Thursday, November 24, 2011

So Much To Be Thankful For...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I have so much to be thankful for this year. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, a wonderful Husband, and two sweet boys. I could not ask for more. Thank You Lord for giving me all that I have. The blessings in my life are so plentiful.






God Bless,


Kristy



Monday, November 21, 2011

{Homemaking Monday}

Scripture of the day:

"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." - Psalm 145:18


Devotion of the week:

This week I would like to take the time to say thank you to God for all of my blessings. He has given me so much. First and foremost, He has given me my salvation. There is no comparison to any other gift I have ever received. Second, He gave me the most wonderful, loving, faithful, devoted husband I could have ever asked for myself. He knew exactly what I needed and send Hubby to me when I was 17. God saved me from a lot of heartache. Third, God gave me two precious boys. Even when a doctor told me I may never be able to have any children (due to some medical issues), God knew my heart ached for children and sent my two miracles to Hubby and I.

God provides for us, makes peace for us, is faithful and true, and loves us more than anything else in the world. I just love this time of year. Thanksgiving really makes me stop and think about ALL of the things I am thankful for. It reminds me to thank God everyday for every blessing, every breath. Please take the time to at least think about all the things in your life that you are thankful for, maybe even write them down so you can look at them next year to add to it.


This week's menu:
Monday- Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday- Roast, potatoes, carrots, and mini buttermilk biscuits
Wednesday- Roast beef hash and salad
Thursday- Hmm....I wonder...LOL!
Friday- Pizza
Saturday- Hamburger helper and salad
Sunday- Hubby's choice (which means I got nothing) Haha!

Recipe of the week:
  • Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie


What you will need:
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.) Don't forget the whipped cream!!

Picture of the week:

Bear and Ducky built a fort!


Activities of the week:
Monday- shopping with my mom and sister (trying to get it all done before December)
Tuesday- stay home with the kids and work on my blog and newsletter
Wednesday- bake for Thanksgiving
Thursday- Gee...I wonder! Going to my mom's house and then to Hubby's parents house. Lots of yummy food!
Friday- NOT SHOPPING! LOL! Staying home and hanging out with my babies.
Saturday- not sure yet, but probably hanging out with my guys.
Sunday- church and then football and relaxation.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless,


Kristy

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Right Body...Wrong Attitude

I have been reading the book of Job lately in my early morning reading sessions and I have to say it is very enlightening. I hadn't told Hubby what book I was reading in the Bible and the other day he came to me and said he had just started reading it too. I just laughed and said...that's the one I'm reading. We had a long discussion about the way Job handled all of the catastrophe's Satan handed him. He actually fell on his face and praised God. I don't think I would be able to do that. I have a long way to go in my walk with God before I think I could comfortably say I will praise God in anything. I am striving for that kind of faith and trust in God.

Reading Job has also helped me to cope with other things going on in my life. I have been feeling down about myself lately. I've been throwing myself a pity party everyday. I had not been feeling that great about the way I look ever since Ducky came along last year. I just can't seem to lose that extra weight from his pregnancy. I mean, I am not huge, but a woman knows what her body used to be. So, I have something to compare it to. Recently, and by recently I mean a week ago, I had an older woman ask me when I was due?! Yeah, I know, the question all women hate to hear unless they are pregnant. Well, I politely told her I was not pregnant and acted like it wasn't a big deal (she was a little embarrassed). HA! When I got home, I balled like a baby. I told Hubby and he just laughed it off (not in a mean way, just a wow I can't believe someone would say that way). He reassured me that I did not, in fact, look preggo.

No matter how many times people reassure me that the (very kind) woman was wrong, I still can't seem to shake it. I have tried dieting and exercise. I even bought an exercise machine a few months back and used it everyday. I lost 0 pounds!!! So, I quit. Satan is really on the attack with my physical appearance. I have heard and read about physical beauty in the Bible and how we shouldn't judge people based on their outer appearance. Looking at myself I think differently. It is the one thing I am supposed to be in control of, yet no matter what I do I cannot control my metabolism. I try to eat better only to find myself hungry all the time. I do not like my picture taken because of the way I look. My skin is even taking a complete turn around. I am breaking out more than ever. I have always had pretty clear skin. I will be 30 next year so maybe my body is changing and this is what is happening. A lower metabolism, break-outs on my skin that are uncontrollable, and hormones that are off the charts.

So, I have two choices here. My first choice is to let myself go. Give in to the negative hold that Satan has on me. Allow myself to think poorly of my body, which in turn makes me think poorly of every other aspect of my life.

Or, I have a second choice. Don't believe the lies Satan is planting in my mind. Pray fervently that Satan's hold on me will be vanquished and I will look upon myself as the daughter of the King. After all, God made me in His image. Am I to think that God is fat, ugly, and has terrible hair?! I know, you are laughing a bit right now. I am too at that comment. But it's true! If I am made in His image, I must think highly of myself. Not better than anyone else, but better than Satan and his negative attitude. God wants me to have joy in my heart and I have been allowing Satan to steal that joy every chance he gets. If I have a bad hair day, if I wake up and a shirt doesn't fit me anymore that fit just last week, if I have more bumps on my face.

