A Favorite Christmas Tradition {No-Bake Cookies}

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Before I head off on my blogging break, I wanted to share with you a favorite Christmas tradition. In fact, I’m sure many of you have the same Christmas tradition … making Christmas cookies.

I remember standing at the stove with my Mom when she finally gave in to my pleading and allowed me to taste the chocolate before she added the sugar as we made one of my favorite Christmas cookies. I can still close my eyes and remember the bitter taste in my mouth, but a few ingredients later and those cookies were delicious : )

Sitting with my husband (then boyfriend) years later, we discussed our favorite Christmas cookies. Tim’s favorite was Cowboy Cookies. I had never heard of Cowboy Cookies but couldn’t wait for him to try my favorite which were No-Bake Cookies. To our surprise they were almost the same cookie, but my favorite cookie became Tim’s new favorite cookie : )

The fact that he liked my cookies better is still a source of great pride for me today, and the missing ingredient was peanut butter. We love peanut butter, and Tim still can’t understand why his Mom never used peanut butter in her Cowboy Cookies.

Here is the recipe for our favorite Christmas cookie:

No-Bake Cookies

Ingredients:

¼ cup cocoa

¼ cup butter

2 cups sugar

½ cup milk

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups quick-cooking oats (one-minute)

Directions:

  1. Bring cocoa, butter, sugar, and milk to a boil.
  2. Boil one minute, stirring lightly.
  3. Remove from burner.
  4. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  5. Add oats, blend well.
  6. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper.
  7. Enjoy : )

Tip:

You will want to work quickly so the cookies don’t harden in the pan. So I always pre-measure all of the ingredients and have them in little containers, just like on the cooking shows, to help things go more smoothly : ) Also, as tempted as you may be to double the recipe, resist the urge and just make it two times because the dough cools quickly and can become hard to work with.

I am seeking God and praying for His wisdom as we go into 2015, and I can’t wait for what is in store! See you on Monday, January 5th : )

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Rest in His presence.

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Discover the Good Life

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This post is written as part of Ruth Soukup’s Secret 13 Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE. To find out more about the Secret 13 Essay Contest and your chance to win a weeklong Carnival Cruise for 4, click HERE.

“Discovering the Good Life is not just about learning to spend less, but about actually changing the desires of our heart, shifting our priorities from wanting and hoping for the best of everything in this world to deeply longing to store up a different kind of treasure.” Ruth Soukup, Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life*

Ruth started her book “Living Well, Spending Less” with a story from her childhood that looked much like my own. But instead of floor plans and gourmet kitchens, I would sit in my grandma’s big chair and pore over the pages of the newest Sears or JCPenney catalog as I dreamed of what my life would look like one day.

I scanned the catalog pages with painstaking detail as I planned the wardrobe of each person in my imaginary family. Oh, I looked at the toys and things for someone of my age too, but then I would go back through the catalog and pretend I was all grown up.

Fast forward thirty-some years later, and I never did fill out my shirts quite like Cheryl Tiegs, and my life looks a bit differently than I pictured. But poring over those catalogs as a little girl, I learned to equate the good life with being surrounded by pretty things and pretty people.

And while I always loved the idea of minimalism, it wasn’t exactly reflected in my overflowing closet. But inspired by Ruth’s blog post on her 40-hanger closet, I became determined to narrow my closet down to 40 hangers … or at least 40 tops. I decluttered and got rid of a few blouses and skirts that didn’t fit or I never really liked, but I was still left with an abundance of clothes.

I would count and recount the hangers, and as Ruth so poignantly stated, “I was drowning in things I didn’t need, or even want. And yet I wasn’t quite sure how to stop wanting it either.” In fact, I convinced myself in order to narrow my closet down to 40 tops, I needed 40 new tops. I rationalized that if I was only going to have 40 hangers in my closet, every hanger should be holding up something I loved.

