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Maya Angelou … Nothing will work unless you do… and a glass of sherry helps as well! By Routine Matters

11.pngMaya Angelou … Nothing will work unless you do… and a glass of sherry helps as well!
By  Routine Matters
https://awritersden.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/maya-angelou-nothing-will-work-unless-you-do-and-a-glass-of-sherry-helps-as-well/

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“Sweet Home Alabama” |What The Song Now Means To Me By Sarah

“Sweet Home Alabama” |What The Song Now Means To Me By Sarah

 

From Sarah:
My Story
I have a different story to tell when I speak of ” Sweet Home Alabama”.

Oh I have plenty of wonderful moments as well, but they will forever be tarred with the memory I have to tell.

It was a beautiful spring day in Colorado. Clear blue sky. Pikes Peak, snow covered  and shining in the background.

As I opened the door I heard the sound of music and I remember smiling. “Sweet Home Alabama” was playing.

I haven’t smiled like that since.

That was the day, my world as I knew it ended forever. The joy left my heart. An innocence shattered

Bobby was gone.

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Grandma’s Porch By Ally’s Kitchen

grandma’s porch

https://allyskitchen.com/grandmas-porch/
Walking up the narrow cinder block steps to grandma’s house, I’d hear the creak of the back screen door as I pulled it open, hoping not to fall off the steps. Yes, that creak was like a doorbell. Grandma knew I was there…not quite in the kitchen, the door opened into a small vestibule leading into the tiny ‘foyer room’ where the old refrigerator welcomed me. To the left was a doorway. There were steep rickety wooden steps leading down to the stone-walled basement.
Dark, dank and chilly, I’d sit on the wooden steps watching Grandma do the day’s wash. Wringing out the wet clothes through the ringer. She had a distinct technique. Hand wringing first, then threading everything from panties to sheets through the tight spinning drums. She’d laugh, look up at me peering through her spectacles that were perched in the middle of her big nose and tell me she didn’t want to ‘get her titty caught in the ringer! It always made me laugh. Across from this cellar door was the opening to the big kitchen.

grandma's porch

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Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken By The McCullum’s Shamrock Patch

The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

Making great memories at your family dinner table with simple to follow, healthy, family orientated recipes

Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken

Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken

 

 

“Popeye’s Mighty Good Fried Chicken was first opened in a suburb of New Orléans in St. Bernard Parish, on June 12, 1972, as “Chicken on the Run”, owned and operated by Mr. Copeland to compete against another well-known restaurant. In the beginning,  Al Copeland sold a more classic-style mild Southern fried chicken, however, business was a little on the slow side, and he realized he would have to sell a much spicier more kicked up version if they planned to impress the spice loving locals.”

What’s not to love about Popeye’s Spicy Chicken? Honestly, I am probably one of the biggest Popeyes Spicy Chickens fans out there to date. I adore the taste of that spicy, perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken so much that I had to do a copycat recipe for Popeyes Spicy Chicken to share with y’all today. Trust me if you enjoy Popeyes Spicy Chicken you are going to fall in love with this recipe.

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Changing Seasons (Part 1.) By Debbie (Sarah) Kasch

From Sarah:

I posted this earlier in a post from someone else. Then I realized that Bobby, Danny and I needed a post of our own.

I don’t know how many times I have been asked “Why did I think Bobby was taken so early” .
There is no answer to that question. None that I would ever accept. So I don’t question it.
I just accept that we don’t know why certain people die before their time or what WE consider to be their time.
It WAS there time to go.

I was also asked right after he died if I was still going to move to Florida now that Bobby had died.

I never understood what that had to do with my moving to Florida.
I made the choice BEFORE Bobby died.

Bobby
Bobby

Why  should I have changed my mind?

The question I hear most is:
How can you have fun without your son being here?
DSCN0318

I didn’t die that day, although many times it felt as if I did. Still does.
Even during Hell Week (The week right after Bobby died when Danny and My family were there) as I call it, I remember having moments that were awesome and wonderful.
Sure, it was a nightmare. I couldn’t close my eyes for days because all I saw was Bobby’s Lifeless Body on the floor.
I remember everything about that moment. That day when I walked into his apartment.
I remember the smell.
I remember hearing on his stereo.
“Sweet Home Alabama ”
To this day, Hearing that song makes me GAG If I am home by myself or hear it on the radio.
I live in the SOUTH.
We have Events at the park. At every event : If there is Music and Dancing THAT SONG will be played.
It happened the first event we had at the park.
Danny and I were dancing with so many others when IT came on.
I must have made a loud noise someone asked if I was OK.
Danny held onto me and whispered in my ear,
“Sarah, We can get through this. Hang on and Dance with me. I will hold you. No one will ever know.”
Somehow we made it all the way through the song.

We’ve made it all the way through IT every time since then.

I choice to face IT rather than ruin it for everyone else.

I got sidetracked:
I had some good times that week. Hell week.

Bobby's Mountain
Bobby’s Mountain

Danny was there almost right away. Donna, my sister flew out right away.
Mom and dad drove straight through.
My aunt and uncle lived in Colorado.
My best friend’s daughter was there.

Danny and I at Bok Tower August 7, 2015
Danny and I at Bok Tower August 7, 2015

They were all staying at the house I raised Bobby at.
danny and sarah 014
danny and sarah 013

We spent one afternoon going through scrapbooks and photo albums. We all told stories about Bobby and His Cousins.
We laughed and CRIED and laughed and CRIED.
Danny held me that whole week. He sang to me.
We took long walks.

What I am getting at is:
Yes, His death was, and always will be, the worse thing that can happen to me.
After everyone went home, I could have wallowed in my grief.
I did for a week. I gave myself that much time.

Then I went about LIVING.
I had a wedding to cancel and reschedule.
I had to get the house ready for it’s NEW OWNER’S
and I had to clean out Bobby’s Apartment.
Danny was there for the worse of it.

I had 2 close down 2 places instead of one.

I never ever thought about changing my plans. More than anything, I want to marry Danny.
Yes, I could have used some more time to go through things.
But then no Mom should ever have to do what I was doing,
What thousands and thousands of moms and dads have had to do before me.

YOU JUST GET IT DONE.

Life is meant to be lived.
I had years to live back then.
I wanted to make the most of them.
For the most part, I have done just that.

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It’s Time to Begin! {Intro and Resources for Luke 1-5} – Women Living Well

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/time-begin-intro-resources-luke-1-5/

It’s Time To Begin [Intro And Resources For Luke 1-5]

By Women Living Well

Luke was a doctor and he took special care to record everything accurately. Of all the gospels, Luke gives us the most detailed account of Jesus’ birth. Luke shows the humanity of Jesus through showcasing his genealogy, his birth story, his growth as a boy, his prayer life and the betrayal and denial from some of his closest friends.

Jesus’ many miracles and parables, written in this book, along with his compassion for the outcasts and sinners, and his love for women and children, draw us in deeper, to understanding our Savior. The climax is when Jesus rises from the dead and ascends into heaven!

Luke not only penned this book but he also wrote the book of Acts. These two books combined, make up one-fourth of the New Testament!

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It’s Time to Begin! {Intro and Resources for Luke 1-5} – Women Living Well

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/time-begin-intro-resources-luke-1-5/

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There is an extra resource for parents, that I have not mentioned yet, that is available for the book of Luke.  My friend’s husband, Shawn Lazarus, has begun a new blog for fathers.  He is a former University of Michigan Football player (who started in 29 games), who signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions.  He is a father of 6, with a passion to disciple his children in the word.  He is sharing the discussion questions he uses with his children, with us for free, so we can lead our family’s through the book of Luke too.

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Here’s What Irish People Eat On St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s What Irish People Eat On St. Patrick’s Day

By Vicky McDonald

http://dish.allrecipes.com/irish-recipes-for-st-patricks-day/?

Growing up in Ireland, we never ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day — nor did anyone we know. It’s an American-Irish tradition, that just doesn’t exist in Ireland. On our national feast day at home, we eat regular Irish food and perhaps drink a little extra to celebrate the day. Here are just some of the different Irish foods you might find us eating on Paddies Day (definitely not called St. Patties Day), plus a well-known Irish hangover cure.

The Irish Fry

Irish Fry

A fried Irish breakfast will set you up for the whole day. A traditional fry includes a few slices of bacon (we call them rashers), fried tomatoes, black pudding (blood sausage), brown soda bread, and a huge pot of tea.

Home-made soda bread is a staple in Ireland. Brown soda bread is made with  whole-wheat flour, buttermilk and bread soda and white soda bread is made with white flour. It’s traditionally made into a round loaf with a cross etched in the center to keep the fairies out!


A traditional Sunday roast dinner is very popular in Ireland. The roast meat is served with roasted potatoes, peas, carrots, and lashings of gravy. Nothing will taste as good as your Mammy’s roast dinner.

Irish Soda Bread

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Cottage Beef Pot Pie with Potatoes and Parsnips By Taste And See

Cottage Beef Pot Pie with Potatoes and Parsnips
Taste And See
http://tasteandsee.com/cottage-beef-pot-pie-potatoes-parsnips

This Cottage Beef Pot Pie with Potatoes and Parsnips is an easy one-pan meal with hearty, rich flavors and virtually no cleanup.  With lean ground beef, carrots, peas, parsnips, potatoes, a beef stock and stout beer sauce, all topped off with a light and crispy puff pastry crust… this savory pie is comfort food at its best!

Cottage Beef Pot Pie with Potatoes and Parsnips PhotoS

 

What is Cottage Pie?

Cottage Pie is made with minced meat and topped with a layer of mashed potatoes.  It made its debut back in the late 1700’s in Ireland and the UK and has become a popular dish worldwide.

Is Cottage Pie The Same As Shepherd’s Pie?

It’s often referred to as Shepherd’s Pie, which is very similar, but traditionally Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb and not beef.  Which makes total sense – right? Shepherds look after sheep, therefore the dish is comprised of lamb.  They were both considered peasant meals, because they were an economic way to use leftover roasted meat.

 

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The Jane Austen Cure: Why Women Need Fiction to Replenish Their Souls By Richly Rooted

The Jane Austen Cure: Why Women Need Fiction to Replenish Their Souls
By Richly Rooted

http://richlyrooted.com/2016/07/jane-austen-and-why-women-need-fiction

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Everyone ought to recognize that a woman in possession of a sound mind must be in want of a good story. Jane Austen must’ve thought so, for her novel Northanger Abbey is one of the best literary defenses for fiction, and she has the book’s hero Henry Tilney declare that “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

 

Fiction–novels–those are the kinds of books we’re not reading enough of anymore. Instead, our reading lists are jam-packed with things that have more obvious bearing on everyday life. Good, helpful things like parenting books, business strategy guides, dieting advice, motivational books, and self help books.

We’re not intolerably stupid. We read these non-fiction books to help us improve our lives and routines, and we do recognize a good story when we see it. The problem is that we’re not reading enough good stories, and we’re missing out because of it.

