Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

It’s a Wonderful…Marriage

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Aren’t the old classic Christmas movies special to watch?  A favorite of mine is It’s a Wonderful Life.  This sweet story reminds me of what every wife should be doing for her husband – showing unconditional love and support. If you’ve seen the movie, let me remind you of a couple times when the wife, Mary, displays that…

After George and Mary get married, they are on their way to their honeymoon when there is a run on the bank money. George spends the rest of the day caring for his customers, half forgetting that he has a new bride. Though they have no money for an extravagant honeymoon, he finds that Mary has taken an old run-down house that she’s dreamed about living in and prepared a beautiful dinner in it for him. She hung up posters of exotic places they’d dreamed of visiting and created the best atmosphere possible for their wedding night using her limited resources and her love.

The last clip of the film shows George returning to his home and family. He quickly learns that Mary that has informed their friends and family that he was in trouble. She organized their support in the form of financial help and their presence. People come pouring into the house with money for them. George is overwhelmed at their kindness. All through this last scene, there is Mary, smiling, supporting her husband, loving him – no matter what. Through good times and bad, she gave herself to be the best wife to him that she could be, both behind the scenes and in his presence. She never belittles him; never criticizes.

No marriage is without hard times. It comes in all different forms over the years, and there must be a resolve to support our husband. We must be willing to sacrifice, lend our help, and continue to love him through the toughest of situations.

What hard thing is your husband going through right now? How can you show your support of him?

Proverbs 18:22

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

If a husband has a wife who will stand with him and love him through the hard times. I believe he’ll know how blessed he is…and it will be a wonderful marriage (life).

Refresh your husband with your unconditional support.

Denise

Christmas · peace

Peace Instead of Chaos at Christmas

I’m sure we all desire to have a peaceful heart, home and life during Christmas, but it’s often difficult to grasp because we can’t stop long enough to even realize how to get it.  Do you ever wonder how Christmas got this way with the activity and pressures?  Me too.

I’ve been considering that question as I’ve read through the account of Christ’s birth recently.  The Lord has shown me some things that must change in my own life so I can enjoy His peace this season.

My videos during December are going to share the things the Lord has taught me as to how we can actually obtain the peace Christ came to give us. Here’s the first simple suggestion.

 

What are you pondering about Christ?  What Truth has calmed your heart?

Refresh yourself and ponder Christ!

Denise

 

 

 

 

 

 

baking · Christmas · Fast meal · freezer

Tips To Help with Meals & Baking In December

 

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Busy days and home-cooked meals are a mean combination, aren’t they?  And what month is busier than December?  I was thinking through ways to provide home-cooked meals this month, and have come up with a plan so we don’t have to buckle under the pressure and eat out a lot or call for carry-out!  Here’s what I’ve come up with: Continue reading “Tips To Help with Meals & Baking In December”

Family life · Favorites

November Wrap-Up

November was so packed full of great blessings!  As the month closes out and we head into December, let me share a few of those blessings in the form of pictures and a brief description:

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My sisters and I had the blessing of attending a retreat together!  They are precious gifts in my life!
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Whitney went with me when I spoke at a retreat in Virginia.  She took care of my every need and was a sweet traveling companion!  We made some good memories together!
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This is the Virginia retreat.  At the end of our second session ladies prayed together about the things God has spoken to their hearts.
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This is the team that planned the retreat.  What a great job they did getting everything decorated and so well organized!!
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Thanksgiving with my parents was so wonderful.  I am so blessed to be their daughter!  The food was amazing and our fellowship precious.
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Whitney and her husband visited KY while we were there.  She and her Papa have a special relationship!

My husband preached in my parent’s church after Thanksgiving.  We had four generations in church that Sunday.  God is so good.  How thankful I am for the legacy of faith.

There was my month!  What was the highlight of your November?

Strap on your boots…here comes December!!!!

Stay refreshed this weekend by faithfully attending and serving in your local church!

Denise

 

 

Bible study · Proverbs

A Famished Soul

We all know what it’s like to be super-hungry.  We are ready for food NOW! That’s how we feel before the Thanksgiving meal.  Has you soul ever felt that empty?  What can we do about that?  Where is the remedy?

Today’s (less than ten minute) video will give the answer to that question.  God has a part in it, but so do we!

A couple questions:

  1. Are you wisely storing up “food” so your soul can feast from it when famine strikes?
  2. Are you being wisely industrious in the seasons of your life?  What needs to be tended to today?

Keep your hand from being “slack” and work to keep you from soul starvation!

