Thursday, January 19, 2017

"31 Verses" ~ Verse 3 ~ Proverbs 29:25

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Welcome to "31 Verses"!
 
I'm so glad you have joined me today! 
 
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Verse #3:
 
"Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe."

Proverbs 29:25

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Study Questions:


1.  Hebrews 13:6 boldly asks, "What can mere mortals do to me?"  How would you respond to that question in light of your life experiences?

When I was younger, I was extremely shy!  So shy that I would literally hide behind my older brother.  (Thanks for being there for me, Dan!)  As I've grown in age and in wisdom, I hope, I've realized that other people are not something to be afraid of.  I don't have to hide from them.  I can boldly express myself and give my opinion on matters.  They won't "bite".  The ONE I need to please is God and not man.

 
2.  If you're prone to worry about people's opinions of you, what might help you rest in God's opinion?  Or if you have no fear of what people think, what helped you achieve that mind-set?

I still do, to a certain extent, worry about what others think of me.  I think my knowledge of Christ and His Word has helped me overcome this mind-set.  I've learned that if I seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, everything else will come in time.  I'm a lot more laid back over-all.


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Liz's Tip #3 for Memorizing Scripture:

Pick a good place.
It helps to do memory work in consistent surroundings.

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It is my greatest desire that you truly take the time to write Proverbs 29:25 on your heart this week.

I hope you will answer the study questions on your blog and leave a link in the comments.  If you don't have a blog, please feel free to leave any answers, thoughts or questions in the comments.

 
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Sunday:
 Spiritual Sunday and Counting My Blessings , Faith And Friendship , Grace And Truth , Dance with Jesus, Sunday Stillness, Give Me Grace .
Monday:
Art of Homemaking, Make Your Home SingGood Morning Monday, What Joy is Mine
Tuesday:
Totally Terrific TuesdayTitus 2sdays, Unite, Share Your Stuff, Treasure Box, Do Tell Tuesday and Titus 2 Tuesday, Hearth and SoulA Spirit of Simplicity,  Tuesdays with a Twist  , Inspire Me , Tuesday Talk.
Wednesday:
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Thursday:
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Book Review ~ LFYI Sunset Beach Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn ~ 1/19/17

 
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Blurb:
 
 Sierra came to Sunset Beach for relaxation--not for world-class surfing and certainly not for romance! When a wealthy friend offers Sierra Jensen a vacation at an oceanfront beach house, she envisions a quiet retreat where she can plan her next move. Instead, she arrives at the start of the noisy surfing competitions and is surprised to learn that her friend had an ulterior motive--namely, introducing Sierra to Jordan Bryce, the tenant staying below them.
 
Jordan is a photographer whose lens and attention are focused on the surfers, and he is not willing to let anyone get in his way of landing the next cover shot for Surf Days magazine. Sierra and Jordan came to Sunset Beach looking for different things. But as the surf pounds the North Shore, will they discover something better than either of them had imagined?    

My Thoughts:
 
 
I have loved every Robin Jones Gunn book that I've ever read.  Honestly.
 
I haven't read any of her YA novels where Sierra Jensen was apparently introduced.  I'm a bit glad that I got to know Sierra in Sunset Beach, Hawaii as an adult rather than a teenager.
 
This book was amazing!
 
I loved learning about Hawaii and the photography/surf scene.  I enjoyed getting to know Sierra and Jordan in that setting.
 
This book makes me want to visit Hawaii even more than I already did!
 
I was drawn to this book by the cover and was not disappointed in the contents.  It was a great addition to my Robin Jones Gunn reads :)
 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday ~ 1/18/17

 
My inspiration:
 
Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
 
Proverbs 16:3

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My weekly meeting is on Saturday morning at 8:00am.  When I left my house that morning, it was just starting to sleet.  My meeting is about 30 minutes south and by the time I got there it was just raining.

I was afraid of what it would be like back home with the ice, so I just weighed-in and left without staying for the meeting.

I at least wanted to get weighed though.

I was down 1 pound this week.  I was happy with that because I was actually fearful of a gain!

I just have been in such a slump with my exercise.  I'm getting tired of doing workout videos and want to be outside walking!  This is something I'm going to have to work through until it gets nice outside again.

