Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Am Being Squeezed~

Luke 6:35

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Good Morning Blog Friends~
Thank you for missing me~ I so enjoy your sweet emails. It has been crazy here at our home. We are trying to finish a bedroom and a bathroom before Hannah's wedding. We have family coming and I am so excited about that. The busyness of the wedding is in full swing. Showers have been set and it is time for the show to begin. This momma has a pit in her stomach~ I am just having the hardest time with another daughter moving so far away. I know God has grace for the time but I may need a little now. The tears just fall when I think about it.

This morning in my devotion I read that we are much like sponges. They all look alike until you squeeze them. Maybe one was used to clean up coke~ and when squeezed brown cola comes out. Maybe one was used to clean the bathroom~ so when squeezed Soft Scrub comes out. Maybe one is nice and clean with a nice waxy smell~ it was used to wax the hall floor.

We are like those sponges when it comes to our faith. When we are squeezed we see what is really inside.  We have a faith in God ~ we walk just right and we talk just right but when a crisis comes sometimes the ugly comes out.

When the pressures of life come and we feel ourselves being squeezed mentally, physically and spiritually~what comes out? Do we respond to that difficult person in anger~ or with patience and love?  When our buttons get pushed and pushed again~ do we spill out words that hurt because that person has hurt us more times than we care to count?  Or do we take a breathe and remember that hurt people~ hurt other people.

To be honest I have been in a long season of hard and difficult things in life. It has been a time I have needed to spend some time alone with me and God.

Just like the sponges ~we can only squeeze out what has been put inside. In filling our heart with God ~staying in the Word~ and spending alone time with God building our faith will we spill of a sweetness. We need to seek God with all our heart and His plan for our lives. So that when life puts the squeeze on us we will show the love of God spilling out. I am not there yet~ life has been putting the squeeze on me so hard I wonder if I can stand yet alone come out smelling like my Saviour.

Dear Father~
I want to be more than just talk~ I want to walk my talk. I want to be real and point others to the Saviour who has brought me such peace and comfort. I am just a sinner saved by grace~ I need you every minute~every step I take. Teach me to walk in grace so that when the pressures of life squeeze me ~ You come pouring from my life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Edible Color Wheel~ Art Lesson

I have enjoyed teaching art for our Homeschool group. I have about 50 students and last week we created these edible color wheels. It was  a great way for the students to understand the concept of primary, secondary, and intermediate colors. It was great fun. I made homemade sugar cookies and used a medicine cup to make the cookies small and uniform.
I made frosting and colored the primary colors with food coloring.( Red, Blue, Yellow) I grouped the students in groups of three as we began.

We used the primary colors to mix together the secondary colors. (Green, Orange, Purple)

We then mixed the Intermediate or Tertiary Colors by mixing~

Yellow+Green = Yellow Green
Green+Blue= Blue Green
Blue+Violet= Blue Violet
Violet+Red=Red Violet
Red+Orange= Red Orange
Orange+Yellow=Yellow Orange

I used the following recipe for the cookies and frosting but you could use Vanilla Wafers and store bought frosting. The homemade recipe made them more enjoyable to eat. The students had great fun creating and eating.

Angie's Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
5 cups of flour
scant of salt

* Cream sugar and Crisco together until light and fluffy.

* Beat in eggs.

* Add milk and vanilla.

* Add in sifted flour ~ slowly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Take from oven when just lightly golden.

2 pounds powdered sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. almond flavoring
evaporated milk to desired texture

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Weight Watchers Cherry Cheesecakes~ YUMMY!

Our Valentine's Dessert~
 so easy~ so light and so yummy!

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

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

An Apple A Day~ Guess What Today Is?

Proverbs 7:2 

Keep my commandments, and live; 

and my law as the apple of thine eye.

They say that apples are the perfect food. Apples have 15% of the fiber you need every day. Apples supply 13% vitamin A that you need daily.  They contain enzymes and vitamin E that help fight the damage you receive from oxidation by free radicals. An apple skin provides nutrients that prevent blood clots and regulate blood pressure as well as cholesterol. It only has 81 calories and it is 0 Weight Watcher points. Now you know why our grandmothers said, "An apple a day keeps the Doctor away."

It is really no wonder why God would tell us to keep the Word of God as the ....."apple of our eye."Every time we take bites out of the Word of God we are adding spiritual nutrients that are necessary for our health and well being as a Christian. Have you had your spiritual apple today?


Guess what today is?

When I take a bubble bath I grab an ice cold drink~ and a good book. Well today is a good day to do that because today is National Read A Book In The Bathtub Day~ no kidding! So go ahead and celebrate. I plan on it for sure with bubbles of course!

Have a great day~

Friday, February 3, 2012

Celebrating In Heaven~

Last September on a Thursday morning my dad called me. We talked about the flood that had covered his place up on the lake. He was about to take a camping trip and he could not wait to leave. He had his menu planned for he and one of his fishing buddies. He loved to cook and he was good at it. He had his groceries bought and his bags were packed. He was so excited about his camping trip.

 He told me the Farmer's Almanac had predicted a bad winter for us. He was wrong about it being a bad winter. But maybe God knew I would need a springtime in the middle of winter this year.  

We talked of gardening~ he loved to garden and was good at it. He did not like winter and was dreading the cold. But he liked to paint and he was good at that too. He would paint pictures during the winter and give them away. I love to cook and paint.

 We had the best talk. I just listened as he talked and talked not much like him at all. He had so much to say that day~ so I listened. I am so glad we had that talk~ for it was the last time I talked to my dad.  I am so glad I just listened~ which is not normal! ha! 

He went out in his yard Monday night~ no one knows why? It was there he passed out of this life and into Glory. He was not a religious man but he had accepted Christ as his Saviour. He never made it to his camping trip~ but took the trip of a lifetime. I so wished I could have said goodbye~ but really I am horrible at goodbyes~ not really sure I could have done it. I guess looking back ~ God knew best. 

He loved to garden~ and would be browsing his favorite seed catalogs by now. I am just sure there have to be big beautiful gardens in Heaven ~and I am sure he has found one to tend. 

My grandmother always said, "You know your parents better dead than alive." Why is that?  It's as if the book has been written and the last chapter has been closed and now you see them more clearly and understand. Maybe it is finally when we realize just how hard life was for them and we give them grace. Never do you understand until the day comes when they are gone~ you can't pick up the phone and call them. You can't hug them and tell them you love them. You just do not realize how very much they mean to you and how much you have always needed them.

I knew today would bring a fresh flow of tears but I am so thankful my dad is in Heaven today celebrating his birthday with his Maker. One day I will see him again~

Happy Birthday Dad~

James 4:14  (KJV)

 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? It is even a vapour, 
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.



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