Having Faith, Finding Hope…

For months I have seen so many lacking faith, in God, in themselves and in life in general. Many losing a loved one, someone they cared for and loved no matter how hard things got in their lives and I am not exempt myself… Its about having faith, when all else seems lost and about finding hope as we live our lives in what seems to be a strange and new world. It seems like everything is changing at a fast pace, one that some of us never thought we would see in our lifetimes. Evil seems ever advancing and Good seems to be fading, as so many of you are losing hope in those things you faith in, in the past. There is hope…

For me it is and always has been in God, in his provision and protection as I walk through this life. Because I know that without a doubt, to life without him would have been a place I would not have wanted to be. It was hard enough as the trials of life came and went, at times washing over me and leaving me with a feeling like I would be overcome by each thing that happened. Reminding myself that as each thing happened that God was there, that he heard my prayers and cared about what I was going through. Yet in each thing that challenged my faith, I was again and again relying on Him and His Word to get me through things. I heard a sermon last sunday from Psalms 103 about speaking to our souls, telling them to bless the Lord. At times, I felt as you probably have ” How can I bless the Lord when my heart is so feeling the emotion of something tragic in my life happening” We don’t have the joy or the passion to just sing out and praise God, because we are deeply hurt and we feel their is no hope in the future. When everything looks and feels so gloom and doom in our lives. But in reality, this is the time that we really need to take hold of our faith and reach out to God, Cry out to Him and Bless His Holy Name and Praise Him for everything he has brought us through.

If your not born again or a christian, you might not know or have faith and I hope for those of you who are not and your reading this, that you consider Him. Consider just who it is that has brought you this far in life… There is something stronger then yourself that has brought you to where you are now… It is no mistake that your here reading my post today… Yes as crazy as it seems even to me, God has brought you here to this place, in this time, to find Hope!

This morning as I considered what I would do today, writing wasn’t one of those things. For months I have just felt led to slow down, live life one day at a time and not do more then just what I could do in a day. Yes that is how much I felt like I needed to just take time to find a way to live life, seeking the Lord’s help in so many areas where I was grieving and felt a deep and utter lose in my life. Time and time again I would say, this is not my life, this is not where I am suppose to be and surely the things happening around me, to me… well I didn’t ask for any of it… In 4 years time, the lose of my best friend in death, the death of my Dad, what seems to be the lose of my marriage (that’s a whole nother post) Losing our home of 13 years (The place I raised my children, brought my youngest home from the hospital to, the place that held so many memories for me, where life was lived with grandkids and where the most beautiful sunsets were seen, where we were close to the beach and could go anytime, but mostly where I grew in my faith with the Lord, probably more then ever in my life) and Two more children leaving the nest, as it was time they learned to fly… Putting my business I was building on the back burner as I adapted yet again to changes happening in our lives… Our lives, because for the first time it is just myself and my youngest son living this life together. Thankfully Daniel and I have always been close, he is growing up fast and will become a teenager in two short months! Challenges and more challenges in life…

Trials come and go… and yet somehow on a daily basis we each find a way to get through them. We have those certain people we talk to , confide in and also those that seem to guide us through life… God puts each person in our path for a reason and nothing is left to chance… It was destiny or we were destined to meet each one, to learn from, to love even if later they are not there anymore to guide us along our way… No one is there forever. But God… at least for me. He has been in my life for so long now 50 years to my memory.