Being that I lost a 1 lb, I'm only 2.6 lbs away from my next goal of 20 lbs lost!  I'm really excited about this!

I just need to keep my hand out of the cookie jar (so to speak) and get my rear in gear and get it moving.

Speaking of moving....  My meeting is moving to a new location next week!  We're all really excited about this.  We're moving to a fitness center that is open every day of the week.  This means that the parking lot will be clear and we won't have to cancel due to parking issues when it snows.  It also will mean that our meeting room will be bigger.  I'm really looking forward to seeing how/if the dynamics change.


My week's stats:

Weigh-in:  -1.0 lbs.  Total:  -17.4 lbs.

Exercise:  I'm really struggling with getting consistent with my exercise.  This is something I need to work on.  I only got 105 minutes of exercise in when my goal is 225 minutes :(

Tracking:  I'm back to tracking pretty well.  The good, the bad and the ugly!

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Hodgepodge ~ 1/18/17



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now? 
 
Wow!  That's a tough one.  I think I'll skip it for now.

 
2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?
 
I usually will have an idea right away but don't want to be the first to speak up.  I'll bide my time and then give my suggestion.

3. What do you remember best about being 12? 
 
TMI alert.....It is when I "became a woman".

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration. 
 
We LOVE Winnie the Pooh!  My husband is definitely and often Eeyore.  I relate more to Pooh because I like my sweets.  Or maybe Kanga because I'm the mother!

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way? 
 
Believe it or not, I don't have a cell phone.  We don't get coverage where I live and am usually home, so it just isn't a necessity.  I do however, use the Weight Watchers website to help me keep track of my food and exercise.

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

Sanibel.  I have family in Florida and this would make a nice getaway to meet up with them.

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what? 
 
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.  It was the theme song for my Senior Prom.  Brings back so many memories of a wonderful time :)



 
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Sign-ups for my Favorite Color Swap are still open and will be through the end of February.  I hope you will consider joining in.  It is a lot of fun!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Family Time ~ BFG ~ 1/17/17

 
 
I mentioned in a Happy Homemaker Monday post that we watched BFG as a family a week or so ago.
 
We had the essentials.  Popcorn.  Twizzlers.  M&M's.  The musts for a family movie night :)
 
For your viewing pleasure, here is the trailer for BFG:
 
 


I must say that there were MANY lough-out-loud moments.  Some of my favorites were the BFG's mannerisms and speech.

However, there were some parts that I would consider scary, especially for younger children. 

For one, Sophie gets snatched out of her bed by a giant.  That could be the stuff of nightmares for some.

Secondly, the mean giants (not BFG) were scary.  They were mean, ugly and just plain scary looking.  Again, could be nightmarish.

I actually kept looking out of the corner of my eye to see how my youngest daughter was handling it.  Of course, she IS almost 10 year old, so it didn't seem to effect her.  (I guess I have to get used to the girls getting older. )

So, it is a cute movie with lots of funny, made-up words that we enjoyed but keep an eye on younger children as they might get scared.

If you've watched BFG, let me know what you thought.  Am I just too over-protective?


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Teaser Tuesday ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder ~ 1/17/17


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My teaser for this week is from:

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~"Hannah Swenson slipped into the old leather bomber jacket that she'd rescued from the Helping Hands thrift store and reached down to pick up the huge orange tomcat that was rubbing against her ankles.  'Okay, Moishe.  You can have one refill, but that's it until tonight.' "

 
Also linking up to:

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/16/17


 
Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
 
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The weather outside is::::


It was a bit icy this weekend but the weather has warmed up a bit and is actually quite nice right now.
 


On my breakfast plate:
 
Smart Ones Canadian Ham, Egg and Cheese Muffin
  
As I look around the house::::
 
Kids!  Lots of kids!

My girls have off for MLK Jr. Day and Kaylee's friend Bree has come to stay for the long weekend.  I love having my girls at home :)

On today's to do list::::

"31 Verses" - Verse 3.
Exercise.
Bible reading.
Crochet

 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday....Entertain the girls, "31 Verses"
Tuesday...  Clean, laundry.
Wednesday... Menu and Grocery List, Schedule for next week.
Thursday....Groceries.
Friday....Laundry.
Saturday....Weight Watchers Meeting.

