This quote from the wonderful Billy Graham couldn’t have come on a better day for me, what a great reminder.
I have definitely made some (ok many) parenting mistakes I wish I could take back. I have learned that stress is one of my biggest factors for “losing it”. I have also learned it’s not only ok but actually a great example to my children to admit when I have been wrong. When I have acted or spoken out of anger or when I have not handled a situation so well.
In turn we should also ask God for forgiveness. For he is a God of love, mercy and grace.
James 5:16 New International Version
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
I found another great quote for not only a Monday morning but every morning. I was unable to locate the author of the original words but it doesn’t make them any less wonderful. God doesn’t just hold onto the broken pieces He fixes them.
Blessing for a wonderful day, week, month and year!
Not sure where to begin your time with God journey? Let’s talk about one of the easiest ways to spend time with God. Daily Devotionals.
This was a new concept to me a few years back. So let’s assume maybe you’re at the same point I was then and maybe your not so sure where to start.
So what exactly is a daily devotional? A daily devotional is traditionally in the format of a book, with one reading passage for each day. A preset guide if you will for your journey. My favorite and a simple (yet powerful, don’t let the word simple fool you) daily devotional is “Jesus Calling, Finding Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.” Its format is written in a beautiful conversational style. It’s as if Jesus is sitting with and speaking directly to you. Here is an example:
October 6: “Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know; and that is enough!….”
The “conversation” is followed by two or more bible passages. See simple yet powerful and beautiful.
In our new electronic age there are also online tools you can use to receive daily devotionals right to your inbox. Here are a few website examples:
Our Daily Bread
The Upper Room
Of course there are many other books and on-line resources. My suggestion is that you find the one that is right for you. I have had a books that just didn’t speak to me, or where a bit too advanced for my current walk with God and that’s ok. The important thing is that you find the one that does speak to you. It may take some trial and error but it will be so worth!
I am happy to announce the return of the Time with God Challenge for 2015.
2014 proved to be a wonderful experience and a chance to support each other with faith. We welcome everyone who is interested in some extra support, faith and love in the new year. This year I will be including a prayer “wall” that anyone can post to for additional prayers for any struggles they are going thru or any praises they would like to share.
The Time with God Challenge is not meant to put extra pressure on you, to judge you when you don’t spend the time, but rather to support and encourage to work on the THE most important relationship in your life. No one is perfect and we are a judge free zone.
God is good and I want everyone to know it! Click on the link to join us for the 2015 Facebook event
For a third year successful year I have headed up our annual Elf on the Shelf Photo Contest. Thanks to all who participated in 2014. Each year just gets better and better! Thanks for the laughs, great ideas and good old-fashioned fun!
I want to offer HUGE thanks once again to this years co-sponsors
Without their help this I would not be able to continue to offer prizes year after year.
Ladies its been a blast!
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We would love to have your join us next year!
I love me some spicy, and I love me some pretzels. However I have also been trying to get back on track with my gluten-free lifestyle. A wonderful woman in my bible study group (Thank you Cathy) made a version of these fantastic spicy pretzels and was also nice enough to share the recipe. You can easily make these with regular mini pretzels if gluten-free is not a concern of yours.
My recipe is based on the original but I swapped out a few things including the regular pretzels for gluten-free pretzel twists and olive oil for vegetable oil….cause I’m cool like that (or high maintenance, your choice)
They really are fantastic! Even my kids liked them!
Let me know if you try them.
Runfyhp Gluten Free Spicy Pretzels
1 bag (8oz) Gluten Free mini pretzel twists (I used Snyder’s)
1/4 cup Olive oil
1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning Mix
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
This is all you need!
Heat oven to 200. Mix olive oil, ranch, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a medium size bowl. Add pretzels and stir until all are well coated with the mixture. They should look like this (well coated) slightly shiny
Spread out flat on a baking sheet.
You will bake them for a total of one hour. ***However every 20 minutes stir them around. This will flip the pretzels and ensure that they stay well coated with the mixture during baking.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks
Christmas morning at our house is exciting, fun but also…..chaotic! This may be your house too. So the last thing I want to do is spend a ton of time in the kitchen. However I would like us to have a special Christmas breakfast sans boxes of artificially sweet cereal boxes strewn across the countertop.
Here is a yummy, simple and gluten free Egg Cup Breakfast. I made ours vegetable style but you could easily add bacon or ham to the bottom of your cups!
Let me know if you try them. Merry Christmas!
Vegetarian Egg Cups (this made 8 individual egg cups)
3-4 mini sweet peppers (chopped)
1/4 cup spinach and arugula mix (chopped)
1 frozen crushed garlic cube (I used Dorot brand) cut into 8 pieces
Cheddar cheese (amount to your liking per egg cup)
* you will need a cupcake pan, obviously this wasn’t a problem in my house
Spray the bottom of each cup with cooking spay (no liners needed) Add chopped mini peppers, chopped spinach/arugula and 1/8 of the garlic cube to each cup. Add cheese over the veggies. Crack an egg into each cup atop the veggies and cheese.
Add veggies, then add cheese, then an egg on top!
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until the whites are cooked and the egg yolk is to your liking. Pop them out and enjoy! Can be served as is, with toast or add some salsa!
This will be the last Motivational Monday of 2014. Enjoy your Christmas and New Years everyone! Can’t wait to do it again next year!
Thanks Mrs. Rogers, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
I love this! Great advice I need to take and a great motto for 2015
Have a great week! Go out there with all your heart!
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