Monday, March 30, 2009
I live by this-
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without
expecting to get anything back.Then your reward will be great, and you
will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
As I told you in a earlier blog, it has been raining here. I decided to call some friends up that I haven't seen in ages and meet at a place called "Chops" in Greenville, SC. Its a Cajun grocery store/restaurant. It's so awesome! I was introduced to this place a while back and fell in love with it. Cajun is one my faves! We had a good time catching up and talking. We rode around Greenville and we ended up downtown for ice cream. Had a great time! I also was able to bring home a couple of pounds of gator meat. YAY!! Good eating there! Can't wait to go back and visit! (thinking of grilling some gator!)
Friday, March 27, 2009
I don't know about you but I like for my life to be as drama free as possible. I use to hang out with a lot of negative people in my life(friends and ex's). They of course had to go. No, I'm not perfect nor do I claim to be. Yes, I have a past but all that is behind me now thanks to Jesus. I saw that my life was being brought down by negative people, I had to change. I was once told, that you become who you hang with it and its true. I watched many people fall because of who they hung with. In order for your life to change you need to change things in it including the people and things in it. You can't expect things to be positive in your life while hanging with people who are low lifes and living a life that is not pleasing to God. Always keep people who will bring you down and live a negative life at bay. They are not worth coming between you and God! I don't have room for negativity in my life!
It's been raining since Tuesday. I am off for 4 days and so far I have got a lot stuff done and continue to get a lot done. I checked some books out from the library on beekeeping and WOW! so much info! A friend of mine messaged me and told me USCL has classes sometimes. Worth looking into. I feel this is something for me and I am getting a nudge from above. Again, I say..God if it is your will, I shall follow.
"The Lord will guide you continually ..." (Isaiah 58:11).
Monday, March 23, 2009
I continue my journey with Christ everyday. I am a work in progress. I am not perfect and yes I have my past. I choose to live my life with Christ because that is where I want to be. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I do not need anyone to come into my life and compromise my walk with God. I am very thankful that I now have positive people and things in my life. I rid myself of the old and I am new again. No matter what anyone says or does to me...it's not on me...it's on them! Remember this...I am a child of God, what you do or say to hurt me or break me down..doesn't hurt me...but in the end you will have to answer to it. I am very thankful for God to accept me and to help me grow. Thank you, Lord!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I took the day off from work and enjoyed being outdoors. Me and my mom planted some flowers. Zach of course was on the computer looking up stuff for school. It's been a wonderful and blessed day. it's going to keep getting better. God is good- All the time! Lord, thank you for such a beautiful day! Miss being around the people at work but not the work itself.. Love you Dana and Alison! I am thinking about ya'll!!! I am still looking at bee keeping. I may have to do classes next January. I will keep my ears open for info. If anyone comes across anything let me know!!! (HUGS) God bless you all!!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Well as most of you know I am looking into becoming a beekeeper. A friend of mine gave me a contact number of a local beekeeper which I am going to call soon. I also got a few contacts and info from other friends. I am very excited!! I am going to sign up for classes and hopefully get started right away. I think this will be a fun and rewarding hobby. Who knows where it will go...Lord, if this is your will..I will follow..
No matter where you go there are people who try to bring you down, use you, and abuse you. They will do anything in their power to see you fall. No one can bring you down, make you feel bad, or hurt you without your consent! It's all in God's hands. He is in control of my life- not you! The Lord is my light...my salvation....who shall I fear?
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some genuine enemies;
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Chicken and Dumplings
1 (2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
To start the chicken: Place the chicken, celery, onion, bay leaves, bouillon, and House Seasoning in a large pot. Add 4 quarts of water and in water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer the chicken until it is tender and the thigh juices run clear, about 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and, when it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and separate the meat from the bones. Return the chicken meat to the pot. Keep warm over low heat.
To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour with the salt and mound together in a mixing bowl. Beginning at the center of the mound, drizzle a small amount of ice water over the flour. Using your fingers, and moving from the center to the sides of the bowl, gradually incorporate about 3/4 cup of ice water. Knead the dough and form it into ball.
Dust a good amount of flour onto a clean work surface. Roll out the dough (it will be firm), working from center to 1/8-inch thick. Let the dough relax for several minutes.
Add the cream of celery soup to the pot with the chicken and simmer gently over medium-low heat.
Cut the dough into 1-inch pieces. Pull a piece in half and drop the halves into the simmering soup. Repeat. Do not stir the chicken once the dumplings have been added. Gently move the pot in a circular motion so the dumplings become submerged and cook evenly. Cook until the dumplings float and are no longer doughy, 3 to 4 minutes.
