Archive | September 2007

The Lord Is With You

When I read today’s message from Joel Osteen, I kept hearing the words to the song, “What a friend we have in Jesus”.  I have many friends in my lifetime.  I have awesome friends who have been there with me in my ups and downs and I treasure them.  And I have had friends that I considered family who when I was having a hard time, turned their backs on me.  Jesus, in my humble opinion, is better than a friend, because I know that He will never leave me, nor forsake me.  He isn’t going to put His needs before mine or push His opinions on me.  He will always overlook my shortcomings, and forgive me when I ask Him to.  When I call His name, He’s going to be there for me – no if’s, no ands and no buts.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus – written by Joseph M. Scriven

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there. 

lyrics courtesy of www.cyberhymnal.org

A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“Be bold, be strong, for the Lord is with you” (Joshua 1:9).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

No matter what today has in store, as a believer, you can approach the day with boldness and confidence. Why? Because the Lord is with you, and in Him is everything you need in this life. That means that if you need provision for something today, provision is with you. If you need wisdom today, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy, or peace today, it’s with you. You can be confident today knowing that all of your needs are supplied spiritually, physically, and emotionally because the Lord is with you. And best of all, He’s promised never to leave you. Don’t let lies from the enemy or pressure from the world keep you from taking hold of everything the Lord has for you. Open your heart by faith and receive whatever you need today. Step out in boldness and strength because the Lord is with you!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me today. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for being closer to me than the air I breathe. I receive Your promises today in faith and confidence. I cast all of my cares on You and set my heart on You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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This entry was posted on Friday,September 28, 2007, in Joel Osteen.

Thursday Thirteen #6 – Why I love Fall

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Okay, so I’m late again with my TT!  One of these days I’ll get it right.

So, this weeks TT will be 13 reasons why I LOVE the Fall

1.  The weather cools down – a lot!!!

2.  The leaves on the trees turn such beautiful colors making a ride down the highway (especially if you are driving down south) so enjoyable.

3.  Sitting by the fire, either in your home (wish I had a fireplace) or outside by your fire pit, or at a bonfire.

4.  Soup and Sammy (sandwich) night!

5.  Making chili and beef stew and lots homemade soups.

7.  Watching football on television Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday!

8.  Going to the High School football games – Go Herd!  (Woodbury High School)

9.  Getting ready for Thanksgiving.

10.  Breaking out the sweaters and hoodies.

11.  The gorgeous sunsets.

12.  The annual Woodbury Fall Parade.

13.  Baking cookies, pies, breads.

Faith Comes By Hearing

I love this message!  I also know that it can be difficult at times to sit and read and focus on His word and try to absorb a message which is why I love keeping my little book of God’s Promises by my bedside and in my handbag at all times.  I also keep my prayer booklet by Charles Capps handy because he has a lot of scriptures listed which is essential when you are praying!  I love to speak His word back to Him and these little treasures help me do just that!

A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Do you want more faith in your life? Well, the good news is that your faith in God can grow and increase. Notice the scripture doesn’t say, “Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time.” It’s hearing—in the present tense. Sure, God’s Word can transform us in an instant, but most of the time, we need to hear God’s principals over and over again before they become active in our lives. The Truth of God’s Word chisels away at the doubt and unbelief that’s been built up over the years. God’s Truth sets us free and sets His plan for our lives in motion. Just as a seed needs water daily to grow, your spirit needs the Word of God daily. The more you hear God’s promises, the more you know Him, the more you will be able to believe Him! I encourage you today to select a few scriptures to meditate on daily. Write them down and carry them in your purse or wallet. The more you hear the Word of God, the more your faith will grow and you will move forward into the life of victory God has in store!

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, thank you for Word that is living and active and growing in my life. I submit myself to you today and ask you to teach me your ways. Give me insight into your Word so that I may know you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

This entry was posted on Thursday,September 27, 2007, in Joel Osteen.

Wet Pants

This was emailed to me today by my dear friend Doris and I knew I had to share it with as many people as possible.  Enjoy!

Come with me to a third grade classroom….. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened.  It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You’ve done enough, you klutz!”

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?” Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good..

Remember…..Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.  Each and everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

My instructions were to pick people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you. Please pass this to people you want to be blessed.

This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards Let’s continue to pray for one another.

The Prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those that I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. Amen.

Works For Me Wednesday – Fundraising

wfmwheader Sorry I’m a little late with today’s WFMW and I apologize for not posting one last week but with school being back in full swing, it’s been a bit hectic.

Okay, this weeks WFMW is for all you moms out there that help out by volunteering to be on the fundraising committee of the PTA, or PTO, or PTSA or Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Band Parents, Football Boosters… you get my point!

There are tons of ways you can raise money for your non-profit organization without selling a single thing!  I’ve put a hyperlink on each icon so you can go to the website’s and get more info!

Did you know that 5 below   5 Below will host a FUNdraiser day for you and give you 10% of the sales that your organization helps to bring to their store?  

Chick-fil-A chick fil awill host a Spirit Night and they also give you 10% of the sales you help to generate.    General Mills will pay you CASH for your boxtopsBox Tops 4 Education Labels and their labels are on more than just cereal! 

campbells Campbell’s will help you earn merchandise by collecting their UPC’s labels on a wide variety of their products

ecophones and EcoPhones will pay you to recycle a wide variety of items and they even pay for the shipping and handling!

