Prayer Journal How-To

MP900289153

This prayer journal is pretty and easy to make. No crafty or artsy genes are necessary to pull this one off! You will need:

pretty 12×12 patterned cardstock and some embellishments

 

3-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, self-stick index tabs, and labels (for your journal sections)

 

a paper cutter, a hole punch, and page reinforcements (if desired)

First, decide which sections you want in your journal. My sections usually include Praise, Confess, Requests, Thanks, Listening, Memorize, Wisdom, Proverbs, Reading and Reminders. You can put as many or as few sections in your journal as you desire.

Print your section labels onto the index tab inserts that came with the tabs, or onto mailing labels you can cut to size to fit the index tab inserts. Put your section labels into the index tabs.


Next, carefully cut your patterned paper to fit in your 3-ring binder. I use 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 loose-leaf paper and the smaller 3-ring binders that paper fits into. Doing this, I can get 2 section divider papers out of each of my 12×12 patterned cardstock sheets.


Using some patterned paper and embellishments, make a title page for your journal (if desired).


Using the hole punch and a piece of your loose-leaf paper as a guide, carefully punch 3 holes into each of your section divider papers.


Apply the self-stick index tab (section labels) to the section divider papers, staggering them so they’re easy to read.

Once you have all of the section labels on their respective section divider papers, place your title page on top and put them into the 3-ring binder.

Place some loose-leaf paper behind each section divider, and you’re done!

You can take this journal with you everywhere. It’s very convenient. I like to pop a piece of loose-leaf paper out, hand it to a friend, and let them write down their prayer requests for the week. Then I place that paper in the Requests section. Every time I open my journal to write down requests, I see the page my friend wrote her requests on ~ it’s a wonderful reminder to pray for others often.

Print this entry

Share

Homemade Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

Scoops of Various Ice Creams

Frozen Ice Cream Maker (This one requires no ice or rock salt–cool!!)

Vanilla:
1 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 c. homogenized milk
1/2 c. sugar
2 2/3 c. heavy whipping cream
1 T. vanilla extract

Stir the condensed milk into the homogenized milk. Scrape well from the sides and mix thoroughly. Dissolved sugar in the milk and add cream. Cool the mix in the refrigerator for one hour. Add vanilla and begin to follow the instructions for freezing with your ice cream maker.

Chocolate:
1 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 c. homogenized milk
1/2 c. sugar
2 2/3 c. heavy whipping cream
1 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I like the Dutch process kind by Penzey’s.)
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water

Stir the condensed milk into the homogenized milk. Scrape well from the sides and mix thoroughly. Dissolved sugar in the milk and add cream. Cool the mix in the refrigerator for one hour. Blend the cocoa and sugar together. While heating water to 180 degrees, add in the cocoa-sugar mixture. Mix slowly and stir constantly. Allow the mix to cool to refrigerator temperature for one hour longer. Follow the instructions for freezing with your ice cream maker.

** These recipes are from the 1997 April/ May issue of Compressed Air magazine and formulated by Penn State’s, Dr. Philip Keeney. Their practices are public knowledge–and their ice cream is SO GOOD!

Print this entry

Share

Family Reunion Mac and Cheese

Family Removing Husks from Corn

Summer is here and one of the things I think of about summer is family reunions and gatherings of friends around the swimming pool or with sparklers at the 4th of July.

You always need to take a dish to these types of events, so I thought I’d share with you my macaroni and cheese recipe that I’ve worked on over the years to get it to where my kids love it.  It makes enough to feed an army so it’s perfect to take to that pot luck party or split into several small freezer safe dishes and freeze for later use.

Shells & Cheese

Ingredients:

1 pound medium shell whole grain macaroni
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons powdered mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 cups milk
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
16 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Kosher salt to taste

Optional bread crumb topping:

6 ounces bread, torn into pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold)

You will also need:

Food processor (if doing bread crumb topping)
Large pot or dutch oven
Broiler safe 9×13 dish

Method:

In a large pot with plenty of salted water boil shell macaroni until just past “al dente.”  Drain and set aside.

Set same pot back over medium heat.  Melt butter until foaming then add flour to make a roux.  Cook for just a minute or so and add mustard and cayenne and whisk to combine well.

While continuing to whisk, gradually add milk; bring to a boil while whisking constantly.  (It must reach a full boil to thicken, but you must keep whisking to keep it from scorching on the bottom or boiling over.)  Reduce to a simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to a heavy cream consistency (about 5 minutes).

Remove from heat and whisk in cheeses and salt to taste.  Add shells and stir to completely combine and thoroughly coat shells with cheese sauce.

If using the bread crumb topping:

Process bread and butter in food processor for 10-15 1 second pulses.  Transfer shells and cheese to a broiler safe baking dish and evenly top with bread crumb topping.  Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 3-5 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

Print this entry

Share

A “GOOD” Housecleaning

tilwe grapevine

But I earned this privilege. I did what I was supposed to do and stayed away from what I wasn’t. Why do they get to _____________

Yes…yes, you did, and you got to do exactly that. This is the beauty of the gospel…they can have it too.

You get to do exactly ____________. Without the shame, without the consequences, and without the knowledge that everyone else might know.  You have received exactly what you were promised. You kept the “law”. You got your reward.

Then why do they get to? It is not fair!

Let me ask you something. Can you honestly say you stood there blameless? That you stood before the group spotless…having kept every letter of the law?

No, I can’t.

And are the stains of your “small” infractions any less stains than their big ones?

No.

Does the fact that your stains are not as obvious make them any less damaging to the white dress of purity YOU clothe yourself in?

No.

Just because they are small stains that you think you can live with, does that mean I don’t see them?

no……

Grace….

Sound familiar? Any resemblance to any thoughts or even actual conversations you have had with the Lord? It sounds a whole lot like the one I had a few weeks ago. Alone…cleaning my kitchen… the Lord decided to do some housecleaning Himself. He decided it was time to address some of the pride that had built up in my heart over being “good”, being a rule follower. He wanted to remind me of the grace that I live and breathe by daily yet struggle to give out.

I thought to myself how much I sounded like the day laborers in Matthew 20. How much I was fussing when, in actuality, I had received exactly what I was promised. How much I sounded like the prodigal’s brother from Luke 15. Bitter that there was great celebration for the one who returned but no apparent praise for the one who never left. I thought of the times in Matthew 6 when Christ tells of how some have “received their reward” on earth, with no eternal reward awaiting.

I think for years I have lived with a misconception about grace. I thought grace meant you got off scot free. Yet in my own life, I know that is not the case.

There are consequences. Grace helps you deal with them.

There is embarrassment and shame. Grace lifts your head in the midst of them.

There will be people who will know and talk. Grace whispers you are my beloved.

Now, I am a rule follower. I am. I don’t expect that to change much. At all really. I also expect others to follow the rules. I don’t see that one changing either. However, it can be tempered with more grace that it has been. While holding to that expectation, when it is not met, grace can speak.

You are loved.

You lift up your head.

You are not alone.

It is what grace says to me. It is what I am called to say to others. To do otherwise would negate the grace of Christ in my own life. Missing the opportunity to share grace might very well negate Christ in another’s life, and that is not something I want to do.

Galatians 2:20-21 (NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.


Print this entry

Share

A Fearless Book Review

MP900444865

Fear.

The word resonated with so many of us, especially us girls.

Fear we will always be alone. Fear we will never have children.  Fear we may lose those children once we do have them.  Fear for our families. Fear for our nation. Fear of the world in which we live. In Max Lucado’s book Fearless, published by Thomas Nelson, these issues are addressed with sound scripture and bolstering faith.

I know for myself, while some of my greatest fears have been directly related to the well being of my immediate family that is certainly not the extent of them. I become fearful when God challenges me to step outside my box. The first hint of severe weather and I can kick into fight or flight mode. Fear that I have hurt someone. Fear of not being liked. So many avenues for fear to find its way into our lives.

