Monday’s Musings #259 & March Daybook

March Daybook & Monday's Musings #259 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is March 26, 2017.

The weather has cooled a bit and the wind has made his face more known. I’m not a big fan of strong winds but it is spring weather for us here and that means lots of wind. I tend to straighten my hair more when the winds are strong. Curly hair and wind are not good friends. I end up with more knots in my hair than I like.

I am missing our friend who came to visit. We enjoyed loving on him and showing him some cool things about NM. He was such a joy and I look forward to visiting with again soon, Lord willing. Best part was having my house full of family every day! I am definitely not ready for the empty nest season although it is not too far off. So, I am soaking in each day that my kids are here.

We are preparing for a marriage in our family. It’s an exciting time! It will be a simple wedding and taking place this summer. And we have another in a courtship. It blows my mind to be here in this season of life where our children are in relationships pursuing marriage. I can still remember them as wee ones needing their mama to tie their shoes or give them a glass of milk or hug away their fears. However, we love the two people God has put in our children’s lives and pray over them and our children daily.

Physically, I have changed up my exercise routine a bit. I am doing a 30 day challenge on my phone. It is strength training with spurts of aerobics. I needed something different as I was getting burnt out on what I was doing. Also, this new challenge is definitely challenging me. I like that. Makes me want to stick with it. I’ve also upped my food changes. Both combined, I’ve lost 5 pounds so far. I’ll take it.

At church today, the guest preacher taught on gluttony. He only used food and drink as items we can go overboard with in discussing gluttony. Yet as I was sitting there listening, I began to think of how gluttony can apply to other things as well. Television, computer time, and Facebook are some that come to mind. Even things like reading and exercise can be gluttonous. Any time we do something in excess (exceeding a prescribed or desirable amount), we run the risk of being gluttonous. However, gluttony can be conquered. The remedy is removing the gluttonous thing and living out Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Put in the place of what excessively draws our heart, a focus on Christ and His love for us. Desire to spend time with the Lord and seek Him for discipline. Instead of running to those things that will cause us to stumble, we need to run our “strong tower” and find refuge. (Proverbs 18:10) These are my thoughts on gluttony.

Just thinking, April is practically here. Can you believe we are out of winter and into spring according to the calendar? This is the time I began planning my garden, which I will plant closer to May. We usually get one more freeze before planting can be done. I also go through my clothes before packing away my winter outfits. I’ve already been spring cleaning (began in January) so I will continue to work on those few last projects I have on my list. We also have a couple of trips planned we will need to finalize details on. What does spring hold for you?

I really enjoyed the live action movie, “Beauty and the Beast.” I liked the character development of some of the characters and the new song sung by the Beast is a new fav of mine. Beauty and the Beast retains the message of looking to the heart and not the appearance which I appreciated as well. The actors they chose I thought were good choices for the parts they played. I laughed, I got teary-eyed, I adored, and I am glad I went to see it. Now if you are against Disney or this movie, I respect that. However, I would recommend seeing the movie before passing judgement. You may be surprised.

I am thankful for sweet people in my life, cupcakes, opportunities to serve others, and sunshine!

Favorite sayings: “Impress the young convert from the very beginning with the coviction that God has called him into His kingdom to struggle with the corruptions of his heart.” (William B. Sprague)

How are you today? And what will you share? I am glad you are here.

Monday's Musings #259 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #258

This week we had the pleasure of spending some wonderful time with a precious friend. He was visiting from Washington state and experienced our neck of the woods for the first time. It was such a treat to introduce him to new foods native to our state, visit places he’s only read about and get to know one another even better. Because our family spent the week loving on our dear friend, I was not able to put together a blog post as I had hoped I would. With that said, I am glad you are here! And appreciate what you will share today.

Now, let’s get this link up going!

Monday's Musings #258 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #257 & Bananas Fosters Snack Mix

Bananas Fosters Snack Mix & Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

Maybe you know this about me or not but I love trying knew recipes! Literally, I am trying new recipes weekly. Although we have out tried and true favorites, having something new each week changes it up. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and just had to try it. It was deemed a keeper by the family!

So, I had to share it with you all because my family really enjoyed it. It is easy, tasty and adaptable. Your family will love on you generously for making it! At least I believe they will.

Bananas Foster Snack Mix

  • 3 cups Honey Nut Mix
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex Mix
  • 2-1/4 cups pecan pieces (or halves)
  • 1-1/2 cups banana chips
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (or vanilla extract)

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix cereals, pecans and banana chips. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, coconut palm sugar and cinnamon. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring once after each minute. Stir in extracts. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat.

2. Cook, uncovered, on high 3 minutes, stirring well after each minute. Spread mixture onto waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Some notes: If you do not desire to microwave, you could bake in an oven. I have not done this but I, personally, would bake the batch on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I would watch it closely and stir it at least 2 times and rotate the pan as well. Bake it until it is a bit crunchy and slightly darker in color. Since I have not done it this way, it will be a learn-as-you-go process for you.

Also, any changes you might make to the recipe will result in change in flavor.

