Wednesday, October 31, 2007

~Meal Planning E-book Complete~

I finished the Meal Planning E-Book today and went to send it to those on the list and ran into a few problems lol. For starters, the ebook says it is TOO BIG to send when I try and email it. Along with some other issues.......someone is trying to help me as we speak, so hope I can get these to you all tonight!

**Update, its fixed and everyone that was on the list should have a copy. If you did not receive anything and you were on the list, email me and let me know, thanks!

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Monday, October 29, 2007

~Thanks!!!~

I met so many people tonight from all over the US at the Minister's Seminar and I didn't realize how many actually read my writings! I was touched and ya'll made me cry with your kind words! It was wonderful to meet some of my readers and hear the nice compliments. Although, I'm not some great woman and FAR from it! I have so many things in my life that I'm working on and striving to be and growing more in God. A lot of times when you read blogs, you only see the person by what they write and most people don't blog about all their faults and shortcomings lol.

However, I'm grateful to have such wonderful sisters (and brothers! =) ) that read what I write and your words mean more to me than you will ever know........thanks so much!

In Him,

Bev

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~Giveaway Winner!~

Ok the giveaway last night at 1159pm and today my daughter, who just turned 4, drew the lucky winner out of the bowl! And the winner is................

Country Girl at Heart!!!!!

Please email me your address so I can get your book to you, thanks for all who entered and look for more giveaways coming up!! =0

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

~Giveaway Almost Over!~

For those that haven't entered yet.....you have a little over 1 hour left to enter the giveaway for a copy of the book, "America's Cheapest Family". To enter go here and follow the instructions:

http://christianhomekeeper.blogspot.com/2007/10/celebration-giveaway.html

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Blurring the Lines

**I stopped posting things as this post you are about to read because my blog readership had gone up and I didn't want to run people off.....but I realized that I can't be like that. I shouldn't "blog to please" if you will. Rather, I will stand for God and his word and not back down to anyone and thus......here is this post and it is not up for debate.


This topic has been on my mind for quite some time and isn't anything new especially to the USA, it is the blurring of the lines in today's society. Why the fuss over beliefs that women should look like women and men should like men? Why do others get upset that a woman wants to wear a dress and have long hair and be as FAR AWAY from looking like a man as she can be? And vice versa. Why the uproar? Why the stir? Why do SOME want to blur the lines and say it is ok? Why does a women want to put on pants and cut her hair? Is she wanting to look like a man?

Not only that but they twist the scriptures to fit themselves. God said it is an abomination for the woman to wear that which pertains to a man and vice versa. Also we all know that God put in the Bible the issue of HAIR and so it must be important enough if he included it in his word. ALL THOSE THAT LOVE GOD WILL obey his word! As soon as I saw it was in the Bible I had no qualms with obeying it. God said it, so be it, I'm doing it!

I feel FEMININE in a dress/skirt. I feel FEMININE with my long (uncut) hair and God said IT IS MY GLORY. Why would a woman want to cut off what God said was a glory AND a sign of submission to her husband? Simple.....she is rebellious and not submissive to not only her husband but to God.

We should want to be as close to visibly resembling our gender as we could be. Why would you want to be straddling the lines?

Society, the world, wants to "Blur the Lines." Aren't we supposed to not be like the world? Aren't we supposed to want to be ye separate? Why are some wanting to blend in with the world today? Simple, their heart is NOT right.

They see a woman with long hair and a dress and modest and go off saying don't push your religion on me. But the woman didn't say a word to them. What is that? That is called the God in that woman convicting them without even having to speak. She resembles FEMINITY by just her appearance. Or better yet, they use the "holier than thou" verbage to the person who convicts them to comfort their disobedience.

A real masculine man will desire a real feminine woman and vice versa. It is simple......so very simple. If you are a man and you desire your woman to look like a man, well you have issues and VICE VERSA! EEK...........no thanks I will continue to NOT be mistaken for a man, I have never, since wearing dresses been mistaken for a man but I have mistaken women for men because they had pants and I have mistaken some men for women because they had long hair. I have come up behind some and said Excuse me Sir, and SHE turns around and I'm like OOPS!

Wouldn't you shiver inside to think somebody had mistaken you for the opposite sex? Wouldn't that send some kind of DING DING to your mind? ***DING DING METER IS GOING OFF.......ANYBODY HOME??*** Wouldn't that make you want to look like your gender?

