Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Ranch Potatoes & Link up!

 Hello friends and welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm sharing a delicious side dish that is a favorite around here for 3 reasons:
-super healthy, low calorie
-crazy delicious
-it's in the oven in minutes and I usually have all the ingredients on hand

Around this time we typically always have new potatoes on hand.  From either stocking up at the produce stand or from family and friends gardens (thanks dad!!)  we eat them all the time this time of year.  We recently discovered this dish and cannot get enough of them, hope you all love them too!  

Here's what you'll need:
10-15 red potatoes (depending on size)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 packed of ranch dressing mix

After washing potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces.  No preciseness required here, but aim for them to be about the same size so they all cook pretty evenly.

Next pour in the olive oil and toss to coat, then sprinkle on the dressing packet and stir to coat with that as well.  

Then pour on a greased baking sheet.

Bake these at 425 for 25-30 minutes.

 Now on to the party!  Just a side note-last week was a tad hectic as I was teaching Vacation Bible School at church, so the links from last week haven't been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest Board yet.  But, they will all get pinned very soon as I play catch up this week!  Thanks for your patience!  Last week's features are...




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top 10: Christmas in July


I love Christmas in July.  I love the sales.  I love the shows/movies.  I love the ideas that I can get started on now and have created by Christmas time!  The very odd cool front that blew threw the other night is only encouraging my love for it.  It's beautiful around here right now instead of the stifling heat that is usually happening this time of year.  So today I've gathered 10 of my favorite Christmas decor ideas, most of which I am hoping to get started on soon to have ready for Christmas this year!  Merry Christmas in July friends!!!!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Link Party!

Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday friends, I'm so glad you're here!  This week is a super busy one for me so sadly I don't have a recipe to share today.  However, I can't wait to see what you've brought to share, so please link up!
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A Runner who Doesn't Run

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

I'm not a runner.  I've always wanted to be one.  Just once I'd like to say, hey babe...going for a run.  Sounds so cool. But every time I try (which isn't often) I have this whole can't breathe feeling and freak out and stop and slow down to a crawl.  Saying, hey babe...going for a crawl...just doesn't have the same cool-ness effect.  So I typically don't do that either.  (Just keepin it real.)

But the truth is I've been called to run.  Run hard.  Not in the athletic sense necessarily, but in the Christian walk.  This call on my life changes everything for me.  It reminds me it's not how you start the race, it's how you finish.

So it's not how you begin the marriage, it's how you finish.
It's not how you begin the job, it's how you finish.
It's not how you begin the day, it's how you finish.
Because ultimately, Jesus didn't die on the cross for me to simply begin this race well-but to finish it well.  
Run.  Not sit on the sidelines and commenting on other runners.  We've got a whole world of spectators.

When we don't run well the world will notice.  The world is watching us, wondering if our Jesus is real and if He really makes a difference.  When we don't run well the world won't be impressed with our Savior-that's huge to me.  Because my Jesus is very real, and He really does make a difference.

It goes without saying though, that running the Christian walk is hard.  Ultimately the only way it will happen is when I get out of the way and let Christ in me, the hope of glory, work through me.  
All grace.  
After all, it was a work of grace that put me on this course to begin with, and that is how I will remain on the course as well. 
And by grace alone we can finish it well.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Gospel of Grace


“Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (see Revelation 7:9), I shall see the prostitute from the Kit-Kat Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, who tearfully told me that she could find no other employment to support her two-year-old son. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions; the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love; the sexually abused teen molested by his father and now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last 'trick', whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school.

'But how?' we ask.

Then the voice says, 'They have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.'

There they are. There *we* are - the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life's tribulations, but through it all clung to faith. 

My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.” 
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