Monday, July 16, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (July 2018)

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Welcome to week#3 of the July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
July "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
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 June "You're the STAR" blog hop)
Birthing Hope, Motherhood, Incarnation

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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Part of The Back To School Giveaways

but first - read this great post:
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fruit of the Spirit #8 - GENTLENESS

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Fruit of the Spirit #8 = GENTLENESS
When we become a Christian, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and these "fruits" (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) are the characteristics that overflow from us.  This does not mean that we automatically produce Spiritual fruit without effort - we are still sinners and fall short of the Glory of God.  However, this fruitful Spirit will become easier and be like a good habit after years of practice.
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Today we will concentrate on GENTLENESS.



When I first started studying the "Fruits of the Spirit" I thought that "kindness" and "gentleness" were the same thing.  There is a difference - gentleness means meek, humble, mild and calm whereas kindness (as we learned a few weeks ago) means compassion, sympathy, thoughtfulness, consideration, helpfulness and charity.  The opposite of gentle is harsh whereas the opposite of kind is cruel.  So you see there is a difference.

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In this fast paced and stressful world that we live in - I often think that we don't even know what "rest" is anymore.  We need to learn from Jesus' example and if we do, we will "find rest for our souls." 

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."  Proverbs 15:1

I struggle with gentleness - There have been  times in my life when unbeknownst to me my words offended someone (I DON'T swear - that's not what I mean).  Without even realizing it I can be very harsh - I'm the firstborn child in my family & with that comes bossiness but I also try to rush through things and in so doing I lose the gentleness that is necessary to live a Christian life. I have been floored when others have confronted me with things that I have said because I never meant them that way (and then I of course apologize) - in my haste the message of what I say is often the opposite of what I mean.  The verse below explains that patience is part of being gentle.

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"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted."  Galatians 6:1

I am amazed how many of my Christian friends/family are able to confront someone of their wrongdoing without putting that person on the defensive - it's gentleness.  Confrontation with gentleness can be the difference between repentance and continued sin.

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We need to be prepared to respond to everyone with gentleness - strangers, family members, friends and enemies.  I love the last part of the verse above - "with our good behavior and clear conscience" - others will be ashamed when they mock us or gossip about us.  We need to strive to respond to anyone in a reserved and polite manner.  To be able to stay calm (without yelling) and respectfully put offenders in their place.

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Our gentleness comes from within - from the Holy Spirit - let's make sure that we draw from that on a daily basis so that Jesus' love will shine through our actions and our words.


Let's strive to work on being gentle in every area of our lives.  What will you do with your box of Gentleness this week?



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Friday, July 13, 2018

Fruit Feature - APPLES (12 Recipes)

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Fruit Feature #7:  APPLES (12 Recipes)

I've been writing a series on Sundays about "The Fruit of the Spirit" - you see, when one becomes a Christian they are filled with the Holy Spirit.  As a result, there are certain characteristics that overflow from a Christian's life (like love, joy, kindness etc).

I decided that during the week after each "Fruit of the Spirit" post I will feature the actual fruit that I symbolically used for that characteristic.  Most recently we studied "FAITHFULNESS" (click HERE to read the entire post "Fruit of the Spirit #7 - FAITHFULNESS").  Today, I am featuring APPLES - which was the fruit that I used as a symbol of FAITHFULNESS.

The following are a few of my favorite APPLE recipes that I previously shared with you on this blog.
(click on each title to view the entire post with recipe):

Cranberry Apple Pie with Slivered Almonds
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Granola Cookies Made With Applesauce & Dried Apples
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Applesauce Zucchini Bread with Lemon "Glazting"
Applesauce Zucchini Bread by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo 004_zps97979f73.jpg
Cinnamon Apple Cider Smoothie

Caramel (in the middle) Apple Muffins
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Apple Pie with Walnut Crumb Topping



Homemade Granola Bars - Apple Cinnamon
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Apfelkuchen or German Apple Cake

Phyllo Apple Logs
Phyllo Apple Logs by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo 015_zps2b5bf7f6.jpg
Homemade Blackberry Applesauce (or plain Cinnamon Applesauce)
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Celery'n Applesauce Smoothie
Celery'n Applesauce Smoothie, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
Applesauce Cookies with Raisins & Walnuts


Finally, if you are just a beginner and would like to learn how to:
Cut, Core & Peel An Apple (click HERE)
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