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FROM THE FARMHOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE: TWO GREAT RECIPES
By Rebecca Seaton
As the former Creative Food Specialist of the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, I was always experimenting and trying new recipes. I was hesitant to try the following recipe. Once I tried it, I served it several times to guests. Some people tell me it's the best they've ever eaten. I have given this recipe to many.
My life has not exactly gone the way I had planned but it has gone exactly the way God had planned! In the fall of 2010, after working in Healthcare for 22 years and then a short six-month stint at another job doing Corporate Training, I found myself out of a job for the first time since I was 16 years old. This forced me to do some intensive praying and searching for God’s direction for my life.
Time to do some mental "spring cleaning!" Refresh your mind with the following book recommendations, including, a book of poetry (Overflow) from Grace Mimbs. You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan digs deeper into the marriage covenant. A.W. Tozer writes about man's full reason for existence in The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship
Every scrape, callous and scar on my Mama’s hands was like an artist’s brushstroke, each one blending into the other, softening the rough edges of a hard life. A never-ending list of chores like hoeing the garden, chopping firewood and washing mountains of clothes on a rust-speckled and wobbly wringer washer left its mark on Mama’s palms, on her lifeline. Tragically, in 1961 at age 43 she was widowed. With a large family to support, hard work was as common to her as money was scarce. Her hands merely got rougher.
There is nothing more precious to me than when God's people come together with surrendered hearts to pray. But not only that, it is so awesome that our loving and gracious God is the One Who orchestrates life to bring us to this place of verbalizing our total dependence on Him in prayer. There is a wonderful truth found in Galatians that makes this time of prayer even richer!
Chicken Little cried, “The sky is falling.” In his beautiful song, “God Bless America,” Irving Berlin wrote, “While the storm clouds gather . . .” As Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 3:1, ". . . in the last days perilous times shall come.” Balancing our responsibilities of family, work, church, etc. in this fast-paced world is not easy.
We wake up and go to bed each day inundated with the reality of Al Qaeda, Boco Haram, ISIS and terrorism by other names.
The Bible tells us “to everything there is a season.” The expression of each of the seasons is an inherent and important rhythm in nature. As winter comes to an end, we begin to experience the rejuvenation and growth that comes with spring. We experience the same rhythm of seasons of change in our own lives. While we have certainty that change will always be occurring, we are not always able to predict or schedule changes by the calendar.
When was the last time you spent a day working on something in exchange for nothing?
I "volunteered" for the first time toward the end of my 8th grade school year. One of my teachers offered the class extra credit for picking up litter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can still remember the trash pickup day. It was a warm and sunny Saturday. About ten of us scaled the side of a steep hill in the park, maneuvering through the thick of trees that blanketed the mountain.
What does life look like in the John 10:10 fullness of God's highest calling for you – life in abundance? Is it really possible for your passions and purpose to be a part of the daily job you work, with the adventure and ‘newness’ you crave somehow intermixed? Living a life that takes us over our current experiences or even above the many times stifling expectations of others . . .
Jesus paid the price for us on Calvary to give us the victory over sin and death; but we do have an adversary called Satan and it’s his ploy to pull us down by deceiving the heart (1 Corinthians 15-57).
So what must we do to walk in an undefeated life?
First of all, we must recognize what we have to work with. You and I have been created by God as a tri-part creature . . .
Beautiful weather has arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains. We can always count on God to bring the spring rain and delight us with beautiful flowers.
The scripture chosen for this edition (John 7:38) reminds me that our hearts - flowing with living water - will produce enlightenment for others who may not be aware that God is seeking to draw them closer to Him. God wants His children to bloom into the amazing people that He designed them to be.
The beauty of Spring also brings a lighter step in our walk, causes us to smile more, and gives us reasons to visit the Garden Department of our favorite store as we begin designing our lawns and gardens for summer enjoyment.
I pray you continue to be inspired and informed through our virtual e-magazine. This is our second Spring edition. We are so thankful for our authors and beloved readers. With God's blessing, we continue to expand and grow our readership. Currently, we have readers from 81 countries and all 50 states! Our statistics show that visits are up 60% over the first year of publication. Please visit again and again. Share articles with your family and friends. And, most of all, we cherish your thoughts with us on our Guest Book.
Let the heart of Christ flow generously through you this Spring
Joann Jordan, who organizes the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony in Sevier County, puts in a considerable amount of work each year, not only to keep the prayer event going, but to help nurture the county's spiritual leaders.
Joann organizes the monthly pastor's luncheon for shepherds of all of the county's flocks, regardless of denomination - all as she and her husband Byron run Garlands of Grace Ministries, which publishes a seasonal e-magazine and facilitates Bible classes and a variety of other outreach programs.
Joann has a servant's heart and demonstrates a true dedication to her beliefs.
This year's local National Day of Prayer service is Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m. on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn. Free to the public, with seating available, the event will feature a number of singers, community leaders and inspirational speakers to commemorate the annual day of meditation dedicated by the United States Congress.