Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bridle My Thoughts Bridle My Tongue


Do you have a tendency to criticize or have a sharp tongue? I don't know about you, but I do, so I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue every morning.  This is something that I have found I need a lot of help with. Especially with the people closest to me.

You see, I tend to be a perfectionist, and that can make me difficult to live with.  Most people who know me think I'm a super nice, easy going person, but my family knows the real me.  I am a nice person, it's not that I'm not, but I tend to be hardest on those that I love.  My poor husband says that I have a certain view of the world and that I expect those whom I love to live up to that view.  I am probably not very reasonable at times, and short on patience when I think that I am doing it all.  I'm sure that some of you are like that also, you know who you are.  We clean, cook, work, take care of the kids, do the laundry, even pack all of the suitcases and try to do it without complaining, until we feel like we are being taken advantage of.  We haven't asked for help, so how can those around us, know that we needed it to take advantage of us.  Maybe just by watching all that we are doing?   Come on that's not fair to them!  They can't read our minds even though we think that they should.   We walk around with a laundry list in our heads of what needs to be done, but they don't have the same list, so how are they supposed to know.

Then Satan rears his ugly head!  (I have now reached my limit, but how would my family know what needed to be done if I didn't tell them.)  I lash out in anger and frustration!  Not fair right!  No, not fair at all. Do you recognize this person, are you like me?  I need to learn how to talk, ask for help. So each morning I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue, so that I don't say something mean to those that I love.  They are the ones I should have the most patience with, not the least.

Each morning I pray, "God, bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue today, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Don't let me say anything mean, angry, or unkind to anyone today. Thank you Lord."  I know that when I am praying in the name of Jesus that it is done.  It is such a simple prayer, but so powerful.  It has helped me to so very much.  I want my thoughts and tongue to be in agreement with God's will, not mine.  The Lord's prayer says "Thy will be done."  Let it be.


I like this verse in Psalms, and I'm giving you several different versions. I think it is helpful to see different transliterations.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the doors of my lips.
Psalms 141:3 (NKJV)

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips (to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly).
Psalms 141:3 (amplified)

Guard my mouth, O Eternal One;
control what I say.
Keep a careful watch on every word I speak.
Psalm 141:3 (The VOICE)

I especially liked The VOICE's version, "Guard my mouth..., control what I say, Keep careful watch on every word I speak".

If this speaks to you, I hope it helps.  Have a blessed week.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches A Weight Watchers Recipe


Do you love ice cream sandwiches?  I love them and these delicious Weight Watchers Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches are only 2 points so easy to make.  These are the perfect St. Patty's Day dessert and definitely guilt free.  How can you beat a 2 point dessert?  Maybe have two ice cream sandwiches and make it a 4 point dessert.  

I found this new ice cream, called Halo Top, and it is very good and definitely guilt free.  Depending on the flavor that you buy it is anywhere from 3 to 4 point for 1/2 cup of ice cream.  It doesn't use splenda, the sweetener is erythritol, so it doesn't raise your blood sugar and it has not calories.  It comes in several flavors and I have tried a few.  The peanut butter cup, chocolate, cookies and cream, and chocolate almond are all amazing.

I have been doing Weight Watchers since January 4th, 2017, I've lost 14 pounds and I'm loving it.  I don't feel deprived and I don't feel hungry.  I can look at my favorite pastries and eat them if I want or save my points for something else.  I even had a Mint Oreo Milk Shake this week from BurgerFi and didn't feel guilty at all.  I just counted the points.  I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you feel the need to lose some weight.



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Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches - A Weight Watchers Recipe
1 serving = 2 Points

Ingredients:
2 fat free graham cracker squares
1/4 cup Halo Top Mint Chip Ice Cream

Directions:

Set the 2 graham cracker squares on a plate

Measure out 1/4 cup Halo Top Mint Chip Ice Cream.

Set the Ice Cream on one graham cracker square and top with the 2nd graham cracker square.

Enjoy!

