Archive for August, 2012

This should be our heart’s desire, always…

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Have you ever experienced times that just shook your world in ways you could not have imagined or anticipated?  We’ve all had those times.  We’ve all had those “one phone call from my knees” moments.

Each time we learn just how fragile life really is.  We all are just one phone call away from unimaginable news and experiencing our own “one phone call from your knees” moment.

I am so thankful for a God that hears me every time I pray. He is all powerful and yet tender enough to gently speak to my heart and comfort me in those moments.

I know many people are experiencing moments of discouragement, hurt, dismay, and chaos today. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the circumstances in your life. Whatever you’re feeling, know that we do care for you. But even more importantly, know and trust that God cares. He is with you in the midst of your situation and He wants to comfort you!  If we can pray with you on something in your life, please let us know.

Our hope it in the Lord!  “Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20

~Jen

In my natural state, I’m about as un-gentle as they come.  I tend to crash and bang through life at warp speed, leaving a wake of debris, destruction and devastation behind me.  I think that comes from being a lifelong Momma and wife and being so very busy.  My mind runs much faster than my body.  BUT! When dealing with someone I try desperately to put the brakes on!  To feel what they are feeling, to have that compassion for their hurting heart.  To be gentle with their spirit.

Oh my, how we have forgotten the Gift of Gentleness in dealing with people.  We’ve taken too many gut-punches from people all our life and the natural reaction is to return a gut-punch.

Prov. 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath…”  It really does work!  Even though it is so very hard to do at times.  I know because it’s hard for me!

BE GENTLE! ~Jen

Kentucky has been steaming hot this year and so has the grill!  Since one family member is on a gluten free diet now, I have been trying new recipes…or adjusting old ones. (more…)

Some states are considering a bill that would require an annual state mandated medical exam for all kids who are home schooled. I understand why this is necessary yet I  understand why some home schooling parents are upset about this. Are they trying to imply that most child abuse cases are found within home schooled children?  Isn’t one reason for home schooling is to keep the state out of our family life? Or is the government genuinely wanting to take another step to protect our children? (more…)

Being from Ky. I just automatically thought everyone knew what transparent pie, burgoo, Ale-8 and hot browns were.  The biggest difference between a classic chess pie and a transparent pie is the addition of cream to the latter. Chess pie will also sometimes have vinegar added, to cut the sweetness, but I don’t think it makes a difference (except to add a little extra wang). Chess pie is basically cheesecake pie. I’ve seen chess pie with meringue, too, which should not (in my opinion) go on transparent pie.

Friendly Note: People in Ky. may call meringue – ‘Calf slobbers!’ Oh my, you never know about Ky. slang. (more…)

When this man walked into our American bank with his transition prescription glasses on he was asked to remove them for security reasons or leave the bank.  In protest he replied, “Why do I have to remove my prescription glasses and she can be completely covered, possibly hiding weapons?” He had to leave the bank or continue his transaction without his glasses. He left. The person completely covered was allowed to stay. Our focus is out of focus!

~Jen

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and He shall bring it to pass.  And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”    Psalm 37:5-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The older I get, the more the book of Job is a comfort to me.  Having lost so much within a short period of time, the righteous man could have easily taken his eyes off the Lord and focused on his loss.  Instead, he laid hold of his confidence in the Great Provider and exclaimed, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him” (Job 13:15).

It’s so very important that our eyes are fixed on the Lord at all times.  If they aren’t, our circumstances will dictate our emotions.  When things go smoothly, we are happy.  When times are rough, we are frustrated.

It’s vital that we remember God’s promises.  Claiming them when disaster strikes keeps us steady.  Knowing God’s nature (from studying His Word) reassures us of His faithfulness, His love, His justice, His righteousness.

Let’s commit together to trust Him in all circumstances, to follow Him closely.  He will NEVER leave us, nor forsake us.  (Hebrews 13:5)

Many blessings!

~Kelly

 

<I have updated the recipe to correct the poultry seasoning after hearing from you. Thanks!>

If you were raised in the south then you probably grew up on home made chicken and dumplings. But you also know there is an art to get those dumplings right. Every country cook has their own little secret. I’ve been told the secret is to add the dumplings to a “rolling, boiling” stock…and sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. In most of my cases the dumplings just don’t! In the cases when the dumplings DON’T and you’ve spent all Sunday morning working on them only to find they they’ve dissolved into the broth. Still, even with all the trouble dumplings can be, they’re still a southern Sunday favorite.

This is an excellent casserole recipe which actually taste like dumplings. I have also added a bag of frozen mixed vegetables to make a chicken pot pie which made it a more complete meal. It has always received a thumbs up rating at our house! (more…)

Fanny J. Crosby, in telling the story of the writing of this song said that a few days before this incident, W.H. Doane had sent her a theme for a song entitled “Rescue the Perishing.” (more…)