Love- The Antidote for The Poison of Unforgiveness

A Path on our farm where I sometimes walk and talk to the Lord

A Path on our farm where I sometimes walk and talk to the Lord

If you are visiting from P31′s devotion today, welcome!

Raging anger morphed him into someone I’d never seen.  It was horrible. Just minutes before, we were having a civilized conversation.

His body racked with pain.  Morphine,  alcohol, and other drugs were his best friends.  Doctors couldn’t find the source of his pain.  He looked desperately to me. “Help me, Sharon, I can’t live like this anymore.”

I prayed with him and when I opened my eyes, asked him the question that led to his rage, “Is there someone you need to forgive?”  He became fidgety.  His voice got stronger and assertive.  “Well, yes but that has nothing to do with, anything.

I asked, “Who can’t you forgive?”  He rolled his eyes, got out of his chair, and morphed into a mad man. Profanities shot from the secret place of his heart.

Gently I said, “Can you forgive them?”

“NO!”  He screamed. “Leave me the %^%$# alone! You have no idea what you are asking!”

With tears in my eyes, I said, “Yes, I do. I’ve had to forgive. . .”

When Satan gets a foothold (a door) into our life through anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness- it’s destructive.

He (Satan) wants to kill, steal, and destroy. Give him the opportunity and he’ll wreck our life; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Even the secular world knows that unforgiveness and bitterness can cause untold physical and mental issues.

What lives within the secret place of our soul, ultimately defines our life.

Every day, many times (even hourly) I have to go before with the Lord and give Him my burdens, grievances, and hurt.  I open the Word desperately searching for answers and He always provides.  He’s faithful.

The more time I spend in the secret place with Him and His Word, the more His attributes become mine.  I see others through His eyes and not my own. I can forgive as He forgives because He gives me His ability.  His love consumes me and I am able to live above my circumstances and not be controlled by them.

Oh, love- His love “is as strong as death. . . Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it” (Song of Songs 8:7a).  Bitterness, unforgiveness. . . can’t live in the presence of Jesus’ love.  It conquers all!

His love is the antidote for the poison of it.  The secret place of our heart is sacred to Jesus. We can’t let unforgiveness reside there.  It can cause serious issues.

In Matthew 15:18, Jesus tells us, “ what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart. . .”  If we bury resentment in the secret place of our heart, it will come out one way or the other.  What lives within the secret place of our soul- ultimately defines our life.

Is there someone you need to forgive?  Someone you can’t love?  Get alone in a room. Shut the door.

1. Ask Jesus to help you by the Helper, Holy Spirit 2. Forgive (meaning to release from judgement) them 3. Tell Satan (out-loud)- “In the Name that is above every other name JESUS… The Accuser (Satan) has no power over me and I’m free.  FREE INDEED!”

There’s also a test I use on my heart.  Think about the person that you may have an issue with. Pray that God will pour bountiful blessings on them and that He will prosper them in everything they do.  If you can’t pray that, go back to step #1.

If they live near by, bring them a plate of cookies (8 of my favorite recipes)or invite them to a homemade German Pot Roast dinner with all the trimmings! If they live far away, send a card or call them on the phone in a kind, humble spirit.  An act of love is powerful.

None of us are exempt from hardships with difficult people.  Injustices are worthy of anger.  It’s healthy to get angry over injustice.  But, anger can never be allowed to rule over us.  We can’t open the door of bitterness and unforgiveness to dwell within.  We must guard the secret place of our heart from everything that pollutes.

Now, to get back to the story with my friend…

He FORGAVE and is a new man!!  He was tormented for 40 years and is now free!  What lives within the secret place of his soul, now gloriously defines his life. He’s a new man with a peace that passes understanding!

Do you or someone in your life struggle with anger, bitterness or unforgiveness? Leave a one word comment below and we will pray. Your comment will enter you to win three of my favorite books, a DVD, the glass candle holders shown and seeds from my zinnia plants here: The Unburdened Heart  by Suzie Eller, A Tale of Three Kings  (A Study in Brokenness) and The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond and DVD Les Miserables. gift

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Rachael’s Woodland Baby Shower

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Rachael’s baby shower was this past weekend!  Her baby is due November 4. It’s a boy! They haven’t announced his first name yet. Hence his last name “Curry”  strung at top of cake between two branches. Organic gluten free cake. Made with all natural dyes. I curled organic chocolate to make trees on the cake.  Wilton tip 233 piped frosting to look like grass for the animals to stand on and tree tops.  I used Wilton tip 48 for the rest of the frosting. We had lots of tree stumps ready for fall splitting and used one to set cake on.

