Archives for July 2015

Looking at the Heart by Lynn Autry




“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible,  but the Lord sees the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) God tells us not to be deceived when we look on the outward appearance or actions. He looks at the heart. God sees our emotions. We may can hide hurt or disappointments but God sees what we are truly feeling. Our heart shows our intentions. God sees our issues, all of them. God sees what lies behind our actions. God sees our strong will and desires.
In relationships, it is easy to look at what we can see. If you are like me, you have looked at actions and thought this person will make a great in-law. We have also looked at a person and thought they would be a terrible person to try to have an in-law relationship with. We have been deceived by looking at what we could only see with our eyes. Some of you are like me and you have lived long enough for God to show you how wrong you were. Actions spoke louder than words and proved you and me wrong. The people of Israel thought Saul would make a great King. They were deceived. This strong good looking man did not have a heart to stick with God and obey him. Young David had a heart that would follow God and have a heart after God.
We need to focus on what God sees. God sees the motivation behind the actions. We need God to implant his heart for people in our heart so that we will see the heart behind the actions.
God gave Israel a lesson over and over in this. God also gives us lessons on seeing beyond what we can see. Judging comes naturally for us. It takes real effort to wait and let God guide us through what we see and what we don’t see.
It takes patience, prayer and self-control. When we pray and stay in tune with God, He can guide us through what we see and don’t see. Patience helps us just to wait and see. Having self-control keeps us from saying and doing  what we may regret later.
When you are picking out potential in-law possibilities, remember the Saul and David story. Saul started out hiding and David started out tackling a giant. God will see what you cannot see. God sees the heart and years down the road for you.  We just see the here and now. God saw the battles David would need to fight. God sees the battles you will be fighting and who you need by your side when the war is waging in your life.
We also need to remember this story with all the people in our life. We have to leave it to God to help us see the motivations behind the actions of people in our family. He sees the heart and our sight is very limited. We can be easily hurt by what we see. Just remember God sees the insides and knows what lies underneath. Remember to pray about all relationships. Remember to have patience with all people. And remember to have that all important self-control. Our all-knowing God is in control when we are struggling with what we cannot see. Don’t be deceived, God sees the heart.

16 Ways to Fake a Clean Home-Fast





There are times we all need this article. I saw this article from Good Housekeeping with helpful tips for you and me. See what tips you need.

16 Ways to Fake a Clean Home-Fast

Need to clean up in a hurry? Whether you’re expecting guests, the guests just  left, or you want to at least pretend that yours is a life of clean and  ordered bliss, pick a task, any task, for quick tips to fix your place up fast.

Master Bathroom

Put the Living Room in Order

Run a microfiber cloth over the coffee table and other dusty surfaces, like  the TV screen. Pile magazines or books into neat stacks on the end tables;  gather all of the stray remotes in one place. Plump up throw pillows and chair  cushions (even easier: flip the latter, if possible). Use a clean corner of the  microfiber cloth to nab any obvious clumps of pet hair or dust stuck to  upholstery or carpeting. Drape throws to hide dingy chair arms or furniture strains.

Think Sink




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Red, White and Blue Punch Bowl Recipe

This is a great red, white, and blue punch bowl patriotic desert.

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1 box  White or French Vanilla cake mix

1 1/4 cup milk

 1/3 cup vegetable oil

 3 eggs

1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa

1 teaspoon red liquid food color

1 teaspoon blue liquid food color

2 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 package vanilla instant pudding

2 cups milk

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

 1 8 oz lite Cool Whip

2 cups sliced strawberries

2 cups blueberries

Heat oven to 325. Spray two cake pans with Pam.

In large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, eggs and cocoa with mixer

Divide batter between 2 bowls. Add red food color to one bowl, and mix well. Pour into one of the cake pans. Add blue food color to other bowl and mix well. Pour into 2nd cake pan. Bake according to instructions on the cake box or until toothpick comes out clean. Around 30 minutes. Cool completely

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the vanilla until smooth. In smaller  bowl, mix vanilla instant pudding with 2 cups milk. Mix cream cheese mixture with pudding. Fold in Cool Whip into cream cheese mixture.

Break up 1/2 blue cake & 1/2 red cake in bottom of punch bowl. Add 1/2 of cream cheese mixture on top. Add 1/2 of strawberries & blueberries. Break up 1/2 red cake and blue cake on top of fruit. Spread rest of cream cheese mixture & top with rest of fruit.