It’s Raining Outside….You Know What That Means!

If you don’t know already, I love the rain. I love the cleansing effect that it has and the way the earth smells. Everything is CLEAN. I would have the windows open and let the breeze in but as old as this house is, it would trap the moisture and create problems later. But for now, I will have the door open and admire the scenery and how quiet everything looks. It is a great time for meditation as well. Reflecting on the things the Lord has brought me through over the years and how he has blessed me and continues to bless me. I think about His goodness and mercy and grace and even the lessons that I have learned through his discipline. On days like these, especially when it rains (or snows) that I take a moment to reflect on these verses from one of the best sermons that I have ever heard. I say this because that every time that I come across this particular passage in the bible, there is always conviction. Where there is conviction, there is room to grow. Matthew 6:26-34 (KJV)

25. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Every time it rains, it reminds me that the Lord, our Father will take care of His creation and I know that we are held in higher regard than the animals and plants he takes care of. This is my rainbow, my promise, our promise that the Lord loves us and takes care of us.

God Bless!

 

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WiP Wednesday and FOs

Last week was a great accomplishment for me. I wanted to start working on my never ending bucket list, you know the one….the one that keeps growing on Ravelry, in several folders on your computer or tablet, or in a file cabinet somewhere….and I decided on a pattern that I had saved in OneNote. It’s called Lil Granny Bunny by Little Yarn Friends. She is absolutely adorable! I posted it on my personal Facebook page and got a few likes which led to a commission! Seven of them!! YAY! Here she is in all her glory! I still have to make the glasses for it (I didn’t have any wire on hand to make it) but I will make some soon. She was done in Red Heart SS and With Love and an F hook.

Ta Daaaaaa!Here she is with her Bible!

"Gotta study the Word of the Lord"

“Gotta study the Word of the Lord”

Yeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! My embroidery is not that great BUT I have a great idea for the commissions that I am making that will help it stand out better and add a nice touch.

"Love my ears?"

“Love my ears?”

"Don't mind me! Just a bit tired."

“Don’t mind me! Just a bit tired.”

"Can't forget my Bible!"

“Can’t forget my Bible!”

For my WiP, I chose another pattern from Little Yarn Friends called Lil Classic Teddy. This one I am making in Caron Simply Soft in Bone and Pagdoa. I wanted to see how it would look and so far, I like what I see. There is a nice sheen to it but based on the way that my daughter treats her cushion that I made her last year May and the way that it looks now, I recommend it for older children. I will make another one in cotton and see how that turns out. It should be more durable. I started it the same night that I finished the bunny. The only night that I didn’t work on it was last night. I was getting some things together for my commission and taking inventory. Here is what I have so far.

"Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!"

“Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!”

I can’t wait until it is finished! I am going to set up a spot for all my stuffed toys so they can keep each other company. 😛 Heh heh. Whelp, it is time for me to make lunch for the kiddos. See you tomorrow!

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Summer Time Drinks

It is getting that time of year again where the BBQ grills are getting pulled out, gatherings are happening outside and it’s getting HOT! So here are some non-alcoholic drinks that you can mix up for a day sitting out on the veran-dahh or for that tailgate before the game. Here are 25 recipes for you and your family and friends to enjoy!

  1. Limeade
  2. Lemonade
  3. Watermelon Lemonade
  4. Rhubarb Lemonade
  5. Berry Lemonade
  6. Iced Fruit Punch
  7. Raspberry Spritzer
  8. Watermelon Agua Fresca
  9. Haymaker’s Ginger Spritzer
  10. Lemon-Orange Fizz
  11. Fresh Grape Soda
  12. Sparkling Cran Razzy
  13. Honey-Lemon Tea
  14. Mint Tisane
  15. White Iced Tea
  16. Cranberry and Ginger Tea Punch
  17. Watermelon Slushie
  18. Virgin Banana Piña Colada
  19. Mango-Peach Fizz
  20. Pineapple Cooler
  21. Strawberry Lemonade
  22. Tropical Mango Smoothie
  23. Mango Lassi Smoothie
  24. Melon-Ginger Smoothie
  25. Hawaiian Smoothie

Me personally, I want to try the Mint Tisane. Reminds me of drinking fresh mint tea…mmmmm! There are plenty of recipes to choose from for each type of gathering you are having, so you should never be out of a fresh idea. 😀

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Changing Your Mindset

Changing the way you think has a great effect on how you approach anything in life. For example, this morning, you may have awaken with a sense of dread knowing that you had to go into work. You may deal with others that you do not necessarily care to be around or having to work for someone who may be inconsiderate. There are many reasons as to why you feel the way you do but I am here to tell you that it can change and you don’t have to continue to feel this way, in spite of your situation.

