Sunday, February 27, 2011

Part 4 - Whose Bread Are You Chewing On?

You can read Part 1, 2 and 3 by clicking on each.
Just as cooks pray for a good crop of young animals and fishermen for a good haul of fish, in the same way busybodies pray for a good crop of calamities or a good haul of difficulties that they, like cooks and fishermen, may always have something to fish out and butcher. -Plutarch, "On Being a Busybody"
Nobody can think straight who does not work.  Idleness warps the mind.  ~Henry Ford

Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.  ~St. Jerome

Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.  ~Jimmy Lyons

Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to. ~Author Unknown

It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business. ~Dolley Madison

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

4-Year Blogoversary!

Celebrating a wonderful 4 years of blogging today for this blog!  I had other blogs before this when they used to call it journaling, can't keep a writer from writing. ;-)  But this one has been one that has been used to help me grow, get over things, learn from, etc.  I value what God has used this blog to help me in, which was a lot lol!  It kind of grows with me and that is one thing about writing when you have an audience, others get to see your failures but they also get to see your victories over them!

It's been a pleasure and I look forward to future years of helping others, sharing my personal thoughts and perfecting my grammar even.

Just want to send a personal THANK YOU to all my readers out there!  I hope that I inspire, encourage you but most of all spur you to think about your life and decisions.

In Love,
Bev

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekly Fitness Update #2

I have great news!  I have been fast-food free for a week or more now, which for me is quite the accomplishment lol.  It was a hard habit to resist but I've been praying more for God to help me lose this weight and I just started to really get serious this past week.  I've resisted a lot, made myself wait 20 minutes before getting seconds and ended up not needing seconds.  I've also been doing my workouts and I wish I had done my inches so I could see how much I've lost in inches but I forgot but I'm doing them today!

So for a good, consistent week of caloric restriction and exercise + the week's before workouts - I lost 4 pounds!  I haven't seen that scale move down in so long, I forgot how GOOD it felt to see it!!  I'm on cloud nine today and drinking my water, eating regular mini-meals and feeling so good.  My body is also noticeably smaller than last week and I was able to fit into a blazer last night that was 2 sizes smaller!  I pay more attention to inches and body fat than scale weight but still - I love seeing that scale go down along with inches lost.

It hasn't been the "what to do" that has stopped me, its been the "just do it" part!  I can't tell you how many people try and tell me how to lose weight, and I do listen sometime and don't offer up my credentials LOL but I KNOW how to do it - it is the doing part, the consistency and the habits that I've had a hard time of letting go.  A lot of food is for comfort for me and has been since my youth, but I'm learning to not rely on food to make me feel good but rather spending time with God.

I also don't want to just be smaller, I want to be smaller AND firm - thus the weight training.  I've seen some small people who are well.....skinny fat is the term that comes to my mind.  I don't want stuff jiggling in the end, so it may take a bit longer than someone who loses 20 pounds in 2 weeks sort of thing LOL!  =0  You get the just.....most of the time, if you lose too fast, you are losing muscle but I won't get into all the science and bore you.

I expect that next week, I will have more weight loss to share and the inches too! :-)

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Blessings Deprived

I've been having some wonderful talks with my dad about what he has learned over the years from starting a church in our home, having it grow successfully at times reaching over 100 and pastoring for 26 years.  I've already blogged about the heart-felt love my dad had and the relation to Paul, in that, he didn't want to be burdensome to his flock by being supported.  Now, I will continue the story and I was amazed that this was even shared in a recent Bible study - God knows!

Although my dad didn't expect the support of his church those 26 years, it caused not only problems for himself and our family, but it caused his flock to become a people who didn't think the man of God deserved much.  They became callous and it even pained them to give my dad $100 a month.  Eventually, they conspired against my dad and brought in a man secretly to overtake my dad's church.  Thankfully, one of them clued my dad in to what was happening and my dad got up and preached a message to those people and resigned and walked out with my mom.

Growing up, we lived in what would be called poverty levels.  Here, was my dad running a church at one time reaching 120 members and we were struggling to eat.  If my mom ever got a new outfit, snide remarks would be made to her.  My parents kept a cheap, gray car because if it had color or was a new car, the people would surely think we were stealing from them.  Oh, how my parents suffered for a heartless people!  I asked God recently to bless my parents and pay off all their debts for what they endured for 26 years out of pure love to see souls saved!

