• Sit With Your Friend

    Sit With Your Friend

    In a season of change (possibly a very tough season), your friend needs you.  She may need you to sit with her, to maybe even cry with her.  She may not ask for it.  She may not even know she needs it.  But it will be balm to her. Your friend doesn’t need you to discount her need to accept the change – that letting go.  Don’t say, “Oh, well … that’s in the past.”  Or don’t say, “Here today, gone tomorrow!”  No.  She needs time to sit and soak and grieve and cry and say good-bye to what was.  The former things are sometimes hard to let go of…

  • Sewing Courses on Udemy

    Online Courses Set Free

    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.  Then he went away.” Matthew 25:14-15 In my last post (A Season of Letting Go), I explained this summer season as a time of letting go.  Part of that process of getting most old things out of sight and out of mind is with finding ways to put those things to bed, so to speak.  To let them rest but with a productive end.  Yes, Goodwill or Salvation Army stores are…

  • A Season of Letting Go

    A Season of Letting Go

    I’m sure you’ve seen this verse before, but God brought it back to me last week when thinking of how to explain part of what’s been going on in my teensy corner of the world this summer. . . . But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.  For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun!  Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.  (Isaiah 43:18-19)  . . . God has blessed us with many things, and sometimes He is ready to do a…

  • Waffles and Blueberry Jam

    Sugar-Free Blueberry Jam/Syrup

    “How sweet are Your words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 As I pinkie promised yesterday when sharing my Buckwheat “Buttermilk” Waffles, today you see how to make this quick and healthy (and sugar-free) fruit jam.  Well, I like a jam anyway.  You can also make it more runny to eat as a syrup. The sweetness of this jam/syrup is largely from the peaches.  Peaches?  Yes!  Blueberries for sure as the main fruit.  And a few peach slices are added for a tad more sweet and creamy-ness. When peaches and blueberries aren’t in season, simply use the frozen variety.  Easy to find organic frozen…

  • Waffles, Jam, and Almond Butter

    Buckwheat “Buttermilk” Waffles, Gluten- and Dairy-Free

    “Your beauty … should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV I love food that has a crunch when you bight into it.  Crackers, chips, nearly-burnt toast, and waffles with a bit of crisp texture.  Yes, soft inside, but crunchy on the outside. I was hankering for a batch of crispy waffles enough to finally bite the bullet and make a batch by adapting Mom’s recipe for oat pancakes.  My kids always love her “cake-cakes” and still call them that.  Sweet memories! Buckwheat grouts offer a wonderful gluten-free flour when…

  • The Appointment in Your Disappointment

    As you know from this post, I’m becoming more brave through looking at certain scriptures that Annie Downs brings to my attention each day in her 100 Days to Brave* book. On day twenty, we took a peak into Gideon’s bravery (and lack of his courage in the early days), and I couldn’t stop reading.  I studied Gideon with Priscilla Shirer about six years ago when I was headed into the toughest season of my life, but I didn’t yet know what was ahead.  While in the Gideon study, I had an inkling that God was preparing me for something.  I prayed He wouldn’t call me into anything unbearably hard. …

  • Salmon and Bean Salad

    Pan-Grilled Salmon and White Bean Salad

    “Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”  Psalm 25;4-5 NIV This is my close version of a recipe a high-school friend cooked for us on our girl’s trip in May.  It is very light and refreshing – and deliciously healthy.  My friend offered a choice of chicken or salmon.  I didn’t actually taste her salmon, but I’m sure it was as tasty as the chicken.  Neither did I pay attention to her process for cooking either of the meat options.  Honestly, you can’t ruin this…

