20.8.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44-45
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19.8.16

Instant Pot Giveaway!

Join the free slow cooker challenge and enter the Instant Pot giveaway!


Instant Pots are very popular right now, and they are far different from my Granny's pressure cooker. My aunt shared recipes that she made in hers...from gourmet dinners to cheesecake and toppings of lemon curd and homemade caramel. An Instant Pot was on my wish list for six months. I recently got one too, and it is so much faster using it to cook! Yesterday we used ours to cook the most tender spaghetti squash. Using it has completely changed how I boil eggs and make homemade chicken broth. Have you tried cooking with one yet?

My friend Amy is starting a 31 Day Slow Cooker Challenge and to celebrate we are giving away an Instant Pot! Instant Pots (affiliate link) are amazing because you can use them as a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a warmer, a yogurt maker, and more!
Slow Cooking is a fabulous way to handle the Back-To-School mayhem and it just makes life easier.
If you’d like to win the Instapot and get started using your slow cooker more, use the entry form below.
Winners must be 18 years old or older and a resident of the United States.

13.8.16

In the Eye of the Storm



Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

     Did you see my picture on Instagram when we let the baby ducks swim in our pond for the first time? Those two trees were still on dry land last week! The water is rising. 

     They are now calling it the 500 year flood. Our little hometown made the national news before I realized just how severe the storm was (and is). When you look at an overhead view, it now looks like we are on an island. We are surrounded by water and road closures, and rain is still falling. Every few hours the alerts start buzzing on our cell phones sharing about the dangerous flash floods. Very close to home and around us in every direction but north, roads are eroding, homes are filling with water, tragedy is terrifying. But evident also, rescues are happening. Miracles are happening. Please continue to pray for everyone affected by this unbelievable flood. If you haven't seen it in the news, this video is shocking. It's tragic and sad, but there is always hope. I had a different verse in mind originally, but with so many evacuating, this one seemed especially fitting. 

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7.8.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.  I Chronicles 29:11 

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4.8.16

Save Money Making Family Memories with Groupon

 This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

There is a place my that daughters and I discovered years ago that has become a special family tradition. Our love of sharing tea together started with my mom, and finding special places for teatime is something my girls enjoy doing with us. 

I just found a High Tea special at our favorite tea shop with Groupon Goods! Doesn't this look scrumptious?



One of my daughters has been asking when we can go back to The English Tea Room, and I can't wait to surprise her. It's guaranteed to be an enjoyable afternoon. This picture was taken at this very same place over eight years ago! 



As I browsed the offers in our area, so many looked like places our family would enjoy. Fruity sorbet, gourmet meals, and much more were offered for a fraction of their regular price. Groupon offers include much more than food, too. I even found specials for making photo books, so we can look back on our memorable outings again and again.

Have you discovered a great special on Groupon?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Groupon. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
Jennifer

23.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

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16.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Establish my footsteps in thy Word;  And let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man: So will I observe thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant;  and teach me thy statutes.  Psalm 119:133-135 
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9.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Philippians 2:13-16


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2.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19

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1.7.16

Five on Friday on the Farm

Sometimes it's nice to just reflect on the good things. Last week, joining our church youth for camp was amazing and wonderful. This week, we've been home for more hours than possibly any other week this entire year, and it's been pretty wonderful, too.

  • My dad taught me how to drive a tractor! I even pushed down a dead tree! 
  • Blueberries are ripe, and we've been enjoying all kinds of treats with them.
Just in case you'd like to try them, here is the link to a new recipe I tried. This low sugar blueberry jam is a hit. It was easy and fast and tasted good. I made another batch with peaches, too. 


  • A dear friend visited, and God used her to remind me what a sweet gift it is just to sit and talk. 
  • The loggers have arrived. They started bringing equipment in yesterday and started clearing some of the trees in what will be their main path to the back of the farm. It's going to look a lot different soon. 
  • I'm a slow reader when I try Bible reading plans, and that's okay. I'm enjoying reading the gospels. 
So there's a tiny glimpse of my very full week at home. What have you been up to? 