So here is a call to be ye seperate and God commands in his word! This isn't a choice or a religion.....this is God's holy word and if we have a problem with it we need to pray! God established the lines and it is satan who constantly strives to blur them.

Now the issue of hair.....

1 Corinthians 11:5-6
5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out that women are to be covered. If a woman has her head uncovered it is JUST THE SAME as if she had a shaved head! It is shameful for a woman to have her head uncovered.

So, what is her covering? Well did you see the word "veil" at all in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 11 class? NO. Ok class, so what word did you see many times in 1 Corinthians 11? HAIR! Let's read this verse and see what God said was a woman's covering:

1 Corinthians 11:15
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

It says HER HAIR is given her for a COVERING. So class, what was given her for a covering? Her hair! It is to be long, uncut hair. If she cuts it, its as shameful as being shaven. She is to not cut her hair.......again class, what is a glory to a woman? Her LONG hair. Well what about black women and some other ethnic backgrounds? Their hair sometimes will not grow past their shoulders. It is not the length as long, it is the uncut hair. So the word Long means letting hair grow naturally, uncut to whatever length it naturally grows. Why would you cut off your glory anyway??? I don't want to cut off what my God tells me is my glory......if he likes it, so do I LOL.

It is so simple. God made the Bible so simple, yet some want to make it hard. They want to throw veil in there........they want to say a woman can cut her hair as long as it is past her shoulders or long in length........so do tell, what does a woman who can't grow her hair past her shoulders do then according to that view? God isn't prejudice! We have cut, shaven and uncut hair talked about in 1 Corinthians. The only one God said was right is UNCUT! "KISS: Keep It Simple Sister!" ; )

Then you have some that say you don't have to follow this part in the Bible that is in the NEW TESTAMENT. Hmmm........let's see here. God wrote the Bible. It is all inspired. He put this in there because he thought it was important. God doesn't waste words! If you don't follow these verses, you are in disobedience to God's word. Sin is disobedience to God..........you sin when you cut your hair if you are a woman! I haven't even got off on men, but most people have no problem with men keeping their hair short. Nature even tells us it is shame for a man to have long hair like a woman!!! EWWW........I want my man looking like a man thank you very much!! Oh by the way, he wants me looking like a woman. And evidently......God does too.

In Love,

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

~The Frugal Addict~

I've decided to go ahead and open up my financial blog to the public. It will not be updated like this one, maybe only once a week. We are just sharing our tips and what we have learned about credit and debt. Enjoy!

http://frugaladdict.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

~Celebration Giveaway~

I'm celebrating the arrival of my new template and I'm doing a giveaway! I'm giving away a copy of "America's Cheapest Family"



To enter, just leave a comment below!

Giveaway ends Monday, so get your comments in by Sunday at 1159pm PST.

Only one entry per person.....and/or IP address except if you are also blogging about the giveaway (see next paragraph). I reserve the right to refuse entries.

To receive 2 entries, simply blog about this giveaway and link back to me and then leave another comment with the link to your post on your blog! Then your name will be entered TWICE into the giveaway!

**Only in the US, unless you have an APO military address**

GIVEAWAY HAS ALREADY ENDED........Winner is posted here: http://christianhomekeeper.blogspot.com/2007/10/giveaway-winner.html


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~Starbuck's Gift Card Giveaway~

Scamp's Place is celebrating her 1 year Blog Anniversary! She is giving away a $10 gift card to a lucky winner. Go here to enter:

http://scampsplace.blogspot.com/2007/10/one-year-blogging-anniversary-and.html

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

~It's Here!!!~

As you can see, the new template is up and running! I hope it is better to read than the last one because some of you had contacted me about the color being too light with the template before this one.

My favorite color combination is pink and black and this blog reflects my personality more! I love the swirly black and white background!!!!! =)

I also added a LOT of new songs to my playlist at the bottom of this blog. The songs are from a group I just came across today and they sure can sing the fire out of them songs!! Go listen!! The group is called "In One Accord".


Be sure to check my blog daily because I have an awesome giveaway coming up. I think you all will love it!!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

~New Template Coming Soon!~

I just saw my new template and its almost done! I'm so excited and its cute........it is also my favorite color combination and those that know me can guess what that is!! ; ) Just waiting on the designer to finish it up and you will see it here when its done!

