Monday, July 25, 2011

A New...Diet

Scripture of the day: "Peace of mind makes the body healthy." -Proverbs 14:30, GNT



My new diet starts today. No more desserts and candy. No more fast food and grease. This is not a strict diet where I cannot eat certain foods. I will be eating salad with grilled chicken for lunch and yogurt for an afternoon snack. I will be having smaller portions of a normal dinner and no eating out at fast food joints. I am not doing this to lost weight but to eat healthier, better foods. More salads and grilled meat. More fruits and veggies. Less processed foods. So, there will not be many changes to our weekly dinner menu, but my diet during the day will be changing drastically.

Menu:
  • Monday- salad (Hubby has guy's night out)
  • Tuesday- taco's with Spanish rice
  • Wednesday- pizza (switched to middle of the week to get better prices)
  • Thursday- pancakes and turkey bacon
  • Friday- Chinese take-out (a splurge for the week)
  • Saturday- grilled chicken, potatoes, and corn on the cob. For dessert: Banana split cake (we are having friends over for a cookout)
  • Sunday- Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill
Recipe of the week:
  • Watergate Salad
What you will need:
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions:
In a large bowl, mix together pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows, and nuts. Fold in whipped topping. Chill. Simple and delicious!

Picture of the week:

Cousins playing together...priceless!


Activities for the week:
  • Monday- tidy up, work, Hubby has guys night out
  • Tuesday-Thursday- stay home with kids, work, not much else
  • Friday- get my hair cut and maybe get some highlights by my older sister. Yay!
  • Saturday- have friends over for a cookout
  • Sunday- church and then home for relaxation
God Bless,


Kristy

*FYI- This is my 98th post...there will be a Giveaway on my 100th post! Be on the lookout in the next week or so for details!*
 

               

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Have you thought about Eternity?

Scripture of the day: "You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." -Ephesians 5:8




I have been listening to some sermons by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church. He has been preaching about Heaven and Hell and demons and eternity. HERE is the website so you can listen if you want and check out all of the cool information they have there. They are so interesting and insightful. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, it will be kinda scary. But Pastor Mark explains how to have a personal relationship with the Lord.

He made the statement in one of his sermons that "People spend more time planning a vacation than planning for eternity." That is so true. On the few occasions that we have gone on vacation (it's been years now) the planning takes over our lives for a few weeks. We research the area, hotels, things to do, restaurants, etc. It consumes me for weeks at a time. I get so excited and can't wait to go and have fun. But when it comes to eternity and where I will be spending it I hadn't thought much about it before I was saved. Now I think about where my friends and family will be spending eternity. Will it be in the wondrous presence of the Lord? Or, will it be in the terrible pits of Hell? This is a serious matter. Please check out the Mars Hill Church website for more info on this subject. Pastor Mark explains it so plainly yet boldly. Pray about it, read the bible about it, seek God.

I hope I will see all of your in Heaven some day. I hope that you will take this matter seriously and not brush it under the rug. Just because you decide not to think about it, doesn't mean it isn't going to happen one way or the other. It is a matter of life and death. Jesus WILL return for His people one day...will you be ready?

God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Modesty in an Immodest World




"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel." -1 Timothy 2:9

"Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion." -Proverbs 11:22

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." -1 Peter 3:3-4


The bible has much to say about modesty and how women ought to dress. God says to show your heart, not your body. Show your inner person, your soul, not your outward self. Modesty is something I think a lot about. Since I have a husband and two sons, I have to be very aware of what I wear. I want to bring glory to God, not sin to someone else's life by tempting them with my body. I did not always have this mind-set. I used to dress to appear beautiful on the outside and to get attention. But when I received the Holy Spirit to live in my heart, I was convicted about wearing revealing clothing. I feel as though my body is a temple and I didn't want my body to give the wrong impression about my heart. I also do not want to be responsible for tempting others to sin with immoral thoughts.

As a Christian I must take my wardrobe as more than just the clothes I wear. My best friend "Mrs. A" said to me not long ago "Women dress intentionally". Isn't that the truth?! Women put a lot of thought into what they wear, how it looks on their bodies, who will see them wearing it, does she "look fat" in it, etc. We don't just throw on clothes and go about our day not thinking about how we look. We check several times a day in the mirror to make sure we still look like we did when we first put the outfit on. I know because I love clothes. They make me feel pretty and elegant. They make me feel comfortable and cozy. Our clothes say a lot about our personality as well. If someone has on business clothes often, they must take their work seriously. If someone wears their pajamas and slippers to Walmart to get groceries, I would say they are pretty sloppy and don't even care about themselves. What kind of message do you think a woman is sending if she has on a very tight, very short, low v-neck dress with five-inch heels on at church is sending?

