Love Is Strong as Death – Jealousy Is Cruel as the Grave – the Coals Thereof Are Coals of Fire which Hath a Most Vehement Flame – Many Waters Cannot Quench Love – Neither Can the Floods Drown It – Neither Death Nor Life Nor Angels Nor Principalities Nor Powers Nor Things Present Nor Things to Come Nor Height Nor Depth Nor Any Other Creature Shall Be Able to Separate Us from the Love of God – which Is in Christ Jesus Our Lord -

 

The Fire of the Love of God for Us Cannot Be Quenched as this little campfire - God loves us with an Everlasting Love...

The Love of God cannot be quenched as this little campfire in our backyard – God loves us with an Everlasting Love…

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 – The Bible (KJV) – Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it…

Romans 8:35-39 – The Bible (KJV) – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth – Jesus said to Zaccheus – the Son of Man Is Come to Seek and to Save that which was Lost – Jesus Came to Deliver Us From Evil – And He Came to Reveal His Father to Us and to Glorify Him -

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Luke 19:10 - The Bible (KJV) – For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

2 Corinthians 5:19 – To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

John 17:1-3 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Galatians 1:3-5 - Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

John 1:18 – No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Luke 10:22 - All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

John 17:25-26O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

John 10:30 - I and my Father are one.

 

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What Do We Know About Our Father In Heaven – Jesus Said – He that Hath Seen Me Hath Seen the Father – Jesus Also Said – I and My Father Are One – Our Heavenly Father Is Like Jesus Our Savior -

 

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John 14:6-11 – The Bible (KJV) – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

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Experience Teaches – Steve Learns Well – Necessity is the Father of Invention – And Steve Is a Master of Quick Fixes -

 

Steve invents movable displays by bolting his wheel barrels to leveling boards. The man is a genius. I declare!

Steve invents movable displays by bolting his wheel barrels to leveling boards. The man is a genius. I declare!

When a plan is in place, as time passes, the next step becomes obvious. Our plan is to live the RV lifestyle, but the steps to arrive at our destiny are numerous. We now live in a large home; we will live in a tiny home. This will be our second but maybe not our last yard sale. With experience behind him Steve recognizes some of the pitfalls that hindered success last time, and he is working on avoiding them. Tables that must move at the end of the day will have wheels, for instance. It’s all about preparation and organization.

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This is my lawn chair for our RV patio – (I’m playing RV.) We will sit in our new chairs at the sale, too. Yee Ha! I see the day coming!

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Ocotillo in Bloom – Arizona Blue Sky – Loud Whistling Bird – Beautiful Morning – God is Good – All the Time -

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A whistle, loud and clear, broke my concentration. I looked up from the book I was reading to see which bird could produce such a piercing sound. I grabbed my phone and slowly approached the blooming ocotillo plant where this bird was perched. Other times I’ve tried to get a shot of a bird nearby, but I couldn’t get close enough before they all flew away. Today this friendly whistler stayed put for me. I haven’t learned to recognize Arizona birds yet, so I can’t tell you its name.

Most mornings, as the weather has warmed, I’ll be sitting on a lawn chair in our yard drinking coffee, reading, contemplating sunshine, springtime breezes, and blue Arizona sky. All this beauty reminds me that God is good. All the time…

 

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I Will both Lay me Down in Peace and Sleep – for Thou Lord Only Makest Me Dwell in Safety – (Psalm 4:8)

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Psalm 127:1-2 – The Bible (KJV) – Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

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

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My Camping Experience Began Early in Life – A Bear Did Not Visit Our Tent – But Raccoon Showed Up One Year – Our Tents Were Large Enough to Stand Up Inside – Not Small Like This One -

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My husband Steve had camping on his mind before we met. An unfulfilled desire to roam the country in an RV lingered in his heart. When he revealed this yearning to me, he was delighted to find that I liked the idea. I shared with him my tent camping experiences, which began in my childhood.

My paternal grandparents took my sister and me along with them several years in a row to visit our aunt and uncle at their campsite in Pymatuning State Park in Pennsylvania. These joyful relatives camped in the same park every year in an old trailer with a large screen room attached. They regularly entertained other couples in the campground, all friends of theirs who had agreed to meet with them to party together, and party they did. Continually.

