His Word for My Week – Suffering, Count it all Joy!

1 Peter 1:1-9
Image result for Refiners fireWe all have experienced suffering in one way or another.  Suffering is universal.  We all know what it is to feel pain, to hurt, to feel the heat.   As I look around, I see so many family members, friends and neighbors experiencing such difficult times in their lives with health issues, financial concerns, aging parents, family discord, family deaths, etc.  Not to mention the fact that we live in a hostile world that has become so anti-Christian.  The scattered Christians in Peter’s day were being singed by the flames of persecution and their circumstances were bleak.  Peter puts pain in perspective by focusing on our position in Christ…we are chosen, we are being sanctified (set apart), and we have a full measure of grace and peace available to us.  We have reasons to be joyful inspite of our suffering.

  1.  We have a living hope–based on the resurrection of Christ.  This world is not our home, we’re just passing through.  Our final chapter ends in Heaven…what a hope we have.  v.3
  2. We have a permanent inhertiance–We have a reservation awaiting us in Heaven.  It is imperishable, undefiled, and that will not fade away.   v.4
  3. We have divine protection–We are protected by the most efficient security system available–the power of God.  We will not be lost in the process of suffering. v.5
  4. We have a developing faith–We can have joy, even though we go through various trials.  The purpose of  trials is to prove the genuineness of our faith, to teach us humility, and to come forth, after being tested by fire, shining in the likeness of Jesus.  v.6-7
  5. We have an unseen Savior–Even though we have not seen Him or see Him presently, we love Him and believe in Him, and have inexpressable and glorious joy.   Even though we cannot see Jesus beside us in our trials, He IS There! v.8
  6. We have a guaranteed deliverance–The final passage of our faith is the deliverance of our souls–not only from present sin but also the glorificaiton of our physical bodies.  How glad I will be for the deliverance of both of these–my sickening sin and my sick physical body.  What a day that will be! v9Resentment will be replaced with rejoicing only when we are able to see suffering from Christ ‘s perspective.  If God brought Jesus through the most painful of trials and from the pit of death, He can bring us through whatever we face.  He shall make of us a great work of art to conformed us to His image.  Romans 8:28-29a


Menu Plan Monday – June 24, 2019

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(From Last Week’s Menu)
Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s Pie
(I use Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup for this as it is Gluten Free)
Garlic Bread
Tossed Salad

Turkey Rice Soup
Gluten Free Brown & White Bread
Tossed Salad

Kielbas, kraut
Kielba & Sauerkraut
German Potato Salad
Black Russian Bread


Creamy Crockpot Round Steak
Gluten Free Noodles (I use GF Lasagne & cut into strips)
Steamed Brocolli

GF Salmon Cakes with Horsey Sauce
Salmon Patties
(I make these with GF Crackers)
Creamy Cucumber Salad

pizza-wings-saladGF Pizza & Wings
Greek Salad

salad-nicoiseSalad Nicoise
GF Crackers

Have a Yummy Week,
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Menu Plan Monday – June 17, 2019

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tuna pot pie
Tuna Pot Pie
(Gluten Free Crust)
Tossed Salad

(Dr. Appointment in Phoenix-Eat Out)

Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s Pie
(I use Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup for this as it is Gluten Free)
Garlic Bread
Tossed Salad

Slow cooker Turkey
Slow cooker Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Canberry Sauce

Turkey Leftovers

Garlic Bread
Tossed Salad

Chicken Salad in Tomato Cups
Stuffed Eggs
Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Have a Yummy Week,
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Love in a Box – June 2019

Summer has arrived and school is out!  Our “Love in a Box’ package to New York reflects that fact.   Our grandson has worked hard this year in 5th grade,
and we are so proud of his accomplishments.

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A bit of spending cash inserted into this cute slider box made on my Silhouette Cameo, design #243178, background paper, summer sun.
We definitely are two of his biggest fans!

