Thursday, October 27, 2011

Austin, Texas

I stepped off the plane when I landed in Texas and the stewardess says to me, "I love your hair." I grew up in the 80's and I have a full round face so my hair is a bit big and always has been. I was so excited- I am at home in the land of big hair. To be honest I am a Midwestern girl to my very core. This Missouri girl loves Texas.

Yesterday we toured the State Capitol of Texas and I have to tell you it is one of the most beautiful historical buildings I have ever seen. It was built in the late 1800's and the craftsman of that time is my favorite. It is just breathtaking. So glad I was able to see it. I have pictures but I am tapping away on an I-Pad- not easy for blogging. I will share pictures soon.

I was blessed by a little get away from My Brian and I am catching my breathe and getting some much needed rest.

I had great plans to sit by the beautiful pool here at the Onmni Hotel but the 90 degree weather has just turned into a high of 65 degrees for today. I think I may have brought my Missouri autumn weather with me.

Autumn in Texas is a sight to see. The tropical trees with pumpkins just don't seem to go together. And the stylish boots for fall here are paired with shorts and short sleeves-I always wondered how that went. Too cute! All in all Texas is one of my favorite places to visit.I am off to enjoy my day for all to soon I will be back to every day life.

I will be back soon.... Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~
1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Combine pumpkin, milk, egg, sugar,pumpkin pie spice, and salt in bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Drizzle melted butter over everything.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool completely and top with whip topping. Refrigerate left overs!

Hungry For God~

We are beginning to realize that we hunger for God and 
that for far too long we have settled for far too less.
-John Kirvan

Every year we Americans spend $40 to $50 billion dollars on losing weight. We join Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, pay for meals that are packaged and drink Slim Fast. All these weight loss programs work if you apply them but the only reason they work is that they basically encourage us to eat less and move more~then we will lose weight. Yet the diet industry continues to grow. 

Why are Americans as a majority over weight. Maybe because society has been selling us the idea that we are consumers~ society tells us we deserve to indulge. We are constantly being told what we should buy, eat or drink and that doing so will make us successful, happy and popular.

 We somehow get the mindset that if we can afford to indulge our appetites~ by gorgie~ we deserve that banana split~ even if we have consumed far to many calories that day. Our society also believes we deserve to buy more than we can afford and be immoral if it feels good. We try to fill our hunger with all sorts of things instead of God.

 Some new age Christians are even selling the idea that we have liberty and freedom in Christ so what has been sin is now okay. Least we forget~ we still serve a very Holy Righteous God and there is still consequences for sin. He turned Lot's wife into a pillar of salt for looking back when He told her not too. He destroyed the world with a flood~ He killed the Levites for touching the Ark of the Covenant and Moses never seen the promise land because he merely hit a rock.  If God says to do something~ we best do it. If He says for us not to do something ~ we best not do it. Ignorance is no excuse. 

An important step towards living a Godly life is to realize that our culture in not right. We are far more focused on consumption and acquisition than most of the world. We need to realize that some of our indulgences are not freedom but prisons to addition.  All while trying to put a band-aid on the emptiness in our souls.

It reminds me of a song~

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul~ only He can change your life and make you whole~ He'll give you peace you never knew~ sweet love and joy and Heaven too. Only Jesus can satisfy your soul. 

John 7:37

King James Version (KJV)

 37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Matthew 11:28

King James Version (KJV)

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul
Lanny Wolfe
The world may try to satisfy
That longing in your soul.
You may search the wide world over
But you’ll be just as before.
You’ll never find true satisfaction
Until you’ve found the Lord,
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He’ll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
If you could have the fame and fortune,
All the wealth you could attain.
Yet, you have not Christ within,
Your living here would be in vain.
There’ll come a time when death will find you,
Riches cannot help you then.
So, come to Jesus, only He can satisfy.
 Only Jesus can satisfy your soul:
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He’ll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

What are you trying to soothe your soul with today?~ Maybe it is time we get a real hunger for God.

