Friday, February 27, 2009

The Words of Our Founding Fathers.... Ben Franklin Friday's

Okay, I would like to start having different Founders on different days of the week, so we picked Benjamin Franklin for Friday! Mr. Franklin was a very intelligent man, we all know and his writings are very thought provoking and witty!

So today, here is some of Ben's Best.

"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men,
but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."

"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants."

Please when reading all of our founding fathers quotes and sayings, see how they apply to us today. God Bless you.

Frugal Fridays-Cloths

For Christmas, I made a bunch of cloth napkins for King Ed. We use them everyday now, and since we have started to use them, the amount of paper towels we use has gone down tremendously! Cloth napkins can easily be made from scrape fabric, or fabric that is not suited for anything else. A lot of times you can find cheep, pieces of fabric at Wal-Mart and it does not take much to make a lot of napkins. I think I purchased 2 yrds. and made like, 24 napkins!
Also, to help cut back on paper, we bought a bunch of washcloths at the dollar store. They were bundles of 12 for a pretty good price (do not remember off hand, but between 5 and 9 dollars?). I plan to use them for a number of things, besides house cleaning, and bathing!
You can make baby bids out of washcloths. They are so easy, too! I hope to make a bunch one of these days! I have some friends expecting, maybe that will be some good baby gifts!
I have also decided to grow some luffa gourds, for sponges and I read where you can eat the immature gourds like you would squash! So that is interesting!
I like things that have multiple uses!

God bless in your high-calling as a homemaker!
A sister in Christ,

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Mornings At The Well 1

Gathering At the Well

This Monday mornings discussion questions for the women At the Well.

Are there areas of hardnes and coldness in my life? What are the roots of these? Do I need to release someone who has hurt me in my past? Do I need to confess and release myself from the bondage of sinful patterns in my own life?
With the Good Lord's help, and my husband's, I am overcoming my ruff growing up years. There are many problems that are in my family and past and I do not want these carried on to another generation! As my husband says, "It stops here." I do not want to be like my mother and grandmother (on my Dad's side). Enough damage has been done to me and my siblings and family. I have had a hard time forgiving my parents and grandmother but thankfully, with God all things are possible and He is here for me and gives me strength! One book that I have found to be very helpful is "The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past to Give Your Kids a Great Future" By: T. Suzanne Eller.

What are some ways that I can turn the conversation around when other women begin to gripe and complain about their children?
Childern are a blessing from them Lord! This is what I try to show to people! To many look at their children as in the way of their career life and all that they want to do. It is soo sad to see women who have given up their high-calling as mothers and instead have little dogs! I enjoy spending everyday with my children. My children are worth all my time. I am a women, and God has called me to be a mother and homemaker! There is nothing more important then raising my children in a godly home, giving them the best education by homeschooling them, and teaching them to love the Lord! Praise the Lord for childern!

Name some creative ways we can create warmer, more inviting environments for our children.

Loving their father! I call him my "Prince" or "King" and our daughters look up to him as Prince or King, too!
Taking the time to play down on their level at least once a day! Children love for you to get on their level!
Play dress up and make believe. Act out a short play, or familiar story, or show.
Read to them about God and His love for them!
Singing and dancing around the house to childrens sunday school songs or some other Christian music (they enjoy Momma's music, too!).
Child-proofing my home. Removing things that are not child friendly or that may be tore up. Getting rid of them or putting them away. This will save me from having to get on to my children, or someone else's children, later. My children are more important then things!
Arrange your house to be child friendly. Give them areas to play, a little fun paly area. Change it up ever-so-often to make it more interesting.
Have a lot of toys? Put some away and ever-so-often retate the old toys.
Have a tea time! Or a special time of the day to have a special snack and maybe go over proper etiquette!
Replace or add to your selection of childrens movies, Bible movies!
Include your children in what you do. Childern enjoy helping and being with you! Also starting them out young, making it fun, will pay off when they are older and have chores!
Pray for each of your children!
Bless your children!

Love a sister in Christ,

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Spiritual Sundays 3

Oh! to be like Jesus!
Everyday I pray that I may be more like my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Oh! to love like Jesus! He loved us, to the end and give His all for us! Sinners who are not deserving and often to ungrateful. (Romans 5:8, John 13:1)
Oh! to have servant's heart like Jesus! He is the Master, and yet He became the lowly servent. (John 13:1-17)
Oh! to pray like Jesus! (John 17, Matthew 6:9-13)
Oh! to be intolerant of sin like Jesus! And to keep God's house and my house and my temple (body) clean of all that is unpleasing and evil in the Lord's sight! (Matthew 21:12-13, John 2:12-17)
How wonderful to have a close and deep relationship with our Heavenly Father! (John 17: 20-23, John 10:30)
Oh! to live like Jesus! That I may live a life commited to my Lord, honoring and serving my Lord. Oh! to be able and willing to do His good will, always in all things! Oh! to be like Jesus, to say, "Not my will, but Yours Lord!" To give my all to Him and let Him work out His plan in my life! (Matthew 26:39)
Oh! to be a good example, like Jesus! That all may see Him, instead of me, that I may shine for Him and maybe lead some lost, hurting soul to Him! (1 Peter 2:21)
Oh! to be humble, like Jesus! Oh! to be pure, righteous, meek and gentle! To think like Jesus! And have His wisdom! (Philippians 2:5 and8, Colossians 3:2-3 & 10, Philippians3:7-9,Philippians 4:8)
Oh! to be like Jesus! (Ephesians 5:1&2)

Praising the Lord,

"Oh! to Be Like Thee"
Thomas O. Chisholm

"Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,Jesus,
Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.

Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.

Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.

Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above."

"Stepping in the Light"
words: Eliza E. Hewitt music: William J. Kirkpatrick

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Trying to follow our Savior and King;
Shaping our lives by His bless├Ęd example,
Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.

How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Led in paths of light.

Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading,
When we are tempted to turn from the way;
Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
Happy, how happy, our praises each day.

Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy, and love,
Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
Happy, how happy, our journey above.

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Upward, still upward, we follow our Guide;
When we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,”
Happy, how happy, our place at His side.

I do not know the songs below, but the lyrics and music are beautiful! Enjoy!

"More like the Master"
Words and music by Charles H. Gabriel 1906

"More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore.

More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be."

"More like Jesus would I be"
words: Fanny Crosby music:W.Howard Doane

"More like Jesus would I be, let my Savior dwell with me;
Fill my soul with peace and love—make me gentle as a dove;
More like Jesus, while I go, pilgrim in this world below;
Poor in spirit would I be; let my Savior dwell in me.

