Thursday, May 29, 2014

Controversial Dvds That I Love!

Here are two controversial DVDs that I love and want to share.

What Is Biblical Femininity? 
For several generations, feminists have actively subverted godly womanhood and redefined the priorities of daughters, pushing girls toward independence and indifference for the role that God has designed for them. Although many Christians are beginning to see the futility of the feminist ideal, yet this question must still be clearly answered: just what is biblical femininity?
In this powerful message, So Much More authors Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin seek to explain what biblical femininity is, and what it is not. True femininity, they maintain, is not based on tradition, stereotypes, or romantic images from the past. It doesn't matter how girly a girl's clothes are or how good her manners are -- if a lady's heart is not devoted to putting biblical priorities first, she's not practicing femininity as God designed.

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America

Sadly, most American Christian children are being discipled daily by pro-choice secularists, atheists, evolutionists, politicized bureaucrats, far left unions and oftentimes even child molesters. Under the guise of education the publicly funded monopoly of Government schools has engaged in a vast program of social engineering designed to eradicate the Christian faith from American life. This film warns Christians about the subversive and anti-Christian nature of the American education system and calls on all Christians to participate in a mass exodus from government education for the sake of their children and the future of America.

Order here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Morning Prayer Brunch 05/27/14

" to show hospitality."- Romans 12:13

It has been another lovely Tuesday Morning Prayer Brunch!
It is nice to share our thoughts and cares together. This morning we enoyed another delicious quiche, prayer, and this daily devotion.

"Seek My Face at the beginning of your day. This practice enables you to "put Me on" and "wear Me" throughout the day. Most people put on clothes soon after arising from bed. Similarly, the sooner you "put Me on" by communicating with Me, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way.

To "wear Me" is essentially to have My mind: to think My thoughts. Ask the Holy Spirit to control your thinking; be transformed by this renewal within you. Thus you are well equipped to face whatever people and situations I bring your way. Clothing your mind in Me is your best preparation for each day. This discipline brings Joy and Peace to you and those around you."

{Psalm 27:8; Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.; Colossians 3:12}

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Chicken Barn Is Almost Complete!

The wire is up everywhere except the coop area inside.

 There is plenty of room for the chickens!

 The chicken yard is spacious and the chickens are enjoying it!

View from inside the barn.  Notice the coop area on the right still needs wire.

  A cool watermelon was a delicious treat!

 A side view!

Memorial Day- "What Mean Ye These Stones?"

JOSHUA 4, 8, & 24

Remembering at Jordan

God performed a spectacular miracle for the Israelites as He parted the waters of the Jordan River to make crossing into the Promised Land possible. Joshua commanded the Israelites to take up twelve stones, according to the number of tribes of the children of Israel, and place them before Jordan as a memorial. He said that this would be a sign for future generations.  As a result, children would ask their fathers, in time to come, “What mean ye by these stones?” Then it would be told how the mighty hand of God parted the waters of Jordan so that the Ark of the Covenant and the Israelites could pass over. 

Remembering at Mount Ebal

After crossing over into the Promised Land, Joshua and the Israelites miraculously conquered the city of Jericho.  As a result, they expected to win other battles because God was with them.  However, because of SELF confidence and sin in their family, they were defeated at Ai.  The people were devastated.  In dealing with his grief, Joshua learned there was sin in the family because someone had not followed God’s instructions about spoils of war.  After the sin was forgiven, the Israelites fought again and won. Because of this, Joshua built a stone altar on Mount Ebal and called his family together.  He wrote God’s laws on tablets of stone as if to say, “Remember who you are.  You are God’s people.”  He read them all of the law and reminded them of the blessings of obedience and the consequences of disobedience.  He reminded his people that they had a choice about the quality of their future. At the altar, the Israelites pledged themselves anew to being God’s people.   

Remembering at Shechem

Joshua was old by the time the Promised Land was mostly conquered.  Knowing he would not be around much longer, he wanted to make sure that his people would continue living for God.  He invited them all to Shechem for a family reunion.  Joshua traced their history all the way back to Abraham’s father.  Stories outlined Israel’s journey from slavery to the Promised Land. Although the people had heard these stories before, Joshua felt they needed to hear them again if they were going to live godly lives.  In light of their stories, Joshua asked his people to make a choice about whom they were going to serve. Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua made a covenant with the people and wrote it in the book of the law.  He set a great stone under a great oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.  Afterwards, Joshua said, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us…” 

Remembering Today

Joshua believed that family gatherings were essential for remembering all the works of God.  Without periodic pauses to remember we unintentionally tend to forget how God has worked in our past.  If you're celebrating Memorial Day with family and friends, read God’s word, remember His blessings, and choose you this day whom ye will serve.  Looking back, we need to realize where we have been and what we have experienced as individuals and as a family.  We have seen those who could have died still here with us this day!  We have seen how God restored family, restored strength, increased faith, supplied our needs, protected us, forgave us, and blessed us.  In other words, God has parted the waters for us and we are standing on dry ground.  Where are our stones? What will we remind each other of? What will we tell our children about?  Will we care to share what the Lord has done?   Have we been worthy of such grace?  God has intervened in all of our lives in some way. Yes, we still have trials and we still sin and need forgiveness, but God’s mercies are new every morning.  Are we warning our loved ones about the consequences of sin as Joshua did at Mt. Ebal?  Today, Memorial Day 2014, I encourage you to go outside and find a special stone or several stones.  I am going to place a stone in our living room for my family and friends to see.  Just as Joshua used stones to engage God’s people to embrace the future and commit their life to God, I pray this stone, or group of stones, will remind each of us that we are purposed to be God’s people through Jesus.  Let your own stone be a "memorial" for all God has done and is continuing to do for you and your family. Keep a stone in your pocket or set one or more up in your house. 

