Friday, June 27, 2014

Mixed Berry Pie~ It's Oh So Easy!





2 prepared pie crust
2 packages of 16 ounce frozen mixed berries
1/2 sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  • Coat the frozen berries sugar and corn starch then add the lemon juice.
  • Place in pie plate on top pie crust.
  • Fill with mixture.
  • Place pie crust on top and crimp edges.
  • Brush the white of an egg on top and sprinkle with sugar.


Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes,
Turn up the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes.

Cucumber~ Tomato Salad





I am celebrating the first cucumber out of my garden. I just happen to have fresh parsley and basil growing too.  Woo~hoo! So I decided to spruce it up good with a summer favorite

  • 1 large cucumber~ peeled and sliced
  • 1 large tomato ~ cubed
  • 1/4 purple onion~ sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil and parsley ~chopped fine

Mix all together and add dressing .

Dressing~

  • 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of sugar (optional)

Enjoy!





Thursday, June 26, 2014

Praying For An Open Door~






Good Morning~ Hope you are having a Thankful Thursday. 

I just did the Facebook scroll and found this~



Wow~ what wise words. I am choosing Joy today. How about you?

I have been praying for God to open and close the doors in my life for as long as I can remember. He has never once let me down. Once again ~I am praying and waiting for the next door to open. Nothing shakes a homeschool mom of 23 years like coming to the end of the road and finding only closed doors. I have been knocking and seeking and I would love to say I am waiting patiently but that is just not the case. I am panicking~ questioning and feeling lost. 

I feel like a fish out of the water. As I sit in an empty house and listen to the coo coo clock tick I am waiting for the next door to open. The Bible teaches an open door is an opportunity  to do God's will. It teaches us that God opened doors by His providence. God does not leave His servants without direction. 

Paul speaks of God opening a door for him~
 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,  (2 Cor. 2:12)  Many times Paul rejoices when God opened doors for him. 

 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds  Colossians 4:3

Paul prayed that a door would be opened unto him. And the Bible records many times his prayers were answered with opened doors. The Scripture shares those opened doors: in a synagogue, on a riverbank, in a school, and in a prison. We know that Paul had seen many doors opened and even some that were closed. He trusted God to open and close the doors that needed to be in his life. 

We need to believe that God will do the same for us today. He never leaves His children without hope and guidance. Now that is something to celebrate today.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's Just A Bump In The Road~ It's Not The End Of The Road




Are you faced with a challenge today? Maybe in life~ family~ or your spiritual walk. Life seems to toss one challenge after another at us~ doesn't it? I always remind myself that it means  we are alive when the next bump jostles us. For it is only in Heaven that we will have no more challenges to work through on this earth. 

This morning in my devotions I am reminded that next bump is only that~ Just a bump! It is not the end of the road. Many times it is a blessing. We are moving full speed in life and a bump brings us to our knees. We cry out to our Father and beg Him to help us. And of course, He always answers our cry.

Just as that friend of Job who reminded him that God answers when we call~ he also reminded him that God uses our troubles and trials to get our attention.  (Job 33:19) When He draws our attention back to Him we are wise to keep it focused on Him. Why? Because the next challenge is waiting just around the corner. 

Ultimately as a believer, we know that no matter what mess we've landed in ~ God is going to use it for our ultimate good. He has a plan and He can be trusted. Now that is reason enough to celebrate today. 

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Kissing Bridge~ Amish Book Review



I have so enjoyed reading this series from Tricia Goyer. She is a great author.  This is the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series.

In this this book Rebecca loves her Amish life and does not want to leave it. The death of her sister has forever changed her life. Her desire to help save her people from harm by becoming a nurse is not something she can give up.

So with no other choice she hides the fact that she has been working on her requirements to go to College to become a nurse. Hurting her mother and father is not something she wants to do but feels she has no choice. She decides she must leave home but she will return one day to help her people.

Only a stop to visit an old friend complicates her life even more. There really is no room in her life for a  a handsome Amish man running from his own issues. How can Caleb fit into her already uncertain life? She must get to college and get her nursing degree and leave Caleb behind too.

I had a hard time getting into this story at first but really enjoyed it once it caught my attention. I rate the book 4 stars. I love that is is a continuing story!