I do the same thing with my home. I think if only I had that dining room set or those bedroom pieces, I would be content and wouldn’t want anything else. But we all know that’s not true. “There will never be enough money or pretty things to satisfy our broken discontented hearts, but peace with where we are and what we have right now will mean instant wealth far greater than anything the world has to offer” (Ruth Soukup, Living Well, Spending Less).

Knowing that things don’t bring contentment goes against what this world is selling … literally. And with my inbox bursting with advertisements of the latest sales and newest collections, I was having a serious case of the wants. So I followed the advice Ruth shares in the final chapter of her book “Living Well, Spending less” titled “We Get More Than We Give.”

Dragging myself out of bed at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, I prepared to assist my church with their mobile food ministry. With three tops, a jacket, leggings, and jeans, I bundled up for the cool morning air. I expected to feel blessed after handing out food to families in the community, but I couldn’t have predicted how blessed I would feel.

Just before closing down a couple walked up and asked for more than food. They needed healing for their bodies. This Christmas instead of gifts under the tree, they prayed for test results that showed the cancer hadn’t returned. She worried what would happen to their girls if they lost their mother, and tears filled her eyes as words were prayed.

Driving home that day, I knew my blessings extended beyond a filled pantry or presents under the tree. Still some days part of me believes the right outfit will give me the life I dreamed of as a child.

So if I want to discover the good life and enjoy the peace Jesus offers each one of us, I must intentionally choose contentment. I must turn away from what the world is selling and count my blessings as I choose a heart of gratitude and intentionally fight for contentment.

With God’s help He will change the desires of my heart and I will join Paul in saying, “… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances … I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11-12 NIV).

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Linked to Thrifty Thursday.

Rest in His presence.

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Remember the Marriage Victories

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We both wondered if the changes we were seeing would last. Should we dare hope our marriage would make it?

In 1994 while Tim and I lived in Colorado and even before we said “I do,” two polar bears were born at the Denver Zoo. Abandoned by their mom, zoo caregivers raised Klondike and Snow, and suddenly the world had a close-up view of baby polar bears.

There were long lines to catch a glimpse of the growing babies at the zoo nursery. There were t-shirts, stuffed polar bears, magnets, and even a VHS of their story. There was more merchandise; that was just my stuff : )

So when Tim brought home a polar bear as a surprise to decorate our yard for Christmas, the only name that would do was Klondike. He was the last one on the store shelf, and his box had been opened. And when we pulled Klondike out, he was a tangled mess, much like our marriage.

One on each side, we began working toward a common goal of putting Klondike together. Sitting on the ground, we separated out the pieces and tried to figure it all out. And just like the work of putting our marriage together, things were a little messy.

We did get Klondike put together that day. Our marriage took a little longer. But seeing how we had worked as a team that day, we began to hope a little more that our marriage would make it, and one day it wouldn’t be so hard.

That was eight Christmases ago when Tim brought Klondike home, and he’s a little worse for wear. Klondike’s motor that moved his arms as if he was skiing stopped working a few years back, but he still lights up the night and reminds us we can work together. On the other hand, our marriage is stronger than ever because we learned we are on the same team.

One of our favorite Christmas traditions we do every year is putting Klondike together and taking time to remember the marriage victories. Remembering the hope Klondike gave us … And ultimately remembering the hope God gave us because we never would have got past those messy places without God in the center of both our marriage and our lives. So take time to remember your marriage victories as you go forward in your journeys.

Linked to Wifey Wednesday.

Rest in His presence.

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Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of God – Anointed

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This year we are looking to the Word of God to uncover truths (50 in all) of how God sees each one of us. If this is your first time here or you simply need a reminder of how God sees you, click here to begin reading through the series.

Seeing Ourselves as Anointed Through the Eyes of God

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” 1 John 2:20 (NIV)

At Christmastime I bless those on my list with a gift from the heart. I’ve made coasters, candles, homemade vanilla, and more. This year I decided to make an angel ornament I found on Pinterest using ribbon, a jingle bell, string, and a heart jewel.