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Rachael, her sisters, niece and me. Rachael’s the one in the red dress in the center! Her sister, Hannah is due to have  baby, Lydia- next week!!! We are SO excited!!!Her mother-in law gave Hannah’s baby shower last month. Hannah is on the end.

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Homemade Beatrix Potter flags decorated the table- thanks to Grandpa Dale!

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Hannah prepared the meat, cheese and fruit platter.

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Jennifer made buckeye acorns. The flower arrangements were freshly pulled carrots, radishes and fresh basil from the garden displayed in mason jars.

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Dairy free Punch. Pureed raspberries, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ginger-ale.

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Chrissy- childhood best friend

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Mother-in-law, Barbara Curry, Rachael and her sister-in-law, Laura

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Rachael and Grandma Shanaberger

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Aunt Dawn, Rachael and Grandma Marilyn

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Aunt Susan, cousin Danielle, Rachael and cousin Lauren

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Selena and Rachael. Heather  hollowed cabbage out and filled with spinach dip- served with vegetables.

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Rachael due November 4 and her sister due Sept 18 and they didn’t plan it! Heather, their oldest sister had her baby in March. BLESSINGS!!!!

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Her friends and family showered her with blessings all day! It was a perfect shower!

3 Ways to Help Persecuted Christians of Iraq

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”Bonhoefer

My heart aches for our family (Christians) who are enduring the horrific persecution in Iraq by the terrorist organization called ISIS (an acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).  The news stations (Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera) have reported  brutal murders, beheadings, and tormenting acts against Christians living in the country of Iraq.  Most have had to flee their homes or risk rape and murder.  Many, upon fleeing their homes have died on the journey over the mountains because of starvation.  If they can’t leave their homes, they’re tortured and killed.  Mosul Iraq is said to be completely barren of Christians.

One report said, “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung. The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”

The writer of Hebrews (in chapter 13 verse 3) tells us, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”

Jesus knew that His followers would endure persecution. He endured so much persecution for us.  The early church endured persecution at such an intensity that most of us have a hard time relating to it.  But, this was the situation from which Jesus gave instructions to His followers by saying, “And He said to all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).

I want to be equipped and ready to follow the Lord, to deny myself and take up my cross to follow Him just like the Christians of Iraq. Oh my goodness friends, could you do what they are doing? Yes, we could. But it would be grueling, oh how they need our support!

Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death…”

Paul wasn’t speaking figuratively.  He was prepared to die for the King of Glory, who had literally laid down His physical body for him. These blessed Christians in Iraq are willingly sharing in the sufferings of Christ. For Christ they are willing to die, to be mutilated, to suffer. My heart explodes for them as I know yours does.

Three Ways  to Help Persecuted Christians of Iraq

  1. Increase awareness on social media about the persecution in Iraq. Many are putting up a symbol nunsymbol1on their social media, it’s the Arabic letter “nun.” It’s the first letter in the word Nazarene.  It is being painted on properties owned by Christians so that the terrorists can identify them.  The people are using this symbol as profile pictures, so as to “identify” or “remember” those who are suffering in Iraq- and even boldly associate themselves with those  Christians.  This is a brave act of “remembering those who are suffering as if you, yourself were suffering.
  2. Pray privately and corporately for the deliverance of the people of Iraq, from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. Gather a small group together for the sole purpose of prayer for the persecuted. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.…”  Let’s gather together and lift up the Christians of Iraq.

3. Support a trustworthy organization working to help persecuted Christians who have been hurt or are without shelter or food. Voice of the Martyrs,Crisis Response International Samaritans Purse  and Christian Aid are just of few that I know who are working the field diligently and need our support to help those in need.

Jesus himself prophesied of “wars and rumors of wars…” (Matthew 24:6a) but he adds instruction for us in this- “See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

The Royal Wedding and Reception

Our daughter, Jennifer Glasgow, married Alex Craig on June 7, 2014.  We thank the Lord every day for creating the best man ever, for her. Please enjoy a little of our glorious day with these photo’s and video!

The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

Getting Ready in her childhood bedroom

Getting Ready in her childhood bedroom
Her Bridesmaids and flower girl

Her beautiful bridesmaids and flower girl

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Dale, Jennifer and me

Dale, Jennifer and me

Alex and his groomsmen

Alex and his handsome groomsmen

Prayer before going down the aisle

Prayer before going down the aisle- Thank You Jesus!!!

