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"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

The Home Page

Welcome to my "Home" page. Here I will post things that make a house a home. There will be photos that I've taken that I have applied Scripture verses on them that I will "hang on my wall" for you to enjoy and be refreshed. I will periodically post recipes I have come up with that are quite tasty and healthy. There will be times I will show you my garden and share the blessings I harvest from it. Thank you for coming and visiting my "Home". ♥

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Resistant Tool

I have been making some lovely things in the woodshop lately. My husband and I have been taking scrap lumber and making bowls out of them.

While I was making one, I was using a belt sander to form and shape the outside of the bowl, I noticed that the sandpaper kept creeping off where it should be, and I had to keep re-adjusting it. While doing so my finger got smashed pretty good. I thought it received a break, but it sustained a severe sprain.  Now my finger is wrapped in bandages and is on the mend, thanks to the good Lord.

I thought about what happened in the woodshop and thought of how God takes a piece of "scrap wood" that is destined to head for the fire and starts by taking it to a tool to cut and shape it. Then binds the pieces together in a different shape to start creating a useful vessel. Then, with His hands, He takes that soul to the belt sander to smooth and form that new vessel.

When I had to continually fuss with the sander and ended up having an injury, I thought of the Lord having to continually fuss with His tools, His servants, that are resisting to work properly. Do we cause harm to the hands that are trying to form another soul by our resistance to be used by God?


God, forgive us for resisting to be used for shaping other's lives and ultimate hurting your hands in the process.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cummin-Scented Pumpkin and Bean Soup

Since the weather has been rainy, foggy, and drizzly for the last few weeks, it set the mood to having home made soup. I used fresh crooked neck pumpkin and a can of cannelloni beans, and I used home made chicken broth. 

Here's the recipe:

1 can pumpkin (14 - 15 oz.)
1 can white navy beans 
1 can chicken broth 
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons grated fresh onion or a tablespoon of dried minced onion 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground sage

In a blender, place pumpkin, beans, broth, honey, onion, cumin, salt, and garlic powder puree until very, very smooth.

Transfer the mixture to as heavy saucepan and heat to serving temperature. Serve in soup bowls or mugs, each garnished with a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds and a dash of sage.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this soup. It is thick and hardy with a slight taste of chili.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Filling of the Water Pots

I like seeing water pots, they have such a beauty to them.  Here's a thought I posted in the tab "Pure Thoughts", called "The filling of the Water Pots ".  I pray it will be refreshing to you.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Fool Hath Said . . .

As a Christian, I want to focus on keeping God in my life.  " The Fool Hath Said . . . " is what I've entitled this little devotion.  Praying for you, dear reader,  that you will understand the Truths in God's Word.  ☺

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Seek ye FIRST...."

"Be still, and know that I am God..."  Ps. 46:10

    One thing I have learned in life, is that God is control of ALL things.  Yes, we may know this, but to experience it, gives a deeper richer meaning.

    These past few months we've got our yard redone.  In the process the Lord taught me another verse, Matt. 6:33, "But, seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."  I wanted this yard to be done, RIGHT NOW, It was the forefront of my mind, constantly.  I even fasted and prayed hard, but God whispered to me, "Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God."  I was seeking to get my yard done, FIRST because there was my heart.  I had to change how I viewed my possessions.  I realized that this backyard is GOD'S dirt, HIS yard, and He is in charge of when the yard gets done.  After that, I had peace in my soul.   The yard is finally finished, God gave me "all these THINGS," after I placed my affections on him and not my yard.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Our New Back Yard, (the final stages)

On Saturday we were ready to move the oil tanks to their new "home".  We had poured the cement a week before.  Warren was able to run the new fuel line.  We called the guy who helped us with the yard work to come help move the tanks.  While he came to do that, he brought in 2 truck loads of topsoil to finish our back yard.  We are ever thankful for the Lord providing us the means to have a dream come true for us since we moved here 16 years ago!
The Lord blessed!  We had to cut through brick, block, and then brick again.
Fortunately, Warren was able to cut through the hollow of the block.

The new cement slab, here Warren is cutting
the new fuel line to fit the tanks. 

Resting in their new home. :)
Yea!  The tanks are not here!  Eventually,
we will tear the retaining wall down.
First load of topsoil.

I named this backhoe, "Casey" since it is a Case backhoe. :)
The topsoil is being spread out.

I had raked out the dirt and spread the grass seed,
when Warren came home he then spread the mulch.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Yard

It has been some time, I admit, since the last time I posted pictures of the yard's progress.  It has been a slow process getting it finished, for sure.

We were able to get the side yard finished and seeded.  I was greatly concerned that the new yard would wash down the driveway, but the good Lord gave me peace with this verse, " Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains."  Psalm 147:8  I said, "Lord, I trust you to do so!"

The grass in this area shown in the photos are now up and getting thick.  Last Friday, the fellow who did this work came by and hauled away the blacktop that he dug up in the back of the house right before a major storm came.  The rains came and I am praising the Lord, this new yard did not wash away!
We now are waiting for good topsoil to be delivered and the back yard seeded before winter sets in.