Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Tea Time Tuesday~Christ the Cornerstone

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." 
Ephesians 2:19-22







"So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."
Isaiah 28:16




"Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures : " "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? " Matthew 21:42




"The LORD is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" 
Psalm 27:1




In His Love,
Jamie

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tea Time Tuesday~Peace

Grab a cup of tea and sit awhile~

I love being in God's word...I find it comfortingHis words give me strength for the journey.  



All of us face trials in this life. In fact, scripture tells us to consider trials a blessing!  

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4



Are you feeling worn out by your trials? Is your heart weary and heavy?  Place your burdens at the feet of Jesus today.

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 
1 Peter 5:7

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Pray.

God wants us to come to Him. He wants His sheep to draw near.


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

When we seek Him, we will find peace.  


"The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Psalm 29:11

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Blessings, Jamie

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tea Time Tuesday ~Love~





I was reading a devotion this morning titled Love Beyond Measure. It was about a man devoted to caring for his bedridden wife. The author talked about how she saw the look of commitment on the man's face, a sign of his love and dedication. 

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:12

Oh, how this convicted me! Lord, am I being the dedicated, self-less, devoted wife you created me to be?!?! How many times have I gotten frustrated and hopeless over this journey you have set before me! How many times have I had a pity party for myself. I need to put myself in my husband's shoes and when I do, oh my, how my perspective changes. I can't imagine...God bless my husband who gracefully and quietly fights this monstrous disease. His day to day living is such a wonderful testimony to our children and those around us. Lord, may I be the helpmeet, joyful wife, caregiver, advocate, and cheerleader to my husband. Teach me to be patient and loving beyond measure to my best friend.  

Blessings,
Jamie 

Monday, July 8, 2019

From My Country Farmhouse Kitchen ~Delicious Granola Bars~

From My Country Farmhouse Kitchen



~Delicious Granola Bars~ 
I found this recipe in a devotional that I absolutely love! It's the Simple Life by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Recipe by Esther Raber. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did! 

Delicious Granola Bars
Ingredients:
2 10-ounce bags marshmallows (about 12 cups)
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
5 cups oatmeal ( I used quick oatmeal)
4 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup coconut
1 package graham crackers, crushed
1 package chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

Put the marshmallows, butter, honey, and peanut butter in a saucepan. Heat until melted. Add the oatmeal, cereal, coconut, and graham crackers. Stir well. When the mixture cools slightly, add the chocolate chips and stir again. Pour into a baking pan, cool completely, then cut into bars. 

Some of the ingredients I chose to use in this recipe are:

For Krispy Rice Cereal: Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free
Oats: Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats
Raw Honey

 I did heat everything in a LARGE stock pot and ended up transferring it all to my canner pot as it made a large amount!!! 

I transferred them to a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. 

If you have a granola bar recipe that's a favorite, I'd love for you to share! 

Blessings, 
Jamie 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17

We had a very simple and slow paced day. Hubby was struggling with his Parkinson's, so I was praying for him throughout the day. It breaks my heart to see him struggle, but I'm so proud of his determination and uncomplaining spirit. He is such a testimony to our children and me. 

Simple and yummy food today! For dinner we had grass fed burgers that I baked in the oven earlier in the morning, when the weather was cooler. We heated them up at dinner. We had fresh lettuce from the garden, arugula, tomato, string beans, and fresh fruit. Two of my girls shredded zucchini for chocolate chocolate chip zucchini muffins for dessert.

What was on your dinner menu this beautiful 4th?

Praying you all have a blessed day! 

Jamie 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer on the homestead

Summer is here in the north woods. We've been very busy on our homestead as we're planning to move up into the mountains. There are packing boxes everywhere ha ha. :-) It will be so nice once we're moved and can settle into our new home. I'm looking forward to creating a cozy home for my family and to get back to my baking. I've been keeping our meals simple so I can keep our kitchen tidy for when we're showing our house.

Today I did a simple, healthy, and yummy meal in the crockpot. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, red potatoes, and carrots. I'll make some peas on the side and maybe a salad, as it warmed up into the 80's here!

I'm hoping to embroider a few new sets of pillowcases... something for each of my girls. For the baby I'm thinking I'd like to embroider a stocking for Christmas. :-)

That's all from my homestead today.

Blessings,
Jamie




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

~The Sunflower Path~

~The Sunflower Path~

That's what she calls it... the sunflower path. She was speechless this morning... caught in the beauty of the raindrops on petals and the misty pathway, an archway created by drooping sunflower heads laden with God's cleansing rain.



It's in these moments that seem so ordinary and commonplace... a part of our morning routine..to walk this path to see our goat...that these moments gently transform into extraordinary moments.
I am fully aware of the weight God has placed on us as parents, and sharing God's word, truth, and love with our children. Making the most of each moment. But somehow, in these years of training, I'm finding these sweet little ones that God has entrusted in our care, have rendered me speechless with all they are teaching me of just who God is. How I almost missed this beautiful moment this morning...


Child of wonder.... if we only stopped in pure wonderment and awe of God's amazing creation He blessed us with....

Blessings,
Jamie