Most adorable ring bearers ever

Most adorable ring bearers ever

Adorable flower girl-Miss Felicity

Most adorable flower girl-Miss Felicity

Here comes the Bride!

Here comes the Beautiful Bride!

Both sets of parents prayed blessings over the marriage

Both sets of parents prayed blessings over the marriage

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The Princess and Prince united in Holy Matrimony

The Princess and Prince united in Holy Matrimony

The princess and the prince story here.

The Bridal Party

The Bridal Party was AMAZING

Alex's mom and dad with the newly weds!

Alex’s mom and dad with the newly weds!

 

Before the guest get arrive from church

Before the guest arrive from church

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The sweetheart table

The sweetheart table

Kids enthralled by the turkey

Kids enthralled by the turkey

 

All food made on the Glasgow Farm-exceptthe famous wood smoke grilled chicken by Jose!

All food made on the Glasgow Farm-except the famous wood smoke grilled chicken by Jose!

The first dance

The first dance

Head table- not everyone is seated yet

Head table- not everyone is seated

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles

Homemade Raspberry Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows were the wedding favors-Recipe

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Watching the first dance

Watching the first dance

 

While others are entertained by "Edward" the French Alpine buck

“Edward” the French Alpine buck admired

Heidi and Heather looking pretty on the vintage furniture

Heidi and Heather looking pretty

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Deserts before the wedding cake! Oh yeah!

Deserts before the wedding cake! Oh yeah!

Homemade Mints

Homemade Mints- recipe here

Homemade Gluten Free donuts

Homemade Gluten Free donuts

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Wedding favors were homemade raspberry marshmallows dipped in chocolate- Recipe will be linked here by tomorrow

Wedding favors were homemade raspberry marshmallows dipped in chocolate- Recipe will be linked here by tomorrow

The cake was lowered from the barn ceiling for the unveiling. It was breath taking! Gluten free wedding cake recipe HERE!

The cake was lowered from the barn ceiling for the unveiling. It was breath taking! Gluten free wedding cake recipe HERE!

 I love the story of the cake being lowered from the ceiling. One morning Dale said to me that he had this great idea. He said he wanted Jennifer’s wedding cake to lower from the barn ceiling for her reception. I didn’t say a word, no facial expressions from me. I  pretended like he didn’t say it. It was too scary- lowering the wedding cake from the ceiling! We’d never done that! We never mentioned it again.

Then, Alex got here a week before the wedding.  In the first hour of his visit, he says to us that he would like to have their wedding cake lowered from the ceiling! I gasped. Dale looked at me, I looked at him. It was a done deal at that moment. Dale drew up the plans and gave them to Alex. We went to bed one night and the next morning we wake up to the entire plan finished, perfectly executed! He’s definitely a keeper.

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Dancing

 

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Tent for gifts

Tent for gifts

Tent for Guest Book

Tent for Guest Book

 

I wish you could see all the lightening bugs entertaining the children

I wish you could see all the lightening bugs entertaining the children!  A magical night!

The sparkler send off! It was truly "A Royal Wedding"

The sparkler send off! It was truly “A Royal Wedding”

Thank you Beverly Toves for photographs, the CAKE, arranging our flowers, the chocolate fountain, the portrait. . . YOU ARE AN AMAZING FRIEND! Thank you Forest for the video! Thank you Kim for Photographs!

Reception was held at The Glasgow Farm.

Here’s the wedding and reception video for you to watch! 

German Pot Roast w/ all the Trimmings

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

This German Pot Roast will melt in your melt for sure!

3-5 pds chuck roast

3-5  garlic cloves, sliced thin

onion, sliced

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 cups strong coffee

1 cup water

salt and pepper

Onions, apple cider and extra water to cover garlic studded roast

Onions, apple cider and extra water to cover garlic studded roast- let sit for 24-48 hours

Make two cups of strong coffee and water

Two cups of strong coffee and water
You're supposed to put make slits in roast and add garlic to it before marinating. I forgot so, I added the garlic after marinading. It was still delicious!

You’re supposed to put make slits in roast and add garlic to it before marinating. I forgot so, I added the garlic after marinading. It was still delicious!

You won't need a knife. Its so tender!

You won’t need a knife. Its so tender!

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Make slits in roast, insert sliced garlic pieces into slits. Place the roast in a glass bowl and cover with one cup vinegar and sliced onions. The vinegar not only flavors the roast but also helps to tenderize it. Add a little more water to cover the roast. Refrigerate  for 24-48 hours.

