When my girls were younger and I taught them to sew, this little book was real handy. This week I am teaching someone else to sew and I got this book out again. Even though all my girls are way past this stage, this is one book that I have kept because it's just so good for teaching someone. It explains all the parts to a sewing machine and how they work and the best part I like, is that there is papers you can run off with mazes on them, that they sew. You take the thread out and let them sew the papers with different designs on them. Each design is the same thing they'll be doing on fabric, like pivoting, curves, stopping and turning at points. This just makes so much sense. When I learned to sew I would get the fabric bogged down and it was aggravating. These papers that you sew, teaches them to operate the sewing machine before they get the fabric under there. It also has some little things in there for them to make with the patterns included.
The definition of man is a human adult male. That is simply a physical description. There are plenty of human adult males on this planet. The men I am asking about, are the real men:
The men who love God with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their strength.
The men who love their wives as Christ loves the church.
The men who love their children, not just in word, but in their deeds.
The men who are honest, whose word you can count on as the truth when they speak it.
The men who don't cover their sins up, but who truly repent and bring their lives back in line with God's word. We all sin, but real men repent and turn from it, they don't continue in it.
The men who lead their families, not control it.
The men who train their children up in the ways of God.
The men who see the value in their family that God gave them.
The men who seek God's word for the problems in their life, not running to the law for answers.
The men who don't steal, even in secret, because they know that God sees and judges the things done in secret.
The men who are committed to not having sex outside of marriage.
The men who are committed to not look at pornography.
The men who are committed to not listening to the world's music.
The men who are committed to keeping their homes clean, not bringing in cussing and bad language via the TV or video games.
The men who are committed to their marriage vows. More and more are breaking them every day.
The men who pray for God to turn their hearts to their wife and their children.
The men who seek God above all else.
The men who love taking care of their families, not seeing them as a burden.
The men who are selfless, not selfish.
The men who are humble, not prideful.
The men who are tenderhearted not hard hearted.
Does this man seem impossible? He is not. Each day we all choose who we will serve. It's so easy to serve God. Just ask him what pleases him and do the right thing. You will never be ashamed of doing right. You will never lose your reputation for living by God's word. People won't like it, but you will never have to hang your head in shame for it.
When I was first married, I would read about the Proverbs 31 woman. I thought, "I could never be al that." But each day I got up and asked God to make me what he would have me to be, the woman that would bring glory to him.
If you have a man in your life who is not the man God wants him to be, pray for him. Pray that God will turn his heart to God first, then his family.
With all my heart I want my sons to be real men. I can't make them, it's a choice they make every day, with every opportunity that comes in their path. But I can pray for them and I do.
If you are a man reading this, be that example to other men for God's glory. Children and wives respect a man who follows God in word and in deed. People know who is real and who is just a church goer. If your heart is not towards your children and wife, pray and ask God to make it be. Your life will be happier and God will get glory through you. That is what he created us for anyway.
There is not much that is good on TV any more, that is, if you are a follower of Christ. Crude humor, bad scenes and cussing is all part of just about every thing on there, and if it's not in the show, it's in the commercials. I heard a preacher recently, who said so many Christians say it doesn't really bother them and how sad that is. We have gotten used to the filth that we don't see it as so any more. He said, "What if we took every single cuss word, every crude remark and bad scene from all the shows that every family watched for one week, and then showed it at church on Sunday." I'm sure we can all agree, that it would not be good. He said, "That is what you are filling your heart with, every single day." Even though its spread out over all the shows and commercials all week long, it's getting in our heart and it IS effecting us. We don't have a TV in our home, but we do like to watch an occasional movie, but it's hard to find one that you can feel good about. One of my daughters found this site. You can buy them or rent them and watch on Amazon as instant play. They are Christian movies that you can have a good conscience toward God for watching.
Mark 7:20-23 says And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Whatever we watch, goes in our hearts and what is in our hearts, comes out of us in conversation, attitudes and actions. If you take notice of the things you watch, see if any of these things are in it and make the choice to glorify God in what you are putting in your heart and the hearts of your family. Just like we can't eat junk food every day and have a healthy body, we can't fill our hearts with the dirty things of this world, and expect that we can be filled with God's spirit so that he can use us for his glory.
I think every child dreams of finding a treasure box. I remember thinking as a child, that if I could find a treasure box, my troubles would be over. I would have all the money I needed to do anything I wanted, to go anywhere I wanted, to buy anything I wanted, I could help those I loved. Of course, money isn't the answer to life's problems, though some adults still think so!!
I was thinking this week about how we as Christians have a grand treasure box, with the answers to ALL of life's questions. The great part about it, is that it is free. It's accessible to each one of us. We don't have to wonder about things in life, we don't have to be hindered by the things in this life, we can have a blessed life and be a blessing to others, if we just have this treasure box.
God didn't create us and leave us here with no instructions. He gave us his word. In it's pages are the answer to every question we need to know, on how we are to live for him, how to help others through their hard ships, how to overcome addictions, anger, bitterness, hurt and the list goes on. But just as with any treasure box, there is a combination to getting it open. Just like in all the stories we read as children, there is a map and we must search for it's riches, but when we find it, it'll be worth the effort and it will effect the rest of our lives as well as the lives of those around us.
1. You must be saved. If my neighbor's kids come over and tell me they need some new shoes or a back pack for school, I'll hear their words, but I won't be going out and buying them the stuff they asked me for. They are not mine. I hear the needs of MY children and buy MY children those things. John 3:7 says, Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. God sees, hears and knows all, but he answers the prayers of HIS children.
