Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christians Should be Addicts

Our preacher said something very thought provoking Sunday morning. He does that all the time, so it's nothing new. I am thankful for a pastor who is not just telling us bible stories of old or just digging into deep doctrines, but he preaches on living for God on a daily basis. A lot of people have just enough religion to make them miserable, but a personal walk with God brings joy and peace.  What good does it do to go to church if we go to work and out in public and are mean spirited, short tempered, blowing up at people, hateful and bitter? I know some people like that. They call themselves Christians, but their attitudes and actions have NOTHING to do with Christ, except that they hurt the cause of Christ.  It is more important for them to show themselves, than for Christ to be seen through them. But that is not what this post is about. It's just on my mind because I am seeing it so often!!
Our preacher was talking about addictions. He said an addiction is not something you have, but it's something that has you. That is SO true. A person who is addicted to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, porn, whatever, he or she can't do without it. They go into DT's if they don't get the substance or are irritable and  depressed if they can't get their fix. Our preacher quoted I Corinthian 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) He said what if we were addicted to Christ, so that every day, we just HAD to have Christ in our life in such a way, that we would be anxious if we had not helped someone, or if we had not read our bible we would get the shakes or we would give up watching TV or being with friends because we just HAD to spend time in prayer. What if every day we got up and our main focus was that we  had to have our time with God and we begged him to give us someone to help or encourage? What if  instead of thinking about how we want to tell someone off, we asked God to help us forgive, as he has forgiven us, and get that bitterness out? I am sure that all those that have to be around us would be thankful, as someone who is hateful and bitter are not nice people to be around. What if instead of thinking about spending money on getting our nails done or our hair dyed, we thought about giving that money to help someone or buy someone lunch and just listen to them?
This world tells us through commercials, billboards, magazines etc, that we need to be doing so many things for ourselves, yet God calls us to be servants.
This is one addiction that you would not be ashamed of or have to hide it from anyone. Not only would you not be ashamed of it, but your life will be blessed by it. What a contrast to the addictions the world offers!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stuffed Italian Bread

One of my daughters made this amazing bread last night. She made a couple of changes but I can't imagine it getting any better. This is SO good. The recipe came from here and this is her picture. She didn't have any fresh parsley, so she just used what we had in the bottle. She also didn't buy the Italian loaf, as we have Italian seasoning and she didn't use poppy seeds. I know they look nice, but I doubt they added any extra flavor!!

1 loaf of French Bread
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
1 TBS minced onion
1 TBS Italian Seasoning
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 TBS Dijon mustard
1 TBS parsley
12 oz. Italian 5 Cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Cut the bread into  X cubes without cutting all the way through.
Mix the butter, oil, minced onion, Italian seasoning, garlic, mustard and parsley. Drizzle over the cracks.
Fill the cracks with cheese.
Wrap in foil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oven Roasted Vegetables

I tried this recipe and it was voted a keeper for our family.  It is super easy and the taste is perfect. I didn't use frozen vegetables, but fresh ones. I also cut my carrots into circles and added 2 cloves of garlic. Garlic makes most things better!!  I made this again the next week because it is just that good.

1 cup each:   broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
3 TBS butter
3 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp. season salt (I used Greek seasoning)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cloves garlic, diced

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease baking sheet.
Cut vegetables to bite size.  Put in a bowl.
Mix the oil, butter and seasoning.
Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
Spread on a single layer and bake 20-30 minutes or until tender.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Fluffy, Light Biscuits

My in-laws come over every Saturday morning and eat breakfast with us. My father-in-law especially loves my biscuits. It took me a long time to learn how to make them light and fluffy.  I have heard a lot of people say they can't make biscuits. I don't think it's so much not being able to make them, as much as not having the right flour. I can use the very same recipe but different flour, and they are not as good. The White Lily Unbleached flour makes the lightest biscuits.

3 cups White Lily Flour
1 stick butter
4 TBS shortening
1-1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450.
Cut the butter and shortening into the flour.
Add the buttermilk and mix until incorporated.
Turn out onto floured surface.
Put some flour on top so that you can handle it.
Smooth it out to about one inch thick.
Cut with a biscuit cutter or glass.
Put in cast iron pan (for best results) and bake  for about 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush the tops with butter.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Best Way To Batter Fish

Not only does my husband know how to catch fish, but he knows how to cook them too. We have no desire to go to seafood restaurant, because he makes it even better at home!
One of the things he has is this fish batterer. You just put the stuff in the bottom and put the fish on the top of this grated thing and put the lid on and shake. No messy, gummy fingers and you can do several pieces at a time.  He got his at Bass Pro but Bed Bath & Beyond also has them for about $12.00.
We have a friend who owns a restaurant and they have fish filets and he told me they use this House of Autry seafood breader. I get mine at Wal-Mart and it really is good. I also use this to bread my squash and to mix a little water with it and coat my onion rings.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Breakfast Poppers

My son LOVES these. Well, my husband does too!! These little things are easy to make and taste just as good reheated as the day they are cooked.  My son likes to have something he can eat on the way to work. These don't make a mess and are easy to hold and eat.

1 Can of Biscuits
4 eggs
1/2 cup of meat, bacon, sausage or ham
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese or cheese of choice

Grease 10 cups of a muffin pan.
Scramble your eggs with meat in them. When they are almost done, add the cheese and stir.
Add salt and pepper.
Take each biscuit out and flatten it on the counter. I just use my hand. Put a heaping teaspoon of eggs on biscuit. Fold over the edges and place seam side down in pan.
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. Brush the tops with butter when you remove them from the pan.