I will have the ebook done by the end of this month, which is in a few days.....so those on the list you will be receiving it via email when its done.

Ta-Ta for now!! I have so many suprises for you all coming with this new template.......so hang tight!!

Oh I almost forget......I may be taking the financial blog public so everyone can read it. I just want to help others in any way I can and sharing what we have learned from the school of hard knocks over the years should help somebody from making the same mistakes we did!

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~It's Party Time!~

I had a few dollars to decorate our dining room for my daughter's 4th birthday party tomorrow (well its actually Tuesday now lol). So I got a few things at the dollar store and a Disney princess banner for the wall at a party store for just $3.99. All in all....it just took $7 to decorate! The banner took $4 and the rest was just $3! I was happy with results.....better than bare walls. We also brought our outdoor table and chairs inside to accommodate all the kids that will be coming.

I'm worn out and the party hasn't even started. We are expecting about 10-11 kids and then 4 adults. Ok time to turn in...just wanted to update since I haven't posted in the past few days.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

~50% Off Sale~

I'm having a 50% off everything on my virtual yard sale blog:

http://bevsvirtualyardsale.blogspot.com/

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~Ways To Tell You've Been Online Too Long~

1. Tech Support calls "YOU" for help.
2. Someone at work tells you a joke and you say "LOL".
3. You keep begging your friends to get an account so "we can hang out".
4. Three words: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
5. You've even gotten on an airplane just to meet some folks face-to-face.
6. You go into labor and you stop to type a special e-mail to let everyone know you're going to be away.
7. You no longer type with proper capitalization, punctuation, or complete sentences.
8. You begin to say "heh heh heh" instead of laughing.
9. When someone says "What did you say?" you reply "Scroll up!"
10. You have an identity crisis if someone is using a screen name close to your own.
11. You type messages to people while you are on the phone with them at the same time.
12. You won't work at a job that doesn't have a modem involved.
13. Your dog leaves you.
14. You have to ask what year it is.
15. You write a letter like this.. "dear tom, hiyas! how r u doin well I gotta go bbl!"
16. You smile sideways... =)
17. You bring a bag lunch & a cooler to the computer.
18. You use Instant messaging lingo in everyday life (if you still have one he he he).
19. You take a speed reading course to keep up with the scrolling.
20. You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is get online before you have your first cup of coffee.
21. You don't know where the time has gone.
22. You end sentences with 3 (or more) periods while writing letters by hand.
23. You get up at 2am to go to the bathroom but turn on the computer instead.
24. You stop typing whole words and use things like ppl, dunno and lemme.
25. You type faster than you think.
26. You can now type over 70wpm.
27. You stop speaking in full sentences.


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Friday, October 19, 2007

~Keep it Real!~

Real

  • not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : GENUINE
  • b (1) : occurring or existing in actuality

What we have is real, it is not something made up, it is not something artificial or an illusion. IT IS GENUINE! It is an actual thing.

You know when the word of God is preached at our churches the Holy Spirit confirms it so. Right is right and wrong is still wrong. Holiness is still right! Sin is still wrong!

God made it plain in his word that it is real. He has made it plain to us but sometimes we have a "pepsi with the devil" and he will confuse and cloud our minds. If we continue to let him do that and keep sipping with him, pretty soon our mind will be so clouded we can't think right. Then you start to hear the word of God preached and God once again clears our minds and we see correctly again.

One of the tactics of the enemy is confusion. I've experienced it personally. So how did I overcome the confusion? Well I realized.......what I had was real, God is real and even the enemy, satan is real and he wants to destroy me. He doesn't want me to be strong in God. He wants me to be movable, double minded, unstable.......swayed to and fro and left to right, up and down. Well I have news for him..........He ain't got me! With the Lord's help and grace I will continue on fighting and trying and working towards being grounded in God.

God isn't the author of confusion, so it is satan who confuses. If he can get your mind all confused and clouded to where you can't even pray then he has got a foothold on you. But thanks be unto God we can cry out and ask God to help us and God will clear our minds. Then we can see clearly.

Sisters, we know it is real. We have experienced God and isn't it great to have a church that preaches the truth? That doesn't back down? That doesn't compromise? Do we even thank God enough that there is a church that will not cower to the enemy? I thank God for the church of the living God and all it stands for. May we ever stay real and as a church pure and holy.

