Friday, March 29, 2013

3 Kid Friendly Ideas for Easter

Resurrection Rolls and Resurrection Eggs have become our Easter tradition the past few years.  This year I hope to add Resurrection Cookies.

Resurrection Rolls are easy, fun, and they taste great!  Do them the night before Easter, or the morning of....whatever floats your boat.

Directions for Resurrection Rolls:

Give each child 1 triangle shaped section of a crescent roll
(crescent roll represents the tomb)

Dip a big marshmallow in melted butter, roll it in cinnamon and lay it on the dough
(these represent the oil and spices Jesus' body was anointed with)

Wrap the dough around the marshmallow
(marshmallow represents Jesus)

Pinch the seams...this is important

Bake as the pkg says on the crescent rolls

Cool, break open the tomb (roll) and it's empty!!!  The marshmallows gone:)

Resurrection Eggs

You can buy these in the store already made or you can make them yourself much cheaper.

Get 12 plastic eggs and label them with a Sharpie #'s 1-12.  You will place different items in your eggs and when you choose to sit down with your children or Sunday School class, etc. you will open the eggs in order and read the Scripture that goes with the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

In egg 1 place a crouton or a piece of bread.  When you open it you will read Matthew 26:26.

Egg 2 place coins inside and read Matthew 26:14-15.

Egg 3 place a purple cloth/robe,Mark 15:17

Egg 4 Thorns, toothpick Matt. 27:29

Egg 5 Scourge, rope, string Mark 15:15

Egg 6 Cross John 19:17-18

Egg 7 Nails John 20:25

Egg 8 Sign Luke 23:38

Egg 9 Sponge (or a piece of sponge) Matt. 27:48

Egg 10 Spear John 19:34

Egg 11 Rock Matt. 27:59-60

Egg 12 Empty Matt. 28:6

                       Resurrection Cookies (I want to try these!) 



Friday, March 15, 2013

Homemade Skin Peel

Skin peels can be very expensive.  I mean, they ARE expensive.  And for that reason, I have never had one...although I want one, one day.  I found a recipe a while ago for a homemade skin peel that I have yet to try.  

It's hard to make time to pamper myself when I have 3 young boys, if ya know what I mean!  And sometimes we just don't feel like we are worth pampering...or that maybe it's too ungodly or too vain to indulge in such things.

I don't think so.  You are God's Princess!  You are a saint (if you are born again and washed in the blood of the Crucified One, Jesus)! John 14:6
You are a child of the King!

I believe it's a godly thing to strive to be attractive for your good ole hubby.  He sees you in your housecoat and fleece pajamas too much...with no makeup and your hair a mess.  (You know, like I am today:))  

Anyway, I started using a different cleansing routine for my face and exfoliating my skin (which is a better way to prevent wrinkles and such than all the "anti-aging moisturizers/creams).  By exfoliating I mean getting my face wet and gently going across, up and down with my fingernails to get any dead skin off.  After this it is so smooth!  My hubby gives me more kisses on the cheek and comments on how smooth my skin is...see girls, it's worth a little effort:)

Back to the recipes for the skin peel...

Skin peels use AHA..acids which are in oranges, lemons, cream of tartar, yogurt, sour cream, egg yolk, strawberries, grapes, vinegar, apples, cider, wine, turmeric paste, and cucumber puree.

I have used sour cream applied to the face and neck for 15 min. til it hardens and then rinse off.  This helps clear acne as well.

I have also used strawberries mashed up and put on the face.  This helps take redness out of acne.  Leave it on til it gets tight and hard and then rinse off.

                                                                   Strawberry Masks

I have used apple cider vinegar.  By applying this to my face nightly as an astringent it took away the brown pregnancy spots on my face and is a natural skin lightener for dark marks, etc.  

I have used a homemade turmeric mask.  Nice and orange!  It did not stain my skin though...I was pretty scared!

You can also use cucumber puree juice with aloe vera gel, green tea or chamomile tea and gelatin.  Heat low to dissolve and apply.

Also pumpkin, pineapple and or tomato purees work as well.

Skin Peels work good to help acne scars that are pitted.

