Archive | May 2008

Favorite Ingredients Friday Veggie Burritos

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I was browsing through my kitchen in search of what I could toss together for a quick dinner one night and can’t believe all the stuff I have stocked up. 

in my cabinets I found – black olives, whole kernel corn, mexican chili beans, diced green chilies and diced tomatoes

in the fridge I found – grilled eggplant, flour tortilla shells, shredded cheeses (mexican mix and cheddar), sour cream and salsa

So, I mixed all the stuff from the cabinets and diced up the grilled eggplant, added a little taco seasoning mix, spooned it onto the tortilla, added some cheese, rolled it up, topped it with some more cheese, then baked in a preheated oven for 15 minutes and spooned on some sour cream and salsa…MMMMMMMmmmmmmm Yummo!

You can add diced chicken, beef or seafood sticks if you prefer, and I would have liked to have some sliced scallions to top it off, but they were so yummy….  Reminds me to put this on my list of stuff to make this weekend!  See what you can do when you have a well stocked kitchen – or in my case, and obsessive compulsive disorder with canned goods?

 

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A Message From Joel Osteen 5/28

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Well, if you have read any of my posts recently, you’ll know that today’s message from Joel Osteen really spoke to what I’m going through right now.  I especially took notice of his use of this scripture because one of the comments on a post spoke about so many walking around today with “sad eyes and crooked crosses”.   I truly feel that right now, I am in a crooked place with things off center but know the power our words hold and the power of God’s Word and His promises, I have been taking it to God and declaring healing in my body, mind and spirit.

 

He Prepares Your Path

Today’s Scripture

“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…” (Isaiah 45:2 NKJV)

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Do you ever feel like every time you try to move forward in something, you hit a roadblock? Something happens that throws you off course. Be encouraged today because right now in your life, God is going before you. He’s preparing a way. He’s making your crooked places straight. He’s making your rough places smooth. You may be going through a difficult time right now, but it’s not the end. It’s only the beginning. God has equipped you for this journey. You may feel like you’re in a dry season, but don’t look at your circumstances. Look at the promise of God today! If you’ll keep speaking words of faith, God promises that He’ll anoint your head with oil and your cup will run over. That means you’ll be refreshed and anointed to do what He’s called you to do. God is preparing your path and equipping you for the journey. What do you need today to keep moving forward? Start by checking your attitude. Don’t go around complaining and focused on the negative side of things. Put on an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. Thank Him for making your crooked places straight! As you do, you’ll move forward in joy and gladness in the blessed future He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

Lord in heaven, thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for preparing the path for my life and making my crooked places straight. Thank You for restoring my soul and life and for guiding me in everything I do. I submit every area of my life to You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thursday Thirteen 18th Edition

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Here are 13 things to do for yourself this week

1.  Buy a good book and then sit outside (preferably under a nice shade tree) and read.  We have a shop called paperback trader near us and you can trade your old paperbacks for store credit and pick up some pretty good titles.

2.  Have a manicure, even if you use acrylics.  And to save money, have one of your friends give you a mani, then you can reciprocate and give her one.

3.  Get a pedicure, preferably not the same day as your mani, this way you aren’t at the salon for hours and you can just sit and enjoy.

4. Treat yourself to a new CD and then pop it into your car or your player at home, crank up the volume and jam!  If you have older kids (like me) you can borrow their CD’s and make a copy for yourself!

5.  To heck with calorie counting, treat yourself to your favorite ice cream cone.

6.  Get a facial or massage, it is so worth it.

7.  Buy a few new bras and panties and toss out the old ones.

8.  Get your eyebrows professionally styled if you can have them threaded, go for it) then make sure you keep up with regular waxing or threading.

9.  Go through your handbag collection and ditch the ones you’ll never use again, and clean up the ones you really like.  You can even embellish the old ones to give them a new twist.

10. Subscribe to your favorite magazine and when it comes set aside an hour or two to browse through it.  Make sure you have a nice cold beverage and some snacks to go along with it.  To make it even more special, pack up the stuff along with a nice blanket and head to the park, or beach or even your own backyard and get some fresh air and sun.

11. Plan a girls day/night out at least once a month.  You can meet a friend(s) for early lunch and movie, or have a mani/pedi and follow up with a nice lunch or dinner.  Or get all dressed up and hit the casino’s and walk the boards.  You can even keep it simple and just meet for coffee and hang out at the diner to catch up.

12. Volunteer at a local shelter, food bank, clinic, assisted living, or nursing home.  Giving a bit of yourself to others gives you so much in return.  And, you can write off your mileage and time spent volunteering on your taxes – give a little, get a little.

13.  Stop, look and listen, then breathe and give it all over to God.  No matter how bad things are, you can face them and then overcome any obstacle with Him by your side.

