A Wrecked Marriage–Saved Over Lunch

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If you’re joining me from P31 Devotions today, welcome!

“I can’t STAND my husband. I’ve had enough. It’s over. I’m so finished

with this marriage, Sharon. I’m DONE… DONE!” She screamed as I held

the phone away from my ear. She started sobbing. I waited. I could hear

her kids fighting in the background and a baby screaming. She said,

“Sharon, can the kids and I come over right now? I need your help. I don’t

know what to do with my life.”

Everything in me wanted to say, “NO!” It was lunch time. Her kids plus

mine would be a miniature army to feed. We were renovating our house

and the kitchen was out of service. I was using my bedroom as a makeshift

kitchen. We didn’t even have running water! I couldn’t imagine feeding

her crew and mine, much less have enough ingredients for a lunch.

Without thinking further I said, “Get the kids in the van and get over here!

We’ll talk over lunch while the kids play.” I heard her phone disconnect

before I even finished the sentence.

I rummaged through a box and found oatmeal, walnuts, maple syrup and

water bottles. That’s it, I thought. We’re eating oatmeal for lunch. That’s

all I’ve got! I made it on one of those table top burners. It was the biggest

pot of oatmeal you’ve ever seen.

The bowls and spoons were covered in dust from the construction. I wiped

’em clean. A little dirt never hurt anybody, I thought to myself. My kids

came in and asked why I had so many bowls. I said, company’s coming.

Your FRIENDS! They squealed with delight.

15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal topped with butter, walnuts, milk and

drizzled maple syrup were ready! I ran outside. Pulled 15 apples off the

apple tree and sat one next to every bowl.

The house was a wreck but I don’t think she ever saw it. She had tunnel

vision. All she could see was her doomed marriage. Everyone got their

bowl of oatmeal- including the construction workers.

We all sat down on the dusty floor, bowed our heads in prayer, ate, and

talked. The kids talked. The construction workers talked. My friend and I

talked.

As she told me her story, I thought to myself, “Oh my GOODNESS! I can’t

imagine being married to this man-either!” But I wasn’t about to say it! I

let her talk for over an hour without saying a word. At the end of it all, she

looked at me and said, “Well, what do you think?”

Within my spirit I prayed and asked God to help me say only what He

wanted me to say. My flesh wrestled with my spirit- BIG TIME! Lord?!

This guys a jerk! A total JERK!

I looked into her eyes and said, “Let’s pray and ask what He thinks.”

Words rolled out of my mouth that I hadn’t planned or thought. So much

better than what my thoughts were.

The prayer was finished and she looked at me and said, “I’m going to need

a lot of prayer to get through this Sharon. Everything you said really

convicted me today. I do love him and I believe more than ever after

coming here, that God is going to turn this around and use it for our good.

She hollered for her kids. Hauled them into the van and off they went. She

went back home to her husband, the kids’ dad, the family united. They

started to love each other again…

What did I do?

Served 15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal in 15 dusty bowls on a dusty floor

and barely said a word of my own. Listened. Kept my mouth closed and

invited the Lord through prayer to lead our thoughts. He is faithful and boy

did He answer.

“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will

be opened to you.”

Do you have a friend who’s going through a hard time with money,

marriage, kids, or their health? One you should invite over but haven’t

because your house isn’t in order? It doesn’t matter what your house looks

like or what you serve ’em! They need your help!

In the comment section below, tell me who you need to invite in one word.

Your comment will enter your name in the drawing to win a fifty dollar visa

card and Karen Ehman’s book, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart &

Home to Others.

Top marriage posts:

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A Season to Work

IMG_7536When we were raising our five daughters, we worked hard every day. I thought for sure the next season of life would be easier.  You know… -less work.

I’ve come to realize that as long as I have life in this body, it will be a season to work.  We have a friend on the farm helping  today (Luciano) who just said, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!” Hehe, he’s a pastor and also lives life to the fullest capacity! When he has nothing left to give, God refuels him to give even more.

My husband and I take off one day of week to rest.  Six days a week we go hard, really hard. 