I have a cloud following me around...kinda like in that depression medication commercial on TV. I don't feel like myself. I want self confidence. God is the only one who can give it back to me. I am praying that the "cloud of darkness" will turn into a ray of sunshine. Wow, just saying it makes me feel better. If you or anyone you know is going through this kind of problem with self confidence, please pray for them. It sure does help to have a friend who cares enough to pray for you. My best friend "Mrs. A" is so helpful in this area. I can call or text her anytime to pray for me (and the same goes for her) and she will pray. I don't have many friends, so the ones I do have are really good ones.

I have been very honest here on my blog. But, that's what I want...honesty. I am struggling with these problems in my life. I think everyone does from time to time. I really hope this helps someone who is going through something similar. I had to remind myself that God loves me the way I am (my mind, body, soul, and even my personality). God made me and He does not make mistakes.





God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Diary of a Book Hoarder Giveaway!

Check out my other blog for a cool giveaway! Click HERE to see how to enter to win!


God Bless,


Kristy

Let's Go Outside And Play!

{Bear and Ducky's Autumn Adventures}





















Wasn't it nice of God to allow us to play in the wonderful fallen leaves. They are so beautiful. I am just so happy that I get to look out of my front windows and see His beautiful display of color. My children will always remember it.


God Bless,


Kristy


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Check out my NEW Blog!

I decided last week that I needed to open a new blog for all of my review items. I want Jensen Family Circus to be about family and pictures of us and things of that nature. I felt like it was getting to be too much about reviews. So, I opened Diary of a Book Hoarder. I am going to use that blog to post all of my reviews and giveaways. There will be giveaways over there, so be on the lookout! Please go and check it out. My latest blog post is about a wonderful book called The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Taunton. You will love this book. Oh, and the best part is I am giving away a copy of this book to one reader. Go on over and check it out for yourself. Hope to see you there!


God Bless,


Kristy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

And the WINNER is...


The Winner of the Revolution Worship Live CD Giveaway is:


SILIVIA!!!


If Silvia could please leave a comment on this post with her email address in the next 48 hours. I need to get your home address so we can send your CD sent to you ASAP.

Thank you for entering!


God Bless,


Kristy







Monday, November 7, 2011

The Tree Is Up!

{Homemaking Monday}


Scripture of the week:

"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6


Just a few words:

Yesterday Hubby put up our Christmas tree. I know it seems early, but we just enjoy having it up. It is so beautiful to look at and admire. We haven't decorated it yet because we usually wait until Thanksgiving day. It is our little family tradition. This is my favorite time of year. Family gatherings, celebrating Christ's birth, eating yummy food, watching our little ones play, cuddling close to a warm fire. It sounds so wonderful, doesn't it? What is your favorite thing about the holidays? So many great things to do with each other. So many memories to make.

The most important part of this coming time of year is Christ's birth. He was sent to become a man even though He was fully God. No one can understand exactly how that happened...but some things aren't for us to know. I am so grateful that He came to earth to live among us as a human. Wow...what a thought.

This week's menu:
Monday- 2-bean chili with a side salad
Tuesday- Hubby has a meeting @ work so we will be having leftovers
Wednesday- Salisbury steaks with brown gravy, scalloped potatoes, and corn
Thursday- BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, and peas
Friday- spaghetti and salad
Saturday- leftovers
Sunday- steak stir-fry with noodles and veggies

Recipe of the week:
*2-bean chili*

What you will need:
1 lb. ground beef
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cups tomato juice
1 can (16 oz.) each kidney beans and Northern beans, rinsed and drained
Sour cream, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomato (if desired to go on top)

Instructions:
1. Cook beef, green peppers, onion, chili powder, and black pepper in a 10" skillet over medium-high heat until beef is well browned, stirring to break up meat. Drain.
2. Stir tomato juice and beans into skillet. Reduce heat to low and cook until hot and bubbling. Top with any of the above toppings you desire.

Picture of the week:

Daddy giving Ducky and Bear a back ride.

Activities for the week:
Monday thru Wednesday- laundry, run an errand on Mon., clean house, catch up on school with Bear
Thursday- Mops meeting in the morning, Christmas card making class with my SIL and MIL
Friday- tea lunch with my niece for her birthday and shopping at the antique
Saturday- Hubby works in the AM, birthday party in the PM
Sunday- church and then home for football and relaxation


Enjoy your week!


God Bless,


Kristy





Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gettin' Up Early

A few weeks ago at my church, our Pastor was preaching and made a statement about getting up early to read your Bible and pray. He said, not in these exact words, that if we don't do it first thing then it tends to not get done. I found this to be so true in my life. I always had good intentions of reading my Bible and praying. I would say to myself, "As soon as I put the kids down for a nap I will pray and read" or "As soon as this or that is done". It never happened for me. There was always laundry to fold, dishes to wash, or I just got distracted because I was exhausted and wanted a break. I found myself being disconnected from God. I couldn't hear Him or feel Him close to me. I was craving time with Him, but I was not putting Him first.