Remove the roast from vinegar, pat dry and place roast in cast iron skillet on HIGH. Brown on both sides in iron skillet. Add the coffee and water- cover and cook on low on stove top with lid for 6 hours (I have made in oven as well, temperature on 300 for 6 hours).

Take roast out of liquid, it will fall apart. Oh my goodness this is  incredibly succulent and tender,  it melts in your mouth.

 

bread

Dill Casserole Bread

 

1 package dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 T. butter, melted

2 t. dill weed

1 egg

1 cup cottage cheese (I use curds)

2 1/2 cups self rising flour (I use GF Pamela’s)

(If you use regular flour you’ll need to add 1 t. salt and 1/4 t. soda)

 

Dissolve yeast in water. Mix all other ingredients. Let rise. Stir down. Pour into greased 2 quart casserole dish. Let rise- the longer the better! I let mine rise for 2-3 hours. Bake on 375 for 20-25 mins or until done.

 

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German Potato Salad

 

7-8 small to medium organic potatoes- chopped

salt to taste

8 slices uncured bacon-fry until crisp and save grease

1 red onion- diced and fried in bacon grease

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 heaping tablespoon flour

1/4 cup organic apple cider

1 bunch chopped chives

Fry bacon till crisp. Crumble, set aside and save grease. Add chopped onion to grease and fry until translucent. Add chicken broth, flour and apple cider to the mixture. Turn off heat. Put chopped potatoes into water seasoned with salt, in a pot. bring to boil and cook for 12 minutes. Drain water off. Add potatoes to other mixture and stir. When time to serve add the crumbled bacon and chopped chives. YUM!

Fry onions in bacon grease

Fry onions in bacon grease

Add cider, broth and flour to onion and grease mixture, stir and turn off heat

Add cider, broth and flour to onion and grease mixture, stir and turn off heat

I forgot to add the chives to this! Chives make it taste fresh.

I forgot to add the chives to this! Chives make it taste fresh.

Serve meal with salad!

Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac and Poison Oak-10 Facts you MUST KNOW

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I’ve had my share of run ins with poison ivy and poison sumac. Years ago I got a free load of mulch from the dump. Yep, you know where I’m going… In less than 24 hours- 80 percent of my body was affected with blisters and rash. It only takes one experience to teach you a powerful lesson. I’ll never get mulch from the dump again! Here are some other things we need to know about these poisonous plants.

1. Learn how to identify poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak.

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Poisonous  Sumac-found mostly in swampy locations

The poisonous sumac is a woody shrub or small tree growing up to 20 feet tall.
The stems of the leaflets are always red. Yellow-green flowers are present during June and July. The small white or grey berries are visible in September.
Non-poisonous sumac has red berries. Poison Sumac differs from other sumacs in having shorter leaves, fewer leaflets, and smooth leaf edges.

Poison sumac-remember if a cat goes through it and you pick it up- you're going to get the poisonous oil on you.

If your barn cat goes through poison ivy or poison oak and you pick it up- you’re going to get the poisonous oil on you.

If your dog runs through it, comes in the house and plops down- what he touches is infected with oil.

If your dog runs through poison ivy, comes in the house and plops down- anything he touches is infected with oil! You must wash your animal with soap and water to get the oils off.

2. How long does poison ivy, sumac, and oak stay active?   1-5  years. Anywhere the plant has touched, if it is not washed- is potentially active with urushiol oil.

3. Do NOT burn poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak in a brush pile. The poison plant oil called urushiol can cause a very severe allergic reaction. The heavy particles of the smoke contain urushiol, which will fall down in soot form and can be inhaled. The lungs can swell, cause coughing,  extreme irritation, and swelling in the throat. It can also cause blisters, swell face, and eyes shut.

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This is a serious hazard. I’ve seen pictures of babies with their eyes swollen shut from being exposed to the poisonous oils released into the air through bonfire.

4. Wash poison oil off ASAP. I am highly allergic to it and once a month I mow through areas infested with it.  I  mow for 30 mins wearing jeans, boots, long sleeve shirt and glasses.  I go inside take clothes off and put directly into washing machine. Next, I head to shower and wash myself well with soap and water. This has prevented almost all reactions for me personally.  Sometimes if I have a large area to mow I’ll come in and change clothes and wash every 1/2 hour.   I don’t let my clothes hit the floor.

Poison ivy would take over the property if we didn't control it

Poison ivy would take over the property if we didn’t control it

5.  Discard poisonous branches and leaves.  Wear long sleeves, pants, boots, gloves and goggles. Chop branches and put in garbage bags and put into trash.

