Super Bowl is February 2!! We all know that is the ‘Black Friday’ of football season where snack foods are concerned. Being at a total loss for my Super Bowl menu, my lovely daughter stepped in with a great suggestion!
Let me go ahead and preface this with I do not want to hear from health food fanatics this year about how unhealthy ONE DAY out of the year may be, because I did have ONE last year! This is Super Bowl and if you want to celebrate it with ‘health’ food, please move on to a health food blog! Now on to our SUPER BOWL FAN BUNCH, and my daughter will take it from here!!
You will need:
1-2 cans crescent rolls
spaghetti or pizza sauce (whichever you can find)
grated cheese, preferably mozzarella
1 package pepperoni
This is what you do:
Preheat oven to whatever it says on the package of crescent rolls. Roll out on a greased baking sheet. Spread the sauce evenly. Add pepperoni, or meat of your choice. Sprinkle cheese on top of the meat and roll as usual. Bake for the amount of time it calls for. Goes great with Ranch dressing for dipping or marinara! Enjoy!!
Dips of any kind are always popular at this time. I say make it easy on yourself and do a Ranch dip or an easy cream cheese with crab and cocktail sauce…yummy!
King James Version (KJV)
21 … for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Last night, hubby and I were talking about what our day would consist of today. Our house is on the market, and we had a showing at 10 a.m.. We decided to eat breakfast and have some hubby/wife time. As I sat and thought about it, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Take tomorrow and pray together on purpose”. Now we have our prayer time, but I had never heard the Lord put it this way.
When we got back home from breakfast, we went straight into united prayer. We first talked about things we wanted to agree on, things that had been on both of our hearts and then hubby sat in his chair and I sat on the couch and our prayer time began. I soon began to walk. I would pray in the Spirit for a time and then in English for a time.
Many times after praying in the Spirit I don’t remember all of the interpretations, I only remember bits and pieces. Today, what I remember was confirmed in my routine of the day. I remember the Lord said this year every day would be like Christmas for me. I didn’t understand what God meant at the time. I didn’t know He would fully explain it later. He also told me to speak peace to my family and to my home. I did what He said. He began to tell me how Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and He expounded on that for a bit.
My husband and I finished the prayer time and went on with the day. I had to go to the grocery store and pick up an item for supper. I live in a small town. We only have two grocery stores and one is fairly small. Compared with the other store, it is very small. The reason I say this is because I found a treasure there, in the most unlikely place. Our steps are truly ordered of the Lord, even in small ways as going to a market.
My daughter loves the commercial that has the camel that says, “It’s huuuuuump dayyyyy”. After I had picked up my one item, I was going to pay for it and I saw a t-shirt with this phrase and the picture of a camel on it. I decided to buy it for her. They only had one left, and it was the wrong size. Had it not been for that shirt, I would never have looked at this section of the grocery store. As I started toward the registers again, I saw a rack of books. What caught my eye was the title of one particular book. The title of this book is “Living Christmas Every Day”.
I could not believe my eyes! “Christmas Every Day” jumped out at me! It was exactly one of the things the Lord had spoken to me during our prayer time! I picked the book up, and when I opened it there was the next thing God had spoken to me! The subtitle was “The Prince of Peace“! That was the second thing God had told me during our prayer time. Yes, God fully had my attention at this point! Needless to say, I purchased the book!
When I got home, I could not wait to see what this book had to say about Christmas and peace! It is a daily devotional, that compares every day with Christmas. As I read, the author began to explain certain special things that take place at Christmas time. Families come together and enjoy one another, people visit the sick and elderly and give gifts they would not have had otherwise, and organizations buy toys and food items and give them to charities. But what if we did these things year round, not just one short time a year? Then every day would be like Christmas!
The author wrote, “The homeless would never feel alone and alienated by their unfortunate circumstances. The elderly would cease to feel that they no longer have a purpose in this world. Disputes between neighbors would be offset by kind deeds and words of appreciation. Families would come together more often to express their love and devotion to one another. Dear friend, isn’t that what life should be like?” I now knew, God had not meant that I would have an unexpected gift or blessing every day for the next year, but I would be the giver every day for 2014! A year of ‘paying it forward‘.
