Regarding Psalm 23.....
Jesus, my Shepherd, companion to my soul, tends the issues of my heart, and leaves me in want of nothing else as He is everything I NEED.
He makes me to rest in a pleasant place at home in Him.
He draws me close to Him again and again.
He refreshes my soul with anything that it needs to keep me on the path of what is right just, pure and holy, all for His glory!
Even though that path may lead through dark and miry days I need not fear sorrow, or grief, or what men may do to me. I need not fear the enemy.
For You, my Beloved, are with me!
Because of You I can walk through this life knowing you sustain and correct me and guide me with your eye and comfort me with the Comforter and hold me safe in Your everlasting arms.
Even now in the presence of those who vex, distress, afflict me and try to shut me up,
You prepare a feast in which You allow us to feed on the love of Your Word even now, and it brings me hope for the time we shall meet face to face.
You consecrate me, set me apart unto Yourself, and pour Yourself into me bringing comfort, gladness and hope to overflowing and satisfy my soul!
Being assured of these good things, You let me know in my heart that I am well favored, Your Beloved, and that You will never leave me or forsake me!
You my Jesus will pursue me relentlessly and watch over me in the highs and lows, through all the seasons of my life, surrounded by Your goodness and mercy. And my heart will forever be at home in You, abiding safely, and as Your Bride will one day never more go in or out!
Happy Birthday my Jesus, my Shepherd, my Bridegroom!
© Monika Hardy
Finding a treasure in the thrift store is a lovely hunt. Wandering through isle upon isle, digging through pile after pile, and searching through rack after rack, just to find that one item laid aside by another that will bring much joy to another. It may take some cleaning, and mending to restore it to its once original condition, but it’s worth it, as it will be of great use and be admired by the new owner.
Digging through the rooms of our hearts we may find things that have piled up, put aside but not dealt with. Purifying our souls with the power of the Holy Spirit by obeying God’s word can create a change in the disposition of the soul. Sanctification, being set apart unto God for His work, requires an active and continuous search of the fruit that is growing or rotting within in the soul. Should there be a deep root of bitterness within the heart it will affect the outward disposition. As believers our love for our brothers and sisters in Jesus should be unfeigned or sincere and without hypocrisy. True love flowing from the heart of God through His willing vessel cannot be faked. Fake shiny fruit hanging on a dead vine may look good, but it is imitation none the less and obvious to others.
Click on the link above to watch the movie trailer of the the newest film
"The Will" which our church has made.
Many of the scenes are filmed in gorgeous Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
and I even got a background part in the Ballroom scence
filmed at the beautiful Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
The film is based on a true story involving
redemption, sacrifice, unselfishness, and true love!
Times are hard on many, and life can seem to overwhelm us,
but through it all, we can trust God!
A wonderful message in movie form to share
with one and all at Christmas or anytime.
Some behind the scenes photos....
© Monika Hardy
I guess yesterday was my Blogaversary...and I didn't even notice it.
Hope your Thanksgiving was a special weekend of prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty, wonderful Counselor, who brought the Seperatists and Puritans to this land so many years ago so they could worship the true and living God free from persecution. How ironic it is that times have changed is it not? What a wondeful time to seek the Lord while He may be found!
I was at the "Club" as mom calls it...the Assited Living home for Alzheimers patients and led them in worship of our Savior and read to them from the book of Hebrews. Relating the fact that those in the Hall of Faith of Hebrews walked in faith and trusted God with their lives and their example was written down for us through the ages as an example for us to follow!
I had such a wonderful time with them as we sang and they shared what they were thankful for.
After our time was over, a 90 year old man came up to me to thank me for the beautiful time of worship he and his wife were able to share. Then he quickly rebuked me for not coming to one of the other homes in the area for the past year while his wife resided there! He said he phoned many of the area churches and asked for a worship service, and throughly rebuked me for not using my talents for the Lord this past year, and then asked me where I had been.
I shared with him that I was at home caring for my Mother In Law with Alzeimers, and that she is now here at this home and I now have more time to come in and share. He quickly excused me for my absence this past year elsewhere and told me that this particular day was their 70th wedding anniversary! I shared with him what an awesome accomplishment that was and must take the power of God, and that our 27 years pale in comparison!
Have you been using the talents God has given you to share the good news of Jesus Christ lately?
