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.

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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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new contributor Alexis Preston: getting to know me

Hello everyone!
My name is Alexis Preston and in less than a month I will be graduating from Sam Houston State University.
So as I wrap up my time here in Huntsville, Texas I took sometime to reflect on my experiences here at Sam and how they have also been different since I have made the decision to walk a life with Christ at a young age.

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one of my favorite verses & 3 ingredient sweet potato chips

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

3 ingredient sweet potato chips.

Yup, just three.

Sweet potatoes, ground cloves, & EVOO.

Super simple. Super easy.


So here we go.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled & sliced thin, or if you prefer the skin scrub them really good.
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp EVOO

Preheat your oven to 325F.

Slice your sweet potatoes thin.

Like 1/6″ thin.


Then combine everything in a large mixing bowl, & stir to coat.


Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or spray with non-stick spray.

Spread your sliced sweet potatoes in a single layer on your greased/lined baking sheet.

Bake until crisp.


Be careful not to slice too thin or they will turn black. As you can see I sliced a couple too thin. 😉


Still yummy though!

Happy eating! 🙂