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2 Chronicles 33:21

Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found:  for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book.

It is time to break that cycle! When Josiah became king he was only eight years old but he decided to seek God and to lead the people in a way that would please Him.  When the priests and Levites were overseeing the repairing of the House of the Lord they found “The Book of the Law of the Lord” that was given to Moses.  When he read it, he tore his clothes and repented for all that had been done wrong in the kingdom, he was horrified to think of how far from God the people had been led so he immediately sent someone to ask the prophetess what this meant for the future of the people.  Josiah was determined to stop the cycle of wrong, it wasn’t going to continue on his watch and God blessed him for it.

What cycles do you have in your family that needs to be broken?  Is there a cycle of abuse or maybe addictions, or cheating?  Or maybe it is something that doesn’t seem quite as “big of a deal” like Lying, Complacency to sin, Swearing, Pornography, not going to Church or reading your Bible.  What is it that you know in your heart is wrong but that’s “just the way you were raised”?  It’s time to ask God to break that cycle and to begin with you to be that change in your family!  Why would you settle for less than God’s best?  Why not go after all you can be in Christ and break those chains of bondage that have been set by the generations before you?

God will give you the strength you need to be set free on every level of your life – Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically and Mentally.  Give it to Him today and ask Him for His guidance, strength and wisdom to make whatever changes you have to make.  Your family and friends will forever be grateful for your stand and the difference you will make in all of their lives and their futures by helping to set them free from the, “that’s just the way that I am” rut!  Don’t get me wrong, their first response to the change may not be great but over time they will appreciate your willingness to follow God and do what is right.

Quote:

“If we will do what we can do God will do what we cannot do!”  – Joyce Meyer

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I thank God for our Service Men and Women who serve our country and the cause for Freedom around the world!

 

Italian Basil Pasta Salad

Prep Time:  30 Min + Chilling       Servings:  18

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 7 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickled banana pepper rings
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 4 thin slices hard salami, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

  • DRESSING:
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, cheese, yellow pepper, onion, pepper rings, olives, salami and basil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 18 servings.

 

 

Strawberry Trifle

Prep Time:  20 Min  + Chilling

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 cups cubed angel food cake
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the milk, sour cream, pudding mix and orange peel on low speed until thickened. Fold in whipped cream.
  • Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. glass bowl. Arrange a third of the strawberries around sides of bowl and over cake; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining berries. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial  Day!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:42

And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

You never know how close you are to your answer to that thing you have been praying about.  I am sure that when Joseph woke up that morning he had no idea that by the end of the day he would be cleaned up, out of the dungeon and 2nd in command in Egypt, only answering to Pharaoh himself.  I don’t know that there could be too many circumstances that are more extreme than that.

What is it that you are waiting for?  Is it a new job or promotion, or maybe to get married, maybe you are married and you are waiting for something to change in your relationship for the better, is it your financial situation?  Sometimes I know that we as ladies underestimate the power of a woman’s prayer!  God has a special place in his heart for a woman’s heart because He understands it!  He cares about what matters to us too! 

It is amazing how sometimes so much can happen in just one day!  For Joseph it had been 2 years since the baker and the Chief Butler had left the prison and they had never said anything about him to the king to help get him out of prison.  God knew the timing to get the kings attention so everything would fall into place for Joseph to run Egypt.  Joseph just wanted out of prison, God wanted him to rule Egypt and save his family the Israelites. 

Our timing isn’t always the same as God’s but I can assure you that if we wait on Him, what He has planned for us is by far better than anything we could possibly think of or plan ourselves!

Quote:

“Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.”  – Mac Anderson

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2 Chronicles 33:10-13

And the Lord spake to Manasseh and to his people:  but they would not hearken.  Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters and carried him to Babylon.  And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers and prayed unto him:  and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God.

Manasseh didn’t just do a little wrong; he did everything you could think of wrong.  He was involved in witchcraft and sacrificing children to Satan and worshipping the gods of other people and put their idols in the House of the Lord and the list goes on and yet God in His mercy and grace tried to speak to Manasseh and the children of Israel to turn their hearts back to Him and they wouldn’t listen so He had to move on to discipline.

Here’s the crazy thing; how merciful are you?  How merciful is your church?  How do you respond when someone has walked away from God and they are ready to come back to Him?  I have seen great men and women of God with incredible gifts and hearts to serve God and when they sin, the church, family and friends discard them as though God is finished with them!  I wonder how God feels about that decision.  Have you ever made a mistake and the people around you wouldn’t let you live it down and you found it difficult to rise above their opinion in order to get back on track?  How wrong is that? It is certainly not of God to judge others and be unforgiving!

I would encourage you today to reach out to someone you know who needs to be shown the love of Christ.  Be a part of their restoration, God’s “Plan B” for their lives, help them to realize that if they turn back to God with their whole heart that He is ready and willing to move forward in their lives!  Don’t let a life that could be used mightily for God be wasted because of the judgment of other people.  If God wasn’t a merciful, gracious God we would all be dead because none of us “deserve” anything from Him, it is because of the blood of Jesus and only because of the blood of Jesus that we are found worthy in God’s eyes!  You can’t do anything to improve on that so any time we think we somehow are better than someone else we are basing that on who WE think we are not on who GOD says we are.  If we have accepted Christ as our Savior then we are covered in His blood so don’t forget where your righteousness comes from.  We aren’t in the position to judge and discard so we need to be careful that we don’t hold hands with Satan keeping someone down that God is trying to raise back up!  Pray today for God to allow you to be a part of bringing someone fully back to Him, be used in a positive way today in someone else’s life, you will be amazed how much it will bless you inside!