Virginia Woolf said: "There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mold of arm or breast, but they would mold our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking." I think what she is trying to say is that what we wear may reveal our hearts. If we wear clothes that cover us up, people will not be looking at our bodies, but instead listen to what we have to say and maybe see who we really are.

The Webster's dictionary defines modesty as freedom from conceit or vanity and propriety in dress, speech, or conduct. I know for me personally I want people to see God in me, not my outer appearance. God's reputation is at stake when Christians decide to dress immodestly. For men/boys, they need to pull their pants up and wear a belt. I am so tired of looking at their behinds and seeing what color underwear they decided to wear today and hope and pray that they are CLEAN! My boys are looking at these young men/boys and I really don't want them to think that is cool. It is a trend that started in prisons and jails because they do not provide belts for the inmates...what does this tell us about our society?!

When people dress inappropriately they are drawing the wrong kind of attention. Negative attention that could possibly lead to sin in someone else's life. About three weeks ago, Hubby and I were walking around an outdoor mall area with our boys. He was pushing Ducky and I was pushing Bear in a stroller. We came to a section where there was a street and I was paying attention to traffic when Bear suddenly exclaims "Mommy, look that girl is nakey in that picture!" Well, of course, it was a popular lingerie store with a huge window sized picture of a model in nothing but underwear that was the same color as her skin. Even my 2-1/2 year old can figure our that she needed clothes on. Why can't grown-ups figure it out? Why can't their be any mystery to a woman anymore?

I fear that Hubby and I may one day have a daughter (not anytime soon, I hope). What will we dress her in? If you go to any store nowadays they are making mini skirts for babies, bikinis for toddlers, tube tops for little girls. I fear that I may have to make clothes for her myself. I have a hard enough time finding clothes for myself that aren't too short, low-cut, tight, holey, etc. Why would we want to dress out little precious daughters in these things when their are people looking at them and being tempted. I know it sounds horrible, but it is true.

One more point before I wrap it up. If you go to church, please wear something appropriate. It is very distracting to everyone if you wear "stripper clothes". Young boys look at women and are very vulnerable. If you leave nothing to the imagination...well you get my drift. 

I know a lot of people may be upset or angry or horrified that I would write such things. I am not here to judge. I used to dress very immodestly. I still struggle with what to wear. I struggle with not judging others just for the clothing they have on or lack thereof. I am a sinner in need of forgiveness everyday. I just don't want my children and husband to be tempted by others wearing revealing clothes. I don't want my children to think I have bodily pride (by wearing a certain outfit). Our society and culture are so de-sensitized that we don't even realize what we are doing to our men and children. We are teaching our girls that it's ok to dress like those women in movies and on tv. We are teaching our boys to look for a woman who flaunts everything she's got and leaves nothing to the imagination.

I am not saying that we should all wear turtle necks and long skirts, but at least put some thought into what you put on your body. Think about whether something is hanging out that shouldn't be. Certain parts of our bodies are meant for our husbands ONLY! I wear normal clothing and sometimes new fashions. I try not to wear trendy clothing because in 6 months it will be out of fashion. We put a lot of thought and care as to what we put into our bodies, why is the outer part any different?

We have free will, of course, to choose what we want to wear. But please seek God in this matter. Open your bible and see what He has to say on the subject. Please pray about your clothes and what you look like to others. Are you sending a message of sexual sin and immoral thoughts/behavior? Or, are you sending a message that God is first in your life and you want people to know Him, not see your outer body?

Think about it...


God Bless,


Kristy

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck


Kathleen Y'Barbo is a great author. In her newest novel The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck she tells the story of a young woman about to enter adulthood. Charlotte Beck had no intentions of getting married anytime soon. She is the daughter of a wealthy businessman in Colorado. He wanted Charlotte to get married and have children. Set in the late 1800's, this scenario would have been just as well for most women but not Charlotte. She had other plans. Big plans. She wanted to go to college, get a degree, and one day run her father's business.

Without giving away too much of the story, Charlotte meets a young man, Alex, at the beginning of the book. He is having much financial trouble. His family is about to lose everything. A deal must be made so that Charlotte and Alex, both, get what they want without getting married. Charlotte's father decides to betroth his daughter to the handsome, young Alex for four years while she attends college.

