Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clean, Christian Movie Site

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.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Do You Have the Keys?

  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.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Burger King Supports Gays

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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I LOVE This Office Gadget

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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mississippi Mud Pie

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

1st Layer:
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.
2nd Layer
Mix together the cream cheese,  sugar and 8 oz of cool whip. Spread over pudding mixture.
3rd Layer
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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Homemade Brown/Chicken Gravy Mix

Instead of buying those instant gravy packs, mix this up and save money. It also tastes better than those packs.
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.

Mix together:
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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What Salvation Really Is

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!!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FINALLY, A Good Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

Vicki's Hush Puppies Recipe
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.
2 eggs
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.


Monday, March 24, 2014

The BEST Caramel Cake

I had bought a book called, Southern Cakes a couple of years ago. I LOVE cookbooks!! Last week I got this one out and looked through it and saw this cake. I have been trying to find a good caramel cake for a couple of years. This one is IT!!  The cake will now be my go to recipe for a yellow cake. It's so moist and light and it isn't crumbly like a lot of homemade cakes.  The icing is so easy to make and it's so good!! 
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Caramel Icing
4  cups brown sugar
3/4  cup butter
10 TBS evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 and grease and flour 2 nine inch pans.
Put the butter and milk in a small pan and heat until melted. Set aside.
Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In another bowl, put the eggs and sugar and beat on high  until thick and light yellow in color. Stir in the flour mixture until the flour disappears. Add vanilla to the milk and butter mixture and then pour into cake batter. Mix well. Pour into the cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. (Trust me to take the 15 minutes or it WILL stick to the pans!) Remove from pans to wire rack.
When completely cool, make icing and spread quickly.

 To make icing:
Put the sugar, butter, vanilla and evaporated milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and adjust the heat so that the frosting boils gently. Let it cook for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it set 10 minutes. Take a wooden spoon and beat it for 2-3 minutes. Ice the cake. If it begins to get  hard and  you can't spread it easily, add a little more evaporate milk over a very low heat.  Stir to soften.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Funglish - Another Fun Family Game

One of my daughters was introduced to this game a couple of weeks ago and she loved it, so we bought it. It is SO much fun. You have  to pick a card with some words on it and you have 3 minutes to see if you can get your team mates to guess what you are describing, by  putting words on the board. The top section is for words that are" Definitely" describing it, the second section is for 'Kind Of"' and the last section is for 'Not".  You have all kinds of little cards with describing words and you can't say a word while you are putting them on there, you just keep adding words until they guess it.  Like one I had was 'shark', so I put the color words for gray, then human on the not section and so on. Your team mates ask questions and guess while you are putting the words on there, so as you nod your head one way or the other, they figure it out.  It's sort of like the game Taboo, but instead of describing it by speaking, you are adding descriptive words to the board and not talking at all. This is definitely a fun family game!
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