Pulling the items out of the bag from the craft store, I suddenly wondered if I could transform what I could see into an angel that would adorn the trees of those special to me.

Sometimes I do that with my own life. I look at myself through my own eyes and fail to see how God could use me. I wonder if what I do really matters in the life of others. I can’t always envision how God could use the gifts and talents He has blessed me with to bless others for His glory.

As a young child I was outgoing and friendly, but after “that” happened I learned to be more guarded and less trusting. I saw myself as damaged goods and thought my life would be less than because of what happened.

I had failed to see that God takes our weaknesses and fills them in with His strength. And those areas where we are weak become the very things God uses to reach others.

Scripture tells us “God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in and through all of us who are his” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 TLB).

We are God’s children and He has a plan and purpose for each one of our lives that He has equipped us to do. Too often we allow what we can’t do stop us from doing what we can do. But when we do what we can do, we discover what God anointed us to do.

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being the Giver of all good things, including the gifts You gave to me. Help me to be willing to do what I can do and trust You to work through me for Your glory. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

“I have an anointing from the Holy One.” 1 John 2:20 (personalized)

We did it!!! Through Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of God, we have uncovered 50 truths of how God sees each one of us. For the next two weeks, starting next Monday, I will be taking my annual blogging break (December 22 – January 4). So the conclusion to Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of God will be on Tuesday, January 6th, along with an announcement for what is in store for 2015!

Rest in His presence.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – God’s Will

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The high school graduate asks – college, work experience, travel – What is God’s will for me?

On bended knee he asks “will you marry me?” Is this man God’s will for me?

Where should we live? go to church? What about my to-do? The list goes on and on as we ask “What is God’s will for me?”

I’ve asked all those and more; such as: “What is God’s perfect will for me?” and even “Am I in the center of God’s perfect will for me?”

While I sometimes struggle to discern God’s will when making decisions, as I read over Paul’s words in our verse, I wonder if God’s will has more to do with the attitude of my heart than all those seemingly big decisions in life.

God’s will:

Rejoice always …” Remember your joy as you choose gratitude and “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NIV)

“… pray continually …” We can rejoice always when we pray continually. We can remember our joy as we spend time in His presence. Praying continually invites God into every moment of our day.

“… give thanks in all circumstances …” When we remember every good and perfect gift comes from God, we can thank Him. Giving thanks to God expresses our trust in God and our love for God.

God’s will for us is that easy and that hard. It’s that easy because this is what we were created to do. And it is that hard because sometimes life is hard.

Before I sit down to write, I seek God for words to write … words that will share His heart and go beyond my limited ability. But today before I sought His heart, I wrote the intro to today’s post. Then my computer locked up. My current computer had never locked up before, but past computers have crashed and burned.

Not knowing what to do and pressing key after key in frustration and fear, I started quoting “Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in ALL circumstances.” I emphasize the “all circumstances” because this was something I had to remind myself of because I wasn’t exactly feeling thankful. But soon I was on my knees seeking help, seeking Him.

The fact that I hadn’t prayed prior wasn’t lost on me, and my circumstances, though not desired, led me to straight to God’s heart. And isn’t that the point? So I say enter His courts with praise, seek His heart, and then say “thank You.”

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Rest in His presence.

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One Word to Define 2015

One Word to Define 2015
According to MyOneWord.org, having a word to define your year is a process of seeking God for “just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.” I began using a word to define my year back in 2012, and it has truly been transformational for me.

That first year my one word was “intentional.” Through that word God gave me the idea for Intentionally Pursuing out of a desire to live my life on purpose and intentionally pursue the heart of God.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)

2013 was defined by the word “hope.” That year I wrote out every Bible verse that contained the word “hope,” looked up the original Hebrew and Greek of each instance, and then SOAP’d (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) many of the verses.

