How Are You? – Bacon & Pea Risotto Recipe

How are You? Such an innocent, often tossed about question, that it seems to have lost it’s meaning. Frequently, when someone asks “How are you?”, we reply that we’re fine - without even thinking about it. Or worse, we ask how someone is, with truly no expectation of an honest answer. What if we changed that? Quite a number of years ago, when I was in a sociology class at college, a professor pointed out the meaningless words of “How are you?” in today’s society.  His comments about “no one cares about bunions and hemorrhoids” struck me as funny as a 19 year old, but it also made me think; what if we did care about the answer? That … [Read more...]

10 Verses that Remind Us God is a God of Action

Do you ever wonder if God really loves you? Is it hard to accept because of things that have happened in your life? So often we hear, "God loves you" from people but it is hard to feel it sometimes. God is a God of action. He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us. There is no problem too big that will keep Him from us, and there is no sin too big that we can't repent and find His forgiveness. It is as simple as that. For whatever is going on in your life, whatever has happened in your past, and what fears lie ahead, please know that He is nearby and covers all of it. I put together these verses so that you might see the … [Read more...]

This 1 Tip Will Help you Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you have teens or preteens in your home, you might have heard of the Divergent series.  This series, like the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner series (all books turned into movies), seeks to portray our world in post-apocalyptic fashion, complete with a generation of young rebels ready to restore us to normalcy. Tobias Eaton is the movie’s deuteroagonist, a handsome devil who also answers to the name of “Four.”  (Yes, as in 1, 2, 3, 4).  As it turns out, the moniker “Four” is a significant portion of Eaton’s character development.   We learn that Eaton is called “Four” because of his four fears.   He works diligently through a series of … [Read more...]

Am I Over-Spiritualizing It?

Is God teaching me something in this pain, and struggle?  Or is this pain in my life simply because I am living in a fallen world? I have been asking myself these questions since sitting through a sermon at church where the teacher that day went off on a tangent about over spiritualizing the pain and struggle in our lives. To be honest with you my first response was to be a little bit upset with what he was saying. Over the past few months my Fibromyalgia has been flaring up badly. Doing basic tasks seems almost impossible some days. As an example this past Wednesday this is what my day looked like: I got up early so that the kids and I … [Read more...]

Just Remember Jesus

You do not need me to tell you that little in the world gives us an opportunity to celebrate these days.   As I write, we are within a week of the murder of 14 Californians at the hands of terrorists.   The world, not knowing a Savior to whom it can turn, works hard to fill our hearts with fear and negativity.   There are many, including men and women of God, who express stronger belief in the power to hate and to kill than in the power to love. Oh, if only the true Body of Christ would rise such that the enemy would have to scatter. But I will be the first to confess that it sometimes is hard to see the proverbial forest for the … [Read more...]

Fall Family Baking: Apple Ring Cake Recipe

When the temperatures start dropping my desire to warm up the house with tasty smells and treats increases.  I love cooking for my family it gives me great pleasure when they start pouring into the kitchen to sneak a bite. My oldest son is 13 and I realize that if I don’t start teaching him how to cook the things he loves he will be either eating at home all the time or living off frozen pizza.  I also enjoy teaching him how to make recipes and see him succeed by putting a meal on the table. Getting my children into the kitchen has always been a goal of mine.  We make cookies, cheese, sausage and full meals together.  Sometimes it is … [Read more...]

Christian Book Recommendations for the Holiday Season

November is one of my favorite months. I love autumn. I love sweaters and slippers and cozy nights by the fireplace reading a good book and sipping tea. Although I have been working hard to finish Book #3 in the Out from Egypt Series, I have snuck in a few good books lately and am anticipating a few more that have recently released. I am not a big Christmas-themed book person, so you won’t find any of those here, but here are ten books, in a variety of genres, to add to your by-the-fireside reading list for the holiday season. Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry is the third in the Carthage Chronicles. This series is a time-travel adventure … [Read more...]