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Our Greatest Challenges can Become Our Greatest Asset

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I’m not really a Star Wars fan, and I know I probably lost some followers by saying that but it never has been my kind of movie. I watched the original first three and yes even the new ones. I can see a lot of lessons to be learned from them as well but I am not one of those that watch them over and over. I have waited in a very long line for the movie but that is the price a mom pays when her children/teens love the movie and they actually want to see it with their mom.

That being said I was in the kitchen cooking away, I usually like to cook with music but this time the TV was on and in the background was non other than Star Wars, Return of the Jedi.

As I cooked I over heard the familiar dialog and knew what was going to happen just by listening but as I listened to the familiar sound of Darth Vader I couldn’t help but enjoy listening to the very famous voice of James Earl Jones. I think he has the most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

I got to thinking of the interview I saw with him in, talking about how when he was a little boy he wouldn’t even talk because he had such a bad stutter problem. Barely speaking for eight long years must have been so hard for him but could you imagine if he decided to stay quiet, we would never have such a striking, recognizable voice that brings each character he portrays to life.

I find it so interesting that our biggest challenges if we choose to overcome them become our biggest asset.

I love the fact that the Bible is full of these people. God tends to take what we see as our biggest weakness and turns it into something so beautiful. When we are feeling like we can’t overcome the big challenges, that’s when God can step in and help us turn the challenge to an asset.

2 Corinthians 12:9

“But he God said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

 

 

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Making Your Bed

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The Admiral that commanded the raid that took down Bin Laden gave such a compelling speech at the College of Charleston in November. This one part “Make your bed if you want to change the world” just stuck out as such pearls of wisdom for me.

You see I have always been one of those people who took the make your bed before anything else to heart. That is the first thing I do after I get out of it, before anything else. My coffee, devotions, getting dressed always come after my bed.  As I fixed my sheets and comforter I took pleasure in making sure not a wrinkle stayed behind, my pillows fluffed perfectly, my mind thinking on the day and listening to my morning noises. I would have such a peace and satisfied feeling when the bed was done because I knew that when the day was done I would get to come home after all the chaos that might happen and it would be my happy place.

It might seem a little over the top my love of a nicely made bed and the calm it gives but when I heard the Admiral saw “Make your bed if you want to change the world” I thought I’m not the only nut alive and he’s a very smart man, He has such a point.

Some times I can get over whelmed if I think about all that I need to do. The list can go on and on but if I think about starting small, one step at a time. I don’t get so over whelmed by my the list. I have heard it’s the little things that add up but for me the light bulb went of when I heard that one part of his speech, and I think it when I wake up. It helps to keep me mindful and in the moment, to take each small task finish it then move on.

Keeping this mind-set makes all I do feel so much more joyful. I don’t mind the small things so much, it keeps me humble and gives me that spring in my step because the weight of worry isn’t on my shoulders, its given to God and I am blessed just doing a little at a time.

I will always have my list but with one small thing at a time I really can change my world and am so much happier for it.

Psalm 90:17 17

“May the favor of the LORD our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us yes, establish the work of our hands.”

 

Posted in Uplifting

Encouraging One Another

 

My grandson who loves to give hugs even at the big age of five decided to give my daughter the cold shoulder as she dropped him of at kindergarten. He woke up feeling a bit grumpy and not wanting to cooperate with her. This only left one option and that was a good talking to about behaving differently or consequences were going to happen.

As to be expected this did not go over well. So as she dropped him off she bent down and asked for a hug, he then said in a very loud voice “no” and walked to get in line. All the other kids in his class witnessed this. They got out of line and piled on top of my daughter trying to give her hugs.

She told me this out of concerned for the  “stranger danger” aspect and I totally understand that but what I took from it got me thinking.

Those little children heard that she needed a hug, they saw she bent down in hopes of getting one and then they heard the “no” and watched her son walk away. They could have just turned and walked into the class room with some just feeling bad for her.

They didn’t just feel bad, they took action and gave her what they could. They gave her what they heard and saw that she needed.

Why is it that when we grow up we tend to only see the “stranger danger” and not the need. So because of the fear of the stranger the need is not met. I understand we need to be wise but how many time, myself included do we let our fear get in the way of encouraging others.

