Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Pressure Canner and Canned Potatoes

For Christmas  I received a pressure canner.  The first ever for me.  I've always canned using a water bath canner.  I was a bit nervous at first, but after giving it a trial run with nothing in it (according to the directions)... I felt the confidence to can some potatoes~ something I've not been able to can since I didn't have a pressure canner!  Now I'm super ready to can carrots, beans, tomatoes and more!  We have already ate quite a bit of what I have canned this summer.  My next goal is to get some shelves put up in the garage where I can put all my canned goodies for storage. 

The potatoes turned out well although the water was a bit low in some of them.  I have read online that as long as the jars seal that the food will still be good!  I'm excited to try them out!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Time Flies

I was talking to my sister yesterday when I called her for her birthday.  As we talked about how time flies the older we get, we both agreed that that is exactly how life is supposed to be.  We could be possibly sitting in a hospital room, where time can literally drag minute by minute for days, weeks and months.  Time is supposed to fly.  It means we are doing things right and that life is good. 

2 Peter 3:8  But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Choose to Believe

I choose to believe that God is Who He says He is... His promises are one hundred percent true, no matter how I feel or what I think at the moment. In fact, my feelings do not have anything to do with His black and white truths in his Word.  His Word stands, and my feelings are wishy-washy and short lived.  I may think that I know best (really knowing that I don't).. but who am I in the huge scheme of things?  The paradigm shift has swung and I am finding peace and comfort in letting go of what I what.. and  realizing when my desires become His desires, everything works out!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Here Am I

Deep sorrow fills me today.  I dreamed about crying over a certain event in my life.. and woke with the same heart.  There are times that we must choose to know and believe that God's best intentions are for us.  He tells us that we are highly favored, His beloved, and that He will provide all our needs.  YET.. and not yet, concerning Him, yet concerning ME... Yet, there are times we feel completely unheard.  When our hearts break and our prayers seem to go unanswered...  In THOSE time, I CHOOSE to believe what His Word says... even though, my heart bleeds...

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

 Lord God, we hate your silence, and yet we thank you that you are not idol. We thank you that you break your silence and speak to us through your Word and ultimately through Jesus Christ. Lord, redeem your silence in our lives. May it be the impetus that drives us further towards you and not away from you. Lord, we pray as we come to you, that you would break the silence here with your real presence, and speak to us in our heart of hearts, that word that we need to hear, that might mold and shape us more and more toward the mind of Christ. We ask these things in his holy and precious name. Amen.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Beginnings!

Happy New Year and new beginnings!  I'm SO excited about the new year and it's possibilities.  I want to wish you and yours God's richest blessings for the coming year!