Sunday, November 23, 2008

Love This Passage!

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (The Message)
17-19Tell those rich in this world's wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they'll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.

Catching up on messages and heard this verse today.What a message!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chicken Salad and God's Guidance

That may be the most random title ever, but it has meaning. I promise.
To start, Ryan and I are at a point in our lives that we feel like we need nothing but to pray for God's will. So many new opportunities continue to arise and moments that make you stop and think about what God's purpose really is for us on this earth. We have really just been putting our faith in Christ that He will show us the way in all areas of our life. Through education, money, friendships, and opportunities we pray that we always choose the road paved for us. It is not always clear and evident at times when you feel like you need direction. Sometimes God's timing isn't always ours, but God doesn't work around our busy schedules. He knows what we need when we need it and it is then that He provides. I cannot be thankful enough that I have a God who is bigger than money, bigger than everyday trials and temptations, and bigger than life itself. My hope is that you always seek His will.
On another note....
I have been on a chicken salad kick the last few months because my mom and I LOVE Camille's Chicken Salad. Unfortunately there isn't one in Owasso anymore so any opportunity we have to eat there we take it. There is nothing better than a chicken salad sandwich and a strawberry mango smoothie. Delish. Ok, so anyway I made chicken salad for Fifth grade lunch this week and I was pretty impressed. It was a mixture of two recipes, which turned out pretty well! So I thought I would share:
1/3 c. mayo
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. crushed black pepper
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. dill
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. sour cream
3 c. diced, cooked chicken breast mean
1 c. grapes (I cut each grape in half)
1 c. diced Swiss cheese
To prepare:
In a medium sized bowl mix mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, parsley, dill, lemon juice, and sour cream. Once the ingredients are mixed add the chicken, Swiss cheese and grapes. Chill until serving.
Side note: This is delicious served on croissants.
Wishes of a blessed evening,

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Where Do I Begin?

It has been a crazy fall season! With football games, school, trainings, family, and a husband and two dogs I feel like it may never stop. But I couldn't ask for more right now. Each day is a new challenge, a new opportunity, a new start! I am in constant amazement of the way God continues to bless and work in our lives. Each day I grow more in His grace and He continues to create more opportunities. Since it is almost Thanksgiving I decided to create the ABC's of things I am thankful for. So here goes...
A-Amigos aka friends! They make life fun and entertaining!
B-Beautiful creation
C-Calm, relaxing chill time
D-Dates with my husband
E-Eternity that I get to live for instead of the mortal things of this world.
F-FAMILY! I just can't fathom life without the five people I call my immediately family, my married family and my extended family.
G-God's Great Grace
H-Hot Caramel Apple Cider on chili days!
I-Ice Cold Water
J-Jesus Christ, The giver of life!
K-Kids! They keep my life entertaining and challenging!
L-LOVE! We wouldn't be here without the greatest love of all and I can't imagine a life without love.
M-Marley & Rylee Ann My two "babies" aka mutts!
N-Never ending relationships
O-Oklahoma State University and the amazing opportunities it has given my husband and I!
P-Powerful Leaders-Those who stand up for what is right in our world. We need more of them!
Q-Quiet times with God.
R-Running and friends who encourage me to run relays!
S-Sunny days!
T-Teaching! I can't imagine doing anything else!
U-Uniqueness We each our own,what would the world be like if we were all the same?
V-Vacations for a much needed break!
W-Work! God blessed me with an amazing job, working with amazing people!
Y-YOU! I love each and every one of God's creation and I know He has a perfect plan for each of you!
Z-Zero homework assignments, only ones to grade!
I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving. Remember to give thanks for all that you have.
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson