Clouds Change their Shapes – They Move with Wind Currents – They Float in the Sky and Disappear – Jesus – Creator – Who Made Them – Is Always With Us – He Never Changes – He Never Disappears -

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Watching clouds in the sky was one of my favorite childhood pastimes. I stared at the clouds when I was alone and had no one to talk with. Lying flat on the grass I would look up, imagining a cloud to be whatever animal it looked like. As soon as I would decide an elephant was floating in front of my eyes, it would change into something else. As I lay there observing the mesmerizing beauty of the atmosphere above, I wondered where Heaven might be, and if Jesus were looking back at me.

Am I different now? I think so. I believe the Lord is always with me. I don’t feel alone. If I were to lie on my back in the grass (which I won’t), I’d know that Christ is in me as I am in Him, that there is less than a heartbeat or a breath between us. Life is good.

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When You Tire – Rest in Me – Says the Lord -

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If I could fly – I’d fly away -
I’d escape the windy storm and tempest -
Said the Psalmist  – I say -

I’ll close my eyes and see the sky -
Blue and stretching -
Open wide -
Let’s fly – Lord – let’s fly -

We fly and fly and fly the sky -
Soaring high -

There’s no trouble in the sky -
Blue and clear – the sky -

Lord – You own the sky -
Said I -
It’s mine -
Was the Lord’s reply -

When you tire of flying -
Rest in Me -
My child -

I am tired of flying – Lord -
I’ll rest in You -
I’ll close my eyes
Until I rise -

By Carol Ann Hoel © October 28, 2014

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Psalm 55:6 – The Bible (KJV) –  And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Psalm 55:8 – I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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Trench Digging Continues – Weeds Weary Steve – Steve Fights Back with Weed Killer – No – I’m Not an Environmentalist – But I’m Sympathetic to the Cause – I’m Not Against All Herbicides – But I Can’t Think of Any I Like – We Have Reduced the Use of Weed Killers this Year -

Trenches - Weeds

Here is my trenching project for today. I finished it except for a small portion behind the plant hidden from the camera lens. Steve began spraying for weeds and I could smell it. He sprays directly on the root of the weed, but somehow the odor reached my nose, and I was out of there.

Steve and I do not argue over this issue. I listen to his reasoning and understand entirely where he is coming from. I’m on his side, and as we understand it…

Trenches - Weeds 21) The weeds are relentless, and the alternative to weed killer in certain cases (i.e. weeds that spread out over a bed of stones) would be much back-breaking labor.

2) Our drinking water comes from the mountains, not the water table beneath the yard. (We are not experts. If you are an expert or have better knowledge than we, feel free to contribute your comments.)

3) The harm done to the environment is minimal. Steve only zaps the weeds that defy the pulling-out method.

I have always been in favor of minimizing the use of herbicides and pesticides for obvious reasons. I don’t like mosquito spray, but I don’t like mosquito. I don’t like herbicides, but I like fruits and vegetables and want all people to be able to have them. These are only a few of the factors that make this issue difficult to remedy.

I solved my own desire to avoid inhaling any herbicide by leaving my project not quite finished. Spraying was Steve’s last job in the front yard. He was more willing to finish my job afterward than to quit his before its completion. I thought the front yard was finished yesterday, but I was wrong.

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Trench Digging with a Hoe – Woe Is Me – I Was Reassigned from Bush Trimming to Trench Digging – Yes – We Have a Good Reason to Remove the Stones from Around the Plants -

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Life as a bush trimmer was easy. I thought it was hard, but now I know better. I was reassigned to trench-digging with a hoe before I could try my hand at tree trimming. Steve sprays for weeds around the plants. He believes he should spray further away from them, because some have died, and Steve suspects they were smitten by weed killer. Our yard is covered in stones, which is common in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I am systematically removing the stones from around the plants. This requires breaking up the earth, as the stones have become lodged. This I do by striking the ground with the point of the hoe. After breaking the stones free, I use the hoe to drag the stones away from the plant. Steve will fill the trenches with sand. This will look nice and also serve as a marker to stop spraying weed killer.

HoeSteve has a superior hoe to the one I used in my young adult life in Michigan. I was death to many a hoe there, but this one is special. It’s sturdy and well-built. Our Michigan garden was planted in clay. I would strike the hard clay with the point of the hoe, sideways, to break through the earth. It was at this point that my hoe sometimes would fall apart under my crushing blow. I am glad to have a quality hoe to perform this mission of mercy.

