Saturday, December 31, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent


1 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
A Clean Bucket

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha, grated
Put in pot with 6 cups water
Heat on low until soap melts
Do not boil!!!
Add 1/2 cup Borax & 1/2 cup Washing Soda
Stir until mixture is as thick as honey
Remove from heat
Add 4 cups hot tap water to bucket. Add soap mixture to bucket & stir
Add 1 gallon hot tap water plus 6 cups & stir
Let sit overnight
Blend and pour into containers

I doubled the recipe and ended up with a little over 4 gallons of detergent.  My store bought detergent was 1.25 gallons for $7.  I spent about $10 on the ingredients to make this and still have PLENTY left to make more!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Casting Crowns has a great Christmas cd.  Here are a few of my favorites from it.

I also love John Berry's version of O, Holy night.

And Light Has Come by the Barlow Girls

My Favorite Christmas CD

My very favorite Christmas cd is Chris Tomlin's Glory in the Highest.  I bought it Christmas 2010 and have listened to it at least once a month since.  I just love it!

Born That We May Have Life

Light Of The World

Joy To The Wold (Unspeakable Joy)

My Soul Magnifies The Lord

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)

Angels We Have Heard on High

O, Come All Ye Faithful

This is not Chris Tomlin, but it is on the same cd.  
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, by Christy Nockels

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 
John 1:14

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  
Isaiah 9:6

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
Luke 2:11-14

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Grace

"There are times, while seeking to follow God faithfully, we find ourselves in a desperate moment, forced to a place we would not choose to go.  It's then we must remember; we're not our own.  Our lives and circumstances are not ultimately about us.  They are about Jesus Christ.  The Father has purposes for us and our hardships that extend far beyond us.  And often what appears like a misfortune or a lack of provision in the moment later proves to be a means of great mercy.

So maybe what we need most this Christmas is not less turmoil, but more trust.  For God chooses stables of desperation as the birthplaces of his overwhelming grace."

John Piper
The Joseph Trilogy, Part 2

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Worry, Anxiety, and the Kingdom of Christ

I was a teenage Satanist. No, I’ve never stood in a pentagram of blood and I’ve never joined a coven. The signs of my Satanism are yellow highlights in an old King James Bible my grandmother gave me when I was twelve. I looked through that Bible not long ago, and I could almost immediately identify by every highlighted text what was going on in my life at the time.
The highlight over “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13) was there because I worried that I’d never pass geometry. I passed, barely, but, despite the presence of Christ, I still can’t tell you the difference between a trapezoid and a polygon. Plus, I misunderstood that verse, which speaks of contentment in all circumstances (including a Mississippi public school math classroom) rather than a “you can do it” encouragement.
When I see the highlight over the verse “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that I will do” (Jn. 14:13), I know that then I was praying for God to cause that girl in my homeroom class to pay attention to me. I would ask for this and then I would repeat the clause “in Jesus’ name…in Jesus’ name…in Jesus’ name” as though this would bind God to his promise. He didn’t grant me this, and, man, am I glad.
The highlight over 1 Samuel 16:7 (”Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature…for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, but the Lord looketh on the heart”) was because I was then, and am now, a little cricket of a man, and I was hoping to grow tall enough if not to be considered for the basketball team then at least to be taller than that girl in homeroom. That didn’t happen either.
Click here to read the rest of Dr. Moore's article.

12 Reasons for Christmas

1.  "For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth."   John 18:37

2.  "The reason the Son of God was to destroy the works of the devil."  1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14-15

3.  "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."  Mark 2:17

4.  "The Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."  Luke 19:10

5.  "The Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Mark 10:45

6.  "God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."  Galatians 4:5

Click here to read the remaining six reasons for Christmas.