My sister and I slept in a tent adjacent to their campsite. I remember my grandmother sitting inside the tent with us through a night of windy thunderstorm. We could see through the tent door the torrential rains blowing sideways as the lightning lit up the sky. She assured us we were safe. Perhaps I fell asleep during that time, because I don’t remember her leaving us during the storm. Even now the sound of rain pelting a roof reminds me of the rain pounding the canvas that night. Fond memories of childhood camping trips have stayed with me all my life.

Raccoon in tree Source: Wikipedia Public Domain

Raccoon in tree
Source: Wikipedia Public Domain

My adult camping experiences were fewer but just as memorable. One year we camped in the off-season. What we didn’t know would happen during an off-season was this: The raccoon that lived in the park were accustomed to dining on the leftovers from many campers. Hungry from lack of food they became aggressive toward us few off-season campers. Not just a little aggressive, no, they were BOLD. They had chewed their way into a tent that was inhabited at the time. Even though the tent residents had pounded them from inside trying to dissuade them, they persisted until they got inside, took the open package of cookies and left! The campground employees informed us that we should keep all our food closed up and not attempt to feed the raccoon. We were warned, and we heeded the admonition. Nevertheless, the raccoon had their way with us! My husband caught a fish and locked it inside a wire-mesh container that was made to drop off the side of the boat to keep the fish wet. When we got to the shore, he laid the wire basket down for a moment. A raccoon grabbed the basket and ran away with it. My husband followed, but by the time he could find the basket, the raccoon had torn the wire mesh apart and half eaten the fish! Funny? Yes, but not at the time.

Steve has no desire to go tent camping. He has made that clear. He and his wife late Dottie loved camping at The Hilton on their vacations. That’s as close to tent camping they ever came. I finally had my fill of tent camping the year my husband Bill and I moved from Michigan to Florida pulling only a tiny u-haul behind us. We put up a tent and slept in it only a few nights until I was attacked by a swarm of fire ants. After that episode we slept on a mattress inside the van and used the tent to store our belongings. We camped only ten days before we rented an apartment. I haven’t wanted to tent camp since then. I’m ready for an RV with Steve.

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Little John Blossoms – Something We Will Miss When We Hit the Road – What More Will We Miss When We Live in an RV – Will Adventure – Travel – and Family Visits Satisfy – We Think So -

Morning Discovery

Little John’s blood-red blossom caught my eye this morning. Outside in the early hours after dawn, sitting in one of our super-comfortable lawn chairs with attached table and cup holder, I acted out the pleasures of living in the RV of our dreams. Coffee in one hand and my Kindle in the other, somehow my attention shifted from reading and drinking coffee to admiring our Little John’s red blaze. I put down the coffee and Kindle to grab my phone and take pictures. I’ll miss Little John’s March display once we really own and live in a motor home.

The underside of Little John - Like the underside of maintaining home and grounds

The underside of Little John – Like the underside of maintaining home and grounds

What other pleasures will we miss? Space, I suppose. We live in a four-bed, two bath home. Our game room contains our pool table, a couch and love seat, and a large-screen TV. One of the bedrooms is really our cozy office with computers, file cabinets, and other office-like stuff. The master bedroom and en suite provide additional area with seating and a TV. We have lots of places to spend our time and lots of opportunity for time alone if we so choose.

Why would we give up luxury to live a mobile lifestyle in a beautifully designed hallway? Did I say hallway? Enter the home at the cockpit, progress to the kitchen fully equipped with stove, convection oven, and residential-style refrigerator; then, continue to the living room. Take note that we are still within full view of one another. Further down the hallway there is a half-bath into which one may enter and lose sight of the other, a bedroom, and a full bathroom with a shower, two sinks, and a washer/dryer combo. Are you picturing this? It has all the amenities of a beautiful home compacted snugly into a hallway. Where does one go that the other is not there? Uh, to the bathroom or to bed? The bedroom has no furniture other than the bed. There is one other choice that will be the most useful to us, we believe. One may exit at the cockpit door and recline in a lawn chair on the patio or possibly in a screen room. Add this option, and there is ample opportunity for alone-time when desired.

