Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gideon the Conqueror . . .really?

I love the story of Gideon.

God took a reluctant hero and changed Israelite history.

He wasn't Hercules.
He wasn't Napoleon.
He wasn't Patton.
He wasn't Petraeus.

He WAS Gideon, going in the power of the LORD.

Who else could win a battle against thousands with 300 scared men, a pitcher, a trumpet, and a torch? It HAD to be the LORD, working through him.

It makes me wonder what God is waiting to do with me, little old plain me, if only I would let HIM.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lessons from Learning about Adding Fonts to an iPad--

New post from my darling dear, Rodney. . .

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

I made these for supper last night.

They are absolutely wonderful.

Doubled the recipe.

All gone.

No leftovers for lunch. :(

Cheesy Chicken Rollups
  • 1 pkg (8ct) Crescent Rolls
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2-3 chicken breasts (cooked & cubed)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Cook chicken till tender and cube.
  2. Heat soup, milk, & cheese in saucepan, stir till smooth.
  3. Pour soup mixture into 9x13 casserole dish.
  4. Unroll Crescent Rolls in to 8 triangles.
  5. Put 1 spoonful of chicken on each roll.
  6. Roll from large end and seal.
  7. Place rolls filled with chicken on top of mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min till brown.

Best served Hot!
Serves 4

Day 11 #B90Days

There was no one thing that stood out to me while reading this passage, so here are my observations:

  • 9:8--"Stand still" The people were in such an uproar (as usual). Can't you just see Moses holding up his hand, looking them squarely in the face, and saying "Be at ease!"
  • 10:35--"Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee." There are days, in this time of "tolerance" for EVERYONE except Christians, that I think of this verse.
  • 11:19-20--"until it come out at your nostrils" I actually giggled when I read this. After another bout of complaining, this time about the lack of "flesh" to eat, Moses went to the LORD in frustration. "Wherefore has thou afflicted thy servant? have I not found favor in thy sight? I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. And if thou deal thus with me, kill me I pray thee." The LORD then appointed 70 men to help Moses bear the load of the people. HE then said to the COI, "ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; but even an whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you. . ." You wanted meat, you're gonna get meat!
  • 13 - 15--I am reminded of the kids' tune, "Twelve men went to spy in Canaan, ten were bad and two were good!"
Throughout these verses, there is a pattern that I know you have seen; everything is going great, then the COI get discouraged or things don't go their way, they murmur "we should have stayed in Egypt, things were so much better there," Moses intercedes for them to the Lord, God either shows them a miracle (water from the rock, anyone) or sends pestilence (serpents or plagues) to remind them of Who He is, and they repent "we have sinned."

Let's not be like the COI! Determine in your heart today to learn from their history and make today a new day. Love the life you have. It's the one HE gave you.

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Check out this site for some fun ways to recycle your paper.

Too funny!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 10

A Blessing
(Numbers 6:24-27)
  • The LORD bless thee, and keep thee.
  • The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
  • The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
A blessing is defined as:
  1. the act or words of a person who blesses
  2. a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty
  3. a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness
  4. the invoking of God's favor upon a person
God used Aaron & his sons to pronounce this blessing on the children of Israel, following a lot of laws, geneaologies, and commandments.

It is tucked in there, pretty as you please and if you are not careful, you'll miss it.

God's blessing.

I yearn for God's blessing.
  • for me
  • for my husband
  • for our marriage
  • for our children
  • for our church
  • for our friends
  • for our community
I am reminded of the old hymn.

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need.
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

Lord please bless us today!

Day 9

I finished up a little later than I wanted too last night, so this post is for yesterday.

God was so specific about what He wanted them to do.

AND He was very plain about the consequences, good or bad: rewards for doing HIS commandments and punishment for not.

You would think that with everything out there so plainly, that Israel would have had no trouble. . .but we know that is not the case.

It's a lot like us today. We have everything we need to succeed in the Christian life right in front of us, in His Word.

And yet most of us do not live like it.

When I was reading through, I LOVED how the Lord kept reminding them of who He is when He said, “I am the LORD your God.” Given what we know about the wandering of the Children of Israel, we know WHY He kept saying it too!

Moving on to Numbers–Wahoo!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Giveaway at PartyStarters!

There's a giveaway over at PartyStarters and you need to check it out. If you are like me, you are always looking for a way to save on Birthday Party Supplies. These sites offer gorgeous stuff that you could use for a birthday party, shower, tea, ladies' event, etc.

How about a chance to win a $50 store credit toTweedle Dee Designs as well as a $50 store credit to Party Starters? You could get everything you need to create one heck of a party! ONE lucky person will win and here are a few ways to enter your name. You have until Tuesday night, July 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM MST to enter, so don't delay!!

5 Essential Make-from-Scratch Foods for your Health and Budget




From Simple MOM: 


Inever thought I would bake my own bread.

After my first passing attempt at homemade whole wheat bread years ago, I got reviews like, “Wow, that’s dense.”  I happily submitted to the fact that bread-making wasn’t for me. I knew where all the bread outlets in my city were, so I had a frugal option for whole grain bread anyway. Why bother with all that work?

