Undeniable

On this Good Friday as we look forward to celebrating the day of redemption; Easter, I am reminded that the cross is not just for those who need to find Jesus. The cross is the power that keeps me energized, sane and living every day with purpose. Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy everything dear to me; multiple times over, but by the power of Christ’s finished work on the cross, Satan has not triumphed and he will not win. Not only does the power of the cross save me in life; it will save me in death when I see my Savior face to face for all eternity.

How sure of this am I, you may be asking?

100%!

Jesus is more alive, real and involved in my daily life than any human being I have known, or will know.

 #alwaysready #openuptheheavens #Sundayiscoming #Helives

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” For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

 

GIVE AWAY:Blooming with Joy TEA

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WINNER: Tresa! Please check you email inbox for mailing arrangements. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to sweeten your time with the Lover of your soul, I’m giving away a tin of CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY loose leaf tea by Blooming with Joy. If you haven’t tried loose leaf tea you are about to be spoiled and become a tea snob. Yep…that’s exactly what infusing loose leaf tea will do to you. And I’ll add that for the PERFECT cup of tea you simply must drink from Bone China.

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I can be found with a cup of tea in my hand, on my desk, next to me while I’m snuggled under a blanket in my favorite chair having my quiet time with the Lord, or at the table teaching my boys. I’m a huge tea fan and with the many specialty mixes that, Michelle, at Blooming with Joy blends you can feel the joy, share the joy, and drink the joy!

Leave a comment below for your chance to win the delightful fusion of chocolate, strawberries and cream. Tell me your favorite Valentine candy, or simply say, “Pick Me!” The winner will be announced Sunday night, 2/7/2016, and your tin of tea will be mailed on Monday so you have it in time for Valentine’s Day. (Winner must live in the lower 48 lower/contiguous states of the United States.) Winner may check their email for a message from GiveMe Chocolate.

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Check out Blooming with Joy’s eStore for black teas, green teas, herbal teas, Chai teas, ice tea blends, boxed sets, and gift sets. Your taste buds will thank you! Michelle has a free shipping option on some teas and occasionally offers discount codes for your order; a TRUELOVE discount is presently available.

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She Said He Said: Naghmeh and Saeed Abedini

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Today’s post is for those who spent the last three and a half years praying for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from his unjust prison sentence in the Iranian prison system. More specifically, if Naghmeh’s testimony is true, this is for those who support her on a new path of setting boundaries as God invites her to participate in the next redemptive part of the story in her husband’s life. Saeed was delivered from the chains of physical prison but she now has a new prison to pray him out of; and it’s a prison that Satan has every intention of keeping Saeed in for life.

Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Satan missed out on killing Saeed Abedini, he stole his testimony (the good news is it can be reclaimed), and Satan desires to destroy the Abedini’s family unit.

I’ve struggled on the path of boundary setting several times in my life, and continue to battle there. Years ago I was led by the Lord to legally separate from my first husband as a means to get his attention that life could not go on as it had. That history gives me a passion for women in difficult relationships and allows me a perception to understand their heart, insecurities, questions and needs. Fortunately the Lord provides a safe place to wrestle through our struggles, brokenness, and call to obedience. If Naghmeh is experiencing anything like I did, she is laboring through her fasting and prayer time with eagerness to CLEARLY hear God’s answers and leading. I imagine she longs to obey her heavenly Father. I know I begged the Lord to not allow me to make a mistake; to make it so clear to this, ‘Dust’ (Psalm 103:14) that there would be no way for me to miss His answer. And most importantly, if I was praying outside of God’s heart and will for my marriage and family—outside of the very best He had for us, that He would override my desires and requests with His sovereignty. Lastly, if I errored I decided I would rather error in faith than in unbelief, rebellion or inaction.

I remember all too well the people who did not believe me.  I’m grateful to this day the Lord gave me peace to move forward, not look back, and not concern myself with other people’s opinions. That was difficult for this people pleaser! I remember my, then, husband telling friends and ministry associates that I was having emotional difficulties and that he would be gracious to give me the time I needed to find help and healing. There were abundant lies told about me. He insisted I was causing marital problems since I didn’t want to go back into the ministry with him and because I refused to leave my parents. Both were non-truths! In the end I lost dozens, if not hundreds, of friends and ministry contacts. In the void, God provided me with rich, mature, enduring friendships.

