Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Unloved Wife

This morning my mind is going in all directions. I have an excuse ~ call it meno-brain fog. My heart has been heavy and asking questions. Many in our community are hurting right now. A Pastor whom many called friend has abandoned his wife, children, and church for another woman. I have been a believer for a long time. I have been here before. I have felt the shaking of my faith and cried these tears. My heart is heavy for the left behind ~those feeling unloved and rejected. Those feeling like they are just not good enough. 

Maybe there is a reason this pain feels so familiar ~ my father was one of those who left his family behind. I knew somewhere down deep he loved me yet~ he chose others and a bottle over me~ over our  family. He had other priorities that called for his attention. (I just want to throw in a word here. My father passed away three years ago. He was a  broken man who never found healing. His biggest regret to the day he died( he would tell you) is throwing away his family. I made my peace with my dad and he had accepted Christ as his Saviour by his testimony. ) I have spent most of my life feeling less-than and never good enough. God has been healing me but there is a part that will always feel a little unloved. The littlest thing can bring back that rejection so quickly. 

I am doing the Seamless Bible Study with Angie Smith. I am camping right now on the unloved wife~Leah.  Jacob ~ a trickster who tricked his brother out of his birthright had to flee to avoid his brother's wrath. He sets out to Uncle Laban's house to seek shelter and falls head-over-heels in love with Rachel. She was a beauty. Yet~ Jacob has a little reaping and sowing to do here.  A little too much booze and poor lighting and the morning after he wakes up hoping to kiss beautiful Rachel but realizes he has been tricked.  Fair and tender- eyed Leah was there instead of her little sister. 

I say fair enough~ Jacob deserved it but my heart breaks for Leah. How in heaven's name did her father talk her into this? She entered into a loveless marriage with a man who is madly in love with her sister. We decided in our study group that it appears bearing children was more important than being the love of your man in those days. They did not have Pinterest back then ~ they measured their worth by how many children came from their womb. Oh MY!  If that didn't work they would give their maidservants to their  husbands to bear them children. You gotta be kidding me! There is something really wrong with these women of the Bible. 

How unloved Leah must have felt. Even her father thought she would never have a man who would love her and cherish her. She had to know rejection first from her father and now Jacob. Leah  by all accounts was a wonderful woman. We know she loved God. I think women who love God just glow. However ~ she was just chopped liver next to Rachel as Angie puts it in my workbook. 

Because she was so unloved ~ God sees her and blesses her in a special way. The unloved wife gets her heart's desire to be loved by God and her children. She kept producing children for Jacob and each time she had great hopes that it would cause her husband to love her.  My heart just hurts for Leah! 

Genesis 29~
31 And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

As you can see here she named each son a name that means ~ now my husband will love me. When she gets to her last son it all changes. She no longer craves to be the affection of Jacob but instead turns to her Heavenly Father for His deep love and affection. She names that son Judah which means~ I will praise the Lord.  Somewhere along the way she stopped begging to be loved by a man and realizes that she is so very loved by God. I can just get giddy thinking about how that must have made her beautiful, confident and strong.

At times we can all feel unloved and rejected~ un-noticed.  Yet~ when we realize that God knows our name. He hears our cries. He is affectionate for us~ we are chosen~ freed and forgiven we can celebrate and be confident in His perfect love. He strives for us. He seeks us out. He longs to spend time with us. He calls us ~ HIS. 

Oh, my~ that is something to celebrate today. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Henry Hodges Needs A Friend" Book Review

 Several years back I had the privilege of hearing Andy Andrews speak and I have never forgotten it. What an amazing man who loves God and has been gifted with so much talent. When I discovered a children's book written by Andy ~I just knew I had to get this book for my grandchildren. 

Oh my stars~ it is just adorable. Henry Hodges is a lonely little boy who lives on a dead-end street. He has no friends who live on his street and he longs for a friend. After dreaming of many little friends he may someday meet he gets a true friend ~ a dog named Hap. In this sweet little story Andy teaches the importance of how much we need friends and that they need us. 

It is beautifully illustrated! I loved this book and can't wait to share it with my grand babies. 

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

Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who feel left out or are in need of a good friend.
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don't fit in or are left out-just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!
About the Author
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as "someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world's largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting~ OH SO GOOD! ~Semi-Homemade Cupcakes

I love fresh strawberries so when I saw this recipe I just had to try it.
Something about it tastes like the strawberry sundaes from Dairy Queen 
 I liked to eat when I was a young girl.
It is just Heavenly!

Start by washing and removing the stems from 5 strawberries.
Then smash them up with your fingers.

 Homemade Fresh Strawberry Frosting
Here is the cast of characters~

5 medium size berries
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon real vanilla
2 lbs. of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place berries, butter, vanilla and lemon juice into your mixer bowl~then slowly add powered sugar until all blended smooth. So easy but oh so good!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes~

1 box strawberry cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup lemon lime pop
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Mix thoroughly and place in cupcake holders. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yummy Cherry Jelly~

Homemade Cherry Jelly~ 

PSALM 34:8 

 8O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

I love to buy jelly and jam from My Amish Friends~it is oh so good. Last year I started making my own. My neighbor brought us some wild cherries. Oh this recipe is so good and simple. ENJOY!

I did pit mine because they had worms and I wanted to make sure we had no worm jelly~tehe!

3 1/2 c. cherry juice (about 3 lb. or 2 qt. boxes sour cherries and 1/2 c. water)
1 pkg. powdered pectin
4 1/2 c. sugar

To prepare juice. Select fully ripe cherries. Soft; wash and remove stems. Do not pit. Crush cherries, add water and cover. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Extract juice.To make jelly: measure juice into a kettle. Add pectin and stir well. Place on high heat and stir constantly. Bring quickly to a boil that cannot be stirred down. Add sugar, continue stirring and heat again to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam from top quickly. Pour jelly immediately into hot containers and seal. Makes about 6 (8 ounce) glasses.

Have a blessed day~

Have You Been Thrown From Your Boat Of Life?

This morning I sent a message to a friend who is in the middle of a gigantic storm. My word ~ we sometimes are just living life and fighting the good fight and out of nowhere we are thrown from the boat of life and feel like we are drowning. We have all been there a time or two and as long as we continue on this sea of life it will be that way.

King David ~ whom God calls the apple of His eye~ knew a little about this. He was God's special child ~ a King~ a warrior and still he was thrown from his boat of life.  We remember when he royally messed us with the bathing beauty ( still makes me mad at him) but there was a time when the storm  hit and it wasn't his fault. It was when King Saul backed by his army was on the hunt for him. He wanted him dead. In the verses below are King David's words as he cried out to God while hiding in that cave.

Are you in the midst of a storm? Are the seas around you rolling out of control? Do you feel like you are drowning? If so read King David's words. He knew where to seek shelter from those that wanted to harm him.


57 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

There will be times in life when the troubles and trials come. But God can and will take the evil that others meant for harm and turn it for good. We only have to allow Him to keep working in the midst of the storm. I am so thankful to our God ~ He never wastes pain. He has a plan and a purpose to give us a future and a hope. Now that is reason enough to celebrate on this fabulous Friday. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I Come To The Garden Alone~

It is a cool and rainy morning~ the sky is still dark. I put on my rubber boots and trudge through  the cold wet grass to clip a few of my lilac branches. The  world is still asleep but the birds have started their day~ such sweet music. My coffee is still hot swirling with a little caramel vanilla ~ all is right for this moment. The day is coming. 

I love to come to my garden alone. This time of year I peek at every little nook and cranny searching for a new little green sprig that has peeked through the ground overnight. 

When I come to my garden alone I always sing the sweet song ~ never fails.  It just draws my heart closer to my God.

I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known. 

Something about being in my garden brings comfort to my soul and rest to my weariness. It just fills me with His presence. 

There are just times in life when we feel alone. Even in our church, we can at times feel alone. In our marriage, we can feel alone. In an empty nest, we can feel alone. In the midst of noise, we can still feel alone. Sometimes we all feel alone.

  Yet~ every time I come to the garden alone~ I never leave feeling alone. I am so thankful for a Saviour who walks and talks with me and tells me I am His own. I am so thankful that when I am feeling alone He is always there. He always has time for me.  He speaks to me. His voice is so sweet that even the birds hush their singing. I am so thankful that He gives me a melody within my heart that never stops ringing.  He trades my loneliness for feeling loved. I am so thankful that He loves me and that He calls me His own. 

 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: 

thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Psalm 73:23

Friday, April 10, 2015

How In The World Can I Be Vitamin D Deficient?

This is me doing what I love best~ sitting by a pool with my Aunt. I am dark complected and she has always been fair. We both were diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency. I have spent my life in the sun. I tan easy and spent most of my life not wearing sunscreen.  I have always had an addiction to the sun. Yet~ I have been diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency. 

