Monthly Archives: February 2015

Stinkin’ Thinkin’ and How to Combat It

How goes your mind, goes your attitude and your actions.  Which is why it is so important for us as Christian women to be continually purging our thought life.  Many times we have to take extra measures to keep our thoughts from running wild so that they don’t lead us into a train wreak of hurt and bitterness of spirit.  Well, I just know that I personally have to take extra measures!  🙂 

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I’m thinkin’ about you and it’s a happy thought!

Before I married my dear man, my mother, who has a beautiful marriage, gave me some incredible advice.  I want to share it with my readers because I believe it can be a help to  others, like it has helped me.

She told me to make a list of the 50 things I like about my man and keep it in my dresser drawer.  Whenever I feel a negative thought arising towards him, the first thing I should do is go read over that list and meditate on all the things that I do like about him and all the ways he means so much to me.  Then if I need to address him regarding the source of the negative thought, my heart will be in a much better place to do so.

Well, you can imagine that once I’ve filled my mind with those 50+ things that I love about my hubs, there’s not much room for that prior negative thought.  My heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness for all that my husband does do for me!  The list has changed and been added to as we grow closer together and face life’s challenges together. I can’t get through my list without a smile breaking across my face.  

I thought about sharing my list with you all, but I don’t want anyone to compare.  Your husband is a completely different individual than mine, with different strengths, and I’m sure he does completely different things for you that you appreciate.  No doubt that no two lists will be alike.  Plus, some of my favorite reasons for loving my man, the reasons that make me smile the biggest, are quite intimate and probably shouldn’t be posted publicly. 🙂  I’ll just leave it at that! 🙂

Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

Keeping a list of those 50 things I love about my man has been such a good way for me to keep the “little foxes” out of our marriage.

By the way, if you aren’t married, this concept still works on other people around you. No, I do not have a bunch of lists of the 50 things I like about everyone in my life.  But it does help to change your attitude about someone if you can find several things that you do like about them.  And yes, there is a time and a place for discernment, but there is no place for negativity towards anyone, especially amongst believers and those of your own household, as it just becomes the breeding ground for bitterness.

Hopefully, this idea will bless your house as it has mine and keep that stinkin’ thinkin’ at bay!

In His Love,

Elizabeth 

Caroline’s Strawberry Jello Treat

This recipe is one my sister created as a healthy take-off on the beloved strawberry pretzel jello dessert.  I think this creation wins hands down as the better of the two! Yummy, my mouth is watering!
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Caroline’s Strawberry Jello Treat

First step is to make the crumb layer.  To cut down on the time of this recipe, make this the day before.

1 1/2 cups walnuts

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp raw honey

1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt

1/2 cup coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place walnuts in a blender or food processor. Grind until walnuts resemble a coarse meal. Add the honey, coconut oil, and salt. Mix. Finally, add the coconut flakes and mix until combined. Press into 8×8 inch, glass pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown on top. Let cool. Place in the freezer to chill.

 For the Creamy layer:

1 3/4 cups coconut cream concentrate – divided (We like Trader Joe’s brand)

1 Tbsp raw honey

1 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin

1 tsp vanilla

Place 1 cup coconut cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until considerably hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and sprinkle the gelatin over the top and whisk until dissolved. In blender combine warm coconut cream with the remaining cream and honey. Blend. Cool to room temp.

For the Jello:

4 cups 100% juice, of your choice, 1/2 white grape and 1/2 strawberry is the ideal

3 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin

1 cup strawberries

In mixing bowl pour 1 cup of juice and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let sit. Heat 3 cups juice until almost boiling. Combine the hot juice with the gelatin mixture and whisk until dissolved. Cool to room temp.

To assemble: Remove crumb layer from the freezer and spread the creamy layer over the chilled crust. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.  When jello is room temperature and the creamy layer has chilled,  pour the jello on top. Chill until jello has set, or about 4-6 hours.

Serve and enjoy!