeks. 

The bluebird is pretty special here in Missouri. The native Eastern Bluebird is the official bird of Missouri. It is considered a symbol of happiness. Its feathers are bright blue on top and its breast is a cinnamon color which turns rust in the fall. The bluebird is seen in early spring until late fall. It is rare to see them in my hometown of St. Joseph but here they are plentiful. I am just thrilled that they have adopted my little house. 

I can't help but think about Matthew 6 as I watch these little birds. God lovingly gave them their nature and ability to know how to care for their young. He loves them so much that Bible says He even knows when a robin falls from its nest. With an Almighty Creator who cares that much about the birds of the air just imagine how much He cares about you...... you who were made in His image. I hope you let that sink in today. The God of the Universe loves you! 

Matthew Chapter 6

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unexpected Turns

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Romans 11:33 KJV

We just zoomed past the one- year anniversary of landing in this beautiful and patriotic capital city of Jefferson City, Mo. I say landed because that is sort-of how God brought us here. It was a divine calling and a divine move. He picked us up and dropped us right here.

When God decides to move us~ He will move us. Some days I wake up and wonder how I landed here. I am thankful that I know that I know... the best place to be is right in the center of God's will.

My Brian and I did not know a soul when we arrived here one year ago. This unexpected turn in our lives had us a bit confused and to be honest we were both fearful. My husband left behind 30 years of blood, sweat, and tears that he invested in the school district that he left behind. Did we really hear God's voice or had we made this choice?  Where would we go to church? What about the loved ones we left behind?   Just who would be our new friends? Surely God would not leave me without Godly friends. I was lonely..... real lonely. I cried a lot of tears. I was fearful that the son I left behind would be lost and confused. My last child, whom I had homeschooled his entire life wanted to stay behind in the place we called home. I cried out to God~ are you sure you know what you are doing? Deep in my heart, I trusted that He did but in my moments of doubt I cried out to God to please not abandon us or our loved ones during this unexpected turn in our lives.

This unexpected turn for us has become one of the greatest blessings in our lives. We have watched as God unfolded the plans in His timing. He never wastes anything~ not pain, not tears, not lonely days. He has taken our confusion and replaced it with assurance. He has taken my boy and grown him into a man who is finding his own faith in His own God. Hallelujah! He has flooded me with Godly friends whom I already dearly love. He has placed a Godly Pastor in my life with a wife that has become very special to me. He has given us a church that we felt like we had finally come home after several years in the wilderness.  He has once again moved my Brian up the ladder to a higher position but more importantly a new place to serve and shine the light of Jesus.  He has taken our feeble and humble efforts and allowed us to be servants just doing our best at loving this God who has become so real to us. He has blessed me beyond measure with a position where I am privileged to walk this life with beautiful women as the Director of Women's Ministry at our church~ a position God has been preparing me for my entire life.

The unexpected turns in our lives may take our breath away and move us out of our comfort places that make us feel safe. God may even allow our foundations to crumble under our feet. He may give us way more than we can handle.   And that is just where God wants us. These unexpected turns in our lives make us weak. It is then God makes us depend on Him~ we have nothing left we can do. It is in this place that He takes our weakness and makes us strong.  Praise God that what is an unexpected turn for us is really God working and moving in our lives to make us and mold us into His image. This unexpected turn has made my heart glad and full of joy.

Psalm 16:5-11King James Version (KJV)

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Living Life With Zest Mother~ Daughter Banquet

Happy Mother's Day!
Life is so much sweeter with the love of all the women in our lives.
So I hope you put your feet up and enjoy 
the one day a year set apart to honour YOU!

The Women of Concord hostessed our Mother-Daughter Banquet on May 6th.
We set the stage as a farm stand. This also served as the photo backdrop.
A photographer was hired to catch pictures of each family and some special friends. 

This was our speaker, Mrs Sharon Hoffman. She is the Pastor's wife of West Division Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. She was full of sunshine and zest.

We had 30 table hostesses that set tables. They used their own tableware and decorations. As you can see from a sampling just how beautiful they turned out. Each table had 8 guest. Each one was different and just made the banquet so special. 

This was the table that I hostessed. The hostess of each table gathered drinks and salads so each guest had their salad as the 240 guest made their way through the serving tables. 

The Menu
Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans
Spinach and Berry Salad
Wedding Cupcakes
Very Lemon Cupcakes
Iced Tea

This is my mother and youngest daughter along with myself and our speaker. It was a day to remember.

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I'm Undone By The Mercy Of Jesus

This a glorious thought to start out a stormy Saturday morning. No matter where you are and no matter what you may be doing, you can rest assured that the Redeemer lives.

