Thursday, March 24, 2011

Slightly embarrassed!

Ok, so I am slightly embarrassed. I can not believe it has really been 3 weeks since I last updated my blog! Holy moly, I am never gonna be some sort of blogging star that is for sure. But for those of you who care these past 3 weeks have been swamped.
Here is a little glimpse of what we have been doing:
  • My husband and I have shared at numerous churches about our time overseas.
  • Searching for and buying  a new-to-us mini-van.
  • Working on re-finishing furniture. (will post some pics when I am finished)
  • Recovering furniture.
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Ordering homeschooling materials and preparing to teach Josiah.
  • Preparing to move in 2 weeks!
 So, on top of all that raising 3 boys and trying to help my big boy Hubby not to go crazy!

I must just share that I am excited about a lot of things that God is doing in my life. I am loving seeing Him just bring me peace about so many circumstances and seeing Him provide for our family during our transition time! We are continuing to pray that He would be honored in our family and He would guide and provide for us! He will, I know it. He has shown Himself faithful so many times before! I am excited to see what He does!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A few quick recipes...

So today we grilled out....YUM!!! I knew I really missed it! But to go along with our chicken and pork I made a few easy sides. Thought you might like to hear.

Roasted potatoes
  1. cut up any type of potato into chunks
  2. spray the pan with Pam olive oil
  3. put the potatoes on the pan and spay again
  4. salt the potaotes
  5. Put in the oven at 400 F for about 30-40 min until tender
(***You can use any type of seasonings to make these-try Ranch, Season salt or anything you think might be yummy!)

Super easy right. No excuses!

Yummy Biscuits

Ok, my bread love is back, but these are just so good and you can make a big batch like this and flash freeze them (put them in the freezer, on a cookie sheet, before they are cooked. Once they are frozen transfer to a freezer bag. Pull out however many you need and just cook a little longer b/c the are frozen)
and have them for another meal or breakfast sometime!

4 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp salt
7 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 2/3 cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients. Then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or a fork or your hands or I like to use the food processor for it all.  When all the butter is mixed in (looks crumbly) mix the milk in and make the dough.  Cut into biscuits. Depending on the size you should get about 20 or so.  Bake in the oven at 400 F for 12-15 min until they are golden brown.

Chinese Peas

I know these sound strange, but this is now my favorite way to eat peas and it is super easy! I found it even easier now that there are the steam fresh veggies

1 pack steam fresh peas (cooked for 5 min in the microwave)
2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic chopped or sliced (or you can used the minced)
soy sauce

Just stir-fry it on a high heat all together until the garlic is cooked. Stir it constantly to avoid scorching it. Add enough salt to make it good and then add a little soy for flavoring.
I love it!!!

I hope you enjoy these!!!! Be a blessing to your family and cook them good food! Happy cooking!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sing unto the Lord a new song.

Do you ever just sit back and listen to your children?

I love to hear my sons make up their heart songs to the Lord!

I remember when I was young, a child, I would do the same thing. Sing my heart out to the Lord, just thoughts and praise to Him about what He was doing and how He impacted my life. But that was along time ago. It has just been a long time.

The other day, I was just getting overwhelmed with life. Frustrated by God not being fast enough for me and annoyed at myself for not truly trusting God as I should. That night I read in Psalm 40:3, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD."

The Lord really convicted me that I needed a new song, one that was not focused on myself and my problems. Because when your singing a song, when you are praising the Father,  your not worrying about yourself, your heart and your mind are focused on what is Truth.  That night before sleeping I prayed that He would give me a new song in my heart. 

On Monday night I was able to go out and meet a friend for coffee, ALONE! It has been a long time since I have been alone in a car for any length of time. What a blessing to spend time praying and just singing. Singing from my heart, praises to my God! 

I think that God really knows what He is talking about that when we sing and praise Him. We trust Him: He changes our hearts and our focus. What a blessing to have a God who knows us and knows what we need: HIM! I pray that it would not be so long before I sing out my heart to the Lord. I should learn from my children, and praise Him with the songs from my heart!

Do you need a new song? What song has he placed in your heart?
I pray that your heart would praise the Father today.