 

Make sure you check out Rocks In My Dryer for more WFMW entries!

Come To The Father

I can’t tell you how much this message blessed my spirit when I read it this evening.  I have been feeling heavy-laden and overburdened for the past few days and it has been causing me to have some restless and sleepness nights.  I said “some” restless and sleepless nights because there are times when I realize I am feeling stressed out and I give it over to God, but there are times when I am not so quick to let it go.  How awesome is God that He knows just when to speak to us and the method to speak to us so that we will listen and hear Him. 

A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your soul.” (Matthew 11:28 AMP).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Does your soul need refreshing today? Then come to the Father. Are you overburdened by the cares of this world? Are you facing challenges in your relationships? Finances? Career? The Father wants to refresh you. He wants to cause you to rest. Think about that for a moment. What would cause you to rest? If you knew everything was going to work out for your good, you would stop worrying. You would rest! Even if things don’t work out the way you planned, or on your timetable, you can trust that God will turn things around in your favor. When you submit your life to Him, by the blood of Jesus, and truly make Him Lord and Ruler of every area of your life, you will find rest for your soul! Come to the Father today in prayer and with thanksgiving. Thank Him right now for taking your burdens and giving you peace. Thank Him for loving you today and giving you new life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Go out today with an attitude of faith and expectancy because God is working behind the scenes on your behalf—and you can come to Him!

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, I come to You now. I give You my cares and burdens. I thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for loving me and setting me free. Thank You for giving me rest for my soul and peace in my heart today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

This entry was posted on Tuesday,September 25, 2007, in Joel Osteen.

Tapas Tuesday

tapas image Okay, so I love raw clams but I’m not really fond of raw oysters so I decided to swap them out when I saw Paula Deen’s recipe for Oyster Shooters.  And since I don’t drink (anymore) I skip the Vodka but they still taste awesome and make a great recipe for Tapas Tuesday not to mention they’re a great source of protein with 11 grams of protein in every 3 ounces of clams!  Woo-Hoo!

oyster shooterVirgin Clam Shooters:

photo courtesy of Food Network – Paula Deen’s Oyster Shooters

It’s really a matter of taste, but I like to use whole raw clams simply because I think they taste awesome fresh from the shell, but you can use whole or chopped canned clams.  You can also add a splash of Vodka to each Shot glass after you add the clams, then top off with some cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.

What You Need:

1 Dozen Top Neck or Little Neck Clams – and their juice*

2 Lemons cut into wedges (each lemon should give you 6 wedges)

Cocktail Sauce (you can make your from scratch, but I like using Bookbinders or Klotchners)

Tabasco – Optional

Oyster Crackers – optional (I like to munch on these between shots – check back next week when I give you an awesome way to prepare Oyster Crackers as a Tapas!)

Serving Size:  3 per person                                                                      Total Servings:  4

Shot Glasses (but if you’re in a pinch, you can use Dixie Bathroom cups and the bonus of using these is no glasses to wash – just shoot it and toss it! – I like the Sponge Bob design!)

* Tip on shucking your own clams from www.PraticallyEdible.com–  first clean the Clams by scrubbing the shell with a stiff brush. Then soak the Clams in salt water for about 20 minutes to allow them to expel sand. Adding cornmeal (optional) will encourage the Clams to purge dark stuff from their stomachs and will whiten their meat. Per 1 gallon (4 liters) of water use 1/3 cup (4 oz / 115g) of salt and 1/4 cup (2 oz / 50g) of cornmeal. Drain, repeat two more times. If any Clams float to the top during the soaking, discard them.
Before trying to open Clams, refrigerate them for an hour to relax them, or freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from freezer or fridge, let sit 2 or 3 minutes. As they warm up again, they’ll relax their muscles and the shells will open a tidge, which is all the opening you need. Insert the end of a blunt knife into the Clam shell, and twist it to force the shell open. Be very careful when shucking Clams, as the knife often slips. Some people buy special Clam knifes, and keep a pair of work gloves in the kitchen to make it safer.  Don’t discard the juices inside; this is called “Clam Liquor”.

Now, if shucking clams is not your thing, sometimes your local seafood shop will shuck them for you and put them in a container – just make sure you ask them to save their juices as well!  Or you can opt for canned clams.  Whole or chopped are good to use and both work well.

How to Prepare:

If you are using glass shot glasses, you can frost them by placing them in the freezer on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes and take them out just prior to serving.  Line the cookie sheet with wax paper to prevent the glass from sticking to the sheet.

Place a teaspoon of clam juice in the glass, then add 1 raw clam and a teaspoon of cocktail sauce, then top it off with a lemon wedge.  If you like things on the spicy side, hit your clams with a dash of Tabasco before topping it with cocktail sauce, or just leave the bottle on the table for everyone to use as desired.

If you opt for canned chopped clams, drain the clams but save the juice.  Add a few teaspoons of cocktail sauce to the clams then add some of the clam juice.  The consistency should be like a chunky salsa, not too thick and not too runny.  Cover and chill in the fridge.  When you’re ready to serve up your shooters, add your clam/sauce mixture to the shot glass and top off with a lemon wedge.  

Let your guests know take their lemon wedges and squeeze the juice onto their shooter just before doing their shot – yum yum yummy!

Now I said before that I love raw clams so I could easily do a dozen of these myself – so if you’re like me, triple the recipe!