As the saying goes "Keep it Real!"


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Thursday, October 18, 2007

~Don't Quit!!~

When things go wrong as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out
Don't give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

  • Edgar A. Guest

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

~Monday's Savings~

This is my first month doing the coupon thing and I must say it gives you some sort of "high" to save all this money with coupons lol. However I have noticed I'm buying things I would NOT have bought with my original grocery list. So will I really save money? I've been able to comfortable feed my family on $80 a month ($20/week) and I'm wondering now that I'm buying all these extra items just because of the deal......is it really helping me? Time will tell.

It sure is helping my "Toiletries" expenses because I did need toothpaste and shampoo/conditioner this month and I saved on those with coupons!

Here is what I got yesterday shopping some of the local deals:

* Toothpaste (NEED)

I paid $4.02 for 5 tubes of (brand name) toothpaste. That is roughly 80 cents each. However here is what I paid for each one:

  • Aquafresh 6.4oz - 24 cents (sale coupon for 99 cents and then I had a 75 cents off coupon)
  • Colgate (large size) 8.2oz - $1.50 & Colgate Total 4.2oz - 50 cents (sale coupon 2/$3 and then I had a $1.00 off coupon)
  • Crest 6.4oz x 2 - 89 cents each (I had manufactured coupons that took off $3.00)

* Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner (NEED)


I will NOT use any other shampoo/conditioner for my hair than Garnier Fructis. It used to be Finesse but they stopped carrying the kind I used. So I had to research and try a new product back in March and my hair has improved dramatically since using Garnier Fructis and I love it.

I normally pay $2.96 per each bottle, but I had 3 - $1.00 off coupons so I got a total of $3.00 off. Normally I would have paid $8.88 for these 3 items, but this month I only paid $5.88! So definitely coupons are helping my "Toiletries" budget! (I also am going to buy a family size bottle of the shampoo at Walgreen's for 6.99 and then I will get a rebate back in about 8 weeks for 6.99, so essentially it's free besides tax, I just have to wait for the rebate money.)

* Cereal (Not a Need and wouldn't normally buy)

I don't buy cereal normally unless it's under $1 a box. Well Safeway has a good deal going this week and I got 3 General Mills cereals for $2. That is roughly 67 cents each.

* Brownie Mix (Definetely wouldn't normally buy NOT A NEED)

I don't buy premade mixes, I make my own but this was such a good deal, didn't make sense to pass up! 2 boxes for $1.00, so 50 cents each at Safeway this week.



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~It's a GO!~

Ok got enough votes for the Financial blog and its a GO! To sign up to be on the list, you only had to vote for it, so those that voted in the last post are the ones who have the access.

These people please email me for instructions to read the new blog:

Michelle
LindaG
Eileen
The British Lady
Lyn
Mom211911
Dawn

Email here: christianhomekeeper@gmail.com

Thanks for the votes and hope you enjoy the new financial blog! ; )

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

~Financial Blog~

I'm taking a vote for this, so leave your answer in the comment section!

Would you all be interested in a Financial type blog written by me and my husband telling you how to get OUT OF debt, save money and make your money grow?

Leave a comment to vote for this.....it wouldn't be a daily updated blog but would be weekly I'm hoping. It will also be a secure blog and only *approved* readers will be invited to read. If enough want this, I will then post the instructions for signing up.

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Yard

Why all summer long our yard was brown looking, with bare patches and NOW that it is towards the end of October and getting cold it is finally green and even the bare patches have started growing new grass??!!! I don't get it lol. The bark with the shrubs (newly planted some of them) is the front yard.......we have the grass in the back:

I also took my garden plants (tomato, pepper, squash, cucumber) up by the roots and threw those away and keeping the soil for next year's garden! I have a lot of tomatoes that didn't turn, so I put them in a cardboard box to ripen and then going to be making a HUGE batch of salsa this week.
So ends the first year of my "garden" experience and I love it and now hooked and can't wait to garden again next year and may add some more vegetables!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blogger Friend School; Class #6


The assignment this week is to post a baby picture, so here I am:


Part 2 is to share a special scripture that reminds you of your past:
Genesis 18:19
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment...
This is a very special verse to me! In 2002 I was praying and asking God if the time was right and if it was ok to have a baby. It's a long story but God led me to this verse and I felt him letting me know that he knew I would raise the child right and in the Lord! It was a wonderful moment to me and filled with tears and rejoicing......shorty thereafter I got pregnant with my miracle baby, Katie. I was told I was most likely was sterile and unable to have children and the small chance I did have to have any, it would probably take a year at LEAST. Basically it looked like I could not have children......BUT GOD touched me and the first time we tried, I got pregnant! God can do anything!

