Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Forward

Since a new year is almost here, I thought I would share some of the Bible study and devotional resources I will be using next year.

I have used a couple of year-long Bible reading programs in the past that I have liked, but this year I have fallen in love with the One Year Chronological Bible. I use it in conjunction with Wendy Pope's blog. She has a daily lesson to go along with each days reading. This has really helped hold me accountable. You can also have the daily readings delivered to your inbox if you don't want to buy the Bible.

Another resource I have enjoyed using is Proverbs 31's devotions. I get these in my email every weekday. They are very well done and include journaling ideas and reflection questions.

I will also be doing the Siesta Scripture Team on Beth Moore's blog. I did this 2 years ago, and it was so much fun. I'm really glad she decided to do it again this year.

I hope you find some of this helpful. What are you planning on using next year?

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Word of the Year

Did you know austerity is the official word of 2010? You can read about it here. Austerity means "enforced or extreme economy". Based on that definition, I suppose 2010 was a very austere year.

My official word for 2010 was contentment. At the end of 2009 I started to think about what I wasn't, and what I was struggling to be. The word content kept coming to mind. I wanted to stop wanting things, and to start being content with what I already had.

My first step in making contentment my word was to find a corresponding verse to go along with it. I chose 1 Timothy 6:6, "Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth". I wrote this verse down in several places and memorized it. Then I sat back and waited for opportunities to practice being content. Trust me when I tell you I had opportunities to practice contentment coming out of my ears.

My word for 2011 will be ministry. Russty is lead worship again, and all those old feelings of inadequacy are already popping up. the verse I have selected for this year is 1 Corinthians 15:58, " strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless". I also want to learn more about ministering through my Bible study and reading this year.

Is there anything you want to work on this year?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

French Dip Sandwiches

A couple of years ago, I found this recipe for French Dip sandwiches. It is very tasty and it uses one of my favorite appliances...the crock pot.

                                                French Dip Sandwiches
                                                3-4 pound rump roast
                                                1 can beef consomme soup
                                                1 package au jus mix
                                                1 package Italian dressing mix

                                   Combine the consomme with the au jus and Italian
                                   dressing mixes. Cook on low for 10-11 hours. Serve
                                   on sandwich rolls with the juices for dipping. Add
                                   cream of mushroom soup and sour cream to leftover
                                   meat and juices to make stroganoff for the next night.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gramma's Fudge

My Gramma Savery made delicious fudge. She usually served it as an appetizer to Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, so whenever the holidays come around I get a serious craving for it. This is the closest recipe I have found to it. It is super easy and very good.

                                       Peanut Butter and Chocolate Layer Fudge
                                          1&1/2 cups chocolate chips
                                          1&1/2 cups peanut butter chips
                                          1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Melt peanut butter chips with half a can of the milk.
Stir til smooth. Spread in 8x8 pan lined with wax paper.
melt chocolate chips with half  can of milk. Stir til smooth.
Spread on top of peanut butter. Cool in the fridge for 3 hour
Remove fudge from pan and cut into squares. Makes 32.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review:Just Between You and Me

I read a lot. One of the things I wanted to do on this blog is discuss some of the books I read throughout the year. One that I read this week is Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones. I will start right out by saying I liked it. It was a quick, easy read. I like that kind of book.

Just Between You and Me is about woman named Maggie who has to return to her hometown to care for her young niece. Of course she has to confront her old life, which she has spent years trying to get away from. She also has to confront painful memories of her mother's death, and her own fears.

There is definitely a strong message in this book about giving your fears over to God, and going out on a limb to do what He wants you to do. I thought the author did a fairly good job getting her point across without being too preachy. The main character in the book is smart and sassy. I enjoyed getting to know her through out the book. By the end, I was really rooting for her to get everything worked out.

 I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys chick-lit or romance. It's a fun book with a good message. And that ladies and gentlemen is my first book review.