For a good job-well done, we sent him via mail from the store 6 Bakugan Figures & Trading Cards, which prompted a thank you phone call from a pretty excited grandson.   He was happy to inform us that a few of these were rare ones. Bakugan, Nillious, 2-inch Tall Collectible Action Figure and Trading Card, for Ages 6 and Up

As usual we packaged tic tacs in a fun summer box,  Box Design #69149,
and label, Silhouette Design #269749 on Summer Hearts Background paper.

Grandpa thought he might like this collection of  Historical Keepsake Coins along with a bunch of foreign coins and bills.  We did advise that he check out the coin collectors websites to determine the value of each of these…a good summer project!

Some sweets and snacks and their favorite Trader Joe’s bars.

“Call to Glory” Devotionals, one for each of them.

And always a bit of coffee money for our daughter.  The coffee cup design is Silhouette #29511, and label #171532.

Next month is our grandson’s 11th Birthday, and I had better get busy on the next
“Love in a Box” Birthday package.  Rick and I always enjoy putting these packages together for our beloved daughter and grandson.
We truly have been missing them lots lately.

Having a great time crafting & collecting,
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His Word for My Week – 1 Peter – Denying Christ

66181-peter-denies-jesus.1200w.tnLessons Learned from Peter’s Life
This passage is from Ken Gire’s, Moments with the Savior

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for Peter.  He was a great man.  He loved you so much.  He left everything to follow you.  In your name he healed the sick, cast out demons, and peached the kingdom.  For three and a half faithful years he stood beside you.  And when soldiers came to take him away, he stood up for you.  When others deserted you, he followed all the way to the temple courtyard.
I confess that I wouldn’t have never made it that far.
Help me not to pass judgment on him, Lord.  Rather may his great and fervent love for you pass judgment on me.
Help me to see that I deny you in so many areas of my life, in so many ways and at so many different times.
When I am too busy to pray, I deny that you are the center of my life.
When I neglect your word, I deny that you are competent to guide me.
When I worry, I deny that you are the Lord of my circumstances.
When I turn my head from the hungry and the homeless, I deny that you are a
God of mercy who has put me here to be your hands and your feet.
When I steal something from another person to enrich or enhance my life–
whether that be something material or some credit that is rightly due
another, which I have claimed for myself–I deny you are the source of all

Forgive me, Jesus, for all those quiet ways, known only to you, in which I have denied you.
Thank you for all the times you have prayed for me that my faith might not fail.  There is not telling how many times I have been rescued from Satan’s hand because you stood beside me.  And thank you, most faithful of friends, that no matter how terribly I have failed you, I can always look into your eyes, and there find forgivenss.”

Kent Geneaology – Traced back to Holland

I recently received an email from Family Search that my 8th great-grandmother, Mary Loomis, 1620-1680, was born in England so I decided to check it out.  While doing so, I discovered that research had been done on the lineage of the Kent family.

I was so thrilled to find the information below for our Kent family tree going back to 1624 in Amsterdam, Holland.   The name change from Kindt to Kent seems to appear with Symon some time after 1714.

I can remember in 7th grade studying New York State History, specifically the Dutch settlement in New Amsterdam, New York.    As a class project I decided to bake a Dutch Cake for class (wished I had saved that recipe of my mom’s).  I do recall my mother telling me that we were of dutch decendency.  Not sure if, at that time, it was from my father’s family or my mother’s family.  Somehow I have the idea I will find it to be both.

I would also like to thank my niece, Dixie Monty Gothard, for all the geneaology research she has done on our families.  She has done such an amazing job and I, and we as a family,  can appreciate her dedication to the task.  Thanks so much!