I am shaking my head in disbelief as I write this: I haven’t bought bread in months.

Monday, July 12, 2010

EASY Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large or 3 medium baking potatoes, baked or microwaved

  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender.
  3. Stir in flour.
  4. Gradually stir in broth and evaporated milk.
  5. Scoop potato pulp from 1 potato (reserve potato skin); mash.
  6. Add pulp to broth mixture.
  7. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until mixture comes just to a boil.
  8. Dice remaining potato skin and potatoes; add to soup.
  9. Heat through.

This is great topped with all those baked potato toppers you like

Crockpot Enchilada Casserole

Crockpot Enchilada Casserole

from Carrie's Cooking


  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 5 flour tortillas (taco size)
  • 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  1. Mix the tomato sauce, water, and Tabasco sauce in a bowl.
  2. Pour half of the sauce mixture into a slow cooker.
  3. Layer a tortilla, 1/4 of the cheese, then 1/4 of the onions and meat in the cooker.
  4. Continue adding the layers until all of the cheese, onions, and meat are used.
  5. Top with a tortilla.
  6. Cover the tortilla with the other half of the tomato sauce mixture.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

11 new DVD courses to help church pianists

Here's some information that may interest you if you are or know a church pianist. I went to college with Greg and he is a TOP NOTCH GUY! Check out his site. His music is amazing!



I just wanted to let you know that I have just released 11 new courses to help church pianists.  Here are the titles:

emailCongregational Accompaniment
Theory for Church Pianists
Play by Ear!
Playing Lead Sheets
How to Chart a Song
Playing Soft Music

You can learn much more about these courses and watch introductory videos at

There are two other things I want to tell you.

1) Shipping within the United States is still free for all orders.  However, even international customers can avoid shipping costs if you choose to buy the download version.  (All courses are available by download at a reduced cost.)

2) I have started a new program called "Pay on your own Schedule."  This allows you to spread the cost of the courses you purchase over up to 8 months.  You can decide on how many payments you want to make when you check out.

You might be the parent of a piano student and want him/her to grow to become a useful church pianist.  Or you might have been playing in church for years.  Regardless, I think you will find enormous value in these courses.

Please contact me if I can be of service.

Best wishes,
Greg Howlett

Top Ten Tips #B90Days

This list was a great thing for me and I would imagine it will be for a lot more!

THANKS Adjunctmom!

Here are my reading “survival tips” from the last time I completed the Bible in 90 Days challenge.

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Week Two Check-In: Genesis, Exodus, and a blessing

What a whirlwind week it has been! I came into the challenge a few days late, decided to blog about it a few days later, so I don't have LOTS of posts, but here are my observations:

A beautiful "fringe benefit" of this week has been that my 10 y/o daughter saw me reading, asked what I was doing, and asked if she could join me on the journey. . .God is so good!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 7

I am taking notes as I read through each day, and this is what I jotted down today.
  • Be careful who you associate with. Ex. 34:12 "Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, let is be for a *snare in the midst of thee (*to lead you into evil)
  • When you've been with the Lord, it shows on your face! Ex. 35:29-35 "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone.
  • Willing hearted giving = liberal giving. (35:22 & 29)
  • They were so excited about giving to the work that Moses had to make an announcement to STOP! 36:7 says "For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much." How different would our churches be if that were the case today.
  • Finish what you start, regardless of how hard it is or how long it takes. (Ex. 40:33) "So Moses finished the work."
I dive into Leviticus tomorrow. . .


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 6

Today I saw that Moses was a stressed leader!

When his father-in-law Jethro arrived, bringing his wife and kids to him (Moses had sent them to stay with him before the Exodus from Egypt), he noticed that Moses was a bit edgy and asked what was wrong.

"The people come to me to enquire of God" was his answer. He was trying to do everything by himself. He was bearing the burdens of the entire nation alone.

Jethro, using wisdom from ABOVE replied, "The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away. . . for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone." He proceeded to give him counsel that he needed to choose good men and train them to be leaders. That way, Moses wouldn't get burned out.

(Micromanagement is not the way to go. Delegate, delegate, delegate!)

"So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he said."

Good management principles from the Scriptures!

Lisa, over at Lost in Him offers thoughts about praying for our President! You should go check it out here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Andrea in NC


I have taken on a challenge. While reading over at Mom's Toolbox, I read about a group of folks who were challenged to read through the Bible, cover to cover, in 90 days. At first, I have to say that I dismissed it as insane. . .adding one more thing to the to-do list for each day. And then I began to read about the blessings that readers had experienced, seeing the entire canon of Scripture in such a short amount of time. I will admit I was intrigued.

I explored the original site,, only to discover the same type of testimonials.

  • "It seemed to bring everything together in a way as never before in my reading and in my study.”
  • "I was so blown away by the experience"
  • "I am moved at a level I can't even put into words"
  • "I am now on my third time through the Bible in 90 days and it gets better every time!"

So here I sit.

I have made the commitment.

I am excited about this.

Pray for me.

Join me.

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