Monday, December 5, 2016

I desire MERCY not sacrifice...

I am not here to attend to people who are already right with God; I am here to attend to sinners.  In the book of Hosea, we read, "It is not sacrifice I want, but mercy.  Go and meditate on that for a while--maybe you'll come to understand it."  Matthew 9:13


My heart was drawn to compare and contrast Mercy and Sacrifice!

  • Mercy:  Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.  
  • Synonyms:  Leniency, Clemency, Compassion, Grace, Pity, Charity, Forgiveness, Forebearance

  • Sacrifice:  An act of surrendering [a habit] or possession as an offering to God.
  • Synonyms: Offerings, Oblation, gift, burnt offering

In addition, I decided to do a search for the verse Matthew is referring to in the book of Hosea 6:6 and I loved the differing scriptures that have the same meaning, but present slightly differently.  


Sacrifice is something that comes from man, but MERCY IS A GIFT THAT IS MANIFESTED FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT.

2-The Message


He wants my whole heart! (Aka:Relationship) NOT a sacrifice born from the desire to earn favor based on my outward behavior.  (Aka: Works)

3-The Voice


It's all about the relationship!  He tells me to simply go to Him (Come, to me, Mary) and HE will do all the work. 

There are times where sacrifice can be a beautiful thing...when it's born out of Holy Spirit adoration, prompting, and moving.  Sacrifice cannot come with an expectation of something in return.  We give a sacrifice of Praise simply because we love Him....

"Through Jesus, then, let us keep offering to God our own sacrifice, the praise of lips that confess His name without ceasing."  Hebrews 13:15

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Do Radishes Taste Like Potatoes?


My goal is to try some new foods in our diet.  I am using ideas others have raved about.  This morning I decided to try using radishes in place of where I would use potatoes.  I was skeptical and hesitant, but hopeful.  To be able to get the same taste and texture without all those carbs?


I decided to slice up my radishes in big chunks and bake them at 400 degrees with a little bit of butter, garlic powder, black pepper, and Himalyian sea salt.  I baked them for a total of 30 minutes.



They had a carmelized coating and were seasoned perfectly.  It doesn't taste exactly like a potato, but it's very close.  The only thing I would do differently next time is mix it in with some onions and yellow squash.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Morning Market!


What a beautiful and glorious morning!  


The Saturday Morning Marker is seasonal and only meets on Saturday mornings during the fall and spring months.  It is filled and overflowing with music, produce, crafts, essential oils, hot sauces, food, and so much MORE!


Scott and I spent quite a bit of time pouring through the fresh and locally produced fruit and vegetables.  The colors were vivid, the taste was sweet, the prices were amazing.


We ended up checking out with more in our basket than we had planned😳😊


The tastes were SUPER SWEET!

The colors were VIVACIOUSLY VIVID!
Look at those radishes.  I am going to bake them like potatoes and add some butter.  I've been told they taste just like baked potatoes once they're cooked.  


My favorite booth?  Organic Beef Bones to make BONE BROTH👍. Jack from Healthy Heritage farms spent almost 30 minutes showing us how to make the best and healthiest bone broth possible.


Scott's favorite booth?


How about some HOT SAUCE!


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

--Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We're Better Together!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Come Let us Worship The King

For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE"! Isaiah 9:6


Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” --Matthew 11:28

1-Be in the Word:


For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -- Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2-Stay Connected all day long

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.-John 15:5

3-Pray without ceasing

Be unceasing and persistent in prayer.-1 Thess 5:17

4-Let my feelings be indicators and nothing more

I have no obligation whatsoever to do what my sinful nature urges me to do.  For if I keep on following it I will perish.  But if through the power of the Holy Spirit I turn from it and it's evil deeds I will live. Romans 8:12-13

"Quick!  Catch all those little foxes before the ruin {steal} the fruit  of your love"-SOS 2:15

Keep Short Accounts

5-Surround myself with others who are working towards the same goal


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.--Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We're Better Together

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let Your Word Show Up In My Actions!


Don't tell anyone what just happened.  Rather, go to the priest, show yourself to him, and give a wave offering as Moses commanded.  YOUR ACTIONS will tell the story of what happened here today. -- Matthew 8:4

This morning as I was relationally reading through Matthew 8 I stumbled across verse 4 and could tell the Lord was speaking to me personally. 

Oh how I love words! It's how HE made me.  But this morning I'm reminded to take careful inventory and make sure that my words are backed up by His fruit in my life.  Not perfect, but in process❤️

I have to remember that HIS Word has to come before my words.  

How can I talk about my love of Jesus and not show the transforming power of what He has done, is doing, will do within me?  Words without actions are want-to's.  It means I know about Jesus, but I don't know Him personally.  To know Him personally means that His Word is going down deep into my heart.  It's setting up shop.  It's transforming the way I think.  This morning I asked the Lord to show me His fingerprints on my life and He was faithful to remind me of His faithfulness!

  • Finding true forgiveness for a father who walked away, who made promises he couldn't keep, who is all talk and no show.  He's a words without action kinda guy. (Do you know someone like that?). I remember that the mention of his name would cause my body to physically react in anger.  I would allow horrible thoughts of him to dominate my mind and then the fruit of the flesh...anger would well up.  Today his name brings sadness to my heart because he is lost, but my sadness is steeped in a deep and genuine love for him.  A love that could never have come from or originated within my human heart. He transformed the way I thought and then my behavior changed.
  • Giving me FREEDOM from the bondage of smoking.  It's been so long ago and I cannot even imagine having a cigarette now.  But there was a time when the opposite was true.  I couldn't imagine going through a day without a cigarette.  He transformed the way I thought and then my behavior changed. 
  • Having the discipline of consistent daily quiet times.  I remember wanting more of the Lord, but could not be consistent.  It's been so many years since my morning routine of having coffee with Jesus began that I cannot imagine NOT spending time with Him in the morning.   He transformed the way I thought and then my behavior changed. 

Lord, let my words AND MY ACTIONS reflect your transforming power in my life!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cultivating My Garden To Bear Beautiful & Tasty Fruit...


People and their lives are like trees.  Good tress bear beautiful, tasty fruit,but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit.  A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty.  And what happens to rotten trees?  They are cut down.  They are used for firewood. 

--Matthew 7:17-19

I am so grateful that we are saved by grace and NOT by works.  As I was relationally reading through Matthew 7 this morning my heart was overcome with a deep desire to bear the most beautiful, ripe, luscious, juicy fruit imaginable for my Savior GOD!  


There is no pressure in desiring to bear fruit, because fruit is born of God's work in my heart.  Whereas, when my focus is on works the pressure is on because it's born of my human efforts with an agenda to earn God's favor.  Fruit has no agenda!  Fruit is born gently over time as God transforms my mind and then changes my behavior.   When I forget to remember, and focus on my own efforts, I go from being a fruit bearer to striving and stressing in my human effort.  

His Yoke Is Easy And His Burden Is Light!