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This is All I Have to Give

Have you ever had those days when you felt like you had nothing more to give?

 Yesterday was one of those days for me. I felt like I was running non stop and nothing was getting done! I would try to complete this task only to walk by another task that I had mentally stored in my head ‘needs to be done today’ and then you know what happens, you decide to do that so you don’t forget it again and the next thing you know you have a whole lot of unfinished projects and its dinner time, and you forgot to thaw the veggies for dinner! Well that was me.

I tend to have a mental list of things I want to get done in a day and if I start forgetting them it frustrates me. But I have to remember God knew what He was doing when he made short term memory at the latter part of a pregnancy, as annoying as it is now I will appreciate it in a few months! 

This morning I decided to spend some time reading and spending time with God instead of rushing off to get everything done first thing. I already feel better about my day!

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. 

 All day long I put my hope in youPsalms 25:4-5

Thank you Lord for showing me the right path if I take the time to ask you!

everything happens for a reason

 

Here’s something I am working on remembering this week; 

Becoming frustrated and mad will completely drain me and make me feel defeated. Turning my circumstances over to God will right my heart, change the way I look at the situation, and help me recognize glimpses of God in the midst of my broken efforts. ~Lysa Terkeurst – Am I Messing Up My Kids

In fact I just made a printable and am hanging it in my kitchen as a reminder throughout the day. Click on the link below if  you would like the printable version for yourself as well!

Becoming Frustrated Printable

 

Motherhood

Blessings as you face the daily challenges. Remember, with God, you are never a bad Mom!

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P31 OBS Blog Hop

White Chocolate Cheesecake and Exciting News

Its Christmastime and that usually means alot of sweets for my family… Not always so good for the scales but we’ll just try to avoid it for a while! 

Today I am excited to be sharing a recipe for Tammy at Missionary Trek again! 

And its an awesome recipe for White Chocolate Cheesecake! Yumm.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

 Be sure to go check out the recipe here.

Now on to the Big News!!

Woman to Woman is releasing an ebook!

Here is a Preview video of it that you can watch. https://vimeo.com/81040379

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5

What does Titus 2 really mean? What is mentorship? The Word of God tells us to come along side one another. We need mature Christians in our life to lift us up and help us. And we need to be there for the younger ones. 

Over and over again we receive emails, Facebook comments and blog comments from women just like you. Women who do not have a mentor and do not know how to go about getting one or don’t know how to be a mentor to others. We are told in the Bible to encourage one another. To teach one another. Life is too hard to do this alone. We need each other. But how? How do we find someone to come along side us and mentor us? How do we know how to mentor others?

Ebook

 

We are so excited to announce the Living Out Titus 2 ebook! A book written by 8 women with a Titus 2 passion. A book to teach you what it means to have a mentor and how to be a mentor. 

Writers:

Jenifer Metzger of Sweet Blessings

Debi Baker of Treasures Found In Him

Leah Hostetler of Leah’s Cooking

Jenilee Goodwin of Our Goodwin Journey

Shari Miller of Living to Leave a Legacy

Lisa Shaw of Lisa Shaw Cares

Alyssa Santos of Rocks.Roots.Wings.

Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide 

 

Living Out Titus

2 will be available for only $2.99 through Amazon on January 1, 2014. This book will encourage you to

find a mentor and be a mentor.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte

So it seems this Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is becoming pretty popular among alot of women and especially Moms. I am intrigued by it and have been playing around with some of the recipes seeing what I can come up with. The main thing for me is, we have to be able to enjoy the food. I am not into eating something that doesn’t taste good, just because its healthy. So I have been trying some of the recipes before buying the book just to see if this is something that will work for us. 

Xylitol takes a little time for your body to get used to it, so if you are planning to use Xylitol as your main sugar substitute,  I recommend starting off slowly and letting your body adjust.

I also want to buy the Trim Healthy Mama book yet because I have heard so much good about it and know I would benefit alot from reading it!

