Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yummy Goodness


I just made these for the kids after-school snack. They're in the fridge chilling. Can't wait to get home and eat one (or two or three) of these. YUM!

This takes all of 10 minutes to prepare. Try it!
*photo courtesy of Eat, Live Run blog*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: "Read and Share Stories About Jesus"


Written by: Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by: Steve Smallman


This is a board book with a collection of 13 stories about Jesus's life with cute illustrations that tell the story very well.

Pros:

I loved that this book is sturdy and perfect for my 2 year old to hold on her own. My 5 year old also likes this book. I like the questions at the bottom of each page that provoke the child to think about what they just heard in the story.

Cons:

One of the first questions is about baptism and it wasn't completely clear in the book (with a child in mind) that baptism is NOT what gets you to Heaven. I haven't read the other Read and Share books, so I do not know if this is covered in a previous book. I wish the book was clear on salvation before it talked about baptism. Although, it could have been covered in a previous book in this series.

Other than that, I would recommend this to a friend.

Intercession in Progress

I think I have always been intrigued by intercessory prayer. I think of it most often as what the Holy Spirit does on my behalf when I am so burdened by something that I don't even know what or how to pray. He does it for me. He intercedes for me. But I also love the aspect of intercessory prayer as related to praying for others. I used to think of it only in those terms...merely praying for someone else. And I would marvel at the fact that God actually hears and answers prayers for us when someone else prays. It is amazing to me the power of prayer. But I have come to realize that intercession is way more than just praying for someone. Although I had thought often of this action, I couldn't quite put into words what I understood of it. Recently, I was able to attend a ladies' retreat at my church and our speaker talked about 'The Ministry of Silence'. She used Job as a classic example and how his friends (trying to be helpful) pointed blame at him and were just sure that he had done something to provoke God's wrath. Surely there was a reason for all the devastation that he was going through. And indeed, there was a reason, but it wasn't because he had sinned against God. Sometimes, we need to be silent for those who are enduring extreme pain, trials, etc. But we are to intercede for them. Our silence should mean 'intercession in progress'. Hebrews 13:3 says 'Remember them that are in bonds (jail), as bound with them (as though you were there with them) and them which suffer adversity (sickness, hardships, persecutions), as being yourselves also in the body.' I am to put myself in their shoes. People I love are going through some rough trials right now and I know if I were in their shoes, I might not be able to pray as I should. Whether because of extreme pain or sheer grief, people need others to pray for them while they cannot pray themselves. This is my responsibility as a Christian. Christians are the body of Christ and if one member suffers, the whole body should bear the burden. I can think of a few people in my own life right now that I am interceding for because I know the state they are in physically and emotionally. It is my privilege and my responsibility to intercede for them as the Lord brings them to my mind. I haven't been able to forget this lesson on intercession and I doubt that I ever will. It has made such an impact on me personally and I am so thankful that God loves to hear and answer intercessory prayer.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Loaded Potato Soup

I made this Friday night for supper and it was delicious! Even better as leftovers today! Go HERE for the recipe.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Budget-Friendly Graduation Announcements


Classy Correspondence offers a wide range of graduation announcements and accessories for every budget. With graduations fast approaching, now is the time to order! We offer a fast turn-around of 3 days. You can also request a sample announcement to see what yours will look like. Just click on the picture of the announcement you are interested in and click the link 'Request a Sample'. Our site is secure {look for the lock symbol} and we offer 24 hour customer service.

Go take a look!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Special Events

If you or someone you know is looking for Save the Date stationery, engagement announcements, wedding invitations and accessories, birthday stationery, baby shower invites, etc. Click on the picture in the righthand column. You will be taken to Classy Correspondence where you can choose from a wide variety of social stationery - from classic to contemporary! It's all at your fingertips.

Classy Correspondence also offers you a hard copy of the stationery you are interested in, as well as, an emailed version. So quick, easy and affordable!

Tell all of your friends!

Monday, March 7, 2011

True Love

This face makes me smile. Those cheeks beckon me to kiss them a hundred or more times a day. When she winks at her daddy, he beams. And then is promptly wrapped around her cute, little, chubby finger. Her sisters adore her as she does them. This child brings abundant joy to our family on a daily basis. And she will be (3) T-H-R-E-E next month. Where has the time gone??