Friday, October 26, 2012

Changed by the Creator of the Universe



How can anyone so powerful possibly be interested in me? How can God who flung the stars in place care about what bugs me or hurts my little person? How would He have time or inclination to give me even a minute? Would it surprise you to know that you were created for friendship and relationship with Him? You were created to worship Him? He knows the numbers of hairs on your head and yes, He is interested in every little specific part of you and your life that makes you, uniquely you. Jesus loves you is not just an old song from your childhood. You are the apple of His eye. He delights in spending time with you! And maybe even now He is whispering to your inner ear:

Child, I would speak to you in your heart. There is no variance or shadow of turning in Jesus your Lord. He is changing you, from glory to glory, into His likeness. Stable, consistent, single minded, it seems good to you because therein lies your wholeness and stability. Rejoice in His discipline, rejoice in His freedom and life changing love. Be obedient unto Him and let Him lift you up. He has set your feet upon His paths. You are walking there upon. Keep on walking and He will bless. Keep yielded as you are. Selah.

Prayer:

My Lord, Jesus
You are something special
Beyond words
To me
My opaque eyes
You have transformed
To ones
That really see!

In James 1:17 the Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variance or shadow of turning. He is ABLE and STABLE, what a promise.

2Corinthians 3”18 tells us that we see the Lord’s glory and are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory (which comes from Him who is Spirit). What a promise. That I might be changed – all those self centered and not so pretty parts of me, to become more and more like Jesus himself.

In 1 Corinthians 15:49 we are promised that as we have borne the likeness of earthly man so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. I have no clue how God will accomplish this and it seems like a long, long journey but if He promises it I know it will be done.

Part of that pathway might just include some discipline mentioned in Proverbs 3:11 where we are encouraged not to despise discipline from the Lord and not to resent His rebuke.

Proverbs 12:1mentiones that whoever loves discipline loves knowledge but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs sort of lays it on the line, doesn’t it?

Maybe the most famous Proverb regarding discipline is Proverbs 13:24 stating he who spares the rod hates his son but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

In ending this piece I think there could be no better quote than the one found in Deuteronomy 8:6 which encourages us to observe the commands of the Lord your god, walking in His ways and revering him.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Love Living Where We Live




I once told my hubby that I could live anywhere so long as he is there. That’s still true and we have lived in many an interesting accommodation since being “hitched” over 26 years ago. Tents, rooms in Youth With a Mission hotel-dorm, with parents and friends, in apartments, condos, a geriatric RV and several homes we built together. Those abodes found themselves in Texas, Oregon, California and Colorado.

It SNOWS in Colorado. I once told Mick that I am ALLERGIC to snow and break out in hives at the thought of it. Being raised in Minnesota where the snow comes in around Halloween and stays until the spring thaw in March or April which comes complete with flooding. Yep, the snow piles up and gets dirty and then dirtier until if makes all the rivers nearby overflow and also makes hours and hours of sandbagging necessary…. You get the picture? That’s why I am allergic to snow. Little did I know there was a place where the sun shines over 300 days a year and the snow comes and GOES on a very regular basis.

Somewhere in there the Lord began talking to me about Colorado. I fought for a week and then gave in. Oh, my, what a most incredible blessing. We have been here 18 years and I totally love it. Snow evaporates at about 17 degrees and you can run around is simply a sweatshirt. The summers? NO humidity and at our house in the mountain meadow we had a high of 76 this summer. Most days were in the 60s and evenings in the 40-50s. When we finally got some rain (no humidity means little precip) those wild flowers simply outdid themselves, yellows, oranges, purples and lavenders all over the yard.

Toss in some mountain blue birds along with the humming birds, swallows, hawks and eagles , you simply can’t lose. Then there are the mama deer with their babies, those tiny spotted babies and a bit bigger are the newborn elk. I forgot to mention prong horns, fox, coyotes, porcupines, bob cats and mountain lions beside the bear cubs.

We are totally blessed to be living right where we are and I hope we can stay and stay in this majestic mountain place because I’m in love.
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Are you Hearing from Your Heavenly Daddy?



