Monday, January 28, 2013

Striving vs Abiding

Recently I've been reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  He died in 1917 at the age of 43, but his writings live on and glorify God.  My Utmost consists of short daily devotionals that his wife compiled from his lectures and talks at Bible Colleges and other places.  They are all very thought provoking.  I have read through this whole devotional numerous times as a teenager, college student and now as an adult.  It always challenges and convicts me.  I think my parents bought it for me years ago and had my name engraved on it (my maiden name). 


Today's devotion had a quote that I wanted to share with you.  "All I do should be based on a perfect oneness with Him, not on a self-willed determination to be godly."  He quoted Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." 

A lot of times I get caught up in what other people think about me or my ministry or how godly I am or should be!!  Ha, how silly and prideful!  A lot of times I try really hard to be perfect and pleasing to God and others...I try to be a good preacher's wife, a good home schooling Mom, a wise friend, etc.  All of that can be SO exhausting if I am doing it in my own strength.  

God calls us to rest in Him and abide in Him...He says to trust Him and HE will do it (Psalm 37).  He says to acknowledge Him and HE will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Ahhhhh, it feels so good to be reminded of that!  I can quit striving and start abiding.  Abiding IN Christ.  Enjoy Jesus.  Enjoy and appreciate what He did for you on the Cross at Calvary.  Thank Him for it, it is His will for you to be thankful.  Worship Him and praise Him and you will find yourself IN His presence!  Quit striving and start abiding!  

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Favorite Snack

I looooove peanut butter and I loooove honey, so put them together and I am soooo happy!  I eat this a lot as a snack or a meal.  I eat it when I start craving something sweet, but it's healthy.  After I make it I put it in the fridge but you probably don't have to.  You can also roll them up into little balls and freeze them.  (That takes too much time for me.  I just eat it straight outta the bowl I mix it in!)

So here is the recipe, kind of...I don't use a recipe, I just throw things in it.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey    (any equal amounts of 1st 2 ingred.)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
raisins
sunflower seeds, hulled of course
coconut (coconut stops diarrhea by the way..)
chocolate chips (I use dairy free ones)
several shakes of cinnamon (helps with blood sugar)
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed (my vita-mix grinds it)
1 Tbsp milk thistle, ground (this purifies your blood) Bought at bulk herb store
1 tsp wheat germ

The last 3 ingredients are optional

Mix it all up or roll into balls and coat with coconut and freeze...enjoy!!

 

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Love is patient

GraceLaced Mondays
So, either last night or this morning (I can't remember now) I was praying in the shower.  I prayed that the Lord would help me to love more.  My mind began to think on 1 Corinthians 13, "Love is patient"...I halfway prayed that God would help me to be patient but I started to take that prayer back because normally He sends something to really test that prayer!

My day began with the normal organized chaos of home schooling, cooking, cleaning and laundry with three small boys. 

 I had forgotten what I had prayed until Benjamin and I were finishing the last couple math worksheets.  I was tired from going to bed late and getting up early and having sinus issues, etc.  I was so ready to be done with school so I could rest before church (and learn a new song on the piano for church that night and get hair and makeup done).  

Benjamin could care less about any of that and likes to cut up while he does school.
                                                         And so do his brothers!

Anyway, we had been on the same math problem for a long time.  It was easy and he knew how to do it but he kept getting distracted or wanting to play.  I didn't get mad at him because I understand he is a little boy and is full of energy.  I wasn't upset because he had already done a lot of school that day.  I was just enjoying him and loving him.  I found myself just sitting there calmly at the table waiting on him to finish, patiently.  PATIENTLY!  Wow!  And then it hit me...Love.....is....patient.  I was patient with Benjamin because I love him.  I had never though of it that way before.  God had answered my prayer that day and I appreciate Him letting me realize the answer.  Children call for much patience...

                                          And much love!

                                                 Love is patient, love is kind....
                                                    Love is patient, love is kind.

  

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Probiotic vs Sugar


I had three heads of cabbage in my fridge a few months ago and I knew I didn't wanna just boil it all or make coleslaw with it...so I think I mentioned it to a friend who told me to make homemade probiotic out of it. 

I had just been saying to my husband that I needed to buy a probiotic supplement (in pill form) to take to help with digestion and immunity.  Instead of spending money on that I decided to use the organic, locally grown cabbage I already had in the fridge.  All I did was ask my friends how to make it and then I looked it up again online right as I was making it.  I put carrots in mine along with the water and cabbage, all chopped.  It ended up looking like this...
   The longer it fermented the better it tasted.  Just start out eating a little bit with your meal.  My boys hated the way it smelled and looked so I was, and am the only one eating it.

Probiotics and fermented vegetables are SO good for your body.  I listened to an hour long seminar just on why fermented vegetables are good for your body.  Most other countries include these in their diet, but we don't tend to...except for sauerkraut.  Probiotics help your immune system, digestion, stomach issues and so much more.

On the other hand, don't think that I eat perfectly healthy all the time because I don't, I'm human and I do eat sugar from time to time occasionally...but I do it with guilt!  Who can say no to cookies at Christmas?
 