The question is how will Alex and Charlotte get out of this predicament they willingly agreed to. This novel was so exciting and easy to read. The characters were so easy to relate to. It was a very charming and delightful story. There were twists and scandal. There was love and loss.

I only have one negative comment and that pertains to the Christian aspect of the book. There were not many references to the bible or prayer. There was a little talk about faith in God. I had hoped there would be more. But other than that, it was clean and full of laughs. I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte Beck and Alex Hambly. How two completely different people with completely different goals in life become so in love.

Here is a quote from the back of the book: "Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away."

I would recommend this book to a mature audience due to the nature of love and all that comes with marriage. There is no "dirty" talk, but there is insinuation.


God Bless,


Kristy


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Live for the weekend

Scripture of the day: "A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof." -Proverbs 19:13


 I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a great one. We got to see friends from far and near. We went to the movies and got to spend time with family pool side. I live for the weekends when I know their will be lots of good times with friends and family.

This week's menu:
  • Monday- hamburgers and hot dogs with potatoes in butter and garlic sauce.
  • Tuesday- BBQ chicken, mac and cheese, and peas.
  • Wednesday- Chicken and veggie lasagna, salad, and flaky biscuits.
  • Thursday- Chicken stir-fry with veggies and brown rice.
  • Friday- pizza.
  • Saturday- Sun-dried tomato alfredo with salad.
  • Sunday- Hubby's choice (to be determined).
Recipe of the week:
  • Poppy seed chicken (taken from MOPS cookbook~Allison Brooks~pg.16)
What you will need:
5 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 (10.5 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1-1/2 cups crushed buttery round crackers
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken into a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, stir together the condensed soup and sour cream. Pour over the chicken. In a separate bowl, stir seeds and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce. Bake for 30 min. in the oven, until top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly.

Picture of the week:

Balloons are good for lots of stuff, including making one look preggo! LOL!


Activities the week:
  • Monday-Friday- stay home with kids b/c of heat. May run some errands and such, nothing special.
  • Saturday- Hubby works so maybe take kids to the pool.
  • Sunday- Church and relaxation.
Have a great week!

God Bless,


Kristy



Monday, July 11, 2011

The menu is back....

Scripture of the day: "Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!" -1 Chronicles 16:11


I have not done a menu in two weeks and I have felt lost. We have been "winging it" and spending way more money than usual on food. So, it's back and I am feeling happy and more at peace.

This week's menu:
  • Monday- spaghetti with salad
  • Tuesday- leftovers for me, Hubby is going out with a friend
  • Wednesday- chicken strips, rice pilaf, corn, and rolls
  • Thursday- fend for myself, Hubby has a work dinner meeting
  • Friday- pizza night, YAY!
  • Saturday- going to see the last Harry Potter movie and out to dinner (no cooking for me)
  • Sunday- hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with french fries
Recipe of the week:
  • Cheesy Veggie Omelet
What you need:
3 eggs
2 Tbsp. milk
1/3 cup cheese (any kind you like)
2 Tbsp. diced fresh tomato
2 Tbsp. diced fresh pepper (green or any mild flavored assortment)
2 Tbsp. onion, if desired
1/3 cup thawed frozen spinach (all excess water drained off)

Instructions:
1. Beat eggs and milk together until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
2. Heat frying pan to medium high heat. Pour in all ingredients.
3. Let cook on one side until edges begin to brown and pull away from pan.
4. Flip over and cook on other side for about 2-3 minutes or until done to your satisfaction.

Picture of the week:

Happy 4th of July!


Activities this week:
  • Monday- home with kids, clean up, work
  • Tuesday- appt in the morning, home with kids, work
  • Wednesday- home with kids, work
  • Thursday- home with kids, work
  • Friday- something fun with kids, no work
  • Saturday- busy, busy day! Meet my best friend for coffee, have lunch with some friends here from Germany, dinner and a movie with Hubby and our nephew and his girlfriend.
  • Sunday- church and rest from Saturday
Be inspired to try something new in the kitchen this week. Make those cookies you've been putting off, try that new recipe you have been wanting to try. Have a great week!


God Bless,


Kristy
 


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Blessings

Scripture of the day: "He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior." -Psalm 24:5



Blessings- Laura Story


A friend of mine on facebook had the best status a couple of days ago. She said "What if you woke up this morning and all you had left in this life was what you thanked God for yesterday." (KS).

