Archive for September, 2012

Does anyone else ever want to SCREAM “Social Media Burnout!”

Don’t get me wrong I love the internet.  But I have finally just had it with my facebook account and deactivated it. I really enjoyed it for the time and quite honestly the deactivation became a necessity. So many aspects of it was suddenly driving me nutzo! (more…)

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In New York stands the Statue_of_liberty where inscribed on the base is this poem, ”The_New_Colossus”, written by the Jewish-American poet Emma_Lazarus in 1883.

…With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

—Emma Lazarus, 1883

“Give me your tired, your poor” reminds me of  Matt. 11:28. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Or in Luke 6:20 & 24 “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” and 6:24 “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.”

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One of the songs I have always loved has been, The Cross is My Statue of Liberty! I choose to trust Jesus in these times. He has proven over and over that He alone is trustworthy. I will NOT be afraid because I know the end of the story.

~Jen

Chocolate Cake with Salted Carmel Frosting

My husband is a BIG lover of chocolate and I am a BIG lover of salted caramel!  What a perfect combination.  Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a talented baker. When a friend gave me this recipe I thought I would give it a try.  It was wonderful. You prepare the salted caramel then add 1 cup to your frosting…ANY frosting!  Store the remaining in the refrigerator. Now that is something even I can handle. (more…)

This year has been a hard time on our reputation as a church.  Many pastors have stepped down because of various reasons.  This is heart breaking! Within our denomination where we are missionaries, I see a rising trend, not in all churches but in many as we travel.

When we give the ownership of a church to man, then we have taken God’s glory away from Him.  It is never good when that happens.

I believe when we give more praise and more glory to the man leading than to God we are practicing idolatry. Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 48:11 says, “…I will not give my glory unto another.”

When someone is more concerned about what their preacher will think about something than what God will think about something. This is a very serious matter! (more…)

Learning to listen will change you.  I wonder how many lives would have been changed had someone just heard what they were saying? …Or maybe what was left unsaid.

 

 

May I hear with understanding beneath the words you use
May I hear with my heart and mind
May I hear with no personal intention
May I hear with compassionate eyes
May I hear with a kind heart
May I hear with concentration
May I hear without judgment
May I wait patiently and quietly through your times of silence
May I consider it an honor when you share with me those deep painful moments

I will always say a prayer. ~Jen

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark…I know SO many ladies who would love this in a pretty ribbon wrapped gift bag 🙂 While browsing on Pinterest I found a version of this Recipe and decided to try it myself. It was well worth the try! (more…)

Human trafficking is a global problem; Considered the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise. ’09 U.S. Dept.of State estimates that 50,000 people are trafficked into the US annually.

When a friend’s blog post was, I hate traffic I realized there are many other people that God is using to start spreading the word against human trafficking!

We can no longer keep our eyes closed to the human trafficking problem in America. (more…)

I have struggled and struggled as I write these thoughts. I’ve thought about this a lot. Why does it seem that so many people are being hurt, wronged, burned, or ostracized by the church? It has become such a battle cry. And I’m reading or hearing this too many times, “I’ve been wounded by the church!” (more…)

This was given to us by an elderly friend and was honestly some of the best Banana Nut Bread that I’ve ever had. She added that it she believes it’s because of the cream cheese in the batter. The cream cheese adds so much to this recipe. Plus, she stressed not to skip roasting the pecans! The roasted pecans are the perfect addition. Roasting the nuts brings adds so much flavor! To roast them,  place the pecans on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for a few minutes lightly toasted. She sprinkled a few pecans over the top of the batter before baking. She also left a small chunks of banana in the batter.  Mmmmmm! Mmmmmm!  It makes 2 loaves = 1 for the freezer! (more…)

Would anyone notice
if I were to disappear?
My footprints filled in
another voice not to hear

Would anyone notice
if I went missing
My trail unfollowed
no ears listening

If I were to vanish
would anyone care
Anyone be there to realize
I’m not there

Would my scent be followed
would anyone know of my misplace
Would they even try
if I were gone without a trace…
~copied

That’s a very sad thought. ~Jen