A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have. We didn't bring anything into the world, and we can't take anything out of it. As long as we have food and clothes, we should be satisfied. But people who want to get rich keep falling into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful desires which drown them in destruction and ruin. Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 God's Word Translation

The world stresses the importance of material possessions; God does not. The world offers the promise of happiness through wealth and public acclaim; God offers the promise of peace through His Son.

As I watch the news and see the greed that was shown this past weekend at the busiest shopping time of the year I can only shake my head at it all. A man punched a woman in the face, a woman maced a bunch of people, and much more.  Where is the love of Christ in all that, how can people forget what is important about Christmas? It truly breaks my heart.

I have yet to start my Christmas shopping for my daughters and see no time in the near future that I will be able to afford to but, I know that gifts are not the most important part of Christmas, Christ is first and then being with family is second. I wish more people understood this. I am proud to say that even though my daughters may long for material things for Christmas they know its ok if they don't get them, they know they have God in their hearts and helping others is more important to them.

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving full of great food and family time. We aren't doing much, just a small dinner at home, our family lives in Michigan which is quite a ways from us but we get to go home and spend Christmas with them and for that I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and  hope you are all enjoying time with your families, don't forget to thank God for all that we have.

Be Thankful Always, No Matter What

Yesterday was the anniversary of my mother's (Linda Jo Scott) death and it is just a really hard time for me and my family right now. I have really been very negative and thinking things like "what do I have to be thankful for".  I don't want to think like that it just happens.   Well today I went to my Sunday School class at Church and the topic was "Being Thankful", I really listened and took it to heart, no matter what we always have God to be thankful for. 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   1 Thessalonians 5:18                                    
This really made me get to thinking, how many people in this world don't have the things we have and take for granted? Some don't have running water, food to eat, a place to lay their head at night, and much more. It really made me tell myself "Stop feeling sorry for yourself and be glad for the love of a forgiving God and all the things you have". At the end of the day I really feel so much better about everything, I will always miss my mom and the hurt will not go away but, I can get past it and be strong in the faith I have.
RIP Linda Jo Scott 11-19-2010

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A Mother's Love

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Few things in life are as precious or as enduring as a mother's love. Our mothers give us life, and they  care for us. They nurture us when we are sick and encourage us when we're brokenhearted. Indeed, a mother's love is both powerful and priceless.
The words of 1st Corinthians 13 remind us that faith is important; so, too, is hope. But love is more important still. Christ showed His love for us on the cross, and , as Christians, we are called upon to return Christ's love by sharing it. Sometimes love is easy (puppies and sleeping children come to mind), and sometimes love is hard (fallible human beings come to mind). But God's Word is clear: We are to love our families and our neighbors without reservation or condition.
As a caring mother, you are not only shaping the lives of your loved ones; you are also, in a very real sense, reshaping eternity. It's a big job, a job so big, in fact, that God saw fit to entrust it to some of the most important people in His kingdom: loving moms like you.
~Taken from The Mother's Almanac by Criswell Freeman

There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother's. ~ Charles Swindoll

Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

The things we learn from our mothers are forever in our hearts, my mother passed away a year ago this month but I will always remember all the important life lessons she taught me and I can rejoice knowing she is in Heaven with all the other angels.                                   

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Friday At Last

So glad it is Friday, this has been a long, trying, week.  I need to ask for prayers for a family friend (Lisa Williams) they found a lump on her breast and she is waiting for results of the biopsy.  Please just keep her and her family in her prayers as you go about your weekend.

Galatians 6:2    New International Version (NIV)                                                       Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


Yummy! Torani Flavored Syrups!

Today I received my Torani Flavored Syrups program kit from This was a great package, I was so excited when I opened it and saw all that was inside. The kit included two 750ml bottles of Torani a recipe booklet, a special offer code to receive a discount on, and 5 FREE coupons for more full size bottles.

The flavors I received were Pumpkin Pie and Sugar Free Vanilla, I was excited about the Pumpkin Pie but not so much about the SF Vanilla but as you will see here I have changed my mind about that.

 Here is the my review, I hope you enjoy!

So this morning I was sitting on the couch reading e-mail and checking out Facebook when someone knocked, I went to the door and it was Fed-Ex with a package, I already knew what it was because I was expecting it so I opened it immediately and since I just brewed my morning coffee I made a cup and put in about an ounce of the Pumpkin Pie flavoring and curled back up on the couch to relax.  I took my first drink and was immediately taken away to memories of all the wonderful Thanksgivings we had in our house when I was younger, it made me think of everything warm and cozy. It was everything you would expect and more. The only thing I would recommend to make the experience better is to have whipped topping on hand when you make it.  
Then this evening after church I came home and my husband had made a pot of coffee so I decided to give the SF Vanilla a try even though I really doubted I would like it.  Just for a little background I always use vanilla flavored creamer in my coffee. Anyway I put in about the same amount of the Vanilla as I did the Pumpkin Pie and with this one I put just a tiny bit of regular milk in.  Still skeptical I tried a drink and was very pleasantly surprised that I actually liked it, I liked it and its sugar free! That really blew me away because I don't normally like anything sugar free.  It was very good, not too sweet but just right.  I picture curling up on a cold winter evening with some sugar free vanilla flavored hot chocolate in my near future.  Overall rating, definitely a ten, I can't wait to use my coupons to try the other great flavors Torani offers.