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Making Your Bed

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The Admiral that commanded the raid that took down Bin Laden gave such a compelling speech at the College of Charleston in November. This one part “Make your bed if you want to change the world” just stuck out as such pearls of wisdom for me.

You see I have always been one of those people who took the make your bed before anything else to heart. That is the first thing I do after I get out of it, before anything else. My coffee, devotions, getting dressed always come after my bed.  As I fixed my sheets and comforter I took pleasure in making sure not a wrinkle stayed behind, my pillows fluffed perfectly, my mind thinking on the day and listening to my morning noises. I would have such a peace and satisfied feeling when the bed was done because I knew that when the day was done I would get to come home after all the chaos that might happen and it would be my happy place.

It might seem a little over the top my love of a nicely made bed and the calm it gives but when I heard the Admiral saw “Make your bed if you want to change the world” I thought I’m not the only nut alive and he’s a very smart man, He has such a point.

Some times I can get over whelmed if I think about all that I need to do. The list can go on and on but if I think about starting small, one step at a time. I don’t get so over whelmed by my the list. I have heard it’s the little things that add up but for me the light bulb went of when I heard that one part of his speech, and I think it when I wake up. It helps to keep me mindful and in the moment, to take each small task finish it then move on.

Keeping this mind-set makes all I do feel so much more joyful. I don’t mind the small things so much, it keeps me humble and gives me that spring in my step because the weight of worry isn’t on my shoulders, its given to God and I am blessed just doing a little at a time.

I will always have my list but with one small thing at a time I really can change my world and am so much happier for it.

Psalm 90:17 17

“May the favor of the LORD our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us yes, establish the work of our hands.”

 

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Encouraging One Another

 

My grandson who loves to give hugs even at the big age of five decided to give my daughter the cold shoulder as she dropped him of at kindergarten. He woke up feeling a bit grumpy and not wanting to cooperate with her. This only left one option and that was a good talking to about behaving differently or consequences were going to happen.

As to be expected this did not go over well. So as she dropped him off she bent down and asked for a hug, he then said in a very loud voice “no” and walked to get in line. All the other kids in his class witnessed this. They got out of line and piled on top of my daughter trying to give her hugs.

She told me this out of concerned for the  “stranger danger” aspect and I totally understand that but what I took from it got me thinking.

Those little children heard that she needed a hug, they saw she bent down in hopes of getting one and then they heard the “no” and watched her son walk away. They could have just turned and walked into the class room with some just feeling bad for her.

They didn’t just feel bad, they took action and gave her what they could. They gave her what they heard and saw that she needed.

Why is it that when we grow up we tend to only see the “stranger danger” and not the need. So because of the fear of the stranger the need is not met. I understand we need to be wise but how many time, myself included do we let our fear get in the way of encouraging others.

 

Proverbs 12:25
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. ”

 

Ephesians 4:1-3
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”

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Chickpea and Dumplings

I can’t believe summer is around the corner and I thought that I would not be able to enjoy comfort food until fall but this last weekend we had some wonderful rain that brought cooler temperatures.

With the nice rain it was perfect for chicken and dumplings but I make a veggie option for myself using chickpeas, it’s just as good to me but feel free and use chicken if that is something that you like better. Just remember that it will take a little longer when you use chicken.

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Chickpea and Dumplings:

1 can of Chickpea rinsed and drained

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

4-5 Cups of Veggie Broth

2-3 Carrots cut in bite sized pieces

1-2 Potatoes cut in bite sized pieces

3-4 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 of a small onion diced

The following herbs and seasoning per your taste Parsley, Rosemary, Bay leaf, Salt and Pepper.

Dumplings:

1 cup of flour

1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 Teaspoon of Parsley and Rosemary

Tablespoon of cold butter

1/2 Cup of Milk ( I use soy or almond)

 

In a large pot add olive oil, onion, garlic. Over medium heat sauté until fragrant and almost translucent then add herbs sautéing a minute or two longer.

Add rest of ingredients, turn to a low simmer and continue to cook until potatoes and carrots are half done. turn up your heat to bring to boil, drop spoonful of dumpling dough into the boiling chickpeas mixture. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

( Before dropping the dumplings in mix flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and cubed butter. Make a nice crumbly mixture then add your milk mixing together to create a nice biscuit dough. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Construction Zone

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I remember with fondness going with my grandma to my grandpa’s work sights. He was a carpenter, not just any carpenter but he possessed talent and expertise in building things that always amazed me. It left me in awe of how he could create such beautiful things from nothing more than just raw materials. I think the only reason I loved going to the work sights was my grandpa, he was a quite man with a great sense of humor just to name a few of his qualities and if it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would have found the construction zone peaceful or the smell of saw dust lovely.