 

Proverbs 12:25
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. ”

 

Ephesians 4:1-3
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”

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Chickpea and Dumplings

I can’t believe summer is around the corner and I thought that I would not be able to enjoy comfort food until fall but this last weekend we had some wonderful rain that brought cooler temperatures.

With the nice rain it was perfect for chicken and dumplings but I make a veggie option for myself using chickpeas, it’s just as good to me but feel free and use chicken if that is something that you like better. Just remember that it will take a little longer when you use chicken.

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Chickpea and Dumplings:

1 can of Chickpea rinsed and drained

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

4-5 Cups of Veggie Broth

2-3 Carrots cut in bite sized pieces

1-2 Potatoes cut in bite sized pieces

3-4 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 of a small onion diced

The following herbs and seasoning per your taste Parsley, Rosemary, Bay leaf, Salt and Pepper.

Dumplings:

1 cup of flour

1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 Teaspoon of Parsley and Rosemary

Tablespoon of cold butter

1/2 Cup of Milk ( I use soy or almond)

 

In a large pot add olive oil, onion, garlic. Over medium heat sauté until fragrant and almost translucent then add herbs sautéing a minute or two longer.

Add rest of ingredients, turn to a low simmer and continue to cook until potatoes and carrots are half done. turn up your heat to bring to boil, drop spoonful of dumpling dough into the boiling chickpeas mixture. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

( Before dropping the dumplings in mix flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and cubed butter. Make a nice crumbly mixture then add your milk mixing together to create a nice biscuit dough. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Construction Zone

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I remember with fondness going with my grandma to my grandpa’s work sights. He was a carpenter, not just any carpenter but he possessed talent and expertise in building things that always amazed me. It left me in awe of how he could create such beautiful things from nothing more than just raw materials. I think the only reason I loved going to the work sights was my grandpa, he was a quite man with a great sense of humor just to name a few of his qualities and if it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would have found the construction zone peaceful or the smell of saw dust lovely.

In fact I think we can all agree that when our first thoughts  of comfort, beauty and peace come to our mind, none of it would be found in a construction zone. I mean really, just thinking of all the noise that heavy equipment creates or all the crew it takes to build things. This is a place of noise and activity, a place where nothing goes according to plan.

I don’t think one thing has ever been built that has gone according to plans. I believe people in this field are even happily surprised when things get done with just a few minor adjustments. People have made a living making movies or jokes about remodel/construction zones. They are great to watch but in real life it usually brings stress.

Isn’t life just like this? I heard a great quote by an unknown person that said “A comfort zone is a beautiful place BUT nothing ever grows there.”

How true, it takes mess to make a wonderful life. I get so tired at times of the mess but with out it I wouldn’t fully have such a beautiful life. Just when I feel that the contraction that is going on in my life is just not worth it, I go to the one who made me and understands how I am.

Just how as a young girl I found peace at my grandpa’s work sight even in the middle of the construction, I can as a women go to my father in heaven and he gives me such peace in the middle of creating something great.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
“Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” Psalm 119:50

“Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4″

“Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

 

 

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Spring Cleaning

I know it has been awhile since I found some great finds to share but I realized that I use my essential oils daily but I don’t talk much about them online. So I thought every Tuesday and/or Thursday when I share my great finds that I will share interesting facts and recipes pertaining to essential oils.

Today I am going to share part of my Thieves cleaning kit. (I have older post about thieves and how great it is to clean with and all the other uses for it.)

I was so excited when I received my kit. I don’t know what it is about kits but I feel like a kid on Christmas when I get something that comes all together. With this kit comes a nice bucket, a white cloth, a spray bottle, a 10.4 oz Thieves cleaner, small booklet that gives recipes on how to clean with out toxins and 5 essential oils in a red bag.

 

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As you  can see you get a lot so you can start cleaning your whole home with just a few items that last a lot of months.

Todays All-purpose cleaner recipe can be used from countertops to the bathroom and everything in-between.

 

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All-Purpose Cleaner:

Yield: approximately 16 fluid ounces

1 capful thieves Household Cleaner

2 Cups of water

Combine ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces liberally and wipe clean.

OPTIONAL add a few drops of pine, lemon, purification or tea tree essential oil.

This is safe to use around  babies and pets and you don’t have to worry about chemicals.

You will find this and many more recipes on a safe alternative way to clean on Young Living’s blog (if you are a member.) If you are interested on purchasing any products or becoming a member or perhaps you have questions you may go to my website or email me.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch