Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Special Recipe with When My TeaCup...

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Ps. 34:8

When my teacup is empty,
it’s still beautiful.

When my teacup cradles the
teabag, expectations
lie in wait. 

When my teacup feels the 
first splash of boiling water,
it knows change is on
it’s way.

When my teacup is filled near
its brim,
it’s cold no more. 

When my teacup continues to
cradle the saturated
it sends a comforting
fragrance to twirl in
the air. 

Blessed are all who wait for Him!
Isaiah 30:18
When my teacup holds the 
perfect brown brew,
its job is still not

When my teacup is still
almost full and the 
flavor is just right,
I sip in peace-filled

When my teacup is empty
once again, 
it seems to match
my grin of 
contentment of
having been with 
an old friend.
Uplifting blessings always! 

Broccoli Cornbread

2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
4 eggs
1 (16 oz) cottage cheese
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 sticks butter
2 pkg. frozen broccoli, steamed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.  Set aside.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together well. Pour into prepared pan.  
Bake for 45 minutes. 
(A great left over too) 

May your Thanksgiving be full of answered expectations, comfort, contentment, peace, and delights in Christ’s uplifting presence.
~ Carolyn ~

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As I Do Tea

Proverb 17:22

As I bring out the kettle and fill it to the brim, joy begins to seep in. 

As I wait for the water to boil,
I pray about what’s on my heart

As I gather the teapot, the cup, spoon,
honey, and tea; 
I lay down a memorized
scripture or two or three.

As I pour the steaming water over
the fragrant tea, 
I breathe in the comforting delight.

      As I wait for the tea to fully steep,
                       I heap praises
                       at Jesus’s feet. 

Psalm 146:1 

As the brew comes to perfection, 
I pour out thanks to the One who 
who transformed me 
from bitterness to kindness.

As I pause over my teacup,
I invite the Redeemer
to join me at my tea. 

As I sip the sweet tea,
I’m reminded that
I’m never alone,
Jesus Christ
is always

Psalm 119:76


May your tea time preparations 

be filled with joy, comfort, 
and a sweet time in
Christ's uplifting presence. 

Uplifting blessings,

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Warrior Bride Says Yes to the Dress

The Warrior Bride of Christ
Have you ever been in a Bible study that inspired you and moved you to take action? Have you heard about the bride of Christ in waiting? Have you been convicted of not using a God given gift lately? 

Yes, yes, and yes are my answers to these question. 

Beth Fortune was our ladies’ Bible study teacher this summer in a six week series called Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits. She began by showing us through scripture A Love Story Like No Other in one of our sessions. Beth reminded us that our bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us and that our love story is from everlasting to everlasting. 

 "I go to prepare a place for you." Jesus said in John 14:2.

Then Beth opened our eyes to the Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony with supporting scriptures that showed us Jesus Christ’s proposal, the price He paid, and what we are to wear while waiting for His return. This section was called, Saying Yes to the Dress: What does it look like to be the Bride of Christ…waiting on her Bridegroom. As we looked at scriptures, we saw how we are to live in the wait using the gifts from the Son, gifts from God the Father, and gifts from the Holy Spirit. 

I was convicted and motivated to use a God given gift I haven’t used in twenty years, Then deep inside me, to draw a concept of the Bride of Christ standing ready on the battlefield of life. Prayer was my weapon when fear and doubt caused me to throw down the pencil and run from the task. Like the Warrior Bride, I put on the full armor of God, picked up the pencil again and to applied what was given to me by Him.  

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readings given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,     Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV

With the thread of Beth Fortune’s teaching, the fabric of the Word, and a pencil as my needle, I crafted The Warrior Bride of Christ sketch. At the end of the Bible study, Beth gave each attendee a bookmark with the picture of the drawing to remind them of the Groom’s return and the accessories He has given us in the wait. 

What about you, have you attended an inspiring Bible study or challenged to use a rusty gift lately? 

Beth Fortune 
  If not, check out Beth Fortune’s Bible studies, retreats, and encouraging blog posts at  www.bethfortune.net

Uplifting blessings,