Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What kind of fruit are my actions growing?

day #3

I woke up this morning to a blanket of white glitter covering everything.
Snow is so pretty it makes everything look different.
I need to see things differently.

I love how these look, so bright.

As I was taking these photos this morning my fingers were getting numb, usually as long as I am taking photos I don't "feel" the cold. This morning I just grabbed my boots, jacket & camera. Needless to say my fingers were numb. After awhile I went back inside to find warmer clothes rather then pj pants. All this to say that I think I have become numb to some things. My view or my life experiences do not seem to bring forth the outcome I wish.
My mind is so distracted by so many things that I have become numb to some things.
I want to be more compassionate.bold (for Jesus).humble.loving.kind.merciful, gracious.
Basically I need to be awakened to new life, I think I have been trying to wake myself up through different things, you know the whole "I got,myself & I"
HELLO!! not.working.bethany.
I need direction.

Oh God, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Give me boldness to love You & others more completely. I want to honor You in all I do. Give me the discipline & desire to seek You with a humble heart. Father refresh me. Give me a greater spirit of compassion, mercy, love & grace.
Open my eyes, to see how You see. Help me to pour into others & to seek what I can learn from Your people. Oh God, take what I know & pour it all over my heart. I believe it! That You are good, faithful, truth, peace, satisfaction, my rest, contentment, sovereign & Lord.
Take selfishness, greed, pride, anger, hatred, discontentment, deceit & get it far from me. That has no place here,

I read this today...
17"And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you...Acts 3:17-20

I have been acting & living in ignorance.
Father, forgive me for my ways.

What kind of fruit are my actions growing? It has been rotten lately....

"....In your presence I belong, and without you I am lost. Come and change me, from the inside.In my weakness You are strong, by the power of the cross. Come and change me, from the inside. Who am I, and where am I going? What kind of fruit, Are my actions growing? Staring at the pages You are staring at the pages, Of my life. Is my passion just to know You? Am I living this life to show you? Staring at the pages...."(Pages by Leeland)

You are staring at the pages, Of my life

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday... (#2)

day #2.5
I am so glad to be home. The day started out rainy & cold, the rain turned to snow.
There is now about 3-4" of snow on the ground & the white stuff is still coming down.
Winter is not my favorite, winter driving
I usually work until 11pm I left a bit early tonight & did not drive faster the 20mph the whole way home. By the time I got home I could have kissed the ground, I kid you not. I thought about that idea for a moment & decided a face full of snow was not what I desired.

So now I am situated, hot tea near by & fireside....
Ok, by "fireside" I mean candle {peppermint}, but still I am by the side of fire.
(Greek word order might be getting to me, I will have to post about that at some point)

So Tuesday, Greek class day!
For about two or so years I have found the Greek translation of the Bible incredibly fascinating.
I had talked with a friend of mine about taking Biblical Greek at the Christian College he goes to.
(The college is in my hometown)
I have been out of school for about 2 1/2 years, I had never really thought about going back.
The idea of taking the class was mostly just an idea. However, my changed. All of a sudden I thought I would have all this free time, so why not take an 8am class two days a week, not to mention it is Biblical Greek.
(People always sound so impressed when I say I am taking Greek,
I tell them I am either adventurous or stupid)
I decided to audit this class, rather then to take it for credit to...
a)save money & b) learn

Greek was today.
Then I hang around with friends & go to chapel.
It is pretty snazzy because I crave the more modern worship setting
& that is what is normal.
My church has some but it is nice to have variety.
There are three different worship bands that rotate chapel each week.
My friend is the leader of one of the worship bands.
God has blessed him with great talents & abilities & humility is refreshing.
I found some great deals at Target.. {WooHoo!}
wait, wait we must stop, you must know Target is a happy place for me,
honestly I walk in & I breathe a sigh of relaxation.
I found jeans for $15 a pair.
I also found a jacket for $10 {originally $40}
Between school/shopping/chapel & work I had a project of flower making.
I have seen this idea many different places.
Here is how I made it...
1. I cut a circle out of felt.
2. Traced the felt circle on to regular cloth
(layered so I could cut out many at a time)
3. Cut out the cloth circles.
4. Take the cloth circles fold in half, then quarters &
hot glue to the black felt circle.
I glued on quite a few cloth circles until I liked how it looked.
Probably 10-13 cloth circles to every felt square.

