Refreshment · summertime

Blessings In This Season

I’m sitting on the front porch in my rocking chair on this 54 degree morning.  I watched the sun pop up over the hill across the road.  The dew on the grass looks like silver glitter on green paper.  Morning sounds of people making their way to work and children piling onto  buses interrupt, but don’t stop the country’s slow awakening to a new day.

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Not only is this a new day, I also realize that we’re moving into a new season as August is coming to a seemingly fast halt.  How thankful I am for the summer season fading behind us.  It’s been full of blessings ~

  • Days at the ocean’s shores with sandy toes, foaming waves, bike rides on beautiful paths and breath-taking sunrises.
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  • Cookouts, ice cream cones, meals on the patio, while the sun melted between the hills behind us.
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  • Precious times with our twin grandsons included countless wagon rides, splashes in the the inflatable pool, watering cans, held by tiny hands sloshing their contents onto thirsty tomato plants and flowers. I remember little fingers reaching out to pluck off the ripened fruit from the vines, chalk drawings on concrete, Frisbee tosses, and cool streams from the water hose that trickled down refreshing sweaty heads.
  • Plenty of guests have entered our doors and filled our rooms and yard with laughter and with appetites for both good food and the nourishment from God’s Word.  Heads have bowed together in prayer while we stopped conversation with one another to talk and worship the God of our lives.
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I acknowledge His hand in this season of the year and  in the this season of my life.  He is so very good and so very generous.  May this season bring about people who are my “letter of commendation” written in my heart only if being with me helps move them to Christ.  What is the use of it all if that isn’t true?  It would be a season wasted.

Oh Lord, please use my life.  Use this new season we are approaching for Your glory.

May the Lord richly bless you as you use your days for His glory in this new season that is approaching ` and in each season of your life!

denise a

 

Dinner · summertime

Make One Sandwich – Feed the Whole Family

Do you remember Dagwood and his infamous sandwiches?

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They were stacked a mile high and secured with a toothpick.  Ever since his infamous concoctions, Americans have packed bread with all kinds of meats and cheeses in similar fashion.

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Another sandwich closely linked to it is the Sub Sandwich.  Instead of being piled high, it’s stuffed into a long loaf of bread.  One long loaf easily feeds a family!

Last night at church we had a sandwich fellowship time and I decided to make a sub sandwich, inspired by an old Kraft Cookbook of mine.  I am calling mine the Grand Slam Sub Sandwich in honor of it being summer, and also a real “hit” as a crowd pleaser!  Continue reading “Make One Sandwich – Feed the Whole Family”

Fast dessert · Outside decor · summertime · Sunday Dinner

Favorite Summer Happenings

I am enjoying summer SO much!  How thankful I am for this season that God planned as we read in Genesis 8:22 ~

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

I thought I’d share some photos with you from this week that share my love for what is happening so far this summer!

My hydrangeas are blooming!  I also love my Popcorn Roses! That means I get to make little informal bouquets for the table.  These are my favorite kinds of centerpieces!

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Patio Dining! This picture was from Sunday dinner.  I love having guests over and especially when we get to sit outside and enjoy the summer day and the view.  How precious to invite friends over and share the Word together and end our time in prayer for one another!

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Summer vegetables are coming up in my sweet friend’s garden and they graciously shared with us!  How beautiful are these radishes and beets?!

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Our Sunday dinner was Herbed Chicken Breasts, Potato Salad, Corn Casserole and Southern Green Beans.  I also fixed individual Berry Cobblers with ice cream for dessert!

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I’ll end with an adorable picture of my sweet Liza Jane.  She just seems to get more beautiful and lovable as the years pass!

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What has been your favorite part of summer so far?

I’ve shared with you about the radio broadcasts that I’ve been asked to record.  This is way out of my comfort zone, but I am just obeying God’s leading in each step!  The recordings are now available in podcast form at our church’s website.  That means that you don’t have to catch it only at the time it airs, but can listen at any time!  To listen to the podcasts, All you need to do is click here and then look across the top bar for “Refresh Her Podcasts.” Scroll down and you will see each podcast date and the title.  Click and listen!

I pray your weekend is refreshing as you go to a Bible believing/preaching church! Go with a hungry heart, a journal, a song in your heart and go looking to be a blessing!

denise a

Crafts · Family life · refreshment at home · summertime

Fun Things Friday

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Let me share with you some fun things I’ve done during this very full week!

The biggest activity that was most time and thought consuming was Vacation Bible School.  Wow!  Our church blew the doors out with decorations, games, crafts, snacks and powerful Bible teaching!!  Jesus loves children and tells us not to forbid them to come to Him.  I loved that these children heard the Gospel over and over each night as the journeyed from the opening assembly, their class time, snacks, crafts and games.  What a blessing. It’s been exhausting, but we pray there will be spiritual fruit that will bring glory to our wonderful God!

Let me show you a few pictures.

My class of 5-6 year olds on the first night…

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Our group grew each night! I co-taught with another younger woman and we also had several others that were helping hands (they were all needed!)  What a blessing to have a room full of children.  Even though they stretched our abilities to control their energy, we are grateful for the blessing of sharing the Gospel with them!

We raced around the world to meet all the people in the human race, created in the image of God. How did we get to each continent?  We flew, of course!

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We learned about melanin, the coloring that gives us each a different shade of brown skin. The children saw a visual with colored cake batter, made up of the same ingredients, only with more or less coloring in the bowls.

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God sees us all the same and loves each person as much as the next!

We crafted…

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We ate foods from all over the world!

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We were so busy each day that my sweet husband made sure to help me get some rest so I’d be ready for 6:00 when we started another 2 1/2 hours of fun (and exhaustion!).  He took me to lunch one day, insisting that I was not going to cook!  We went to one of our favorite local fish restaurants (Riverside), asked for a table at the window, and got to eat lunch, spend time together and enjoy this view of a family walk just outside our window!

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I also managed to get a little craft done this week.  I needed a wreath for summer.  I found this cute little conversation bubble at Hobby Lobby and knew it would be perfect for a wreath!  It was 75% off, making it under $4!

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I added white fabric flowers to accent the coral door and the flowers that are growing in my yard outside.

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Here’s a close-up of the “wreath.”

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What other message could you say to your guests at your door but, “Hi!?”  If it’s nothing else, it’s unique!!

What fun things have you been up to this week?  Do you scour the 75% off aisle at Hobby Lobby for unique finds?

Refresh your weekend with something fun!

denise a

Motherhood · summertime · Uncategorized

Don’t Stress; Simplify Summer

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School’s out and the kids are wildly excited! Their moms, however, are shrinking back in the corner, an Iced Mocha in one hand and their other hand on their forehead in an effort to calm the storm they feel coming.  It’s called Summertime.

Are you dreading the coming months with your children at your feet?  Are you a little Continue reading “Don’t Stress; Simplify Summer”

Outside decor · summertime

Ten Ways To Embellish Your Outside Space

Embellishing your home on the inside is a no-brainer, right?  We all know we need to add furniture, pictures and accessories to make the house inviting.  But what about the outside?  Have you embellished it to make it welcoming to those that pull into your driveway?  There are lots of easy and inexpensive ways to do that!  Here are a few ideas from things I’ve added to my yard and porches. Continue reading “Ten Ways To Embellish Your Outside Space”