Was this a good thing that my dad did?  Did he create such a people because he didn't teach them to support the man of God?  He sure did suffer and still does because for those 26 years when he should have been supported by his ministry, he dug a hole of debt that he is still in today.

Paul himself, later asked forgiveness for this wrong he had done to the Corinthians of not receiving support from them.

For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:13

The other churches gave support to Paul and this made the Corinth church inferior to them.  He noted it as a wrong but still didn't want anything of them but that rather they would be saved.  Maybe, Paul saw what kind of people it made them as the Corinth church was full of sin.  The Corinthians didn't get to get the blessing that comes with supporting a pastor and thereby he deprived them that blessing.  How similiar to what my dad experienced! What does this all teach us?

We should have a heart to support the man of God.  I'm of the belief and so is my dad, that a pastor should be the one who has ALL his material needs met!  He shouldn't even be without because we are obligated to that pastor's material needs because he takes care of our spiritual needs!  He is worthy of his hire!!  I personally think that the pastor should be the one with the nicest car, nicest house and clothes because how could we ever repay him for the sacrifice he makes for our OUR souls!

Those that have a problem with supporting a pastor by paying their tithes are surely full of greed, covetousness, jealousy and envy.  Their heart is not right, how could it be?  They are those that are caught up in money and covetousness.  That is why they have such a hard time with a minister having anything, they have an evil heart!  If they don't have it, they hate anyone that does have it!  Truly, they need to be saved because they have never had the love of God.

After a few years of healing from what has happened, my dad is ready to pastor again and he will expect that which is rightfully his and the people will be blessed by taking care of the man of God!  A Christian should always have a heart, not only to give God what is rightfully his (a tenth of all your increase), but also to support the man of God.  For what pastors suffer, it is but a small thing to give them material goods.  Also, don't forget that God ordained this system of support:

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:14

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Time

A friend asked me to scan this for her after seeing it in my laundry room.  Our first pastor gave us a copy of this and its always a great reminder and I thought I would share it with you all as well.  Feel free to click on it and enlarge and save for your own use.


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Homeschoolopoly

We played Homeschoolopoly for 2 hours tonight!  I think this is more fun than regular monopoly and our daughter can play this game and loves it!  Instead of buying houses and hotels, you buy books and keys to knowledge.  Instead of buying properties, you buy curriculum.  Free parking is Field Trip and instead of going to jail, you go to court escorted by the truant officer lol!  Then instead of chance and community chest it is grace and mercy with fun homeschool things to read on each card.  You also don't buy railroads, you buy vehicles - hubby loves the "cool as can be suv" most of all. ;-)

You can read my post on it and how to purchase on our family homeschool blog here: http://www.cambridgeshireacademy.com/2010/02/homeschoolopoly.html  It is 50% off right now at $17.49 with free shipping.


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Valentine's Day Fun & Crafts

We had a blast today for Valentine's!  I got some free printables online and made cupcake toppers, a heart tree, tic-tac-toe boards, coloring books and more!  Here are a few pics:


I took 2 tomato cans from my freezer cooking last week and washed them in the dishwasher.  Then I wrapped some red construction paper around them and glued it.  Hubby's mom had sent these 2 cute little bird stickers so I used those.  They served as a place to hold the heart antennae for the headband craft we did.  I will probably post more of the craft pics on Crafty Anabelle soon....

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

3 Months of Meals in the Freezer!

Since I had the chicken enchiladas in 2 glass pie plates, it was harder this time to fit it all in the freezer but I did with room to spare!  I will go picture by picture on how I packed the freezer.....

1.  I freeze my 3 glass casserole dishes on the side ledge and divide them with cardboard so they don't get squished.  Then in the second photo, I'm showing you how I arrange the already frozen ziploc bags - standing up for easy access.  I freeze whatever I cook on a certain day in the tray on top and then when its frozen solid by next morning, I move it to the bottom.


2.  This was my first time using pie plates for a freezer meal - chicken enchiladas.  I had 2, so I came up with the idea to break apart a box and then place one on one side and then put the other side down and place it on top.  You can't see it in the photo, but I had another piece of cardboard folded into a triangle to keep the cardboard off the one on the bottom.  It worked perfectly!


