Through The Bible In A Year - Starting The New Testament

If you’ve been following the Read Through the Bible in a Year schedule on the left side of your screen, you know that yesterday was the last day of the Old Testament. I pray that the journaling prompts you’ve been given have made you think, check your heart and draw closer to the Lord. There’s nothing that would make me happier than knowing you’ve changed because of God’s word.
Today begins the New Testament, and like I tell our elementary Sunday school class, the gospel is what the entire Bible points us to. Nothing compares to the story of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection. It’s the essence of who God is, what He sent His Son to earth to do for His people. These words are literally life changing.
In the very first reading, we find so many stones of our Christian foundation:
the genealogy of Jesus Christ,the birth of our Savior,the arrival of the wise men,Herod’s conspiracy and slaughter,the ministry of John the Baptist,Jesus’ baptism,Satan’s failed temptations,the ca…

Puppy Personality Oozing Out All Over

Sometimes you can't tell exactly what a dog is thinking, so today I'm going to translate some of the faces and actions of our puppies' personalities.

Callie, while she often sits a little awkwardly, is usually a little princess. It's her way or the highway.

This is her "I'm not sure what you're doing, and I'm prepared to make funny noises like a Wookie" face. She always gives us a little warning like this before she breaks out in song.

This is how Diesel looks at Callie right before he charges at her. Off camera she's in a play bow, wagging her whole back end. He's more than happy to comply.

Molly's a pretty easy read. She's staring at me while I'm making their dinner, encouraging me to hurry in her very subtle way. I love her company, but I could do with a little less staring.  

And my little mama's boy wants his cuddle time every evening. He has such a soft heart, and that shines all over his sweet face. Maybe they aren&…

On My Bookshelf This Week

For some reason, it's been difficult for me to find a lot of extra time to read lately. Busyness in other areas of my life has made me feel like reading is a luxury, which has probably hurt my heart more than I know.

So a few days ago I decided to correct this problem by pulling out a handful of books and diving right in. They cover four different topics, and I've already finished two of them. Here's what I've been reading:

* Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers. Our upper elementary school Sunday School class has just started the New Testament in its study through the Bible book by book. Originally published in 1960, this book covers Matthew 5-7 in great detail, which is perfect timing for our study. Chambers used amazing alliteration (see what I did there?) to show the connections between God's character and our conduct as believers. If you want to see Jesus' sermon in a different light, you'll love this book.

* How to Read a Graveyard b…

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Our Three Bucks

This fall on the Carrell Wildlife Preserve, we have so many deer that they're difficult to keep track of. There are several does, including those that have almost-grown fawns with them. But my favorites by far are our three bucks.

The bucks are like those high school boys that always go everywhere together. They're usually up pretty early in the morning, and they go looking for their supper at about the same time we do.

Our guys are still fairly young, so we're excited to see them mature and choose their does. Then, come the spring, they'll fill the preserve with fawns! And that's something we always look forward to.

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This amazing recipe is one of the cookies I sold at our garage sale/bake sale a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I held a couple of plates of cookies back because I knew they would sell quickly.

Whenever a recipe calls for cinnamon, I always double the amount. It's one of my favorite spices, and I want there to be no doubt that it's there. If you like less of a punch, just decrease the amount you add to your cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

4 oz bar white baking chocolate
1 tsp honey
almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Add egg yolks, honey and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar.

4. With mixer speed on …

Happy National Dessert Day!

Make today, National Dessert Day, special by serving some of your favorite treats at every meal!

So what are your go-to desserts? Do you serve something different when you have company? Does your family have certain sweet treats they request time after time?

Enjoy your National Dessert Day celebration!