© Monika Hardy
"Have you cut the wheat in the blowing fields,
"Have you gathered the berries from the vine
"The wealth of the snowy cotton-field
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
For the LORD is good;
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
All right! I have to admit it! I am slightly, mildly, nay, obsessivley addicted to Biokleen products. No, I am not getting any income from this post, I am merely sharing the wonders of cleaning products that don't make me sneeze, or itch, or stop my breathing! No breathing is not over rated, it is a must. With germs of all kinds beginnning to multiply in the Fall and winter months, I used to wipe everything down with bleach and spray Lysol to kill all those invisible germs. However, about 5 years ago I developed allergies to chemicals.
What was I going to do with out BLEACH!
Well, Biokleen and enzymes to the rescue! Biokleen is a line of products that uses enzymes to do the "dirty"work and not only kill, but "eat" those germs. Caring for an Alzheimers patient in the home brings some unfavorable messes and odors into the home, as well as germs that cannot always be tracked as the patient forgets where things are supposed to go.
I've used the Biokleen washing detergent now for a few years, and love the fresh clean smell of odor free clothing, free from perfumes or any odors. Bac-Out is a spray that I can spray on the carpeting or any other fabric in the home without chemicals that cause allergic reations. It also works great on stains...any stain. Just spray it on, and let the enzymes "eat" through the stain. Bac-out also works great on tuogh odors in the laundry.
Biokleen also has a line of dishwashing soap that smells great, from unscented to lemon-thyme, to grapefruit! Best of all my hands do not itch after doing the dishes! If you have any difficulties using other soaps and detergents, give Biokleen a try, I know I'm happy I tried it!
© Monika Hardy
English founder of Methodism John Wesley explained in a letter:
'By a "Christian," I mean one who so believes in Christ as that sin hath no more dominion over him.'
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1John 1:7
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
© Monika Hardy
To the Frugal Friday Blog....
© Monika Hardy
There are many Chicken Tortilla soup recipe variations. This is a simple one that can be made for a crowd. Enjoy!
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
Place the following ingredients in a large crock pot
stir and let heat.
2 cups Chicken broth
2 cup cooked chicken cut in small pieces
2 cans Black Beans
1 Can Refried Beans
2 cans corn
1 can roasted green chiles
1 jar salsa
1 half packet Mexican Taco seasoning
just before serving stir into crock pot the following ingredients
5 cups crshed corn chips
1 cup shredded chedder cheese
Serve in bowls topped with
(optional but tasty... more corn chips, sour cream and cheese)
© Monika Hardy
Isaac Watts, pub.1707
Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
Was it for crimes that I had done
Well might the sun in darkness hide
Thus might I hide my blushing face
But drops of grief can ne’er repay
© Monika Hardy
God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.
Happy Autumn and God Bless You~ ~ ~
I was cleaning out the fridge a while back and happened to notice that the cheese I put away for storage
had now aged a full six months!
Aging for one week makes for a mild creamier cheese.
Autumn breezes were in full force the other day. A strech of the highway was closed due to a dust storm that brought visability down to less than 5 miles. I'd definitely say that the winds of change are upon us. This morning was a beautiful crisp Fall morning complete with a light frost on the pumpkins. Ok so the pumkins, and water melons and cantalope only grew to tennis ball size. we can live with that as it brought joy to Great grandma everytime she helped water them or sit out on the front porch while listening to her son play guitar and look at those pots on the porch with loads of tiny grape tomatoes and minature melons, it was worth it this year to have a container garden for just such moments as these.
Fresh Peaches, Peach jam, Rasberry Peach jam, Plum Butter, are all great on oatmeal or yoguhrt in the winter, or Great Grandma loves any of them with her peanut butter.
The Jalepeno pepper jelly is great with lamb, or as an appetizer on a soda craker with cream cheese.
I should get back to work now. Hope your Autumn is off to a great start, and that you are keeping your eyes on Jesus!
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
II Corinthians 1:13-14
© Monika Hardy
… that dreadful day in our Nation’s History, when people cried out in the terror of the destruction of the Twin Towers and the death of so many individuals.
…watching the news reports over and over with my son, after my husband called to ask if I had heard the news, watching in disbelief that someone would actually commit such a horrendous act.
…that day when many cried out asking, “Where was God when all this happened?”
…that churches were filled that next Sunday with people looking for answers
…that churches were back to their normal level of visitors a few weeks after the planes rammed the towers.
…sharing with many the love of Jesus Christ because fear gripped their hearts.
Thankfully I know my God and He knows me!
