{my 2009 prayer journal}

have you seen this? if  you are a paper-junkie, like me,

you will loooooove these yummy journals. 

they are from ecojot, 100% recycled paper. 

i received one for Christmas and i have been saving it. when i have a big, fat, blank, new notebook, you can’t just use it for any willy-nilly thing. 

i wait until i can use it for something ‘good’.  something other than just ‘paper’. 

i finally realized the perfect solution. {my 2009 prayer journal} 

one of my favorite memories is the summer that nick & kevin got their tonsils out on the same day and the following month of recuperating. 

not because of what they went through, but because at the time, i was faithful in my daily devotions and prayer time. 

i kept a prayer journal for quite a while, (and have numerous ones from different times), but this particular prayer journal, from that period of time, is the most dear to me.  i wrote specific prayers in it, pouring out my requests to God.  then, as my prayers were answered, (not always what i asked for, but with God’s will), i would record God’s answers to my prayers. 

when you can look back over a period of time and see how amazing God is,

how He loves us and is always there for us,

and He not only hears our prayers,

but answers them…..it is an amazing feeling!!

i long to feel that close to God again. 

to keep track of answered prayers. 

to be able to see specifically how God has worked in my life…day after day… 

i am excited! 

i look forward to 2009 and walking with God, spending time daily with Him. 

a year of refocus & renew. 

i challenge YOU to do the same! 

(you can find these products at places like Archivers and Barnes & Noble.)

{r & r} sunday scrappin’

ok.  so, as mentioned before in a couple different posts,this year, i am “refocusing and renewing” my relationship with Christ this year. 

to encourage this process,

i am participating in a few different scripture challenges. 

(of course, it also qualifies for my sunday scrappin)

the above layout is my first for the Scripture Challenge at faithsisters.com 

the words for this week were “faith & kindness”. 

the verses that i chose:  Psalm 145:17 & James 2:26 

i did some cloud layering with the owls.  love the owls!! 

pleated some ribbon at the bottom. 

i am also participating in the His Holy Name Challenge at faithsisters.com this week’s name was “holy”. 

i chose: Revelation 4:8b & Isaiah 6:3b 

loved using the thicker stickers for holy.  loooove those. 

another challenge, over at LPMblog for scripture memorization. the verse i chose to memorize was: Psalm 51:10. 

i kept this memory verse layout, small, like baseball card size. 

easy to attach to a ring and keep with me, to refresh my memory when learning each verse. 

i didn’t want to use too many embellishments.  wanted to keep it more flat, so that it could easily be portable. plus, i want the scripture to be the key point, without embellishments distracting from it. 

well, that is how i spent my sunday afternoon. 

of course now, i am watching Big Ben with my hubby….go Steelers!!!

{whisper a prayer} for your teen

  • Dear God, “Don’t let __________give up meeting together with other believers, even if some of her (his) friends quit going to church or to youth group.  Instead, help me to encourage her (him)–and help her (him), in turn, to encourage others–as we look forward to your return.”  Amen  (Hebrews 10:25)

  • Dear God, “Allow ___________ to be rooted and established in love.  Give him (her) power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep your love is.  Let him (her) know this love that surpasses all understanding, that he (she) my be completely filled with your grace.”  Amen  (Ephesians 3:18-19)

  • Dear God, “Teach __________ to fear you and worship you and listen to your voice.  Do not let him (her) rebel against your commands, but cause him (her) to follow you, so that all will be well in his (her) life.”  Amen  (1 Samuel 12:14)

-taken from “Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers”  by Jodie Berndt

i love using these books that use the scriptures as prayers.  it is a great way to see how the Bible applies to OUR daily lives.  we know that the Bible speaks truth.  promises that we can claim because they are the words of Christ. quick little prayers that we can use as examples when praying for our teens. 

a pure heart

well, as posted here, i am trying to refocus my attention on my relationship with Christ this year. the verse that i have chosen for this month, (for the LPM scripture memorization challenge) is:

  • ” Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10

i am starting a new devotional, Take A Closer Look For Women and i really enjoy books that are based on praying the scriptures….so i found a new one Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers

tasty recipes

that’s right. i baked a cake in my crockpot, (slow cooker). 

i had been looking through some of my cookbooks and found this recipe. 

i wanted to use what i had on hand already, so i adjusted it slightly….i have included that in the recipe. 

the cake consistency was incredibly light and airy.  i was really surprised that it worked.  in fact, my hubby came home from work and asked what was in the crockpot….i told him i was baking a cake and he replied “no way”.  (to which i answered “yes way”)….. 


here’s the recipe:

Cherry Upside-Down Cake


  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup applesauce ( i used a peach-flavored individual applesauce)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box dry yellow cake mix (i used a pineapple upside-down flavored box mix) (do not follow box directions)
  • 1 (21 oz) can light cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat slow cooker on high.
  2. Spray the slow cooker with non-fat cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl with a mixer on medium speed beat the egg whites, applesauce, water, and cake mix together for two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  4. Spread the pie filling in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Pour the prepared cake batter on top of the pie filling.
  6. Place a paper towel on top of the slow cooker.  Place lid of the slow cooker on the paper towel.
  7. Cook on high for 1 3/4 to 2 hours or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.  ( i lifted the lid after a little more than an hour and the paper towel was laying in the batter, because it had risen to the top….i removed the paper towel entirely for the last half an hour and it finished out great.)
  8. Remove the crock from the slow cooker.  Remove the lid and the paper towel, and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Run a knife around the outside edge of the cake to loosen it from the slow cooker.
  10. Place a large serving plate with an edge (so the pie filling won’t overflow off the plate) upside down on the top of the slow cooker.  Holding the slow cooker and the plate firmly together, carefully flip the cake upside down.  It will be steamy hot so be very careful.  The pie filling will ooze down the sides of the cake.
  11. Serve hot or chilled.

12 servings

Calories: 211; Fat 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrates: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 3g; Sodium: 323mg

taken from-Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Dawn Hall


so, that’s all i have for today!  cold weather makes me want to bake.  we also tried another new recipe for supper, Gourmet Chicken Pizza, which we liked also….i found that recipe on www.allrecipes.com  (both recipes are peanut-free, for those with peanut allergies) 

i have lots of scrapping that i would like to accomplish.  american idol to watch.  treadmill to walk.  devotions to have.  neighborhood newsletter to compose and edit. 

ohhhhh and today is the 14th, so tonight at midnight is the monthly release of new products at my favorite, papertreyink.com or check out the fun on her blog

the good news, school is cancelled for tomorrow because of the snow and bitter temperatures….sleeping in tomorrow!!! 

a i

it’s that time of year! 

love it or hate it. 

it’s here~! 

have to admit though, i only enjoy watching it at the beginning…. 

when it’s more a comedy, worth a good laugh & entertaining. 

i don’t like it so much,

when the stress is there

and hopes & dreams are crushed… 

so, for now, i’ll enjoy the laugh. 


white as snow

it’s been snoooowing!!!! 

it’s beautiful outside. 

the soft white flakes. 

the crisp clean earth. 


so this picture is Narnia, the world inside a wardrobe,

but the world outside my window looks very similar! 

hope your sunday has been very refreshing! 

let it snow!!!

  • “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”  Isaiah 1:18