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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Is The Breakthrough You Are Wating For Is On The Way or Are You Sabotaging Your Own Breakthrough?

"A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure." Proverbs 16:9

Our mind makes plans based on what we know or think, but God often leads us in an entirely different direction. We only really know very little and we base our plans on what we know ~ crazy thought when you think about it! BUT God knows everything ~ He knows the end from the beginning and will always direct our steps in what will ultimately work out for our best, if only we will cooperate with Him.

Proverbs 16:25 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death." God's ways may not always be quick, easy or even in accord with to our desires, but He does have an appointed time and it will always be the right time. In other words, God has an appointment with our circumstance, with our breakthrough, with our answer to prayer.

Suppose we make an appointment at the dentist for 11:45 on a particular day ~ we've had this appointment for a long time and are waiting for it. If we show up in the dentist office at 9:00, it won’t matter how frustrated we get, they aren't going to see us ~ we will still have to wait for our appointed time.

In Acts 1:6, 7, some of the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when You will reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel?" In other words, they were saying, “Jesus, tell us when You’re going to come back. We want to know when these things are going to happen.” Jesus said to them, "It is not for you to know the appointed time. Only God knows the appointed time."

So if only God knows the appointed time and if we believe He loves us, then why can’t we believe that at the appointed time we’re going to get our breakthrough? We can prove that we trust God by enjoying our lives and being peaceful and patient while we wait.

Father God, I know your timing is perfect and I thank you for your timing. I ask that you give me peace and patience while I wait for you to move in my life with the perfect plan. In Jesus Name, Amen


Friday, August 21, 2015

When Parents Should Get Involved in Kids’ Issues ~ 7 scenarios for you to consider, What you SHOULD do......


1. Your child has an unreasonable amount of homework.
Should you butt in? Not until you’ve done some serious reconnaissance work. “Make sure your child is legitimately spending time working,” not playing with the dog or daydreaming, says Jan Busey, an elementary-school teacher for nine years in Asheville, North Carolina. If that’s not the case, make an appointment with the teacher.

How to handle it: Come prepared. Before the meeting, keep track of your child’s progress. “Set goals for your child to complete an assignment, then assess at the end of that time,” says Busey. “And write down specific challenges. The more you can show that you’ve tried to deal with the issue at home, the more receptive a teacher will be to your concerns.”

When to reconsider: If your help in organizing tasks seems to speed things up and ease stress, the answer may be structure, not a teacher conference.


2. Another adult lectures your child.
Should you butt in? If the conversation is an attempt to keep your child safe (he’s climbing up the slide the wrong way), let the other parent finish.

How to handle it:
Be present and reinforce what the parent was saying so your child understands that it’s not OK with you, either. “Stopping others from disciplining your child lets him think he can behave badly when out of your sight,” says etiquette authority Jodi R. R. Smith.

When to reconsider:
If the adult is speaking to your child more strongly than is necessary, you can politely cut him off. “Introduce yourself as the parent, then say that you’ll take it from there,” says Stacy DeBroff, author of The Mom Book (Free Press, $21, amazon.com).

3. Your child didn’t get invited to a big birthday party.
Should you butt in? No. Making an issue about the slight will probably make things worse and draw attention to the fact that your child was left out.

How to handle it: Instead, focus on comforting your child and planning something fun as a diversion on the big day. Down the road, if this happens more than once, consider enrolling your child in a class or a program outside of school. “He’ll meet a new group of kids who share his interests,” says Michele Borba, an educational psychologist in Palm Springs, California, and the author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (Jossey-Bass, $20, amazon.com).

When to reconsider:

Monday, August 17, 2015

We're back at school and Fall is approaching so try these Fast-Fix weeknight hearty dinners.

