Saturday, May 30, 2015


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Hymn For The Week: His Love

For Thy love is better than wine, In those days wine was the highest of the luxuries this earth offered. Paul wrote. "and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but filled with the Holy Spirit." (Eph. 5:18).

THE LOVE OF GOD - Traditional Hymns

Oh, to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that (fill with your name) might experience that excitement, that belonging to Christ and fellowship with Him! Being dedicated Christians, this is what we need.

We need to come to that attitude of which Peter wrote:"whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8).

Habakkuk stated it like this: although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vine: the labor of the olive shall fail,.... Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (Hab. 3:17-18).

Wine gives a temporary lift, but it will let you down. Allow the Spirit of God to come into your life. He will shed abroad in your heart the love of God. That is one reason we need the Holy Spirit.

Hymn For The Week: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Romans 3:25)

There Is A Fountain (A Quiet Place Instrumental Hymns)
  1. There is a fountain filled with blood,
    Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
    And sinners plunged beneath that flood
    Lose all their guilty stains.
  2. The dying thief rejoiced to see
    That fountain in His day;
    And there have I, though vile as he,
    Washed all my sins away.
  3. Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
    Shall never lose its pow’r,
    Till all the ransomed church of God
    Are safe, to sin no more.
  4. E’er since by faith I saw the stream
    Thy flowing wounds supply,
    Redeeming love has been my theme,
    And shall be till I die.
  5. When this poor, lisping, stamm’ring tongue
    Lies silent in the grave,
    Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
    I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.

William Cowper is one of God's gracious gifts to those suffering from depression. Like the Psalmist who cried, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul?" (Psalm 42:5), Cowper shows us that our emotional struggles often give us heightened sensitivity to the heart of God and to the need of others.

Cowper (pronounced Cooper), born in 1731, was the forth child a British clergyman and his wife. William's three siblings died, then his mother died while giving birth to the fifth child. William was six when he lost his mother, and it was a blow from which he never recovered. Years later, when someone sent him a picture of her, he wrote:

My mother? When I learn'd that thou wast dead,
Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed?
Hover'd  thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey just begun?...
I heard the bell toll'd on thy burial day,
I saw the hearse that nor thee slow away,
And, turning from my nurs'ry window, drew
A long, long sigh, and wept a last adieu!

William, emotionally frail, was sent to a boarding school where for two years he was terrorized by a bully which further shattered his nerves. From ages 10 to 18, he had a better experience at Westminster School, developing a love for literature and poetry. His father wanted him to be an attorney, but, preparing for his bar exam, he experienced runaway anxiety. Concluding  himself dammed, he threw away his Bible and attempted suicide.

Friends recommend an asylum run by Dr. Nathaniel Cotton, a lover of poetry and a committed Christian. Under Dr. Cotton's care, William recovered. In the asylum in 1764, he found the Lord while reading Romans 3:25: His life was still to hold many dark days of intense depression, but at least he now had a spiritual foundation. As he later put it: there is a fountain....

Monday, May 18, 2015

Honey Mustard Chicken

The first recipe is the recipe that our family uses. We LOVE this dish and it has always been a great hit with all friends that we have served it to.

After the pictures there will be another recipe, that is the original recipe.

Honey Mustard Chicken
Enough Chicken to cover the bottom of the pan.
4 T Butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1 tsp salt

 Place the chicken into the pan. In a bowel, mix the honey, salt, and mustard together until blended thoroughly. Pour the sauce into the pan on top of the chicken. Cut the butter to a 1/4" thickness and place all around the pan. Preheat the oven to 375° and cook for 1 hour. When the chicken is fully cooked inside take it out and serve.
Note: If you are going to use a 9x13 pan, you need to double the recipe.
Note: This dish is Gluten Free, but not Dairy Free. I used Earth Balance Vegan shortening.

Rice ready to be made!!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free dish!!!!


This is how we make our plate up. It is so good!!!!

Chicken Diablo
1 cut-up fryer chicken
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
1 tsp Salt
t tsp curry powder

Melt Butter. Mix in honey, mustard, salt, and curry powder. Roll chicken in mixture. Place in baking dish skin side up. Bake at 375° degrees for 1 hour.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hymn For The Week: Praise Ye the Lord the Almighty

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding."
 Job 38:4

Praise Ye the Lord The Almighty

This hymn was written by Joachim Neander, born in 1650, whose father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather all Joachim Neanders had been preachers of the gospel. But as a student, Joachim on St. Martin's Church in Bremen to ridicule and scoff the worshippers. But the sermon that day by Rev. Theodore Under-Eyck arrested him and led to his conversion. A few years later, he was the assistant preacher at the very church.

