"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."  Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

Rustic Glass Oil Lamp with Metal Star
by Crafty Cuties by Design

Happy  Sunday!

 Our family recently had the pleasure of hosting a biblical feast. The foods served were accurate to ancient times; dried and fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables, lamb and, as a non-meat alternative, lentil stew. To top off the meal, and much to my delight, we even had dessert in the form of Charoset. I had never heard of this dish but it was one of the suggested items to prepare. According to the info I received it is a traditional Passover element and a “marvelous” Middle Eastern chutney for dipping bread. This chutney like paste represents the mortar for the bricks made by the Israelites during their captivity, and how God turned their suffering into sweetness. I love how many of these ingredients have health benefits as well. One of our young guests equated it to apple pie without the crust. Enjoy!



Charoset

3 apples (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith), cored, peeled, diced
1 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
¾ c. chopped dates (use kitchen scissors)
1/3 c. honey (add more if needed to coat completely)
¼ c. white grape juice
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy with pita bread or alone. Keep refrigerated. This recipe makes approx.5- 6 cups.

by Lorrie of WitsEndDesign

Did you read what this painting from Jennifer says?

Our strength, ability to grow and thrive, minister and well...
 apparently everything 
comes from being attached to our Heavenly Father.

For grapes the nourishment comes from the roots 
and up the stem
into the fruit.
For us it is no different.
If we are firmly rooted in the Word of God
we will be nourished and fed.

If we seek His will in each new day 
His joy will be ours.

I also love the word abiding.
It is a very comforting word.
This verse talks about a mutual togetherness.
Love it.

Don't get plucked from the vine before you are
fully ripe and sweet.
Stay under His protection.
When the birds of worry, doubt and fear assail-
hold on.

Hold on until you offer that wonderfully sweet fragrance
of ripened fruit.
Have you walked under a grape arbor filled with 
ripe concord grapes?
There is nothing to compare.
At one point when I was a young wife and 
mother I attended a ladies Bible Study at the home
of another woman in our church.
Just before you entered her kitchen door 
there was a grape arbor.
Everyone who came in walked under 
the fragrant grapes.
We all had to comment on it.
Some of us just wanted to reach out an 
partake of this goodness.
The sweet aroma was evident and made an impact.
Our prayers of supplication and praise are a wonderful
aroma to Him.
Our lives lived with Him should be pleasant to those
we come in contact with each day.
May our faith and joy inspire those we meet to want 
what we have.
And then may we have the courage and love 
to share our connection and life source.

Walk with Him today.
Stay connected.

It is life.

Hugs, 


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Herbal Infused Honey



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by Sue of SueRunyonDesigns


1 John 4:18a  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

God has given me the gift of prophet as a result I am sensitive.  One drawback is I can easily get hurt.

For many years well meaning Christians have told me to put up a stiff upper lip, broaden my shoulders etc, so I don't get hurt.   I have felt that if I do that I will loose my sensitivity and become  hard and cold.  At the same time I have been praying and asking God to give me a harder shell so I don’t get hurt as easily. 

I didn’t think God was answering me because I wasn't getting broad shoulders or a stiff upper lip. 

Last week I had an altercation with someone in our church which upset me.  I  talked to a friend and she told me to get a stiff upper lip so it wouldn’t hurt me.   I told her no, that will make me hard.
After I told my husband what happened at the meeting he said something about this person which surprised me. As a result I realized that I have a hard time reading this person.  Normally I can pick up on people’s personality quickly, due to the prophetic spirit.  There are only two types of people I have a hard time reading. One are pathological liars, the other - people who have hardened themselves so they won’t get  hurts. Their God given personality is hidden deep behind masks.

It was then I realized God had been answering my pray. Not to harden me or give me a stiff upper lip.  He has been pouring his love into me.  God’s love in me has begun to give me a compassion for people that I did not have before. I am still a work in progress growing from glory to glory.

Perfect love casts out all fears.  
"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them.  Of how much more value are you than the birds?  And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  Luke 12:24-27 NKJV


Have a blessed Sunday!
Loretta / Thoughtful Gems Crafts

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)


I may have shared these verses before, but I love to share them because they challenge me every time I read them (and also often when I'm out and about with my unbelieving friends).  I'm the kind of person who has to pray and think ahead to make sure I'm wise and gentle with my words, lest I blurt something out which is unhelpful.  What strategies do you have in place to "make the most of every opportunity"?