In Fearless, Max Lucado confronts these avenues head on and provides biblically based barriers to fear. The first chapter is dedicated to looking at why we fear. What is the root cause? Are we the only ones who have been fearful? What is the impact of fear in our lives? The remainder of the book tackles specific fears such as,

  • The fear of not mattering
  • The fear of running out
  • The fear of worst case scenarios
  • The fear of what’s next

Each chapter has a specific verse relevant to that fear.

Just to give a few thoughts that spoke to me:

Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness….And it turns us into control freaks. (Chapter 1)

Acknowledge threats but refused to be defined by them. (Conclusion)

Jesus doesn’t condemn legitimate concern for responsibilities but rather the continuous mind-set that dismisses God’s presence. (Chapter 4)

We are constantly bombarded with things to be afraid of. If they are not from the news then they may come from our well meaning pears. From our kid’s report cards to our very own paychecks. We, as women, tend to carry the weight of all this with us. Fear plays on our emotions and can paralyze us. I highly recommend this book for any woman. Single of married. A mama or childless. Young or old. Mr. Lucado’s book will not only help you understand the ploy of the enemy that is tied up in fear, but the great victory that is yours through Jesus Christ as you become fearless!

We would love to read your thoughts if you have read this book. Share with us, build our faith, and let’s demolish the enemy with the word of our testimony!

2 Timothy 1: 7 (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.


Print this entry

Share

other gods

bible coffee

A few years ago, I began an overview study in Isaiah–looking for Christ in each chapter.  Studying God’s Word is not for a select few, it is for everyone, you just need a few tools and a seeking heart for God.  In studying, all you need are a few tools to begin.  Your Bible, pen, notebook, a concordance and a Bible dictionary–or you can find all the study tools you need online with Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible. Read the portion you want to study.  Re-read it and write down the words that most interest you.  Engage in the Word, by allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your time. Then dig into the phrases and context.

Today I will share my insights from Isaiah 26, where there is much to glean.  One of the best messages I ever heard was on Isaiah 26:3 by Beth Moore at a Living Proof Live event in Little Rock, Arkansas several years ago. The part of her message that most struck me was about this verse: “You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Picture laying your head on God’s lap and He has His Hand upon your head, as you lay there. He is then applying His thoughts to yours by showing you HOW to think about all the WHAT that is going on.

Do you have a difficult situation? Put your head on God’s lap and pour out your heart before Him. Then let Him speak over you in that situation. I often pray, “Lord, help me to see how to think about all this WHAT going on in my life.” Perspective. Oh, I need it! A good Word from my Sister, Beth!

What I first saw when I read Isaiah 26 was that our strength lies in our salvation! Our salvation through Jesus Christ has become the walls and ramparts (protective barrier prepared to fortify) of our city. We have a strong Defender! His name is Jesus.

I also noticed that the city’s gates are not closed, they are open. Salvation is not an exclusive club. It can be accessed by anyone, who comes with faith. All we need to do is share with others about knowing Christ–his blood shed on the cross to cover all their sins and make them white as snow. Are your gates closed or open?

The third verse has been a stay for me through the years. I have often thought upon the verse to the point, where I have it memorized like this (you will not be surprised): “Holly, God will keep you in perfect peace. Keep your mind stayed upon Him! Holly, put your trust in Him.” I talk to myself like this all the time. Personalize the Word of God. It is for you. It is written TO you. Why should you not insert your name? There are scriptures and promises that through the ages have marked the way of men and women, because they took it for their own. Is His Word something you cling to as your own? His matchless, changeless character has kept His Word. It is true, every bit.

So try it for yourself with verse four: “(Your name), Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” What does that mean when you say it? It means that the Lord God, the covenant LORD, is worthy of your trust in ALL situations. It means He keeps His promises. And it means that forever, He is strong, steadfast and firm.

Do you want your path to be level and smooth? Then look to verse seven: “The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.” It doesn’t say He might make, it says He WILL make. Our part is to be righteous. Oh, you say, then I guess I cannot take this verse to heart, righteousness is an impossible standard for me, a sinner.

I have Good News! That Good News is Christ Jesus. When you ask Him to be your Savior, He becomes the righteousness in and over your life. Like clothing, we daily need to put on Christ. In putting Him on, we will long to know Him more by reading His Word. We will long to please Him more, by obeying His Word. We will long to serve Him more, for His love in us COMPELS us to do something for others. Ahhh, the great exchange occurs (His life for ours)…and we are never the same. Jesus becomes our desire.