I was born into a christian home, dysfunctional as it seemed to be, my parents believed in God. They were not perfect, but none of us are… We are all on a journey of growing and learning… I have never expected my parents to be perfect and though at times I held them to a standard that perhaps they didn’t know about and maybe they couldn’t meet up to… but they were there for me, My mom I often saw reading her bible when I was younger and my Dad though he had likes and hobbies he was always there to talk to, He on occasion taught at church and my mom taught sunday school when I was growing up. They had a small group of friends and when I look back, I know how blessed I was to grow up in the time I did… it wasn’t as crazy as today! But at the age of 6, I realized I was not perfect and that I needed the Jesus I learned of weekly to forgive me and guide me through this life. I had even at that age done wrong, disobeyed my parents and broken the commandments of God. Yes the 10 commandments you use to hear about, that no longer seem to be the guild others follow and the ones everyone want to cast aside as they muddle through this life wandering aimlessly. I don’t look back on my life like so many thinking that my parents raised me wrong, or that they were controlling, because really they were not… They were trying to guide me to becoming a better person. A person who lived rightly, someone who cared about the lives of others and who had enough faith to see me through this life. I don’t like kids of today think my mind was manipulated and controlled or that my parents were narcissistic, if you think us parents are to be live and let live with ou kids, I want you to know that letting you make your own choices constantly will bring you nothing but heartache and pain at times. If you think making your own mistakes is what you want, it might lead to your own lose in life or lose of life or at least one that is far harder than it has to be. I realize that somehow at the magic age of teenagehood, you all just somehow got far smarter then your aging parents and knew all there was to know about life and living it. But… I grew up in a time where we loved, honored and obeyed those in authority in our home. Not out of fear, but out of love for them. I am sure there were times they feel from grace (God’s grace) but we all do… It is not about being perfect. There are none perfect, except Jesus Christ himself. That same Jesus that my parents loved and had joy in reading about, praying to and depending on… Because when times were hard for them, us… that is who they turned to. It worked for them and for 50 years it has worked for me, no matter what the issues of life have been. I don’t know everything, nor do I claim to, but I do have 56 years of experience in this life, that tells me God is real to me, He knows what he is doing and that I can depend on Him and I believe so can you….

I know that we are facing what seems to be hard times… Illness has taken many from us and we are all wondering what the future holds… Some of us have lost our homes, our loved ones and have little to no food and the future seems uncertain, but today I want to encourage you to hold on and to have faith , find hope in the only one that really cares for you…

Right now I know who holds the future and as we wait out this election and the results, we need to put or faith and hope in someone that is sure and truly has our best interests at heart and that is God himself… Because he is faithful and dependable…

If you don’t know God I encourage you to seek Him, ask him to show himself to you in a real and personal way. Grab a KJV Bible and read John 3: 16 and read the new testament to get to know who Jesus is and what God can do for you and as always, if you need prayer leave me a comment or you can email me at faithfulacresbodysoulspirit@gmail.com

Blessings,

Linda Marie

Books by Author Kayla Jarmon Review

Discussion Book Series and A Boy and His Dog by Kayla Jarmon

We received three electronic books, A Boy, and His Dog,  Dying is Part of This World, and Don’t Forget Me from Kayla Jarmon for our review.
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A Boy and His Dog
You have heard folks say ” A Boy and His Dog! ”  This book shows the close friendship and relationship of both.  My husband is a dog person really can relate to this and we often have talks about our Dogs and our past pets we have had and loved.

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This book was so cute!  It shows what a sweet loving and fun relationship he has with his dog and how they do everything together, even bath together and the dog even sleeps on his bed.  Daniel enjoyed this book, in our home, we have dogs whose names are Baby and Konike. Baby is our Great Pryensse and Konike is our Black Lab/Retriever mix who is chocolate colored.  Daniel knows that having a dog means more than just feeding and watering, it comes with expense and responsibility.

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Dying Is Part of This World
Everyone has to deal with this subject and it seems that we all struggle with this topic. This thoughtfully written book shares about the fear of death. There are scripture references and discussion questions to provoke great conversation and prayer. With God’s knowledge and wisdom, you can overcome the fear of death and live a victorious life! Christ has conquered death! Amen

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Dying is Part of This World was sorta a needed thing for us, so getting to read this was very helpful.  We lost my Dad a year ago May 25th, on my birthday. This was hard for me, but Daniel came to NY with me and we saw him the day before he passed. Since Daniel has had questions, this made it easier for me to share my belief on this without the worry of my emotions taking over.  We could just read this book and talk about death in general. We know that my Dad is in heaven with God and having this book reaffirm this helped us a lot. At the end of each chapter is discussion questions for us to use and talk about. Really great book if your trying to share this with your children and have lost someone close to you.

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Don’t Forget Me 
Don’t Forget Me depicts a conversation between God and the Baby through pregnancy and birth. It will bring emotions and maybe even a tear to your eyes, as you are reminded that God is the author and giver of life. A perfect gift for expectant parents and siblings!

This book is meant to be used in the Christian Home. The Discussion Book Series encourages great discussions with discussion questions and Scripture references. This book is aimed at family discussion or even a woman’s bible study or teen girls class on marriage and pregnancy!