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Meal with Little Preparation – Place Chicken in Baking Dish – Season – Put Seasoned Chicken in the Oven – REST – Raw Vegetables and Fruit Make Healthy Sides – Eat It – Enjoy It -

Chicken Oven

 

I like to cook most of the time. Today I wanted to rest from cooking. I knew just what to do. I thawed half a chicken, which is all the two of us need for a meal. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and I poured some water in the bottom of the dish for broth. (I save the broth for another use within three days. If I haven’t used it within three days, I toss it out.)

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When I took the chicken out of the oven about an hour later, I cut up a few raw vegetables, added some grapes, a slice of gluten-free bread (from Costco), and called it lunch. (I like celery but Steve doesn’t, so I gave him twice as much broccoli.) Steve didn’t complain. He is a dear.

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Is It Any Wonder We Love the One Who First Loved Us -

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My soul rests in the Lord -
Who made Heaven and Earth -
I sit with all believers
In Heavenly places
With Christ Jesus
The Lord -

Satan – the accuser – may
Send his emissaries to defeat
Me – to lay blame
To my Account -
But Jesus took
Away my blame -

There is no condemnation
For them that
dwell in the secret place
Of the Most High -
Under the shadow
Of the Almighty -

We rest in Him who saved us -
Our redemption completely
Accomplished by Him -
Requiring no effort
Of our own – for
We are kept -

We are freed from guilt
To live the abundant life -
Is it any wonder
We love the One
Who first
Loved us -

By Carol Ann Hoel © October 27, 2014

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Ephesians 2: 4-7 – The Bible (KJV) – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:9-11 – The Bible (KJV) –  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Matthew 11:28-30 – The Bible (KJV) – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Psalm 116:6-8 – The Bible (KJV) – The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

Psalm 124:7-8 – The Bible (KJV) – Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 91:1 – The Bible (KJV) – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

1 John 4:19 – The Bible (KJV) – We love him, because he first loved us.

Revelation 12:10 – The Bible (KJV) – And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

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Migraine Headaches – Monster Migraine Headaches – NO MORE – By His Stripes We Are Healed – Praise to Jesus Who Accomplished our Complete Redemption on the Cross of Calvary – Including Healing – If We Ask Believing We Will Receive – We Will Have What We Ask -

 

This child probably did not have a headache, but people with migraine headaches may hold their heads this way...

This child probably did not have a headache, but people with migraine headaches may hold their heads this way shielding their eyes from light…

If you have ever had a migraine headache, you know how awful they are. These are not the average headache. I’ve heard of people having episodes that last for days at a time. I began experiencing these awful headaches in about the year 1967, and I was delivered from them in the year 1980.

The pain would begin in the morning and gradually worsen throughout the day. By evening the pain would have risen to an unbearable level. I couldn’t tolerate light in my eyes and vertigo crept in at that stage of the headache. I would lye in bed with the covers over my head praying that the painful headache would end soon. I would take an Excedrin PM, which induced sleep, and by morning the headache would be gone.

I didn’t think of asking the Lord to completely take away migraine headaches UNTIL the day I came down with the monster migraine headache of all headaches that I would never forget! I took Excedrin PM and it finally allowed me to sleep, but I was terrified to think that I might someday be attacked by another one like it.

I prayed. I told the Lord how awful that last headache was, as though he didn’t know. The strength of that headache drove me to pray earnestly that I would never have another one for the rest of my life, and I never did have another migraine headache.

We can have what we pray if we believe. Believing comes by hearing the Word of God. While my church did not teach that God is always willing to heal us or that sickness comes from the devil, we understood that God had His hand in any kind of healing, whether it just happened or if a doctor had intervened. We prayed for healing; and we gave thanks for healing.

I’ve learned much more about healing in the last few years. The more I have studied what the Bible says about healing, the more I understand that God is able AND willing to heal us, that our healing is part of our redemption, and that we may be healed if we will only ask and believe.

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Isaiah 53:4-5 – The Bible (KJV) – Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Mark 11:23-24 – The Bible (KJV) – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Romans 10:17 – The Bible (KJV) – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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Baked Ziti – Made with Gluten-free Penne Pasta – A Three Cheese Delight – Made the Simple Way – Shortcut Using Hunts Four Cheese Pasta Sauce -

Baked Ziti

One shortcut made this meal simple to make. Instead of preparing the sauce myself, I used a 24 ounce can of Hunts Four Cheese Pasta Sauce.

