I gave you life, but cannot live it for you I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it I can take you to church , but I cannot make you believe I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you I can teach you to share , but I cannot make you unselfish I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure I can tell you the facts of life, but I can’t build your reputation I can tell you about drink, but I can’t say “no” for you I can warn you about drugs but I can’t prevent you from using them I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you I can teach you about kindness but I can’t force you to be gracious I can warn you about sin, but I cannot make you moral I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God’s family I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God I can teach you about Jesus. But I cannot make Jesus your Lord I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life I can love you with unconditional love all my life… and I will Always, Mom
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Mother's Day Poem
A mother is a special person -one whose love is always there, one who sacrifices so very much -just because she really cares. A mother’s love is far extended -ever present as we grow, giving of herself unconditionally -by what she does, and how it shows. Always putting herself before others -to meet her family’s every need, never complaining of the burden,of being the strength in each family. Mom! this day that we celebrate -in honor of your unselfish ways,a tribute for all you’ve given -we call it Mother’s Day! And so a blessing is extended -for, through God’s love you have been,the greatest mom in all the world -and most of all, a best friend. May God bless you with His grace -as you celebrate in a special way,this day that is so special,wishing you a happy Mother’s Day!
Posted by Barbara at 12:21 PM
John 19: 25 - 27 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”
We as mothers go out of our way so many times for our children, I remember putting card board in the soles of my dollar tennis shoes, because my children needed shoes more than I did.
If there was not enough to eat I would have a bite and say I was full, or I am on a diet, and let them have the larger portions, that is all part of a mothers love, God made us that way, do our children appreciate all we did for them, most never know what all we did do, all the nights we stayed up, all the things we went without, all the prayers and tears we had for them, and still do, no matter how grown they get, they are still our children, and we love them, pray for them, and cry over them. Now how much do we love our Mother's ? Jesus set the perfect example.
Jesus had been beaten beyond recognition, mocked, cursed, spat upon and was in excruciating pain yet even in the midst of all of this torture and pain, He remembered His mother. I wonder if Jesus trusts us enough to take care of His beloved mother. He loves His mother so much that He wanted to be sure that she would be taken care of and not be alone. The greatest thing we can do for our mothers is pray for them. However, the next most important thing we can do for them is to give them our time. Are we so selfish that we refuse to get out of bed early in the morning so that we can spend time with our mothers? If you want to make your mother very happy on Mother’s Day, spend the day with her. Don’t just give your mother a couple of hours on Mother’s Day, spend the entire day with her. Your mother may not be here next Mother’s Day. May God forgive us for being so involved in our own pleasures that we neglect to take care of our mothers and spend time with them!
♥ Happy Mother's Ladies, Go love your mom. ♥
Posted by Barbara at 12:05 PM
Friday, May 8, 2009
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD RECIPE 3 c. milk or water 3 tbsp. oil or butter 1 tbsp. salt 1/2 c. honey 1/4 c. molasses 2 tbsp. active dry yeast 1/4 c. lukewarm water 6 1/2 to 7 c. whole wheat bread flour Combine milk, oil, salt, honey and molasses in saucepan. Heat and stir until blended; remove from heat and cool until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Pour liquids from saucepan into large bowl and add yeast. Stir in some of the flour, beating well to develop gluten. Also you may add at this time 1/4 cup of gluten flour to make a better bread and subtract same amount of whole wheat flour. Stir in remaining flour and turn onto a well-floured board. Knead thoroughly, until dough is smooth and elastic. Turn into oiled bowl, turning dough once to coat. Cover with damp cloth and let rise 1 hour (maybe less). Punch down, form into 2 loaves and place in well-greased bread tins; let rise, covered, 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until loaf sounds hollow when thumped.
Posted by Barbara at 11:51 AM
Posted by Barbara at 11:11 AM
Hearty Cheesy Potato Soup 5 cups peeled and diced potato's 1½ Tablespoons grated Onion 2½ Cups water Salt and Pepper to taste 3 Tablespoons of Margarine, I use real butter 1 12-Ounce can evaporated Skim milk,I use 2% milk 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese Combine potato's, onion and water, salt and pepper, cook 8 minutes or until taters are tender, Remove from heat, drain off half the water, Add butter, milk, and cheese, return to heat and cook on low heat, stirring until cheese if melted, pour into soup bowls and serve with Italian bread, crackers or what ever you choose, we like the soak the bread.. Enjoy and hope it suits your taste buds I love it. Also you can use all low fat and low sodium in this.
