Sunday, May 26, 2024



God's Power Within Us #8 - God's Light Shines in our Hearts

Today we continue learning about God's Power within us.  God's Word is full of passages talking about His power and showing us that we have nonstop access to His strength every second of every day.

Today we will be focusing on 2 Corinthians 4 (entire chapter)

Remember, Jesus said that we (Spirit filled Christians) are able to perform all of the miraculous works that Jesus did when He was here in human form.  Actually, Jesus said that we would do EVEN GREATER than what He did (see Scripture passage below).


John 14:12-14 also shows us how powerful the name of Jesus Christ is:  "If you ask anything in My name".  (It is important to note that these miracles must glorify our Heavenly Father).

Below is the featured "power" passage for May:

2 Corinthians 4

We begin by focusing on something so simple and practical - "setting forth the truth plainly."  Paul is explaining that when he shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ he does NOT have to use trickery or deception, nor does he have to twist God's Word.  Instead, he simply puts forth the truth.  
Truth is powerful!
(see Scripture passage below)


Light is truly amazing.  If you are in a dark room, just a little bit of light will be able to be seen by all in that room - light overcomes darkness.  If you are in a sun filled room - it is impossible to overcome light with darkness.
In the Bible passage below we learn that God has made His light shine in our hearts.  And this light allows us to see clearly and understand!  God's glory is displayed in light!


This understanding is like gold - so valuable!  As we learn from the Bible verse below, Jesus' light that shines in our heart is the "all-surpassing power of God."

Let's define "surpass" 
Surpass - greatly exceeding others

It is vital to note that this power is NOT from us - it is from God (again, see verse below)


In verse 15 it says:

 "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."

The grace (forgiveness and everlasting life) that is possible through Jesus Christ, shines from all believers and overflows from each one of us;  thereby reaching those around us! 


God's light that fills our heart benefits both us and those around us (see passage above).  God's glory is seen by those around us through our actions and our words.  This light also renews us daily!!  God's light is everlasting.  

Even though our physical bodies wear down - our inner strength and wisdom continues to get stronger because we are filled with God's light.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Prolific Raspberry Growth (with RECIPES)


Prolific Raspberry Growth (with RECIPES)

Raspberry bushes grow very fast when compared to blackberry bushes.  A few years ago I shared how it took almost 10 years before my blackberry patch was producing usable quantities (click HERE to view: "A Fruit Grower's Patience - BLACKBERRIES").  My raspberry patch has only taken 3 years to get to a prolific stage.

Three years ago we planted 5 plants that were half the size of the raspberry bush picture below:

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Now just look at how wonderfully the raspberry bushes have spread!! (see in the picture below - NOTE:  the very front of this picture is a blackberry bush but everything filled in between the treeline behind are all raspberry bushes):

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Some of the plants are "everybearing" (which means that there will be two harvests - one in the summer and then in the Fall).  We already have tender fruit formation.

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The picture below shows the filled in raspberry patch from the opposite side:

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If you have the garden space, it's really worth a short wait of three years to enjoy garden fresh raspberries!

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

Raspberry Jelly

This picture is to show you the difference between jelly (on the left) and jam (on the right)

Raspberry Pineapple Vanilla Smoothie
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Chocolate Raspberry Almond Biscotti

Parsnip Brownies with Raspberry Frosting
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #578

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #578!

Before we get to the blog hop today - 
all month I will be featuring a flower post since May flowers abound after a month of rain:

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Checkout wonderful seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
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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. "Strawberry Shortcake in Jarsby The Copper Table
2. "DIY Mini Wood Lantern" by Steph Creates
3. "Easy Inexpensive Summer Swing Frame Art" by The Apple Street Cottage

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!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
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Monday, May 20, 2024

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (May 2024)

We're having an early heatwave now - feels more like July than May --- my garden is not complaining though.
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Welcome to week#3 of the May 2024 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
May 2024 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Cohosts 

