Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We Have Moved On~

 This is a re-post from earlier in the spring when we decided that God was moving us. I just felt the need to re-read it and thought maybe I should share the update. God sold our house in two weeks when we were out of town, He dropped our new home right in our lap, He has given us a church that we love. We moved and everything was settled before my husband started a new school year at his new position here.  We surrendered to the Lord and He parted the seas as we stepped out into the unknown. We have had our moments of separation anxiety from those we left behind. I have had my doubts about fitting in ~ we still sometimes wonder just what God has planned as we serve here in our new city.  He has been faithful and He can be trusted. My new life is unfolding here but I can tell you it is much the same in that I am trusting my Heavenly Father one step at a time.

Re-post from April~

 I have been busy with life. God has finally given us a clear direction and has opened the door to our next chapter. We know God has called us to serve Him in a new place.  It is time for us to move on. 

There is much to be done as I pack up 30 years of family keepsakes  and prepare for a three-hour move. There is always gaining through losing.  It is not far but I am leaving behind my hometown and family.  In two weeks we will be moving to Jefferson City, Mo. I am so excited to see what God has in store for us in the little historic home of our beautiful and majestic State Capitol. 

I never get tired of seeing this.

 The Missouri Governor's Mansion

I am so thankful that when our world changes~ we can stand on God's promises. We can build new dreams even when we are filled with doubts. God has been preparing me for a couple of years for this move. He goes before us and prepares us for His call on our lives. 

My journey has changed directions and in the surrender of my need to be in control God has given me peace in the uncertainty.  God has restored the joy of my salvation and given me a new direction. In the midst of it all ~I have found that God is my all and all.

I sort of feel like a child of Israel coming out of the wilderness. I am not certain what my new life will look like but I am sure of God's promises and I am standing on every one of them. I will be back soon!

Joshua 24:14King James Version (KJV)

14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

Low Calorie Pumpkin Cake ~ Super Moist

Nothing says fall like pumpkin! 

1 packaged organic yellow cake mix
1 can organic pumpkin
1/2 cup organic apple sauce

* Mix all ingredients together.
* Pour into a greased bundt pan.
* Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Glaze with a  maple powered sugar glaze.

Monday, August 29, 2016

God Does Give Us More Than We Can Handle

Last night in church I heard something I have never heard before. God does give us more than we can handle. I have heard my entire life that God does not give us more than we can handle. In fact, this is the verse that is often used.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God does place more on us than we can handle. Why? Because He wants us to rely on Him to get us through this life. Sometimes we feel like we have been hung up to dry. Sometimes things happen that cause our world to stop spinning and we may have times of sorrow or maybe even bitterness.  Perhaps at times life is suddenly crushed. God allows pressure to be put on us at just the right time for a reason.  If He allows us to be crushed ~He will remake us. He replaces our ashes with beauty. 

We all have struggles in this life. How we handle them is up to us. All trials are for our good~ they are accomplishing something in our lives. So ~ how do we respond? BY ENDURING~ AND ASKING FOR GOD TO GIVE US WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It may not always be peachy but God has a purpose and a plan. We need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, one second at a time, one moment at a time, one day at a time.......just keep trusting. God is working all things out for our good. 

The fact is ~ God will place more on us than we can handle but never more than HE handle.   "He is faithful in all the junk of life" ~as Pastor John put it. We can trust Him. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Never Walk Away From The Gravy


This morning my baby boy is home for the weekend. I am making him biscuits and gravy. My grandma taught me how to make gravy. She explained  how to add a little flour to the sausage drippings just at the right time and how to stir it all up to prevent lumps and then how to slowly add the milk and stir like crazy. I remember her saying no matter what the cat drags in ~ you never walk away from the gravy. In my case, this morning~ no matter how many times my phone buzzed. Why? If you walk away just for a few seconds in the critical stage you will end up with lumpy gravy. Then you just have to eat lumpy gravy. 

As I always do~ I am thinking of a moral to the story. Seriously though ~it does remind me of our testimony for the Lord. I remember telling our children that they represented their family name. To be careful to remember we wanted our name to be of a good reputation. How much more important our Heavenly Father's name and reputation?  It only takes a little thing to tarnish our testimony.

Just a  little bit of griping, complaining, backbiting, criticism  is all it takes to ruin our testimony for the Lord. No one wants to eat lumpy gravy and no one will see the light in me if I am not careful to tend to my walk. 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Good Things In Life Don't Come Easy

Orphan Annie~ renewing her mind. 

