Sunday, July 12, 2020

Recipe for the Christian Life - PERSEVERANCE


Recipe for the Christian Life - PERSEVERANCE

Today is the fifth post in the series on growing in our Christian Walk.  Developing a Christian life is kind of like baking a recipe - good ingredients create a perfect treat.  Adding good characteristics to our faith produces good Christians.

If you recall, a few months ago we started with an empty mixing bowl - our FAITHAnd then we've been adding to our faith, we added GOODNESS , KNOWLEDGE and SELF-CONTROL.
Today we are going to add in PERSEVERANCE.

It's always good to start with the very basic definition of "perseverance" (from the online dictionary):

perseverance - persistence in doing something despite difficulty, opposition or delay in achieving success.  Determination, steadfastness, commitment, resolve, endurance.


We will focus on two main types of hardship:
1.  When God is disciplining us for sin we committed.
2.  When God is changing things to fit into His future plan.

"My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?" 
(Hebrews 12:5-7)

When God is disciplining us for sin we committed.
When we know that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness for that sin, there will still be consequences because of that wrongdoing.  We might have to endure difficult times while we change and correct our sinful ways.
Then, there will be times when we don't realize that we are sinning.  God might convict our hearts, change things in our life until we realize what we have done.  Sometimes, God might work through a fellow Christian to confront us about our sin.  This second example, I feel, is the more difficult one to persevere because you first must admit a wrong that you didn't realize you were committing and that after that realization you must change your ways (this is a two-fold endurance).   

"Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." 
(Proverbs 19:21)

When God is changing things to fit into His future plan.
Enduring this type of trial can be very frustrating.  Often, we believe that the desire/plan that we feel in our heart is from God.  However, if life circumstances keeps sending us roadblocks, then through prayer and meditation on God's Word (The Bible) we might realize that our Lord is sending us in a totally different direction.  We must persevere through the new change and have patience through waiting for God's timing.
Although, maybe that desire/plan in your heart is God's Will, but the timing is not right.


Getting to a destination might require going through bumpy, pothole inundated and muddy patches in order to finally reach the goal.
PERSEVERANCE is a vital ingredient in the recipe for the Christian life.

Over the next few weeks we will continue adding to the GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE, SELF-CONTROL & PERSEVERANCE in our faith (from 2 Peter 1:3-11).

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Thursday, July 9, 2020




This is the tenth post in my blog series called "TWENTY Top 20".  We are celebrating 2020 (and celebrating this unique decade) with this series.  In this series there will be a total of twenty different categories featuring the top 20 previously published posts on that topic.  Once or twice a month I will feature a new category.  
July is the month when the garden begins to overflow with vegetables, so today I am featuring the best of the previously published "veggie" posts .

(Just to clarify - I know that tomatoes are technically considered a fruit but I am including them in with this vegetable post.)
Vegetables featured in this post: spinach, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, parsnips, beets, cauliflower, cucumbers, beans, swiss chard, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, peppers, arugula

click on each title to view the entire post:
Cucumber, Dill & Tender Zucchini Salad

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Cheesy Spinach Phyllo Triangles
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BEAN Week - RECIPES & Tips
Bean by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2013-10-13_zps8a878b03.jpg
Roots'n Shoots ORANGIFIED
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Tomato Desperados

Curly-Q Parsnip Fries
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Cream of Cauliflower & Veggie Soup
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Asparagus Recipes
Amazing Asparagus by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2013-05-19_zps66a6cbd4.jpg
Cajun Sauteed Beans with Ham
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Rainbow Swiss Chard Paneer
Curried Color by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 007_zps472b9496.jpg
Mediterranean Many Layered Salad

Mom's Savory Salad

Millet Stuffed Mushrooms
Millet Stuffed Mushrooms, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for
Cauliflower Slaw
Cauliflower Slaw by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 004_zps6d644db2.jpg
Not-so-green Green Fried Tomatoes
Green Fried Tomatoes by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2014-09-22_zps6c5dc04b.jpg

Mexican Layered Salad

Arugula Strawberry Salad
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The Deformed Produce Hall of Fame
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Creamy Carrot Soup from Belgium

Other TWENTY Top 20 posts:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #376

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #376!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Fruit Feature: APPLES (One Dozen RECIPES)
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Grow a COVID19 Victory Garden!  There are many wonderful seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):

Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


We're your hosts & co-hosts 

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

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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. "Homemade Peppermint Patties" by Kris and Larry .com
2. "Brown Paper Bag Basket" by Simple Joys
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.


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

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


Grow your own!
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Monday, July 6, 2020

You're the STAR - Week#1 GARDEN (July 2020)

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Independence Day Holiday weekend!
Thank you again for joining us!
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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Apricot Blueberry Crisp RECIPE

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WELCOME to the July 2020 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the July 2020 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the June 2020 "You're the Star" blog hop)
Container Gardening 2020 by master"PIECES" of my Life

Farmhouse Inspired Garden Beds by Petals, Pies & Otherwise
Learn how to easily turn metal stock tanks into beautiful planters.  These farmhouse inspired garden beds are the perfect touch any garden needs!  #gardenbed #metalgardenbed #farmhouseinspired #metalgarden #farmhousestyle #farmhousegarden
How To Grow & Use Valerian by It's My Sustainable Life
How To Grow & Use Valerian beautiful image of valerian amongst its greens

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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