In the past month I’ve traveled and spoke EVERY week.  And, we’ve hosted a wedding on our farm EVERY weekend. . .

The harvest is SO ripe, I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all- it's the greatest thing in all the world

The harvest is SO ripe. I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all.  It’s the greatest thing in all the world.  I wouldn’t want to do anything else!

Joel 3:13 “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow…”

What a blessing to get to minister

The living Word of God pours out like a fire hydrant on dry bones! Oh to witness what God does with His Word.  Indescribable.

We've had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying  with every family who gets married here. Many who come here don't know Jesus.

We’ve had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying with every family who get married here. Many who come here don’t know Jesus before the wedding.

We have a wedding this year EVERY weekend except August 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving!  Yeah… not one wedding passes without us praying for someone or many. After praying for the bride and bridesmaids at one wedding, the word got out that my husband and I were ministers and all throughout the reception we had a constant flow of people coming to us for personal prayer. Can it get any better than that?

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The work on a farm never stops.  Never.

Gal 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Beautiful set Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel's in the Red Zone of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship, singing, "There is power in the Name of Jesus...Breaking every chain...There's an army rising up..."

Set Beautiful Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel’s in the Red Light District of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship.  They sang, “There is power in the Name of Jesus…Breaking every chain…There’s an army rising up…”
One of my blog family whom I'd never met came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda, for blessing me more than you can imagine!

One of my blog family members whom I’d never met before came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda for blessing me more than you can imagine!

Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015! Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

In middle of  our season of work, God blows us away with BLESSING upon BLESSING!  Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015!  Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

 

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother's Day dinner- PERFECT way to end a wonderful weekend!

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother’s Day dinner.  It was the PERFECT way to end such a wonderful weekend!

Mother's Day bliss- We missed Jennifer and Alex- they're in Italy. Ellie  in Kansas City

Mother’s Day bliss.  We missed Jennifer and Alex.  They’re in Italy. Ellie in Kansas City.

We visit my precious mom every week. This week we celebrated Mother's Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

Every week my precious mom, Dale, and I have dinner and fun together. This week we celebrated Mother’s Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

I cracked TWO teeth this week! Yep- yesterday one got a crown

I cracked TWO teeth this week! oh boy! :(

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading.

Going out now to mow grass for this weekend’s wedding.  When that’s finished, I’ll finish preparing for Sunday’s speaking event in Jonestown, PA.

Have a blessed weekend! If it’s a season of work for you, I pray God gives you what you need to accomplish it all! Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”

The winner of our last drawing is Karen Walker!! Contact me with your address!!

Keep it Shut

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Sunday morning fights. Ugh…

Kids fighting, shoes missing, and Dale and I who are usually in crazy love- nearly ready for separation before we walk inside the church on Sunday morning. Yikes!

This past Sunday wasn’t a lot different. I wanted to go in late and leave early so as not to touch any of the “sick” folks carrying that horrible flu bug. Yeah it’s the one with the high fever and has been going around lately.

I’m speaking at a retreat this coming weekend and can’t get sick. I gave my rules before entering…  “When the last song starts- we leave. Agreed? We can’t talk to or touch ANYONE.”

The last song started… I texted him to remind him of our plan and asked for the keys. He didn’t give them!  I gave him the look.  It didn’t work.

By the time the car doors shut we were arguing.

Why do I do that? The poor man had barely done anything wrong and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. Have you ever had a fight so uncalled for that by the end of the day you can’t remember why you were so mad?!

Oh my goodness- my fight with Dale was just wrong.

That afternoon I was opening my mail and got a package from one of my most precious friends and prayer partner, Karen Ehman. It was her newly released book, Keep it Shut.  

How appropriate was that? I needed to learn to keep it shut and here was the tool to help me.

I started to read.  Oh my goodness… the book is full of wisdom and practical help for mouths like mine. I don’t know about you but I need to learn to Keep it Shut! 

Here are a few of her guidelines for choosing words more wisely.