Always, even as adults, we find great comfort in hearing from our Heavenly Daddy. During those times when our normal response would be dismay, if we talk to our Lord Jesus we may find Him answering us with His still, small voice. And that voice is oh, so clear:

Child, do not dismay, do not fear. Your vision/view is so limited. I see. I have, once again/continually gone before you two and prepared the way. Blanch not.
I have an adventure for you in Me. Be excited in that knowledge/surety. My timing is perfect (soon and very soon). I Am the ways and means provider Selah.

In Exodus 20:20 Moses tells the people of Israel to not be afraid, He informs them that God has come to test them so that the fear of God would be with them to keep them from sinning. I find this most interesting. Sometimes it is good to have a healthy fear regarding something. That fear can even help you from getting into trouble.

Exodus 23:20 God speaks of sending an angel ahead to guard and bring the people of God to the place He had prepared for them. Do you ever think of what is going on in the unseen realm on a daily basis? Not only are the demons fighting, warring, and trying to distract or destroy you BUT the angels of the Lord are working, protecting and going forward on your behalf!

We do not have to choose to be overwhelmed or dismayed. The Lord our God is right there. We do not need an appointment or to be concerned we will get a busy signal. He is with us and He is able. We can talk to Him and get His input each minute of our day. Let us never forget our “very present help in time of trouble”. If you have not asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior there is no better time than right now. Ask His forgiveness and He will answer you to set you free!

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to yield as you lead, provide and take care of our enemies. You have taken care of the details and free us up to trust and worship You. AMEN.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Marijo’s Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie




1 envelope Know unflavored gelatin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3/4 C water
1 pint vanilla ice cream (may use fat free)
1 C canned pumpkin
one baked pie shell - may use graham cracker or shortbread purchased crust

Combine gelatin, brown sugar, salt and spices in a pan with the water. Heat to a boil stirring continually. Remove from heat. Stir the ice cream into the hot mixture by spoonfuls. Add the pumpkin and mix until smooth. Chill till it mounds slightly then place into pie shell and chill.

My Mom’s pie crust recipe (makes 2 deep dish pie tins or one 9X13 inch cake pan of crust) Use half of this recipe for the above pie and top with whipped cream or Cool Whip toping.

1 C butter
1/2 C powdered sugar
2 C flour
Cream butter with sugar and add the flour. Beat until blended. Spread evenly in 2 pie tins or a 9X13 inch cake pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

I put it in the pans and go to work with clean fingers patting it in to fit the pan.

   
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Low Fat Lemon Mousse


(Sorry no photo)
1 package fat free, sugar free lemon pudding
juice of one large fresh lemon
3/4 c skim milk (I used fat free condensed milk -chilled)

Mix above together with whisk or electric beaters till thickened

Add:
1/2 c fat free sour cream
1/2 cup fat free creamed cheese left to warm and soften at room temp (if in a hurry can use defrost setting on microwave)

Mix with electric beaters until smooth and creamy

Fold in one tub of Cool Whip (sugar free and fat free if you can find it, of course)

This is a decadent lemon mousse with real flavor in spite of the chemicals it might contain. 

May also be used in a graham cracker pie crust (then it is no longer sugar free).

It gives you a good serving of dairy and somehow satisfies the sweet tooth in spite of being kind to your blood sugar if you are needing to watch that measurement.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oatmeal Crispies (or chewies if cut thicker)


Oatmeal  Crispies (or chewies if cut thicker)
(From old family recipe – Marijo Phelps)

1c. butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
Cream above ingredients and add:

2 well beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Then add after sifting together:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda

Stir in:
3 cups quick oats
½ cup chopped nuts

Place dough on wax paper and shape into a cookie sized roll
Wrap with the wax paper and toss in freezer overnight.
Slice1/4 inch slices for crisp cookies and 1/3 inch for chewy and 14 min don’t brown the chewy ones
Bake at 350 for 10 min at sea level – not sure about this elevation.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jesus, Healer of My Heart

My nephew, Paul, and me 4 years prior to this story....


The year had been a really rough one. Divorce, that I never dreamed would happen, did. I ended up doing what secular counselors would say was terribly unwise. After prayer, I felt that the Lord was leading me into short term missions which meant moving away from my good friends and church home, leaving the job I had worked at almost 10 years and going to Texas, where I didn’t know  a soul. I began Youth With a Mission, Discipleship Training School and a most incredible time of healing in the Lord. 

