Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Monday, July 25, 2016

When the wears and cares of our heart are many...

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What wears you down?  What wears you out?  Is there anything?
What cares of the soul loom large?  Are there some?
Give it to Jesus.

Sounds so simple.
But is it?

When I read the verse in Scripture that says...
Casting all your care (anxiety) on Him; for he careth for you (1Peter 5:7, KJV)

I have to choose to trust him in this.  I can do this.  I can leave it ALL at his feet...and in his hand!
You can, too!!

It's not easy.  And, we need daily and constant encouragement to do so.

I want to share a testimony/story regarding my next door neighbor.  While this is really her story to tell - I want to share it from my perspective - as something to never forget.

My neighbor friend is a strong woman of faith and prayer.. and yet, like many of us (as I have alluded to) she needs constant encouragement to press in and trust!!

She and I (my family and hers) are all in the same boat of "what will happen with the property where we live"... things are continuing to change here but there is not a lot of communication regarding it from the folks (aka: bank) in "trust" of the property.. so it's been a waiting game.

Which that alone allows worry to flood in... or it can!!
Where will we move to?  When should we move?  Location really matters.  What can we possibly afford?  This is ONLY what I can afford - but we need this amount of space and would prefer this or that, etc.

So, I don't know how many times, since our landlord's passing - that my neighbor friend would come over to have a listening ear turned her way.  Talking out her fears, worries and cares...
Shed a few tears and, we'd pray.

One early Sunday afternoon - a knock at our front door interrupted our noon meal prayer!!

It was Mr. Shae--** .... man we had never met before.
He was asking if we knew of anyone who needed an apartment!  He knew our landlord, Mr. A, because Mr. A's older brother had lived in this apartment before heading to the local Nursing home! He also knew Mr. A - always kept good tenants...and so he thought he'd come by!

His greatest concern was that he would find someone - a good tenant - preferably by word-of-mouth where he wouldn't have to advertise or put a sign in the yard.  He was hopeful for someone who was a believer!

Long story short!
My neighbor friend pretty much had her prayers and concerns answered and handed to her straight up on a beautiful silver platter!  She is moving, to this new apartment/home, this coming weekend.  :)

I get the chillbumps every time I think of and share my friend's story!  I'm so happy for my friend... and will miss her here, and our times of sharing and caring for one another.

When the wears and cares of our heart are many...
Jesus knows; he listens.  He responds!!

It's a reminder of what a wonderful and faithful God we serve!! He has provided!! He has provided for my friend.  He'll do the same for our family... when the time is right.  He cares!!
He will care for our every need!!
Every.  Single.  One.

How about you?  Are you walking through a dry field of dreams.  Where things don't look to promising?  This may only be a season.  A season to let go and to trust for his provision.

Look for the beauty there, in that place... and be encouraged.  Jesus holds it ALL in his hand!

Have a Blessed Week!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bevy's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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So, it's zucchini season among us and I LOVE IT!!
I knew last year I made this muffin recipe and was frantically looking for it in every cookbook I own... but then resorted to finding it on my blog.  Sure enough.  Now wonder I couldn't find it in a cookbook  - it was because I had taken another/different zucchini oatmeal muffin recipe and tweaked it to make a chocolate version.
Hence the name - Bevy's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins .....

Albeit to say, this recipe deserves its very own post - not buried down deep in another!!  This is why I'm sharing it with you today.  I hope you'll get to enjoy!!

:: Bevy's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins ::

2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I had w.w. pastry flour and bread flour mixed, in my canister - so that is what I used.)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts  (I used walnuts.  But using any or all nuts are purely optional)
1/2 cup quick oats
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1 medium zucchini, finely shredded (approx. 2 cups)
3/4 cup vegetable oil (however, this time I swapped out 1/2 cup of coconut oil and the rest of regular canola oil)
1/2 - 1 cup (plus, per preference) chocolate chips  (**a nice addition is using some peanut butter chips with the chocolate chips)

Grease 12 (more like 18) muffin cups.  Preheat oven to 375*.  Mix first 8 ingredients.  In another bowl, beat eggs slightly with a fork.  Stir in zucchini and oil. Add the chocolate chips.  Stir second mixture into first until flour is moistened. (Batter will be thick and lumpy).  Divide evenly between your muffin cups.  Bake 15-20 minutes.  Yield: 12-18 muffins.

Can you guess what I'm hoping to make sometime today?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Building Home

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How are you building your home - today?

Proverbs 24:3-4
By wisdom a house is built ...
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

I've been thinking of this.  Pondering.  
The implications of a life-giving home... are strong!
What does that look like and how?
What can I learn and what can I do better?

Can't wait to find out...
I've been gifted this book as part of a birthday gift and it's been a slow, but good read.
The Life-Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

As well, the same old - same old.  LIFE continues to happen as it does.
The laundry still needs to fill the line...
Finding a little creative inspiration for my kitchen...
The business is growing by leaps and bounds (BTW: my husband and I are having a blast! - working this together...) and yet I still find time to sew, for HERE!

Having my kids home all day long with less camps, this year ... enjoying these slow summer days.

I'm grateful for each new day the Lord grants to me.  
How the opportunity to build my home on the rock of his salvation... 
is constant and imperative!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!!

You know what?  I know my blogging has been some touch-and-go here, so thanks for stopping by to read - would you just say "hello" (here via comments) - I would love to hear from you...

How is your summer going so far?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The War of Words

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You've all heard this before - that our words are like the dandelions puff blown, scattered to the wind and that they're not returnable.  And, oh how we wish they were.  Especially, if we've messed up!!

It's true.
You can't reclaim your words.  Once they're out there, they're out there!!  It feels like a war sometimes of what words can do.  I can remember some specific times in my growing up years, even into my late teens or now as an older woman, even... times when words really embedded themselves deep into my soul.  They became a part of me - good and bad.

It might not have even been the words but rather the way they were said (just the tone of voice) that made that impact.  Again, that is good or bad...

See?  The war of words... it's a real thing.

This has been heavy on my heart and mind here of late.  I keep thinking of my words and how they impact.  In fact, these song lyrics (by Hawk Nelson) keep rolling around in my heart and head.. I've been humming...

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

If this can just encourage you today - let it be!!
I simply ask for prayers - whispered heavenward... to be that infectious soul of LIFE-GIVING words of blessing and hope and encouragement... whenever and wherever I can.
As a wife.  As a mother. As a sister, daughter and friend.

I found this as something to ponder:
Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds; 
You can't do that when you are flying words.
"Careful with fire" is good advice, we know;
"Careful with words" is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead;
But God himself can't kill them when they're said.  
~ Will Carleton

Here is Hawk Nelson's song in full... for you to enjoy, as well!

May you have a blessed week!!!  Speak Life...

Monday, June 20, 2016

a life-changing statement

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Be who you want them to be.

Oh this statement captures me.
It encapsulates so much.  And, demands attention.
It's life-changing...in some aspects.

I KNOW I need this daily reminder.  As an in-my-face classic sort of way.  

Let me tell you... it has stopped me in my tracks more than a couple of times.

This goes beyond Mothering - for sure!

More than toward my children
it's a call for and toward society.
It's also for my team.
My friendships.
My neighbors.
And beyond.

Inspire. Encourage. Influence.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.  The words of Jesus, from Luke 6:13

Have a fabulous week!!
Enjoy this first day of Summer!!!
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