If He hears the raven’s cry, if His ever watchful eye
Marks the sparrows when they fall, surely He will hear my call:
He will teach me how to live, all my sinful thoughts forgive;
Pure in heart I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me.

More like Jesus when I pray, more like Jesus day by day,
May I rest me by His side, where the tranquil waters glide.
Born of Him through grace renewed, by His love my will subdued,
Rich in faith I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me."

We Surround Them Step 2

Here is the second step in "We Surround Them".
I shared the first step a week or so ago. If you have not read about it, please do! To read about step two and the big day that Beck is planning and how you can be a big part of it, go to:

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

The 12 Values

Hard Work
Personal Responsibility

If you believe in these values and principles, apply them to your life, and live by them!

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You are Not alone!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Add The Superbowl and CNN would not air!

To read the article go to:

Rick Santelli on the Trading Floor in Chicago

Wow! You gotta hear this! This is from CNBC, with Rick Santelli on the trading floor in Chicago.

Like King Ed says, these are very smart people!

And this from

"White House objects to 'rant' on its housing plan

Feb 20 05:43 PM US/EasternBy BEN FELLERAssociated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Friday dismissed a cable television reporter's criticism of President Barack Obama's housing bailout plan as the ranting of an individual who "doesn't know what he's talking about."
In a report on CNBC on Thursday, Rick Santelli animatedly accused the Obama administration of "promoting bad behavior" with its $75 billion lifeline to millions of Americans on the brink of foreclosure.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs poked fun at Santelli by inviting him to come to the White House to read the details of Obama's plan. "I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee," Gibbs said. In a nod to Santelli's caffeinated style, Gibbs then wryly added: "Decaf."
Santelli took the critique in stride, saying Gibbs had hardly offered tough words.
"I think this is terrific that this has been opened up to national debate," Santelli said in an MSNBC interview shortly after Gibbs' daily briefing wrapped up. "I think it's wonderful he invited to me to the White House. I'm really not big on decaf, though. I think I'd prefer tea."
The episode underscores how closely the Obama White House, like others before it, monitors how media coverage may be shaping public opinion. In particular, the constant chatter of cable television news shows has at times gotten under the skin of White House aides, and they have made no effort to hide their displeasure.
The goal of Obama's plan is to help millions of homeowners from being evicted and stabilize the flailing housing market. It aims to help struggling homeowners refinance and provides more money to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to encourage them to rework deeply troubled loans.
In his report on CNBC, Santelli said responsible homeowners would end up subsidizing other people's bad behavior.
From the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, he turned to traders and said: "How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills?" The traders booed that notion, and Santelli said: "President Obama, are you listening?"
Santelli's report has become something of an Internet sensation.
Gibbs countered that Obama's housing plan would help those who have acted responsibly but yet could lose their home.
"Here's what this plan won't do," Gibbs said. "It won't help somebody trying to flip a house. It won't bail out an investor looking to make a quick buck. It won't help speculators that were betting on a risky market. And it is not going to help a lender who knowingly made a bad loan."
Later, Gibbs acknowledged that "there will be people that made bad decisions that in some ways will get help," but that they are not the focus. "I also think it's tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they're talking about," he said. "

As they say, we are most guilty of what we accuse others of!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Words of Our Founding Fathers....

I have found the writings of Samuel Adams to be very powerful and to portray to me a man filled with love for this new country, for his fellow man, for his Provider. A man with a strong spirit and will! He is so moving and his writings filled with emotion!

I believe we need to be reading what our founding fathers said and wrote, so this is the first of many blog post that I hope to share...The Words of Our Founding Fathers.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." -Samuel Adams

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams

"All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should."
-Samuel Adams

"If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." -Samuel Adams

"He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man...The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people."
-Samuel Adams

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
-Samuel Adams

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

12-year-old Girl Steals Show with Pro-Life Speech!



Girl,12 vs. judge in speech contest. Guess who wins

Teachers threaten disqualification, but girl chooses to speak against abortion
Posted: February 16, 20098:36 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
Despite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children – after an offended judge quit.
"What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were going to live or die?" the seventh-grader begins in a video recording of her speech on YouTube. "What if I told you that this choice wasn't based on what you could or couldn't do, what you'd done in the past or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it?"
The girl, a student at a Toronto school identified only as "Lia," continued:
"Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation. Someone is choosing without even knowing them whether they are going to live or die.
"That someone is their mother. And that choice is abortion."
But what made the 12-year-old choose to speak about abortion?
"It was really a family thing," her mother explained on the blog Moral Outcry. "I saw Lou [Engle] speak at a conference several years ago. I came back to my family with the Life Bands, and we all wore them, made our covenant, and prayed the prayer for abortion to end. … We were invited to participate in a 'Life Tape Siege.' Once my kids heard of this invitation, they all agreed: 'We have to do that!' Since then, Lia's passion for seeing abortion end has continued."
Despite Lia's enthusiasm for her topic, her teacher "strongly encouraged" her to select a different one for her class presentation or she would be considered ineligible for an upcoming speech contest.
"[S]everal teachers discouraged her from picking the topic of abortion; she was told it was 'too big,' 'too mature' and 'too controversial,'" her mother wrote. "She was also told that if she went ahead with that topic, she would not be allowed to continue on in the speech competition."
Lia's mother continued, "Initially, I tried helping her find other topics to speak on, but, in the end, she was adamant. She just felt she wanted to continue with the topic of abortion. So she forfeited her chance to compete in order to speak on something she was passionate about."
Lia's teacher was so impressed by the speech that she allowed her student to advance as the winner. Lia presented her speech to judges in front of her entire school on Feb. 10.
The school principal and teachers called Lia's presentation the "obvious winner" – but the judges suddenly disqualified her the following day "because of the topic and her position on abortion," her mother said.
Lia's father later revealed that the judges had a "big disagreement." One was offended by the speech and voluntarily stepped down while the others reversed their earlier decision – declaring her the winner.
Now Lia plans to take her message of life to a regional speech competition, and more than 130,000 visitors have viewed her presentation online.
"Why do we think that just because a fetus can't talk or do what we do, it isn't a human being yet?" She asks in the video. "Some babies are born after only five months. Is this baby not human?
"We would never say that. Yet abortions are performed on 5-month-old fetuses all the time. Or do we only call them humans if they're wanted?"
She continues, "No, fetuses are definitely humans – knit together in their mother's womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name."