There I was with a group of people who were, for the most part, about 10 years younger than I was. We were having a meeting at the house of the married leaders of our group. It was a wonderful time of seeking the Lord and prayer. It was my turn in the “hot seat”. As various members of the group laid hands on me, I closed my eyes.

While my eyes were closed, I saw a picture of a heart.  Not the anatomical one but a heart shaped like a Valentine. There was a bench seat on top of the heart and Jesus was taking a seat there, the heart had a jagged crack running diagonally across the whole “Valentine”. As they prayed I realized it was my heart. I felt impressed that if I kept Jesus enthroned in my heart that I would be healed totally. As Jesus sat down, the brokenness disappeared from top to bottom.

Psalms 51: 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

In the situation my heart was broken and the Lord move in. He put my broken pieces back together better than they had been in the first place.

He was enthroned in my heart and did His most incredible work in me during the ensuing weeks and month.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.


The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.


Through this trauma, I came to know the reality of these scriptures and God’s most incredible faithfulness.
I have assurance that He will be there for you also, if you just let Him!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lord, My Friend is in Trouble



Have you had that close friend, the one you have laughed with and cried with. The one who sometime ago began making not so good choices. The one who made excuses to Jesus and stopped growing, then turned around and walked off the path, that person who is currently breaking God’s heart and putting tears into your own. They no longer listened to scripture or questions from you but have made up their mind. No matter if it is about a relationship, escape choices like alcohol or drugs, spending time in the world rather than the “Word”, walking away from their calling or caring too much what people think and not enough about the heart of Jesus. Your old and close friend who now is walking so close to the edge of the cliff and seems not to even see the drop off or danger coming close?
And then the Lord Jesus Christ seems to whisper into your spirit:
You are concerned over your sister’s path and rightfully so. She needs ME but is blind. I will bring her again into the fullness of my love in time. Pray and move as I direct. Love her with my love.

Proverbs 10:12 indicates that love covers a multitude of sins while hatred stirs up strife. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t to be bold and share the truth in love with our friend. It means that perhaps we are to have very fine tuned ears, listening to our Lord and knowing when to speak and when to hush. We need to know when to be bold and when to love and simply be there. We need to know when He is calling us to be that watchman on the wall, to sound the trumpet of warning and not have our friend’s  “blood on our hands” by being silent. Would it be easier to shake our head and walk away? Probably, love isn’t always the easiest choice BUT the Lord will walk through this with us.

In Proverbs 17:9 we are encouraged to cover a transgression rather than gossip. Gossip separates friends. With the help of the Lord we can hush and pray and watch the hand of the Lord move in the situation.

Hopefully the time will come for the following scripture from James to come true. What a gift to you and to your friend, to have that friend restored to right standing and fellowship with the Lord Jesus.


Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)


Prayer: Lord, please convict my friend.  Draw her back to you as only you can. Help me to know when to be bold and share the truth in love and when to be quiet. Help me to pray always until the burden lifts. In Jesus’ most incredible name, AMEN

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Are You Fussing Around the House?



Are you having “one of those days”? You go into a room to pick up and then decide to check e-mail, well, maybe you should check the writing websites….. then pretty soon you see junk that belongs in the kitchen sink. Pick that up and bus it to the kitchen. Oops time to put in the laundry and get it off the floor in the bedroom, bathroom. Yep, those throws need washing too….

And soon you might hear that very still, small voice calling out to you:
“Come to Me, child, in silence and opening of heart, sit at My feet, still your mind and rest/learn of Me. Know that I AM your God and you are My people. Fret not your heart, worry not, “flutter and twitter” not but be still and KNOW that I AM God…Your Father Eternal and Almighty. Selah.

Hum, maybe I should have already had my “quiet time”.

In Luke 18:16 Jesus calls the children to Him and makes mention that the kingdom of heaven is made up of “such as these”. Childlike, not childish, that’s what I long to be.

