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The Sword Of The Spirit


     As a soldier, I can put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).  I can get dressed all nice and feel safe.  The devil might will attack me and I might stumble a bit but won't be completely brought down because of my protection, my armor.  In this way I will live a mostly safe life.  But will I live a victorious life (Psalm 60:12)?  Can I live a victorious life without using my weapon?

     Sure, I can stand there and take the punches because I'm wearing my helmet, my breastplate, and my belt.  I even have my shield up.  But if I don't use my sword, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17b), what's to stop the devil from coming back again and again?  




     No soldier ever won a battle by just standing there and being firmly planted.  Soldiers, especially in God's army, have to fight back.  Not with screaming or crying or fit throwing, but with the Word of God, the only weapon I've been given, the only weapon I need, which is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  That was all Jesus needed, all he used, when He was tempted in the wilderness.  Three times He said, "It is written..." (Luke 4:4, 8, 12).  If that's all Jesus needed then it's all I need.  But I have to learn how to use it.  

     No soldier ever went into battle with a sword or gun that he had never seen or touched before.  (Ok, maybe a few have but you know what I mean.)  Soldiers are trained.  They learn their weapon and how to use it effectively.  We as Christians need to learn our Weapon, the Word.  We need to spend time with it, to learn what it says about fighting the devil, and plant those verses deep within our hearts so that when the time comes the Holy Spirit can bring them to our memory (John 14:26) and we can use them against satan's attacks.  Oh and attack he will.  

     Are you ready?  Do you know, really know, your weapon?  Do you have any verses memorized so that when the time comes you can fight back, stab the devil with God's Sword?




     I feel convicted to start memorizing Scripture.  I don't want to be caught off guard, just standing there with my armor on but with no weapon in my hand, in my heart.  

     Won't you join me?  What are some of your favorite verses that you have committed to memory?  What are some ways that you use to memorize scripture?  I'd love fresh ideas to help me out on this journey.  Please share!!


SOAP ~ Treasures of the Heart



Scripture
  • But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. ~Luke 2:19
Observation~
  • Instead of getting caught up in the busyness of everything going on around her (all the shepherds coming to meet Jesus, the stress of learning to breastfeed, all the animals and their smells...lol), Mary treasured the moment.  She kept it in her heart and thought deep about the blessings she had received.
Application~ 
  • I need to take a step back, get still with God for a moment, and meditate on all the gifts He has given me, especially when life gets crazy and I feel like I just might lose it.  All these seemingly little things God does for me daily are treasures for my heart, tiny gifts from The One who gave it ALL for me.  If I am thankful for these gifts, meditate on these gifts, store these gifts in my heart, then I can open up my treasure chest when things seem rough and I will be reminded of the goodness and love of God.  That love is what I need to keep going.
Prayer~
  • Sweet Jesus, how I love you.  Thank you, Lord, for Mary.  Thank you for sending your Son.  Thank you for the innumerable blessings you give each day.  Help me to see these treasures as such.  I don't want to miss seeing you because I am focusing too much on what I consider to be bad.  Help me see you and your love in everything.  I know you are in every situation.  If I look purposefully I will find you.  Thank you for all these blessings to treasure in my heart. 


7 Super Simple, Unique, and Easy Ways To Save A Little Money




If you're like me then you know how important it is to save money. Sometimes, trying to save money is a full time job. I've got four kids, a loving husband, 3 dogs, a cat, a chinchilla, and I don't even know how many fish. I need as many things in my life as possible to be easy. I find that when it comes to saving money there are many many easy ways to save. The downside is that the easy ways sometimes don't save you a lot. However, I have learned in my frugal adventures that it's the little things that really add up. In the long run, it's the small things that are the easiest to stick with, easiest to do, and eventually add up to big savings.


1. Turn down the brightness on your cell phone. Unless you use your phone in the bright sunlight during the day, you can probably get away with turning your brightness down to the lowest level. This uses less battery power and in turn you need to charge it less often, saving you electricity.