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spiritual Sunday 2

I love the beautiful old hymns! They touch the soul and the heart! They reach deep down into you and pull out the love and praise for our Lord and Savior! I have many memories of getting together with friends and family and singing hymns! My family use to have a lot of friends over one Sunday ever so often, when the weather was good and we would all sit out in lawn chairs singing!
How these hymns revive ones heart and soul! They have and continue to touch so many lives. I enjoy reading stories behind the hymns and about the writers of the hymns. They are truly touching and amazing! Some of my favorite hymns are "Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus", "A Beautiful Life", "O Thou Fount of Every Blessing", "Jesus is Calling", "There is a Fountain", "Trust and Obey", "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", and of course "Amazing Grace"! I can imagine my Grandpa singing "The Lord My Shepherd Is" and when ever I hear "Seeking the Lost" I remember the singing we had one time when my Uncle "Grandpa Rocks" was at our house! There are many special memories with so many hymns! I am sure many stand out to each of us, whether they have touched us personally or carry special memories! Songs, mostly hymns have always been a big part of my life. A lot of my growing up we didn't have radios and cd's, tv or any of that stuff. But we did sing a lot and most of the songs we learned were hymns! We need to teach them to our children and pass them on, so that they will continue to be remembered, and inspire and encourage others! They are not out of date, these are timeless! They are filled with praise and many are inspired from God and the scriptures! God loves to hear our praise and worship for Him! Oh to have a heart, mind, and soul filled with praise for Him! He gives you joy, He puts a song into your heart! Give Him the glory! Sing Him a hymn!

Because He Lives,

Please take the time to sing some Hymns today!
I have added two songs on here and part of two other songs. I hope you enjoy.

I will Sing the Wonderous Story
Words: Fran­cis H. Row­ley, 1886 Music: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, 1886

I will sing the wondrous storyOf the Christ Who died for me.
How He left His home in gloryFor the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous storyOf the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,Gathered by the crystal sea.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,Drew me back into His way.

I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,Faint was I from many a fall,
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,But He freed me from them all.

Days of darkness still come o’er me,Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But His presence still is with me;By His guiding hand I’m led.

He will keep me till the riverRolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,Where the loved ones I shall meet.


I will Sing of my Redeemer
Words: Phil­ip P. Bliss, 1876 Music: James Mc­Gran­a­han, 1877

I will sing of my Redeemer,And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,Paid the debt, and made me free.
I will tell the wondrous story,How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer,His triumphant power I’ll tell,
How the victory He givethOver sin, and death, and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer,And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,Son of God with Him to be.


He Keeps Me Singing
Words & Music: Lu­ther B. Bridg­ers

There’s within my heart a melody Jesus whispers sweet and low,
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,In all of life’s ebb and flow.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,Sweetest Name I know,
Fills my every longing,Keeps me singing as I go.

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Words: Hen­ry J. van Dyke, Music: Hymn to Joy, from the 9th Symphony of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Have You Seen This?

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State Department to Expedite the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Parental Rights News, February 9, 2009 --
Dear Friend of Parental Rights,

The following story is in the news this morning at


After Ambassador Susan Rice’s inability to make an “iron-clad commitment” for immediate ratification, Boxer will ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for U.S. support of the UNCRC.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which opponents say could destroy American sovereignty by imposing international rulings on American law, could reach the Senate within 60 days. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says she wants a 60-day timeframe for the State Department to complete its review so the Senate can move toward ratification of the UNCRC. During the Senate Confirmation hearing between Boxer and UN Ambassador-designate Susan Rice held on January 15, 2009, Boxer told Rice the UNCRC would protect “the most vulnerable people of society.”

Opponents vehemently disagree. Under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI) of the U.S. Constitution, ratified treaties preempt state law. Since virtually all laws in the U.S. regarding children are state laws, this treaty would negate nearly 100% of existing American family law. Moreover, it would grant the government authority to override parental decisions by applying even to good parents a standard now only used against those convicted of abuse or neglect.

In the hearing, Rice promised to review the treaty but noted “challenges of domestic implementation.” Rice also resisted a strict timeframe: “I don’t have a sense of how long it will take us, in light of the many different things on our plate,” she said.

Calling it a “complicated treaty,” Rice expressed her commitment to the treaty’s objectives, but when Rice concluded that she could not meet the Senator’s strict timeframe, Boxer said they would take it up with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In light of this news, many are asking us, “What can I do to help stop this treaty and preserve parental rights and American sovereignty?” The answer is, become a PRO-Active 10-and-2 Representative. Petition signatures will help. Sending emails, post cards, or phone calls to your Congressman and Senators will help more. But signing up as a 10-and-2 Representative will do so much more.

First, instead of just one signature, you will recruit 10 in addition to your own. Instead of 1 post card or call to each representative, you will generate 11 (including yourself). Most importantly, though, 10-and-2 Reps recruit 2 more people to do the same thing, so we grow exponentially. We know you can’t invest 40 hours a week and collect hundreds of signatures, but you can have that same impact in just 2-4 hours as a PRO-Active 10-and-2 Representative.

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Saturday Psalms and Praise 2

Saturday Psalm & Praise

"It is good to give thanks to the LORD,

And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,

And Your faithfulness every night." Psalms 92:1-2

Our God is soo Great and Good!

Everyday I am reminded of His goodness! Oh, that everyone would praise the Lord! He gave us this day and yesterday! He has showered us all with blessings! He is worthy of continual praise! May we praise Him when we raise in the morning, for the beautiful day that he has blessed us with! May we kneel at our bed in awe of His grace! May we praise Him in our daily Bible reading, as we read of the Psalms and His great works for His people! May we praise Him as we break our bread and eat our meals. May we praise Him for our loved ones as we clean the house, make meals, homeschool and and keep or home for our family! May we praise Him for all our pets and animals as we do our chores. May we praise the Lord as we work in the yard! May we Prasie Him in the evening as we lay and rest after another blessed day from our Good Lord! Oh, that our minds were continually filled with thoughts of the Lord's loving kindness and all that He is and does! May a song of praise be upon our lips and may our children learn to praise the Lord while they are yet very young and may their lives be filled with praise for their Lord! May our life be commited to the Lord and praise to Him!

Praising Him,


"Seven times a day I praise You,

Because of Your righteous judgments." Psalms 119:164

Loving our Husbands--26 Ways to Be His Valentine!

Gathering At the Well

Loving Our Husbands.
This is a little late, I know, but everyday should be like Valentines day, when it comes to showing your husband how much you love him! Hope you enjoy and remember to use these everyday!
God bless your Valentines Day!

