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Friday, February 28, 2014

God's ''Gracebook''

Wednesday night, Bro. Johnny preached a great message on God's grace book. He used it in comparison to facebook. It was a wonderful message, and blessed my heart. I have been thinking about it since wednesday night, and have recalled several points in it, because of some things that has happened this week. Here is some of the main points of the message.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:1-22

Grace is God's favor among man. We can see it everyday. It is all around us. It is with us in times of grief. Verses 1-7
In Verses 8-10, we see His presence of Grace. Noah walked with the Lord.
In Verses 11-22, we see His guidence.

Compared to what Facebook does, friend request-- You come just as you are. Ask Him INTO your heart. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. HE does not delete you.

His postings of GRACE are everywhere.  I would like to add His postings of GRACE are on mine/your wall all the time for EVERYONE to see, and for Him to get all the glory. ''All of GRACE is MY story, all of GRACE from earth to glory.''  He has a plan of Grace for your life everyday.

Pictures of Grace- you can look back on your life, like a movie, and see all of His grace displayed. He does not paint a pretty pic of sin in His Gracebook. oh, and it can not be HACKED.. thank God for this!! His pictures of Grace are not perverted. They are clean, Godly pictures of Grace. THIS SPOKE TO MY HEART!!
In Ephesians 2 :1-10 we see the doings of Grace. Grace plucked me from the tomb.It is a blessing to see what God does or has done for us, God did it while we were still in sin.
verse 2- God's grace put me on the right track. Thank God for this. And I am so blessed to know this, where would I be without grace?
Facebook can be used greatly as a tool for the Minisrty, and for God's glory. ex. prayer requests, getting word out quick to pray, announcements, blessings shared, but can be used as a tool for the devil too.. bad language, dangerous things, exp. things..  It can also be used in bad ways.Families are destroyed  on facebook because of things posted and by rumors/pictures posted. People destroy each other on facebook. They kill each other with words to each other, about each other, and talk/downgrade other people's beliefs, and ''lots of judging'' is done on facebook. Sometimes, I get very weary, reading certain things people post on facebook.. and that's when I feel the need to delete/ or hide certain things I see, and delete friends if need be. Some people NEVER have anything good to say, and are always looking for something to complain about!!!!! HAHA..some are probably thinking, we might have some of the same friends on our facebook???????? lol
God's Grace book puts us on the right track. 
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
God's grace has placed us on a throne. 
I am so thankful for His Gracebook. I am glad to have it, as a guide for my life I want to spend time in His Gracebook... It has all the answers we need. His Gracebook is on display throughout the ages.. OH.. and it will STILL be around when facebook is a MEMORY....
PSALM 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Filet and Fondue

We had planned on having a fun steak date here at home last week for my birthday/ Valentines.. The weather , kind of changed our plans a little.. So, we had it tonight.. It was a beautiful night to grill.. and got my ''Camping Itch'' going a little..

We love steak.. We love to grill and chill...

We made it a little ''fancy''... lol as you can see ,we are not too ''fancy'' but I did get out the pretty dishes, prepared the table with the linens,  candlelight, and ''fake candles'' too... 
we had filet mignon,  baked potatoes, rolls, and salad..
and for the dessert.... I got a new fondue pot.... We have been wanting to try it out.... It was so yummy!!!!!! we had a yummy Chocolate sauce fondue, and a lot of yummy things for dipping... Strawberries, Grapes, sugar wafers. marshmellows, graham crackers... YUMMAZING.. and it was a fun'' Steak date'' with fun fondue !!! How sweet and romantic.... Next time, we gonna try a cheese fondue.. I can't wait!!!.  Love doing things like this with my hubby!! This a great date night idea and not very expensive...

How do you spell  LOVE ???


''For better or for worse.... but NOT for granted.''

Snow Pretty

When we get snow here where we live, you would think it was for an artic blast.. the bread and milk grow wings literally and ''FLY'' off the shelves.... We recently on February 11-12th  had 7 inches fall.. AND most of it was on MY birthday.. how cool is that?????  we had a rough commute to work when my hubby took me on Thursday.. But I was glad to get there safe to and from..

The snow was very pretty... I did not get out in it to play much, but I did enjoy the picture taking of it... When it snows, and you know you probably will be ''snowed in'' for a few days, you tend to think of what you can eat, or what you can prepare to eat.. On the snow days we had, I made cornbread, Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup, baked Muffins, Made hotdogs, Homemade!!! it was a boring day....NOT.. and failed to say I did about 5 loads of laundry!!! My birthday turned out good, just had to spend it all day alone.. but I did enjoy it, and God blessed me with a ''SNOW PRETTY'' day!!! We will be celebrating this weekend with the family/

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Looking on the BRIGHT SIDE

I often tend to think too much.. Sometimes, I can sit for hours thinking about what could or could not happen.. This could include future plans, things that I need to figure out how something would happen, a reaction to a situation at work.. just different things.. and some of the time it is NEGATIVE thoughts about stuff that has not even happen yet...

