Psalm 73

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Psalm 73
 
God is good to Israel and those of a pure soul,
But I was slipping, falling, and grasping for control.
I was jealous of the wicked because they have much wealth.
They are strong and prosperous–picturesque in health.
Other men are struggling, but the cruel have easy days.
They are clothed in haughty pride and violent in their ways.
They are full of lush sustenance; they have more than heart could wish.
Yet they take a wild, wicked breath and speak with brash pretense.
They mock Yahweh, scorn the Lord, and do so with no shame.
The treasure this wicked life bestows leads the righteous to seek the same.
The devout doubt God’s omniscience.  “Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
The evil ones are burgeoning; they are blessed when they lie.
I have lived faithful, pure, and right.  Did I shun the world in vain?
I execute the Lord’s commands, but my life is filled with pain.
Is it fault for me to claim that God broke His promise?
I do not understand His ways–forgive these words so honest.
But when I stood before the Lord, I grasped the villain’s fate.
He will cast them down to be destroyed and punish them for hate.
Suddenly their haughty laugh becomes a fearful plead.
When God inflicts His punishment, it is apt to fit the deed.
I beheld that God is just; I realized my own sin.
I was foolish, ignorant for not trusting God to win.
Nevertheless, God is with me.  He holds me in His palm.
Jehovah never fails me, and one day He’ll take me home.
I desire communion more than anything I see.
Health and wealth will vanish, but God will strengthen me.
Those far from God will perish; they have an aimless course.
But I will draw close to my Lord, and He will be my source.

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Dorm Life: “Toasted” Pumpkin Seeds

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I found myself dropping quarters into the man’s hand.  What was I thinking?  Everyone knows that quarters are a precious commodity to college students.    Well, I may have to combine some laundry loads, but at least the mini pumpkins would look festive on my counter.

They hadn’t been sitting there more than two hours before I grasped my trusty table knife and made the stab.  Surely I was out of my mind.  You use seeds from big pumpkins when you want to toast them, and you do so in an oven.  This was going to end badly.

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Somehow, it worked…

“Toasted” Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • Fresh pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon to Taste

Directions:

  • Press the pumpkin seeds between layers of paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Combine cinnamon and dried seeds in a sealable container and shake until the seeds are well-coated.
  • Lay pumpkin seeds n a flat layer on a microwave safe plate.
  • Microwave one minute.
  • Stir.
  • Microwave thirty seconds.
  • Stir.
  • Continue microwaving in thirty second intervals until seeds begin popping.
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
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GORP Butter Fudge

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Happy National Nut Day!

As you know, I am quite fond of, in love with, obsessed with peanut butter.  It is natural, sweet, creamy perfection in a jar.  Even though they are technically a legume, peanuts cannot be forgotten on National Nut Day.

It’s a classic combination:  good ‘ole raisins and peanuts.  Simultaneously sweet and salty, this freezer fudge is a perfect snack to keep on hand.

GORP Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbs. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. peanuts
  • 1/2 tbs. raisins

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  • Freeze.
  • Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Shirt Storage

I have an embarrassing number of shirts.  I considered counting just my school shirts to give you an idea how high that number is, but (like I said) it’s embarrassing.  When you consider that I also have dozens of t-shirts from playing sports in high school, the number becomes alarmingly massive.  It’s bad.

You may be thinking to yourself, “She lives in a dorm room!  Where does  she keep them all?”

It gets tight, but there are ways to fit everything in the drawers and closet.

Here, let me show you some options…

Ten Ways to Store Shirts

1. The Quarter Fold

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2. The Store-style Fold

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3. The File Fold*

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*This is how I store my t-shirts.  Yes, they are in ROY G. BIV order because I may or may not be am OCD.

4. The “I Bought Every Hanger at Dollar General” Hang

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5.  The “I Ran Out of Hangers” Hang

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6. The Sausage Roll

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7. The “Is this Clean?” Wad*

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*This seems to be my brother’s go-to method.