26 Ways to Be His Valentine

By Connie Alexander Huddleston

Amorous words are not outdates. Write your husband a poem, sing him a song, buy him a romantic card.

Bake his favorite dessert and serve it by candlelight after the children have gone to bed.

Compliment him on his looks, his dedication to the Lord, his way with your children, etc.

Drive the next time the two of you go somewhere, and let him relax and enjoy the scenery.

Enumerate his fine qualities, using the modified line of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Why do I love thee? Let me count the Whys." Tape the list to his mirror.

Fish, golf, hunt, swim with him; or at least read up on his hobby.Grass need mowing? Letters waiting to be typed?

Give him the gift of time and do a job usually his.

Hide encouraging Scripture verses or personal notes in his coat pockets, his wallet, his sock drawer, or on the pulpit.

Indulge him with the luxury of breakfast in bed served on a decorative tray.

Join him for a day at his work in his office, classroom, parishioner visitation.

Kiss him goodbye when he leaves for work. It's easy to get out of the abit in the rush of life.

Learn more about him. Do you know his favorite childhood memory? The best Christmas present he ever recieved? His favorite record? The time he was the most afraid?

Meet him for lunch. Use fast-food coupons or pack a sack lunch to share at the park.

New photos of the two of you can make the ordinary a day to remember. So get out the camera and frame the results!

Old, cherished wedding pictures can help you remember when your love was new.

Prepare his favorite meal.

Quips and cartoons can lighten his day. Cut them out and give them to him on a day he needs a lift!

Read a book together. Ralph Waldo Emerson said "It is a tie between men to have read the same book."

Smile when you see him.

Thank him for the routine things you tend to expect him to do.


Valentines aren't just for February. Give him a little gift - a pen, a magazine he likes, a favorite candy bar, along with a love note.Wask and wax the car for him.

Xercise to keep yourself looking good.

Yes, let's do it! Make that your answer when he suggests things to do - a walk, watching the sunset, taking a day to ski...whatever.

Zzzzzz. Let him take a long undisturbed nap while you entertain the children elsewhere.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Call on Jesus

This is one of my favorite songs! Hope you enjoy!

Homemaking and Home Destroyers part 2 of 2

Okay here is my second try at this. The first got deleted. Sorry it is very pitiful now.

Gathering At the Well

Yesterday the question At The Well was on whether are motives are pleasing to God. So today I have been thinking about pleasing God and homemaking. I believe that I am pleasing God as a homemaker. I am pleasing God by staying at home, by being my husband's helpmate and by raising our children. I am pleasing God by being joyful and content as a homemaker. This can be ruff at times, and satan often throws discouragement, but I must remember to build up my home and that I will find joy in pleasing my family and the Lord! I do not consider myself to be the best homemaker. As in most areas of my life, there is a lot of room for improvement! But, Praise the Lord, He is still working on me!
My husband is the King of this home. So I want him to be happy and fill appreciated and loved in his home. We should want our husband to fill like royalty! We have to create and build up a home that has an atmosphere of love for all who abide here. Our position, as homemakers, should not be looked down upon as one of a maid servant, but as the wife of a king, we have the calling to be the queen of our home! When we think of our home this way, we will have a new attitude. Our position as queen is a privilege! A God given privilege! Our God-given calling! Our home is a "castle" and we were chosen to be the ones to make it a "castle," build it up, and fill it with love for our family, and pleasing unto the Lord! How wonderful! We are blessed with the title of a queen! The world offers many lies, and lures us to believe many things, so that women are easily mislead to follow the worlds calling to women. We can have the career we always dreamed of, our own spending money to buy what we want or think we need, we can have fancy things, go fancy places, plan out our own lives around ourselves, we are not tied down, we can go, go, go, and do as we please! What a life! And we are known as career, liberated, powerful women! Yet this is soo empty! Nothing last, we are not truly rewarded and when the lights go out and the show is over, we have nothing. Our hearts, body and whole being is made to nurture, care for, love and create. To be a career women or to be a homemaker and queen? The answer is clear to me. I want to please my God and so this is the title I will humbly wear, a homemaker and a queen.
This is your high calling, your privilege and position! Wear it like a queen! Embrace your high-calling! Praise the Lord for your high-calling!
A homemaker for the Lord,

I have included the second part of Nancy Campbell's writing that I shared with you last week. If you would like to receive these in your email go to her website:


Part 2b
Proverbs 13:18, "Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored."

We continue talking today about the home destroyer of foolishness. We pull it down by not preparing for the future. As you read through Proverbs 31 again you will notice that the virtuous woman did not live just for the day, but prepared her home and household for whatever lay ahead.
Proverbs 31:27 says, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the read of idleness." The words "looks well" are translated from the Hebrew word tsaphah. It has two meanings--
a) To watch. It is the same word that is used for a watchman who watches to protect the city, e.g. Ezekiel 33:7. The wise woman is a watchwoman. She guards her home and her children's lives. She does not leave her post. She guards over what they see, hear and read. She watches over her home to keep everything in order. She does not let things get out of control.
b) To lean forward, to peer into the distance. The wise woman does not think only about today, but about the future. She has food and necessities prepared in case of emergency. She has made strategies with her family so that they know what to do in a crisis. She is ready for whatever may happen.
Proverbs 31:18 says that "her lamp goes not out by night." No, don't feel guilty. she is not working all night! Back in Bible days, they did not have electricity. Therefore, they kept a lamp burning, ready for any emergency. The dogs may bark at some intrusion or the baby wakes. They need to have the lamp ready to investigate or to minister to the needs of the baby or children. It could be catastrophic for a family to run out of oil for the lamp. The wise woman always made sure she had enough oil to keep the lamp burning continually.
Jesus told a story about this in Matthew 25:1-13. The wise virgins took not only their lamps but extra oil with them. The foolish didn't think of anything but the moment, and of course they ran out of oil! And they missed the coming of the bridegroom! What did Jesus call these women? Yes, we know. Foolish! We pull it down by being stubborn. Proverbs 1:7 says, "Fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:22) The foolish woman thinks she knows it all and she does not like to be corrected. The wise woman knows that she constantly needs correction from the Lord. Even from her husband and others in order to keep learning and walking in the ways of the Lord. I don't always like it when my husband corrects me but I know it keeps me on the right track. I want to receive correction and wisdom from others because I don't want to stay the same. I still have so much changing and learning to do. I want to have a soft heart to hear what God tells me.
The Scriptures tell us over and over again that it is the wise who will receive instruction and correction. The word that is used continually is "hear". Hear instruction. Hear counsel. Listen to rebuke. The word "hear" is shama in the Hebrew. It means "to hear with attention or obedience, to give undivided listening attention." This should be our attitude toward correction and advice, rather than being reactionary. I notice that the word heart is a t added to hear. To have a heart that is soft and pliable, we have to have to hear what God wants to say to us, not only through His Word, but through others.
Much of what we do and think is conditioned by our deceived humanistic society. It is so much part of everything around us that we think it is normal. But the world's normal does not always match the Word of God. We must continually seek God and His Word for His truth. We must constantly check to seek if we are lining up with His plan for motherhood and family life.
I have had to change and repent about so many things over the years and I know that God has still so much to teach me. We must always be open to God's truth. Read the beautiful family Psalms (Psalm 127 and 128) every week. They keep you in line with God's heart rather than the humanistic thinking of this world.
Sometimes we have to humble our ears to hear counsel. Proverbs 22:17 says, "Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge."

