"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding". Prov.3:13 (NKJV)

September 29, 2016

If the Lord...

"If the Lord is with you, in the final analysis it doesn't matter who's against you."
Taken from: "Get Serious" by Tony Evans

September 27, 2016

Crockpot Chili

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Crockpot Chili 

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef, chuck, turkey or venison (or 1/2 beef and 1/2 other ground meat)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil (if using only ground turkey)
3 cans (15 oz. each) pinto, dark red kidney, or black beans, drained (or a mixture of each)
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained (I like to replace 1 can with crushed tomatoes)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 jalapeno, chopped (or 1 tsp. red pepper flakes)
2 Tbsp. chili powder 
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. (each) garlic and onion powder
2 tsp. dry oregano
1 tsp. dry Thyme (optional)
2 tsp. paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Brown ground beef with onions and garlic; drain off excess fat. Combine beef and onions with remaining ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir to blend. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

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Note: The jalapeno is spicy. Wear gloves when chopping it to keep your hands from burning. If you don’t like things too spicy just use a can of green chilies or 1/4 tsp. of the red pepper flakes. Serve with corn bread or tortilla chips. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, and cilantro if desired.

This chili is good on its own or used other ways. It tastes great over hot dogs (chili cheese dogs), fries (chili cheese fries), used on top of hot baked potatoes, for making chili potato skins or chili cheese nachos, ect.

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September 22, 2016

Submission is NOT...

Earlier this year I posted some scriptures and thoughts to ponder on what the Bible says to the wives about submitting to their husband. If you are wondering what I'm talking about check out God's Plan for the Christian Wife pt. 4 and God's Plan for the Christian Wife pt. 6. I have done further study on this topic and wanted to come back and share more thoughts for clarity on what true Biblical submission entails. We must not make the mistake of carrying the text on submission beyond its true limits. In God's Word you will not see the Father asking a wife to do the following:

Submission does NOT mean a wife can NEVER open her mouth, period.
Submission does NOT mean a wife can NEVER give an opinion.
Submission does NOT mean a wife can NEVER disagree with a decision her husband is considering.
Submission does NOT mean a wife can NEVER warn her husband that he's about to make the wrong decision.

While she may not agree with him she still has to watch HOW she approaches him and with what attitude it is done in. Remember she MUST be respectful, kind, and gentle because God says this is the way a Christian wife is to be. Read 1 Peter 3:1-6 for an example.

Submission is NOT physical, verbal, or mental abuse. She's not to be a punching bag, doormat, or even steal, lie, cheat, commit any acts of adultery, or do anything else for her husband that God's Word commands the believer not to do.
Submission is NOT suffering passively for the Lord's sake. Read 1 Corinthians 2:18-23 and 1 Peter 3:17 carefully.
Submission is NOT being afraid of doing the right thing.

It's important to have a true Biblical understanding of submission because people (women) who oppose what God clearly states in His Word is His Will for wives are not understanding the truth. They have gotten wrong information from the world and believing a lie from the pit of hell. I may come back in the future and make a list of examples of what submission is so for some who don't have an understanding (like I once did) of practical ways to carry that out on a daily basis. Until then I pray this has blessed someone.

September 20, 2016

You may not be...

"You may not be able to forget your past. But it doesn't have to control or dominate you anymore."
Taken from: "Get Serious" by Tony Evans

September 16, 2016

Taco Soup

Today I want to share a warm comfort food that's so yummy it will have you going back for seconds. At our house you know Fall has come when I start making this :-)

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Taco Soup

Ingredients:
1-2 lbs. ground beef (or go 1/2 beef and 1/2 ground turkey/chicken)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 (14.5 oz.) cans chili or pinto beans (can mix and match your favorites), undrained
14.5 oz. can black beans
14.5 oz. can Mexican style stewed tomatoes, undrained
10-14.5 oz. can Rotel (or tomatoes with green chiles) or any diced tomatoes, undrained
14.5 oz. can of whole kernel corn, undrained (or use 1.5 cups frozen corn)
8 oz. can tomato sauce (optional)
4 oz. can diced green chiles (optional)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

Directions:
Brown ground beef with onion. Drain and pour into 6 qt. crockpot. Open cans and dump all into crockpot with beef. Pour in seasonings and stir. Cover and cook on LOW heat 6-8 hours.

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Serve with skillet cornbread or garnish with shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream, chopped green onion, black olives, jalapenos, salsa and serve with tortilla chips.



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September 15, 2016

There's no denying...

"There's no denying that your past has influenced you. But it need not control you."
Taken from: "Get Serious" by Tony Evans

September 9, 2016

God knows...

"God knows where He's taking you. And He knows the lessons you need to learn on the way so that when you get there, you can do the job."

Taken from: "Get Serious" by Tony Evans

September 1, 2016

All twisted up...


Hair all washed---check
Hair deep conditioned---check
Hair all twisted up---check
Bonnet on head---check

Now off to bed I go to join everyone else in the house who has been sleep long before me. Nighty night all and sweet dreams :-)