A couple of years ago I had a health scare~ the C word. I set some boundaries in life to take better care of myself. You know~ like exercise, clean eating, kicking my chocolate and Diet Coke addiction. I can get thrown for a loop and so easily and I fall off the wagon.  I drown my sorrows in a chocolate bar and an Icy Diet Coke. The chocolate ~ I just can't control.  (Keeping it real.)The  Diet Coke is just bad for me  but oh, I love it so! This week has been full of troubles and yesterday I gave in and drank my poison of choice. I didn't just have my one a week that I allow myself~ nope, I drank it all day.  Now if you drink Diet Coke ~ I am not judging but for me, it is really bad and today I am paying for my binge. 

I feel so much better when I stick to my boundaries . I really want to grab another Diet Coke as I am typing this even though I feel yucky this morning. That is just crazy!  If I want to feel good I need to renew my mind and get back on my healthy wagon that I fell off of yesterday. The good things in life don't come easy. 

I not only need to renew my mind with my physical body but so much more my spiritual body.  When we take the time each day to renew our minds we get all this world's ideas and philosophies off us. Renewing our mind brings sweet, sweet fellowship with our Creator. He gives us a breather from life's difficulties and a fresh look at life from His perspective. 

Somedays I get it right and some days not so much. I am thankful that the Lord's mercies are new  each and every day and that He never fails even when I may. I am thankful for a little extra mercy and grace too!  

Romans 12:1-2King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

God's Got This ~ I Am Just Sure He Does

Good Morning Blog Friends~
If you read along yesterday you know I did not have a peachy day.  Last night it ended with my new choir director sharing my blog ~ and my bad day. (Oh, dear!) My favorite ol' Pastor warned me many times to be careful what you write.   The day truly ended on a cheery note.  It is amazing what singing to God can do to a weary heart.

In the midst of troubles and trials yesterday I was desperately seeking wisdom for a couple of my children who are having some growing pains~ just facing some hardships.  This momma is only as happy as my saddest child. It's true!

As I was pouring our my worries to the Lord again this morning~ He is once again faithful. The same God who picked me up  out of a pit and set my feet on a solid rock is the same God that is going to be with my children and give them the wisdom to face each and every day.

“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”  Job 5:7 

The Bible says this world is going to be full of troubles as the sparks fly upward. Yet ~ we are not to live as those that have no hope. When the days are long and weary we can remember that God's got this.  He is our present help in times of trouble. He will bring peace to your very own private storm. We must believe God more than the circumstances that are trying to shake us.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with thy  right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

 Just remember ~ God's got this!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I Should Have Stayed In Bed~

Oh, my stars~ this day has been full of troubles. Momma said there would be days like this. I mean one thing goes wrong and then the other.  I have worries and issues this morning just swirling around in my head. I hope you are not having a day like mine. 

I have decided that I will sit right here in my comfy chair with my drink and sit at the feet of Jesus. Seems like nothing else is working today.  My phone screen is not working, My kitchen sink is backed up and I mean in the ground~ you get my picture? I need to send a resume off but my computer won't cooperate. So here I am at Jesus' feet. I am assuming He has something to tell me cause He has closed all my doors today. 

As I am determined to have joy in my journey anyway ~ I start my devotions. I am working on a 30 day Bible Study and this is what I land on for today. No Kidding !!

Romans 5:3-5

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

I told my Heavenly Father in a sweet and as humble manner as I could muster up ~  I just didn't want any more patience today. He gently reminded me that He was God and that I am not. Then He gave me a big dose of being content right where I am ~ today. In the middle of all my hot messes. 

I pray you have a good day and that you find your happy pants. I am off to find mine.  :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Have You Heard The Story Of "Garbage Mary"?

Mary dressed in rags and she called a tenement her home amid mounds and mounds of garbage. She spent her days digging in garbage cans. She ate her meals from those same trash cans. The local newspaper picked up her story and found out  she was known as "Garbage Mary."  Mary was finally admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Astonishingly ~ in her filthy apartment ~police found certificates and bankbooks indicating she was worth at least a million.

When I was newly married I worked at a bank and I personally knew another "Garbage Mary."  She had a ton of money. We knew when she had walked in the bank before we saw her coming~she smelled so badly. She lived as a bag lady but when she passed away the city gained all her money for she had no heirs.

This is just heartbreaking to me. From God's standpoint, this is how we sometimes live. As children of God, we still hang on to the "garbage" such as lust, envy, pride, impatience or bitterness. We sometimes choose to live off the garbage of this world.

Just as "Garbage Mary" did not have to live off the cast off trash of others, we too fail to live from our Heavenly resources that are our inheritance from our Father. We have mighty resources at our fingertips. We have the Word of God  and the Holy Spirit to help us. We have no excuse for rolling in the dirt of this world when we have the power of God.

