Cinnamon Buns | From Lilly’s Kitchen

My mom  and I have been talking for a while now about posting the most amazing cinnamon bun recipe to my blog (I’m a little biased… it’s my mom’s recipe).  Long awaited, and it’s here!!!

This is the first, but in no way the last, original recipe from my mom that I’ll be posting to my blog.  We are going to call her recipes “Lilly’s Kitchen”.

If you came across this post by accident, count yourself very blessed, my friend.

I’ll pass this post over to my beautiful mama now to give you this wonderful gift to you and your family… Read More »

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Tired of Tired | Changing Your Thinking

I’m tired.  And I just realized I say it too much.

I realized it because my four year old keeps telling me he’s tired.  (I don’t really think he’s all that tired, especially at 10 am, ya know?)

I’ll ask him to do something and he’ll say, “I’m too tired”.

Uh huh.  Sometimes I feel my kids are like a mirror, or a recording device playing back to me what I’m saying.

He’s hearing me talk about it.  Cause, boy, you just ain’t that tired.

So, something’s gotta Read More »

New! Guatemala Tab | Casa de Alabbanza

Hi Readers,

Something I’m very passionate about is Missions work.  I have added a new tab to the main menu here to showcase Casa de Alabbanza – a children’s home in Guatemala.  Keep reading to find out why Casa de Alabbanza holds my heart.

Guatemala

Guatemala is very dear to my heart.  It was where I went on my first missions trip as a nineteen year old, and then a few years later I was asked to come on staff at our local church as missions coordinator – to oversee missions trips and start doing ground work for the Children’s Home that our Apostle, Francis Armstrong, was wanting to open.

We are very blessed to be a part of a church that has a huge vision for missions.

Casa de Alabbanza (House of Praise).

After working more than four years on this project, Casa de Alabbanza opened… read more at the new Guatemala tab here at Not Without My Morning Coffee.

Don’t Lose Your Soul | An Ecclesiastes Devotional


Other reading: Ecclesiastes Chapter 2don't_lose_your_soul

Ages ago… or months ago anyway… I wrote a post about the first chapter of Ecclesiastes.  You can read that post here.  I have loved reading through Ecclesiastes.  I’m only now getting a chance to write more on it.

For this post I’ll focus on this passage:

Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 NASB
Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Striving.  Vanity.  Wealth.  Fame.  Fortune.  Read More »

This House Won’t Clean Itself

Has your house been hit with colds and flus this winter?  Ours just got through about two weeks of first colds, then flus.

Yuck.

The house finally feels good again.  Laundry is caught up again, or nearly anyway (is it ever really caught up?), real meals are being made again, mommy is actually getting dressed in the morning again, and much coffee is being had, let me tell you.

I think everyone is more grumpy when the house is mid-virus and mommy is exhausted and sick too.  I began to rebuke sickness in the name of Jesus’, it was keeping us from the areas we serve in at church, my productivity was depressing, and I pretty much beggedRead More »

The Prayer Of Jabez

From what I can gather, Jabez is not mentioned in the Bible other than 1 Chronicles.  “Jabez” is mentioned as a place in chapter 2, and other than that, the man called Jabez is only mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4…

1 Chronicles 4:8-10
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.”  Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.” And God granted his request.

I was driving my kids to the park for a playdate this morning and this scripture came to mind.

Now, depending on the version it sometimes says “that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me” (New American Standard Bible) or something to that effect.  The version that I’m using today (HCSB) as well as the New King James Version states it this way: that  I will not cause any pain.  I don’t know about you but I love reading from different versions.

Poor guy.  His mom called him pain, he might have been known as a pain, and he just didn’t want to be a pain.

Do you feel hisRead More »