Monday, January 27, 2014

"God Never Wastes Pain, Beautiful."

I have been a born-again Christian for more than 30 years but I have been a real Christ- follower  20 of those 30. I remember the day I settled that decision of accepting Jesus Christ into my life. I was 18 years old and at Bible College. 13 years of hearing God loved me and it was still hard to believe.  I did not believe I could trust anyone~ not even God. I had been in church as a bus kid since the age of 5 but by the time I left for Bible College my whole family had accepted Christ and were faithfully in a good Bible teaching church.

I would be lying if I told you being a lover and follower of Jesus was all rosy with white picket fences. For being a "Christian" does not mean we will not be hurt,  be misunderstood or any other bad thing. Somehow~ we get the wrong idea that if we are walking with God everything will be peachy. It is just not the case~ and we are wrong to give the impression that it is so. My walk with Jesus has been a charmed life for sure~ it has been so wonderful ~ it has been full of peace and joy~ but it has not been without pain. 

When I was a young girl~ Randy Brown was one of my favorite evangelist. He has moved across the states and I don't get to hear him preach anymore but I sure remember when I did. He had a way of getting his message across so it stuck forever in your memory. He preached in a way to make people stop and listen~ he was funny but he was real. He preached hard ~ but you knew he cared. He was charming ~ but had character. He is still serving the Lord all these years later~and that sure does my heart good.

The other day on Facebook he was trying to encourage someone to keep going on in the Lord. He posted this comment~ "God never wastes pain, Beautiful."  Wow~ that is what we need to tell someone who has been hurt, who has been crushed , who has been abandoned, who has been abused, who has misunderstood. 

Isaiah 53:3-7

King James Version (KJV)
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and theLord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

I wrote this very quote in my Bible that day and this morning it is a reminder.  Life has a way of knocking the props out from under us at times. It sure does!  But God sees! We don't have to fight the battles~ he will fight it for us! We don't have to falter ~ we just need to keep standing! Keep serving! Keep loving! Keep trusting!  Keep remembering~ "God never wastes pain, beautiful." - RB

The Calling ~ And Six Chances to win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Suzanne is one of my favorite writers. She never leaves you disappointed! 

This book was no different. I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first book of the Inn at Eagle Series~ The Letters. Even if you have not read the first book you will not want to miss this book. The characters come alive on the pages.

Bethany is the main character of the book and she has had her fair share of problems. He father has passed away~ the family is under suspicion for stealing it's investors money in the family business~ her brother had something to do with it and he has vanished. Then she discovers a horrible hidden secret that shakes her faith.

 This is one you you don't want to miss. I rate this book 5 + stars. 

Book Two in the Inn at Eagle Hill series.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the deceptively quiet community of Stoney Ridge.
Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating her newest book, The Calling, by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks!



Two grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad

  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Four second place winners will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner's choice!

  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 10th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet Rest ~

I remember when all my children were at home~ tucked safely in bed at night. No matter how long the day I could lay my head down and sleep only after knowing they were all safe and sound. It was one of the most peaceful things to me. 

I remember when our oldest daughter got hitched to the Air Force and moved all the way across the states. I never felt that peace again. In fact~ I cried and cried and worried myself into a tizzy. One by one they have all left but our youngest son. It was the most troublesome thing to me~ not knowing where they were and what they were doing. I know all you mommas know what I mean. 

I have spent a lifetime putting them to bed and as they got older waiting each night until their car pulled into the driveway. 18-20 years of the same routine. Turning out the lights~locking the doors and making the bed check. 
No matter how much we think we are prepared for the day they spread their wings and fly~ a momma is just not ready. There is no way to lay down and sleep at night  ~ that is without trusting God. Those first few weeks are the worst. Each day you realize day by day that you have no choice really but to just place them in God's hands and trust Him with your children. 

Before you know it ~ you have grown to a new level of trust in God. 

Psalm 33:13

King James Version (KJV)
13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

Then you get a text at o'dark thirty ~this sweet little face is running a fever clear across the country. Gently the Holy Spirit reminds me that I have come a long way in trusting God and that I can trust Him with Livi Lou too!  Now if only I could pour all these 28 years of learning to trust into my sweet daughter.  But as a momma as much as I would like to ~ she has to walk through each of these scary days that her momma and her momma before her walked through until her faith grows too. 

So today once again I have to trust God to help my girl with all these hard lessons He has taught me and pray for my little sweet Olivia to feel better.

Even when things come along that threaten to shake our faith ~ we can have sweet rest when we place it all back in the hands of our Heavenly Father.

Now that is something to celebrate today~ sweet rest!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Italian Bean Soup~ A No Meat Recipe

     This recipe is meatless but you will never miss it~ I  promise. 
It will not only save on the grocery budget but it is so good for your heart health.

    Soak a package of beans~ you can use Navy or Cannellini beans~ over night. If you don't have overnight you can put your beans in a pot and bring them to boil. Turn off the heat ~ cover the pot and let them sit for about four hours. After the beans have soaked fill your pan full of water and cook the beans. I add a little salt. Watch that the water does not boil down. Keep the beans covered with water until they are tender.

One package of beans (cooked and drained)
2 cartons of organic beef broth
2 carrots (diced)
2 stalks of  celery (diced)
1 can organic tomatoes 
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup chopped spinach
 parsley (to your taste)
basil (to your taste)
a pinch or two of crushed red pepper
 2 T. olive oil
sea salt

1. Saute the onions, garlic, onion celery and carrots until tender.

2. Add the cartons of beef broth, tomatoes, and all the seasonings to the above ingredients.

3. Add the beans to the above ingredients.

4. Add spinach and simmer for about 15 minutes. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pirates On The Farm ~ This Is The Cutest Children's Book Ever!

 This book is just adorable. It is written by Denette Fretz and she did a fantastic job. It is part of a series called the The Next Door Series. Her main objective is to write interesting books for children that will teach Biblical principles.

Joey and Matey live on a farm and imagine their excitement when a family of pirates move next door. They have no manners, eat bazaar food, know nothing about farming at all and steal the money out of the church offering plate.

Dad helps them and invites them to dinner. Mom and the town's people form a brigade to get rid of them. When the brigade threatens them to pay up for their thievery or leave town ~Mom has a change of heart by paying off the pirate's damages. The pirates learn from her kindness.

All in all the book reinforces loving our neighbor. It truly is an adorable book and I think any child in your life would love this book.

This book is provided to me by Thomas Nelson for my honest review. I rate this book 5+ stars. I just love it!

You may pick up a copy of this book at your local Christian Book Store or online at Zondervan by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's Time For Snow Pancakes~

Happy 2014~ 

It is snowing and blowing here at Farming On Faith tonight. I can't help but share this recipe when the snow starts blowing. They are so yummy!

Snow Pancake Recipe
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.

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.




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