Poison ivy running rampant up old oak tree

Poison ivy running rampant up old oak tree

6. How to keep poison ivy, poison sumac and poison ivy from spreading.  Keep mowed by tractor, cows, goats and sheep. Pour heavy amounts of salt on area after it is mowed down. It will kill everything around it, so be careful where you pour.

Goats LOVE poison ivy! It's a delicacy to them. They don't eat much grass but they love brush.

Goats LOVE poison ivy!  They don’t eat much grass but they love brush!

7. Poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak are not poison dormant in the winter. It is not safe to clear poison areas in the winter.  It is just as active in the winter as summer.

8. If your cow or goat eat poison ivy and you drink the milk it does not  give you  immunity to the toxins. Scientist say that is folklore.  90 percent of people are allergic on some level, the others aren’t.

Goat milk from goats eating poison ivy does not give you an immunity to the toxin

Goat milk from goats eating poison ivy does not give you an immunity to the toxin

9. Poison ivy blisters are not contagious. You must come in contact with the urushiol oil to get it. If you haven’t washed clothes, boots, etc that were touched by it you’ll get it. Not by touching blisters but touching the oil.

10. Treatment if infected with poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison sumac: 1. Bathes with baking soda and epsom salt are effective. 2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda on wet gauze, cover affected area. 3. Banana peel and cucumber soothe the itch. 4.  Pour whey onto gauze or folded absorbent paper towel and cover affected area. Secure in place.  The whey treatment helps us more than other treatment.hwkb17_017_18_19.jpg

Winners of “The Best Yes” book drawing!

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Winners of last weeks “Best Yes” drawing! Email me with your address!

Marla posted on08/11/2014 at 4:22,

Amma Bilson-Ogoe

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Fran who posted on 08/14/2014 at 8:44 

Jennifer Dougan

 

On her Death Bed She Received Eternal Life

God reminds us of His promises-He is Faithful

God reminded us last night through this rainbow that He is faithful to His Promises

She was alone, dying and in pain. She had no family or friends. She asked the nursing home to call a minister to come pray with her.

It was dinner time when I got the call. The smell of grilled, bacon wrapped stuffed chicken filled my house, the sides were ready, mouths were watering, plates were set at the table. The person on the phone said it was urgent that I get there.

“Can I come after dinner? I asked. The woman on the phone said, “You should come now.”

I didn’t know her, I’d never met her. I looked into her eyes, although she couldn’t see me, she was blind, instantly love bubbled  up inside me for her. I held her weak hands in mine. I asked her a few questions and then she said,“I’m dying, I want you to pray for me.”

I asked her, “What do you want me to pray?” I paused and waited. Her cloudy blue eyes welled with tears and trickled onto our hands. She said nothing.

I said nothing.

I waited for the Holy Spirit to direct me. Then, I asked her, “Tell me about the day you received Christ as your personal Savior. Were you a little girl or an older woman when you first knew Jesus?”

She didn’t say anything, for a while. I knew to be silent, she was processing. Oh how the Holy Spirit speaks volumes when we’re silent. Finally she said, “I don’t know. I went to church when I was little, I was always a good person. But I never, really  knew Jesus, personally. “

“Aw” I said. I thought to myself, I knew where we’re going, now. “Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God?” She nodded, yes.  I continued, “He died on the cross for your sins and rose again on the third day so that you can have eternal life with Him. Eternal life is a free gift, we do nothing to earn it. He loves you that much, Bertha! He wants you to spend eternity with Him. He’s been waiting for you to make this decision.

John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.’ “ Tears streamed down her cheeks.

“Would you pray with me?” She asked. I said, “Yes. Time is running out, you’ve  got’a get your name written in the Lambs book of Life.” I smiled with my voice. ” With tears streaming, she said, “Yes!”

We prayed a simple prayer together. I can’t remember the exact words, it was something like:

“God, I’m sorry for my sins and the life I’ve lived. I want  Your forgiveness.

I believe that Your only Son, Jesus Christ shed His blood for me on the cross and died for my sins, I want to turn from my sin.

You said in Romans 10:9 that if we confess that Jesus is our Lord and that You, God raised Him from the dead, we can be saved. I confess that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, that He died for me and that according to Your Word, I am saved.

Thank You Jesus for dying for me and giving me the free gift of eternal life. My physical body may die today, but I will live forever with YOU. In Jesus’ name AMEN.

We hugged. She said, “What now?” I said, “Well, Jesus’ last words to His disciples was, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ I’ll see if we can baptize you!”

Bertha passed on into glory with her Lord and Savior. No, she wasn’t baptized. I thought of the thief on the cross who accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior minutes before he died.