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~Personality Quiz~

I found this quiz told about over at Katy's blog: The Country Blossom

Here is my result:



Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!



If you take the quiz, let me know who you are!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Decorating

I got a few things for the house and thought I would share with ya'll how its looking so far. I slipcovered the couch and 2 wing chairs so they all would match! I got "Sable" and I really love the color. Then I got a few decor items and waiting on my custom made curtains to arrive when the seamstress is done making them! They will be dark burgundy and tan plaid.....the country homespun pattern.

So here is the living room (the room I'm starting with). I need some pillows and plan on making them myself.

I bought this small "rug" for my coffee table and seen it used with candles on it and/or coasters, I love it and plan on getting the large rug for the kitchen.

The next picture is above my windows and its a cute primitive country garland with saltbox houses and sheep and the Folk Art block in the middle along with homespun fabric bows. I can't wait to see how it will look with my curtains below it!

I bought this shelf, it is dark green and real wood with a quilt rack. I don't have enough knickknacks yet to fill it up, so I threw some old books on there and a candle and photo lol. Hopefully for Christmas, hubby is going to buy me an electric fireplace that will go below the shelf on the floor. It looks like this.

I also bought this cute angel topped candle holder:

This is the border I bought to put around the living room and hope to get it up soon! (notice it matches my slipcover that it is laid out on!) ; )

I got 2 dinnerware sets, one in Country Blue Speckle and the other in Mustard Yellow Speckle, they are heavy too and I love them, here is a picture of the cups:

Also I added a few things to my "Virtual Yard Sale" blog for sale, so you can check that out here:

http://bevsvirtualyardsale.blogspot.com/

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"Fear; A Tactic of the Enemy"

Pastor preached Sunday night about holding fast and he also preached last Thursday night using the story of David and Goliath. He used the illustration of this well known Bible story and how David came to fight and said (1 Samuel 17:29)

What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

David knew there was a cause and that God was going with him and this Giant would fall! I got to thinking more about this Bible story and re-read it yesterday. Isn't just like the devil to taunt? To try and make you fear him, as this giant was doing. Notice what the Giant said to them (1 Samuel 17:10)

I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

In response to this, did God's people say "Ok God is with us, we will fight against you for we trust God!" Oh no.....they were afraid. (1 Samuel 17:11)

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

Here they are shaking in their boots with fear......doing just what the enemy was trying to get them to do; FEAR! This is one of satan's tactics and seemingly it was working very well until David came into the picture. Here comes this shepherd boy........Goliath after seeing David, was insulted that this "youth" was the one sent out to fight with him. He taunts him going on about how he will (1 Samuel 17:44)

.....give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Then notice David's BOLD proclamation to the enemies' taunts and fear tactics (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.

Then David RUNS to this Giant and with a sling and a stone he is knocked down and dead. David wasn't afraid of the enemy, he knew God and that God would fight this battle and win!

Oh how many times have we, who proudly proclaim we are a Christian and wave the banner, become afraid and let the enemies' taunts cause fear to enter our minds? Who will be a David? Is there not a cause? Don't back down to the enemy, be bold and arise and fight! God didn't save you for you to be in fear of what satan might do to you. Who is stronger? Is satan stronger than God? NO, so quit acting like he is! NOTHING is impossible with God......let us not have a heart of unbelief, but rather HOLD FAST to the faith and STAND!

So the next time your Giant comes to taunt you and make you fear......instead of responding as he would wish, how about BOLDLY proclaiming your faith and telling satan to back down in the name of Jesus!