3.  Next, I froze Friday's meals in the tray and moved them below on Saturday when they were frozen.


4.  Then on Saturday, I froze the meatloaves and beefy mac in the trays.  Notice how everything fits and there is still room under the tray on the left for more food!  All I have left to put in there is the mac n' cheese on Mon. night.


5.  Here are 2 shots of the freezer above the fridge.  This is where I store my spaghetti and pizza sauces, yeast, bananas for shakes, berries, junk food (yes, we occasionally eat junk), burritos, ice pack, ice, salmon patties, muffins, etc.  This week, I'm taking those 5 pounds of strawberries and making jam.  I'm actually going to move things around a bit in here next week but here is how it looks now:


I hope this helped show you how YOU can fit 3 months of meals in a small 5-cubic foot chest freezer!!  It's all in the packing!  We have packed a LOT of Uhaul's in our days - so we have learned a bit about making things fit and who knew it would benefit my freezer packing abilities lol. ;-)

Some have asked where we got our freezer.  We actually bought it from our 2nd pastor in Alaska, but you can find it here at Walmart for $199: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5751096

We have had this freezer, the Haier brand for 6-7 years now and it runs great.  We had a lot of ice build-up on the sides but hubby just chopped it off with a screwdriver and we melted it in the sink lol.  No need to turn it off and let it melt when it comes off so easily!  I keep mine on 2 and the food gets frozen solid as a rock.  I don't think I've ever used the highest setting of 3, don't see a need to.  The cost to run the freezer per YEAR is just about $20 on setting 2, I suppose its more like $26 a year on setting 3.  So cost is definitely not an issue here!  

You normally don't get freezer burn at all in a chest freezer, that is mostly limited to foods put in a freezer that is above a fridge.

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Day 4 - Feb-May Freezer Cooking

I finished everything but the mac n' cheese on Saturday.  I'm saving the mac n' cheese for Monday night's Valentine's dinner, so I will just freeze the rest to make it easier.  Saturday, I made the 5 meals of meatloaves and the Beefy Mac.


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pray for My Grandpa......

Please pray for my grandpa, he is in the ER right now.  Pray for his life and salvation, thank you!  Also, pray for my grandma during this time and my parents, thanks so much!


*Update - He is now home and doing ok!  They think he may have had a stroke but they showed no proof of that with the scans, so they are not sure.  Thanks for all that prayed, I'm glad he is doing better!! ;-)

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Comment From Egypt Reader

This was left in my post of "Prayer for Egypt" for one of my readers there.  She left this comment today:
Dear Bev, and readers of this Blog.
It is Saturday 12 February, (10.15am) and there appears to be a
new sense of calm in this country.
The past 3 weeks turned the city into an unrecognizable place, with riots, violence, and so much evil.
Everyone has been praying for peace - for life to return to normal. It's not all over yet, though there's a new feeling of calm.
The people in the streets are saying "God has answered our prayers!"
I would like to thank everyone here for offering prayers for us. It has been a very trying time.
God bless you!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 3 - Feb-May Freezer Cooking

I would have finished all my freezer cooking today but after loading the crockpots this morning, I decided to just take the day off and have some fun! :-)  I did finish the Pork Apple Sauerkraut and the Tangy Pork today, since those are easy crockpots meals.  My hubby doesn't even like sauerkraut but he LOVED this one!  I can't seem to stop eating it - I've had a bowl full already!  It is so good and I will share my recipe reviews as we eat from the new dishes this cycle.


All I have left to do tomorrow is the Beefy Mac, Meatloaf and Mac n' cheese.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 2 - Feb-May Freezer Cooking

Today went really well!  I started the day by putting the chicken teriyaki and chicken tacos in the crockpots.  Then I did the pinto beans in another crockpot - so yes, I had all 3 of my crockpots going.  I made the lasagnas, salisbury steak, creamy beef mac and assembled the chicken teriyaki once it was cooked and combined the pintos with the chicken tacos and added the seasonings. Another productive day - I'm so ahead of schedule - I will finish tomorrow!


I just had to show you all this huge 10 pound package of extra-lean ground beef that I got for just $19!


Extra-lean is usually the most expensive but I came across a sale for $1.99/lb and I was so excited I almost got 2.  Not pictured - I also got boneless skinless chicken breasts at $1.78/lb and then I got 2 pork roasts that were about 6 pounds each for just $6 each!  Talk about amazing deals on my meat!!  I had prayed before I went shopping and some may laugh at that but God blessed!!

