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The Gift of Saying Yes

The Gift of Saying Yes

Image working, doing your own thing and an angel appears to you. Getting over your initial fear, you listen and then you are told that you have been chosen to be the vessel that will carry the Savior of the world! Imagine being a young woman about to be married to a carpenter, and you never had relations with anyone.  You just wonder how can all this be possible! Then imagine saying “yes” to this task and never knowing what the future will hold. I remember my first positive pregnancy test, and even though i am married, it was still scary. This season of advent I think about this. How a simple yes changed the world forever. Everyday we are given a choice to say yes. It may not affect the whole world, but it does affect someone’s world. When someone asks something of you, think how easy it is to say no. Now think what changes you can make, and be a part of, just by saying yes. • Opening your heart to receive a new friend. • Donating your time to a local charity. • Reading a book to your child, even though you are really tired. • Going out your way to bring a care package to someone who is ill. • Calling a loved one on the phone just to say hi. Everyday we are invited to say, yes, but how many times do we actually say...

What is Advent and How We Celebrate It?

  Advent is one of my favorite times of year.  It is truly a time for beginnings.  Everything is always so promising, and it’s a great way to look forward to the Christmas season. But there are some things that you may not have known about Advent and why we celebrate it.  So I am going to do my best to break it down and answer a few questions.    1.  What is Advent?   Advent is the period of preparation for the birth of Christ.  It happens over the course of 4 Sundays before Christmas.  During this time of preparation—we prepare our homes, our minds and spirits for Jesus. Not only are we looking forward for him to being born, but we are looking forward to receive Him and we are looking forward for him to come again in the end of time. One of the major elements of Advent is waiting.  It is during this time period that we must be patient.   2.  What do we do to prepare?   One thing that we do is decorate our homes and put up Christmas Trees.  The Church however, does not put up Christmas decorations until Christmas Eve, and they light the decoration for the first time on Christmas Day. Another tradition (that could be long forgotten) was to fast during this time period so that when we feast (Christmas Day) it is well worth denying ourselves little pleasures.  The fasting would be similar to the fasting that occurs during the Lent season.  We abstain from meat on Fridays, or not eat between meals.   3.  What is...
Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13 Faith Everyday, I am comforted by my unshaken faith in my Lord. I know that He will deliver me from my worries and troubles. I know that there is no fear is too great when you have faith. Hope In life we hope for many things–change is the major one. We hope and pray that things will be different. That the mistakes of our pass will not follow us throughout our lives. We hope for good times and a way to see out of dark tunnels. Hope is what keeps us looking up. Love One of the greatest gifts that our Lord God gave us was the ability to Love. Through love there is forgiveness, faith and hope. Love is the glue that will see family through hard times. It is the magic that keeps couples together. It is the inseparable bond that united us with our children. Love for us is everything. Prayer   Dear Lord, We give You thanks for Your love, and caring. We thank you for putting caring people in our lives and touching the hearts of those that needs You. Our faith in You is never shaken....
Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

  Dear Lord, Thank you so much for all that done for us this year.  If our loved ones had to travel, thank you for bring them home to us safely.  If we have to travel to them, we thank you for a safe journey. We thank you Lord for the food that we are able to eat, and know that all of it is through you.  We understand that we are blessed to have, while many families are without. Thanksgiving is not just about food and sales, but it is time to truly reflect on You and give You thanks for all that you have provided. We thank you Lord for our family, and the company that they provide. For those who have sick loved ones: I ask Lord that you pray over them, and watch them as their family celebrates with You. For those who are mourning over the loss of loved ones: please Lord grant them peace and knowledge that they are never really alone.  Family holidays will be hard, but knowing that our loved ones made positive memories helps us get through it. For our troops overseas who are celebrating Thanksgiving without their families: thank you Lord for their sacrifice.  Because what we have would not be possible without them.  Also, watch over their families as they celebrate miles and even countries away. Our heart goes out to you Lord, and we sing our praises in your name–always. From my family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!  ...
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I want to share with you a recipe that I am truly thankful for–cornbread. It’s simple, straight to the point, and very easy to make.  Time to put the corn muffin mix away. Once you try this recipe, you will not only see how easy it is to make cornbread from scratch, but you’ll be amazed at how wonderful it taste (without all that chalkiness that the box gives). I love-making cornbread, and this my go-to recipe for it.  I can make this in my sleep. When this goes on the table, I have to do everything in my power to make sure that I have backup. Since my family don’t usually cook with regular milk, this recipe tastes just as good with soy milk, or if you’re into it, rice milk as well. And nothing can be said about the ingredients–since it’s simple and straight to the point!  I love knowing what I’m eating. Maybe this can grace your table this Thanksgiving on top of all the yumminess you plan on having on it. Sweet Cornbread Recipe Recipe Type: Bread Cuisine: American Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 2/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until...
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