Fast-forward eighteen years: Vindication and justice prevailed. The times when I asked God for an immediate fix and instant safety for my daughter and myself; God was working out a permanent solution for our safety and the protection of children in churches where this man could potentially find more victims. This man now sits in prison for the rest of his life, without the possibility of parole for 25 years. The Lord, acting on the prayers of friends, family and GiveMe Chocolate readers put a known pedophile where he belongs!

Now rewind. During those years of a difficult marriage with an abusive, mentally ill husband I consumed Christian books on marriage. In the process I realized those were great book, but not for my marriage.

So if you are thinking Naghmeh could benefit from Christian marriage and counseling books; please don’t. They are not the place for Naghmeh to begin; no, no, no! Those books are for couples in normal, godly relationships who have hit a rough spot; possibly even infidelity, but who both want to work on honest reconciliation. What Naghmeh is going through is on a different level and she needs mature, godly counsel who understands the abuse she has lived through. More importantly, Saeed needs mature, godly counsel who understands his Islamic background, personality issues, beliefs about women, and addictions. He can choose to stop the wrong behavior, wrong beliefs, and wrong words. It’s up to him.

Here are some accusations toward Naghmeh I have read:

“Think about it for a minute – Saeed’s in jail, he’s getting severely beaten BUT he has enough time to abuse his wife during the brief phone calls or Skype sessions? Wow, he’s quite a guy – and I say that with sarcasm. Quite frankly, I find that scenario difficult to believe.”

Reply: Unfortunately, it is possible to verbally and emotionally abuse your spouse over the phone or via the internet/Skype.

“There are two sides to every story.”

Reply: If Naghmeh’s accusations are true there are not two sides to the story, but possibly five sides to the story (As was in my case):

  1. Naghmeh’s side of what she has lived through and understands.
  2. Naghmeh’s hind-sight that will take years to sort through because of the lasting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder from the spousal abuse and the trauma of the last three and a half years.
  3. Saeed’s version of what he is telling people.
  4. Saeed’s motivation for the abuse he acted out upon his wife, and the addictions about which only he knows the full truth.
  5. God’s truth since He understands His children better than we understand ourselves.

I want to make clear that when abuse is taking place the victim needs support, trust and understanding. Saying there are two sides to abuse is like saying I don’t believe you. If you were to physically see the man beating up the woman, breaking her arm and bruising her face, would you say, “Yes, but the abuser has a side to his story too and we need to hear why he is acting out this way?” NO! We would say, “Stop it.” We would call the police; we would want to protect her; would we not? Verbal and emotional abuse are equally wrong, but possibly make coping more difficult because no one can see, and often do not believe, the abuse under which the spouse is suffering.

Here is Naghmeh Abedini’s Facebook post from shortly after her husband was released from Iran:

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Naghmeh letter part 2

“Where’s the proof?”

Reply: Here is a piece of evidence. Saeed plead guilty to a domestic abuse charge.

Abedini Court documentation

Click here for the direct link to the above website-court document.

Below you will find links to interviews and more articles.

Video: Full Interview with Naghmeh Abedini

A Final Word on Saeed Abedini

Saeed Abedini Rejects Wife Naghmeh Marriage Problems-Calls Her Hero

Saeed Abedini Speaks Out on Marital Woes 

Video: Pastor Saeed Abedini’s interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News

If the allegations against Saeed Abedini are true, and if he has a church ministry that ordained him a pastor; his ordination needs to be revoked until restoration is complete.

Finally, I’m grateful four American men who were wrongly imprisoned in Iran are now safely back in America.

My prayer is for the Abedini family to find rest for their weary souls.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30

This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

Happy Hour: 11/19/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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We tend to give away what we believe we have received from God. If we believe we are deeply loved by Him (and we are), we give deep love. If we believe we are fully forgiven (and we are through His Son), we give away forgiveness to others. If we believe we are given His abundant grace (and we are), we extend much grace.😃

 

Many more times than not…we should be praying it…and not saying it. 😃 

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10 Simple Chocolate Candy Recipes

Chocolate Almond Bark Recipes

GiveMe Chocolate Recipes

This is a recipe post from the Holiday season two years ago before I stopped eating most chocolate. I now use raw chocolate in my recipes along with raw honey. But for those of you who eat any and all chocolate; these recipes will make your taste buds happy!

Maybe you heard the below rumors two years ago. Fortunately the chocolate price increase was temporary and prices are back to normal.

