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Homemade

I hope you all have been having a great Easter weekend.  We were blessed with a good sunrise service this morning and rejoicing in Christ’s death and resurrection.  I wanted to share some cooking things I did this weekend:

With me being super paranoid now about all foods because of my nut allergy, I have been making some things homemade this weekend.

I made some homemade salsa yesterday and when I went to the store, I could not find any tortilla chips that had not been made with sunflower oil or coconut oil.  So, I made my own tortilla chips.

How?
1.  preheat the oven to 400.
2. put some foil on a cookie sheet, cut your corn tortillas in chip sized pieces, brush olive oil on them, and sprinkle on some salt.
3. place in the oven and cook for 6-10 minutes, until the edges curl.

they were delicious!  especially with the homemade salsa!! yum, yum!

Also, this weekend, I was making an eclair cake for Easter lunch.  This recipe calls for cool whip, and all the cool whip at food city had coconut oil in it.  So, I made my own!  It was so easy and delicious!

These homemade ingredients were cheaper, and I’m guessing that they are healthier because there isn’t anything extra added in, or at least I’m hoping so.

I’m going to go whip up another batch of chips.  Yay salsa time!

In the morning, look for my 23 for 23 blog update!

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Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!

Luke 24: 1-12, 36-43, 50-51

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared.  They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in.  But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of Jesus.

They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this.  Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there.  The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship.  The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery?  He is not here, but raised up.  Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?”  Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest.  Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, they thought they were making it all up.

But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb.  He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all.  He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.

….

While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.”  They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death.  He continued with them, “Don’t be upset and don’t let all these doubting questions take over.  Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me.  Touch me.  Look me over from head to toe.  A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.”  As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet.  They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing.  It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.

He asked, “Do you have any food here?”  They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked.  He took it and ate it right before their eyes.

He then led them out of the city over to Bethany.  Raising his hands, he blessed them , and while blessing them, took his leave, being carried up to heaven.

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Good Friday

Matthew 27: 27-53

The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor’s palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun.  They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga.  They plaited a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head.  They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter.  Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence:  “Bravo, King of the Jews!” they said.  “Bravo!”  Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick.  When they had had their fun, they took off the toga and put his own clothes back on him.  Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.

Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus’ cross.  Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call “Skull Hill,” they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn’t drink it.

After they had finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes.  Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him:  THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left.  People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament:  “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself!  If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”

The high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him:  “He saved others—he can’t save himself!  King of Israel is he?  Then let him get down from that cross.  We’ll all become believers then!  He was so sure of God—well, let him rescue his ‘Son’ now—if he wants him!  He did claim to be God’s Son, didn’t he?”  Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery.

From noon to three, the whole earth was dark.  Around midafternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Some bystanders who heard him said, “He’s calling for Elijah.”  One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink.  The others joked, “Don’t be in such a hurry.  Let’s see if Elijah comes and saves him.”

But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.

At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom.  There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces.  What’s more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised.

The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death.  They said, “This has to be the Son of God!”

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Maundy Thursday

John 13:1-17

Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father.  Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end.  It was suppertime.  The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God.  So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.  When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”

Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”

Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”

Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”

“Master!” said Peter.  “Not only my feet, then.  Wash my hands!  Wash my head!”

Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe.  My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene.  So now you are clean.  But not every one of you.”  After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.

Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you?  You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so.  That is what I am.  So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet.  I’ve laid down a pattern for you.  What I’ve done, you do.  I’m only pointing out the obvious.  A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer.  If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.

 

Matthew 26: 26-29

During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples:

                Take and eat.  This is my body.

Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them:

Drink this, all of you.  This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins.

I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.

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Top Gun

top gunI have a bone to pick with my parents.  Growing up, my parents made me watch certain movie “classics.”  How is it that before last night I had never seen Top Gun??

I picked up Top Gun on a whim from the library because I had heard it was good.  I threw it in last night when I had some free time and boy was I surprised.  I wasn’t able to work on anything while I watched it.  All I could do was sit and watch.  It was so good!

I’m glad I finally got to see this classic film and I can’t believe it took me so long to do so!