Matthew 11:28 entreats all who are weary and burdened to come to Him (Jesus) and He will give them rest. How many of us couldn’t use a bit of REST most each and every day?

In Psalm 37:8 David the Psalmist is sharing his heart encouraging us to refrain from anger, turn from wrath and do not fret – saying it only leads to evil. The fretting part was the grabber for me, how about you?
In 2 Thessalonians 2:16 reminds us that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loves us and by His grace gives us eternal encouragement and good hope. That sounds like something I could use on a daily basis – just like my multivitamin.

2 Corinthians 6:18 is a wonderful promise stating "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."  And things keep getting better from here.

In Matthew 10:31 we are told to not be afraid because we are worth more than many sparrows. He takes care of them, doesn’t He?

In His Word we have encouragement, correction, challenge and HOPE. How can we go wrong with those?
Prayer: Not dead bones, my Father, not empty words/sound tracks – revive me. I pray, renew and restore a right spirit within me. In Jesus most powerful name, AMEN

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Monday, October 15, 2012

God Speaks to His Body Even Today



I am often reflecting that if I am not hearing God clearly perhaps it is because my own wheels are spinning too loudly. Our God is still speaking to His Body of believers if we have “our ears on”. He speaks through the Bible, through preachers and prophets, and in His still small voice directly to our hearts:

My children, again I say I love you. There is power in that love. My love casts out fear. Stand up and be counted in Jesus name. I love you!

My children, my children, fear not, I am in the midst of you to heal the broken hearted and set the captives free.

My children, I am in your midst tonight to teach you a new thing, to set the captives free and give you new freedom in Jesus name, receive.


In I John 4:18 is that famous quote about perfect love casting out all fear, fear having to do with punishment and the one who fears not being made perfect in love. While I do take that scripture at face value I sometimes see it this way: Jesus is perfect love because God is love and Jesus is God. What could be more perfect that God? So I see Jesus “Perfect Love” standing up and being a warrior on my behalf and taking my fears and trashing them one by one just for me. Somehow envisioning this really works. I begin to see just how BIG the one is who is on my side and everything else seems to grow smaller by comparison.

The next scripture I would like to address is in Isaiah 61:1 which speaks of God’s Spirit being upon me (us, as believers) to preach good news to the poor, to bind up brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release prisoners from the darkness. Do you realize what incredible power that is and I don’t think it is just for Isaiah or Jesus since we now are His Body, do you suppose that means that He will allow us to do these things too?
In John 14:12 the Word says that we believers will do greater works than Jesus after he leaves. Oh, my.
Then I flip the pages over to Isaiah 43:19 where the Lord talks about doing a new thing and making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

I was definitely a desert before I met Him. A dried up and unproductive life full of destruction. I don’t know about you but I more than welcome streams to my wasteland and will await the blooming expectantly because of Jesus!

Prayer: Please Jesus, help our hearts to be ready for your “new thing”. Thank you for your wonderful love in which there is no fear. Thank you for setting this captive FREE!!! AMEN.

Come by my blog spot for more photos and interesting reading: http://myincrediblelord.blogspot.com/

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Today I Celebrate 38 Years in the Lord Jesus Christ!


I had been a professing atheist for 9 years (although we had been raised in
the Methodist church no one ever spoke about a personal relationship with
the Lord Jesus Christ.  So, even in conservative Iowa State it was easy to
be challenged and decide God didn't exist.  I knew in my heart of hearts
that if he did exist, I needed to be obedient to him and I wanted to do my
own thing so much I ignored logic and the Lord.  Worst thing was I always
fell short of the standards I had set for myself.  Drew lines in the sand
and proceeded to step over them time and again.  I was not wild by the
world's standards but was not knowing the Lord at all.

This is a poem I wrote to explain my transition process:

ENCOUNTER WITH REALITY

I was walking in the mountains
Along a dusty, narrow road
Trying to get away from it all
I had been under quite a load

I guess work was tolerable
My love life was fine
I had some good close friends
Plenty of food and wine

Picked up that course I wanted
Had gotten off on astrology
Was into Women's Lib
And had passed geology

I finally weighed 122
Was making a lot of bread
Had a really great "old man"
But something was bothering my head

I stopped to look at the purple flowers
Paused at a crystal stream to drink
Was not sure where this was leading to
But knew I had to get away to think

My life seemed all together
It was really the best it could be
But I felt all tied up and restless
And was really itching to be free

Ok, now, wait a minute
Let me think and rearrange
What would I do differently
If I could have a magic change?