Homemade Skin Peel Recipe:

Gently heat 1 packet unflavored gelatin, juice of one lemon and one orange until dissolved.
Cool until almost set.
Whisk 1 egg yolk.
Apply thin layer to face and neck.
Leave on 20-25 min. or til dry.
Rinse off with warm water.
Gently pat dry.

Enjoy your smooth skin and go kiss your hubby!

"Wives, love your husbands...."

Monday, March 11, 2013

Let God Plant You

I am still reading My Utmost for His Highest (my best for His Glory) by Oswald Chambers for my daily devotion.  I also read Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Principles to Defeat the Devil by John Eckhardt.  Today the Lord showed me how they intertwined as He taught me from His precious Word.

Oswald said, "Watch for the storms of God."  That's easy because you pretty much know when you're in a storm.  Someone once said that all of life is either going into a storm, coming out of a storm, or living in the storm.  But God wants to teach us something through the storms.  Oswald said, "The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms.  Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside?  That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen.  (What vision has God given you?) Let God send you out through His storm, and don't go until He does.  (Timing is everything!)  If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod.  However, if you allow God to plant you, you will bear much fruit." (John 15:8)

So many people choose what they want to do with their lives and they don't even acknowledge God in any of it.  We think we know what is untrue.  That's a lie from the enemy.  On the other hand, it IS hard to trust God and live by faith.  My hubby and I have tried to live by faith our whole marriage.  We have been laughed at, criticised, judged, and admired by some.  We have this verse on our wall, "For we walk by faith not by sight"  2 Cor. 5:7.  This reminds me that "the just shall live by faith" and that "faith pleases God".  

When you allow the whirlwind of His Spirit to lead you in the vision and calling He has given you, you will have fruit of some kind.  And you will be blessed in your obedience to Him. 

If you choose not to live in the light and you go your own way, it won't be good.  One of the verses in my Daily Declarations book was John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

I don't want the story of my life to be that I tried to do it all on my own...I know I can't do anything on my own.  Even if I did accomplish great things on my own it would be so silly for me to get the glory when I am only the clay and He the potter.

It reminds me of this tree in our front yard that is only in bloom for a short while before all its glory withers.  When the colorful flowers burst out I just stand there and admire it.  But then it all goes our life and all the pretty things about it that would make people admire us.  We don't deserve the glory.  We are here today and gone tomorrow.  Why not allow the Creator to decide what to do with the created?  Let Jesus be your Lord and you will NEVER regret it.  You will only regret a life lived to please yourself.

There was a time when my hubby and I took our life in our own hands and got out of God's will.  It was the most miserable time in our lives.  We were depressed and confused until we fasted and prayed long enough to be sure about what God wanted us to do next.  Now we are in His perfect will, yet still in the whirlwinds of storms that come and go....but I see fruit...and God is pleased because He planted us where we are now. It was not our choice to live in Kentucky when our family is in Georgia.  But, we allowed God to plant us in the field where He needed us.  That meant trusting God to provide a home to live in, a place to start a church, and finances.  My husband had no job to go to other than starting a church by faith in another state.  Has God provided?  Yes, in every way.  Has it been easy?  No, but I love it, it's worth it.  I love seeing God come through in the nick of time. 

So, pray for us as we obey the Lord, and I will pray that you will choose to obey God and trust Him as you live by faith, abide in Him, and bear much fruit. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Emergency Surgery

When I was a teenager I had my wisdom teeth removed.  The next week I went to youth camp and ran and screamed and jumped and hollered. 

A few years later I had my tonsils and adnoids removed.  Soon after surgery instead of drinking milkshakes I begged my Mom for a chalupa from taco bell...and I slowly ate it.  I was hungry! 

Years later I gave birth naturally (supernaturally) to three sons in about four years.   Each labor was different but I was hungry after every one!  I will have to share my labor stories with you sometime.  Don't worry, they are wonderful stories!

Well, Friday I was having stomach pains all day and I also had sharp pains where my appendix was.  I doubled over in pain and told my husband it hurt worse than natural childbirth.  I broke out in a sweat and then got cold chills.  We decided to go the ER.