*I add jalapeno  or banana peppers to my eggs, along with bell pepper. I have also used Colby Jack/Monterey Jack cheese. You can do a lot of different things with these and they are all good!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Boss Who is a Bully

 Bully's come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They are not just school age children, but also in the workplace, as some of our bosses.  What is the Christian's response to a bully?  We have to remember that 1st we are a Christian. We can't get caught up in the drama or anger that they are spewing out. Some times it's not anger, but they calmly threaten you. I had an experience with this recently.
My boss had asked me to do something that is wrong in the site of God. I knew that, because the word of God tells me it's wrong. But he asked me to do it and when I wouldn't, he sent me an email the next day, trying to manipulate me. When that didn't work, he called me on the phone.  When I told him I would not do what he asked because I was a Christian and I obeyed God before any person, he got mad and said that my faith was getting in the way of me performing the duties of my job. But what he had asked me to do, had nothing to do with my job description.  Bullies don't like to be told no. When one tactic doesn't work, they try another.  They try to make you feel like you are the one who is wrong. I have never been threatened because of my faith. I have been talked about and given the cold shoulder over it, shunned,  even within my own family, but never threatened. I have a healthy fear of God and I would never tell someone to listen to me over the word of God.  Acts 5:29 says,  We ought to obey God rather than men. No matter what the cost, obey God.  God worked out this situation in a way I never could have on my own. I thank him for being my father. I thank him for being my protector. I thank him for loving me and always being there.    No matter what the cost, do the right thing and he will take care of it all. Don't let fear cripple you. If  you give in to a bully, he will strike again and again, and not only to you, but to others too. 1st I am a Christian, before I am an employee.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is the best that I have tried for pot pie. It's easy to put together and the perfect blend.  I got the recipe from here, but made a couple of changes. We don't like chunks in our pot pie, so I cook the chicken down and shred it. I also don't have celery seed so I took that ingredient out. It says to put your chicken in the bottom of the pie crust and pour the mixture over, but I stir it all together and pour it in at one time.

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup diced celery
    1/3 cup butter
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    1/3 cup plain flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 -3/4 cups chicken broth
    2/3 cup milk
    2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts


1. Preheat oven to 425

2. In a saucepan, combine carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

3. In a large saucepan, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in the chicken and vegetables.

4. Pour into  pie crust. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Wedding Date Canvas Painting

A friend of ours made us a canvas painting with our last name letter and it was so nice. I love something handmade better than anything you could buy from a store. So that got me wanting to do canvas painting. Some friends of ours got married the month after us and so I decided to make this my first one. I have never painted on canvas or anything like this before. This is a 16x20 picture.  This is such a relaxing, easy project.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

War Room Prayers for Your Husband

If you have not seen the movie, War Room, please do. The makers of these films just gets better with each one they produce. The message of this one is much needed. We live in a time when so many complain about things, but never pray about them. Marriages end in divorce, relationships are shattered, co-workers cannot get along, children hating each other and the list could go on. We never use the only weapon that can truly change things in our lives. Prayer. For a lot of people, they just don't know how to use this weapon. We know what we want and we complain to God, or give him a report, but we don't know how to effectively pray. First our hearts must have the right attitude towards God. He is not waiting for us to say the magic words and he'll give us just what we ask for. We must ask him for his will. How do we know his will? Read the word of God.  Then pray for the word of God for your situation.
Just to give you an idea of some things to pray for, I am going to give you some scriptures that I pray for my husband. This list is not limited so get into the word of God and watch your husband and see what areas he needs strengthening in and then find a scripture and pray it for him, not for him to be every thing you want, but so that he can be every thing God wants him to be, so that God gets the glory for it. We don't need to tell our husbands what to be. We need to see what God wants him to be and get in our own war room and go to battle for our man!!  You don't have to wait to see things in his life to pray for. Some things are just common temptations to men, Pray for him to have strength before that temptation comes.
Here is an example of how to pray the scriptures:
The number one thing our husbands need is salvation. The bible says no man can come to God unless he is drawn. John 6:44. If your husband is not saved, pray:
"God, please draw_____to you, that he may be saved."
If he gets saved or if he is saved already, the most needful thing is for him to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, as we are commanded to do in Luke.
Luke 10:27 God please help___________to love you with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his strength and with all his mind.
Ex 20:3 Help _____to not have any other gods before you.
Eph. 6:4 Bless ______that he would love and nurture our children in the admonition of the Lord.
Philip. 4:8 Help ______to think on things that true, lovely, honest, just, pure, of a good report, virtuous.
Ps. 101:3 May_____put no wicked things before his eyes: computer, TV, Phone,  or anywhere.
Col. 4:6 Bless _______'s speech, that it be with grace, seasoned with salt. Eph 4:29 That no corrupt communication come out of his mouth, but that he edifies others with his words.
Eph 2:3  Give______a heart to esteem others better than himself.
Prov. 3:5-6 Help ______to trust in you and lean not unto his own understanding, but to acknowledge you in all his ways that you may direct his paths.
Matt. 4:4 Help ______to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
There are so many things we can pray for our husband. These are just a few. We don't need to pray for selfish things like him spending more time with us, that he'll pick up his dirty socks etc. We need to pray for our men to become like Christ. When that happens, all else will fall into place.
Expect a battle when you begin to pray this way. The devil does not like us to take the most powerful weapon and use it. But go ahead and by faith, pray!!

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