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Marriage is Like Farming- It Must be Cultivated

A magical marriage

The grain bag was almost empty, so I reached deeply into the dark bag to get a scoop for my chickens… Suddenly something scurried up my arm sleeve! You would have thought an anaconda was in my shirt the way I jumped and screamed! Within 10 seconds a mouse jumped right out of the top of my shirt! I’m surprised we didn’t both roll over and die right there!

People love farms. I think it’s inborn. You know an innate desire deep within for “that” farm- where the grass is always green, the animals are always content and luscious organic food grows effortlessly.

Ahhh… but what people don’t see is what it takes to make “that” farm.

A diligent farmer never, ever goes a single day without working and laboring by the sweat of his brow on behalf of the farm. You have to fight for it. YOU DO! You protect its borders, maintain the fences… love and cherish it, in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

Only a farmer with this mentally has “that” beautiful, “magical” farm.

You must be willing to fight predators single handedly who come to steal, kill and destroy; like snakes eating our breakfast, foxes dragging off the chickens, or coyote’s stealing our newborn kids (baby goats).

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s poop to scoop, fields to mow, poisonous vines to annihilate, goats to milk in 0-100 degree temperatures. . .  Left unattended for just a short while and you wouldn’t want the farm!

People love looking at our goats, chickens, and turkeys strutting about the farm. They love watching the fireflies dance about over the open field at night… roaming the nature paths… With dreamy eyes many say to me, “Oh this place is magical! I want a farm, just like it.” I smile and nod, thinking to myself, if they only knew the labor. Would they really want it?

A good marriage is just like a good farm.

People love good marriages, it’s innate. Everyone desires “true love.” Oh, it’s breathtaking. People flock to movies to see a powerful love story about a couple who would do anything for love. They sit with popcorn in hand, tears streaming and wish their love story was “that” one.

Just like a farm, marriages have predators that threaten “true love.” You know what I’m talking about… Something or someone that seeks to destroy you and/or devour your marriage. You’ve got to FIGHT for your marriage! YOU DO! Protect the borders. Maintain the fences. Love and cherish it in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s stinky messes to clean,  poisonous vines (words that destroy) to annihilate… love to be lavished sacrificially. . .left unattended for one season and you wouldn’t want the marriage.

Yep… There are moments that I don’t want to farm anymore; like when a mouse runs up my sleeve and out the top of my shirt. I’m finished, I am! But in the grand scheme of things a mouse in my shirt is the very least of the costs of having “that” farm. Some things you just got to get over no matter how unnerving and press on toward the prize of the high calling.

A good marriage is like a good farm. It is a work in process that can never be left unattended- not even for one day. Luscious fruit doesn’t grow effortlessly. You’ve got fight for it. YOU DO.

I always dreamt of living on a farm. Never, ever did I think it would be so hard. But we’ve got “that” farm- where the grass is green and the animals are content. Actually, it is magical to live here but we work hard at it.

Our marriage is magical too, but we work really hard at it.

Gen 3:18-19

“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground…”

Gen 2:22-24 “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ”This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Edward when he was born

Edward when he was born.

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Edward our French Alpine buck.  He’s famous on The Glasgow Farm.

chickens

Sparky and chickens

 

Snake eating our breakfast

Yep a black snake in the chicken coop- eating our breakfast! He never came back for another egg after this day.

Edward

A content animal.

Turkey's

Every night before dusk we have to put the Turkey’s in their house or the foxes come looking for them.

Sparky and cat

Trolly unloading people

Trolly unloading people onto our farm for a wedding- 2 hours before they arrived. Edward knocked down his fence that led straight to where the trolly is parked. Dale worked hard to mend the fence before 200 people arrived!

 

Ground hogs- every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it.  They've dug under, climbed over. . . I've turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You've got to fight for your garden!

Ground hogs.  Every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it. They’ve dug under, climbed over. . . I’ve turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You’ve got to fight for your garden! They love anything with blossoms, especially zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Fence and gate

Deer  jump over and  foxes crawl under  fences to  get to what they want- it’s up to us to protect within our border.

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food

Today's harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest from

Today’s harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest-each will keep producing for several weeks!

Mulberries are the latest rage in “superfood.”  Their antioxidants are 79% higher than blueberries and 24% higher than cranberries. They contain  high levels of resveratrol- the super hero antioxidant. They outperform cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with its phytoactive ingredients!

