With our new fall A Martha Heart design, I thought it was a good day to share some favorite recipes that the Smith family enjoys every year. I hope you enjoy them, too! Of course, we always make Chex mix and homemade hot cocoa mix. If you’d like those recipes, too, let me know. As I was typing these, I found that they are mostly from Arkansans. God Bless Arkansans! Also, I know the fall design is a bit early, but I am ready for FALL, aren’t you?
Last night, I finally forgave my treadmill. Yes, indeed. After over a month in a hospital, my dear friend Joanne, is awake and beginning the road to recovery. Just this evening, she even wrote a post in her own hand. I cannot tell you how my heart is near to bursting over it. Bursting in praise to God!
You see, Joanne was found unresponsive by her treadmill the morning of January 11th. After a normal “Joanne” morning, she had a massive stroke. And though I completely realize and understand that it was not the treadmill’s fault, I have been angry with my own treadmill. “Humph-ing” every time I pass it. Association is a strange thing.
So last night, I broke my association and began a new one. I dressed for the time. Then I placed my music in my pocket and my headphones on my head, and I began to sing praise, as I walked and ran on my treadmill. Further still, I began to pray for my friend, Joanne. I prayed for her strength and courage in the days, valleys and mountains ahead of her. I prayed for her husband, Toben, who has been so strong and has allowed God to fully work in and through him. I prayed for friends, who are making decisions that will mark and change their lives. I prayed for friends, who are seeking God’s will for adoption, foster care or both. I prayed for my family, my Chris and my extended family.
Then a song came on…it was from our dear friend and worship leader, Kevin Walker, who died of leukemia last March. Kevin sang a song he wrote called I Will be Faithful. Over and over, he sang these words, “I will be faithful, faithful in the little things…I will be faithful, faithful in the little things. By your strength that flows within, Lord, I’ll press on to the end. I will be faithful, faithful in the little things.”
And my friends? Kevin was. He was faithful in the little things. I began to pray over his sweet wife, Julie, who would be especially missing her dear man on Valentine’s Day. I began to thank God for how Kevin is still speaking LIFE into my life. Though he has gone on to life eternal with Jesus, Kevin’s words are still reverberating. His words about his Papa, God. He called God, Papa. And he saw God as Papa–loving, kind, redeeming, healing, resurrecting Daddy.
As I slowed down my walk, I began to commit even more to be faithful in the little things. Faithful to care. Faithful to call. Faithful to walk. Faithful to hug. Faithful to see. Faithful to write. Faithful to pray. Faithful to speak. Faithful to stand firm. Faithful to fight the good fight. Faithful to forgive. Faithful to see and know God more as Papa.
Sit for just a moment and picture Jesus asking you this one question written below, take a moment and consider how you might answer. Write it, speak it or pray it, but be sure and give Him your answer to this question today…
Beloved, what do you want me to do?
Keep a running list of the people who God brings to your mind (or causes you to think about). You can do this for a day, three days, a week……however long you would like to do it. Every time you add a new person to the list, pray for them as well as for the person above them on your list.
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 NIV
Spend some time (or at least a few minutes) writing down all of the things you love the most about each member of your immediate family. This can also be extended to include other relatives and friends. Then pray for each one individually, thanking God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on each one.
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 NIV
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 NIV
The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Take moments each day to vocalize your praise of the Lord. Sing a song, pray, speak His word out loud, share with your loved ones all the reasons why you praise Him. Praising the Lord with you!