Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Four Days.

Passion. Such a beautiful word, is it not? Many people can have different passions about certain things. Right now, I want to bring to your attention a passion for children, a passion for orphans, a passion for the least of these.
A beautiful young lady who goes by the name of Miss Elaini set out on a journey last year. Due to health issues, she could not fulfill her dream of doing missions work in India, so instead, she came up with an idea.
Over the past year, Elaini has worked hard to raise $45,807 by wearing the same black dress every day for 100 days. The dress was to identify with the poor people of this world who find it a luxury to own even one dress. By the end of day 100, Elaini had raised a total of $31, 331, her goal $50,000. However, she didn't stop. Her passion for orphans was strong and she wanted to finish and reach her goal.

You can see each of the 100 days below:



There are only four days left until the end of the year, which is the day Elaini hopes to make her dream come true and reach $50,000. This means that she needs to raise $4,000 per day. It seems an impossible feat for a human, but with God all things are possible.

Can we lift Elaini up in prayer over these next four days, spread the word about her project, and maybe even donate to her efforts? Ten dollars can help feed a young child who might otherwise not have something to eat.

A young child like this one...



















I love the quote from Elaini, "I can't change the past but I can effect the future."

You can visit her blog here to learn more about this amazing woman and her project.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

What's Christmas to You?

What is Christmas about? What do you think it is, in your mind?
Christmas is about God sending his only son, the Perfect Lamb, as a sacrifice so that we, as His creation, would be able to have a way out of sin and an open door to heaven.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son,
that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life


John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”


You may have heard individuals talking about losing the focus of Christmas, perhaps in a conversation or a movie. In some sense, our culture has lost a lot of the picture of Christmas. Santa bringing presents to obedient little children, people shopping, attempting to find the perfect gift for a
loved one, and the general “season” or the “perfect feeling” of Christmas
air.


So what should Christmas really be?

If I wanted to define Christmas in one word, I would have to use the word “giving”. Jesus was God’s only son and God sent Him into our sinful world so that we might have a way to be with God in heaven and to eventually be totally and completely blameless, living and praising God eternally. He gave His only son, and ultimately, Jesus gave us His life.

What does your Christmas look like? Are you busy? Too busy to even stop for a second? Are you stressed over making everything perfect the way it “has” to be, or are you taking Christmas as it comes to you?

This year Christmas will be very different for my family. We usually stay home, eat lots of food, cook turkey or ham (I don’t like turkey), watch some Christmas movies…and of course, open presents. This year we will be away from our home but will be in our Grandpa’s house. My Grandma died in August, and this will be Grandpa’s first holiday by himself. We will be
giving up our normal traditions to spend much needed time with much loved relatives.


This Christmas that I have described to you is so far is all about what were are actually doing on Christmas day. Although, yes, what we are doing on Christmas is relatively important to us, but what is more important to God is the meaning of Christmas. No matter where we are, nothing about Christmas changes. It’s still about Jesus, it’s still about giving, and
it’s still about God’s love for us.


This Christmas season, what can you give to make someone else's Christmas better? In what ways can you make sure that you don’t get caught up in the busyness of Christmas, and that your focus is on the gift Christ has given you?






Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord."

~Luke 2:11



















"And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

~ Luke 2: 12



"And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying..."

~ Luke 2:13




"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men."

~Luke 2:14


"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."

~Luke 2:15-21

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guest Article -- Waiting

We asked a friend of Ella's, a young lady named Autumn to write a guest article for A Time To Dance about waiting. Throughout this article, you will find a bounty of wisdom from a girl a few years older than us about important things that we will be thinking about in the near future.

Thank you for your wonderful article, Autumn!

You will either waste your time waiting, or make the time worth the wait.