1. Trade Places. Imagine you are hearing rather than speaking your words. How would you feel if what you are about to say
were addressed to you?

2. Leave some things left unsaid.

3. Temper your tone. What we say may not be wrong, but if the tone is off, harm can be caused and the meaning misconstrued.

4. Consider your countenance.

5. Believe the best before assuming the worst!

6. Don’t get historical, rattling every offense off the person has done.

7. Choose Your Timing!

You’ve got read this book. I’ve only got two copies to give away.

Dale and I made up before the night was over…  We’re in love again. Thank You Lord. I learned several invaluable lessons on keeping my mouth shut! I hope you win- so that you can too!

You can even take a “test drive” and read a chapter- for free!  Just click here! The book is about the power of our words in every area of our life.

To enter to win the book, just describe a situation in the comments below that makes it hard for you to “keep it shut.”  If you’re in a hurry- just say, “I’m in!” I’ll announce the winner next week!

In Michigan this past June at the 6 week video Keep it Shut Bible Study recording! w/ Melissa Taylor, Lindsey, KAREM EHMAN, me and Kim

In Michigan this past June at the 6 week video Keep it Shut Bible Study recording! w/ Melissa Taylor, Lindsey, KAREM EHMAN, me and Kim

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

Buy Keep it Shut HERE!  RANKING #1 best seller in Christian living on AMAZON!

Gingerbread Legacies

Our three new grand babies  and son in law gingerbread cookies

Our three new grand babies and son in law gingerbread cookies

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is our permanent gingerbread ornaments with family names on them.  This year, the Lord has graciously added to us three grandchildren and a son in law.

I love these ornaments because each one tells a story. I love to reflect on memories of the ones who have passed into their eternal home.

Great Grandma Rowley didn’t have any money.  She didn’t give presents or Christmas cards.  She never really spoke unless spoken to.   I’ll never forget my conversations with her.  She talked about Jesus like I’d never heard anyone talk.

The last time I saw her, she was in her late nineties and her mind and body were going.  She stayed awake all night and slept in the day.  It was hard on the family.  I walked into her room this particular night and she appeared not to be in her right mind until I asked her to tell me about Jesus.

Her face lit up like a Christmas tree.  Peace filled her countenance and a smile took over her confusion.  Her slumped over body straightened right up.  Tears filled her eyes and then it was like a fountain of living water came forth from her.  “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus oh I love His name. He is wonderful, He’s my Counselor, my Mighty God, He’s my Everlasting Father, my Prince of Peace…”

She radiated almost like she was in Heaven and not on Earth in her spirit. She didn’t stop talking!  She couldn’t! I eventually had to walk out of the room to take care of our children who were waiting to be put to bed.  When I finished, I came back in the room and she was still recounting His glory and majesty!

I’ve never forgotten that night.  She gave the best Christmas gift I could have ever received from her. What else do I know about her?  Did she keep a clean house?  I don’t know! Was she organized?  I don’t know.  It doesn’t matter.  What did she do in her spare time?  She read the Word.

None of us know if we will be here next Christmas…

A question that comes to my heart during this time of year, is “what story will be told of us?”  If our family in the distant future were hanging our gingerbread person on the tree and our story was being told, what would be said?

When I’m ninety-eight years old and my great, great grandchildren walk in the room and ask me to tell them about Jesus- I want Him to flow out like a river.  I want my love for Him to be a mighty rushing river flowing from that place within, that never grows old.  His Presence and life abiding inside of us is the gift that keeps on giving!

The gifts we buy will soon be forgotten but the gift that gives into our future generations is a living testimony of a life lived in “laid down love” for Jesus.

As I add my new gingerbread family to the garland today, I pray for my children to live a life dedicated to the Lord and that their life stories would be powerful and told for generations to come.

 

Blessed is the man…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf never withers. . .” Ps 1

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…” Hebrews 12:1-2

Great Grandma Rowley on far left, me holding our daughter Heather and Grandma Gray

Christmas memories in the making- Great Grandma Rowley on far left, me holding our daughter Heather and Grandma Gray

Heather is the mother to three of our grand babies now!

