Monday, January 24, 2022

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (January 2022)

There are some crazy winter storms going on right now - I hope that you are all safe!  We just got about 3-ish inches of snow (very beautiful).
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to the January 2022 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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Please join me in welcoming our newest Cohost:

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Shellie from "Footsteps of Grace"
(click HERE to view her wonderful blog)
She will be one of our CREATIVE cohosts.
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the January 2022 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev from Eclectic Red Barn
Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the December 2021 "You're the Star" blog hop)


If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )







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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Bible Version Discrepancies #1 - THE LORD'S PRAYER

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Bible Version Discrepancies #1 - THE LORD'S PRAYER

For most of my life I have been afraid of the "King James Version" of the Bible.  I always thought that it would be like reading Shakespeare - well, it's not.  Most of the time I referenced the N.I.V. (New International Version) but recently, when I need clarification, I refer to the K.J.V. (King James Version) and the N.K.J.V. (New King James Version).  In making this small switch I discovered that there are many serious discrepancies between NIV & The King James versions.  I also found out that the Bible "scholars" who compiled NIV were members of secret societies.  Whether or not there was anything nefarious behind the NIV translation does not affect the goal that I have for this series.  We are going to use our God-given common sense to compare these versions and come to our own conclusions.

It is important to note that the King James Version was first published in 1611 and it wasn't until 1978 that the New International Version was first published.

Even if we find serious discrepancies by comparing these two versions, I want you to know that I believe God has still been able to get His message across to us - He is not fazed by "misinterpretation".  His Truth fills our heart and that is why we are able to objectively study and compare these versions without losing God's meaning.  

In this series we are going to really dive deep into God's Word.
We begin with "The Lord's Prayer" in two different passages:
Luke 11:2-4
Matthew 6:9-13

One of the first shocking differences I noticed was the grammar in N.I.V. - it is very disrespectful.  Many words describing or referring to God are NOT capitalized in the N.I.V. (those letters are underlined in the picture below - NIV being on the left).  Modern grammar rules have become relaxed in everyday life but that does not mean that this should apply to the Holy Bible!!

Then look at the words that were left out of NIV.  The highlighted words on the right are the words that do not appear in NIV.  I just can't see any good reason why "Our" Father should be removed, nor why "in heaven" was removed.  
Why would "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" be removed?  That is such an important part - God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, in heaven and on earth.
Finally, in this comparison the worst part is removing the comforting protection line:
"But deliver us from the evil one."  So many pastors and teachers never speak about the devil - how are we supposed to know that God is protecting us from evil if it has been removed from the Bible!!!



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The passage in Matthew was refreshing in that NIV was almost the same as NKJV (not including what I call "insulting disrespectful grammar").  But this makes the passage above (Luke 11:2-4) that much more shocking.  Both passages in NKJV are almost identical, so why would the translators of the NIV decide to remove almost half from the portion in Luke?  It makes no sense at all.

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The final line in NKJV is very important and again outrageous that it would be removed from NIV.  "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen"  That sentence is so powerful!  By removing that line, the NIV translators made their version of the Lord's Prayer wishy-washy.

Let's define those 3 words in that missing line:
Kingdom
Power
Glory

Kingdom - eternal Kingship of God, the realm in which God's Will is fulfilled.

Power - magnificent strength

Glory - worshipful praise, honor, exaltation 


I pray that you will continue to reflect on these differences this week and never stop digging deep into God's Word.
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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Learning From History #1 - FORGIVE THEM

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Learning From History #1 - FORGIVE THEM

Over the past few years I have been very concerned that the world is repeating history.  I know that many parts of the history that we are teaching our younger generation has been watered down and even outright twisted into a falsehood, just because the truth might "offend" someone.  I know for a fact that this history twisting has happened because many of my family members lived through and remember World War II.

In this series we are going to study the difficult parts of history that might have recently, intentionally or unintentionally been overlooked.   

Clarification/Disclaimer - I hesitated to include a disclaimer because this might do the very thing that I am trying to avoid - candy-coat history and thereby not tell the whole truth.  The true life story below is depicted just as it was told to me by my cousin.  By no means am I saying nor implying that I hate nor discriminate against any race, nationality, gender or religious group.  I am also NOT condoning any behavior/action listed below.

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Luke 23:34

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Forgive Them, For They Do Not Know What They Are Doing

Sometimes in life, we will see those that we know and love do horrible things.  The reason for this atrocious behavior might just be because they are trying to live in a demented world.  In some cases, this “fitting in” might actually be because of mass fear psychosis and brainwashing.

The story that I am going to tell you today is a true story from World War II.  I am NOT candy-coating anything – this really happened and the truth is sometimes not easy to hear.

I have a cousin who was a boy during the war (World War II).  He was about 10 or 11 years old during this true life story.  His family was living in a bustling little town in Austria.