Here is a shot of my kitchen today, with the crockpots cooking, dishes piling up and lots going on in the oven and on the stove!


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Day 1 - Feb-May Freezer Cooking

Wednesday turned into Day 1 of the actual cooking because I had lots of energy!  I got the prep work done and then went on to bake about 6 pounds of chicken and shredded it.  I also cooked 5 cups of rice, 5 cups broccoli and 2 cups macaroni.  Then I assembled 2 chicken divan casseroles, the chicken spinach pasta and the chicken quesadillas.  I was amazed that I got all that done yesterday!

Not only that, but after 8 hours of work with a very sore back and feet - I even washed all the dishes!  It was so rewarding to lay down - talk about a feeling of accomplishment!  I laid down and spent time with God, just thanking Him for his goodness, mercy and love.  He gave me the strength to do all that I did and I'm so grateful!


I also did something different this time with my ketchup - I made enough to last us for a long time - 3 jars and some leftover for the meatloaves tomorrow.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Freezer Cooking Prep Day

I got behind this week because we had an upset happen on Monday, but God turned it around on Tuesday, so all is well! :-)  So I got one day behind in my week, so I may need to do more freezer cooking next week and do my baking next Friday.  I did my shopping yesterday God really blessed - and praying about your freezer cooking and shopping is essential!  God can work miracles in the smallest of things, we have not because we ask not!


Here is my prep plan for today and if I finish this, I may start my cooking tonight:
  1. Make 84oz Ketchup
  2. Make 135oz Spaghetti Sauce
  3. Make 60oz Pizza Sauce
  4. Shred 1 1/2 pounds cheddar cheese
  5. Shred 2 1/2 pounds mozzarella cheese
  6. Chop 5 onions; Slice 1 onion
  7. Make 2 batches Cream of Chicken Soup
  8. Make 5 1/2 cups bread crumbs
Before you think the above shredding and chopping is a lot of work - don't!  I have a large food processor that does that in seconds!  The bread crumbs are easy as well - toast and blend.

Notice: If you have questions on my freezer cooking, before emailing me or leaving a comment, please see the label in topics on my sidebar "freezer/batch cooking" and go through all the posts.  If you still have a question, hold off until I finish the freezer cooking guide.  The main reason I'm doing the guide is because I can't answer everyone's questions over and over.  The guide will hopefully answer any and all questions.  

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February - May Freezer Cooking Meals

I need 91 meals but with 24 already in the freezer, I only need 67 to cook but I did throw in extra, so I have a total of 97 meals planned.  Our sides are normally brown rice or home fries or vegetables.

This is my first time freezer cooking with 2 OVENS since we purchased the extra-large convection oven in December.  Lots of new meals to try out this cycle!

Beef
Mini Meatloaf x 5
Lasagna x 6
Salisbury Steak x 2
Creamy Beef x 4
Beefy Mac x 4
Sloppy Joes x 2
BBQ Beef x 3

Chicken
Chicken Divan x 6
Chicken & Spinach Pasta x 3
Chicken Bean & Rice or Tacos x 4
Chicken Teriyaki x 6
Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas x 4

Pork
Pork Roast with Sauerkraut x 4
BBQ Pork x 2
Cajun Pork x 2
Tangy Pork x 6

Meatless
Spaghetti x 13
Pizza x 13
Mac n' Cheese x 6
Beans & Rice x 2

If you couldn't tell, we have spaghetti and pizza every week.  Normally we have spaghetti on Tuesday and Fridays are usually pizza nights!  I am SO tired of BBQ beef/pork and sloppy joes!  We have 7 meals of them leftover, so we will have to eat them sometime but I really got burnt out on them.  Hubby hasn't though, he still loves them.  Remember those salmon patties I made that he thought were good but only wanted twice a month?  Well, he has been eating 1 or 2 almost every night after his workout - so they were a hit! ;-)  We still have about 20 in the freezer left and he likes that he has a protein snack after his workout.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

February-March Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Eventually, I want to do more for the freezer for breakfast/snacks.  If I have time this month, I want to try freezing egg mcmuffins.  You simply put a cooked egg on an english muffin, top with cheese and freeze.  You can also add sausage, bacon or ham.  They sound easy enough.  However, not sure I will feel like doing that, so planning without those:

