What Does Home Feel Like?

What is that ultimate feeling you get when you finally get home after a long day? What is it that you long for when you're away?

Is it...

* seeing the lights as you pull into the driveway?

* your favorite plants, trees and landscaping outside the house?

* an entryway that welcomes you in?

* Scripture hanging on the walls?

* pictures and mementos of your family?

* piles of pillows and baskets of blankets?

* the aroma of dinner coming from the kitchen?

* the sound of loved ones' voices?

* prayers to end the day and looking forward to tomorrow?

Everyone has personal reasons they love their home and can't wait to be there. What are yours?

Words For Wednesday


Leftover Candy Brownies

Brownies are pretty great by themselves, but load them up with candy bits and you can take them to a whole other level.

If you have leftover candy from a party, fall festival or Christmas celebration, chop them up and add them in. It doesn't change the baking time, so get creative and make your one-of-a-kind dessert.

Follow the directions on a box of brownie mix, then add in at least 1 cup of chopped candy. Pour the mixture into a lightly sprayed baking dish and smooth it out.

Now sprinkle a few candies across the top and you're ready to bake. Follow the box directions for this part, too.

Serve warm - ice cream is a necessity, not an option.

Is Your Heart Thankful Today?

Yesterday was an exciting day as Danny and I began teaching the upper-elementary Sunday school class. We had so much fun cleaning up the room and getting the first of our decorations up, including this fun Thanksgiving-themed door.

While our odd-looking turkey is adorable, we wanted the message to be powerful. We've been entrusted with the hearts and minds of young children, and we want to fill them with thanksgiving to the Lord every time they walk in the room. Whatever is happening around them, they need to know that God is worthy of praise in all things.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

A simple verse, yet Paul gives us a profound message. In every thing, this thing you're in right now and the thing you'll be in later, give thanks.

Please pray for us as we follow God's leading and direction with these children. We want to see them grow in the Lord, bring their friends to hear the gospel and …

On This Veterans Day Weekend


Fall For All Your Senses

Stop whatever you're doing and think about fall for a minute. Here in early November, we often skip over autumn and Thanksgiving to go straight to Christmas. Don't do it. Don't even think about it for the next few minutes. Instead, think about how to experience fall with all your senses.

 With your eyes: * The changing colors * Animals storing their winter food * The lights inside as it gets dark earlier * The sunshine on the leaves

With your ears: * The crunch of the ground underfoot * Leaves blowing across the yard * Wind in the trees * Owls hooting at night * Coyotes in the distance

With your nose: * Cinnamon and sugar * A late-night bonfire * Cookies in the oven * Hot apple cider * Pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup

With your mouth: * Warm cookies * Cranberry sauce * Turkey right out of the oven * Your favorite potatoes * Pie in every flavor

With your fingers: * Dry leaves that crumble * Prickly straw bales * The skin of a pumpkin * Scratchy burlap

Sausage And Egg Breakfast Casserole

At our annual teen girls' Bible study sleepover, we made a yummy breakfast casserole that got them all ready for the day's devotion. It's so easy to put together, and it's super filling. We added a side dish of fresh pineapple and ate until we could eat no more.

2 1-pound packages of ground sausage
1 32-ounce bag of frozen hash browns
2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
8 eggs
2 cups milk (I used almond milk)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Brown sausage in a large skillet. Move from skillet to large bowl, leaving the fat and juices in the skillet.

3. Pour hash browns into skillet and cook until browned and the juices are gone.

4. Line the bottom of the baking dish with hash browns, then layer the sausage and cheese on top.

5. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over top of mixture in the baking dish.

6. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.