Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Strength & Grace: WholeHearted Home Wednesdays #15

Special Strength and Grace

I think a newborn baby
Is the sweetest gift of all
To have a tiny human life
So fragile and so small

And yet it is an awesome task
To mould this human clay
Each word I speak-each deed I do
Will form from day to day

And thus a mother needs the Lord
For special strength and grace
So that her tiny child may see
The Saviour 'through her face'

~Jeniffer Rene Daniel~

Motherhood is the hardest task I have ever undertaken. It is a gift to my husband and children. Thankfully I had no idea how difficult it would be when my first child was born. I had no idea what joys and sorrows were up ahead. 

Are you tired and overwhelmed? God will give you special strength and grace for each moment of each day. From the first day of being a mother and even into their adulthood, He will help you speak and do from day to day those things that are pleasing to Him. Just ask!!

My prayer is that I will reflect Jesus to each of my children through my actions and words. I like how this poem says that my children will see 'The Saviour through her face.' This is my prayer.

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Here are some wonderful posts from last week!! 

We were offline from mid-afternoon Monday until almost 11pm Tuesday.
So, since I didn't have anything pre-scheduled...nothing got posted today :-(

You may read about how Hurricane Sandy affected our neck-of-the-woods
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HERE if you scroll down.

Naomi over at What Joy Is Mine shared:

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Prescription for Living

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
to the which also ye are called in one body; 
and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom; 
teaching and admonishing on another 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
~Colossians 3:15-16~

As I start my day and look toward the week that God has set before me, I am thankful that He cares about me and has given me a 'prescription for living.' When the storms of life surround me, I want the peace of God to rule in my heart. I want to be thankful, and for the Word of Christ to dwell in me richly permeating my soul with songs in my heart as I sing to Him. 

Do you have storms in your life? We have Hurricane Sandy approaching by mid-afternoon today, and although we do not live along the coast, it is expected to bring super high winds and a ton of rain. We are expected to have  trees down and power outages. Are you prepared for the storms that life brings?

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
~Colossians 3:17~

I am going to post this verse on my fridge and in my laundry room so that I will remember to keep the right perspective as I go through my day preparing for the 'real' approaching storm. You may have a 'real' relational storm, or financial one. Or your laundry may be out-of-control. Do all in the name of the Lord, give thanks as you fold the clothes, pray for the person who will wear the clothes, and use these verses to seek the Lord through whatever difficulty you are facing this week.

As I meditate on these three verses as I go through my day, I will purpose to:

  • Let the peace of God rule in my heart.
  • Be thankful.
  • Stay in God's Word so that it will dwell in me richly.
  • Sing (at least in my heart, if not out loud) to the Lord.
  • Experience the grace that will come to my heart as I do all these things.
Will you do these five things with me this week? 

If your perspective needs to change this week regarding how you view a certain task, I challenge you to purpose this week to do it with joy and gratitude, as unto the Lord. Post these verses around your home to remind you to live intentionally with purpose and joy that internalizing these verses will bring.

I am thankful for:
  1. I am thankful for Hurricane Sandy and that the Lord can protect us and those who are in a more direct path.
  2. I am thankful that the Lord can teach about the 'storms of life' through extreme weather patterns.
*We are not unacquainted with the loss of power as we joke that the power goes out when the wind blows. We have a generator, a wood stove for our heating, and flashlights and candles. Now, to get that pile of weekend laundry done, house cleaned a bit, and a little more food ;-) if there is any left on the shelves (people panic, you know) and all will be set. No worries, God is in control and we live 1300 feet above sea level and up from the two rivers three miles down our little mountain. 

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Judith's Famous Cheese Cake!

Ok, so I'm not famous...unless you tweet my Famous Cheese Cake recipe!!

Delish!! It is that time of year to start baking again. On a chilly fall day, it is nice to warm up the home with the aroma of something special baking in the oven!!

Cheese Cake is my 'thing!' and I make it all sorts of ways. 

I have made this same recipe with homemade strawberry preserve topping, Comstock Cherry toppings, Graham Cracker crust, or added a variety of different things to the inside base such as: Oreos, chocolate chunks, white chocolate, the sky is the limit with imagination.

