Thursday, February 28, 2013

I Will Seek Thee Early~



  I am so enjoying my visit in Washington. I couldn't help myself ~today we went on a search for some spring flowers to plant. We discovered that in Washington~ it is now time to plant Primrose, Pansies and Ranunculus. My daughter loves Ranunculus~ which is what she picked for her bridal bouquet.

 It is so nice to see the green grass and get my hands in dirt. Back home we are covered in snow. I hope Spring is on its way to Missouri too.




We had a fun time. Boston was not so sure about getting dirty at first.
 I am afraid he may want to dig in momma's flower bed from now on.

  I am a bit jealous~ these flowers don't do well with the Missouri sun.
 They are just beautiful! 



Lamentations 3:22-24

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.


I am excited Spring is just around the corner. Spring reminds me that the Lord's mercies are new every day. Spring is like a brand new page~ a brand new day~ a new beginning. 

I have lived a blessed life. God has been so good to me  but I have made many mistakes. There are words I wish I could take back. There are things I wish I could do a bit differently. Things I majored on that I should have let go. There were times that I thought my way was the only way. Times when I thought I had all the answers. 

As the wrinkles are appearing on my face ~ so is the fact that I really don't have any answers~ my way is not always best and I don't know it all. Funny how life ~ knocks that arrogant attitude right out of you. 

Now-a-days as I apply my wrinkle cream ~ I do know that when I seek the Lord early each and every day I make less messes out of life. When I realize I don't know anything at all~ But God does. It humbles me to beg for His help each and every day because I must have it! 

Every time I have made a mess out of life God is always there with His loving kindness just waiting to fix my mess. Is that not true? There is a song that says what if God said that He was tired of patching up our messes. But He never does~ He is always there!


Psalm 63


O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.


David wrote these verses and we all know he made some huge messes out of life. Yet~ God called him the Apple of His Eye.  It feels so good to have someone love you so much that when you blow it~ they forgive you. 

 That is what David is expressing in these verses. He longs to have a relationship with God because God loved him so much and helped him at the darkest moments in his life. David said God's attitude of loving kindness toward him was better than life.  God was there to help David patch it up.  





Until I cross over to the other side I am going to mess things up~ I am going to make mistakes and I am going to need God's forgiveness. So until then I am going to keep seeking Him early each and every day and asking for His wonderful loving kindness.


Friday, February 22, 2013

More Snow~More Snow Pancakes



It's going to be an Upsee~Daisy kind of day!


Missouri gets snowed in! What is a girl to do? 


Make more snow pancakes!



If you are snowed in this morning~you really must try these.




 






Granny Miller's
SNOW PANCAKES

2 cups of flour
1-tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1-½ cups of milk

In a large bowel mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. 
Combine the eggs and milk in another bowl.


Slowly add the milk  and egg mixture to the dry ingredients.






Stir well and set aside. The batter will be thick.

Next grease your griddle and get it good and hot.
When the griddle is hot, quickly go outdoors and scoop up fresh snow.


Fold in 1-½ cups of new snow and mix well.
Cook the pancakes as usual.






According to Granny Miller~


Tips For Snow Pancakes
Old snow won’t do.
Use only fresh, light and newly fallen immaculate snow. Small amounts of naturally occurring ammonia in fresh snow acts as a leaving agent and causes the pancakes to rise.
Ammonia in new snow will evaporate very soon after it has fallen.

Visit Granny Miller here.









Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Super Easy Chicken And Dumplin Soup~



Sometimes you just need a quick and easy dinner that can be put on the table fast~ this is the recipe.


1 carton 32 ounce of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
4 boneless chicken breast ~ cooked and shredded
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 tube of refrigerated biscuits, quartered

You can use a homemade version of cream of chicken soup and biscuits if you prefer.