This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
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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 April 2024 "You're the STAR" blog hop)

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! )


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Tribes of Israel #1 - JACOB/ISRAEL


Tribes of Israel #1 - JACOB/ISRAEL

Today we are starting a new series on "The Tribes of Israel."
I used to think that the Old Testament wasn't worth studying because all we needed was in the New Testament.  That changed when I did the series on the Book of Jude:
(click on each title to view that series)

Recently, our study of the Old Testament has continued with a post on the Book of Esther (click HERE to view "The Book of Esther and the Triangle Cookie") and also another post touching on the story of Nineveh (click HERE to view "The Eclipse & Nineveh").  I have come to the conclusion that studying the Old Testament is just as important as studying the New.

We often read/hear about "God's chosen people" being the Israelites - where in the Bible does that appear?  It began with a covenant between God and Abraham:

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
Genesis 15:18-21

The Tribes of Israel were established with Abraham's grandson "Jacob" (who later became renamed "Israel").

We will start with the Biblical definition of "tribe".

Tribe - a collection of families descending from one ancestor.

The pathway to these tribes is full of trickery and deception.
Isaac was the son of Abraham and he married Rebekah.  Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons.  Esau (later named "Edom") and Jacob (therefore, Esau was the firstborn).

Isaac favored his son Esau and Rebekah favored Jacob: 

“And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”
Genesis 25:28

Here is a quick summary of the trickery that went on before the tribes were established (I encourage you to read through these passages on your own):
- Jacob tricked Esau out of his birthright (the entire chapter of Genesis 27)
- Through Rebekah's direction, Isaac's final blessing on his deathbed was given to Jacob instead of Esau (also in Genesis 27)
- Then, Jacob had to flee Esau's wrath so he went to his Uncle Laban in Bethel.  There Jacob falls in love with Laban's younger daughter Rachel.  Jacob asks to marry Rachel - Laban says that he can have Rachel after 7 years of work on his property (Jacob agrees).  At the end of 7 years Laban tricks Jacob and gives him his oldest daughter Leah instead.  (Entire chapter Genesis 29)
- Laban gets a second 7 years of work out of Jacob in exchange for marrying Rachel (remember - multiple wives was commonplace in the Old Testament).

There are a few more incident's of deception but let's get into Jacob's lineage/children (in order of birth).  Jacob had two wives (Leah & Rachel who were sisters), however, at times when there were unable to conceive - both Leah and Rachel gave their maids to Jacob as concubines.  Therefore, there were four different women in total who gave birth to Jacob's children.  Here is the lineage:

Leah gave birth to:
- Reuben
- Simeon
- Levi
- Judah
Bilhah (Rachel's maidservant) gave birth to:
- Dan
- Naphtali
Zilpah (Leah's maidservant) gave birth to:
- Gad
- Asher
Leah gave birth to:
- Issachar
- Zebulun
- (DAUGHTER) Dinah
Rachel gave birth to:
- Joseph
- Benjamin

In the months to come, we will study each tribe in more detail.

However, let's never forget how the "blood covenant" through Jesus Christ changed everything and made it possible for ALL OF US to be part of the "chosen":
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

In the weeks to come, as we continue in this series learning about each tribe, let's remember that because of Jesus Christ we are all part of God's chosen family.  We have been adopted or "grafted" into the Family Tree of our heavenly Father.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Baker's Dozen #5 - HERBS


Baker's Dozen #5 - HERBS

This is the fifth post in my 2024 series celebrating the 13th year of "God's Growing Garden".  The term "baker's dozen" comes from medieval England where there were strict laws about the price of bread/wheat.  If a baker was caught cheating on the size of bread they would be fined or even punished physically.  To make sure that punishment never happened, bakers started adding an extra baked good in with each customer's order. 

Once or twice a month I will post in this series.  I will choose a topic and then share 13 previously published posts on that chosen topic.

Today's topic:


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Pesto Pocket Chicken Tenders (BASIL)

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