I am a busy mom (no kidding!?) and so sometimes it gets just a tad browner than it should have been. Have you ever made a cheese cake? If not, here is the recipe so you can get started:

I like a cheese cake baked in a 'spring form pan' best,
But...I have used a 9 X 13" pan when I did not own a spring form pan or when I wanted ease in cutting up pieces for church. This is prior to baking.


1 cup graham cracker crumbs (or Oreo cookies instead) 
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix well in small bowl with fork.
Press in bottom and sides of a spring form pan with back of spoon. Then freeze for about 15 minutes (for spreading ease).

*To be honest, I often forget to measure the crust ingredients (bad me!!) and instead I use 1 1/2 packages of Graham Crackers. We eat the other portion of the package (lol). This gives enough for the crust to go up the sides of the pan just a little. If using Oreos, I use most of the package giving each child about one cookie for a treat. Again, this allows the crust to go up the sides of the pan just a bit.


4 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In large bowl use electric mixer to beat cheese till light. Add eggs, sour cream, and other ingredients and continue beating until light and smooth. Pour into the crust that you have frozen for 15 minutes. It will be easy to pour the batter onto the crust because it is hard due to freezing. If it is still soft, it will want to move and clump up and roll wither it will. Bake at 400*F for 50 minutes or until lightly browned. Center of cake may be soft but will firm up when chilled. Either glaze or make topping. Spread topping over the cheese cake and return to oven for 5-10 minutes.

(Keeping it real: In all the years that I have made this recipe, I only made the topping ONCE!!)

1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 package (10 oz.) frozen fruit (or can of cherries)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
1 tablespoons lemon juice

Drain fruit, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. In small saucepan, combine sugar & cornstarch, add 1/2 cup liquid. Stir until smooth. Boil 1 minute. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup fruit & lemon juice. Cool thoroughly before spreading.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Under Construction!!

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, 
ye which are spiritual, 
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, 
lest thou also be tempted."
~Galatians 6:1~

Do you ever become consumed with the faults of others? Maybe it is your dear husband, or maybe it is one of your children, a friend? Or a difference you had with one of your parents? Of course, these things are never supposed to happen, but if we are real we know that these unfortunate incidents do at least happen occasionally.

A Lighthouse Under Construction: Restoration in Progress
Each of us is a 'work in progress' 
Don't be overtaken by the faults of the other!!

What should we do?

1.  As long as we are living on this earth, we are filled more with our flesh than we'd like and we must battle with the spiritual warfare that is talked about in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. We must prepare and put our armor on so that we are not overtaken with the faults of others.

2. Being overtaken by the faults of another person, could mean that our thoughts are consumed and just completely filled with what the other person did wrong. Or what we 'thought' they did wrong. Our perception could possibly be off!! Have you ever played the scene over and over and over in your mind? You might have solved the incidence another way, wishing you had said differently than you did. Or, you might be thinking thoughts of what you would have said to retaliate the wrong that was done to you.

3. When I was a teenager, my dad often told me that things would look better in the morning. I was usually worried about a test or homework assignment that was due. Whatever the case, the good advice my father gave still applies. The situation always looks better in the morning after a restful night's sleep. Our perspective in the morning is often fresh and the situation might not seem so extreme as it did when we were tired. 

4. I recently had a situation which left me concerned and thoughtful, even sad at the outcome. I had not retaliated in my response initially but have you ever noticed that you can retaliate within your heart and mind? Whatever you think will eventually come out in your actions and words if not dealt with in a biblical manner. It is so important to surrender the situation to the Lord so that you can sleep on it and wake with a clear conscience. 

5. If I did not deal with my situation, I could easily (and I mean easily) become bitter over time (maybe even within minutes.) Bitterness is sneaky and rationalizes why it isn't my fault and blames the other person. If you are thinking nothing is your fault, then you wouldn't notice the bitterness that creeps into your heart?!