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Steve and I get along together just fine. We both need some alone-time. Everyone does. Yet, we believe we will be happy with our new lifestyle. We want to travel, visit our respective families, meet and make new friends, and see the country. All of Steve’s adult life he has spent tending large lawns and gardens. We are doing what most seniors finally do, downsizing, eliminating the labor and expense associated with a large home. We prefer to become RVers rather than choosing to settle in a smaller stick-and-brick home for the rest of our lives. We are mesmerized by a sense of adventure, a longing to be free and yet together. Really together, right? We can’t wait!

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According to Your Faith Be It unto You – Be Not Afraid, Only Believe – This Is the Work of God – that Ye Believe on Him Whom He Hath Sent – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and Thou Shalt Be Saved – and Thy House – What a Mighty God We Serve -

 

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Matthew 9:28-29 – The Bible (KJV) – And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Mark 5:36 – As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

John 6:28 – Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Acts 16:26-31 – And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Jesus was consistent when giving instruction to those whose hearts were contrite and without hypocrisy. Only believe, He told them. Simple faith. Confidence in His word was the only requirement for salvation and healing. 

Paul and Silas reiterated the Lord’s message to the prison guard. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, they said in answer to the question of the distressed prison guard.

What a mighty God we serve! There is nothing too hard for the Lord! He stands behind His Word. His promises are real! 

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Chicken Thighs – Dipped in Gluten-Free Crumbs – Made with Crunchmaster Rice Crackers – Roasted in Convection Oven – Yes – I’m Learning This – One Recipe at a Time -

Chicken Thighs Rice Crackers

Huge chicken thighs from Costco dipped in mayonnaise and crushed rice crackers presented a challenge for me today. I would have baked them at 375 F in a conventional oven, but I was truly bold and increased the temperature to 425 F using the roast setting. Okay. What was I thinking?

Chicken Thighs Rice Crackers 3Generally the temperature setting from conventional to convection heat should be decreased. I roasted the thighs for 40 minutes, pulled out the dish, and took a peek. I found the meat not quite done, needing about 7 more minutes, but the meat had already browned. I turned the heat down to 375 F. on the bake setting and hoped for the best.

The chicken thighs were crispy, moist, and perfectly done. Ah. Life is good. However, I will work on this recipe. Next time I will try 400 F on the roast setting, which is hotter than the bake setting, and the fan constantly circulating the air makes the meat brown evenly and quickly. If I were to use smaller chicken thighs, they would cook faster. Do you think so? Steve likes to buy all our meats at Costco. Hmm. Costco meat and poultry are good, but their chicken thighs are giant. So be it.

Chicken Thighs Rice Crackers 2I am finding gluten-free rice cracker crumbs a good replacement for wheat bread crumbs. I’ve used them in several recipes. Crunchmaster Rice Crackers (also from Costco) make a crisp and tasty breading. I add Italian Seasoning, black pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper to the crumbs. Use your own favorite spices instead. Be creative and enjoy cooking.

 

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Cloudy Skies – But Sun Shines in My Heart -

Cloudy Skies

Looking out my window
Early in the morning –
Cloudy skies look back –
Greetings to you –
Cloudy skies –
Sun shines
in my heart

MP900433113Never alone in sun
Or cloud – Within
My heart – Holy
Spirit warms
My thoughts –
Son of God
Abides in me –

Always loving me –
Always caring deeply –
Olive BranchGranting peace within –
Liberally receiving
My worship –
My love –
For Him –

By Carol Ann Hoel © March 12, 2015

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Psalm 23 – The Bible (KJV) – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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Believer – How is your Mood Today – If You’re Not in a Good Mood – Cheer Up – We Are the Righteousness of God in Christ – Jesus Paid it All – On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand – All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand -

If I’m not in a good mood, I should be. I am loved. Jesus Christ gave Himself for me (us) so I am (we are) eternally blessed. He removed the curse of the law at Calvary. We are freed from condemnation forever. Jesus paid it all. Believers are united with Him through His Holy Spirit that dwells in us. If God be for us, who can be against us? God is in a good mood when he looks at His dear Son, and we are hidden in Christ. As He is in this world, so are we. We may experience troubles here on earth, but cheer up. Jesus has overcome the world.