  • Isaiah 55.8

    Things That Go Bump In The Night

    Can you hear it? You know, the thoughts, fears, and worries that awaken you at night.  The fear that looms so large you can’t go back to sleep.  That one concern on your mind seems so much worse in the dark.  It grows larger and larger by the minute.  And, then it goes bump.  (If nothing else, the bump is in your imagination.)  The bump gives way to continual chewing on the doubts and fears.  Examining them.  Stewing over them.  And you wish you could turn it off and stop thinking about it! When we were young, it was monsters in the dark that scared us.  Now it’s our thoughts…

  • Salsa Beef Stew with Deer Meat

    Salsa Beef Stew

    I visited our kiddos in Atlanta in early June for a wedding and a week of R&R.  The following week after the wedding, I visited the bride’s mother (a dear and treasured sister) with another dear and treasured sister.  We call ourselves “The Birthday Club”.  “2 AM Sisters”.   As we travel through life’s seasons, our name list grows to too many to list here.  The wedding was beautiful and a very special day! The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 27:9) In the picture above, G (Mom of bride) is on the left, and D is on the right.  There is so much…

  • The Power of Understanding

    The Power of Understanding . . .

    Have you ever encountered someone who asked how you were doing and then they dismissed your honesty?  You usually say “fine” and then go on about your day, but that one time with someone you know well, you chose differently.  Finally for once, you chose to be honest about your “fine-ness”. You exposed yourself and were a little vulnerable.  And it blew up in your face.  Stunned you.  You weren’t understood.  Did you feel that person didn’t care to even try to understand?  Where was their empathy?  Why should we expect empathy, even from other Christians?  Humans have the innate ability of letting us down.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t…

  • Journey To Brave

    The Journey To Brave

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7 God wants us to be brave, not timid.  2 Timothy 1:7 has become a favorite verse since sudden changes in my life occurred eighteen months ago. On June 16th, I posted on Instagram a picture of Annie F. Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave.  And so it began.  I was four days into it when I shared my recent favorite books and Bible studies.  I wanted so much to tell you about this book at that time.  But I’d barely begun. Still only a fourth of the way through,…

  • Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    Truth Sisters For Support in Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 How we need our Christian sisters.  Rather, I should say, how I need my Christian sisters!  I appreciate very much all the prayers and support you give me here.  It is such a blessing.  YOU are such a blessing! I have wished for more energy (and time), for ways to support you and encourage you in the tough seasons.  And also for ways to support you in the healthy lifestyle journey we all need to take for caring for our temple in the way God desires. Do you find…

  • Berry Crunch Recipe

    Healthy Berry Crunch Recipe

    “I saw the Lord always before me … therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope.” Acts 2:25-26 NIV Of all the foods from my healthy friends in my high-school girl’s trip group, this one is my summer favorite.  I’ll share some savory recipes like Turmeric Soup later as weather gets cooler.  You know . . . when it feels more like soup weather. 🙂 Fresh blueberries are now in season (yay!), but they won’t last forever.  The organic frozen fruit medley from the grocer makes the perfect quick and easy berry crunch, no matter the season. Breakfast Ideas with Berry Crunch…

  • Favorite Books and Bible Studies

    Favorite Books and Bible Studies

    As some of you know, I love to consume books using the Audible app.  I turn up the volume and pleasantly vacuum my house in mental escape mode.  No more complaining about running the vacuum after months last year of finding it difficult to vacuum.  Now I joyfully vacuum and praise God through it! I cannot count the number of books and Bible studies I’ve worked my way through since January.  I wanted to tell you about my favorites in case you’d like to read them, too.  This all ties in with examining where we need to be, spiritually, and how God would have us seek Him through His word…

  • Tooth Brushing Powder

    Amaze Your Dentist In 3 Steps With This Tooth Brushing Powder

    “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.  Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25) I went to the dentist last month for my yearly oral check-up.  It was the same story this year as it was last year.  As my dentist examined and dug all around in my mouth, trying to find anything worthy of clearing or scraping away from my teeth, he commented on how well I clean my teeth. And then he said the most surprising thing. I’ll give you the obligatory teeth cleaning as part of your normal yearly exam, but you really…