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Do you enjoy washing dishes??  When we I was young, we didn’t have a dish washer in our house.  In fact, I was convinced that one of the main reasons my parents had 4 children was so that we could wash the dishes for them.  🙂

The other day I came across an interesting article that caught my eye,
“9 Health and Life Benefits of Hand Washing your Dishes”.   http://theheartysoul.com/wash-dishes-hand-benefits/?t=JERF
Some of the main points were :
– It encouraged Mindfulness
– Reduces Stress and Relaxes You
– Boost Immune System
– Teaches Independence to Kids
– Better for Delicate Dishes
– More Time with Family
– Uses Less Water/Energy

There you go…… who knew that washing dishes was good for you?  🙂

We I was little, my family sang a song called “Thank God for Dirty Dishes”……
“Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell.
While other may go hungry, we’re eating very well.
With health, and food, and happiness, we must not fret nor fuss,
By the stack of evidence, the Lord’s been good to us!”

Now, many years later, I have my own house and family, and we still don’t use a dish washer.  I don’t always ‘enjoy’ washing dishes, but when I do, I try to take a moment to be mindful and thank God for the many blessing that I have.  Dirty dishes mean that we have the blessing of food…… some people don’t!

 

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This week I heard a lecture on I John. I John 5:4 says, “because everyone who is born from God has overcome the world. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

When I heard this verse, it reminded me of an old hymn that I sang as a child.  It’s a beautiful song and now that I’m older, the words are much more special and have a totally new meaning……

“Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below,
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Refrain:
Faith is is the victory!
Faith is is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith they, like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er ev’ry field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On ev’ry hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray;
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring name.”

Be Still My Soul

Do you ever feel like you are going through life like a hamster on wheel??  That’s kind of what I feel like now.  I have a million things running through my mind, and a to-do list that never ends.  There is so much noise, movement, and technology that never ends!

This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I heard this beautiful old hymn, “Be Still My Soul”.   It was so refreshing to my spirit.  Many times God’s Word tells us to be quiet or be still, and know Him.  We only need to be still and remember that He is in control.  He has been faithful in the past and He will continue to be faithful in the future!

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1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

(Written by Katharina Von Schlegel in 1752, and still relevant today.  Amazing!)

 

Grow Through It

Is it hard to give thanks for difficulties in our lives?  I’ll be honest – it is for me! Scott was in a bad car accident a few days ago, and it really shook us up!  This morning a dear friend came over to visit and pray with me.  In her prayer she actually thanked God FOR the accident!   What??

I’ll have to admit that I was a bit taken back by that!  After thinking about it more, I’ve come to realize that she was right –  sometimes it can be easier to find things to be thankful for in a trial, then it is to actually be thankful FOR the trial itself.

If God allows trials in our lives then He must have a reason and purpose for them.   He doesn’t want us to complain about our circumstances (like the Children of Israel did).  Instead, we should be thankful that He loves us, and trust His sovereign control in our lives!

So today I choose to be thankful not only ‘in’ my circumstances, but also ‘for’ them, because I know that this trial is for my good and for HIS glory!!

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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The bells chime…..

Yesterday I was filling the car up with gas, when the bells from the United Methodist Church across the street started chiming at the noon hour.   “Oh that’s so pretty” I thought, but then after the 12th chime, the bells started playing this beautiful old hymn (which is one of my favorites)……

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

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I had never heard bells chime a hymn like that, but the words to the song came to my mind and I knew it was exactly the encouragement that I needed that day!  Me being there and filling the car with gas at that moment was no accident!
God is good!!

I like the Martins rendition of this hymn the best!  Their looks are a bit outdated, but the song is timeless……. Enjoy!  🙂

Since going gluten and dairy free a few year ago, I have missed eating those yummy Peppermint Patties after a dinner.  Last night I came across this great recipe that uses 4 basic ingredients to make homemade peppermint patties:
– coconut oil
– agave (I used honey)
– peppermint oil (*make sure that it’s safe to take internally, I used Young Living EO)
– chocolate (I used dairy free)
Easy Peasy!!

These days we read about the many benefits of coconut oil!!  Coconut oil is especially good for you if you struggle with thyroid issues, so I’ve always tried to eat at least 1 TB/day, but that’s not always easy to do.    When I came across this recipe that uses coconut oil AND peppermint essential oil (which is great to aid with digestion and many other health benefits!), it was a winner, winner!!

http://elanaspantry.com/peppermint-patties/   This is the basic recipe, but be creative with it and add more or less of what ingredients you enjoy.  Give them a try!  🙂

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In BSF, we just finished up a year of studying The Life Of Moses.  An amazing study!!  One thing that I took away from this year, was Moses’s commitment to pray for the People of Israel!  He talked to God when the people were needy, rebellious, complaining, unappreciative, and even when he was angry with the people. Moses prayed for the people in every situation.   He persevered in prayer for the Israelites until the end of his life.

Christian parents are called to do the same for their children.  I’ve come to realize that there are certain parts of parenting for which there is no stopping point this side of heaven, and the privilege of praying for our children is one of them.

I once read this statement, “My children may outgrow many of the things I do to ‘mother’ them, but they will never outgrow their need of my prayers!”.  Amen!!  I know that to this day, my own Mother prays for me and my family!  I count on those prayers and cherish them!!  That is the legacy that I want to leave to my own children, and hopefully one day they will pass it on, and pray for their children!   “What a privilege to carry, everything to God in Prayer”!

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