Currently reading::::

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I've gotten the cozy mystery bug after watching a few on Hallmark.  I have a few more cozies coming to me in the mail from paperbackswap.com.  I'm really enjoying this one so far :)

 
On the TV::::

Magnificent Seven
Secret Life of Pets
Steelers Vs. Kansas City

 
On the Radio:::

This week for Songs on Sunday, I featured "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Apples
Tuesday - Spaghetti, garlic bread, broccoli, grapes
Wednesday -  Pork Chops, fried potatoes, peas, oranges
Thursday - Chicken and rice, green beans, peaches
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Bacon, eggs, toast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

The 6" block for the Ravelry 2017 BAMCAL is the Efflorescent Window.
 

It was a fun little square to make even though the pattern was a bit hard to follow.

I even learned a new stitch:  the quadruple front post crochet!

 
 
 
I also started a Cosy Stripe Afghan by Attic24 in Moorland inspired colors.  More on that at a later date :)

From the Camera:::
 


 
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

John 8:31-32
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Songs on Sunday ~ What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong ~ 1/15/17




I heard this song for the first time on KLOVE last week and loved it!
 
I hope you enjoy :)
 
 


 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 1/14/17


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:

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Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons.

The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.
Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts readers right into the action in this fast-paced thriller that will have them turning pages long into the night.

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Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother's attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah's bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth, and if she doesn't watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
 
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Also linking up to: The Sunday PostMailbox Monday

 
Happy Reading!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Tea Time ~ Sunset Beach and Latch-hook ~ 1/13/17



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~I read my first book of the New Year!  It was LFYI Sunset Beach Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn :)


~We watched BFG this past weekend!  It had some laugh-out-loud moments :)


~Laken got a latch-hook kit for Christmas!  It was fun watching her learn how to handle the hook on her snow day :)

 
~I got my 5% Charm at Weight Watchers!  I was so excited :)



~I've had some participants sign up for the Color Swap!  Click HERE to read more and join in  :)

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 What made you smile this week?

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"31 Verses" ~ Verse 2 ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Welcome to "31 Verses"!
 
I'm so glad you have joined me today! 
 
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Verse #1:
 
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

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Study Questions:


1.  Was there a defining moment when you became a follower of Christ?  If you can't pinpoint a date and time, how do you know without a doubt that vital change took place?

I believe, as the Bible says, that the defining moment you become a follower of Christ is the moment you obey the Way of Salvation and are baptized to rise and to walk in a newness of life.  For me, that was on Sunday, June 3, 1990, when I was 12 years old.


 
2.  Just as 2 Corinthians 5:17 begins with "therefore", so does Romans 8:1.  Read Romans 7:21-15 for a bit of background.  Then consider each word and phrase in Romans 8:1, noting what it reveals about this foundational truth for believers and how that truth encourages you.

Therefore:  taking into account that I do what I shouldn't and don't do what I should
there is now:  before there wasn't, but now there is
no condemnation:  no holding against me my sins
for those who are in Christ Jesus:  because I have had my sins washed away and am in Christ Jesus

This encourages me because I can know (even though I sometimes don't feel like it) that I am no longer going to be held accountable for my sins.  Jesus paid it all on the Cross of Calvary.


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Liz's Tip #2 for Memorizing Scripture:

Memorize the reference, then the verse, and then repeat the reference.

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It is my greatest desire that you truly take the time to write 2 Corinthians 5:17 on your heart this week.

I hope you will answer the study questions on your blog and leave a link in the comments.  If you don't have a blog, please feel free to leave any answers or questions in the comments.