James 1:20-22 

 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


Famous Last Words~

Just before Gandhi died these were his famous last words, "All about me is darkness; I am praying for light."  D.L. Moody's last words were recorded too, "This is my triumph; this my coronation day! It is glorious!" They were both expressing their perspectives on life~ death and all of the time in between.

None of us like to think about it but our time here is really short. I always wanted to be special and do great big things for the Lord. But I am just an ordinary person who loves God and adores my family. So I am pretty sure my words will not be recorded anywhere as "famous last words." 

When I was young I was quick to spout off at the mouth. As I have watched a few days pass by~ I have learned to bridle my tongue much better. (Still working on it!) But it is my heart's desire that not just my last words but all the words in between will be used to glorify God, to build up the man I love, to point my children and grandchildren to One who can make life as D.L. Moody said~ Glorious! 

Life is glorious! God is good! One day Heaven awaits us on that final Coronation day.

So ~why not practice speaking words oozing with honey. It will make life much sweeter from birth to death and all the in between.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

We never know which words we speak will be our last words. I want mine to be sweet as honey just in case. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Frosted Pumpkin Hand Soap Recipe

 I am getting so ready for all the sights and sounds of Autumn. 
This smells heavenly. ~  It makes about a gallon for just pennies!

1 bar of Dove soap
1/4 cup of Borax
1/4 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
4 cups of water

Grate a bar of soap with a hand cheese grater. Add to an old pan. ( so you can whisk it well) Next, add  the water. Melt until it is totally dissolved. Slowly add Borax and Washing Soda. Cook on medium heat until it thickens like frosting~about 10 minutes.

Cool quickly ~ I cooled on my porch. As it cools keep whisking it. It will become very thick. Add enough hot water slowly after it cools until it reaches the consistency you wish.

 I added Frosted Pumpkin scent and food coloring. You could use natural scents or leave as is if you like.

I buy all my scents from Natures Garden Candle Supplies online.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Is Over~ The Best Autumn Caramel Dip Recipe

And just like that Summer is over~ ready or not. I had a great one. I hope you did too. I have so enjoyed all my company who visited me in my new home. It certainly was a blessing. I must confess I am ready for pumpkins, apple picking, bonfires and cozy blankets along with good books. How about you?

It's apple picking time. ~ woo hoo. Here is one of our family's  favorite recipes.

It is that time of year again~ we have apples galore. Here is a recipe that you are sure to love!

My Autumn Caramel Apple Dip Recipe was featured in the
 Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. 
It is so yummy and-and oh so easy!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweeten condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in the crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Mommy" To " Mom" To "Mother"

From Mommy To Mom To Mother
Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens, and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother....      Author~ Unknown

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either. ;
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom     Author ~ Unknown

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

I am spending my last few moments of summer in Texas with our oldest daughter and grand babies. I am having a great time. Watching my daughter "do life" as a mom makes me realize just how fast time is going. I wish I could slow down these hands of time. But as we all know ~ time waits for no man. It seems like only yesterday I was here at this same place being her mommy.  I am off to enjoy the moments before I find myself back on that plane at the end of the week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Grandma Catron's Pickled Beets~ Amish Style

If you have visited an Amish home or Restaurant~ you know that Pickled Beets are on most tables. I just love them. I would buy them from my Amish neighbors for about $8.00 a quart. I found this recipe in my Grandma's recipes. It is so good! Hope you enjoy!

Grandma Catron's Pickled Beets~
2 cups sugar
3-1/2 c. white vinegar
1-1/2 c. water
1 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. allspice
4 16 oz. cans small whole beets drained
4 1-pint canning jars and lids

Combine sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and spices in a large kettle; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add beets. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes; cool. Pack into hot jars; cover with liquid. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

My Rock

A century ago an ocean liner sank off the southwest coast of England, taking many people down with it. A 16-year-old galley boy, who was tossed up along the rugged shore, survived by clinging to a rock all night long. When he was finally rescued, he was asked, “Didn’t you shake as you were clinging all night to that rock?” The boy replied, “Yes, of course. But the rock never shook once.”
The children of Israel had many experiences in the dessert ~they learned that rocks were more than a huge mass of stone. A rock at times sheltered them from sudden storms. At other times it provided a cool shadow from the scorching heat. It was a stonghold~a place of safety from enemies~ a refuge.

Psalm 61:2-3 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.y y 

Psalm 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

David knew firsthand just how important a rock could be in times of trouble. This  life is full of trouble. It seems much so as the days go by. Yet~ just as the Hebrews found the rock of their salvation in the Lord who brought them out of Egypt~ so we find the rock of our salvation in the One who through His Son delivered us from the bondage of sin. When those storms come knocking and threaten to overwhelm us~ we can cling to our Rock~ that unshakable refuge.