This is the first recipe I converted over and I was pretty excited about it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte

 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte-S
A delicious Pumpkin dessert that is Sugar free and still as delicious as ever.
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Crust
  1. 1 c chopped pecans
  2. 1/4 c melted butter
  3. 1/4 c xylitol
  4. 1/2 t cinnamon
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. 4 oz cream cheese
  2. 3/8 c xylitol (1/4 c + 2 Tablespoons)
  3. 1 egg
Torte layer
  1. 1/4 c xylitol
  2. 1/4 t salt
  3. 2 eggs (separated)
  4. 1/4 c almond milk
  5. 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  6. 1 c pumpkin
  7. 1 1/2 t gelatin
  8. 1/8 c cold water
Crust
  1. Mix together and spread in 8 x 8 pan
Cream Cheese layer
  1. Mix well and pour over crust, Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.
Torte layer
  1. Soak gelatin in cold water. Cook together, sugar, salt, egg yolks, milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin until thickened. Add Gelatin and water.
  2. Once cooled, beat egg whites and fold into pumpkin mix. Pour over cooled crust and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Leah's Cooking http://leahscooking.com/

Pumpkin Torte

 

Today I am linking up with Stacy Makes Cents and Gwens Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

Chime in below and let me know how this turns out for you once you make it…

I am excited to be hosting a Link Up Party for any Fall related Posts, recipes, etc you have:

Rules:

Please be sure it is a Fall related post or it will be deleted.

Visit one or more of the links and leave a meaningful comment.


Double Chocolate Apple Muffins

Yes, thats right, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Apple Muffins ๐Ÿ™‚

These are so simple to make and of course we can call them ‘slightly’ healthy since they have apples right??! Haha

Double Chocolate Apple Muffins

Today I am excited to be guest posting for Tammy at Missionary Trek! She has asked me to guest post recipes for her once a month **yaay** ๐Ÿ™‚

So click here to head on over there to check out this great recipe.

Pumpkin Bread and Fall Link Up

Fall is in full swing here in Tennessee, with beautiful days, harvest in full swing, and cooler nights it definitely has put me in the mood for Fall related foods. Today was the first time I made Pumpkin Bread and I was really impressed with how moist and delicious it is! Its quite simple to make and you can add Chocolate Chips, raisins, or nuts. Pretty much whatever your family likes. This recipe makes 3 loaves so mix it up ๐Ÿ™‚  Pumpkin Bread (11) edited   Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Bread
Yields 3
A Delicious moist bread that is perfect for a 'Fall' treat
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 c sugar
  2. 1 c oil (coconut oil is delicious)
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 c pumpkin
  5. 3 1/2 c flour
  6. 1 t baking powder
  7. 1 t baking soda
  8. 1 t salt
  9. 1 t cinnamon
  10. 1/2 t cloves
  11. 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  12. 2/3 c water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to the first mixture.
  4. Add water last. Mix well,
  5. Divide evenly into 3 bread pans.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes
Notes
  1. If using coconut oil, melt it before adding to mixture.
  2. If adding Chocolate chips or raisins I waited until it was in the pans then just added some and stirred it in a little.
Leah's Cooking http://leahscooking.com/
Pumpkin Bread (4) edited What is your favorite ‘fall’ food or activity?

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Creative K Kids

 I am so excited to be having a Fall Link up:

Just a few rules that we would appreciate to have followed:

Follow our Pinterest board. Simply click on the link below to enter the Link up…

Our Focus

What is my view of life? 

We see things

The way I view life determines how I live my life.

If I get out of bed in the morning with a grumpy attitude, most likely my day will be filled with a whole list of negativity.

Or I can choose to jump out of bed (that would be a stretch for me to literally ‘jump’ out LOL) thanking God that He let me wake up again and I can spend the day praising Him! The choice is mine!

glass-half-full

  Photo credit: rickmcnary.me

 

โ€œPeople tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.โ€ 

โ€• Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

 

โ€œTry giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.โ€ 
โ€• Gina LakeWhat about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

 

 

Let’s shake the negativity and choose to see the world through new eyes! 

  • If its dirty clothes, I chose to see this as an opportunity to thank God that I have loved ones close by and pray for each person as I wash their clothes.
  • In dirty dishes, I am thankful for food to cook and will thank God that I had a Godly Mother that taught me how to cook and bake.
  • An unhappy baby, (thats teething by the way) that I am blessed to have the opportunity to be her mother, and that she is healthy.

What are you choosing to rejoice in today? What are some daily tasks that you do that you are able to turn it into a chance to praise God?

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