LOVE IS …

Love IS

Love is… a lot of things! Jesus loved us perfectly even while we were still sinners He died for our sins so we could have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and be with Him in eternity. For us mere mortals where we are not perfected yet, love can be tricky. Love is not about getting everything perfect or being perfect or expecting others to be perfect! Love the ones your with! And if they are, or if you are… ever unlovely, give or ask for forgiveness and move on. Life is too short to hold onto un-forgiveness or bitterness.

I have been crazy busy with another international move and our family has become extremely close. I think giving each other grace for our unlovely moments helps. There has been a lot to do and there still is a lot to do but God has really held us close as we transitioned into new communities and ministries. I am learning to understand that God hasn’t called me to watch life pass by in a safe and easy way being able to live in one place. He has called our family to participate and live life to the full in Him. Often we have to move to where ever He leads us in the world. God calls each one of us differently and some He calls to live in one place all their lives and be of great value and service to their community. (I hope one day He will call us to live in one place!) For our family for the time being we have been asked to move around the world. I don’t find change easy I find it stressful and my autoimmune diseases flare up and I have all that drama to deal with. I guess when you move there are a lot of challenges but there is also joy. There is the delight of seeing how God stretches our faith to solely rely on Him. It is exciting and fun getting to know new people. There are a million other things to be grateful for. Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly write something since I have been M.I.A. for so long. I will pop by Living in Grace now and again. To all those who have written beautiful notes to me I want to say how thankful I am that you would be so kind as to think of me and my family. I will reply to you all individually (now that we have the internet up and running). Hope you are having a great day where ever you may be in the world! ~ Sarah

Recipe – Minestrone Soup

Love this recipe from food wishes! If you click on the photo you will go directly to the food wishes source. I know you will love it too! Of course I make all my food completely gluten free. I just substitute pasta for gluten free pasta. In the USA I used Canadian bacon as it was leaner than regular bacon. In Australia I use regular GF bacon as it is fairly lean. I also try as best I can to use in season and organic produce. Organic produce can be terribly expensive so we can’t always afford to buy organic all the time. We do our best and that is really all anyone can do. ~ Sarah xxx

Ingredients:

3 oz pancetta (or regular bacon)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 diced onion
1 cup diced celery
4 minced garlic cloves
4 cups chicken broth
1 (28-oz) can plum tomatoes, crushed fine
2 cups water, plus more as needed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried Italian herb blend (mine was thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil)
red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup freshly shucked cranberry beans (aka shelling beans)
2 or 3 cups chopped cabbage
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
2/3 cup raw ditalini pasta
extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh Italian parsley to garnish the top

CHRISTMAS IDEAS

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Hi Ya,
Here is a photo of our families Christmas stockings hanging on a ladder. I handmade our stockings (cross stitched names and pictures & used quilting and lined them) they are super strong for heavy items. I have extra stockings for guests and more hooks on our ladder for as many people as we have over. Below is a list of some of the things I have put in my kids Christmas stockings. Now they are older they still love it and it has become a family tradition. We often have guests visiting at Christmas and they get the same gifts too. Christmas is summer vacation time and kids are out of school. The visitors seem to enjoy the stockings and giggle as much as the kids still do.

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Daily Bread

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“Give us this day our daily bread”. From Luke 11:3 and Matthew 6:11

What a joy and a simple pleasure it is to bake bread for my family. When the bread is rising by the warmth of the sun the house starts to smell of the wonder of bread. Then comes the kneading of the dough. Patiently kneading and some more waiting and rising in the sun. Then the baking where every nook and cranny of the house fills with the fresh smell of the bread baking in the oven. Last but not least the eating, and melting of butter on warm bread. Smiling faces and filled happy tummy’s.

How blessed are we to have our daily bread met in the physical and in the spiritual with God’s promise of taking care of our daily needs.

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Assessing Your Finances

Below is a great financial resource we have been able to point some lovely young people to recently. It is written by Trent from The Simple Dollar. Below is a snippet from him to give you a flavour of his financial advice and solutions. I’ve included a link to him also.

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A wise man once said “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” It took me a long time to summon the courage to admit that it was my own mistakes that led me to financial armageddon. It required me to admit that not only had I been making mistakes since my earliest days, but also to admit that many of the ideas I had learned in my life and built through my own experiences were completely wrong.
In order to understand these mistakes, I am initiating a ten part series of posts, a part to be posted each weekday for the next two weeks, in which I outline those various mistakes and what they did to pave the road to financial armageddon. More importantly, I hope to learn (and perhaps you will learn, too) how these mistakes can be corrected, not only for myself, but for others around me, such as my children. Hopefully, my mistakes laid bare will bring some insight into your own financial mistakes and perhaps lead you to your own epiphanies.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2006/10/31/the-road-to-financial-armageddon-1-the-earliest-mistakes/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/31-days-to-fix-your-finances