Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Matilda thought it was quite comical that Ginger was putting on costumes
Until I slapped a Santa outfit on her ;)

Bahahahahaha ;)

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pumpkin butterscotch yummies

I found this recipe for pumpkin butterscotch muffins over at the frugal girls

I could not find my ground ginger which I swear I bought so I had to use the minced ginger I had in the fridge which worked fine. I also added a dash of cloves because my other pumpkin muffin recipe calls for it and they are super yummy.

They turned out delish and with a great cup of coffee it was the perfect start to this chilly morning.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Damaged Goods

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 (NIV, 1984)

I walked down the aisle of the discount grocery looking for a bargain that I couldn’t live without. It’s always hit and miss in this store…and I had missed…again.
But, I passed by a bin that caught my eye. “Damaged Goods.” It was filled with dented cans and missing labels…no real rhyme or reason, just random items that were not shelf worthy. And suddenly, I knew just how they felt.
Life sometimes delivers the unexpected. Lessons learned in the school of hard knocks bruise us, dent us and remove the label that defines who we are. We feel as if we have been tossed into a bin, no longer worthy of a place on the shelf. Some people substantiate the lie that we are second class failures and all hope is gone.
So, I leaned over and intentionally chose a dented can with no label from the bin. I got it home and placed it on the can opener with anxious anticipation. The whirr of the can opener finally penetrated the metal lid to reveal….peaches!!! I let out a school girl squeal! I love peaches!! What a treat to open this can and be greeted by one of my favorite fruits. The can was damaged but the contents were still good…and sweet.
God must have smiled…because at that moment the sunshine beamed in my kitchen window. I knew in my heart there was a lesson.
I have been damaged. We all have to some degree. I am not living the life that I dreamed about when I was a kid. However, the damage that I have suffered has made the contents of my heart so much sweeter, so much more compassionate, so much more in pursuit of Jesus. I have been looked down upon and judged by many who have seen my label missing and slapped on their own.
I’ve wanted to say, “Don’t judge too quickly. My damage has not defined me…but, it is refining me.” I may sometimes be at the bottom of the life’s bin, but Jesus paid as high a price for those of us at the bottom as He did for those that are proudly displayed on the top shelf.
Look around. Is there someone in your life, your family or your church that you consider “damaged goods”? Don’t miss an opportunity to reach out to them, to love them. You just might find a friendship that is good…and sweet.

Dear Lord, my life hasn’t turned out exactly turned out like I thought it would. But, I know that 
You can still use me. Please forgive me for labeling others and judging them by their outside circumstances instead of the work that You are doing in their heart. Help me realize that we all have dents but that’s what keeps us desperate for a Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Guess what this week is get organized week & since me and the hubs organized our garage this past weekend we are ahead of the game Winking smile.  The laziness has set in though so no organizing today.

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But today my friends is National Frappe Day and you know what that means…Starbucks Run.

In all seriousness though

This month is adopt a shelter dog month.  So if you are in the market for a new pet please consider a shelter first.

Until there are none adopt one shelter dog