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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.

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.


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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!
I read it again.
The human soul. 
my soul
Psalm 29...a mirror
To know the destiny and the purpose.
To be aware and desire to glorify, worship and be holy unto Him.
Yet turbulent chaos. 
Darkness (sin) and deep waters (life's heavy burdens) take over as in Genesis 1:2
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).
This Psalm has fascinated me for a year...
But then comes verse 7.
Yes, then verse seven.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
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!"
(Jesus promised: "Ask, and it will be given unto you.")
And so I stand rejoicing in found treasure.
Unveiled, the answer is...
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.
*Praise! Glory! Honour! Power! Wisdom! Unto Him Forever and Ever!*
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. 
Every thought, word, action, dream, desire...
Removing the unclean, the earthly, the poisonous.
Excruciating pain yet ecstatic joyful.
Heart burning & lips rejoicing.
Praise birthed.
And in His temple everyone says, 'Glory!'
verse 9b
Suddenly the flood (judgement) is over.
Surgery successfully completed.
The King enthroned.
To bless (Love) forever.
Yes, He does divide the flames of fire.
It is necessary.
That He may GIVE.
Strength to my spirit. 
Peace to my soul.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

My Lovely Daybook -


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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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Skillfully Made

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139:14

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It's not by accident you are reading this devotion today.
Perhaps you, too, need to know how very special you are.
We have all been given unique qualities, talents and gifts.
And you, my dear ones, have been made by God.
You are His child.
He loves you more than any earthly father could possibly love you,
because He is your Heavenly Father, Almighty God.
He knit us together in our mother's womb and we are wonderfully made.

-- By Emilie Barnes, 15 Minutes Alone With God

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Flowery Crochet Hat Pattern

Rnd 1: Ch 4 and join with a slip stick in first ch to form ring.  Ch 2. (do not count as first dc from now on) 12 dc in ring. Join in first dc. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join in first dc. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join in first dc. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, (dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next) repeat around. Join in first dc. (48 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, (dc in 3 st, 2 dc in next) repeat around.  Join in first dc. (60 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, (dc in 9 st, 2 dc in next) repeat around. Join in first dc. (66 dc)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, (dc in 11 st, 2 dc in next) repeat around. Join in first dc. (72 dc)

Rnd 8-9: Ch 1, sc in each around, Join in first sc. (72 sc)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join in first dc. (72 dc)

Rnd 11-12: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join in first sc. (72 sc)

Rnd 13: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join in first dc. (72 dc)

Rnd 14-16: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join in first sc. (72 sc)

Rnd 17: Ch 1, (sc in 5 st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join in first sc. (84 sc)

Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join in first sc (84 sc)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, (sc in 6 st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join in first sc (96 sc)

Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join in first sc. (96 sc)

Rnd 21: Ch 1, (sc in 7 st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join in first sc. (108 sc)

Rnd 22-27: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join in first sc (108 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet Flower

Chain 7, join to form ring

Rnd 1: Ch 10, sl st in next ch, repeat around (7 ch in 10 loops)

Rnd 2: (sc, hdc, 8 dc, ch 2, 8 dc, hdc, sc) in first ch - 10 sp. Repeat around. Join with sl st in first. 

Fast off. Sew button onto flower then flower onto hat.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Hubby's favorite "Tres Leches"

She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household.
Proverbs 31:15a

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Dear Lovely Readers,

Make the next family occasion super special
by preparing a delicious Tres Leches (Three Milks) cake for everyone to enjoy.
It is sure to become a favorite they will ask for again and again, especially on birthdays.

Below is a very easy recipe I use for this delicious Latin American cake,
which scores big points with my beloved husband baked anytime of the year :)

Buen Provecho, everyone!

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Hubby's Favorite Tres Leches Cake

1.5 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix ingredients and bake in greased and floured 9" x 13" pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

2 cups 2% Milk
1 can (14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
2 cups Whipped Cream Topping

Mix the 3 milks in a bowl.  Prick cooled cake thoroughly with a fork then gently pour milk mixture over cake until all is absorbed. Spread top of cake with Whipped Cream Topping then cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge at least 4 hours or until ready to serve.

Strawberry slices (optional)

Before serving cake, garnish with strawberries or other sliced fruit, if desired.

(Variation: for coconut lovers, substitute coconut milk for the evaporated milk 
then garnish cake with flaked toasted coconuts)

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Coming home to a well-cooked meal, 
cooperative and well-behaved children,
and a kiss at the door
 is not too far off from what men really do want!  

-- by Emilie Barnes

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Mary's Song

Mary traveling to Bethlehem - liz lemon swindle
(Image found on Pinterest)

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"Blessed is she who believed, 
for there will be a fulfillment of those things 
which were told her from the Lord.”

And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

For He who is mighty has done great things for me,

And holy is His name.

And His mercy 
is on those who fear Him

From generation to generation.

He has shown strength with His arm;

He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has put down the mighty from 
their thrones,

And exalted the lowly.

He has filled 
the hungry with good things,

And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has helped His servant Israel,

In remembrance of His mercy,

As He spoke to our fathers,

To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

(Luke 1:45-55)

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