 

The next time you’re feeling weary, overwhelmed, or just want to stir up fresh life, try a good piece of fiction. The best books–like Jane Austen’s–will leave you feeling satisfied, even while you’re longing for more. Wanting more will make you not just a reader of fiction, but a re-reader. Because that’s another thing about fiction–its truths are infinitely more layered than most of the non-fiction on your shelf. And uncovering them is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to put that brilliant mind of yours to use!

This is the best Jane Austen quote about the merits of novels!

Want more posts on books and reading? Here’s how I’m reading now more than ever (even though I’m a mom), and here’s classic literature and young adult novels that will make you fall head over heels in love with reading.

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Cathy Lynn Brooks – Everything Happens For A Reason + A Post of My Own .

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Source: Everything Happens For A Reason

Written By Cathy Lynn Brooks

Everything Happens For A Reason
From The Bible:


“3 
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”
Copied and Pasted From The King James Bible Verses.

From Sarah:

I try and live by those words as best as I can.
Cathy’s comment at the end echos mine.

I don’t know how many times I have been asked “Why I thought Bobby was taken so early” .
There is no answer to that question. None that I would ever accept. So I don’t question it.
I just accept that we don’t know why certain people die before their time or what WE consider to be their time.
It WAS there time to go.

I was also asked right after he died if I was still going to move to Florida now that Bobby had died.

I never understood what that had to do with my moving to Florida.
I made the choice BEFORE Bobby died.

Bobby
Bobby

Why  should I have changed my mind?

The question I hear most is:
How can you have fun without your son being here?
DSCN0318

I didn’t die that day, although many times it felt as if I did. Still does.
Even during Hell Week (The week right after Bobby died when Danny and My family were there) as I call it, I remember having moments that were awesome and wonderful.
Sure, it was a nightmare. I couldn’t close my eyes for days because all I saw was Bobby’s Lifeless Body on the floor.
I remember everything about that moment. That day when I walked into his apartment.
I remember the smell.
I remember hearing on his stereo.
“Sweet Home Alabama ”
To this day, Hearing that song makes me GAG If I am home by myself or hear it on the radio.
I live in the SOUTH.
We have Events at the park. At every event : If there is Music and Dancing THAT SONG will be played.
It happened the first event we had at the park.
Danny and I were dancing with so many others when IT came on.
I must have made a loud noise someone asked if I was OK.
Danny held onto me and whispered in my ear,
“Sarah, We can get through this. Hang on and Dance with me. I will hold you. No one will ever know.”
Somehow we made it all the way through the song.

We’ve made it all the way through IT every time since then.

I choice to face IT rather than ruin it for everyone else.

I got sidetracked:
I had some good times that week. Hell week.

Bobby's Mountain
Bobby’s Mountain

Danny was there almost right away. Donna, my sister flew out right away.
Mom and dad drove straight through.
My aunt and uncle lived in Colorado.
My best friend’s daughter was there.

Danny and I at Bok Tower August 7, 2015
Danny and I at Bok Tower August 7, 2015

They were all staying at the house I raised Bobby at.
danny and sarah 014
danny and sarah 013

We spent one afternoon going through scrapbooks and photo albums. We all told stories about Bobby and His Cousins.
We laughed and CRIED and laughed and CRIED.
Danny held me that whole week. He sang to me.
We took long walks.

What I am getting at is:
Yes, His death was, and always will be, the worse thing that can happen to me.
After everyone went home, I could have wallowed in my grief.
I did for a week. I gave myself that much time.

Then I went about LIVING.
I had a wedding to cancel and reschedule.
I had to get the house ready for it’s NEW OWNER’S
and I had to clean out Bobby’s Apartment.
Danny was there for the worse of it.

I had 2 close down 2 places instead of one.

I never ever thought about changing my plans. More than anything, I want to marry Danny.
Yes, I could have used some more time to go through things.
But then no Mom should ever have to do what I was doing,
What thousands and thousands of moms and dads have had to do before me.

YOU JUST GET IT DONE.

Life is meant to be lived.
I had years to live back then.
I wanted to make the most of them.
For the most part, I have done just that.

Source: Everything Happens For A Reason

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Time Warp Wife : Luke Bible Study Quieting Your Heart Series

http://timewarpwife.com/new-bible-study-the-book-of-luke-free-study-guide/

Time Warp Wife :

Luke Bible Study

Quieting Your Heart Series


From Sarah :
THIS STUDY WOULD ADD TO THE GOOD MORNING GIRLS BIBLE STUDY WHICH BEGINS ON MONDAY,MARCH13TH AND RUNS FOR 5 WEEKS.

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/good-morning-girls-resources-book-luke/
women living Well
I will be working through and sharing both of these studies.
https://sarahsatticoftreasures.com/2016/11/23/new-bible-study-the-book-of-luke-free-study-guide-time-warp-wife-time-warp-wife/

A LENT AND ADVENT STUDY.


http://timewarpwife.com/new-bible-study-the-book-of-luke-free-study-guide/

Time Warp Wife :

Luke Bible Study

Quieting Your Heart Series

As we enter this holiday season, I want to invite you to quiet you heart with me. I thought and I prayed about the best way to enter this holiday season, and as I reading the Word, I kept going back to the book of Luke. I couldn’t help but feel that the best way to prepare for the King was to get to know Him on a deeper level, and to drink from the well of His wisdom.

And so our study begins this Monday, November 21st and runs for four consecutive weeks, ending December 17th.

There are 24 chapters in Luke. Therefore, I suggest reading one chapter per day/six days a week bringing you to a complete four-week study.

 

Author: Sarah’s Attic of Treasures

My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It’s all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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Quick and Easy Guinness Soup By The Seasoned Mom

Quick and Easy Guinness Soup

Jump to Recipe

http://www.theseasonedmom.com/guinness-soup/

This Guinness Soup recipe was originally published in March, 2015. The photographs have been updated in March, 2017!

My favorite easy recipe for French Onion Soup gets an Irish twist in this Guinness Soup — just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! A subtle hint of Guinness Stout is added to the broth, while a thick slice of garlic bread is smothered in Irish Cheddar Cheese. It’s a delicious spin on a classic recipe, and it’s the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

Guinness-Soup.jpg

This Guinness Soup is really just a slightly modified French Onion Soup recipe. I have perfected my method for making the classic soup in an EASY way, and it tastes like a meal that you would order at a restaurant! For the Guinness Soup, I just add a bit of the stout to the beef broth for a very subtle taste. To make this as simple as possible for all of us, I also grab some frozen Texas Toast Garlic Bread to use as our topping. It’s so simple and SO good…especially when you top it with Irish Cheddar Cheese!

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Corned Beef And Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day

The Ultimate Corned Beef and Cabbage

http://www.epicurious.com/holidays-events/the-ultimate-corned-beef-and-cabbage-article

History of St. Patrick’s Day Videos

http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/videos/corned-beef-and–cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage

(2 min) tv-pg

How did corned beef and cabbage become a St. Patrick’s Day staple? It didn’t start in Ireland.

Holiday Foods: Corned Beef and Cabbage

(4 min) tv-pg

Famous Fat Dave talks about the history of St. Patrick’s Day. He also learns how to make corned beef and cabbage.

 

http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/videos/corned-beef-and–cabbage#
From Sarah : I couldn’t get the links to show up right.
The 2 videos are really interesting.

Another recipe for this wonderful dish is below :

Image result for corned beef and cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage I Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Directions
  1. Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. …
  2. Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. …
  3. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover.

Corned Beef and Cabbage I Recipe – Allrecipes.com

allrecipes.com/recipe/16310/corned-beef-and-cabbage-i/

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Good Morning Girls Resources for the Book of Luke

Good Morning Girls Resources for the Book of Luke
http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/good-morning-girls-resources-book-luke/

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/02/little-ones-will-love/
A Children Bible Study


Our next study is about to begin on Monday, March 13th in the Gospel of Luke!

The book of Luke is a vivid account of the life of Jesus.  Luke takes us on an exciting journey from Jesus’ birth, to his public ministry, his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven.  Luke features over 25 of Jesus’ parables, 20 of his miracles and more than any other gospel – he focuses on the compassion of Jesus. He shows Jesus’ love for women, children, the poor, the outcasts and sinners.  Also, the book of Luke records more prayers of Jesus, than any other book.

Come take this journey with us as we grow closer to our Savior and prepare our hearts to celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday!

This study will run for 5 weeks – from March 13th to April 13th.

The Luke Journal is available now exclusively on Amazon!

We also have a Good Morning Guys Luke Journal
for your sons ages 10 and up and a new blog for these guys at:
GoodMorningGuys.org

Both journals have an identical interior. My hope is that we will not only get into the Word ourselves but also get our sons and daughters into the Word as well.  Let’s disciple the next generation!

If You Have Little Ones – You Will Love This!

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/02/little-ones-will-love/

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/02/little-ones-will-love/

Blog and Social Media Schedule

Blog

On Mondays, here at WomenLivingWell.org, I’ll post all of the FREE resources for the week including the Daily Discussion Questions and printable Verses of the Day.

On Fridays, I’ll wrap up the week with a devotional or video here and invite you to fellowship in the comments.

Instagram

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be posting both in the morning and evening, encouragement for your study in the book of 1 Samuel. Follow me on Instagram here.

Facebook

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be posting the Assigned Reading of the Day at 7:45am and an open discussion takes place there. Check it out! It’s wonderful! Go to Good Morning Girls Facebook Page here.

 

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Melissa Sperka And Community Parade : Irish Stew- Dublin Coddle

Melissa Sperka And Community Parade

Irish Stew- Dublin Coddle
https://communitytable.parade.com/271503/melissasperka/a-classic-irish-stew-dublin-coddle/

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle  is a traditional bacon, sausage, potato, and onion stew. It’s believed to have been initially created to use-up leftovers but has evolved into a beloved Irish classic. My Irish friends tell me that every house in Ireland has their own version, with subtle variations depending on the cook’s preferences. Some cooks may use ham in place of the bacon or they may add carrots for color.

The stew is slowly simmered in the oven and seasoned simply with salt and black pepper. A loaf of Irish soda bread to sop up  the juice is a must. perfectly suited for any day, but especially festive for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Looking for more St. Paddy’s Day eats? Try this Braised Cabbage with Potatoes and Smoked Sausages
Melissa Sperka is the creator, Publisher, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. After winning the National Flour Power! baking contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon Nested Potato Skins, featured in Southern Living Magazine. To Melissa, “Southern style” isn’t just about regional food, but about serving homemade dishes with grace, charm, and a healthy dose of Southern hospitality. In Melissa’s kitchen homemade family-style meals are always on the menu.

 

 

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If You Have Little Ones – You Will Love This! By Women Living Well

If You Have Little Ones – You Will Love This!
http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/02/little-ones-will-love/

 

Earlier this week, I announced our new spring Bible Study, through the Gospel of Luke. 

Our Luke Bible Study will begin on Monday, March 13th and run for 5 weeks.

It is perfectly timed to focus on the life and love of Jesus and lead us right up to His death and Resurrection, at the same time that we will be celebrating Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday in our own lives.

If you are joining us for the Luke Bible Study
and you have little ones –
then you will love this!

