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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.
Hello friends! Goodness it's been a long time. I went back to my archive page to remember what we had talked about last time and I could not believe how fast the time had gone by. At my last writing, I had good intentions of trying to update more often, but, like many good intentions, they fell by the wayside.
The summer has gone by so quickly and God has been so good to bless us and keep us safe through our journeys and all of our activities.
My family has been blessed; our son went to church camp for the first time this summer and had a great time, we were able to go on two different trips and spend time with friends and family, and we went to vacation Bible school.
Vacation Bible school was a really special challenge for me this year; last year, I was involved in helping with the children's crafts, but, this year, the director approached me and asked me if I would be willing to be in charge of the snacks for the sixty five workers that we would have; I took the challenge.
The muffin mix, fruits, and veggies were flying, but, we had a really great week and everyone enjoyed the food. I knew that the week of Vacation Bible school would not have been possible if God hadn't been there and had His hand on every pulse of our time spent together.
The best part of the summer was that we had the opportunity to see God at work; people were saved in Bible school and church camp, and, we spent some memorable moments with our family members and very dear friends.
Summer is almost over and it is time to get back to school and schedules.
I hope that all of you had a terrific summer and that you have a wonderful school year.
Please remember to celebrate every season of your life; this season will only happen once and we need to savor the moment.
Also, please remember, if we do not stand for something, we will fall for anything; this is very important to keep at the front of our thoughts and to teach our children. Our children need to know that it is important to stand up for what we believe in and to live our lives in accordance with our beliefs.
Take care and please read the rest of the Home Comforts page; hopefully, you will find something to think on or a tidbit that will help make life a little easier. Remember, God loves you and so do we.
Scriptures For Reflection:
"He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. Even children become tired and need to rest, and young people trip and fall. But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired."
Isaiah 40: 29-31
How easy it is to become tired and weary.
Sometimes we work so much that we are just exhausted and feel we can do no more.
Sometimes, we may feel like there is no point in continuing our efforts to do good and to be kind to others; after all, we meet negativity and bitterness at every turn.
Sometimes, all of those little things that need to be taken care of just consume us and we feel overwhelmed and can't see the forest for the trees.
I have felt all of these things at some time or another and I took great comfort in the scripture from Isaiah.
If you have ever seen an eagle soar, you know that they are majestic, they have a terrific wing span, and they are an awesome part of nature. How comforting to know that God cares enough about us that He says all we have to do is trust in Him and He will rise us up to be eagles.
We need to concentrate on ridding ourselves of all the negative energy around us and fill ourselves with the positive energy that comes from Jesus Christ.
I know that doing this is sometimes easier said than done but God promises us that He will give us the energy and the means to press forward and do His awesome works.
If you have read this page before, you know that I love quotes and billboard sayings; I thought this billboard message was perfectly related to our subject today. The billboard message read, "We need to start living like we are worth the price Christ paid for us."
We need to live a life of excellence and soar like eagles.
Cook's Nook: Shrimp Scampi
1 lb. shrimp
¼ cup olive oil
4 Tbsp. butter
½ cup white wine or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic minced
½ onion chopped
Defrost shrimp according to instructions.
Heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes in large skillet over medium heat.
Pour wine or stock into pan and reduce heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add shrimp and heat for 2-3 minutes or til hot through center. Stir in butter and parsley. Add salt and pepper.
Serve over pasta or rice.
Easy Éclair Cake
1 sleeve graham crackers
2 small boxes instant French vanilla pudding
1 can chocolate frosting
In a 9x13 pan, place graham crackers in bottom; break apart if necessary to cover bottom of pan.
Mix pudding according to directions. Heat chocolate frosting until just melted-I do this in the microwave. Stir frosting occasionally to make sure it is melted and smooth.
Spread pudding over graham crackers and frosting over pudding. Continue the layers until all of ingredients are used. Finish cake by spreading whipped topping over the top of cake and garnish with a little shaved chocolate bar.
This cake is really good after it has been refrigerated for a while.
Our helpful hint this time revolves around vinegar.
Vinegar is acidic and is great for cleaning all kinds of things.
Soak some cotton or paper towels in vinegar and wrap around your water taps and faucet using rubber bands and a plastic bag; leave for a little while and go back and remove the cotton or towel and rinse well with water...this removes mineral deposits from the taps and makes them shiny.
Use vinegar to clean windows and light fixtures. Vinegar cuts through grease and leaves a nice streak free shine.
The Writer's Block: This is another great writing that I received from my friends in the prison ministry.
I keep a copy of this in my Bible and have read it many times; I hope it is as meaningful to you as it is too me.
My name is Had. You may know me, but you may not know my new name. You may have no idea what I have been through because I do my best to look the same. I am scared to death of you. I used to be just like you. I once held my head up high without propping it on my hymnal.
I was well respected back then, and even respected myself. I was wholeheartedly devoted to God, and if the truth be known, somewhere deep inside I was sometimes the slightest bit proud of my devotion. Then I'd repent...because I knew pride was wrong. I did not want to be wrong. Not ever.
People looked up to me. And life looked good from up there. I felt good about who I was. That was before I was Had. Strangely, I no longer remember my old name. I just remembered I liked it. I liked who I was. I wish I could go back. I wish I'd just wake up. But I fear I'm wide awake. I have had a nightmare. And the nightmare was me, Had.
If I could really talk to you and you could really listen, I'd tell you I have no idea how all this happened. Honestly, I was just like you. I did not plan to be Had. I did not want to be had. One day I had not, then the next day I had.
