Monday, March 30, 2009

Music Monday!
Hold Fast

This music video is dedicated to all those individuals who might feel helpless, hopeless, desperate, and broken hearted. If you're feeling empty, alone or confused, be encouraged today that there is One who knows your feelings, He loves you, and He can help you. The Lord hears your cries. His promises to you are faithful. His timing may be different than yours and His method may not look like you thought it should, but He is still the God who hears and answers prayer. Above all remember, “He is for you.” I've been in the deep valley of brokenness and can tell you, don't give up, you are not alone. HOLD FAST...

Hold Fast by Mercy Me

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Prayer: Lord, in these desperate times we're in right now, I pray for each person reading this post~ that what ever trial or challenge they are going through, that your love, comfort and peace is revealed in their life and that they will have renewed hope and strength. Lord, help us all not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we each present our requests to you, and that as we do that, Your peace which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus. I know that each person reading this post is here by your divine intervention; there is no such thing as coincidences. My prayer is that you to do a work in our hearts to draw us closer to you; help us each seek you everyday, putting our faith and trust in You alone. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen

Friday, March 27, 2009

This week's

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest
of righteousness and peace for those
who have been trained by it.
(Hebrews 12:11 NIV)

Week 12~ A verse I need in my heart for many aspects of my life! (discipline of having regular prayer time with God, discipline of wholehearted Bible study, discipline of eating healthy, discipline of exercising regularly, discipline of better time management, etc...) I wonder if the phrase "NO PAIN, NO GAIN" might have been inspired by this Bible verse? I don't know about anyone else, but for me, the pain of some discipline is worth it when it "produces a harvest of righteousness and peace".

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Too Much of a Good Thing...

We've all heard the saying, "Too Much of a Good Thing, Isn't a Good Thing".

Yesterday I was reminded of this truth when I took my kids outside to fly some kites in our back yard for the "fun of it". Well, if you can believe this, it was too windy to fly the kites! Each attempt, each childs' kite would get a certain distance in the sky, then the wind would drive the kite straight into the ground. Attempt after attempt we continued to be defeated as we tried to stay out of the way as not to get hit by the each kite spearing down into the ground. The kids were frustrated, and Kirk and I were frustrated (as we untangled string out of palm trees and off fences). Perhaps the problem was we didn't know what we were doing; but I truly believe the problem was excessive wind. A "little" wind would have been much better than "a lot" of wind.

I began to think about the things in my life that are good things when I experience them in "little" amounts, but are not so good when there's "a lot".

Here's my personal list of
"Too Much of a Good Thing,
Isn't a Good Thing":

2 cups of morning coffee to start my day, "a good thing"...
...4-5 cups of morning coffee, "isn't a good thing"
(makes me jittery and nauseous)

On a regular day, I watch minimal TV, "a good thing"...
...the days I watch hours and hours of TV, "isn't a good thing"
(I feel lazy, defeated and discontent)

One glass of wine with a pasta dinner, "a good thing"...
...drinking the whole bottle of wine, ~could be a good thing~ but for me, "isn't a good thing"

I enjoy time on the Internet (Blogspot, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, etc), "a good thing"...
...when I spend too much time on the Internet, "isn't a good thing" (I am robbed of precious time; none of my regular jobs get done like giving attention to children and husband, working on laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc.)

Buying scrapbook supplies, fabric and craft supplies for upcoming projects, "a good thing"...
...buying excessive fabric, stock piling scrapbook and craft supplies because it's a good deal and/or I justify I might be able to use it in the future, "isn't necessarily a good thing" (I have so many unopened scrapbook and craft items as well as piles of fabric I am storing for a "future project", that I get overwhelmed with where to start. I run out of space in my home to store these items as well. Not to mention the projects that burden me I have started that remain unfinished because I keep adding more project supplies to my stash)

Eating portion controlled meals with a couple small low calorie snacks each day, "a good thing"...
...loading my plate up and going back for seconds, mindless snacking through the day to fill my sugar & carb cravings, and eating a large bowl of ice cream every night for dessert right before bed, "isn't a good thing"!!! (I am currently trying to lose 15-20 lbs I gained over the past 8 months because of my mindless over eating. This extra weight- on my small boned body frame- has robbed me of energy and has messed with my self esteem... it's a drag, literally!)