 
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Linking to:

Sunday:
 Spiritual Sunday and Counting My Blessings , Faith And Friendship , Grace And Truth , Dance with Jesus, Sunday Stillness, Give Me Grace .
Monday:
Art of Homemaking, Make Your Home SingGood Morning Monday, What Joy is Mine
Tuesday:
Totally Terrific TuesdayTitus 2sdays, Unite, Share Your Stuff, Treasure Box, Do Tell Tuesday and Titus 2 Tuesday, Hearth and SoulA Spirit of Simplicity,  Tuesdays with a Twist  , Inspire Me , Tuesday Talk.
Wednesday:
Coffee and Conversation, Ladies Collective,   Party in Your PJs,  Works or Me, Wake-Up Wednesday and  Women with IntentionPeaches and Salt, Raising Homemakers, Wise Woman
Thursday:
Share Your Cup;  Grandma IdeasLiteracy Musings and Saturday Situation, Booknificent. Party at My Place , Saturday Review of Book , Book Nook, Hearts for Home




Book Review ~ Now by Sarah Coller ~ 1/12/17

 
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Blurb:
 
 Do you have big goals that seem impossible? Are you ready to step out into fulfilling your dreams but everything seems so overwhelming? In Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life, Sarah Coller shares practical steps for living a fulfilling life, no matter your life circumstances. This simple devotional offers readers a place to journal thoughts and prayers and is excellent for both individual and small group study.    

My Thoughts:
 
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
And my honest opinion is:
 
I want more!
 
This was such a great little devotional for helping to set goals and act on them.  (Something I really need help with even though I am getting better, I think!)
 
As it progresses, the book helps to define your goals, set time apart for your goals, and chips away at them until your goals are a reality.
 
The study question were thought provoking and very applicable.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the author a bit through her own life stories and experiences.
 
I look forward to reading more from this author :)
 
 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday ~ 1/11/17

 
My inspiration:
 
Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
 
Proverbs 16:3

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After last week's gain, I'm so excited this week to be able to show you a happy picture!

It turns out that the receptionist forgot to give me my 5% Charm a few weeks ago.  (That means that I've lost 5% of my starting weight!)  After someone else in the group got theirs, I made sure to ask about mine.  Here it is:


I was also happy to have lost 1.6 pounds at the weigh-in.  That means I only have 0.2 lbs to lose and I'm back where I was before Christmas week.  (Remember the peanut butter fudge?  ugghhhh!!!)

At this week's meeting, we received all the new brochures for the year.  Our fearless leader, Dorothy, spent most of the time going over the booklets so not much new this week.

Just a new determination to make this year great!

I could feel the energy and expectation in the room for what is to come in 2017.

I really can't tell you how much I enjoy attending the weekly meeting even if it means getting up at 6:30am every Saturday morning to get there early for weigh-in.

My next goal is to hit the -20 lbs mark.  Only 3.6 lbs to go!


My week's stats:

Weigh-in:  -1.6 lbs.  Total:  -16.4 lbs.

Exercise:  I started the week of well until I got the crud.  I was so sick and it was hard to breath so no more exercise for me that week.

Tracking:  I did better with my tracking and even though I wasn't getting the exercise in, I was trying really hard to stay within my points.  I was so craving junk, but I prevailed for the most part and it showed up at my weigh-in :)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Family Time ~ Making Mimi's Peanut Butter Pie ~ 1/10/17

 
 
It all started one day over Christmas Break.
 
The hubby was on a mission to find his mother's (Mimi) Peanut Butter Pie recipe.  After searching through all her old recipes, it was finally found in all its hand-written glory!  Don't you just love old recipes that show character and love? 
 
 

This was the weekend that we finally had all the ingredients and the time was set apart to make:  Mimi's Peanut Butter Pie.

First, though, everyone had to have their apron on!  Even if the hubby was a bit unwilling at first...  He's a good sport :)



I stood back and watched them interpret the recipe and mix the ingredients.  It was a special time of remembering Mimi.


My girls could not be any different, could they?  Kaylee's apron is Sugar Skulls and Laken's is Hello Kitty!  Look at that cheesy smile on Laken's face.  She LOVES baking and spending time with her sister is always a plus.


And....The final product!  A very delicious Peanut Butter Pie in a Graham Cracker Crust.


Mimi's Peanut Butter Pie

1/3 cup peanut butter
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup 10X sugar (Powdered Sugar)

Mix together.

Add 8 oz Cool Whip

Mix Again.

Put in Pie Shell / Graham Cracker crust preferred.

Chill for 1 hour.


Do you have any recipes that have been passed down in your family?  I'd love to hear about them!


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