Oh, I know now where I went wrong. I have rewound the nightmare a thousand times, stopping it right at the point where I departed the trail, the trail of good sense. The way ahead did not look wrong. It just looked different. Strange, he did not look like the devil in the original scene. But every time I replayed it, he dropped another piece of his masquerade. When he finally took off his mask, he was laughing at me. Nothing seems funny anymore. I will never laugh again as long as he is laughing.
If only I could go back. I would see it this time! I would walk around the trap camouflaged by the brush, and I would not be Had. I would be Proud. Was that my old name? Proud? I can't even remember who I was anymore. I thought I was Good. Not Proud. But I don't know anymore.
Would you believe I never heard the trap shut? Too many voices were shouting in my head. I just knew I got stuck somewhere unfamiliar, and soon I did not like the scenery any more. I wanted to go home. My ankle did not even hurt at first. Not until the infection set in. Then I thought I would die.
I lay like a whimpering dog while the wolf howled in the darkness. I got scared, I pulled the brush over me and hid. Then I felt like I could not breathe. I had to get out of there or I was sure it would kill me. I did not belong there. I refused to die there.
I pulled and pulled at the trap, but the foothold would not budge. The blood gushed. I had no way out. I screamed for God. I told Him where I was and the shape I was in. He came for me.
The infection is gone. He put something on it and cleaned it up instantly. As he inspected my shattered ankle, I kept waiting for Him to say, And you deserved this, you know. You've been Had. He hasn't said it yet. I don't know whether He will or not. My leg still hurts. God says it will heal with time. But I fear I will always walk with a limp.
You see, I wrestled with the devil and he gave me a new name Had.
In case no one has said it to you yet, I'm sure sorry you've been Had. It's horrible isn't it? Devastating not to live up to your own expectation. To become such a pauper to Grace. I've been Had a time or two myself. It's been a while, but I remember well what it was like.
God says He doesn't want me to forget. I asked Him why. He said too many people have been Had out there. All sorts of ways to be Had. I don't wish anyone to be Had. I used to wish I could be Good or Proud again, but I don't anymore. I don't want to be Good or Proud, or Had, I just want to be HEALED.
God wanted to make sure I never act like I haven't been Had, so He left the scars. He kept a set on His own hands and feet and left one on my ankle.
Let's you and I go on a walk together, maybe to a part of God's home where you've never even been. You don't have to hang your head anymore.
To start the journey toward home. All you need to get started is to know you need to get started. Very likely you are somewhere between having a thousand feelings or none at all.
The truth is still in there, and He's telling you what you need to do. Follow what you know to be true. Do what His word says. Then God will raise you from the very thing that has been the death of you. He really will give you a future.
Don't let Satan have another inch! We must not let him destroy anymore. The first piece of armor you've got to put back on is the breastplate of righteousness. Your injured heart will be protected by your doing what is right until you feel what is right.
Satan wants you to feel hopeless. He is a liar. You belong to God. Tighten that helmet of salvation around your head. Know that you are His and nothing has ripped you from His hand.
The Book Worm: The Harmony Series by Phillip Gulley
If you need an enjoyable and light read, try the Harmony series by Phillip Gulley. Harmony is a factious town that is a good deal like Mayberry. Phillip Gulley is a Mennonite minister and his stories shed a very bright light on those things that Christians would usually choose to ignore or keep in a very dim light. Welcome to Harmony is an excellent place to start and gives you a starting place for knowing the characters and the town. I really enjoyed these books and found a lot of truth and insight hidden between the pages.
Recently, we were at my in-laws and we were playing some games with the children. I was reminded how important it is to spend some real quality time with our families. Board games are an excellent way to spend time together and do something fun.
We have probably all seen the commercials urging us to spend time at the Family Table. What a sad thing that our world has come too when we are in need of a commercial to remind us the value of sitting down to the table and sharing a meal with our families. Having dinner together at the table is priceless. We get to spend time together relaxing and sharing things about our day, not to mention some really great food that you won't find in a bag. Try to have a family meal; it a truly rewarding experience.
This may be a bit of a plug on my part, but, I think it is one more way for you to know a little more about me. My parents are retired and in the fall, we participate in several craft shows. We enjoy the time that we are able to spend together and we make lasting memories, not to mention, we meet some really terrific people at the shows. I have found craft shows to be a wonderful way to find unique and affordable gifts during the holiday season. Not only can you find great gifts, you can also see the Lord's work for yourself by the many talents that He has given to various people. There are usually fun activities and a lot of good food so this can be a great family activity or a way to get away from everything for a while and just enjoy some time by yourself or with a friend.
Prayer is essential in my life. I have added this section because God says that we have not because we ask not. There are many things that happen in our daily lives and in our world. Prayer is the single most crucial thing that we can do to make a difference in our world. I am going to put a couple of things on here and if you have prayer requests that you would like to share, please email me here.
Please pray for:
The miners trapped in the coal mine and their families-Utah
The teachers, shcool admininstration, and students-school starts
Our president and leaders
Our pastors and church administrators
Home Comforts Archive:
August 10, 2007
February 26, 2007
June 27, 2006
May 12, 2006
April 29, 2006
March 31, 2006
I hope that you enjoyed your time on the Home Comforts page and that you go away with some new ideas and feeling refreshed and uplifted. May God bless you and keep you. Until next time…you are in my prayers always.
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