We need to take notice of Proverbs 8:33, "Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not." Also Proverbs 15:32, "He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears reproof gets understanding."

Love from

"Lord, please give me a hearing heart that is open to correction. I know that as I am open to correction, my children will be more open to correction too. Thank you, Lord. Amen."
I'm a watchman in my home,
I will not vacate my post!
I'm open to wise correction
And filled with the Holy Ghost!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Inspirational Sunday!

This will make you cry! I found it on a friends page on "A Virtuous Woman". God is soo Good! He is always there for you and He will take your pain away!

Spiritual Sudays 1

I have been looking forward to writing with Spiritual Sundays blogs (, but feel somewhat inadequate.
I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were raised church of Christ, then became "home churchers" when I was about 7 yrs. old (?). I see my self as a babe in Christ still. I have so much to learn, and so many areas I need to grow in! I sometimes feel like a tiny sprout, surrounded by trees, that look down upon me and notice all my flaws and weaknesses!
I gave my life to Christ when I was almost 18. I was tired of trying to run my own life and all I was doing was ruining it! I decided God could be my own Lord and Savior and He was not a God who wanted to punish me and doom me to hell! But He really loved me for me! And wanted me to be His! He is not a father who always points out your flaws and constantly picks you over. He is a loving God who forgives, washes you clean and remembers your sin no more! I wanted a relationship with Him! I wanted Him to be my God, my Heavenly Father! This is so comforting to me! I feel like a little lamb or child, safely in the Good Shepherds Arms now! What peace! What joy is here! How loved I feel!
I am still working on my daily Bible study time. This is the most important time in my day. If I ever miss a day, I feel the hunger pains! They nag on me all day, until I stop and take my time to feed on God's word! No matter how old we are in our life with Christ, we still need to fed on God's word. We may fast physically, but we can not fast spiritually! We will become so weak and faint, starved in the spirit, that anything may overtake us!
I start my daily Bible reading out with writing in my "Prayer Journal." It is my daily letter, I am writing to my Heavenly Father. I started a Prayer Journal when I gave my life to Christ. I have found this to be very helpful, especially as a mother now! It helps me keep more focused when writing.
I just finished reading the book of Job and the Gospel of John (my favorite book in the Bible!). I am reading in Psalms and Proverbs and have just started the books of Jeremiah and Acts.
I enjoy reading from the scriptures soo Much! Everyday, I pray that I grow spiritually, so that I may be a godly wife and mother, a teacher of good things to our children, a Christ-like servant, always ready to do my Lord's will, and a faithful daughter to my dear Heavenly Father!

Delighting in His word,

Last Week's Recipes!

Okay, first a very yummy cassarole! Princess A. enjoyed this too! Soo chessy!

Cheese Potato Scallop
8 medium potatos (I used 3 qts. of my home canned potatos!)
1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. chopped onion (I just put about a tablespoon full of onion powder for my bunch)
1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dry mustard (I didn't have this so left it out!)
2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
3 c. milk
8 oz. (2 cups) chedder chesse, shredded
1/2 c. saltine cracker crumbs
2 Tblsp. melted butter

I drained my potatos, poured them into a 2-9x13" cassarole dish, or you would cook potatos in boiling water til tender. Drain well.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in large saucepan. Add onion; saute till tender (or add onion powder). Blend in flour, salt , dry mustard, and worcestershire sauce. Gradually stir in milk. Cook stirring constantly til sauce thikens and boil 1 min. Remove from heat and add cheese and stir til cheese is melted. Pour cheese over potatos. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs combined with butter. Top with paprika. Bake at 350 for 30 min. or until golden brown.
If you wish to use raw, sliced potatos, bake for 1 hour at 350.

I made these (a double batch though) twice in the past few weeks! Sooo Yummy! King Ed requested them! I found some chocolate fudge icing that I enjoyed on mine!

Hershey's Best Brownies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts(optional)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan. 2. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. 3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare CREAMY BROWNIE FROSTING; spread over brownies. Cut into squares. About 16 brownies.
CREAMY BROWNIE FROSTING3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened3 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup powdered sugar1 to 2 tablespoons milkBeat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

We Surround Them

Please join me! Make a statement! Take a stand!
To read more about this read here:

Or watch video linked to this. Beck has a big plan with this that will work and make a Big impact on the future of this nation!
This is simple and will really be worth your time. I have already sent a picture of me and Ed sent one of himself!

Do you agree with at least 7 out of 9?
If so send your picture and a picture of each of your family members that agree too and send them to:

1) Yes or no: Do you believe America is a good place, that we've lost our way over the years, that we have done bad things but generally speaking we tried hard. We try to make amends. We have tried to do the right thing. Just like everybody else, we fail from time to time and we have truly lost our way in the last 20 years. But gosh, if you look at America, she's good and our founders were good and our founding documents are good. We've just strayed too far away from them. Yes or no.

2) Yes or no: I believe in God. I may not go to the same church or synagogue or mosque as the majority of people in America, but I believe in God and he is the center of my life, and God does not tell people to behead others or to persecute others that see God in a different way. As long as that god is not telling them to persecute others.
Yes or no.

3) Yes or no: It is my responsibility to try to be better and a more honest person than I was yesterday. Sometimes I fail, I'll make mistakes, but it's my main mission to be better than I was personally than I was yesterday.
4) Yes or no: The family is sacred. I and my spouse are the ultimate authority under God when it comes to my family. I raise my family, and that comes with a grave responsibility. If I fail, I answer to God.