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About

My Movie Queue:Around the World in 80 Days, Cold Mountain, There will be blood, Melinda and Melinda
Pages left to read in my current book:   I just started Les Mis and I am going to find a couple more things to read
I have made: a scarf
I have worked on: cleaning the house, balancing the checkbook, organizing paperwork, basically getting caught up on life
Food made: nothing exciting.
Goals checked off: finished Anna Karenina
Games played: Carccassonne and X Wing miniature game
Favorite Pinterest pin:
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Total Blog views since last Thursday:  135
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: 7: Argo, Pitch Perfect, The Paperboy, The Lion King, Remember the Titans, Bridge over the River Kwai, Top Gun
Books read: I’m More than a Pastor’s Wife, Anna Karenina
This week I love: The Voice!
This week I hate: snow that doesn’t result in a delay or a snow day

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So glad to finally be done

I finally finished reading Anna Karenina.  It had been one of my goals for this year.  I had seen the preview for the new movie and decided (stupidly) that I would read the book, not knowing how long it was.  And boy was it a mistake.  This book is so long and honestly I was bored out of my mind!  Phew, I am so glad I am finally done.  If I had not made it a goal to read it, I would have quit a loonnnggg time ago.

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Feeling of Accomplishment

A feeling of accomplishment is one of the best feelings in the world.  Having a whole list of things to do and not being able to check any of them off feels like failure, but even if I mark only one thing off I have accomplished something.

Yesterday I was stressed because of all the things on my to-do list and between last night and today I have checked nearly all of them off.  Now that’s accomplishment if I do say so myself.  Last night I finished all of the laundry, did all the dishes, went grocery shopping, and read my Bible.  And then today I made all my phonecalls, paid all the bills, I made dinner, balanced the checkbook, kept up with the dishes, made Rice Krispie treats, and got to watch The Voice last night and tonight.  Talk about marking things off my list!

I only have a few more things to get done before Thursday and I know that I will be able to get them done.  I feel like the more I get done, the more I will be able to do.  Want to know how I was able to get so much done last night and tonight?

Adam wasn’t home.  I always get most of my to-do list accomplished when Adam isn’t around.  When he is, I’m lucky if I get one thing marked off my list.  I think it is because when I am by myself the only thing I can do is mark things off my list.

Yay for this feeling of accomplishment, I predict I will sleep soundly tonight!

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God is in Control

One of the things that I struggle with most as a Christian is trying not to worry or be anxious and giving things to God.  Do you struggle with this as well?  Admitting that I am powerless and that there is nothing I can do is really hard.  I like to feel like I am in control, and giving that control up to God is something I need to remind myself to do literally a million times a day.

There are lots of verses in the Bible about not worrying and not be anxious and affirmation that God is in control.  I think that this is because, we need to hear it and be reminded all the time!  I know I do.  Even though I remind myself of this truth all the time, it has not yet gotten any easier for me.

Here are some of my favorite verses in the Bible that I turn to in order to be reminded:

Matthew 6:25-34  Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Proverbs 12:25  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Philippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 13:6   The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?

Proverbs 19:21  Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Besides reading scripture, another way that I remind myself that God is in control is through prayer to God.  I have found that prayer is incredibly comforting for me, and that comfort makes it easier for me to give control to God.  One thing that also helps me give up control is knowing that other people are praying for me as well.

I have added a new page to this blog, and I hope that you will check it out and use it.  On the right side, click on “I Believe” and then “Prayr Requests.”  I will be updating it with my specific prayer requests, and I would love for you to send me your requests so that I may pray for you as well.  I will update this page often with mine and your prayer requests so that we can all be in prayer for each other.  I am really excited about this and I hope that it will be as encouraging to you as it is to me.

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Untitled

This post is untitled because I couldn’t think of anything clever to call it, and also because this post isn’t realy going to be about anything.  I have had a serious headache all day and whenever I tried to think of what I would write about after work, my head started to hurt even more.

My weekend was pretty good.  I think it was relaxing…I can’t really remember what I did.  I do know that it went by way too quickly and I did a lot of laundry.  Last night was the first night that I slept in my bed for a month and a half.  It wasn’t exactly the best night sleep I could have gotten, but a few hours are better than nothing.  My shoulder stayed sore all weekend and is still pretty sore today.  I hope that the medicine eventually kicks in and makes it all worth it.

It has been snowing here all day and it is supposed to snow all night, so I’m hoping for a snow day tomorrow, because sometimes you just need a snow day.

Tonight starts the new season of The Voice, and I am super excited.  I mean, how can it be bad when Usher is joining the coaches?

I have woken up early the last three mornings to do my Bible study and it is amazing what a difference it makes in my whole day.  I am, however, a realist and realize that I probably will not be able to keep getting up this early.

I have been really stressed today because of several realizations.
1-I have a lot of bills that are coming due that I almost forgot about.
2-My house is a mess and I have neglected it.
3-There is no food in the cupboards.
4-I will be packing for the RCC Convention at this time yet week (and I’m really nervous about it).

I’m just happy that I now have the grocery shopping finished, most of the laundry done, it is almost time for The Voice and I have all the ingredients I need to make Rice Krispie Treats.  Thank goodness!

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