 

Pat Schwenk, from ForTheFamily.org, has created an easy and meaningful way to teach your kids the book of Luke.

The Dig for Kids is a great resource for families because it makes teaching children the Bible simple, fun, and interactive!

Each lesson is just one page that contains four main parts:

The Map – The Map is the overview of each lesson. It will tell you as a parent and your child what you will be studying.

The Dig – The Dig is the main passage of the Bible you will be reading. There are typically three or four review questions that will help with discussion and review.

The Treasure – The Treasure is the big idea of the passage you have just studied. Simply put, it is what you want your child to remember in one sentence.

The Display – Archaeologists go on a dig, find a treasure, and then put it on display for all to see. This is the basic idea behind the Display. It helps your child live out what he or she has just learned.

Early on in The Dig you will meet a character named Doc. He will be your expert and experienced tour guide. Through each Dig, Doc will help guide a child systematically through books of the Bible.

Throughout this study of Luke, parents and children will discover who Jesus is, how He lived, what He taught and why it matters for us today!

The Dig is perfect for moms (and dads) to use with your little ones, alongside your own personal study, through the book of Luke!

Take your little ones on this journey with you. You will be blessed!

If you are new here and looking for more details for this study for YOU click —> HERE.  A bunch of Free Resources for this study are coming soon.

I hope you will join us as we prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday.  There is no greater use of your time than being in God’s Word and in His presence.

I am here to encourage you each step of the way and the community here will inspire you and hold you accountable.

We serve a worthy Savior.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Order your journals now to receive them in time for the start of our study!

The Book of Luke Journal for Girls

The Book of Luke Journal for Guys

The Dig for Kids: Luke

 

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This is for Sarah! How I Learned About Shwarmas’.

“This is a picture for Sarah. She asked what I was doing and I said eating Shwarmas! She asked what that was and then looked it up! Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures

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Dear Danny; What Happened To Us

From Sarah:
I wrote this  2 years ago. During a very lonely night of missing Bobby, Missing US, Missing Me. This was a post I never meant to share.
I rambled. I was open and honest. Too honest, maybe…Not honest enough…. It’s emotional. Heartfelt. A Mom who misses her child.
A few things have changed since I wrote this.
Our Assistant Manager Left last month.
Charlie Left last year.
Danny really HATES what has happened at work. He still loves Lake Kissimmee State Park and being a Park Ranger. He Hates  many of the changes that have been made and the ones that never seem to change.

I have cell service. Sort of : TextNow.
I bought a refurbished Samsung S4.

Danny bought me a DSLR Camera for my birthday.
WHY? So I could start taking photos of Train Activities. And It was Cheap.
Not complaining because at least I have one now.
I went home to Illinois.
For Mom’s memorial service.

We were suppose to go to Arizona to see my dad in October of last year.
The money was supposed to have been SAVED.
We couldn’t go. Not our fault.
But the MONEY I had put aside for it IS GONE.
Danny, you promised to save it and not spend it.
It was money from Dad anyway. For Me.

It was the ONLY thing I insisted on when I got my Christmas Check. The ONLY THING.

We still have good times. A lot of them. The simple every day moments.

I haven’t been happy. It’s not all your fault. Depression is a horrible thing. Yet, I cover it well when you are home. I keep things going.

I am sorry for the weight gain.
Do you ever walk with me?
The only time we ever walked together is when we walked Mittens.
She has been dead for almost 3 years.

I don’t remember you ever asking me “How  My Day Went”….Not here in Florida.
You never ask me about anything PERSONAL.

From Sarah
Please Pray for me. I love Danny. I know he loves me.

The following is the letter I wrote 2 years ago, never meaning to share. I never give Danny his letters.

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A wife who misses her husband and the life they had planned.

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Written:
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Dear Danny,
We each made promises before and after I moved here to Florida.  You were so different back then and I know I was as well.
We had the world at our feet. We really did. We even had the money to make most of our dreams come true.

I know that the chances of you ever finding another job in the Park Service that included a house or a mobile home not on top of other employees would be hard. I have looked at ALL of the parks. I have had years to look around.
We are fortunite to live where we do. We have a house, We live alone for the most part on 7 thousand areas. We have the park to call our own as well as Catfish Creek. I don’t know of anyone one else who can say they sit in the middle if 25 thousand acres.
We see more animals in our own yard than most people see in a lifetime. Danny, I would miss this house and what we have here. You know that. I would hate living in town again. With PEOPLE.
You have seen me wither away bit by bit every year as the summers get longer, hotter and wetter. You have seen what it does to me.
You have seen the tears I have shed. I am an outdoor person who lives inside most of the year.
Why do I understand why you stay here and yet, you won’t admit how much I need to leave?
Danny, You aren’t even happy here any more. You still enjoy the work. You just can’t stand the fact that you are the ONLY one who is really doing their part. At least Andi is starting to come round. Mark is only going to get worse. If that is possible. Big Josh won’t grow up. How many split shifts did you have to do this week because he took off his late field week? That is NOT going to change. Charlie, (And you know I love him like a brother) is so tired of the park that he isn’t going to get any better. He will always take off weekends and holidays. Why shouldn’t he? He has a new wife and her son and a small ranch of his own to take care of.
Unlike Us who never do anything. They have a life and working together.
Our managers certainly are not going to change. They have had 9 years to change.
I have kept ALL of my promises. Every single one of them.
Can you say the same thing? Remember, I have all of our letters, notes, emails and postcards. Every last one of them.
Have you kept any of them?

OK, You promised to always love me and I know that you do
What happened to our dreams? Our plans?

Danny, Bobby died while I was making plans to move here. I never backed down. Never wavered from our plan. Yes, I had to delay moving to Florida. Yes, we had to delay the wedding for a few months.
I came as soon as I could get his affairs taken care of. AFFAIRS, How I hate that word, no matter how it is used.
He died in May and I was here the week before Thanksgiving. I even came the week we were suppose to have been married. I was here exactly as planned. I just had to go back.
Danny, I had to close down our house, Bobby’s apartment and bury my son.
What did you have to do?
I will always be thankful you were there with me right after he died. No One, No Parent, No Mother, should have have to say goodbye to their child, although, if you remember I refused to say gooodbye to him.
Hell week.
I remember more of it than you think I do. I remember you holding me for hours when I couldn’t I remember my parents going in to say their goodbyes. Oh Danny, Dad cried. He cried because of Bobby and because he knew he couldn’t help me get through it. . I remember later dad telling me how glad he was that you were there.
You told him that you would never let me cry if you could help it.
YOU LIED.
Not once, since I moved here have you held me when I was crying unless I asked you to. Not once.
You have intentionally let me cry.

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You were the one who found Caladonna’s and took care of everything. I just had to sign for things.
Did I ever thank you for insisiting that I see him that day? I wasn’t going to. I didn’t want to see him.
You told me that I would never get the image of him lying there in his apartment out of my mind (and I haven’t), but that I need to see him one last time. I had to talk to him.
The tears have been falling for awhile now.
You were right. I had to have one last talk with my son.
I remember my parents going in to say their goodbyes. Oh Danny, Dad cried. He cried because of Bobby and because he knew he couldn’t help me get through it. . I remember later dad telling me how glad he was that you were there.
You told him that you would never let me cry if you could help it.
YOU LIED.
Not once, since I moved here have you held me when I was crying unless I asked you to. Not once.
You have intentionally let me cry.
Danny, You promised I would be able to get my things. That we would drive them back here together. No the fire there WAS NOT your fault. It was your fault that we never made it back there that first year

What happened to us going to Colorado. Climbing Pike’s Peak. I was healthy enough to still do it until 3 -4 years ago.

Visiting MY FAMILY OUT WEST and in ILLINOIS?
Those were the main things I asked for.
The most important ones.
Except for AC. You have kept that promise. I have AC.
Why did it take you till this summer to put the AC in the kitchen?

I don’t ask for much. You say that all the time. So why do you give me such a hard time about everything I do ask for? I have asked for cell phone service and a decent camera. I got a camera that wore out in a year. I never did get a cell phone service. The only one I have ,someone gave me because I needed a camera.
Remember, You had me give up A T&T (which worked better here than Verizon did/does) so I could get on your plan. It never happened. You came up with excuse after excuse.

I am sorry I am sick most of the time any more.
I understand what that does to you. I get that.

I understand that you weren’t expecting to get the job at Lake Kissimmee State Park. I really understand why you took it. Why we weren’t going to take that first year and travel.
I was glad about the job. It also meant I was STUCK here in Florida.

What happened to us?
What went wrong?
You asked me to leave Colorado and the home I had there. A house I had lived in for years. Raised my son in. You asked me to leave Bobby and all the wonderful family and friends I had there or near by.
I left a a stay at home job I loved. Teaching was everything to me. You saw the Homeschool/ daycare/preschool. I made more money 12 years ago than you do now with the park service. A Lot more.
I gave up the Special Lupus Program that had paid for almost everything.
You knew how much I hated being hot. We talked for months about that. You knew I left Illinois and the farm I loved because I couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. Medically couldn’t handle it. That was 23 years before. I was younger then. Healthier.
You promised me over and over again, if I couldn’t handle it in Florida, we’d leave it.
You promised.

We are fortunite to live where we do. We have a house, We live alone for the most part on 7 thousand areas. We have the park to call our own as well as Catfish Creek. I don’t know of anyone one else who can say they sit in the middle if 25 thousand acres.
We see more animals in our own yard than most people see in a lifetime. Danny, I would miss this house and what we have here. You know that. I would hate living in town again. With PEOPLE.
You have seen me wither away bit by bit every year as the summers get longer, hotter and wetter. You have seen what it does to me.
You have seen the tears I have shed. I am an outdoor person who lives inside most of the year.
Why do I understand why you stay here and yet, you won’t admit how much I need to leave?
Danny, You aren’t even happy here any more. You still enjoy the work. You just can’t stand the the fact that you are the ONLY one who is really doing there part. At least Andi is starting to come round.

Mark is only going to get worse. If that is possible. Big Josh won’t grow up. How many split shifts did you have to do this week because he took off his late field week? That is NOT going to change. Charlie, (And you know I love him like a brother) is so tired of the park that he isn’t going to get any better. He will always take off weekends and holidays. Why shouldn’t he? He has a new wife and her son and a small ranch of his own to take care of.
Unlike Us who never do anything. They have a life and working together.
Our managers certainly are not going to change. They have had 9 years to change.
I have kept ALL of my promises. Every single one of them.
Can you say the same thing? Remember, I have all of our letters, notes, emails and postcards. Every last one of them.
Have you kept any of them?

OK, You promised to always love me and I know that you do
What happened to our dreams? Our plans?

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Hell week.
I remember more of it than you think I do. I remember you holding me for hours when I couldn’t I remember my parents going in to say their goodbyes. Oh Danny, Dad cried. He cried because of Bobby and because he knew he couldn’t help me get through it. . I remember later dad telling me how glad he was that you were there.
You told him that you would never let me cry if you could help it.
YOU LIED.
Not once, since I moved here have you held me when I was crying unless I asked you to. Not once.
No the fire there WAS NOT your fault. It was your fault that we never made it back there that first year.