Breakfast
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Cinnamon roll
  • Muffin
  • Eggs, toast and jam
  • Egg sandwich
  • Omelet with veggies
  • Oatmeal, fruit and flax or almonds
  • Pancakes

Lunch
  • PBJ sandwich
  • Tuna Melt
  • Burrito
  • Chicken Wrap

Snacks/Desserts
  • Hard-boiled Eggs - my daughter requested these
  • Hummus and carrots - we go through 2-4 containers of hummus a month!
  • Tortilla chips and salsa or bean dip
  • Popcorn and string cheese
  • Multi-grain flatbread and cheese
  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Salmon Patties - hubby's after-workout snack
  • Shakes - my after-workout snack
  • Yogurt and almonds or granola bar
  • Cookies
  • Muffins

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February/March Baking Plan

I may possibly make a huge batch of tortillas tomorrow but I really despise rolling them out lol, so I may buy them - still deciding.  For the rest of my baking plan, I plan on doing it next week because hubby's mom sent us some boxed granola bars, so that will get us by in the snack department till next week.  I already have bread made for the month so that is done.  So this is my plan for one day next week:


  • 24 whole wheat pancakes; freeze by 2's
  • Granola bars - double batch; store in pantry
  • Whole wheat Pumpkin bread; freeze by 2 slices per bag
  • Muffins - various kinds; freeze
  • Cinnamon rolls - freeze
  • Bean dip - refrigerate and freeze half
  • Cookies - various kinds; store in pantry
  • Strawberry Jam - making enough till summer; freeze

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Freezer Cooking Yearly Plan


I went ahead and made a yearly schedule to show you all how I intend to finish this year.  I only have to cook freezer dinners 4 weeks out of the year.

Freezer Cooking Yearly Plan
February - May
May - August
August - December
December - March

So my freezer cooking weeks for the above plan is a week in February, May, August and December.  I will plan those weeks off from homeschool and life in general because you don't want to do much else when you spend all those hours cooking!

I was going to do my 4-month freezer cooking as I did back in October, but some things came up and I had to brainstorm and decided to only do 3-months of freezer cooking this week. That means I have 91 meals to plan but I have 24 meals left in the freezer from October! It is most likely from the 2 weeks we were in TN and then the week and a half we ate off the Christmas meal. It is a blessing!! So now I only have 67 meals to make and freeze.

I did have to push out our school-year completion to mid-June to make room for another week off in May to do the freezer cooking but that is ok with me and we still may do school in summer, I'm just not sure yet.

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Poll Results: Freezer Guide Format

Here are the results from the poll, thank you to the 22 people that voted:

Blog Posts                     8 (36%)
PDF                             11 (50%)
OneNote Notebook       3 (13%)
Other (leave comment)   0 (0%)

I really wanted to do a OneNote Notebook because I could have included videos, pictures, live links, etc within the notebook and it would have been so organized but only 3 voted for that format.  I will most likely go with the majority and use the PDF format for the freezer cooking guide.

This week is my 4-month freezer cooking week, so I will be very busy but I am planning breaks and may blog my progress.  I hope to work on the guide the following week when I have more time, thanks!

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Paul's Ultimate Goal - The Saving of Souls

I was thinking of my dad, who pastored a church he started from nothing for 26 years.  He didn't want to accept money from the congregation monthly but they did force him to take at least $100 a month.  He decided that he wanted to work and support himself and his family, rather than to live off the gospel (although he had a right to as the Bible states).  He told me years later he did that so that no one could say they made him rich or bought his house and his car, etc.  My dad would drive a modest car and dress us in Kmart specials lol.

I started reading about Paul and how he himself did the same thing.  I really dug into the account in 1 Corinthians 9 and wanted to share my study with you all.  Paul was a man to be admired!  He reminded me of my dad, in that, though he had the POWER; the right; to live off the gospel - he chose rather to make his own way as not to hinder the gospel.  Notice the verse that states this:

Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  ~ 1 Cor. 9:12

Paul suffered and didn't live off the church to prevent the hindering of the gospel.  Now, you may say to yourself, HOW could he hinder the gospel by taking what is rightfully his?  He tells us in a later verse:

But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. ~ 1 Cor. 9:15

Others couldn't say he was getting rich off of them or abusing the gospel for gain.  He didn't want to give an opportunity for anyone to try and destroy his ministry this way and therefore hindering the gospel.  He cared so much for souls and seeing others saved, that he didn't want to do anything to hinder that - even taking what was rightfully his.  He suffered for others!  Amazing!

