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What Is Grateful Living?

I want to thank Naomi over at What Joy Is Mine for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about “Giving Thanks” in our homes and families during the month of November as we enter the first holiday of this Season. I know you will be blessed by what Naomi shares. 

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November is upon us and its the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s also the month we decidedly focus on being more grateful. That’s awesome! We should be focused on being thankful. However, I want to take it further and suggest grateful living. What is grateful living? It is living a life that is grateful every day no matter the situations we face and live through.

Grateful living is purposeful and intentional. Having a bad day? We decide to be thankful for challenges to grow our faith. Dealing with an unexpected health issue? We choose to acknowledge our need to trust and depend on our heavenly Father. Unruly children giving us a challenge? We remember the blessing of being a mother. Grateful living requires an intentional agenda to receive each and every day and what it holds with a grateful heart.

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

Let’s look at what grateful living looks like…

~ Waking up with a smile on your face. It’s another day of life! 
~ Accepting the rough days as opportunities to grow in faith.
~ Embracing every day and what it holds no matter what.
~ Hugging your children daily because you can and should. 
~ Kissing your spouse without missing a day.
~ Telling family and friends how much they mean to you often.
~ Serving others joyfully.
~ Being more selfless in thought.
~ Looking upward instead of inward in all things.
~ Enjoying those unexpected moments given each day.
~ Focusing on today, treasuring the past and trusting God with the future.
~ Seeking to see God in the moment. He is there!
~ Believing there is a bigger picture than the here and now.
~ Choosing to love unconditionally.
~Saying “thank you, Lord” all the time.
~ Desiring to be more Christ-like because there is no greater JOY!

Grateful living is not being wasteful of the life we’ve been given here on this earth. It’s noticing the beauty in the world and in our own life no matter what. We are to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) When we choose to live gratefully, JOY will ensue. How can it not? “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Psalm 16:9) It is God’s will for us to live gratefully in all things. And if we ask Him, He will cultivate in us a grateful heart.

May we always “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:3-4)

Decide today to live gratefully. Practice it daily and often. And even after November has passed, keep on doing it. Make it a life choice and heart decision. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

RememberThis is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

How are you practicing grateful living?

 

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 12: Pecan Pie}

12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 12 Pecan Pie}

My husband would turn down Pumpkin and Apple Pie any day for a Pecan Pie!

There is no getting around the expense but for my sweetheart, I would go to the moon and back for our Thankful Thanksgiving this year.

The same year I graduated from college in California, I got engaged to the man of my dreams. The one guy I felt comfortable with enough to hang out on a scuba diving boat off Sheepshead Bay with his diving friends.

We ‘officially’ got engaged on Thanksgiving after eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal all to ourselves. One of his scuba friends made that special meal for our little celebration.

I have been redoing my Holiday Planner again this year and I thought I would share it with you. I have been gathering recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas for a gazillion years.

I go all out for Thanksgiving. It probably seems like a LOT of cooking and baking. You might even wonder if I really do all this. I do. Did I tell you I go all out for Thanksgiving?

Don’t tell my husband, but I am going all out again this year. Over the years I have cooked for at least 9 and some years a few more.

Oh Yes!! Pecan Pie!!

Pecan Pie

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • Pastry
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon frozen butter (or shortening)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold water
  • Filling
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves or broken pecans

Instructions

  1. 1. In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in butter (slice slivers using a steak knife), using a pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  2. 2. Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
  3. 3. Heat oven to 375°F. With floured rolling pin, roll pastry into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; press with tines of fork or flute if desired.
  4. 4. In another medium bowl, beat all filling ingredients except pecans with wire whisk or hand beater until well blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate.
  5. 5. Cover edge of pastry with 2 to 3 inch-wide strip of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set, removing foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled before serving. Store in refrigerator.
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Enjoy!!

Have the most Thankful Thanksgiving this year and remember, it is easiest to be thankful when you have the Lord Jesus Christ abiding in your life as your personal Savior.

Do you enjoy making a Pecan Pie or just eating one someone else made?

Source: Betty Crocker

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 11: Apple Pie}

12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 11 Apple Pie

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What would our Thanksgiving feast be without Apple Pie? We usually got busy making pies as early as possible the day before Thanksgiving. My girls always helped or made a pie or two as they got older. There was a pile of dishes and there was a lot to do but it was all worth it when we had a selection of pies for dessert. There just has to be Apple Pie!

For years, we drove about 10 miles to this apple orchard where we bought all the apples for Thanksgiving baking. We often added them to the Stuffing too.

There is an art to making apple pies and although I can make a good apple pie, I still don’t feel totally confident. I suppose part of that is because I never made a pie when I was growing up. Another reason is because I am fussy when it comes to pies and don’t want the juice from the apples to run out when it is cut.

