• The Sky Isn't Falling

    How To Know the Sky Isn’t Falling

    Remember Chicken Little, repeating over and over, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”?  Do you ever feel that way inside – like it’s really happening in your life . . . our country . . . our society . . . our world today?  Isn’t that the goal of most of today’s media – to make us feel a sense of doom and despair? Do you fear for your future here in the good ole’ US of A?  If you are signed up to receive emails with gloom or conspiracy content, I suggest that you unscubscribe.  Rather than listen to the news media hype, do something far better…

  • Weekly Salad Prep

    Weekly Salad Prep Starters

    Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. (Proverbs 6:6-8) Hello, my friends!  We had a wonderful weekend family reunion in Tennessee, and I got some large doses of Vitamin P.  P is for pleasure, which gives us a shot of positivity, fun and laughter, good food, and great times with friends and family, making memories with those we love.  I hope you had a great weekend, too. When thinking of Vitamin P when I’m at home for “regular” life…

  • Your Cup of Trembling

    What Is Your Cup Of Trembling?

    Sometimes we feel we deserve the trouble in which we find ourselves.  That’s the case when we’re fully aware of our wrongful acts and intentions.  When my children disobeyed, they had consequences.  I made sure of it.  What better way to teach them?  Does that mean God does the same? God cares for us, His people . . . His children.  Just like all children, we regularly mess up.   The Old Testament shows how the Israelites, over and over again, followed the circular pattern of blessing — turning from God — eventual full rebellion — consequences — repentance — and back around to blessing.  Full circle. I was drawn to…

  • Ten Veggie Salad

    Flavorful Ten Veggie Salad, Easy ‘n Quick

    Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. (1 Timothy 4:4) It’s very easy to survive at my house – as long as you like leafy greens and healthy veggies! Making a colorful, delicious salad begins way before putting it all into a bowl.  It begins at the grocery store. Shop the produce aisle for color. First, we begin with four types of lettuce.  Many grocers sell a mixture of pre-washed baby greens of some sort (and sometimes more than one choice).  Look through the leaves and notice the different shapes and colors.  I counted three different greens in my…

  • Your Table for Spiritual and Physical Satiation

    Spiritual and Physical Satiation

    Therefore God’s people return there and drink it all in like water until they are satiated. (Psalm 73:10) As warm temperatures topped into the 70’s a couple of weeks back, I suddenly couldn’t resist the urge to set our tables for spring – both in the kitchen and in the dining room.  With no guests expected, why was setting tables so important?  (I had other things more pressing on my list, for sure!) For many months of last year, I didn’t set tables at all.  After blogging for five years about lots of things in the home, like setting fun tables, God had taken me in this new direction of…

  • Your Reminder

    Let Scars Be Your Reminder

    Are you experiencing warm weather yet?  I laughed at hubs last week because he appeared from the bedroom, dressed for the day . . . in shorts!  Me?  I still wear winter clothes, jackets, and even gloves.  (I’ve always been cold natured, but this is getting ridiculous!)  It’s a little warmer here, so hubs is anticipating hot temperatures ahead. When thinking of hot weather, I’m reminded that we’ll be wearing cooler clothing that allows more skin to show.  That means, scars and other skin imperfections will be exposed.  I have a long scar on my face, of all places, where it is always exposed.  (Thanks to our dear Tennessee Walker,…

  • Natural Shampoo Recipe

    3-Ingredient Easy Natural Shampoo

    I don’t remember where I found this shampoo recipe last year, but I was in the process of learning the medicinal qualities of essential oils at that time in my tough season of illness.  So many of our products sold in stores these days are loaded full of harmful chemicals under long, ambiguous names we don’t recognize as harmful.  Since my shampoo recipe includes using essential oils, I thought I should spend some time covering some general information for you. The original recipe for my shampoo probably came from either Dr. Axe or from Dr. Eric Z.  Dr. Eric Z at Natural Living Family  is an expert, among other topics,…

  • Bible Study Blessing or Burden

    Bible Study Blessing or a Burden?