I remember my parents going in to say their goodbyes. Oh Danny, Dad cried. He cried because of Bobby and because he knew he couldn’t help me get through it. . I remember later dad telling me how glad he was that you were there.
You told him that you would never let me cry if you could help it.
YOU LIED.
Not once, since I moved here have you held me when I was crying unless I asked you to. Not once.
You have intentionally let me cry.

No the fire there WAS NOT your fault. It was your fault that we never made it back there that first year.
Danny, You promised I would be able to get my things. That we would drive them back here together.
What happened to us going to Colorado. Climbing Pike’s Peak. I was healthy enough to still do it until 3 -4 years ago.
Visiting MY FAMILY OUT WEST and in ILLINOIS?
Those were the main things I asked for.
The most important ones.
Except for AC. You have kept that promise. I have AC.
Why did it take you till this summer do put the AC in the kitchen?

I don’t ask for much. You say that all the time. So why do you give me such a hard time about everything I do ask for? I have asked for cell phone service and a decent camera. I got a camera that wore out in a year. I never did get a cell phone service. The only one I have someone gave me because I needed a camera.
Remember, You had me give up A T&T (which worked better here than Verizon did/does) so I could get on your plan. It never happened. You came up with excuse after excuse.

As usual, I got off the subject. I was talking about our plans.
OUR PLANS.
Do you realize that you have never asked me what I thought about any of the big decisions that have been made in the last 9 years that I have been here? Most of the time we had talked about them for months. But you never really asked how or what I felt. Not once.

What happened to those DREAMS OF YOURS that became my dreams?
Want me to list them?
You promised me we’d travel the US in the RV.
Maybe not the whole US but at least out of Florida.
You promised we would go back within a few months and bring mine and Bobby’s belongings back.
Danny, I can’t blame you for the wildfire that destroyed the house where everything was stored.
Yes, there is a huge part of me that is angry about it.
I lost everything except what I had brought with me in 2 suitcases on 3 different plane trips here That is 6 suitcases. 6 suitcase. Everything I owned. Everything of Bobby’s.

 

I don’t ask for much. You say that all the time. So why do you give me such a hard time about everything I do ask for? I have asked for cell phone service and a decent camera. I got a camera that wore out in a year. I never did get a cell phone service. The only one I have someone gave me because I needed a camera.
Remember, You had me give up A T&T (which worked better here than Verizon did/does) so I could get on your plan. It never happened. You came up with excuse after excuse.
I am sorry I am sick most of the time any more.
I understand what that does to you. I get that.

I understand that you weren’t expecting to get the job at Lake Kissimmee State Park. I really understand why you took it. Why we weren’t going to take that first year and travel.
I was glad about the job. It also meant I was STUCK here in Florida.

We had 2 vacations and 2 wonderful 3 day weekends in Daytona, One vacation  was before I moved here. So was the first Daytona 500. That means we had ONE vacation and One 3 day weekend in Daytona after I left Colorado.
Yes, I agreed that Daytona was too expensive and too busy.
The vacation we did take was in August to Pine Island. We went fishing on a boat in 90 degree weather.
Hell week.
Sorry but even you said that it was.
You just had to go then.
That was in 2008.

Yes we went to Disney 2 times. I loved them both, One was before I came here. The other was when we still lived in Day Use. We went with other volunteers.
I loved both days with you there. They were wonderful and magical.
We haven’t been to the coast or the Atlantic since we went for work.
We haven’t been anywhere except for work. The last time we got away from here was 3 years ago. We worked at Lake Louisa on the trails.
We worked our butts off and yet we had so much fun. Remember that cabin?
We’ve been offered it a number of times since then.
It is less than 2 hours from here. Yes, I know there is traffic all the way. So take 17 as far as we can. It is not bad from then on.

I know I am coming down on you but once I got started I couldn’t stop.
And I left out a few IMPORTANT things.,
You know what they are.

Look back to what I promised you. Have I broken ANY of them?
Have I not followed through on them? On everyone of them.

I told you I could be a “Bitch” At least I work hard not to be. And when I am, I apologize before during and after.

Goodness knows I have my faults.
I have plenty of them.
Danny, It doesn’t cost anything to go on a picnic. We have to eat anyway. We have plenty of places HERE to have one.
We haven’t been fishing since we left the park. Your boat has sat here rotting for the same amount of time.
We never go left on 60. There are a few places just down the road a ways that we have never been to. We always go to Lake Wales.
What happened to you?
I love our quiet times here at home. I miss family meals. You know how important they are to me. Yet, most of the time I eat alone. I usually sit with you no matter how late you are up.

I know you love me.
What happened to the person who enjoyed making me smile> All I need is a hug. A touch. Ok I get the no touching. A kind word . A thank you.
Danny, I try so hard to be the women, wife, girl and bedtime person that you want me to be. My whole life revolves around you. ”

I am not saying we don’t have good times. We just don’t have many. We still talk for hours and hours. Or rather you do because I am not working with you so what I do any more doesn’t interest you. You have no idea what I do all day.
NONE.

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(Yes, I Appreciated What I Had) By Sarah

 From :Thursday’s Motivational Quote – September 24, 2015 (Yes, I Appreciated What I Had)

Thursday’s Motivational Quote – September 24, 2015  (Yes, I Appreciated What I Had)

f1d6d275e32b6c170bb572db314e57bfI‘ve always been aware if all the things that I have.
When I was a child, I knew my parents were exceptional. I was well aware of the love between them was rare. They had a very special kind of love. One that is now helping my dad live each day without his “Love” by his side.

Mom and Dad early years
Mom and Dad early years

That is what he called mom. “His Love”. They were best friends. Soul Mates in every sense of the term

Mom, Dad and Bobby
Mom, Dad and Bobby

They were together 365 days a year. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
They often had lunch together when they worked.
Or met after work for a pizza at the same place I was working.
They held hands. They Kissed. Laughed. Loved.
We grew up in this environment. It was awesome.

My parents at home- Christmas
My parents at home- Christmas

When I got pregnant with my son. I was not married.
It certainly wasn’t planned.
I knew right away that I would be a single parent.
I embraced my pregnancy. From the first moment, I knew. Long before any doctor could tell me for sure. I knew.
I was going to be a mom. A mom like my mom.
With all the love I had inside of me.

Mom, Michael, and Bobby
Mom, Michael, and Bobby

When Bobby was born was the happiest day of my life.

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Bobby  3 months old.  1980
Bobby
3 months old.
1980

As he grew up, I cherished those moments.

Bobby and I at my grandparent's house.  Colorado 1984.
Bobby and I at my grandparent’s house.
Colorado 1984.

I wasn’t the kind of parent who needed time away from my child.
(Maybe a moment or 2. LOL)

Bobby 2004
Bobby 2004

I was an awesome mom.
He was an awesome son.

Yes, I always appreciated what I had.
Mom (And Dad), thank you for your love. Your teachings. Your guidance.
Mom, I am very much like you. Like dad as well.
I miss you here. Not as much for me as for dad.
I still can’t see him without seeing you.
I pray that never changes.

Oh Bobby,
I could not have had a better, more loving, more giving son.
You were the world to me. The sun, the stars and the moon.

I always knew what I had.
I now have their memories.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

I really had it all. Especially when Danny came along.

Danny and I  Bok, Tower Gardens, 2005 Early Days Danny worked there as a gardener.
Danny and I
Bok, Tower Gardens, 2005 Early Days
Danny worked there as a gardener.

I have made a good life for us. I live life as best as I can.
I know what I have now.
A beautiful place  to live.
And so much more.

Sarah

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“Immigration Woes, Miami, Florida” by Carl D’Agostino — I Know I Made You Smile

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Bible Reading Plans for the New Year- 2017

Bible Reading Plans for the New Year- 2017

by in Bible Study

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Happy New Year! Do you make resolutions or set goals you’d like to accomplish during the new year? A lot of people resolve to read the Bible more often or read it through in a year. If that’s you but you’re not quite sure where to start, here are some awesome and unique reading plans that can help.

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1. The Chronological Plan

I cannot recommend this plan strongly enough. You’ll read through the entire Bible in a year, following the events as they happened chronologically. I have been through this plan three times (I even took my ladies’ Sunday school class through it in 2014). It is wonderful for helping you see the big picture of the Bible as well as how all the little pieces of the biblical puzzle fit together. ESV.org (of course you can use any translation) has the plan in five different user-friendly formats.

2. How to Change Your Mind (The Gray Method)

This Bible reading plan consists of four simple steps:
1. Choose a book of the Bible.
2. Read it in its entirety.
3. Repeat step #2 twenty times.
4. Repeat this process for all books of the Bible.
I said it was simple. I didn’t say it wouldn’t be time consuming. But it’s a great way to allow God’s word to grab a hold of you.

3. The M’Cheyne Plan

How about reading through the Bible in a year with your spouse or family (you could also do this one individually)? With the M’Cheyne plan you’ll read through the Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms, twice. Each day, you’ll read an OT chapter and a NT chapter as a family and another OT chapter and NT chapter on your own. Free Daily Bible study offers suggestions for making this a two or three year plan if one year seems too daunting.

4. The Bible in 90 Days

“Read the Bible cover to cover by investing as little as 30 minutes a day.
In 90 days (two “grace days” are included) you’ll see the big picture of God’s great story unfold before you.” Can’t be done, you say? Think of it as binge-reading the greatest story ever told.

5. The 21-Day Challenge

New to daily Bible reading and don’t want to bite off more than you can chew? Try Back to the Bible’s 21-Day Challenge. Each day, you’ll read one chapter in the book of John, and in three weeks, you’ll be finished. It’s a great way to get your feet wet.

6. The 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

This is a great plan for people (like me) who occasionally miss a day or two of a daily Bible reading plan. It’s a slower paced, 5 day per week plan (weekends are for reflection and catch up), taking about 5 minutes a day, with 5 ways to dig deeper and apply what you’re reading. You’ll go through the whole New Testament in a year, reading approximately one chapter per day.

7. The 90 Day Challenge

Another great one for those who struggle with long term commitment. “The 90-day Bible reading plan integrates readings from Genesis, the foundational book of the Old Testament, with the three [synoptic] Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. On one side you’ll see God’s creative work and earliest interactions with His people; on the other, you’ll get to know Jesus as Emmanuel, God with us, fulfilling the promises made even in Genesis.”

8. Every Word in the Bible

Take time to slowly savor God’s word with this relaxed pace plan. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testament to keep you from getting bogged down in some of the more difficult sections. You’ll read through the whole Bible, one to two chapters per day, in three years.

9. The Bible Eater

This is a pretty nifty little self-directed plan: “Old Testament: Read 2 to 3 chapters per day and take 4 days off per month. Read 1 to 3 designated one-sitting Old Testament books each quarter. New Testament: Read 1 chapter per day and take 4 days off per month. One gospel is assigned to each quarter and Romans and Hebrews are assigned twice across the year.”  Historical redemptive passages are highlighted to call your attention to the “big picture” of the Bible.

10. Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Up for a challenge? The Horner system is sort of an osmosis system, the idea being “inundation” rather than “meditation.” With it, you’ll read ten chapters per day from ten different books. Over the course of a year, “you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the Old Testament History and Prophetic books about 1 1⁄2 times.” (Tim Challies)

11. Denny Burk’s Bible Reading Plan

Do you find it difficult to follow a plan that includes readings from several different books per day? Denny Burk did, so he developed this reading plan that takes you through one book at a time in canonical order over the course of a year. “Each day’s reading is about 3-4 chapters in length, with the exception of the Psalms (which are covered in 5 chapters per day). The idea is to read longer chapters in groups of three (e.g., Pentateuchal narratives, Gospels) and shorter chapters in groups of four. There are 7 catch-up days scattered throughout the calendar.”

12. The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

With only 25 days of readings per month, this plan is one of the most flexible. Take Sundays off, use catch-up days as needed, or go back and review passages that need more attention at the end of the month. Read from two NT and two OT books each day and finish up in a year, or easily divide the readings up over a two year period.

13. The Bible Project Reading Plan

The good folks at The Bible Project have taken a fairly typical one year plan (you’ll read Genesis – Revelation once and Psalms 2.5 times {one Psalm per day}) and jazzed it up with some neat features. They’ve grouped the Scriptures into 16 “chapters” based on major biblical events, eras, and categories, with a brief introductory video at the beginning of each “chapter” explaining the theme of that section and what to watch for as you read. There are also free downloadable posters accompanying each video.

Need more suggestions? Check out these collections of Bible reading plans:

  • Ligonier– A wide variety of plans, most available in PDFs.
  • ESV Bible– These plans will work with any translation, not just ESV. Most are available in RSS, iCal, mobile, print (PDF), and e-mail.
  • Bible Gateway– Several great plans, especially if your church uses the Revised Common Lectionary or the Book of Common Prayer and you want to follow along at home. Log in each day and the selected text is displayed on your screen, or subscribe to your plan via e-mail. (Note: I would not recommend the Daily Audio Bible plan. It uses several different “translations,” which is an interesting idea, but while some are accurate, reliable translations (ESV, HCSB), others are faulty paraphrases (The Message, The Voice). However, many translations on Bible Gateway have an audio option, so pick another plan with a good translation and listen away!)
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Fondue in a Pumpkin By Wild Greens And Sardines

Fondue in a Pumpkin
By Wild Greens And Sardines

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). I’ve looked for it in the United States, but can only find pasteurized Ossau-Iraty, which doesn’t taste nearly as flavorful as what I fondly remember.

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It all started with this pumpkin (pictured above). It often goes something like this…this rather unusual looking pumpkin caught my eye. I bought it and it sat on my counter all week. What shall I do with it? Pumpkin soup? Nah. Pumpkin ravioli? Um, maybe. Pumpkin mac and cheese? Getting closer. And that’s when I came across the idea for fondue in a pumpkin. Can it be done? How will it taste?

Utterly delicious!!

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30 Day Prayer Challenge For Philippians By A Little R&R

30 Day Prayer Challenge For Philippians
By: A Little R&R
http://www.rosilindjukic.com/30-day-prayer-challenge-philippians/

“You can download this 30 Day Prayer Challenge by typing in your email below. You will then receive an email with a link to download this challenge and a collection of other printables I offer here at A Little R & R. On top of that, each month you will continue to receive a new 30 Day Prayer Challenge.

You can also pair this up with a Philippians Scripture Writing Challenge from Worshipful Living!

But don’t do this alone! You can get your children involved with a special Bible Reading and Prayer journal I’ve created for kids called “Philippians for Kids”!”

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10 Ways to Eat Your Greens On St. Patrick’s Day

10 Ways to Eat Your Greens On St. Patrick’s Day

By Southern Living

Go green this St. Patty’s Day.

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Everyone wants to be just a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, sharing in the fun and frivolity while turning everything from beer to the Chicago River various shades of green. Fortunately, you don’t need to use an artificial coloring on your food, as there are many naturally colored green foods, from dark leafy greens to fresh spring lettuces perfect for main dish salads. So whether on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the week, it really is easy to eat green. If you are serving up a warm beef stew this St. Patrick’s Day, be sure and add a skillet of hot cornbread. Watch Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin start the day off with a fun and delicious green breakfast even Kermit the Frog would appreciate.

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Get A Pen And Write This Down By Unveiled Wife

Get A Pen And Write This Down By Unveiled Wife
https://unveiledwife.com/get-pen-write/
From Sarah : This is a short post but it says a lot. I am a huge fan of writing things down in a notebook or journal. It’s therapeutic. Peaceful.

“Typing words is just as amazing. Yet, there is something special about the raw, tangible feeling of a pen and paper.

Writing helps us to slow down in our thought process because writing takes time. Each letter, each sentence, created and formed inside of us, impressed and established by us. As we slow down to consider how to craft what it is we want to express, we have room to think all the more. We have time to contemplate and wrestle with understanding about whatever it is we are writing about. Sometimes we gain understanding of a situation, sometimes we see something from a different perspective, sometimes we realize something new about a person, or about ourselves that we never considered before.”

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This Life I Live : Storyteller

I am not a great reader. I wish I was, but I’m not. I struggle with it. Mostly with finding the time to sit down and let myself get lost in the story the author is telling. In the evenings, when I climb into bed, is when I do most of my reading. But life is so full and most of the time I’m so tired, that a page or two in… I fall asleep.

But there is one book I read recently that I didn’t fall asleep reading…

Mine.

This Live I Live : Storyteller
http://www.thislifeilive.com/the-blog/storyteller

“I read a lot of books to our baby.  I always have.  Joey did too.  She loved reading to Indy and I think that’s part of the reason that Indiana loves books so much now.

When she wakes up in the morning and I go upstairs and pick her up from the crib and put her in my arms… the first thing Indy does is say ‘book’ and then she points to the little stack of books beneath her lamp. A few of her favorites are The Gruffalo, Pouch and Bedtime Prayers.”

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Khachapuri: Georgian Cheese Bread By Wild Greens And Sardines

Khachapuri: Georgian Cheese Bread By Wild Greens And Sardines

http://wildgreensandsardines.com/2017/01/khachapuri-georgian-cheese-bread.html

Adjaruli (Acharuli) Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian (the country, that is), canoe-shaped bread filled with a generous amount of cheese and topped with an egg.

If you like cheese (and who doesn’t like cheese?) and bread (ditto regarding bread), then you’ll be sure to love khachapuri. Really, what’s not to like (carbs and fat)? Khachapuri is best enjoyed straight from the oven when the cheese is piping hot, bubbling, and oozy. The egg and cheese (along with butter, if you like) are stirred together to form a most decadent and delicious combination. Just slice off a piece of bread, scoop up some cheese and egg mixture and enjoy. Fair warning, khachapuri may induce a food coma, but totally worth it. Perhaps best to share with a friend.

Khachapuri is traditionally made with a Georgian cow’s milk cheese called sulguni (which I’ve read is sour and moderately salty with an elastic consistency). No sulguni to be found in Philadelphia, so I used a combination of Greek (sheep’s milk) feta, which imparts a nice brininess, and a soft (Italian) Tallegio, which imparts a fruity tang and melts well. Though, you could easily experiment with other combinations of cheese. Add herbs or even chopped spinach. There are many possibilities.

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Raspberry Dutch Baby By Two Peas And Their Pod

Two peas And Their Pod : Raspberry Dutch Baby
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/raspberry-dutch-baby/#more-27639

“Have you made a Dutch baby pancake before? Some people call them German pancakes or oven pancakes…same thing. Anyways, we love making Dutch baby pancakes because they are super simple to make and they are so fun. The pancake batter is super thin and you bake the pancake in a hot, buttered skillet. The pancake magically puffs up in the oven. The boys love watching the pancake do it’s magic trick:)

You do have to serve the pancake as soon as it gets out of the oven if you want to see the puff. It will collapse as it cools, but that is ok because the pancake will still be delicious. The pancake is basically a cross between a crepe and a popover. It has a light, puffy crust with a tender, eggy middle.”

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New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe
By The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

From Heidy,
“New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.”

From Sarah:

Read the post for a great history lesson.

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The Super Bowl, the Bible, and a Winning Marriage By Simply One In Marriage

The Super Bowl, the Bible, and a Winning Marriage By Simply One In Marriage

http://simplyoneinmarriage.com/super-bowl-bible-winning-marriage/

“Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25“.


From Sarah:
What does running and pain, the Super Bowl  AND  lessons from the Bible have to do with a winning marriage?
This is an excellent article about just that.

“Paul wrote here about the effort and pain runners and boxers go through to reach the prize of “a crown that will not last.”

So what does all this have to do with marriage?

As husbands and wives, we want a winning marriage. We want it to be the best it can be. And just as the Super Bowl is the highest prize in football, the highest prize in marriage is a God-pleasing, God-honoring marriage.”
Please read the entire post.

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Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge By Clean Mama

Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge By Clean Mama
http://www.cleanmama.net/2016/12/simply-clean-declutter-challenge.html

From Sarah :
Clean Mama ran this challenge in January. They just finished it.
It is written so you can start it any time. Do as much or as little as you want to.

“The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Get ready!

  • Choose a place to follow along – InstagramFacebook, my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page, and/or subscribe to the blog in the sidebar.
  • Put together some cleaning + decluttering supplies – here are some favorites – make sure you have garbage bags!
  • Grab the FREE Simply Clean Declutter Challenge Checklist, print it out and put it where you will see it every day.”
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Bible Study – “Philippians” – Introduction By Time Warp Wife

Bible Study – “Philippians” – Introduction  By Time Warp Wife

http://timewarpwife.com/bible-study-philippians-introduction-free-resources/

From Sarah :

I am posting about this  Philippians Bible Study Even through I have already finished it.
I recently shared a post from A Little R&R about her Prayer Study on this wonderful book. Rosilind is doing her Prayer Challenge for February.

In her post she mentions another blogger who had studied this book as well.
Read her post to find out what her Prayer Challenge is all about and to find out more about Philippians.
30 Day Prayer Challenge For Philippians
By: A Little R&R
http://www.rosilindjukic.com/30-day-prayer-challenge-philippians

I am going through THIS book again.
Going DEEPER Than the LAST time.

Introduction: Philippians: The Joy of Christian Living

While the book of Philippians is a small one, consisting of only 4 chapters, it’s a book that’s packed full of encouragement for today’s Christian walk.

Throughout the book Paul refers to the joy that is available to all Christians, and while the main theme of the book leans toward joy, it’s also about humility, peace, obedience, and contentment.

Paul urges the church to adhere to the gospel of Christ, and to be aware of false teachers. He also encourages them to rejoice and to live joyful lives.

The emphasis on joy and contentment makes the book of Philippians a favorite to many.

The study opens up with a focus on Paul, his conversion, his mission, his visit to the Philippian church in the book of Acts, and his suffering. By gaining a better understanding of the author and his relationship to the church, we have a deeper understanding of his letter to them.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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The Harvest Cottage : One Secret Reason It’s So Hard To Declutter

The Harvest Cottage :  One Secret Reason It’s So Hard To Declutter
http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2017/01/one-secret-reason-its-so-hard-to.html

“January comes in with a new year, a new hope that this year can be different. It can. It will. Every year is different. The question is whether we will actually be different. After a January of purging, will we be different?

