Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Blueberry Cheesecake Pie


Recipe and Image Courtesy of www.BettyCrocker.com

Ingredients:
  • Pillsbur refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
  • package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • eggs
  • teaspoon vanilla

Blueberry Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons lemon juice
  • cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Slowly and gently unroll crust. Place crust in ungreased 9-inch pie plate; press firmly against side and bottom. Fold excess crust under and press together to form thick crust edge; flute. Line crust with 10-inch parchment paper or foil circle. Fill bottom of crust to about 1/2 inch deep with metal or ceramic pie beans (use rice or dry beans if you don’t have pie beans). Bake 10 minutes.

2. Reduce heat to 375°F. Remove parchment paper and beans from crust. Return crust to oven; bake an additional 4 to 6 minutes or until bottom looks dry and is just starting to turn light brown.

3. Meanwhile in a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium-high speed just until blended; pour into crust.

4. Cover edge of crust with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is set but center still jiggles slightly when moved. Cool 1 hour at room temperature.

5. Meanwhile in 1 1/2 quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in water and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in 1 cup blueberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 2 minutes or until thickened and most of the berries have popped. Stir in remaining 1 cup blueberries.

6. Spread blueberry mixture over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator



Monday, March 27, 2017

A Wife's Secret to Happiness {Giveaway}

By: Jenifer Metzger

Last week we talked about trusting God with the transformation. Oh that is so hard! We know how we want our guy to be, why can't we just do it ourselves! Why can't we just tweak here, change there and boom! We have the guy we want.

In her new book A Wife's Secret to HappinessJen Weaver gets right to the point when she says:
When I relinquish my role as cocreator, I make room for the Lord to speak straight to him.

When we relinquish that role that we think we need, yet really have no business being in, and let God be God, we are making room for God to speak directly to our husband and change him how He wants him. While we know what we'd like for our husbands to be like, God knows how they were created to be. He knows the strengths He placed deep within them. He knows what their future holds. But we must step out of the way.

When you are tempted to change your husband or to recreate who he is, remember that God doesn't need a cocreator. He's completely got his under control!


Jen Weaver writes A Wife's Secret to Happiness through thoughtful exploration of biblical promises, humorous hope-filled stories, and compelling testimonies. Jen shares how God continually empowers her life as a submissive millennial wife, and encourages you to experience the same freedom! A Wife's Secret to Happiness is available today!


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pursued...


In the heart of every woman there is a desire to be pursued by her lover.  This universal desire has been reflected for years in fairy tales.  For example, in the story of Cinderella the handsome prince searches high and low all over his kingdom for the mysterious owner of the glass slipper, for the one who captivated his heart at the ball.  Whether you are still in the dating stage of a relationship or you've been married for fifty years,  I surmise that you would love to know that your "prince" would likewise give their all to pursue and woo you.

On my prayer list are the names of all of my mama's descendants.  One of Mama's last prayers was that all of her descendants would be saved.  When Mama died I felt like God wanted me to continue to pray for the salvation of all of my siblings and their descendants.  Recently, I've been seeing evidence of God's relentless pursuit in some of their lives.  I've seen hope that their hearts are softening to His love.  This has given me such hope for my loved ones, but it has also reminded me of God's great love and pursuit of us all.  The desire of God's heart is for us.  We were  planned for and created by Him with great love.  We were redeemed by Him with the unfathomable sacrifice of His Only Son.  We are relentlessly pursued and wooed by His Holy Spirit.  We are His beloved ones and the desire of His heart is for us.  He longs for us to know Him and His great love, to believe it and to receive it.  He continually pursues us, woos us, and knocks on the door of our heart until we open up our heart and receive Him and His great love. Maybe your boyfriend or spouse doesn't quite measure up to what your heart longs for in his pursuit of you.  Rest assured that there is One Who surpasses your heart's desires.  You are His beloved and His desire is for you.

still following,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

God is a Jealous God

By:

Emily Miller

You get done with your day and you are tired, lonely, and exhausted.

Nothing has seemed to have gone right, and if you are like me you are more often than not to be tempted to reach for your phone or for the remote to try and distract yourself from your negative feelings.

What if, instead of running to the nearest things we can see to distract us from our emotions, we ran to God instead?

Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord, your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 

-Deuteronomy 6:13-15

In the Old Testament context, it can be very easy to merely gloss over the passage of scripture above. However, I think the above verses can be taken and applied to our lives.

Here.

Today.

Right now.

God is a jealous God. He is jealous for your time and desires for you to trust in Him to fill you up, on your bad days as well as your good days.

So next time, if you feel like you need to reach for the things of this world as a distraction, I want to challenge you to reach for His word instead.