    As I ran the vacuum this afternoon, I was pondering the fact that I haven’t published a blog post as usual today.  Since this is Wednesday, I feel a burden to “get it done”, to “check that box” and not “let God down” on my commitment to be faithful to Him through my blogging.  I haven’t been stressed about it per se.  But, I do feel a responsibility similar to the keeping of my physical home. As I often laugh while doing “laundry for the Lord” or “toilets for Jesus” (as quoted by a friend long ago), those thoughts bring a new attitude.  When we do what the Lord calls…

  • Almond Joyous Healthy Hack

    Almond Joyous Healthy Hack

    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8) Before we get all springy with making salads with fresh garden veggies, let’s pause to splurge on a sweet treat I relied on last Christmas.  Why do you need this now?  Well…..mostly because I shared the base to start this recipe last week – the Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk. The whole reason for that post last week was because I discovered quite by accident when making this candy that I was actually making the sweetened and condensed milk in the early steps of the process.  So, for today, we…

  • Sayings That Aren't Biblical

    What We Say To The Hurting That Isn’t Actually Biblical

    When you’re in a tough season, people struggle to know what to say.  They want to comfort you, and they search for words that will bless you.  Bless their hearts!  They truly mean to help you . . . but sometimes miss the mark.  Some have the gift of speaking loving truths into your life at just the right moment.  But not all. What’s wrong with being honest?  Why not say “I don’t have a clue what you are going through, but I am praying God will fix it.”  Or, “I’m praying for you in your pain and grief.”  (Or, we could do like my friend in this post.) Personally,…

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

    Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

    “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:24) This dairy-free, refined sugar-free sweetened condensed coconut milk is the basis for some sweet treat recipes I’ll share in the future.  This sweet concoction will healthfully replace your usual sweetened condensed cow’s milk.  Hurrah! I learned over the Christmas holidays that it’s extremely hard to resist the unhealthy treats unless you have your own healthy alternatives within arm’s reach.  If you allow yourself even a small amount of processed sugar, the cravings are ON!  Don’t we regret the decision of one simple cheat resulting in a full-blown hard-to-resist pull of addiction?  The cheats…

  • Find Your Life Verse in 2 Simple Steps

    How to Choose Your Life Verse in 2 Simple Steps

    Has the question of having a life verse come to you before?  Do you have one? In my study of Psalm 23 with Jennifer Rothschild*, I read her question with a quandary. “What is your life verse?” Do we really need one?  Do you want one?  Is it helpful (a question hubs and I often ask)? My number one question this year:  Is it relevant in my current season? This verse came to mind because it reappears often in my current season. 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…

  • Banana Nut Sweet Bread

    Delicious Banana Nut Sweet Bread for Health

    Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). This portion of the Lord’s prayer is a wonderful reminder to ask and praise God for His perfect provision.  I celebrate the goodness of our Lord with this sweet, nutty, flavorful, moist cake labeled as bread.  You will be amazed with the taste of this bread that is free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy.  I’m dancing in celebration already! Enjoy this recipe for breakfast, a snack, or even as dessert (delicious with a dollop of coconut yogurt on top).  You can’t go wrong with this banana nut bread or the recipe.  My results with my recipe are consistently delicious every…

  • Blessing Your Prodigal

    How To Bless Others – Even Your Prodigal

    Blessings are the words of life.  So, why wouldn’t we pray blessings for others?  With whom are you most concerned in your current hard circumstance or season?  I suspect that if someone has harmed you in some way in your current season, they could benefit from prayers of blessing – whether you think they deserve it or not. We can bless or we can curse, and of course, we would never want to curse anyone.  So, we choose to bless, extending prayers of mercy and grace on the behalf of others – including the prodigal if you have one. The prodigal can benefit greatly from your prayers of  blessing –…

  • Soft and Fluffy Gluten Free Flour Mix @ EmbraceThisSeason.com

    Gluten-Free Flour Blend – Soft and Fluffy!

    “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints.  Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning, you will have all the bread you want.  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.'” (Exodus 16:12) Do you often begin with a recipe you find on-line and then tweak it?  That may describe you if you have any food issues, sensitivities, or health goals, and I’m with you.  What is your process for tweaking recipes? My Process For Making Recipe Changes Recipe Evaluation:  As you read through the original recipe’s list of ingredients for the first time, make mental notes of things you…