It is kind of like disappointment. When someone ask you to do something you knew you were going to have to work on.. and then they change your plans.. or when you had chose a certain way to make something, like a craft, and you thought you could do it, but then you don't have everything you need.. These are just some examples...

Looking on the bright side of things can make things a whole lot more simple. Dwelling on things makes things a a lot harder to forget. I think I can choose to look on the bright side... For example, as I write this there is a commercial that just came on tv.. It is really a different commercial, and one that tends to make me a little ill... it is the one of the smokers.. the one where the people have stomas , and have smoked all their lives, and they are ''warning you'' what can happen if you smoke... I tend to think about the bad things that they have had to go through... but I need to look on the brighter side... and THEY do too.. They need to be grateful that they can even talk, they need be grateful they can breathe, walk..etc. They need to be grateful the Lord has not allowed Cancer to take their life... this is a good example of looking on the bright side...

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season , and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
 We are in the middle of a huge snow storm in our area.. If you don't know, where we live, a good snow only comes every 4 -6 years, if that... I am right now looking on the bright side... I could be stranded right now, away from hubby and our warm home, stuck... but I am NOT!! Looking on the bright side... HEY.. maybe this will kill some MAJOR germs, maybe I can get some house stuff done tomorrow.??? Maybe I will have a great day and enjoy this beautiful snow..... and YES.. I WILL GET TO MAKE SNOW CREAM... That is looking on the BRIGHT AND YUMMY SIDE!!!! HAHA..
This snow is a true reminder to me that NOTHING LAST FOREVER.. only God's LOVE LAST forever.. It JUST KEEPS ON giving and giving.. AGAIN.. Looking on the BRIGHT SIDE..  winter is followed by the BEAUTIFUL SPRING.. but it takes cold, dreary, rainy, snowy days to get us to that point.. There is HOPE.. Looking on the bright side, His faithfulness is there for us, even on the DULL side..  I like  the brighter side....

Friday, February 7, 2014

Heart's Desire

I love hearts.. They are everywhere right now. It is LOVE month. Valentine's Day is the 14th. In my devotions, I have been reading a good book by a favorite author of mine... I was reading and two words jumped off the page to me....   HEART'S DESIRE

Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Trust in Him, delight yourself in Him.. This is in everything you do. Do everything to please God. If you are not, then you are not having the right HEART'S DESIRE.

This is kind of funny and a bit of a side note but here gos... Bath and Body Works had a fragrance a few years back that was named this...   HEART'S DESIRE... LOL   and YES, it smelled like roses!!!!! It was a nice fragrance but could be somewhat overpowering..... Anyway, after reading some more, I started thinking about HEART'S DESIRE... When you see those words, do you ,like me, immediately think of your sweetie???  Is he or she what your heart desire's??? When they become your heart's desire, you do all to please them, to be with them when you can.. They ARE what your heart desire's..

Some people has their heart's desire on MATERIAL things... their heart desires that HUGE house, brand , NEW car, million bucks in the bank, perfect STORYBOOK life with all the ''trimmings'', Be the PERFECT parent... and then and ONLY then will they become HAPPY..... This is their HEART'S DESIRE..

Matthew 6 :33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.
People try to get all these things without trusting in God first. They try to do it all by themselves. The Bible plainly says to seek Him FIRST.

Other's HEART'S DESIRE is making other's life miserable. They love to run over people, mock them , think they are better than the other blame others for their OWN problems, ruin something that was NONE of their buisness to start with. Some has a HEART'S DESIRE to destroy a life by abusing and  poison their own self because it was something they had to have at that moment...

What is your HEART'S DESIRE?????? Trust me, I am convicted as I write.... What do you want?? Do you desire things that are clean?? Do you desire what God has for you.. If you do , then nothing else should matter. Ask yourself, Do you desire to live a life that pleases Him? I think of a song my youth choir sings, my dear mama leads it. It is called, ''It's MY desire''  The chorus says,'' If you could see where Jesus brought me from, to where I am today, then you would know the reason why, I love Him so. You can take the world's wealth and riches, I don't need earth's fame. It's MY desire, to live for Him.'' Every time I hear this song it is a blessing to me. It reminds me of what my desire should be. This should be every person's  HEART'S DESIRE.