Allow Him to fill you instead of things of this world, and you will find yourself coming away more at rest physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Blessings-

Emily

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reclaiming Laughter


We are plagued in today’s society and our homes by a real travesty.  One that is sneaky and underhanded but devastating nonetheless. Today our homes are in dire need of some humor and lightheartedness.  Dare I even say – we just need to laugh more!

Lest you think this is an easy task for me or even possibly one that I have personally mastered, you must understand that I am type A, only child, goal oriented INFJ who has a tendency to think that laughter is not necessary.  That is until it’s missing for a bit, and everyone is on edge and the mood is miserable.  Then…I stop and try to figure out what’s going on!

This happens in our home when my husband travels.  Certain times of the year he can be gone for several days or even a week or more at a time.  We tend to roll along our merry way for a day or two, but eventually things tend to get a bit tense.  There are three females in the house after all…can I get a witness!  My poor son, y’all pray for him!  Needless to say, my husband who is very even tempered and quick witted tends to keep our home lighthearted and when he’s gone, his absence is definitely noticed.

So what’s a girl to do?  She’s got to be intentional about finding the humor.  Truly it’s everywhere right? When the kids are little it’s easy to laugh at their cute sayings, their play time and imagination, but somewhere between digging out the poptarts and bowls of cereal, packing lunches, and throwing dinner out after practice upon practice-it’s easy to forget to laugh.  As the burdens of adulthood, finances, marriage, and raising children bear down on us, it’s easy to get lost in the responsibility and to lose the laughter.  

So how do we take back the laughter and not let the days weigh us down?

1.     Remember! what does the Bible teach us? 
   



A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: 
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13

All the days of the afflicted are evil: 
but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
  

2.     Reminisce! - take time to watch old home movies/videos, play games etc

When we need a good laugh we pull out the old SD cards and scroll through pictures.  Technology is great – we can take and put up on our TV screen what we have in our hands on our phones or on our computers.  That way the whole family can view.  

We’ve assembled some quick home movies as slideshows, and our favorites of course – we laugh at my daughter’s experience having her wisdom teeth pulled.  Instead of sleeping as I expected she would do, she got to talking a whole lot.  Thankfully she loves laughing with us at her crazy self.  Maybe you’ll enjoy a laugh too with us – if so – click here.  It takes you to my personal youtube channel.  

3.     Recite! - some silly jokes, read a funny story and make it a priority to laugh together each day.

Knock knock jokes may be silly and the kids will roll their eyes, but why not.  

Knock Knock
Who's There?
Moo
Moo who?
Make up your mind are you a cow or an owl?

Sometimes I’ll download a copy of a funny meme on one of the socials and text it to my girls. Or hand them my phone when we are in the car together and let them read something I thought was funny. Snapchat while it’s got it’s faults, has some pretty hysterical filters and you can get some funny laughs at of the things you send each other. And I’m not telling you to spend hours a day…it won’t require that, but acting in a purposeful way to find the laughter will benefit our homes greatly. We have plenty of serious topics to work our way through so a light heart can help us carry the load.

My middle child and I were at the post office this week to mail out several packages.  Our post office is small and they know us there pretty well.  My girls have a small coffee business and they have been in the post office many times through the last five years.  We love the folks in this office.  They’re kind, and helpful and friendly.  That day was no exception, and well it was the end of the day and everyone was tired.  My daughter and I were picking on each other and we had our cashier laughing at us.  I remember saying something about “15” and rolling my eyes, and military school but other than that, I just don’t know.  By the time we left my daughter and I had had a great time, the postal workers were laughing and even the few people waiting on us to get finished were grinning.  As we were leaving our cashier asked us to start coming between 10 and 2 each day because that’s when the day gets slow for him, and I laughed.  "No problem, this show could definitely go on the road. We sure don’t have enough laughter in this world anyway.” And he said “that’s exactly right.”

It didn’t cost us a thing to hang out a minute or two longer than maybe we needed to, or to engage in small talk and silliness.  But it brightened, for that moment, a small room that maybe needed just a little energy.  My daughter and I laughed all the way home, and then shared with everyone else.  As Christians, I would pray that our attitude brings people some small happiness in this life.  We must look different than the long faced, sour attitudes of today’s world or they won’t want anything to do with Christ.


You may appreciate another little story.  This one is full of irony in the fact that as I was writing this post, I went to go make myself another cup of coffee.  I do love a good cup of coffee and I love grinding my own beans for a fresh cup each time.  I picked up the grinder to shake out the grinds in the bottom and accidentally pressed the button to grind.  I never knew that it would grind without the lid on, but sure enough it does.  The grounds already at the bottom now were instantly set awhirl straight at my face and arms.  I am now currently covered in microscopic coffee grounds…I guess I needed to exfoliate today after all.  I did laugh – and it was funny.  



Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself too in the process of finding laughter.  We really don’t have to be serious all the time.