I'm sure I could keep going on, but these are a few that I deal with at this current time in my life. The weight issue was one of those realities that recently crept up on me and caught me off guard. Last year I felt high energy and fed my body with healthy foods. I was faithful in monitoring my calorie and water intake and portion control (through a food journal); I also was very active with balanced exercise. Right around September, I stopped journaling and paying attention to my food consumption. Not a big deal, because I was actually still pretty disciplined~ until the holidays (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb)... too much of a good thing (HIGH CALORIE FOOD)!... I also had stopped exercising (around Sept). I have gone from 128 lbs in July to 148 lbs as of last week. I hadn't weighed myself regularly over the past 8 months, but did realize I was gaining weight as my clothes were fitting snug. I didn't think much of it because I am comfortable in my skin and who I am. It wasn't until I went to a cheer leading banquet for my daughter Kelsie that I realized how I had let myself go. A photo was taken of the two of us, and when I saw the photo, I about died! I looked "thick"... my face was rounder than normal! As I began to think it through, some vanity set in, but mostly it was about the "Awe-Ha moment" of connecting my lack of energy to this weight gain. DAH! (was I in denial that I was actuall putting it on???)

July 2008... 128lbs (had high energy)

March 2009 ... 148 lbs (have low energy)

The realization - with seeing the above photo- is what I needed to kick myself back on track to a healthier eating and exercise life style. Since then, I have gone back to monitoring portion control and food journaling. I also plan to begin a consistent exercise plan with the hopes to get my energy back to normal. The past number of months I don't have energy because I haven't been exercising (gaining extra weight), and I haven't been exercising because I don't have the energy... I vicious cycle it is! I really need to focus on limiting my mindless eating as I enjoy eating high calorie food. REMEMBERING~

"Too Much of a Good Thing, Isn't a Good Thing"!

Prayer: Lord help me honor you as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to you. As I commit my healthier eating and exercise to you, please help me to be successful in my efforts through your strength and power. Please help to resist the temptations of over indulging in high calorie foods and in my various poor eating choices as well as the temptation to not be consistent in an exercise plan. I thank you in advance for the victory you will give me in this area of my life. I also lift anyone else up in prayer who is reading this blog post and is wanting to live a healthier lifestyle; you know their needs as they read this post- I ask you, Lord, interceed on their behalf and give them everything they need to experience victory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Monday, March 23, 2009

Music Monday!
We Live

Take time to listen to this song today, thinking of those in your life you love...

We Live by Superchick

..."We live, we love, we forgive and never give up, 'cause the days we are given are gifts from above,
And today we remember to live and to love...

Think About This~ Life is so precious and each passing day so easily taken for granted. Cherish each day as if it could be your last... show those who are important to you your love for them through words and actions.

Make a point to hug a loved one today and tell them, "I love you". Or call a loved one on the phone to tell them how much they mean to you. Surprise someone in your family with a sincere act of service (make a favorite meal, play a game with a child, give a back rub, etc...)

Friday, March 20, 2009

This week's

Last week my verses were Ephesians 6:10-11; this week I'll continue with the VERY important continuation of 10 & 11, and memorize Ephesians 6:12...

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms.
(Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given us your armor of strength and protection in our daily struggles... as well as given us victory when we put our trust in You. Help me seek you in all things, Lord, staying strong in your mighty power, remembering to always keep you in the center of my life. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

OLE', Mole'!

I've always loved Mexican Food. Living in Texas has allowed me to indulge in this wonderful cuisine more than I normally would. I not only enjoy eating Mexican food, I've been learning how to cook it (as authentically as I can).

Last year, my friend Novia, introduced me to Mole'. I'd NEVER heard of it before, but when I tasted it, I was addicted! Mole' has become one of my favorite Mexican dishes of all time.

What is Mole', you might ask? It's a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce that is served with chicken (or turkey) over a bed of rice. Weird, huh? Chocolate sauce with chicken and rice! IT IS SO GOOD! The recipe I am sharing is the recipe my friend Novia introduced me to (and is very easy to make!) using a pre-made sauce base (from a jar).