He and I would be in the woods
In a small A-frame cabin there
We'd have a dog and cats all around
And a garden...that was fair...

But every time I dreamed them up
(These dreams I liked to hoard)
I knew that in a couple of months
I'd be searching, restless and bored

Is that really all there is to life?
There must be something more
If I have everything I need and want
Then what's this emptiness for?

I scuffed my toe on a rock as I wandered on
And looked up in time to see
A ragged young man, with a sore on his hand
Coming down the path to me

Normally, I'd have been a little scared
But this guy was about my size
He smiled at me with the friendliest smile
But what really drew me were his eyes

It is hard to tell you much about them
They were the warmest hue
I know this doesn't make much sense
But they seemed ancient, yet sparkling new

He was dressed in a shirt tied round with a rope
Looked kind of like a blanket to me
With broken down sandals and dusty pants
I'd guess he was about 33

He nodded at me as he came close
"Out for a walk today?"
I told him I was doin' some thinking
And continued along my way

Somehow I knew he was still there
And I started to get a little huffy
This was supposed to be a solo walk
I was warmed by his voice, but still feeling stuffy

Before I could think up an excuse
He turned and caught up with me
"Do you feel all bound up and trapped
Like you're never going to get free?"

I stopped short and looked at him
And I felt Like blurting out "What's your scam?"
But something about him stopped me short
And I surprised myself with "I suppose I am"

I felt my stomach tied in knots
I'd been trying to keep this inside
With annoyance and exasperation I thought
"Well, what have I got to hide?"

We stopped for a moment and he gazed at me
"You know, there is a way"
I got all fired up and ready to reply
Then I forgot what I was about to say

Then I began to get really uptight
Words usually came easy for me
"I've tried a bunch of ways before
And none of them set me free."

then my gift of gab returned with a smile
Thought I'd get a chance to burn his ear
"I've tried dope and wine, people and places,
The US and Canada in my camping gear."

"I've been into clothes and nursing
To school and worked, been both far and near
Into astrology, psychology, biology, hey,
I'm no kid, I'm 27, I was even married for a year."

He stood there so patiently
Apparently waiting for me to go on
so, "I got divorced and dated a lot
And not I'm living with Tom..."

And he still stood there
Seeming so gentle and calm
I almost felt like a bulldozer
As I shifted gears and plowed on

"I've been 5 years in college
Got my AA degree
Have worked here and there
Whatever suited me...

Have been a volunteer
Given of my hours
Have walked in thunder
And played in showers...

Have loved a few people
Grown up a lot
Did meditation for awhile
And then a little pot...

Really like wine coolers
And outdoor mountain streams
Am fair at writing letters
Have written poetry by the reams..."

I paused for a moment
with it all passing in review
"I've done all I wanted
There isn't much that's new"

By this time I sat down
Feeling emptier inside
"I've done so much junk
There isn't much I haven't tried."

He picked up a rock beside me
And sat down, not too near
"Have you ever given much thought
As to why we're all here?"

Mentally I clicked off
That answer too
I had it all together, at least
I thought I did, before I met you...

"I guess I believe in superior life
And all that stuff about outer space
How they came here to teach us
And looked like gods to the human race"

"What about the Bible
How does that fit in?
How about Adam and Eve
And their original sin?"

Now you've really done it girl,
You've run into a religious kook
One who still believes in god
And that ancient "holy book"

I thought about telling him off
But before I could think of what to say
I glanced back into his face
His eyes clouded and looked far away

"Marijo, I knew you then
And I know you still
It was there I bled and died for you
Up on Calvary Hill"

I sat there with my mouth open
I never told him my name
I grew suddenly very quiet
This wasn't any game

I glanced at his raw hands
No, this couldn't be
I don't even believe in god
Let alone crucifixion on a tree

But something about his manner
Made me sit quite still
As I did I could almost see him
On that cross upon that hill

I looked into those soft brown eyes
My thoughts raced on and on
My life had been so empty
Could this really be god's only son?