This recipe is so easy to do and quick. It makes 2-1/2 quarts and you can double it!!

Now we’ve got our treat in place so let’s get to the link up! Love that you stopped by!

Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #256 & February Daybook

February Daybook & Monday's Musings #256 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is March 5th, 2017.

The weather is cool because the wind blowing is chilly. It’s a high of 68 degrees but feels like 50 degrees.

The book I am reading “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, is one I am really enjoying. Some of you have probably read it but it is new to me. My book list is long so I am glad to be getting to this one.

A craft project I finished in two afternoons were these Mickey and Minnie pillows for the sofa in our Disneyland room. It was such a treat to be sewing again. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down at my sewing machine and made anything. I used to quilt a lot but have gotten away from it. Maybe I will be able to pick it up again.

A new skill I am learning is calligraphy and hand lettering. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I sometimes post my progress. Practice makes better and I can see growth each time I sit down to write. I love this new skill and look forward to the time I can sit and work on it.

I am looking forward to a visit from a friend of our family’s. He will be spending a week with us. We hope to show him some cool things about our city and state. But mostly, we are looking forward to our time with him.

Healthwise, I have been sticking to my workout regimen of cardio and strength training. Sometimes I have to push myself to get it done but when I’m finished, I love that I did something good for my health. With the weather warming up, going on walks is given. I  love walking for exercise!

A favorite pastime is antiquing. I love looking through old forgotten things. I have a favorite antique store I visit every few months. I spread out my visits so I see new things. I recently found a wingback chair I adored. I have been looking for a “new” chair for my sitting area in our bedroom. I was ready to be rid of the 11 year old chaise chair. A trip to my favorite antique store lead me to the chair that I’ve been waiting for. Here is a photo of the chair! I absolutely love it!!

I am watching Star Trek: The Next Generation series with our youngest son. Well, he’s over 20 years old but still the youngest of our two boys. We are presently in season 3 and moving right along. We usually will try to catch two or three episodes in a row if we can. Some episodes we’ve had to skip due to content but other than those we are enjoying the series. It’s been a long while since I’ve watched it.

I am grateful for time with my children, for this blog and all who visit, and for the ability to learn something new.

A favorite quote:God’s aim in all His doings of grace is to ‘hide pride from man'; to hinder boasting; to keep the sinner humble.” (Horatius Bonar)

Another link up is here. It humbles me to see how the Lord has grown this community. I appreciate you being here.

Monday's Musings #256 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

 

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Making Church A Priority

Making Church A Priority | What Joy Is Mine

I read somewhere to never start a post with Scripture. I have never understood why. How can beginning a conversation with a word from God be wrong? So, here I go: “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)

Our family has attended three biblical sound churches in the last 25 years. We are currently at one we love. The gospel message and the teaching of God’s Word is prevalent. We have grown to adore the pastor and his family. We have met some awesome people and made some new friends. We serve in the church and look forward to service each Sunday. In the year it has been publicly opened (it is a church plant), we have missed no more than 5 Sundays total as a family. I’m not bragging here but making the point that we see the value and importance of church in our lives.

To us, church is a vital component to the Christian’s walk. In church, we learn to live as God commands us to. We not only hear this truth in the message given by our pastor but we get to see it in action and are given opportunities to live it out ourselves.

We are exposed to the gospel in teaching and in living. Church is one place we find spiritual filling for our souls. We grow there and find encouragement from fellow believers. In addition, we get to encourage others to a stronger faith in our Lord. We’re reminded “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20) In a church where the gospel is taught and where the children of God humbly strive to live as commanded by the Lord, God is present.

We have seen, in some Christian families, that church is not a priority. It’s more like an “if I feel up to it” approach to attending. Church attendance should not be based on how we “feel” but more on what God says about it. In Exodus 20, we are told to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” This is considered a duty to God and not a choice on our part. As Matthew Henry says, “Neglected duties remain duties still, notwithstanding our neglect.” I believe we need that time of worship and fellowship to grow in our faith and in our walk with the Lord. It should not be neglected.

So, how can we make church a priority?

Let me say right off the bat that illnesses or serious life situations are not being considered here. It is necessary to point out that sometimes church is missed for circumstances that warrant us to stay home or be somewhere else. What I am talking about here is an willingness to miss church just because you want to.

One way to be sure church is on our agenda is to get involved. Sign up to help in areas that fit our strengths. Pray and seek the Lord in this. He will show you where to serve in the church.

Another way not to miss church is to get to know the people you worship alongside with. Simply said: make friends! There is accountability in others knowing who you are and vice versa. I look forward to seeing the congregation and talking with them. We were designed for community. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

Thirdly, prepare the evening before church. Set out your clothes and your bible. If you know what will be preached on, maybe read ahead the scripture and be ready to receive the message on it. Get your children ready as well and build excitement about going.

Lastly, pray that God would stir an eagerness in you to be at church and among other fellow believers.

If you have not found a bible teaching and Gospel believing church, pray and seek the guidance of the Lord. Ask Him to lead you to the church He has for you. Then, make it an appointment to attend regularly.

 

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