In a recent article by the Journal of Infectious Diseases it proved that resveratrol decreased the reproduction of the influenza virus.

Studies have shown that eating high levels of antioxidant’s can also help protect from age disorders, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

So, if you, your neighbor or the park next door has a mulberry tree, go get ’em! 

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food- I didn’t let this cure in freezer for an hour, when you cure it, it will hold its shape

Mulberry Sorbet

5 cups of washed fresh or frozen mulberries (remove stems if you desire, it takes a lot of time)

*1 tablespoon elderberry elixir (if you have it!)

1 cup organic sugar & 1/4 cup water- heated in pot until sugar melts

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

Puree mulberries and add to melted sugar and stir well. Let chill in refrigerator for 6 hours.

Pour into ice-cream maker and follow the makers directions for making sorbet.

Let set in freezer(cure)  for an hour before serving.

For 10 things to make with mulberries click here!

Caution:

If you’re not into health, don’t waste your time harvesting mulberries. It takes a LOT of work. Read how we harvest.

After you harvest the fruit- you’ve got to go through and get twigs, branches, rotten and unripe fruit out. Which could take hours if you have bushels and bushels and more bushels. . .

The only people who would go through this amount of work  are people who don’t have the money for superfood in the market, people who are ultra serious about their health and want to stock up or farmers who can’t let anything go to waste.

This is “today’s” harvest from one tree, we have three more trees! Yep, I didn’t take a photo of yesterday’s bounty.

The trees will keep producing high yields for the next few weeks. Well, I better stop talking and get to work! I love super hero food and Dale’s a true farmer at heart- he can’t let harvest go to waste.

Hazelnut Sweet Potato Flatbread

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Organic Sweet Potato Flatbread

A delicious paleo flatbread that taste like heaven.You would never know it’s healthy!  Every ingredient is packed with life-giving nutrients. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches, 8 flat breads. You’ll probably want to double it!hazelnut flour

Ingredients

3 tabs Hazelnut flour or substitute w/Coconut flour  or almond (Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol. These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies)

1 envelope of  Knox gelatin (largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline- anti inflammatory)

6 tbsp baked sweet potato, mashed (one of the most nutritious foods in the vegetable kingdom, loaded w/carotenoids, calcium, b-12, potassium, vitamins A and C…) 

2 tbsp real butter (abundant in vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids, perfect balance of omega-3 and 6

2 pastured eggs, lightly beaten  (said to be the world’s healthiest food)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (contains many essential trace minerals our bodies need to be healthy)

  1. Bake sweet potato -Heat oven to 400° F. Pierce sweet potato with the tines of a fork. Place  sweet potato on a cookie sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Mash 6 tablespoons of the sweet potato.
  2. Mix all ingredients in bowl, except gelatin. Add gelatin last, stir well-until smooth.
  3. Put sheet of parchment paper on baking sheet. Spoon dough into oblong rounds 1/4 inch thick and smooth out.IMG_0001
  4. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and peel flatbread from paper.  Make second batch of flatbread. 

    Baked flatbread

    Baked flatbread

Layer your flatbread with your favorite sandwich filling. 

Today’s flatbread is layered with whipped avocado’s, smoked salmon, organic greens, tomato and red onion. Served with a colorful organic salad.

Other times I’ve filled them with organic chicken salad or bacon, lettuce and tomato. . .

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

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When Your Plan to Keep out of Trouble- Fails

Our walk from the gas station when our car broke down- Goodwill Outlet in background

Our walk from the gas station when our car broke down- Goodwill Outlet in background

Have you ever made a plan to keep out of trouble, but instead found yourself in double trouble? Oh my goodness… That was ME- this week!

My daughter got a job 18 hours from home and needed to get there immediately. But, we didn’t have a budget for the move.

Question: Do we use credit and go into debt?
Answer: Avoid debt at ALL COSTS. Keep the goal and stay out of debt!
The Plan: Leave credit cards at home.

The plan was to pack our 2000 VW Bug and drive 18 hours straight- only stopping for gas. The plan was to get free furniture and appliances from Craigslist when we got there.
The plan was working well! We got there on $100 and slept at a friend of a friend’s house.

The next day, we wasted no time as we headed for a thrift store. It was a banner day! We got a microwave and other appliances all for just $17! We were getting pretty puffed up about our successful plan until we got back
into the car and… it wouldn’t start.

The gas gauge was at a quarter tank. Maybe the gauge is broken? We walked to the nearest gas station… bought gas. That wasn’t the problem.

