Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Faith is...

This is the title of a wonderful little book I was first introduced to years ago (it appears to be out of print now).  It has been speaking to me lately, so I think I will share it little by little, until led otherwise.

Faith is...
                 The conviction of realities I cannot see or feel.

On this page in my little book,  I have added Hebrews 11:1.  We walk by faith, not by sight.  We walk by faith, not by feelings.  Often in the Psalms, David cries out regarding all he "feels"...but then he always speaks truth to himself (and to us) regarding what "is".  I feel lost and undone.  The truth, the reality, is - God is holding me in His hand...He is in control...He is ABLE...He has a plan for me...it will be accomplished.

True faith believes in real things that cannot be seen or even felt - on God's Word - it is enough.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Safeguarding Your Marriage

This are not my words, this time.  I am re-directing you here:


This lady says it better than I could - the truth and the way and the light...

The Sisters Cafe blog

I am blogging about another food blog I view regularly - The Sisters Cafe.  It is 5 sisters and their mom - beautiful photos of delicious looking food.  I thoroughly enjoy.  Give-away this week is 3 cookbooks!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Whole Earth

"...is full of His glory" - according to Psalms.  A beautiful rainbow...a flaming sunset...a breathtaking sunrise...a newborn babe's cry - glorious.

Today these are blooming in my "new" yard...

and my very own roses...

and my sweet hostas (planted myself!!!!)...

Just another way God's glory fills the earth...thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Party Planning

Well, this post is to enable me to enter a give-away! Yay!!! Although, I've entered many and to date have only won one time - ever. But that's okay.

I have not planned many parties, I must admit. I am not a lover of birthday parties - never like them for myself, so my poor children didn't have many. But I have planned many events for church and women's ministry.

I confess planning a party or an event can be very stressful.  What if no one comes? What if more come than I've prepared for? What is there isn't enough food?  ???? It seems it is common to question oneself almost to the point of insanity.

The last thing I have planned was a Ladies Brunch for the women in our church.
I love for a party or event to make those attending feel very special.  That means the food needs to be excellent, the decorations as beautiful as possible, and the program lift them up in some way. 

Our theme was "A Woman's Armor" using an apron to represent the armor.

My daughter-in-law, Sara, had vases, flowers and scarves for the table decor. Simple, but elegant.  My color theme was black, white w/hot pink. I found black and white plates and used hot pink napkins.  I used couple dress forms which I "dressed" in adorable aprons - that and some ferns were the room decor. 

My daughter, Joy, came. 

She demonstrated simple recipes to serve in your home - and spoke about using your home for hospitality and the importance of holiness.  We made sure everyone had a copy of the recipes too.

We served Spinach Quiche, Fruit K-bobs, and Blueberry Scones with Sunshine Punch, Coffee and Tea. The food was wonderful!

Door prizes - aprons, cookbooks, candles - made the morning complete!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I Hate the Devil

I hate the devil.  He's a lowdown, dirty, lying, destructive skunk.
He never quits - never gives up.

I hate how he deceives people.

Whenever churches start to grow...whenever good things happen - he never fails
to show up, stir up and move our focus to whatever bad thing he might have
going on.

I hate that he always finds willing helpers...good folks who do not realize who
they are listening to.

The Bible says we must exercise our senses so we will be able to discern, to be
able to tell the difference between good and evil.  We must have daily doses of the Word,
so we will know untruth when we hear it...so we will know who is speaking to us. 
I hate the devil!

"Lord, help me to discern Your voice...to know when the enemy is trying to use me...to
guard my heart, my mind...and my lips. "