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A Week Of Scar Prevention

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I have a scar under my chin almost two inches long. During my junior year of high school, I wasn't feeling well and asked if I could go to the nurse's office. Unfortunately, I didn't make it that far. I passed out as I was trying to get the classroom door open, cracking my chin open on the glass door. It was easily one of the most embarrassing moments of my teenage years, and I have the deep scar to prove my story.
When I saw my prayer bench after a recent string of storms, I felt that it could tell some stories about scars, too. Once-smooth planks now have dents and dings all over. Even the overhanging trees couldn't keep my bench from getting pummeled by anything and everything flying through the wind.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rul…

Outside With Molly

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This is the look I get when Molly's ready to go outside. If you have a dog, or have ever had a dog, known a dog or seen a dog, you're probably familiar with this face. It's not subtle and it's easily recognizable. So outside we go.

Molly spends much of our time outside like this. If you can't see what she's doing, it's because she has her face planted in the dirt. Somewhere right under there is a mole. She can see the ground moving and hear him digging. She'll tilt her head in that cute way, listen very closely and then pound her nose into the dirt. She hasn't caught one yet, thank goodness, but there's still time.

If anything changes outside, like a few weeks ago when one of ours trees fell down, she has to investigate. If nothing has changed, she still has to investigate. If curiosity killed the cat, who knows what it would do to a Great Dane?

It's very rare to see this end of Molly when we're out for a walk. Normally she's blazin…

Five Things NOT To Waste Your Money On This Weekend

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The weekend is almost here, and I'm sure you already have your plans all laid out. Maybe you're getting out of town with the family, doing some much-needed work around the house or just catching up in errands chores. Sounds like we're all int he same boat.

But as you're out and about, think about these ways that you can NOT spend money, setting aside trivial little things so you have some extra cash. A penny saved is a penny you'll have saved up for when you need it most.

So, here are five things NOT to waste your money on this weekend.

* Fancy coffee - you know you have a bunch at home. Grab one of those 27 travel mugs you have in your kitchen cabinet and make some up before you go out.

* Trips to the thrift shop - I'm talking to myself on this one. I don't need new books, clothes or baking pans, which are what I usually go in there for. One weekend of not knowing if someone donated a book or skirt I just have to have isn't going to kill me.

* Expensi…

Cheeseburger Pizza Stuffed Pepper Rings

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Show off your favorite meatloaf recipe by serving it inside a pepper ring. This edible bowl makes adorable presentation while keeping your meat mixture contained for baking.

I've included a great meatloaf mix here, but you can always trade it out for yours. I'd love to hear what amazing combination you come up with.

Ingredients:
1 large green pepper
1 large red pepper
1 pound ground beef
Italian seasoning to taste
1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
2 Tbsp minced garlic

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice the top and bottom off each pepper and dice them. Cut the pepper itself into three rings.

3. Mix all of the ingredients, including the diced peppers, in a large bowl.

4. Divide the mixture between the six pepper rings. They'll probably be over-filled, but they'll reduce a little while cooking.

5. Bake pepper rings on a baking sheet for 40-45 minutes, until the meat is cooked through all the way. At the 40-minute mark, …

Words For Wednesday

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Motivation For Those Unfinished Projects

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While continuing with my "use up your old craft supplies before you buy new ones" deal I made with myself, I've been organizing my craft room again. This time it was with the specific purpose of finishing projects I had started but never finished. On one particular shelf, I found a plastic bag full of half-created cards, apparently stored away for a day when I would have inspiration. This week I forced myself to be creative on command and made it through the entire stack. Here are a few examples of what I did to finish them.

This was the only large journaling block I had left from a set, so I taped it to the front of a card and left it. Obviously I didn't know how to fill in the blanks with something cute.

On second inspection, I decided to use some card stock sticker words to make a list of have-to-do actions for the day. Each word is accented with a red gem. The phrase is printed from the computer.

Apparently I was using up scraps on this particular day because al…

For He Is Your Life

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I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD share unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Choose well.

How many choices would you guess you have to make in a day? A dozen? A hundred? More?

Some of them are inconsequential, like grape or strawberry jelly on your toast. Others will be for your own safety, as you avoid an accident or decide to go or not go somewhere dangerous. Many, though, can change your life forever, when you forgive someone or take your problems to God in prayer.

The choices Moses gave the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 30 were his closing advice to them before his death. N…