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I have heard about child labor and even slavery being used for cocoa harvesting. Read more about it at Slavery in the Chocolate Industry. I am thankful for journalists exposing the ugly truth. Hopefully shining light on the truth will force the industry to stop the practice of using children and slaves for profit. I will gladly pay more for my chocolate if it means freedom for people whose lives have value because they are created by God; and loved and precious in His sight.

Now add cocoa plantation owner’s concerns regarding low rainfall expected in their regions in the coming months. Cocoa grows best in climates with high rainfall so a country known for high cocoa production not receiving enough rain will affect the country’s cocoa harvest; meaning a shortage of beans. A shortage of beans could mean a drastic price increase to the chocolate foundries. The chocolate manufacturer will then pass the increase on to us, the consumers. The cost of cocoa butter has risen by 70% in the last twelve months with retail prices increasing by only 7%. The question is how long companies can wait before passing the higher cost on to the consumer; especially dark chocolate lovers. Me!

If you travel the World Wide Web or partake in social networking on Pinterest you have likely read about preppers; people who take precautionary measures to be prepared for catastrophic events. By gathering in advance, supplies and necessities, preppers have a plan to help them survive potential disasters.

Well, as an admitted chocoholic I’ll tell you—I’m taking no chance of chocolate becoming too expensive for me to afford it. Long term or short-term. I am prepared. I am responsible for my children—I must think of my boys. They need chocolate too. If tart and sour candies are ever in jeopardy I will make a run on the store for Riley a survival rationing of Sweet Tarts, Sour Patch Kids and Skittles, but for now her taste buds are safe.

Upon hearing the news of expected price increases and possibly only the wealthy being able to afford chocolate in the near future, I drove straight to Aldi’s where I purchased my affordable favorite Choceur chocolate candy bars; milk chocolate, rich almond chocolate, dark chocolate, dark hazelnut chocolate and Moser Roth Privat Chocolatiers Toffee Crunch. I’m not telling how many but it could last a long time if it absolutely had to. I will fess up to buying a case of chocolate almond bark. Yes, a case. This is in addition to the packages already on hand for my Thanksgiving and Christmas candy making.  A case is only twelve packages after all and it has a longer shelf life than the expiration date suggests.

Chocolate almond bark goes a long way for candy making. When mixed with an array of diverse ingredients you have the ability to produce various candy bar type treats. If you have never tried using almond bark for your holiday baking I will pass on my favorite recipes. I am the queen of quick quantity so you will find these recipes easy to make, faster than baking cookies, and they yield a high number of bite size goodies. I forgot to mention another high point of almond bark; it is inexpensive compared to using chocolate chips for candy making.

I relish thinking half-heartedly of myself as being the Proverbs 31 woman. Here is my spin on it. Proverbs 31:13-15 & 28: Carolyn selects milk chocolate, dark chocolate and almond bark; and works with eager hands. She is like a merchant van bringing her chocolate from Aldi’s. She stays up while it is still the middle of the night; she provides chocolate to her family; but mainly to herself; followed by A.J., Colson and Riley.  Her children arise asking for chocolate and call her tired; but blessed.

The inspired word of Proverbs 31:13-15 & 28 reads:

“She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family

Her children arise and call her blessed;”

I am prepar-r-r-ed! My family shall not run out of chocolate candy options any time soon.

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

Baking with almond bark requires a double boiler. If you do not own a double boiler use two pots of varying sizes or a pot and a metal or glass bowl.

Double Boiler Double Boiler with 2 saucepans Double Boiler using a pot and bowl

A 1 – 1 ½ quart saucepan (which technically is a pot) works beautifully because the chocolate melts deep enough to easily submerge the candy.

If you are mixing ingredients into the pot you will need a 2 ½ quart saucepan (pot) for the almond bark and a larger pot for holding the water. A metal or glass bowl could also be placed on top of the water pot. The technique requires water in the larger bottom pot (approx. 1/3 full of water) with the smaller pot resting on top, You will also need wax or parchment paper and large cookie sheets or trays.

Remove almond bark from package and melt it in a double boiler. (If your packages are a year or two old—beware of crumbling plastic packaging.)

DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO BOIL UP INTO TOP PAN OF CHOCOLATE. DO NOT ADD ANY OTHER INGREDIENT TO ALMOND BARK FOR THINNING PURPOSES. It will become gritty and dry; ruining your candy.