8. The “I Forgot I Owned This!” Smash

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9. The Lazy Hang

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10.  The “I Only Need to Fit One More Shirt In Here!” Bundle

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Hope you enjoyed this laughable post!

How do you store your shirts?

When Distracted, Try to–Ice Cream!

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I am distracted.

Severely distracted.  When I sit down to study, I have my laptop, phone, iPad, books, study guides–I don’t focus on any one of them for more than thirty seconds.

My WordPress dashboard is filled with unpublished recipes.  I am in the middle of reading at least five books right now.  There are three Word documents, two PowerPoint presentations, and an Excel spreadsheet cluttering my taskbar.  Rather than reviewing for tomorrow’s exam, I am typing a post that I know I will not publish today (just to prove it: Today’s date is October 6, 2014).

The same is true in my Christian walk. There are a million distractions trying to steal my attention from the Savior.  I wake up in the morning determined pray without ceasing and focus on Christ, but within five minutes, my radar is spotted with other pursuits.

Are these distractions necessarily bad things? No!

I am distracted by school assignments.  I am distracted by my friends.  I am distracted by food.  I am distracted by work.  I am even distracted by church and ministry.

Martha is a perfect picture of being distracted.  She was working hard preparing the meal and cleaning the kitchen; she wanted everything to be perfect for Jesus.  Meanwhile, her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet.  Martha was appalled that her sister was not serving the Savior, but Martha was “cumbered about much serving” (Luke 10:40).  It is likely that Mary and Martha had equal zeal for God.  However, Martha became so engrossed in doing things for Jesus that she failed to be with Jesus.

It is easy to become burdened with God’s work.  We want to make sure that our churches are beautiful and we have good programs for children.  We plan women’s conferences, and the men host work days.  Let us not become so distracted by serving our Savior that we forget to worship Him.

 

Midnight Munchies: Lemonade Cookies

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I have a confession:  I am a midnight snacker.  I have been known to feast on turkey sandwiches, cookies, cereal, milk, and various other snacks late at night.  Come on, admit it!  I know that you do this too!

To protect against famishing in my sleep, I try to keep some one-bite power snacks in my mini-fridge at school.  One late night as I was eating some homemade Larabar bites, I came up with this recipe for lemonade cookies; I baked them the very next morning. They are a little tangy, but the banana gives a nice sweetness as well.

I didn’t have any measuring spoons, so I am not sure of the exact amount of Kool-Aid that I used.  I do know that it was a negligible amount–straight Kool-Aid mix is potent!  I suggest starting with very little, tasting your batter and adding more based on how lemon-y you want your cookies.  If you don’t know what to do with the leftover mix, try sprinkling some into vanilla yogurt or your next bowl of overnight oatmeal (or just make more cookies).

 

Lemonade Midnight Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemonade flavored drink mix

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mash banana
  • Stir in oatmeal
  • Sprinkle in drink mix and stir well
  • Place by spoonful onto lightly greased cooking sheet
  • Bake for 8 minutes (they are done when you can gently press the center and they spring back)
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

What are your favorite late-night snacks?

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

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As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically.  While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters.  Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.

 

Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples

1. Long-sleeved oxfords

Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes.  I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses.  You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.

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Pictured: Ralph Lauren, J Crew, American Eagle

2. Boots

Keep those legs warm and dry!

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Pictured: Bamboo

3. Knee-length skirts

If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats.  When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.

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Pictured: Merona, Gap, Banana Republic, Belk

4. Jeans

Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.

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Pictured: Old Navy, American Eagle, Banana Republic

5. Hoodies

Admit it.  There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail.  Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!

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Pictured: High school and college team hoodies

6. Cardigans

Outside temperature: 50

Inside Temperature: 72

Solution: a cardigan

Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)

Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)

7. Dress pants

Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.

pictured: Bass

pictured: Bass

8. Ballet flats

Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.

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Pictured: Refashioned, Unknown, Papaya, No Call, No Call

 

9. Long-sleeved dresses

Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.

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Pictured: LOFT

10. Boat shoes

Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.

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Pictured: Sperry

 

 

What are your fall wardrobe staples?  Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?