Sunday, June 24, 2012

His Word for My Week - Be Ye Kind, All The Time

"Be Ye Kind, All the Time!"....

     That's how one of our pastor's children when they were young and trying to memorize scripture quoted the Ephesians 4:32 verse.  Out of the mouth of babes!  So simple, so right! 
     What great examples children are for us with their openness, trust, humility and receptivity.  They are so accepting and so loving without condition.  
     My daughter was sharing with me some accounts of our grandson's play times at their local parks that were such good examples of the above.  Once a young girl, somewhat unkept, came over to SMQ and reported that no one would play with her.  He said without reservation, "I'll play with you!" and her face just lit up.  They had such a grand time playing together.  Another incident involved a quite rotund playmate that was struggling to keep up with other playmates and was becoming upset at being left behind.  SMQ invited the child to come play with him and he helped that child scale the play equipment with a helpful little uplift from behind.  SMQ certainly did make his mom proud by having such compassion and concern for other children.   
     What a different world it would be if Ephesians 4:32 (see below) were worked out in each of our lives.  And yet, It seems like unkindness and selfishness prevail in our world today  Our society is losing outgoing concern for others. It's all about me and what I can get. People tear down others to make themselves look better. . How very sad this is when we see this happening in our families, in our churches, in the workplace and even online.
     In families, often get-togethers are characterized by the tearing down of the family not present.  Families feud in online social posts. They fail to accept one another because of differences in opinions and ideas.   
      I recall at my mother's funeral in 1995 my husband sharing at her grave site that he had never heard her say a bad word about anyone and how true that was.  I wish I could have that said about me, but in all honesty, I know I have been guilty of not engaging my brain before using my mouth. But, I do know that I want to do better at loving and accepting others, warts and all!  And, fervently praying for those who choose not to do so.  
     In our churches it has become prevalent to have "roast preacher" for Sunday dinner.  We have become intolerant of those who differ in opinion and are "short-suffering" with those who tend to annoy us. If the fruit of the Spirit is not apparent among believers in Christ, we have nothing to offer the world.  We need to plead for the Holy Spirit's help in developing in us the fruit of the, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  (

     Will you join me in committing to communicate using His wisdom, which "is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits [actions], without partiality and without hypocrisy"  (James 3:17)  These are all very positive words. Instead of instigating fights and tearing others down, strive to build people up by showing respect and concern in person and online. 
Wisdom from Above:

Ephesians 4:29 "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification (building up) according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."

Ephesians 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

Romans 14:19 "So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding."

May God help us to "Be ye kind, all the time! 


Have a Blessed Day,

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recipe of the Week - Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie Recipe
Spaghetti Pie

  • 4 ounces dried spaghetti
    2 egg whites, beaten
    1 tbs. butter
    1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
    8 ounces ground beef
    1/2 c. chopped onion
    1/2 c. chopped green sweet pepper
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
    1 tsp. dried oregano
    Non-stick cooking spray
    1 c. low-fat cottage cheese, drained
    1 egg white
    1 tsp. dried parsley
    1/2 c. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

    1.  Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Drain
    2.  Return spaghetti to warm saucepan.  Stir butter into hot pasta until melted.  Stir
         in egg and Parmesan cheese; set aside.
    3.  Meanwhile, in a medium skillet cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper and garlic
         until meat is brown and onion is tender.  Drain.  Stir in tomato sauce and oregano;       
         heat through.
    4.  Mix cottage cheese, egg white and parsley together.
    5.  Coat a 9" pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.  Press spaghetti mixture onto 
         bottom and up the sides of pie plate, forming a crust.  Spread cottage cheese 
         mixture over pasta crust.  Spread meat mixture over cottage cheese.   Sprinkle
         with shredded mozzarella cheese.
    6.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.  Cut into wedges.

    We enjoy this served with garlic bread and a nice tossed salad.

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    Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, June 18, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - June 18 - 24, 2012

Spaghetti Pie Recipe
Spegetti Pie
(Make one freeze one)
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread

Grilled Pork Chops
Greek Salad

Garlic Alfredo Tilapia
over Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Brown Rice

Dominos Party
Bring Chicken Salad  Suffed Tomatoes

Bonnie's BBQ Burgers
White Bean Salad
Corn on Cob
Potato Chips

Dining Out with Church Family


Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I thought this was so appropriate for a Thankful Thursday post.

It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best...
"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present...we experience
heaven on earth."
Learning to Dance in the Rain
So sit back, relax and turn up your speakers to enjoy our 3-minute inspirational movie from Learning to Dance in the Rain. The words, the photographs and the music are beautiful!

Just click here to watch.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace."
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV)

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Have a Blessed Day,
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