6. If you do not allow God to have full reign in your heart over the faults you see in another person, especially when it directly affects you, you will most likely  be critical in your heart (if not in your words). The danger of this is stated in this verse. My paraphrase is that "you need to restore the other person in the spirit of meekness, consider yourself, because if you don't, you will be tempted." I really think you will be tempted to do the same thing that is characteristic about the other person. 

7. Have you ever noticed when someone cannot stand something in another person how they end up doing that same exact thing? I think that is part of what happens when we judge another. Also, what irritates us most about someone close to us is often what is 'in' us. 

8. Ever noticed that the child who is most irritating to you is the child who is most like you?? Ever heard of generational sin? I used to think it only meant those terrible unmentionable sins like alcoholism but I came to realize that it can be those tiny irrational idiosyncrasies in our child that is exactly a splitting image of me!!

9. This verse admonishes us to have the spirit of meekness toward the person who has the fault. As I considered my situation, I thought how I should consider my own faults, and ask God to search my heart and cleanse me with His blood of the faults I have. It is better to focus on mySELF and allow God in His strength to change me

10. Meekness is not natural. We are self-righteous and would rather gather with some friends and share about what the 'other' person did that was soo wrong!! I might read how I should be meek and try to 'put on' meekness but if I don't tap into the strength of the Holy Spirit that will only last  so long.

The Easy Road:

  • The Easy Road is to look at the other person's glaring faults and to be blinded to your own!!
  • The Easy Road is to focus on points where you have not failed and hold yourSELF up as better than the other person!!
  • The Easy Road is to talk about your situation to a girl-friend and tell all the faults that your 'close one' has, neglecting to fill in what 'you' did to cause such a response!!
  • The Easy Road is SELF-righteousness, pride, deceitfulness, and blindness to your own faults!!

The Road to Blessing:
  • The Road to Blessing is the Easier Road once you have stepped in the RIGHT direction!!
  • The Road to Blessing is looking for the good in the other person!!
  • The Road to Blessing is lifting up the offending person around others!!
  • The Road to Blessing is quietly listening (truly listening) when the other person hurtles accusations  toward you (there is always some truth in what is said)!!
  • The Road to Blessing prays about the situation rather than *talks* or *stews* about it: giving the hurt and pain to the Lord before: bitterness, anger, wrath, or clamoring steps in the door!!
  • The Road to Blessing does not think ugly unkind thoughts toward the other in the quietness of her heart (where no one {no one??} sees)
  • The Road to Blessing replaces these thoughts with thanksgiving and singing rather than replaying the events over and over in her mind until her emotions spiral into utter rejection or depression!! 
  • The Road to Blessing allows the other person space so the Holy Spirit can encourage rather than becoming a nagging surrogate holy spirit (terror?) to 'point out' those 'obvious' faults!!
  • The Road to Blessing instead asks the Lord to indwell her and take captive her thoughts and search her OWN heart for hidden faults and sin. 
If we ladies do NOT search our OWN hearts instead of the person who 'offended' us, we run the risk of being overtaken by the same fault as we are annoyed with and our fault(s) will become more glaring than what we thought was present in the other person's life!! 

It is a blessing when we quietly wait on the Lord, caring for those in our responsibility 'as unto the Lord.'

Some other verses from Ephesians 6 that encouraged me:

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)
("YE" is the plural form of "YOU"...we don't have a plural form of "YOU" in our English language today, so we cannot easily indicate that we are talking to everyone by using the word "you.")

"For if a man think himSELF to be someTHING when he is NOthing, he deceiveth himSELF." (Galatians 6:30)

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:8)

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10)

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.: (Galatians 6:14)

I often wake up with concerns on my heart. Even when my children were very little I preferred to have my Quiet Time early, if at all possible. Sometimes that 'wasn't at all possible' so I had to be creative!! When I did open my Bible, God's Words always quieted my heart and spoke directly to THAT day's needs like I have shown through this post. 

This post was a rather random gathering of my thought process through this delemma which is so common since we walk in the flesh, daily asking God to help us walk in the Spirit. 

