Coronavirus · Fear · Fear of death · worry

A Book To Help With Your Fears

Are you afraid right now?  Do worry and anxiety threaten to overwhelm your heart?  Listen to these statements:

Fear fears joy.

If your family sees you paralyzed by fear, they have to conclude that you do not think that God is all-powerful 

We fear God because we do not know Him very well

Why is it people can change your countenance, but God can’t?

These are all quotes from a book I read past month.  It has been in my possession for several years.  I’m not sure why I had never read it, except for the fact that I know that reading it at this time in my life was perfect.  The book title?

Fear Not. Meditations to Overcome Fear, Worry and Discouragement. It’s written by Rand Hummel, a good friend and a preacher who knows how to communicate.

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I honestly would have told you that I’m not a fearful person…until I read this book!  The book addresses so many areas in our lives that fear touches –

the fear of failure,

dying,

public speaking,

rejection,

being hurt in relationships,

the future

and on and on.

Today we hear the word fear on a daily basis as people deal with the threat of the Coronavirus infecting them.  The thoughts of sickness and death bring fear to many.  Rand’s approach to each fear is pointing the reader’s attention to what the Bible says.  He shares examples of people in Scripture who had that fear and how God helped them.

Every morning when I would read and meditate on the passages shared, my heart was so strengthened and encouraged!

One night this week I went to bed not feeling very well. I was awakened in the middle of the night with a gripping fear and thinking about the virus.  Immediately, truths I had read in this little 159 page book came to my mind and I ran to the Lord in prayer.  Soon I was back asleep.

I would highly encourage you to get a copy of the book.  You can find it in the link above.  There’s a Kindle edition, too, so you could have it in your possession as soon as today!

God doesn’t just want us to sleep well.  He wants us to trust Him and this little book can be a great avenue to show you how and why you can!

What worries you the most right now?  I’d love to pray for you if you’d either leave a comment or send me an email using the email address in the contact page.

denise a

 

 

Church · Coronavirus · obedience

The Scattered Church

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It was Sunday and the day had been unusually quiet.  No crowds gathered in the church foyer.  Instead we “gathered” in front of our computers or phone screens to watch the live service, via Zoom.  The song service echoed and reverberated our voices as though we were shouting our praise over a wide canyon.  Church members recognized others with a wave when their faces showed up, not in their pew, but in the little box on the screen.

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Comfort Food · Dinner

When You Can’t Go Out For Pizza

I have always loved a good Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut!  That thick crust that is golden and crispy is all I care about.  But just when you want a good pizza, you might be afraid to order pick-up for all the reasons that everyone in the world is aware of today.  What to do?  You make King Arthur Flour’s 2020 recipe of the yearwhich just happens to be Crispy cheesy Pan Pizza. 

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Coronavirus · Encouragement · refreshing others

Five Blessings During the Coronavirus

I want to show you some of the blessings of this very different week.  We quote Romans 8:28 often to others who are going through hard times, because we want them to remember that God is doing good things even in their hard situation.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

What about you right now?  Are you seeing some good things that God is doing during these weeks of the worldwide crisis? Time will continue to show us more good things that God is doing, but in my little world, I can see with my little eyes some good things around me and I can’t wait to show you some pictures to illustrate them!

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Coronavirus · Encouragement · spiritual growth

What Do I Do Now? Everything’s Been Cancelled.

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Would you just stop and think for a minute…

How many times in the recent months have you sighed (and maybe even complained) about how busy you were?

My hand is up.  I am guilty.

I said there was no time for (xyz).  I thought to myself how I wish I could just stay home and get some things done.

None of us could ever have imagined the state in which we find ourselves.  Like every other “event” on my calendar, the ladies’ events I was planning on attending this spring have both been cancelled.  Continue reading “What Do I Do Now? Everything’s Been Cancelled.”

Budget friendly meal · dinner in 30 minutes · vegetarian

Pinto Beans Like Cracker Barrel’s!

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Have you ever eaten Pinto Beans at Cracker Barrel?  Yum!  They are delicious!  But what do you do when you can’t go to Cracker Barrel?  You use this shortcut method to get the same tasty results!! (I might also add, at a fraction of the cost!)

Even though we may have more time to cook these days, it’s always nice to have a recipe in our arsenal that packs heartiness, comfort, and is budget friendly.  As Cracker Barrel knows, Pinto beans and cornbread are synonymous in the south!  But if you use dry beans (which is the cheapest way), it takes hours to prepare.

I’ve recently found a way to take Bush’s canned Pinto Beans and cook them so that they taste just like the slower method!  I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the long way of doing this favorite meal of ours! The added ingredients are staple items I always keep on hand, so I know that I can have dinner of Soup Beans and Cornbread on the table in under 30 minutes!

I only use Bush beans. Why?  They are gentle on your stomach!  I stock up when they’re on sale for $1!  Add a box of Jiffy Mix and you have a really inexpensive meal!

One can of beans feeds two people, so you can adjust the ingredients for your family.  Here’s the simple method I use:

 Pinto Beans Like Cracker Barrel’s

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs Olive oil
  • ½ inch slice of yellow onion – chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 slice of bacon – cut into 1 inch pieces – You could leave this out to make it vegetarian!
  • 1 can Bush pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup water – Or for more flavor you can use chicken  broth
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp white granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp hot sauce, optional
  • ½ tsp salt – Taste to see if it’s needed; the bacon will add salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft and nearly transparent (about 2 minutes)
  • Add the bacon and cook together until the bacon is soft and nearly done.
  • Drain the liquid from the can of pinto beans.  Rinse.
  • Add the pinto beans to the sauce pan and continue to heat over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup fresh water or (chicken broth) to the pinto beans
  • Put the butter, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in and heat till bubbly.
  • Taste before serving and add more salt and pepper if needed.

I like to serve the beans with a piece of cornbread crumbled over it.  Chopped onions on top are a nice addition, too. 

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My menu:

Pinto Beans
Oven roasted potatoes
Cooked apples
Corn bread

If you’re curious about the cooked apples, simply peel , core and cube the apples and place them into a skillet.  Add enough water to just cover them.  Sprinkle with a little sugar and also cinnamon.  Cook on medium heat until they cook down and some of the liquid evaporates.  Adjust sugar as needed.  This is a great way to use up apples that are too soft to eat, or that you’re afraid will go bad. 

This is one meal that is on repeat at my house about once a month.  We love it.  I hope you’ll try it and enjoy the taste of Cracker Barrel at home!!

Are you a lover of Pinto beans and cornbread like we are?

denise a

 

 

Home decor · refreshment at home

Refreshing Little Projects

Since I’ve had a little more time at home recently I got to do a couple of small projects that refreshed items that were a bit sorry looking!

I’ve had this ugly plain little wooden tray for several years.

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It has been used in the guest bedroom for a cup of coffee.  I recently looked at it and wondered why I had never tried to make it look nicer! I wanted to keep the wood stain, but just do something to freshen up the tray bottom.  So, I ran into Hobby Lobby and found this…

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