• Reminders

    Who Needs Reminders?

    I hear it all the time. I forgot why I walked into this room! Every day.  Many times a day.  It’s nothing new. In every season, we all need reminders. In my last post, when I asked you if you’ve chosen Your Word for 2021, did you say to yourself, Nah . . . I don’t stick to it, so why fool with choosing a word? I’m thrilled to give you a solution!  Plan now to combat any future abandonment of your word. It’s easy to join Lisa at Lisa Notes for her  One Word 2021 Community.  I thought maybe you’d like to join with me in Lisa’s community.  When…

  • Word for Year 2021

    Your Word for 2021

    Did you have a merry Christmas?  Oh, I pray so.  If you’re in a tough season right now, could we call it a blessed Christmas at least?  When we praise God for His blessings, He turns the blessed feelings back to us.  Amen? Maybe you’re like others who are glad to get another milestone of 2020 behind us – and get closer to moving on to 2021 ahead.  And, by the way, could we not even have a calm Christmas in 2020?  Our peace could have taken a hit from the Nashville bombing, but we know the Source of true peace.  For believer/embracer sisters, our peace is in Christ.  Can…

  • Christmas Giving 2020

    A 2020 Christmas Day Alternative

    Are you ready for Christmas?  Ready or not, here it comes!  🙂 Will you actually gather with anyone other than immediate family this year?  Ugh, this is the hardest part (for me, anyway).  Of all our changes and squelches this year, giving up our family Dirty Santa is probably the worst. Rather than focus on what we CAN’T do, I decided we should find a new way to celebrate – at least for this year.  We might even continue it in future years and start a new tradition!  I hesitated to share our plan with you earlier in December.  I didn’t want to seem braggy . . . like, “touch…

  • What Makes Spiritual Seeds Different

    Get Your Free Fruit Basket

    Hi, friends!  I hope you’re having a great start to December! If you missed my Facebook Live video this afternoon, you can watch the replay here. I realize some of you don’t have a Facebook account, and that’s fine.  I understand!  I’ll give you the same information here in this post. NOTE:  If you find yourself completely confused about any of this post as you read through, please visit Monday’s post about the Spiritual Seeds Planner Package GIVEAWAY!  In short, I was itching to get started with my new Spiritual Seeds Planner – now and not wait until January.  I was thrilled to get an email from the Spiritual Seeds…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planner Giveaway

    Spiritual Seeds Planner Package GIVEAWAY!

    Welcome, December!!!  There are exciting things in store for us – this month and next year! You all have been very patient with me, and I thank you.  I apologize for not being present throughout 2020 to encourage you in every phase of our nationally turbulent season.  I thought of you as I prepared for Thanksgiving visitors last week and wondered how you were doing.  I prayed for all of you who might be in a very personal and specific (beyond COVID19 quarantine stuff) tough season. How hard it is to have a thankful posture when in a tough season!  As sister embracers, we must remember that God is for…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planners

    How To Make Plans For 2021 (After Our 2020 Unexplainable Year!)

    That’s a current questions, isn’t it?  After most all of our plans for 2020 were debunked, what’s the use of making plans for 2021?  Should we even buy a planner?  I wondered about that, too. As you know, I’ve had little to plan for these last three years – other than doctor visits.  Cancer requires living in three-month increments.  From scan to scan.  Just when you settle into a routine, the next scan can totally change the schedule of things.  I’ve kept a calendar, of course.  A day planner, or rather, a weekly planner type.  Nothing long-term. When illness came, I stopped using planners for making intentional life plans.  You…

  • Moving boxes

    We Should Never Say Never. Ever.

    I sit here in my chair this morning, writing  . . .  surrounded by boxes.  All but TV, laptop, furniture, and me. . . . Packed. Stacked and labeled, boxes inundate my space.  An odd feeling, really.  A starkly different view from before yesterday.  In this room.  In this house.  With God’s help and inspiration, I (truly, He) created this home we loved to live in all of these 14 years. Every few minutes I mindlessly look up from my laptop to the clock’s spot on the built-in shelving beside my chair.  The clock I relied upon more than I realized (until now) is no longer there.  Boxed and labeled…

  • community

    What Now, Lord?