I first need to “set the stage” – you may not realize that the Nazis used the mass media to propagandize common everyday people.  They spread blatant lies about the Jewish people all over the newspapers and radio.  The Nazis said that "the Jews were filthy, unhygienic people spreading diseases everywhere."  They repeated such hatred nonstop, almost mesmerizing or hypnotizing the mass non-Jews (and it worked)!  The townspeople literally feared and hated the Jews.

When the Nazis captured some Jewish people (young and old, sometimes even an entire family), they would tie them up in the town square.  My cousin described his memory to me as if they were tied to a stake with their hands tied behind their backs.  The Nazis then encouraged the non-Jewish townsfolk to put pins and needles under these poor Jews’ fingernails!!!  (While they were tied at the stake!!!!!)

My cousin remembers hiding behind a tree and watching adult townspeople, who he was taught to respect, place pins under these seized Jewish people’s fingernails.  He remembers watching his childhood friends, boys of 11 or 12 dashing over to the captured Jew and quickly slipping a needle under the fingernail almost as if it was a game or a dare.

Thankfully, my cousin never partook of preforming this torture but he wrestled with trying to understand why his “friends” would do such horrific things.  

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I am sure that you can see correlations in the true life story above to what is happening in the world today.  I won't go into detail and compare "then and now" but I ask that you will do that comparison on your own so that we can avoid repeating history.
Forgiveness is the key - they truly do not know what they are doing.

Related posts:
(Please click on each title below to view the entire post - ENJOY!)


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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #456

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #456!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
5 Dessert RECIPES Combining Mint & Chocolate
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Checkout the January discount code at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
click HERE to shop for the best seeds
(use discount code TAKE5 to get $5 off an order of $25 or more)

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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "Winter Appearance" by A Day of Small Things
2. "My One Little Word" by Debbie-Dabble Blog
3. "My Grandmother's Potato Cakes" by Scratchmade Food

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

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Monday, January 17, 2022

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (January 2022)

I have been having issues with my blog or domain or something all weekend, so I'm not even sure if you will be able to see this post.  If you are able to view this then welcome!
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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Welcome to week#3 of the January 2022 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
January 2022 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Cohosts 

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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
Kris @ Kris and Larry . com

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the December 2021 "You're the STAR" blog hop)


Persevere through the end of a long year

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Chapter 1 Verse 16 - Today's Date in the Bible

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Chapter 1 Verse 16 - Today's Date in the Bible

Have you ever struggled for direction from God?  Maybe during prayer you just cried out to God and said: "Lord, please show me direction - when I open my Bible please allow my eyes to land on the verse that will show me your answer." I have done this many times and most of the time I received an answer, or at least guidance to His next step for my life.

In this series, we will be doing something similar in randomness to the "open-the-Bible-anywhere" that I spoke about above.  Recently I started thinking that there are areas of God's Word that I will probably never write about.  I might be missing so many parts of Scripture that might be able to touch someone's heart.  That's when I came up with this fun way to read parts of the Bible that we might never study. 

This is how it will work - we will have the month represent the Chapter in the Bible and the day will represent the verse. Today is the 16th of January, so we will focus on verse 16 of the first Chapter of each book in the Bible.  Obviously this post would be extremely long if I included all of the 16th verses of every Chapter 1, so I am highlighting ten verses (sometimes I included a couple verses around the 16th for context).  This series will continue on the third Sunday of every month. 
ENJOY! 


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" And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you."
Deuteronomy 1:16
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(This post is similar in topic to Deuteronomy 1:16 -

"My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood."
Proverbs 1:15-16

"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;  Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil,"
Isaiah 1:16


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"To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.  They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
Titus 1:15-16

"Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  They immediately left their nets and followed Him."
Mark 1:14-18


"Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures."
James 1:16-18

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers."
Ephesians 1:16

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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Garden Planning - 5 Veggie Seed Basics

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Garden Planning - 5 Veggie Seed Basics
(& a few RECIPES)

January is garden planning month and it just so happens that Mary's Heirloom Seeds is having a great sale! (see Ad below)
I am going to feature the 5 basic and most important (in my opinion) vegetables to grow in your home garden.  I will feature one of my recipes for each of these veggies, as well as a link to some amazing seeds!
Those 5 basic veggies are:
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Greens
Beans

Please click on each title below to view the seeds page or the entire recipe post - ENJOY!

CUCUMBER
There are pickling cukes, burpless, Mexican sours and more!
click HERE to view available cucumber seeds

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ZUCCHINI

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There are Caserta, grey, round, black and more!
click HERE to view available zucchini seeds
Applesauce Zucchini Bread by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo 004_zps97979f73.jpg

TOMATOES
There are pickling cherry, paste, Brandywine, orange and more!
click HERE to view available tomato seeds


GREENS
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There are salads, spinach, kale, collards and more!
click HERE to view available Greens seeds

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BEANS
There are pole, bush, French, yellow wax and more!
click HERE to view available bean seeds

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Checkout the January discount code at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
click HERE to shop for the best seeds
(use discount code TAKE5 to get $5 off an order of $25 or more)

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