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Be Still

Yesterday, I took Zee with me for a walk to the store, and she just was just enthralled by everything covered in snow.   I love watching her experience the different seasons, and I think Fall and Winter takes the cake!  We have a few more days until it is officially Winter, but I know one little girl who is embracing it with open arms! While we walked, I watched Zee open and close her mouth as she tasted the snow and I thought: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” — Psalm 46:10 For us adults, the snow can seem like a total bummer–we have to shovel, drive in the mess, and bundle everyone up just to walk to the store! But for a child, snow is a play land.  It’s God’s work in action and a wonderful testament of all his works. These things we can miss so easily when we are busy trying to get everything done. I love slowing down and looking at things through a child’s eyes. In the silence of the snow falling I can be still. My world can be still and I can truly soak in the power of our Lord. When it it snows or when it rains, it’s like the earth is singing God praise. Let’s not even mention when Springs comes around! I’ve read that it’s going to be a very cold winter, so I’m stocking up on hot chocolate and tea, and going to take each day in strides. Every season has...
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...
Sunday Prayer:  And It Was So

Sunday Prayer: And It Was So

When I took a walk near the beach, I was mesmerized by the waves hitting the rocks under the pier. I don’t usually head that way–the pier that is, but this time I did.   I stood there, unable to pull myself away from the sounds of the breaking water against the rocks.  In that sound I found a moment of peace.  It was in that moment that this passage came to mind: And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. — Genesis 1:9 NIV Every day I am amazed by this wonderful world around us.  I am in awe at how all of this was created in seven days–knowing that us humans take a much longer time to get things done.  Just by uttering the words, or just by having the thought, God was able to create all this, and so much more than what our minds and eyes can see.  Even to this day, we are still finding things that God has created that we didn’t know existed. I am so very thankful that only He has this ability, since everything he made is good. Prayer Dear Lord, Let us soak up this world that you have created for us.  Remind us Lord, that while we take our surroundings for granted, it was for us You have created all of this. As every day passes, let us remember that just by uttering the words, You can create a world beyond our imagination. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to experience this lifetime.  The opportunity to...
Sunday: Living by Faith

Sunday: Living by Faith

Starting today, I think I am going to start a new tradition here at my blog.  I think when the mood strikes me, I will leave an image with a scripture passage, and a prayer.  Sometimes it will be both, and other times it will be one or the other. I’ve been inspired by so many things this week that my mind is going in overdrive.  It brought my thoughts to a bee that I saw gathering pollen from a flower in late Summer. I don’t really understand how everything works, but I know that it just does, and I’m thankful that God is at the steering wheel. Dear Lord, Thank you for being our guiding light.  Thank you for directing us on the right path, even if we are unsure where we are going. Everything You do, you do for a reason, and for that Lord we thank you.  We don’t have to understand why You work in Your way, we just need to have faith that you Will work in your way. Thank you for always coming through for us. Amen Matthew 21:22 ESV And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have...

There is Freedom In…

    I am in LOVE with this time of year.  I love it so much.  For me, Fall is about freedom. Throughout the year I put [almost] impossible expectations on myself.  Telling myself that I must live to “my” expectations. But the problem was– it was hard for me to distinguish who’s expectations they were. For a few months, I have been blocked creatively.  I don’t know if it was due to all the changes that happened in my life this year (because believe me, there were a lot), and my mind was just tired of it all. Perhaps, writing wasn’t enough for me this time. I was blocked and stuck (and secretly miserable). Could it be homeschooling?  Or the perceived pressure I felt when my baby’s first birthday came a long. I don’t know. What I do know, is that when I was able to really dust off my camera, and take some pictures that I enjoyed– the pressure to produce was reduced and I was able to create. And I felt it again. I felt the simple joy of doing what it is that I like to do. I can feel this freedom surround me in the simple things that I do now. I am able to dance more, since I’ve finally found my rhythm in my schedule.  It’s not perfect, and I’m sure it won’t stay the same, but I’m going to sail this ship until I can’t sail it anymore.   Play is the work for children they say, but it is the work for this adult as well.  I can easily get caught...

Sunday Prayer: Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

  Dear Lord, This weekend, the weather has shown its destructive side and affected so many lives in the Philippines. We know that this storm changed many lives forever, and changed the dynamics of people’s families and sense of peace. Lord, we ask that you give the people in the Philippines strength to move forward and rebuild their lives.  We ask that you give them our love.  We know that going through this kind of devastation is not easy. Most of all Lord, we send them our prayers. Let them know that a world away, we are praying for them.  For their safety, for their well-being, for them to find those that they love, and put to rest those that they lost. May we touch each other heart to heart....
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