Warm the pasta sauce in a pan. While the sauce is heating, boil four quarts of water for 2/3 of a box of Ronzoni gluten-free penne pasta (or, if preferred, ziti made of wheat flour). When the water is boiling hard, add the pasta. (If the water threatens to boil over, add a few drops of vegetable oil to the pan.) Cook according to directions on the box. Drain, rinse, and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Spoon a 15 ounce carton of ricotta cheese into a small mixing bowl and add one egg and a tablespoon of chopped parsley. Mix and set aside.

Grate 3/4 pound of mozzarella cheese and set aside.

Grate 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. (Or use a cup from a bag of grated Parmesan cheese. I did.) Set aside.

Choose an 8″ X 8″ baking dish.

With a ladle add enough pasta sauce to cover the bottom of the baking dish (about 1/3 of the sauce). Add a layer of pasta (half of the pasta), then a layer using half the ricotta cheese mixture, and next a layer of grated mozzarella cheese, about one-third of it. Add another layer of pasta sauce, and sprinkle half the grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

Repeat layers, beginning with the rest of the pasta, the remainder of the ricotta cheese, another layer of mozzarella cheese, then the remainder of the sauce, next the more mozzarella, and sprinkle the top with the remainder of the Parmesan cheese.

Dot the top with butter. Spray aluminum foil with cooking oil or rub oil on the surface of the foil so the cheese will not stick. Cover the dish with the foil, and place it in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 25 minutes longer. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

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Trimming Plants Continues – Steve Does the More Tedious Work – He Is So Sweet – We Are Moving from the Front Yard to the Back – Lantana and Little John Receive a Trim Today -

 

Trimming continuesThis Little John is the last bush I trimmed in the front yard. Steve is still working today on removing those weeds that look like rugs spreading out on top of our stone covering.

Trimming continues 2This blooming Lantana was difficult to trim as the flowers were too pretty to cut off, but I did what I had to do. I tried to leave as many flowers as possible. My shaping abilities were hampered by my desire to keep the blooms.

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Another Little John sits right next to the red blooming Lantana. Both plants are in pots. Steve plans to stop using pots. We have plans to change the landscaping scheme but we have little time to spend on it. Isn’t that just like life? Too much to do; too little time to do it.

Time to switch from trimming to cooking. Baked Ziti is my plan but it will be Baked Penne. Pasta makers are not offering gluten-free ziti yet.

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Speak It From the Mountains – Jesus – LORD – Savior – Redeemer – You Love the World – Go Tell It – Speak It From the Mountains – Tell it in the Valleys -

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Mystery – Power – Sovereignty – Love -
Jesus – LORD – Savior – Redeemer -
All-knowing – Omnipresent – Almighty -
Life Giver – Healer – Sustainer -
I find no fault in You -
Your love profound and true
Gave life and hope to me -
You died so I could be
Your child forever free -
Overcoming death You rose
From the grave – Alive and well -

You love the World – Go tell -
Go tell them – You say -

Speak it from the mountains -
Tell it in the valleys to0 -
Tell them I love them -
Say that I’ll heal them -
You won’t be alone -
Others will join you -

Mystery – Power – Sovereignty – Love -
Jesus – LORD – Savior – Redeemer -
All-knowing – Omnipresent – Almighty -
Life Giver – Healer – Sustainer -
I find no fault in You -

By Carol Ann Hoel © October 24, 2014
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Matthew 4:23 – The Bible (KJV) – And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Matthew 11:5 – The Bible (KJV) – The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Mark 16:15 – The Bible (KJV) – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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Baked Irish Soda Bread to Have with Lunch Today – I Switched One Ingredient – from Wheat to Gluten-free Flour – The Conversion Was a Success – This Recipe for Irish Soda Bread with Raisins Comes from simplyrecipes.com -

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorite quick breads. I made it for the first time in Texas. I found the recipe at simplyrecipes.com. Now I used the same recipe to make this bread, but I substituted Jule’s gluten-free all-purpose flour for the wheat flour called for in the original recipe. I baked it in my cast iron skillet, but a baking sheet may be used.

Along with switching to all-purpose gluten-free flour, I made deeper cuts across the top of the bread to allow the heat to get to the center of the dough better. I wanted to make sure that the center would get done. Next time I may not make the deeper cuts since the dough baked perfectly this time. (If I don’t make the cuts deeper, the center may not get done. I won’t know until I try it.) I also lowered the temperature from 425 to 400 degrees to keep the top from browning before the bread finished baking. This was a necessary adjustment that I have learned working with gluten-free flour.