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Since Daniel is my baby, I read this one myself.  This is the most Thoughtful and Encouraging book. Not just for children but for anyone expecting a baby.  It would be a great book to read to your children if you are expecting to share the biblical worldview of God being there from conception, birth and beyond.  I loved how it showed the love of God for the child, the love of the mother for her child and also the love of the father for the mother and for the Lord. The illustrations are so sweet and portray just how it is from the womb and it gives a very thoughtful and modest way of showing what happens in birth.  This book touched my heart even as a mom who has had many a miscarriage and it really should be in the church and the home. I love the verses in the back of the book that we can use to share God’s word with our children on conception, development, and birth.  I really love this book!

I hope you will consider these books for your children and your home. Also, consider getting this for your church when it is available in paperback or audio. I would so highly encourage Don’t Forget Me, for a teen group or a pre-marriage class.   All of these books are so well illustrated and very well written.

You can connect with Kayla on the web at the following socials and on her website.

                                            Website: http://kaylajarmon.com/books

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Discussion Book Series and A Boy and His Dog {Kayla Jarmon Reviews}

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The Lifegiving Table by Sally Clarkson

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Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love.

Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.

In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

Meet Sally

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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary,  traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God’s kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same.

From her best-selling books such as Own Your LifeThe Lifegiving Home, and her latest, Different, written with her son Nathan, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith.

In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in discipling their children.

A Recipe

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The Clarkson Kids’ Favorite Potpie Chicken Soup

2 cups diced red or russet potatoes
3 cups (12-ounce bag) frozen peas and carrots (If you can’t find this frozen mix, you can substitute 11⁄2 cups each frozen peas and fresh carrots. Or you can use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, but check the ingredients—my family won’t eat the kind with lima beans!)

4 cups water (You can add more later if needed.)
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1–2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic paste
1 medium to large onion, chopped (We love lots of onion in almost everything.)
1 tablespoon dried thyme, parsley, and rosemary combined or to taste. (I like a lot, especially thyme. If you want to use fresh herbs, triple this amount.)
2–4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
11⁄2 teaspoons condensed chicken bouillon or base (This is a kind of concentrated paste that comes in jars or plastic containers. I buy mine at health food markets or Sam’s Club, but you can also find it in many grocery stores. If you use the dry powder, you’ll need to adjust the amount to taste. Try to avoid the kind with MSG.)

1⁄3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1⁄2 cup wine, optional (For this soup I usually use a white wine such as Riesling.)
1 teaspoon or more salt (I use sea salt of different varieties.) 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
Sour cream and chives or fresh herbs to garnish, optional

Boil the potatoes and frozen veggies in the water until cooked through, about 20–30 minutes. (I use a pressure cooker for
4–5 minutes and veggies and potatoes are done.) While veggies are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in another pan; sauté garlic, onion, and herbs until onion is translucent. Add onion mixture and chicken to pot with the veggies and let soup simmer on low while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in another pan. Stir
in chicken bouillon. Whisk in flour and stir mixture constantly over medium heat until all the lumps have disappeared. Add milk and cook until mixture is thickened, then add the wine (if using). Slowly add milk mixture to soup, stirring as it thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. If desired, add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives or herbs. We like to serve this soup with croutons sprinkled on top and with toast and applesauce on the side.

This is a really simple recipe that can be adjusted many ways. For instance, you could use brown rice or noodles instead of potatoes, fresh veggies or a different mix of frozen ones, or even omit the milk mixture and just put the bouillon directly into the soup. I use whatever I have on hand and whatever sounds good at the time.

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My Review

Life can be a real hassle at times !  At times it feels as if it is sucking the joy right out of us…

The Lifegiving Table is a fresh look at how to give to your family and friends !

I really loved Sally’s Insight on how to create a loving and caring atmosphere in the home by centering it around the table. Sharing great foods and sharing stories from our lives. I feel this creates a bond between everyone and the mother (cook) and allows for a relaxing time to be filled with joy and in turn allows us to overflow into the lives of all around us.  I enjoyed the recipes and posted above one that is her children’s favorite!

It is a favorite of our’s as well and served with biscuits !

If you feel like you have lost touch with your family or do not have any time together, try getting everyone back to the table (without phones and devices) !  I remember as a girl growing up that being at my grandmother’s table was a wonderful thing ! Each Holiday we would eat those foods we had all come to love and enjoy !

I hope you will pick up a copy of The Lifegiving Table Today !

You can find a copy by clicking on the picture below

I am sure you will enjoy it !

 

I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for my honest review and have recieved no other compensation for doing so.