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Love Notes

What have you done to show how much you love your spouse? Max Lucado posted a picture on Twitter of a message from his wife. It’s a handwritten note in a beautiful frame on the kitchen counter that says, “Yay! Max is home!” He found it when he came home from a 12-day trip.

 

Yay Max

 

What a great way to show how much you love your hubby! Check out the “Love Is” verse in 1 Corinthians 13 4-7 for some inspiration if your gestures of love have been lacking lately!

 

1 Corinthians 13 4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The Best Pretzels Ever!!!

Here’s the recipe for our Praise Share Ranch Pretzels, the best pretzels I’ve every had in my life! Thanks to one of our awesome donors!

Pretzels

Ranch Pretzels

3- 16 oz. bags of Rold Gold Pretzel “Tiny Twists”

1- 1 oz. pkg. Ranch Buttermilk Dressing- dry mix (3 Tbsp.)

1- 16 oz. bottle Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

Put pretzels in large bowl. (I used large Tupperware cake cover.)

In another bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients until blended.

Pour over the pretzels. Stir pretzels once with a long, skinny spatula.

Cover tightly. Turn upside down (if lid on tight) and/or stir every hour

for 3-4 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Store in airtight bag.

Open…devour! :)

 

 

 

 

How to Win the Fruit Fly War

Are you battling a swarm of fruit flies in your kitchen? Every time I’ve had them, I’ve followed the source back to a rotten potato in the bin! So get rid of rotting fruit and vegetables first!

Here’s a few other tips from Budget101.com to avoid those pesky pests:

1. Keep counter-tops clean!
2. Use a Fan because it makes it hard for them to land!
3. Keep your sink drains covered because they will reproduce in sink pipe drains overnight!
4. Keep Recycling and Trash bins clean or covered.
5. Don’t store composting scraps in the kitchen.
6. I know you want to throw the windows open with this nice weather, but fruit flies can fit through the screens! So, keep the doors and windows closed!

7. Click the link below and whip up this concoction and trap those little fruit loving beasts!

 

Fruit Fly Trap

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Have a Fabulous Fruit Fly-Free Fall! :)

 

 

Go-to Friends

 

Who is your go-to friend? The one you trust with anything? The one you confide in? The one you ask to pray for you?

 

 

Iron Shapens Iron

 

I was reminded today that I’ve been that go-to friend and I said I would pray for them, but didn’t do it right away. So, while I was driving, God really convicted me of that. He placed their names – one by one – on my heart! I was burdened to lift them up and pray aloud in my car for their needs! Remember to be the iron that sharpens iron. Be their encourager! When they ask you to pray for them, pray! Even when they don’t ask, pray anyway! God knows their need.

You may be the one that God sent to hold them up!

Life Unplugged

I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day and found this picture that really hit home!

No Wifi

Well, I liked it immediately and commented, ‘Yes! LOL!’ But, then I got to thinking more about that. It’s not just the younger generation that’s glued to their phones and tablets, is it? I’m right there with them when we go out to a restaurant or coffee shop.

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Advice To New Parents

Click here for the video Advice To New Parents, heard on Mike & Carrie in the morning! The song that followed was Mark Harris “Find Your Wings”.

Darkness to Light

I hate that my house is dark and dim. I want to throw open all the curtains and let the sun pour in! But my husband complains that there’s a glare on the TV. He can’t see the pig hunters, or the pigskin throwers…That’s a whole other story! Well, I found a kindred spirit in Liz Curtis Higgs. She says it’s not just her love of light, but an aversion to darkness that started when she was a child. Her parents left her alone one evening when she was 12.

She writes on her blog, “While they were gone, I turned on every light in our old house. Every. One. Our antiquated electrical system couldn’t handle the load, so the fuses blew. Every. One. My parents returned home to a pitch-black house and a freaked-out daughter. They quickly got the message: this girl hates the dark. Now, the irony: I lived in darkness for a decade. But God, the Source of Light, is very patient. I met a couple who taught a Bible study at her office. They were positively filled with light. I’m not kidding. These two people glowed! Then I heard them read, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). I was sure they were talking about me. It was like turning on a floor lamp in a darkened room. No light? Light everywhere. No truth? Truth everywhere. In the midst of all my sin, God’s light broke through. Not to shame me, but to claim me…to give me a new beginning. Now, when I need more light in my life, I don’t look to others, however brilliant they may be. I look to Jesus.”

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Do You Know This Person?

Do you know this person? The one whose smile requires you to put sunglasses on? The one who greets you before you’ve had your morning coffee with this: HI! HAVE A REALLY SUPER AWESOME DAY!!!

AwesomeDay

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What’s Your Family Look Like?

What kind of family is yours? Is everything perfectly in its place in your house? Or is there a messy lived-in chaos? Are the expectations and rules so high, that there’s no room to fail? Or is there forgiveness? I’d like everything to be perfectly clean and my kids to give 100 percent and pursue their dreams. I want to be able to have dinner on the table at a decent hour and the dishes done before bedtime and laundry finished (it never is!) and make ends meet and always be able to communicate effectively with my husband. But, things are FAR from perfect! And that’s why there’s grace. God demonstrated it when he forgave us. So, we should model that in our homes. Be real, make mistakes, say you’re sorry, give second chances, have fun, give hugs, forgive and love. That’s family!

Stop Singing Oceans

Have you sung the song Oceans? And really asked God to – as the song lyrics say – “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me” Well, Nashville-based author and speaker Annie Downs posted a powerful blog this week that is convicting to the core. She asks, “Do you actually mean that? You and I are willing to sing the song on Sunday because it feels good, but will we move when the Spirit leads on Monday? Do you know what it is like outside of the borders? It is wild. And unpredictable. And dangerous. Also? It’s exhilarating and life-giving and exactly the kind of brave people God wants us to be. BUT, If you are only singing the song and not living the life, stop singing Oceans. If you will really read the lyrics, if you will know what you are singing when you sing, and if you will listen to the Holy Spirit and follow when He leads you deeper and farther, then buckle up and sing your heart out, because it’s going to be a beautifully messy ride.”

Read the full blog and more from Annie here!