Over Christmas my kids made gingerbread houses but they demolished them within minutes. Here is what sugar does to my kids...
  
                                                          Oh, but he is happy
                                      Hurry up and eat it while Mom's not looking!
                         Baaaaad sugar high, they ran through the house like crazy 
                         people...but they do that without sugar too!
                                        Don't think this one wasn't in on the fun!
                                                 Doesn't he look mischievous!
                 Usually we do not eat sugar or junk food at home so when we do (like the gingerbread houses during December) they THANK ME for letting them have it!!  Now, here is proof that we do eat veggies...he's chopping carrots for something I made last week.  Man, he needs a haircut BAD!  Tonight I made the meatball soup recipe in Deceptively Delicious.  Oh, yummy, what a comfort food for a cold winter night.  Go buy that cookbook!!!
 Now, here is something we made that had a combination of healthy and unhealthy ingredients...My son wanted to eat the marshmallows that somehow ended up in my cupboard.  I was in the cooking mood and thought it would be boring to just eat marshmallows so I found a dessert recipe with marshmallows (and chocolate of course).  

We melted some butter and chocolate squares (or chips) and might have added a little milk.  Then we put marshmallows, sugar, sucanat, chopped pecans, and chia seed in it.  Stir it and place it by spoonfuls on waxed paper or just put the bowl in the fridge and get you a bite every now and then.  
If you taste it before the sugars in there its yucky, my son learned that chocolate without sugar tastes BAD!

                                 So, I felt guilty for putting some sugar and marshmallows in there so I added some chia seed to it.  Chia seed is a superfood that gives you energy, keeps you regular and has so many good things in it for your body...too many to list but you should check it out and buy some from the bulk herb store online.  :)  Chia seed is tasteless and you can add it to anything.  I put it in our pancakes this morning.  It works better if you add some water to the seeds until they gel.
    What should you take from this post?  Know that probiotics are great for you and so is Chia seed.  Add them to your life.  Know that white sugar and brown sugar are bad for you, try to take them out of your life as much as possible.  Know that I try to eat healthy but I still splurge at times.  Do all things in moderation!  "Whatever you eat or drink do it for God's glory!" 





                           

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kids

                       There are five of us: Daddy, Mommy, Benjamin, Elijah, John
 

                        We had a family night and took the kids bowling, ate pizza and 
                     ice cream (I ate Subway), and just enjoyed our kids!
                                        Baby John kept trying to steal everyone's turn at bowling:)

                        The other day my oldest was playing a pizza game on my Ipod.  He loved it and was having fun making and cooking a pizza, but I thought it would be even MORE fun to REALLY make our own pizza.  He requested our favorite pizza, tomato bacon basil pizza.  (I think the recipe is on my blog)

          I think its good to let your kids cook with you...it teaches them how 
                    to cook and it teaches you patience and flexibility!!


Elijah was loving it!  Daddy said it was the best tomato bacon basil
pizza that we had ever made....I think it was because
I let my six year old put the sauce on (mayo and basil pesto)
and then he rubbed the diced tomatoes on top all over and in
the sauce....which I thought looked disgusting and I tried to
make it prettier but I think all the nitrate free bacon on top
covered it up.  They always eat this whole pizza with no leftovers...
I think I should start making two at a time now.

All this to say, enjoy your kids today....play with them, cook with them, eat with them ,train them and teach them but most of all love them and enjoy them so they will never doubt that you are crazy about them! 



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken

This recipe came from the comfort foods blog or website....sent via email to me from my sister-in-law who is a great cook!

So, I made this recipe the other day and we LOVED it!  It was pretty easy too:)  I am all about easy when it comes to cooking!  (Except grinding my own wheat into flour and baking from scratch....)

This recipe serves 4

Cook rice to go with this dish

6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs or 4 breasts
salt and pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup honey
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup soy sauce 
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
4 tsp cornstarch

1/3 cup water
rice
1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds
3 scallions, chopped
broccoli, optional...put in toward the end til its steamed through

Place chicken in crockpot with salt and pepper
In med. bowl combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and red pepper flakes
Pour over chicken
Cook on low 3-4 hours or high 2 hours
Put broccoli in
Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce, and shred into pieces or chop into bite size pieces
Prepare rice
Dissolve 4 tsp cornstarch into 1/3 cup water, add to cp and stir, cover and cook on high 10 more minutes
Put rice on a plate, top with chicken and spoon sauce over and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions (which I didn't have but it was still good!)
 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Peppermint Oil


MMMmmmm, peppermint oil smells so good and makes me happy:)  This is probably my favorite oil out of all the ones I use.  It smells good, rids sinus headaches, gives you a boost of energy, brings down fevers, helps with digestion, gas and bloating, it can even turn a baby the right way during labor!

At church the other night Benjamin, my 6 year old, was laying down not feeling well and woke up with a fever and I immediately rubbed peppermint oil on him and it brought it down.  I didn't have to panic or worry because I also rubbed thieves oil on him to prevent the flu, just in case:)

Check the oils out at www.youngliving.com and be prepared to heal your body and your family in healthy ways that work WITH their body!

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