Line cookies sheets and large trays with Wax or Parchment Paper for easy removal of candy & easy clean-up.

When I have removed a batch of candy from the wax paper I turn the paper over and use the other side for the next batch.

Place finished goodies in airtight containers or freezer bags.

All of these candies freeze perfectly; so if do all of your baking before Thanksgiving it will last through the New Year’s celebrations.

I also make the candies in small pieces, 1-2 bites each. This way when I give a tray of cookies, candies and breads for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts and appreciation gifts; the receiver can sample everything without being overwhelmed with sugar. I find this works well for my own holiday trays too since we eat and snack all day long. We can sample everything without grossly overeating to the point of nausea.

All of these recipes may be created with chocolate or vanilla almond bark. I do not consider vanilla bark or white chocolate true chocolate. I only bake with it to cater to non-chocolate lovers and to add color to the cookie/candy trays.

Baking sprinkles, glitters, ground nuts or shaved chocolate may be added to the top of freshly dipped wet chocolates for decoration.

 Chocolate Covered Peanuts(or any nut)

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Use at least a 2 ½ qt. saucepan/bowl for melting the bark

-1 package Chocolate Almond Bark – melted

-32 ounces Party peanuts or Spanish peanuts stirred into melted chocolate.

You can cook raw peanuts (found in the produce department of the store) in the microwave by cooking 6 minutes; stirring every 2 minutes. If you begin to smell burning peanuts they are beginning to overcook and may be removed from the microwave. They are ready to use in a recipe. Peanuts make my favorite chocolate nut clusters!

Spoon small clusters onto Wax paper lined trays. Keep clusters close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel clusters off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Yields: about 5 dozen small clusters

Chocolate Covered PretzelsKids love these and they are ridiculously easy to make.

Chocolate covered pretzels

-1 package Chocolate or Vanilla Almond Bark – melted

-1 bag Pretzel Twists

Use a fork to fully dip pretzels in melted almond bark. Tap fork on side of pan to remove excess chocolate. Use an extra fork, knife or candy tong to push pretzel off of dipping fork.

Keep pretzels close together on wax paper but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel pretzels off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Chocolate Almond Bark Cookies

Chocolate Almond Bark

Use at least a 2 ½ qt. saucepan/bowl for melting the bark

-1 package Chocolate Almond Bark – melted

-1 ½ cup Peanut Butter – stirred in.

-3 cups Marshmallows – stirred in.

-4 cups Rice Crispies – stirred in.

Spoon small amounts onto Wax paper lined trays using an extra fork, knife or candy tong to push pretzel off of dipping fork.

Keep clusters close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel clusters off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Yields: about 5 dozen cookies

 Oreo Truffles

(I always double the below recipe and use: 2 packages cookies,  2-8 oz. cream cheeses & 1 pkg. almond bark.

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-1 package Oreos, Mint Oreos, or Great Value from Walmart.  ALDI’S brand does NOT work – Place one package of cookies at a time in blender, then add to the cream cheese which has been softened in the microwave.

After mixing Oreos and cream cheese together, cover with plastic wrap & place in fridge or freezer until firm.

-½ package melted Chocolate Almond Bark

Roll mixture into small (3/4 -1 inchI) bite size balls, place onto Wax paper lined trays.

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Return to fridge or freezer to re-firm before dipping.

Dip with a toothpick, candy pick or nut pick to completely cover balls in melted chocolate almond bark. Tap toothpick on side of pan to remove excess chocolate; use an toothpick to push pretzel off of dipping fork.

Yields: 3 dozen

Keep balls close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel truffles off of paper and place in airtight containers..

Turtle Truffles

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-8 ounces Cream Cheese softened

-7 oz. which equals ½ bag of Kraft caramels. Unwrap and place in microwaveable bowl with 1 Tbsp. water. Cook 1 minute, stir, and repeat at 1 minute intervals until completely melted.

-8 ounces chopped pecans

Mix softened cream cheese, melted caramel and chopped pecans.

Cover with plastic wrap and place mixture in fridge or freezer until firm.

Melt 1 package Chocolate Almond Bark

Roll mixture into ¾” – 1” small bite size balls, place onto Wax paper lined trays. Melt ½ pkg. Choc. Almond bark.

Return to fridge or freezer to re-firm before dipping.

Use a fork to dip balls in melted chocolate almond bark; covering all sides. Tap fork on side of pan to remove excess chocolate. Use a second fork to slide the truffle onto the pan/tray.

Yields: 30

Keep balls close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel truffles off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Ritz Cookies So simple—so easy!

Chocolate Ritz cookies

-1 package Chocolate Almond Bark – melted

-1 box, 4 sleeves, Ritz or store brand crackers

-Peanut butter spread to desired thickness on one cracker. Place a second cracker on top of peanut butter to create a sandwich.

Ritz cracker spread with peanut butter

Use a fork to completely dip crackers in melted chocolate almond bark. Tap fork on side of pan to remove excess chocolate. Use a second fork to slide the cookie onto the pan/tray.

Keep crackers close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel cookies off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Yields: just under 4 dozen

Mint Bark

Mint Bark

WHENEVER YOU HAVE LEFT OVER ALMOND BARK in the bottom of a pan ADD FLAVORING SUCH AS MINT, PEPPERMINT OR ORANGE, 3 DROPS AT A TIME UNTIL YOU APPROVE OF THE FLAVOR; STIR. POUR ONTO WAX PAPER LINED PAN & TAP PAN UNTIL MIXTURE IS SMOOTH or spread with a spatula. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When hardened, peel BARK off of paper, break into small pieces and place in airtight containers.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

-½ package White Almond Bark – melted

-Peppermint  extract, 1 tsp. to begin; stir, and add more if desired.

-1 box of peppermint Candy canes, crushed, I pulse them in a blender or food processor

Mix candy canes in for desired thickness.

POUR ONTO WAX PAPER LINED PAN & TAP PAN UNTIL MIXTURE IS SMOOTH, or use a spatula. Place trays in fridge freezer for quick set time. When hardened, peel BARK off of paper, break into bite size pieces and place in airtight containers.

This recipe can be changed using lemon extract and crushed Lemon Drops candy.

Yields: 4 dozen small pieces

 

Millionaire Bites

Millionaire Bites

-½  package Chocolate Almond Bark – melted

-1 14 oz. package Kraft caramels unwrapped. Place in a microwavable bowl and add 3 Tbsp. water. Melt 1 minute at a time; stirring after each minute until melted.

-1 ½ cups ground pecans – use a blender of food processor

-1 ½ cups Rice Crispies

Yields: 3 about 3 dozen

Line two large pans or trays with wax paper; GREASE the paper (or you will be sorry – guess how I know?)

Combine melted caramel, pecans and cereal (in this order). Drop small teaspoonfuls onto greased pans. Place in fridge or freezer for quick set time.

Line two more pans/trays with wax paper. The greased wax paper will not be reusable.

When the candy is set, dip it in the almond bark on all sides with a fork; tap fork on the side of the pot allowing excess to drip back in the pot. Use a second fork to slide the cookie onto the pan/tray. Keep candies close together but not touching. Place  trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, pop candies off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint patties

-½ package chocolate almond bark – melted

-¾ cup sweetened condensed milk

-1 ½ teaspoons pure peppermint extract –imitation does not taste good; mint extract could be substituted

-4 cups confectioners (powder) sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine condensed milk and peppermint extract. Beat in enough confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, to form a stiff dough that is no longer sticky. Form into 1/2 inch balls, then place on waxed paper. Grease or butter the bottom of a flat glass. Press the glass on the dough to form small thin patties.  Let patties dry at room temperature one hour, turning once at a half hour.

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Using a fork, a meat fork may be necessary depending on the size of the patties, dip the patties, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. . Tap fork on side of pan to remove excess chocolate. Use a second fork to slide the patties onto the pan/tray lined with wax paper. Keep patties close together but not touching. Place trays in fridge or freezer for quick set time. When set, peel patties off of paper and place in airtight containers.