Here is Barnes' commentary on the end of verse 15:

“Any man” would have made that “void,” if he had supported Paul; had prevented the necessity of his labor, and had thus exposed him to the charge of having preached the gospel for the sake of gain.

The charge of having preached the gospel for the sake of gain is one that is common today and sadly there are those that are doing just that!  You hear about them being arrested every few years because they were stealing money, getting rich of the gospel wrongfully and causing many to turn on the gospel because of their abuse of the gospel for gain.

I couldn't help but see the parallel of my dad and Paul.  My dad loved the people in his church so greatly that he refused to accept his rightfully-owed pay.  Yet, he spent 26 years of his life working a full-time job, pastoring a church and suffering to see souls saved.  He also spent hours crying and praying for those people that they don't know about but I remember.  I remember those times when my dad went up to the barn in the middle of the night to pray to God.  I remember the calls in the middle of the night and how he would rush out to help someone.  Things unseen and he did it all for others and not for money.

Where are men like these?  Ones that would even go so far as to not take what was rightfully theirs to prevent accusations such as Paul described because they loved souls more.  Paul said he made himself an example.  Notice what Peter said:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  ~ 1 Peter 5:2-3

Ministers shouldn't pursue the gospel as an easy way to make a living but rather for the love of souls and out of willing heart to preach the gospel.  They also shouldn't "lord" over God's people but rather be an example to them.  The world "lord" here means to control or dominate.  I really like Wesley's commentary on this:

Behaving in a haughty, domineering manner, as though you had dominion over their conscience. The word translated heritage, is, literally, the portions. There is one flock under the one chief Shepherd; but many portions of this, under many pastors. But being examples to the flock - This procures the most ready and free obedience.

Most of the time, those that seek gain from the gospel are also guilty of being proud, controlling and domineering.  They have to be this way so that they can control the people and get the money.  In essence they are making profit off of other's consciences.  Thereby they prevent the people from giving money WILLINGLY and FREELY - the people give because they are forced by this mental dominance.

Later on in the passage, Paul says:

What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. ~ 1 Cor. 9:18-19

What is Paul's ultimate goal if he preaches without compensation, thereby escaping the accusation of the abuse of power in the gospel, and then making himself a servant to all??  SO THAT HE MIGHT GAIN MORE SOULS!  Wow!  Paul counts his reward, not as monetary, but rather that of winning souls for Christ. What an ultimate sacrifice for others!  Who could deny Paul's love for people?  He made himself a voluntarily slave for no gain to the saving of the souls of others!

Barnes' commentary sums it all up:

A heart warmed with zeal for God, and breathing after the salvation of men, will not plead and insist upon rights and privileges in bar to this design. Those manifestly abuse their power in the gospel who employ it not to edification but destruction, and therefore breathe nothing of its spirit.

Ministers that plead and insist upon the rights, lord over God's heritage only cause their own destruction.  They will create a people whose giving is unwillingly out of a heart of fear, guilt and obligation.  It will be a people most miserable and will only feed the pride and covetousness of the minister who is more interested in gaining wealth and "employees" rather than the saving of souls.

Part 2 - Blessings Deprived

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Being Wise in our Finances - Part 1

What does God have to say about finances in His Word?  We see numerous passages that God is against debt and the Christian shouldn't purposely pursue debt but I understand that certain uncontrollable situations (medical bills), can leave us chained up in debt.  It isn't the time to take a handout or to find ways to not pay back what you owe - it is the time to pray and see the mighty hand of God take care of that debt!

A lot of times, people's financial situations are the result of their own choices.  Let's say that an uncontrollable situation such as a hospitalization occurs to you as it did to me a few years ago.  Let me insert this in here - you SHOULD have had insurance instead of spending your money on fancy cell phones, new cars, etc. but we learned the hard way by being uninsured 4 years ago.  You are left with a $50,000 medical bill.  The hospital tells you about the charity program based on income and they send you the form to fill out.  You can sign that form, which asks for all your expenses (even tithes) and send it in hoping to get it written off telling them (as most of those charity forms state) that you CAN NOT and DO NOT have the money to pay that debt back.  Charity is for those who are really without, not for those who would rather spend their money on other things.  You are giving your word that you can't do it.  Can you honestly say that truthfully?  I couldn't and though it would have seemed the easy road out, I knew in my heart that God wanted us to pay our debts back that we owed.

The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives. ~Psalm 37:21

Then we got to see the mighty hand of God move, got to receive his financial blessings and realized that we made the right choice.  I had gotten another bill and noticed that somehow $24,000 (can't remember exact, could have been $26,000) was missing on the bill.  I called to find out what had happened and the whole medical billing staff was stumped because they said, it was taken off our bill but there was no reason as to why, who did it or what.  But they verified to us, saying we didn't owe it and someone had taken care of it for us!  Talk about a hallelujah breakdown!  Who knows, maybe God did it LOL!  Still to this day, its a mystery but they said it was valid but they don't know who forgave that $24,000.  We continued making the rest of the payments over 4 years and repayed our debt.

What if we had taken the other road and got the handout lying and saying we couldn't pay the debt, when we knew we could have over years of payments?  I believe, as its so commonly seen, that we would have created our own financial disaster because God doesn't bless lying and not repaying your debts.  We wouldn't have gotten to see the hand of God move so miraculously and we wouldn't have LEARNED through discipline of paying a bill over so many years that we never wanted to be in debt again and go without health insurance!!

The above example is just one, but there are other scenarios you can imagine that lead people into their financial ruin as they go against the principles set up by God.  If you pay your tithe, give offerings and follow God's Word in your financial dealings - you will find that the overflowing of blessings never ending!

Note: I've reopened Frugal Addict to post these financial posts.  I also decided to nix my weight loss blog, just didn't want to spend my time on that right now.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Planned Murder-Hood

It is really disgusting to me the undercover videos that have arisen and the one below especially about Planned ParentHood; I call them Planned Murder -Hood because that is exactly what they are!  FoxNews reported today that government funding may be withdrawn from them and its about time!  In the video below, the nurse told the PIMP that he could work around the law and get his 14 and 15 year old girls abortions easily and she said they do underage abortions WITHOUT THE PARENT'S CONSENT twice a month usually.



Here is the first undercover video of another incident along the same situation as the above, another sex ring operation getting some help from the Planned Murderers:  http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-aids-sex-ring-full-footage/

When it involves our tax money ($657 million in federal dollars between 2002 and 2009), we need to stand up against these murders and child-haters! I'm so tired of the view that children are some sort of "problem" that we need to prevent, stop and get rid of! God doesn't feel this way because he said in the Bible that they are a BLESSING and HIS heritage! Only satan would want to prevent and kill off God's heritage.  One of the things I'm very passionate about is standing up for the unborn and for those who would dare look on children in such a way.  Can you imagine how God feels that his creation would treat his blessings this way?

It's time for Americans to stand up and say "NO, my tax dollars will NOT go to fund a clinic that murders and supports sex-trafficking!"  We are all involved, whether we like it or not - they are taking our money to kill babies and fund PIMPS like this using children as sex slaves.  Here is the poll on FoxNews results so far:



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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Facebook No More?

I understand that even the thought of being without Facebook would send some people into an extreme panic, but the news lately, especially today, speaks of a possible end to the fad of Facebook.  Does anyone remember Myspace?  It seems like a blimp in the past because this current generation goes from one fad to the next and then the new wears off and they need their next fix.  Then they realize they gave up their privacy for something "fun".  If you haven't read on the recent privacy issues and how Facebook is using its users "likes" and selling them to companies for advertising, click here.

I saw a poll on Foxnews and took it checking "I don't use Facebook" and was amazed at the results so far, you all have to see this:



Who knew there were others like me out there LOL!  The way people and the media talk about this thing, it makes you feel like you are the only one who values their privacy and doesn't need updates on all your 3,475 friends every minute of the day.  =0  Gotta love the "I did use Facebook, but decided to get a life" LOL!!!!!!!  That one had me ROFL.

You can vote in the poll here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/01/tired-facebook/

Here is another article on the ending of the fad of Facebook looming in the future:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/01/facebook-losing-focus/

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