Some years I hang the gingerbread people on a special tree, other times they hang on this garland in my kitchen

Some years I hang the gingerbread people on a special tree, other times they hang on this garland in my kitchen

Gift from God

Lydia June Easter and proud Grandma

Lydia June Easter- Gift from God-Proud Grandma

Margaret Morgan is the winner of the cornucopia basket!! Email me your address!

Our daughter Hannah and her husband, Jake had their first baby this past week. We have been thanking God everyday for Lydia.

Hannah’s labor was quick, but hard.  Immediately after Lydia was born she was taken to the NICU, she had Meconium aspiration. She was released to a normal room in less than 24 hours. I’ve been with Hannah most of the week and now preparing for a marriage conference tomorrow where Dale and I are the keynote speakers.

 

Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking in Buffalo, NY at the Women Standing Strong conference. The theme of the weekend was Breaking Down the Walls. Oh MY how the Lord ministered to us all.  Before the Israelites could come into the Promised Land the walls of Jericho HAD to come down. We all have walls that we build around ourselves from time to time. Sometimes we build them because of past disappointments, sometimes because we’re too afraid to trust God. . .

What walls have you built around yourself thinking you were protecting yourself when all along they are preventing you from the greater blessing? Lord, show us the walls and help us to take them down. We want everything You have for us and nothing less. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Still praying for last weeks prayer requests. I’ve got three prayer warriors praying over these. My heart breaks for you and the things you’re going through. May the Lord strengthen you and give you peace that passes all understanding.

 

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!

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.

Dancing

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! 

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!

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!

Raising Strong Willed Children

If you are joining me from Proverbs 31′s devotion, Losing The Battle is Not an Option- welcome!

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as fronts between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Watch video of our five daughters talking about discipline

High Calling of Motherhood

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Easter Traditions

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses-

Directions for how to make The Empty Tomb and Cross centerpiece.

If you are visiting me today from Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion, welcome!

Jesus our Lord is risen! Because He died and rose on the third day;“He that believes in Him shall have everlasting life.” When we believe, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance. This is cause for uncontainable excitement!

We are filled with all the fullness of God! Oh my goodness, this is glorious!

Let’s worship Him without reserve.  Lets cleanse our homes of anything that doesn’t glorify Him. Lets give ourselves wholly to Him who bought us with His own blood. Lets love Him the way He loves us!

May your Easter be filled with all the fullness of God!Coconut Cream cake

Family Meal with yummy Coconut Cream cake
Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

Here’s the link for this delicious Coconut Cake Recipe. Recipe is Gluten Free but you can make it with regular flour too.

Blown out eggs, decorated-these were made 15 years ago

Decorate blown eggs- these were made over 15 years ago by our children. Some have Jesus and cross painted on, another the three crosses. . .

Directions for making decorated blown out eggs here and storage of the treasures.

I laid an old basket with a flat back on the table. The Cross was made with two twigs tied together. I love how the basket handle resembles the crown of thorns.

Easter Devotions

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I divided the large batch into smaller jars- they'll be on the table for Easter

Pickled eggs are a family tradition passed down from my mom

 Link  to recipe for pickled eggs here.

 

Passover(Seder) Supper

Passover(Seder) Supper

One of the greatest traditions you can start with your family is a Passover(Seder) meal. Instructions, recipes, and verses on how to do prepare for a Passover(Seder)Meal.  

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”   Easter beckon’s us to share Christ’s  free gift of salvation to the lost. It beckon’s us to be overcome with His love for others.  Who do you know that doesn’t know Christ as their personal savior? Ask the Lord how He would like to use you to bring them to Him. Should you call them, invite them for Easter lunch? Send an Easter card? Stop by with a basket and invite them to church? In the comment section, leave the name of the one you’re praying for. Your comment enters you to win a $40 gift certificate to be used at the Proverbs 31 bookstore and we’ll pray for your lost family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker.

Use your gift certificate to get this necklace or books!

Use your gift certificate to get this necklace or books!