So, I decided after our Pastors words on this subject, I would start getting up when Hubby gets up. Well, only one problem. He gets up at 5:30am!!! Way too early for me. I am NOT a morning person. But I made a commitment to God and I was going to stick to it. I have done pretty good so far. I have read through the entire book of Proverbs. That was not too hard because I just read the chapter according to what day it is. If it's November 5th I read Proverbs chapter 5. I have also been reading a chapter a day of the Psalms. Those two books will be read everyday by me, no matter what. I have also chosen to read 1-2 chapters of other books in the Bible. I decided to start with Job. I have never read through Job before and wanted to know his story. It is very interesting and it is helping me with my walk with God. Job had everything taken away from him, yet he did not curse God. He actually fell on his face and praised God right after he found out all of the bad things that had happened to him and his family.

I am not sure what book in the Bible I will read next. Maybe one of the Gospel's. Maybe something else. I find myself craving time with God even more now that I have made God my first priority everyday. I wake up so tired and most mornings I find myself saying, "Well I can skip today...who will know?" God will know, that's who. I want to put Him first. By the time I get up and get my cup of coffee and sit with my Bible in my hand, I am in pure bliss. If I do skip a day, which I will admit has happened 2 times since I started this, the whole day is turned upside down. I feel like something is missing all day. I feel like I have forgotten something all day. I did forget something...God. He doesn't like to be forgotten. I don't like forgetting Him. I want to keep my commitments. Especially the ones I have with God.

The Proverbs and Psalms have taught me so much about God's heart and what He expects of me. They have helped me in many circumstances over the past few weeks. I am able to refer to a verse I read that morning or one that I read the week before. It is so amazing what you can actually learn and glean from the Bible if you are willing to put in the time and effort to read it. It is God's love letter to us. The whole Bible is filled with God's love for us. Please, if you do nothing else with your day, take the time to read just one chapter a day from your Bible. I don't expect to read my Bible in one year. I just cannot do that. But, if you want to then go for it. If you know you can't, like me, then don't feel bad about it. Read what you can and do your best. That is all God wants from us. He wants to see us give an effort and sacrifice our time for Him. You will NOT regret getting up early. You will NOT regret skipping some other activity to seek Him and pray quietly.

I challenge you to start reading one chapter per day of your Bible. See what awesome and amazing things God has in store for you. Feel the love He has for you.


God Bless,


Kristy

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Revolution Worship Live"

{Product Review}




I recently had the opportunity to review a worship CD called Revolution Worship Live. Some of the artists on this record are: Lisa Wright, Mark Mathis, Phil King, Anne Frease, Aaron Mercer, Erik Garcia, and Kyle Long. Pastor Jim Frease also speaks before and after the singing. This CD was recorded live,s o you will hear cheering, clapping, and singing in the background from the audience. I, personally, have never heard of any of the artists on this CD but did enjoy some of the songs. One in particular really stuck in my head (in a good way). It is called "Very Same Power" by Aaron Mercer. Here are some of the lyrics "The very same power that raised Christ from the dead, is alive in me. The very same power that overcame the grave, well it lives in me and now I am complete...since He rescued me. I'm gonna shout it out loud!"

Here are the names of the other songs on the CD:
-Revolution
-Joy of the Lord
-Jesus in Me
-None Like For Me
-Fill My Cup
-Praise Your Name
-We Lift You Up
-Your Name

This is definitely gospel music. I don't normally listen to gospel-style music but enjoyed having the chance to do this review. For more information about this CD go to:

I am giving away a copy of this CD on my blog. To enter, all you have to do is:
1. Follow my blog
2. Leave a comment on this post saying you are a follower and you would like to win the CD.
(One entry per person. Open to U.S. residents only.)
Enter by November 9, 2011 @ 12pm (noon). I will announce the winner that afternoon. Good luck!
God Bless,
Kristy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Espresso For Your Spirit

{Book Review}




Espresso For Your Spirit by: Pam Vredevelt is a book for "Pooped Out Parents". It was a book filled with stories by the author. Some of them were very heart-warming and some were very funny. It was a break from the normal parenting book. Not really an advice book as much as it was a "coffee break" from your everyday life. I received this book as an e-book. Actually, this was my first time ever reading an e-book. I have to say that I do NOT like reading books on my computer. I do not own an e-reader, nor do I EVER plan on it. I love the feel of a book in my hand. I like to feel the pages between my fingers and the smell the paper. I know it sounds silly, but I guess I am old fashioned. I do not think I will be reading many books on my computer unless it is an extra good one.

Espresso For Your Spirit was a joy to read. The stories and dialogue in the book were very sweet and funny. At the beginning of each chapter is a scripture to go along with the story. The author also includes some quotes from Christian leaders and counselors. There are also some questions at end of the book for each chapter to challenge you as a parent. I found them very helpful in my own walk as a mommy to my two boys. It helped me to think about how my children see me as a parent and to possibly tweak a few things along the way. I would recommend this book to any parent who just needs a break from "the norm" and wants to read some silly, fun stories from one parent to another.

God Bless,


Kristy