2. Turn off your porch lights as soon as you get up. I know some of you probably don't leave yours on all night but we do, for safety reasons. (My husbands truck was broken into one night as some dope heads did a string of break-ins to feed their habit!) If you're not leaving your house in the dark of early morning then you probably don't need your porch light. How many times do you get ready to leave the house after lunch only to find that your porch light is still on? That has happened to me one too many times. I am trying to be more careful to turn them off as soon as I get up.

3. Sign up for and use free samples. All kinds of companies offer all kinds of samples these days. From shampoo to dish washing detergent to feminine care products. This picture shows just a few of the samples I've received lately.


4. This next one might be hard for some of you. I'm also not promising this will help you make friends or help the driver behind you control his/her road rage. Whenever you see a red light or a stop sign coming up, take your foot off the gas pedal. Even if you are far away. The less you press the gas, the less gas you use. The earlier you get your foot off and start slowing down, the less wear you put on your brakes. Essentially you are saving gas and breaks. Double duty savings!! Cha-ching!

5. I don't use my oven as often as I would like but I do like to maximize it when I do use it. Especially in the winter time. Lets start at the beginning. A lot of recipes call for pre-heating. While I do believe this is important in baking I don't think think you have to do it for everything. Most casseroles will still cook fine if you put them in a cold oven then turn it on. Another way to save is to turn it off early. If you peek in at your rolls and see that they only need a couple more minutes then go ahead and shut it off. It still has enough heat in it to finish cooking. Or perhaps you have a dish that needs cheese sprinkled on top at the end. There should be enough heat left to melt cheese too.

6. This should go without saying, but drinking water is not only healthier for you, it is way cheaper too! I'm sure I don't even have to go into the details of the costs on your pocket book and your health when it comes to sodas. Just drink water. :)

7. Re-use the plastic bags you get at the store. I try to bring re-usable bags to the store as often as I can but sometimes I purposefully leave them at home so I can replenish my stock of plastic bags.
  • Use them to line bathroom and bedroom trash cans.
  • Use it on your hand as a glove to pick up your dogs poop.
  • Keep a few in your car to fill with trash or other things that need to come in.
  • I have used them on my hands as gloves when cutting hot peppers.
  • Keep them in the diaper bag so you'll have somewhere to put those dirty diapers.
  • If you recycle plastics then you can fill one of these bags up and toss the whole thing into the bin.
  • Make a kite. My girls have tied the handles together with a long piece of yarn and took them outside on a windy day. Cheap fun!
Now it's your turn. What are some easy ways that you save a little?

Be Blessed!!


SOAP ~ Giving

Giving ~ SOAP ~ God sees your giving as acceptable as long as your heart is in the right place! foreverinthekitchen.blogspot.com


Scripture~
  • 2 Corinthians 8:12 and 9:6~ For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Observation~
  • As long as I am willing to give then my gift is acceptable. If I sow generously, according to what I have, I will reap generously.
Application~
  • The size of the gift doesn't matter to God. The "price tag" on something doesn't determine the size of my gift in Gods eyes. He looks at what it cost me to give and if my heart was happy to give it. I need to always give with willingness and as much as I can because I know God is truth and I will reap whatever I sow.
Prayer~
  • Thank you for the reminder that it's not all about money, it's about giving generously out of what I have. Thank you for supplying things I can give that aren't money. Please help me be a wise steward of my time and talents and show me where and when to give. Convict my heart if I start to give grudgingly or sparingly. I want to keep my heart in right standing with you. I love you so much!


8 Ways to Give For Free!



With the way the economy is these days it can be hard to give.  I think a lot of people, myself included, automatically think of financial giving. My first thoughts go to money or a gift that I have to purchase.  However, there are so many other ways that you can give. And remember, you don't live in America's economy, you live in God's economy, and He never runs out of ways to bless you!

Here is a short list of ways you can give that don't cost a dime. (or a nickel or even a penny for that matter.)

1. Participate in click thru sites. These sites are possible because of generous sponsors. Your clicks are tracked then the sponsor makes a donation to that particular charity based on the number of clicks the website generates per day. I use these two but I'm sure there are many more. If you know of others please let me know and I will add them to the list.