The Royal Bridal Shower

The Royal Shower

The Royal Shower

Wedding preparations and festivities have commenced. Jennifer’s royal shower was this past weekend.

My friend Beverly Toves took all the photos!

Invitation to Jennifer's royal bridal shower

Invitation to Jennifer’s royal bridal shower

The bride-to be with her sisters and mom

The bride-to be with her sisters and mom

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Gluten free cake with organic butter cream frosting

Gluten free cake with organic butter cream frosting, organic chocolate cups with raspberry mouse, dates, macaroons, homemade marshmallows dipped in chocolate and coconut, homemade wedding mints (made by grandma) chocolate mouse, phyllo filled delicacies (made by Ellie)

 

Gluten free cupcakes- made by sisters- Rachael and Ellie

Gluten free cupcakes made by sisters- Rachael and Ellie

 

Coffee, raspberry punch lemon water and chocolate covered strawberries dipped by Rachael

Coffee, raspberry punch lemon water and chocolate covered strawberries dipped by Rachael

Heather brought the chocolate mouse

Heather brought the chocolate mouse

Fruit salad recipe here!

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Hannah brought the macaroons and made yummy organic goat cheese dip and vegetables

Pink pickled eggs, watermelon and cantaloupe balls

Pink pickled eggs, watermelon and cantaloupe balls

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Heather holding week and a half old Heidi. Grandma (my mom) seeing her for first time.

Heather holding week and a half old Heidi. Grandma (my mom) seeing her for first time.

 

Grandma (Dale's mom) congratulating Jennifer

Grandma (Dale’s mom) congratulating Jennifer

Jennifer cutting her cake

Jennifer cutting her cake

Recipe for cake here!

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The blessing

The blessing

Introducing friends and family

Introducing friends and family

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Friends from college and childhood

Friends from college and childhood

 

Rachael and Bethany (Bethany used to live at the Glasgow house for weeks at a time when she was little)

Rachael and Bethany (Bethany used to live at the Glasgow house for weeks at a time when she was little)

lauraLaura congratulating Jennifer and Alex. Laura and Jennifer have been friends since they were two years old.

Present opening

Present opening

 

Jennifer told her and Alex's Once upon a Time love story. Then everyone was quizzed on how well they listened to the story.

Jennifer told her and Alex’s Once upon a Time love story. Then everyone was quizzed on how well they listened to the story.

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Alex had been in Alaska filming for 10 days. He made a guest appearance for the shower! They had never been apart for that many days since they started dating

Alex had been in Alaska filming for 10 days. He made a guest appearance for the shower! They had never been apart for that many days since they started dating

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 Throughout each day this past week while we busily prepared for the wedding and shower we would stop, thank the Lord for providing such a godly and amazing man and then ball our eyes out. It’s worth waiting for the man that GOD provides. Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Marathon To-Do List w/ Children

listLast week our daughter and her husband had their fourth baby, Heidi Victoria! We’re still celebrating!  The first one, Grace is with the Lord, just in case you’re wondering where she is in the photo’s. Each baby born is a huge gift from the Lord, for which we are ever so grateful.

It is such an honor to be a grand parent. I’ll never forget those days after Grace died, when other grandparents held their  grandchildren and I ached for ours. When I hold ours now, oh my goodness- I cherish them. Every toe I kiss, every nose I wipe, every word they say is priceless. When you lose a life, it makes you more grateful for life. I want to cherish our grandchildren. I want to live life with them, teach them through our actions how to live and love like Jesus.

Before Heidi was born I made a list of things I could do with the grand children while Heather, their mom was in labor. Use the list as an idea bank for yourself, for your children or grandchildren.

Heather’s labor was only five hours, Heidi was born while the kids were still asleep. We decided to do the list anyway so Heather could rest from her night of labor. After hugging and admiring Heidi we ate breakfast and then began our marathon list. The object of the marathon was to complete it in one day. We only accomplished 3/4  by dinnertime! The snag in time that I didn’t account for was  the toy from Target- they didn’t want to move on to the next thing, they wanted to play with the toy.