Makes 1 ice cream sandwich

I will sometimes make several of these up ahead of time and put them in a Tupperware in the freezer. That way they are ready for me when I want one.  I normally have 1 or 2 after dinner while I am watching TV with my sweet husband.

I hope you like them.  I would love to know if you try them.  Let me know what you think.

Have a great week.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rest in the Lord


Are you tired, weary, feel the weight of the world on your shoulders?  Rest in the Lord, he will carry you. You weren't meant to carry life's troubles all by yourself.  Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  Jesus and God are so much bigger then us, and they will gladly carry our load, all you have to do is ask.  

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

After asking you then need to actually give your troubles to God.  You can't give them to Him and then take them back, You just need to leave them at His feet, and He will take control.  The Casting Crowns song Just Be Held says:

And when you're tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There's freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go.

Refrain

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding and just be held
Just be held, just be held
Casting Crowns Just Be Held


God has told us that He will take all of our "stuff".  He is strong enough to do it all.  We just have to trust in Him.  You just have to give it to Him and leave it with Him, lay it at His feet, because don't you feel lost trying to do it all by yourself?  Things may seem tough, and without Him, they are tough, but you can find rest in Him.  He can do it all.  He will take it from you, He will carry your load, you just have to let Him.

The Matthew West Song Strong Enough says so much in just a few short verses.

I know I'm not strong enough to be everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For both of us


I'm not strong enough, but He is.  Rely on His strength and you will find peace.

Have a blessed week.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Adorned From Above on Etsy

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the things that you make for your blog?  I came up with a solution for mine.  Adorned From Above on Etsy is an Etsy store, and I am so excited to share the jewelry that I have making with all of you.  I, also, have a friend Gwen Taylor who is an amazing jewelry designer, and she has been making all kinds of bracelet, necklaces, and earrings for Adorned From Above on Etsy.  

This post contains links to my Etsy store. If you buy something from my Etsy store I will earn money.

Right now, Adorned From Above on Etsy, has many different bracelets, along with some necklaces, and earrings.  I have more to add, so check back often, there is a lot more coming.  Right now I am focusing on jewelry, but I may add other items in the future.

Please go in, take a look around, and shop.  I would be so excited, if you find something that you like in my store.  Here are a few of the pieces that are online right now.

As a thank you,  I am offering a 5% discount for shopping on Adorned From Above on Etsy, good for any purchase over $10.00.  Input coupon code 031017 to receive your discount.  This coupon is valid until March 31, 2017, so shop this month and receive your 5% discount.

Have a great week.






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Friday, March 3, 2017

Mexican Rice a Weight Watchers Recipe


I have never made Mexican Rice from scratch before, have you?  I thought it would be really hard, especially because I wanted to it me a Weight Watchers Recipe.  It turned out to be super simple to make.  I wish I had know that years ago.  Wow!  Now I can make it all of the time.  Especially since it is only 2 points for 1/2 cup of rice.  I thought that was pretty good.  I was fortunate to come up with this recipe the first time I tried it.  I have even been using it in my scrambles eggs after I work out in the mornings.  I'll share that recipe with you next week.  I served this with chicken tacos and refried beans.  It was a big hit.

I am really having fun making new recipes that are Weight Watchers friendly, and it is not a difficult task.  I am even coming up with desserts.  I'll share my recipe for ice cream sandwiches in a few weeks, once I have perfected them.  I'm still working on that recipe.  I'm trying to keep them to 2 points.  Good things to share in the future.



Mexican Rice A Weight Watchers Recipe
Serves 10 - 1/2 cup servings
Weight Watchers Smart Points - 2 points

Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced onions
1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves
2 1/2 cups rice
1 can diced tomatoes with habanero chili peppers (you can substitute a milder version like green chilis instead)
1 6 oz can sliced black olives drained
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Saute onions until translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the mexican rub, diced tomatoes, black olives, chicken broth, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.

Next, add in the rice and stir  Bring to a boil again. Cover pan, land reduce heat to a simmer.

Cook for about 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.

Once done, remove from heat and serve.

I hope that you like this recipe.  Let me know if you try it out.  I always love hearing from you and how the recipes work out.


Have a great week.