Let The Little Children Come

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When is the last time you read a Facebook post that just took your breath away?    Or how about one that brought you to happy tears?  This is exactly what happened to me the other day when I saw a post by my niece, Jaeme.


Jaeme is a 30-something, wife, mother of three, business owner, Tough Mudder maniac, workout queen, she teaches the children at church on Wednesday night and is a disciple of Jesus Christ!

Jaeme & Ace

Jaeme tells me that each night she and her 5-year-old son, Ace, play a game about “who loves the other one more.” The “winner” loves the other one more!

ACE WINS!   It is no contest in my book when Ace told his mother:

“Mama, I love you just less than Jesus loves you and no one can love you as much as Jesus so there’s no way you can love me more than I love you.”   ❤️

Jaeme wrote on Facebook: “Not sure what I did to deserve this kid but I thank the Lord for him every day.”

I surely don’t have all the answers but I know this: children are little sponges and Ace is soaking up that which he is surrounded with – the love of Jesus!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14

I think raising children is hard.  Growing up I always saw myself as a wife and a mother.  It was my heart’s desire.  I love being a mother to my two sons and my four stepchildren, and grandmother to my 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  I thank God every day for those kids and my extraordinary Jesus-loving husband.   But I see the struggles of young people today and realize it is hard to live in a world that is pushing in on all sides.

Kudos Jaeme and Brian for modeling the love of Jesus to your children and all of us who know you!

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.  
Proverbs 22:6

Blessings, Catherine

Morning Prayer and Evening Dinner

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Recently I had the privilege of spending time with my friend Sharron and staying overnight in her lovely home on Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee!  After a wonderful night of sleep, I woke to this beautiful sunrise.  My iPhone didn’t take as good a picture as my camera would have but all-in-all not bad for a phone!

This Psalm sprung to mind as I thanked God for the beauty of His creation.


to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night,”
Psalm 92:2(ESV)

As if this wasn’t enough of a lovely start to the day Sharron then gave me this Morning Prayer written by her friend Rachel Barrentine.

This is a copyrighted prayer and I have linked Rachel’s blog and website to the card.  Be sure to check them out for other writing she has done.

So, on top of the glorious sunrise, my day started with this prayer.  I have prayed this prayer many mornings since that time as Rachel really captured my morning thoughts.  I hope it is a blessing to you also.

Now ….

With today being Labor Day in the United States many families take the opportunity for the last cook out or picnic of the season.   I did “grill” a little this morning but only enough to put this pot roast together.  I mentioned pot roast the other day and my sous-chef dish-washing mom AND my Chief taste-tester’s eyes lit up as if to say “Oo-la-la let’s have pot roast!”

I like to cut the roast in individual serving pieces, grill on each side for 5 minutes and then layer in my crock pot.

I have several pot roast recipes on this blog but this is our favorite. I think the blending of the red wine and balsamic vinegar tenderizes the beef perfectly.  Click here or on either picture to link to the recipe.

The fragrance in the house right now is a sweet promise of what is to come for dinner!  For sure I will add garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, Roma green beans from the garden, and fried green tomatoes (a special request from the Chief!)

Wherever in the world, this may find you, bon appétit.

~Blessings, Catherine

 

 

Oh My Goodness, Where Do I Start?

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Happy September 1, 2017!  It has been 10 months since I stopped blogging and as I sit at my computer my heart is beating extra fast at the excitement of writing again for My Daily Bread Body and Soul.

The past 10 months have been filled with many blessings as I stepped away from blogging and concentrated on other aspects of my life.  When I stopped blogging last year I thought it was a permanent “stop.”  However, many times this year I clearly have heard God saying the stop was temporary, much to my surprise and delight.  I look forward to sharing many God moments with you as I move forward.


I want to share Romans 8:28 with you today because this scripture has been meat for me these past months.  What I have come to realize through the Apostle Paul’s writing of Romans 8:28 is that we can trust that God desires everything together for good for his children.  And that “good” doesn’t necessarily mean earthly comforts but instead a closer fellowship with God and bearing good fruit for His kingdom and ultimately His glory!

