Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Full Moon

There is nothing like the beauty of a full moon, suspended in the sky, reflecting the sun. And the way it lights up the night ….
I can’t help but stop to gaze at it—mesmerized.
The moon does what it was created to do. But … in and of itself … there is no light. Only when the sun’s rays illuminate it fully, unobscured by the earth, do we see it shine to its fullest.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16
My prayer for my brothers and sisters in Christ and myself is this: That we may be like the moon … doing what our Creator calls us to do, reflecting His Son’s perfection fully, with nothing between us, so that we might be a light in a dark world guiding others toward Him.
His servant,

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cornerstone Country Market

As those of you who follow my blog are aware, my goal is to do my part to further God’s Kingdom by encouraging my brothers and sisters in Christ and, hopefully, enlarging the family by pointing others to Him. I’ve attempted to do that through sharing what God has laid on my heart and by promoting fellow Christian writers. Now, God has laid it upon my heart to promote a local market.
I’d passed by the little market many times without batting an eyelash over the years. A friend recommended it because of their gluten free goods. After a few more drives past, I finally stopped in. They stock a variety of bulk baking items. But, being new to gluten-free, I wasn’t quite prepared to get crafty, so I settled on a box mix: New Hope Mills.
There are a lot of junky gluten-free items out there, so I knew I was taking a chance. But, the Jesus fish with “Ephesians 2:8” on the side sold me. It proved to be a good choice. I have since tried their gluten-free blueberry muffin mix, corn muffin mix, lemon Chia muffin mix and brownie mix. I highly recommend them all. They freeze and reheat well and the brownies are the best gluten free brownies I’ve had. And Cornerstone Country Market is the only store I’ve found with New Hope Mills Gluten-Free Mixes on the shelves.

About a month ago, we took a road trip to Pennsylvania. At a restaurant there, I tried bacon dressing. Yup … that’s what I said … BACON. My bacon-starved family couldn’t get enough of it. So, when I found Jake & Amos Bacon Dressing at Cornerstone Country Market, I was ecstatic. And I was delighted further to find Psalms 136:1 printed on the label. The word “salad” has taken on a whole new meaning in our household. And if you like bacon … and I don’t know many people who don’t … no matter how far you need to travel (unless PA is closer), it’s worth the gas money to drive to Cornerstone Country market for this dressing alone.

On the fourth of July, when I visited Cornerstone Country Market, I was asked if I would like to be the first to try their homemade vanilla ice cream made using a flavoring mix they sell in their store. I do have a dairy intolerance, but how could I possibly say no? I’d never had homemade ice cream before and I must say … it was wonderful (if you have an ice-cream maker, buy their mix).
I can’t say for certain that they only sell items made in the US … or by Christians … but of all the items I’ve purchased so far have been. So, if you want to support our country AND our brothers and sisters in Christ, do like I did and stop passing by … or take a special trip … to Cornerstone.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” ~ Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
His servant,

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

For some reason, I’m looking at the 4th of July differently this year. It’s more than a holiday. It’s more than a day off from work. It’s more than a BBQ. It’s more than decorating with red, white and blue. It’s the day our country’s fight for freedom became a reality.
This is nothing to take lightly. It began with the Pilgrim’s leaving their homeland, crossing the seas in less than desirable conditions and arriving in a cold, harsh environment. Most of them died that first winter. Their fight for freedom continued more than 150 years until July 4, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
So, each July 4th when we attend BBQs dressed in red, white and blue, we should remember their fight. Don’t treat it lightly. And don’t treat what God has done for us lightly either. He, our Creator, made each one of us equal and loves us all. He sent His Son to die for each one of us. And I have no doubt that He aided us in our fight and blessed our nation.
The tides seem to be changing. The majority of people are abandoning Him. Our Christian views are becoming unpopular and persecution seems inevitable. But for now, we still have our freedom. We need to take advantage of what God has given us, what our ancestors fought for while we still have it. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”          -Galations 6:9
God bless you all! Happy 4th of July!
His servant,