I found these recipes while looking for some new ideas for Fall dinners. Anything that claims "If you've got 30 minutes, you've got time for dinner when you take advantage of these quick and hearty weeknight meals." then I want to try it! Just thought I would pass a few of them along....remember I teach FACS ~ otherwise known as Home Ec, so this is what I LOVE doing =)

Mini Meat Loaves with Green Beans
Ingredients:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup purchased pasta sauce
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped if large
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1 ounce fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium saucepan bring lightly salted water to boiling. In a large bowl combine egg, 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of the basil, and salt. Add beef and 1/2 cup of the cheese; mix well. Divide beef mixture into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a 5-1/2x2-inch oval loaf. Place loaves onto a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spoon on remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F. Meanwhile, cook green beans in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain; toss with oil and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Serve with meat loaves. Sprinkle all with remaining basil leaves.

Barbecue Quesadillas
Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
4 7 - 8 inches flour tortillas
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend (4 ounces)
1 4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained
1 18 ounce tub refrigerated barbecue sauce with shredded chicken (2 cups)
1 cup bottled salsa
1/4 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup sliced green onion (2)
Directions:
Coat one side of each tortilla with cooking spray. Place, coated sides down, on cutting board or waxed paper. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese over half of each tortilla. Top with green chiles and barbecue sauce with chicken. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently. Preheat oven to 350. In a hot 10-inch skillet cook quesadillas, two at a time, over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Place quesadillas on a baking sheet. Keep warm in preheated oven for up to 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and green onion. Makes 4 servings.

Broccoli-Potato Soup
Ingredients:
2 medium red potatoes, chopped
1 14 1/2 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 cups small broccoli florets
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (8 ounces)
Ground black pepper
Shredded Cheese
Directions:
In large saucepan combine potatoes and broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Mash slightly. Add broccoli and milk; bring just to simmering. In a medium bowl toss flour with the 2 cups cheese; gradually add to soup, stirring cheese until melted. Season to taste with pepper. Ladle soup into shallow serving bowls. Top with additional cheese.

Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Back to School Time ~ Start Your Morning Off Right

De-stress your morning routine ~ Here's how to make the AM less hectic, and get everyone out of the door on time. From Parenting.com.

Do you feel like you've run a marathon by 9 a.m. every day? You're not alone. Mornings -- especially if you work outside the home, have school-age kids, or both -- can be the most crazy-making part of a parent's day. We talked to professional organizers, life coaches and parenting experts to get nag-free tips on streamlining and simplifying weekday mornings. Read on to find out how to get out the door on time -- and maybe even enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

Start before school does
Routines get lax and bedtimes get later in summer. If you wait until the school year starts to try to get on a new schedule, you'll all be in for a rude awakening. "Ease your children back into routines a week to two before school starts depending on how irregular their schedule became," says Tanna Clark, a professional organizer in Nashville, TN. That means slowly pushing back bedtime —as well as getting up earlier.

Do it the night before
"The rule of thumb is that everything that does not have to be done in the morning should be done the night before," says Alexandra Mayzler, director of Thinking Caps, a tutoring company in New York City. "Short of sleeping in tomorrow's clothing, kids should pack their backpack, prepare clothing, think about what will need to be done in the morning, and set the alarm clock. Set aside the same slot of time, either right before bed or maybe before reading time, to do the morning prep work."


Everything has its place
Ann Dolin, an education specialist in Fairfax, VA and author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, suggests creating a "launch pad," where all school-related stuff — backpack, lunch box, library books, lunch money, permission slips, etc. — is stored and prepped. "A launch pad can be a box, large basket, dishpan or any container big enough to house your child's school items, says Dolin. "Put it in a well-traveled area, preferably near the door your child exits and enters going to and from school."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

6 Simple ways to make Back to School easy on everyone!

1. Get up before the Kids ~ Set your alarm a few minutes before your kids wake. This enables you a few extra minutes to yourself, in what can otherwise be a busy morning. Even if it’s just 15 minutes! That is enough time for most busy parents to wash up, get dressed, and even start a cup of tea or coffee.

