Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday's Fixin's

Mashed Potato Patties.....(my family loves these treats)

2 cups mashed potatoes (leftovers are great for this recipe)
1 egg, beaten
1 onion, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

Mix together mashed potatoes, beaten egg and onion in a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper and stir.
Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a medium size nonstick frying pan. Drop about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the frying pan, patting it into 4 inch circles that are 1/2" thick.
Cook until bottom is browned and crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Carefully turn the patty over and cook the second side until brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Serve with ketchup or salsa.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thankful the Lord supplies

Php 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

First let me say... Sorry to have been gone for so long.... it has been difficult finding time the past couple of weeks for me to get onto the computer.

What a wonderful God we serve.... He surely supplies all our needs. How thankful I am to be called a child of God. Always has He been here for me with arms open wide in love to comfort, encourage, and even carry me when I could not go on. Knowing I can always find refuge in Him, I have become more steadfast in my faith and in my relationship with Him. Over and over again He has revealed to us that His time is perfect. And today I can say I am thankful that He has provided the perfect job for Eric. YES. Eric will start work on July 9th and will be working in the office of a small electronics company only a couple of miles from home. God is so good. Eric will be home early enough in the afternoons that he will be able to work on the farm each day and will be able to spend time with our children like he has been able to enjoy these past few months. God is so wonderful in His blessings.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day...

I want to tell all the wonderful dad's in the world.... keep up the good job. I takes a real man to be a dad.

Col 3:21 Fathers, don't aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thankful Thursday....

I am so thankful today that my children are growing to understand better how blessed they truly are.
We have so many wonderful people in our lives as a family that there is a pouring out of prayers, thoughts and well wishes for us during these days of dependence ( as I have started to refer to them ). How wonderful it is to see the realization of the sheer abundance of blessings put before them each day. They have become so much more thankful themselves for the little things in life.

2Co 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wordless Wednesday ~ His Word

Wednesday's Word

Jer 17:10-12 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. "As a partridge that broods but does not hatch, So is he who gets riches, but not by right; It will leave him in the midst of his days, And at his end he will be a fool." A glorious high throne from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Tuesday's .....In Other

"Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading."
~ Oswald Chambers ~

Sitting and thinking about this quote.... I had a familiar image flirt across my mind.... and just had to share ..... Eric (that wonderful man God sent to my door nearly 11 years ago) is 6 foot 5 inches verses my 5 foot 3 inches..... big difference, right? Well, I don't think of it much any more.... he is tall, I am short... end of story as far as all that goes. However, when we are in a crowd I take hold of his hand so that he can lead me. He can see where we are going so much better than I could in that situation.... so I hold his hand and trust in him to lead the way. He can see the way so much better than I can and I know he loves me and will not lead me in the wrong direction. Just as I know Eric will get us to where we need to be ......I know that I can hold onto my Heavenly Father's hand and know that I can completely trust that He only leads me to where I need to go even if I do not know why I am going through a given situation I can take comfort in the knowledge that He sees the direction much better than I can ever imagine. His love for me gives me the comfort of knowing that I can completely depend on Him to lead me safely through any trials that may come ..... knowing that as long as I am holding onto His hand I will never stray. What unspeakable joy it is to know that I don't have to know the direction God is leading my life in .......for as long as I am holding His hand it is where He wants me to go.

1Pe 1:6-9 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith; the salvation of your souls.


We are finally all settled and are getting into a regular routine.... I should have more computer time now and will hopefully be able to post more often.... missing all of my wonderful friends.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thankful Thursday....doubts and comforts

Psalms 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

During trials and troubles it is so easy to let the world lead us into may doubts and anxieties that can affect our faith.... we often may ask ourselves 'why would God allow _______ to happen' .... we can all fill in the blank.... it may be different to each of us but the thoughts are all to often the same. For me, during this time in our lives I have caught myself asking that same question.... why is God allowing us to be so humbled during these past few months.... how can He bring us to a point that we are so dependent on others at this time.... others for housing, others for financial help, others for just about each aspect of our lives..... then I remember this verse.... 'Your comforts delight my soul.' God wants us to be dependant on HIM.... for HE wants to use others in our lives to help teach us more of HIS mercy and glory.... .we as HIS children have that great and precious promise of the Good News....and then when we have truly delighted in HIS comforts... and learned the lesson we so desperately need from HIM ..... then HE can use us in the life of another to help them learn more..... what a wonderful cycle of grace. I can say my soul is learning daily to delight in HIS comforts. I can say I am more thankful each day for the people in my life, for all that we can say we are blessed with and for God teaching me that my only relief is in HIM. And for the knowledge that adversities will not last always.... that there is a promised rest for all of God's people.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Wordless Wednesday ~ The sleepover...

Wednesday's Word

1Co 1:25-31 This "foolish" plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the Scriptures say, "The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done."

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tuesday's .....In Other Words....flaws....

"What used to make us stumble, God can use to make us stand. What once
made us bow our heads in shame,
He can use for His glory."

~ Joanna Weaver~
"Having a Merry Spirit"

I love the story of the 2 water buckets.... you know one had a hole in it and never arrived full.... one day it asked its owner why he did not fix the hole it had for it was ashamed ...... the owner took it down the path to show it that each day the hole in the bucket allowed the owner to grow a beautiful garden because of the water that escaped the bucket..... the bucket's owner made something beautiful from the bucket's flaw..... its a wonderful image don't you think?

And it is with us too....God takes our flaws and uses them to shape us...for if He burned away all of our flaws we would be nothing more than ash....Isa 48:10 I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.

So, instead of hiding or repairing our flaws He molds us around our flaws to be a much more effective example of His mercy and glory.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Moving update

Well, we are here and are getting settled.... we have really TRIED to not stress Mamma Sue (my MIL) out but when we started moving stuff in... most ended up in the middle of the living room floor until we could get room for it for the past week she has been just a bit stressed...... we have worked really hard the past couple of days and we all are feeling much better about how things are looking and going..... getting the kids into a routine as well.... we warned them even before school was out that there would be very few days this summer of sleeping past 7AM ..... they grumbled but are doing fine with it..... what helps is that here in this county the school is funded to provide free lunches for kids throughout the summer during the weekdays..... each and every kid 18 years or younger can get a free breakfast and free lunch daily on weekdays.... wonderful!!!! There are 3 pick-up spots around town and one of them is just a few minutes walk from here! So the kids get up and make there beds, get dressed and walk over to get a free meal, come back and eat it... then we start our daily routine..... its been good so far!!!

Well, that is about all the time I have for an update right now.... hoping to have more time this week.....hugs to all my friends .... esp. Denita and Angel.... missing you both my dear sisters!