Need a verse for your life? Verse eight is a life verse for our family: “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” I am laughing, because His Word never returns void. In our lives, we have over and over and over had to wait on the LORD. Every single time, we have understood that in the waiting, we were growing in the Lord and declaring His renown wherever we went. Oh, it is a hard path to travel, but I would never exchange it–no, not for all the wealth and fame and honor this world might offer.

You see we have longed for Him in the night, we have seen His Hand upon us, we have learned His ways (oh, there is much left to learn!) and He has established peace for us in our family.

How has this come about?

Verses 13-14 say it well:
O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but your name alone do we honor.

They are now dead, they live no more;
those departed spirits do not rise.
You punished them and brought them to ruin;
you wiped out all memory of them.

Oh Praise the LORD! I am so glad. For indeed, we HAVE had other lords besides the LORD our God. We have bowed down to other gods. They ruled over us, and we walked bent over and with a limp–blind to see anything of God’s Hand. Only now, walking under the authority of Christ, have we found that we can truly see how we were before. We are quite familiar now with all our ways during those times. God has taken His Word and spoken over those times. He has put to death our sin. He remembers them no more.

In light of who Jesus is and who we were, we begin to see that even then, He was there. Today, we walk in that Light, His Light…oh, Praise God for that. So many gods…not one worthy. Every one, cast down before the feet of Christ. Then in love, our Savior, Jesus, became the Lifter of our Heads.

Is your head hanging low today over some situation? Lay that situation down. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16). Let Him fill your mouth again with laughter (Psalm 126:2, Job 8:21)! The King of Glory has come in (Psalm 24:7-10)! Open wide the gates of your city, that many may come and know Him. Let Him come in and enlarge the boundaries of the city. There is room…Christ made room. Come on in!

Print this entry

Share

Ill-fitting Armor

Mayan Blankets

Recently I had an intriguing conversation with a friend, who was struggling.  She told me that she was afraid she was becoming verbally abusive towards her child. She shared that she had been verbally abused, as a child, too. I asked further into the situation and gleaned that  she was not following the footsteps that had been her experience.  But she was allowing certain words to rule and reign in her heart. For her, it was ill-fitting clothing, not suited for her beautiful heart for her family and her root desire to be a godly mother and wife–for she is seeking God with all of her heart.

How many of us are wearing ill-fitting clothing (like Saul’s armor on David that just didn’t suit for his battle with the giant) –the words of others, which have scarred our souls… the words we say to ourselves… the whispers of a very real and unrelenting enemy? Perhaps we need to practice a new way of being clothed.  When we begin to hear certain words in our hearts and minds, and they begin to rule the way we act, a cycle of defeat is sure to come and reign.  Rather we need to ask ourselves, is this the clothing we should put on?  Do we agree to wearing it?  It is the ultimate in what-not-to-wear.

On a similar note, I have been going to the YMCA again.  We have joined three years in a row, and cancelled three years in a row.  It is like a giant wall our family keeps hitting, but with our God, we can scale a wall!  The guilt for me personally is overwhelming.  I feel guilty paying and not utilizing the service.  I feel guilty that nearly five years after the birth of our last child, I am still carrying around pounds.  I feel guilty for so much!  Then I feel anxious and stressed, wringing my hands over so many things that are not controllable. Oh and then there is the shame.  Ah, the shame.

Satan knows the clothing that I will most readily let him put on me.  He knows what works.  Truthfully?  He’s not very creative either. Same song, second verse.  He begins on a daily basis trying to undermine my good intentions. I know this.  I live it.  I am beginning to recognize it. I am beginning to set my face like flint and battle it back with the disarming Word of God. I am winning!

Let me be clear here, though.  This is not about weight loss or overcoming family strongholds, though those are both beneficial and good.  This is about yielding to the Truth.  This is about the clothing we wear. Ultimately, this is about the core of our belief system from which we operate on a daily basis–be it lies we rehearse, unforgiveness we hold fast to, bitterness that is deeply rooted, complacently that has us bound, cynicism that keeps us angry or a thousand other responses we have from the clothing we wear.

