Monday, September 23, 2019

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (September 2019)

Happy first day of Autumn!  We have already made a few batches of applesauce, which is a sure sign that Fall has arrived.
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WELCOME to the September 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the September "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 @ Eclectic Red Barn
Kippi @ Kippi at Home
Liberty @ B4 and Afters
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 August "You're the Star" blog hop)

DIY House Number Signs by DIY Vibes
wooden house number sign with pink flowers
Blueberry Lemon Cake Cheesecake by Marilyn's Treats
This blueberry lemon cheesecake has a layer of cake in the center. It sits on a graham cracker crust. You have a signature cheesecake, graham cracker crust, and a SECRET ingredient.


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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Coffee & Dessert #5 (NORTH AMERICAN) + CoffeeBlogTour GIVEAWAY


Coffee Blog Tour GIVEAWAY
(Part #5)
If you missed "Italian Moka Express Coffee with 2 Biscotti  RECIPES" then click HERE

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Welcome to the Coffee Blog Tour Plus GIVEAWAY!!
  
Eight bloggers joined together to share with you all of our best Coffee Themed Posts. 

 I hope that you will find a ton of Inspiration about all things Coffee-- crafts, printables, DIY projects, recipes, decorating ideas, and of course-- COFFEE! If you or someone you know Loves Coffee, then this is a Dream Come True! 
#coffeeblogtour

Part#5 - NORTH AMERICAN Coffee & Dessert
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COFFEE & DESSERT have always gone hand in hand - they are the perfect pair.  I looked in my kitchen and realized that I have 5 different ways of making coffee.  Therefore, I decided to split this tour into 5 different blog posts (the giveaway will always be included, so you will have many reminders to enter this wonderful giveaway!).
Here are the 5 posts:
(click on each title to view each post)
FRENCH - French Press Coffee with my "French Pear Pie" recipe
SWEDISH - Single cup IKEA Drip Coffee with Grandma Olson's "Skorp" recipe
GERMAN - Percolated Coffee with my mom's "Apfel Kuchen" (Apple Cake) recipe
ITALIAN - Moka Express Coffee with two of my Biscotti recipes
NORTH AMERICAN - Basic Drip Coffee with an Iced Maple option (Canadian), along with two cookie recipes: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (American) and  Chili/Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies (Mexican)

Click HERE to view Iced Maple Coffee RECIPE
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Also, click HERE to view Old Fashion Oatmeal & Raisin Cookie RECIPE
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And, click HERE to view my 
Chili Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookie RECIPE

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Coffee Blog Tour

It all started when one of us noticed these cute Coffee themed items at the Dollar Tree.

https://www.b4andafters.com/coffee-blog-tour-giveaway

(For more information about the Giveaway, see the rest of this post. *This post is not sponsored by the Dollar Tree-- they just happen to be the store that carries these items.)

Burner Covers

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Did you know that for $1 you can get TWO burner covers at the Dollar Tree? They come in a set with one large and one small cover.  (If you don't have an electric stove, Click Here to see a totally different way to use these covers.)   Once you notice the covers, then you might notice other coordinating items, like dishcloths, and potholders.


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There are even oven mitts.


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Here is a glass trivet or cutting board.  You may need to travel to different Dollar Trees in your area to find all of these coordinating pieces.


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Here is a matching dish towel.

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The other side of the Coffee oven mitt is a bright solid color.

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There are other themes to choose from at the Dollar Tree store, also, like "Our Nest is Best" or "Wake up and Smell the Coffee."

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"A Hot Fresh Coffee is the Best Way to Start the Day" Coffee Themed Set from the Dollar Tree (donated by Liberty from B4andAfters) is just part of our Giveaway! But wait-- there's more!!

Alexandra from Eye Love Knots has added these 2 bags of coffee and 4 cute mugs to our Coffee Themed Giveaway!

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There are a couple more things in our giveaway, but before I show them to you I want to take you to the #coffeeblogtour you've all been waiting for.

Coffee Blog Tour


Do you have a Coffee themed post that you would like to share with us? Add (hashtag) #coffeeblogtour to your social media share!

*Click on the links below each collage to go to the specific post.


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Now on to the rest of the Giveaway Items!!!! We also have this French Coffee Press, donated by Kippi from Kippi at Home!!



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Our Giveaway concludes with this Digital Download from Sue at Welcome Heart.

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Sue has also included this Printable to help encourage you in your hospitality endeavors.


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We thank all of our bloggers for their generosity for this giveaway!!

Please help us spread the word about our #coffeeblogtour and giveaway!


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Now-- for various ways to enter this Giveaway just click on the Rafflecopter below. (Your email will only be used to notify you if you are the winner.)

#CoffeeBlogTour


Thank you for participating! We appreciate all of our readers and are excited to offer this Coffee Themed Giveaway to you.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Psalm 119 - YODH (Hebrew Alphabet)

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YODH - Psalm 119: 73-80

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.  If you turn to Psalm 119 in your Bible you will notice that there is a strange word every 8 verses.  These "strange" words are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  David wrote this chapter in an acrostic pattern and every letter of the alphabet is followed by 8 verses.  It is a chapter full of praise and worship.  I thought it would be fun to study Psalm 119 by summarizing each alphabetic section in an acrostic format.

I did not know anything about the Hebrew language, so I did a little research.  The Hebrew language is written from the right to the left - opposite of the English language.  There are 22 letters to the Hebrew alphabet.  Today we continue studying with the tenth letter YODH.
I am also NOT a poet, so I had to research what an acrostic pattern meant.
An Acrostic Poem - is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase.
Example below.
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YODH - Your hands made me and formed me, when I'm afflicted you help and comfort me.

The breakdown of these featured verses is simple:
God personally made each one of us and therefore will take care of us.
Let's flip forward a few chapters in the book of Psalm to chapter 139 verses 13-16:

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Please click HERE to read:
"Living a Childless Life - #UnbornLivesMatter"

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In these few verses we see that 
God gives us:
HOPE
His UNFAILING LOVE
COMFORT
PROMISES
COMPASSION

"..for I have put my HOPE in your word" (verse 74)

Hope will sustain us through the difficult times and lasts into the future (forever).  Hope gives us a feeling of trust (in God).

"May your UNFAILING LOVE be my COMFORT, according to your PROMISE to your servant." (verse 76)

I just love the phrase "unfailing love".  There isn't any situation, any timeframe or any amount where God's love would fail - UNFAILING means that God's Love will NEVER fail.  Since God's love will never fail also means that it is for EVERYONE.
Comfort - the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress.
This means that God's unfailing love will always comfort us - all we have to do is accept it.
God's promise is so wonderful!  He has given us grace & mercy through Jesus Christ so that we might have forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with Him!

"Let your COMPASSION come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight" (verse 77)

The definition of compassion - sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
and the definition of delight - great pleasure, happiness, joy, glee, gladness



Let's live our lives filled and overflowing with God's unfailing love!




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