5) Yes or no: If you break the law, you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6) Yes or no: I have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but that is not a guarantee of equal results.

7) Yes or no: I work hard for what I have, and I will share it with others that I choose when I choose, should I choose. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8) It is not un-American for anyone to disagree with my opinion, but my opinion or others' opinions may be anti-American. Anti-American rhetoric would be anything that is destructive to the Constitution and our country as our founders understood it.

9) And the last one is the government works for me. The government answers to me. I do not answer to the government.

Do you agree with at least 7 out of 9?
If so send your picture and a picture of each of your family members that agree too and send them to:

Saturday Psalm and Praise 1

Saturday Psalm & Praise

Every morning I am thankful that I can praise the Lord!
There is so many things to praise God for! Every morning I am especially aware of His creation and His love for His creation. I see His handiwork in all the beauty around me! I see His care for His creation. With all these signs, how could one cease to praise Him. All nature praises the Lord in it's own special way. God has made all his creation so that it can praise Him!

1 "Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!

4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,

For He commanded and they were created.

6 He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,

You great sea creatures and all the depths;

8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

9 Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl;

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;

12 Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,

For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,

The praise of all His saints—

Of the children of Israel,

A people near to Him. Praise the LORD!"
Psalms 148:1-14

What a wonderful Creater! What a great and awesome God we serve! Oh, how blessed we are! Praise the Lord for He is Great! Praise the Lord for He is Good! Praise the Lord for He alone is worthy!

A few years ago I learned this song (below). I hope you enjoy it and sing to the Lord a song of praise everyday! Join all of God's creation as it praises Him!

Friday, February 6, 2009

To Have and to Hold...My Husband, My Friend, My Love

Wow! I wrote this up for yesterday and did not get it uploaded! Sorry! Time gets away so fast! Didn't get to write anything for today. Maybe next week?

Gathering At the Well

Loving our Husbands.My Husband, My Friend, The Love of my Life!

My husband is my very best friend.
He became my best friend the day I made the commitment to love him with my whole heart and be his wife and helpmate. My love for him has only grown deeper. I cherish him more than any other human on this earth. He holds the keys to my heart! When I think of my love for him and his love for me, I am overjoyed! I want to spend every minute of everyday with him! Thankfully, I have been blessed to be able to spend almost everyday with him over the past, almost 5 years! God is Soo Good! Never have we been apart from one another for even one night!
I love to do things for him! I cook meals for him everyday, that are meals he enjoys. I like to make him treats for a surprise, or ask him what he would enjoy! I take pleasure in pleasing him!
I love to talk with him. I have learned so much from his amazingly vast amount of knowledge and wisdom! I have great respect for him and trust him more then anyone. I pray for him everyday and thank the Lord for him everyday! Not a day goes by that I do not say, "I Love You" at least 4 times! I like to make or buy him cards or little gifts! Sometimes I will even send him a cute e-card or write him notes if he is gone somewhere during the day. He loves to have his back rubbed and a good massage, so I try to give him one at least once a week. Even while I was pregnant, I kept that up!
I know my place in our family. I do not plan out everyone's day or run the show, or make decisions by myself! We do not function as two seperate people, we are one and that is how we are meant to be! I am incomplete without him.
My husband is more then just my best friend, he is the love of my life! My God-given husband and it is my High-calling from the Lord to love him! So, that is what I do, Joyfully, everyday!

My husband's lover,
In Christ,

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thankful Thursday 1

1 "Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." Psalms 103:1-5

I am thankful first and foremost for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! And the sacrifice He made on the cross for my sins!

I am thankful for God's word and that I can read from His word everyday! I am thankful for prayer, so that I may talk with God whenever and wherever I need to!

I am thankful for all the blessings God has so richly showered upon us! Praise the Lord! He is Soo Good to His children!

I am thankful for my husband! My dearest friend and the love of my life! I am thankful for each and every day that we are blessed with, to spend together!

I am thankful for our children! Praise the Lord for the blessing of children! They fulfill our life as a couple on this earth.

I am thankful that today I can live in freedom in this country. That I can worship God, that I can pray in public, that I can speak and bear arms, that I can teach my children at home and be a homemaker.

I am thankful for the people who fight everyday for these freedoms. I am thankful for the price that all who fought in the past have paid for our freedom, and for our forefathers and the great prices they paid to found our country and live in freedom and so that their children and grandchildren and we could live in freedom!

Thank You, Lord for our Christian forefathers! And thank You for those who fight for our freedom, here today!

God Bless Your children!

A sister in Christ,



The Hand that Rocks the Cradle...

Gathering At the Well


Loving our children.

"The Hand That Rocks The CradleIs The Hand That Rules The World"

"Blessings on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy's the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother's first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow--
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod!
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky--
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world."
by William Ross Wallace

You have to listen to this! This is a speech given to the brightest preteens and teens in school! Share with everyone you know!

Dear Sisters,

Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, future mothers,

What is your calling in life? What has God made you for? What high calling does God have for you to fill?

To love your children!

I was going to write today about children being a blessing from the Lord, but I feel more lead to write about one of the very important steps in loving our children- that is teaching them!

We as mothers have been blessed with children that god has given us! And since he gave them to us, we are to teach them. God wants us to teach our children to love and serve Him. he wants to have a deep relationship with each one of our children, as He has with us. Young children's hearts are tender and pure, and it is important that we spend a lot of time with them everyday reading to them the precious stories of the Bible! Teach them of the Bible hero's, sing with them the Bible songs, pray with them, read devotionals, books on good morals and lessons. Memorize short scriptures with them. Give them the foundation they need to grow into a strong soldier for the Lord! The battle ahead of them is great. Make them very aware that life as a christian will be filled with battles, read them the scriptures about this, when they are old enough to understand. We are not of this world, because Jesus was not of this world! But they have great treasures in store for them in heaven. Though they may not receive a lot of trophies and praise from men in this world, they will get a reward from the Lord, if they do good and live for Him!

By teaching your children, you will not have to worry about how they are becoming indoctrinated. You will have them safely at home with you, so you will not have to worry about how safe they are out in the world, by themselves. Our schools are filled with more filth then we can imagine! The teachers unions run the schools, the teachers in the unions are driven by agendas, many are preying on the innocents of our children and all have one mission- to teach Your children Their views, Their doctrine, and tolerate religions, lifestyles, and everything that is not pleasing to the God! God has been taken out of schools and teaching, so who has replaced Him? If God is not allowed, who is? The father of this world? You think! The reason that the liberals are in the teachers unions is because they know that children are easily persuaded, they believe what they are taught. Children spend more hours in school then they do at home, and at school they are taught that their parents do not know it all. by the time they reach highschool or college, they are completely sucked in and in college, it is topped off by all the liberal professors who continually drive their agenda into them! These teachers know that if you lead the children, you lead the world!