I saw a saying today that said, “A small token given is more valuable than all the good intentions without action in the world”. God isn’t looking for extravagance, He is looking for the willingness to listen and obey as He leads us into acts of love and kindness. A year of Christmas…a year of ‘paying it forward’…more than a lifetime of planting and harvesting the love of God in others, and goodwill to be the marker of all our intentions! That is not only what Christmas was meant to be, that is what the world is meant to be.
God bless you, dear reader! I will see you next time. Simply, Juliana
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. …Psalm 95:1-11 ESV
The saying we are our own worst enemy is so true, and so very sad. When there is an “enemy” to us, we are not the only ones to suffer. The ones who love us suffer, also. When we make impossible demands on our spouses or we are a walking contradiction in what we SAY makes us happy as opposed to what actually does, we have become enemies to our own marriages.
I want to give you some “happiness” tips. Simple tweaks can make huge differences!
1. Don’t say one thing, but mean another. If you want flowers from your husband on Valentine’s Day, don’t tell him you don’t! It is amazing to me how much this sort of thing happens in marriages and then the wife is angry and bitter because of it. I was talking to a lady recently that told me her husband always forgets her birthday. She then told me she stopped celebrating it over 20 years ago because something tragic happened to her family just a day or two before her birthday. She was upset with her husband for not celebrating her birthday, yet she herself tells others she doesn’t celebrate due to bad memories. When her WORDS are respected (because this isn’t how she really feels or what she even wants) and the birthday comes and goes without fanfare, she is upset! You cannot win in this contradiction she has created! I actually felt sorry for her husband. If you want something, don’t tell others you don’t and then resent them when they respect your wishes! You have put your mate in a place they cannot win and you have lied and been deceptive in your relationship. You said one thing when you actually meant another…that is not truth! You have also opened the door for the devil to bring bitterness into your heart. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
2. Don’t expect your spouse to be a mind reader! If something is bothering me that my husband is doing or not doing, when he asks me what is wrong I don’t tell him nothing is and then give the silent treatment until the poor thing figures it out! Some people love to pout! They love for people to feel sorry for them, and frankly, they love the attention this unhealthy and neurotic behavior gets! If you are doing this, you are being very unfair to your spouse and you are NOT walking in the love of God! Even the Bible tells us to ask God so that we may receive and God can read your mind! If God expects you to ask Him, He expects you to afford your mate the same respect! If your spouse is not meeting a need you have, tell them in love! At the same time, turn it around and ask them if there is something they need you to do or change. After all, you are no mind reader either!
3. Return the favor! There are things my husband does for me all the time without me having to ask. One of those things is washing my car, keeping the oil changed, and keeping all the “stickers” up to date! He isn’t required to do this. He does it out of his love for me. One day my husband called me from work. This particular day was a hectic one for me. It seemed everyone that day needed a piece of me. I had things I had to get done for a project, my children had things that needed my attention, I had a million errands to run, and I didn’t feel well that day. When he called he asked me very sweetly if I could pick up his suit from the dry cleaners. It was as if it was the last straw. I curtly told him I would, all the while thinking how he could so easily pull into the cleaners on his way home. I even voiced this to him! What had I done? I had overscheduled myself through poor planning and I let my husband suffer the effects of it. There he had been lovingly serving me and I was resentful when he asked for one simple thing! I knew that suit was in the cleaners and I knew before this particular day it needed to be picked up. I should have gone and gotten it for him without having to be asked. I would have been furious if my husband had made me last on his list of priorities, yet that is what I had done to him. Be appreciative of the little things instead of concentrating on all that you could gripe about! Think about them and mull them over in your mind until you truly are grateful! Then think about how you can bless your spouse the way they have blessed you. You will be amazed the change in the atmosphere of your home and in your relationship by doing something so simple!
I hope you have gleaned from this, precious reader! None of these things require major effort, but they make a huge difference in whether our relationships fail or succeed! They are well worth doing and you will find your love deepening through the years because of them instead of slipping slowly away from one another!
Blessings to you. I will see you soon! Juliana
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-24.