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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Have a Fabulous Fruit Fly-Free Fall!
I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day and found this picture that really hit home!
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.
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.”
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!