Lovely Family

Thursday, 24 July 2014

"Elim" Moments


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Then they came to Elim, 
where there were twelve wells of water 
and seventy palm trees
so they camped there by the waters.
(Exodus 15:27)

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I have come just now from the wayside well,
Where the Saviour sat in noontide ray,
And the words of peace from his lips that fell
I shall ne’er forget to my latest day.

Refrain:
I am the fountain of life, said he;
Come unto me, come unto me;
Who drinketh the water that I will give
Shall never, never thirst again.

As I stood and gazed on his earnest face,
How my faith went out to the love divine;
And the wondrous gift of his own free grace
He had kindly brought to a soul like mine. 

O the joy that came, when in tears I spoke
Of a wasted life and a heart oppressed;
O the calm, sweet light from his eye that broke,
As he drew me into the ark of rest.

Is there one who longs at his feet to bow?
Is there one who longs of his love to tell?
Will you come, oh, come to the Saviour now?
He is waiting still by the wayside well. 

--- Hymn written by Fanny J. Crosby

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cinnamon "Arroz en Leche" (Rice Pudding)


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Dear Lovely Readers,

Nothing quite says comfort food for the tummy and soul like warm and creamy rice pudding.
This delicious dessert that can be enjoyed anytime of the day
can be served to all ages and prepared in no time at all.
Your house will smell amazing and your family will run to lick the pot.

In our home we are all crazy about cinnamon,
which is why I try to add it to almost every dessert or baking recipe,
and definitely to rice pudding;
my hubby even adds a couple of sticks in the coffee machine every day
and his coffee is the most wonderful I ever tried!

Yes we are nuts about cinnamon and we think 
it's pretty much the best spice to flavor everything with,
but let me share with you briefly some great reasons why cinnamon 
is not only yummy but a super food that I think should never run out of any pantry:

Cinnamon lowers Cholesterol, boosts congnitive functions and memory, 
fights cancer cells, relieves arthritis pain, lowers blood sugar, 
fights bacteria, gives migraine and headache relief,
and does just about a billion other things......

So without delay, please enjoy the recipe I'm sharing below
and don't forget to give your loved ones a bit of extra cinnamon today ;)

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Cinnamon "Arroz en Leche"

1.5 cups rice
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick

Boil ingredients in small saucepan and simmer covered until rice absorbs water.

 1 cup of Horchata 
1 cup of milk
1/2 can evaporated milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 (more) cinnamon stick

Add the above five ingredients in a medium pot to melt sugar on low heat.
Add rice and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

1/2 can evaporated milk
1 egg

Whisk the rest of the evaporated milk and the egg in mug with a fork.
Add 2 tbsp of the milk from the pot into the mug and keep whisking well.
Gradually add the egg mixture to the pot, stirring frequently.
Continue stirring and simmer on low heat for 2 more minutes until thick and creamy.

1/2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla to the mixture until absorbed.

powdered cinnamon
sliced almonds

Serve warm rice pudding in pretty bowls garnished with a dash of cinnamon and sliced almonds.

(Note: as per hubby's request, I sometimes drizzle a bit of condensed milk
over each bowl before serving as shown in the picture above)

Now, thank the Lord and dig in!

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And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:8

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Mother's Influence


 

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My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
(Proverbs 1:8)

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 Memories of the childhood home usually centered on Mom--
how she cooked, soothed pain, and especially the moral standards that she taught.

A mother's influence over her children's attitudes
about themselves and others, about authorities, and about God lasts a lifetime.

Deterioration of moral standards in our nation
began with the neglect by Christian parents to properly train past generation.
Restoration of morality can begin only when Christian parents 
return to the responsibility of training their own children.

Christian women who love God more than the world
can provide a home environment where the laws of God
flourish and where satanic influence is exposed and countered.

I personally believe that every woman who understands Biblical principles
can begin with her own children, and by training them in those standards
can influence the revival of an entire nation.

It is possible that at this very moment a Christian mother is molding the values
of a future statesman, pastor, missionary, or honest auto mechanic.

She is a living example of Biblical womanhood
for her daughters to imitate when they are wives and mothers.

In addition, she and her husband may be training their sons
to be real men who value, respect, and protect women.

No matter what the children's future may hold,
their parents are actively implanting the qualities of godly character in their souls.

The children's race, economical status, or intelligence
are not as important as the lessons of self-discipline, 
honesty, trustworthiness, moral strength, 
courage, and respect for others that they are learning from their parents.


---by Virginia Ruth Fugate, On the Other Side of the Garden

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She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her.
(Proverbs 31:26-28)

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Friday, 28 March 2014

A Call To Anguish

 
 
The church once confessed its sins, now it confesses its rights.  --David Wilkerson
 
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Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12
 
 
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness,
though we have rebelled against Him.
Daniel 9:9
 
 
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Friday, 21 February 2014

♥ Fruit Pizza ♥


Dear Lovely Readers,

It will soon be here before we know it,
and I'm already dreaming of all the wonderful tea party pastries
that Spring will inspire me to create!

Pictured above was my first attempt to making Fruit Pizza and my family absolutely loved it!
Just one bite and my husband's loud
'Great job, amorcito!' [my little love]
echoed through the house.
*smile*

And you guessed it...
it was how I ended up using the "extra cream cheese" mentioned in my Daybook this month.

Next time I plan to use many other fruits,
but even with just strawberries and kiwi it still turned out to be delightful!