**Fun Facts** There are 180 verses in the NIV that contain the word “hope.” The Old Testament Hebrew contains 14 different words for “hope,” and the New Testament Greek contains 3 different words for “hope.”

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

My one word for 2014 was “delight.” To start the year off right, I made this wall art to remind me to “Take delight in the Lord.” Then I made it my goal to seek a delight from the Lord each week, something that would bring a smile to my face and His praises on my lips.

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I pictured a year where I spent more time in nature, and He delighted me with animal sightings and beautiful views. But when 2014 started off with a cold front and rainy days, I huddled indoors and learned God was not limited by my expectations.

Though there have been some animal sightings (bunnies, dolphins, deer, manatee, raccoon, and even an armadillo), God has delighted me with financial blessings, belly laughs, free afternoons to read, celebrating Daisy’s 14th birthday, and so much more : ) Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will become the desire of your heart ♥

I have been praying for a word to define 2015, and God has given me “believe.” I anticipate there might be some challenges where I pray “… ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'” (Mark 9:24). But I pray I will end 2015 with the words “‘Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!'” (Luke 1:45).

Have you used a word to define your year before? What word will you use to define 2015?

Rest in His presence.

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Your First Priority

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I had reached the end of the day and barely gotten the laundry put away before it was time to jump in the shower and get dinner started before Tim came home. Where had the afternoon gone I thought to myself. My schedule included time to clean my home, but yet again I had only done the minimum.

While I believe that what gets scheduled is what gets done, I think the things done in the beginning of the day have a better chance of getting done every day. Because I don’t know about you, but things regularly take longer than I thought they would. The unexpected happens and interrupts my plans. And before I know it, I’ve run out of time to get what I had scheduled done.

Now, at this point you may be wondering what any of this has to do with marriage. I thought the same thing. Can the fact that I’m not ironing Tim’s shirts really be that important to my marriage?

Well, I felt a nudge from God to rearrange my day. So instead of cleaning my home at the end of the day, the next day after lunch, I put the laundry away and ironed Tim’s shirts.

And did it make a difference? Well, things still took longer than I thought they would, and the unexpected still happened. And at the end of the day, I was still running behind. But knowing I had prioritized my priorities and not neglected what matters most, I was okay with not getting it all done.

So today I remind you and me that no matter what God has called you to outside your home, your first priority is to those inside your home.

But the thing with priorities is they constantly need to be re-evaluated so they can be reflected in your day and your life, and I don’t always get this right. Just yesterday Tim came home to ironed shirts and an appetizing dinner, but then he spent the evening alone because I still had more to do. At the end of the day he wants more than clean shirts. He wants me : )

What is one thing you could do to show your husband he is your first priority?

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Linked to Wifey Wednesday and Titus 2sDay.

Rest in His presence.

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Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of God – Holy

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This year we are looking to the Word of God to uncover truths (50 in all) of how God sees each one of us. If this is your first time here or you simply need a reminder of how God sees you, click here to begin reading through the series.

Seeing Ourselves as Holy Through the Eyes of God

“… we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10 NIV)

Standing outside a room in the hospital nursery, you may hear things like “he’s got your eyes” or “she’s got your nose.” As daughters of God, we want our Father to look at us and say, “she’s got My holiness” because as God’s children we should reflect His holiness.

Peter instructs us: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy'” (1 Peter 1:14-16).

To be holy as He is holy … Some days I can’t even control my tongue. Most days I lose my patience. And all days I struggle with my thoughts. Yet God calls me holy because of the sacrifice of His Son.

The words “once for all” mean the work Jesus did for us on the cross covered us completely. Never will another sacrifice be required because Jesus is and was enough for all – those that were, are, and are to come.

My struggles happen when I rely on my own strength. With His help I think before I speak. Through God’s assistance I maintain my peace. And in God’s strength I take my thoughts captive.

