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2.9.19

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Ecclesiastes 7:2 “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart”.

When we comfort those who are going through sorrowful times, we are reminded of the shortness of life and the promise of heaven. These are moments that help us realign our lives with God’s will and purpose for our lives. We waste less time on the fruitless pursuits of worldliness and charge forward towards holiness and righteousness. The house of mourning sets in place the reality of that we are ambassadors for Christ and the world isn’t our home.

In Revelation 21:4 we learn that in heaven, God will wipe away every tear and never will sorrow come to His people again. Yet while we are on this earth, we will suffer times of sorrow. Our solid hope is in the Lord to comfort, sustain, and restore us in those day of sorrow.

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Prayer. Dear God, I am mourning; send me Your comfort now. Wrap Your arms around me and hold me tight. Send angels of mercy to me. Shower Your comfort on me through those around me, and keep far from me those whose words and actions are no comfort. Amen.

“Then you shall call and the Lord will answer; you shall cry and he will say ‘Here I am’.”  Isaish 58:9

 

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1.31 Twenty19

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Be planted to grow.  I recently authored a cookbook and in it I wrote the following poem:

 

 

Roots

Though leaves fall
And branches break
The tree grows tall
And roots take their stake

We too may take a fall
And promises we break
Our faith grows tall
And God’s word is our stake

The rain is engulfed by the ground
A spring of water it creates
The living water for the roots is found
The tree grows and its beauty abounds

God’s word is poured into our mind
It is a spring of hope and love
For now our hearts are pure and kind
And glistening white and pure as doves

The roots of the tree
Stay strong with the living spring
We too have roots for all to see
God’s living Word in us shall we cling.

I visited with a friend a few years ago and she gave me an illustration of a tree in her back yard that was over 400 years old and acorns lie blanketed around it. The view was so amazing of this huge tree with branches lying on the ground holding it up and in the back a huge pond with beautiful rolling hills. She shared that each little acorn can be a tree just like this one. If each acorn is planted and their roots are grounded and there is water to supply the tree, it will continue to live and grow. You see under this tree is a natural spring that supplies water to this tree and to the pond that remains full. The point of this illustration is we are like the thousands of acorns on the ground by this tree. We should strive to be a seed planted in the soil of God’s word, which creates solid roots and then fed with the living water of Jesus that continually give us the ability to grow.

Strive to be the seed planted in “good soil” where you may grow, take root, and thrive in God’s living water-His Word.

Ezekiel 17:8 “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine”.

 

 

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Pie Camp

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I held a contest on Facebook through simply.southern cookbook and did a drawing for someone to win a pie camp for kids.  These sweet kids made 3 homemade pies.  We had a blast!  You can follow us on Facebook at simply.southern.  There will be another drawing this Tuesday, Jan. 1st for a cake camp for 2.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Cake Camp for 2

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I am having a drawing now for a Cake Camp for 2.  Go to our Facebook Page Simply.Southern and like, share the post and tag 2 people.  The winner will receive a Cake Camp for 2 kids ages 6-20, I extended the “kid” age to 20 this time to maybe include some college age students.  Each kid will receive a cookbook, monogrammed aprons and will bake a homemade cake to take home.  Drawing on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.  Good Luck!!

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Adam’s Angels Ministry

 

We had a successful weekend with book signings.  Yesterday at Independence Coffee in Brenham.  God is so good and we sold out of cookbooks!!  I have another order coming and pray it arrives before Christmas.  I will post when they come in.

We were so happy to donate our first check to Donna with Adam’s Angels Ministry in the amount of $1,750.00.  I am happy and blessed to support such a worthy cause and ministry.

Thank you to everyone who helped this weekend and who purchased cookbooks.  My heartfelt thanks for an amazing weekend that I know was blessed by the hand of God.

I appreciate all of you.

Blessings,

Tina

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Christmas Traditions

 

Christmas traditions remind us of family.  It is the history of things remembered from our childhood to adulthood.  My favorite Christmas tradition is my Grandma Broz’s sugar cookies.  She would make them every year and they were thin and crispy and we would dip them in coffee.  Of course, the tradition has continued as my mother now makes them for Christmas and an occasional Valentine’s treat as well.  I have made them several times myself and I will pass this tradition along to my children.  The best gift we can give our children are traditions that involve relationships, these are the memories that they will remember and cherish.  And of course, food brings everyone together.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas this year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

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Book Signing

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My cookbook is now out and I will have my first public book signing this Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 am – 12 Noon at Independence Coffee Co.’s Black Truck ’48 Coffee & Tea Market, 2805 Highway 290 West in Brenham.  The cookbooks will be $25.00 and $5.00 from every book purchased will be donated to Adam’s Angels Ministry.  We will be offering free gift wrapping also.  Books can also be purchased now on Amazon-just put in my name as Author and it will come up.  Signed cookbooks will be available for purchase on my website and Facebook soon.  Thank you!!  Please message me if you have any questions.