O safe to the Rock that is higher than I
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary—Thine, Thine would I be:
blest "Rock of Ages," I'm hiding in Thee. —Cushing

Sunday, August 14, 2016

What If God Gave Us As Much Grace As We Give Others?

 What if God gave you as much grace as you give others? That is my question I have been pondering all week. 

We have become such a critical people. I heard this from Beth Moore ~ wish it was mine but it's not. "A critic is one who wants change but a bully is one who wants you to quit." Think about that for a second.  When we pick at other's faults are we truly wanting to help them or get them to quit and fall by the wayside? 

We live in a world that photo edits all of life. We crop~ chop ~spit and polish it all to look perfect but the fact of the matter is ~it is only an illusion. People are not perfect. They are going to mess up. I am going to mess up. You are going to mess up.

Our perfectionism has made us a critical people to the point that we bully others. In the church, it is no different. We try to manipulate and bully others to go along with our agenda. Our controlling spirits harm others. I admit I struggle with perfectionism but I never want to be always nit picking at others.  

Let us  turn the tables here for a minute. Can you imagine with me just how a perfect God must look at each and every one of us?  He has to endure with each and every one of us. Does He throw the Book at us? No~ He offers grace and mercy to all who will receive it. 

 Maybe we should show the same acceptance ~ patience, and love that He bestows on us to our family, friends and even our church.

Ephesians 4:1-12King James Version (KJV)

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Do You Ever Feel Lost?

Summer is buzzing along. It is hard to believe the school bells are starting to ring. I feel like a school girl every time summer comes to an end. It makes me incredibly sad.  Nothing says fun to me like a hot Missouri day~ while soaking up the sun in a big blue body of cool water. This Missouri girl loves to swim just about as much as I love anything.

This moving to a new city is not for sissies. I sort of feel lost. I miss my family and friends and I miss my favorite places to go . I miss my sweet neighbor whom I shared coffee and conversation with almost every day.  I am praying that God helps me fit in soon and that He brings new friends in my life. 

Yet right here in my lost feeling, I am remaining silent~ for it is here that God has reached out His hand to me in a new way.  It is here when things did not go as I planned that I am finding out who my God really is. Here is where I only can look for His extended hand. 

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

My hope is found in nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness. It is in this lost place that I remember that my hope is only in my Saviour. Hope makes everything seem possible~ it causes our spirit to rejoice. God's hope is the answer to every test, every trial, and every problem. 

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

I don't know where you are today. If you are feeling lost I pray that you find hope today in Jesus Christ. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer ~ Sweet ~ Summer In Photos

My gypsy girl and I took a road trip to Kentucky. 
This just happens to be a Fudge Shop behind us~ it's not a vacation until I find the fudge.

It has been a sweet summer as we settled into our new home ~ in a little patriotic city. It has been exciting but harder than I imagined.  We have found a church that we love and we have just finished membership classes. 

I sure miss our boy we left behind along with family and friends. I sort of feel like I am at a resort rather than home. I keep adding touches here and there in hopes it will start feeling like home.

 My gypsy girl came to spend a couple weeks and she is a photographer~ so the pictures she captured are amazing.  It was great having her home.

The Missouri State Capital~ beautiful!

Our home is located right around the corner from a Nature Center and we reap the benefits. 
I love watching all the creatures big and small each day in my back yard.

A family day of pottery~

This is Sno Biz ~ a long time favorite of the locals.
Shaved ice treats~ my favorite is Sunrise which is strawberry and orange.

Annie studying the Word.

25 year Anniversary

We all had poison ivy including Pippa Lou~ poor Pip!

Lots of raspberry tea and Central Dairy ice cream~ woo hoo!

Did you happen to see the "Fresh as a Missouri Morning?"
Well, let me tell you it has been a very hot and humid summer~ not so fresh.

My little bunny who loves to eat my flowers. 

Breakfast in Kentucky

JC Rocks group went crazy this summer.
A  lady started painting rocks and placing them around town to spread joy to others. If you find a rock~ you rehome it or paint  a new one and place for someone to find.This is one I painted and left on a bench in front of a bike repair store.When you find one you post it to JC Rock facebook page. 
Hannah and I had lots of fun painting and hunting. 

One of Hannah's rocks she painted~

Jefferson City is known for its local dairy~ amazing ice cream
It also looks as though you stepped back in the 60's~ nothing has changed. 

We took a float trip with Caleb and Andrea~ we won't elaborate on that!
I tipped my kayak~ need I say more. 

These are my Texas babies and I will wrap up summer with them next week.
It was has been a sweet~ sweet summer. 

I am off to capture the last few days of summer. 

Psalm 34:8

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



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