A quick, fun, large cookie to get your family to eat more fruit, and a great way to say
I ♥ U
to your own amorcito! ;)

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Fruit Pizza

2 3/4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup Butter
1.5 cups Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients and knead dough slightly.  Spread in large baking pan, covering all areas.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool completely.

8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Beat ingredients in an electric mixer until smooth.
Spread evenly over cooled giant cookie.

Fruit of choice such as:
Sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, blueberries, well-drained canned mandarins etc.

Arrange fruit over cream cheese in a lovely design.

1/4 cup apricot jam
1 tbsp water

Press jam through a sieve to remove lumps and mix in water.
Carefully brush over fruit to glaze.
Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

He Divides The Flames

Flame in Jewish Oil Lamp Photographic Print


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Give unto the Lord, O mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!"

The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

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Is it ever like an exciting movie!
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I read it again.
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*astonished*
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The human soul. 
my soul
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Psalm 29...a mirror
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To know the destiny and the purpose.
To be aware and desire to glorify, worship and be holy unto Him.
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Yet turbulent chaos. 
Darkness (sin) and deep waters (life's heavy burdens) take over as in Genesis 1:2
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But He is above. 
He is in control. 
He is Greater. 
He presents Himself to the mess and shows His Majesty. Always. Every day.
His Voice (His Word) initiates the transformation (restoration).
Thundering Authority (power) over the enemy's hold (lies).
Nothing too strong (confidence) as the cedar (pride) He can't uproot.
Nothing too anciently planted (generational) He can't blow away (free) like the dust.
No fears (worries) can maintain His Presence. Every last skip away wildly (flee).
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*pause*
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This Psalm has fascinated me for a year...
But then comes verse 7.
Yes, then verse seven.
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The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
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After months of searching to understand this verse
yet having no real significant explanation for my longing heart.
After reading, re-reading, praying, begging: 
"Lord! No matter what this verse means, 
no matter how painful, no matter how extreme. 
I WANT to experience this. I want to live it.
Please help me understand Your Word!"
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(Jesus promised: "Ask, and it will be given unto you.")
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And so I stand rejoicing in found treasure.
Unveiled, the answer is...
 Judgement
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Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and powerful, 
and sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, 
and of joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner 
of the thoughts and intents 
of the heart.
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*Praise! Glory! Honour! Power! Wisdom! Unto Him Forever and Ever!*
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Before the wilderness (dryness, indifference) can give birth (fruit).
The King (Lord) to take His throne (heart).
Like a surgeon with a knife.
The Voice that divides the flames of fire.
With two-edged piercings.
Soul from spirit.
Joints from marrow.
Thoughts from intents.
Examination. Cleansing. Purification. 
Thoroughly.
Every thought, word, action, dream, desire...
Removing the unclean, the earthly, the poisonous.
Excruciating pain yet ecstatic joyful.
Heart burning & lips rejoicing.
Praise birthed.
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And in His temple everyone says, 'Glory!'
verse 9b
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Suddenly the flood (judgement) is over.
Surgery successfully completed.
The King enthroned.
Ruling.
To bless (Love) forever.
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Yes, He does divide the flames of fire.
It is necessary.
That He may GIVE.
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Strength to my spirit. 
Peace to my soul.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

My Lovely Daybook -


FOR TODAY


Outside my window... the sun peaking through fast moving clouds behind evergreens softly dancing in the cool wind


I am thinking... of the Lord's goodness and tender lovingkindnesses to me. He's just SO good.


I am thankful... for my hubby and all he does to love us, his handsome smile, his strong arms that hug us tight, for the daily prayers he cover us with before he heads out the door to work each and every morning, etc....


In the kitchen... smells of Chicken Alfredo with Asparagus & Mushrooms simmer on the stove


I am wearing... good comfortable [pink & white] running shoes and a red and navy checkered apron; my two homemaking must-haves


I am creating... "choco-bananos" aka chocolate covered banana pops, a frozen treat just in time for this week's special holiday


I am going... to decide today to "put on" a fresh perspective, to focus on being a new woman in Christ and "be renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created" me. (see Colossians 3)


I am wondering... which crochet project I should make with the new bright yellow yarn I recently purchased


I am reading... the Bible, Love's Silent Song by June Masters Bacher, cookbooks from my shelves, encouraging online christian blogs and websites such as Revive Our Hearts, sweet text messages


I am hoping... for warmer weather and sunny days that lead to long walks and bird songs


I am looking forward to... swimming, start running again, and lifting some light weights soon.


I am learning... to just keep smiling widely, walking firmly, praising loudly, and looking way up above the heavens to my Hope against all hope


Around the house... lime green, dark navy blue and beige decorative accents add cheerfulness while Spanish hymns playing on my laptop lift up my soul to praise


I am pondering... new recipes or ways to use the extra cream cheese in my fridge


A favorite verse for today... 'I remembered your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself.' Psalm 119:52


One of my favorite things... is bold, fearless, anointed, spirit-filled preachers who humbly serve and bring glory to God, not looking for personal success, prosperity nor popularity. [except they're not "things", they're people]

A few plans for the rest of the week: a date with my hubby and boys, a visit to the beauty salon, and a birthday party dinner


A peek into my day... 


A little plaque with His gentle reminder to me.

 *sigh* Oh Lord...

'How sweet are Your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!'
Psalm 119:103

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