Basic Pie Crust

Making a pie crust is tricky. There is definitely an art to making a pie crust. The best pie crust is flaky but you don’t want the crust breaking apart while it is being assembled.

The best way to get experience in baking pies is to make LOTS of them!! We used to make about six pies each Thanksgiving. We would have pie all week!

I have made pies with whole wheat that I ground with my mill. If you want to do this it is a good idea to use half whole wheat and half unbleached flour. Do you know what I strongly suggest? Forget being healthy for Thanksgiving and totally use unbleached flour. It is easiest to work with and will make a beautiful pie.

All ingredients should be cold!!

I have used the wire whips on my Kitchen Aid Mixer to mix my ingredients

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but I am finding that it works much better to use two knives or forks and do it by hand. What you do is pull the knives through the flour and butter (or shortening) until it forms little pea-sized balls.

When making a pie crust, mix the dry ingredients first. When flour mixes with liquids first, gluten begins to form. The last thing we want is to have gluten form in a pie!

Baking pies is a time for creativity. I love taking a steak knife and cutting designs in the top of the unbaked crust. An apple, hearts, a sun in the center with the rays going in a circle around it. The sky is the limit in pie crust art. Make a wonderful memory for your children!!

Apple Pie

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • Pastry
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening (or ice-cold butter)
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons very cold water
  • Filling
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ pkg Knox Gelatin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Directions
  2. 1. In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. 2. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender or pulling 2 table knives through the ingredients in opposite directions until there are little tiny pea-size balls.
  4. 3. Sprinkle with very cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time and mix, tossing with a fork until all the floor is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl.
  5. 4. Add one or two more teaspoons of water can be added if necessary.
  6. 5. Form the pastry into a ball.
  7. 6. Divide pastry in half and shape into 2 flattened rounds on your lightly floured counter.
  8. 7. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  9. 8. Refrigerate 45 minutes (no longer – set timer) or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps makes the baked pastry more flaky. If you leave it in the fridge longer, you will have to soften the pastry slightly before rolling.
  10. 9. Heat oven to 425°F.
  11. 10. Flour your rolling pin and roll one pastry round into a round 2 inches larger than the upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate.
  12. 11. Fold pastry into fourths and place it into the pie plate.
  13. 12. Unfold and ease it into the plate, pressing firmly against the bottom and side.
  14. 13. In a large bowl, mix sugar, ¼ cup flour, the Knox gelatin, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  15. 14. Add sliced and peeled apples and stir until well mixed.
  16. 15. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate.
  17. 16. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over filling.
  18. 17. Trim the overhanging edge of pastry.
  19. 18. Roll the other round of pastry into a 10-inch round.
  20. 19. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape.
  21. 20. Unfold top pastry over filling and trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim plate.
  22. 21. Fold and roll the top edge under the lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute with your fingers.
  23. 22. Cover the edge with aluminum foil to keep it from browning too much.
  24. 23. Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble the slits in the crust.
  25. 24. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  26. 25. Serve warm or chill as desired.
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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 10: Cranberry Jello Mold}

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This Cranberry Jello Mold was a recipe that I have made for a number of years. I love to serve it either for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is so colorful that it really brightens up the table. The best part is that it can be made the day before!

Don’t forget to spray or rub a little Coconut Oil into the mold so that it slides out easily.

12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 10: Cranberry Jello Mold}

This colorful dish will grace your holiday table this year as Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches. You can save this to try anytime of the year as it is delish whenever you are in the mood for a jello side.

Ingredients

  • 20 oz can crushed pineapples (drain, reserving the juice)
  • 2 pkg (3 oz each) cherry or strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup whole cranberries
  • 1-11oz can Mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Tblp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Assemble and prepare the following ingredients.
  2. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  3. Add lemon juice and reserved pineapples.
  4. Chill until thickened.
  5. Meanwhile, coarse chop cranberries in blender or food grinder.
  6. Add cranberries, oranges, pineapples, and pecans to gelatin.
  7. Place mixture in holiday Jello mold or attractive glass serving bowl.
  8. Chill until firm.
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3 Things for a Thankful Thanksgiving

It is easy to get stressed with your children as you cook and bake this year for Thanksgiving. I am usually in the kitchen for 2 or 3 days before the big day! Children sense when we are not able to devote our entire attention to them. Including them in the cooking and baking process as much a possible helps. Having a thankful heart can change our spirit from one of tension to one that radiates Christ.

