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In His Word Bible Study

For all of you local Raleigh, North Carolina ladies out there looking for something to do tonight, I'd like to invite you to In His Word Bible Study. Tonight we are wrapping up our study of "God...who are You & what can You do for me? Getting to Know the Almighty God".

For meeting times and location, please contact me at

Hope to see you all there!!



Live in Freedom!

"I have been entangled by the ropes of death. Not physically speaking, but there was a time in my life that the enemy had such a strong hold over me that my spiritual death was imminent. I had literally nowhere to go, no person to cry out to except God Almighty. It was either cry out to the only One who could breathe life back into my dying soul or close my eyes and give up. I was worn out and in no condition to continue fighting the enemy..."



God...who are You & what can You do for me? Session 10

By His Grace Ministry and At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2
are partnering together to offer you an online Bible Study.

I invite you to join us today as we wrap up our study
"God...who are You & what can You do for me?" Session 10.



And now...

back to our bloggin' break!!!!!!!!!!!! **smile**



She Speaks 2010...another scholarship opportunity

"She Speaks is a life-changing conference for women of every generation seeking to explore the tug on her heart to reach out to the world for Jesus. Through She Speaks, Proverbs 31 Ministries encourages and equips women who are called by God to share our mission to bring God’s peace, perspective and purpose to today’s busy woman. Sharing God’s truth with love is not only a holy calling but a remarkable responsibility. We believe by equipping women to become more effective at sharing the Word of God, we multiply our efforts to reach a hurting world with the life-transforming hope of Jesus." (

Would you love to attend She Speaks 2010, but don't have the extra funds this year? Glynnis Whitwer is hosting an awesome scholarship giveaway over at her blog Welcome Home!! Be sure to hop on over and check it out!!!



God...who are You & what can You do for me? Session 9

By His Grace Ministry and At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2
are partnering together to offer you an online Bible Study.

I invite you to join us as we open up the pages of Scripture
and unearth new Truths about who God is.

Over At the Well you'll find the
"God...who are You & what can You do for me?
Getting to know the Almighty God" session 9 download,
a video covering material for your ninth week's homework,
and a few other instructions for Bible study this week.

I do hope you will join us as we dig into God's Word and discover who He is
and what He can do for us.



We Interrupt this Bloggin' Break...

We gladly interrupt this bloggin' break to announce the winner of "This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano.

Drumroll please...and the winner of "This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano is... Kerri from Mommy4Him.

Kerri email me your address and I'll get this wonderful treasure of a book out to you for your family to enjoy.

If you were not the winner, you can purchase a copy of "This Little Prayer of Mine" here.


This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

And now... back to our bloggin' break. See ya real soon!!!!!


Bloggin' Break

But, in the meantime...

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a copy of "This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano. You can get your name in the drawing HERE.

Your last chance to enter the giveaway will be Friday midnight (EST), April 16, 2010. One winner will be randomly selected and announced right here Saturday, April 17, 2010.



Some VERY Yummy Snacks!!

So...I've been in the kitchen lately fixin' up some yummy snacks for the fam. Take a look...

Peanut Butter & Other Stuff Granola Bars
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 stick butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. quick-cooking oats
1/4 c. sunflower kernels
1/4 c. raisins
3 tbsp. wheat germ
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter, and vanilla.
Stir in the oats, wheat germ, sunflower kernels,
and all the other yummy stuff.
Fold in chocolate chips.

Line a 15 x 10 in. cookie sheet (that has sides) with parchment paper.
Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Press granola mixture firmly onto cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool completely and then cut into bars.

Now...let me tell you the REAL beauty of this fabulous granola can add anything to it that your little heart so desires. I've added almonds, peanuts, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, etc...add whatever you like and enjoy!

Almond Honey Granola
3 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. silvered almonds
1/4 c. wheat germ
6 tbsp. honey
6 tbsp. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. applesauce
2 tbsp. warm water
1/2 tsp. salt

a handful of golden raisins, or sunflower seeds,
or dried cranberries, or dried blueberries, or dried cherries,
or cashews, or ... get the picture...
you can add anything to this granola that you'd like

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet that has sides with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds, wheat germ, and any other nuts you'd like.

In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, brown sugar, applesauce, water, and salt.

Pour the liquid over the oat and nut mixture, and stir until evenly coated. Spread out on the cookie sheet. If you want some chunks of granola, squeeze small handfuls into little clumps.

Bake for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes so that the granola does not burn. After the granola is done cooking, mix in raisins, or dried cranberries, etc. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

My kids LOVE this for breakfast!!