Yields: about 3 dozen

~Enjoy

Happy Hour: 11/12/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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If it’s not necessary to say…it’s necessary not to say it. BUT if God puts something kind and/or loving in your heart and mind over another person…I would say that’s absolutely part of why we have mouths…speak it out…speak Life to one another today…go ahead try it! 😃😏

So everyday I wake up I know I won’t get it “all right”, but I know the One who will! 😊😃☝
He makes our paths straight… He makes us strong in our weaknesses… He makes us holy and righteous… He sends His angels to our aid… He brings His peace and rest to us… He is our shelter… He accepts us and adores us just as we are! ‪#‎ingoodhands ‪ #‎blessedbeyondmeasure 

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Happy Hour: 11/5/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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I love that the more I live outside of me…and more towards others…the more my inside is at peace ☺😃🙌🙏#loveothersmorethanself  #‎lifetimeprocess‪#‎thereallife

Prayer, faith/rest, and praise!! Best “weapons” in the world!! 👍🙏👏👏👏😃😏☺👌 Now, go take his day “captive”!! 😎

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Happy Hour: 10/29/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Thinking and praying about death this morning… actually not in a morbid way… just praying over some people who are dealing with it, in a couple of different, and extremely difficult, situations. Breaks my heart to see the pain of loss, and even possible loss. As I was praying this morning… I sensed the Lord’s Presence…I saw Him placing His hands on some hearts…asking His Father for things in prayer…leaning over…hugging and giving each one what they needed for that moment… Some people seemed to “know” He had done something…and others did not. However, in each case…He was right there…closer than their breath. Our Creator cares about His Creation…His Children. I can’t imagine being in some of the moments these precious ones are dealing with and enduring…But I have seen The One Who knows all…cares beyond anything we can truly comprehend…His Love…His Heart is for us…He is with us in ALL storms…

‪#‎Heisgood ‪#‎TrueHopeinHim ‪#‎leaningonHisEverlastingArms

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Happy Hour: 10/22/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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“How I see it, is not how it is…it is only how I see it.” Jim Richards ‪#‎yep ‪#‎prettymuch 😉 ‪#‎truth

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What we think and/or speak toward others…seems to bounce off of them and back on to us! Ouch!! Thinking some amazingly great thoughts over lots of peeps!!!

The rest of 2015…thinking and speaking the best over others…or BUST!! 🙂

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Happy Hour: 10/15/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Prayed for so many this morning…will be continuing though out the day as I usually try to do…for the hurting, for the ones hurting for someone else who is hurting, for parents of sick children and for some who simply want to be parents, for several people who are mourning losses, for those who are overwhelmed, for those who are stressed, for those who have no idea what is going on, and those who do and can’t figure out how to deal with it, for so many young people who have questions about their future, and everyone else who is doing the same no matter what their age.

We live in a fallen world with fallen people, BUT we have a God who sits on THE Throne and is good, loving, caring and PRESENT in our troubles.  I pray today that we look up to the Heavens and say, “Yes” and “Amen” to all He is and all He has for us in this day. Even in the yucky times, and the good…He is right beside us…and right beside those we love and care for.

Father God, please bring Your Peace, Lovingkindness, Insight, Understanding, Rest, Tender NEW Mercies, Grace, Provision, and Protection into the lives of all who read this and everyone they love so dearly today. Lord, bring Your overwhelming Peace and Abundant Joy to us and over us! Be our Light and fill us with Your Truth in all we do today.  🙂

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“He Is With You”

There’s a time to live
And a time to die
There’s a time to laugh
And a time to cry
There’s a time for war
And a time for peace
There’s a hand to hold
In the worst of theseHe is with you when your faith is dead
And you can’t even get out of bed
Or your husband doesn’t kiss you anymore
He is with you when your baby’s gone
And your house is still, and your heart’s a stone
Cryin’ God, what’d You do that for
He is with you

There’s a time for yes
And a time for no
There’s a time to be angry
And a time to let it go
There is a time to run
And a time to face it
There is love to see you
Through all of this

He is with you in the conference room
When the world is coming down on you
And your wife and kids don’t know you anymore
He is with you in the ICU
When the doctors don’t know what to do
And it scares you to the core
He is with you

We may weep for a time
But joy will come in the morning
The morning light

He is with you when your kids are grown
When there’s too much space and you feel alone
And you’re worried if you got it right or wrong
Yes He is with you when you’ve given up
On ever finding your true love
Someone who feels like home
He is with you

When nothing else is left
And you take your final breath
He is with you

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Happy Hour: 10/8/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Set boundaries with the intent of more relationship…not less. Then…let the other party/parties choose whether they want more too. That “1/2” is in their bucket…not ours 👍

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Boundaries and Priorities

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Happy Hour: 10/1/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Troubles, trials and the pits of our lives are often very deep and dark, BUT beyond thoughts or imagination is God’s boundless grace and redemption…we are not our failures and trials…we are loved, cherished, and held by His loving arms, no matter what…and that is the truth! Believe and behold. 🙂