Enjoying the journey,
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Menu Plan Monday – June 10, 2019

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tracian chicken
Tracian Chicken
Greek Salad
Garlic Toast

Crockpot BBQ Burgers
Bonnie’s  BBQ Burgers
Potato Salad
Mom Cornishes Chocolate Dessert

GF Trader Joe’s Battered Halibut
Left over Potato Salad


Hot Dogs with Mustard Sauce
Cottage Cheese/Boiled Eggs
Chili Con Carne

Cornmeal Pancakes
Cornmeal Pancakes with Chili Topping
(I use GF Bisquik Mix)
Tossed Salad

(My husband is asking for this again.)
Chicken Continental 
Baked Potato
Garlic Green Beans
Sliced Tomatoes

Leftover Chicken

Have a Yummy Week,
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Gluten Free Bisquick Mix

 Homemade Gluten-Free Bisquick  homemadebiscuitmixrecipe590

This recipe makes homemade gluten-free Bisquick that you can substitute cup for cup in your favorite Bisquick recipes.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 7 cups homemade Bisquick

  • 4 cups finely ground white rice flour (16 ounces; 455 grams)
  • 2 cups tapioca starch (8 ounces; 226 grams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (1 3/4 ounces; 50 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening (8 ounces; 226 grams)


  1. Place white rice flour, tapioca starch, sugar, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum in the bowl of a food processor. Run food processor for about one minute to combine. Add shortening. Pulse to combine, about five medium pulses. No large pieces of shortening should remain.
  2. Store mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 8 weeks.

His Word for My Week – 1 Peter Overview

downloadThis week I began my study of the Book of 1st Peter.  I do so love studying the Word of God, and extracting its practical principles for everyday living.  It has always been my goal when studying Scripture to come to a conclusion or “big idea”, “the bottom line”: first of all, “what is this saying to me personally?”, and secondly, “How can I apply this teaching to my life.”

Key Verse:  1 Peter 5:10 “But he God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect (mature), stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

Theme: A Living HOPE
True Christian hope is more than “hope so.”  It is confident assurance of future glory and blessing, one that gives us encouragement and the enablement we need for daily living.

The Writer:  Simon Peter, the apostle of Jesus Christ, one of the inner 3 apostles (Peter, James & John),  leader in the early church, an older man at the writing, a big burly fisherman, a “ready, aim, fire” sort of man.  I think of him as impetuous Peter.

I find myself loving this man and relating to his character…Peter, who failed, faltered, who made mistakes, was rebuked by the Lord, cried, was forgiven, restored, and filled with hope again.  He was a work in process as I am presently.

The Recipients:  Persecuted Christians scattered in five parts of the Roman Empire, all of them in northern Asia Minor.  Christians were suffering because they were living godly lives and doing what was good and right.  The were also suffering reproach for the name of Christ and were being railed at by unsaved people.  Sounds pretty much like the times we live in today, doesn’t it.   

The Purpose of the Letter:  To encourage those suffering to be good witnesses to their persecutors, and to remember their suffering would lead to glory.   Vs. 5:12

From C. Swidoll study guide:
Peter’s purpose is to remind Christians that painful times are not an end to themselves and that there is hope inspite of suffering. An echo of that thought is resonated by contemprary author, M. Scott Peck.

It is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom….When we desire to encourage the growth of the human spirit, we challenge and encourage the human capacity to solve problems , just as in school we deliberately set problems for our children to solve.  It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.  As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those things that hurt, instruct.”

Lesson Learned from Peter’s character
1. Our failure in the past does not nullify our purpose in the future.  It’s easy to convince ourselves that once we’ve stumbled and fallen on our faces to spent the rest of our days on the ground, staring at the dirt.  Why, because we can’t forgive ourselves.   Peter’s example shows us how to grasp the hand that reaches down to pick us up… and how to dust ourselves off and get on with life.  (Ps. 51:1-13)
2.  A broken heart is great preparation for healing fractured lives.  Think about it.
When we are hurting, who touches us more profoundly and more permanently–the one who has been sheltered or the one who has been shattered?  (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
3.  One letter of hope brings more encouragement than a thousand thoughts never expressed.  Expressing encouragement is so important.  Peter didn’t just pray for those who suffered, He wrote to them as well.  And his words fell on their parched hearts like cool water.  (Prov. 25:25)

