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 »

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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…

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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 »

It’s Dark Out There

I shared this song recently in a post, I’m sharing it again just because it’s that good.  And I can’t get enough of it right now.

This song talks about giving God thanks, talking about His goodness and faithfulness.

It gets me thinking.  The truth is we live in a very, very broken world.  The closer we get to Christ’s return, the more broken it seems to become.  What isn’t broken, the human race seems to break, and what’s already broken, we break further.

Good becomes evil, evil becomes good.  Isaiah prophesied of these days.

Isaiah 5:20,21 Amplified Version
Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever and shrewd in their own sight!

But there is a remnant.  There is hope.

Zechariah 8:5-7 Amplified Version
And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If it is difficult in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days [in which this comes to pass], will it also be difficult in My sight?’ declares the Lord of hosts. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the east country and from the west

We need God, church.  To think we can press on in these last days unscathed without Christ is foolishness.  We need Jesus moreRead More »

Think Healthy Eat Healthy Be Healthy

 

Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Dr. Caroline Leaf was speaking.  She has authored several books including Switch On Your Brain.

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Dr. Leaf is scientist, and combines both scripture and science.  I haven’t yet read this book (but I plan to), however she taught a bit from this book over the two sessions.

So many things she spoke about were so, so profound.  I knew my thoughts were important, but after hearing Dr. Leaf there are many changes I see that I need to make.  I always thought it took 21 days to create a new habit, when in fact it actually takes 63 days.  Changing your thought life must be incredibly intentional.  Get your hands on this book.

It was so powerful, the things she said on how important forgiveness is, to gain knowledge, feeding your body the right things (both to your brain and your body), getting rid of “toxicRead More »

Fitness & Worship with Courtney Jarus

I am SO excited to have a guest writer here at Not Without My Morning Coffee today.  This woman is a powerhouse.  Remember Proverbs 31:17?  It says, “She makes her arms strong”.  I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with this girl, she’d take me down.  Thankfully that’s unlikely to happen, because she has a heart of gold, and more importantly a heart for worshipping her Lord and Saviour… a big way she does this is through fitness.  Curious?  Take a read!

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My name is Courtney Jarus – I am a Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructor and Weigh Less to Feed More Facilitator. I have such a passion for health and fitness, however, like many others I have struggled with body image and insecurities most of my life. In 2014, my husband and I completed P90X3 [90 day Beachbody program]. That’s when I realized the connection of physical fitness and spiritual worship. During my workouts I found that when I shifted my focus of exercise from myself to moving for God, it became a powerful act of praise and worship!

CHALLENGE – Next time you go to the gym or do your at-home workoutRead More »

Crystal from The Candid Life

Hey readers,

Meet my friend Crystal.

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Meet Crystal

She’s a longtime friend mine, and fellow blogger.  I asked her if I could highlight one of her recent posts, because it deals with a very real issue.  Kids, iPads, and inappropriate content popping up even in the midst of a school assignment.  This happened to one of her one kids recently.  Take a read, and be sure to check out her insightful blog, The Candid Life.  Without further ado, I’ll pass this post off to Crystal:

When the Real World Hits Home
Originally Posted At The Candid Life

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Please excuse me friends, but I’m having a moment here.  You see tonight I encountered the reality of the harsh world that we live in within the four walls of my home.  Tonight consisted of a very heartbreaking conversation that had to take place with one of my young children about an image that had popped up on the iPad at school during a very innocent search for a related assignment.

Up until this point my children hadn’t really needed any “talks” but tonight, at an age far too ripe for any child, issues had to be discussed that I hoped could have been avoided until they were …. well …forever…or at least 10!  Naive? Maybe – but you carry someone for 9 months, then endure unbearableRead More »

Why An Inspirational Blog?

With so many blogs out there (lifestyle, training, fitness, finance, food, DIYs, to name a few) it really took me a while to determine what kind of blog this was going to be.

So why an Inspirational Blog?

I’m so glad you asked!