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My Irish Soda Bread was a success. (Those are golden raisins, if you are wondering. Steve likes them better than the dark ones.) We enjoyed this bread with lunch and again as a night snack. I cut myself a thick slice and covered it with butter. Steve had his with peach preserves. I will definitely make this recipe for Irish Soda Bread again.

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Curtain Call – One More Night with the Frogs – Gingivitis Healed after Many Years of Not Worsening – Relief Was Only a Prayer Away – Now Gingivitis Is Gone – Praise to Jesus – Healing Is Part of His Redemptive Gift to Us – For By His Stripes We Are Healed -

Red Theater Curtain

I compare my failure to pray for immediate healing of Gingivitis fifteen years ago to Egyptian Pharoah’s failure to ask Moses for the plague of frogs to be lifted immediately.

Moses asked Pharoah when he should pray for the frogs to go away, and Pharoah said tomorrow. Egypt spent one more night with the frogs. I spent fifteen more years with Gingivitis, because I didn’t know any better at the time. Now I know. Here is the story:

I have endured a mild case of Gingivitis for at least fifteen years. A dental hygienist told me I had it when she was cleaning my teeth. She asked if my gum was sore in the affected area around one tooth. I said that it was sensitive and it bled if I scraped it with my toothbrush. She explained that I should use a toothbrush with soft bristles so I wouldn’t aggravate it.

I went home that day concerned. I always brushed my teeth several times a day, and I didn’t expect to develop gum disease. I prayed about it. I asked the Lord never to allow it to get any worse. This small area of Gingivitis has been there all these years, but it’s never gotten any worse. God is faithful. He gave me exactly what I asked.

Now that I know God wants to heal us, I prayed a different prayer. I asked that my gums be healed completely of Gingivitis. The next day I noticed when I brushed my teeth there was no sensitivity and no blood! I brushed this area the same way I brushed the rest of my teeth. What do you know! There was no discomfort and no bleeding. This happened about a week ago. This condition has completely vanished. There has been no sign of it since. God is SO good and willing to heal us.

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Exodus 8:9-10 – The Bible (KJV) – And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

And he said, Tomorrow.

And he said, Be it according to thy word…

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Good Morning from Chelsea – Yesterday She Was Groomed – Not What She Really Likes – She Gives Us the Disapproving Look as Her Groomer Carries Her Away – But She Comes Back Looking Beautiful and Clean -

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Stretching in the morning hours, Chelsea is clean and trimmed. She can see better than she could from under her bushy brow. Did she complain about her bushy brow? Not sure, but if she knew grooming would solve it, she wouldn’t say a word. Yes, Chelsea talks. She speaks Bichonese. Most of the time the message is FEED ME.

Chelsea Groomed 1

Not hungry yet, she opts to take a run in her 3/4 acre yard. Any time of day or night, Chelsea comes and goes.

Chelsea Groomed twice

Nothing bores Chelsea more than having no appetite. This happens to her now and then. She looks longingly at her food but walks away for another hour or so until her appetite returns. Chelsea loves to eat.

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We Like Catfish – I Have It On Hand – Tilapia Not So Much – I Used a Recipe for Broiled Tilapia to Broil Catfish – So – I’ll Call Mine Broiled Catfish Parmesan – Instead of Broiled Tilapia Parmesan – Another Good Recipe from Allrecipes.com -

 

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This large catfish fillet was broiled in the oven and served in a very short time.

Steve and I both like catfish breaded with Jules Gluten-free All-purpose Flour, but I’ve been presenting too many meals high in carbohydrates, so today I put on the brakes.

Catfish Broiled with ParmesanHere is a link to the recipe that made our catfish special today. It’s entitled Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, and tilapia will work as well as catfish. It took only ten minutes to put together the ingredients, which included Parmesan cheese, softened butter, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, dried basil, black pepper, onion powder, and celery salt. I broiled the fish three minutes on one side, two on the other, and two more with Parmesan mixture spread on top.

Custard Bread Pudding DessertWhile I said that I put on the brakes with carbs, I confess that I served a dessert that contained some starchy carbohydrate. Two gluten-free biscuits cut into cubes went into the custard bread pudding.

I poured some cream over my dish of pudding. There are no carbs in heavy cream but some very hefty calories. Steve preferred his dessert as is.

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Mystery Remains Unsolved – The Case of the Missing Ground Beef Patty from Olive Garden – Chelsea – Our Bichon Frise Pet – Appears to be Innocent But Remains as a Person of Interest -

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Excuse our remodeling zone – floor under construction

Circumstances: Steve ordered a takeout ground beef patty at Olive Garden restaurant for Chelsea, the household pet.