2. Do things the night before ~ Pick outfits out the night before. This is also a great way to encourage some independence and self esteem by giving kids choices and allowing them to help pick out an outfit for school. Make lunches the night before and store in fridge until morning. If you can’t find time the night before, another option is make lunch during breakfast time.

3. Create an area for school things only ~ Have a backpack command center. Pick a spot near the entryway where you can leave shoes and backpacks. This way when it’s time to get out the door in the morning there’s no searching for those last minute items.

4. Have all things school related ready to grab and go in the morning ~ Place completed homework or school paperwork into backpacks the night before. Again, you don’t want to be searching for a field trip form the morning of, so make it easy on yourself and have it packed the night before.

5. Set your coffee pot for auto-brew so when you wake up your coffee is already brewed, all it needs is a cup and a happy parent to enjoy the first sip. This is probably my favorite part of the school routine, smelling that coffee brewing while I'm getting laying in bed and getting to enjoy my cup of coffee before the kids wake up.

6. Stay calm, enjoy your mornings, and allow time for an extra hug & kiss before the bell rings. Who doesn’t love an extra hug from their favorite munchkins, right?!!! Before we know it the kids grow, so why not embrace these moments now, while we can.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Lies

"[Jesus said] You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false." John 8:44

The devil lies. In fact, the devil doesn’t know how to speak the truth. Most Christians know that and yet they still listen to his evil words.

Sometimes the lies seem to just pop into our minds for no apparent reason and sometimes Satan even speaks to us through other people. He puts something critical or hurtful into their minds about us, and they speak it out for us to hear. If we listen and accept what we hear, our enemy rejoices. If we listen long enough to the deceptive information we have taken in, we will find ourselves facing serious problems. Instead of listening and absorbing the untruths and ­satanic deceptions, you can look at what Jesus did and follow His example.

After fasting for forty days in the wilderness, Satan tempted Him three times. Each time He defeated the devil by declaring, “It is written,” and quoting the Word of God. No wonder the devil fled from Him (see Matthew 4:1–11). Learn the truth of God’s Word, and every time Satan lies to you, quote a scripture back to him. Learn to talk back to the devil!

Too many people don’t know how to use the Word to defeat Satan’s lies. Many people, even Christians, don’t seem to realize that they can refuse to listen to that voice. Too many people don’t realize that the devil attacks their minds with negative or wrong thoughts. It’s his nature to lie and he is out to enslave everyone....don't let him in!

Today I encourage you to realize that you are not alone in your spiritual battles, your mind is not the only mind under attack, we are all at risk as Satan comes against everyone. His entire goal is "to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus came that we might have and enjoy our lives abundantly" John 10:10. By becoming more conscious of the spiritual weapons the Lord has made available to us and learning how to use them, we can gain the victory ~ we can break the strongholds the devil has built in our minds. The Bible tells us that "when we know the truth, that truth will set us free"John 8:32, free us from Satan’s strongholds .

In an illustration of "Kim", you can see that the devil had whispered to her for years that all men were alike and wanted to hurt women and take advantage of them. As "Kim"read the Bible and prayed more effectively, she learned that it was the devil who had pushed her around, she knows now that she can be free.

As "Kim" develops in her relationship with God, she is equipping herself to win the battle for her mind ~ she’s learning more about God and more about how to pray effectively. “Jesus has become my friend,” "Kim" said. She had known Him as her Savior and worshiped Him as God, but this was a new revelation to her. One day she read Hebrews 2:18 in a totally new light. It says of Jesus, “Because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able . . . to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted.”

That passage came alive to "Kim" because she saw Jesus not only as God, but as her friend ~ one who knows what it’s like to be tempted and who knows what it is like to suffer. “I knew He died on the cross, but I had not thought of all the pain He went through for me. To realize that He understands my pain and problems was a new thought to me.”

"Kim" also says that when negative, mean, or ugly thoughts come into her head, she is learning to stop those thoughts. “Jesus wouldn’t talk that way. Jesus wouldn’t be critical and judgmental, so that’s the devil fighting for my mind.” She hasn’t won all the battles, but she has learned to fight the great deceiver. Every time she wins one battle, the next one becomes easier.