There is no end to awesome articles about the hows and whys of decluttering. Here’s one I read last year that really inspired me. It’s from Judith at Wholehearted Home.”

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Start each day with a grateful heart

Start each day with a grateful heart

http://redfairyproject.com/2015/04/5387/
The Red Fairy Project

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Start each day with a grateful heart. One of the key secrets to happiness. Every morning and every night I have the practice of being thankful for all the blessings and gifts I have I my life. From my mental, physical and spiritual health, to my family, friends and boyfriend. To my skills and talents, the safe and clean country I live in, the education I have, the great meals I get to enjoy and I could go on and on. In fact, I sometimes do to the point where I fall asleep while reciting all that I am thankful for.

That shows you the sense of peace and happiness you can feel when focusing on gratitude. So imagine starting your day by centering your thoughts for only a minute or two on all that you are lucky to have.

It’s such a great reminder of the rich life that we live and it also puts dramas and problems into perspective.

Why not give it a try today either this morning or this evening when you go to bed? See how your body feels while you are taking in all that you are grateful for. For me, I instantly feel the tensions melt away. The shoulders relax, the jaw releases and my whole body softens.

 

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Christian celebrity: maybe we’ve created the problem

Christian celebrity: maybe we’ve created the problem
Carey Scott
http://careyscott.org/christian-celebrity/

From Sarah :
The following is from Carey’s Blog. Her introduction.
Her blog is uplifting. Well worth reading. She makes you think about YOU. Yourself.
So please read on.

“Hi! I’m Carey — a speaker, author and life coach honest about my life and faith, stumbles, fumbles and all. My ministry focuses on helping women untangle their self-worth from the “I’m-not good enough” messages and reminding them of their immeasurable value. Because when a woman knows her value, she is freed up to live with purpose and joy.”

A Quote from Carey :

“We can respect the call God has placed on the lives of Christian leaders, but we cannot worship them. We can be blessed by their words, but we can’t substitute them for God’s Word. And we can follow them on social media, but we cannot give them a status above Jesus.

Because He is incomparable and unequal. Period.”

http://careyscott.org/christian-celebrity/

From Sarah:
I have been guilty of doing this. Sharing anything and everything certain people have written and not really reading it ahead of time. I save it to read later.
I don’t share enough of my views of the subject.
Have a great week.

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The Civil Rights Movement Answered An Abuse of Power By Danika Cooley

The Civil Rights Movement Answered An Abuse of Power
Thinking Kids Bloghttps://www.thinkingkidsblog.org/2017/01/11/the-civil-rights-movement-lessons-and-activities/

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The Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968) answered an egregious abuse of power, one in which the color of a person’s skin dictated whether one was considered a “neighbor” or not. Martin Luther King Jr. is the most highly notarized leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, but there were countless others fighting alongside him for social justice, black and white.

As you study social injustice, the Civil Rights Movement, and ongoing racial tensions with your children, be sure to bring them back to Scripture.

  • As Christians, we are one body under the headship of Christ.
  • We are called to love one another as we love ourselves.
  • Take your kids into the Books of the Prophets and help them understand how strongly the Lord of Justice and Mercy hates the abuse of power.
  • Remind them too, that we are commanded to forgive–seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)

The Civil Rights Movement Lessons and ActivitiesFree Martin Luther King Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time ~ This is a neat page with YouTube videos of Martin Luther King Jr. Day songs and rhymes. — Living Montessori Now

Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Notebooking Pages ~ Your kids can use these great notebooking pages to notebook about everything they learn about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. — NotebookingPages.com.

More Fun Ideas

 

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Bring the Comfort

Bring the Comfort
http://www.joanneviola.com/2017/01/bring-the-comfort/

By Joanne

In making a pot of chicken soup, the memory came flooding back like it was just yesterday.

We were new to the church when I began to attend the women’s Bible Study. She was older than I and gentle in nature, which drew everyone to talk with her. Her wisdom and faithfulness to prayer made her a woman from whom we all learned.

And I did.

Upon hearing she had been hospitalized for a surgery, I was moved to make a meal. It was the very same soup I making at the moment. Along with the soup, I brought a homemade loaf of bread, a pound cake, and flowers.

So very simple.

Not knowing the family very well, I called to ask if I could drop the meal off to the house. Her daughter came to the door, as I hesitantly rang the doorbell, putting me at ease as she explained her mom was on her way home and would be delighted,

Once recovered, she thanked me for the soup often, making mention of how her family had appreciated the comfort the meal had brought, especially the little meatballs in the soup.

Now years later, for she has been with the Lord for some time, I still think of her each time when making the soup and forming the small balls of meat.

We call such meals – “comfort food”. Mirriam-Webster defines such food as “food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.”

That is what we all long for. Food that brings back a memory. That reminds you of a happier time and place, perhaps with family or friends. Simply eating such food brings your heart and mind “home” to the place we feel safe, loved, and soothed.

In these days of many needs, we all can reach out to someone.

Send a card.

Make a phone call.

Prepare a meal.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NLT)

Bring the comfort.

 

Today I am joining … Three Word Wednesday and Tell His Story and Coffee For Your Heart and Woman to Woman .

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“Sweet Home Alabama” |What The Song Now Means To Me By Sarah

 

From Sarah:
My Story
I have a different story to tell when I speak of ” Sweet Home Alabama”.

Oh I have plenty of wonderful moments as well, but they will forever be tarred with the memory I have to tell.

It was a beautiful spring day in Colorado. Clear blue sky. Pikes Peak, snow covered  and shining in the background.

As I opened the door I heard the sound of music and I remember smiling. “Sweet Home Alabama” was playing.

I haven’t smiled like that since.

That was the day, my world as I knew it ended forever. The joy left my heart. An innocence shattered

Bobby was gone.

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It’s Time to Begin! {Intro and Resources for 1 Samuel 1-5} By Women Living Well And Good Morning Girls

It’s Time to Begin! {Intro and Resources for 1 Samuel 1-5}

From Sarah :
Not shown in This Post are the RESOURCES FOR THE CHILDREN. Check Them Out Here :
All of the 1 Samuel Bible Study Materials in One Place {Including Open Groups, Resources for Leaders & Resources for Children}

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/01/1-samuel-bible-study-materials-one-place-including-open-groups-resources-leaders-resources-children/

http://womenlivingwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1SamuelWordSearches.pdf
Printable 1 Samuel Word Searches for Kids

Printable 1 Samuel Verse of the Day Copywork Pages for Kids

Don’t Forget :

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From Courtney :

Cue the Confetti!  It’s time to begin!!!  I am so excited to begin the Book of 1 Samuel with you.

I was amazed at all the places from around the world you all are joining us!  Not only do we have 20 International Groups on our leadership team – which include translators in Bulgarian, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Dutch, French, Italian, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Botswana, and Sweden – but in the comment section of the last post I asked where you were from and we had comments from women in nearly all 50 states. (Hello Good Morning Girls from Hawaii and Alaska – I see you!!!)

We also had Good Morning Girls comment from in: Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Tanzania, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the Middle East, Austria, England, Norway, UK, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, Botswana, Dubai, Romania, Hungary and Jerusalem, Israel.

What a slice of heaven!  Awesome! Welcome everyone!  I’m so glad we can all take this journey together!

This is going to be a really great read.  In the book of 1 Samuel, we will see how the sovereignty of God is always at work in the lives of His people and how God does not choose who He uses based on appearances.  We will look at the example of David and Jonathan’s faithful friendship and the courage of a shepherd boy facing a giant.  This is going to be so good!

{If you don’t have your Journal yet – get it now – it’s on sale on Amazon for just  $8.40.}

Here’s The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

The book of 1 Samuel is about the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. As the book of Judges ends, we find there was no king in Israel and everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. Israel was at a spiritual low point, as their priesthood and judges were corrupt.

Israel desired to be like the other nations and so they demanded to have a King. So God gave Israel what they wanted and Samuel anointed Saul as King. Through a series of bad choices and disobedience of God’s will, Saul ended up rejected by God. A new king was chosen, David, a man after God’s own heart. After David defeated a giant named Goliath, Saul grew jealous of David and sought to kill him.

While David was on the run from Saul, twice he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but instead he honored the king. In the end, Saul tragically died while on the battlefield fighting the Philistines.

Author: Unknown; some possible writers are Nathan and Gad

Date: about 930BC

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Outline:

  • The days of Samuel before the monarchy (1-7)
  • Israel demands a king and the Monarchy begins (8-12)
  • The reign and rejection of King Saul (13-15)
  • The fall of Saul and the rise of David (16-31)

Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark – check off your reading each day!

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

Here are this week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}:

Chapter 1

Hannah poured her soul out before the Lord passionately, in silent prayer.

Who or what is on your heart today that needs your fervent prayers? Pause now and silently lay your requests before the Lord.

Chapter 2

After God answered Hannah’s prayers for a son, she praised God and was full of thanksgiving.

Take a moment and share a praise. What prayer request has God answered for you?

Chapter 3

God called Samuel three times before Samuel recognized God’s voice.

We must be listening to God, as we read His Word. Share a verse or passage of scripture that means a lot to you because God has clearly spoken to you through it.

Chapter 4

Israel expected a victory because the ark was with them but their disobedience led to defeat.

God is always with you and wants to give you victory but sin holds us back. Confess here below, any sin that is holding you back today.

Chapter 5
False gods will always fail before the One True God! One day every knee will bow to Him.

How does this bring you comfort to see the power of your God displayed in 1 Samuel 5?

Special Note: For those who have done previous studies with GMG, we are discontinuing the Reflection Question Graphics due to the length of the question not fitting on a graphic. Going forward, they will be printed in Monday’s Resource post in this format.  Please copy and paste them in your emails or Facebook groups.  Thank you!

To print the 31 Discussion Questions for 1 Samuel – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for 1 Samuel 1-5.

Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:

Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:

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And the Bible Coloring  Bookmark:

Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart

Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:

Bible Hi-Glider Highlighters
Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils
ESV Inductive Study Bible
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For Further Reading
The GMG Leadership Team are bloggers too! Visit their blogs here:
Becoming a Godly Wife – Bridget
Misty Leask – Misty
Rosilind Jukic – Rosilind
Worshipful Living – Mandy

Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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Beholding Him, Becoming Missional; Awakening to the Mission Through the Study of First Samuel./ Message From Sarah

From Sarah;
Women Living Well And Good Morning Girls start 1st Samuel this Monday, January,9th.

Here Is another Bible Study On 1 Samuel and a
First Samuel Journal

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The Journal is under $8.00 as of today.
A journal for First Samuel using the most effective way to study the Bible in your time with the Lord. The journal uses helpful questions called the 6 P’s; Paraphrase, Process, Pursue understanding, Principles, Praise God for how He’s revealed Himself and Personal application of what was read. The First Samuel Journal has all the questions listed for one chapter a day with space to fill in your own thoughts. This journal guides you through a personal quiet time with the Lord helping you to hear from Him and act on what you’ve read.