  1. I am thankful for God’s abundant provision for our family this year. God is working behind the scenes in ways we often cannot see.
  2. I am thankful for our church family.
  3. I am thankful for my distance-overseas-friends. You know who you are :-)

Note: This recipe first appeared on WholeHearted Home on December 16th, 2013 and has been updated and edited.

Are you planning to make my Cranberry Jello Mold? I hope so! Let me know.

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 9: Grandma’s Candied Sweet Potatoes}

12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 9 Grandma's Candied Sweet Potatoes}

What brings the warm-fuzzies to your Thankful Thanksgiving table? For me it is the Candied Sweet Potatoes my mother used to make, topped with browned marshmallows and baked in the oven. It was a favorite for us kids growing up and for my children who would have perished without this favorite each Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is one of those meals where we prepare almost the same selection of dishes without much variation each year. There is something about the sameness of this feast that builds the tradition and memories that we so love.

My mother always used canned yams. I always have used the ones you buy in the produce section of the grocery store. This isn’t something I take short cuts on.

I will give you approximate measurements but to tell you the truth, I don’t measure or follow a recipe. You will want to figure how many yams to use for the amount of people who will be joining you this Thanksgiving.

Lets Get Started Making Candied Sweet Potatoes!!

Serves 6 to 8 (double or triple as needed)

Grandma’s Candied Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Grandma's Candied Sweet Potatoes have been a favorite on our Thanksgiving table for two generations. I just can't wait to start cooking again this year!!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 6 TB butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup warmed milk
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bag marshmallows (or the amount to cover the dish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash sweet potatoes
  3. Bake, boil, or pressure cook sweet potatoes until fork tender (don't ask me how to pressure cook anything! I never will. On Thanksgiving when I was about 12, the mashed potatoes exploded into my mother's face out of the steam vent of the pressure cooker!!)
  4. Skin the sweet potatoes (I prefer to skin them after cooking them. Do what you prefer)
  5. Add the butter to the bowl of sweet potatoes
  6. Add the brown sugar
  7. Add the warmed milk
  8. Add the lemon peel, cinnamon and salt
  9. Mix all the ingredients completely
  10. Place the sweet potato mixture into a casserole dish
  11. Bake for 30 minutes while turkey is resting and being carved after it has been cooked.
  12. Spread marshmallows so they cover the sweet potatoes.
  13. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until the marshmallows brown.
  14. Do not add the marshmallows until after the sweet potatoes are almost warm or they will be cold in the center and the marshmallows done.

Notes

VARIATIONS:

*I have added crushed pineapples (drain the juice) to the above recipe.

*Instead of a marshmallow topping, I have added crushed walnuts or pecans with brown sugar mixed together instead of the marshmallows.

*My kids much prefer the beautifully browned marshmallows.

*Making memories is with repetition and not variety with kids!!

*I have used honey instead of brown sugar.

*Just remember you won't need as much honey as brown sugar.

*Just make this for your personal taste preferences.

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Good memories are always weaved together with a thankful heart. You can make Grandma’s Candied Sweet Potatoes better than ever before, but if there is strife between you and your husband or children, what good is it? We are imperfect and without the Holy Spirit living in and through us, we cannot succeed in creating a peaceful home.

I failed too much of the time. Maybe that is a good thing. I can’t boast about anything because I failed dramatically. I know that any good memories my children have for Thanksgiving growing up will because of the Lord working in their hearts. I suppose that is the good thing about my failures. It is all because of Christ.

What traditions have you been making with your children, grandchildren, or as a wife? Do you make sweet potatoes for your Thanksgiving feast?

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From Light and Life to Death And Darkness {Genesis 50} + Missional Weekend Link-Up #22

From Light and Life to Death and Darkness

But God meant it for good . . . to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:20~

I have been “Blogging Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls and we have just finished the book of Genesis!! What an adventure this has been! Each chapter has come alive with a story filled with drama in the lives of sinners making the choice for God’s light and life or to go down a road leading to eternal death and darkness.

It is never too late to join in as we continue “Reading Through The Bible.” Next we will be in the book of Psalms. We are encouraging women to get into the Word of God each day and grow as His grace spills out in your life.

Genesis in Retrospect

Don’t you always see things better in retrospect? I do!

Genesis starts out with nothing. NOTHING!

God started out in the beginning with NOTHING.

He even had to create light and darkness.

Light and darkness so depicts the life choices that the people covering the pages of Genesis will make. Each of them, as with each of us, have two choices to choose from: light or darkness.

Genesis has been like a Facebook newsfeed with each chapter highlighting a new story. As we scrolled down through the pages we have seen the struggles of many men and women who had a deep faith in God and those who chose to turn from God.

Genesis opens with God creating light and life and the pages of Genesis close with the death of Joseph bringing death and darkness as his coffin is closed forever.