Bertha was no longer alone, fully alive and no longer in pain- for all eternity!

Thank You Jesus for the free gift of eternal life. Oh the day it will be, when all those who received You, gather at the party of all parties, the wedding supper of the Lamb!! Holy, Holy, Holy are You Lord God Almighty!!!!

John  6:47 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”

John 11:25, 26″Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ ”

1 John 2:25 “And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life.”

The Best Yes

Lysa and me at her house last month before She Speaks conference

Lysa and me at her house last month before She Speaks conference.

I’m so excited to be a part of my dear friend Lysa Terkeurst’sThe Best Yesblog tour!!

Exhaustion is not a condition I’ve been accustomed to in my life. I’ve proudly wore the badge called, TIRELESS. I thought I had successfully made it through the most exhausting years- raising five daughters, homeschooling, managing our own business, living on a farm, ministry. . . until this year.

This past year has been a banner year. The Lord has used me to minister to literally hundreds of THOUSANDS of people all over the WORLD. I traveled and spoke at more retreats and conferences than ever, seen more people accept Christ as their personal Savior than EVER and ministered to at least 80,000 people a month on my blog. The word phenomenal doesn’t describe all of what I’ve seen Jesus do in middle of it all. I am speechless and overcome by what He is doing RIGHT NOW. Jesus’ second coming is at hand and He is preparing His bride all over the world. What an honor to be used by Him at this hour in history.

Simultaneously we opened The Glasgow Farm to do business as a wedding/party venue. It has taken off at lightening speed and challenges my by ability to keep up many days. Dale and I are working harder than we’ve ever worked in our life, physically on the farm. A couple of weeks ago I moved 4000 pounds of dirt in one day, preparing the spot for a wedding. I won’t bore you with the thousand other assignments that go along with it.

I’m not tireless, I’m exhausted. So I’ve been asking the Lord, what’s The Best Yes for this next season of my life. Every day I’ve sought His answer to this question. I’ve had the honor of working under the leadership of Lysa Terkeurst with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her newest book, The Best Yes, Making wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands has been so practical in helping me to narrow down the best yes, today.

In the second chapter she talks about us not hearing God’s direction clearly when we’re too busy with life and that’s where confusion gets us in trouble. “Have you ever heard that amazing verse from Isaiah that says, ‘Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (30:21)? I love this verse! I want it to be true for me! I want my ears to hear God say, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ I want that with every fiber of my being. Don’t you? Can you imagine how much angst and pain we could save ourselves if we were really that in tune with God? It is possible. . . “ (pg 11-12) Read Lysa’s book for the rest!

Last week on my most exhausted day, the Lord answered my prayer. A young woman of God, Rachel Moberley, came and asked to assist me in the ministry. I’ve never had an assistant, I haven’t had the money to hire one. She is willing to work like a missionary.
How did all of this come to be?  She was seeking the Lord diligently for His will for her life and The Best Yes became loud and clear.  I was seeking the Lord diligently for His Best Yes in my life and He made it clear.
When The Best Yes is chosen, the best of who we are can emerge. I anticipate the Lord superseding my wildest imagination this coming year in ministry.

“We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.” What has “rushing” stolen from you. (pgs 7-18) Lysa Terkeurst

Do you need the Lord to help you with The Best Yes in your life? Tell me in one word what you need prayer for in the comment section, it will enter your name in the drawing to win The Best Yes be Best book to help you out. There will be five winners!sharon

Fried Gluten Free DONUTS

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Is your mouth watering yet? These donuts are DELICIOUS!

Ingredients

 2  envelopes active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk ( I used raw goat milk)

1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

1/3 cup shortening

5 cups of gluten free flour (I used Pamela’s)

1 quart shortening for frying

Ingredients for  Frosting:

1/3 cup butter

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

4 tablespoons hot water or as needed

Recipe Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Recipe makes 12 large donuts

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.
    Ingredients

    Ingredients

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  6. Gluten free dough never gets elastic like gluten dough. I added a little extra flour. While sitting it will become more solid.

    Gluten free dough never gets elastic like gluten dough. I added a little extra flour. While sitting it will become more solid.

    Dough rising

    Dough rising

     

    Not elastic but more like biscuit dough

    Not elastic but more like biscuit dough

    Must be well floured below dough or it will stick

    Must be well floured below dough or it will stick

     

    Gluten Free donuts don't rise as high as gluten donuts

    Gluten Free donuts don’t rise as high as gluten donuts

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  7. Organic shortening

    Organic shortening

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Thank you Jennifer and Alex Craig, for making these for us and sharing how you did it!

