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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Fotos....and a Recipe.....


Chef Walter cooks/bakes something each day during the 12:00 newscast on one of our local TV stations.  One day recently he made this dish and I knew it was something Pappy would eat.....
'cause he's kind of a picky eater.  
It really was delicious!

Cran-Apple Pork & Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:
1 cup applesauce
( I used 3 of the individual cups )
1 or 2 Tbs brown sugar or honey
( I used honey )
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 to 2 1/2 lbs pork chops or cutlets
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
( I didn't use the whole berry because Pappy doesn't like it )
Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions:
Pour applesauce into 3 1/2 quart slow cooker.
Add the sweet potato slices and sprinkle or drizzle with brown sugar or honey.
Salt and pepper lightly.
Add pork and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Spoon cranberry sauce over all.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
( It was completely done at 7 hours )

The pork absolutely fell apart and was so tender.....
and good!!!

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!

HOPE everybody has an awesome weekend!

Breathing in Grace,





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is that You, God.....

Sometimes, He speaks to me in that precious, still small voice!
Other times.....
He has to hit me up side my head with a proverbial two-by-four!

I'm just so glad that HE speaks to us personally!

Do you get the feeling that He's really doing a work in my heart about this topic lately?





HOPE y'all have a Thursday full of THANKS!

Breathing in Grace, 




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday's Word - He Knows My Name.....

 I couldn't decide on a single word today because I really wanted to talk a little about how God knows us personally.  It just never ceases to amaze me how He answers prayers and walks and "talks" with us.....
how He plants His Holy Spirit in us after He prompts us to come to Him in repentance and belief and how that same Holy Spirit is there ALL.THE.TIME to guide us!!!  Oh, how that makes my heart just want to sing and lift my hands in worship to the One and Only Lord of Lords and King of Kings.....
my Savior and my Redeemer!!!

A friend shared an experience she had recently where she felt the SONday morning message was for a situation she's in on her job.....
then, the very next day she was led to a devotional about the same topic!
And, while researching the lyrics of this song,
part of it just jumped off the page and I had to send them to her because it was totally along the same train of thought!

Another blogging friend posted how there was something so simple that she wanted.....
a little black and white cow.....
and God planted it right in front of her!

Isn't that just like our precious Heavenly Father to want to give us the desires of our heart.....
even the "little" things.....
like maybe a black denim skirt....;-)

I've heard this song several times lately and it just speaks to me deep down in my soul.....
that HE knows MY name....
ME, of all people!!!

Isaiah 49:16
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.




"He calls me chosen
Free, forgiven
Wanted, child of the King
His forever
Held and treasured
I am loved"

Breathing in Grace,



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chalk Talk.....


I  the chalkboard on our pantry door.

HOPE everybody has a Terrific Tuesday.

We're trying to stay warm in our neck of the woods!

Breathing in Grace,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SONday Morning Song - A Beautiful Place.....

Caution:
Wordy Post

I sometimes have a recurring dream.
It's not the same setting every time,
but it's always the same circumstances.
I'm always somewhere that I can't escape.
I'll climb up steps and go through rooms,
and there's just no way out.
I had such a dream last Friday night,
but there was something different about it.
I somehow did get outside and knew where I needed to go,
but was going to have to walk to get there,
and in my mind I knew it was a long way.....
but I also knew that I would be able to make it.
That's actually the emotion that I had.....
I can do this!!!
I went down a street and around a building and I saw a lot of people,
and knew that I didn't need to get near these people,
so I headed back.
Then, I was with children......
I can only think they must have been our grand's,
but I couldn't see their faces.
We were standing at the bottom of a long flight of stairs that stretched between two brick buildings on either side.  The flight up was very dark and dank and muddy.  The kids didn't want me to climb the steps, but I told them I would be okay because I would just hold onto the rail.  As I climbed, I saw bugs crawling along the steps and there was also a black cat up ahead....
but I don't recall even seeing it when I passed by it.
And, I don't remember any of the children going up the steps with me.
When I reached the top,
I didn't look back.....
I just remembered that part.....
but when I went through the door at the top,
I entered a beautiful building.
Everything was clean and neat and nice and pretty.....
nothing compared to the steps.