Joachim often took long walks near his home in Hochal, Germany. They were worship walks, and he frequently composed hymns as he strolled, singing them to the Lord. He was the first hymn writer from the Calvinist branch of protestantism. When he was 30-the year he died- he wrote this while battling tuberculosis:
Praise Ye The lord, The Almighty, the king of Creation.
O my soul praise Him, for He is Thy health and Salvation.

One of Joachim's favorite walking spots was a beautiful gorge a few miles from Dusseldorf. The Dussel River flowed through the valley, and Joachim Neander so loved this spot that it eventually was named for him-Neander Valley. The Old German word for "valley' was 'tal" or "thal" with a silent "h".

Two hundred years later Herr von Beckersdorf owned the valley, which was a source of limestone, used to manufacture cement. In 1856, miners discovered caves which contained human bones. Beckersdorf took the bones to a local science teacher who speculated they belonged to one who died in the Flood.

But when William King, an Irish professor of anatomy, saw the bones, he claimed they were proof of evolution's famous "missing link." other Neanderthal fossils were found, and for many years they were used to "prove" Darwin's theory of evolution. Today we know the Neanderthal was fully human, and extinct people group of great strength.

But, as one expert put it, "when Joachim Neander walked in his beautiful valley so many years ago, he could not know that hundreds of years later his name would become world famous, not for his hymns celebrating creation, but for a concept that he would have totally rejected evolution."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hymn For The Week: Onward Christian Soldiers

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you(2 Chronicles 20:17)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould was born in Exeter in 1834. His father an officer with the East India Company, had a disabling carriage accident and decided that if he couldn't work, he could at least travel. As a result, little Sabine was dragged from one end of Europe to the other, year after year. It gave him an unsettled childhood, spotty schooling, and a wanderlust he never outgrew. He later managed to scrape through Cambridge, but for the most part he is remembered as a brilliant, self-taught scholar. That helps explain why he developed certain eccentric habits. When he taught school, for example, he kept a pet on his shoulder.

From Sabine's original mind flowed an endless number of books, articles, poems, hymns, and tracts. This particular hymn, "Onward Christian Soldiers," was written on a Whitsunday's evening in the mid-1960s. Whitsunday is better known as Pentecost Sunday. It got its "Nickname" because it became a popular day for new Christians to be baptized. The baptismal candidates marched to the rivers or fonts wearing robes of white. Thus it came to be called "White Sunday" or Whitsunday.

It was on this day in 1865, in the little town of Horbury, England, that Sabine stayed up late searching through hymnbooks for a martial-type hymn for children. The next day, Monday, all the village children were marching to the neighboring town for a Sunday School rally. Sabine wanted to give them a "marching song" for the trip. Searching his hymnals and finding with words, dashing off lines until he had written a hymn of his own just for the occasion:    Onward, Christian soldiers,/Marching as to war,.....

"It was written in great haste." he later said, "and I am afraid some of the rhymes are faulty. Certainly, nothing has surprised me more than its popularity."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chickens and 5/5/15

Today we moved our 12 chicks to our old Chicken Condo. We are getting ready for 6 ducklings to arrive tomorrow, so that was the reason for the move for our chickens. :) The first two pictures pictures of our chicks were when they were about three days old and the rest of the pictures are from today. The Chickens will be about four weeks old on the 7th of this month and I think we have a Rooster in the batch. ;) Fun times!!!!

Also, today is 5/5/15. Thought that would be something fun to share. :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Well, I have been inspired..... I guess seeing the month of May roll in, flowers start to bloom, my new blog background (what do ya'll think?), the sunny days, and the start of making plans for summer. I am inspired to post, write, take pictures, and be creative.

I was wondering if you all would tell me of some things that would would like to hear about? I don't know who really sees or reads these posts, but I would like to hear your ideas.

Have a good summer.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Allegre Giocoso

Allegro Giocoso by Joseph Hadyn

This is my audition for the Alliance of Christian Musicians Competition. I would suggest looking into this program. It is wonderful and such an amazing opportunity.

Max Reger

Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger was born on March 19th, 1873, in Brand, Balvaria. He was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist and academic teacher. Among Reger’s students were Joseph Haas, Sándor Jemnitz, Jaroslav Kvapil, Ruben Liljefors, George Szell and Cristòfor Taltabull. In 1907, Reger worked in Leipzig as a Music Director of the Paulinerkirche University until 1908, and he was Professor of Composition at the Conservatory. In 1915, he moved to Jena, traveling once a week to teach in Leipzig; however, during one of those trips in May of 1916, he died of a heart attack at the age of 43.There wasn’t any information mentioned about being married yet Max Reger was the cousin of Hans von Koessler another German composer.