 ~both sides of our stone~

“Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us.”

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

More Weekly Pictures

We're working on the yard part now. 

 That corner piece of tin drives me crazy!  I can't wait until it's fixed.

Not bad for an afternoon of work!

Cuddles and Cali

Mini Mae

Strawberry Cobbler

Just In Time For Summer
Strawberry Cobbler

3 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned, stem removed and diced
1/4 cup sugar
1 t. lemon juice
1 cup flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 t. vanilla
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, place strawberries and sugar. Combine gently and let sit for about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir. Continue to let the mixture marinate while you prepare the batter.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the milk. Then pour in the melted butter and vanilla. Stir to combine the ingredients.

In a greased baking pan, either 8" x 8" square or round, pour in the batter. Spoon the fresh berries on top of the cobbler batter. Do not stir. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Serve warm, and with love.

Tuesday Morning Prayer Brunch

 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another...1 Thessalonians 5:11

An open door, a hug, coffee brewing, something cooking in the oven . . . Christian hospitality is all of this---and more. 

This morning I hosted a prayer brunch for a neighbor (a new friend).  Being new to the area, I wanted to get to know some of the people better.  Walking by our house, she admired my chickens, so we began giving her eggs.  She wants to repay us by giving us blueberries when they are ripe.  Yummy, we love blueberries!   We had a brief conversation one afternoon, and I told her that I was going to have to invite her over.  This morning I cooked two very delicious quiches, and she came over.  My daughter, she, and I had a lovely time talking and getting better acquainted.  Before she left,  we joined hands and prayed together for some special needs.  It was a very nice visit.  The sweet Holy Spirit filled the room. I hope to invite other women in the area who may be home on Tuesday mornings to come and join us for another prayer brunch. 
It reminds me of a different era like Little House on the Prairie days. People use to take time to visit.  Now days people are living at the speed of the world.   Most socializing is through social media, which is an illusion.  It's nice to sit together, share a meal, talk about family, talk about the Lord, and pray together. 
 This past Sunday, we visited a new church nearby, and many people from the area attend services there. Everyone was so friendly at this small church, and I am very excited about becoming acquainted with everyone there and those who live nearby.  I met the wife of my husband's friend who lives just down the road, and she wants us to come over one evening for supper.  Her husband stops by some evenings and talks with my husband while he is working on the chicken barn. He plants a community garden, some sort of peas,  and he has told us that he wants us to get some as soon as they are ready.  There is also an older woman who has stopped by to introduce herself.  We have also given her chicken eggs. I hope she will join the prayer brunch some Tuesday mornings.
It feels good to give, to be hospitable, and to be received by welcoming neighbors as well. 

Here is my quiche recipe.

I didn't measure , but this is roughly what I used.
8 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup can milk
1 cup Buisquick
2 tablespoons butter
frozen broccoli florets (as many as you want)
crumbled bacon (as much as you like)
shredded cheese (as much as you like)

I buttered the dishes.
I beat 8 eggs together.
I added the milk, butter, salt and pepper,  and beat some more by hand.
Because I didn't know what my guest would prefer, I used a few broccoli florets and bacon in one dish
and only bacon in the other.
I topped with cheese and pressed the cheese underneath the egg mixture.
I baked at 400 until it was toasty and the center felt firm.

 Serve with love and enjoy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

Recipe for a great Chicken Pot Pie
2 boxes of frozen Pillsbury pie crusts (This will be four crusts that make 2 pies.) 
1/3 cup butter
1 small onion diced
1/3 cup of flour
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup of milk or half and half
2 1/2 cups shredded chicken
2 cups vegetables
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter and stir in onions.  Cook until soft. Add broth, milk, and flour.  Cook until thick.  Add more milk if needed. Add cooked chicken and vegetables. 
Unroll crust and place it into a pie plate.  
Spoon mixture into pie crusts.  

 Cover with top crust and crimp the edges. Cut vents in top of pie.

 Bake at 425 until crust is golden.  Let cool for a few minutes before serving. 
 Serve with love and enjoy!

Sacrifice and Obedience

Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:6,13,14
Three thousand years ago, when Solomon dedicated the Temple to God, the priests offered up thousands of sacrifices. After the sacrifices were offered up — then the glory of God fell! The glory of God was so thick and heavy that the priests could no longer minister! Do you see the connection? First the offerings — THEN the glory fell!
But this reality is not found only in the Old Covenant; it's also in the New Covenant. After Jesus was sacrificed as the offering for the sins of the world at Calvary — THEN came the resurrection, the Son of God, risen and glorified! So clearly, there’s an integral relationship between sacrifice and glory!
Can we see this relationship still operating even today? I believe we can. When we offer our bodies as living sacrifices; our future, our plans, our possessions and our lives, to the Lord–His glory begins to be revealed as His Spirit works in and through us. Called by Him to be more and more like Christ, the people of God should be a people of sacrifice. Do you want to see the glory of God filling every aspect of your life? Then lay your life upon the altar in surrender to His perfect will–you will watch in amazement as He takes your offering and turns it to a beautiful testimony of His glory!

Obedience is better than sacrifice.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22
In our obedience to the Lord, we are sacrificing our sinful nature. This is done when we obey God and live our lives according to His statues.

In obedience, what sacrifices do we offer God?

1. Our body, mind, and His will instead of our own-- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1

2. Sacrifice of praise-- By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb. 13:15

3.  Sharing the Word and doing good to others-- But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. 13:16

4.  A lifestyle of sacrificial love-- And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. 
Eph. 5:1-2

In short, bringing glory and honor to God in ALL we do is an offering of  sacrificial obedience. 

Let me daily sacrifice my life to You, Lord and see Your glory fill me! Amen

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