We asked nearby businesses what local mechanic to call. They all said, “You’re in the hood ma’am. There’s no place we recommend.” That was not comforting!

I called our sweet new friends (who let us sleep at their house). They graciously called a tow truck and had the car delivered to a trusted mechanic. While the car was being towed, we were picked up and delivered to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

They needed a credit card with my name on it in order to rent a car. Gulp… I didn’t bring a credit card because the plan was to stay out of debt! I didn’t plan to break down! All I had was a debit card and they wouldn’t take a debit card, period.

Sternly, the manager said, “We’re closing. We’ll take you back to where you broke down.” The woman was very rude and treated us like vagabonds.

My emotions rose…

This is where I found myself in double trouble. My flesh wanted to rise up and my faith was challenged. Instantly, I recalled a verse I had read that very morning. “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord,
that it may be well with you…” Ah, yes Lord.

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.. . but the fruit of the spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control… If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

I was very kind and gracious to her, as she locked the door. I said, “Would you accept a photo copy of one of my credit cards at home?”

She said, “Yes.” Oh thank the Lord, I thought!

The problem was that no one was at home! Rachel Moberley drove to our house, found the card, and sent a copy to me! I was approved!

The story gets good now… We didn’t just rent a car. We got a truck!
Now we had the needed vehicle to pick up free furniture! And just a few miles from Enterprise, was sitting a free couch. The people selling the couch were Christians and it was very clean. So I asked if they had a mattress or any other furniture they needed to get rid of. They said, “Yes!” After loading all the goods I asked if I could pray for them. They said, “Sure.”

They cried…

I’m not sure who the car broke down for- us or them. We got all this free stuff and they were in need of prayer and God’s direction. JESUS!!!!

It had been a day. I was exhausted from lack of sleep but had made a commitment to the Lord to give Him a sacrifice of praise, prayer, and time with Him in His Word- every morning and night.

I opened the Bible to where I had left off that morning and this is what it said, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you into the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you… so that you might know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Gulp. Worship and tears sprang from my heart like a fire hydrant.

Oh Lord, may I be found faithful in the testing- even when my plans fail!

The car? It was the anti-theft processor. It took the garage 6 hours to figure out! There was also a “God set-up” at the mechanic and all the work turned out to be only $150. Although we had to have a credit card to be approved for the rental car, we were able to pay in cash without having to go into debt. Jesus, You are worthy of all my praise! What a life in Christ!

Saying goodbye yesterday

Saying goodbye yesterday

A plan that we make to keep out of trouble is quickly broken if we are merely relying on our own ability. We’re not strong enough on our own. We need supernatural strength, wisdom, and guidance from the King of kings and Lord of lords! He can and will help us through it all!

A couple of weeks ago, I made a plan to fast from complaining for 40 days. I failed on the first day! I came up with a new plan and it’s radically changing my life. Since starting this, I’ve had more breakthroughs- than
ever. Read post to read plan. It will be over on Good Friday, which is the first day of Passover.

I’m journaling everything that happens. It’s unreal!

Do you need to make a plan to keep out of trouble? What is your trouble?

Complaining, debt, gluttony, your mouth, anger, sexual sin, addiction, lack of faith, laziness, lying. . .? Tell me in one word below. I’ll pray for you!

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A Real-Life Devotional Bible is a must for your gift set, I’ve got a few devotions in it!

A name will be drawn from the comments to win a Keep Out of Trouble gift set that includes: a Bible, journal for your 40 days, and a candle to remind you to keep the fire burning on the altar of your sacrifice!

A journal and Yankee candle (cupcake scent). You must journal your 40 days!

You’ll also get this journal and Yankee candle (cupcake scent). You must journal your 40 days!

Catch the Foxes

Enjoying the snow, while praying and the fox appeared on this path

Enjoying the snow, while praying and the fox appeared on this path

It was a standoff.  The biggest fox I’d ever seen… and me…

We’ve lost countless chickens, ducks, turkeys, and even a couple newborn baby goats to fox attacks. They come to kill, steal, and destroy under the guise of the dark.

They can sniff out a bountiful farm a mile away, even sending a few lead foxes to scope out the place before the attack. Then, before dusk, they inch their way closer to their prey- all the while hiding (very sneakily) so as not to get caught.