That doesn't sound so bad but I have been battling horrible muscle and joint pain and all over body ache  for a couple of years. Just the last couple of months I hurt so bad it was difficult to walk. About a month ago I woke up and could hardly walk to the next room.

Did you know that most people need to take Vitamin D3 after the age of 50~ as per my Doctor's recommendation? Did you know wearing sunscreen blocks you from getting Vitamin D from the sun? Did you know that Vitamin D gets misdiagnosed for Fibromyalgia and many other Auto-Immune diseases such as Lupus and MS? Did you know that you may develop many horrible diseases if you stay in Vitamin D deficiency? This is all news to me and that is why I am sharing it with you. 

Since being on a Clinical Strength Vitamin D3~ 10,000 IU's (the last three weeks) all the pain has gone away. I am feeling better than I have in a few years.  * I am not a Doctor and this is just my experience not medical advice. Please check with your health care provider and have your levels checked. I am under a Doctors care and dosage.*

This is a great article to read about the risk and symptoms. Please take a moment to read this ~ it could just save your life. Click here!  Pinterest is loaded with good articles too~ just search Vitamin D deficiency and you will find a wealth of information.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I Should Have Waited

This morning I am reading my Devotions From The Garden~ and it is talking about waiting on God's timing. Oh~ I have such a hard time with that!

Sometimes I just get ahead of myself. Well, actually that is a huge character flaw I have. I plan the days ahead. I just have to be ahead of the schedule. It serves me well most the time because I get very anxious if I wait until the last moment.

Sometimes it causes me trouble though~ as a Gardener anyway. I am so eager to get those empty flower pots filled. I hate seeing an empty flower pot. In the winter I fill them with greenery and branches. It is March that gets me every time . As soon as I see the first pansy or viola at the local fix-it-yourself store I can't help myself. It is always a bright sunny day when I go purchase my spring flowers. I get them planted and watered and they start to take off.  I so enjoy seeing the first hint of the beauty of what's to come in my yard. It just puts a smile on my face and spring in my step.

BUT ~ then the sun goes inside and the temperatures drop. Every year~ I know it as sure as rain. I have to cover my little spring flowers and bring in the pots. Just last week we went down to 27 degrees~ another hard freeze hits. I had to bring them all inside ~ including my porch ferns I just had to have for Easter company. I make a note to self ~ I should have waited. Grandma Baker's words come back to memory~ "Wait until after Mother's Day to plant." But I just can't. No matter how hard I try.  Even when I vow to wait next year ~ and I keep that promise to myself until the next spring.

God sometimes wants me to wait on Him as I am reading in my devotion today. I need to learn to just wait on God and not rush ahead of Him.  Even the best-made plans are better when we just wait on God and His perfect timing.

Lamentations 3:25-26King James Version (KJV)

25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Why I Couldn't Walk~ Very Important Message

If you are having horrible muscle pain, stiffness, joint pain and all over not feeling well~ please read my story.

 I am not Doctor and I am not giving medical advice but I want to share my story.  Almost two years ago~ I began to experience severe muscle aches and joint pain at the end of the day when I would get tired. I was walking on an average of 3-4 miles a day. It would get worse after I walked. I felt as though I was coming down with the flu only to sleep at night and wake up feeling better. It began to get worse. I went to my Doctor who thought I had developed an Auto-Immune disease.  In hope that my serotonin levels were low and it would help ~,my Doctor offered me Anti-Depressants. I refused this treatment. 

 I am a good Dr. Mom and a Homeschool Mom of 23 years. I decided to do what I do best~ RESEARCH. I began taking Black Cohosh~ it is an anti-inflammatory so it helped.  The pains all went away for several months but came back in the fall. ( Probably because I was getting the sun in the summer.) I went to the Doctor. After a complete exam and blood work, they discovered a mass in my ovary. But blood work showed no Auto-Immune disease. They checked for Lupus~ no there also.  I was sent to a Cancer Treatment Center for a complete hysterectomy and it turned out not to be cancer. However ~ it was the type of mass that turned to cancer.  I have been grinning and bearing surgical menopause ~ which is all I can say about that. (Some natural Progesterone cream is working miracles.)

About a month ago I woke up and could hardly walk to the next room. I spent the day in bed and begin researching again. I called my Doctor who wanted to do all the testing again that I had done last September~ over $1000 worth of blood work.  All showed no Auto-Immune disease just six months ago. This did not add up~ I have had the symptoms on and off for two years but clearly getting worse. 

