Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Good news!

Well what I'm about to say may be quite matter of fact to most, but it really just light bulb moment hit me today when I was sitting on the couch with my girls watching a Curious George DVD. 

People really do want to hear good news. They don't want the drama, tragedy, and negative reports. I know I don't and haven't for years watched the news. It's horrible, depressing crap! 

I myself like hearing the random act of kindness (RAOK) reports, miracle stories, the generosity of everyday humans, kids excelling in their own areas of development, new organisations starting and growing with others needs as their core focus (I am especially fond of Heartfelt, Zoe's Hope and the A21 Campaign). 

I'm so glad that I have an anchor of hope and an ever flowing fountain of good news that I can draw on every day. God is amazing and He has given us the Bible a book that relevant and available to all. 

There are two aspects to this good news: 

1. John 3:16-17 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 

2. There are many people who are reading His word, tapping into His favour and following God given opportunities to continue loving and helping others. 

Fear not. There is good news. It's out there and I believe for all of us, the good news starts with 'God loves you'

See websites of organisations as mentioned above: 
http://www.heartfelt.org.au/ 
http://www.thea21campaign.org/ 


Thursday, July 11, 2013

He has many names!

Praise Him. The name of The Lord is Holy and has power. He is powerful. Call upon Him today. Amen! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bulk Spaghetti Bolognaise

Bulk Spaghetti Bolognaise is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen. I've recently started doing mine in the slow cooker. 

Ingredients:
4 x tsp minced garlic 
2 x brown onions 
3 x carrots (medium)
1 x small zucchini (about 150gm) 
200gm sliced mushrooms 
4kg beef mince 
2 x 700ml passata tomato sauce
1 x can tomato soup (condensed) 
2 x bay leaves
Sprinkle of mixed herbs

Quick summary of cooking time:
30 mins for onion and garlic
30 mins after adding carrot, zucchini and mushroom 
60 mins after adding beef
4 hours after adding tomato (x3) and herbs. 

Preparation: 
I use my Tupperware Happy Chopper to dice all the onion, carrot and zucchini. (I buy the mushroom pre sliced from Aldi). If you don't have a happy chopper start by chopping finely, dicing or shredding the veg. The idea is to hide it. 

Method: 
1. Put the onion and garlic in the slow cooker.  Leave for 30 minutes on high for them to heat through and soften.  

2. Add the diced carrot, zucchini and mushroom. Mix through. Leave for another 30 minutes. 

3. Add the meat and cook a further 60 minutes stirring well every so often.

4. Pour in the two passata bottles and can of tomato soup. Stir through. Replace lid and cook on high for 4 hours.   

5. Once cool (room temperature), divide into 5 large ziplock bags. You can freeze for up to three months.  Make sure you mark on the bags with a permanent marker the contents of the bag, and the date it was cooked. 

My family is made up of 2 adults and two toddlers. 

Ta-da! 5 meals of Bolognaise meat sauce ready for you to add to pasta, nachos or a baked potato. Yummy :) 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

God is so rich in mercy!

Good morning readers, 
I was thinking of family and friends this morning who do not yet know Christ and I wanted to share this passage of scripture. 

Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLT) 
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

It is a good reminder of God's love, and mercy. Thank Him for your salvation and pray earnesty for others who are on their way to meeting Him personally. 

Love Nat xx 

P.S. Also pray for your children to know Him. Even now at a young age.