Fourth of July

July 4th Highlights

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Happy birthday, America

I took the picture above on my recent trip to NYC.  The reflecting pools are truly a sobering sight.  The names of all those that died in the 911 attack are listed around the two fountains.  It’s heart-wrenching to think of the loss of so many lives. What’s even more difficult is thinking of those that  went into eternity without Christ.

Going on this trip to New York gave me a fresh appreciation for our country’s birthday that we celebrated yesterday.  We enjoyed a day together as a whole family with Whitney and Paul coming to Tennessee to share in the events of July 4th.  Some of the highlights were:

  • The Jonesborough Parade – There are about as many tractors in the parade as people, but it’s very American and very fun!
  • Seeing my grandsons wave flags and streamers during the parade. They were magnets for all the candy and favors that were being passed out at the parade!
  • Enjoying grilled burgers and all the trimmings in our backyard.
  • Sitting in the backyard under our covered porch to visit, watch the boys in their small pool, and cheer on the Corn Hole Players.
  • Celebrating Whitney’s upcoming September birthday early because we were all together to do so!  (Pictures coming!)
  • Laughter, chatter and even singing as a family.

How thankful I am for my family and the love and sweet times we share together.  I don’t take it for granted, but pray each day that the Lord will keep us close to Him and one another.

How did you celebrate the 4th?  What’s the highlight of the parade in your city?

Refresh your heart this weekend,

denise a

 

baking · Gluten-Free

Flourless Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

A super fast post today with a delicious flourless muffin you must make!! A friend recently shared this recipe with me and I made them IMMEDIATELY. We loved them and my very finicky grandson ate THREE!

You don’t have to be on a gluten-free diet to enjoy these! They have protein in the peanut butter, banana, honey and leavening. That’s it!

Super moist and yummy!

The recipe came from Averie Cooks. Check out the simple ingredients and instructions. She’s got lots of great looking recipes!

Now go bake some!

Do your friends share great recipes with you? What have you tried recently?

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

Christian growth · Christian Life · salvation

How To Have Life and Peace

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It was a busy evening of decorating the church for our recent Vacation Bible School when one of the leaders picked up a “Conversation Beach Ball” and decided it was time for a break.  She threw the ball to a worker and yelled, “Right hand!”  They caught the ball and then read the question that was under the grasp of their right thumb and answered it.  The ball was passed to me and the question I read was something like,

What  Bible story do you love the most?

Not wanting to take too much time to answer, I thought of one I’d recently been reading in my morning devotions.  I said, “The story of Joseph forgiving his brothers.”  The group was satisfied with my answer because it allowed the game to continue.

The next day I got to thinking back on our game, and my question in particular, and I was shocked when I thought about how I had responded!

Continue reading “How To Have Life and Peace”

Celebrations · Refreshment in marriage

Fun Things Friday – Anniversary Celebration

Yesterday we celebrated our 38th anniversary!  We had the blessing of staying at a lovely lakeside cottage not far from home for two nights.

We slept in a little and then enjoyed a slow morning with coffee and breathtaking views –  even on a rainy morning.

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I fixed brunch for us consisting of French Toast with my sour dough bread, blueberries Continue reading “Fun Things Friday – Anniversary Celebration”