Monday, November 9, 2015

Celebrate the Season

I am so totally excited about the holidays this year. I love breaking out the boots and sweaters, Christmas carols and holiday movies, hauling firewood inside before the rain starts, stoking the fireplace and heading out for an afternoon of Christmas shopping. But what I really love is organizing all my cooking and baking plans.

I've been sharing a few of my latest endeavors over at my new food blog. It still needs a bit of work on the site, but it's a fun little place to share some of the dishes that actually come together well (the others get tossed out in the chicken coop, LOL). I love coming up with my own creations, my own spin on some basic recipes, but I also look forward to pulling out my tried and true favorites...and I have many.

I love challenging myself by using only ingredients I have on hand. For example, these little apple caramel cakes to the left are my own concoction using 3 Granny Smith apples and 1/2 bag of Caramel Bits along with all the flavors of the season; cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

I'm also SUPER excited to share the latest issue of CW Voice! Our November/December issue celebrates 4 years of encouraging women for Christ! I am so blessed to be a part of this little magazine. There's something in every issue that connects and resonates as our amazing contributors share their hearts and love for Jesus. I do hope you'll check it out here. Sitting down with a copy of CW Voice and a cup of coffee or tea is the perfect respite from any busy day.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with me here. I do pray you'll have a wonderful, blessed, healthy and safe holiday season.

Peace upon you,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Prepare Your Heart for the Holiday Season

Sharing my article in today's paper...

Even though pumpkins and fall decorations are just now making their annual appearance, now is the perfect time to prepare our hearts for the holiday season ahead.
For some, the thought of family gatherings, perhaps strained relationships, limited finances and the pressure to shop until you drop can make Thanksgiving and Christmas an exhausting time of year both physically and emotionally. Continue reading here

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Called to be Strong

All too often, it’s the thin and narrow ledge we’re forced to walk that grows us the most. Sometimes navigating the tight rope stretched out long before us is our only option…and we’re called to be strong. It’s when putting one foot in front of the other with no hand rails, no support system, no one to keep us steady that we draw on our own knowledge of what inner strength really is.

So many times I’ve found myself perched up there on that highest peak alone and unsure. It’s a scary, unsteady place to be, yet it almost seems as if each scenario is perfectly orchestrated, perfectly timed with situations I certainly wouldn’t choose on my own. Most of which seem to take place each time my husband is out of town and unavailable to encourage or support me. When moving forward alone is my only option and I do so with trepidation, it’s sort of like jumping into the deep end of a pool for the first time. How deep is it really? Will I sink to the bottom or will I be able to grab the side of the pool if I need to?

It’s only after I emerge from the situation, however shaken, that I clearly see once again. Since I can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5) I couldn't have possibly acted in my own strength, but in God’s.  

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
and made me bold with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3)

It’s God’s strength that keeps us from sinking to the bottom. It’s His love for us that brings us safely through the dark unknown to the light on the other side. And I’ve learned that it’s not a challenge or even a test but a command to go boldly forward in the Lord. To put action to His words in every situation, our faith before our fear…each and every time we’re called to be strong.

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,” (Acts 4:29)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Join me at my new food blog!

Hey friends!

I would love it if you would take a minute or two to stop by and visit me at my new food blog, "In the Kitchen." It's just a place for me to share the precious few of my recipes that actually turn out, LOL. I'm having a lot of fun with it, so come on over!

Come and check out my latest recipe for Mini Zucchini Bites:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Celebrate Fall with the New Sept/Oct Issue of CW Voice!

Well, it's here!!! The new September/October issue of CW Voice is ready and available.

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Certified Health Coach, Nancy Sullivan shares her incredible journey of weight loss and better health in "Winning at Losing."
Heidi Avery talks about the constant and unwavering presence of Jesus in our lives in "Live in His Presence."
Christine Wright shares her struggle as a new Christian with letting go of our old self and beginning our new life in Christ with "Scared to Change."
Frugal Living expert, Kim Wolf shares her dear grandmother's recipe to help fight the cold and flu season in "Easy Cold Remedies with Horehound Herb."
Family-Friendly Movie Reviewer, Maggie Johnson gives her honest and in-depth review of "Minions" and "Inside Out."
"Peace After Divorce" Author, Renee Ettline talks about a common problem people face after divorce in "Dealing with Guilt and Regrets."
Robin Prater shares how she made the choice to follow Jesus in "A Love Journey."
"If you're having a difficult time letting go of summer..." these two recipes will plunge you right into fall! Debbie Dillon shares her recipe for "Ban-apple Bread" and "Chicken Penne Casserole."
This article from National Mill Dog Rescue is wonderfully written (by Princess Eleanor) from the unique perspective OF THE DOG! Learn what it's like to BE a puppy mill dog in "Dog Beautiful."
Fit2B's Bethany Learn answers reader's questions about exercise, pregnancy and maintaining a healthy you in "Q & A with Bethany."
In "Robin's Book Nook," Robin Prater shares her review of "A Sparrow of Terezin."

There truly is something for every heart in each issue of CW Voice! Order yours today:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How Do You Know?

It was the question of the day. The one that resonated with me long after the final Amen and dismissal.

Funny how words can echo through the heart like that.

It was the question asked by many still yet to believe and how we, as those who’ve surrendered ourselves to the One who saves, should respond.

How do you know God exists? How do you know He’s real?

Insert the collective awkward shuffling in the pews…but for me, the answer was simple. I guess I wasn’t prepared to speak it out loud, yet I could hardly contain the words.

Inside, I wanted to stand up and proclaim, “If there was no God, I would have perished in the fire! When it seemed the flames of evil intent rose up around me, I would have been destroyed. I would have been swallowed up by unimaginable pain and devastation, and when my world crumbled from beneath me, it was my Jesus who put the pieces back together again and showed me that I was not a pile of brokenness meant to stay lifeless at the bottom of that pit! It was my Jesus who gave me hope and purpose. It is He who rebuilds the broken! That's how I know He's real!”

Sometimes, the answers we seek are not in front of us. They are behind. We have to look at where we’ve been. How far we’ve come from where we were to where we are to truly see Him.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance 
about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)


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