Romans 8:31

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

~Lots of Changes~

Well I've gone through my blog post by post and reviewed everything and if it didn't have an author, I tried to search the Internet for the author but for most, the author is unknown or there were many authors listed at different sites for the material....which was way confusing. So I either took the post down or you will see now in all my posts (hopefully I got them all) the author noted in the post in BOLD. Now when I receive emails from others or people submitting things to share on my blog, I will try and check Google first for an author or continue putting "Author Unknown" to be safe.

Also I have a database of 25,000 images that I bought in CD form. However just to be safe, I removed those too and will just use those images for my personal printing projects, etc. I did get permission for the other photos in this blog from Source of Joy a few months back, so that is noted.

I also have a template being personally designed for this blog YAY! Finally......don't have to go through template after template trying to figure out which one to use.

Well......onto better things, I was reading "America' Cheapest Family" tonight after FINALLY getting it from the library and they do mostly just what we do, so nothing new in the way of being frugal. However we eat on less money a person than they do......I estimated it out and it is $20 a week I spend to feed us 3 (however one is a toddler) and thus that is just about 95 cents a day per person. It is amazing and we are doing it.......God can make food stretch and help our minds figure out stuff that is for sure! See what he did in the Bible with just the loaves and fishes lol.


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Monday, October 8, 2007

~Is Anger Always Sinful?~

The Lord has built into man the emotional capacity to BE ANGRY, and this powerful emotion was originally meant to be helpful and not harmful. Anger can be a proper and useful emotion! Yes, there is such a thing as a HEALTHY, HOLY, RIGHTEOUS ANGER (sometimes called "righteous indignation").

Healthy, Holy, Righteous Anger

1) God is angry.

God is _____________ with the wicked ______________ _______

(Psalm 7:11). God is always and ever angry against sin!

2) The Lord Jesus is sometimes angry.

Consider the following passages and discuss why the Lord Jesus was angry:
  • Mark 3:5 (compare Matthew 12:10-12--these religious leaders were more merciful to a dumb animal than they were to their fellow man!).
  • Mark 10:14 ("much displeased" should be translated "moved with indignation or anger").
  • Mark 11:15-17 (compare John 2:13-17).
  • Matthew 16:21-23.
  • Matthew l8:6-7.
  • Matthew 23:13-33.
  • Revelation 2:6,15.
  • Revelation 19:15-16.

3) The Holy Spirit sometimes causes men to be angry (1 Samuel 11:6).

4) God commands the believer to "BE _________________" (Ephesians 4:26).

Caution: The Lord knows that with frail men righteous anger can easily become sinful anger, so He adds the words, "and _______ not" (Eph. 4:26). It’s easy for us to get angry at the wrong things or to get angry at the right things for the wrong reasons! If your sinful anger has harmed someone else, don’t go to bed until you have corrected the problem in God’s way (prior to the age of electric lights people used to go to bed when the sun went down!).

As you consider the following people and their anger, decide whether their anger was SINFUL (indicate by "S") or RIGHTEOUS (indicate by "R"):

1.______Cain (Genesis 4:5-6).
2.______Esau (Genesis 27:41-45).
3.______Moses (Exodus 16:20; 32:19 Leviticus 10:16-17).
4.______Moses (Numbers 20:7-13; compare Numbers 27:12-14; Deut. 1:37; Psalm 106:33).
5.______Balak (Numbers 24:10).
6.______Saul (1 Samuel 11:6).
7.______Saul (1 Samuel 20:30).
8.______David (1 Samuel 17:26, 45-46).
9.______David (2 Samuel 12:5; note: David was right in getting angry at the sin of this man, but who should he really have been angry at?).
10.______Elisha (2 Kings 13:19).
11.______Asa (2 Chronicles 16:10).
12.______Nehemiah (Nehemiah 5:6).
13.______Jonah (Jonah 3:10; 4:1-11).
14.______Herod (Matthew 2:16).
15.______People of Nazareth (Luke 4:28).
16.______The Elder Brother (Luke 15:28).
17.______The Jerusalem Jews (Acts 7:54-58).
18.______Saul (Acts 9:1).
19.______Paul (Acts 13:9-11; Galatians 1:7-9).
20.______Satan (Rev. 12:12,17).


  • This study is shared with permission from the owner, Middletown Bible Church. Feel free to print this study to fill in the blanks and do the studying!

To add in my own words, I myself have had times where I have been rightfully angry but also times where I was sinfully angry and I have had to ask forgiveness. A lot of times we are unsure how to handle certain situations and are quick to act without praying and asking God how to the handle the situation. If it is sin you are angry at, then God is angry also!