No longer do I live in ignorance because He gives me His guidance. He conforms me into His image and reminds me that I’m called by the Almighty to be holy because He is holy.

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In His presence I learn to reflect His holiness.  

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for making my holy through the sacrifice of Your Son. As Your daughter help me to rest in Your presence so I can receive Your guidance and learn to reflect Your holiness. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

“[I] have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ.” (Hebrews 10:10, personalized)

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Rest in His presence.

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1 John 1:9 – If We

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

I would like to invite you to go on a journey with me. Our guide will be directing us along the way. He warns us to watch our steps closely because this side of the mountain doesn’t see much light, especially with the overgrowth of trees. Covering the ground all around us is moss because moss grows in damp and shady conditions, similar to the sin in our lives.

When we walk through shady conditions and don’t allow the Light to shine into our lives, we have an overgrowth of sin in our lives. But when we confess our sins, we allow the light of Jesus to permeate our lives and hearts.

Paul reminds us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NIV), but our enemy lies and whispers we are alone in our sin. And in an effort to hide the shame of our sin, we allow our guilt to block out His light.

Max Lucado in his book Before Amen* advises, “Be abundant in your confession, and be concrete in your confession” because “healing happens when the wound is exposed to the atmosphere of grace.”

If we confess our sins …”

If we bring our sin and guilt into the light of His presence …

If we expose our sin to the atmosphere of grace …

“… he is faithful …” His faithfulness does not depend on us because even “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is (2 Timothy 2:13 NLT).

“… and just …” After David was confronted with the sin of murder, he called out to God “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:4 NIV).

“… and will forgive us our sins …” After receiving forgiveness from God, David proclaimed “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12 NLT).

“… and purify us from all unrighteousness.” On our own we cannot be pure or righteous. but through Jesus Christ we can “…be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness …” (Philippians 1:9-10 NIV).

We’ve reached the end of our journey, and someone just asked if the moss grows on this side of the mountain. Our guide assures us that moss grows here too, but it can’t survive in the light, just like our sin can’t survive when exposed to the light of Jesus.

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Rest in His presence.

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Choosing Gratitude in the Hard Places

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I once heard a story of a little boy who was born with no ears. Instead of being sad over the fact he had no ears, he was grateful his eyes were good and he didn’t need to wear glasses.

Just like the little boy in the story, we are all given a choice to choose gratitude. No matter the circumstances surrounding us, we can still find reasons to be grateful. We can focus on the ten things that are going wrong or choose to be grateful for the one thing that is going right.

Choosing gratitude allows us to rise above our circumstances. Like Peter who walked on water, we can look at the waves and wind that surround us and be overcome by our situation, or we can reach out and grab the hand of God and rise above all that is dragging us down.

When we choose gratitude in our hard places, we show God we trust Him to bring something good out of what we are going through because “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). Not in some things does God work for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose, but in ALL things does God work for our good.

A heart of gratitude starts with choosing JOY:

Jesus is our ultimate example. “He [Jesus] did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” 1 Peter 2:23 (NLT)

Opens the door. Choosing gratitude opens the door for God to work in our lives. “‘Anyone who sacrifices thank offerings to me honors me. He makes it possible for me to show him that I am the God who saves.’” Psalm 50:23 (NIRV)

Your attitude. Choosing gratitude will improve our attitude. “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11 (NLT)

Each of us must make a choice every day. We can become overwhelmed by our circumstances, or we can choose gratitude and invite God into our circumstances and trust He will bring good out of what we are facing. Choose gratitude in the hard places by inviting God into your circumstances.

We can develop a heart of gratitude by being thankful and expressing it.

  • Every day write in your journal something you are grateful for.
  • Say “thank you” for both the big and little things.
  • Begin and end each day with prayer to God, the Giver of all good things (James 1:17).

As you develop a heart of gratitude, you will increase the joy in your life because choosing gratitude improves your attitude.

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Rest in His presence.

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