Dates · Refreshment in marriage

S’More Group Date Night Idea

The perfect S’more Date night weather is finally upon us!  My husband and I invited couples from church to come over for a date night that we called, “Amore’ S’mores.”  The temperatures were perfect, the skies were clear, and the fire felt really good when the sun went down!  Let me share with you the events of our fun group date night!

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Biblical Womanhood · Christian growth · faithfulness

Would They Find You There?

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It was several years ago that we had a delightful surprise of old friends stopping in to see us! These dear folks – John and Becky, were saved under my husband’s ministry years ago in Indiana. People that trust the Lord during the time you’re at a church become so special; they are your spiritual children. It’s always refreshing to see them or hear from them and learn that they are still walking with the Lord and being faithful to Him.

After I walked in and found them sitting in our church, we had our squeals and hugs, of course, then the service started. As we sang and worshiped together I thought about how surprised they would have been if we hadn’t been at church! They just assumed that since it was Sunday night we would be at church! I’m glad they found us there. I’m glad we were doing what we were supposed to be doing!

Later as I considered that thought I wondered, “If someone came looking for me early in the morning would they automatically assume I’d be in my quiet place? Would they find me at the computer checking Facebook instead? Would I be at prayer meeting on Wednesday night or would I be home instead because I was tired from a busy day and this is the only night I have to rest?”

More importantly, would the Lord find me doing the things I ought to be doing? We don’t do the things I mentioned for men’s approval, but because we love our God.

Many “good” Christians attend church two out of every five Sundays.   Church is sort of optional and we’re missing the blessing of the church and it’s having a terrible effect upon our culture. The church was meant to be God’s place of encouragement for His people where you heard the Word of God and where you were strengthened  in the things of the Lord. ~ David Jeremiah

Where will you be found when someone comes looking for you? We all need rest, but there is always time to do the right thing. I’m certainly not always faithful, but my friends’ surprise visit was a good reminder that where we find ourselves is a good indication of our priorities. We are also preaching a message to those that are watching our lives – unsaved neighbors and our children. May others always find us faithfully living for our Savior!

Friends, may I just ask if you are faithful to your local church?  What is your priority?  Your family?  Why not bring them with you to church?  Show them your priority is God’s house.  Why not give them an appetite for preaching, teaching and the fellowship of God’s people?  Is your priority your leisure activities?  Remind yourself of the One that gave you that to enjoy!

Make the church an integral part of your life.

You need the church.

The church needs you!

Be found in your church this week!  Even tonight!

denise a

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes

Five Tips To Help Prepare Supper In A Hurry

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No matter if you love to cook or if you dread it, there are times  when we all would rather not have to mess in the kitchen to prepare supper.  Busy schedules, sickness, or a change in plans can all make it hard to pull a meal together.  At those kinds of times, it’s always good to have a plan you can fall back on.  Here are 5 favorite tips for a meal in a hurry ~

  1. Have breakfast for supper. Make omelets, pancakes or waffles.  Add some bacon and some fruit and you have a filling and fast dinner!
  2. Keep Canned Salmon in your pantry.  Sam’s Club has a really delicious canned salmon that is perfect for these Salmon Croquettes.
  3. Make small corn cakes in a skillet.  Make up a cream gravy to pour on top.  If you have cooked chicken in the freezer, you can add that to the gravy. 
  4. Add meat (cooked chicken breast or browned beef or ground turkey) to a green salad for a healthy and fast supper!
  5. Don’t throw those one helping leftovers away! Put them in freezer safe containers and label them well.  When you have several options, thaw them and let your family “order supper: from the leftover menu!  Everyone will have something different and you didn’t have to cook a thing!

As you can see from my suggestions, I believe having an extra freezer is such a time and money saver!  If you don’t have one, I’d strongly encourage you to consider it, if you have space for one in a garage or basement.  My suggestions concerning a freezer:

  • Buy an upright, rather than a chest style.  They’re easier to get into and easier to keep organized.
  • Buy the more expensive frost free one!  You’ll be really glad you did!!

Aside from carry out, what’s your best tip for getting a meal on the table on busy days?

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

Fall · home accessories · hospitality · Refreshment in marriage

Tips & Tricks That Refreshed Us!

We’ve been home bound this week due to my husband’s eye surgery, but we’ve had some wonderfully refreshing blessings that have truly refreshed us!

  • Did you know you can plant your Mums and possibly get them to come back next year? I’ve enjoyed these flowers so much!

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