caregiving chronicles: a little scripture goes a long way

caregiving chronicles: a little scripture goes a long way |

1 Peter 5

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

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In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

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10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong,firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

12 With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Give it up to God.

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I try my best to be a Proverbs 31 woman.

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Sayings of King Lemuel

31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
    Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
    your vigor on those who ruin kings.

It is not for kings, Lemuel—
    it is not for kings to drink wine,
    not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
    and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Let beer be for those who are perishing,
    wine for those who are in anguish!
Let them drink and forget their poverty
    and remember their misery no more.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

i try my best to be a proverbs 31 woman |*I’m a proud Autism Advocate. A good friend of mine gave me this ribbon for my car.*

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Just a few days ago, I was talking with an old friend about how God’s word stands the test of time. We spoke about a lot of women we know aren’t focused on walking with Christ & how especially women our age don’t follow the teachings of Christ because they feel they aren’t relevant anymore. As a Christian woman, I know God’s words are still relevant. I can walk with Christ & follow his teachings today.

As a Proverbs 31 woman, I serve the Lord with my mind, body, heart, & soul.

I serve Him with my hands when I help those in need.

I serve Him with my words when I speak for those with no voice.

I serve the Lord with my heart through kindness, forgiveness, & worship.

I serve the Lord with my actions when I preach the Gospel to those who want to listen & through charitable work.

I serve the Lord with my soul when I seek His will for my life & follow his word.

Proverbs 31 25-26

The First Christmas

caramelized onion & mushroom quiche |

Festive ribbon-necklace-thing, check.

Mixing bowl, check.

Einstein hair, check.

It must be Christmas Eve.

It’s crunch time.

Last night I baked over 150 cinnamon rolls.

caramelized onion & mushroom quiche |

This morning I made glaze for the cinnamon rolls & cookies.

I have casseroles to make, spinach to cream, kale to saute.

I have last minute presents to wrap, floors to mop, & dogs to bathe (yeah right!)

But that’s not what this holiday is about is it?

It’s about the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior.

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being thankful & a recipe round-up of Thanksgiving comfort foods

Everybody I know has at least one reason to be thankful. Everybody. You probably do too.

So take a second or two or seven, to thank the Lord for everything he has provided you with.

Psalm 95:2-3

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

1 Corinthians 4:15-16

I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge–

So, a few blogging friends have given me permission to share their favorite Thanksgiving comfort foods recipes.

thanksgiving roundup

I am sharing my Button Busting Candied Yams

Katie at Soupy Stovetop shared Chicken Barley & Beer Stew

Patricia at shared Creamy Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, & Apple Soup

Lori at Who Needs a Cape? shared Corn & Bacon Casserole

Chrysa at Thrifty Jinxy shared Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

Meegan at What Meegan Makes shared Lemon Cream Pie with Raspberries & French Silk Pie

Heather at The Food Hussy shared Thanksgiving Stuffing in the Crock Pot

Marty at Marty’s Musings shared Cranberry Apple Casserole 

Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared Butternut Squash with Maple

Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane shared The Best Homemade Mac & Cheese , Homemade Rolls , & Everything You Need for an Easy Thanksgiving Dinner

Kelly at My Soulful Home shared Cinnamon Apple Cake

Chantal at Vegetarian Gourmet shared Caramelized Butternut Squash & Brussel Sprouts & Squash, Brussel Sprout & Barley Casserole

Katie at DIY Life after College shared Stuffed Acorn Squash & Paleo Sweet Potato Brownie Muffins

Wow! These all look sooooo yummy. I’m gonna have to figure out how to fit all of these on my Thanksgiving Table!