Monday, September 25, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (September 2017)

I hope that you are enjoying that last few days of warm weather (at least that's the case here in my part of the world)
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WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog (click on the title to view the entire post):

Leek & Potato Soup RECIPE
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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
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)

Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Bread by A Fireman's Wife


God and Creation by Narrow-Minded Woman
God and Creation

Party Invitations by Howling At the Moon


Plumeria or Frangipani by Comfort Spring

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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Enter for your chances to win!

Part of the Falling into Autumn Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Pear Chocolate Chip Muffins RECIPE
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Welcome to the BaxMAX Lumbar Support System Giveaway!

1 winner
This giveaway is part of our Falling Into Autumn Gift Guide - Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/16/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Where Do You Place Your Trust?

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Where Do You Place Your Trust?

Last week we learned about what it is that God wants us to control and today we will study what we are supposed to trust or in whom we are to put our trust.  It should be obvious that we are supposed to trust in God.

It's so simple - we only have to remember one thing:  Trust in God.  Trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - trust in the  Holy Trinity.  In the verse above we are to trust in God, in the verse below Jesus is speaking stating that we are also to trust in Him (Jesus).  And finally (we touched on this last week) - when the Holy Spirit lives in us - we are controlled by the Holy Ghost and must trust in those urgings and gut feelings that come from God through the Holy Spirit.  That's all!  Three in one - trust in our heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and the Holy Spirit.


"Do not let your hearts be troubled, Trust in God; trust also in me."  John 14:1


"Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires:  but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;  the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."  Romans 8: 5-11

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"But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever."  Psalm 52:8


"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal."  Isaiah 26:4


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"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."  Psalm 62:8


"Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant?  Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God." 
Isaiah 50:10

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"Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord."  Proverbs 16:20


"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever."  Psalm 125:1

You can't get any simpler than this:
Trusting in God is good for you.


Read also:
Are You Being Controlled? OR Are You Controlling?


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Magic Roundabout Sunflower - Part 1

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Magic Roundabout Sunflower - Part 1

 I had said that the sunflower variety that I featured last week was my new favorite sunflower variety, however, todays feature flower is tied for first place in my sunflower scale.  This variety is called "Magic Roundabout" and it is perfect for Autumn and fits in with the changing tree colors.  I took so many pictures of this variety so I decided to split them into three different posts - this is the first post in that series.

I had a tough sunflower growing season this year.  The problems first started with an early rabbit attack - when the seeds had just germinated and the plants just started to emerge from the ground the rabbits treated themselves to a delicate treat.  I was able to save a few sunflower seedlings and put a fence around the surviving plants.  Then, in late July and early August the leaves of my sunflower plants were devoured by Japanese beetles.  I am thankful for the few that survived.

ENJOY the following pictures!

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.
© (2017)

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Sunflowers from 2017:

Sunflowers from 2016:
Sunflowers from 2015:

Sunflowers from 2014:
Sunflowers from 2013:

Sunflowers from 2012:

Sunflowers from 2011:
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Part of the Falling into Autumn Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Grape Tomato Chicken Pasta Salad with Spicy Sour Cream RECIPE
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Welcome to the Newman's Own Snacks Giveaway!

1 winner
This giveaway is part of our Falling Into Autumn Gift Guide - Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Bargnhtress Deliciously Savvy Easter Babe's Theory Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views Giveaways 4 Mom Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains Here We Go Again Ready Jerri1962sBlog Lisa-Queen of Random Living Simply Michigan Saving and More Missy's Views and Savings Clues My Silly Little Gang MyStyleSpot Peyton's Momma RedHeaded Patti SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways Tales From A Southern Mom The Frugal Navy Wife

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/19/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #83

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#83 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for my cousin.  I have also been thankful for the beautiful setting sun.  And as always, I am most thankful that my God loves me (and you) so much that he sacrificed His Son.  By accepting this free gift of forgiveness we are granted eternal life in heaven.

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So many people are struggling today - It's vital that we all pray.  God will comfort us, especially through meditation and prayer.

Read: The Importance of Prayer - COMFORT

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My garden is so confused - we had two weeks of cool autumn weather and now we are back to high 80 degree temperatures with terrible humidity.  That's the way it goes for some seasons in middle America.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,266
Bloglovin - 4,391
Twitter - 6,825
Pinterest - 6,074
Google+ - 2,279
Facebook - 4,463

Instagram - 248
Linky Followers - 108
Networked Blog - 1,242

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 28,470 followers in some form or another (which is up 76 from last week).

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Autumn is only one day away and what a perfect way to celebrate by making this delicious and easy treat:
Easy Dessert - Phyllo Apple Log RECIPE
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