  • Pour broth and soup in a large pot and stir until blended. 
  • Stir in chicken and vegetables and bring to a boil.
  • Drop biscuit quarters into the soup and simmer for 15 minutes with a lid on the pan.
  • Remove from stove and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with pepper and enjoy.


This is oh~ so good! And oh ~ so easy!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Farming on Faith's Fabric Softener~ Recipe


Happy Saturday~
It is going to be spring again at Farming on Faith. We kind-of wake up and decide if it is winter again or spring. I am thankful today it is spring. 

 I am stocking my cleaning cupboard with my ingredients from my pantry. I manage to make less "Wally World" trips and save lots of money. I have been using this recipe for about five years and I love it. This container cost me 70 cents to make~ it is a little more if you add oil to the recipe.
 This is all you really need. But if you are like me and like scent ~ you can add a fragrance but adding a fragrance is optional.

Recipe~
1 cup of vinegar
2 cups of hair conditioner
6 cups of water
Fragrance is optional because the hair conditioner gives a light scent.
 I add a "Downy" like fragrance to mine.




Here is my laundry soap recipe~ click here.

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 2 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

14 Days of Valentines~I Like The Way You Roll


Day 6


Love is a commitment not a feeling. But it was not until I met Brian that I truly understood. My father had been addicted to the bottle~ he could not survive life on his own let alone be a father.  (Don't get me wrong~ I loved my dad deeply and grieved harder than I ever have not long ago when he went to Heaven. He did receive Christ as his Saviour so I know I will see him again. ) But that situation in my life created some real fear and trust issues deep inside of me.

It was a broken road that led me to invite Jesus into my life. So ~ no regrets! I would not change it all if I could. I am thankful that my broken road led me to God.

Outside of accepting Jesus to be Lord and ruler of my life~ the greatest gift in my life has been my husband. When he married me ~he got one confused young girl. I needed reassurance. I wanted promises written in blood. I had many reasons not to trust but he once told me, " I will not make you promises~ I will spend the rest of my life proving it to you." I can tell you all these years later he has done just that.

He knew that love was a commitment. He was committed to not only loving me but supporting me to become all that God had in store for me to be. That meant working through my trust issues. And boy howdy~ did that take some patience and commitment on his part. But out of commitment love will grow. In our case so did trust! I am so thankful for a man who loves God ~ it made all the difference in the world.

Our trust and faith must totally be placed in God. We can't be all that our spouse needs. Only Jesus can do that. But we can strive everyday to have a relationship with God and He will build our marriage.

This is an example that a wise Pastor gave us.


As we both commit and both draw closer to God we will become closer to each other. We  need God in the center of our marriage. He can make our marriage a little piece of Heaven on earth.

Matthew 22:37-40


37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.




Tuesday, February 5, 2013

14 Days of Valentines~ You Stole A Piece Of My Heart


Day 5

I will never forget our first date~ how excited I was when he finally asked me out. My Brian is a little shy and not much of a talker. (But that's okay cause I make up for the both of us.) From that moment on we spent every single day talking~ and we talked way into the hours of the morning on the phone.

 I learned that his favorite color is yellow~ and that is real exciting because that is my favorite color too. (Our baby daughter chose that color for her wedding~ still makes me smile.) I learned that he loved lasagna~ well actually almost anything I cooked he liked. I learned that he doesn't really like to talk much~" Just give me the facts~ please." I learned that he has a "quirky" side to him. He sings opera on Sundays while he gets ready for church and he tells goofy jokes~ but I laugh anyway. I learned that this man of mine is very gentle but firm when he needs to be.  

My Brian spent a year and half stealing my heart and them he proposed by placing a bubble gum machine ring in the bottom of my stocking. I told you he had a "dry sense of humor." I was not amused by that at all. He has never lived that down. He does get most "Un-Romantic Proposal Award." 

He has spent all these years making it up to me though. I live a good life and I am blessed with this man of mine that makes me laugh everyday of my life. I have had the best years being Mrs. Brian Shindorf.