I'm far from perfect but with each day and each new situation that arises in my life, God is teaching me and showing me where I fall short and what I have to work on in my life! We all have something we must work on, none have attained. However continuing in the sin is a whole different matter, when you do not ask forgiveness and you continually do the sin......you are far from God. But thanks be unto God he offers forgiveness through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, our advocate. All we have to do is ask!


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Whole Wheat Pizza


Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Makes 1 crust
  • 2 t yeast
  • ¼ c warm water
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 2T gluten flour (or vital wheat gluten)
  • ½ c warm water
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 ½ T olive oil
In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid add yeast and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve and activate. Add 2 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.

If you made this dough in a Kitchen Aid then let the dough rise for 1 hour. If made in a Bosch, skip this step.

Punch down dough and shape into a ball and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan.

Add sauce and toppings and bake in a 475 oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Makes 3 crust
  • 2 Tbs yeast
  • ¾ c warm water
  • 6 to 7 ½ cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 6T gluten flour (or vital wheat gluten)
  • 1 ½ c warm water
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 4 ½ T olive oil
Follow directions above only dividing dough to make 3 crusts

Pizza Sauce
Amount: aprox. 4 cups
  • 3 – 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic from the jar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1t salt
Mix all ingredients together and heat up until warm.

We eat this pizza a LOT and I have a few sauces already prepared and frozen for future meals. This recipe is from Crystal.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Navy Bean Soup


Heat 2T. oil in a large soup pot.

Chop up and add:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 carrot
Cook until onion and celery are soft and tender.

Add:
  • 3 cups dry navy beans (small white beans)
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
Bring to boil, cover and reduce to simmer. Stir every now and then and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Ham bone and/or meat can be added if desired. Add when water is added.

My family loves this soup! It is Crystal's recipe shared with her permission!



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Enter here to win a camera:

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~Recipes~

You might have noticed I had deleted several recipes, but upon verification, I am replacing them. These recipes are from a friend of mine, Crystal, and these are her's and she has given me permission to share them on my blog. You can visit her great homekeeping tips and website here:

http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/

She has been a great help to me and my family with her articles and recipes! I highly recommend her website! ; )

So today and this week I will be replacing those recipes back in here.....thanks and enjoy!

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

~The Stuff We're Made Of~

Acts 5: 38-39
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Gamaliel, who spoke these words, was part of a council which had just been blasted by the preacher Peter, who said, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree… and we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”

When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took council to slay them. Standing before them was a man who had been with Jesus Christ - a close disciple at that. He had been with him from the beginning and had taken part in His ministry and had seen the miracles He accomplished; heard His preaching and teaching and walked with Him on the water. He had learned from the Lord at an exponential rate. He was given the opportunity to preach repentance as Jesus did; heal the sick as Jesus and cast out devils just like Jesus (Mark 6: 12-13).

Sure, he had his moments of failure - even bitter defeat. But through it all, God made him. Not only him, but all those who turned to the Lord with a whole heart. Peter witnessed the Risen Savior and stood and watched as He ascended to Heaven. He obeyed Jesus’ command to tarry at Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Ghost. The result? The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the immediate preaching of a message that produced effective results in three thousand souls. That was just the beginning.

So this Peter stood before the High Priest of a now defunct religion and its council. Filled with the Holy Ghost, he preaches THEM a message too. And wouldn’t you know it? They got hit with the same forceful conviction of the Holy Ghost they did when Jesus preached at them. They didn’t realize that killing the one man they murderously hated would produce 12 more preachers of the same spirit. Sadly, they refused the Spirit of God again at Peter’s message too. They reacted exactly the same; not just content to say no, but they were filled with the desire to kill this man too. He preached like Jesus, he acted like Jesus and God moved with him just like Jesus!

Seeing the reaction, the only seemingly receptive one of the bunch arose to quell the others. Gamaliel was no ordinary member of the council. He was a doctor of the law with the reputation of wisdom. He put forth a reminder to them of Theudas and Judas - two men who before had risen as cultic leaders of sorts. Hundreds of people had followed them, yet both were killed and the masses were scattered and brought to nought.

