Modesty

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My family has the conviction of being modest and wearing skirts. A lot of people think we condemn if you do otherwise, but this isn’t the case. We know what God tells us isn’t for everyone.

Anyways, I was on Pinterest and saw this video. 14 young guys perspective on modesty put into song. It’s fun, but true. Enjoy.

I was on another website the other day and found this video as well. This one is part of a sermon by C. J. Mahaney. He took college guys testimonies and read them to the crowd. Its very powerful. I think every girl needs to watch this video.

Bethany

 

Glory

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On our way to church the other night, we saw a beautiful sunset. The sunburst behind the few scattered rain clouds was great. As we passed it I wished I had my camera. But then I reminded myself, I have my on-hand Lumix DMC-TS25. Although it isn’t the camera of choice, it is my rough and tough camera that is always with me. And to make the most of what I had, this is what I got. They aren’t of the greatest quality but I think that anytime you can capture God’s creation at its height, it’s absolutely stunning.P1000559

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Longest word ever

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – (so͞opərˌkaləˌfrajəˌlistikˌekspēˌaləˈdōSHəs)

At 34 letters long it is the longest word, at least, I’ve ever seen. Meaning, extremely wonderful this word is not to often heard.

And since we’re on the subject. I know if something that is really supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Introducing. The best. Gooey, chewy, warm, soft chocolate chip cookies!

   Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2-1/4 cups plain flour, measured correctly

1 tsp. baking soda

1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

Toss together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft. Fold in the chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to have them evenly dispersed among the dough. Cover the dough and chill for 2 hours, or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.

Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll the dough into balls, about 3 Tablespoons of dough each. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will allow the balls to stay intact. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide. to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick.      P1000546

Put 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips on top of the dough balls fore looks, if desired. P1000549

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and under-baked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Let them stand on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes. Remove and let cool. P1000550

Next, get a glass of milk and enjoy your supercalifragilisticexpialidocious cookies! P1000552

For just a simple tip. Make sure you melt the butter. If not, they come out more spongy and not as soft. Enjoy!

God’s Everest

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Lord sometimes I feel the weight of every trial
So I count the cost and trust you as Your child
I saw your crown of thorns and how You gladly wore it
Every cross I bear I’m stronger for it

Make me blind – That I might see.

Make me lame that I might praise you from my knees.

Let me hunger, Let me thirst – until your word is all I need.

‘Cause when I’m weak, I’m stronger for it.

Lord when the way gets hard You show me how
To follow Your footsteps and cast away my doubt
I saw Your temptation and how You stood before it
And I’m tempted too, but I’m stronger for it.

So many times when we go through a hard trial, and we feel like giving up, God says give your burden to me. We think we are strong enough to handle it, but in reality we are a weakling to the hardship. We want to show God that we can do it ourselves, when all the time He sees us failing and all He wants to do is help. We are trying to climb HIS Everest in our strength. And we are proven time and again that we can’t. If we want to make it to the top, we are going to have to ask for His help. He has the strength and the know-how to get us through these trials (to the top of His Everest). He’ll get us through the mudslides of compromise. He’ll take us over the rocks of rebellion. And He’ll take us through the storms of self-will.

Let Him help you. Better yet, humble yourself and let Him carry you. Give up everything you have and don’t take it back. He can handle the trek with you in His arms. That is what He is there for. He is our Father and He wants to help us make it to the top of His Everest.

Bethany

Taken from: “When God Writes Your Life Story” by Eric and Leslie Ludy

                       Otto Koning’s message ‘the Pineapple Story’

                       the songs ‘Stronger For It’

             and ‘Peace, When I Leave it in Your Hands’ by Legacy Five

Not Just Southern Fun

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Most times when you see a tire swing, a lot of people would think, southern, country or backwoods. But for the truth, I’ve seen that tire swings are not just for the hillbillies, or people who don’t have a regular swing; they can be anywhere. tireWe had one when I was about 8 years old. But that one got wore out and broke when one of my older siblings got on it. So then about 2 years ago we put up another one. This one didn’t get used too much though. When children came over for cookouts, or we had parties then it got used. But now, it just hangs there. tire 2When I went to the Journey to the Heart in March there was loads of snow. But outside my cabin there was a tire swing. The one above. I loved the look of the picture and made sure I got it before I left. Usually there is a lake behind it, but it was covered in snow; so you can’t see it.