If you don't watch out, you will live a life that leads to your HEART'S DESIRE to please yourself and other people. Worry plays a BIG role in this. This is a BIGGY for me.. Worrying what will happen next, worrying about how you are going to make something happen. Saw this quote the other day about worrying, and boy, did it hit home in my HEART.  ''WORRY , CHOOSE FAITH OVER IT.'' This is so true. We need to trust HIM to help us with worrying... Worrying about pleasing others.. I have just about quit that one... I have a lot of reasons why  too,, but that is a different day/different post..LOL..

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence ; for out of it are the issues of life.
You decide what the desire of your heart is. You make the choices, you live with whatever happens next, GOOD OR BAD... I want to have a heart's desire to do the Lord's will for my life. I want to trust Him for all my needs, I want to remember I can not do anything with out His help.I want to be the best wife, daughter, sister, friend, cook, blogger.. (lol) I can be... this is my HEART'S DESIRE. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chocolate Lava Cake

Love a good recipe.. especially when you can dump it in a crockpot and leave, and then return to a yummy meal. In this case, it was a yummy dessert!!  Cooking in the crockpot is very handy for my hubby and I. We have several sizes... I made this cake. This is a spin off of a recipe that a friend of mine, Becky made for us.. I used the same recipe but I put a small twist on it.. I put an extra egg in it and used Chocolate FUDGE pudding.. I have an idea I will do again when I make it next time..

Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Lava Cake  for the Crockpot

1 devil's food cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup of oil
1 cup of water
1 8oz sour cream
1 instant chocolate fudge pudding
handful of chocolate chips (optional)

mix all together with a mixer. If you put chocolate chips in it, fold them in last.
Spray crockpot well. pour into crockpot. Cook on low 3-4 hours, and if not done, turn to high and cook until done. Serve with ice cream. Very yummy!!
all the ingredients

mix well.

here it is.. ready to cook

February Fun

 Hard to believe that February is here again.... Looking forward to this month and to see what the Lord has in store. We have several things planned for this month... This is a very short month. It makes me excited though. The temps are getting a wee bit milder and it also means we are closer to spring. It is also my birthday month. My family and I are getting together for a fun weekend soon.. Looking forward to the good food, and great big belly laughs I am sure we will have.

Do you ever wonder about FEBRUARY??? Here is some fun facts about this month you may not know...
  1. according to the Georgian Calendar, February is the shortest month of the year.
  2. It has 28 days.
  3. Julius Caesar gave it 29 days. That is the reason we celebrate LEAP YEAR.
  4. In the northern half of the world, it is the COLDEST month of the year.
  5. Us here in the good ole SOUTH, love it because it brings on milder temps.

I have something special planned this month also. I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty with it. I spent Saturday cleaning the kitchen and hubby helped too. He organized the ''junk'' drawer. Do you have one of those???? It is ''that drawer'' in your home that has everything and anything in there.. from old name badges from previous jobs to markers, take-out menus.. etc.  I just throw stuff in there when I really don't want to throw it away because I think I may need it, ONE day.. LOL

February is also known as ''LOVE MONTH''..We love Valentines day, but really it is a HUGE money racket... I am glad to be able to celebrate love ALL the time.. not just on Feb.14th.

HE commands us to LOVE...
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you,that ye also love one another.
I have to admit I love to read good stories, poems, and thoughts about LOVE. I will be sharing some things soon in future posts.
So, this month is quick.. Spring is soon approaching... yes!! Happy February everyone!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

what's happening?

what's happening?? i loved that show growing up... Re-run was my favorite. he would always make me laugh. A lot has been going on in our family... we went on a little vacay with some of our family, and when we returned, the next week, my nephew and his wife had their little girl, Delaney..
 this is Delaney Hope. she was welcomed into this world by a group of excited people.. she weighed 7 lbs 10 1/2 oz.
 my sis and bro in law holding delaney for the first time, they are NOW known as Grana and Pawpaw, lol
so sweet
 the proud parents with their baby girl
 and here is Naynay and Delaney.. bigD and Lil d

here are a few pics of our little new years trip
 sweetie and me
 spent the day at Ober Gatlinburg, road the ariel tram up the mountain
 our cute little cabin
 so warm and cozy
Lorieann and Drake, in front of the big tree at the Island

we had a fun time, and we were so glad Delaney finally came... she is such a blessing to our family. She is a true Miracle. She is truly named correctly.. Delaney Hope... she gave hope to our family, when we needed it the most... God has been so good through it ALL!!