In full transparency, I will admit I haven’t been cooking or baking a lot of new recipes.  I have however relied on the many fabulous recipes I’ve collected and shared on this blog since 2011.

Our friend George is arriving tomorrow from Denver.  In true southern style, I am making my list and checking it twice for some yummy treats for him this week.  Tonight we stopped by the local truck farm vegetable stand and the green tomatoes called my name!

Fried green tomatoes are a delicious treat but especially in September when green tomatoes are a plenty as gardens wind down and tomatoes can be picked early.  Some of the grocery stores have even been stocking them!  Yummy, yummy put on your list for this long holiday weekend.  From appetizer to side dish – click here to get the recipe!

Have a blessed weekend,
~Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

For Everything There Is A Season …

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It is the last day of October and with the start of a new month tomorrow, it will be the start of a new chapter in my book of life.  Happily and sadly this is my last blog post on My Daily Bread Body and Soul.  As I type I cannot stop the tears from falling and wetting my keyboard.  It has been such a beautiful, challenging, and rewarding experience to share my life through pictures and words the past 5 ½ years.   The first blog post of June 4, 2011 was a dream come true.  I did it.  I researched blogging software, chose WordPress, and then began a process of learning how to set up a website, upload pictures, and write a blog post.  And then the most incredible, inspiring and rewarding thing happened … you!

You started reading and responding.  You shared.  You followed, cared, and told others about this little blip of a blog on the worldwide internet.  Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart thank you.  You see, blogging is nothing without you.  Cooking, praying, studying scripture and sharing all of this would be for nothing without you.

You have given me the opportunity to look inside your kitchens, cook some of your favorite foods, and then you have allowed me to write about it and create this website.  As if that wasn’t enough, you have so generously emailed me and shared your life, your concerns, sometimes your grief and you have given me the honor and privilege to pray with and for you.


Being the author of this blog has changed me.  In the beginning, I wrote that I would like to cook better meals for my family while also spending more time in the Word of God.  I reckoned that sharing these two desires of mine through this blog would help keep me focused, on track, and moving forward.  It did.  But the real change and transformation has come from what God has done with and through me as I cooked, prayed, and blogged.  I found it impossible and frankly disingenuous to share scripture without study.  And so, I study more.  And the more I study, the hungrier I have become for the Word of God.  The more time I have given to studying the Word the more I want to study.  I have literally found myself jealously protecting my “study time”, even getting frustrated with life when it seems to rob me of that time.

This blog has been a training ground of sorts for writing down my thoughts.   701 blog posts, thousands and thousands of words, and tens of thousands of pictures, has helped me to be able to write in other areas of my life.  I will forever be grateful for the blessing I have received in writing My Daily Bread Body and Soul.

A long time ago I went shopping with a friend and when we got back home she started talking about what she needed to take out of her closet.  She said, “every time I put something new in my closet, something has to come out.  That way I keep it tidy and well-organized.”  Through the years I have thought about the something-in something-out philosophy and have realized that same philosophy is helpful when saying “yes” and “no” to requests for time, energy, and commitment.

Several times since 2013 I have blogged about Hephzibah House in New York City.  From the moment I first stepped foot in her peaceful, lovely parlor I knew I was on hallowed ground.  Over the last several years and multiple visits to join our friends in ministry events at Hephzibah has created a desire within me to do more, serve more. In the spring of this year I was invited to join the Board of Trustees of this beautiful ministry in the heart of Manhattan.   I knew in my heart that with this “something-in” there would come a time for “something-out”.  As I have begun the work I believe God is calling me to do on the Board of Trustees I know without a doubt this is where I am meant to be for this season.

Such discernment is giving me peace in realizing “to everything there is a season” and my season with My Daily Bread is ending.  The blog and recipes stay on the internet for the time being.

Thank you again for being here, sharing your life with me, and letting me share mine with you.

God Bless,
~Catherine

 

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