Saturday, January 31, 2015

"12 Shocking Proofs That Disaster Strikes America When It Mistreats Israel," by Now The End Begins

"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:  and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Genesis 12:3

     God is not finished with national Israel.  As believers, we ought to be praying for the peace of Jerusalem; and, of course, they cannot have true peace, without becoming born again and receiving their Prince of Peace:  Jesus Christ.  Let us pray that our nation is wise, when it comes to God's heart towards this chosen people.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leek And Potato Soup Recipe

     A while back, I was introduced to leek and potato soup.  Let me tell you, it was delicious!  I have since tweaked it a bit, to suit our fancies.  Maybe you will enjoy it, too?

Leek & Potato Soup

3 Celery Ribs, chopped
1 Whole Garlic Bulb, pressed
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
2 (or more!) Jalapenos, chopped
3 Leeks, chopped
2 Yellow Onions, chopped
4 Medium Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed
28 oz. Chicken Broth
3 TBS All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
2 TBS Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Water

     SAUTE:  Celery, yellow onions, leeks, green pepper, jalapenos, & garlic in oil, until tender.

     Add potatoes, broth, water, salt, & pepper:  bring to a boil.  Reduce heat & cover.  Simmer 10-15 minutes.
     In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup sour cream with flour until smooth; then add to soup.  Cook & stir for another 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Stir in remaining sour cream & green onions until blended.  Heat thoroughly, then serve!

Monday, January 19, 2015

How Do We Cope, When We Are Sad?

     Considering we had been enduring some sadness in our lives recently, this message was aptly timed for us.  Dear had found it, and thought it would be encouraging to us.  Not only was it encouraging, but it was challenging.
     All of us endure sadness, and to varying degrees.  How often have we found it difficult to "function," when sad?  How do we get through sadness?
     This message was a great help for me, in how to overcome sadness.  It helped right my perspective.  I pray it is a blessing to you, too!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cult Members Repent, and A Biblical Church Is Formed

     "Do you want to stay a cult, or be Christians?"  That is the question members of a church asks themselves.  So, those members of the cult repent.  That church loses over half of their congregation, due to souls being born again.  Those who leave the church?  Those who put a man's word above God's word.
     This documentary that a friend shared with me, greatly encouraged me.  It proved to me, that in spite of many obstacles, God still shows Himself powerful!  If but a few are willing to listen to Him, above all others, as well as take the leap of forsaking a powerful, man-made entity for the Lord, God will do great and mighty things!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

W.o.W. Wednesday!

     Okay, seriously, this was one of the most exciting messages I have heard!  I wish every believer would take a listen to it!  I dare say it would get you excited, too!
     God's ways truly are marvelous.  How He orchestrates things, are truly "mind-blowing!"  Having a preacher point out some of it the other night, filled my heart with joy!
     Again, I do not want to give any of it away...I want you to listen to it, and enjoy all of the blessings therein.  It is not a lengthy message; but, it is power-packed!  Please, take the opportunity to hear it. :-D

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Neglecting Christ? Here's What We Can Do About It.

     Oh, how often we neglect Christ.  How often we overlook musing upon Him:  who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.  I know for myself, I neglect Him too much.
     Then, there are messages I hear, that bring my mind and heart back into focus.  I am reminded of His majesty, His love...Him.  I am ever grateful for the men who preach such messages:  messages that turn our hearts to Christ, and off of ourselves/earthly things.
    It never fails, too.  When I/we listen to messages--those sermons that point our hearts Heaven-ward, it cannot but fix our neglectful hearts and minds.  We are stirred into attending to our loving Lord!
     There was one such message to which we listened, last night.  Neither one of us had a dry eye.  There were a mix of emotions and thoughts.  It is such a powerful message!
     I do not desire to give any of it away.  I want you to listen to it.  It is not that lengthy.  I cannot stress it enough:  PLEASE LISTEN TO IT.  Without a doubt, you will be the better for it!

Monday, January 5, 2015

His Profound Love

     As is customary, I have been away for a while.  Partially, I so intended; partially, I did not.  Having been consumed with thoughts, I just needed some time away.  That also included sparse conversations with loved ones.
     Now that I believe I am at a place wherein I may, once again, enjoy freedom of expression, I thus seek to pull out the computer and commence writing.  I have missed it, but needed the reprieve.  Thank you, friends, for your kind patience. :-)
     So, what all has been happening in my life these days?  Well, life.  :-)  That seems to be the usual affair in my household.
     The part of our lives that has radically changed, is the fact that a little person is now growing inside of me, thanks to the Lord!  I have had many days, where the couch is my friend.  I never realized how exhausting being a mother could be.
     We have also had to rewire our eating habits, ahem, thanks to me (and baby).  I have not suffered with morning sickness, but I have been experiencing food aversions.  I also have found I need to eat more frequently.
     Being in a completely new area, and still experiencing adjustments (learning the area; trying to make friends; etc.), has made this motherhood experience quite the overwhelming one for me.  I am thankful, in awe, and overwhelmingly humbled that God answered our prayers.  Yet, to say I am out of my "comfort zone," would be an apt description.
     One reason, I do believe, is so that I will find my comfort completely in Christ.  He has been, and forever will be, the one constant source of reliability in my life.  No matter who, what, when, where, and why, I have never had a reason not to trust Him.  He may not give me all the answers, or clue me in on what is ahead, but He has never done me wrong.
     So, I seek, daily, to keep my thoughts on Jesus Christ.  He it is that will lead me.  He it is, who will take care of me and this wee one.  He it is, who will keep Dear sane, during this change in our lives. ;-)
     In other news, a dear, dear friend, (who is also an "adopted" grandma), surprised us with a visit last week!  She, and one of her sons, are on an extended road trip.  They are visiting loved ones, and included us along the way!  I got to have her for an entire day!  To say that she was a breath of fresh air, would be an understatement.
     It was quite comforting, having her with me for the day.  I had last seen her, when she had made the trip from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, when Dear and I lived out there, six years ago.  I was not sure I would get to see her again, as she was in her mid-eighties, then.  Yet, the Lord sure surprised me, last week!
     I was so grateful to get to tell her, in person, the news of our child.  Oh, to see the joy on her face!  In the evening, before we parted ways, she made sure to give me sound advice regarding motherhood.  She wanted to encourage me, and strengthen me for the journey ahead.  Oh, even now, I get choked up thinking about it.  It was so hard saying "goodbye."  I do hope to visit her next year--all three of us. :-)
     I was particularly moved by the Lord sending her my way, when He did.  I was, and had been, going through some difficult times, when I received the call that she was on her way.  Oh, what a comfort!  It was completely unexpected!  He knew I needed her hands-on love. :-)
     He is amazing that way.  I am constantly undone by His tenderness.  Yes, He is unwavering in His word.  Yes, He is just.  Yes, He chastens (when I am in error).  Yet, contrary to my life experiences with people, He does it all out of love.  Completely.
     He knows my history.  He knows what "gets to me."  His tenderness always does.  I often feel like that little child, whom He drew upon His lap, as He taught the group of how one may enter His kingdom.  Never do I feel worthy--that is the truth.  Yet, I cannot help but notice His tender love in my life.  It is a constant.
     He is the father, for whom I have yearned for years.  The man in whose eyes I am beloved, arms in which I am safe...are His.  The fact that now, now, He is giving me a glimpse of what it is like to be a parent, and express that kind of love, is unimaginable!  Even now, it is hard to write through the tears.
     How can I express the gratitude of this gift?  How is it, that He has seen fit to open my barren womb?  I cannot comprehend that He would allow me this honour.  Oh, how I pray I do Him well!
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