  • www.care2.com~ This site allows you to earn credits for sharing causes on social media.  Once you earn enough, you can redeem them to support causes that are important to you.  They have things like helping to save a green turtle hatchling, a day of safe drinking water for a child, and planting a tree, just to name a few.
  • www.thehungersite.com ~ I love this site!  I literally supported 10 causes in less than a minute!  I clicked to donate food to people and animals, helped pay for mammograms, and preserve rain forests.  Bookmark this site for sure!!


2. This next one comes with a warning. It can be very addicting. It's called freerice.com. Basically it's a trivia game that lets you earn grains of rice for every answer you get right. There are several different categories to choose from. Yesterday I donated 1600 grains learning Spanish. It's fun and really adds up quickly.  The categories include ~

  • Humanities
  • Math
  • English
  • Language Learning
  • Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Test Preparation


3. Do something physical for a family member. This could include back scratches, back rubs, foot massages, fingernail painting, hair brushing, an extra hug, or extra cuddle time before bed.

4. Give things away on Facebook! This is a great way to de-clutter your own house while blessing someone else.

5. Spend extra, purposeful time in prayer for a specific person. Maybe you know someone with a pressing need. Designate some of your prayer time for that person. Remember them through your day and lift them up whenever they come to your mind.

6. Babysit. What mom wouldn't want an afternoon to herself? Or maybe you know a married couple that could really use a date night. (that is so me right now!) If you have kids you know what a blessing this can be.

7. Play coupon fairy. This is so fun. If you have extra coupons for something that you know will be a great deal then leave some on the shelf next to that product. Or offer them to the person standing there beside you. How good would you feel if someone offered to give you a coupon for a product you were going to buy anyway?

8. While this one isn't technically free, it almost is.  Feed someone.  Yes, you have to buy the food but I'm willing to bet that you would have enough leftovers from your regular meal to feed another person anyway.  Plan to pack up a hot meal and deliver it to your single neighbor or the elderly couple that goes to your church.  Now you have blessed someone and kept yourself from having a science experiment in the back of your fridge in 2 weeks!

Let's discuss!  What ways can you think of to give for free?  With Thanksgiving just days away and Christmas coming up, now is the best time of the year to develop a giving attitude!!

Be Blessed!!


Strawberry Slushy



This is my first attempt at an actual slushy.  We usually just do some form of smoothie with milk and/or yogurt.  However, I was tired of the heaviness of a smoothie but still wanted something cold and refreshing so I made a slushy.  Strawberry slushy to be exact as I found them on sale for $0.99/lb!!!  I bought 4 pounds! ;)

Strawberry Slushy

1 tray of ice
1 cup of water
1 cup of fruit juice (I used black cherry)
1 lb. of strawberries, sliced
sugar* (amount depends on the sweetness of your berries and juice)

Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed.  I actually have two Ninja Blenders and LOVE them!!  Blend until desired consistency.  Garnish with a big fat juicy strawberry and a smile! :)

Happy Cooking!!

Strawberry Slushy
*I used white sugar but thought afterward how brown sugar would have given it a nice depth of flavor.  If you try it that way and like it let me know!

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SOAP ~ God Has Chosen Me

Scripture ~ But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham, my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.  I said, "You are my servant."; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.  So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:8-10

Observation ~ The Amplified Version says that the Israelites were in exile.  I imagine they were scared and crying out to God.  They could have been being oppressed like they were in Egypt or afraid of giants like they were in the desert.  Whatever the situation, God let them know that they were his.  He called them chosen and friend.  He assured them that he was with them and would help them.

Application ~ Just like the Israelites, God has chosen me.  Just like the Israelites, I am a descendant of Abraham.  God has chosen me and called me and brought me out of the farthest corners of sin.  Because of this promise, I have absolutely no reason to fear!  God is with me!  He is my God!  He strengthens me and helps me!  He upholds me with his righteous right hand!

Prayer ~ Dear Sweet Jesus, Thank you so much for all the promises in your Word!  Today I am reassured and strengthened.  My hope is in you as you lift me up.  I can feel you with me today, giving me the strength I need to NOT FEAR!  I WILL NOT FEAR!  Thank you for always giving me exactly the Word I need at the exact moment I need it!  I love you too!  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Lets chat!  Leave a comment telling me how it feels to know that God has chosen you!