Jennifer


25.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Jesus said to the followers, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 

     We were privileged to spend the past week with the youth of our church including all three of our own kids at Go Tell camp. If you follow my Instagram feed you can see a few of the highlights. It was an amazing week. I don't brag on my husband enough. He was one of our bus drivers, and I'm so thankful for his endurance. So much was covered this week; I'll be studying my notes for a while. The emphasis at the end of the week was on sharing about Jesus. Do you know Him? Do you know that He knew you before you were born? Do you know He loves you so much He died for you? But He's not dead any more! He rose from the dead and has given us the most precious gift of eternal life with Him if we believe in Him. That's the Good News! Turning away from sin, confessing, repenting, and choosing to live for Him means a changed life. We were challenged this week to go tell. On our way home, the rental van broke down. Half of us ended up staying in a hotel, and I watched our youth boldly go tell everyone they saw in the hotel lobby about Jesus until we went to our rooms to bed. They walked up to strangers and shared the love of Jesus, and I was reminded of the verses about childlike faith. One person said no. But others listened. One man told them he was a preacher. One mom walking in with her two daughters had her Bible in her hand. Jesus' parable about seeds was shared this week. God softens hearts. But He asks us to share. More seeds have been planted. I'm praying that they grow. 

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18.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

     We are packing for youth camp. My aunt helped me sew laundry bags and explained the difference in one cord and two for the drawstring. I know it's not quite the same, but it reminded me of this verse.

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17.6.16

Welcoming Parents, Babies, and Toddlers

Many thanks to Gerber Good Start for sponsoring today’s story and making it easy to eat healthy on the go!

Years ago, when my oldest child was still just a baby, we visited a theater in Missouri that was famous for its bathrooms. My husband confirmed reports that the men's restroom even had a pool table. The ladies room was filled with stained glass, fresh flowers, and trays of perfume to use, but as a new mom, the thing that really impressed me was the fully stocked baby changing area. The padded changing table was filled with baskets stocked with everything a mom and baby might need away from home. Diapers in every size, wipes, and even snacks for toddlers are just some of the things I remember being there. In the theater, children were welcomed too, and booster seats were provided for those too small to see over the people sitting in front of them. The show was loud with big effects and bright lighting, and before the night was over I ended up taking my baby to the nursing room. I could still see and hear the show there as I rocked my sweet girl to sleep in the dim room and controlled the volume of the speakers. I remember feeling, even with my tired girl at the end of a long vacation day, that people there anticipated our needs long before we arrived. They wanted us there!



Because of that experience, my husband and I were inspired to make small changes in our church nursery. Even before we were married, we were both involved in our church, and we taught the 3-5 year old class for years, even before we had children of our own. Looking at familiar things from a parents viewpoint can change though, once you have children, and it did for us. We did obvious things before like cleaning the toys, but that parent friendly bathroom led us to discuss changes in our church nursery with friends. We started small. Parents donated diapers and wipes from their own homes, then we ended up purchasing more sizes as they were used. Lately we've been helping out with that age group again and have noticed that some of the same changes could be beneficial in our current church nursery. Gerber Lil' Beanies are a perfect snack option to provide. Both the Original and White Cheddar and Broccoli flavors are wholesome choices with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.



Self-feeding No-Mess Snacking Options: Lil’ Beanies(TM) allows for toddlers to feed themselves with minimal mess which makes snacking a happy experience for everyone. 

Made from the goodness of navy beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. Also, Lil’ Beanies(TM) is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, naturally flavored and has a taste toddlers love! 


We found Gerber Lil' Beanies (TM) at our local Kroger right by other Gerber Lil' treats. 




Have you been welcomed like that in a way that just makes you feel right away that you belong there? How have you been shown extra special hospitality? Was it a thoughtful snack like Gerber’s new baked snack made with beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) or a kind gesture? 



Jennifer

12.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


The birds of the air build nests by the waters. They sing among the branches. 
Psalm 104:12

     This sweet half grown bird perched on my husband's truck this afternoon. Have I mentioned how many cats we have on the farm? My daughter watched it fly away and noticed a full grown bird in the branches nearby, apparently watching out for it. Isn't it beautiful to see God's love reflected in His creation? 

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