God is training me and you for Truth.  And GOD is FOR us.  He is FOR me.  He is FOR you!  What does He tell us to be clothed in?

Salvation: 2 Chronicles 6:41, Isaiah 61:10 Praise (Garment of Praise): Isaiah 61:3, Righteousness: Job 29:14Psalm 132:9, Power: Luke 24:49, Humility: 1 Peter 5:5, Love, Peace, His Word, Thanks, Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Meekness and Patience: Colossians 3:12-17

In all of this clothing, Christ Himself will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. He ALONE creates kind of couture we ALL need–He is the ULTIMATE designer. The Bible says that once we believe on Christ, it has ALREADY HAPPENED.  The transformation has already taken place.  We must renew our minds with the truth of who we already are (based on the footnote from the ESV p. 2298). We must choose to put on His clothing every day.

Put it on.  Keep it on.  Battle back with His Word. Run this race like it really matters. Because it really DOES matter. It matters what we believe.  It matters what we are clothed in.  It matters–the place from which we operate. Take time today and consider the clothing you wear on a daily basis–name the battles (the lies) and then begin to equip yourself with His Word (the TRUTH). Throw off what hinders and run this race with me. His clothing of perseverance is just what we need. His clothing of kindness is what we should put on others, too. We have it in our ability to do just that (Matthew 25:35-40).

Print this entry

Share

Dear Margo

MP900227501

Below is the very thought provoking, and heart felt letter I got in response to my Dear Family letter from my godly father-in-law.

Dear Margo,

Thanks for the fine letter recently sent this direction. So many thoughts to ponder as I write this morning.  There is no way to cover all that is on my heart. I have prayed for Divine assistance here, for I am so feeble in my own strength.

My first thoughts regarding Susan’s decisions were fleshly anger, and almost instant legalism from my past early church days.  But I was then reminded in my spirit that we live in the new covenant times…”Who also made us competent as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”. (2 Cor. 3:6-7)

As you know, the new covenant provides forgiveness of our sins through the death of Christ. A fast trace begins with Jer. 31:31 to Luke 22:20, to our verse in 2 Cor. 3:6 to Heb 10:16-17.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t have discipline, love without discipline is not love. We know God will and does discipline His own children because He loves them and will not allow sin to have dominion over them. In Heb 12:5-17, it’s clear, He will discipline when needed.

You gave an example for consideration, Matt 7: 1-6. I think you were right on track with that. Let’s take a closer look at Matthew 7 – “Do not judge”.  As the context or whole chapter shows, this first statement does not prohibit all kinds of judging (vs. 16). Also, there is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to use with careful discernment as in John 7:24 – “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly”.   I hope you have time to look at this because we all have used this judging verse incorrectly through the years.  Censorious, hypocritical, self-righteous judgments are forbidden, but in order to fulfill the commandments that follow, it’s necessary to know who the “dogs” and “swine” are in verse 6, from our own brethren (vs. 3-5).

We, as Christians, must make judgments all the time, and they must be fair and righteous, which means right standing before God.  Colossians 1:10 and Galatians 5:22 fit here. So we surely can use Matthew 7 for understanding righteousness from unrighteousness in our lives and around our lives.

But the big question remains, what should we do about the sin that is so glaring in our family?

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Gal. 6:1

I believe our prayers, thoughts, actions, and decisions should center on what would bring us all together in love and concern rather than who is right or wrong in how they look at this issue as Christians.

When we don’t confess our sins and repent, we put ourselves in a position to be disciplined by God’s hand, perhaps in a more harsh way than if we confessed. It’s scary to even think about it.

What is it that we are looking for here?? What is it we want in this whole struggle?

Perhaps Susan’s admission to her adultery?

Put her family back together?

Probably too late for that now.

Do we want everyone to agree with our assessment of the situation?

Is that even possible?

But what’s the truth here? What will satisfy us?

Are we angry with Susan? I was at first. Is it the deceit, the wrongs done, the sin, the effect on our family? Perhaps the selfishness of it all is the main thing. Lots of times we hate the sin of selfishness and even the person who is committing the act because it seems like they are getting away with it scott-free, doing anything they want, getting what they want, hurting whomever they want, maybe even secretly getting some of the things we have secretly wanted in our sinful flesh at times.

What’s our truth?

Do we think Almighty God doesn’t see how His own children are living? He’s not on a vacation and He alone is the One who knows exactly what should be done to help poor Susan, whom He loves so dearly. This is a tragedy, just like you said, but God knows every detail about this and He is going to use this to teach those whom He loves what they need to learn. God does still cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those what are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)

So what about our response? Shouldn’t we feel just horrible for the one who has fallen? It could be us very easily. Just imagine the pain and suffering yet to go through as The Father works with the fallen child. What really should be our response?

Think about what really is ahead for Susan, Mike, Gary, and the boys.  What a horror!

What they need from us is support and love….and much knee time in prayer.

Our inconvenience, discomfort, disruption, being lied about and insulted should be easy to forgive when you think about what Susan must face yet. Our hearts should be broken for her, that the enemy has lied to her and in her weakened condition she believed the lie. Now Satan is using her to destroy, or try to destroy her and her whole family and witness for Christ.

This is our spiritual battle, too. A family member is down on the battlefield and wily old Satan has twisted it and clouded its meaning so we can’t see clearly. We almost mistake Susan for the enemy. We need to sound the battle cry for one of our very own is down!!

Susan does not yet even know she is the target and the victim of Satan and his hordes. She doesn’t know what is happening and believes the incredible crafty lie of the angel of light as he can appear to be.

In the saving name of Jesus Christ, our spiritual force of prayer needs to go and surround our fallen sister and fight this huge spiritual battle claiming Jesus blood was shed for Susan, that she belongs to Jesus, her Savior and Lord. We can command in Jesus name for all the unholy spirits and filthy demons to leave this Blood bought child of the Living God!  We must not falter another moment. We are already late going into battle. We need to look past the camouflage and smoke screens that Satan always puts up. His purpose is clear, it’s to destroy all victory in the Christian’s life, make them a Christian failure, destroy any and all witness for Christ, rip the Christian family apart, take no prisoners. He does not want us to believe this truth, however.

Susan’s blindness to all this is the key. How, if not under Satan’s spell could a Holy Spirit led believer be duped? Impossible, absolutely! We know all this makes zero sense unless the mind has been fooled by a master deceiver, preying on her weaknesses.

Of course, God knows what the truth is here, but whatever the case, our hearts should be broken for this dear messed up child of the King, our sister in Christ and by blood.

I know God loves families and wants ours to be together, not apart in strife, but together in Christ. All other religions operate on fear, anger, law, without love – only the Christian faith is based and founded on love: “For God so loved…”

And we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us. I do like your family letter, Margo, even if it’s kind of formal in tone, but many good points.

This family needs to come together in love for and forgiveness to each other. This is because of our wonderful, loving family head, even Jesus who was and is our Teacher and Savior, who as our great High Priest continues to intercede in our behalf with the Father.

Love, in Christ,

Dad

While my mind (and heart) understands what my very wise father-in-law is saying, I have to confess, I am not there yet. There is still a part of me that is looking for justice, for God’s judgment, dare I say, a lightening strike! ;) I will be annoyed if it appears for a time that Susan and Gary are living happily ever after.

Yet, I understand that the greater tragedy here is that Satan appears to have won a victory in destroying two families and a Christian’s testimony and legacy. Susan is indeed blinded and deceived.

No, Susan is not the enemy.

Please pray for Susan, and me, and the rest of our family that Jesus would have the victory and be glorified somehow in all this mess.

Print this entry

Share

Southern Fruit Salad

MP900432747

1 can peach pie filling
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained
5-6 medium bananas
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1 small bag frozen whole strawberries
sprinkle of fruit fresh (in the canning section)

Slice bananas and place in a round 2 qt. casserole dish. Sprinkle with fruit fresh. Combine rest of ingredients and pour over the bananas. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Print this entry

Share