Book Description

In the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, award-winning author Tricia Goyer introduces a surprising new resident to West Kootenai as a young woman escapes from her stifling conservative Amish community to find a new life. Rebecca is an Amish woman whose pained past compels her to leave everything to become a nurse—abandoning her family and community. Caleb is an Amish man who is counting down the days until hunting season. At a crossroads in his own life, the excitement of hunting game is all he looks forward to. All the while he wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Even though he likes the Amish lifestyle, what good is an Amish man without faith in God?
An unexpected meeting pushes them together, and they embark with friends on a two-week-long wilderness wagon journey. Hardship tears down the flimsy walls of protection they've placed around their hearts, and as their friendship grows they open up to each other and eventually reveal their deepest secrets. While on the outside they appear to be traditional Amish people, inside they both know they are anything but that. Will their secrets pull them together or draw them apart? And will their faith in God grow? There is a bridge to cross at the end of the journey. Will true love take them across?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Sometimes Jesus Is Caught ~ Not Taught." - Pastor Paul




This Baptist girl was so blessed by The New Lothrop Nazarene Chruch in New Lothrop, Michigan. I can't tell you how blessed our family was by the church that our parents attend. In preparing for our Mother's funeral ~ the church was so warm and inviting. The spirit of God is upon that church and those people. From the musician who played for me to the ladies who had the most wonderful dinner for our weary family. They ministered to us to us in a way that I know God in Heaven was taking notice. The Pastor had a wonderful message ~ reassuring us that our Mom had placed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Saviour. Inviting any and all to also accept her Saviour so that we can be reunited with her one day.That is just as good as it gets. I am rejoicing through the tears~ God answers prayers.

Upon returning home my husband and I listened to the last sermon our Mother's Pastor preached to her. Wow~ it was on "Renewing Your Strength." He had been led by God to preach that sermon and we now know her God was preparing her for her final journey home.

 I talked to her last Monday morning ~ the day she passed over and she had renewed her strength. I could hear it in her voice. She was energized and happy and had full of hope surrounding several issues we discussed that morning. That is just like our God. He is for us~ He was for our Mother and was preparing her for what was ahead.

Her Pastor made a statement~ "Sometimes Jesus is caught ~ not taught." God places people just where He wants them. My mother-in-law was a strong woman. She was the type that would have had to catch Jesus~ so to speak. Another answer to prayer. God knew what Pastor she needed. Wow~ that is so good.

 So this Wednesday morning I am rejoicing that God loves us so much that He is working in our lives and on our behalf even when we don't see it. We can trust Him~ we only need to place our trust in Him.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1~




Trusting in Him, who can go with me and remain with you,
 and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope 
that all will yet be good. - Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 16, 2014

Broken~








There is a song that speaks to me called "Make Me Broken." Whew~ I feel broken this morning. Do you ever feel broken? Nothing like the death of a parent~ it just breaks you. Suddenly the foundation of who you are~the very rock that is beneath your feet seems to crumble.

 I will never forget the call three years ago when my brother called to tell me my father had passed away. My world stopped in that moment. I was mad, hurt, shocked~ I had things I wanted to say.  I really wanted just to hug him and say goodbye.

 A week ago Monday once again I received that call. My mother -in -love had gone into cardiac arrest and passed away to Glory. Our hearts are broken. It is even harder yet when it is sudden and you just never had the time to say goodbye. 

God has told us in His Word that there is a day we are born and there is a day when we will die. When we die is not an accident or left to chance. The Bible makes it very clear that our lives are in His hands. Not only does He know the time of our death but He appointed it. We all know that because sin entered into the World death passed upon all men.


Job 14:5

King James Version (KJV)
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

 There are so many questions that God did not answer about death. One thing we all know is that death is sure for us all. What matters most is we are prepared to die. We can be prepared by giving our lives to Christ and trusting Him to forgive us of our sins and save us. 

I remember the day in September 1984  when I gave my heart to Christ and asked Him to forgive me of my sins and become my Saviour. My life has never been the same. He moved in and began a work in me that I can never explain. Now He walks with me and talks with me and calls me His own.  Even in my broken times ~God has never left me.

 Please make your commitment to Christ today.  When my children get that call that will drop them to their knees they can know with confidence that their momma had made her reservation and is walking with Her Saviour. 

Now that is something to celebrate.


Psalm 31:15a

 My times are in thy hand:






Sunday, June 15, 2014

He Walked Her Home

                                      




This is the end to one long week. It started out with one of those phone calls you never wish to get. This week the Shindorf Family lost our mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. To me I lost the mother who gave me the greatest gift in my life...... my Brian. 

I am so thankful for these two people and their committment that they had to each other. I will be forever grateful for the man they shaped and molded.......my life has been so sweet for the qualities they instilled in his life. 

