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What Are We Saying with Our Offering?

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When we place our offering in the plate, what are we saying?    I’m thankful for this way I can contribute?    I’m hopeful for the future and want to support it here?    I’m glad for this this tax deduction?    I was raised doing this, so I’ll keep on with that tradition?    I hope God notices that I’m doing my part?    I hope this is used to buy more jelly filled donuts? Maybe on any given Sunday a bit of each?
In God’s Word, when His people gathered and gave, we always see their actions marked by a single distinctive – joy, gladness, cheer...why? Because of the overwhelming sense of thankfulness in what God had accomplished and the sense of hope that being in community brings when we are moving toward accomplishing God’s will in great ways.
Listen to what David wrote and the song that the people sang when they brought the ark of God’s promise into the tent: Oh, give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;     make known his deeds among the peoples! 9 Sing to him, sing praises to him;     tell o…

James 5:13-18 How's Your Prayer Life?

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How's your prayer life? I'm always so thankful for this passage as it gets me to thinking and even better, to praying about my prayer life. I can't help but be challenged and inspired by men of faith who did outrageous things for God. Is that all over now? Do people not pray in boldness and confidence any more? In today's study we'll look at what God's Word says about prayer.


James 3:5-8

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I Have Hard Days Too

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This was a hard week.

A little background... In 2013, my husband sobered up after nearly 20 years of alcoholism, rage, and addiction related issues. Until that point, our marriage had been severely damaged by his violent outbursts and abuse. Through a gut-wrenching, potentially devastating incident, God reached into my husband’s heart and mind on the evening of May 5, 2013 and Glen fully confessed, repented, and truly surrendered his heart back to his Savior. I had married a godly, Christ-centered man in 1988 - on May 5, 2013, I got him back. Actually, I got a more mature and humble man back.

Since that night, we have been on a steady path of healing and restoration. We have joy again, peace again, trust and hope again. It's been hard - don't get me wrong - but it has been blessed nonetheless.
There are many difficult bumps along a road to true healing. One of the most difficult of mine has been dealing with the scars of trauma that Glen’s past violent behavior left on my hea…

Recipe: Avgolemono - Lemon Chicken Soup

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This took less than 20 minutes to cook up!  Here's my #supersimple #Recipe, and yes, it's a great way to enjoy your #lemon #essentialoil... #Enjoy and tell me if you #tryit 








==AVGOLEMONO==
½ C finely chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2T EVOO
3-4 sprigs thyme
2 tsp Kosher salt
2tsp Black pepper
8 C chicken stock
3-4 C cooked, chopped chicken
2 eggs
¼ cup #fresh lemon juice
3 drops #doterra lemon eo
Water
Heat evoo and saute until soft and translucent the onion, garlic cloves with salt, pepper and thyme (tied with string) on med heat in your stock pot. try not to let onions get dark
Deglaze the yummies in that pot with 8 cups broth, bring to boil, add 1½ cups orzo, return to boil then reduce to simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile whisk eggs with lemon juice. Add 2 cups of the hot broth to the egg mixture to temper it. Then stir this slowly back into into the soup. Add chicken (I had a roasted chicken on hand! Score!) and 3 drops lemon essential oil and stir. Remove thyme bundle, ch…

Am I Gonna Die In Church? ...thoughts from my ten-year-old self

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We all had silly notions when we were young of how life worked - like thinking there were actual little people in the TV doing all those shows. But some might not have been so silly! Some were life and death! Communion at church! Eeeeek!!

Taking communion at church used to scare the Hades out of me. I had heard the preacher say that people had “fallen asleep” (which I found out was code for “died!”) because they were unworthy, and because they took communion with unconfessed sin….at least that’s what I thought he said. So, when the elders would assemble at the front of the church to pass around the communion plates it got real for me...and I got my prayin' face on! I’d start my prayers in earnest as they headed my way...head bowed, hands folded tightly and trembling...

”Oh dear Jesus, I’m so sorry for all the bad things I’ve done and the way I treated my sister and disobeyed my parents…”


And I’d open one eye from my praying to see the communion plate getting closer, and I’d squirm ba…