Dear Mother, do not let the world become your children's standard! Do not let the world teach Your children! Do not give the cradle to the teachers! take back the cradle, rock the cradle yourself, and dwell on God so you will not be mislead. It is your God-given calling to teach your children! Dear Mother, teach them well!

God Bless you in your High calling to teach your children!

A mother-teacher In Christ,



And a little youtube for you!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Contentment and Home Destroyers part 1 of 2

Gathering At the Well

I think I will try to do some writing for At The Well! I hope I can join often!

I have been memorizing some of the Proverbs, and one that I picked was Proverbs 14:1
"The wise woman builds her house, but a foolish pulls it down with her hands."
As a young wife and mother I consider everyday whether I am building or tearing down my home as I go about my daily task. Since this is my calling in life, as a woman, I must find joy and peace and learn how to best handle all my task, big and small. Even when my task are not pretty are very enjoyable. I often think of how mothers years ago must have ahndle all their Hard task! They did not have any of the modern things we have today. We complain about all the stuff we have to do and all the little time we have for ourselves! Back in the day, (not that long ago really!) women had to hand wash laundry and just that took a whole day! Then they had to grow all their own food, sew all their clothing, bake all their bread, can or preserve all their food, tend to all the house maintance, and yard maintance, school the children and life went on, morning sickness, pregnancy, sickness, and all! I have a little more understanding since I grow up very plain (plainer then a lot of mennonites even). Now I live in a modern house and have a ton of time! And yet I still catch myself complaining sometimes! And King Ed will have to remind me, I am not hand washing my clothes by a creek anymore! Complaining a lot and being unsatisfied or always wishing for what we do not have makes us more and more miserable and only hurts us! And runs down hill onto those we love (our husbands and children!)! We do not want to hurt the ones we love! The ones God has blessed us with! We must learn contentment! If not, we will be tearing our house down! May we honestly be able to say with Paul, a man who endured great hardships,
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11

Below is something from Nancy Campbell. I have these emailed to me. I really enjoy them and wanted to share them. May they speak to you, too!
God Bless in your calling as a wife and mother!

Part 2a

Jeremiah 4:22 RSV, "For my people are foolish, they know me not; they are stupid children, they have no understanding."

Today we continue talking about things that destroy the home.


Proverbs 14:1, "Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands."

What does it mean to be foolish? Simply, it means to do it my way rather than God's way. God's way, although different to my way always ends in blessing. My way, although it may look good, always ends in destruction.

If we are not building our home, we are pulling it down. How do we pull it down?

We pull it down by vacating the home. God wants the mother in the home--nurturing, nourishing and training her children. We can't do everything successfully. We either build up a business (usually someone else's business) or we build up our home. God has given us a full time job to tend our little flock. God gives a warning to the mother shepherdess when He says in Zechariah 11:17, "Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock!" Notice that this Scripture has an exclamation mark!

We pull it down by our words. Negative words. Critical words. Reactive words. Spiteful words. Angry words. And on it goes.

We build our home with words or
we destroy our home with words!

When God allowed Satan to get at his servant Job, he smote him with terrible boils from the top of his head to the sole of his feet Job was in agony and pain. Instead of encouraging him, Job's wife said, "Do you still hold on to your integrity? Curse God, and die." Job replied, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" (Job 2:9-10)

Do you speak as one of the foolish women, or one of the wise?

Sometimes it may not be negative words. It may be wasteful words. Proverbs 15:2 says, "The mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Often we speak unnecessary words when we should keep out mouths shut. I am always challenged by Proverbs 10:19, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." The more we blab on about anything and everything, the more opportunity there is to sin with our mouth. The NLT makes it clearer, "Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!"

We pull it down by spending frivolously and unwisely. The foolish woman buys according to her whims and what takes her fancy. She buys groceries without thought for nutrition or without reading the ingredients. She fills her cupboards with devitalized packaged foods instead of cooking from scratch. She purchases unnecessary "things" to fill her home which could be used for wiser needs.

Proverbs 21:20 says, "There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man (or woman) spendeth it up." The foolish woman spends more than her husband can afford. The wise woman lives frugally within her means. I often have to remind my new adopted daughters that we don't have to eat what we want whenever we want. We must learn to live thriftily rather than extravagantly.

We pull it down by wasting. Many women not only waste time but waste products. They throw out everything. It is not wise to be a hoarder and clutter up your home, but there are many things that can be re-used to save re-spending.

Many mothers allow their children to pick at their food and leave it on their plate without teaching them to eat what is in front of them. Good food is thrown in the trash. This is wasteful.

May God deliver us from being in the "foolish women category" that pulls down their home.



"Father, please touch my lips with coals from off the altar. I don't want to speak negative words. Fill my mouth with encouraging and life-giving words that will build up my husband and my children. Amen."


Building up my home with uplifting words,
To do anything else is utterly absurd!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Join me At The Well!

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Please join the women At The Well and be encouraged in your role as a Titus 2 woman!

Look forward to meeting you there!

"The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bean Recipes?

(I wrote this for a request on my other blog
Thought I would share on here, too!)

Okay, I really don't have a lot of bean recipes, but I will share some different ways that we enjoy our beans! And some recipes that I have found that sound wonderful or are like some I have used! Anyone else who would like to share, that would be great also!
I like to use leftover pinto beans to mash up, add salsa (or hot sauce of your liking,other spices), spoon into flour tortillas, add chesse, roll up, put in a pan, top with chesse and pop in the oven and you have a quick dinner of burritos! Yum!
I also put salsa out on the table, or hot sauce, (or King Ed likes canned jalopenas) for anyone who would like to spice their bowl of beans up. We canned up some really good relish (I will share the recipe sometime) and it is really good on the beans (especially great northern, or navy)! We enjoy a plate full of beans and rice, too!