“Heavenly Father, how many times have I failed you, and how many times have you picked me up and restored me to some sort of useful state.  I am thankful that I can look into your eyes and find forgiveness.  Your grace is amazing.  Even though I have not enjoyed times of suffering in my life, I do know that they have helped to deepen my faith, to have a closer walk with and dependancy on You and to be more compassionate to others’ sufferings.  I ask You to reveal to me someone who needs encouraging this week that I might send a card or make a call to. ”  In Jesus name, and for His sake, Amen.

Goals & Projections for June 2019


I so enjoy reading Katy’s, “Katykickers” blog because she is a gal after my own heart.  She is such an amazing wife, mother, and homemaker who inspires me with so many of her ideas.  Katy is a goal setter and each month posts what her aims are for the month and then does a followup post on how well she’s met those aims.  She has inspired me to get back at setting goals and projections for each month, so I’ll start today .  Thank you, Katy!

Spiritual Goals
Consistent Daily Devotions from “In Touch” Magazine.
Daily Prayer for family, friends, ministries & missionaries in our church, & leaders and governmental leaders.
Start Personal Summer Bible Study – “Hope in Hurtful Times” A study of 1 Peter by     Charles Swindoll.
Intentionally share the love of Jesus with those in my realm of influence.

Family Goals
 Put together “Love in a Box” for July’s package to New York.  Our grandson’s birthday is in July so it will be themed “Birthday.”
Do better at staying connected with family out of state.  Make and send an
Encouragement Card to my husband’s sister, Patty.
Date time out with Rick.  Prayer time with him and for him.

Household Goals
Purchase burlap to line livingroom ottoman tray.
Continue to downsize items in all the closets and take items to Goodwill.
Too much stuff!
Clean and repair old truck stored in the garage to keep in Master Bedroom.
Find a small table for guest bedroom for next to the chair.
Meal plan for the month (done) and post on blog weekly.
Buy a rosemary plant for the backyard…love having this available for cooking.
Put Easter decorations up in container (a wee bit late at taking care of this.)

Physical Goals 
Loose weight-gained a few unneeded pounds after being on steriods.  Track carbs on          My Fitness Pal keeping them around 50 per day.  Still unable to walk too well so                exercise will be limited, but will do stretches daily.   Testing to be done this month
to determine cause of swollen legs and muscle tightness and spasms.
Get blood sugar under control…always higher after a series of steriod meds.  Borrow
from the library “Diabetes without Drugs” by Suzy Cohen and read.
Husband picked up the book for me today.
Because my husband and I do not sleep well, I find it difficult to get moving in the
morning and put off getting dressed and put together.  I really need to work on
this.  Sometimes just putting on a bit of makeup helps me to feel better.

Praise!  Have been using an autoimmune protocal for menu ideas and vitamin
therapy for some time now.  According to my doctor, labs came back perfect…no
evidence of Lupus, RA, C-reactive protein (for imflammation) low.  Liver enzymes
low for first time in long time.  I must be proving that autoimmune disease can be
reversed.  Rheumatologist labs also showed no evidence of Lupus or RA and I can
hardly believe it.  Praise God!

Emotional Goals
I get rather frustrated at times with my inability to function physically, and I need to
take on an “oh well” attitude and just be thankful for what I can do.
Record daily in my gratitude journal.   Helps to count my blessings.

Financial Goals
Thankfully we are debt free at this point in our lives.  Just need to keep setting aside a
few dollars each month for medical and other emergencies, gift giving, etc.

Social Goals
Stuggling with a respiratory infection right now, so socializing is limited right now.  But
I still can phone or message chat with friends a couple of times per week.

Reminder to self:
A goal is an objective I can accomplish, an objective that I want to see happen in my life, and an objective over which I have complete control.

Looking forward to a successful month,
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