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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MONDAY
(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

TUESDAY
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Turkey Rice Soup
Gluten Free Brown & White Bread
Tossed Salad

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

THURSDAY

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

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

SATURDAY
pizza-wings-saladGF Pizza & Wings
Greek Salad

SUNDAY
salad-nicoiseSalad Nicoise
GF Crackers

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Menu Plan Monday – June 17, 2019

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

TUESDAY
(Dr. Appointment in Phoenix-Eat Out)

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

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

FRIDAY
Turkey Leftovers

SATURDAY
Goulash
Goulash
Garlic Bread
Tossed Salad

SUNDAY
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Chicken Salad in Tomato Cups
Stuffed Eggs
Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

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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

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

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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

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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
blessings.

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.

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I have included the pdf’s of these charts that can be downloaded and printed.  I will continue to post the family sheets for our paternal grandfathers.

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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MONDAY
tracian chicken
Tracian Chicken
Greek Salad
Garlic Toast

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

WEDNESDAY
glutenfreebatteredhalibut
GF Trader Joe’s Battered Halibut
Left over Potato Salad
Coleslaw

THURSDAY

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

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

SATURDAY
(My husband is asking for this again.)
creamy-bacon-wrapped-chicken
Chicken Continental 
Baked Potato
Garlic Green Beans
Sliced Tomatoes

SUNDAY
Leftover Chicken

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