Sometimes we get too busy to think back to all the reasons we fell in love in the first place.We have a tendency to nitpick the faults of our spouse instead of all the amazing things they are.

 It is so easy to find fault with someone~ because we all have faults. But what a foolish thing to do!

When we were newly weds~ I was constantly thinking of all the things My Brian should do that he was not doing. One day he said to me, " You notice all the things I fail to do but fail to notice the things I do ~ do." Ouch!! From that day forward I tried my best to change my way of thinking! After all~ he really never has found my faults~ or at least he chooses not to voice them. 

I think it may just be the key to our happy marriage. We try to focus on all the good things and choose to be blind to each other's faults. I promise you ~ it works.

How about you remember back to all those wonderful things that that husband or wife did when they stole your heart? It will put the sweetness back into your marriage.



Song of Solomon 6:3


 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: 

Monday, February 4, 2013

14 Days of Valentines~ Meet The Newest Member of Farming On Faith

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

If you are following my 14 days of Valentines~ sorry I am behind.
I am trying to catch up.

It has been a little busy around Farming On Faith the past couple of days. We lost our forever dog~ Emma~ last fall. It was so hard. We loved her from the the time she was a little puppy. Oh so many memories~ she was part of our family for 12 years. We cried many tears. I truly thought I never wanted to do it all over again. It is kind of  like ~you can't live with them at times and you can't live without them. I mean they really are so much work.

You know where I am going don't you? Here we go again.





  Meet Pippa Lou Shindorf~ she is a corgi. We have fallen in love once again.  We have begun potty training and so far she is doing great. We are trying to do things a little more by the book this time.  After all~ I am a momma to 4 grown children ~ 2 cats and 8 adorable chickens. I have house broken several dogs. I have been the momma to kids who brought home frogs, snakes, iguanas, guinea pigs, bunnies, gerbils and many stray kitties.  I can do this ~ and do it well!

Although my kids will tell you my momma-ing is getting softer but not with Pippa Lou~ we are going to do this right this time. Famous last words~ but I am sure going to try.

Isn't she a doll~  we have fallen in Puppy Love.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

14 Days Of Valentines~




I have been loving this man of mine for a very long time. I fell in love with him on our first date~really I did. We had a whirlwind of a courtship and the most romantic honeymoon. Life has been so good~ I am so thankful that I walk this journey with him.  We have four  beautiful children~ three adorable grandbabies and one en route to make her appearance in June. I would not have missed it for the world. 
        
                 Day 1                                                                                  Day 2



1 Corinthians 13:4-7


 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;
 charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,
 is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

"Shut Up & Pray"
Life is so sweet these days with My Brian. It always has been for the most part ~well except for a time or two when I tried to control the situation. I admit I will am a recovering control freak~ but I am so much better than I use to be. God is changing me one little crisis at a time. 

 I remember in the early years of our marriage when I thought is was my job to be the "Holy Spirit" in my husband's life. I mean I was just sure he needed my prompting when it came to what he should do and be for God. 

God was not looking for me to be a "fix him" wife ~ He was looking for me to be a "love him" wife. When I truly began to "shut up and pray" my marriage became so much sweeter. 

 As you can imagine~ God did a much better job at fixing my husband than I ever dreamed. He is almost perfect~ in my eyes anyway.  Really!  When I began to "shut up and pray" and I was amazed at the work God did in my husband's heart. 

God put it in a man's heart to follow God not his nagging wife! God taught me to let go of my husband and allow Him to work.

You see as women we are just prone to control and manipulate when it comes to the those that we love. It must have always been hard for us ladies to do  ~ for you have to look no further than "Mother Eve." 

When we become women who pray instead of controlling and manipulating with our words and actions God will take over in not only the life of our husband but also in the lives of our children.

" Shut up and pray" works so much better than a nagging woman!

Proverbs 21:9

 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, 
than with a brawling woman in a wide house


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