I prayed and asked God for wisdom and direction. I begin seeing a Christian Natural Doctor. The first thing he did was send my hair off for analysis to rule out lead and mercury poisoning. It came back that I was low on Calcium and Magnesium . So we did lab work testing for these things but included Vitamin D. The lab results came back that I was severely Vitamin D deficient. By this time my hips were aching horribly. He started me on a regimen of clinical strength Vitamin D3 three times a day. I just want you to know~ I am a lover of the sun. I am darker skinned and I get lots of sun which confused me a bit~ yet it was still an issue for me. Here are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.  Click here. Many times it is misdiagnosed as an Auto-Immune Disease. Chick here. If left untreated it can cause serious diseases in our body. 

My symptoms were joint pains, (mostly in my legs) arms ached, my lower back ached. As time went along my hips begin to hurt terribly making it hurt to walk. It would hurt in the morning when my feet hit the floor to take a step. My muscles felt like they were tightening up all night and I constantly felt the need to stretch them out.  In overcompensating for the pain my hip bone and pelvic bone on one side were out of joint. I just felt achy all over. 

 I started Vitamin D3 two weeks ago and I felt the pain ease after the first day. My Doctor said my numbers were almost unreadable and it will take a couple months to really feel better. I am here to tell you two weeks later I walked two miles today.  

Please have your Doctor check your Vitamin levels if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. I am so thankful for a Christian Doctor who found the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. My Doctor explained that when our body suffers a severe stress ~it will go to your weak link.  I am rejoicing today. He tells me that when our body hurts it is screaming out for something and we need to find what it needs. I am a believer now. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty~ Enough Already

Wow~ what an encouraging book for all women of all ages, shapes and sizes. It is so true ~we are so kind to other women. Yet~ we are so unkind to ourselves. We all have those voices in our head saying: "I am not pretty enough" " I am not good enough." I am not thin enough." We belittle ourselves when we fail as wives, mothers and friends. We self loathe ourselves when we can't loose weight or conquer our worst fears. Why? Where did this start? Why are we so mean to ourselves?

Barbara Roose answers these questions and more in her newly released book, Enough Already. She states in her book that we all know what is on the inside matters most~ yet the outside does matter too. We look in the mirror and nitpick our every flaw. Yet~ the Bible tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

This book is packed full of wisdom and knowledge that every woman needs to read and study. It is written much like a Bible Study. At the end of each chapter is a Beauty Mark. It's kind-of like a little piece of advice. After that is the group discussion questions and journaling questions. It would be a great personal Bible Study but I am thinking a small coffee group would be so much fun. In fact my wheels are already turning just who I would like to take on this little journey with me to win the ugly struggle with beauty in my own heart. 

I so enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to share it with someone. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review and I rate it 5 stars. Thank you Barbara for your Godly wisdom and encouragement. May God richly bless you! 

Please take time to watch a message from the author below. 

Enough AlreadyMaya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a story? What do you hope your writing achieves? We’ve asked Barbara Roose to tell us the story behind Enough Already. Barbara is celebrating the release with a giveaway! One reader will receive a cash card and writing supplies for her own inner-beauty weekend getaway! Click here to learn more and enter.

Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?
In 2014, Toledo was voted to have the worst winter in the United States. I wrote my book , Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty that winter. While our city faced record-setting snow, record-setting cold and children cheered record numbers of school cancellations; I shivered my way through chapter after chapter.
At first, I believed that endless days of double-digit negative temperatures would lead to cozy evenings in front of my laptop. That could have happened, except for my house is 113-years old, so if “Someone PLEASE check to see if a window is open!” is synonymous with “cozy,” then mission accomplished. Blizzard conditions and old houses with so-so insulation don’t mix. Writing in cold weather was tough for me, so in-between snow emergencies; I’d escape to local coffee shops. For some reason, the constant turnover and activity helps me do my best writing.
What is the main message of your book?
This book project came about because I realized that women, especially Christian women, were kind and caring, to others, yet brutal to themselves when standing in front of a mirror. Most women’s conference planners wanted me to talk about topics related to inner beauty, like virtue, character and avoiding yoga pants. These topics were fine, except that during break-time, I would visit with the women and rather than discussing my riveting presentation, women bemoaned their wrinkles, hips, stomachs or stretch-marks. God prompted me to think about how to help women bridge the gap between inner-beauty and outer-beauty. I sensed that He wanted women to see themselves as wholly beauty, rather than striving for one type of beauty and accepting a loss on the other.
What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?
The most important chapter in my book, “Defining Divine Beauty” took two weeks to write. For some reason, I couldn’t “see” the chapter framework in my minds’ eye, so I struggled to communicate it to others. At first, I wanted punish myself, after all, how could I botch the most important chapter in the book. But, I had to take a deep breath. I knew that God was going to show up in that unknown space. I also knew that I just had to be patient and wait for it to happen. And it did. God showed up. He always does.
What are you working on next?
A few months ago, my agent asked what I wanted to write about for my next book. She said, “Write what you know.” I prayed for a few months and really asked God to direct me toward a topic that came from my heart and would connect with other women. So, now I’ve got a new topic and even some chapter outlines. Here’s a quick peak into my next topic: Fifteen years ago, I bought a house without telling my husband. Why? Because once upon a time, I used to be a control freak.
Since books take a long time to publisher and I love connecting with women more often than every 18-24 months at publication, I invite you to join me on my Shape, Style & Soul Facebook page. We talk about women-stuff in a way that’s 100% positive, fun and inspirational. You can also reach me on Twitter at @barbroose for more information about my book as well as speaking information.

Barb Roose


Barbara Roose is an African-American, wife, mother, and pastor with a passion for creatively communicating God’s truths in a manner that is relevant and easy for people to apply to their lives. In February 2002, she joined the staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Currently, she is the Directional Leader and Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege to serve as periodic teaching pastor to 10,000 (average) weekly attendees. Since 2010, she has spoken at various women’s conferences in the U.S. and Honduras. In October 2012, she was a guest speaker for best-selling author and former Women of Faith speaker, Nicole Johnson’s Seasons Weekend Experience. Barbara and her husband, Matt, have been married 21 years and live in Toledo, Ohio.
Find out more about Barb at

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. This book was provided to me free of charge.

Enough Already (Abingdon, March 2015)

Recognize your own outer and inner beauty as defined by God, not the media or others.

Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn't care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn't kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will:

-Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own.
-Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws.
-Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.
Purchase a copy:

About the author:

Barbara Roose
 is an African-American, wife, mother, and pastor with a passion for creatively communicating God's truths in a manner that is relevant and easy for people to apply to their lives. In February 2002, she joined the staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Currently, she is the Directional Leader and Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege to serve as periodic teaching pastor to 10,000 (average) weekly attendees. Since 2010, she has spoken at various women's conferences in the U.S. and Honduras. In October 2012, she was a guest speaker for best-selling author and former Women of Faith speaker, Nicole Johnson's Seasons Weekend Experience. Barbara and her husband, Matt, have been married 21 years and live in Toledo, Ohio.

Find Barbara online: websiteFacebookTwitter

My Poor Flower Beds~

My poor flower beds~ they have been neglected. Last Fall I had surgery and was unable to put my flower beds to rest for the Winter. I remember feeling so poorly I promised I would pay extra attention to them in the Spring. 

Spring has come and my flower beds are a mess. I have been cutting off dead growth that should have been cut off after the harvest when the vines were pliable and the dirt still moist. It takes a little more work to get them shaped up. It would have been much easier last Autumn.  

This morning in my Devotions From The Garden I am reading about this very same issue that I am experiencing first hand. Not only in my flower bed but in my life too. It has been a long~ rough winter but God is still good.  God is the Master Gardener.  He can take our hearts and make them soft and pliable again.

I was listening to a Bible teacher on the radio yesterday and she said you know if there is still a problem in your heart if you get defensive about it. God begin to soften my heart about an issue that came immediately to my mind where someone had really broken my heart.  God did a little gardening in my soul on the way to church yesterday as I surrendered to His pulling the hurt and bitterness out like overgrown weeds.

Life is so much sweeter when we just allow the Master Gardener to make us soft and pliable. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:1

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Carrot Cake

Grandma Mary's Carrot Cake Recipe
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
1 cup mashed canned carrots or carrot baby food
2 teaspoons soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of  cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup of oil
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans) optional

1. Mix sugar and oil.
2. Add eggs one at a time.
3. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowel.
4. Add dry mix to the wet mix.
5.  Stir in carrots and nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting~
Package of Cream Cheese
7 oz. powdered sugar
1 stick of butter
2 Tablespoon milk

Mix together~ ( I needed more powdered sugar than 7 oz. Mix according to the texture you like)



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