If you are in a season of waiting on God to bring the right person your way, remember that you are not alone. Don’t grow stagnant during this time because you aren’t getting instant results. Be productive. There will be no other season in your life like this. You are perfectly able to be completely sold out to the Lord and do his work freely without anything holding you back. God wants to use this time to mature and grow you. One of my life verses is, Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This verse is definite! If you delight in Him your desires will become your reality. The Lord is not going to give you what you want if you are holding back and trying to do things (such as dating) on your own. You need to redirect your focus on your Heavenly Father and long for Him alone. Make Jesus your one true delight and find no greater delight than in Him. You might feel like the Lord is holding your desire right above your reach. I did. But God will use this time for good. During your countless prayers for a partner, think of Him saying, “How close will you come? How far will you fall in love with me? Will I still be your best friend and hold your heart if I give this to you?” My God is a jealous God. Our complete joy and satisfaction must be found in Him. It was not till I surrendered completely to Him and made Him my one true love, was I content with His will, single or not. Align your thoughts and desires with His. God knows more about you than you do. He created you and is the one who gave you these desires to get married one day. God put the longing for a godly man/woman in your heart because He has an amazing plan for you.
I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand times but….Don’t settle. I’m not gonna lie, being patient isn’t the number one character trait in the world today. Most surrender to what is temporary but we must hold out for what is real! Look what it says in James 1:4, “But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect lacking nothing.” Catch that? You will lack nothing! Meaning, if you are patient God promises to fulfill your every need. Growing up, I didn’t want to give my heart-- not even part of my heart-- to anyone but the man God had for me. I’m here to fulfill God’s purpose for my life and I know everything will work out in His perfect timing. I learned quickly that God’s timing is not our timing, but trust in Him. Having this mindset will help you during your season of waiting. The Lord is very smart and experienced in the dating industry and will not bring you someone that would pull you away from Him. . . remember, He is a jealous God. Jesus purchased you with His very own blood. You are too important to Him for Him to give you just anyone that comes your way. He’s going to protect you.
God’s plan for your life is to advance His kingdom on this earth. When we choose to react positively in the midst of a trial God will use it to perfect you and bring you closer to Him. Being patient and waiting is a trial with great results if you don’t give in. Truth is, your future spouse is out there somewhere right now and instead of aimlessly waiting for the day you two will meet, use this time wisely. Be praying for him or her. Every time you begin to get discouraged stop and start praying for your future spouse. You may not even know their name yet but your Father in heaven does. Speak protection and wisdom over their lives. Ask God to shape them to be the best helpmate for you. Pray for the Lord to show you specifically his/her needs for their life right now. Pray that they would keep themselves pure and wait for you as you are waiting for them. Realize that in this season, you are apart for a reason and that God will bring you together in His timing and will.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

~Colossians 3:15-17

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."

~ Psalm 107:1

~Give Thanks!~

Can you think of 100 things to be thankful for?

I thank God for. .

1. the sunrise

2. music

3. air

4. the rotation of the earth

5. a savior

6. friends

7. faith

8. the sky

9. the word of God

10. life

11. dreams

12. diligence

13. God’s creativity

14. That God is always in control

15. flowers

16. dancing

17. frost

18. that God never breaks his promises

19. stars

20. light

21. butterflies

22. a warm home

23. colors

24. so many ways to worship God

25. poetry

26. missionaries

27. birds of the air

28. green grass

29. challenge

30. teachers

31. a Bible in the English language

32. every new day

33. the ability to overcome

34. imaginations

35. snow

36. the ability to learn

37. the smell of rain

38. a free country

39. peace

40. animals

50. books

51. words

52. trees

53. a full moon

54. belief

55. roses

56. time to heal

57. food

58. oceans

59. shoes

60. grace

61. the love of a family

62. advice

63. violets

64. laughter

65. Rest

66. warm clothes

67. maps

68. blankets

69. waves

70. clouds

71. trials

72. Sunday’s

73. God’s logic

74. joy

75. prayer

76. immune system

77. comfort

78. decisions

79. happiness

80. Christianity

81. refreshment

82. the universe

83. enzymes

84. woods

85. eyes

86. health

87. deer

88. evergreens

89. mountains

90. wind

91. leaves

92. spring

93. instruction

94. literature

95. support

96. warm sun

97. gentleness

98. kindness

99. honey

100. a God who cares enough to send his son to save us.


~Please leave a comment and tell us what you are thankful for.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Light Of The World

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

~Matthew 5:13-16



Has your Salt lost its taste?

Are you living a lukewarm life, or is your life red Hot burning for Jesus?

Are you going to hide that light, or will you let it Shine?





Photo Copyright Sofia Collins 2011


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Collection Week -- Operation Christmas Child

Pack a shoe box!

I see a beautiful smile of a little boy or girl as they open a box yielding probably the first gift they have ever gotten in their entire lives.

Collection week for Samaritan's purse Operation Christmas Child is this week. November 14th-21st. Make a child smile and share the love of Christ Jesus by packing a shoe box full of toys and goodies for a darling child less fortunate than yourself.

