What’s for Dinner?

Dinner doesn’t have to be a big production. Sometimes you have to keep it simple because it’s been a busy day or you are working late that night.

As a family we love Mexican food, so every Tuesday is our Taco Tuesday night (It’s a given no one has to ask what we are having that night). For the adults I might switch it up some and make Chicken Quesadillas or like this week I made a Taco Salad.

Taco SadadTaco Salad
-Tortilla Shells
-Taco Seasoning for the meat
-Lean Beef or Chicken
-Lettuce
-Tomatoes
-Onions
-Avocado and/or Guacamole
-Shredded Cheese
-Cilantro (if you have it)
-Sour Cream

I used my Tortilla Pan Maker, to make the taco salad shell. To be honest I wasn’t impressed, but I know it’s healthier to bake the shells, than fry them like I would prefer to do 🙂

Is Your Glass Half Full?

Do you ever walk around feeling half full, like something is missing? There are times I battle insecurity. It is a battle I bring to my Heavenly Father monthly and sometimes weekly.

During my struggles I can feel alone and unloved. It doesn’t matter how much my husband says, “I love you or you are beautiful,” it’s never enough! Like a glass that has a crack in it, no matter how much water you pour in, it will never fill up. The same thing happens, when my husband speaks words of affection, they slip right through the crack of my heart. Which leaves me doubting my husbands love for me, even though he verbally and physically shows me.

You have to love yourself first before you can receive love from someone else. If you don’t, you will never be satisfied with the love you are given.

It is not my husband’s job to fill in the cracks of my heart. He cannot fulfill me. I must go to God, he is the only one that can bring light to my thoughts of darkness.

Friend, stop relying on your husband to fill your void, if you don’t, it will leave you frustrated, while putting stress on your marriage. Take your thoughts captive and lay them at your Father’s feet.

Power Verses:
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 Corn. 10:5

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Who’s Winning?

score“I’m hungry, where’s lunch? Why isn’t it ready?” “I don’t know! What’s wrong with your hands?” “Yes, I won that battle…one point for me,” you think to yourself. Remarks like these can be cute at first, but over time, they can act as knives, cutting your marriage into pieces.

“When we wound our partner, we handicap our marriage, and we inflict injury on ourselves in the process.” ~James Stuart Bell

God has brought us together to be on the same team, not two different teams…keeping record of rights and wrongs. I encourage you today to tear up the score card, forget about the one-word zingers, and become a team that gives honor to God, your marriage, and yourself!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

You’re Never Too Far!

Never to FarGod makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
 not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
    nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
    nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
 so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
    he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.
~Psalm 103:6-18 (The Message)

Show Him He’s a Priority

Priority One night my husband was speaking at a cell group of high school students. After twenty minutes or so he started coughing…I got up immediately and brought him some cold water. I remember him pausing and telling the kids, “see, she knows what I need before I even know.” This happened when we were dating, before kids, bills, and daily stresses. I was very attentive to his every need and desire, at that time. Three houses and four kids later, his needs become a little foggy at times.

In Genesis 2:18, The Lord God says, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Though this is a hard thing to swallow for our culture including our church culture, being a helper for our husband is a principle that comes from our Heavenly Father. The Bible however does not say, when you have kids it’s okay to lack in this area or to put your husband’s concerns aside until your children grow up and move out.

Below are a list of ideas to show your husband his needs come first.
1. Have his clothing clean for the work week.
2. Prepare his favorite meals at dinner and not just what the kids will eat.
3. Ask him if there is anything he needs before you go on a grocery run.
4. Know your husband’s likes and dislikes so you can pick up things to surprise him.
5. Get the kids to bed early so your husband can have some quite time.
6. Serve his plate first at dinner.
7. Ask him before bed if there’s any errands or things that you can take care of the following day.
8. When attending a party, make him a drink, or as he rests, on the couch, serve him a cold beverage.
9. When your husband asks for something, be quick to get it, rather than telling him to wait until you are done with x, y, z.
10. Most importantly, be aware of his emotions, feelings, and attitude…these things will guide you on what your husband is lacking and where you need to step up.

