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



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.


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.


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  Their looks are a bit outdated, but the song is timeless…….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!  🙂

peppermint patties

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”!


The other day I was on Pinterest (I love Pinterest!!)  🙂 and I came across a website called “His Mercy Is New”.  This lady had written a post on “31 days of praying Scripture for your family”.  With so much going on in our busy lives, what more precious thing could you do for your family then cover them daily with prayer?!

So I printed off the Prayer Calendar at the bottom of the post.  On March 1, I will post it on my bathroom mirror and every morning when I am getting ready for the day I will pray the Scriptures for my family.

If this is something that you would like to do for your family, please join with me and commit the month of March to praying for your family members, and see how God works!


Count Your Blessings!!

The other day I borrowed a CD from the library.  On this CD was a hymn that I learned as a child, but haven’t heard for years!!  It’s a very simple song with a catchy tune – and words that are so true!   When I find myself temped to grumble or complain about something, I simply sing this little song…..

  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer…. why does it still amaze me???  I was sent an email this morning, letting me know that a book from the library was a week over due.  I thought that we had returned this book already.  So I looked all over the house, and nothing turned up.   I stopped by to talk with the librarian and she said they would check their shelves, and for me to go back home and look again, and we would both see what we could find out.

I prayed on the way home, and asked that God would please let this book show up.  I walked in the house, and God laid on my heart to look in a certain spot for the book.  “But God, it couldn’t be there”, “just look”,…… sure enough there was the book – not 5 minutes after I had prayed!!!

I know that a missing library book is not very important in the big scheme of life, but when things like this happen, it strengthens my faith.  If God cares about the small things, how much more will He help us with the bigger problems in life!!
Thank you God for answered prayers!!