  1. Dye Easter eggs
  2. Make craft
  3. Finger paint
  4. Read books
  5. Play game
  6. Nature walk
  7. Make Christmas ornament
  8. Pitch tent in family room- to play in
  9. Pray
  10. Tell story
  11. Go to store and buy a toy
  12. Watch movie and eat organic popcorn
  13. Make cookies
  14. Snug as a bug in the rug at bedtime
  15. Make scrape book
  16. Talk for an hour
  17. Take cookies to neighbor
  18. Hugs and say, “I love you!”
  19. Give organic candy
  20. Make yummy meal

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Dying Easter eggs

Dying Easter eggs

 

Grandman and I took them shopping so they could each buy one toy

Grandman and I took them shopping so they could each buy one toy

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Made a craft

Made a craft

Made cookies- Lochlan choose a cross cookie cutter for Jesus-he told me all about Jesus and the cross

Made cookies- Lochlan choose a cross cookie cutter for Jesus-he told me all about Jesus and the cross

Felicity chose chicks and the cross cookie cutters

Felicity chose chicks and the cross cookie cutters

Took cookies they made to neighbor

Took cookies they made to neighbor

Nature walk

Nature walk

Made play dough- felicity enjoyed throwing it more than anything

Made play dough- felicity enjoyed throwing it more than anything

Read books

Read books

organic candy

Organic candy

Heidi was 7 hours old-we were at the breakfast table with the whole family

Heidi was 7 hours old in this photo-we were at the breakfast table with the whole family-before the marathon to-do-list

What a memorable day!

The Proposal to The Princess

The Prince Proposing to the Princess

The prince proposing to the princess

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived two humble servants in the kingdom reigned by the King, the One called the Great I Am. The King entrusted this couple with five of His most priceless gifts- His princesses. The humble servants bowed before the King in thanksgiving, that He would trust them with such a royal honor.

From the time of their conceptions, the weight of raising this Kings’ Daughters became all-encompassing. The couple prayed night and day for them.  They prayed that the daughter’s hearts would be enthralled by the King- and for their future princes. For they knew, that their time of raising them would be pivotal in their future in the kingdom.

The daughters grew up to be beautiful princesses.  The King impressed upon the servants’ hearts the necessity of each daughter to only choose the prince whom He had groomed- specifically for them. The intensity was great, for there were many in pursuit of the royal ones.

One by one, the daughters started to present potential princes to the servants for approval.

As each suitor was presented, the King  would immediately speak to the inner chambers of the couples’ hearts. The answers were quite clear.  It was either “Yes” or “No”- but never “maybe.”

Three out of the five daughters received their prince and married him.  These three received the prince that the King  had groomed especially for them.  It was quite a fairytale, except for the fact that one of the daughters was missing her prince.  He was nowhere to be found. The servants questioned the King and begged him for knowledge of where this prince might be found.

The King spoke to the inner chambers of their hearts, “the prince is still being groomed.”

Then the day that the servants had prayed for all the days of her life- came to be. The prince arrived!

The princess presented him before the servants of the King, to ask if he indeed was the one that the King had selected.

The King (the One called the Great I Am) spoke in the inner chambers of their hearts and said, “Yes, this is he.”  The servants smiled at Jennifer and gave her His approval.

On March 2, 2014 in a land far, far away (NYC), the prince, Alex Craig proposed to Princess Jennifer Glasgow. She cried, “Yes, I will marry thee.”

The consummation of this fairy tale will take place in June of 2014 at the home of the humble servants of the Most High King, Dale and Sharon Glasgow.  The King gave this precious princess to them, and now they will give her hand in marriage to the one He ordained for her.

The humble servants, her parents- haven’t stopped crying for joy.  For you see, every day (since the time that they knew she was conceived) have prayed for this little princess- that one day she would find her prince in shining armor.  What an honor to be entrusted with a child of the King.

We bow before Him today, thanking Him for this honor and weeping with grateful hearts.

The youngest of the five princesses, remains, and the servants pray for her night and day. . .