For more information, visit www.Samaritanspurse.org/occ


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Sermon Notes

What kind of People does God use as instruments to bring the gospel to the world?

* Pray-- People who gather together and pray continually.
* Sensitive-- people who are sensitive to His call on their lives
* Faith-- people who step out in Faith at His calling
* Understand-- people who understand what people really need
*Glory-- People who give all the glory and honor to God

Are you ready to become someone who God uses as an instrument to serve Him? Is this what you desire?


~Based on Acts 3

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Love Is....

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
~1 Corinthians 4-7



Photo copyright Sofia Collins 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Time of Our Lives

I can just picture it: a young teenager sitting on a leather couch, chips in hand with her eyes glued to the television screen. You know what’s coming. The mother of this unfortunate individual walks into the room, a tired frown poised on her face. “That is such a waste of time. Go do something productive.”
I could go into all the discourse that goes on at our house when our mom tells us to do something productive. “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing else to do.” But I’m sure you all know perfectly well the default answer received from your mom. “Well I’ll have no problem finding you some chores.” Suddenly you’re not so bored.
But what is my point with all this? To what form of spirituality does this compare? (You’re dying to know, right?) Well, I’ll tell you. Let’s compare the couch potato with your average Christian. The television screen can be compared to the world. Now do you see where I’m going? There are a lot of us out there today that are “Couch Potato Christians” (Ouch). We sit on the couch and watch the world go by, letting it take its course without bothering to do something about it. We don’t even think about changing the channel. We can’t get up to do something productive that will change something. We can’t spend the time. We’re too worried about what will happen if we try to lead someone to Christ and the embarrassment we will be faced with, so we just don’t bother. Some of us can’t take the time to get off the couch and immerse ourselves in the Word of God.
Just like the mother of the unfortunate couch potato, God is saying the same thing: “Get off the couch. You’re wasting your life. Do something productive for me. Lead someone to Christ. Start something big. Don’t let the world go by and do nothing about it. Jump in.”
So how do we “jump in” for God? It’s simple, really. You should start with prayer. Meditate on God’s Word. Don’t love yourself. By loving yourself you sit by and watch the world. By loving others as God has commanded us to do you jump in and do something about the thousands and thousands of lost souls out there. Another very important thing I would like to mention: when you have an opportunity to change the course of a conversation, or when you have an opportunity to share Christ with someone, don’t miss it. Don’t be afraid because you’re not alone.
In conclusion, what’s a little potential embarrassment when there’s a lost soul on the line? We need to get over our fears of people. We don’t want to wake up one day and say, “This life has been a waste. I haven’t done anything significant for God. What have I been doing this whole time?” Watching the show. Are you going to watch the show, or are you going to step up and do something?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

For Those Tears I Died




You said You'd come and share all my sorrows,
You said You'd be there for all my tomorrows;
I came so close to sending You away,
But just like You promised You came there to stay;
I just had to pray!

And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side,
I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied;
I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried,
And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died."

Your goodness so great I can't understand,
And, dear Lord, I know that all this was planned;
I know You're here now, and always will be,
Your love loosed my chains and in You I'm free;
But Jesus, why me?

And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side,
I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied;
I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried,
And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died."

Jesus, I give You my heart and my soul, I know that without God
I'd never be whole; Savior, You opened all the right doors,
And I thank You and praise You from earth's humble shores;
Take me, I'm Yours.

And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side,
I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied;
I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried,
And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Some quotes

The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying. ~John Flavel

To forsake Christ for the world, is to leave a treasure for a trifle.... eternity for a moment.... reality for a shadow. ~William Jenkyn

A heathen philosopher once asked: "Where is God?" The Christian answered: "Let me first ask you, where is He not?" ~John Arrowsmith (oh yeahhhh baby!)