Posted by Barbara at 10:51 AM
Hope you have a very good day, and what are your plans if any? I am not sure yet, just getting around, so will check later and let you know, hope you have a wonderful Mothers day all you great moms, I know it is a special time for all of us, and we love our children so very much, and want God's best for them, lets have special prayer for all our children.. Some may be away from God, some may in bad health, and some may just be selfish, I am praying for all the children, and hope that they will turn back to God, and that they will be what God wants them to be, when they are, then we are happy too, what a great mothers day present if a lost child would come to know Christ, that would be the best for that mother ever.. Keep this in mind as you celebrate your Day ladies, mothers are so very important, look how much Jesus loved his mother. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19: 25 - 27 In the midst of all his agony he still was looking out for his mother, and he loved his mother so very much, let us all love our mothers with all that God give us. Have a great day, and weekend.
Posted by Barbara at 10:44 AM
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Hi, I am just a country girl married to my Preacher husband for over 48 years, he was my high school sweetheart, and the love of my life. We have 5 grown children, 11 grand children and 7 great grand children, Psalms 127:5 "Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." So we live a very happy and useful life for our lord. Psalm 128:1 & 2 "Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee". This is why I am so blessed, and I want to share my blessings with you. Coming to know Jesus Christ as my Saviour was the start of the blessing flow. He is your answer to all of your problems. He is my Rock; He is my joy; He is my everything... Oh how God has blessed my family ... poured out His blessings from on high over and over, so much that it overwhelms me sometimes. God is my refuge and my Saviour, my help in time of need. Barbara's Testimony of Saving Grace I was saved in July of 1974. Praise God! I remember like it was yesterday. I just kept thinking "Well, I am not that bad, and maybe when I get older I will get saved. I have too much living to do now...." Sound like familiar lies from Satan? Well he had me pretty blinded. I had been a terrible person, deep in sin, and so as not to give glory to Satan in any way, I will not expound on these sins. My husband had gotten saved, and he kept telling me ,"Oh the Lord is coming back; and I am going to Heaven! And, Honey, you are not going to be able to go unless you ask Christ to save you." Well, I went two weeks watching, keeping my distance from his Christian visitors, and wondering how the Lord could save a rascal like my husband. Then one Sunday, we had gone to Church, come home, and everyone was in the bedrooms napping but me. I was on the sofa in the living room. I never napped there.... See, God had it all set up from the beginning! Well, anyhow this man came up to the door known as brother Jack. He had led my DH to the Lord, and he started talking about the Lord and asking if I were to die today was I 100% sure I would go to Heaven. I was only 31 years old at the time! Did he know something I didn't know? Was I sick or what? And of course I had no where to run or hide; he had got me, and the Lord was working in my heart big time by now. I could feel the heat, and feel my face flushed, and still wanting to run and hide. Then finally I just broke down, the Lord broke through all barriers, and I cried out, NO I AM NOT SURE!! Jack said, "Wouldn't you like to be sure?" "Well yeah," I answered; so he read many scriptures, and I could feel the Lord tugging at my heart. I kept thinking, "no, no, no," and finally a peace came over me; and crying and exhausted, I bowed my head and asked Christ to forgive me of my sins and cleanse my heart from all evil, and to come live inside of my soul. "Oh Jesus!" I cried out, "save me, save me now, Lord!! save me!" And guess what? He did! Amen and amen, and I have never been the same since! Oh I love to tell this testimony! I always said Satan thought he had me all tied up, snug and fast asleep. His big mistake was he left me alone; and when he came back, well GLORY, I belonged to another Master! I had made Jesus my Saviour, and I belonged to Him now. Praise God!! Don't you know how upset Satan was at that, and wow, did he start to attack us then; he surely was not going to let us be happy in serving the Lord. But greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!! And my God has proven it over and over again through my Christian life. Well, even before I was saved I can see His mighty hand leading me. I think the smartest and the dumbest thing I ever did was to promise God my children if He would make my husband whole again. My husband had been a Rock Drummer, and into many drugs. He over-dosed one night, and I thought he would never come around again. But GLORY!!! little did I know what the Lord had in store for us. But I was a lost woman calling out to God to help me. I knew I would not give myself, but I offered my children in my place (so foolish I see now). Well, God did make my precious husband well again, and I did keep my promise to God. I sent my children on the Sunday School Bus faithfully for over 3 years, and then they went to a little Church, only about 3500 members, ha ha. Through this loving ministry God sent the man out to our home, and he told us about Jesus. Oh what a Saviour is this man Jesus! And the rest of the story is history. Praise God for saving this wicked old soul. And for those of you who do not know, my husband is a Pastor now! God delivered him from ALL evil, changed his direction in life, (this is repentance) completely. SO ladies with lost husbands, hang in there! If God can save mine and make him a preacher, HE surely can save yours, too! I will post daily, and try to update daily, hopefully I can make a usable blog for the glory of our lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Barbara at 4:58 PM