She Speaks 2014 Conference

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WhenTrials Hit Every Area of Your Life

Sunset after the rain last night

Sunset after the rain last night

Are trials literally hitting every  area of your life?

Often when we suffer, it’s the life of our self-nature that causes us pain. When we are dead, we don’t suffer. If we were completely dead to our old nature we would no longer feel many of the pains that bother us . . .

God prepares a cross for us that must be embraced without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful . . . The hardest thing about suffering is not knowing how great it will be or how long it will last. So often we want to set limits on our suffering.

We can’t reject the full work of the cross within us. If we do, we are forced to go over the same ground again and again. Worse yet, we will suffer much, but the suffering be for no purpose.

Lord help me never fall into the state in which the cross is not at work within me!

God most often doesn’t transform us on a bed of light, life, and grace. His transformation is usually done on the cross in darkness, poverty, and death. He uses disappointments and failures of our life to take our trust away from self and help us put our trust in Him.  It is like being burned in a slow fire.  Wouldn’t we  rather be burned up in a blaze of glory? Aw but a fast burn wouldn’t detach us from ourselves and others.

We must endure the painful process. There is much more at work here than instant maturity. Through the process we will die to self and through relying on Christ and not-self we gain immeasurable faith, love, and trust in Him.

Paraphrased excerpts from the book, 100 Days in the Secret Place-Gene Edwards.

He’s the only answer we need in middle of the trial. We MUST have alone time with Him everyday- no matter what. Forget the pile of dishes, weeds in the garden, social media or watching a movie.  Lets run to Him and sit in His presence.  That’s where I’m headed right now!  Lord, I don’t want to have to keep going through the same trial because I wouldn’t surrender all!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you . . . Therefore do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. for our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal wight of eternal glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”II Corinthians 4: 7-18

Tips for Traveling Cheap

Forth of July Picnic

Forth of July Picnic

We traveled 3000 miles in three days on $300.  It was an ADVENTURE!  Jennifer and I traveled from Virginia to L.A., CA.

I love a good challenge, don’t you?  Where do you want to go or need to go this summer? Does it seem impossible?  Then do it!

I’ve got my master’s degree in pinching pennies after raising five daughters. On top of raising them, we sent all five to college and have married four of them, so far.  Many days there’ve been no pennies to pinch.   So, we’ve had to work harder.

Several years ago Jennifer got an internship in L.A., CA.  She needed to get there with all her belongings- on the least amount of money possible.  We looked at the three big budget needs of travel: Mode of transportation, food, and lodging. We calculated every mode of travel meticulously- plus shipping her belongings. Every way we sliced it, we came up with car travel being the cheapest.

This is how we traveled 3000 miles on $300 in three days:

~Our VW Bug could go 45 miles to a gallon on the highway. We needed approximately 66 gallons of gas for 3000 miles. We mapped out the cheapest places to get gas and drove wisely on the highway.  We didn’t carry heavy luggage or coolers that would add drag to the fuel consumption.  We made the whole trip on $220 in gas.

~We calculated that we would need three nights of lodging.  We asked friends in TN (Micca Campbell) and OK (Tammy Dennis) if we could stay overnight with them on our journey. We made WONDERFUL memories with them.  Our last night we stayed at the cheapest hotel (THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED). It was definitely a memory which could be a post all on its own.

~We brought ALL of our own food. Loaves of organic bread, peanut butter, jelly, bananas, apples, boiled eggs and water.  Not once did we buy fast food.  Not once did we visit a convenience or grocery store and not once did we sit down in a restaurant. Not once did we buy a bottled water.  We filled up jars with water at home and refilled along the journey.

Traveling is expensive, if you aren’t careful.  In I Corinthians 4:2 We are told that, “it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” I want to have been found faithful with all the Lord provides for our family.

It’s a holiday weekend.  Yay!  Dale and I traveled to the beach to be with our children and grandchildren.  For the trip, I packed a picnic lunch.  I  poured chili in the bottom of mason jars, poured homemade corn bread batter on top of that and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.  I then baked the jars in the oven on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let the jars cool before putting tops on.

To add live enzymes to our meal, I included my Cucumber Salad and watermelon stars.  I filled mason jars with water for drinking and added organic chips to the basket! YUM!

You can also make my Chicken& Dumpling cobbler in mason jars.  Where do you plan to go this summer or where do you wish you could go? I would love to hear what food you bring on trips to save money!

