Saturday, October 30, 2010


How do you pray?  Is there a right or wrong way to pray? 

I don't think it is a one size fits all.  I think that praying is an individual choice.  However, there are so many books out on how to pray.   I have read a few myself.  I have gotten different things from each book. 

Here are a few ways that I pray - hopefully you might can find a few that will help you with your prayer life. 

#1 - Pray like you are talking to your best friend -  I had a friend to tell me along time ago that he prays like Jesus is sitting right there in the chair next to him.  So, this is something that I have done since then.   It makes it a lot easier. 

#2 - Write your prayers down -  Make a journal where you write your prayers down.  This way it will keep you from forgetting who you are praying for and why.  Make sure to mark when the prayer has been answered.  That way when you look back, you will be able to see, what prayers, got answered.  This is really neat to see. 

#3 - Make an appointment with God -  This is something that I have always struggled with, of getting my priorities in order.  However, I have set a new goal for myself, and that is, to set aside 30 minutes a day to be with God.  That includes doing my Bible reading, praying and journaling.  So far, I have been doing good and the 30 minutes is flying by. 

#4 - Daily admit your shortcomings to God. - Making it a daily practice to rid your mind of guilt, doubt. and a poor self-concept by confessing any known sin (such as any unforgiveness, resentment, outbursts of anger, secret jealousies, or even hate) is the ultimate way to make friends and influence people.   Ask God for his help to change. 

Some people would disagree with this one, but I have been doing this for a short time, and I think it does help.  He knows what is on your mind anyway. 

We have to realize that God's love for us doesn't waver, nor is it based on my performance.  We can depend on His promise and principle in 1John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness".

If we practice of daily confessing my shortcomings to God can free us from dark habits and negative thinking that can hinder and hold us back from being all that we are meant to be!

#5 - Pray without ceasing -  We should pray all day long.  I will find little pockets or opportunities through out the day to pray.  Sometimes the Lord will prompt me to pray for a certain person at any given moment.  Or I just simply have a quiet moment, so I send a prayer up. 

#6 - Ask God for the things you want - He says to come to Him and ask and it shall be given.  This isn't to always ask for material things, but He does want us to ask.  We may not always get the answer we are wanting, but we can know that He will give us what we need.

God can never work in our lives until be open the door.  Prayer opens doors!!

God is waiting on us to PRAY!!!

Just start praying ...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Honey-Herb Pork

This recipe is one of my oldest sons favorite.  It can also be made with Chicken. 

Honey-Herb Pork

1 cup of beer or ginger ale
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp onion powder
1-1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
2 pork tenderloins (1 pound ea)

In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients.  Pour 1 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag, add pork.  Seal bag and turn to coat: refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade for basting.

Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before preparing the grill for indirect heat.  Drain and discard marinade from pork.  Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.  Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.  Serve with any remaining marinade if desired. 

Yield: 6 servings - 4 oz cooked pork equals 274 calories, 8 g. fat, 84 mg. cholesterol, 432 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein

**This can be cooked in the oven on 425 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the thermometer reads 160 degrees.

** This is great served with Honey Mustard sauce.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Where is the time going?  It is hard to believe that October is almost over with and Halloween is this coming weekend.   Then that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner, with Christmas hot on it's trail. 

I am not sure about you, but I absolutely love the holidays.  I love Thanksgiving and all the food.  There is nothing about Christmas, that I don't like. 

What are some of your plans for the holidays?  Do you host Thanksgiving at your house?  How many people do you have over? 

I host Thanksgiving at my house.  It has been handed down to me and I love it.  It was at my grandmother's for years, until she got sick.  Then, it became my mother's turn to host Thanksgiving.  Now, it has become my turn.  I wouldn't trade it for nothing. 

I have about 30 to 35 people over for Thanksgiving.  We do a covered dish.  I cook the turkey and my grandmother's famous dressing.   My grandmother's dressing is the best, and I was fortunate enough to get to learn her recipe.  It took me years to master, because she never had the recipe wrote down.  It is a little of this and a little of that.    This is something that I have cherished for years and look forward to handing down the recipe to my daughter or granddaughter one day. 

How do you prepare for the holidays?  Do you do a checklist or a to do list?  I know that I have to.  I will be posting it within the week.  I have a list of to dos the week before Thanksgiving and would love to share with you.  I would love to see what your list entails.  Hope that you will share with us.


Friday, October 22, 2010

My Thyroid Story - Part II

Last week, I ended my story after having my first child and gaining all my weight back. 

My other two kids were the same way.  I would lose weight while I was pregnant, but right after having them I gained all my weight back.  Not only did I lose weight, but my energy level was through the roof.   (Oh how, I wish I could have some of the energy now.)

After having my last child, Mary, I just kept having really hard times.  I just couldnt' seem to have any energy at all.  Some days it was just hard getting myself to get out of bed or off the sofa.  If you have ever had the flu, then this is how that feels. 

It was December of 2000, Mary had just turned 2, when I finally got my doctor to listen to me.  I just told him that something had to be wrong.  He felt of my thyroid and said that it was getting larger on the inside. 

Now, let me explain, in case you dont' know anything about the Thyroid.  Some people have what is called Goiter, that usually enlarge on the outside of their throats.  Some can get pretty large if they are not removed.

However, mine was growing on the inside.  So, he sent me to have a thyroid scan done.  It confirmed what the doctor had said, "It was pretty large and he was sending me to a ears, nose and throat doctor." 

My ears, nose, and throat doctor told me that I had a couple of choices: one - I could have a biopsy done on the thyroid and see what the results came back as.  If they came back positive for cancer then I would have to have it removed.  Two - if it kept enlarging, I would have to have it removed.  OR I could go ahead and have it removed, then they would run tests on it to see if it is cancerous.  So, I thought there was no need to wait around to see what happened.  Better  to go ahead and get the surgery over with. 

So, February 2001, I went into the hospital to have my thyroid removed.  This surgery brings great risks, due to it being right at your vocal cords and one, small, wrong move can leave you unable to speak.  After coming out of surgery, I looked like I had been in a gang fight.  Black and blue from my neck to my eyes, I was a sight for sure.  However, everything went fine with the surgery. 

At the hospital, they run a cancer test to see if it is positive or negative.  Well that report came back negative.  They still send a sample off to have further tests done.  They do a more detailed tests.  Those tests results came back in two weeks and I will never forget the look on my husbands face when the doctor told me, I had thyroid cancer.  

Having thyroid cancer, meant that I would have to have another surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid.  I wasn't looking forward to having another surgery.  I had just gotten over the one from two weeks ago.  Now I was going to have to do it again. 

Continued next Friday ...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spending Time with God

I have been thinking about this a lot lately.  Do we spend enough time with God?  What does spending time with God entail? 

These are questions we all need to ask ourselves, but the answers are going to be different for each of us.  There should be no, one size fits all, for how we spend time with God. 

In my asking myself these questions, I am trying to find my way.  I do spend time with God, but I am feeling lately, that it is, not enough time.  So, there in lies, another question, how much time is enough time? 

How much time do you spend with God?  Is it 15 minutes, 20 minutes or more, each day?

In the book I am reading, "Let Faith Change your Life" by Becky Tirabassi, she was talking about spending time with God, and she spends a hour each day.   She reads her Bible, prays and writes in her journal. 

So, I prayed about this last night and have really thought about it today.  I am setting myself a goal, of spending 30 minutes with God each day.   I want to make time to do my Bible reading, pray, do some journeying and just be still, quiet and listen to God.  

What are the benefits of spending time with God?  Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is, so I can get closer to Him.  In the book, "Let Faith Change your Life", Becky talks about why we should have our quiet time with God.  She says, "that her lack of enthusiasm about God and faith was because of her lack of time with God. The bottom line: faith had become an isolated compartment of my life rather than the center or hub of my existence."

So, are you going to join me in setting yourself a goal of spending time with God?  What are the things you want to do during your quiet time?  I would love to hear them.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Season

I think that fall season is my favorite.  The air is getting cooler from the long hot summer days.  The leaves are starting to turn all different gorgeous colors.  I have been seeing yellow, red and some orange.   You just can't get any more prettier than that.

With fall season comes pumpkins, football games, and festivals.

There are all different sizes of pumpkins these days .. from hugh to really small.  Some you can carve and some you can eat.  With carving brings out the artist in everyone.  As for me, I just like the simple eyes, nose and mouth with a few teeth.  Actually, that is all I can do and sometimes it really isnt' the best. 

The festivals come out of the woodwork, during the fall season.   I know in the south, we have festivals every weekend and there is no telling, how many different ones you will be able to find.  Festivals are great to attend - you can find all kinds of crafts from woodworking to jewelry.  Just about anything that you would want to buy.   I know I go through saying, "I can make that", but I never do.

Then there is the food at the festivals.  Not sure what is my favorite.  I love the candied apples, apple cider,  ears of corn cooked in their shuck and the list goes on and on.  I always have the hardest time choosing what I want to eat.    It is a good thing that we do a lot of walking at the festivals, so that I can walk off all the things I am eating.

At my house, fall also means, fires in the backyard and homemade chili.   There is nothing like the smell of a big pot of homemade chili cooking while we are watching football on Saturdays.  The kids love making a fire in the backyard and making smores. 

Everyone has their own favorite seasons that they like, but mine is fall.  I am loving that we are in the fall season.  Now to simply sit and enjoy all that it brings!!!