Said ground beef patty was transported in a Styrofoam box from Olive Garden to the home of Steve and Carol Ann. Half of the ground beef patty was cut in pieces and presented to Chelsea on a paper plate. Another quarter of the patty was likewise cut up and given to Chelsea as a night snack. The remaining one-quarter ground beef patty, intended as breakfast for Chelsea, was reported missing by the pet owners. Chelsea, although appearing innocent, was designated as a person of interest in this case.

Investigation revealed that no Styrofoam box could be found in any part of the refrigerator. A search of the household trash proved that it held no Styrofoam box of any kind. A search of the entire home turned up no Styrofoam box. Pet owners, Steve and Carol Ann, stated that Chelsea had never eaten a Styrofoam box before and they doubted that she ate this one.

Since there was no evidence that a Styrofoam box from Olive Garden containing a ground beef patty ever existed, this case was closed and filed under unsolved mysteries.

Carol Ann donated her leftover pasta with marinara sauce to Chelsea for breakfast.

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Baked Gluten-free Custard Bread Pudding – Made for a Party – We All Had Fun – Lots of Food for Everyone – And Plenty for the Few of Us Allergic to Wheat -

Custard Bread Pudding

Steve and I attended a party at the home of one of our friends. Each person brought a dish. I made a gluten-free custard bread pudding from a five-star recipe on allrecipes.com. The only substitution I made was switching from bread made from wheat to biscuits made from gluten-free flour.

Biscuits for Bread PuddingI sliced the biscuits into cubes and spread them out on the bottom of the pan. I added raisins and cinnamon. The ingredients for the custard I put directly into my blender, half and half, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. The custard ingredients were too much to put all of it into the blender at once.

I discovered this fact the day before when I prepared half a recipe for Steve and me to be sure the dish would turn out well for the party. Half the recipe was all the blender could hold and process. Fortunately I learned this before trying to prepare the full recipe. If you decide to make this delicious custard bread pudding, simply cut the custard ingredients in half and put them directly into the blender. Process until smooth and pour over the biscuit cubes (or bread cubes if you are not allergic to wheat) and raisins. Prepare the second half-recipe for the custard the same way and pour it into the pan, also.

The baking dish of custard bread pudding must lowered into a larger pan of boiling water. The boiling water should come halfway to the top of the baking dish. This step keeps constant moisture in the oven, which allows the custard to set up properly. The oven temperature should be 300 degrees. I used our turkey roasting pan for the boiling water container. (See the recipe link above for ingredient amounts.)

Custard Bread Pudding dishI added one egg to the called-for ingredients, because our eggs are small. If you use large eggs, this addition would not be necessary.

This is a very easy recipe to prepare. There are few ingredients. However, if you make the gluten-free version, you must first bake gluten-free biscuits to substitute for the bread. The custard pudding makes this dessert very moist and delicious.

 

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A Different Kind of Curtain Call – God Pulled Back the Curtain and I Saw What I Didn’t See Before – I Had Received What I said According to Mark 11:23-24 – Even When I Was Unaware of the Awesomeness of It – We Can Have What We Say Believing – Because of Jesus’ Redemptive Work on the Cross -

Red Theater CurtainAt the conclusion of a performance an audience showing extreme enthusiasm for the presentation may inspire a curtain call. The curtain opens again, exposing the leading actor, player, or artist, allowing spectators to offer yet another round of applause.

I’ve been studying healing in the Bible, and during these months, God has reminded me of past experiences in my life. As though pulling back the curtain He has shown me what I didn’t understand or recognize at the time. He has brought to my mind, one at a time, healing episodes, remembrances that I am naming curtain calls, our Faithful Lord being the performer worthy of my extreme applause.

Although I hesitate to make public my past infirmities, especially this one, I do it to praise the Lord for the truth of His promises. I’ve made a journal of these revelations and may share them one or two at a time.

This is the first: I experienced several hallucinations over a period of time beginning in about the year 1967. They did not come from God. In my opinion, the origin of them was most likely an evil spirit or maybe some unresolved disturbance buried in my sub conscience mind. I did not see a doctor, so no there was no diagnosis.

As I was about to drop off to sleep, I would see something startling that was not a dream. I would break free from it moments after it started. The first hallucination came as the appearance of man in a trench coat and a hat. He raised himself up at my bedside, looked at me as I looked at him, and then stood up and ran out the door. I could hear the sounds of his trench coat swishing as he ran.

