Need to Breathe

 Need to Breathe

Home sweet HomeDear Ones,

  I am in need of a break :)

I’m feeling a bit scatterbrained (and that is hard for me to admit) LOL   I woke up this morning, needing to finish my math assignments, yes, I’ m still taking math. For those who do not remember my story, I have returned to college, Liberty University Online and am taking a double major. And, yup, I still have children at home :-)

We are also preparing to jump on an air plane Monday morning to take our middle daughter to a National Fine Arts Festival where she is involved in several projects. I fall out of bed after hearing my precious husband tell me that breakfast is on the table. Ok, yes, I am truly blessed. So, I wander, half asleep up the stairs to find almost all of my family ( my oldest son is away at a summer job ) and I breathe. All is well. It all boils down to… I need to breathe.

Yet, still feeling overwhelmed, I consider what I’ve been thinking of for a couple of days. Praying, is it time to close this blog and merge it with proverbs31jewels.org?  I’ve learned it is not best to make those king of choices when I’m scatterbrained and life is hectic. I seem to thrive on chaos yet I crave order and am a pretty organized person when I want to be. There is so much distraction in our lives that we can miss that quiet small voice of our Abba Father.

He calls us to rest.

 

He calls us to rest. He calls us to seek Him first and His kingdom, and all these things will be added unto you.. Matt 6:33 .. my paraphrase. I know that I know He knows best so I am seeking God. I am going to seek His face. And that means, I will be quiet around here for a while. At least a week…. I pray you are blessed beyond measure and know that He loves you!

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Repost:Chicken Recipes

Chicken Recipes

Recipes

This is a new recipe I tried.. in my oamc session yesterday. So far it tastes real good. Will be cooking it up tonight for dinner ;)

I took 1 huge bag of frozen chicken from Costco at least enough to make 8 cups chopped chicken pieces

192 oz of broth

This is how I made the broth

Took the frozen chicken, put in a huge pot ( one I use for canning.. )

Fill with water

Put LOTS of spices. When freezing, always use tons of spices.. My favorite is a chicken mix from Watkins and Pappy’s from Costco and thyme

A whole bunch of celery chopped

1 large red onion chopped

Let this cook for at least two hours.. chicken needs to be so tender it falls apart 

You can have this going while you are cooking up other meat is what I do if you are having a cooking session 

When the chicken falls apart, chopped the chicken and save the broth )

Add 3 pounds of egg noodles or noodles of your choice

In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup flour and 3 cups milk.. add to the broth with the chicken as well. Stir till it is thick and let cool if you are going to freeze. Freeze in bags or airtight containers for meals.
To cook after you freeze:

Thaw and reheat over low heat in saucepan, microwave or 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes 

 

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An Oldie but a Goodie

An Oldie but a Goodie :)

an oldie but a goodie

Dear One,
I hope this weekend finds you well! I’ve been so busy this past season, I have not been blogging much.  I am enjoying my summer with my children and spending time in the Word. If it is one thing I have learned, it is to treasure the time with my children. As Solomon once said, there is a time for everything and I do not want to miss out on this part of my journey.
So, if I am a little scarce blogging this summer, that is why. Here’s a blast from the past …

Another Oldie but a Goodie

Here’s a yummy from my kitchen
Crock Pot Meatloaf
2 1/2 lbs ground lean hamburger
2/3 cup milk- I used 1%, you can use heavier milks
2 eggs
1/4 c fine chopped onion or 1/2t onion powder
1 c. bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
1t. sea salt
Mix the above in a bowl, the shape it into a loaf, set inside a crockpot. Then pat it down a small bit- leave in a loaf shape. Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve with potatoes, salad and HM bread.
After the meatloaf is done, you can fix a tomato sauce to go on top. I don’t because dh want to put bbq sauce on his. MIL puts a can of whole tomatoes on hers while the meatloaf cooks.
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Word Filled Wednesday-Abide in Him

 

Word Filled Wednesday-Abide in Him

Word Filled Wednesday, A Christian Mom Blog Hop

Dear Ones,

It is Word-Filled Wednesday once again. I hope you are spending time in the Word as well for you cannot read His love letter to you and have it leave you untouched for the better.  If you would like to join this blog hop, all you have to do is go to sign up to our linky and leave a comment! Be sure to grab a button to display on your blog as well!

 

I’ve been stuck in John 15 lately.

4  “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5  “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (NASB)

Abide. Dwell. This implies intimacy as one would have with a close friend or relative. If we are close with someone, we talk with them often. We share every little detail and event of our lives with them. This is what He desires from us. He loves us and we are in a relationship with the Redeemer.

We can do no thing without being close to the One who is our source.  We must stat attached to grow. As you spend time with your husband, you get to know him better.You learn his likes and dislikes, his habits and needs. You love him so you want to him happy and this makes you happy. As we spend time with our husband, we tend to know what they are thinking or going to say. We can finish each other’s sentences and we act like each other. We tend to behave like those we hang out with.

It is the same with our relationship with Christ. We will become more like Him as we spend more time with Him. Reading His Word and talking with Christ. Learning to listen to Him and walk in obedience comes naturally as we hang out with Christ.

It is all about Christ. It is all about relationship. It is time to grab your Bible, shut off the phone and get to know Him!

 

 

 

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My Trim Healthy Mama Journey

Trim Healthy Mama Journey

Trim Healthy Mama

From the Kitchen of Mrs A!

1  Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may approve what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Ro 12:1–2, NASB).

As many of you have known, I have been on a journey with the Lord to become whole in all manners. And lately, I have been convicted in a couple of manners. I am focusing today on both mind and body but these all come after my spiritual health.

Who am I?

I am first and foremost, His. He is my Beloved and he is mine. I must know my place in His kingdom, understand my identity is found in Him and everything else comes afterwards. This is true balance. And if I am not living in balance, my whole world will be off kilter.  And I find my priorities in His Word. This passage is a little hard for me to swallow. I have not been committed to the full in offering this area to the Lord. To present my body as a living and holy sacrifice is, for me, hard. It is complete surrender and that does not come natural for me. But, my heart’s desire is to be an acceptable offering to God and my life to be one of worship so… I am changing my mind and giving up my will and I know He will sustain me and help me as I walk out my obedience.

My Path on the Journey

I am jumping on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon…..kind of.  I am finding this to be a lifestyle that suits my likes, abilities and family. I need a lifestyle change, not a quick fix and this seems to be God’s answer to my prayers. I can easily adapt recipes to fit this way of eating and still feel like I’m satisfied. And I do not have a hard time eating every two-three hours. I already have given up sodas for water so that is enjoyable as well.

Do I fail? yes. But, I am learning that like all things of God, there is no condemnation and I will not allow this to be a legalistic endeavor either.  I have no problems ridding my diet of sugar and I do not have to rid my life of sweet tasting or fulfilling meals.

So, I thought I would share a simple recipe for you.

Mrs A’s Lamb Roast

1 Lamb Roast

I use seasonings from Costco called Organic, no salt seasonings. It has rosemary in it.

I cover it in seasoning, place it in a baking dish and add about an inch worth of water on the bottom. Cover with foil and cook at 400 degree oven for about 1 1/2 hours until it reaches 140 degrees. You could always have veggies cook on the bottom. We serve it with Quinioa and steamed broccoli.

It is really easy and my family LOVES it!

Be Blessed!

 

 

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