Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blueberry Butterscotch Squares

By: Leah

So I've been missing for a few months but I am back again today with a delicious recipe for Blueberry Butterscotch Squares! I have a friend here visiting this week and we made them (rather she made them for us) and she loved them just as much as we do so I'm pretty sure you will be pleased with this recipe and hopefully it will be a keeper for your family as well!


Blueberry Butterscotch Squares

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
3/4 c butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 c blueberries (frozen)
1 c butterscotch chips
1/2 c chopped nuts
2 T brown sugar

Directions:

Mix flour,salt & soda. 
Cream butter until light & fluffy. Gradually add sugar. 
Beat in eggs, then stir in dry ingredients. 
Fold in blueberries.(It works better to mix hem into the batter if they were frozen although if you have fresh ones I would just wait until you have the batter in the pan and then press them into the batter. Spread mixture in 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with chips, pecans & brown sugar. Bake at 350* for 30 mins. Top should be lightly brown.



I hope you enjoy them!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Three Strands (Part 2)


Last week we talked about marriage being a union of three and that the union gives strength. This union is made up of God, husband, wife.

But how do we put God in the center of our marriage?


Here are five ways to put God at the center of your marriage:

  • Pray together. Praying together is the number one thing in putting God at the center. Daily hold hands and both of you pray. This is vital to a God centered marriage.
  • Pray for your husband. {And husband pray for your wife.} Each day pray that your husband would walk closely to God and strive to serve him. Pray for his health, relationships, job and integrity.
  • Read the Word together. Read the Bible together at least once a week, every day if possible. Even if it's only one scripture a day, read the Word as a couple.
  • Go to God. When conflict in the marriage arises, go to God. Pray that God would guide you and your husband in resolving the conflict according to His ways.
  • Worship together. Whether at church, in the privacy of your home or both, worship God together.
What are other ways that you put God in the center of your marriage?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Single Saturdays: When You Keep Reliving Your Past

By: Brenda

For several months now my past has consumed my thoughts like never before. It's not just one event or one season of my past. Framed scenes from different ages of my life fade in and out like they do when I'm watching a slide show of photographs on the computer.

The problem is that these memories have become obsessive. They're holding me back from living in the present. They're filling my soul with regret. They're keeping me in bondage to the past.



I've often heard that even destructive behaviors serve some positive purpose for us or else we wouldn't keep doing them. It sounds counter-intuitive, like how can eating a whole bag of chocolate in one sitting possibly be positive? I guess in some way, though, it is or I wouldn't have done it more than once (just as a hypothetical!). In regards to the thoughts of my past, I've been asking myself the question, "What is it that keeps me pushing "repeat" over and over again in my mind to relive regretful and even painful memories?"

I'm trying to be my own redeemer.

I just want a do-over. I really do. If I could have one wish in my life it would be to do my single years - from about 18 to 32 years old - again. Oh, what I would do differently!

I can't do them over, but in some twisted way, by imagining them again and again, I'm trying to. It's like if I replay the past enough times, and live it in better ways, then it will be made complete and whole and right. I'm trying to earn my righteousness instead of resting in the truth that the Cross earned it for me.

When Jesus died on the Cross, every thorn, every lash, every rock, every nail, every ball of spit, every drop of blood covered not only our present and future but also our past. He became sin for us so that we can live free of the bondage to sin.

But here I sit - still in bondage. So what does the Cross mean to me?

Something I've started doing when these thoughts from my past cement themselves in my mind and I can't seem to truly believe the truth of the Cross, is I imagine myself at the foot of the Cross. It looks something like this:

There He is on the hill of Golgotha. The sky is ominous. The clouds are thick. And there I kneel. My legs tucked under my body, my body hutched over so low that my face touches the ground. I reach my right hand out from holding my face and feel the wood at the base of the Cross.   
Then it comes. The first drop of blood falls on the back of my head, into my hair. Then there's another. Red drips down my forearm. And it continues, the sprinkling becomes gushing, and the blood of Jesus completely washes over me, covering me, and releasing me from the fate of death that should have been mine. My hair is soaked. My clothes are drenched. I kneel there, sobbing, in the pool of His blood.  
I am clean.  

The blood of Jesus is not just for remission of sin - our salvation. It is also for us to experience a clean conscience. Hebrews 10:22 says, "let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."

This, my friend, is where Jesus wants us to live - at the foot of the Cross in constant awareness of His redeeming blood and the sprinkling that cleans our conscience.

You may be in a place today where the memories of your past just continue to fight for your conscience, preventing you from living in the freedom of the Cross. With Holy Week and Easter approaching us this week, imagine yourself kneeling right there at the Cross, and the blood of Jesus cleaning you through and through.


How are you keeping your conscience clean from the past? 



Friday, April 11, 2014

He is With You

by: Jenilee

He is With You... Isaiah 43:1-3 #faith #family #hope #strength


I don't have some great family post today full of tips and tricks for parents.

Today, I have some encouragement.

I have many friends who are struggling right now with finances, health, children, death in the family... the list of struggles in this life can be long and seemingly endless.

So I felt impressed to just simply share some encouragement with you.

A scripture to help you know that God is with you today.

Wherever you are. Whatever you are facing. Whatever happens in your day, in your family, in your life...

He is with YOU.

Isaiah 43:1-3 says, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."

Isn't that perfect?

Isn't that knowledge encouraging?

No matter what... our God is with us.

Through it all.

He is with us.

He is with YOU.

If you are facing something, feel free to leave a comment. We would love to pray with you and your family.

Praying with you today...

Joy on the journey,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Descendants too numerous to count...


"10 ...I will give you more descendants than you can count."
Genesis 16:10 NLT


Today, this is how I am feeling...blessed beyond measure!  I come from a family of 4...mom, dad, me, brother.  And now, after marriage of 38 years, I have this huge, wonderful family...many descendants!  We have 4 beautiful children who have given me 4 additional children in the form of their marriages.  And to those marriages they have added a total of 10 amazing children.  Our little family (my husband and me) has grown to a whopping total of 20!  That is small in comparison to my hubby's family of more than 60 with parents, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids & now a great-great grandson! But to my little family of 4...20 is pretty cool!  I love that God has blessed our family with this wonderful legacy.  I pray that someday, should the Lord tarry, the future generations in our family will look into their family history and see the God-loving, God-fearing heritage they have.

It was the birth of my 10th grandbaby this week that has brought this feeling of wonder to me.  We have anticipated his birth for more years than I can count.  Thank you, Lord, for your amazing blessings and for the trust you have shown in our family by loaning your precious gifts to us.

Counting my blessings today,