I’d never had a hallucination before, so I thought there really was a man that got up and ran away. My husband finally convinced me it wasn’t real when he asked me what he looked like. I realized then that the man didn’t have a face, just a hat, a trench coat, and running feet, but no face, even though I’d look at his face. (Yes, that was a chilling moment for me.) Over a span of years I experienced several episodes, all different, some frightening, but none lengthy, and I knew they were not real.

However, one day I had one that frightened me so much that I said to the Lord in prayer, “Lord, I never want another hallucination for the rest of my life.” I thanked God right then and there for making sure I never would have another one, and I never did have another one. They stopped in about the year 1978. This is year 2014, so I’ve been free of those unwelcome visions for 36 years.

I received exactly what I said that day, just as promised in Mark 11:23-24. I prayed it, believed it, and received it. Yet at the time, I gave no thought to that verse or principle, because I had not understood the essence and truth of it at that time in my life. Having a relationship with the Lord and a strong desire, I spoke it, believed it, and received it. God answered my prayer of faith that day, and He healed me from that issue.

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Mark 11:23-24 – The Bible (KJV) – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover – Awesome – Is This Not True Anymore -

 

sunWe can trust the Bible to be true. Know the truth and the truth will make you free. Free of what? Sickness, confusion, fear, any spiritual or physical evil.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18 – The Bible (KJV)

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away. Matthew 24:35 – The Bible (KJV)

These verses (Matthew 16:17-18) remain in effect unless some verse in scripture specifically says that they do not apply to believers today.

I’ve heard a few verses interpreted to indicate that some of the gifts and miracles that belong to the church no longer operate. There are no verses that even remotely say any of God’s promises are null and void. The only time any gift does not operate is when we do not believe it happens anymore.

The verses quoted below were part of Paul’s message telling that love (translated here as charity) is more important than all other traits or characteristics or gifting of Christians. These verses (the ones purported to say that some of the early Christian miracle gifts like divine healing, speaking in tongues, and miracles) are italicized so that you may decide for yourself whether or not they clearly say that signs and wonders are no longer a valid part of the Christian experience for today.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 The Bible (KJV) – Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

These verses say that some of the prophesies we hear may fail (prophesies made by people), some speaking in tongues may not continue, some knowledge we depended upon may vanish away (not Bible truth, which remains forever), but LOVE (God is Love) never fails. Paul’s message on love starts earlier than the first verse I quote. Check it out. Begin at chapter 12 and read through chapter 14. Even more clearly you will see that the message had nothing to do with the verses spoken by Jesus in Mark 16:17-18.

If we expect to be healed by faith, we must believe that God is still in the business of healing. I believe God heals. I believe God has His hand in anyone’s healing. I believe He blesses what doctors do in many cases. I believe that God blesses surgeries and heals people’s wounds. God is good and He is our Healer.

I also believe that God blesses anyone’s genuine faith to be miraculously healed. I believe God supplies the faith if we believe He will heal as in the beginning of the church. It still happens today. It happens when people are able to believe. Hearing that God does not heal causes people to doubt. Believe the truth and receive the healing you want and need.

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Mid-October Sunrise in Arizona – Blessings to All – Sunrise – Sunset – Sunrise – Sunset – The Lord God Is Faithful –

Sunrise Mid OctoberJust a hint of dark cloud surrounded by light and beauty. Look at the expanse of sky and the size of trouble. Our God is always bigger than our troubles. We are blessed.

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Garden Trimming Continues – Cutting Away Jungle-like Growth in Arizona Desert – Steve Has Given Me this Permanent Job – I am Honored – Killer Steve Continues to Wrestle with Monster Algae in our Pool -

Garden Trim

I trimmed the garden plants around the tree and limbs that were lying on top of the plants. Steve has released me from weeding, perhaps because I hate it so much. I also scream bloody murder if an ant bites me, and they like my blood a lot. After an ant bites me, I quit for the day. Now my permanent job is trimming, and I would like to trim the tree in the middle of the garden (above photo). Steve has some doubt about it, but we will find out. He is probably right. Climbing the ladder might change the way I feel about trimming the tree.

Pool ProjectSteve is still working on regaining control of the pool. The time period between the worst pain in his old hip and healing of his new hip put all efforts in pursuit of Steve’s super-animated version of home ownership in a halted state. Now he has to put in long hours everyday to get all things back on track. All things include pool recovery and maintenance, weeding 3/4 of an acre, tree trimming, and home renovation projects such as flooring, painting, and wall-busting. I hope he is finished wall-busting.

 

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