Quote:  “If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I am looking forward to a great Memorial Day Weekend!  I have always been extremely patriotic and I love any holiday that celebrates our country and our our military men and women!  My dad was in the Army in WWII and my brother was in Desert Storm.  I am proud to be an American and I love my country!  So with that said, here are some great holiday recipes I hope you enjoy!

Please forgive my lack of updates lately, I have been fighting a few illnesses that have really taken their toll on my energy levels.  I am back on the road to health though, so here we go!

 

Bleu Cheese Burgers

INGREDIENTS
2  cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2  teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 lb lean (at least 85%) ground beef
2  tablespoons Montreal steak grill seasoning
1  cup bleu cheese crumbles (4 oz)
8  diagonal slices (1 inch thick) French bread
2  cups loosely packed baby salad greens
 
DIRECTIONS
  • 1In 8-inch skillet, cook garlic in butter over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until garlic is tender. Stir in Worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat.
  • 2Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix beef and grill seasoning. Shape mixture into 8 oval patties, 1/2 inch thick.
  • 3Place patties on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F. Remove from grill to platter; top with cheese. Place bread on grill. Cover; cook 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until lightly toasted.
  • 4Spread one side of each toasted bread slice with butter mixture. Top bread slices with salad greens and burgers.
Shape the oval burgers slightly larger than the slices of French bread. They tend to shrink slightly as they cook.
Use your favorite small salad greens. Baby arugula or spinach provides a slightly bitter flavor that goes well with the grill flavor and blue cheese.
 
 

Flag Cake Recipe

Prep Time:  1 and 1/2 hours plus Chilling        Bake:  35 Min + Cooling

 Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) French vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs

  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Transfer cake to a covered cake board. Cut a 5-in. x 4-in. rectangle (1/2 in. deep) in the top left corner of cake, leaving a 1/2-in. border at outside edges of cake. For red stripes, cut seven 1/2-in. wide rows across cake, about 1/2 in. deep, leaving a 1/2-in. border at outside edges of cake.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough ice cubes to measure 1-1/4 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Scoop out and discard any remaining ice cubes. Repeat, making strawberry gelatin.

I pray you all have a wonderfully blessed weekend!!!!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Ruth 1:15-16

And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  But Ruth said: ” Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.”

Ruth chose Naomi, her people and most importantly her God.  Her decision changed her life forever and put her in the line of the genealogy of Christ.  The paths in life that we choose not only affect us they affect our families as well.  Take a look at Naomi; she could have decided to just stay in Moab for the rest of her life instead of going back to Bethlehem and as a result Ruth would never have really known God nor would she have been listed in the line of Christ.  It is so important to base our decisions on the will of God for our lives.

What about Orpah, Ruth’s sister in-law that decided to stay with her own people and the gods of her people?  The book of Ruth doesn’t say anymore about her so I decided to check it out.  Whereas Ruth is in the line of Christ, Orpah is believed to be the Mother of Goliath and his brothers.  Remember the story of David and Goliath?  Wow, what a difference their decisions made in their lives.  One family serves and loves God and the other defies Him and His people.

What decisions are you facing today?  I would challenge you to be sure that you seek God’s heart in your decision because the effects can be like a stone dropping in a pond, the ripples from your decision can last for generations.  God’s best is yours for the taking, don’t settle for anything other than His will for your life, whether it is a job you are about to take or someone you are going to marry or maybe a move you know God has in your life.  Make the right choice, ask God to give you the direction and the strength to follow Him!  The best is yet to come but you have to choose it!

Quote:  “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Martin Luther King

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Hebrews 11:8

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

If you live in fear and let fear rule your life then you will live a little itty bitty life!  You cannot allow the fear of what people might think or fear of failure or fear of the unknown or any other fear keep you from following God’s leading on your life or you are going to miss out.  Any time anyone steps out in faith there is fear but you cannot wait for all of the right confident feelings to show up in order for you to move on what God is telling you to do.  Fear subsides and confidence comes after you step out and rely on God for the results.  Abraham had no idea where he was going or what he would face but he went knowing he was following God’s leading. 

Hebrews 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  Now in this verse Abraham was stepping out even farther and taking the promise God had given him (Isaac) and was willing to, in his eyes, destroy the promise God had given him.  He was willing to kill his son knowing that God would raise that promise back up and that God would still fulfill all that He had said because God is a God of truth and always does what He says He will do.  Have you received a promise and yet you feel like God is asking you to change something that you are having difficulty understanding how it could possibly work out?  Don’t rely on what you know or what you feel, only trust God and His infinite wisdom to lead you on your road to success. 

Now, notice that God took Abraham through a series of things before he just told him to sacrifice his son.  The first step was to step out on faith and move to a land that he knew nothing about, in fact he didn’t even know where it was.  Then after Abraham’s faith had grown over the years He asked him to give up his promise from God, his son.  God doesn’t skip levels of growth, every change, every trial and struggle or blessing in your life can be a step of growth if you allow God to work in your life through it. 

So how about you?  How much has God already given you that you are afraid to take in your life?  What victory is just sitting there waiting for you to claim it?  What challenge are you putting off because of fear?  What leap of faith are you not willing to take because you aren’t sure where you will land?  The landing isn’t yours to worry about only the leap!  Don’t procrastinate and ponder everything until you are even more confused and afraid, focus on God and get started today!  The best is yet to come!

Quote:  “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

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