New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
For those who have read my blog for any length of time, you know I have a Chihuahua named Gracie. Gracie is my baby! She knows it, too. When I pick her up and love on her, she nestles into my neck and always puts her arm around my neck as if to hug me. She gives me kisses and then cuddles into my neck, again.
I love Gracie and I am always talking about some cute thing she has done that day, because Gracie does cute things every day! I watch her and repeatedly I will say to my husband, “Oh, baby look! Isn’t that the cutest thing you have ever seen?? Isn’t she so precious?”
Gracie sleeps with us. I usually go to bed first and read until hubby is ready for the night. Gracie goes with me. She finds her ‘spot’ under all the blankets and snuggles as close to me as she can possibly get. When hubby starts to get in the bed, I hold my hand out so he doesn’t accidentally put any weight on Gracie whereby possibly hurting her. I always say the same thing, “Watch out for the ‘baby’.” You would think we actually had a newborn child in the bed!!
Gracie isn’t fed just any food. I buy special gourmet food for her. It is full of vitamins and minerals, and there are no ‘byproducts’ that can harm her! I research what natural foods are good for her and I know exactly what should be added to her diet to optimize her health! I give her vegetables that are full of antioxidants, and fruits that keep her kidney function at its best and fights cancers as well as benefits her cardiovascular system, eyesight, and keeps her from getting arthritis as she ages. I have researched what is best for Gracie from her head to her paws!
We live in Texas and have experienced an unusually cold winter. I knew it was coming. I bought Gracie sweaters, fleece pajamas, and fleece throws to ensure she was warm! I am not a morning person, but when hubby leaves for work he puts Gracie on the couch and I cannot go back to sleep until I get up and check her fur to be sure she is warm and to be sure she is not shivering.
Now, I have said all of this to make one point…if I love Gracie, a dog, as I do…I love her so much I go out of my way to see to it she eats the best, wears the best, stays in the best health, is happy, and knows she is adored, how much more so does God do this for us, His children??
Why do I do all of this for Gracie? Because I love her with all of my heart!! She is the apple of my eye! She loves me unconditionally and I feel the same about her! For all of her love and loyalty, I protect my sweet puppy with all I have! There isn’t ANYTHING Gracie will ever be without if it is in my power to give it to her!!!! Are you not more than a dog to our Heavenly Father?? He did not even spare the life of His own Son to call YOU and me His children!
Gracie doesn’t sit and worry if she will have food available to her all day, every day. She is not worried about where she will sleep every night; She has the best spot in the house! She doesn’t cower in fear when I approach her, fearful I no longer love her, or that I will punish her for something! She runs to greet me because she knows my arms are ready to gently hold her and love her! Why do we do this with God?
Do we believe for one second God will ever let us go hungry, cold, destitute, and devoid of anything that is necessary to life? If He watches over the birds of the air, will He not all the more take care and bless us?? The birds don’t worry. They fly and seem to know exactly where to light to find food and shelter. Are you not more than they? Will God not also provide for us, super abundantly, above all we could even ask?
How anyone could question the goodness of God or the fact it is His will to bless and give us all good things is truly beyond my comprehension! It literally defies what the Bible says. God not only wills to do good toward us, but fully intends to bless those who are His own!
Have a good rest tonight, dear reader, for your tomorrows are truly taken care of! You are loved and watched over by God, Himself with an everlasting love no person and no thing can separate you from! Know, even though you may not see it all now, God has everything you need on the way. Praise Him and trust Him in the wait.
We sold our house last Friday and moved out. One day, during my prayer time, God spoke to me and said, “Sell your house now, now, now!” Don’t laugh too hard on this next part. I went to my husband and told him what God said and he said we needed to pray about it first. I completely agreed…don’t laugh too hard! Why do we pray instead of just obey what we already know to do? To delay what we really don’t want to do is the reason we did it I believe.
Our home was paid for, beautiful, and paid for!! Love the paid for part! But, it wasn’t what we WANTED! I praise God for that house and the happy years we had in it, but God had been speaking to me for some time, it wasn’t the house He wanted to give us. There was something else and I was to believe and praise Him for it.
I have a friend that was told by several doctors, including fertility specialists, there would be no way for her to ever conceive a child. One day she cried out to God in utter heartbreak. After she had cried out to the Lord He said only five words to her. They were, “Go get your nursery ready”. It took her by surprise, and she went and told her husband what God had said. ”Well, go get it ready! We have work to do!”
This couple had not conceived a baby. The doctor’s diagnoses were not only clear, but had proven medically there was no way for her to carry a child; But God had another plan! Where there is a plan from God, even though it is impossible in the natural, there is a way in the supernatural with Him! They went out that very day and bought a baby bed, changing table, and dresser for the ‘nursery’. Then she began to decide on a theme. She found diaper holders, night lights, sheets, wall hangings, and toy boxes in that theme and she purchased them. She got her Bible and every place God led her to, to pray scriptures for a child, she wrote them down and began to pray them. In less than 3 months, my friend was pregnant with no help of in vitro! Just a few years later they tried for their second baby and God did it again!
The same is true of my situation. God told me there was a house He wanted to give me and He wanted us to believe for it. I have never been one to look at home decor. I have no talent there, whatsoever! I am not like the normal woman and want this, that, and the other for a ‘dream home’. I had never even desired a ‘dream home’! I never desired one until God told me He wanted to give me one! God will line your desires up with His if you will pray and listen. When we do that, we often want things that we never wanted before and God delights and giving those desires to us!