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Stop…breath…look around. God has this. He really does. There is nothing that has caught Him off guard…nothing is a surprise to Him. Yep…He’s got this, He is holding you, and all of those you care so deeply for.  🙂  Rest your mind…and carry on in His Peace today.  🙂   

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Happy Hour: 9/24/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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I especially like to come to the Lord in my mornings and “give” or “hand” Him my day and all it entails. I LOVE doing this, because I know (and believe) it’s the BEST place for me, my day, my life…everything and everyone in it…to be run through His heart and pumped back out in His Fullness of Love, Abundant Grace, massive Protection and Provision… all beyond what I could ever do, hope, or dream.

Father, I bring you all of me today…I know You Love me, and all those I so deeply care for, more than I can (until eternity life with You) comprehend. My heart has no safer place, than to be in Yours! My life has no better place than to be in Your hands. I release me and my entire day to You, and gratefully receive ALL You have for me today! Thank You Father beyond what I can truly put into words!! Amen! 🙂

‪#‎confidenceplacedintherightplace  ‪#‎goingtobeagreatday 🙂

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Happy Hour: 9/17/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Praying the other day… and just began to praise God for SO much! Especially Him teaching me and helping me learn to be content in ALL things…no matter what. No matter what things “look” like or “feel” like.

As I continued praying He showed me a picture from what looked like a mountain top. From the place we stood, and as far as I could see… dark, dismal, barrenness land. I looked over at Him and asked, “What is this place?” It felt cold and so void of life.

As I turned to look back out at it all again… He caught my arm gently and said, “Here, try these on.” …and handed me what looked like a pair of sunglasses… Yep, you guessed it! …Boy did things change as I slipped those suckers on!! Every inch and more was covered in unbelievable and unspeakable beauty!!! The hills rolled with the greenest of trees, and flowers burst out everywhere…the valleys covered in tall fine grass…every color was bright and looked as if it was all covered in diamond and gold dust…it looked like nothing I have ever seen…nature in all of its created splendor and glory!!

I definitely did not want to take those glasses off and hand them back!! However, as I did… the entire area looked SO different to me…Not quite as amazing as it did with my “GOD-glasses” on…but it held to a most beautiful place…it lingered…my heart was full…and I completely forgot what it had looked like before. I got a glimpse of how it always looks to Him… always good, always beautiful…always full of abundant life.

I heard Him whisper in my ear, “Keep your eyes on Me…and I will take you through life…through the tough times…through the parts of life that make no sense…If you keep your eyes on Me… I will show you The Truth and the beauty that supersedes this world. The hardest part will be in your willingness to put and keep on My “glasses”… to believe I have the best in mind for you, and those you love and care for… to desire to stay nose to nose with Me…so you can see through My eyes.”

I am willing Lord… can You super glue those on to me please!! 😉
#‎betterview  ‪#‎reallife ‪ #‎seeabovethecircumstances ‪ #‎lovemynewshades 🙂

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Happy Hour: 9/10/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Many times in my life…which especially showed up in all of its glory when I became a mom, was the lie that I could fix everything for those around me I dearly loved. I remember sitting down and begging God to help me… I was beginning to feel like I was losing my mind…how could I possibly have these sweet blessings and NOT be TOTALLY equipped to help them through EVERY issue, pain, trauma, and problem?!

I remember like it was yesterday… God showed me a picture of my girls…and others around me…they all had “holes” in them! All different sizes and shapes. Of course, my first question was…”What the heck are those?!” And then…”Where did they come from?!”

He said, “Those are places I am meant to fill…I am the ONLY One who can fill them.”

I was amazed! I was worn out, because I had been trying to take His place! I was horrible at it by the way. He even showed me the ones I had been a part of actually putting in them!! I was horrified! And…humbled…I remember just bawling my eyes out… I had no idea.

He assured me of His deep love for me, and said while He worked in these places my “job” was to pray and love…and help if, and only IF, He led and directed me to… Whew!!!

I think I took one of the deepest, most relieving breaths ever as I took down my “Hole-filler” sign and put up my “I love you and I am here for you” sign! Much better!! 🙂 So now when I see a “hole” in myself and/or others … I simply look to Him and say, “There is a ‘hole’…it’s all yours.” 

#‎Hisjobnotmine  ‪#‎Hehasyourback  ‪#‎lookforthelovenottheholes 🙂 

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