From Sarah : You can find the journal listed under Quiet Time Journals.

have this one. I would recommend it.

The Book :

I have NOT worked through this one as I never purchased the book. I have read a number of posts about it..
It is an IN-DEPTH Study.
From The Post:

Are you looking for a women’s Bible study? After writing many small group bible study lessons for over 30 small groups I’ve lead, I took the plunge to write a 12 week in-depth small group Bible study on the book of First Samuel and I truly think you will be blessed. But don’t take my word for it. Here are some reviews.

Bible Study Reviews
If you like Beth Moore, you’ll love Krokos 
Great Study
Likened to Beth Moore 
A Call to Live with Purpose… and Mission
Tons of Testimonies


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Here’s a little bit about this book Bible study.
Beholding Him, Becoming Missional; Awakening to the Mission Through the Study of First Samuel.          Based on the author’s twelve years of leading Bible studies, the author believes that Beholding Him, Becoming Missional: Awakening to the Mission Through the Study of 1 Samuel will offer women the opportunity to behold the King and be transformed into living uniquely purposeful and missional lives. By the end of the study, women will walk away with minds and hearts that have been transformed through an intimate relationship with the King, and lives uniquely reflecting the King’s heart and mission for the world.

Beholding Him, Becoming Missional has a “come alongside and let’s do life together” flavor and feel, as opposed to simply filling in the blanks. The author has written Beholding Him, Becoming Missional in a relational and relevant way. She shares many stories of victories and defeats, successes and embarrassments. Not only do the author’s own stories reflect similarities to what other young women may be going through, but 1 Samuel is also packed full of relevant stories—stories of people bravely living out God’s heart and passion, stories of utter failure and embarrassment, stories of redemption, victory, and partnering with others to live out God’s very heart.

Beholding Him, Becoming Missional is set up in two sections. The first six chapters will move you into a more authentic relationship with God. The second six chapters move you to the point of action, of living on purpose for the glory of God, reflecting His heart for the world. The author asks questions designed to engage the heart, where transformation can take place, leading them into living missionally.

 

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An Awesome 1st Samuel Bible Study By Beth Steffaniak Of Messy Marriage / Message From Sarah

From Sarah:
On Monday, January 9th, Women Living Well And Good Morning Girls Facebook begin their Bible Study in 1st Samuel. I will be sharing those posts like I usually do. Last year, though, I went through THIS AWESOME AND IN-DEPTH Study of Samuel.
I went DEEP.
Beth uses the “Worthy” Method Of Bible Study.
Check it out at :

http://www.messymarriage.com/bible-study/
It is SO WORTH IT.
The following is the post:

God’s Word is Worthy to be Studied Video

God is in Details

Ever wonder how studying God’s word can make a difference in your attitude or perspective?

Well, I hope you’ll join me for a new study in the book of 1st Samuel using my “Worthy” method of Bible study that will help you discover how to read God’s word and glean it for all its worth! You’ll be blown away by the facets that you discover that you might have missed using a devotional or other Bible studies that don’t teach you how to study but rather spoon-feed you truths.

I’ll be beginning a private Facebook group that will be going through the book of 1st Samuel starting the first week of April, 2016. I’ll provide step-by-step instructions for reading with the “Worthy” method and provide you with my notes as examples of what to look for free of charge.

All you have to do is friend me at Beth Oster Steffaniak and request to be added to the private group.

I will post 5 days worth of studies per week, so that you can catch up on the weekends if you need to. I make sure that you get the notes the night before, so that any time that next day you can do the reading and write out your own thoughts and observations. Then you can come and check out mine to see if there are things you might missed or might have seen that I didn’t. 😉

This group will go for approximately 6 months, so it’s something of a commitment. BUT! You can go at your own pace, drop out if you don’t like it anytime, or stay in step with the pace I set for you.

It’s a great way to stay challenged and focused, if you’ve struggled to be consistent in your Bible reading in the past.

Check out my video on the Worthy study

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All of the 1 Samuel Bible Study Materials in One Place {Including Open Groups, Resources for Leaders & Resources for Children}


Do you want to grow closer to the Lord in 2017?  Then Good Morning Girls is for you!

Here at Good Morning Girls we provide all the resources you need to grow in your walk with God.  A new year has begun and it’s a great time to connect.  I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, grab a few friends and join us!

You can start a Good Morning Girls group that meets for coffee in real life every week or you can start a group that meets daily on-line.  You can use Facebook Groups, email, text messaging and more to connect!

We are here to sharpen each other.

Proverbs 2717 iron sharpens iron

We regroup here at GMG 3 times a year – summer, fall and winter.

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Our Neck Of The Woods – Updated September 3, 2015

OUR NECK OF THE WOODS…..
Rolling Meadows Ranch (Where we live)
Lake Kissimmee State Park
Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Creek Preserve State Park
Collier Farm Road
Camp Mack Road
Camp Mack Fish Camp AKA Camp Mack River Resort
Liar’s Lair
Lake Wales, Florida
Cherry Pocket Fish Camp
Disney and Other Attractions
Orlando
Beaches and Oceans
The Florida Park Service
DEP  AKA The Department Of Environmental Protection
Fish And Wild Life
Wildfires and Prescribed Burns
Exotic And Invasion Weed Control
Volunteering
And Anything To Do With Florida

I have a blog attached to Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures that I am in the process of organizing.
https://ourneckofthewoodsblog.wordpress.com/

The weir at Lake Kissimmee State Park.
The weir at Lake Kissimmee State Park.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/sarahs-attic-of-treasures/where-danny-and-i-live-and-worklaugh-and-play-love-each-other/407786782628771

There’s been a lot of confusion here about where Danny and I live and work. It’s is a bit complicated. I talk about us working at Lake Kissimmee State Park , Rolling Meadows Ranch and even at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park. I also mention Catfish Creek ,the Creek. I mention living at the park and RMR .It’s all true. So here’s a bit of the story:
In  November 2006, I moved to Florida from Colorado. Danny and I moved out of the house his Dad had built when he was a child. He lived in Haines City all of his life. We bought a 5th Wheel and moved to Camp Mack Fishing Camp…..Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales. It’s right across from Lake Kissimmee State Park. Danny was working at Bok Tower Gardens at the time.

February 1, 2007, Danny got a job as a Park Ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park (LKSP) I started volunteering right away although not full time.
On August 4, 2007, we moved the RV across the street to LKSP and lived in what is called Day Use Area. I was Campground and Day Use  Host….
Among many other things.  FULL TIME and then some..We lived there until December 2008.

We moved over to Rolling Meadows Ranch.  (3 miles from the Ranger Station) It was a SOD FARM till the state took it over 6 years before. The Sod people totally moved out January 4, 2009. We remained in the RV until the Cracker House was Gutted and remodeled. (Part of the kitchen was left as it was. ( I wanted the CABINETS.) We worked on the house for  almost 4 years. We moved into the Cracker House and out of the RV in September 2011. It was not totally finish. Not by a long shot. We also needed the RV to cook in, etc. for months.

Lake Kissimmee State Park manages Rolling Meadows Ranch.
LKSP manages Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park (CCPSP) or Catfish Creek.
LKSP also manages a place called Money Tree and  a few other tracks of land.
Lake Kissimmee State Park also leases pasture land. All the pastures seen from LKSP to RMR on both sides of the road belong to LKSP.
Lake Kissimmee State Park connects to Rolling Meadows Ranch.
Rolling Meadows Ranch connects to Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park
So LKSP has almost 20,000 areas to manage.
Rolling Meadows Ranch is the largest of the 3. It’s where we take our NIGHTLY DRIVES that I talk about. It’s more of our Evening Rides because we usually get home around Dark.

Catfish Creek runs through CCPSP and RMR. I’m usually speaking of RMR’S Section of it. SO HAVE I TOTALLY CONFUSED YOU?  It takes time to fully understand all we do.

From Sarah: There are pictures in the original post on Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures. Showing the Cracker House :Beginning.

Source: Our Neck Of The Woods
https://ourneckofthewoodsblog.wordpress.com/about-our-neck-of-the-woods/

OUR NECK OF THE WOODS…..
Rolling Meadows Ranch
Lake Kissimmee State Park
Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Creek Preserve State Park
Collier Farm Road
Camp Mack Road
Camp Mack Fish Camp AKA Camp Mack River Resort
Liar’s Lair
Lake Wales, Florida
Cherry Pocket Fish Camp
Disney and Other Attractions
Orlando
Beaches and Oceans
The Florida Park Service
DEP  AKA The Department Of Environmental Protection
Fish And Wild Life
Wildfires and Prescribed Burns
Exotic And Invasion Weed Control
Volunteering
And Anything To Do With Florida

Best Oysters In Polk County

Best Oysters In Polk County
https://visitcentralflorida.org/blog/best-oysters-in-polk-county

Best Seafood Places

It’s oyster season, friends! We understand that when a craving hits you, there is no time to dally, so we’ve compiled our favorite places to get an oyster fix in Polk County during your Central Florida vacation.

Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House, Lake Alfred

As the name implies, if there’s one thing you know for sure you’ll find at Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House, it’s oysters…and locals. LOTS of locals!

Gary's Oyster Bar and Seafood House

Gary’s Oyster Bar and Seafood House

Their oysters: Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House receives oyster shipments on Tuesdays and Fridays. Louisiana and Texas oysters are what they predominantly carry due to shortages of Apalachicola oysters in recent years. Larger select oysters are used to fill fried orders, because oyster meat is delicate and more substance is needed for a nice end product when frying. You of course can order your oysters raw, steamed or chargrilled. Chargrilled oysters are served on the half shell and are basted with a secret house sauce, and are then topped with either garlic and parmesan, or pepper jack and bacon.

Stumbled on Gary’s online whilst looking for a place to dine. Can safely say best choice locally for seafood. Oysters absolutely A1, fresh flavorsome, great location, great staff and owners working the bar, laid back relaxed joint. Going back.

— Yelp Review

Atmosphere: There’s nothing fussy about Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House. Character and history line the walls of this established seafood house in Lake Alfred and they have TV’s for sporting events, coveted bar seating, and dining room seating.

Insider tip: Arrive early and snag a seat at the bar (The only place you can order your oysters by the bucket) and see them shucked right in front of you!

Address: 660 E Alfred St, Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863- 956-5055

From Sarah :
Danny and I used to eat here before he sold his house in Haines City…….same time I moved to Florida  for good. We enjoyed it there. Oysters were awesome. Food was good.

Harry’s Old Place, Winter Haven

The focus is put on fresh fare at Harry’s Old Place. They serve a diverse array of seafood and dishes with Florida flare in a quaint restaurant with an eclectic collection of nautical décor. A visit to Harry’s Old Place, near LEGOLAND Florida Resort, is an experience – a tasty experience.

Their oysters: They get a small order in each day and serve them fried, steamed or baked.

Address: 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-324-0301
We went there a couple of times. Good food.

Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood Shak, Lake Wales

This historic Lake Wales seafood restaurant has been serving locals and drawing visitors to its waterfront property since the 1940s, and it gets better and better every year.

