Friday, November 5, 2010

Fresh Cut Friday

It is so nice to be able to stop and smell the roses!  That is exactly what I did a couple of days ago in my back yard.  With the cooler days finally arriving in Arizona my roses are coming alive once again.  Oh, how I miss them through the hot days of summer.  They really should be delightful in a couple more weeks.

Please go over and visa Liz at to see more links of gorgeous arrangements on Liz' Fresh Cut Friday link party.  While you are there be sure and browse through Liz' blog - it is full of mouth watering pictures of her decorating talent.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to stop and smell the roses in your life.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stayed on Jesus

This morning I was faced with a situation that usually causes me to yield to a very bad attitude and my mind takes me in directions I truly don't want to go.  Because of what the Lord has been reminding me lately about keeping my mind stayed on Him I began to sing the old Negro spiritual that says, " I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus".  My face turned into a large smile as I began to sing.  That smile totally encouraged my spirit and confirmed to me how important it is to keep our mind on Jesus. 

So how do we keep our mind stayed on Jesus?  Meditating on God's Word and praying without ceasing are the two things that probably are the most beneficial.  

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:21-24

Jesus replied: " 'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Matthew 22:37

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; Romans 8:6

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous , and then thou shalt have good success . Joshua 1:8

Sing with me:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Do The Next Thing

Elisabeth Elliot often quotes an old Saxon poem that contains the phrase, "do the next thing".  This  has been on my mind a lot lately.  It is so easy to get bogged down and as we view our surroundings we wonder, where do we begin?  Such simple, such logical, such wise advice - do the next thing.  We find the same concept in the quote, "inch by inch life is a cinch, yard by yard life is hard". 

So advice to myself today is "do the next thing" do what makes sense.  Prioritize.  Good simple example in the homemaking arena would be if my bedroom were a mess.   First, make the bed.  Amazing, looks better already.  Now I feel encouraged to go on and do the next thing, pick up the dirty socks on Precious Husband's side of the bed : )  Get the picture?

This morning I cleaned out my silverware drawer and the jar pictured above was in that drawer.  It is a baby food jar filled with rice and pecans.  Many years ago a good friend gave me the jar and gave me this explanation of the lesson of the jar:  if I put in the big pecans first there will be room to put in all the rice but if all the rice goes in first there will be no way to fit in the pecans.  The pecans of course represent the important, the priorities of our life and the rice is all the other little daily things that also call for our attention.  The jar was to remind me of the spiritual priorities of putting the Lord first and then there would always be time for the other things.  So true. So true. Such a needed reminder. 

I cleaned the drawer and returned the very old jar of pecans and rice to continue to remind me to do the next thing and to do the important things first.

I noted once on an earlier blog that I wanted to start a journal about the history and/or reason of some of the things around my home so that someday when my girls have the joy of going through our things maybe they will understand their mother a little bit better if they know the history of things they come across.  Like the jar full of pecans and rice.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Crock Pot Chuck Roast

Roast and Veges in the Crock Pot
True Comfort Food

Put a chuck roast in the crock pot along with whole peeled potatoes, whole peeled carrots and several quartered onions.  Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and package of dry onion soup mix.  Put on low and let cook all day.  Put the bread machine to work with your favorite bread recipe and oh baby!  Your house will smell soooo good and you will have a wonderful meal waiting for you with little effort.

I made this meal and took it up to our men in the Pampa house Saturday night.  They loved it and we loved sharing the meal with them.  We have been so blessed by having these precious young men living in our house.  Paul and I feel strongly we have added 5 new sons to our family.  God is good!

I am off to spend the day with my 4 TLC's and then hopefully make it to our church's ladies Bible study tonight.  After all this I bet I sleep good tonight.

Try the roast and let me know what you think and go see Lisa for more ideas from lots of super good cooks in blogland.