Archives for November 2011

Who holds your strings?

Written By Jen

Have you ever felt emotionally mastered?  Do you ever feel perfectly content and then this person enters the scene and all the sudden you feel feisty and fiery?  We often hear these relationships described as a love-hate relationship.  They are relationships where we often feel our emotions and reactions get the best of us.  I have relationships like this in my life.  I can obsess about a particular person; sometimes, it’s about one of my kids, a person in my family, or a friend.  Can you relate?

Who holds your strings?  This morning God gave me a picture in my mind of me as a marionette.  I pass my strings to different people and give them control of my emotions and my actions.  UGH.  This morning while doing my Bible study I read this: “Sometimes along the way there are people we feel emotionally mastered by.  The truth is, however, they did not emotionally master us.  Our thoughts about the person emotionally mastered us.”   We need God’s healing in our minds even more than in our relationships.

At this point, I was so glad I spent some time with God this morning.  I realized how often I hand my strings to different people.  I have always loved the scripture in Galatians 1:10, and again this morning it was a fresh word for my soul.  Galatians 1:10 reads, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

I need to be careful who I hand my strings to and honestly, whose strings I try to grab.

Today I prayed, “Lord help me to no  longer be mentally snared by that person.  I reclaim my strings.  Help me to stop giving them away.  I place my strings in your hands.  I agree with you Christ to do what is necessary to bring my thoughts captive in the knowledge of you. (2 Corinthians 10:5).  I confess, my obsessing, has preoccupied me and kept me from what so many others offered, including you Lord.  Lord I am controlling and easily controlled.  I desperately need you.  Like a haircut, I need you to clip my strings.  I choose to walk with you.  I lift my eyes to YOU.  Restore my mind.”

Give a Turkey to the Homeless

Written By Amy

This Thanksgiving will find our family with plates overflowing, stomachs stretched to the limit, and a joyful heart as we are surrounded by friends at the dinner table.  I was reminded today that Thanksgiving looks nothing like that for many.  My sister-in-law called me to say that she heard on our local Denver radio that the Denver Rescue Mission needs turkeys for families this year, desperately.  Usually by this time each Thanksgiving, the Rescue Mission has over 10,000 donated turkeys to give to needy families….this year they have only 2,000.

If you feel called, please donate a turkey for $20.  You can click on the link below for online donations, no matter where you live in the country or world.

Please help a poor family experience the joy of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Check List! It’s in 8 days!

Written By Jen

One secret to stress-free entertaining is to use a timeline, which helps you stay organized and on schedule.  You can accomplish much of the prep work in advance, freeing up your time on the day of the feast.  This is a resource from Williams-Sonoma.  Each year they have a different timeline with different recipe suggestions and expert tips and techniques.  I like the 2010 timeline as follows.  Check their site for many great Thanksgiving Day tips.  I used this last year and it was a wonderful help to a stress free Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Timeline

1 To 2 Weeks before Thanksgiving

* Carefully read though all the recipes to determine the food and cooking equipment you will need.
* Make sure you have enough plates, flatware, glassware and serving pieces.
* Shop for nonperishable food items, such as flour, sugar, butter and jarred or canned goods.
* Order your turkey.


The Weekend Before Thanksgiving

* Complete you food shopping.
* Prepare the turkey brine but do not add the turkey; cover and refrigerate.
* Make the piecrust; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze
* Organize your cooking equipment and tableware.


A few Days Before Thanksgiving

*If you ordered a fresh turkey, pick it up.
* Brine the turkey.  For best results, brine the bird for  24 hours. After the brining time is complete, remove the bird from the brine, rinse it, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to roast.


The day Before Thanksgiving

* Peel and cut the potatoes; place in cold water and refrigerate.
* Make the butternut squash soup; let cool, then cover and refrigerate.
* Cook vegetables for the stuffing; place in a sealable container and refrigerate.
* Prep all veggies, and refrigerate.
* Bake the caramel apple pie; let cool, then cover with plastic wrap.
* Set the table.
* Refrigerate wines that need chilling.


Thanksgiving Day

* Make the stuffing and bake; set aside to reheat just before serving.
* Make the biscuit dough and bake the biscuits.
* Prepare the turkey for roasting and put in the oven at the determined time.  Note: If you plan to stuff the turkey, do not stuff it until just before you put it in the oven.
* Make the veggies; set aside to reheat just before serving.
* While the turkey is roasting, make the mashed potatoes.
* While the turkey is resting, make the gravy.
* Reheat the soup and the stuffing.
* Have a wonderful Thanksgiving



What if it happens?

Written By Jen

I often ask myself why I do this blog.  Time is a precious resource and as the saying goes it flies.  Grace FULL home takes up a significant percentage of my time each week, so I evaluate the pros and the cons regularly.  My answer this week is this wisdom for you and me when facing the “What if…?” of life.

“The most critical breakthrough of faith you and I could ever experience is to let God bring us to a place where we trust Him–period.  We don’t just trust Him to let us avoid what we fear most.  We determine to trust Him no matter what, even if our worst nightmare befalls us.

No one welcomes suffering.  Equally, no one can wholly avoid it.  Though most of what we fear never happens, our lists roll out so long that some of it probably will.  Our only steadfast defenses against life’s certain uncertainty is unconditional trust in a Savior who loves us more than His own life.”  Beth Moore, p.109-110, Esther, 2008.

You Are Being Watched

Written By Amy

You are being watched. By God, of course, but not in the way you think.  We often think God watches over us to judge us, or catch us doing something wrong.  Yet, the bible tells us of a different God.  One who is full of fatherly love, provision and protection.  A God who is our shepherd, not just watching us, but watching over us.

Whether you are reading these verses below for the first time, or have them memorized, I hope you can let the words sink in to your heart wherever life has you right now.

Psalm 23: 1-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 

 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides still waters,

he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

Your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Here is my translation:

God watches over me like a shepherd watches over his flock of sheep.  Each and every one deserves his constant vigil over their safety.  He makes sure I am fed, protected, cared for so that I do not want for my needs.   When I am weary, God brings me to a place of rest, still waters, and restores my energy to face the world again.  He helps me to walk a path of doing the right thing, so that He may be glorified in my life.

When my life is in its deepest pain, I shall not be afraid.  For God is walking with me in that valley, and in his hands he holds things of strength and comfort for me. When I feel like my enemies are all around me, God boldly prepares a place of fulfillment for me right in front of them!  That I may live without fear in their presence because God has gone before me. 

I am chosen by God, the anointing demonstrates that.  I am adopted into his family, and my cup (life) is not empty because of that.  In fact, it is full to overflowing.   Goodness and love will be in my heart all of my life because of God’s presence there.  And, I will spend eternity with my “Abba” Daddy.


I am glad I have God watching over me.



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