God of all power, thank You for giving me the weapons to defeat the lies of the devil. Help me to always make good use of them. Thank You, Jesus, for being my friend and for being with me in my difficulties and struggles. Amen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cute, Stylish and highly FUNCTIONAL School Lunch Containers for Kiddos....and adults too =)

Zoo Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bag Set ~ Forget one-use plastic bags: Pack your young one’s PB&J’s in one sack and apple slices in the other. Scaled for little hands, the pouches have water-resistant interiors. To buy: $12, skiphop.com.

U-Konserve Stainless Steel Thermos ~ Make sure that Junior’s soup is still warm by the time lunch rolls around with a BPA-free, lead-free, leak-proof thermos. Holds 12 ounces; available in three colors. To buy: $17, mightynest.com.

To-Go Ware Kids’ Bamboo Utensil Set & Carrying Case ~ A kid-sized set of reusable bamboo utensils—fork, spoon, and knife—comes in a carrying case that can clip to a lunch bag or backpack. To buy: $10, reuseit.com.

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's August ~ Lets Start Those Back-to-School Resolutions!Great ideas that will keep you and your family orgainzed, happy and TOGETHER!

Conquer back-to-school chaos with resolutions that will help you and your family stay organized and have more fun time together.

We will eat together a few times a week. Sharing a meal is the best time for families to bond. It really matters, research shows family meals and time spent with family during those meals impacts the choices kids make and whether or not they stay out of trouble. If you aren't able to sit down for a meal every day, try to at least share a snack, lunch at your kids school or even breakfast.

We will know where everyone is and what the heck we're doing. Keeping track of schedules is a family responsibility -- not just Mom's. Buy a large family calendar at an office supply store and hang it by the door or the breakfast table. Give each member of the family a different-color pad of sticky notes to write down and post their needs on the calendar -- practice, rehearsal, getting a ride to the mall, going out with friends. Make updating it a part of your night-before ritual.

We will become a night-before family.
Mornings are hands-down the most chaotic time during the school day. Cut stress by working together the night before.
List everything you and the kids could have ready for the next day ~ tomorrow's clothes, lunches, shoes, coats ~ and put them in place. Set aside a space by the door where you can each have a night-before bin (shown here).

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Shift is Coming!

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11

I believe with all my heart that this year, God’s people are coming into a shift. For those who have been faithful and have honored and obeyed God, I declare that through and by His word “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.”Job 22:28, He is going to put we believers in a position that we could not have ever gotten into on our own. He is bestowing favor and honor in a fresh, new way!

I declare that a shift is coming, that this year, doors are going to open for us that have not opened before. Whatever we need ~ a shift in health, a shift in finances, or a shift in a relationship ~ what should have taken 40 years to accomplish, God can and is going to do in a split second! We are coming into acceleration, suddenly a dream will come to pass, suddenly a promise will be fulfilled, suddenly the negative situations are going to turn around. The shift means going beyond where we could go on our own. The shift is seeing Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond. Our attitude should be, “God, I’m ready. I’m taking the limits off of You. I’m enlarging my vision. I may not see a way, but I know You have a way. I declare I’m coming into a shift!”

Don't lose hope ~ it may not look like anything is happening in our natural world, but we serve a supernatural God. He’s about to breathe in our direction, in a new way! The enemies we've have seen in the past, we will see no more. The addictions or bad habits that have held us back are being broken in Jesus’ name. God’s favor is being released in a new way that will propel us forward. Get ready for the surpassing greatness of His favor!


Father, thank You that this year is the year of acceleration! I declare by faith that I am coming into new levels of favor and that a supernatural shift is coming my way. Thank You for Your goodness and for leading me in the path of blessing You have prepared for me. I receive Your Word, I receive Your truth, and I receive the increase You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. in Jesus’ name. Amen.