God loves adverbs better than nouns: not praying only but praying well; not doing good but doing it well. ~Thomas Brooks

What greater crime than holiness, if the devil may be one of the grand jury! ~Thomas Watson

When the corn is nearly ripe it bows the head and stoops lower than when it was green. When the people of God are near ripe for heaven, they grow more humble and self denying... Paul had one foot in heaven when he called himself the chiefest of all sinners and the least of saints. ~John Flavel

A prudent wife commands her husband by obeying him. ~ John Trapp

When the devil cannot stay us from a good work, then he laboureth by all means to make us proud of it. ~Henry Smith

The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. ~John Milton

"We love Him because He first loved us." Love is like an echo, it returneth what it receiveth. ~Manton

Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. ~John Bunyan

The wife was made of the husband's rib; not of his head, for Paul calleth the husband the wife's head; not of the foot, for he must not set her at his foot. The servant is appointed to serve, and the wife to help. If she must not match with the head, nor stoop at the foot, where shall he set her then? He must set her at his heart, and therefore she which should lie in his bosom was made in his bosom. ~Henry Smith

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Fashion

I love fall and winter, cool weather, and especially fall and winter
clothing. It's somewhat surprising that I love wearing warm clothes so much
because in order to get a pair of pants, it usually means scavenging rack after rack
of four different stores and surrendering a heavy amount of chase to chaser.
I usually refuse to make it through the winter with anything less than 3
pairs of pants, and, considering the fact that each year my pants are at least
2 inches too short (OK, that’s an exaggeration), it usually means hunting down
a well stocked Goodwill or second-hand clothing store.
Winter clothes are obviously more modest than summer clothes (in a
covering of the skin sense) but they still have their downfalls. One of my
biggest pet peeves is…. pants that are too tight. Personally, I don’t like showing off
every intimate detail of my whole leg (yes, you probably guessed that does
mean I don’t own a pair of skinny jeans). I don’t like skinny
jeans, but if that’s what works for you, then so be it. I’d rather leave
something for the imagination.
Now there are a lot of cute modest winter clothes, too. I especially
love pants and boots or big skirts and boots or pretty much anything with
boots. Layering and scarves have so many attractive possibilities and are
lots of fun too.

Proverbs 31: 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household, for all of
them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her head, she is
clothed in fine linen and purple.

Now we all have that one color that compliments us very well. It might
not be purple (well mine is), but whatever color it is, it’s always a good
idea to have at least one piece of clothing in every outfit that is that
color. This will help compliment you and the outfit a lot more.
The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t afraid to clothe herself attractively.
Purple was made from an extremely expensive dye when Proverbs 31 was written. That doesn’t
mean that we have to go out and by the most expensive clothing, but it does
mean that we should dress attractively and take joy in dressing with femininity.

One constantly helpful trick to make a good outfit without buying anything
is taking in a look in someone else’s closet. God gave us sisters and mothers
for a reason. Now, I know how it feels to not have a sister, but my
mother and I try to steal each others clothes all the time. If she buys something
and then it's too small, guess who gets it?… yup, me =)
One thing to always keep in mind is that mall shopping is over- rated. Yes, I
do buy stuff from the mall but when I shop there it is more to give me good ideas of what I am looking for. One time I needed
a fancy dress for an occasion. First, I went to Goodwill. They always have a
good supply of fancy dresses. I found a really nice, gently used white dress
for 4 dollars and then I went to the mall and purchased a top to go over the
dress to make it more modest.
In all of this, also remember that God created color. Be bright, be exciting, and
sometimes it's OK to be just plain old loud. Always stay modest and God
centered. There’s a difference between dressing in style and dressing in
showiness. It all starts and the heart, if you keep your motives pure and
modest then it can all flow from there. =)



Monday, October 24, 2011

Super Proverbs 31 Woman

There are many places in the Bible that talk specifically about women.Proverbs 31, for example, speaks about a truly amazing woman. She is of noble character, and is described as worth “far more than rubies”. Her husband can put full faith in her, and she does him nothing but good. Biblically, this is the perfect image of what women are supposed to be.