Beef Jerky
2-3 lbs. Veal cutlets
1 c. Dales Marinade
1/4 c. Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
couple of squirts of lime juice
couple of shakes of garlic salt
5 cloves of garlic, chopped

Place meat in a Ziploc bag. Mix all ingredients together. Pour over meat. Let marinade for about 2 hours. Place in dehydrator. Set dehydrator according to it's directions for beef jerky.

This one is a winner for my hubby!!!

What kinds of yummy snacks do you and your family chow down on?



This Little Prayer of Mine

Anthony DeStefano does an excellent job of capturing child-like faith in his new book, “This Little Prayer of Mine.” The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the content is particularly appealing to this momma who desires for her children to grasp the concept of talking with their heavenly Father. One thing that I greatly appreciate about this wonderful book is the fact that it is a great conversation starter with my children. Each page presents a real life event in which one is able to look to God and rely on Him for strength, protection, guidance, unconditional love, or forgiveness. If you have young children in your life who you desire to see grow in their relationship with their heavenly Father, “This Little Prayer of Mine” is a must have!

And speaking of a must have...would you like your very own copy of "This Little Prayer of Mine"? Yes? Well...I am giving away a copy to one of you, my lovely readers. Just leave a comment on this post sharing some of your favorite children's books that point little one's to God. I'm always looking for great books to add to our library. You can also purchase "This Little Prayer of Mine" over at Random House.

Your last chance to enter the giveaway will be Friday midnight (EST), April 16, 2010. One winner will be randomly selected and announced right here Saturday, April 17, 2010.

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.
Don’t stop them!
For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs
to those who are like these children.”
Matthew 19:14, NLT


This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Exemplify Magazine April 2010

The April issue of Exemplify Magazine is hot off the presses. This month's topic...worship. Go grab yourself a yummy cup of coffee, find a nice comfy place and enjoy!!

"How can we come to know God in more real and intimate ways so that we are able to flesh out our trust in Him? The answer: by digging into His Word and unearthing the beautiful Truths He reveals about Himself." (Excerpt from "Preparing to do His Thang!", Exemplify Magazine, Apr. 2010, Jenifer Jernigan)

To find out how to dig into God's Word on a daily basis check out "Preparing to do His Thang!" on pages 52-55.

"1) The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. 2) For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. 3) Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4) Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. 5) They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. 6 Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob."

Psalm 24:1-6, NLT




"27) Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands.
Put your hand into the wound in my side.
Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
28) “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed."

Gaze upon Him today. Reach out and touch His hand. Don't be without faith.
Believe, for Christ has RISEN!!!!



A New Day is about to Dawn

"62) On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63) saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64) Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65) Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66) So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard." Matthew 27:62-66, NKJV

The tomb was sealed. The guards were in place. The chief priests and Pharisees thought they had won, BUT...a new day is about to dawn...


picture by James Tissot from Truthbook



By 9:00 last night I was completely exhausted. The kids and I had a very, VERY busy day. On our way home from being out and about all day we picked up some Chinese take-out for dinner, came home and munched down on it. Then it was off to bed for the kiddos. After I finished cleaning up the kitchen and tidying up a bit I sat down on the couch to relax. Wanting to get a tad bit more comfortable and relaxed, I stretched out horizontally and covered my feet with the quilt. "Ahhhh, much better," I thought to myself. Flipping through the channels I finally stopped on something that caught my eye. When the next commercial came on I decided to "rest" my eyes for a few minutes.

Well...those few minutes turned into 6 hours. YIKES!!! When I woke up it was 2:00 a.m. Guess I didn't realize just how exhausted I really was.

All day today my mind has been inundated with thoughts about being exhausted.

Webster's Dictionary defines exhaustion as the act or process of drawing off or letting out completely; the process of being emptied by drawing off the contents.

As I thought more and more about exhaustion, I couldn't help but think about the last Friday of Jesus' life here on earth. Talk about exhaustion!! The exhaustion I experienced pales in comparison to what Christ went through that day...

~an intense prayer time in the Garden of Gethsemane yielding to God's will for His life left Him sweating drops of blood

~betrayed by one of the twelve for a mere 30 pieces of silver followed by His being arrested

~trial number 1 under Annas, a former Jewish High Priest and the first physical beating

~trial number 2 under the current Jewish High Priest Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin and a second beating that leaves Him bloody and bruised

~trial number 3 where it is decided by the Jewish elders, High Priest, scribes, and Sanhedrin to pass Jesus off to the Roman government asking them to kill Him

~trial 4- the Roman Governor Pilate finds no fault in Him

~trial 5- hearing before Herod Antipas- Jesus is questioned but remains silent the entire time refusing to answer any of the questions that are posed to Him- Herod quickly returns Him to Pilate