Prayer changes any situation, it changes you and the way that you think and approach obstacles in life. It will change your mindset. Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of believers and when used consistently and efficiently, will see changes within themselves and their surroundings. Start off your day in prayer and see what can happen!

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God Bless!

 

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Tumblr Finds – Spiritual Inspiration

Something from my Tumblr dashboard….

 

Concerns and problems flood our minds. There is always so much to do! But, God wants the very best for you but you just have to know how to recognize it and lay hold of it.

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I don’t even have time to think,” then you know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re being bombarded from all sides. It’s even harder to focus on God when we can’t take time to renew our minds and refresh our spirits by quiet reflection. God doesn’t often shout to get our attention. Instead, He usually speaks to us in “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12, NKJV).

So what can we do to put ourselves in a position to hear God’s voice? We have to make time in our daily lives to get quiet. David said of the Lord in Psalm 23:2, “He leads me beside quiet waters.” Today I want to encourage you to find those quiet waters where you can get alone with the Lord. It may be a room in your house, outside under the trees, or some other place where you can shut out the noise and distractions of the world for just a few precious minutes. The key to renewing your mind, body and spirit is to develop the habit and discipline of meditating on the Word of God every day — even if it is for just a moment.

God Bless!

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Crochet vs. Knitting

Crochet-vs                                                             – Source    – Source

(Please excuse the crappy photo, but I was trying to get them together in a short period of time 😛 )

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WiP Wednesday – Socks and Other Adventures

It’s finally finished! Well, one foot anyway. Here it is…

Sock #1

Sock #1

I finished it two nights ago and immediately started the 2nd one. This pattern has been difficult for me because it is written for circulars and not DPN. Up to the heel flap is easy (duh…it’s just a tube at this point :P) but knowing how many stitches for the flap itself and figuring out the gusset was a bit tedious. I took some notes. I just hope that I can understand them!

At it once again

At it once again

Last night I decided that I was going to start crocheting items from my never ending bucket list. There is nothing that the kids and I need at the moment but I still want to crochet something. Today I am going to go through all my patterns and pick out the ones that I want to do this month and see how it goes. I will be posting progress and final photos up on my Facebook page so come by and take a gander over the next couple of weeks.

That is all for today. I know, pretty short, but I haven’t been doing too much here lately. So, until tomorrow my lovelies!

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Downhome Barbeque Beef Short Ribs

It’s getting hot, hot, HOT! And when it starts getting hot, it’s time for BBQs!! Here is a recipe that your family and friends will love and you will definitely be the hit of the party!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/downhome-barbecue-beef-short-ribs-recipe.html

Doesn’t this look delicious? Yummmm!

What you need:

  • 8 pounds beef short ribs, cut across the bone
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Kitchen Items:

  • Stock Pot
  • Spoon

Directions:

Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the ribs, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Parboil the ribs, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fork tender.

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Pour 1 cup of the rib water into the mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is heated through. Add the ribs to the pot, turning with tongs to coat well. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the ribs to a hot outdoor grill, meat side down first, and cook 8 to 10 minutes on each side, taking care not to burn them. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Whelp! There you go. You can make some home made Cole slaw, mac and cheese, an potato salad to go with it. Serve with a nice cold drink.
God Bless!
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Meditation Monday – Take Courage

When life seems to get you down and you don’t know what to do next, take courage. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (KJV, my emphasis)

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Happy Friday!

Something from my Tumblr dashboard…

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

There are times in life that we all get tired: tired of trying to make a business grow, tired of dealing with a sickness, tired of raising a difficult child, tired of living lonely, waiting to meet the right person.We can even be doing what we love, living in the house of our dreams, raising great children, or working at a good job, but if we’re not careful, we can lose our passion and allow weariness to set in.The problem is if you allow yourself to become weary, you’ll be tempted to quit: to quit growing, quit standing for that wayward child, quit believing to get healthy and whole, or quit pursuing your goals and dreams.

That’s why you have to wait upon the Lord and hope in Him. Don’t give up when victory is right around the corner. God promises He will renew your strength. As you thank God for fighting your battles, you will be able to run and not get weary, you’ll walk and not faint. You’re not going to drag through life defeated, depressed, and under the circumstances. You’re going to soar through life on wings like eagles, overcoming every obstacle, defeating every enemy and accomplishing every God-given dream.

God Bless!

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