Wow! That really made me wake up and realize that I do not thank God enough or as often as I should. My goal for the rest of the year (or should I say my life) is the thank Him for ALL of my blessings. He gives and He takes away. No matter what we are going through we must thank God for everything. He's blessed us with so much, He deserves the thanks. For me, the list is never-ending. I love my husband, my children, my family, my husband's family. We have our health, our house, our job's, our church, friends. That isn't even half of it.







These are my blessings! My wonderful, beautiful, I could cry thinking about how much I love them all blessings.



What are you thankful for today that you still want to have tomorrow? Remember to thank God for your blessings today.


God Bless,


Kristy


Friday, July 8, 2011

The Quotable Rogue



Matt Lewis did a great job in researching and collecting these incredible quotes by Sarah Palin. I did not know what to expect in choosing this book to review. I am a Sarah Palin fan but did not know that some of the things I have heard on television were taken out of context. This book gives you the entire quote and some background about the conversation.

There are quotes from Sarah Palin about abortion, Alaska, Barak Obama, civil rights, family, health care, politicians, faith, and much more.

At the end of the book there is a section that includes quotes others have said about Sarah Palin. I did not realize she was so quotable. There is really a lot of advice to be taken from this book. It gives you an inside look into Mrs. Palin's mind and what she really things of certain subjects. She is very smart and passionate about a lot of things. She is especially passionate about America and it's future. She really loves her country and her family.

God Bless,


Kristy

Managing God's Money


I've read other books written by Randy Alcorn before but never one about money. Managing God's Money is a biblical guide to teach us how to spend the money God has put into out care. This is jam packed with biblical references. God has a lot to say about how we spend our money and Randy Alcorn has gone through each verse in the bible and made it clear for us to understand. Just read these section titles:
  1. Money and Possessions: Bible 101
  2. Perspectives that impede Faithful Money Management
  3. Our Stewardship in Eternity's Light
  4. Giving and Sharing God's Money and Possessions
  5. Wisely Handling God's Money and Possessions
  6. Passing the baton of Wise Stewardship
The most common phrase being "God's money and possessions". In this book you will be reminded that everything we have is God's. We cannot take things with us when we die. We can store up treasures in heaven. During Jesus' time on earth, He spoke more about money than any other topic. Money is important, but it is not to be worshipped or take over our lives. Randy Alcorn is very detail-oriented and he does not skip a beat with this book. He tells us what God says about money and how we spend it or don't spend it.

He also spends some time on the subject that we, as Christians, find very important. Tithing. This topic is so tricky because most people feel very passionate about their opinion of it. But we need to know what the bible says about it. That's what section four is all about.

There is also a chapter about debt. I know, this is a hard subject to deal with because we all have some kind of debt. Randy Alcorn digs deep into the bible to find the answers we need to hear. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to know what God says about money, possessions, debt, tithing, saving, materialism, and much more.

God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Time Well Spent

Scripture of the day: "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good." -Psalm 118:1






Hello Readers! I am so glad to be blogging again. I have been on vacation for the past week. We had a blast! We went to the pool where I learned that both of my boys LOVE the water. Bear was even brave enough to float on his back with some help from mommy and daddy. Ducky loved his float and cruised around the baby pool all by himself. We went to the beach and found out that it's a bit too much because Ducky wanted to ear the sand...Yuck! We will try again when he gets a bit older.

One negative though was that both boys got very sick at the beginning of the week. They had strep throat, sinus infections, and Ducky had an ear infection. So they went on antibiotics and felt much better within 48 hours. It didn't slow us down though. We went out and got ice cream a couple of times to cheer them up. They loved it!

Hubby and I even got to go out by ourselves one night. We went to this Thai restaurant we have been dying to try and then to the movies. We saw the new Transformers movie. It was good...lots of action. I love date night!

We really had fun. I was so sad when Hubby had to go back to work on Tuesday. It just didn't seem right. But somebody has to pay the bills. Our time together as a family was so amazing. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

God Bless,


Kristy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Praying for my husband- Days 22-31

Sorry about the delay. I have been on vacation and didn't want to take time away from my family to blog. I don't have all of the exact links for the last week of praying. But I do have the link to the blog so you can go and look them up for yourself. They are very easy to find. She has lots of great and interesting things to look at on her blog. The link is www.familycorner.blogspot.com. I hope you enjoy the prayers.


God Bless,


Kristy