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GRIEF JOURNEY-Part 1

GRIEF JOURNEY

Every person has a different grief journey.  We are to come alongside our brethren, helping them most by serving them during their trial.  Sincerely praying for them is enough, and as our heart is moved by prayer and supplications, we are clearly led by God how best to help our loved ones and friends in the midst of a trial. I was just thinking about this today, as I continue to travel on my current journey, and after much reflection and conversing with God, I was convicted to learn from my experiences.  I was very much aware of what I should or shouldn’t say to someone who might be experiencing the same trial that I have traveled through under the grace and mercy of Jesus. At the same time, all of those seemingly empty unhelpful comments at times that were made were not meant to intentionally hurt me, so as my Heavenly Father covers me with His grace and mercy, I, too, must extend that same grace and mercy to those whose comments cut me to the deepest part of my soul. I am certain that the last lesson was the one God wanted me to contemplate the most. Yes, I forgave those who meant well and missed the mark, however, the strength I gained from those who were seasoned followers of Jesus were quite literally the hands and feet and mouths of Jesus. How precious to my heart were those words and deeds and love for my Journey, then and NOW!  Let us all continue to focus on the good Jesus brought to us and continues to bring to us, for that is what will carry us through the next journey of life; stronger and more faithful than the last.  

Are you going through a trial of life, that is testing your faith?  The testing of your faith means you have faith, therefore, you have hope. Find peace and help in the arms of Jesus.  Are you questioning why you must endure such horrible circumstances that exhaust your reserves to overcome? We live in an imperfect world, and my friend, everyone is experiencing a trial of some sort. You are not alone, there is hope, and a helper!  Are you overwhelmed, and even more so, when you hear those painful words, such as “just hold on the light is just ahead?” (Revelation: during a trial, God revealed to me, “ as a child of Jesus, the light is not at the end of the journey, it is within you ALL THE WAY”) or don’t worry, I know how you feel, it will get better.” Be strong in the LORD, when we are our weakest, then HIS strength abounds! Just relinquish your forgiveness to those who mean well, immediately, and find rest for your weary soul in the presence of the one who comes alongside you to bear every burden of life.  

Know without hesitation: Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you.  Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

During those most frustrating moments, remember to draw near to God, even closer than ever; truly, HE is the only one capable to bring peace in the midst of the raging storms of life.  

AS Christians, we are to be the hands, feet, and mouths of Jesus to others, we are not to expect those elements from anyone other than Jesus.  So when others fall short of what we expect, we only have ourselves to blame. Always, always, we must put our hope in Jesus. However, if we are so very blessed to have great individuals who bless us during our moment of need, we can be grateful to them, remembering always, the Glory goes to God.  Know without a doubt that blessing was intended for us by God, and He used His faithful follower to be His hands, feet, and mouth. What an awesome testament of someone’s true character, who truly has a relationship with God. Someone who doesn’t view God as a religion, but someone who is real, and worthy to praise and honor, and obey. That is a relationship!  

No matter the journey of grief that you are facing, it can only be overcome by the one who overcomes all obstacles that might destroy us without Him. Draw close to HIM, and He will draw close to YOU. 

 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

My RE-Introduction

 

Most of you who know a little about my background will notice that this is a new introduction for my blog.  My life has changed quite a bit over the last few years. I am now experiencing life on the verge of a new threshold, hence the current blog description: threshold homestead.  I grew up living a sheltered life on a small 9-acre farm, and then married and lived the challenging 28 year-long life of building a productive farm while raising two children, who are one and two of the greatest blessings that God granted me to experience. As life can be challenging with or without the added struggles of making a farm dream become a reality, the ups and downs can knock the wind out of you.  With God’s help many times over, we just picked ourselves up again and again and kept moving forward toward the goals laid out before us. More times than most, we just kept our mindset on the small daily goal of making it into the bed each night, with the hope of doing the same thing all over again the next day.  

As I mentioned, my life has taken some expected changes and some unexpected changes.  My 28-year marriage was interrupted by a test that was not passed, some negative choices were made, and my ex-husband chose a different path for the future of the life, we had planned and built from the ground up.  His decisions forced me onto a new path, one which I am still trying to figure out. It has not been easy, but from the beginning and even before what I know to be the beginning, God has had me in the palm of His Hand, and I know exactly how very blessed I am.  

No, my life has not turned out the way I had dreamed, and many of my old dreams did not come to fruition. However,  I have been given the incredible blessing of starting over, to be able to see the potential for new dreams, fresh new doorways to walk through, and a chance to rewrite what I see, as I walk this new path, and I look ahead toward a promising new horizon.  

So much has happened, I am now the receiver of two great new blessings, my two grandsons, Roman and Knox.  I have a new home, one that keeps me busy, as I try to remodel and update it, as many of the 1950’s building codes don’t quite meet today’s standards. I am doing this a little at a time, as I am working and trying to purchase the required materials and labor as I can afford to do so without going into debt.  I have hopes to begin farming on a small scale compared to my old life, what can I say, my farming roots run deep.  

I was also blessed by God to be able to make sure my daughter finished college debt-free, and fulfill her dream of a beautiful farm-style wedding.  And, I have been able to help my son get a more solid footing for his future. God has been good to us all! His promises never fail!

