Archive for August, 2013


Be Happy Now…Not When…

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Have you consider this?

We tend to say that when such and such thing happens we will be happy…when we achieve a goal we will be happy…when we loose so many pounds, we will be happy…when the economy changes we will be happy….when we get a better job, a bigger home, get travel around the world, when, when, when…

Have you noticed that when we say that we are missing the opportunity to be happy right now?

None of us is promised tomorrows, we are granted todays, we are granted moment by moment…and we take them for granted.

So, how about deciding today to be happy right now? Regardless if life doesn’t look as you wished, dreamed  or it doesn’t reflect all the work you have put into it, life is life and we are blessed to have it!

Today I am enjoying every moment of the day…even cleaning my fridge, doing laundry, exercising and taking care of my family…ha!

Simply because I have the moment in my hands to decide how I feel about it.

I would rather remember good things than a lot of time looking forward to something that is not here yet and missing the gladness in the moments that come and go in every 24 hours we are granted each day.

“Will you look at what you are doing right now and take a second and find the delight in being there and living it to the best of your abilities?”

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Zucchini Bread

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What do you do when there is a surplus of huge zucchini from the garden? You get baking and freezing.

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Well, Some people asked me to post my recipe for zucchini bread here.

A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago and I’ve played with it through the years. Sometimes I do half healthy, all the way healthy or just as is.

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The kid’s favorite is the one I am posting here. I will give you the stuff I did to it to make it healthier too, that is in parenthesis.

Ingredients:

3 eggs

2 cups of zucchini

3 cups of flour (when making it healthy, I use whole wheat or other grains mixed into the flour)

3 tsp cinnamon

1 cup of oil (1 cup of applesauce or 3/4 cup of applesauce and 1 mashed banana)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 cups of sugar (1 cup of honey)

3 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup nuts (optional, I leave it out)

1 cup of chocolate chips

Topping:

I used 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon, mix it and sprinkle over the bread before you bake it.

Mix well the eggs, sugar, zucchini and oil. Add dry ingredients and then add the chocolate chips. Grease bread pans and bake it @ 325F for 1 hour. It will make 2 large loaves or 3 regular ones. My kids love it when I make it with the chocolate chips, white flour, sugar and oil. They will eat the other, although not as fast.

Enjoy it!

Here we are again.

This week I eat well and did smoothies. They help a lot. Drank my green drink and drank water better than last week. By the way, if you are trying to grow your hair and nails, do smoothies with healthy stuff in them. My hair is growing like never before and I keep having to cut my nails.

On exercise, I did my Zumba, some dancing on my own and a lot of walking.

Spiritually I read my scriptures every morning and found some amazing stuff. Exercising faith every day and seeing things change inside and out.

I am liking this program. I think I am sticking to it. My shorts are looser than before and I am more comfortable. I like that feeling.

I shall report back next friday!

 

 

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So interesting how things work.

The scriptures have so many answers to so many issues in so many different ways!

As I told you I am working on a goal that is the biggest, the baddest, the most exciting and the scariest thing I ever worked on.

God has asked  me for obedience, faith and trust. I am giving Him all that I can muster and then some. Well, when you are involved that deep on the dream God helped you build, the devil is not going to like it. His first tool to be used is doubt. They sound like these, doubt that you can do this, doubt that God is helping you through it, thinking that it is too big for your little britches, believing that you don’t deserve it…These will immediately turn into fear, fear will reassure you that the doubts are right and there goes all your hard work, right?

WRONG! I am so done with this program!

I don’t have a favorite scripture per say, I do have several that have carried me through life over and over again. Here is one of them. It is Judges Chapter 7 (KJV).

There are two armies that are going to battle. One has 32.000 and the other is HUGE!  “And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.” (KJV, The Book of Judges, Chapter 7:13)

The Lord knowing the hearts of men, knew that He needed to make it really obvious that the battle could not be won without His help. So the army of 32.000 (the good guys, the ones with Gideon) had to be reduced in numbers. The Lord told Gideon to go ask them who was ‘fearful and afraid’ (KJV, v.3) and let them go home. Well…22.000 left, that leaves 10.000 against the multitude like grasshoppers.