2. You must not have sin in your heart. Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. God wants us to be clean when we ask him anything in prayer. If one of my children has been mean to one of their siblings or talking hateful to them, taking their things or throwing things or not helping them when they asked, then if that child comes to me and asks me to do something for them, I'm not going to feel like helping them with anything. Even more so, God sees the very heart that we do things with. He wants us to get those things out and get it right. THEN he will hear us.
3. We must ask according to his will. 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. God isn't going to give us everything we ask for. We can't see the future and we don't know what is best for us. When my youngest son was just 10, he wanted a four wheeler. But Phillip was hyper from the day he was born and a four wheeler for him would have been a disaster!! I knew he didn't need one. God knows our frame, he knows our thoughts, he knows our temptations. He knows what we need. How do we know what is according to his will? Ask him. We need to our thoughts in line with his thoughts. That comes by knowing the word of God. Study to see the character of God and ask him to make your thoughts, like his thoughts. God doesn't want to answer our every whim and give us things that will get us farther from him or hinder us from living out his will in our lives.
If we will look at these three keys, God will open up the windows of heaven and give us treasures not only for this life, but for the life to come, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of our families and friends and co workers.
Every treasure box has keys. This is the ultimate treasure box and it's available for every one.
Have you read the recent article where Burger King is supporting gays? It's sad. They sell hamburgers, why does sexuality have to come into it?? The inside of the wrapper says we are all the same inside but that is not true. God knows my heart it is not the same as every one else's. That is what the world wants us all to believe. What we are on the inside shows up on the outside. It doesn't matter how many businesses or how many important people support the gay agenda, God NEVER will.
Romans 1:26-32 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
I was looking for those stand up clipboards for my desk at work. You know, the ones that hold a piece of paper up while you are typing from it. In my search for the one I wanted, I found these little gadgets. I LOVE this little thing. It can hold one page or many. You can take the thinnest of papers and it'll hold it straight up!! They are called Page Up and you can get them in an array of colors and styles like fish, sports etc. I got mine from Amazon. Go there and check out what everyone is saying about them and see what style suits you.
This is one of our favorite summer desserts. It's cool, easy to put together and it tastes SO good.
2 small packages instant chocolate pudding
9 inch pan of baked brownies
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz cool whip
Mix together the first package of pudding. Crumble the brownies up and add most of it to the pudding, reserving some for the topping. Spread this in a 9x13 pan.
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and 8 oz of cool whip. Spread over pudding mixture.
Mix the remaining box of pudding with the remaining 4 oz of cool whip. Spread over top. Sprinkle remaining brownie pieces over top and refrigerate for one hour.
I have been making this for quite a few years now. It tastes better than those packs you buy, it's just as easy to make, and it's cheaper!! I bought these little jars from Wal-Matt and made some labels to go on them. On the front I put the picture of what kind it is, as you see on the left and on the back, I put the directions.
1 jar of beef or chicken bouillon granules
2-1/2 cups plain flour
When you need gravy, just mix:
1/4 cup of mix
1-1/2 cups water
Mix over medium heat until thickened, just like you do the packages you buy.
This makes 1-1/2 cups of gravy.
Today I am linking up with Strangers & Pilgrams. To read more homemaking tips and ideas, just head over to her blog.
When God saved me so many years ago, I had no idea what he wanted to do with me. I have never regretted giving my life to him. Some think salvation is just saying a prayer. That IS all it takes, but salvation is more than saying a prayer and getting a ticket out of hell. It's giving your whole life to God, not holding back one area. . It's letting him take control of your ENTIRE life. God paid a high price for us to be saved. He said it's our reasonable service, to give our life as a living sacrifice to him. That means we are to give up what we want, for what God wants. It doesn't matter if it feels good, if it's fun, if it's what makes us feel comfortable. A person who is saved, will want to please God and live by his word. What are some of the things he wants to lead his children in?
What kind of music pleases God?
What kind of clothing pleases God?
What kind of friends pleases God?
How many children does God want you to have?
How does God want you to spend the money that he allows you to have?
How does God want you to spend your time?
How often does God want you to go to church?
What does God want you to do for him?
What does God want you to do when someone does you wrong?
God gave us the word of God, so that we can have the answers to all these questions and more.
He has only the best plans for you life. God can't give us that abundant life if we are holding it back and doing things our way. I see so many who profess to be saved, but they live just like the world. If they were taken to trail for being a Christian, they would not be convicted, because there is not enough evidence. They are counting on a little prayer they said. They believe in God, but that is not enough. The bible says that the devil believes and trembles. He knows there is a God and he knows his end. Will believing in God get him to heaven? No. And it won't get you there either. You must give your life to God, every single bit of it. I've never given anything to God and then regretted it. He blesses what you give to him.
When you give God every area, you no longer have to hide things you are doing. You don't have to be ashamed of what you are doing or hope that someone or the preacher doesn't find out. You will have a clear conscience toward every one, because even when you fall, you know that God sees your heart and that you are truly sorry. But if you are truly sorry, you won't keep repeating the same things over and over, every day and just asking forgiveness every day for the same things. When you get your heart right with God, you will see how your sin hurts God. How it hurts the cause of Christ.
Being saved is the very best thing that has ever happened to me. I am so blessed!!!!
I LOVE hush puppies, but I have never been able to make them as good as the ones at the seafood restaurants. Today we were going to have fish for supper, so I went online to find ANOTHER recipe to try. I read a lot of reviews and decided to try this one. It was SO good. I did make some changes, after reading the reviews and they were PERFECT.
1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup onion, diced
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup self rising cornmeal
1 tsp. each salt, pepper and onion powder
1/4 cup buttermilk
In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and onion. Stir in the flour, cornmeal and seasonings.
Mix in the buttermilk and drop by teaspoonful's into hot oil and fry until golden brown.