Most importantly I am so thankful that they both gave us the assurance that they have given their hearts to Jesus and made Him their Lord and Saviour.  That is the greatest gift a parent can leave their children.... the assurance that we will see each other again. This is not the end. There are no goodbyes in Christ.

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

After 51 years of marriage he walked her home for the final time into the gates of Heaven. What a testimony of Love! It is our loss but her gain..... She is walking on streets of gold. No matter how much she loved her family and she did -she would not come back. She is where there is  no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears and no sad goodbyes. 

We love you Mom..... See you soon!


Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
-Charles Wesley

He who thinks most about heaven will do most for earth . -Unknown



Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Season Of Change~ Amish Book Review



This book is like no other Amish book that I have ever read. Did you know there is a real place in Florida where the Amish and Mennonite like to go in the winter months? For real ~ there are real places   called Yoder's Restaurant, Big Olaf's Creamery and Emma's Village Pizza. In this village of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida these places really exist. I want to go! This is right where this story takes place.

This book begins when a young man~ left to raise two children after losing Hannah in childbirth~ takes his children and goes to visit family in Florida.  The visit turns into a longer stay after an accident. 

To add insult to injury his family believe it is time for him to take a good Amish wife to help him raise his children.  Only he is not ready to find love ~ his heart still belongs to Hannah. 

You just never expect an Amish man and a circus performer to end up in the same book. How it happens ~ I can't tell. You are just going to have to read this book.

I loved this book and rate it 5+ stars.

In A Season of Change, book one of Lynette Sowell's new series, Seasons of Pinecraft, readers will discover a different side of the Amish community. A Season of Change follows Natalie and Amish widower Jacob Miller as they each discover the mysterious ways God works. Inspired by the image of a Plain woman sitting on a three-wheeled bicycle by the Pinecraft (an Amish community in Florida) post office, Sowell’s latest is a new take on the popular trend in fiction.

Lynette is celebrating with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on June 12th.

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One winner will receive:



  • A Kindle Fire HDX


  • A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell


  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 12th. Winner will be announced at the A Season of Change Facebook author chat party on June 12th. Connect with Lynette for an evening of fun book chat, Amish-themed trivia, and prizes. Lynette will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series!




    So grab your copy of A Season of Change and join Lynette on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)



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    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    He Knows Me By My Name~


         This is my little Corgi.  She came from a little farm up the road. However~ she has grander beginnings. Her dad was a Welsh Corgi and her mom was a Cardigan Corgi.  The other day I took her to her vet and a lady came up to play with her and  referred to her as one of the Queen's dogs. That is because Queen Elizabeth has owned Corgis since she was a child. Most times she has 5 or 6. I was impressed because many people ask me what she is. The Corgi dogs are cattle herders that come from England. So I thought she should be called by an English name ~ Pippa.


         Names have meaning. I rescued a grown cat from being put down on my church bus route when I was a little girl. I loved that Smoky Gray cat. I called her Smoky~ of course.



         One of my children (Gypsy Girl) was always bringing home the strays. One was Annie because she was left as a newborn by the side of the road. So Orphan Annie seemed fitting.

          One was Patches because she looked like a patchwork cat. We had a couple wild cats~ they became Sister Kitties.


    We once adopted a horrible little Dalmatian~ His name was Spanky. He went to a farm where he could run. The city was a dangerous place for him.


          Our beloved Emma Jean was a family favorite. When we picked her out she just looked like a sweet little girl. Jean seemed to evolve~ somehow we give all our pets middle names.

         We had Jack Frost the guinea pig. Dad brought him home in a Christmas bag~ it was Christmas time. Jack Frost was solid white and we had just watched Jack Frost~ the movie. One of his fourth graders had pestered him long enough to adopt one~  and he did. Surprise!

         Between My Hannah and her Daddy~ we were/are never short on pets.

        Each time we adopt a new pet into the Shindorf family we pride ourselves in picking just the right name. I even named all 12 chickens I owned. It's true! Names have meaning.

         Remember the show~ "Cheers?" I hated that show but I loved the theme song. We all want to go where everybody knows our name.  Really it is saying we want to be somewhere where we are special and we are accepted~ loved.


        God knows you by name! He loves you! He accepts you! He doesn't call you  "that girl" or "that man." Nope ~He knows you by your name! Wow~ that is a reason to celebrate today. The Almighty God ~ the Creator of the Universe knows you by your name!


    Isaiah 43:1

     But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art 

    2 Timothy 2:19

     Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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