Mole Poblano
(Chicken with Chocolate Sauce)

  • 2-3 lbs. Chicken (I use boneless/skinless)
  • 8 cups chicken broth (from cooking the chicken)
  • 1 Jar 9oz *GOYA Mole' (see note below)
  • 2-3 TB creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour

Cook Chicken in approximately 9 cups of water. After Chicken is cooked, take chicken out of broth and set aside. Measure out 1 cup of chicken broth in mixing bowl; set aside. Add jar of mole', peanut butter, salt, and sugar to remaining pan of chicken broth. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, until everything is dissolved. Add 1/2 cup flour to the reserved 1 cup chicken broth; mix thoroughly until smooth. Add to large mole' mixture, stirring on low-med heat until well mixed and sauce begins to thicken. Add chicken back to Mole' mixture. Serve over rice and with flour tortillas if you wish. Serves 8-10.

*I use Goya Mole' (see picture); found in the Mexican isle of my local grocery store. If your store doesn't carry this brand, any brown color (chocolate base) Mole' sauce would work. If you still can't find the mix and are real interested in this dish, you may make your own mix with this recipe (click link) ... you may have to improvise with the ingredients.

History on this dish:
Legends say this concoction was made so famous in the 16th century, in the colonial mountain city of Puebla, Mexico by some desperate nuns who upon learning that the Archbishop was coming for a visit, went into a panic because they had nothing to serve him. The nuns started praying desperately and an angel came to inspire them. They began chopping and grinding and roasting, mixing different types of chiles together with spices, day-old bread, nuts, a little chocolate and approximately 20 other ingredients...

Today, there are a number of variations of Mole'. Mole is considered a unique feature of Mexico’s culinary heritage served or weddings, festivals and national holidays.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

can anyone relate?

I should be doing MANY other things today, but I get sucked in...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Music Monday!
All That Matters

All That Matters by Addison Road

Think About This~ Are YOU "Free 2 B U"...
or do you fall into the trap of being a "people pleaser"?

As a former "people pleaser",
I know the "Love that's set me free"
As a result, "I am FREE2Bme" ...
I have an audience of One,
"changed by grace, saved by Love"...
"that's all that matters to me".

Friday, March 13, 2009

This week's

This is week 10 for my challenge to Invest in my Walk with God by memorizing scripture every week...

Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God
so that you can take your stand
against the devil's schemes.
(Ephesians 6:10-11NIV)

I am also having fun with the Siesta Scripture Challenge on the LPM Blog (we're on week 6).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TEXAS in March

Gotta love south Texas in the winter!

Our pool is officially open as of February 27!

The flowers in the yard provide beauty
and the perfect tropical oasis...

The palm trees look awesome against the
backdrop of a clear or cloudy sky.
The weather temperatures in February-March
are nice and warm (often in the 80's F),
but not too hot yet... humidity is still on the low side.
Not to mention the beach... which will
be packed with "spring breakers" over the
next couple weeks!

The only sad thing about Texas in March is we don't have our families and close friends here to enjoy it with us (they all live elsewhere).
Come for a visit, ya'all!

(My Mom and Dad WILL be here next month from WA state! YEAH... can't wait!)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Music Monday!
Go Light Your World

I love music, especially Christian music.

So starting today, I will feature a music video every Monday, that has a great message and is inspirational. Often times when I listen to a certain song, I shut my eyes, internalize the message, and pray the lyrics back to God with heartfelt worship... it really is powerful and uplifting.

This following video helps us to remember to
"take your candle and go light your world".

Go Light Your World by Chris Rice

...let your light shine before men,

that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)

THINK ABOUT THIS~ Where will you shine your light this week?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This week's

I'm a little late on posting this for the week... I started planting this verse in my heart several days ago... I hid 2 Corinthians 10:4 in my heart several years ago, and this verse right after it adds so much more power to it for me to pray it and live it. I constantly need to, "take captive EVERY THOUGHT to make it obedient to Christ", since the enemy's battle always starts in the mind.

We demolish arguments and every pretension
that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought
to make it obedient to Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

OUCH Moments
with God

Have you ever had one of those times when you prayed to God for Him to show someone the "error of their ways" and "lead them down the right path"... you pray God will give them a revelation so they would confess their sin, learn from their error, and repent? It's for their own good, after all! It's when God disciplines the sin because he loves us and wants us to learn from our mistakes. I call these times, "OUCH" moments; when we realized we've sinned against God (we then confess, repent, and learn our lesson through God's discipline) and we're better from the OUCH. Here's what recently happened to me regarding some "OUCH" moments.

