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Will You Murmur?

Is not Christ your treasure? Is not heaven your inheritance— and will you murmur? Have you not much in hand, and more in hope? Have you not much in possession, but much more reserved in heaven— and will you murmur? Has not God given you. . . a changed heart, a renewed nature, and a sanctified soul— and will you murmur? Has He not given you. . . Himself to satisfy you, His Son to save you, His Spirit to lead you, His grace to adorn you, His covenant to assure you, His mercy to pardon you, His righteousness to clothe you— and will you murmur? Has He not made you. . . a friend, a son, a brother, a bride, an heir— and will you murmur? Has not God often turned. . . your water into wine, your brass into silver, and your silver into gold— and will you murmur? When you were dead, did not He quicken you? When you were lost, did not He seek you? When you were wounded, did not He heal you? When you were falling, did not He support you? When you were down

Meal Planning 101; Step #8

This is the easy step: Go shopping! Again, I do my grocery shopping at Walmart and Winco. I'm armed with my list telling me at which store to get what. Then I complete my shopping for the full month, except for things like bananas and other fresh produce that I will need to buy 2-3 times a month, I reserve about $10 for that. We buy whatever meat is on sale or running cheap.  Take last month, we found a roast and then it was sliced and that one roast lasted us 5 meals because I wrapped 4 slices and put them in the freezer.  Each package was a meal along with potatoes or rice and veggies.  I also like getting thin boneless pork chops and a 5 pound package of ground turkey.  We eat meat 1-2 times a week but most of are diet is based around beans, fish, eggs and other sources of protein. For cheese, I get slabs of it, which is the cheapest way to get it that I have seen.  I usually buy one slab of cheddar and one slab of mozzarella for pizzas for the month.  They last us the

Meal Planning 101; Step #7

Now that you have your Grocery List, you will want to shop at the store with the best prices for the items you need to buy. That brings us to the next step: Make a price book I shop at 2 stores for my monthly grocery shopping; Walmart and Winco. I might go to another, if there is an unbelievable deal or if I'm having a craving or have extra money for a treat. I make a list of different foods and items and go through Walmart and then Winco and looking at the unit and/or ounce price, I write down the cheapest one. Then when I get home I compare and see which store has which item for the cheapest. Here is an example: I know that honey is cheaper at Walmart by comparing the price per ounce with Winco's cheapest honey. Then Winco has the cheapest peanut butter. You should only have to do this once and then on each monthly visit to do your shopping, note any changes (if you have time) in the prices. Then every 3 months, you should do a complete price book check and see

A Rarity Today: Courtesy

I have had about ENOUGH of the disrespect and discourtesy of others! I was raised in the South, a part of the country that abounds with hospitality and courteous folk. It seems to me that as each year goes by, people are becoming more and more rude and ill-mannered toward each other. Just what is courtesy? Let's define it using Webster's: Courtesy/Courteous - marked by respect for and consideration of others Now lets look at the words respect and consideration: Respect - regard, consideration, attention to Consideration - thoughtful, regard Hebrews 10:24 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:" Here is a list of things that are very rude, disrespectful and definitely not courteous: Talking to someone on the phone, and they abrubtly say hold on and click over to another line. This is called, not call waiting, but call RUDE ! That is like saying " Oh, there is someone I would rather talk to on the other

Meal Planning 101; Step #6

You have your meal list for 30 days, now you are going to do Step #6: Make a grocery list Since you have planned your meals around your inventories, it will be easy to make your grocery list.  You know what you don't have on hand and need to buy.  Take out a piece of paper and make your list.  I like to have sections on my list such as: Freezer/cold items Canned items like tomato sauce Produce You get the idea!  When you go to the grocery store you aren't running back and forth because you have an organized list.  Then once you come to a specific section of the grocery store, you don't have to scan your entire list to see what you need from that aisle, it is already grouped together!

Dinner Meals

Split Pea Soup , bread or sandwiches Pizza Navy Bean Soup , bread or sandwiches Spaghetti, cheese bread Beans, rice and salsa Taco Casserole Chili and baked potatoes Salmon chowder , corn on the cob and/or bread Broccoli and rice casserole (tuna usually) Meat, veggies, rice or potato

Snack Choices

Popcorn, cheese or almonds Nachos or just chips and salsa PB on bread, milk Fruit, hard-boiled egg Yogurt, almonds Shakes Grapes, cheese Salad, almonds or cheese Granola bars Hummus, veggies

Liquid Hand Soap

If you are using the standard large size soap bar, then this recipe will work fine. However if you use smaller soaps or a specialty one, you may have to add more or less water depending on the consistency you get when it is cooled. One bar of soap makes us around 10 cups of liquid soap and that only costs 30 cents! 1 bar soap 10 cups water Shredder Pan Stirring spoon Pour your water into the pan on the stove and turn to heat to medium high. While the water is heating, shred your bar of soap (you should get a cup of shredded soap).  Then add your soap to the water and heat till all the soap is dissolved, stirring occasionally. (Don't allow it to boil) Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into storage container or individual hand pumps. Once cool and set, it should be a thin gel, like the store-bought, if not you have used too much water and/or not enough soap. It will clean your hands nevertheless, even if you made it too runny......keep trying and you will get it right eve