But he saw in these disciples something different. He knew in his heart these men preached a message that actually did something in people’s hearts and souls. He saw God in their lives: words and actions. Their leader was ‘dead’ and they were not only still living for him, but they were stronger in their convictions and willing to be killed for the cause. He saw the stuff they were made of, and it was godly and righteous.

Christian: How often do you consider that YOU are made of the same stuff? Peter continued right where Jesus left off. In fact, Peter’s shadow was a tool of God’s healing. You don’t read that about Jesus. So Peter did things we don’t read of Jesus’ doing. This was His plan all along: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14: 12)

Remember, the Bible was written to the believer. So the words of Jesus weren’t just directed at Peter and the other disciples. Jesus says them to you today. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”


  • My Husband wrote this to share as a devotional.......I hope you enjoyed it! It is copyrighted.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Blogger Friend School; Class #5


This week's assignment is:

1. The Assignment this week it to use your Blog Name (or your own pen/real name)and create signs.
So here are my signs, I had a lot of fun!!

Here are some animated ones:

Now for the next part of the assignment:

2. Share a special verse!
So here is special verse for today:

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

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Cleaning Tips

All Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner

Here is a recipe I invented myself and have used for a long time and love it! It disinfects (tea tree oil) and cleans really good and I love how it can get rid of odors as well!

Here is how I make it:

  • Equal parts of warm water and white vinegar
  • 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid
  • 5-10 drops of Tea tree oil
Lightly shake together and your done!

I use one of those large sized spray containers you get at Walmart to make this cleaner in and I use this on our kitchen countertops, stove, etc.

If you want to mask the strong smell of the Tea Tree oil, simply add a drop of your favorite essential oil. But leave the Tea Tree oil because it is what disinfects!

Bar Keeper's Friend

Another tip, do you ever get those stains on your countertop that seemingly no matter what you do they won't come off? Well I had a few stains from one of my cast iron pans and then a stain from koolaid. I had tried all I could think off......lemons with salt, different cleaners and nothing would get the stains off! Then I sprinkled some Bar Keeper's Friend on there and it QUICKLY came off! So now I use that for things I can not get off! It took the iron rust right off my countertop, when I thought it was there to stay permanently.

Go here to their website to find all that it can do:

http://barkeepersfriend.com/stains.html


How Clean Is Your House?

I have seen clips online of the show, "How Clean Is Your House?" and didn't realize they had a book! Until I came across it today on a blog I read, Tammy's Times, so I quickly went to my library and there it was waiting for me on the shelf!! =) I hope to glean some more cleaning recipes and tips after reading the book this week.

Happy Cleaning!! =)

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~Free Customizable Printable Calendars~

I found the link over at a blog I read, Counting Our Daily Blessings and wanted to share it here with my readers as well!

You can customize these calendars to be weekly, monthly or yearly and you also choose one of their pictures of you can upload your own! It doesn't stop there either, you can put quotes or scripture (they offer KJV) on your calendar. The best part is they are free!!!!!

So have fun:

http://www.eprintable.com/calendar.php

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

~Homemade Jam~


Even though I have bronchitis (at least feels like it when I had it last year this time lol)......I couldn't stand just sitting on the couch resting! So I went ahead and made enough Strawberry Jam to last us the whole winter. I freeze mine, I have yet to learn canning, although I want to learn just haven't had the time to learn and buy the equipment!

  • You will get photos and instructions on how to do this in the Meal Planning E-book due out the end of this month! So this I guess is a sneak peek. Once you see how easy it is to make your own jams with whatever sugar you want to use (you can use splenda but I use cane juice crystals) you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner! You can even make jam without any sugar using a special kind of pectin, for those who prefer "All Fruit" and/or "No sugar added".

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~Killing With Words~

Someone posted this on our church's family group and I thought I would also share it here. (Thanks Sis B for sending me this!)

KILLING WITH WORDS
(Author Unknown)

My Name Is Gossip.
I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious & gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible
The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and ruin marriages.
I end ministries set up by God.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.

I AM CALLED GOSSIP.

Church gossip
Office gossip
Shop gossip
Party gossip
Telephone gossip
Online gossip

I make headlines & headaches!

Before You Repeat A Story, Ask Yourself...

IS IT TRUE?
IS IT FAIR?
IS IT NECESSARY?
WOULD I WANT IT DONE TO ME?

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