Why let them go home? In Deuteronomy 20:8 (KJV) you will find “And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, kest his brethren’s heart faint (HEB melt like his) as well as his heart.” Fear is contagious and it spreads worse than chicken pox!

Then, back to Judges, still, 10.000 were too many according to the Lord (vs. 5,6). From the 10.000 Gideon got to keep 300 that were watchful and prepared.

Here is beauty in this thing. Gideon himself had fear (v.10)…I think I would too. The Lord told him how to take care of his fear. He did show Gideon beyond a shadow of a doubt He, God was in charge (vs. 10-14). Gideon then worshiped (v.15) and went to the men with faith, knowing God was with them.

He was precise in giving them the instructions from the Lord. Those men were precise in obedience and immovable in obeying. They were humble to give glory to God. What happen? Well, the battle was won without anyone dying on the army of 300 men. They stood courageously, not sure how the outcome would come to pass, they had the promise of the Lord it would work out…without all the details given. They simply trusted and obeyed.

The challenges God put into this were pretty generous in size, it brought the very best out of them because they were willing. The great opposition the adversary put in there was their personal fear…and unfortunately many gave into it, more than two thirds of them.

The marvelous thing that happened was they stood for God, very few numbers and were delivered in a glorious way, the kind of glory that only God can deliver.

Sooooo, me and my big goal. I am letting go of all that I don’t need (fear; doubt; wanting to know how, when and where; creating solutions in my own head; etc) and I am embracing all that I have before me (faith; trust; knowledge; promptings; desires of my heart that are well known unto God; prayer; etc) expecting nothing less than greatness showing up on my path very soon.

I shall write when everything comes to pass, I am in the middle of it.

I invite you to read Judges Chapter 7 and see if there is something in your life that needs a bit of cleaning up and letting go.

“When was the last time you allowed God to show you how majestic He can be for you?”

desires_of_thine_heart(KJV Psalms 37: 3-8)

Delight thy self also in the LORD…” (v.4)

I don’t know about you, but when something catches my eye, I do some looking into it.

What does delight mean? I went and got my Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary and found the definition.

Delight: a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy. It is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.

Well…what is joy?

Joy: a glorious and triumphant state. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good, that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed.

There were more definitions there, these are the ones that jumped out of the page at me. The bold is mine also.

So I am to delight myself in the LORD…I am to have satisfaction of mind in the Lord. That means reason quiets down. It means the natural woman in me lets go of needing to know why, how or when, just know that God is Deity, He is there and aware of me, of the desires of my heart and He does bless me according to my faith, depending on my choice of Him over anything else, even my mind (which justifies just about anything in my mental arguments).

The Lord is so patient with me. I am so grateful for that.

Today I choose to delight myself in the LORD. It definitely will take some work. I am getting out of my way (quieting down the mind) and letting Him give me the desires of my heart.

“When was the last time you told your mind to stay still and listened to God’s insights?”

Since my post on the question God posed to me “Am I evidence of God’s work?” I’ve been doing some soul searching, scripture reading and lots of prayer to find an answer that I can live with.

To be God’s evidence, one must have Him in their heart. One must live a life that people will see God through their actions. That is when I determined that I am God’s evidence most of the time. I heard a chuckle and the statement which is true came to mind…”evidence is evidence 24/7, it doesn’t stop being evidence just because.”

Yesterday and today I am seeing God at work and He is majestic in every step of the way. I am seeing hearts be softened, minds be taught deeply, doors being open and things shifting right before my eyes.

I shall write this story when it is done being told.

Then, this morning my 11 year old daughter remembered a song that we both love, she came down to the computer and played it.

I thought I would share it with you.

“God is not dead, He is surely alive, living on the inside, roaring like a lion.”

So, as of today, from now on: I am evidence of God’s work in all my imperfections, short comings and learnings.

“Is your life evidence that God is in it with you?”