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2 Corinthians 5:21 – The Bible (NIV) – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Galatians 3:13 – The Bible (NIV) – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

Romans 8:1 – The Bible (NIV) – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

John 14:15-18 – The Bible (NIV) –  “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Romans 8:30-32 – The Bible (NIV) – And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Matthew 17:5 – The Bible (KJV) – While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

1 John 4:17-19 – The Bible (KJV) – Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 4:17-19 – The Bible (NIV) – This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.

John 16:33 – The Bible (KJV) – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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Many Times I’ve Baked Egg Custard – But This Time Something Went Terribly Wrong -

Custard Catastrophe

The evening hours were dwindling away when I decided to make a batch of egg custard. This is a recipe that is simple and the entire process from start to finish should have taken only 45 or 50 minutes including the baking time. After two hours I finally had my custard cooling on the counter.

Something went wrong and this is how it happened. I had poured the custard mixture into the cups and shaken ground nutmeg onto their tops. Next I emptied my teapot full of boiling hot water into the baking pan creating the necessary hot water bath for egg custard. I opened the oven door and attempted to slide the heavy pan into it carefully. Somehow I slipped. Don’t ask me how. But in correcting myself, I jiggled the pan. The sudden movement triggered a tsunami inside the pan. The water shifted to one side of the pan and on its way back to the other side, hot water covered all the cups of custard. As the cups were sliding back and forth, they lost their contents into the water. Hanging onto the pan and trying to balance it, I called for Steve.

Custard Catastrophe 2As hilarious as this scene may have appeared, I wasn’t laughing yet. Steve, my hero, came running to help me. He took the rocking pan out of my hands and together we cleaned up my mess. The custard you see is the second batch. As you might have guessed, the first was a total loss. We laughed a lot once the crisis was past. Steve told me to call him before I put the pan in the oven next time, so I did, and he slid it in for me, and my custard was a success.

 

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Becky Dvorak – a Healer in the Name of Jesus – Steve and I Went to Phoenix to See and Hear a Dear Lady Tell about Jesus and Heal the Sick -

Becky DvorakSteve and I went to a special meeting at Streets of Destiny church in Phoenix, AZ, last night. We went because Becky Dvorak would be there speaking words of hope and salvation and healing the sick. We traveled a distance in fairly heavy traffic. Steve is a good driver, and we arrived at the our destination on time, and Becky was the first person I saw as we entered the door. Even though I saw her back and not her face, I knew it was she standing there, so I spoke her name. “Becky.” She turned around. Her sweet countenance revealed that I was not mistaken. I introduced myself and Steve and we conversed. I told her I’d read both her books more than once.

What we saw at Streets of Destiny was a church that embraced the population of that area with open arms. Becky explained that their Friday night meeting was a feeding service and after a message from her the people would receive a good meal. (Plates heaping with nutritious foods, drinks, and desserts were served to each one without cost.)

When Becky spoke, all were given opportunities to receive Jesus as their own personal savior, which many did, and also healing of their infirmities. A line formed and Becky spoke quietly to each one. I saw some very delighted faces as Becky laid her hands on them and spoke words of healing in the name of Jesus on their behalf. There was no one there with obvious diseases or crippled limbs that I noticed, only the neighborhood people that were hungry for a meal and willing to share their physical problems with Becky so she could minister healing to them.

I’ve read many books on the subject of Biblical healing, one of which was Becky Dvorak’s Dare to Believe. There were many such books to choose from for my Kindle, but when I saw hers, I sensed an excitement. I asked the Lord if this one was the best for me to read at that time. I lingered there waiting for any indication that I should keep looking, but there was none. I chose her book, and 30 seconds later it was on my Kindle (one advantage of e-books) and after reading a few chapters, I knew I’d chosen well. As soon as I finished Dare to Believe, I purchased her second book, Greater than Magic.

Becky and her husband David served the Lord in Guatemala. They started an orphanage to care for abandoned children. I won’t give the details that are available in her book, but I will declare without reservation that Becky and David have lived for Jesus lives of dedication and sacrifice. Becky prayed and studied to bring healing to the children in their care. She wrote her books not only to teach believers how to receive healing and to bring it to others, but to give her testimony of God’s miraculous provision for the infants and children the Lord saved from sickness and death through the many years of their ongoing ministry.