Winner of last weeks drawing for books and Target gift card is Christine who posted  2014/03/01 at 10:06 AM.

 

The princess at age four

The princess at age four

The Princess and me at the engagement party! This was taken after we composed ourselves from tears of JOY!

The princess and me(servant of the King) at the engagement party!

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Our five princess's plus one

Our five princess’s plus one-at Rachael’s wedding last year

Twelfth Night Dinner

 

 

The Story of that Twelfth Night Dinner lives on. . .

The Story of that Twelfth Night Dinner lives on in our Home

If you’re visiting from Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today devotions, welcome!

It was the most memorable dinner I’ve ever attended… It was a Twelfth Night Dinner.  The smell of roasted rib roast enveloped us as we walked through the front door. We were ushered through the bustling kitchen.  It was filled with homemade dishes.  Yorkshire pudding and mushroom pie were being taken out of the oven as we made our way to the family room adjacent to the dining-room.  Candles flickered all over the table.  Jars of homemade pickled watermelon rind and other delicacies adorned the table.

Their only daughter, Heidi (11 years old), was sitting on the sofa. We sat next to her.  A wig covered her sparse, thin hair. Cancer had taken a toll on her brainstem and she wasn’t who she used to be physically or mentally.  Slowly, she explained to us why her family celebrated Twelfth Night.

She looked off into the distance and recalled the beautiful story of the Magi following the star to find Jesus. The wise men were Gentiles (non-Jews) and were willing to go any distance to worship and adore Him with their finest gifts.  At the close of her story, her words got slower.  She took a long pause- we waited. Our daughters didn’t move a muscle nor did my husband or I.  It was as if she were listening to a voice we couldn’t hear. Our hearts melted when slowly she said “Come let us adore Him and give Him our best- just like the wise men.”

Clanging pots and dishes jolted us back into the twentieth century. Pat, our hostess invited us to gather ‘round the table. Her toddler started to cry. She said, “Please excuse Galen, his ear drum burst last night. He didn’t get much sleep, he’s a little grumpy.”  We joined hands and prayed.

I sat mesmerized that night, by this family.  While suffering, they served.  One child suffering the effects of brain stem cancer, another with a dreadful ear infection, a mom with no sleep, a third child that begged her attention and yet, she served us with joy. How ironic that her and her husband would host a night of worship in honor of the ultimate suffering servant, Jesus.

We ate our food with gladness and simplicity of heart, and praised God together.  Our children were young but even they could sense the sacredness of the night. No one said a word on our way home. Years have passed since then, but every 12th night after Christmas, I remember the Kastock family and that special dinner. Heidi went home to be with the Lord. But she lives on in my heart as the greatest story teller of Twelfth Night, that there ever was.

It was literally the most memorable dinner I’ve ever attended. The food was incredible.  The fellowship sweet but the living example of a suffering servant is so indelibly etched in my heart and soul that it changed me forever.

Lord, help me to never wait until my circumstances are perfect to serve. Help me to serve when nothing is perfect, when life is hard and when it’s good.  May I celebrate You all the days of my life with the same tenacity and with my finest gifts just like the wise men, and the Kastock’s.

I don’t know about you but I’ve already got the family in mind I want to invite over. How about you? We can’t wait till things get easier.  It never does! To make it easier, you could have them over for just coffee and dessert.

The best  Coconut Cream Cake (Gluten Free) recipe ever to serve with the coffee!

A make ahead dinner, try- Chicken and Dumpling  Casserole (Gluten Free) I keep one of these in freezer at all times for unexpected company. You can bake it before you freeze it or freeze unbaked, both work.

Pat Kasktock’s Twelfth Night Yorkshire Pudding

2 Corinthians 12:9a, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…”

Who are you going to invite? Leave their name in the comment section to enter the drawing to win this amazing book, Everyday Confetti written by my dear friends, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer and a $30 Target gift card to get the baking pan you need! The book is being released January 21, 2014. I’ll pick the winner next Wednesday!! Everyday confetti