Sunday, September 15, 2019

Psalm 119 - TETH (Hebrew Alphabet)

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TETH - Psalm 119: 65-72

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 ninth letter TETH.
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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TETH - Teach me good judgement, especially when times are hard.

The key word in today's featured verses is: GOOD.

"No one is good - except God alone."  
Mark 10:18

"The Lord is good to all;  he has compassion on all he has made."  

Psalm 145:9

Good - that which is morally right;  righteousness

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Half of these featured verses include the word "good" - let's study this in more detail.

1.  "You are good, and what you do is good" (verse 68)

As we read above, God alone is good and He is good to us!  What more could we desire??

2.   "Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord." (verse 65)

The use of the phrase "according to your word" is very interesting.  This means that we are not able to rattle off a wish list to God and expect Him to give us everything.  We MUST realize that our requests and our desires must first be approved by God or be in His plan for our life.  "Let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6) BUT, make sure to possibly accept "no" as an answer.

3.   "Teach me knowledge and good judgement," (verse 66)

The definition of judgement - the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
I'm not very good in times of emergency, I'm just not able to think on my feet.  That's why learning good judgement is essential in making good decisions, especially during difficult times.  Pray that God will give you good judgement.

4.   "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees" (verse 71)

Have you ever noticed that during hardships your faith becomes deeper?  And that the lessons learned during those difficult times stick with you for a lifetime?  That's why it is good to be afflicted.

"but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
Romans 5:3 & 4 

Since God is good and since He is good to us, then let's strive everyday to be good to others!


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Coffee & Dessert #2 (SWEDISH) + CoffeeBlogTour GIVEAWAY

Coffee Blog Tour GIVEAWAY
(Part #2)
If you missed "French Press Coffee & French Pear Pie RECIPE" then click HERE

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! 

Part#2 - SWEDISH 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)
Swedish Single Cup Drip Coffee:
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Click HERE to view my 
Swedish Skorps RECIPE

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Also, click HERE to view Peparkakor (Ultra Thin Swedish Ginger Cookie)

Coffee Blog Tour

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

(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

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.

There are even oven mitts.

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.

Here is a matching dish towel.

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

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."

"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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.)


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!
Click here to enter

Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
God’s Growing Garden Giveaways

Friday, September 13, 2019

ProCut "Light" Plum Sunflower

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ProCut "Light" Plum Sunflower

Welcome to the ninth year showcasing sunflower varieties grown in my garden.  Today we continue the Sunflower Series of 2019.

I split this sunflower variety into two posts: "Light" Plum and "Dark" Plum (the Dark Plum will appear next Friday).  My parents had the most delicious plum tree when I was growing up - it's called a "Burbank" Plum.  This is lighter in color from the regular dark plums that we are used to.  Below is a recipe that I created using these delicious tart and light colored plums (click on the title to view the recipe).  You can see the resemblance in color to this sunflower variety.   
"Plum Bobbs" - A Pastry
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ENJOY the following pictures!

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.
© (2019)

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Sunflowers from 2019:
Sun-Fill Purple Sunflower

Sunflowers from 2018:
Orange Mahogany Sunflower - Part 2

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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