What is your favorite season and why? 

Different things to do with Chicken

If your family is like mine, we tend to eat a lot of Chicken.  Therefore, I am always looking for different ways to cook it.  That will be easy to cook and easy on my checkbook.   Here are a couple of ways to cook chicken and you can just add rice to make it a meal.

#1 - Cube chicken breast and then marinate in Italian dressing.  You can marinate for 30 minutes or up to a couple of hours.  Then just cook over stove top.  Serve over rice.

#2 - Slice some bell peppers (what color depends on what you like) and onion and saute' in pan with a little bit of butter & oil.  Then add cubed chicken.  After chicken is done, add salsa (add as much or as little as you would like).   Serve over rice. 

I hope that your family enjoys these two different ways to cook chicken.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Story - Thyroid problems - Part I

I never thought about me blogging about my thyroid issues, until today, and it just hit me to tell my story.  Over the next couple of weeks, on Friday, I will share my Thyroid story. 

Over 20 years ago, I went to the doctor to see why I wasn't losing weight.  I was trying my hardest to lose weight.  Eating, at least 1/2 way decent, and exercising.  I was always tired and really didn't have a lot of energy.  Also, my hair was coming out by the hand fulls and my nails were very brittle.   My doctor asked me if I had ever had my Thyroid checked. 

Thyroid?  What was that?  I didn't have a clue. I didn't know where it was at.  So, he examined me and found that mine was a little enlarged.  Then he said he wanted to do a biopsy.  Now what did this entail?

I will never forget, as long as I live, him coming in with this really long needle. I asked him what he was going to do with that needle and he said, "I have to take a biopsy from your thyroid".  I told him that he only had one chance and that was it.  Little did I know, he had to stick me three different times. 

At that time, the results came back beign.  However, my blood work did come back showing that I had hypothyroidism.  The doctor told me I would be on this medication for life and sent me on my way. 

I had no clue what to do, besides take my medication each and everyday.  We didn't have the Internet back then to do research and find out what all this meant.  I never learned anything.  I just knew what I had heard from other people, that they took their meds and lost weight.  Not me.

I ended up getting pregnant with my 1st child, who is now 22.  While I was pregnant, I lost 50 pounds.  I ate whatever I wanted to and I had SO much energy.  I out walked by husband and friends, from work, at Six Flags, just two weeks before my due date.  

As soon, as I had my son, the weight just came back on.   The only thing the doctors can figure out is, my thyroid must have started working.  This happened with each of my children - I lost weight. 

Please check back in next Friday for Part II . 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Italian Chicken penne

I had a hard time deciding on the very first recipe that I was going to share with you.  Well, I have decided on one of my families favorite, and my picky son, loves this recipes.

It is easy and it pretty cheap to make.

Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

Italian Chicken Penne'

2-3 Chicken Breast - cooked & cubed
1 box of Penne' noodles (can use any kind of noodles you would like)
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Dressing (any kind you like)
optional - other cheeses

Cook Chicken until done and cube.  ( I like to cut mine up and saute' on the top of the stove).  Cook noodles as directed on the box and drain.  Combine cooked chicken and noodles.  Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and grate additional cheeses, of your choice.  (You don't have to add the extra cheese if you don't want too)  Pour the Italian dressing over the chicken and noodles.  I add about 1/2 of the bottle, but this is to taste.  Add more or less, depending on your family.  I usually will let this sit for a few minutes to let the additional cheese melt.  Eat and enjoy!!!

Weekly Menu

I have been working today on my menu plan for next week.  I have decided to do a little bit more work and do two weeks of menu planning.  I thought it would be harder to do two weeks at once, but it hasn't been that hard. 

This way when I go to the store next week, I can have my grocery list ready.   For once, I am ahead of the game. 

I think everyone should try making a menu plan for you and your family.   Start with just a week at a time.  It makes my life so much easier.  For one, the family isn't asking me all the time, "What are we having for supper?"  They can just simply look on the refrigerator. 

Of course, it isn't set in stone.  I have had to change this around from time to time, and that is ok.  At least, I know that I will have all the ingredients to make what is on my list.  There won't be any last minute dash to the grocery store.  Therefore, you will not only be saving yourself time, in the long run, you will be saving yourself money.

What are some of your families favorite meals?  Do you do a  weekly menu?  How has it helped your family?  I can't wait to hear your stories.