Denise

baking · breakfast · cakes · Tips and Tools

A Storage Tip and a Taco Trick

Hi friends!  Welcome back after the Thanksgiving holiday! My heart is so full from blessings that came from time with family!  I pray your weekend was a reminder of God’s goodness.

There are new things to do and learn, and things for which we must be ready, so let’s get to the post today!

When I learn something that makes my life easier, I figure it might help someone else, so I’m going to post a quick video today to share it with you!

Storage Tip: Do you have several trays and platters that need to be stored? I’ve found that all those ceramic platters and Pampered Chef pieces can be hard to stash away in the cabinet without getting chipped or cracked. I came up with a little idea of how I could keep that from happening, but still store them on top of one another. Here’s the short video to share my tip.

And now, to help make your Taco Tuesday easier…

Taco Trick: This week while at my parent’s, my mom fixed tacos for lunch. To heat the shells in the oven, she used her cast iron corn muffin pan! The shells stood up like little soldiers.

Then when it was time to fill the shells with the taco meat, there was no wrangling with the shells! It was so simple to fill them up and then put them on the plates.

Now, if you don’t have these muffin stick pans, it made me think of using a cupcake pan upside down. I think I saw that somewhere on Pinterest…oh yes, here it is! This is brilliant, too!

Before we go, let me share a Recipe Update: Years ago I shared a Buttermilk Apple Coffee Cake, but when I made it recently, it was so delicious that I wanted to share it again and update my previous picture with a better view of this lovely cake.

I love a recipe that can be used for different meals, and that’s the case for this coffee cake. I had made it for breakfast, and on its own, it is lightly sweet and delicious. However, my guests ate the oatmeal I’d prepared, but no one touched the coffee cake in the morning. Then when I needed a dessert later that day, I pulled it out and poured warm caramel sauce over top. It then looked like the most special dessert, made specifically for that meal! Here it is in all its glory!

Buttermilk-Apple Coffee Cake

Cake:
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced & peeled Granny Smith apple
3 tbl brown sugar
1 tbl lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbl butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Cooking spray
2 tbl sliced almonds

Glaze:
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp low-fat buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  To prepare the cake, combine the first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook for 5 minutes or until syrupy, stirring frequently, and cool.
3.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Combine granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract and almond extracts, beating well.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk,  beginning and ending with flour; beat well after each addition.
4.  Spoon the batter into a 8-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray.  Arrange apple mixture over cake; top with almonds. (I found that the batter was very thin and the apples sunk into the batter when I placed them on) Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Quickly invert cake onto wire rack.  Then invert onto a serving plate.
5.  To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 1 tsp buttermilk and 1/4 tsp vanilla in a small bowl,stir with a whisk.  Drizzle glaze over cake.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Yield:  8 servings.  185 Calories, 5 g Fat

Make this – then you’ll have something for breakfast or dessert! It freezes well, too!

Do you have a special tip or trick to share? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

With love from my country kitchen,

Denise

Thanksgiving

Give Me Ten!

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“Give me ten!” might be yelled out by a drill Sargent  who is expecting his soldier to drop to the ground and give him ten push-ups.  I’m not yelling a command to you, but I’d like to give you a suggestion that I heard recently.

“Give me ten” by thinking of ten things for which you thank God. Can you hold up your ten fingers and give thanks to the Lord on this Thanksgiving for Ten things He’s given you?  Some might ramble off five or six pretty quickly, but then begin to slow down and have to really think to find the other four or five.

Here was my list this morning:

  1. My salvation, purchased by my Savior, Jesus Christ.
  2. God’s Word in which I can learn about the character of God and my need for Him.
  3. The Church.  What a blessing to have the Body of Christ in which to fellowship, learn, pray, share and grow!
  4. My godly heritage.  Having parents who know and love Christ is a great blessing!
  5. My sisters who know Christ and enable us to have an even greater bond.
  6. My godly husband God preserved for me who is a blessing every single day.
  7. My three daughters and two sons-in-law that love my girls and point them to Christ.; all gifts from a loving God’s hands
  8. Two grandsons -such precious grace gifts.
  9. The gift of friendships that make life sweeter and richer.
  10. The blessing of serving God – oh, the joy!

In your prayer time on Thanksgiving day, why not open your fingers while in prayer and find those ten things for which you are most grateful?  Remember God gets the praise – He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Perhaps around your dinner table even the little ones can open their hands and give praise to God for ten things as they point to each finger!  We are so blessed!  Let’s count them one by one!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

See you next week!

With a grateful heart,

Denise