Here is what I got:
Clip you coupons!! It is worth the effort!
It's bare. I know. The first time I used this space, I realized a "Lord Spot" is just what I needed. A place with purpose. I have to admit, I'm a bit energy challenged (okay, LAZY). I'm not one to take out things, put them up, only to take them out again the next day. It just seems like too much. So this spot has everything I need for my time with the Lord. I have my chair, my bible, post-it's, pens, highlighters, the book I am reading and my journal. I even have a candle. Not that the candle has any significance other than I think it smells pretty. I told my Aunt Michele that I wanted the Lord to feel at home when He and I were together ;)
Here are the items I have available:
I really love my Lord Spot. I think it will be key in keeping me in prayer and studying His word daily.
Do you have a Lord Spot or a prayer closet?
Pray without ceasing ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Over the weekend I was a DOMESTIC DIVA!! I made homemade bread. I was so proud of myself. My first attempt at homemade bread was just bad. It came out like a hard brick that you could use for the beginning of a foundation for a house. That was many, many moons ago and I just thought that bread making was not for me.
I decided to give it another chance when I cam across this recipe over at Tammy's Recipes. It was easy to follow and the bread came out great!
40-50 medium shrimp
all purpose flour
oil (for frying)
garlic powder, salt and pepper to season flour
Heat oil to 360 degrees. Beat eggs together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, garlic and pepper in the flour. Cover each shrimp in the eggs, then cover in flour. Place each in the hot oil. Fry them for approximately 4 minutes. Do not over cook. Drain well on a paper towel lined plate.
We used hoagie rolls for the bun. We also had lettuce, tomato and onions. For our condiment we made a "shrimp paste" but I didn't particularly care for it. Next time, I will go for a garlic and herb type mayo or something like that. Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.
Next time I'm going to try to grill or skillet the shrimp instead of frying to save on some calories.
Here is how I did it:
~Raisin Bran (rain check 2/$4.19) $8.38 -$2.10 in coupons (3 @$.70)=$6.28 or $1.57 per box!
~Juice=BOGO ($3.49) = $1.75 each x's 9 = $15.75 - (9)$1.00 off coupons = $6.75 or $.75 cents ea!
~Yogurt $.50 per cup x's 18 cups =$9.00 - $4 in coupons = $5.00 or $.28 cents each!
~Cheerios=BOGO ($4.30) = $2.15 ea x's 5 = $10.75 - $4.55 in coupons = $6.20 or $1.24 each box
~Granola Bars= 2/$4.00 - $.65 coupon = $3.35 or $1.68 per box
~BBQ sauce = BOGO $2.29 or $1.15 each
~ Gum = $.99 each x’s 7 = $6.93 - (7) $1.00 off coupons = FREE!!!
Keep your coupons, and USE them. Publix always has AWESOME deals. Give it a try! You'll thank me for it!!
Tracie has been my cousin since she was born. HA! I have jokes! We have a HUGE family and for whatever reason, we were never really close or talked all that much. Maybe it was the slight age difference or reasons out of our control. Who knows! Through a series of events, we connected again. It's so funny to say that because we live like 15 minutes from each other. I just cannot thank the Lord enough for our "reunion".
Things have been a little stressful for me lately. Tracie and I email frequently, okay scratch that. We email ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. Except for Sunday's when we see each other at church (when I manage to get up and make it). Anyway...Tracie has become a huge confidant for me. She's a great listener, a great motivator, a huge source of support and just very caring. I talked to her about some things and a week or so later I came home and found this: Through our conversations, she managed to put together a gift from her heart to cheer me up. Scrapbook paper so I can scrapbook and glue to put the pictures on the scrapbook paper. Cinnamon disks because I'm addicted to them. Sharpie's because I'm addicted to those too. A prayer journal, and a candle. Last but not least the WW cakes so I could "have my cake and eat it too". I read the card, and cried and read the card again, and cried (you get the picture). Through many things that happened that week, I was humbled. I know that I am a lucky girl.
I'm so lucky to know that even when I'm beating myself up, or stressed beyond all get out, there are people that love me and support me. There are people who want nothing but the best for me. I have a wonderful support system starting with my savior Jesus, an amazing husband, then Tracie, other aunts and cousins and other friends. WHY AM I SO SAD? Sure, I may not have everything that I want right at this moment, but I think God is trying to make me see a bigger picture.
I've tried a 90 day challenge before and I got no where. But, I really feel like I'm in a different place now. I'm ready to move on and let go of all the unnecessary baggage. Over the next six months, I am really going to surrender to God and seek His face, and get myself healthy. Emotionally and physically. I want to drown myself in His word and really delight myself in Him.
I'm humbled that the Lord has brought me to a place of surrender, and allowing me to acknowledge all of His blessings in my life. I'm a lucky girl!!!
Thank You Tracie! I love you!