How does God calm your heart when you are overtaken with the faults of your husband, children, or friend?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WholeHearted Home Wednesdays LINKUP!! #14

by Albert Tindley

Nothing between my soul and the Saviour,
Naught of this world's delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure
Jesus is mine!
There's nothing between.

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure,
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Jesus be severed
He is my all! There's nothing between.


Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor: 
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

Nothing between, when burdened with trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching in prayer and careful denial
Triumph at last! 
With nothing between!

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Rosalind over at A Little R & R shared a wonderful recipe called: 

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WholeHearted Home Wednesday 

Linkup #12

Time has flown by and it's time to share again!!

I love reading the posts you link, so hurry, hurry, hurry and linkup.

Keep your posts family-friendly on topics such as:

Marriage is for Keeps
From Your Kitchen
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WholeHeartedly served Christ in your Home
  1. Post as many posts as you'd like.
  2. Remember the purpose is for community; and women love conversation!! So, please visit at least one blogger who posted on my Linky Party :-)
  3. Keep each post honoring to God.
  4. Be sure to link back using a text link or use my button below.
  5. You may use a 'word' link or my WholeHearted-Home Wednesday's button or link back to WholeHearted Home on your blog or post :-)
  6. This Linky Party is open until Saturdays at 11:59pm
  7. No Sale Pages for Etsy, Facebook, etc. 
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Love Promotes Intimacy

Intimacy is one aspect of marriage that most brides desire more than anything else. I am no exception. For most of us, this is something we have to work hard at because our husband is not at all like us. Women are wired totally differently than men and we must learn to give 100 percent. 

High tension in marriage is stressful 
and not the intimacy we as women desire!!

In marriage we have a more intimate relationship than with a friend, sibling, parent, cousin, or child. There are many details of the home and family that bring joint responsibility. Even if you think you do not have an intimate relationship with your husband, you do, because you must work out the issues that all these responsibilities bring. Nothing rivals the closeness that is experienced  between a husband and wife (The Love Dare, p. 81). There is a deep intimacy even in conflict. A husband and wife have the ability to hurtle painful darts like no other relationship on earth!! 

The level of intimacy is not just in how many hours you sit at the kitchen table peaceably conversing. You are intimate even in a season where the conflicts in marriage seem high.  Intimacy with our husband gives us the capacity to wound deeper than in any other relationship. We must learn to overlook the faults of our husband and love with a greater love like Jesus did.

"Greater love hath no man than this
that a man lay down his life for his friends." 
~John 15:13~

How can we grow to love our husband with a deeper intimacy even though you know his shortcomings?

  • Accept your husband where he is and for who he is.
  • You know your husband intimately: love him at a depth that you never imagined.
  • Allow the secrets you know about your husband to draw you closer.
  • Make your home a place of safety for your husband (or your husband will be tempted to seek it somewhere else.)
  • Your husband should not feel pressured to be perfect in order to receive your approval. 
  • Be an agent of healing and repair-not lecturing, not criticizing.
  • Listen lovingly and offer support.
  • Love your husband well. This is your life's work. (The Love Dare, p. 83)
If you have been married any length of time, you are intimate with your husband. You have already found his weaknesses. If you have made mistakes in the past, you can start fresh as God, who knows the secrets about you, loves you at a depth that is unfathomable. 

Instead of picking up the phone, zapping off an email, or logging onto Facebook with your latest gripe against you husband, even if it seems well-founded,  reach out to your husband with grace and understanding. Instead assure your husband that his secrets are safe with you. 

Each day is a new chance to grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and all He teaches us about relationships and marriage. If you have compromised the intimacy in your marriage in the past, today is a new day. 

If you have been hurt in some way by your husband, please do not retaliate in like manner or  unkindness but Christ-likeness instead. Take this dare just as if you had been the one to inflict the wrong actions and lovingly do your husband good all the days of your life. Take up the cross of Jesus and learn to joyfully serve your husband with love, overlooking his wrong. 

If you are in the season of raising children, it is important to constantly be doing sweet things to keep your marriage strong and kindled with love and respect. It is too easy to neglect your husband day after day as you tend to the children. Nurturing your marriage during these years will make the transition into the empty nest years much smoother. 

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