40 Tips to a Better Life

I don’t know who the original author is, but my Mom sent this to me in an email and I wanted to share it with everyone.  I think these tips are excellent and while most of us can say that we know them or have heard them before, I believe that we have to be at a point and time where we can hear them, receive them, accept them and implement them.  Kinda like when you hear the words of your parents ring in your head or read a scripture verse over and over and then BANG – one day the words come alive to you and makes sense.  Tomorrow is not promised to us, so make the most of today.

40 Tips for Better Life – 2008

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy or rent a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today.’

5. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2007.

7. Make time to practice meditation,  and prayer.  They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts and soak in 10-15 minutes of sunshine whenever possible.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.

18. Accept that while life isn’t fair, it’s still good.

19. Forgive quickly, life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. Agree to disagree.  You don’t have to win every argument.

22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. Accept that NO ONE is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. Don’t worry about what others think of you.  What other people think of you is none of your business.

28.REMEMBER GOD heals everything.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)

37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

40. Know that as bad as things may be for you, there is someone that has it much worse.

In Touch Prayer May Week 4

***  Please Note – These prayer requests are taken directly from the quarterly prayer calendar send to members of the In Touch Ministries Impact Team. ***

 

Praise God is changing lives through the 50,000 Messengers that were delivered to the U.S. military in 2007.  And He has blessed us with the resources to send an additional 30,000 Messengers in 2008!

 

PrayerThat God will open doors for the Messenger to be translated into different languages so that In Touch can send godly, biblical teaching around the world.

You Have Been Planted

Again, another timely word from Joel Osteen in my email and I wanted to share it with you.  May God bless you and keep you, strengthen and bless you and grant you peace that surpasses all understanding, in the precious name of Jesus, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.  – Briggie ^i^

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”
(John 12:24, NKJ)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

We all face difficulties and challenges in life. But you have to remember, as a believer in Jesus, you have the life-giving seed of Almighty God on the inside of you. When you go through disappointments or tough times, you may feel like you’ve been buried. You may feel like you’re in a dark, lonely place. You may feel like it’s the end, but in reality, it’s only the beginning. The fact is, you haven’t been buried; you have been planted. That means you’re coming back. And not only are you coming back, but you’re coming back in increase, better and stronger than before.

In those tough times, you’ve got to draw the line in the sand. Make a declaration, “This difficulty is not going to bury me. This loss, this disappointment, this injustice is not going to cause me to give up on my dreams. I refuse to live in self-pity. I know I am a seed. That means I cannot be buried. I can only be planted. I may be down, but it’s only temporary. I know I’m not only coming back, I’m coming back even better than I was before!”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your life-giving seed. I choose today to focus on the potential for my future. I know that I will overcome every obstacle by Your power that is at work in me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Let The Peace Of God Reign

So, I wrote this post the other day titled What would you say, and friends and family are telling me they too have these feelings and that they believe many many more are experiencing the same situation that I am.  I know I am not alone and my question is why?  Why are so many people living with this burden, and yes I call it a burden because no one wants to wake up every day just because they’re done sleeping.  We are meant to have a purpose, a reason to live.  Right now I am not living, I am existing and not doing a very good job of it either.  I’ve decided that I do not accept that this is a natural phase of life and that it isn’t normal or something I will tolerate any further.  I started looking through Psalms and came across Psalm 42 and this touched my spirit and expressed a lot of what I am feeling so I went to Bible.com and decided to copy and paste it here for others to read.  I also decided to look for the lyrics to the the song that is taken from this Psalm and came across another an awesome site called Pinoymix.com which has the lyrics to lots of popular Christian songs and I came across the lyrics for Let The Peace Of God Reign and have them pasted below.  I pray for an abundance of peace and joy to flood over me and fill me to the point I cannot contain it and it spills out onto everyone and everything I touch.  Lord, let your love wash over me.

Psalm 42

[b] As the deer pants for streams of water,
       so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
       When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food
       day and night,
       while men say to me all day long,
       “Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
       as I pour out my soul:
       how I used to go with the multitude,
       leading the procession to the house of God,
       with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
       among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and 6 my God.
       My [c] soul is downcast within me;
       therefore I will remember you
       from the land of the Jordan,
       the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep
       in the roar of your waterfalls;
       all your waves and breakers
       have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
       at night his song is with me—
       a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
       “Why have you forgotten me?
       Why must I go about mourning,
       oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony
       as my foes taunt me,
       saying to me all day long,
       “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and my God.

 

Let the Peace of God Reign

Father of life draw me closer
Lord, my heart is set on You
Let me run the race of time
With Your life enfolding mine
And let the peace of God
Let it reign

Oh Holy Spirit, You’re my comfort
Strengthen me, hold my head up high
And I stand upon Your truth
Bringing glory unto You
And let the peace of God
Let it reign

Oh Lord I hunger for more of You
Rise up within me let me know Your truth
Oh Holy Spirit saturate my soul
And let the life of God fill me now
Let Your healing power breathe life and
Make me whole
And let the peace of God let it reign