Don’t Leave an Open Door for Your Enemy

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I thought I was all alone but there were noises coming from the cellar.  I was too afraid to open the door. . . so I didn’t. I continued to type and then from the corner of my eye, I saw something move.  I gulped and bravely looked to see him staring at me from the cellar door.

Fear grabbed me and then I ran outside and screamed for Dale. The six-foot snake still hung from the top of the door staring at me.  The tip of its tail clung firmly to the top for security. Bare handedly Dale grabbed the snake with both hands.  The snake was holding on for dear life!  He firmly pulled him off the door.  Its head stood straight up and body seemed bigger than life as Dale juggled his weight toward the front door.  All along I watched from my standing position on the table top.  Dale looked at me as if to wonder if I was just going to stand there or help him. He said, “I NEED YOU TO OPEN THE DOOR!”  Then, he flung the snake out into the grass.

I gathered myself and sat back down to work.  My daughter came into the kitchen a few minutes later and calmly pointed at the same door and said, “Mom, there’s another one.” I gulped and turned to see the second huge snake staring right at me.

This one was determined not to get caught.  He slithered behind the large freezer.  Us girls were undone with adrenaline and disgust.  Dale told us to get a grip and help him.  The third snake appeared…

We all took a deep breath after the third snake was caught and sighed in relief, believing that it was all over.  It was getting late, Ellie (16 yrs old)and I were washing dishes together and she made a proclamation, “I will never, ever sleep in this home again. I’m moving in with Becca.  They don’t have snakes!” As I handed her the rinsed plate to be dried off, I assured her that there were no more snakes and that she would not move in with her friend Becca.

Calmly she said,”Mom, there’s one coming from the cellar door right now.” I  said, “Ellie, don’t be silly.” I turned just to make sure she was kidding but she was right!  Number five and six came last and we’ve never seen another snake in the house since.  Ellie never moved in with Becca.

We’ve lived in our house for twenty years and never had a snake before that or after.  Dale had left the crawl space door under the house open in the fall and forgot to close it. The snakes saw it as a welcome sign for winter dwelling and took up residence. Winter was over and they were looking for their way out…

That night as I laid in bed, the verse from Ephesians 4 came to mind, “Don’t give Satan a foothold.” What’s a foothold? An open door to be invited in.  Satan looks for open doors of opportunity- footholds into our life.  We open doors to him when we have un-forgiveness, anger, fear or we constantly dwell on conflict we have with others. . . (just to name a few ways he slithers his way in).

We don’t even realize he’s gotten a foothold sometimes until  fear or anxiety stare us in the eye and say “here I am, now what are you gonna do about it?”  We can choose to ignore it, be too afraid to face it- or engage in the battle that will define our life.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live with snakes in my home.

It’s MY home and God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of sound mind.  Negligence in this battle is costly.  Imagine what my house would be like if I didn’t get rid of the snakes or left the door open all year long.  I wouldn’t want to live here!

If Jesus is Lord of our life, than we have the weapon we need.  The Word of God will defend us!  We need to read it, believe it, and live it.  Jesus promises to help us!  Ask the Lord to reveal any open doors in your life that have allowed the enemy to have a foothold. Clean your house and shut the door to snakes!

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8

Take up the sword of the Lord which is the Word of God and rebuke the enemy with TRUTH!

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Happily Ever After

The Princess and Prince united in Holy Matrimony

The Princess and Prince united in Holy Matrimony-June 7, 2014

The wedding was glorious!  True love took center stage in the old country church.  Their purity combined with their passion- exploded our hearts with joy and peace.  It’s a breathtaking wonder for a couple madly in love to wait for their wedding day, to partake of all the pleasures God has for them.

I sat directly in front of Jennifer and Alex and wondered if angels filled the place and all of heaven as they watched them pronounce their sacred vows.  I could sense God’s pleasure coursing through every word and gesture.  When two combine as one in they way that He intended, it is an awesome wonder.

The possibilities of a Happily Ever After marriage are endless now. . .

True love becomes drunk with passion when Christ and unselfish love unite as one.

Thank You Lord for allowing Dale and I (your humble servants) the honor of raising your princess. You are worthy of all praise and honor!  You are the King of Kings.  You are the most High GOD.  The Great I AM!

 

The cake was lowered from the ceiling for the unveiling!

The cake was lowered from the ceiling for the unveiling while music played and all eyes watched! It was a  real life fairy- tale wedding and reception!

The humble servants of the Most High God are still cleaning up from all the festivities!I’ll be sharing all the wedding and reception photo’s in a couple weeks! Thank you for praying for us!