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March 4, 2015
It's All About Me
   You may think that the title of this worship thought is a little presumptuous, but I have evidence, from our beloved Bible, that it's every bit true:
"Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!" Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV

God asks us to make it all about Him, so that He can make it all about us! He wants only the very best for us and our children. But this doesn't always come naturally. An inclination is defined as "a tendency toward a certain condition, action, etc." Our hearts do not tend toward giving God the glory and obedience that He deserves! This is something of which we must constantly remind ourselves. Daily I find myself discouraged that I am once again reminding myself to trust my Creator and follow His lead without question. But this is the sin condition. This is something we must struggle with and will eventually conquer with the help of our Savior! So don't let it discourage you. God knows that we are only human. That's why He sent His son to cover our sins. And that Son was not a cold, distant, condescending man who scoffed every time one of His disciples fell. He left them with this:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Christ gave everything up for us, and His love is so much more than what the world could ever offer. It really is all about us.

With Love,

Christen Case
A Tasty Tidbit
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Tbs Ground Cumin
2-3 Cloves Garlic
2 (14 1/2 ounce) Cans Black Beans
2 Cups Vegetable Broth
Salt and Pepper
1 Small Red Onion, Chopped Fine
1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
  1.  Sautee onion in olive oil.
  2. When onion becomes translucent, add cumin.
  3. Cook 30 seconds, then add garlic and cook for another 30 to 60 seconds.
  4. Add 1 can black beans and 2 cups vegetable broth.
  5. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  6. Turn off Heat.
  7. Using a hand blender, blend the ingredients in the pot, or transfer to a blender.
  8. Add the second can of beans to the pot along with blended ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  9. Serve soup with bowls of red onion and cilantro for garnish.
  10. Optional: Add a bit of cilantro to the pot.
Recipe by Tessa Morales (

Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)


February 19, 2015
Better Late Than Never
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Ecclesiastes 7:8
For nine years I worked in a junior high school in the inner city. As office manger, one of my many responsibilities was to give assignments from my superior to other office workers. At times I had to follow up to see if the tasks had been completed.
   Recently, one of the workers to whom I had to give assignments called. It had been years since we had talked, and I was happy to hear from her. After about 30 minutes of reminiscing about our days at the school, she said she had one more thing to tell me.
   "I didn't like the way you did things, and I hated it when you told me to do things. I stormed in the office one afternoon to confront you because I felt I had had enough. We talked, and you said you didn't know I felt that way. Then you said, 'Let's pray.' As evil as I felt, I was in no mood for prayer. It was 4:20, quitting time, and I told you that you could pray all you wanted, but I was leaving at 4:30."
   This story astonished me, because to this day I do not remember the incident. I never knew she felt that way about me. She had some personal challenges and had confided in me, so this was shocking.
   She continued, "You were very sincere, and that day I was an evil woman. But during your prayer something happened to me, and my whole attitude changed. From that moment on I never was angry with you again. I know prayer changes things."
   She not only expressed appreciation for keeping her crisis confidential, but said that she often relates this experience to her children as a lesson to them. It serves as a reminder to herself that nothing is so bad that you can't pray about it. She said she wanted to tell me so I could hear it myself, rather than wait to say it over my casket. A bit emotional, I thanked her.
   I have no idea why, but I believe there was a reason that it took more than 25 years for me to learn about this incident. I thank God for the power of prayer and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
   Truly, Lord, the end was better than the beginning. Once again, You are so good!
Marie H. Seard


Everybody likes a little snail mail! Make a close friend, who's far away, a card to say hello. 

Cardstock of any color
White Cardstock
Glue runner or glue stick
Ribbon of your choice
"Friend to Friend" stamp
(or stamp of your choice)
Black ink pad
baby wipes
Start by making sure your card will fit your envelope! Leaving about an 1/8 of an inch
on either side, mark lines with your pencil.
It will fit your envelope beautifully!
Using your pencil, press the edge of the card down, so it's nice and flat.
Next, cut a piece of card stock big enough to fit just inside the outline of your card.
Tada! Always start big so you can work your way down.
Now, decide where on the card you would like your stamp. I decided to put mine on the top in the middle, so I'll stamp my white paper and cut it to size.
Now that my white cardstock is the right size, I can place my stamp.
Get your stamp inked up, and don't forget to clean it after!!
Now, glue and place your stamped cardstock on your card.
Next, add a little ribbon across the bottom of your cardstock.
I used my gluerunner to attach it, and added a little handmade bow underneath. I made the bow by cutting off a short piece of ribbon and wrapping it around my fingers. I then pulled the round off my fingers and flattened it. I cut another 2 inch strip and wrapped it around the middle and used my glue runner to attach it.
Finally, add some color to your stamp using your markers!
The finished product!

Feel free to email pictures of any cards you've made to I hope you've enjoyed! Let me know in the comment box below.

Happy Thursday :)

February 17, 2015
Recipe for the Soul
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations,
knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2,3
For patience, when the rough winds blow!
For patience, when our hopes are fading, -
When visible things all backward go,
And nowhere seems the power of aiding!
God still enfolds thee with His viewless hand,
And leads thee surely to the Fatherland.
                      N.L. Frothingham, from the German

We have need of patience with ourselves and with others; with those below, and
those above us, and with our own equals; with those who love us and those who
love us not; for the greatest things and for the least; against sudden inroads of
trouble, and under our daily burdens; disappointments as to the weather, or the
breaking of the heart; in the weariness of the body, or the wearing of the soul;
in our own failure of duty, or others' failure toward us; in every-day wants,
or in the aching of sickness or the decay of age; in disappointment, bereavement,
losses, injuries, reproaches; in heaviness of the heart; or its sickness amid
delayed hopes. In all these things, from childhood's little troubles to the martyr's
sufferings, patience is the grace of God, whereby we endure evil for the love of God.
                                                                                                    E.B. Pusey


Recipe for the Tummy
Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style

1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 cube vegetable bouillon
1 (15 ounce) can black olives, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet.
  2. Bake squash 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife can be easily inserted. Remove from oven, and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick saucepan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in tomatoes, basil, and bouillon cube. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until you have a medium thick sauce.
  4. Remove squash strands with a fork, reserving the shells. Layer each half with a spoonful of the sauce, a layer of spaghetti squash strands, olives, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until shells are full, or until all of the ingredients are used. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until Parmesan cheese melts.

Comments on this post:

This is the very first comment left on our blog! I hope that everyone enjoys it!
by Christen Case

This recipe looks amazingly delicious for a cold day in February. I am looking forward to try recipe.
by Emily Garrett