Yesterday, I took a walk on my prayer path through the newly fallen snow, with the Lord.  I was marveling at each intricate snow flake, the beauty of His creation and then I saw this past summers hornets nest. “Lord thank You for this time of rest on the farm!  Thank you that I don’t have to worry about poisonous snakes, hornets nests, or poison ivy!”

No sooner had that prayer been spoken to the Lord, when the biggest fox I’d ever seen stood directly in front of me.  It was staring right at me! If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought it was a wolf or a coyote it was so BIG! Any predator looks bigger than life when face to face, the red hair gave him away.  Foxes usually come out at dusk and forage for their kill until just after sunrise.  It was broad daylight–he took me by surprise!

Thankfully, I terrified him and he ran away… Then I did!

After I collected myself, I asked the Lord, “What in the world was that about?” He very gently and sternly showed me…  We can never take a rest from guarding our lives from the schemes of the enemy.  He is always on the prowl looking for ways to kill, steal, and destroy from what is rightfully ours.

We need to guard the perimeter of our home, family, marriage, and (figuratively speaking) our vineyard. We can never take a break from guarding our lives.  If you give the enemy an inch- he’ll not only take a mile…he’ll take everything. . .

In the beginning it may be one fox, then two- then they bring their whole pack.  It’s at that point, a lot is a stake…Dale has had to stay up all night waiting to capture a pack of foxes! But he got ‘em!

Isn’t that how the enemy is in our life? Comes when we aren’t watching, he’s sneaky and looks for opportunity to devour us. We have to be on guard all the time, always patrolling the borders around our home, marriages and in our children’s lives.

This morning I asked the Lord to reveal any area of my life that I’ve not guarded and have given the enemy entrance to.  I asked Him to reveal any area of compromise, or sin.

My eyes were closed in prayer when I saw a set of scales—I felt the Lord whisper to my heart that, “everything I think, do, or say glorifies Me or your flesh. Weigh everything on those scales, Sharon—everything.”

Every dollar I spend… book I read… movie I watch… word I speak… every thought glorifies Him or my flesh.  If it doesn’t glorify Him, it will bring compromise into my life and to the fullness of His will becoming manifest.

The little foxes will come to the most bountiful farms. Guard your borders and if you ever find yourself  face to face with a fox- Having done all, STAND. He will flee if you command. Take charge, don’t let the enemy think you’re bait!

Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” 

Romans 16:19-20a, “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

Our chickens in the snow

Our chickens in the snow

40 Day No Complaining Fast

Meeting with  the Lord three hours every morning for the next 40 days-May it be a sweet aroma unto Him

Moonlit sky on the Glasgow Farm

My 40 day fast ended abruptly before my head hit the pillow, on the first day! Yep, my plan was to… fast from complaining. I was pretty excited over the possibility of reigning all those negative thoughts… then I woke up on the first morning- and our pipes had frozen!

I stood with my blow dryer, blowing hot air on to pipes while Dale sawed huge holes out of our drywall to find where water was flooding behind walls.

The phone rang, I turned the blowdryer off. Someone was unhappy with their circumstances and were complaining- profusely… My thoughts were flailing… I got ready to stop myself because of my fast… but… then- I took the bait and went along with the complaining. How quickly my high hopes and ambition failed me!

Dale’s computer died. It wasn’t even its appointed time. It was still in its prime… Poor thing, he had to work on mine- which put me behind. My thoughts started to complain, but then I remembered- I was fasting!

That night, I had a rip roaring fire in the wood stove. I opened the door to load wood but my dog wouldn’t move. His back end pressed against the scorching hot stove door and caught fire! A large stream of dark grey smoke rose toward the ceiling. The fire alarm sounded, “Fire, Fire, Fire!” He ran. I chased him with a wet towel… He was fine. We both sat back down, by the fire. The house smelt horribly of burnt dog hair.

I said,“Lord, I failed terribly at reigning negative thoughts today. I don’t have the ability to do this in my own power. What would you suggest for the next forty days knowing my weak minded condition?”

I’d been reading in Exodus, so He spoke to me through it. I had just read Exodus 29 where Moses and Aaron were to offer a morning and evening sacrifice- an offering made by fire to the Lord of their first fruits.

I’m not a morning person and I would never choose to rise before the sun does, ever. So I decided that I would sacrifice those hours to Him. I would rise at O’dark-hundred every morning for the next forty + days to spend three hours alone with Him.

I started this past Sunday. I thought it would be impossible to get up, but He woke me before the alarm sounded. Then yesterday and today were the same — He woke me before the alarm… as if He’s excited about our time together.

