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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.

Obsessions, Depression and Demonic Oppression by Mark E. Finn

Having dealt with mental illness for many years I have found a connection. This connection lies between the physical and spiritual planes. I hope to encourage those who have the faith of Jesus to endure the hardships ahead and know that they are not alone. There is more to life than what we see with our eyes. And what we don’t see with our eyes wreaks havoc in our minds and homes. The book is about what I’ve experienced and come to know. Has your life become overwhelmed with obsessions? Does depression keep you down? Have you felt the sinister forces of the spiritual realm trying to kill your joy and maybe even your life. Join me on this journey, its not long; so read it as often as you must. I hope you find the answer to your problems like I did. I write this so that maybe you won’t have to go through all the hard knocks and searching I did. Best wishes and God bless.

About the Author

Mark is Husband to Linda Marie Finn, Father of three challenging  children ages 15, 14 and 10 and follower of Christ !  Mark is also the Author of Simple Thoughts of a Faithful God.

My Thoughts

After  being married to Mary for 17 years this year and seeing Him struggle with Depression and watching him try to overcome through Christ, I can tell you he is stronger then he thinks he is. Living in this fallen world, anyone could become depressed just watching the news and seeing all the evil going on in everyday life.  It is even harder seeing our teen girls suffering with depression and the issues of becoming an adult. Life is not easy at times for most. My husband shares his true love for the Lord Jesus and also shares his struggles in the second book.  We both hope that His thoughts on God, Life and the Trials of Life, will be a blessing and help to all who read them.

You can get your Kindle Copies Here

Simple Thoughts of a Faithful God

Obsessions, Depression and Demonic Oppression

Women Professing Godliness : It’s Not About You, It’s About Jesus in You !

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As I spent a while thinking on I Timothy 2:10 yet again, its been one of my verses for 13 years now that I keep reading and thinking on. You see many years ago I was asked by my husband to write an article on our website back then called ” Women Professing Godliness “. That was my place to be an older woman and instruct younger women , How to love their husbands, love their children and be a chaste, devout keeper at home.  But also to seek godly holiness in behavior ( character), how I live and carry myself, before God, before my family and before others.  Back then I felt pretty helpless to meet up to the task that Mark was asking of me.

But he said

” Lin, its not about you, its about Jesus in you “

What a profound statement that was in my life.  And he was right, it wasn’t about me or how perfect I could be, it was about letting Jesus Love and perfectness shine through me.  I will be honest, some days I feel like I fail big time…

My attitude isn’t in the right place, I get frustrated and depressed with how the many things in life are going and I loose sight of the ” Goal “.

What was the goal ? and how on earth can I be an example of an older woman having it all together, so that younger women could learn godliness from me ?  I wanted to live a life of holiness before God and everyone.  There are many areas I feel like I fail in, but there is many things I am good at and those areas are the areas where God has given me talents to succeed in.  So here is the goal !

Titus 2: 3 – 5

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things

That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to heir own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I Tim. 9 – 12

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,

But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection

But I suffer not a woman to each, nor to usurp authority over the men, but to be in silence.

OK, so there is the goal straight from the New Testament that deals strictly with women. Keeping in mind that Paul also said 

I Tim. 6: 6

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

There is a lot to be said in these passages but I am going to share what my thoughts were then and now. No they have not changed, they have only become more sure in my heart and mind as to what my goal is…

Today it is still not about me… It is still about Jesus in Me !

If we are indeed Women Professing Godliness, then we need to live as God’s Word says we are to live and not just pick and choose the parts we like and throw out the ones we don’t like.

I am going to share this in several articles I write , hopefully to bless you and help you to see that its really not that hard to attain, even if you feel like you are failing right now.

Today, I want you to mediate on  the verses I shared and that

Its not about you…

” Its about JESUS IN YOU “

Here is a beautiful saying I found online that is so what our thoughts should be.

Enjoy !

The beauty of the house is order;

The blessing of the house is contentment;

The glory of the house is hospitality;

The crown of the house is godliness.

~ Anonymous ~

Blessings

~ Linda ~

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