This is my new "find"... I love solar lamps on my patio, and I love blue. I anxiously awaited the charging of the lamp for a few days and then I turned it to the "ON" switch. As if I do not have enough lamps inside my house, I now feel the need for more and more solar lamps outside.
As I looked at this little lamp on my table, it was dark, and the glow was perfect. I thought about "let your light shine"! Gosh, there are so many dark places in this world. It seems mankind gets worse and worse, and it is a constant struggle to keep my mind on the "true" things. I read a verse yesterday in 2 Peter 1:5-8. It is long but good!
"make every effort to add to your faith, goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge;
and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance;
and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness; love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being
ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I took this close up pic of my "impatiens"...
Why are they called "impatiens" (yes this is the correct spelling)...
"Impatiens flowers take their name from the Latin, impatiens, "impatient." They are so called because their ripe seed pods will sometimes burst open from even a light touch (as if they were "impatient" to open). "
This name reminds me of the verse in the Bible,
" Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak andslow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Are you just like an "impatien"? easily bothered, feelings on your shoulders? I do know other's that the slightest inconvenience sends them over the edge. As my sign states in my office,
"Keep calm, and carry on!"
I try to always remember to keep my attitude below the ones' I come in contact with. Hmmmm...
I constantly deal with "Patience".
"The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective."
Reminded again in James, paraphrased by me...
Layton and I sowed a few bell pepper seeds a couple of weeks ago in a flower container on my porch. When we were watering plants the other day, I saw tiny leaves popping through the soil, I yelled to Layton, and he ran to see them. He knows last year they grew red and green peppers. But, guess what? it takes time and patience, you have to carefully water and take care of the seeds, and in time, they produce. This reminded me so much of of my prayers. I may not see the answers to my prayers, but I know (faith) God hears these prayers, and in time, there will be answers. Maybe the answer will be NO, maybe or Yes...
You know all the time that I water these little seeds, there is not a doubt in my mind that they will grow. I suppose you can say that is "faith", huh? So, why should my prayers be any different!
"The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective."
If you doubt this, I say, read the Bible. Over and over and over again, prayers are answered!
I was listening to the radio this morning, and I am not even sure who the man was, but he gave an analogy of contentment -
New car, new car smell, new car - no stains on the seats or carpet. We love buying and driving a new car. We are happy, we think this new car will make us happy - for, evvv errrr... NOT...
The car ages, the car gets dirty, the car gets stains... what we knew as "new", got old...
I started thinking, this is so true... The only thing in my life that satisfies...the only thing in my life that I constantly crave, is Jesus. The only thing in my life that does not grow old is Jesus. I find myself talking all day to him, in spurts, in words, in sentences, in thoughts. I find myself thanking Him when I wake up, in the middle of the night, I can't wait to read my Bible in the mornings. I constantly am aware of His presence, and I am constanstly reminded all day of the way He moves in my life. No coincidences. All Him.
So, everything else in our lives, can, in no way, satisfy or give us contentment. Only Jesus! I am 49 years old. I have been saved since I was 14. I wish I had given my all to Him when I was younger. I can truthfully say, that when I began daily reading my Bible and praying, that my life changed.
I am consumed! So, it is not what we know, but who we know! Jesus!
Each item represents how Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.
· Large marshmallows
· Melted butter
· Sugar/cinnamon mixture
· Can of crescent rolls
1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead. 2. Dip and roll one marshmallow (representing Jesus’ body) into melted butter. The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body. 3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture represents the spices used in burials. 4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and pinch the edges tight.
5. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a slightly greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake the rolls as directed on the package. The oven represents the tomb. When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent roll. This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the tomb were the linen wrappings. Amazing!
My lil' Layton will know this story! Surely!
I post this recipe each year! Suppose I need to today! :) Happy Easter y'all!
Yes, this is what my night job has been, decorating Easter cookies with Lauren... They are good too, trust me! www.morethanchocolate.net
FYI, these cookies pictured above are not finished, detailing to come...
Ps, which came first the chick or the egg?
I read the following this morning in an email. I have thought about Virtue alot today. What a difference our world would be if we practiced Virtue. I love "uncompromising integrity"!
"Virtue is defined as conforming one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles. It empowers uncompromising integrity. Virtue is a moral compass that always points the way to how we ought to live. Virtue is the strength to stand when the winds of compromise are blowing against you. It conveys heroic courage to stand strong, especially in the face of moral relativism. For Christians, it is the first thing we are commanded to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:5)." Trent Griffith - Senior Pastor Harvest Bible Chapel - Granger, Indiana