Encouragement · ministry

Seven Ways To Encourage Your Pastor’s Wife

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This post isn’t about me. I simply have such a burden for pastor’s wives because I obviously know the load they carry.  I hope this will be read with the heart in which it is written – to encourage you about how you might encourage your sister in Christ.

Are you aware that most pastors and their wives experience loneliness, isolation and discouragement during their ministry lives? The role that members play can be a huge encouragement.

I shared with you on Wednesday that a dear friend and sister in Christ, Hope Carter, passed away this week.  I’ve had many people who have encouraged me over the years, and Hope would definitely be one of them!  If she could speak, she could give some great lessons on how to encourage your pastor’s wife, but since she’s gone to heaven, let me share what she did for me that meant so much and impacted my life and ministry.

  1. Care – While we came nearly twenty years ago to our church to shepherd her, she cared for me when I was hurting,

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Biblical Womanhood · death · hospitality · Mentoring

Lessons From a Bread Bowl

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We knew it was coming because death comes to us all, but the blow and the loss is what has left my heart staggering and also lifted up to the Lord in thanks today. A dear church member, friend and  “almost-family member,” Hope Carter, went home to heaven this week, leaving a great void, and my heart lifted in grateful praise for a life well lived.

Hope’s kind son and daughter, knowing my love for their mother, gave me a couple treasures belonging to their mom – her bread bowl and a bread pan.  These two items Continue reading “Lessons From a Bread Bowl”

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal

Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

 

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I love sheet pan dinners for four reasons:

  1. The roasted vegetables get crispy and sweet in the oven!
  2. They’re so easy!
  3. They’re fast!
  4. They’re  sooo good!

I made this new Sheet pan meal last week and we loved it!  It was ready in under 30 minutes!  The Paprika Vinaigrette adds a really nice flavor to the sausage and vegetables. Wow, this is just a great recipe!! It’s great for a week night, but would also be good for company!

I tweaked the recipe to my liking and it is as follows.  You could change up the vegetables, or choose to use beef or chicken sausage, if you desire.  It’s super-easy to make it just the way you or your family would prefer.

I added a tossed salad and toasted bread to complete the meal.

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Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 15 fresh Brussels sprouts, stem trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 12 oz Fully cooked Turkey Kielbasa, sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste

 Paprika Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp  paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Prep all the vegetables and place in a large bowl. sheet pan.  Toss the vegetables in the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.Place in the oven for 15 minutes

  • Meanwhile slice the sausage
  • Toss the vegetables with a spatula. Then place the sausage pieces over the cooked vegetables.  Place back in the oven for an additional 12 minutes
To make the Paprika Vinaigrette, put all the ingredients into a mason jar then screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Remove the pan out of the oven and drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables and sausage. Toss to coat.

    Serve immediately.

To prep ahead:
I cut up all the vegetables and drizzled them with olive oil early in the afternoon.  It made the preparation so easy when it was time to get supper in the oven!

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Have you tried a sheet pan dinner yet?  If not, this would be a great one to get your started!

Refresh dinner with something so fast and delicious!

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Dates · Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Five Photos Friday

A peek into my phone’s pictures reminds me of so many blessings this week – times of rest and refreshment and times to pour into my grandsons lives.  Here are Five photos on this Friday…

My husband and I had the blessing of going away recently for one night to a lake near us.  We took the time to plan out the year ahead. We studied, rested and played a few games.  Yes, we made the most of every minute.   It’s also awesome to wake up to a view like this… Continue reading “Five Photos Friday”

Depression · Winter

One Necessary Ingredient for Winter Blues

 

 

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The boxes of ornaments are  stored away and only stray pieces of greenery hide in the corners of house and hearth, reminding us that the much anticipated season of Christmas has passed.  The excitement of the gatherings, the beauty, the fellowship, the food and the warm spirits can cause us to look into the winter months with dread and perhaps even depression. After all,

What is there to look forward to?

Cold and snow blow around the eves of the house, often mirroring the cold in our hearts at this time of year.

With vacation days moving towards us as quickly as a cat makes a decision, we sigh and wonder how on this earth we’re going to survive!

I’m writing this post today to give you some practical tips that can not only get you through the months of winter, but also enable you to do so with joy!

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baking · cakes · Celebrations

My Favorite German Chocolate Cake

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The holidays usually leave all of us feeling like our jeans certainly must have shrunk in the wash, right?  Cough!  Cough!  I know I have eaten more than my share of sugar and carbs over Christmas and New Year’s and should be staring at a simple salad for the next month!  But life happens!  Things like birthdays come even after the holidays and we find the need for a great cake in order to celebrate.  If you can celebrate with tofu, I applaud you!  My family would cut my branch off the family tree! So…

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