Miracles still happen and Becky Dvorak has witnessed and participated in many of them. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

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30 Minute BBQ Boneless Pork Ribs – Convection Oven – Quick and Easy to Prepare – I’m Embracing Convection Cooking – I’m Having Fun -

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Another successful convection oven recipe in my file – 30 Minute BBQ Boneless Pork Ribs, Author Dan Mikesell. I used country style pork ribs. I didn’t have a slab, so I scored the individual pieces and went forward. I chose a gluten-free barbecue sauce, Sweet Baby Ray. Delish!

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Five Hours Walking at the RV Show of All Shows – So Much to See – We Toured Many Coaches – Until the Right Moment Comes – We Will Continue Planning and Preparing -

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This view shows a portion of the inside of the RV of our dreams.

We drove more than an hour to get to the show. We had to ride a tram from the last parking lot to the massive area where hundreds of RVs lined paved walkways in the designated show area.

We walked steadily, climbing in and out of RVs until we were ravenously hungry. Lunch items were on sale in an outdoor food court. Lines were long, tables were crowded, but we found two seats to eat chicken fingers, hamburger, and french fries.

By the time we headed for home, we had toured probably one-tenth of the coaches on display. We already knew which manufacturer and model we favored. When we departed, the same one we had in our minds remained the coach of our choice.

Motor HomeThis photo doesn’t show the entire length of the coach we like. I couldn’t back up far enough to get it all in. Just behind me sat another motor home on display.

Steve and I live one day at a time with a goal in mind. We hope to spend our days living in an RV, making new friends on the road, and visiting our respective families on a regular basis.

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Convection Oven Cooking – Do I Have to Learn It – I Declined When We Bought a Stove that Supports Both Conventional Use and Convection Baking and Roasting – So Why Learn It Now – Our Plan to Live in an RV – New RVs Come with Convection Ovens Only – Not Both -

Convection Oven

Here I am learning new tricks – convection baking and roasting. (I hope you don’t think I’m an old dog. It has been said that old dogs can’t learn new tricks, so I can’t be one.) I’m learning this! I am determined.

The stuffed pepper dish above was cooked using the convection bake setting with a 350 F. temperature. Look how delicious this looks from only 45 minutes surrounded by constantly moving hot air produced by a fan, using the convection bake setting on my oven. How much time did I save? Maybe five minutes. See the browning effect that convection baking produced. The meat was perfectly done, fully cooked inside, and featured the desired brown presentation.

How did I determine whether to use the bake or the roast setting? I purchased a book entitled Baking with Convection by Beatrice Ojakangas. She not only tells which setting to use, she also tells why. I also use Google to find specific recipes designed for convection oven cooking.

Convection Oven 2

This is my standard baked chicken recipe converted to convection. Look at the deep browning convection roasting achieved. According to a recipe I found online, I used the convection roast setting at 400 F. for 15 minutes, and 350 F. for an additional 45 minutes. It was flavorful, juicy, with slightly crunchy skin. I am pleased. I am surprised, too.

Also, with convection cooking multiple foods may be easily baked or roasted at the same time, side by side or on different racks. Notice the roasted potatoes. I cooked them at the same time I roasted the chicken.

I thought learning this was going to be difficult. Not so. I no longer dread having to switch to convection cooking when we eventually live in an RV. In fact, I probably have switched already!

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I Hear Little Children Singing in My Memories – Jesus Is My Shepherd – Guess Who I Am – Such a Lovely Secret – I’m His Little Lamb – I See Their Sweet Smiles as We Told Them How Much Jesus Loves Them – They Believed It – How Wonderful to Believe as a Child Believes – Without a Doubt or a Care -

New Born Lamb

I taught Sunday School for many years. Our church operated a Bus Ministry. We purchased old school buses, revamped them, and used them to bring children of all ages from all over the city to church. I taught 3, 4, and 5-year-old children. Most of them were brought in by the buses. We told them about Jesus while they were with us. The simplicity of a child’s adoration of Jesus is remarkable. They hear that Jesus loves them and they believe it. Even though they have not seen Him, they believe. We need that childlike faith, too.