As I prayed yesterday morning, 

I asked God to reveal to me the meaning of my dream,
if it was His will for me to understand.
This is what I felt come to me in my Spirit
(which, He placed in me, right?).

The long, dark, dirty climb represents this old world and all the things we have to go through here.....
especially, the sin.
The bugs and the black cat and the people I felt I shouldn't be around.....
people I'll encounter along the way,
and even some that I'll need to "shake the dust from my feet".
And, that rail.....
I believe that rail represents Jesus.
He's the steady hand that I'll be holding onto as I travel this weary land.
Reaching the top and not looking back.....
God is reminding me not to look back,
but ahead.....
and if I do look back,
it's just to see how far He's brought me and all the struggles were so worth it to reach that summit.
Going through the door to that beautiful place.....
well, it cannot compare to the place I'm going to see when I get to heaven!!!

Was this a premonition of some kind?

I have no idea.
But I do know that a minister whom I trusted many years ago.....
a true man of God.....
said in a message that God speaks to us through our dreams.
I hadn't thought a lot about that until the past few years.
This particular dream makes about three that I've had that I truly know were from God!!!

As I shared my dream and revelation with Pappy,

he said he was reminded of this song by Mr. Wayne Watson.
"A Beautiful Place"!
I wrote this post before even reading the lyrics to the song!





If I had my way, I must admit
If I called every play of the game
I'd pray for good times, blue sky and sunshine
And I'd avoid with a passion any pain
But with every blow from an angry wind
And with every dark shadow that falls
There's a better view up around the bend
Where this puzzle makes some sense after all

Mistakes and misfortunes will come and go
For you to try and still fail is no disgrace
Sometimes a rough and rocky road
Is gonna take you to a beautiful place

Is there anyone out there looking back through your faith
That can deny that your Father knows what's best
Oh but at the time and place for the life of you
You saw no reason, no good for the test
But now remembering as you watched His hand
Put the color to your black and white dreams
Maybe one more time past what you can see
Oh the trouble of the moment ain't as bad as it seems

Sometimes the unspoiled beauty of the wisdom of God
Is lying there in the wilderness
Up there beyond the easy reach
Where the journey takes a little more.....
just a little more faith I guess

I sincerely HOPE that your SONday is chock full of blessings!!

Breathing in Grace,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Foto.....


Not a very clear pic,
but aren't these boys just beautiful?
Boys can be beautiful, right?
Jess posted this pic on Instagram because in the past week,
each of them have lost 2 teeth each.....
both on the same day!!!

Snaggle-toothed, or not.....
they.are.beautiful!
(of course, that's this Nannie's opinion.....
and I know I'm a bit prejudiced....;-)

HOPE everybody has a Fantastic Friday!!!
Stay warm.

Breathing in Grace,


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just say no.....


Romans 8:12-13
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,
you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
For if you live by its dictates,
you will die.
But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,
you will live!

Remember the ad campaigns from several years ago that encouraged kids to "just say no" to drugs?  That's what came to mind when I read the above scripture verses that spoke to me concerning my poor eating habits.  
I've always had a tendency to overeat when I'm tired.....
and at night.  
Back in September when I joined the Meltdown Challenge I read these Bible verses and really let them sink in.....
and they've came to mind so many times since a lot of nights I felt like I "deserve" something "sinfully sweet" because I've eaten pretty well during the day.
I DO NOT have to give into those cravings.

As trivial as this might sound to some of you,
it's been a BIG thorn in my side for many years.
I give God all the glory.....
because if I depend on my own "willpower",
then I fail!

It's okay to say "no".....
and with the strength that comes only from the Lord,
I've been able to quench those cravings.....
most of the time!!!

I HOPE these Bible verses can be of help to someone reading this, too.
If not concerning your weight loss journey,
then maybe in another area of your life.

Breathing in Grace,



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