Hey, come on, You're too smart for that
You don't really believe...
Wait a minute, shut up
The emptiness seemed relieved

The voice inside went on to say
Hey, you've dabbled in religions before
And when the novelty was over they've let you down
And have flown right out the door.

But I've never considered Jesus
And that the Bible might be true
"If you are who you say you are,
Then tell me what to do"

Suddenly I felt old and small
Even with new sweatshirt and pants
"If you are who you say you are,
Then please give me a chance?"

"there's so many things I've done
That I'm not proud of
I really goofed off and messed up a lot
And I actually don't deserve your love"

Inside me rang "I'm sorry"
But what was there to say
I looked at him, my tears running down
"Can you forgive me and show me the way?"

With a loving, forgiving smile he stood there
All white-robed radiant to see
"At last my child, this is your day
You now are truly free!"

"Jesus, Jesus you ARE real
And more alive than anyone could be!"
As he lifted heavenward he said
"Marijo, follow, follow ME!!"

I didn't actually meet a person on that mountain top but the Lord started
dealing with me that weekend and my thought processes are like those
recorded here.  It was actually a matter of months before I realized God's
forgiveness and salvation plan for me but I am here to say that the man-God
I finally met is even more real than the one portrayed!  PRAISE JESUS!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Favorite Food - Top Food Group – CHOCOLATE



Didn’t we just write about this on too much of a good thing?
OK I take this to mean you would like more recipes.
Chocolate Mousse – low or NO sugar and fat –
3/4 c fat free milk
1 pkg (1.4 oz) sugar free instant pudding mix CHOCOLATE (but is good with others too including lemon for something different)
1/2 c fat free sour cream
1 tsp almond extract (best buy is Safeway house brand – this could be optional but in my estimation it makes the dessert)
3 oz fat free cream cheese cubed
FOLD IN LAST 1-8 oz carton FREE (Southbeach) cool whip
1 tbsp cookie crumbs (opt)
Whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes (or forget this and put all in bowl and mix with electric beaters - I do)
Original recipe then says to mix sour cream, cream cheese and almond extract - add pudding and mix well and fold in cool whip last - put into 6 little glass bowls and enjoy....
Filling may be put into graham cracker or any pie crust if you like. It is totally yummy for “FREE”.
                           
Chocolate Bread Pudding
1 cup bread cubes (about 5 slices cubed - may use whole wheat or other whole grained bread)
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute equivalent – I used 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 packager of Stevia NOW
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla or almost extract – best with almond
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups scalded (cook until skin on top but do not boil) milk

Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, cocoa , extract, butter and egg.  Add milk slowly stirring constantly
Add bread cubes.  Pour into buttered (or Pam sprayed) baking dish (casserole size)
Set this dish in a pan of warm water in an over set at 350 F.
Bake 1 hour or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Yummy hot or cold.
Just the best! This recipe has been in our family for four generations now. I intensely dislike “bread pudding” BUT this one is wonderful!  I use a turkey baster to get some of the hot water out of the pan before removing from oven so I don’t have to try to take the inner dish out and get the pot holders wet and too hot.
With love from Marijo © all rights reserved by the way.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

God’s Presence is Present With Us



Do you have those days when you wonder “where is God in all of this?” those times when things seem to be falling down around your ears? He really is there. Maybe you can’t sense His presence for one reason or another but His Word promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. HE is SO faithful and we, we are “but dust”. Sometimes I think maybe I should do more spring cleaning of my spirit, know what I mean?


Daughter, some days what I would impart to you is not profound or pertinent to KNOWLEDGE, rather that I AM with you always.


In Colossians 1:27 the Bible says that Christ is in us (those who have asked Him to be their Lord and Savior) and that is the hope of glory. What a promise, I think it is also a glorious hope too!

Matthew 28:20 is Jesus speaking and teaching and promising he will be with us always, even to the end of the age.