Luke 18:15-17 – The Bible (NIV) – People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

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How to Fold Bottom Fitted Bed Sheets – Since the Secret of Folding Them Was Told to Me – I’ve Been Trying to Learn This Procedure for Three Years – Today I Accomplished It for the First Time – Gold Star for Me -

Folded Sheets

All my adult life I’ve struggled with folding bottom fitted bed sheets. After failing miserably for many years, I developed a habit of shaking out the wrinkles and then scrunching it all together in a ball and sticking it into the drawer. Pitiful, wouldn’t you say? Many times I tried to do better, but in the end, the same lopsided clump of bed sheet had to be tucked away.

One day while discussing the woes of housework, I complained to my brother about the difficulty everyone has (I was sure it was everyone) in folding fitted bed sheets. I was amazed to hear that my bro was an expert at folding them. He assured me that, if handled properly, a bottom sheet could be folded into the same neat bundle as the top sheet. He explained the process to me, and I was sure my bed sheets would be perfectly folded from then on. But woe to me, another three years passed as I kept on trying to figure it out. I’ve been getting better at it, but never really close to the desired matching folded sheets. Today the final adjustment in my thinking dawned upon my sheet-folding gray matter. Ah ha! I got it! See my two matching folded sheets, top and bottom, with pillow cases on top.

Procedure: Spread the bottom sheet on an area large enough to contain it. Lay the elastic corners flat in such a way that the corners are straight across from one another and all four edges are straight. Next fold the sheet in half by nesting the two lower corners on top of the upper corners. Keep folding in half one way or the other until the folded sheet is shaped the way you want it. Be sure to fold the top sheet in the same manner so it will match the shape of the bottom fitted sheet.

Don’t look at the wrinkles in my bed sheets. I still haven’t conquered the concept of ironing sheets. Getting the ironing board out and heating the iron! All that sheet material hanging over the sides of the ironing board! I don’t think so. There are limits to my patience.

Am I the only one that struggled to fold a bottom fitted bed sheet? Probably not. I guess this is a silly post. So enjoy a laugh. But it’s TRUE. I folded that bottom sheet perfectly!

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Jesus the Same Yesterday – Today – and Forever – Hebrews 13:8 – Where I Was Most of My Life – Where I Am Today – God is Good – Better than I Knew -

Dove in sky

Reading blogs about our Lord Jesus I notice that we are careful not to agree with one another on anything we don’t personally embrace. You will never hear me say I don’t think it makes a difference. It does. Yet, I believe with all my heart that God loves all of His children. Jesus is the Savior to all who call on His name. I won’t belabor that point. I accept The Lord’s exposition of a parable concerning this issue:

John 10:14 – The Bible (KJV*) -I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

(Read all of John 10 for more clarity)

I’m not endorsing any particular church or condemning any. I only know a little about a few. I believe God loves us all with all our faults. Like people, churches differ in their understanding and emphases, but those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior are His.

That said, my own particular understanding of the way it ought to be, the way I think the Lord meant for his church, is this:

Matthew 16:17-20 – 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. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

I highlighted a portion of the verses above concerning which believers sometimes disagree. Some groups believe this aspect of Christianity was meant only for the early church. You may believe as you choose. Whoever is correct may someday be revealed, I suppose, but for now, see it as you see it. As you see it, you will have it. We do not receive more than we believe God has for us.

I spent 27 years in the first church I joined. It was called legalistic by opposing churches because there was a great emphasis on performance; yet, there was insistence and proclamation that we are saved by grace and not by works. This church called their critics liberal. (Name calling among us is not nice.)

Over emphasis on what we do to honor God may cloud our understanding of grace; yet, we want to be holy and pleasing to our Lord. Over emphasis on using our authority in Christ could become a stumbling block as well. Enough said. We need to love one another, yes?

Geographically I moved far away and joined another church of like faith but not quite so focused on performance. Later on, because of my husband’s terminal illness, I was limited to the Internet for church attendance. Exposure to Joseph Prince’s ministry changed my thinking in a profound way. I embraced grace in its purity. From there it was a short distance to believing that all the promises of God given to His church are valid for us today, including salvation, provision, and healing.

Life is good. God is good, even more amazingly wonderful than I once understood. May our walk with Jesus please Him.

* I mostly use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible because I learned Bible verses in this version. I do not hold the opinion that KJV is the only correct version or that it is the only standard. Other versions may give more clarity at times. Translators are men and not infallible. The original text, in Hebrew and Greek, was inspired by God.

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