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Home Comforts

Welcome to the Home Comforts page. Please get a cup of tea, relax, and enjoy some time exploring ideas that will, hopefully, add depth and pleasure to your life.

Scriptures For Reflection:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)

Sometimes, it is very difficult to leave a past behind. Words are spoken and actions are made that can never be reversed. Reflecting can often leave us feeling sad and remorseful because of the things that may or may not have happened. Cleaning has always been somewhat therapeutic for me because I like the feeling of making things fresh, I like the way things smell when they are clean, and I like the feeling of order. I've found that at times, like my home, my life needs to be cleaned. God says that I am a new creation because I am in Him…that means that I am new…I will never be the same again. Some of the memories from my past are not always joyful but I take great comfort in knowing that I am not, nor will I ever be, that same person from my past. When we are in Christ, we strive to be more like Him and to constantly improve so that we may be a good example and so that others may see Christ in us. George Eliot said, "It's never too late to be what you might have been." The perfect goal in my life is to recognize God's plan for me and to be everything that He wants me too be. We can reflect and then anticipate everything that God has in store for us and be glad that He has mapped our journey.

Cook's Nook:
I would like to thank Beth for her faithfulness in reading the site and for contributing the following recipes. Thanks for sharing Beth and may God bless you always.

Hot Chicken Soup
3 breasts of raw chicken, cut into cubes (more or less depending on size)
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken
1 can corn, drained (can use ½ can)
1 can Rotele Original
1 small onion, chopped
6 oz. Or more Cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients except cheese. Bring to boil and cook on medium/high for 30 minutes. It should stay at a slight boil the whole time. Before serving, while still hot, add the cheese, let stand a few minutes to thicken.

Microwave Baked Beans
1-15 oz. Can baked beans
1-15 oz. Can kidney beans (drained)
½ cup salsa
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon bacon bits
¼ cup finely chopped onions

Mix all ingredients. Pour into 8x11 baking dish and microwave for 10 minutes.

Helpful Hints:
The bottom dropped out of my water heater one afternoon and I had to clean everything out of my laundry room. In moving all of the contents to the garage, I found that a whole box of laundry detergent had gotten wet and the detergent caked in the box. After this experience, I started pouring my detergent into a clean popcorn tin. Our family usually gets one of those popcorn tins each year and I wash them out and use them for storage. The popcorn tin makes a great container for laundry detergent and all sorts of other things.

A timer has become an invaluable tool for me. I use my timer to give my children a set amount of time to brush their teeth, I use the timer in a game to see if the children can clean their rooms before the timer goes off, and I often use the timer for myself so that I can do one activity for a certain amount of time and then move on to something else.

The Writer's Block:
"Light In The Night" by Missi

In the darkness of the night,
I lie awake cold with fright.
I search my mind for where I'll go,
There's so many things I don't know.
As the tears roll down my face,
I'm still searching to find my place.
And then You came like a beacon in the night.
You gave me wisdom, You are my Guiding Light.
You took away the coldness and the fear,
There is no doubt that You are near.
You hold my hand and You talk to me.
You wipe my eyes so that I may see.
When I felt that I was at the end,
You came to me and my life began.
And I thank You Father for making me new,
And I thank You Father for being so true.
In a world where I do not belong,
Help me to always sing Your song.
In the black of night, when another soul's lost,
Help Your light to shine through me at any cost.
I love You Father and I want the world to know,
That You are the Light and the only Way to go.

The Book Worm:
Understand Your True Measure by Lisa Bevere
This book is very good; especially, if you have some, "life closets," that need to be cleaned. This little book is full of meaningful scripture and small writing activities that help you to reflect a little at a time on your own life and worth.

Taking Care of the Me in Mommy by Lisa Whelchel
This is another book by the girl that played Blair on The Facts of Life that has turned into a truly awesome woman of God. Mother's and caregivers are very busy people and sometimes, we forget that unless we take care of ourselves, our abilities to take care of others may not be as excellent as it could be. Taking care of ourselves is much like the maintenance performed on automobiles. If we do those little things to take care of ourselves, we feel much better and can achieve much more. This is an excellent book and really focuses on the need to take a little time for ourselves so that we may effectively serve in the full capacity that God has designed for us.

Reflective Gifting:
An autograph quilt
Autograph quilts can be a lot of fun and can be made in many different ways. You will need a permanent fabric marker, solid and print material, batting, one large piece for backing.
This piece can be made in many different sizes. Ideas for sizing would be, a throw, a wall hanging, and the standard, twin, full, queen, and king sizes.
The idea is to cut solid pieces of material into squares and let family members and friends write notes, thoughts, and well wishes, and then to alternate the autographed pieces and the print squares until you have the desired size. Sew batting for appropriate size to backing and then put finished front panel with the wrong side facing the backing piece…..the batting should be on the outside. Sew all three layers together and leave a small opening at top to turn. Now the autographed side should be showing and the backing should be showing with the batting sandwiched in between the two. Finish stitching the opening at top and wrap in beautiful paper.

Lighted potpourri jars
These were popular a few years back but they are still beautiful and give off a lovely fragrance. Find a clear canister with a lid. Fill ¼ of the canister with a favorite potpourri and start winding clear Christmas lights through the potpourri. Put more potpourri in and continue layering lights and potpourri. These canisters are really pretty with a lace doily on top. You can wrap a large rubber band around the doily to hold in place on top of the canister and wrap the rubber band with a beautiful ribbon. Glue a beautiful bow and a small cluster of flowers, a charm, or some beads at the front. These make beautiful gifts for people that like unique and charming gifts.

Quotation Journal:
"Don't let the past dictate who you are, let it dictate who you will become."
Author Unknown

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