Two Week Menu Plan

Sunday  -  Baked Mac & Cheese
Monday -  Cheddar Chicken & Potatoes
Tuesday -  Baked Ziti
Wed.     -  Pinto Beans, Cornbread, Okra
Thurs.    -  Tator Tot Casserole
Fri.        -  Chicken Nuggets, Baked Fries (football game)
Sat.       -  Homemade Chili

Sunday  -  Roast with potatoes
Monday -  Honey-Baked Chicken
Tues.     -  Mexican Hamburger Casserole 'New" - Dining on a Dime Cookbook
Wed.     -  Chicken Pot Pie
Thurs.    -  Cheeseburger Casserole "New"  - Dining on a Dime Cookbook
Fri.        -   Out (football game)
Sat.       -  Homemade Chili (trick or treating)

As you can tell, my family loves Homemade Chili, and through fall and winter we eat a lot of it.  It is easy to make and it is so good when it is cold.

I have some new recipes that I am trying, can't wait to try them.  It is from a new cookbook that I got and I have tried several from it already.  Really good and easy.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Believing God

I just wanted to tell you a little bit about myself, spiritually.  I am a Christian, from a Baptist background.  I know that the Jesus died on the cross for my sins. 

I am growing so much in my spiritual life, but I know that I have a ways to go.  God works on me each and everyday.  Thank goodness that He is working in me. 

I have Faith, but not where it should be, by no means.  I have faith that He will take care of my kids, but there are areas, that I am not trusting Him with, and that is not what He wants from me.  

He wants us to lean ALL of us on Him.  Do you do that?  What areas are you not giving to God?

Philippians 4:6 & 7
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

I love to listen and follow Joyce Meyer Ministries.  She has been talking, this week, about Faith.  Oh how I have needed to hear those words that she has been speaking.  It is like God is speaking directly to me, through her. 

She was saying, that in order to have Faith we need to be praying - saying - doing.  We are to pray about the areas that we are needing help.  Then we are to say the promises that God talks about in the Bible and say the scriptures to back them up.  Finally, we are to do, what God is telling us to do, not what we want to do. 

So this is my goal for the week, starting today.  I am going to be praying about my financial situation, my weight issue and anything else that will come to mind.  Then I am going to go around saying God's promises, just like the ones above.  And lastly, I am going to do whatever He is telling me to do.

I certainly don't need to keep doing what I have been doing.  It isn't working for me.  It is the main reason we are in the mess that we are in.  So, Lord, please guide and direct me. 

What are some of the things you will be praying for?  I would be glad to pray along with you.

My very first post!!!

I just can't believe that I am actually doing this .. taking the plunge and starting my blog.  I have been thinking about this for awhile and doing a lot of research, but I never thought I would actually do it. 

Hot dog - here we go - off on a new adventure.  I sure hope that you will follow along as I grow while I am still learning about so many things in life. 

Here are a few things that I wanting to share on my blog.  Spiritual Growth - where we can discuss and learn about faith, healing, God's amazing grace and a prayer request list.   Financial Growth - I am trying to get our family out of a huge "debt" hole and I want to stop digging.  This area I am definitely learning and am looking forward to your help and input.   Running a household:  recipes, tips, coupons, monthly/weekly menu, etc.

I am so excited about starting this adventure.  Please share your comments with me regarding my posts.  I look forward to learning from each of you.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eager to get going

I am so excited about this blog and all this things that I want to do with it.  I want to write about the things I  am learning, and there are so many. 

As I try to figure out the best way to get out of debt.  Which I am trying, and firmly believe in, Dave Ramsey's -  Financial Peace. I am just trying to make the right decisions, so that we can see results.  We have a big hole to climb our way out of, but with God's grace and direction, I know that we will be able to do it. 

Through this journey of getting ourselves out of debt, I am hoping that I will be able to help someone else NOT make the same mistakes that we did.  I wish I could say that we didn't get into debt to begin with, but we have and now it is a long road back to being DEBT FREE.  So, please follow along, and dont' be afraid to give me advice and help me along the way. 

Another area that I get so excited about learning is trying to run my household better.  I am working on trying to cut back money in all different kinds of areas, with my grocery bill being at the front.  I do cut coupons, but I am not the best at it, as some of you are.

I have, for the past couple of weeks, been doing a weekly meal plan and let me say this, "I love doing this".  It has been a great experience and I am looking forward to doing this each week and trying to do it twice a month, until I work up to once a month menu.  I know that this will help my grocery bill - it already has. 

My most exciting thing that I want to bring to this post is the spiritual growth.  I love reading the Bible and books on every subject there is about God.  I am growing so much in this area, but I know that I still have much more to learn.  I am not where I want to be, but thank goodness, I am not where I use to be.

In this section, I want to post how to read through your Bible in a year.  This is something that I have done and am currently working on.  So, by the end of this year, I will have it posted for the upcoming year.  It has been a wonderful blessing to me and I have learned so many different things. 

I really hope and pray that I will bring to this blog something for everyone.  If there is something you would like to see more of, please let me know.  I am here for you.