I know that God was, is and always will be on the throne and in control!
I know that He loves me, and has made a way for me to go to heaven to live with Him forever! Jesus is that way, the only way to the Father.
I offer Jesus to you now….
…You who are searching for answers to life’s questions
…You who are lonely and cannot fathom living another day alone
…You who are riddled with guilt over the things in your past
…You who have come to realize the need for a Savior…your need for Jesus!
Remember…these are God’s words and we are to live by them…
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Just bow your head and talk to and listen to God while you pray and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and draw you close to His heart as your read the Bible and come to know the heigth and breadth and depth and width of the love God has for you!
Then when you suffer by doing the will of God while you wait for Jesus return, in the service of Jesus Christ…
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1Peter 4:19
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:24
Author unknown- Taken from the Yankee Kitchen Cookbook, 1969
Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a labor of love; for her willing hand and happy heart translate duty into privilege, and her labor becomes a service to God and all mankind.
Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well-loved friend; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.
Blessed is she who mends stockings and toys and broken hearts, for her understanding is a balm to humanity.
Blessed is she who children love, for the love of a child is more to be valued than fortune or fame.
Blessed is she who sings at her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.
Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps out the cobwebs of confusion; for her faith will triumph over all adversity.
Blessed is she who serves laughter and smiles with every meal; for her buoyancy of spirit is an aid to mental and physical digestion.
Blessed is she who preserves the sanctity of the Christian home; for hers is a sacred trust that crowns her with dignity.
Thanks to Elizabeth Plain and Simple for the Homemakers Beatitudes.
© Monika Hardy
Just doesn't sound like fun does it?
Woman with watering can
Summer is in full bloom and so are the roses! I just love roses and would love to be able to paint them, but the talent just isn't in me. Not for lack of trying, it's just not a gift God wants for me I suppose. So I will enjoy the art of Daniel Ridgway Knight until there is enough time to master painting a rose myself....I'm sure the Rapture will come first :)
A few more from the Collection of Daniel Ridgway Knight
who was very adept at capturing the beauty of every tasks
This one reminds me of Ruth
Gathering the wheat
Women washing clothes by a stream
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
Mother of God! no lady thou:
I was blessed myself being with all the little ones, and by my sister in law who insisted on caring for mom and the house and sending me to my room to rest and study! To God be all the glory~
© Monika Hardy
“The proof that Christ came into the world should be that His followers are holy!
devoted and so full of self-sacrifice that it shall be a constant memorial
"They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power."—Psalm 145:11.
May it be true of our own lives as well.
....It is, however, much to be regretted
Souls are often converted through godly conversation. Simple words frequently do more good than long sermons. Disjointed, unconnected sentences are often of more use than the most finely polished periods or rounded sentences. If you would be useful, let the praises of Christ be ever on your tongue; let him live on your lips. Speak of him always; when thou walkest by the way, when thou sittest in thy house, when thou risest up, and even when thou liest down, it may be that thou hast someone to whom it is possible that thou mayest yet whisper the gospel of the grace of God. Many a sister has been brought to know the Saviour by a sister's pleadings that were only heard in the silence of the night. God give you, beloved, to fulfil our text! "They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power."
They shall do it, mark you; God will make you do it if you are his people. Go and do it willingly. Begin, from this time forth, and keep on doing it for ever. Say, concerning other conversation, "Begone far hence! avaunt! Thus shall be my constant and only theme." Be like the harp of old Anacreon, which would never sound any other note but that of love. The harpist wished to sing of Cadmus, and of mighty men of wisdom, but his harp would resound of love alone. Be, then, like Anacreon's harp,—sing of Christ alone! Christ alone! Christ alone! Jesus, Jesus only! Make him the theme of your conversation, for "they shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power." God give you grace so to do, for Christ's sake! Amen.
© Monika Hardy
Award Winning Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe from All Recipes.com
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 (3 ounce) package non-instant vanilla pudding mix
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and syrup reserved
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease sides and bottom of a 10 inch deep-dish pie pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and pudding mix. Mix in butter, egg and milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into pie pan. Arrange the peach slices on top of the pudding mixture.
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons reserved peach syrup. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture over peaches to within 1 inch of pan edge. Mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and sprinkle over top.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Chill before serving.
If you go to the All recipes site there are photos of many who have made the pie and decorated it a bit differently.
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Hugs & God Bless
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Listen to His heartbeat,