My hope is that every time someone finishes reading one of my posts, they feel encouraged.  With so much negativity and turmoil in the world, I feel this is my little spot to speak life.  That doesn’t mean that I will necessarily shy away from talking about hard things, but my hope is that I can bring a different perspective.

I love reading – the Bible, I read a fair bit of fiction (when time allows), I enjoy devotionals, and teaching books (John & Lisa Bevere are some of my favourite teachers/authors, along with Joyce Meyer and others).  I find a lot of the Christian fiction I read is labeled “inspirational fiction”, but the most inspiring thing I have ever read isRead More »

A Granola Bar Recipe You Have to Try

This week I made more big, healthy, meals than usual.  I really enjoyed getting creative, although by Thursday I wanted to make lime coconut chicken (an original recipe, coming soon), which is a bit of a Thai inspired dish, but I was tired of rice… so instead, I made my potato wedges (which I realized I need to revise for you all, it’s 1/4 cup of mayo not 1/2 cup). So we had sautéed vegetables, lime coconut chicken… and potato wedges.  Random, but everything tasted great (if I do say so).

The kids ate way better than ever, which made me think I need to have them try new things more often, even if they do douse it with ketchup and plumb sauce.

I also did a bit of baking.  Last night, a banana loaf, and Thursday I made these amazing granola bars from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out.  Her recipes are incredible, and her blogs are great to read.  You may have seen her on the food network.

Anyway, if you decide to make these granola bars (click for full recipe) I made them my own a little, here’s what I did:

  1. After adding the hot ingredients mix (which I added about 2 Tbs of butter to) to the dry ingredients, I added about 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, which then melted.
  2. I also used parchment paper instead of tin foil on my cookie sheet and buttered it really well, and added chocolate chips on top rather than dipping them (chocolate…enough said).
  3. I only had them in the oven for 20 minutes (I have found in the past they get to crunchy if left longer).  Then you have to let them cool completely (she says this on her blog, but I never took her advice and cut too soon), then remove the entire parchment paper from cookie sheet so you can cut the bars on the counter.

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Try her recipe!  So yummy, and a healthy snack (minus the chocolate…).  I wish I could say my kiddos liked these, but their tastebuds are still in development and don’t know what’s good for them.

In other words, this is for you, not the kids.  My husband asks for these on a pretty regularish basis.

Happy weekend!

PS – Make sure you store the wheat germ in the fridge, it will last way longer.

Time Flies When You’re Having Birthday Fun

I’m pooped.  Birthday celebrations are officially over, and the same week as a certain little birthday boy went from being a regular napper to an occasional napper.  But it’s really been a great week.  Literally.  We celebrated a week ago with amazing family that went above and beyond, and of course today with his cute little friends.

So there you have it, my three year old became a four year old… it took a few days, but he finally accepts that he’s 4 (took a bit of work to realize that 3 was over and not nearly as cool as 4).  All his little friends left from his first real “kid party” and mommy and daddy are totally zonked… it’s a wonder really that I’m having energy at all to blog this.

As I was planning for his kid party, I looked on pinterest, had a few games ready to go, some ideas to make it extra fun, extra pinteresty…  In the end, all they really wanted to do was play with toys and eat food.  So the games didn’t really happen, and really, if they don’t care, I’m not going to loose sleep over it.  I think the day was a success.  Some mom’s do an amazing job of having a special theme, creative DIY projects, all that… I’m not that mom.  I’d say my way is more simplistic.  I appreciate those mom’s… but I won’t Read More »

How Being Unsatisfied Can Lead To a Lack of Wisdom | Looking at Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

Other Reading: Ecclesiastes 1

I had planned to read through my Bible this year, but then I realized the Lord was directing me to instead do more Bible study.  To take topics, or even whole books of the Bible and study them more than I have ever before.

I’m really excited about it.  The book of the Bible I’m studying first (in addition to the Proverbs 31 series still in progress here at Not Without My Morning Coffee) is Ecclesiastes.  There is also a word the Lord has pressed upon my heart, which I will not mention at this time, but it will be appearing more on this blog in the days and months to come.

Ecclesiastes isn’t a book I’ve spent a lot of time in, but it has caught my attention now.Read More »