I remember the day I accepted what Jesus did for me when He died on the cross for all my sin. The day I repented from my sins and gave my life to the Redeemer. My life has never been the same. I was just a young 18-year-old girl away at Bible College.  He cleansed me and made me whole. "Since then I walk in forgiveness. The chains of the past are broken at last."

 I fall short each and every day but my Jesus made it possible for me to be redeemed and made righteous in the sight of God. Now that is reason enough to celebrate this day. My debt has been paid and one day when I leave this world, I will spend eternity with my Redeemer. Do you know the Redeemer?

I've got Jesus ~ How could I want more?

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:25 

Friday, April 28, 2017

"For Such A Time As This"

Life has been moving at full speed and I do mean full speed. I took a position on staff at our church as the Women's Ministry Director. I am having the time of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be right in the center of God's will doing what I love.  I feel like God has been preparing me all of my life for such a time as this....serving others, encouraging others and getting the opportunity to pour my life out for others. I am so very humbled that God would let me be a part of so many amazing women's lives. 

I think of Esther. She had endured hard times. She had lost both of her parents and lived with a cousin, whom she loved. She was paraded before a King for the purpose of him choosing a bride. I wonder what his qualifications were. Was she pretty enough, smart enough..... just enough. Then to be chosen to be his bride. Then to learn there was a wicked man who wanted to kill her and her people. Esther had her share of hard days...... yet the Bible tells us she was right where God wanted her to be "for such a time as this."  

Esther 4:14

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

What is God calling you do today .... "for such a time as this?" Maybe it is raising young children..... a long list of to-dos. Like cleaning toilets and mountains of laundry and sticky floors. Maybe you are teaching in a classroom or homeschooling your children. Maybe it is facing an illness or walking along someone who is fighting. Maybe it is serving in the ministry or teaching Sunday School. We all have our assignments given to us by God. I want to encourage you today that no matter how big or small the assignment, you are where you are because God has placed you there "for such a time as this."

Esther did not allow herself a pity party. She stood with courage and grace and obeyed God. She saved an entire nation. You never know just what God has in store for your life right now, right where you are...... "for such a time as this."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth Over Board, Purple, Red Letter Edition

This sweet little Bible is very slim and small to carry along or for traveling. It is really a beautiful coffee table Bible also. It contains two ribbon place markers and has Christ's words written in red. It contains full colorful maps.

This would make a wonderful graduation gift for any young lady or Mother's Day. I especially like the  cloth cover.

This KJV version Bible was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion. This girl loves her King James Bible.

The Joy Of Letting Go Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World

One of the hardest things I have ever had to do is letting go of my children. I remember the day Ashley left home after she got married. My husband and I sat in her room on her bed and cried a river of tears. In fact, I cried most of the summer. She was the first of our four children who found their wings and flew far away from my warm and cozy home. Did I mention Safe home? 

This devotional is written true to life. Vicki captured the tears and stories of letting her children go. In The Joy Of Letting Go, each of the 52 devotions has a cute and catchy title. The author shares how letting go really begins the day we bring our little bundle home..... from walking to driving.. college and moving out.  In each devotion, she takes her stories and turns them into a thought-provoking and spiritual application. 

I highly recommend this book for those who have teenagers. It would make a wonderful gift for any newly empty nesters. 

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day~ Cabbage Roll Recipe

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.  I am not Irish, nor do I believe in luck. I do wear green and make a mean pot of corned beef and cabbage. I do often think about how blessed I am when I hear about the "luck of the Irish."

1 Peter 1:4

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

Rainbows are to remind us of God's promise to never destroy the earth again with water.  But to be honest, my pot of gold would have to be my relationship with Jesus Christ. My accepting Christ as my Saviour will one day lead me to a pot of gold in Heaven. 

Not only do I have the promise of eternity in Heaven but I have so much here on earth. I have joy in the journey. I have peace in the pot holes. I have faith in my failures. I have love in my loneliness. 

So don't call me lucky~call me blessed!

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 Grandma Catron's Cabbage Roll Recipe 
They are so very yummy. 

12 cabbage leaves

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1 cans (8 ounces ) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Preparation: Drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well. For filling, combine ground beef, rice, onion, egg, and salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well and divide into 12 portions. Place a portion into the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll leaf around filling; fasten with a toothpick. Place in a baking dish. For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water with cornstarch and pour over cabbage rolls. Bake covered in a preheated 350° oven 40 to 45 minutes. Remove rolls and discard toothpicks. Place pan with juices over medium heat or transfer the juices to a saucepan and place over heat; stir cornstarch and water mixture into the sauce; bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Recipe for cabbage rolls serves 6.



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