And now, He (God) is saying to me, let’s get your show on the road!  I have put this off and put this off, but the day is finally here, where I begin my telling of my story.  I have struggled with where to start, and as I was cutting my grass for the last time this past fall, just shortly before my daughter’s wedding, I made a decision, the best place to start is right where you are.  Here I am….just the beginning, just the threshold, just the start….

Stick with me as I journey forward toward my new dreams, all being whispered to me as I listen to HIM: my father, my counselor, my protector, my provider, my redeemer, my ALL IN ALL, JESUS!

 

Cream Cheese Peach Cobbler

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter(melted)

FLOUR MIXTURE

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 TBSP baking powder

1 pinch of  baking soda

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

1 egg

CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE

1 package cream cheese

1 8 oz sour cream

1/2 cup crushed pecans-1/2 cup here and 1/2 for topping *(total needed 1 cup)* (or flavored Emerald Pecans)

1/4 cup of the fruit juice (from the pint of fruit juice below)

FRUIT MIXTURE

1 pint peaches

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

 

TOPPING

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup crushed pecans (or flavored Emerald Pecans)

 

PREHEAT OVEN AT 350 DEGREES!

In a casserole dish stir 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk, add 1 TBSP baking powder and a pinch of baking soda.  Whisk the egg and mix with the flour mixture.  Do not over stir.

In a mixer combine the cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup of the pecans, and 1/4 cup fruit juice.  Dollop this over the flour mixture-DO NOT STIR!

Mix 1 cup confectioners sugar with the fruit, dollop this over the flour mixture, too-DO NOT STIR!

Sprinkle top with cinnamon and brown sugar,and pecans, then pour the melted butter over the dish -DO NOT STIR!

COOK IN A PRE  HEATED OVEN AT 350 FOR 27 TO 35 MINUTES.

Let it cool, or eat it while still warm.  ENJOY!

 

Recipes for the week

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GRAPE SALAD

Red and green grapes

1/4 cup pecans

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 packs cream cheese

1 8 oz container of sour cream

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

In a mixer combine cream cheese, granulated sugar, sour cream, and flavoring until smooth.  While that combines, wash, dry and remove the grapes from stalk(set aside about 8 to 10 grapes for garnishing).  Also, in another container( I use a zip baggy),  crush the pecans, add the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Combine the cream mixture with the grapes, put it in glass dish, arrange the grapes that you set aside on top and sprinkle the brown sugar and pecan mixture over the top(just use enough to garnish the top and save the rest for the next time).

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Chicken Salad

Rotisserie Chicken

1 bell pepper

1 small red onion

3 stalks celery

1 to 2 boiled egg

1/2 to 1 cup Mayonnaise

Remove chicken and shred and place into a bowl.  Dice the bell pepper, onion, and celery and eggs and add to the chicken.  Add enough mayonnaise to your liking.  Enjoy!

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Pimento Cheese

1 8 oz extra sharp cheese

1 jar pimentos

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 to 1 cup Mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Shred cheese, add the other ingredients to your liking.  Enjoy!

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Crescent Roll Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Rotisserie Chicken

2 heads broccoli

2 cans Condensed Chicken Soup

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 cup milk

2 cups shredded sharp cheese

1 can Crescent Rolls

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 *

Remove chicken from bones, chop the broccoli.  Combine the condensed chicken soup, mayonnaise, milk, cheese, salt and pepper, and mix.  Combine with the chicken and broccoli and put everything in a casserole dish.  Roll out the crescent rolls and place on top of dish, bake  for 25  to 3o min or until bubbly, and topping is light brown.  Enjoy!

That’s all for this week!

 

 

 

Laundry Detergent Monday!

Well, it’s Monday!

The weekend was long and to be honest I love a Monday morning!   I just love getting back into my daily routine, after a very out of ordinary weekend.  This particular Monday is laundry detergent making Monday.  I have had family and friends to ask me to post my “recipe”.  I would love to take credit for my “recipe”, but I can’t.  I first found it many years ago on a homeschool mom’s blog.  It has been so long ago, that I am sorry to say, I do not remember which one.  None-the-less, I am ever so grateful.  I have tweaked it here and there, and my “way”  follows with a few photos.

I gather my ingredients:

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1 bar grated Fels-Naptha (I place the bar of soap in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to make the grating process much easier.  Make sure you break the bar apart to quickly cool it to avoid burning your fingers).

1 1/2 cup washing soda

1 cup Borax

1/2 jar of my favorite Gain fragrance

 

First things first, I add the grated soap to my pot, then add four cups water and simmer until the soap has melted and looks like the following photo:

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When the soap is totally melted, add the washing soda, stir, then add the Borax, stir, then the fragrance.

Pour this mixture into a 5 gallon bucket, add hot tap water to fill the bucket to nearly full.  Stir the mixture very well, and put the bucket lid onto the bucket.  Let set overnight, then open the lid and stir the mixture very well.  You can keep the mixture in the bucket or place into smaller containers.

I use 1/4 cup for lightly soiled clothing, and 1/2 for very soiled clothing.

You can use this mixture to pre-treat stubborn stains, as well.

Happy Monday! 🙂

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