The Lord doesn’t give us a life of ease and no troubles but he promises to walk through it all with us, right by our side. He is our strong champion. Sometimes when the going is too rough He will pick us up and hold us close to Him and carry us. These are the times of the proverbial “one set of footprints” that we have all experienced. Thank you, Lord, for those times when we are too battle weary to even hobble that you pick us up, hold us tightly to your chest and carry us onward.

Psalms 23:4 speaks of walking through the valley of the shadow of death and fearing no evil because God is there with the writer. What a promise for us even today!

Prayer: Dear God, to have you with us always, there is nothing more we could ask or desire and we praise You! We thank you for those times when our weakness is so weak for then your strength can be tested and proven to be perfect for us in that very moment. AMEN

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jesus Knows Our Times and Trials Devotional (Words from the Lord Series)



Daughter, I AM doing a new thing, be not puzzled nor dismayed, arise and be filled. You are to go forth in joy and be led out in peace and the leaves and the trees shall break forth before you into singing. 
I Am gentle. My ways are of peace. Stand on the ROCK of your salvation. Be Prepared. I love you and Am with you, fear not nor be dismayed. What looks like a gathering of storm clouds will be turned soon to a vision in the skies for My glory.

Fear Not, I Am with you and you shall be abundantly blessed of Me. Do not “what if” or read into this for you know not of what I speak, a moment of trouble for an eternal glory. Selah.
Rest in Me. I work for your good and blessing. Be comforted in that, soon and very soon. I delight in you- double delight,not one thing shall harm a hair of your head.

Really rest and be sure in Me, your savior, redeemer and friend. Resist the enemy and he shall flee from you now. Selah.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (NIV)

You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. (NIV)

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (NIV)

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. (NIV)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)


Prayer: I am puzzled and somewhat dismayed BUT I choose to trust and lean on You, dear Jesus. I know You have my very best interest in Your heart. I want to but do not need to know ALL right this minute.  Please help me to rest in that and trust You more. Help me to hear and see with your ears and eyes, not my own. I trust in You. AMEN

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Little Rebel or Big Rebel Neither are “Pretty”



We have all observed or maybe been the participant in younger years the toddler’s temper tantrum. That little one defiantly saying NO, then going into a kicking, screaming, yelling fit in hopes to get his or her own way; right now, the way they want it without regards for anyone else except SELF. Do you ever wonder how God sometimes sees us? Once again I sense He is whispering to my inner ears and my heart:
You have seen my beauty in the mountains, in the valleys and even in the desert. Know that you have beauty when you are on spiritual mountain tops or in valleys, yes, even in spiritual deserts. Rebellion has no beauty because it is not somewhere obedience puts you, but rather SELF.
Look to me for your strength and renewal, daughter. I have been with you and you shall grow to bloom again. You are loved and understood and cherished by your Lord. There is no condemnation in rest. Refresh yourself in my Word. Selah.

In Psalm 46:10 we are entreated to “be still and know that I am God”. The Lord, through David, then goes on to say that He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted in the earth. Let’s look at this for a minute. Does that make sense? That the Creator of the Universe should be lifted up, should be praised and looked up to? Or would we think that a little one, crawling around and not even able to walk yet should get all that notice and adulation? Pretty easy decision with that picture, isn’t it? We are not our own God. We are not running the show. Some of us know from experience where that can take us when we try to “take over” and call all the shots. Some of us are blessed to even be alive because of the incredibly UN-insightful choices we have made. Enough said.

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus calls us to Him promising rest for all of us who labor and are heavy laden. Isn’t it great to realize that there is one strong enough to handle all our stresses, strains and backpack boulders if we simply call upon Him?

In Psalm 23:3 David is giving credit to His Lord saying He refreshed my soul, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. This, too, is taking the burden off us and giving it to Him who is able.

In 1 Samuel 15:23 we are reminded that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, stubbornness is as inequity and idolatry, and that because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also had rejected you from being king.

This is a pretty strong admonishment. We can easily tell that God wants to lead us and hates us to rebel, that there are consequences if we do – for our safety and for the well being of those around us. Thank you, Lord.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see into our own hearts and yield to you so we can dwell in Your peace and rest. Allow us wisdom to squelch even the mental footstep towards rebellion and self exultation. Please help us to keep humble hearts and teachable spirits before Your throne. AMEN

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