How to Produce a Miracle

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As I got up early this morning (first time in a long time) to read my scriptures a very intriguing question popped into my mind.

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It got me thinking…really thinking…

When am I evidence of God’s work? How am I evidence of God’s work? And how am I allowing God to work through me?

I think I am evidence of God’s work when I do these things:

– love unconditionally and without expectation of being loved back

– choose not to take offense when I am exposed to offensive behavior and hear offensive words directed at me. Choosing to forgive and let go

–  not judge because it is not my place to judge anyone

– look for joy in the middle of the worse storm and not quit until I find it

– let go of fear and exercise the faith needed to bring down the miracle

– be positive around negative surroundings, people and situations

– have courage to stand for what is right, even if it means standing alone

– follow the promptings of the Spirit

– serve someone in a way they will see God through my service

– spend time in the words of God so they can be written in my heart, spoken in my words and lived in my doings

– live what I profess to believe…walk my talk

– wake up each morning and put myself in the hands of God and do His agenda

– give gratitude in everything that is happening, the blessings and the trials (blessings in disguise)

– pray about everything and listen to the reply

– accept God’s answer, even if it is not what I was hoping for

– take care of my body, spirit and mind…there are no replacements for those

– be more, grow into my potential every day

– be compassionate with everyone, I don’t know where they’ve been and where they are headed

– use the God-given knowledge I have received

– be more Christlike

The list is way longer than this. I choose to start here with these things I wrote down.

Am I evidence of God’s work? 

Although I want to say a loud YES, I still have much work to do. It comfort’s me that most of the time yes, I am evidence of God’s work. 

“Is your life evidence that God is in it with you?”

Another thought that just came to mind after I wrote this post…evidence is evidence 24/7, it doesn’t stop being evidence just because…working on that 😀 

 

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Ooops! My Friday was way too much fun with my husband being off and going on a hot date…I didn’t get to blogging…my apologies. Here I am on Monday reporting on my Friday progress.

My eating went as well as it could’ve gone with being on the go and cooking yummy things for the family’s last week of summer.

I did make zucchini bread and I did have some (even though I used white flour, sugar and chocolate chips in it). I didn’t eat it out of control as I used to…so that is progress. If I had to count, I would say I averaged a slice a day. Not bad for the former bread-aholic I used to be.

Exercising…Did well for the first part of the week, then didn’t. Well, I did go to the Parade of Homes and walked up and down stairs, in and out of houses and I feel I didn’t do too bad for the week as a whole.

Spiritual…did read my scriptures on and off. Did pray often and did serve. Need more improvement on that department. Today I did get up 5:10 in the morning to read and did so. It felt great!

Weight reduction. Actually I did retain water this week, lack of drinking it as much as I am used to. Working on it this week. This morning I am doing my Zumba DVD and finding out how out of shape I feel. Ha! Changing that too.

Have a fantastic week changing something you don’t like or feel that needs improvement in your life!

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Yesterday my son came home shortly after he left for work, he was driven by a complete stranger that left without giving me a chance to thank her, he was hopping and had a bandage on his leg.

He bikes to work and has biked to school for the last school year as the weather permits. He likes the exercise. Yesterday he was biking to work and the pedal hit the back of his leg pretty hard and it punctured his skin pretty deep. The hit was hard enough that it locked the bike, he had to stop and walk it, that is when he saw his leg was bleeding pretty bad.

A lady going to the store, saw it and stopped to help, she ran into the instacare that was right there and got someone to come out and bandage him. A couple of missionaries stopped and tried to help also. And the lady that stopped to help, drove him home with his bike.

Now, everyday I pray for the safety of my family…and my prayer was answered yesterday. He rode to work on a different route, because of road construction, which put him right next to an instacare, which was on the way of the very nice lady that helped him and had a big enough car to carry his bike home.

I don’t believe in coincidences, I do believe the hand of God is in our lives as much as we allow Him. I am grateful for the choice I made long time ago to place my life in His hands.

I am grateful for mortal angels that allow God to work through them.

“When was the last time you were a mortal angel to someone? Will you do it again today?”

 

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