Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Weekend Of Surrender

It's difficult to surrender when you have your heart set.

The weather in Iowa in February makes planning things a little challenging at times. Wednesday's snowfall canceled church services, for example, despite how much we wanted to attend.

I then had a choice: be upset and cranky because I couldn't do what I wanted or enjoy being snowed in with my husband and experience the beauty of an Iowa winter's evening.

I chose the latter.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

Paul wrote this letter to the church at Rome, reminding them that they weren't allowed to sin simply because they were no longer under the law but under grace. Instead, he said, they had the choice to surrender themselves completely to the Lord and be obedient in all things or turn back to their fleshly acts. They had a choice to make.

Make this a weekend of surrender. When you feel the pricks of pride and flesh and self in your heart, turn them over to God and surrender all that you are to His will. Only when we yield to the Lord do we find the peace of abiding in His perfect will.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buttermilk Pie

For some reason, there are certain recipes that intimidate me - not because I've read the steps and don't know what I'm doing, but just because the name sounds daunting.

That's how I felt when I first heard about buttermilk pie. It's a southern staple and very much like the custard pie that's been made in my family for ages, just with a little different texture.

I've been challenging myself to break out of the cooking box and learn some different techniques and dishes. Hence ... the buttermilk pie.

1 9-inch refrigerated pie crust, at room temperature
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 heaping tablespoons of flour
3 eggs
1 cup of buttermilk (the smallest container)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Ground nutmeg

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a glass pie pan with nonstick spray and unfold pie crust into it.

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. It will become smooth and fluffy. I usually use a large slotted spoon for this part.

3. Add the flour and eggs, mixing well.

4. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla.

5. Pour into the pie crust. Cover the top with nutmeg.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes. A toothpick in the middle will come out clean.

7. Remove from the oven and allow at least an hour to cool before serving.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Candy Nugget Bible Craft

If you're looking for a fun, easy craft for a Bible school or ladies meeting, start with this lovely little Bible. You can change the words to fit your theme, and it goes together in just minutes.

It's made from two nugget candies, two pieces of scrap paper and a tiny piece of ribbon. They can all be cut ahead of time, too, if you'd like.

My background piece of black card stock measures 2x1.5 inches. I taped the candies together with double stick tape and used the same tape to adhere the ribbon to the middle of the paper.

The white paper is the width of the candies and the same length as the black paper. This allows it to fold in the middle and wrap over the tops of the round candy. I secured it with double stick tape and then tacked down the ribbon with a permanent glue pen.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My Spiritual To-Do List

If you know me at all, or have spent any time reading here, you know how much I love lists. I even have lists of my lists, if we're being honest. And now that I'm working from home full time, my lists have become even more important.

But all of the errands and chores of the day don't stack up to my spiritual needs in comparison. If my relationship with God isn't on solid ground, no amount of planning and list making will make things right.

If I was going to make a spiritual to-do list, it would look like this, for starters:

Pray - Matthew 6:6
Study - Acts 17:11
Meditate - Psalm 1:2
Guard your heart - Proverbs 4:23
Run with purpose - 1 Corinthians 9:26
Praise God - Psalm 61:8
Quiet time - Psalm 46:10
Love one another - 1 Peter 1:22
Work hard - Colossians 3:23
Be glad - Psalm 118:24
Tell the truth - Proverbs 12:22
Rest - Psalm 62:5

I challenge you to come up with a spiritual to-do list of your own. Strengthening your relationship with the Lord isn't something you cross off and move on, but something you cultivate daily.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Sketch

I've made it my goal this week to use up a sizable amount of the paper that I have before I buy any more. It's a difficult challenge because of how much I love paper, but I've been able to pull some out that I forgot I had. It's kind of like Christmas in February, and it's been stirring up some creative juices - which I also forgot I had.

For this sketch, you'll need three scraps of card stock, two scraps of decorator paper and a phrase or image. That's it, so start digging!

Mat your largest scrap with a dark solid color to use as your background. Then use a smaller matted piece on the side for a secondary focal point. Your image or phrase will be smaller in the bottom and matted on another solid color.

For my card, I chose a light background pattern on a very dark solid color. Then I matted my dandelion patterned paper on a light color. For a little fun, I put three sparkling gem stones in the upper righthand corner.

Then I matted my vellum phrase and added it, overlapping the dandelions.

You can find this large magnet, along with many other cards, paper crafts and wood gifts, in our Etsy shop. Come visit us soon!