I am not yet certain what the purpose of these lovely flowers is
but tomorrow it may be determined.


A Biggby run was necessary today.
A cold day & long afternoon/evening ahead of me.
Yeah a {hot.grande.wild zebra.reduced whipped} will do it.

Tonight I have been listening to Brooke Fraser, the song "Hymn" struck me tonight
By Brooke Fraser
If to distant lands I scatter
If I sail to farthest seas
Would You find and firm and gather
Til I only dwell in Thee?

If I flee from greenest pastures
Would You leave to look for me?
Forfeit glory to come after
Til I only dwell in Thee

If my heart has one ambition
If my soul one goal to seek
This my solitary vision
Til I only dwell in Thee
That I only dwell in Thee
Til I only dwell in Thee

Earlier this evening I was reading Psalm 19, verses 7-9 & 14 along with the above lyrics are my prayer tonight.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the LORD are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:7-9,14


day #2
what a night!
I feel as though there is a lot to share
& I promise you..
Posting something had to happen before midnight,
a few more moments left & I have like 2 things to do before I can settle
& write a post.

(* just wait for it *)
I shall not tarry long

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanks giving.

day #1

Thanksgiving was good.
Better then I expected.
Different then normal.

*Pumpkin Chai Latte*
with whipped cream & carmel.

(*feel free to copy & paste this image to your desktop for personnel use.
All I ask is that you do not take the credit for it.*)

Ok, to the actual post. I love the idea of blogging but I have never been able to make myself keep at it for very long. Today I am intending to start a thirty day challenge of posting each day. I see things that inspire me all the time. Etsy has so many things that I want to do. This blog (click --> so many awesome ideas too.
I just want to be crafty & artsy....

no joke.

God has given me many passions over the years, my problem is that I have yet to find a way to channel those passions & do all of them, any ideas?

I love

I am very thankful for these passions, because I do enjoy them. I often forget the many blessings God has given me, & I take them for granted. Sometimes I feel like my view of God is off or twisted, I don't know why or what happened. I think my personality & culture has twisted my the way I see things. Gods word says:
" joyful always, pray continually & give thanks..."
This is my goal...maybe I shall add this to my challenge...good idea?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Melt in your mouth...

These are so super easy to make. This idea also came from the same source as the mini-apple pies. All you need is: a can of bisquits (not flaky), melted butter, cinnamon sugar, vegatable oil and a frying pan.

The bisquits I used were a little small so I just rolled them out and squeezed the ends together.

After rolling & squeezing I put them in the oil, let them fry, flipped them over then took them out.

After the frying, they were dipped in the melted butter & rolled in cinnamon sugar.


I was at the grocery store today and noticed this odd fruit, I had never tried it before and it looked interesting. I love trying new fruit, especially if it would make great photos!

This is a prickly pear, it grows on a cactus.

My fingers were not very grateful for this fruit.

I looked online on how to even eat it.

I found out that soaking the fruit in water will get rid of the pricklys,

then you can peel it like you would a peach. The skin is slightly more tough than a peach.

There is a layer of skin and the fruit is soft like a peach but there are seeds in it.

The taste is similar to pomegranate and berries.



My favorite & oh so pretty!

Small Pie

I have been really into baking/cooking/expierementing lately.

*Mini apple, dutch apple & pumpkin pies*

For a link to this recipe click below:

The link above shows how to do the regular apple pie. The pumpkin were made the same except instead of apples in the pie it was pumpkin. The Dutch Apple pies had a crumble topping rather then pie crust, I used a topping recipe for an apple crisp topping.

These mini pies were made for a church hayride/bonfire event. I had been asked to make pie, but serving and eating regular, sized, pie in the dark is challenging. These were the perfect size and everyone loved them. Once I got the hang of it, they were pretty easy to make.