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God’s Plans or My Plans

How many times do I pray that God would work out my plans, instead of asking Him what is His plan for me?

Am I too wrapped up in my life to see what He wants for me?

 

This is one of my favorite verses, its such an awesome promise!

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Today I am choosing to claim this promise! 

His plans are for good, not for a disaster, they will give me a future and a hope!

Are you joining me to claim this promise?

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I’d love to hear from you in the comments, what are areas that you struggle with letting go and totally trusting God to fulfill His promise?

 

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God’s Power in My Weakness

We are in the last week of our Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries! Its sad to see it come to an end but when I look at all I have learned in these few short weeks I am #amazed! God has great plans for us if we are willing to lay down our own agenda and say Yes to Him! He will bless us beyond anything we can ask or think! 

There were a few verses this week that really challenged me and I’m going to share them with you!

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How many times do I actually ‘boast’ in my weakness?? Uhh like probaly never 🙁 But God’s power works best in my weakness! Of course it does, why do I expect Him to show up in a mighty way if I am just sailing along on my merry way with everything going smoothly just as I had it planned?!! He loves to work through me, so the next time I am facing a trial- I will boast in it! #Isaidyes! Wow that was a big mouthful, but God’s gonna help through this! Praise his name!

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These verses also REALLY challenged me! Am I cheating God? With my time? My resources? My money? These are all gifts He has given me to use so why do I try to claim them as my own?! 

I LOVE verse 10…

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

A blessing so great we won’t have room for!!!! Can you imagine that? Wow I am awed!

Let’s do this! It’s like God is giving me a challenge. “Try it! Put me to the test!” 🙂 

Who’s joining me to put God to the test??

 

Today I’m linking up with:

BetterMondaysLinkup  P31 OBS Blog Hop

3 P’s = Purpose-Perspective-Persistence

Good morning friends,

This morning I am in awe of God’s faithfulness to me once again! As I was having my alone time with God, it seemed like He was just opening His floodgates for me and showing me so many promises and so much that I need to change to be closer to Him. I am so thankful that He keeps showing me these areas and keeps trimming away at self, and making me to be more like Jesus. O how He loves me!

As you probably already know from my recent posts, I am doing the Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries right now and we are going through Lysa Terkeurst’s book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Experiencing Life in Extraordinary Ways. And to say I have been challenged is an understatement! If you are looking for a new devotional I would highly recommend this book! Just click on the above link and order your copy today.

So on to the bible study challenge for today;

We are in chapter 6 and the title of the Chapter:

‘If it Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Worth Doing’

Radical obedience is born out of delight, not duty.

It seems that when the going gets rough its so easy for me to say, thats all I can give right now, God. I can’t handle more and then I just start holding back. However, today I am instead choosing to say, Yes God, I am willing to go through this trial, knowing that you are Ultimately working it out to glorify you and essentially for my good! 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

I also did a study on the 3 P’s, and wow what a challenge!

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Purpose:

noun: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
verb: have as ones intentions or objective

Perspective:

noun: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
synonmyns to this word are: outlook, viewpoint, attitude, point of view, approach, way of looking

Persistence:

noun: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Where is my Purpose?

Today I choose to make it my purpose to listen to God and say Yes, even when it seems impossible. Even if it hurts, because I KNOW God is ultimately working it for my good. Romans 8:28

How is my Perspective?

I change my perspective from ‘I can’t’, to “I WILL”. You will give me the strength I need.

How can I refocus to be more Persistent?

Though none go with me, still I will follow. Even if it gets hard and at times seems impossible, “I WILL” keep on saying #yestoGod and keep serving Him. He is the only one worth pursuing. I will not let naysayers or ‘fear of people’ stop me from following with my whole heart!

 

 

That’s my decision. Who’s with me? 

Chime in;

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, how you are changing your purpose, perspective and being persistent?!

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Peaches and Cream Pie

Summertime is here! And with it we have all the fresh garden produce, fresh fruit, pool parties, and campfires. Yes I love this time of the year!

This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts so last week when I got fresh peaches I was happy for the chance to make it for him.  It’s simple, delicious and the best Peach Pie I ever had!

Today I am uber excited to be guest posting over at Woman 2 Woman Ministries and sharing this amazing recipe! Please be sure to head over there to see the full recipe and try it out. Let me know what you think!