Here is the chili recipe I use.
Betty Crocker's Family Favorite Chili Recipe
This is a really good chili recipe from Betty Crocker's Slow Cooker Cookbook. I've served it at gatherings may times and everyone always enjoys it! We enjoy ours served over Fritos with cheese and sour cream on top.
by AprilShowers
4½ hours 20 min prep
SERVES 8 , 8 servings
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Cook beef in skillet over medium heat until browned; drain.
Mix beef and remaining ingredients except beans in 3 1/2 - 6quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours (or high heat setting 3 to 4 hours) or until onion is tender.
Stir in beans. Cover and cook on high heat setting 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly thickened.

I prefer my canned sausage in it, but I usually don't have fresh ground beef on hand and have not canned any yet.
Here is a recipe like I have used before too.
You can use your beans in it too. It is really good!

Chili Casserole with CornbreadPosted by kdipaolo at May 24, 2001Yield: 6 servings1 pound lean ground beef1 (16 ounce) jar salsa1 (15 1/2 ounce) can dark red kidney beans1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced peeled tomatoes1 1/2 cups Niblets frozen corn3 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon cumin1 (8 1/2 ounce) package cornbread mixMilkMargarineEgg, if required by mix1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese1 teaspoon sliced green onionsHeat oven to 400 degrees F.In large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in salsa, kidney beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.Meanwhile, prepare cornbread as directed on package using milk and, if required, margarine and egg. Spoon cornbread batter around outside edge of ungreased 12 x 8-inch (2-quart) baking dish. Spoon hot beef mixture into center. (Casserole will be full.)Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and cornbread is deep golden brown. Sprinkle with green onions just before serving.

Here is a link to a site with a lot of bean recipes I found to share also. Some look really good, like the ones below! Hope you enjoy!

Black Bean and Mixed Rice CasseroleMakes 8 main dish servings
1 package (6 ounces) white and wild rice mixVegetable cooking spay1/2 cup chopped onion1/2 cup chopped green pepper1/2 cup red pepper1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (4 ounces)2 teaspoons Italian seasoning1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed (2 1/2 cups)1 can (15 ounces) Black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Black beans, rinsed, drained1/2 cup whole kernel corn1/2 cup peas1 1/2 cups fat-free sour cream1 1/2 cups (5 ounces) shredded reduced-fat or fat-free cheddar cheese, dividedSalt and pepper, to taste
Cook rice according to package directions, discarding spice packet.Spray medium skillet with cooking spry; heat over medium heat until hot. Add onion, green and red pepper, mushrooms, and Italian seasoning; cook, covered, over medium heat until mushrooms are wilted, about 5 minutes. Cook, uncovered, until vegetables are tender and excess moisture gone, 5 to 8 minutes.Combine rice, mushroom mixture, chicken, beans, corn, peas, sour cream and 1 cup cheese; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into 2-quart casserole; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F. until hot through, about 30 minutes.TIP: Leftover cooked chicken can be used.NOTE: Although B.E.A.N. recipes usually call for a specific variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.

Red Beans & RiceMakes 6 main dish servings
8 ounces reduced-fat smoked turkey sausage, sliced1 1/2 cups chopped onions1 1/2 cups chopped green peppers1 1/2 cups sliced celery1/2 cup sliced green onions and tops1/2 to 1 jalapeo chili2 teaspoons minced garlic2 bay leaves1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves2 cans (15 ounces each) Red or Kidney beans or 3 cups cooked dry-packaged Red or Kidney beans, rinsed, drained1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth3 to 4 dashes red pepper sauceSaltCayenne and black pepper4 cups cooked rice, warm
Cooked sausage in large saucepan over medium heat until well browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add onions, green peppers, celery, green onions, jalapeo chili and garlic to pan; saute until vegetables begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer.Add beans to saucepan; mash about 1/4 the beans with potato or meat mallet. Add broth to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender and broth is thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard bay leaves; season to taste with red pepper sauce, salt, cayenne and black pepper.Serve bean mixture over rice in shallow bowls.TIP: Beans suggestions are Red, Kidney and Pink beans.NOTE: Although B.E.A.N. recipes usually call for a specific variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.

Winter Beans and Roasted Vegetables

Makes 6 main dish servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)or 12 side dish servings (about 3/4 cup each)
Olive oil cooking spray1 pound winter yellow squash (hubbard, butternut, acorn), peeled seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces2 large carrots, sliced1 small parsnip, sliced2 medium Idaho potatoes, unpeeled, halved, sliced2 medium onions, cut into wedges1 can (15 ounces) Great Northern beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Great Northern beans, rinsed, drained1 can (15 ounces) Pinto beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Pinto beans, rinsed, drained1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, cut into large pieces3 tablespoons white wine vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup minced parsleySalt and pepper, to taste
Line large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil; spray with cooking spray. Combine fresh vegetables and beans on pan; spray generously with cooking spray, sprinkle with herbs and toss. Bake uncovered at 425 F. until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes, adding dried fruit the last 5 minutes.Spoon vegetables into bowl. Mix vinegar and oil; drizzle over vegetables, add parsley and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper.TIP: This recipe is delicious served with grilled or roasted turkey, chicken, lean beef or pork.NOTE: Although B.E.A.N. recipes usually call for a specific variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.

Bulk Foods

(I wrote this the other day!)
Today, I cooked up a big pot of kidney beans, that I had soaked last night, and for supper today we had homemade chili! Yummy! I put some of our canned tomatoes and sausage in it too! Love that canned food! Yesterday for supper we finished up some pinto beans that I had cooked up the other day! And for lunch yesterday and today, we ate chicken rice cassarole. This time of year we eat beans and rice about everyday, in one dish or another! This sure helps on our grocery bill! And thankfully, King Ed bought some bulk beans and rice over the year! Praise the Lord we were able to do that!
It is very comforting as a parent to have food stocked up for our children. Looking at the uncertain future of our country, and with the prices of everything going up, it is very important that we prepare for the future. I know a lot of big families buy bulk anyway, but you would be surprised to see what little food most people have in their home! Many go to the grocery store at lest once a week, some people go everyday. I grew up with a lot of food in the house all the time! Mom always bought food in bulk! And boy, was it great! I have learned that you never know what may happen, so always be prepared! Growing up the way I did, I was shocked to learn that people go to the store every day and when I see so little food in someone's home! Wow!
So, along with teaching my children how to grow as much of their food as they can, I want to teach them to stock up on food. Especially, if they do not have enough land to grow a lot of beans and grains! We buy our bulk food at a store near a mennonite community. There are also coops, organic food stores, etc. that sell bulk food. I have found some links online to share. Hope you all enjoy them and find all you need!

Here are two sites for freeze dry and dehydrated foods. Also, the bottom one has storage buckets, etc.