Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Be Ye Doers of the Word

The man who hears Christian teaching, and never gets beyond hearing, is like “a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:" (Matt. 7:26). He satisfies himself with listening and approving, but he goes no further. 

He flatters himself, perhaps, that all is right with his soul, because he has feelings, convictions, and desires, of a spiritual kind. In these he rests. He never really breaks off from sin, and casts aside the spirit of the world. He never really lays hold of Christ. He never really takes up the cross. He is a hearer of truth, but nothing more. ~ J.C. Ryle

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What I've Been Eating/THM Meal Ideas

I thought I'd do a quick post on a few of the meals I've been eating on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  I might not always post the recipes, but I hope the pictures and my description might give you all some inspiration if you are looking for an on plan meal idea. :) 

I had this super flavorful S soup for my supper a few nights back.  I had some leftover chicken and broth and thought I'd try making something with it. I added broccoli, nutritional yeast, pepper, onion and garlic powder, cream, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil to the broth along with the chicken.  I didn't use a recipe so I'm sorry I can't share it here, but if you are looking for a similar soup this one looks good. 

I got this idea for my lunch from the THM cookbook.  One package single serve "Not Naughty Noodles" with butter, mozzarella cheese and smoked paprika, two boiled eggs with a side of turkey bacon. 

I made this porridge and actually enjoyed it. As with most THM recipes that use odd ingredients I had to tweak this one to my taste. I added butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and walnuts to mine. I think pumpkin pie spice would also be good. 

I didn't have much time on this evening, but I was really hungry, so I cooked up two hamburgers and had a double cheese burger, with lettuce mustard, and  pickles using a Joseph's pita for my bun. You could also use two cut to size low carb tortillas for the bun. 

These are just a few of the things I've been eating on the THM plan, I'll try and post more as I get the time. :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Something to Ponder

"God's Holy Word is absolute truth, we are to do what is right and that means following God’s standard and obeying His Word regardless of actions of others or the uncertainty of our circumstances. This is without exception and is meant for application in the most severe and extreme situations of life. When suffering injustice, hurt, or what we deem unfair, we are to remember Jesus Christ as our example." -Selected

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:   Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:   Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.   For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."

 1 Peter 2: 20-24

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Random Favorite Photo #5

The little girls asked me if they could use my teacups for a tea party they were having.  When I checked on them a little while later, this is what I found. They had invited two of their brothers, and had even graciously provided a extra teacup for Williams dinosaur.  It was cute. :)

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Elm Sphinx Larva

This afternoon one of the children found this big green catapiller crawling in the grass. We put it in a bucket and took it inside to look it up. Turns out that it is a Elm Sphinx larva, sometimes called a Four-horned Sphinx because it has four spikes above its head, it also has a spike on its tail.

I was hesitant to pick it up after reading someone had been bitten hard enough to draw blood by one of these guys.

Ready to let it go. 

I'm always amazed by Gods creativity.  The catapiller would be well camouflaged on the elm leaf (shown on the left), which is their primary food source. 

When it's ready, it will crawl down the tree and burrow into the ground. This is a picture I found of what the pupa looks like. 

Next spring the moth will emerge.  With a wingspan of up to 4 1/2 inches, it's pretty big. :) 

"O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches." Psalm 104:24

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Paint by Number Fun

Awhile ago Graham bought Abby a set of three paint by number pictures. She absolutely loved working on them and would beg me to get them out every day.  I was amazed by her persistence and diligence! She started off by painting all the colors that didn't need mixed, and then I'd help with whatever needed mixing, but she did 99.9%of the paintings herself. 

Working away! 

She was more than a little excited to finally have them all finished! 

It took a long time, but they turned out amazing. :) 



  • 1.careful and persistent work or effort.synonyms:conscientiousnessassiduousnessassiduityhard work

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Turkey Dinner and Cinnamon Rolls

This past Sunday, Graham's Mom made and brought over turkey dinner. It was so thoughtful of her, and the food was delicious! 

The feast! Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade stuffing, nifty carrots, corn, cranberries and sweet tea. 

This is absolutely my favorite way to eat carrots! 

Turkey, potatoes, and stuffing. 
Then a few days ago she brought over a pan of these:

Still warm cinnamon rolls!

Oh no, these were too amazing to just have one. ;) Cinnamon rolls are one of my top favorite treats, and these were soo yummy! :) 

Feeling blessed! So thankful for wonderful in-laws! :) 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scripture Verse for Today

"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding."  -Isaiah 30:28

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Think about yourself.
Talk about yourself.
Use "I" as often as possible.
Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others.
Listen greedily to what people say about you.
Expect to be appreciated.
Be suspicious.
Be jealous and envious.
Be sensitive to slights.
Never forgive a criticism.
Trust nobody but yourself.
Insist on consideration and respect.
Demand agreement with your own views on everything.
Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown.
Never forget a service you may have rendered.
Be on the outlook for a good time for yourself.
Shirk your duties if you can.
Do as little as possible for others.
Love yourself supremely.
Be selfish. 
-Taken from an Above Rubies Facebook post.