Anyways, tire swings are sometimes used like we use God. When we don’t have anything else to do, we’ll go swing. Just like when we don’t have anything to do, ‘well I could read my Bible‘. Instead we should want to read our Bible and please the LORD. Another way to look at it is this; That old tire swing is good and so much fun when we’re little. But when we’re older we feel like that’s a child’s play. Much of the time, we like church when we’re little. We don’t mind telling people we’re Christians. But when we get older, its not cool to let people know that you go to church, or its embarrassing to witness. In reality, the world is dying. It doesn’t matter if its cool or embarrassing if your friend is drowning you’d throw them a life saver before you would walk away.

So, get out there and throw the life saver to a dying sinner.

Bethany

 

A Scare This Evening

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This past Monday, Amy and I tore down the chicken pen in the back yard. While we were out there, we seen two snakes. One was a black snake (harmless) and the other was a rat snake (also harmless). I killed the rat snake because I didn’t know what it was until I got close. So we’ve been on the lookout for snakes all week. We are kind of paranoid I guess you could say.

I’ll tell you this, our dogs are always barking. They bark at frogs, cars pulling up the driveway, a butterfly. So they bark a lot. They actually found the rat snake for us. =)

Well, this evening about 6:30 King, our yellow lab, started barking. And that made Boss, our mini dachshund start barking inside. Amy went outside to see what he was barking at, thinking it was probably a frog, neighbor pulling up the driveway, or the dreaded…. a snake. When she went around the side of the house, she saw this…..IMG_0002A coiled and rattling, rattlesnake. Of course she ran inside to tell Mama, who then ran outside to see how big it was. When she seen the size she knew it wouldn’t die with a 22 bullet. So, she called my brother who lives 6 miles down the road. He came flying in the driveway and pulled out his  20 gauge rifle. When he seen the snake it even gave him chills.

Needless to say, Ryan was a hero to the household this evening. The snake has 13 buttons on his rattle and is 48 inches long. (We measured after he was dead) We just hope that there aren’t any more close. We know there are more, but we are praying we will see them before they see, or get, us.

Y’all have a good night, and be thankful for the dogs that stay outside. =)

Bethany

Ray Comfort

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In SOBE, they send you two books that you have to read; the first one I read is ‘Out of the Comfort Zone’. It’s an autobiography of Ray Comfort’s life and ministry.

The book starts out in New Zealand where Comfort was born and raised. How he got saved and what he felt the LORD was wanting him to do. A big thing he felt God leading him to do, was to get a big bus, hollow out the inside and put rows of benches on the sides. Then on the outside, he wanted to put scriptures all over it. It would be a moving witness. Then they would bring people inside and give them the gospel and all sorts of literature to start them on their journey with Christ. The only problem was, he didn’t have a bus, and he didn’t have the money for a bus. So Comfort began to pray about it. Before he knew it, God gave him a bus; a big bus, for only $600.

Ray Comfort moved his ministry to the U.S. when he was offered a job in a church in CA. He didn’t know if he should move that far, or if God was in it. He asked God to make it clear if he was to move. All sorts of confirmations started coming. One was that neither sets of parents (his or his in-laws) were mad, and they actually had been given peace that their children and grandchildren would be leaving, even before Comfort told them. One other big thing that happened, was he lost his position were he was working at there. So it was definitely God’s hand that moved him overseas.

I really enjoyed reading about Ray Comfort and really seeing what circumstances brought him to the place where he’s at right now. All the events he has gone through to make him have a passion to reach the lost. The stories of near death experiences, and charity work. Along with family trials and ministry mishaps.

Ray Comfort keeps your attention and you will not want to put his book down. Now that I have read the background of his life, it makes me see that what he’s doing is for a greater cause and it encourages me to do more. 

What are you doing to spread the gospel?

Bethany