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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

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 m

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.

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,

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 al

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