To serve, ladle chicken, gravy, and dumplings into warm bowls.
Cook's Note: If the chicken stew is too thin it can be thickened before the dumplings are added. Simply mix together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water then whisk this mixture into the stew.
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Being a Christian is tough. You are attacked each day by the devil. The world's noise and the glamour of it all makes it very hard to the point you want to run and hide. I have found the greatest place to hide and that is in my Lord, Jesus Christ. He is my safe haven from all the world. I watch everyday as the world crumbles and people ask why does God let this happen. God tries to put proof in front of people and they still deny Him.
After I was baptized it got harder. Men tell me how beautiful I am then expect me to lay up with them. Sorry, my Father (God) raised me better than that! I don't need anyone to tell me how beautiful I am to be reassured. God made me beautiful. No matter how bad someone hurts me I still stand tall- God has my back! God is going to take care of this girl! To be a Christian woman is hard, but worth it- every step of the way. To find a virtous woman is to find a woman who is obedient to Christ. A woman's heart should be so lost in God, it takes a man to seek Him in order to find her. I stand firm in my faith and my beliefs. Jesus Christ is my Lord, my savior. I love the Lord and I will follow. He died on the cross for all of us- tell me what other person would do that? I was bought by the blood of the Lamb- my price is far above rubies. I am proud to be the daughter of a King! I am proud to say I am a Christian woman! For all who reads this- Think about it....Your life was so precious to Jesus that he died for you...why can't we be obedient and live a life that glorifies him. May God bless all those that read this..
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Since Friday is has been raining. Not that I am complaining. Sometimes I love to see the rain fall. When its cold and rainy out there is nothing like a good movie or book, a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. I love during the summer when it pours down and the sun is shining. Beautiful! No matter the weather I praise God. I am thankful that I am able to feel the raindrops on my skin and here the rain beating down on the roof.
I am working on a new project- sewing curtains for my room. last year I painted my room this awful pink color- Pink Sky as Ralph Lauren calls it...well let's just say it gets old QUICK!! I am going to paint it Oatmeal- a nice beige color that will allow anything to go with it. Wish me luck!
Tonight they had movie/game night at church for the kids. Zach loved it. I am glad there is somewhere he can go that is positive. He has made new friends there and loves going. God is good- All the time!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Where do I even begin with my past...as some people know I lived a very gray life. I walked the fence between darkness and light. I was being pulled from one side to the other. I thought I was ok. I thought I knew it all. I didn't. I could no longer "straddle the fence" I had to decide on what side I wanted to be on. I was with this guy for a long time who battled with alcohol and drugs. He himself was back and forth from dark to light. He went to rehab and when he came out, he gave me an option..I give up my ways or he was gone. I gave up my ways and still today I have not turned back. We started going to church. He became distant and stopped going. Our relationship ended. I continued to go to different churches to find where I fit. I was head strong about living my life right. That is one thing I can thank this person for doing. He helped me get into the right path even though I sometimes slipped. Because of him I was was saved and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour
After our relationship ended, I started to see his friend. Thought it would be different but wasn't. I slacked off going to church and slowly was slipping back. Things were going down hill and I didn't see it. I became pregnant and lost the baby. I always felt like God was telling me something then- the guy I was with lived a very dark yet colorful life. I could not do this anymore. I needed to get my life back together. I started going back to church and became more involved. The more I went the more I learned that how I was living wasn't the way I should. When I would tell him what I was learning he called it a "worship obsession". No my dear its called Get right or get left! I could not live my life in this. All the things I had faith in was being compromised...No way could this be! Finally, after a year that relationship ended. I can't thank you enough, Lord!!!!!!! Enough said on that!
My present life....is the most awesome life I could have! I was baptized on February 1st and life is good. God is good! All the time! I love my job! I love my family! I love my friends! I love God! My life keeps getting better each day. I am fixing my house up and enjoying doing new things to it. So much! Zach is doing very well in school. I spend a lot of time living my life. I go out with friends and have a great time without feeling I am being compromised. I have positive people and things in my life. I don't cry myself to sleep at night anymore. I don't let anything worry me like I did and I sure as heck don't let anyone stand in my way. I'm not the girl you knew a couple of years go..in fact I am not the girl you knew a few months ago either! I am a work in progress. ...growing in the light of God. No need to complain about anything cause God is going to take care of this girl! I am so glad I gave my life, soul and my mind to God. I would not have it any other way. I attend church faithfully. I got to Sunday school and Bible study on Wednesday nights. I am truly blessed! Thank you, God! So much to say for my present life and not enough room.