The biblical woman wakes at the crack of dawn to make breakfast, stir up

the fire, and make sure that her family has plenty to fill their stomachs before the day begins. Out of her own money, she buys a field and works it. She is strong, diligent, hardworking, intelligent, and draws profit out of her transactions. She is sweet, and generous; she takes care of the poor, and those in need. She clothes her family in fine linen and
makes sure they are well supplied for the months of winter. Her husband is respected widely
and is of high position because his wife takes such excellent care of his household.
The wife is clothed with strength and dignity, speaking only words of wisdom. This biblical woman is attentive
to the needs of her children so they will grow up to be men and women of God. Because of all she has done to ensure their future as servants of the Lord, her children stand up to bless her for teaching and nurturing them, her
husband also calls her blessed. He tells her how much she is worth in his sight.
Now that we have a biblical view, let’s take a look at how
the world views women:
Our American culture states that in order to be somebody, a woman has to obtain position, style, perfect clothes, lots of money and be drop-dead gorgeous. It’s imperative for a woman to be able to hold the same rights,
positions, and roles as a man. They have to be the same. Women have to be able to play football; must be referred to as a “Ms.” rather than “Miss” or “Mrs,' and have the ability to choose whether their baby has a right to
live. And all because they don’t want to be differentiated from men. They host parties and gatherings wearing fancy, immodest clothing to show-off their wealth and have what they call a “good life”. However,
this woman’s life at home tends to get neglected when she succumbs to this societal prerogative. If you’re not a business woman, you’re a wimp. If you don’t have a college degree, you’re worthless. Family is second to ‘real’
work.

So which of the two do you want to be? Do you want to work hard with your
whole heart so that your children will rise up to be sons and daughters of the one true King, or do you just want to live life to have a good time? I know from personal experience that being a Proverbs 31 woman is first
of all, the most fulfilling job out of the two, and secondly, a full time job. My mother has her hands full with the 6 of us children. Not only does she homeschool us, but she also has to juggle cooking, cleaning, errands, chauffeuring us kids all over the valley, church activities, and outside work every day. The work never lessens or slows.
When my dad works long hours and gets home late at night, she stays up so she can have a few
minutes to talk with him before bed. When we are sick, she sacrifices her own rest to get up and clean up our vomit, take our temperature, and make us comfortable. When we have visitors, she is attentive to all of their
needs as well as our own.

Personally, the Proverbs 31 woman sounds a little bit like a “Superwoman” to me.
Hmm.. but lets talk about Superman first....

I don’t know about you, but I happen to think that superheroes are pretty awesome... particularly Superman. There’s just something about a buff guy who’s not only is cute, but super strong and can fly all over the place.
He can do anything, except of course, for when he comes in contact with Kryptonite.
Then, he loses his strength.
This sounds suspiciously like the story of the first man to walk the face of the earth: Adam. God created him to steward the land and to be caretaker of the inhabitants thereof. God set him over all beasts. His
first job was to name each of the animals that God had created. Superman sounds to me like sort of a Lone-Ranger-I-work-alone type of guy. As does Adam. But Scripture tells us that man was lonely. And according to Milton, "Loneliness was the first thing that God's eye deemed not good." In Genesis, God commented, “It is not good for man to be alone,” and created someone special to help Adam and to relieve his longing for companionship.
Too bad there’s not a Superwoman in the picture.
Every time I mention this to my father, He says with a smile, “Oh but there is. When Adam saw Eve, he was more amazed by her than by any of the other creatures. He couldn’t believe his eyes. His jaw dropped, and he exclaimed, “Woahh--man!” and that became her name.”
You see, Adam couldn’t do it alone. Superman can’t either. (Sorry to disappoint you, girls, but first of all, he’s not real, and secondly, he’s allergic to Kryptonite!) but maybe there really is something such as a superwoman. A
super Proverbs 31 woman, maybe? There was Kryptonite to stop Superman, he needed someone to help him. Ever since God made Eve, this has been her official role. In fact, it’s yours too. It is what women were created
for! There are women out there who have been swept up by the world. They want to become lawyers, doctors, accountants, engineers, scientists, etc. Why? Because the world says that’s what they are supposed to do. They say “Oh, you would be amazing at such and such,” or, “You should really go to college and get a degree so that you can support yourself and your family by getting a good job.” Women are flattered, and as the Bible states, they want to do the same things as men. But what about the home? What about what God created them for? Personally, I can’t imagine a greater honor, than to bring my children up as sons and daughters of the Lord Jesus. I can’t imagine
anything greater than to hold my own baby in my arms. I can’t imagine anything greater than to teach and nurture my own children, just as God
has called me to do.

What about you?

What is going to be more impacting on the next generation, you sacrificing your own “Party life” to stay at home to teach, nurture, and bring up your own children, or to take the life of the world, getting to a high place in the work force, but letting your children, the ones you worked so hard to bring into the world, slip from your fingers only to fall into
the waiting arms of worldly desires?

There’s no such thing as Superman.
But Superwoman?
Super Proverbs 31 Woman?
I can only hope to be like that someday.
What about you? Is that your desire?