Last night I could not sleep! I laid in bed an hour pondering my unsettled spirit over a situation where I'd been praying about, for someone "to learn the error of their ways", "to be led on the right path" and to realize they have been sinning before God through pride and wrong motives. To hopefully realize it's been effecting those around them in an ungodly way. This person had frustated me to the point that I struggled to even be in their presence. I would literally pray Scripture in my head just to get through the battle in my mind that was bulilding up. At one point I even thought my memory verse, 2 Timothy 3:16, was God's way of telling me I need to be the person to help "teach, rebuke, correct, and train them in righteousness" using His word to show them the way. The person I'm speaking of is another Christian woman who I felt was in a position to know what she was doing. As I laid in bed, I finally got up and the Lord spoke softly to my spirit to watch some "Wednesday's with Beth" (from the Life Today program) on the computer. I absolutely love these teachings and have watched many of them over the past year, and could watch them endlessly, because they're filled with so much Truth and encouragement straight from God Himself. When I got to the website, I prayed, "which one do you want me to watch, Lord?"... He directed me to a 3 part series I needed to hear! I soaked in all three (it was 2:30 am!)...I was alert and awake... I internalized them. Thank You, God for how you speak Your profound Truth through Beth Moore! and, Thank you, Beth, for being such a servant to the Lord that magnifies God from glory to glory.

As I finished the last of the three part series, I realized it was I that needed to be "shown the error of her ways" and "be led on the right path" .

I had several OUCH moments with God last night.
*FIRST- He showed me that my memory verse for this past week was (and is) for Him to teach, rebuke, correct and train ME in righteousness, not for me to use it on others in self righteousness. I am not her or any one's Holy Spirit.
*SECOND- God also showed me in 1 Peter 5:5 that I am to ...clothe myself with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." OUCH! God, I have been filled with pride these past weeks as much as she has! I'm finally getting it! The verse goes on to say, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:6-7) I knocked MYSELF down by allowing the enemy authority to work through the situation; and only God can lift me up.
*I was casting my anxiety on Him (kept praying Phil 4:6-8), but it was with wrong motives, in the manner of "fix HER, Lord" to be right in my sight, rather than, "FIX ME" to be right in your (God's) sight... a THIRD OUCH! Funny how easy it is to see fault in others and critize what we think their motives are and not as easy to see it in ourselves until we allow God to peal the scales off our eyes.

So here I am, a self righteous, prideful, sinner with messed up motives... OUCH!

As I have gone to the Lord for direction over the past number of weeks, He had given me a number of Scriptures, but I was somewhat hard headed to see the message in them for me; I was too focused on HER wrong doings and the message for her. Now that I feel as though He's shown me a fresh revelation of where my heart and attitude have been, I will back track these verses and pray them out loud so that I will be lined up with God's heart and character and no longer be played by the enemy who was devouring me through this situation (1 Peter 5:8).

I asked God, "should I approach this fellow Christian and tell her what's occured?... " I asked, "Lord, do I say something to her about this?" At this time, I believe God said, "No... (the reason)- He has me in the process of taking the planks out of my own eyes at this time, that trying to take the specks out of another person's eye is wrong and hypocritical (Matthew 7:3-5). Even as I write this, I still know I've got some pride issues He's still emptying me of. God will show her through "OUCH" moments of her own in His time, His way. He is in control. At some point He may lead me to speak the truth in love to her; for now, I will wait for His direct lead.

Prayer: Thank You God for Your Truth. Thank You that you discipline those you love- and by Your Holy Spirit in me, I was able to recognize my sins against You through the "OUCH" moments you allowed me last night and today. Thank You that you give grace to the humble and have brought me to this place to grow me up more in Christ. Please forgive me for my sins against you- in my feelings toward a sister in Christ who I truly don't know very well. You know her heart and motives; and though my feelings were real, only You know if they were "Holy". My heart is deceitful and I ask you to create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. I know that my feelings led to sin, and for that I repent. I lift this Christian woman in prayer that you will continue to wrap her in Your love, and that she has overflowing favor from you. Lord Thank You for the wonderful people you've placed in my life, for the privilege of prayer and for Your love and grace that is never ending. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Monday, March 2, 2009

good for the soul

Happy Monday!
I ran across this video and had to share it! Enjoy.

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day
(Proverbs 15:13 -MSG)

If there is a blank space where a video box should be, click here.