For my future...it's looking brighter everyday! God holds my fate and he knows what is best for me. God, whatever your will.....I shall follow!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Life has been a challenge for all of us. I have learned to put God first in all I do and He will lead me. Without Him I am nothing...My faith in God has grown so strong. I praise You in the good as well as the bad, Lord. Give me strength and lead me to your will.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh, a]">[a]
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his b]">[b] face!"
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.
13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Proverbs 3: 5-6.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5
My dear little one,
June 19, 2009 will be a year since I lost you. My heart still grieves. I remember the day I took the pregnancy test and saw I was pregnant. I was scared..excited...all the above other than being selfish like your father- I was having a baby! My first appt was on June 19, 2008, I was alone. I looked at you on the ultrasound and could see the buds where your arms and your legs were developing and I could see the little black dots where your eyes were going to be but there was no heartbeat. My heart broke into a million pieces. You had passed in early development. I was all alone to go through losing you. My heart ached, I wanted to feel something else besides hurt. You were my baby!I have forgiven your father for all the mean things he said and how he wanted me to abort you or give you up. I have forgiven him for everything but I know he will have to ask for forgiveness himself. You were not going to be kept a secret like I was from everyone. You were mine, my baby. You were due around January 19th of this year. You would be in my arms if you were here. I know someday I will get to see you and hold you. I have asked God why would He take you from me. I still have no answer..Someday I will know why and I know things happen for a reason- God makes no mistakes. When I tried to talk to your father he brushed me off. I asked him how did he cope with it and he replied I try not to think about it. I cannot help to think about you! It has gotten better but I still wonder what you would have looked like and what you would have been- a boy or girl. The help of others and the church has gotten me through a lot. Your father may not have wanted you but I did! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. This year I am going to plant a yellow rose in your memory. Your father gave me an angel charm and told me it was his version of the rose. Even though your father was selfish and mean I wear it in memory of you. I want you to know I love you and I can't wait to see you someday. I know you are in the safest place anyone can be and you are in better hands. I love you my lil angel!!!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”-Sir Walter Scott
Do you ever wonder why people have to lie in order to be who they are? Can we not be ourselves instead of telling lies to make ourselves seem better than we are? If someone cannot love you for who you are then they do not deserve you. When God created each of us he made us to be who we are and not someone else. I should never have to change my life for someone in order to be liked or to be loved and neither should someone have to put on a show for me either. If we continue to deceive ourselves then it becomes a habit and we dig ourselves deeper into a world of lies to the point it will be a great struggle to climb out. Just remember God made you in the image of Himself. You are who you are- you are a child of God. Do not lower yourself just to be loved and don't put yourself higher than you are. If God loves you for you then someone can love you for you!!!!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
What's the BUZZ on me lately? As some of you know, I can go on these tangents..well..... I was watching a movie called "The Secret Life of Bees". Looking at this movie made me think about my dream of becoming a bee keeper. YES!! I'm for real! I am researching the topic and this is something I would love to do. I am looking in the local area for people who are already beekeepers so I can watch what goes on and so forth. I know you have to take classes and get certified. I think this would really be fun! Wouldn't it be nice to have fresh honey...YUMMMM!!!! Did you know Honey is a natural antibiotic?? Yeap! Honey is healthy and can be used for a lot of things as well as for eating. This would be a good hobby and would keep me busy. We will see.... Of course, with everything- I pray. Lord, if it is your will..let it be.
Proverbs 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
So far in Lancaster, SC it has snowed three times. It hasn't been as bad as the news was making it as always. The amazing thing is it is suppose to be in the high 60's this weekend. Not complaining because God knows what He is doing. God is good- Everyday! Maybe this weekend I can go to Mauldin, SC to this awesome Bakery Shoppe called Gretchen's. I have started to bake cakes, cookies, and other stuff and need some more supplies. Luckily, I was able to enjoy the snow with family and friends. I posted some pics to go along with the story. Me and Alison got a picture taken in front of one of the holly bushes at work on the 2nd snow. The other pic is the 3rd snow. I am so wanting to learn to snow ski!!! As of now, I will sit back and enjoy..that way I can't get hurt. As with everyday, we should thank God we are alive and no matter what the weather praise Him! "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isa 1:18)