~trial 6- Pilate tries to release Jesus but Jewish leaders object to His being released- in order to satisfy the Jewish leaders, Pilate has Jesus beaten beyond recognition- this beating is not enough for the Jewish leaders and they demand that He be crucified- Pilate eventually gives in to their requests

~the Roman soldiers take Jesus to the Praetorium where they mock Him, torture Him, and drive a crown of thorns into His head

~Jesus carries His own cross to Calvary where He will willingly allow the soldiers to nail His hands and feet to the tree that He created

~with compassion and love in His heart for His mother, He instructs the beloved John to take care of her

~still desiring to see the lost saved, He prays for those who persecute Him and grants salvation to the thief who hangs beside Him

~into God's hands He commits His spirit and breathes His last breath

Exhaustion. Completely emptied.

From the moment sin entered the world, the process of Christ's emptying out began. God had a plan from the very beginning that His One and Only Son who spill forth His life so that you and I could be brought back into right relationship with Him.

Exhaustion. Only the perfect Lamb who willingly walked down the road to be slaughtered could have withstood all that this day brought forth.

I'm having a hard time today grasping all that Christ went through that day. All that He felt. All that He saw. And the fact that it was all for me (and you). I moan and groan and even get a little grumpy when I don't get enough rest. But, Jesus...there was not a moan or groan within Him. Grumpiness? Nope...only love.

Exhaustion. The act or process of drawing off or letting out completely; the process of being emptied by drawing off the contents.

He was spent.



Emptied of His very life so that we could have new life.

That's grace, my friend. That's grace.

That's love.

That's compassion.

That's humble obedience to the Father's plan.

That's our Savior!!



Rejoicing in the Face of Death

Much occurred on the last Thursday of the Lord's life here on earth.

~The Last Meal Together
Jesus gave specific instructions to Peter and John as to how they were to prepare for the last supper He would have with the disciples. He greeted each of the disciples, including Judas His betrayer, with a kiss of peace as they entered the door of the upper room. Jesus sat around a table with the twelve men who had followed Him faithfully during His earthly ministry. I just imagine they laughed some, shared stories of all they had been through together, and tried their best to understand what was about to happen. Be it a strategic gesture or not, Jesus had Judas sit at His left side which was a place of honor. Was this one last chance for Judas to repent and pledge his undying allegiance to God's precious Son? I would like to think it was.

~Jesus Washed the Feet of the Disciples
At first the disciples wanted nothing to do with Jesus washing their feet. The washing of another's feet was normally done by the lowliest of servants. The disciples would probably have jumped at the opportunity to wash the feet of Jesus, but never in their wildest dreams would they have imagined Jesus washing their feet. This act on the part of Jesus displayed to them His humility and servant's heart. Not only was this a physical act, but it was also symbolic. Jesus washing the feet of His disciples symbolized to them that unless a person be washed and cleansed by the Living Water of life he can have no part in the kingdom of heaven.

~The Institution of the Lord's Supper
The broken bread would be a reminder to the disciples and all Christians of the broken body of Christ. The body of Christ was broken and given as payment for the sins of all mankind. The cup would be a reminder of the blood of Christ that was spilled out for the remission of your sins and mine. It was the blood of the new covenant. Covenants were ratified by the shedding of blood (Exodus 24:8) and the covenant of salvation that Christ was making with believers to come would be authenticated by the blood that would be poured out from His body.

~The Disciples Argue Over Who is the Greatest
Once again Jesus had to settle a dispute among His disciples as to who was the "greatest" among them. All those in the Kingdom of God are important and all have specific roles. These remaining eleven disciples who had walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry would later on be pivotal players in the growth of the church.

Through all the happenings of this day and the inevitable arrest of Jesus that was soon to come, Jesus closed this last supper with His disciples in song (Matthew 26:30). Scholars believe that most likely the hymn they raised their voices in unison to sing was Psalm 118. Today I leave you with those words; and as you read them imagine our Lord and His disciples singing praises to the God above as He faced rejection, great suffering, and death.

1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2) Let Israel say: "His love endures forever."
3) Let the house of Aaron say:
"His love endures forever."
4) Let those who fear the LORD say:
"His love endures forever."
5) In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.
6) The LORD is with me;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
7) The LORD is with me;
he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.
8) It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
9) It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
10) All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
11) They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
12) They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
13) I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.
14) The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
15) Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
"The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!
16) The LORD's right hand is lifted high;
the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!"
17) I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
18) The LORD has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
19) Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20) This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21) I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
22) The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
23) the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24) This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25) O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.
26) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
27) The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
28) You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1-29, NIV