Their oysters: Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood Shak receives oyster shipments on Tuesdays and Fridays from Louisiana. You can order them raw, steamed or fried.

Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood Shak

Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood Shak

Atmosphere: Lakefront, cozy and quirky with indoor and outdoor seating. Despite renovations, the establishment still bears an Old Florida charm that only gets better with time. One of its most unique characteristics (and there are lots of them) is on the outdoor lakefront deck where they have a “houseboat bar,” talking parrot and “barn” – a building that houses dart boards, a PAC-MAN game and a pool table. The barn can be rented out for a large party or celebration.

Insider tip: Save room for dessert! Their tasty treats are baked lovingly by owner, Elsie Eten.

Address: 3100 Canal Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 863- 439-2031
From Sarah:
Cherry Pocket is where we used to go all the time. A whole in the wall old fish camp.
Best Carrot Cake anywhere.

Harborside Restaurant, Winter Haven

You don’t have to travel all the way to the beach to enjoy a waterfront dining experience – Harborside Restaurant on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is just what you need! They even have a spacious dock you can boat right up to.

Their oysters: They get shipments in 2-3 times per week. Most often they carry 3 varieties at a time and the lineup changes throughout the week. Their most popular varieties are: Cedar Key, Maryland, Blue Point, Ameripure and Apalachicola.

Harborside Restaurant

Harborside Restaurant

Atmosphere: The theme is modern nautical, featuring rustic tiles, brushed copper and gray walls inside the restaurant, and if that doesn’t put you in the mood for seafood, the outdoor patio surely will. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the iconic Florida sunshine and breathtaking views of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes.

Address: 2435 7th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-293-7070

From Sarah :
Another fun place we use to go. A Whole in the wall restaurant and outdoor on the lake fun place to eat.

Crazy Fish Bar & Grill, Lake Wales

Fresh, never frozen award-winning fare served in a super-friendly and eclectic atmosphere. It’s kind of like Key West, only in Lake Wales…and it’s Emeril Lagasse approved!

Their oysters: They receive shipments in daily, mostly from Louisiana. You can order them raw, steamed, or Oysters Rockefeller.

 From Sarah :
On the other side of Lake Wales.
A Small restaurant. Great food.

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet By McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

https://themccallumsshamrockpatch.com/2016/09/24/copycat-crab-casserole-from-hunan-chinese-buffet/

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be really good.Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Taco Joes By The Iowa Housewife

Taco Joes By The Iowa Housewife
http://iowasue.blogspot.com/2017/03/taco-joes.html

The older Pillsbury paperback cookbooks you used to be able to buy at the checkout lanes in most grocery stores had some excellent recipes. Now days I find them at book sales though I own most of them. 

This recipe for Taco Joe’s is a take off on Sloppy Joe’s. The recipe makes enough for two meals, One with the meat mixture in hamburger buns and the second uses them in a potato crusted pie. This is the recipe for the Taco Joe buns.

Fling Open Your Doors and Let Others In! – Women Living Well

Any month is a good month for Making Your Home A Haven. Start now.

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

http://womenlivingwell.org/2016/10/fling-open-doors-let-others/

Women Living Well :

Making Your Home Haven Series


It isn’t too late to start. The Month Of November is the perfect month to due the challenge.

Don’t just make loving your family your aim during this challenge. As a family, reach out and bring others into your circle of love! Brainstorm as a family a person—or perhaps even another family—whom you can make the object of your love and kindness this week.

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Opening our homes + the day we found Elsabet — teresa swanstrom anderson

Open your doors and hearts.

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

http://www.teresaswanstromanderson.com/blog/openinghomeselsabet

Open your homes if possible.
Open your hearts no matter what.

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In Memory of Mandy Kelly – Becoming A Godly Wife

http://www.becomingagodlywife.com/uncategorized/mandy-kelly/

From Sarah : 

My heart is broken and I only knew Mandy and her family through her blog Worshipful Living and through online blogs. 

Good Morning Girls was a huge part of Mandy’s life.

I first got to know Mandy right after Good Morning Girls Breakup a few years. I was so torn with all that was happening. I remember Mandy making a comment on something I had written. She listened to my words. 

We messaged off and on through the years. The occasional email. A comment here and there. 

I never talked to her over the phone.

Yet, I called her friend.

I welcomed her words in my email daily. I watched for her posts. She was so real. So alive. So joyful. She loved life. She loved her husband. Her kids. Her family and friend. Most of all she loved Jesus. 

Many was and is an inspiration. Her and Scott will live on in Bekah and Jared.

She will live on through her blog and her writings. 

Mandy once said ” How You Finished Matters”.

Mandy finished like she lived. Her joy will continue.

No More Faking Fine – Ending the Pretending By A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

No More Faking Fine – Ending the Pretending

By A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2017/03/no-more-faking-fine-ending-pretending.html

I am still working my way through the recently released book, No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending. I am enjoying it so far and wanted to share some good quotes with you.

Here is one on pretending:

“How often have your tried not to cry your own tears? Maybe you’re like me, and you weren’t prepared for life to be shockingly painful at times. Or maybe you believe, as I did, that you have to fake fine because God wants strong, un-anxious Christians. I know I am not the only one who minimizes my pain, works hard to get out of it, or just pretends that everything is okay. But I have found that if we minimize our suffering to a 3 on the pain scale, then we only heal at a 3 as well.”

Bacon Brussels Sprouts au gratin By The Cutting Edge Of Ordinary

untitled.pngBacon Brussels Sprouts au gratin
By The Cutting Edge Of Ordinary

http://thecuttingedgeofordinary.blogspot.com/2017/03/bacon-brussel-sprouts-au-gratin

https://www.flickr.com/photos/firefly64/33019518315 Photo.

“I saw this recipe on one of the many little video recipes on Facebook and I immediately put brussel sprouts on my shopping list. I made this for a small dinner party and everyone went nuts over them. Even the sprout haters!

It’s so good that I’m adding it to my Easter menu.

It cheesy and delicious and I can’t wait to make it again!”

Good Morning Girls Wednesday’s Resources {Luke 6-10} – Women Living Well

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/good-morning-girls-resources-luke-6-10/

Wednesday’s Bible Study 

Read Chapter 8

Chapter 8

When Jairus heard his daughter was dead, he may have lost hope. Perhaps he felt, God did not come through and he was too late. But God’s timing is always right. He can make what is dead – come alive!
God was stretching Jairus’ faith. All Jairus had to do was simply believe Jesus’ words to be true.
Jesus said: “Do not fear only Believe.” Is there an area in your life where fear has crept in and God is stretching your faith? 

Tuesday Chatter – March 21, 2017

Enjoying the Tuesday Chatter.

Life Happens at the Carrs

Hi everyone. Been a busy morning and I’m just now getting to the Tuesday Chatter(hosted by Eugenia). I usally try to do this first thing in the morning while I drink my coffee but today didn’t work out that way (obviously). The Hubby was up early and there were a few things he wanted to get taken care of. Then there was breakfast and a party that I needed to post in… Then off to take care kitties for family (which is where I’m at now). As soon as I’m done here, it’s back home to pick up son and off to Phoenix to pick up bookshelves…. That’ll probably take a good several hours (1-1/2 to 2 hrs driving each way plus the time at the store picking up the bookshelves… Ohhh and we’ll probably want to stop for lunch or something).

Our son is coming along nicely in…

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Tuesday Chatter 72

Life in 1972.

BrewNSpew

While we’re having coffee, let’s take a break from what we can’t control. Sometimes pointless chatter can eventually take on a form of positive energy. The world is ours to keep. Let’s reap what we sow and sow what we reap.

1972, a black year in history due to the Munich Olympics Terrorist attack, Governor George Wallace is shot, Bloody Friday and Bloody Sunday in Ireland. Also, many deaths due inclement weather events –  earthquake destroys most of Bingol, Turkey – more than 1000 dead, 10.00 homeless, earthquake in southern Iraq – more than 5000 dead, Hurricane Agnes creates destruction in the states of Pa, NY, Md and Va – 117 dead, Earthquake in Nicaragua – 5,000-10,000 dead in the capital Managua.

The annual average income in the US is $11,500, and the average cost of a new house is $27,550. The cost of a gallon of gas is 55…

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In Memoriam: Two Women Worth Watching

I enjoyed them both.

My World With Words

It seems to happen too often: at the tail-end of the year, after many of the retrospectives are complete, we lose a major personality. In this year, when several icons were lost at a relatively young age, it’s particularly poignant. Even more so, because it was mother and daughter.

I’m still feeling the shock of Carrie Fisher’s death, and now I’ve learned Debbie Reynolds passed away late yesterday. Carrie, as most of you know, was Debbie’s daughter with crooner Eddie Fisher. She never lived in her mother’s shadow, however. Her light was too bright.

Carrie was remarkably talented and equally outspoken. She had plenty of pain in her life, but never stopped moving forward, reinventing herself when necessary. As so many have noted, she was best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but her work didn’t stop with that character. In my life, I remember her more for…

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Label

Love this post. Love the comics at the end.

sparksfromacombustiblemind

This post didn’t start out as a ‘prompt post’ but it’s ended up that way.  I didn’t even know that yesterday’s prompt word was ‘label’.  Weird how the world works.  Specially when you see it a bit askew..

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/label/

I’m on a list.  Actually, I’m probably on LOTS of lists.   I’m a bit odd and I bet (paranoid describes me too) the boys in those black suburban vehicles are listening and watching me.  Carefully without approaching.  Sorta like that dog who might appear friendly, but his ears are laid back and his tail is not wagging.  His lip is curled just slightly, showing a gleaming ivory fang.  He has a watchful gleam in his eye and you are fairly certain that if you turn your back on him, you’ll lose a chunk of flesh out of your hiney or leg…

And yeah there is a point.  I’ll get to…

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Frosty Day

My days go like that and I don’t have any kids.

Visionarie kindness

I came here, ready to write the day away.

I stubbed my toe against a corner closet-step.

I warmed my coffee pot instead. 

Flopping down to the chair that needed me, like everything else in the room:

the children crying, my plants are dying, the cold called me too.

I grabbed my socks put them on, fed the babies with tiny spoons.

Sipped my mocha piping hot and then I could not write.

Ah-ey, there goes my day.

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Falling Straight

Short and to thepoint.

Visionarie kindness

florida

Dear sky/ I heard your utterances of the night
like God, herself came and choke out all the evil on my street. It was clean bolts, pounding, and the wreckage was just what we needed to keep the peace around here. – Krissy Mosley

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Luke 6-10} – Women Living Well

http://womenlivingwell.org/2017/03/good-morning-girls-resources-luke-6-10/  

Good Morning Girls : 

Read Chapter 7 in Luke

Tuesday’s Study Question And Bible Verse.

Chapter 7
The woman, who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair, had sinned greatly in the past. But her humility and her deep emotional love for Jesus showed that she understood how great God’s forgiveness is.
Pause for a moment and think back over your past and all of the sins you have committed in your lifetime.
Now take a moment and write a personal prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus for his great love and forgiveness of your sins