We put our house up and it sold quickly! The funny thing is, I began to think before we got an offer on the house, “Do I really want to do this? This house is paid for, my kids grew up here, there are so many good memories, and hubby will let me redo it the way I want it.” I went to hubby with what I had been thinking about. I was wavering in fear!
When I told him what I thought he agreed and we decided to pack the old ‘For Sale’ sign up and take it off the market. Before we could do it, a couple called and made an offer on the house, right down to the last penny we had asked! No lower price, but exactly what we wanted. What happened? God knew through our fear of change we were about to abort the plan He had for us.
To make a long story short, we sold it, and we are praying and waiting on God to tell us what the next step is. The moral of the story is don’t rethink things for God! He knows what is ahead and He delights in blessing us, just as we delight in blessing our children!
We don’t just give our children the necessities, but we love to surprise them with something they love every once in awhile! God is no different as our Father! He delights in giving us the desires of our hearts as long as they aren’t desires that come before our relationship with Him.
Have you been believing God for something? Does it seem to be taking a long time? Don’t give up! Pray the scriptures God gave you, make sure it is His will, and praise Him in faith knowing it is coming!
Mark 11:22-24 ESV
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 21:22 ESV
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
It was one of those days yesterday! My daughter had her orientation for nursing school. It started out really well! We found out only half of those who applied got in. The professors told us those who sat in the auditorium were very special and were the ‘cream of the crop’. I liked that part.
We dispersed and the parents went to one meeting and the nursing students went to another. We found out she will be going 7 days a week, sometimes 14 hours a day. She is tough and she can handle it. This is just part of being in medicine so we were prepared for that part. When it started to try to turn sour was when I found out in one year college tuition has gone up a thousand dollars per semester! It didn’t help we almost didn’t make the cut off and would have been charged late fees, that her books were 500.00, they didn’t have her uniform that is required in her size and we had to run all over the city to find only pieces of it, or that I only got three hours of sleep last night! Her day ended in tears and so did mine!
As I watched my daughter, who is one of the kindest, most generous souls I know, cry I had to make a decision. Not everything was going as we planned. I had a choice. I could either continue to cry, wonder ‘why God why’, or I could trust God in spite of what I was seeing and set an example for my daughter to do the same!
God reminded me of all the faithful souls that were believing Him for mighty things that died without ever seeing them come to pass in their lifetimes. Did they stop believing because they went to Heaven before the things they prayed for came to pass? NO! They believed until their time here ended and God brought it about, even when they were gone. They could have given up, but the Bible tells us they believed and Jesus found them in faith until the end!
We have that same opportunity. What a testimony to our faith and to others when we believe in spite of what the circumstances tell us. When we are able to close ourselves off from the disappointments of the day and remember how God has always come through for us, even when we saw no end in sight or a light at the end of the tunnel.
God’s word is true no matter what it looks like is happening in my life. My life and the circumstances of it are temporary. God’s word is forever established! I have seen things change on a dime when I praised God through hard times, but I never have seen change when I was moaning and complaining. Thank God, praise and trust bring breakthroughs and nothing about that is ever going to change!
There is an old song we used to sing when I was a little girl. I can only remember a small part of it, but what I remember is powerful to me. I think the song was titled, “He Will Do It Again“. I remember this much…‘Just take a look at where you are now and where you’ve been…Hasn’t He always come through for you, He is the same now as then…you may not know how, you may not know when, but He’ll do it again.”
God bless you, dear reader! You have nothing to fear or dread today, or any day…the God of this universe, if you are a Christian, is your Daddy God! You don’t just know of or about Him…you are His own! How could it NOT work out for you?? You are loved by the most powerful being that exist and when He sees you coming, He runs to meet you! Think about that or awhile and let it sink in really good, as we say in Texas. Yeah…let it sink in really good!
Pecan pie is a tradition at Thanksgiving. Our holidays would not be complete without one! For several years we ordered them from a friend of ours. I had tried to make pecan pie in the past and it was a horrible failure! I could never get it to ‘set’ in the middle. It was a runny, sticky mess. I determined I was going to successfully make one, if I had to use every pecan in the state of Texas to do it! Well, here it is! If I can do it, I know you can, sweet reader! Go for it!! The secret is in toasting your pecans!
To toast pecans, you simply put them on a microwave safe dish (I use a dinner plate so all pecans are exposed to the heat) and microwave them for one minute. Taste them and see if you would like a more “toasty” flavor than that. If so, microwave them for 3o second intervals until they taste as you desire!
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans (Instructions are above)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir in melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar and the flour; mix well. Last add the milk, vanilla and pecans. Pour into an unbaked 9-in pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until done.
At our house on Thanksgiving Day the first words out of my mouth to my husband as I watch him fix his breakfast is, “Don’t eat big! You know we are having a huge lunch and Momma will be hurt if you don’t stuff yourself!” And that is exactly what we all do…skip breakfast! By the time our Thanksgiving feast is ready, you would think we had not eaten in a week!
Appetizers are a must for us during the holidays. Pecans in Texas are plenteous! We use them in cookies, pies, cakes, salads and, in this case, candied appetizers! With this recipe you can pour them right up into a pretty candy dish and let your family “graze” without filling up before your meal is ready. These make great gifts, too! Wrap them in pretty baggies to keep them fresh and stuff them into a gift bag. Tie a pretty bow, and voilà! It is just an added plus this recipe is so simple, too! Enjoy!!
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
1 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease one baking sheet. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.