In fact I think we can all agree that when our first thoughts  of comfort, beauty and peace come to our mind, none of it would be found in a construction zone. I mean really, just thinking of all the noise that heavy equipment creates or all the crew it takes to build things. This is a place of noise and activity, a place where nothing goes according to plan.

I don’t think one thing has ever been built that has gone according to plans. I believe people in this field are even happily surprised when things get done with just a few minor adjustments. People have made a living making movies or jokes about remodel/construction zones. They are great to watch but in real life it usually brings stress.

Isn’t life just like this? I heard a great quote by an unknown person that said “A comfort zone is a beautiful place BUT nothing ever grows there.”

How true, it takes mess to make a wonderful life. I get so tired at times of the mess but with out it I wouldn’t fully have such a beautiful life. Just when I feel that the contraction that is going on in my life is just not worth it, I go to the one who made me and understands how I am.

Just how as a young girl I found peace at my grandpa’s work sight even in the middle of the construction, I can as a women go to my father in heaven and he gives me such peace in the middle of creating something great.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
“Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” Psalm 119:50

“Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4″

“Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

 

 

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Spring Cleaning

I know it has been awhile since I found some great finds to share but I realized that I use my essential oils daily but I don’t talk much about them online. So I thought every Tuesday and/or Thursday when I share my great finds that I will share interesting facts and recipes pertaining to essential oils.

Today I am going to share part of my Thieves cleaning kit. (I have older post about thieves and how great it is to clean with and all the other uses for it.)

I was so excited when I received my kit. I don’t know what it is about kits but I feel like a kid on Christmas when I get something that comes all together. With this kit comes a nice bucket, a white cloth, a spray bottle, a 10.4 oz Thieves cleaner, small booklet that gives recipes on how to clean with out toxins and 5 essential oils in a red bag.

 

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As you  can see you get a lot so you can start cleaning your whole home with just a few items that last a lot of months.

Todays All-purpose cleaner recipe can be used from countertops to the bathroom and everything in-between.

 

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All-Purpose Cleaner:

Yield: approximately 16 fluid ounces

1 capful thieves Household Cleaner

2 Cups of water

Combine ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces liberally and wipe clean.

OPTIONAL add a few drops of pine, lemon, purification or tea tree essential oil.

This is safe to use around  babies and pets and you don’t have to worry about chemicals.

You will find this and many more recipes on a safe alternative way to clean on Young Living’s blog (if you are a member.) If you are interested on purchasing any products or becoming a member or perhaps you have questions you may go to my website or email me.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

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Mushroom Stroganoff

I am so glad to get back to writing. I was with out my laptop for a time but a big happy dance that I have it back and I can blog again.

I really enjoy stroganoff. Todays recipe serves about four and is with three different types of mushrooms, so if mushrooms aren’t your thing you may substitute them.

Mushroom Stroganoff:

 

Mushrooms – button, shiitake, portobello (  The amount is up to you but I use a hand full of each kind cut up in bite size pieces)

4-5 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 diced onion

1/2 Cup of plain Greek yogurt

2 Cup of veggie Broth

Cornstarch or flour ( about 1/4 cup of flour or about 2 tablespoon of cornstarch)

1-2 Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast

Salt, Pepper and parsley to taste

Egg Noodles cooked according to package directions

In sauce pan sauté mushrooms, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. While they are sautéing add you nutritional yeast, flour/cornstarch to veggie broth and stir then add to the sautéed mushroom mixture stirring continuously so as to make sure not to get lumps, continue stirring until broth becomes gravy then add Greek yogurt and seasonings. Serve over cooked egg noodles.

This is such a fast dinner but if you are a fan of mushrooms it is very tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Discontentment, My old friend

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I had discontentment ring my door bell a few weeks ago. I answered and instead of saying no thank you like I would to an unwarranted solicitor I smiled, opening the door wide welcoming them in as an old friend. I hadn’t let them visit in a while but I thought a visit wouldn’t hurt.