The hardest part of getting up is that our house is FREEZING! We heat by a wood fire and by wee morning hours it’s just a few glowing coals left. The temperature in the house is 40ish degrees until the fire gets going. I load the wood and then we start to talk, Him and I.

It’s getting pretty exciting… How ironic that my sacrifice starts with us starting a fire together, kinda like in Exodus. The forty days will be over on Good Friday- and this year, Good Friday is even the first day of Passover! I can’t imagine what it will be like in 37 days. If you see me out and about you notice me glowing like Moses you’ll know why! His Shekinah Glory is EXPLODING!

Oh that my sacrifice be a sweet smelling aroma unto Him!

The Overflow of His Shekinah Glory


Ephesians 5:1 tells us to “Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God…”  Sparky and I the night he caught on fire

Sparky and I the night he caught on fire

Valentine’s Day Recipes and Movie

Valentine's Day Breakfast

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

This year, make Valentine’s Day memorable for your entire family without breaking the bank!

There’s no need to venture out to a restaurant and subject yourself to the movie theater, when you can make it even more special at home…

This past week Dale and I watched an amazing movie that I want to share with you. It’s a love story. Quo Vadis is a romantic and powerfully heart- gripping film that was created by MGM in 1951. It beautifully portrays the conflict between pagan Nero, his Rome, and early Christianity in a stirring love story between an agnostic Roman general and a Christian woman. Can you sense the tension yet?

The Apostles Paul and Peter are both characters in this moving film.
It’s directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Produced by Sam Zimbalist and adapted from Henryk Sienkiewicz’s classic 1896 novel- Quo Vadis.

It’s a three-hour movie! But, don’t worry- you won’t get bored! The first two hours are setting the scene for the final hour. Be awake and fully alert for the finale. You won’t want to miss a second. That’s the part when you’ll literally be sitting on the edge of your seat. (Oh and have a tissue or two nearby.)

Its rated PG, but there are moments that wouldn’t be good for younger children to see; Christians eaten by lions and burned at the stake as sport in Nero’s Coliseum. However, it is NOT a scene to fast forward through. It is one of the most POWERFUL moments to see on screen when the lions are unleashed into an arena full of Christians. (GULP/GASP…)

At first fear grips them. Then they start to sing and worship. The entire stadium is in awe and amazement. The scene is a testimony even to this day that we are to worship even in face of death, hardship and persecution. Oh King Jesus, help us all to worship on the hardest day of our life!

I shouldn’t say more since I don’t want to spoil anything for you. But there’s more- so much more. The love story is. . . epic.

MGM spared no cost in making this film. Thirty-thousand people were used in one scene. It is a story of immortal combat. Once a man has the zeal of

the Lord within him- the fire within cannot be quenched! He can and will endure anything for the sake of love.

A few important questions to ask ourselves…

What will I be doing when persecution presents itself? How will I choose to give glory to God even in the face of suffering?

My suggestion for Valentine’s day evening is to enjoy a homemade simple dinner at home and  rent Quo Vadis from Amazon for $2.Quo_Vadis_-_Be_-_1951

I don’t have cable or watch television shows so my review of a movie may be different from yours but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

Here is part of Movieguide.org summary of the movie Quo Vadis:

“QUO VADIS was made in the days when major studios like MGM were willing to invest absolute fortunes in unabashed Christian epics. It was like spending an AVATAR budget on a movie with the message of COURAGEOUS.It’s the story of the Christian martyrs in Rome contrasting gross pagan excess with Christian love and compassion. It deserves a Plus Four Acceptability for its profound Christian message but slight caution should be applied to young children because even tastefully done images of martyrdom can cause young children anxiety.

…On that road, General Marcus Viniculus (Robert Taylor) returns to Rome after conquests in Britain. Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov) has him camp his troops outside the city and wait for a spectacular entry to provide the proper conquering hero victory procession for the entertainment of the Roman citizens.

Marcus is instructed to wait in the home of retired General Plautius, whose whole household is Christian, including Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a hostage the general adopted as his own daughter. Marcus mistakes Lygia as a slave. His bold advances show a very low regard for women. Marcus is frustrated and puzzled that Lygia is not thrilled by such an important general as himself showing interest in her. Her Christian values don’t fit his pagan concept of male/female relations.

Marcus’ victories are celebrated with a massive spectacle. Because all hostages are at the mercy of the Emperor’s wishes, Nero rewards Marcus with the gift he desired, Lygia.