The Biggest Funeral Yet

Genesis 50 is all about a funeral.

Jacob was loved and revered. When he died there was the biggest funeral ever.

The funeral procession wasn’t just to the local cemetery.

There was this huge processional with all of the highest Egyptian dignitaries along with the Jacob’s whole clan of sons and grands and great-grands that were old enough to come on the journey.

Yes, you heard that right. A journey. Not the local cemetery.

Do you remember where Abraham buried Sarah? They carried the body of Jacob back to the cave up in Canaan where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and where Jacob had buried Leah.

Jacob was so loved and revered that the funeral lasted for seven days once they arrived.

No Worries for Joseph’s Brothers

But then the funeral ended and Joseph’s brothers were filled with worries and fear!!

They were suddenly afraid now that their father was dead.

What if Joseph actually hated them?

What if he returns the evil they once had done to him?

What if?

What if?

Light and Life Instead of Death and Darkness

Joseph had chosen the Light of God that brings Life over death and darkness. He had been genuine in forgiving his brothers.

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:19-20~

To Save Many People Alive

Fast forward to the ending of Joseph’s life and the pages of Genesis are closed with his death.

Genesis ends with the coffin snapping shut.

Death.

Darkness.

No light or life.

Joseph’s life was exemplary as he lived in Christ-likeness through the whole story as his life unfolded.

Does the story of Genesis end there?

No!!

This is a picture of Jesus being the Light and Life.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” ~John 8:12~

Genesis is a picture of redemption lived out in the life of Joseph.

As the light of his life snaps shut with the coffin being nailed shut in darkness, we wait for the ‘rest of the story’ to unfold with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from death and darkness to be Light and Life eternal.

Why did God do this?

To save many people alive. Eternally alive. Forever.

Are you living in the Light and Life of Jesus?

What is God showing you through reading Genesis 50?

Have you been joining with Courtney and Good Morning Girls as we read through Genesis? If not, you can join anytime. Next up is Psalms starting this Monday!!

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Welcome to The Missional Weekend Link-Up Party #22

The Missional Weekend Link-Up Party

 

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Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

I want to thank Tauna over at Proverbial Homemaker for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about “Giving Thanks” in our homes and families during the month of November as we enter the first holiday of this Season. I know you will be blessed by what Tauna shares.

Use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving with this crock pot soup!

When the blessed dust of Thanksgiving begins to settle, the pile of leftover turkey will be there, just waiting for you to make this wonderful and healthy crock pot soup!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey or chicken: Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup. We all love it, even my kids, and even with the hearty helping of kale and other vegetables.

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
  • 5 cups of turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 cup of rinsed wild rice or a wild/brown rice blend
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 3 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package cream cheese or 1 cup greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the the ingredients except the cream cheese / yogurt into the crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (8 if using all wild rice).
  3. Remove a cup or two of liquid from the crock pot and combine with the cream cheese or yogurt in a blender. (Careful not to seal hot liquids in the blender or it will pop!)
  4. Add the cream mixture back to the crock pot and stir well.
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This soup is so filling and great for the colder days. Pair it with some flax crackers for a gluten-free diet or make a yummy whole wheat cornbread with butter and honey!

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What’s your favorite way to use up leftover turkey? 

By Life or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 2 + Linkup #118

By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 2

Did you miss Part 1 of ‘By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam}?

The day before John was captured and executed for his faith in Jesus, he wrote this amazing thought:

“Things are always happening otherwise than one expects . . .

The Lord help us to be quite satisfied, whatever He sends our way this day. Whether our hopes for study or work are realized or not, may He help us to be satisfied with His plan for the day, as He unfolds it to us.” ~John Stam on December 5th, 1934~

John and Betty had no idea that the Red forces of communism was about to attack the city of Tsingteh. God had been preparing them through the time they chose to spend daily in God’s Word and prayer with Him.

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Lisa Penn over at How to Save a Marriage shared how to give your marriage a huge boost by texting your husband. She actually gives you LOTS of scripts for the perfect text to send your man.

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Do you realize that Thanksgiving Day is NEXT WEEK?

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Friday when I am “Blogging Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls. We have been talking about Jacob and now finishing up with the life of Joseph.

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By Life or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 1

By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam, Part 1}

Have you ever heard of John and Betty Stam?

Did you know how much you can learn from these saints who walked before us?

John and Betty Stam along with their baby daughter, Helen, were missionaries to China back in the 1930s. That is a long time ago for me and probably more so for most of you.

John and Betty Stam were living a normal family life as missionaries in Tsingteh, China up until December 5th 1934, when the end drew near.

I am over at Missional Call today and I hope you will follow me over to read the ‘rest of the story.’

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