Transformation

My God is into transformations.  He takes the old man and makes a new creation.

II Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

I love to take old things and make a new life for it.  Taking an old piece of furniture from a boring spot in a store or house and finding a new life for it gives me pleasure and satisfaction.  I’m sure our Lord feels the same way when He sees change in us.

When we bought our home 3 years ago, we were taking on a boring house that was built as a spec home before the neighborhood really got built up.  As the other homes started coming up, this house became the boring, plain one.  So it stayed on the market for a long time because no one could see its potential.  We got it for a good deal and began right away transforming it into a nice home.

One of the things that I thought was an eyesore was the fireplace.

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First of all, look at that big hole in the wall.  I’m sure it was created for that big t.v. that had that huge back to it.  It has a cable socket and an electrical socket in there.  You can also see that there is no mantle, not even just a board above the fireplace. My son the handyman and I decided that we needed to do something to this.  I started looking for a board or mantle, and he was going to mount whatever I found.  One day, I was in one of my favorite junk stores and found a great full mantle, already painted with blue chalk paint.  I called my husband and said, “Hey, I found this great mantle for the fireplace.  Can I get this for myself for Christmas?”  His immediate reply was, “We have a fireplace?”  To which I replied, “That’s my point!  You don’t even notice it.”  haha

Here is the final product:

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I did the mantle 3 years ago.  I just made the window decor that you see with an old window pane.  That same favorite place of mine had about 50 window panes.  I took measurements of that big gaping hole and found one to fit perfectly leaning against it.  I backed it with burlap, and bought one of those sticker phrases about family.  Voila!!

About to add some Thanksgiving stuff to it and already have an idea for my Christmas decorations with my new window.

Enjoy your time with family this coming Thanksgiving.

Grace and Peace

In 2 Peter 1:2-4 (which by the way is where 124 comes from) the Word says,

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

There is so much rich stuff in these verses, but let’s start at verse 2, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  The word tells us here that we can have grace and peace multiplied in our lives but we have to pursue knowledge of God and of Jesus.

Knowing the character of God will multiply grace and peace in our lives.  John 14:27 says that Jesus gives us His peace.  That means that the peace that He walked in on this earth is the same peace that He gives us.  It is a free gift; the key is knowing the trustworthiness of our God and that He does what He says He will do.

The next verse says, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”

This grace and peace is by His divine power.  It is not up to us to gain this but to pursue knowledge and He gives by His divine power.  So many times we think that it is something that we have to do or to earn but as you can see, it is by His divine power.  It is all about Him and not about us.

Remember: Grace and peace are yours when you pursue the knowledge of God.  When we are passionate about knowing who He is, and not just that he is God, but His character, His integrity, His love, then grace and peace are multiplied in our lives.

As the famous quote says, “To know him is to love him,” this is true of our Heavenly Father.

I will continue on this subject in the next few posts because there is so much to pull out of these scriptures.

He Has Established My Steps

Psalm 40:2 says:

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.”

Not only has my Savior brought me out of the miry clay, but He has established my steps.  When I think about where I could have been or what kind of life I would have had if I had stayed on the steps established by me, I know that I wouldn’t have the wonderful husband that I have and the great kids that I have.  Our man-made plans are limited in what we can see and what we can see as a finite future.  Mary (the mother of Jesus) said, ” I will believe what you have said about me.”  I choose to believe what God says about me and what He can do in my life.  My plans would be so far below what God can plan.  Why would I want to choose a lesser plan?

Beauty for Ashes

  • Isaiah 61, The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
    because the LORD has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
    2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
    to comfort all who mourn,
    3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
    to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy
    instead mourning,
    and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
    They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the LORD
    for the display of his splendor.

He takes our ashes and creates a beautiful canvas.  He gives joy in our time of mourning.  He designs a garment of praise to replace the spirit of despair.  All this to show the world that He loves unconditionally.  We are His beautiful creations like in an art museum to show the world who He is and how He can change lives and make us all beautiful.

Suitcases

When you get back from a trip, do you empty your luggage immediately and put everything away?  Do you do a little at a time? Or do you take a couple of days to completely unload the suitcases?  Whether you do it right away or slowly, sometimes we leave something behind in the suitcase.  I have gone back and found things that I thought were lost that I had just left in a suitcase.  Do you leave things behind in a purse when you get a new one?  I do.

That’s also what we do in life.  When we get hurt, we will end up leaving a little of the hurt behind in the piece of luggage and carry it around with us.  We believe we have moved on but it still lingers.  Or maybe a bad decision ended with consequences that we have to live with every day.  We all have baggage when we come to Jesus.  It could be abuse, divorce, broken relationships, mistakes, bitterness, and just plain sin.  But when we accept Jesus, he washes all that away.

He took that on when He went to the cross, so we could have a relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Now it is our responsibility to learn about Him and what He has done for us.  We need to make it a priority to learn what He has promised us and what He expects of us.  Remember, 2 Peter 1:2-4 tells us we have exceeding precious promises, but we cannot walk in them until we know what they are.

In Luke 1:38 when the angel told Mary that she was going to have a Son and He would be our Savior, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

No matter what has gone on in our lives, whether they were results of bad decisions or just “life happens,” we are to stand on the Word and believe about ourselves what God says about us – that we are children of the Most High God with all the stuff that goes along with being a child of the King.  We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.  We inherit all that God has for us.  We have to choose to empty our suitcases of our baggage and move on in God and what He says about us and not what our past or others say about us.

So walk with your head up.  You are the King’s kid.

Jaida’s Jambalaya

I want to share my JAMBALAYA crockpot recipe.  Jambalaya is not really a crockpot dish.  It is a skillet dish in which you throw in lots of stuff from your fridge.  But I have made this a crockpot dish so that I can leave for work and it will be ready when I get home.  My three sons love this, and usually request it when they come home.

Jambalaya is really a rice dish, but since this is a crockpot recipe, you can’t cook rice all day.  So you will need to make your rice separate.  Then have people scoop a serving of rice into a bowl and ladle the Jambalaya over it.   YUMMMMMM.

4 rings of Kielbasa sausage cut up (if you can find Andioulle sausage that would be great)

2 medium onions cut up chunky

6 stalks of celery diced

1 green pepper diced

1 small can of tomato paste

1 large or 2 med cans of diced tomatoes

1 large or 2 reg cans beef broth

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tbsp parsley

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tbsp oregano

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp oil

1 pkg (31-40) peeled tail-off shrimp

Put everything in except the shrimp.  Cook on low for 8 hrs.  Drop shrimp in the last hour.
Serve over rice.

ENJOY!

One thing I love about my Jambalaya is that all those different ingredients go into the pot and then over a time of slow cooking, it because a wonderful and flavorful dish that most everyone loves.  We humans are the same way.  All the ingredients of your past choices, mistakes, successes added to the flavor of life (things that happen to you) all come together to make the UNIQUE YOU!  Enjoy who you are because God does.  He created you and He is pleased with you the way you are .

Hello, World!!

This is my first blog ever, and I am so excited to be sharing my thoughts and encouragements.  I want to encourage readers that we have great and precious promises because of Our Lord’s  glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:2-4).  Knowing those promises is what will push us to succeed, to help us through tough times, and to share and encourage others in their times of need.

You might not have noticed but my blog title is connected to 2 Peter 1:2-4.  Precious Promises 124.  I want to always remember that I can walk in these promises because I am a child of the Living God, a daughter of the Most High, a King’s kid!