Well, the visit lasted for month or so. I have been so dissatisfied with so many things in my life. I welcomed discontentment and now it has become a nice pity party by now. I thought that with the way things in my life have been why not. All the times in the past I would answer the door when discontentment came around but instead of letting them in I would sail past on my way out then go for a run, upon my return my visitor would be gone. I had a clear head and a heart full of contentment.

I am not able to run now so I had thought I had every right to throw a big discontentment themed pity party, I went all out. I think my party could have been Pinterest worthy  but as with any visitor that can outstay their welcome I realize discontentment had to go. I showed them to the door yesterday and felt so much better for it. I had a lot of cleaning up, the thing about allowing discontentment in is it makes a huge mess of things and you forget all the great things life has to offer.

I know that they will be back but the funny thing is that I may not be able to run past and leave them in the dust but what I can do now is just look through the peephole and then not answer.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 & 11

“6) But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. ”

“11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”

 

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Wear Clean Underwear

Many of us heard from our well-meaning moms. The great  phrase “always wear clean underwear”  as funny as this has sounds to me, this was told by mothers across the board with love and out of I’m sure embarrassment if their children were caught with dirty ragged underpants on their way to the hospital or in some emergency.

I have worked in various parts of the hospital but my favorite has and always will be the emergency room. I like the “when it rains it pours” kind of work. The not knowing what the day/night will be like. Thinking on my feet is one of my strengths so maybe that’s why I like that department best or perhaps it is the adrenaline rush, who knows but I would see people on their worst day and sometimes it turned out to be their last. I know that they were not thinking if only I had changed and wore my best underwear.

I also know that the person coming in on the gurney with blood coming out from a gunshot wound did not tell us to stop all life saving efforts so they could go get cleaned up first.

This might sound funny and strange to think of people telling the staff to hold off on helping them until they are clean and wearing their best out fit but that is exactly what we do.

Yes, we as humans are funny. We have a God that says He loves us right where we are but for some reason we think we need to clean up our life before allowing God in, or we think we have made to much of a mess. We have made to many mistakes or have committed to big of a sin to be loved my Him.

I am so amazed and humbled by Gods love for us. He comes to us in the messiest of our lives, saves us and then helps clean us up.

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Butternut Squash Soup

I know that the days of having a nice hot bowl of soup are coming to an end, so I am making as many different kinds as I can now.

I do enjoy a bowl of chilled soup on a warm day but nothing comes close to the comforting bowl of hot soup.

Todays recipe is a very fast way to make butternut squash soup.

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As you can see, I have just the basics but this is still full of flavor.

 

Butternut squash soup:

1  12 ounce bags of cut up butternut squash

2 cup of veggie broth

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

The following seasoning per your taste:

Rosemary, poultry seasoning (or sage and thyme), black pepper mix, parsley

 

 

In a hot pan add coconut oil, butternut squash and seasonings. Sauté for a few minutes until fragrant.  Turn down burner to a simmer then add veggie broth. cook for about 10 minutes until squash is done. If you want a smooth soup put soup mixture in a food processor. When I am in the mood for more texture or I don’t feel like cleaning my food processor I just mash-up the squash with a potato masher. Finally add and stir in the coconut milk. Simmer for a few minutes more, then enjoy your quick soup.

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The Cool Kids Table

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Thinking back to school days and one thing we all have in common is the seating arrangement that kids set up. Who knows who came up with it but it probably has been going on since the dawn of time.

You know what I am talking about, we all had the groups and the tables where each of those groups sat. For some who dared venture over to what was thought of as “the cool table” chances are they would end up walking away with head down and shouts of laughter as the poor soul returned to their table. I always wondered why any one would put themselves in that situation, I mean really who needs that.

I was always more than happy with my group of misfits. Who knows if any of us at my table would have turned someone away but no one tried to come sit with us, maybe it was the spiky hair and odd clothing we chose to wear but to me it was a great group. Even when I made cheer I never did eat at any other table.

Hollywood has made countless movies on this topic. I noticed one was on TV the other night. I didn’t watch it but it got me thinking back to when I was in school and how it can be a great lesson about what we allow in our thoughts.

I was thinking of it this way, our minds are “the cool table” we are in charge of who sits and who doesn’t. So if we are in charge why do we not send those negative self-loathing thoughts packing? Why can’t we be just as forceful as the cool kids were?

It is so hard to do but if we start looking at it as we are in charge of who takes up seats in our heads maybe it will get easier for us to send the negative thoughts that just harm us to walk away. Who needs them at your table anyway.

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”