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Southwest Potatoes




Southwest potatoes


Southwest Potatoes

This is a recipe I adapted from a Pampered Chef Recipe

We love it.

2 large Baking potatoes

1 cup of Cheddar cheese

1 1/2 tsp. of Southwest seasoning

1 can of Black beans, drained

1 can of Whole kernel corn, drained

1/2 tsp. Cilantro leaves


Create flat bases on each potato by cutting off a small piece on opposite sides. Pierce each potato with a fork all the way in.

Place the potatoes in a covered baker. Microwave, covered, on High for 5 minutes.

Remove lid and turn the potatoes over. Microwave for an additional 5 minutes or until the potatoes are very soft when pierced with a fork.

Remove the baker and move the potatoes on a cutting board.

When the potatoes are cool, cut them in 1/2 lengthwise and use a scoop to scoop most of the insides into a large bowl. Add the beans, corn, seasoning and 1/2 of cheese if desired.

Pour out any juice in the baker.

Place the potato skins into the baker. Use a scoop to fill the potato skins, packing the filling down with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle cheese as desired.

Microwave, uncovered on High for 3 minutes.

Sprinkle cilantro over the top

A Book in My Life

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A Book in My Life

I am reading some of four books each day. One book is “Lord, I Want to Be Whole, The Power of Prayer and Scripture in Emotional Healing” by Stormie Omartian. You might say I ended up with this book by accident or God’s Intervention. Two years ago, we were at our state conference at Liberty Baptist Church. Their library was giving away duplicate books. As I was looking at the books, I saw this one. God had already used books by Stormie Omartian before in my life, so I picked it up.

In January I just felt like God wanted me to pick it up and add it to the books I was reading in the mornings for devotion. Early in January, I told my husband that I should had read this book years ago. Stormie takes the reader on healing emotional hurts that we have in our life. She talks about ways God healed her emotional hurts and how He can heal ours. When I started the book, I didn’t know that our ministry at our church would end abruptly at the end of January. Each morning God has used this book to put focus on what I was thinking about what had happened and healing. I have said it for years that I am always amazed how it becomes obvious why I am in a study or reading a book.

When the book was put out to be taken, God knew what would happen in my life in January. God orchestrates everything in my life even the books I read.  With any of us we have emotional hurts. If you have lived, you have been hurt. I recommend this book to every female to read. To move on in our life, we need to go through the process of letting God heal every emotional hurt we have.

When Life Happens

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When Life Happens

“I have chosen you and have not cast you away. Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:9-10) There are points in our lives when we need these verses more than others. Life happens with events that you didn’t expect. When a job ends, a death occurs, a relationship ends or some other life event, and we are left trying to pick up the pieces. The pieces that are to be picked up may be one piece to pick up or many pickups over time. This is my life right now. We have had a life event to happen and we are left to pick up the pieces and fit them together in a unique way in our life. This verse appeared in a book I have been reading. I know God knew I would be in this book at this time in my life. He knew I would need this assurance from His word right now. When life happens, we may feel cast away by friends or family. If your friends went with a job or church, then it becomes awkward for friendships to be as close. Rejection from people during a life event can be hard when a life event happens. Rejection takes a stab at our self-esteem. God says whatever has happened in my life and your life He chooses us every minute and every day of our life. He will never reject us.

When life happens, fear is easy to enter our life. We are afraid of change. We are afraid our life will change for the worst. We are afraid of what the next step of our life will be. We are afraid of failure. We are afraid of drowning. Stormie Omartian says in the book, “Lord, I Want to Be Whole” that at one point in her life she feared failure more than she desired success. God says to “Fear not”. Why, just because He is with. We are not to doubt or be anxious. He is our God. He will not stop being our God just because a life event happens. He does not walk away from us just because our life gets hard. When friends or family leave, God stays. He sticks around to remind us that He is truly our friend and Father.

When we do not know if we have any strength for the day. God says He will give us strength. Strength for the day is so much more than physical energy. It is also emotional energy. We do not have to rely on our own physical and emotional strength because we have His. His strength is so much more powerful than ours. His strength covers it all. On days when our strength gives out, He says, “just have some of mine”. When you think, I just can’t deal with this today. God says, “Yes you can because you have my strength to use”.

I love the last part of this verse. We are assured in this verse that God helps us. We all know He does but sometimes in our life we just need that assurance. There is nothing in our life that we must do all by our self. God is there to help us. When we are trying to figure out life, God says, “let me help”. He does not have to help. He helps because He wants to. He is eager to help in any way we want Him too. One of the ways he helps us is with His protection. Sometimes we just want to be held and told it will be OK. God assures us that He holds us in His right hand. His protection is always there.

When we are drowning in our life event, God is there to assure us that He will choose us again and again. He is there to assure us that He has not gone anywhere. He has not cease to be our God just because our life has changed. He assures us again and again that when our strength is gone, He is there to give us the energy we need physically and emotionally to deal with our life. He is always there to help us. When we need to be held and protected from anything, He is there to just hold us. He is there to love us and assure us of His love through His strength, help, protection and grace. He is there for you and me.

Uninvited Guests


 The Uninvited Guests in Matthew 22
Do you feel uninvited sometimes? Do you have the awkward times when you were part of a group and now you are not? In,  Matthew 22, we have the story of the Wedding Feast. The King had invited guests to a wedding banquet for his son. The excitement of who was going to be invited was spreading through the area. Would it be the baker or the best horseman in the area? The guests had received special hand-written invitations. They had been hand delivered right to their door. After they received the invitations, they all decided to refuse to come. This King wanted the best gala event for his son, so he had special new invitations made and hand delivered. He instructed the servants to tell of all the wonderful things that would be at the banquet. Still they decided to go their own way.
The King had tried to have the considered best people at his son’s wedding. We can be fooled by what the best is. What looked like the best on the outside was not the best on the inside. The King sent his servants out into the streets to invite anyone they could find to come. I could have been in the street and one of the people who were wanting to be invited to the wedding banquet. I would have had my hand up saying “Pick me, pick me.” I would not have been one of the original special invited quests because I did not get a special invitation. The original invited guests were counted unworthy to come to the banquet because they had refused multiple times to accept the invitations. 
All of us in the streets were invited to the wedding banquet because we were counted worthy to come to the wedding banquet. We did not have special clothes or positions. We just said “Yes” to the invitations. That was what mattered. We were ready to leave our streets and houses and go to see the King. Sadly, too many times we have sin like bitterness, anger, pride, unforgiveness and others as mothers-in-law or daughters-in-law that keep us from accepting the invitation. We are counts us worthy to be invited. He invited me and took care of everything else. The King took care of what I needed for the wedding. He has clothed me with a robe of righteousness. (Is. 61:10)  Christ found this scared fearful girl in the streets and Praise God  He invited me in. “For many are invited, but few are chosen” Matthew 22:14. Make sure you do not miss your invitation to see the King. He gives out invitations every day.