The night before I felt like I was getting a stomach bug.  I laid on the couch and rubbed Young Living's Digize oil on my belly and sucked on a ginger ball.  I never threw up.  The past few months I had been more tired than normal.  I kept pushing myself but I would have to lay down on the couch a lot.  I was having bad digestion issues but I thought it was my food allergy combined with a sinus infection making me tired.  I even took a pregnancy test but I am NOT pregnant.  Repeat.  Not pregnant.  So what was it?  

Its funny how God gently prepares you for things.  A few days before I had surgery I was thinking to myself that if I ever had to have surgery I would want someone to pray over me.  Then a day after that I had a dull weird sensation in my appendix and I immediately layed my hand on it and prayed, "Lord please help my appendix not to rupture."  It was like I knew.

Its funny how God's timing is perfect.
See, my sister has been at our house visiting.  She already had all her stuff here and knows where everything is in the house.  She knew how to help the boys with their home school and everything.  All of our family lives in Georgia so this was a huge blessing to be able to go the hospital and not worry about the kids.

When we got to the ER it was not crowded at all and they took us right back.  That was a blessing.  I was not in pain while I was laying in the ER waiting.  Another blessing.  I had friends and family praying for me...the greatest blessing.  I don't take lightly the power of prayer.  I believe God wants us to ask and pray in faith believing we will receive it and then give Him the glory and thanks for the answered prayer which proves He is real!

The nurses drew my blood and did tests.  The Dr. came and pushed on my stomach and about made me leap out of the bed when he touched my appendix...yelp!  They kept trying to give me morphine and nausea medicine but I told them no.  I didn't need it at that time.  I don't have insurance and I knew I would be charged for every single thing they brought to me or did to me.  (Like the time we were charged $20 for a tsp of tylenol for our son in the ER that he didn't even take!)  I couldn't avoid the CT scan.  They rolled me off away from my husband and put dye through my body to light up my organs.  I felt a warm sensation fill my body.  I prayed and breathed.  I thought about all those people who have cancer and face scary tests with bad results.  My arms tingled and almost went numb as they lay still above my head.  The test was over.  I was rolled back in the ER room with my hungry husband.  We joked about the pregnancy test they made me take.  I had not eaten in awhile now and I was so hungry. 

The nurse comes in and says that they have to take me back to surgery ASAP because my appendix is in the advanced stage.  It is swollen, red and infected.  They give me antibiotics through the IV which make me nauseous so then I take the nausea medicine.  We text our family and the church to pray as we try to figure out the million buttons on the hospital gown.  I briefly talk to my parents and in-laws and they pray for me.  The surgeon girls come in to help with my gown.  It's funny the word gown can be used to describe the ugly hospital attire and a lovely expensive evening gown.  My husband jokes with the ladies as they push me down the hall and on an elevator.  One girl was so cute and laughed and smiled and made me feel at ease.  I told them I was sorry they were called  in to do my surgery. 

We get upstairs and I still can't believe I'm about to have surgery.  The anasthesiologist asks me several questions and tells me to look up and open my mouth wide.  What?  Ok.  She said, "Your jaw popped so it may be tricky to get the tube down your throat when you're asleep."  I'm thinking, please don't tell me this just wait til I'm knocked out.  I remain calm.  My husband remains calm and hungry.  The Dr. arrives.  They ask a few questions and ask if I'm ready.  My husband prays for me.  The Dr. prays for me.  I squeeze his shaky hand and hope it doesn't shake during the surgery.  My husband leaves and they take me back.  The surgeon girl's phone rings and I worry a bit.  I'm rolled into a bright room as I look up at white tubes.  A mask is put over my face and she says breathe in deep.  Thats all I remember.  

I wake up in a different room hooked up to an IV with strong medicine.  And I don't even take Tylenol!  Did you know Tylenol is bad for your liver?  Anyway, another blessing is that my appendix did not rupture.  The surgery went well and I had an awesome view from my room.  Snow covered the ground and there was a pond and little fountains and a statue outside my window.  It was beautiful!  I stayed there through the night and left the next day. 

I have come home to cards, meals, sweet texts and emails, flowers and food...the love of friends and family.  Thank you to everyone and thank you Jesus for all your many blessings!