Monday, October 24, 2011

They Don't Know That I Go Running Home When I Fall Down

MARK 6:30-32

30And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
31And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
I feel like sometimes I am spinning so many plates. Oh now hold on a minute~I have not lost my mind. I am not literally spinning plates. It would be a good reason to get some new ones though~I have a dish fetish! That's another devotion on being content! Metaphorically speaking I feel at times I have so many things I am focusing on at one time: my walk with God, prayer, Bible reading, homeschooling, chickens, homemaking, meals,  all my irons in the fire~ etc.... You know it is now called multi~tasking. Sometimes it leaves me energized when all the plates are spinning and I am getting it all done~other times it leaves me harried and frazzled! I get my attention divided in too many directions.

This morning my plates are all spinning~ a few have hit the ground so to speak.  My heart is heavy and grieving this morning over several different issues. In fact ~never have I had so many major emotional events happen in my life at one moment in time. To be honest, I am so tired~ do you ever just get tired? I have been knocked down~ but I know where to go when I fall down.

 Life as much as we want it to be is just not perfect. Life is busy and at times, it is just plain hard. If we are not careful these task, these burdens, distractions will cause our relationship with the Lord to suffer. When we are tired, when we are carrying a burden, when we just can't get it all together, when we are grieving ~WE NEED TO RUN HOME TO THE FATHER!
God doesn't want to be penciled in our schedules.
We can experience supernatural rest that is only found in Him. He wants us to come with Him to a quiet place and rest awhile. When life is hard I imagine myself crawling into His lap and laying my head on His shoulder and just crying my heart out to Him~it is amazing the peace He brings to my heart no matter how difficult life may be. Yes~He gives me sweet rest and peace.
You know one day life will go on without me and I will be in the presence with My God. With that in focus~I can start my plates a~ spinning but God chooses the outcome. I can trust God to keep them all spinning~AMEN!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Brian~

Happy Birthday My Brian~
Today I celebrate the day God made you! I know He looked down through time and knew I would need you. I am so very thankful for this journey we have taken together. You are my rock! You are the love of my life and I promise you forever! 
I love you Big~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What Kind Of Person Are You?

What Kind Of Person Are You?

Phillipians 2:4  "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

Two Kinds Of People
There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say,
Not the good and the bad, for 'tis well understood
The good are half bad, and the bad are half good.
Not the happy and the sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.
Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man's wealth
You must know the state of his conscience and health.
Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.
Wherever you go you will find the world's masses
Are ever divided in just these two classes.
And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I mean,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.
This one question I ask, Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear
Your portion of worry and labor and care?
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

I tell you I just don't know how life can get any busier. The more I hurry~the farther I get behind. My to do list wakes me up each morning with more than I can possibly get done. So ~this morning I am talking with my Heavenly Father and asking for His help. I am so thankful He listens and He cares. Right now is a busy time in the Shindorf Household. However~I am so thankful God has jobs for us to be busy about!

My only concern is that with such busy agendas I just might forget what is most important in life. My God~My Brian~My Children~Others! I never want to get so busy that I fail to love and help others.  I need to constantly remind myself to lift my eyes off my duties and make sure others are not forgotton

Oddly enough~ animals go into hibernation this time of year. And some people do too!  As nice as that seems right now~ we are in the middle of moving to our new church and I am painting away trying to get the nurseries ready for the first service. I am tired.

 We must stay alert. Is there someone who needs a call? Someone who needs a hug? Someone who needs a homemade loaf of bread? Many elderly people live in isolation~don't let them be alone week after week. Please help cheer someone else's day.

If we just open our eyes and take our eyes off ourselves we will be amazed at the needs we can help fill. I hope this article will challenge you to go, this week, and do something nice for someone else. Be a lifter not a leaner.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Something More To Give~

When evangelist John Wesley (1703–1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature.
As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, “Stop! I have something more to give you.” The surprised robber paused. “My friend,” said Wesley, “you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here’s something to remember: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!’” The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit.
Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ and a successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! “I owe it all to you,” said the transformed man. “Oh no, my friend,” Wesley exclaimed, “not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!”

Mr Wesley really did have something more to give that night~ the good news of salvation.

 In the past month in coming to the reality of my father's early death I have been processing some things in my mind. Maybe realizing that some of my ideas and priorities need a little changing, My father was not able to take a thing with him that he thought was important. In fact I have his wallet on my dresser with all his important information. Only he doesn't need them anymore.

The only thing that really matters is reaching souls for eternity and giving them the good news that Jesus died to pay their sin debt and that He wants them to spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

1 John 1:9

King James Version (KJV)

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

There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains. —Cowper



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