The only thing that counts is having confidence in what we hope for and being sure that it will happen!
And until it happens we are to be patient and kind. We are to be polite and truthful. We are to protect it and never give up on it! We are to be trusting.
We are not to be rude, selfish, envious, angry and we are not supposed to bring up the past.
Keep up the faith!
Nothing else matters!
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
While in Lancaster, we stayed in a country inn that offered coffee each morning in the lobby. While I am a lover of coffee, I am not especially fond of hotel coffee but I can usually doctor it up with enough cream to get me through until I find a breakfast or coffee shop. So with very low expectations, I made my way to the lobby coffee bar and began to make my usual cup of joe, cream and no sugar. To my surprise, the coffee had a very pleasing aroma and also achieved a good cream to coffee ratio with only a little cream which could mean one of two things, it’s really weak or really good. But the true test would come down to flavor. Nothing is worse than a good looking cup of coffee that tastes terrible. So standing at the coffee bar, I took my fateful first sip and oooohhh my goodness was it delicious. It was hands up the best tasting coffee I may have ever tasted!
To give you a little background, prior to our trip to Lancaster I had been looking for a good coffee to brew at home. I shopped some online but that was overwhelming and I could have easily spent a small fortune before I found anything remotely satisfying. And many of the store bought brands I had tried had a bitter and sometimes even metallically taste. Yuck! So honestly, as silly as this sounds, I was feeling a little defeated and hopeless about my coffee situation. So to taste such a deliciously clean and fresh cup of coffee with great flavor was so exciting! Praise the Lord, it was the perfect cup of coffee! So as we were checking out, I asked the receptionist and she shared the coffee was a from a local roasting company in Lancaster and they had some for sale! Yay, win win!
Not only did I find my perfect cup of coffee but I got to take it home!
So I did a little research on the Lancaster County Roasters and discovered that they are a family owned and operated small business (awesome) who purchase beans from around the world . They wash and naturally dry their beans and roast them in small batches which would explain the clean and fresh flavor. They certainly care about quality and the proof is in their product. They have all sorts of flavors and blends you can try. So far I have enjoyed their Signature Blend and Whoopie Pie. Ordering online is super easy and you can subscribe to recurring orders if you’d like. I live a few hours away but I usually receive my coffee within 3 business days of my online purchase. I’m so happy I found this coffee and I highly recommend Lancaster County Roasters Coffee!
Love, Wyn ❤️
My family recently had the opportunity to visit Lancaster, PA with my parents who generously gifted us tickets to tour an Amish replica farm and a showing of David at Sight & Sound. Our trip was complete with a delicious meal at Katie’s Kitchen, a tour of the Amish country side and a overnight stay at a quaint family owned hotel. I had never visited Lancaster before so I had no idea what to expect of the town, people or theater.
One of the first unique sights of Lancaster we encountered was a horse drawn carriage making it’s way through town. I loved the simplicity of the carriage and hearing the hooves trotting on the road but I can’t image that as my daily transportation. It’s challenging enough getting myself and kids ready some days let alone a horse. But may be the work is not as great as I perceive. Either way, the horse drawn carriages were a fun and neat sight and definitely bring a unique charm to the Lancaster landscape.
And while I was expecting to see the carriages, I was definitely not expecting to see the farm replica in town beside Target! However, I will say kudos to Lancaster for preserving the farm for others to experience! I greatly enjoyed the tour and while on the property did not feel like I was in town. The farm offers a unique escape from modern day living and is certainly intriguing. I especially loved learning about Amish spiritual practices, dress, community, schooling and occupations. However, I wish there was more insight given into their daily lives and more opportunity to get to know the people. It’s true, they live a radical lifestyle compared to the norm but are they happy? How well does this community of people treat one another and how well do they get along? Does their simple lifestyle and culture translate into greater peace and freedom from the troubles of the world or are their troubles similar to ours? I wonder how they perceive our lives? Are they happy with their way of living or do they wish they could live more like us? Do they feel free or do they feel oppressed? It’s definitely interesting to ponder and I’ll admit I left Lancaster with a greater curiosity about the Amish people. I think it would be awesome if there was a way to become immersed into their culture to gain a greater understanding of how their way of living, values and beliefs shape their community. It lends to wonder if perhaps this is the good way that the Lord would delight in for all His people to live.
Overall, we had a lovely time in Lancaster and look forward to our next visit! Thanks Mom & Dad!
Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
There is so much beauty enveloped in the surrender to waiting. It’s like the butterfly who is being developed in the covering of the chrysalis. In the waiting, you can not see the great transformation and growth that is taking place underneath the covering. It is only when the wait is over and the butterfly emerges that you can see the strong and newly developed wings designed to fly. Just like the butterfly in waiting, there is new strength, beauty and development that takes place within us while we wait. The new found strength is what equips us to move toward the direction of our calling which is where we will soar with new wings. There are great rewards in waiting for new strength, growth and development to come!
However, despite knowing all this, it does not make waiting easy. Especially, waiting on the Lord. The Lord prefers waiting and waiting on Him can be very hard. To the one waiting, it can feel more like a time of testing and trials rather than peace and rest. But as Paul writes to encourage us, there are also benefits to hard times and difficulties. He writes, “knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:3-5).”
There are great benefits to waiting and there are also great benefits to the difficulties that come with it. The promise is new strength, new power, movement, perseverance, character and hope; which does not disappoint. All of this simply because He loves us and desires for us all to mount up with wings and soar! So perhaps instead of despising it, we should embrace it like the butterfly and learn to love and appreciate the art of waiting for its beauty, strength and power to transform.
“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14
You may have heard it said before by another that he or she is thirsty but not meaning that their mouth is dry and they need a drink. To thirst also means having a desire, craving or longing for something. There are many things that a person could thirst for beyond a drink such as alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, love, and money to name a few. Such thirsts can cause many troubles in a person’s life such as strained relationships, physical health problems, mental health problems, decreased life satisfaction, decreased pleasure, and increased burden.
When Jesus met the woman at the well, He knew she was thirsting for more than physical water because He said to her, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Jesus knew that this woman was missing something on the inside that was causing her to have trouble in her life. When Jesus told her that she would never thirst again, He was telling her that every desire, craving or longing she had would be satisfied from deep within her and she would never want for it again. Jesus was promising to deliver her from her sin so she could spend her life living instead of desiring, craving and longing for things that He knew would never be satisfied.
It doesn’t matter what you thirst for, Jesus will take away every desire that kills, steals and destroys your joy, peace and happiness and He will replace it with good desires that build up and enrich your life. Jesus can set you free from it all so that you never want for it again. Every desire, craving and longing that you can never satisfy or think you will never be able to overcome, Jesus can. Every trouble, burden and problem related to it, Jesus. Jesus is the way and it costs you nothing.
This weekend, go to church and save your soul. Come to know the gift of God and Jesus. Drink of the living water of life and be set free from your sins so you can live! You deserve a life filled and overflowing with joy, peace, and happiness and Jesus is the One who is happy to give that to you. Drink and for once be happy!
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10
“And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” Revelation 22:17
I can’t stop thinking about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a young donkey. I can’t stop thinking about how all the city was stirred and how all the people were hanging on to every word He said. I can’t stop thinking about the people praising God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen and how it was said, “the world has gone after Him.
Jesus was doing things that had never been done before. He was saying things that had never been said before. And the people were all stirred up and going after Him in good ways and in bad. There was no denying the power and influence of Jesus as He entered the city of Jerusalem. He was magnificent and magnetic! Can you imagine the streets lined with coats and palm branches? Can you imagine the shouts and joyful cries? Can you imagine the power of His presence? Can you imagine all the healed people testifying about Him? Can you imagine the hope that filled the streets of that city? Can you imagine how glorious it must have been?
Reflecting on this time, it’s easy to understand the disappointment the people felt less than a week later as they watched their beloved Jesus hanging dead on the cross. God bless the people who endured that time who lived to tell about it! But even more God bless Jesus Christ who died and rose again so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life! It is absolutely amazing everything that God did through the life of His Son Jesus!
I know there is no way to repay Jesus for His sacrifice but I wonder what we could do to bring His name greater honor and glory? Like the people in Jerusalem, could we hang on to His every word? Could we go after Him? Could we shout more joyful praises to His name? It makes me wonder how much more we could do to bring His name glory in the streets of our communities? How much more hope could we stir up for all the people? How much more could His church do to make an impact like Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem? How much more?
John 12:14, Matthew 21:10, Luke 19:48, Luke 19:37, John 12:19
Warning: This post is not intended for the keto or low carb audience. Viewer discretion advised.
It is with great honor that I have the privilege of introducing you to the latest and greatest addition to our menu rotation…. the tater tot waffle! This delicious potatoey treat made it’s grand debut in our home a few weeks ago and let me be the first to tell you it was (insert British accent) smashing! The only things you need to make this delicious treat is a waffle iron and thawed tater tots. And all you have to do is cover the waffle iron with tater tots and close the lid. Cook until they are browned then remove from iron (crispy = easier to remove). Top with your favorite fixins’ and chow down!
We topped ours with cheese, bacon and sour cream like a loaded baked potato. I thought chili or taco meat would be good too and maybe even a hamburger or eggs. There are lots of fun ways you could dress these up for a delicious dinner. The best part is they are ready in no time…. well some time lol. Anyways, I made them for Cole one night after practice. I threw them on when he got home and it was ready by the time he was cleaned up! It was a win win! And for those of you on dish duty, clean up is equally as fast. I just love these things and I hope you try them! Please let me know what you think!
Until then, happy tater tot waffling!
This is my daughter’s comforter and one morning while making her bed I read it. I had read this comforter a million times but on this morning I really read it and the words sunk down deep. DREAM. CRAZY. BIG. So there I stood, before this comforter reading three simple words that are so often used to encourage young children and suddenly I was reminded of my childhood crazy big dream. Now this might surprise you but before I was a grown up, I was a little girl who had a crazy big dream that had absolutely nothing to do with a full-time job, mortgage or children. Which means at some point in my life I gave up dreaming crazy big and started dreaming crazy practical. So still standing over this comforter, I began to wonder, when did I stop dreaming crazy big and how old was I?
So for those who know me well, you know I love music and have since I was a little girl. So to no surprise my crazy big dream was imagining myself as a performer, mostly a singer but a singer who could also bust a move because as much as I love singing, I love dancing. I remember spending hours in my room singing to Mariah Carey and other artists of the day while fine tuning my dance moves watching MTV videos. My crazy big little girl dream was to lead and move stadiums packed full of people with my voice. Which for some, my crazy big dream is their crazy big reality. So is the difference between them and me simply that they allowed their dream to live while I allowed mine to die? Is the difference that they took steps in the direction of their dreams while I took steps further and further away from mine not believing it was possible?
So I asked the Lord to remind me of the time in my life when I stopped imagining or believing in my dream and He took me back to the eighth grade when I was in Select Chorus. I believe it was then when I began to compare my voice to the voices of others who were more highly favored. I believe it was then when I stated believing that my voice wasn’t beautiful enough and doubted my ability. I suppose I believed that I wasn’t good enough or had what it takes. That was my last year singing and the end of my crazy big dream at fourteen years old.
Fourteen is awfully young to stop believing in a dream and in yourself. A few years ago, Jesus dropped a great big crazy sized dream in my heart that I feel like I have doubted over and over again. And I realize it’s much easier to believe in the dream than it is to believe in yourself. But you see a dream can’t be accomplished in yourself, within your own strength and abilities, a dream can only be done through the grace of God that we receive in Christ Jesus. In Christ, the impossible is possible. But in yourself, the impossible is impossible. I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus when I was fourteen but I wish I had. I wonder how much differently my life would be today if I had known there was power and strength greater than anything in this world to help me accomplish the dream in my heart. I don’t despise my life or the road I’ve traveled because it made me who I am but it sure does make me think about my children and the dreams God has tucked away and hidden in their hearts. It makes me think more about talking about our dreams and sharing them with each other so we can encourage each other on in them so they don’t die but live! I can’t think of anything greater than seeing my children living out their dreams!
As for me, I feel so blessed to have the relationship with Christ that I do and that through Him I am able to dream and have a future hope that is greater than I could ever ask, think or imagine! I wonder how much differently my life could be if I started taking steps in the directions of my dreams and started believing the impossible is truly possible in Christ.
And as for you, seek Christ, DREAM CRAZY BIG and believe in the impossible! Who knows, maybe those crazy big dreams will come true!
But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13