Feminists who consider Christian’s attitudes about marriage to be a form of bondage should see this movie. The Romans treated women like sex objects for sale, while Christians considered women partners in having and raising a family. Nero had his wife and his mother murdered.

Peter Ustinov’s Nero is a truly disturbing character. Like Hitler he justified the senseless killing of thousands in pursuit of his own warped sense of greatness. His decision to burn Rome, so he could rebuild it as he wished, was horrific enough. He then blamed it on Christians and made a spectacle of feeding them to lions and burning them on crosses before a Coliseum full of spectators.

As Nero becomes more and more crazed, Marcus begins to see the purity of Lygia’s Christian faith and values. Also, the words of Paul and Peter ring out with moral and spiritual clarity. He decides to take a stand, but Nero sentences him and Lygia to death in the Coliseum. Only a miracle can save them.”

Another movie I LOVE is the 1948  Joan of Arc- read my review here. 

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Yummy Gluten Free Valentine cookies, Valentine’s Day Goodiesvalentine-105valentine cookie-pancake-eggs 018

Valentine breakfast recipes!

Valentine's Day Breakfast

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

When God Interrupts Your Plans for His- Just Do it!

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

Sparky in our snow covered field at sunrise- If you’re visiting me from P31 devotions today, welcome!

We’d been cooped inside the vehicle way too long!

The kids were fighting. Everyone starving… but the good news? We were only 10 minutes from home. Until suddenly I realized… I needed one item from the grocery store. Yeah. . .

I reassured them, “I only need one thing and I’ll be out in less than four minutes.     I promise. Set the timer!” They wailed louder.

I ran in, got the one item and found an empty check out line. I was making excellent time. I would probably get back in less than four minutes. I love exceeding expectations! I grabbed my bag from the cashier and darted for the door. They could see me from the vehicle… Surely they were happy to see the plan going as I had said…

Until I got to the door…

A man laid on the floor in the doorway and the grocery store manager knelt by him. I knew my clock was ticking and my vehicle could explode if I didn’t get to them instantly… but I had to, you know… stop.

I laid my bag on the floor, bent down, and looked into the man’s eyes. He couldn’t say anything. The manager said, “We just called the ambulance. They’re on their way.” I asked the man if I could pray for him. His eyes seemed to say, ‘yes.’ The manager closed his eyes… The man on the floor and I stared at each other as I led him to the throne of God!

Tears filled his eyes, but no words came. I said, “Do you know Jesus?” He didn’t nod. This time he didn’t even say yes in the expression of his eyes. I said, “God loved the world so much, that He gave us His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” I got up and got ready to run to my vehicle.
The manager said, “He’s trying to say something to you.” I couldn’t understand what he wanted to say, but the Lord heard. The Lord knew…
I never saw the man again. I don’t know the end of his story. Was he a Christian and just needed someone to minister to him? Did he hear his Savior calling him for the first time? Was this a wake up call wherein he became a radical believer and brought thousands to Christ after this day? I don’t know! But I do know this… that sometimes (actually most always) ministering to strangers isn’t convenient, unless we’re ready to be interrupted by the unexpected.
I thought it was strange that the guy evidently dropped there immediately after I walked through the door coming in. God surely had a precise plan for this guy. There are God set-ups everywhere! We just fail to be a willing part of the plan sometimes. You never know how God is going to use you. You might bring someone to the Lord who’s going to bring millions of people to Him! That’s definitely possible in this age- more than ever.
Andrew brought Peter to Christ and Peter brought thousands.
A stranger walked into a shoe shop where D.L. Moody was a salesman and led him to Christ. D.L. Moody led a multitude to Christ in the 1800′s.  D.L. Moody made a pact with himself to tell at least one person a day about Christ. If he got in bed and realized he hadn’t told anyone he would get up and run into the street to find someone to tell.
Shouldn’t we have the same enthusiasm?! I mean, The King of Glory is so glorious within us that we shouldn’t be able to contain Him. He should explode from inside out!
Oh yes! Getting back to my family waiting for me… My vehicle didn’t explode simply because I didn’t make my four minute deadline. When God interrupts my plans for His, the right action is always- Just do it!  A couple minute “God detour” could lead to who knows where.  He is GOD. His plans are higher than ours.

The next time God interrupts your plans for His- Just do it!

God has already put people in your path and they’re still waiting for you to tell them about Jesus. Just do it! Don’t wait anymore, time could run out.

 Tell us their name in the comment section. We’ll pray for them and you.  Your comment will enter your name to win a pair of pearl earrings for yourself  as well as a Bible for them.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

The two winners from my Keep it Shut post are Mary Lou who Submitted on 2015/01/13 at 9:51 AM and Patty who Submitted on 2015/01/08 at 6:41 PM loneprlears7bible_medium 

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!

Merry Christmas

The Glasgow Farmhouse

The Glasgow Farmhouse

May the Lord bless your home with His peace, presence and  power this Christmas. May He do more that you could ever think or imagine with your family. Lord be glorified in our weaknesses and consume us with Your love this week! You are the King of kings and Lord of lords!! Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Luke 2: 2-202 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,  an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Here are a few popular Christmas links on my blog:

8 Recipes for Christmas cookies (gluten free and travel approved)

Directions to Make Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments

Luminaries to Light Path to Your House

How to make live Evergreen Christmas wreath

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Holiday desert-Caramel Pecan Cake

Homemade Marshmallows

Give and It Will Be Given to You

Union Station in the long line of cars

Union Station in the long line of cars

It was the last weekend before Christmas…  I was waiting in the endless line of cars at Union Station in Washington, DC to pick up our daughter, Jennifer.  She had traveled from New York City to spend the holiday with us.

When our five daughters were teenagers I started the tradition of taking each one individually to pick out their Christmas gift.  It served a threefold purpose; 1. Teenage girls wanted clothes, but are impossible to please. If they picked it- they would like it. 2. It gave quality time with each daughter. 3. There were no fights.  Actually, the tradition of going separately started because of past history of fighting while shopping.

Each daughter got the same amount of money- and still do.  Some spend theirs at thrift stores (to extend the amount of items received), while others choose one item for the allotted amount from a nice store.

Well, I had Jennifer’s amount tucked safely in my purse like a golden nugget.  We were going shopping with it.  I had no other money coming in before Christmas so this had to be saved for her.  All the other daughters had already shopped for their gifts.

Horns were honking.  People were hollering out of their car windows.  God forbid, there was a car who had broken down at the front of the line- holding everyone up.  A tow truck was backing up toward it.  I could see people flailing their arms at the poor guy with the broken down car.

Then I saw him running down the line of cars…  He must have passed 30 cars and then he stopped to knock on my window. I rolled the window down. “Ma’am, my car broke down and the tow truck driver won’t help me unless I give him money.  I don’t have any.  Do you by chance have the amount I need?”  Why in the world did he pick my car?!  It was probably the worst looking car in the whole line up and the oldest!  I was missing a hub cap.  The top of the car’s paint was chipped off and peeling.  There was a dent…  All I could think was, “Lord, not my golden nugget saved for Jennifer?! You wouldn’t ask for that would You?”

Reluctantly, I reached inside my purse and pulled out Jennifer’s gift money and gave it to the desperate man.  He said, “Thank you.  My mom is dying of cancer.  She is waiting up there for me by the car.”  I said, “I’ll pray for your mom!”  He received the prayer, we fist pounded and then he ran to the top of the line.

About that time I saw Jennifer waving at me. She got in the car… I was so sad I had used her money.  After arriving home Dale said to me, “Sharon, someone gave us an envelope this morning at church.”

I opened it and inside was the EXACT amount that I had given to the guy in line at Union Station!

Jesus?!?!  I was stunned.  Then the verse came to my mind, “Give and it will be given to you, shaken down and running over. . . “ The next day there was money on our counter when we got home that wasn’t there when we left! Jesus?!!

When we give as unto the Lord He always takes care of His peopleHe always provides what we need.  What an honor to give to people in need!  What an honor to give to ministries who are bringing in the lost and encouraging believers to the highest call of God in Christ Jesus.  I am blessed beyond words to be a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries.  And now, we are doing an end of year giving campaign.

Would you consider giving to Proverbs 31 ministries? Maybe even making a monthly pledge?

Your support will help make ministry possible to over two million people through social media, Bible studies, and many other avenues. He will bless you for your contribution!  He is faithful to His word. I’ve experienced His faithfulness!

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  Luke 6:38 (ESV)

Make a Plan to Stay Out of Trouble

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I love sitting by the fire

… Hot pizza oozing with five yummy cheeses was twenty minutes from my door. The people working in our barn deserved a feast.  I on the other hand, shouldn’t eat pizza.

I mean I could eat the whole thing, by myself!  Really, I could! That’s the problem.

Quickly, I knew I had to make a plan to stay out of trouble.

I whipped up a healthy organic salad and toasted a piece of sprouted grain bread and ate it- fast.  The smell of fresh, hot pizza filled the kitchen- but I wasn’t tempted.  No sir-ee. My plan had worked. I didn’t eat one slice!

After lunch, I was gloating over my victory and the Lord whispered to my heart, “If only you could be as quick to make a plan to stay out of trouble when other sin crouches at your door!”

Ouch!

You’re right, Lord!

I don’t know about you, but I do that which I know I shouldn’t and don’t do what I should!  AH!!

Speaking of making a plan to stay out of trouble- Joseph is the man with the plan (read it in Genesis 39).  He’s handsome, young, and in charge of Potiphar’s entire estate, except for his wife.  But when Potiphar is not around, his wife tempts Joseph to go to bed with her!  What does this man of God do?? He doesn’t yield to the temptation and He makes a plan to keep out of trouble. 

1. He makes sure he isn’t in the house alone with her, ever!

She got so mad at him that she lied to her husband and told him that Joseph had attempted to make her go to bed with him!  Because of her lie- Joseph was sent to prison!!

Oh my goodness, what a story.

In the end Joseph gets out of prison and is put in charge of ALL OF EGYPT!

What a testimony to us allOh that all men (and women) would be as strong as Joseph and make a plan to keep out of trouble by not going online and looking at things they shouldn’t or by yielding to other temptations that lead to sexual sin!

If we don’t make a plan to keep out of trouble, the sin that crouches at our door will be too hard to resist!

While I was contemplating all of this… one of the guys working in the barn came in to get warm by the fire.  He was once a drug addict.  I asked him, “What’s your plan to keep out of trouble when temptation knocks on your door?”

He said, “First I have to stay in the presence of the Lord, all the time. Secondly, I can never allow myself to become idle or complacent. Thirdly, when temptation comes, I call a recovered addict who has walked a similar journey- who is also saved by the blood of Jesus… and they talk me out of the ridiculous thoughts of yielding to sin that so easily enslaves.

He left, I stared at my fire and prayed.  I asked the Lord to reveal to me the sin which so easily enslaves me.  Then, I wrote down a few plans on how to stay out of trouble.

1.  Next time sin is crouching at your door, make sure that your plan is in place.

Make a plan to keep out of trouble!

There were extra slices of pizza left after lunch.  Someone asked if they could take them to church, I said- “Please do!”  I need no temptation knocking on my door!

Genesis 4:7 tells us, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?  And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Winner of Gingerbread kit is Sarah who posted on 11/25/2014 at 12:16 PM! Email me your address!

My Praise is a Weapon

Paul and Silas had been beaten with with rods, put into a prison inner cell and stocks fastened on thier feet. It was midnight, oh yeah it was midnight and they starting praying and singing to God, and the other prisoners were listening( people are listening to us in our midnight hour).

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, it shook the foundation of the prison; and immediately all the doors were opened and EVERYONE’S chains were loosed.

Haha!!! I’m running around the kitchen, this is sooo good.

The keeper of the prison comes in, sees all the prisoners loose and falls down trembling before Paul and Silas saying, “What must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” He  washed their stripes and his whole family were baptized that very hour! Acts 16:25

In our midnight hour, praise is a weapon!!! It breaks chains and releases prisoners!!!

This video was filmed in our barn!! Turn your sound all the way up!

Winner from last weeks drawing is Sharon  who posted on2014/11/18 at 7:57 PM. Email me your address!!

I love Thanksgiving! Our organic, range free turkey is over 24 pounds this year! Here’s my recipe for making the perfect turkey! I’m also making my famous Homemade Marshmallow Fruit Salad and other yummies! When our  five daughters were little they used to dress up like pilgrims for Thanksgiving Day. Oh the memories, I love them.

Another Thanksgiving memory we have is making gingerbread houses the day after Thanksgiving. Click here to see last years! What’s your favorite memory of Thanksgiving? Your comment will enter your name to win a free gingerbread house kit.

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They're decorate the window at my kitchen sink

Gingerbread creations decorate window at my kitchen sink- one on end is a nativity

Winner of this weeks drawing will win this gingerbread house kit! Winner drawn next week.

Winner of this weeks drawing will win this gingerbread house kit! Winner drawn next week.

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.