Thursday, May 30, 2013

Keeping Spiritually Fit

How does one keep spiritually fit? 

Well I think we all have our own ways, doing what works best for us. But there are obviously staple foods that keep us on track. 

Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6 to do many things but those that I regard as staples (for myself and my girls) are 1. to give to the needy and 2. prayer and fasting. Actually in Matthew 6 is His example of how to pray; the Lord's Prayer.   

The Lord's Prayer in itself gives us a very good example of not only how to pray but how to live our lives. Take a look. 

Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT) Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 

3. Delight yourself in His Word. The Word is there to guide us, teach us, convict us, renew our minds, inspire, encourage, correct, to show us love and forgiveness... Psalm 119:105 says 'Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.' 

The Bible is Gods Word to us. His letter. His map. His sustenance. Gods Word is better then Google, GPS, all the text books in the world and a lifetime supply of nutritious food! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Birthdays

Birthdays are always a special occasion in our house. I know most people in the western world celebrate or remember birthdays but I like to make them with extra wow factor. 

For a start there's always presents and most of the time I stick to a budget that dear hubby and I set (that way it's fair for everyone). But there are some budget stretches for milestone birthdays like a 1st, 13th, 18th, 21st... You get the picture. 

After presents there I always organise cake. Unless that person doesn't like cake then it's decadent desserts! 

Standard so far I know; but then comes a special breakfast, birthday dinner, balloons, streamers, an outing or activity, family, friends, a theme, a party and lots of hugs and kisses. 

I just get so excited that my once mustard seed idea of a neat gift becomes a huge tree of celebrations and surprise. My aim is to create memories and joy! It's so much fun to love on people, especially my family. 

Tomorrow is Robbie's (dear hubby) birthday. It's not exactly a milestone one but the girls and I (well I) decided that we needed and wanted to give him some extra love this year. So we have gone above and beyond. I'm crazy excited and its not just because we are having blue donut cake with cream and custard after dinner. 

Happy birthday honey. I love you! Xox

P.S. it is extremely difficult to wrap presents with a 27 month old trying to help and a 16 month old sitting wrapping paper - I think she thought she was the present! 



Saturday, May 25, 2013

Refreshing

It is so important for mummies to get some time out, to look after themselves and do something adult like. 

I feel so blessed to say that I spent a night away and went to a women's conference for Friday night and all of Saturday. Thank you to my husband for releasing me and giving me that opportunity. You did a great job of watching our girls while I was away!! 

For those Melbourne or Aussie mums who don't get a lot of mummy time I highly recommend the Adore Conference. You may be thinking why would I go to a conference? But we mums need to be refreshed in the presence of God so that we in turn can inspire and encourage our family to press into God and the work he has called us to. 

At Adore you get fun girlie fellowship, pampering, yummy food, excellent worship (and we all know thats usually hard with a baby or toddler on your hip), and a powerful Word in season from amazing international women of God! 

Check it out for next year... Adore 2014!
www.adoreconference.com



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Marshmallow frosting

I found this yummy looking recipe via Pinterest. It was posted on a blog called Pixels & Paperie. Check it out. 

But with Mothers Day tomorrow I thought I'd try something extra yummy looking for a special treat. I'm thinking I'll put this frosting on top of chocolate mud cupcakes. 

4 large egg whites

1 Cup ordinary sugar (white or brown)

1 pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

Place all ingredients except the vanilla essence into a bowl which you can place over a pot of simmering water.

Whisk the egg white mixture constantly over simmering water until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot to the touch. {It takes around 5 minutes}.

Pour the mixture into a bigger bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. {Add the vanilla while beating}. 

After 3 minutes, the mixture will be lovely and fluffy.

Don’t you love how they look?! I'll be makings be this afternoon :) 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tad

Where does time go? Yikes it goes fast with little ones! Add a few of life's little surprises and a whole week or month can fly straight by. 

I may not have posted a blog in April but I was certainly thinking about what I'd write if I either a) had the time b) had the guts or c) had the access to technology (inconveniently my phone and iPad both had dramas in the same month). 

I want to dedicate this post and the month of April 2013 to a lost little baby. Dear hubby and I were expecting a precious bub - due November. But our little 'Tad' went to heaven instead. We will see him again there. Mummy loves you Tad. Xx