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28 If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
3 Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.
5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.
6 Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
9 The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Can we say, “YUMMY”?? On this easy fall salad we can!! This is so easy, so yummy you will be asked for the recipe every time and it is healthy to boot! Great for church get togethers, family reunions, or just because it is apple pickin’ time. Whips up fast and if you can read a recipe you can make it! Have fun being the hit of your next get-together and enjoy!!
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (I do mine in the microwave on 1 minute…if you want them more toasted, microwave every 30 seconds until you have desired taste)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Before I give this recipe that I found on Facebook which Darla Braden shared, let me give you an FYI. I have never thought of this before, but I am so glad to know it now! There are two things in you never want to be without in your pantry; they are yellow cake mix and canned chicken!!
Let me start with the canned chicken tip. In the past 2 weeks, I have made incredible chicken salad from canned chicken and it was delicious! Using the canned chicken is easier than the boiled and it is definitely less time-consuming! When I think over the years and all the time I wasted thawing, boiling, letting it cool down so I could shred the chicken, when all the while all I had to do was open a can and crumble it I could kick myself! You cannot tell the difference and who has extra time to waste??
I then thought of canned chicken with casseroles. I thought of all the times I went to Wal-Mart and was so frustrated because they NEVER in my town have rotisserie chickens at 12 p.m. or at 5 p.m.. They sell out fast and all the complaining in the world is just a waste of breath and upsets my joy! Well, my joy can remain full because canned chicken works wonders in chicken salad, casseroles, and chicken and dumplings! The sky is the limit with canned chicken!
My next “cannot ever be without” is yellow cake mix! These make the best cobblers, as you can see in the picture above. From berry cobblers, to apple cobblers, to quick cakes for unexpected company this is a must have for your pantry! Thank you to my pastor’s wife, Kathy for teaching me this invaluable tip! I have several recipes with yellow cake mix, so make sure you hop over and visit the recipe section!
I did tweak this recipe. It originally called for 1 stick of butter but I used 2. Also, I used “champagne” apples, but they can be hard to find. Another great choice is “gala” apples. If you don’t like apples, any fruit will do! One more tip on the apples. I cut the skin off and I squeezed fresh lemon on my slices so they wouldn’t turn an ugly dark color. This will leave the apples too tart, so I added 2 Tablespoons of sugar and stirred. I hope y’all enjoy this one as much as we did!
It’s tough to enjoy life when you don’t like yourself. People who haven’t learned to accept and get along with themselves tend to have more difficulty accepting and getting along with others. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” I personally spent years having a hard time getting along with people, until I finally realized through the Word of God how my difficulty with other people was actually “rooted” in my difficulties with myself.
The Bible says a good tree will bear good fruit, and a rotten tree will bear rotten fruit. Likewise, the “fruit” of our lives comes from the “root” within us. If you’re rooted in shame, guilt, inferiority, rejection, lack of love and acceptance, etc., the fruit of your relationships will suffer. However, once you have a revelation of God’s unconditional love for you and begin to accept yourself and others, eventually these new roots will produce good fruit, and your relationships will thrive.
Here are a few tips I believe will help you succeed at being yourself.
1. Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, “I never do anything right.” “I’ll never change.” “I’m ugly.” “I look terrible.” “I’m dumb.” “Who could ever love me?” Matthew 12:37 says, …by your words you will be justified…, and by your words you will be condemned…. Proverbs 23:7 says, …as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he. In other words, the way we talk and think about ourselves reveals how we feel about ourselves.
2. Speak good things about yourself (as private confessions) in line with what the Word says about you. For example: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.” “I am made acceptable in the Beloved.” “God created me and formed me with His own hands, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” I like starting the day making good confessions. Perhaps you can do this while you’re driving to work or cleaning house. I also encourage you to look in the mirror and say out loud, “God loves and accepts you, and so do I.” You may even try hugging yourself. This is beneficial to people who have lacked love and acceptance in their lives.