Dear God, thank you for creating us to be helpers to the leader of our home. May each woman see this position as an honor and take joy, for as we serve our husband we are serving You and as we help our husband we are helping You. Clear our vision today to see our husband’s needs and help us to put them first. In Jesus Name, Amen

A Gift

A GiftA few weeks ago, we celebrated the girls birthdays. The kids couldn’t wait until present time and not just the birthday girls, but their friends too.  Each guest took time to thoughtfully think of the best gift. As Victoria and Kayla unwrapped each of their gifts, I don’t know who was more excited, them or their friends. The girls smiled and giggled with delight after opening their gifts. It’s everything they wanted and more!

A year later that wonderful gift doesn’t look so great anymore. It’s not as perfect as they once thought. After staring at it every day, they begin to see flaws and imperfections…the newness has faded and they don’t want it any longer.

One of the greatest gifts, you will ever receive, comes from The Lord and it’s your spouse. God has searched the world, for just the right one for you. The day you received your spouse was wonderful. You couldn’t find anything wrong with them, they were perfect. Now after a couple of years, you see their imperfections. You critique every inch of them. Your list of exceptions are five pages long, but let me enlighten you…Your gift is human. They will speak their mind if pushed, they will bleed if they’re cut, they can’t grant you joy, they are human.

Today receive your gift as what it is. Treasure it, take care of it, adore, protect, and love it with all your heart. Then let God handle all the other details.

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ?  So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” -Matthew 19:4-6

Fall Bucket List 2013

Fall Bucket List 2013

(Click on the words below and find recipes, craft ideas, and the location to fun fall activities)

FALL BUCKET LIST
1. Bring out the Fall Decorations
2. Make Leaf Art
3. Bob for Apples
4. Drink Hot Apple Cider
5. Go on a Hay-Ride
6. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
7. Find Our Way Through a Corn Maze
8. Make Popcorn from a Cob
9. Go on a Fall Picnic
10. Go to a Football Game
11. Carve a Pumpkin
12. Make Candy Apples
13. Take a Nature Walk with a Camera
14. Bake Leaf Cut-Out Cookies
15. Make lots of Pumpkin Crafts

Super Bowl Half Time Show

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My husband is a HUGE sports lover. His two favorite things to watch on TV is football and basketball. I made the decision when we got married, to join him rather than fight him about it, even though I’m the kind of person that would rather play the sport than watch the sport. I might not scream at the TV like him but we dress up and support our team.

With that said, yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. We went to church, grilled out, played football in the back yard with the kids and just enjoyed our day off as a family. When 6 o’clock came around the girls and I started cooking up some yummy snacks to munch on…creamy spinach dip with pumpernickel bread, fresh homemade salsa, fresh cut fruits and some warm yummy brownies (that was my snack choice). The first half of the game was fun, a little yelling and laughing, everyone was enjoying themselves. There were a couple of commercials that were not rated kid friendly, so the girls walked out of the room or closed their eyes. I was just waiting to see what the half time show was going to be all about, what was Beyonce going to do? I already knew it was something I wouldn’t want the girls to watch because of the songs she would be singing but I never even consider what she might be wearing or the way she would be dancing. Two seconds into the presentation, I had the girls go into a different room.

Big picture, would I want our girls wearing a bathing suit/lingerie on stage? NO! Would I want our girls moving their bodies in a way to get all the wrong attention from every guy out there? NO! Do I want our girls learning lyrics like, “Ladies if you love your man, show him you the fliest / Grind up on it, girl, show him how you ride it.” ? Ummm…NO!

I have told others before that I’m a strict Mama. But it’s more than being strict, it’s about character, about values, about self worth. I have the honor of raising four beautiful children. Their minds have come to me pure and clean, ready to learn and thrive. They were not given to me to be tainted with impure thoughts and lust. Think with me about the saying a picture is worth more than a thousand words, WHAT PICTURES ARE WE LETTING OUR CHILDREN COLLECT IN THEIR MIND?

I’m starting a half time super bowl tradition next year, “Paper Football Zone”. Basically, you take a paper football and try to flick across a table into the uprights a person makes on the other end of a table or you could see who could flick the football the furthest. I have a year to plan it and I know it will not include sitting in front of the TV watching the “half time show!”

If you have a half time tradition, let me know. I would like to see what kind of fun I can come up with for the kids next year.

WHAT THE WORD SAYS:

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the gentiles who do not know God;”

Matthew 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”