    In my last blog post (Lost My Mo-Jo?), I sort of left you hanging on the edge, lacking a grand “the end”.  As I get my writing mo-jo back from taking the extended summer off, let me warn you.  This may take more than one or two posts to catch you up on things. I won’t burden you with the chronological moment-by-moment play-by-play.  Instead, I’d like to highlight the Ureka(!) times that God suddenly showed Himself to hubs and me.  First, a little preliminary groundwork. We know God is always working, even when we don’t see evidence of it.  Quite frankly, signs were slim to none in my circumstances until…

  • Lunch!

    What’s For Lunch? Healthy Sliders and Baked Kale

    I have published many breakfast ideas during the last two years, but very few lunches other than salads.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love salads most everyday for lunch, especially during warm (or hot) weather.  This “recipe” was lunch one day late last week when I wrote this post. The sliders could also be served/eaten for supper.  For those unfamiliar with the term “supper”, it’s the southern term for the evenin’ meal, y’all.  Ahem . . . dinner is Sunday lunch when consisting of a big spread.  Just so you know. You know my friend Ginger from the 3 Soups the Joanna Gaines Way post.  Ginger made one of…

  • 3 Joanna Gaines Inspired Soups

    3 Soups the Joanna Gaines Way

    What do I do when bored and waiting in the car for hubs to come out from a store?  Yep.  Watch cooking videos on my phone. Joanna Gaines released her second cookbook, Magnolia Table, Volume 2 on April 7th.  She is making some of the dishes included in her book on video during quarantine.  How else does such a busy woman occupy her time during quarantine? On this particular day, Joanna was making Spinach Tortellini Soup.  I loved how she didn’t quite have exactly all the herbs she needed right then, so she improvised. I was inspired and had a plan for my own version of Joanna’s soup.  Mine came…

  • Baobab Immune Booster

    The Baobab Immunity Booster

    With everything that’s going on right now with Covid-19, have you been searching for (and using) everything possible that can give your body more help in the immunity department? I listened to the Trim Healthy Mama Podcast #168 last week (prepare for some potty crude-ness in this one, y’all).  I was stunned to realize that this Baobab sat in my pantry ready to boost my immunity but was just sitting.  Opened but unused.  Why was I not using it? Frankly, it came down to taste.  I originally heard Trim Healthy Mama sisters say they put it in tea mixtures (aka “Trimmies”), smoothies, sprinkled on food, etc.  I tried it ……

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    Healthy Eating/Clean Ingredients

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) It’s been a long while since I published a healthy recipe, and I deeply apologize for that.  I could go through a long explanation of reasons/excuses, but let’s not do that.  OK?  🙂 With our current state of staying home, I reckon now might be a good time to share someone who tells us what we all need for building a strong and healthy temple.  That is, he tells his viewers what ingredients are healthy and which ones to avoid. Introducing Bobby Parrish and his wife, Dessie.  Rose is…

  • Skilled Craftsmen

    The Gift of Craftsmanship

    “Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.” (Exodus 31:6b) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  After a dip into the New Testament last Friday, we’re back in the Old Testament this week – in chapter 31 of Exodus. I remember reading the passages about the early tabernacle tent design intently after I’d been sewing window treatments for the public for several years.  I enjoyed working creatively and liked the feeling that God had gifted me for it. I was blown away by the intricacy of God’s detailed instructions for the curtains used for temple “tent…

  • Biscuits Are Ready!

    Tasty and Clean Gluten-Free Biscuits

    You have to know I’ve been trying to make acceptable gluten-free biscuits since I created the Gluten-Free Soft and Fluffy Flour Blend.  And, it’s finally ready to share with you!  🙂 Granted, you probably prefer round biscuits.  I got in the habit of making square ones several years ago.  You waste no dough with square biscuits, and there’s no gathering bits of dough, smooshing together for another flattening and cutting-out session. Over and over again until all dough is formed into perfect rounds. The final-ending-bits round biscuits never look as good, but all of the square ones are consistently delicious.  OK, well . . . you’ll see. Cut butter (optimally,…

  • Faithfulness and Favor

    Faithfulness and Favor for 2020 Focus

    For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11) Happy new year and decade!  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, with lots of family time, worship of our Savior, laughs, games, blessed gatherings, and celebrations of all types. Do you ever have so much on your mind that you can’t quite put it all into words?  That’s how I feel today.  With a fresh year and decade starting, I’m nearly speechless.  (I said nearly, y’all, so we’re OK.) No better way to start than to just . . . begin.…