3. Never compare yourself with other people. God must love variety or He wouldn’t have created us all differently—even down to our fingerprints. You’ll never succeed at being yourself if you’re trying to be like someone else. Other people can be a good example to you, but duplicating even their good traits will manifest differently through your individual personality.
4. Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. Actress Helen Hayes was told early in her career that if she were four inches taller she’d be the greatest actress of her time. Her coaches tried various methods of stretching her, but nothing increased her height. She refused to concentrate on the supposed limitation of being five feet tall and decided to concentrate on her potential. As a result, she was eventually cast as Mary, Queen of Scotland—one of the tallest queens who ever lived.
5. Find something you like to do that you do well, and do it over and over. If you spend your time doing things you’re not good at, it’ll frustrate you and cause you to feel defeated and unsuccessful.
6. Have the courage to be different and deal with criticism. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser (see Galatians 1:10). If you dare to be different, you’ll have to expect some criticism. Going along with the crowd—when you know in your heart God’s leading you a different way—is one reason people don’t succeed at being themselves. You won’t like yourself very much if you go against your own convictions.
7. Don’t let the way another person treats you determine your worth.
8. Keep your flaws in perspective. People with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as people without confidence, but they concentrate on their strengths—not their flaws or weaknesses.
In conclusion, let me remind you of my opening statement: It’s tough to enjoy life when you don’t like yourself. When you learn to succeed at being yourself, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying life more fully.
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when[a] you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God,[b] knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,[c] and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 And he said, “I heard You[d] in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
11 Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
Recently, there was a family that came to me for prayer and counsel. It seems the parents had not been perfect people (surprise, surprise) and one person wanted to bring up all the imperfections of the past and wreak utter havoc in the family. The family got together and began to talk to one another about how it had been so peaceful and everyone had gotten along just fine until all this blame began to be thrown around. Ultimately what this one person said the others had said had not been said at all! My advice to the family was to sit down together, along with the one who wanted to dredge everything up and get the whole thing straightened out and certain rules had to be followed. Each person had to take responsibility for the choices they made, they could not blame people or circumstances, and if apologies were owed they were to be made and the subject could never be brought back up again. The forgiveness that God showed to the person and persons involved had to be followed and grace given by the family members as well.
I experienced this myself when my mother went into heart failure after her valve repair. I became very aggravated with her doctor that performed the surgery because he failed to do another procedure that would have stopped my mother’s atrial fiberlation. What he did was gamble with my mother’s life. He decided not to do it because his “last 400 patients” had not gone back into it, and my mother came out of surgery WITH IT! Due to his lack of doing what he said he was going to do and should have done, had it not been for God, my mother would have paid with her life! One day as my mother lay in her hospital bed, brushing death once again, I began to vent! I was FURIOUS with this doctor and began to question his thinking on something that was just plain common sense! My father began to do the same. My mother looked at us and said, “He didn’t do what he was supposed to do, the problem is ongoing, and we need to stop looking back and think of what we need to do from here! It is over and we cannot go back and redo it now!”
How many times have we wasted time, become so angry, blaming people and things for things we can do absolutely nothing about? It only harms and never helps anything. It prolongs us from praying about it, which is the only thing we can do. God specifically tells us in James we have not because we ask not! In other words the longer we engage in blaming and being angry the longer it will be before we see an answer because it cost us precious time in petitioning or asking God for the very thing that can turn it around!
The blame game didn’t work with Adam and Eve! It got them kicked right out of the Garden of Eden and it won’t work today, either. There is a saying that says the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Blaming never brings a solution. If you are in a situation and there is chaos, fighting, upset, and anger and all peace is gone ask yourself if you are in a blaming mode? Pray and listen to the Spirit of God. He is the genius that lives big on the inside of you! He knows exactly how to turn it around and you will feel so much better so much sooner and so will everyone else around you and STAY OUT OF THE BLAME GAME! Don’t blame others and don’t let them blame you, either! You will be happier, healthier, and life will be so much more content for all!
Blessings to you, dear reader! See you soon!!