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Quote

I absolutely loved this quote when I read it recently....


"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify of vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

~Steve Jobs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple Sweet Potato Bake

Ella's sweet recipe

Here are the instructions for yummy apple sweet potato bake :)

~You will need~

4 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup quick cooking rolled oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Flour
2 to 3 Tbsp. butter softened
1 (16oz.) jar chunky applesauce (we make our own applesauce)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon divided
¼ tsp. nutmeg divided

~Instructions~

1. Peel the sweet potatoes cut into 1 ½ inch-chunks. Place in sauce pan and add enough water to cover. Cool 10-12 minutes or until tender, then drain.
2. Preheat over to 375 degrees. In a small bowl combine oats brown sugar and flour. Use a fork and cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside.
3. Spread half of the applesauce in greased 2-quart square baking dish. Sprinkle with ½ tsp. of the oat mixture.
4. Place sweet potatoes on oat mixture. Spoon last half of applesauce over sweet potatoes and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon on nutmeg. Top with remaining oat mixture.
5 bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Top with sugar and spices of your choice. Serve immediately.

make lots It's really good!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Group Discussion 02 -- What about Heaven?

Generally, you write on the topics of things you think about often. Ella recently read the book "Heaven is For Real" (You can purchase the book here) and asked if we could do a group discussion on Heaven.

So here are our thoughts on Heaven. We would love it if you commented below and shared your own thoughts on what you think heaven will be like!

Enjoy!


~Piper Amanda~

Heaven... it sounds so wonderful, it sends shivers up my spine. Can you
imagine, life without any pain, without any sin, without any suffering, and
no more tears? Do you know what I am going to do when I get to heaven? I am
going to a wedding feast: the marriage supper of the Lamb. And all the
believers who have gone with me and before me will be there. Someone I
especially want to meet is King David. I also think it will be wonderful to
see my great grandmother and my grandfather again. But mostly I am looking
forward to seeing Jesus face to face. That, I cannot imagine, but this I
know, it will be the most incredible thing my eyes will ever see-- the One
Who Created Them to gaze upon Him.
~Something you wonder about Heaven~
Will there be work in heaven? I was having a conversation with someone very
wise about this recently, and they pointed out that there was work before
there was sin. Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden (our closest
thing to a picture of paradise) in order to care for it. The Bible also
talks about how we are God's workmanship, created to do good works which God
prepared in advance for us to do. I think that if there is work in heaven,
it will be the perfect job for us, and we will be doing our work for Jesus.
I wonder what job Jesus will have for me to do?


~Ella Grace Collins~

Heaven...
What does that word mean to you? Is it just another word? Is it special?
Is it frightening?
We all are going to go somewhere when we die, even the Egyptians believed
that. So where is your soul going when you die? Heaven to me is a very
special place, it is where Jesus Christ reigns and has prepared a spot for
me to be one day. Some people are scared to talk about heaven or think
about where they are going when they die, thy take life as it comes to them
and try not to think are prepare for there future, but for me I love talking
about heaven. When we get there it will be a wonderful experience for the
first time ever we will get to life without sin!



~Sofia Noel Collins~

I imagine things about heaven that usually, normal people don’t even think
about. Why do we even get to go to heaven anyways? I mean, we’ve never done
anything to deserve streets paved in sparkling gold and life without sin.
The answer is simple. Jesus died to take our sin upon himself so that all we
had to do was believe upon Him to be set free from our sinful bondage and
have eternal life in a place more beautiful than anyone can ever imagine.

Christ has shown His love for us unfathomable.

So what do I think about Heaven? The one thing I cannot wait for is to be
able to talk to Jesus. Can you imagine something so absolutely spectacular?
Can you get your mind around being able to talk to the person who made you?

What else do I think about heaven? I think that instruments will be playing
for all eternity in praise to God! Don’t you want to be there? I think the
flowers will be made of Chystals. Don’t you want to be there? I think we
will be able to fly, I think there will be waters there with graceful fish,
plants and animals beyond what our imaginations can fathom. Don’t you want
to be there? Best of all, we shall dwell with Jesus Christ our savior
forever and ever and ever. Don’t YOU want to be there?

Are you going to be there? Are you certain you are going to be there? If
not, Jesus wants you to be there. In fact, if you accept Him, He will
prepare a place for you. For *You!*

So will you accept Him?