Click here to go check it out…

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Today I’m linking up with

BetterMondaysLinkup

Food Photography

Today I am excited to be sharing some tips of Food Photography that I just recently learned that has ‘MAJORLY’ improved my photography skills! They are still not what I want them to be, but I am learning, yay 🙂 I think it is important that my food looks delicious to other people so they even wanna try to make it! And in the past it hasn’t been, but its improving!

Here is a link to one of Pinch of Yums latest posts about food photography that I have been using that has helped me tremendously!

TEN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

As embarrassing as this is for me, I have decided to include a before and after picture. I took the picture of these Granola bars before I had my new camera as well so, here it is!

Best Ever Granola bars b4 and afterBe sure to check out the link above and read Pinch of Yums post to get more tips!

Guest Post-Tomato Pesto Tart

Summer is in full swing around here and I am always excited when I find a Delicious recipe for dinner at this house and the best thing about this recipe is its simple as well! I am soo excited to have Laura from The Rookie Cook guest posting for me today! “Laura is a lover of all things food (especially chocolate and ice cream), a stay-at-home mom to a babbling infant, and a city girl living in the country.  Visit her at The Rookie Cook for tasty, quick, and family friendly foods.” Her foods look so delicious and they are just as great as they look 🙂

Please welcome Laura!

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Hi,  I’m Laura from The Rookie Cook and I’m thrilled to be posting at Leah’s Cooking today.  She did a guest post for me on apple pie bars which I am still drooling over.  And lets not forget about her adorable daughter (who, by the way, is just a tad bit older than mine).  It’s fun to look through her pictures and think about what my little girl will be doing soon.  (I mean, “patty cake-ing“, how adorable is that??

On to the recipe…

This tart is super scrumptious and deliciously easy to make in less time that it takes you to get fast food. (Ok, maybe not if you’ve got a restaurant next door, but for everyone else…)

Both the hubby and I really enjoyed it.  He helped me assemble it (yay for kitchen teamwork!) and can attest to it being very quick and easy to make.  It’s one of those lunches that you can throw together without much time or forethought.  Also, you could easily make your own crust (just use any pie crust recipe) or use a frozen pie crust if you don’t have any refrigerated pie sheets on hand.

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I used canned pesto because I never have enough basil lying around, but I’m going to try to amp up my basil plant’s production this year so maybe I can attempt pesto. (And by amp up, I really mean that I’m going to buy a lot of basil plants and hope I don’t kill them too quickly.  I’m super at killing pretty much any plant you give me.)

You should make this now.  Because it is so quick.  And tasty.

Tomato Pesto Tart

Adapted from: Taste of Home

1 refrigerated pie pastry

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

2 plum/medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

4 small mushrooms, thinly sliced

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons prepared pesto sauce

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Roll out 1 refrigerated pie crust over a baking sheet or tart pan.  Prick with a fork and flute the edges.  Bake in a preheated oven at 425° for 6-8 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown.

2. Sprinkle crust with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.  Top with tomatoes and mushrooms (reserve 4 slices of tomatoes to top tart with, if desired).

3. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, pesto, and pepper.  Spread mixture in a thin layer over tomatoes and mushrooms.  Top with 4 reserved slices of tomatoes, if desired.  Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Click here for the printable recipe: Tomato Pesto Tart Printable.

Again please be sure to visit Laura over at The Rookie Cook to see more great recipes!

Be Blessed

~Leah

Fun at the Park and a Special

Its that time of the year when I like getting out and getting some sunshine on my pale winter skin! A few days ago we went to the park with one of my friends and let the kids play, (more like I helped Shania play) but it was fun and I am looking forward to doing it again! However next time I am taking my photographer loving sister Julia with to do a photoshoot of Shania and I for her 8 month pictures Sealed (Its rather hard helping a 7 month old down the slide and snapping pictures at the same time!)

But here are a few pictures that I took of her playing in the grass 🙂

PicMonkey CollageShe had just mastered the patty cake -ing thing so it was her favorite thing to do 🙂 So adorable! She also loves playing with grass or anything she can pick up with her fingers! I love watching her grasp something and coordinate it into her mouth to eat. Never ceases to amaze me how God makes babies a smaller version of us 🙂 Isn’t He awesome like that?!

 

So now for the “Special” I am excited to announce that Amish Sweets is running a Fathers Day Special now until June 17th! Head on over to http://amishsweets.com/ to check it out! I promise you won’t be disappointed with the products! They are the Best! Be sure to share this with your friends!

Have a great day!

Be blessed

~Leah