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Bible Journaling, Crafts

Bible journaling is an exciting way to engage with Scripture. It can transform the way you spend time in the Word and it all begins within the margins of the Bible.


Where to Begin

To begin, you’ll need a journaling Bible and supplies to help your journaling be more fun and creative. You can visit your local craft store to find scrapbook paper, markers, colored pencils, stickers, or anything else that you like. To stay cheaper, you can visit a local Dollar Tree to find some of these items at a lower cost. Dollar Tree is always a wonderful place to find great items for any kind of journaling.


Time to Journal

  1. Read and reflect on the Scripture. As a you read, find a verse in your reading and find how it applies with you and your current life.

  2. Find words in the scripture that stand out to you. For example, I will use John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” With this scripture, you may find “loved” or “believes” as keywords that stand out to you.

  3. Think about how to visualize these words. These words can be written in your journal different, maybe cursive or in all CAPs.

  4. Draw or decorate with stickers to show the verse visually and what it means to you. Some people love to draw while others would rather use scrapbooking methods and use stickers. Use these images, however you create them, to bring your page alive.


This is just a straightforward guide to begin your bible journal. There are many wonderful parts to bible journaling. Where you go, depends on your time and what you want to do with your journal. You can find a vast amount of resources online that are helpful for bible journaling. From worksheets, creative tips, and more, it is endless. Pinterest is one of my favorites because of the collections of resources provided by different others.

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Ranch Life, Thyme Out
The most common form of thyme has the scientific name Thymus vulgaris, and is an evergreen shrub that has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. Thyme leaves are curled, elliptically shaped and very small, measuring about one-eighth of an inch long and one-sixteenth of an inch wide. The upper leaf is green-grey in color on top, while the underside is a whitish color.

Heart Health
The rich blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins in thyme have many small effects on the heart, but the potassium and manganese are particularly important. Potassium is a vasodilator, which allows it to reduce the stress on the cardiovascular system by relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. This can extend your life by preventing atherosclerosis and avoiding strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease.

Immune System
Getting all the vitamins your body needs every day can be challenging. Thyme is packed with vitamin C which stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are the first line of defense in the body’s immune system. Vitamin C also plays a crucial part in the production of collagen, which is essential for the creation and repair of cells, muscles, tissues, and blood vessels. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health.

Reduce Stress
One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones. Regular inclusion of thyme in your diet can help to boost your mood and ease your mind when stressful thoughts come calling.

Skin Health
Thyme helps in maintaining skin health by eliminating the bacteria that is responsible for causing various skin problems. Thyme essential oil can be diluted with water and used as a toner to tighten mature skin. It is gentle on your skin and can be used for all skin types.

Anti-Inflammatory
Thyme contains several anti-inflammatory properties which are effective in preventing chronic inflammation in the body. Thyme’s anti-inflammatory action can also help with localized pain. You can mix a few drops of thyme oil into a basic massage oil and rub it into an area where you’re experiencing pain, such as muscle aches, headaches, or skin inflammation. Thyme has several health benefits past these five which lead it to be a resourceful plant to help individuals all throughout the world. Whether it is taking it over the counter, getting a shot from your physician, or cooking with it, learning to include it in your daily life will bring a change to your overall and long-term health.
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Healing, Hope

Life isn’t always happiness and joy – there are times when you need powerful prayers for healing and for change. The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through the work of Jesus Christ and through faith in God. Finding Scripture that will encourage you and help you focus on finding comfort through the healing of Christ both spiritually and physically is a powerful tool to heal. Here are a few scriptures focused on healing.

Matthew 11:28 NIV

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Psalms 107: 19-21 NIV
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” 

Isaiah 53: 4-5 NIV
“Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Mark 5:34 NIV

“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Revelations 21:4 NIV 

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

1 Peter 2:24 NIV

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Corinthians 15:43 NIV
“Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.” 

3 John 1:2 NIV

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

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Food, Treats

Dan is an amazing cook! And when it comes to deep frying he is in his element…except it isn’t always the healthiest way to eat so….I try to inspire him to cook with better oils. This recipe has been played with over and over and I think this one is awesome! Enjoy, they are worth the work!!!!

Ingredients

  • 8 ears of corn shucked and cooked (or 4 cups frozen)

1/4 cup milk (I use almond milk)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup scallions sliced

  • 3/4 tsp garlic minced

  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro minced

  • 1 small purple onion very finely diced

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal

  • 3/4 Tbsp. salt

  • 3/4 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1 1/8 Tbsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander

  • 2 tsp ground black pepper

  • jalapeno (optional) does add a nice bite

  • purple cabbage to dress plate

  • Oil for cooking

For the Aioli:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce (more or less to taste)

  • 2 Tbsp. honey



Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix aioli ingredients together and store in refrigerator until ready to serve. This will allow the flavors to blend together.

  2. Heat cooking oil to 350 degrees F.

  3. Grill the corn on a grill (or cook using preferred method) and cut kernels from the cobs.

  4. Place kernels in a food processor with the milk, eggs and onion and pulse until fairly smooth but still textured

  5. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the chopped scallions, garlic, and cilantro.

  6. Stir in dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, baking powder, coriander and black pepper) into the corn mixture.

  7. Scoop batter into small golf-ball sized balls and cook in oil until cooked through and deep golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Place fritters on paper towels to drain.

  8. Serve with the sauce and enjoy!

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Health, Living Naturally

Dirty dishes! YUK! Glass that I love getting all foggy like even though the package says it won’t streak! Well, so done with that I am making my own! I looked for a way to make my own little dish capsules that will clean my dishes using only natural soaps and not perfumes. I put together this recipe and it works AWESOME SAUCE!!! I think you will like it too! Remember it hardens quickly so put your mixture into ice cube trays or molds. I love the silicone ones like the flowers. They look adorable in the jar too! Enjoy making your home become naturally clean inside and out! God bless!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Natural Dishwasher Soap Capsules

Ingredients (using no Borax) :

Directions:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl

  2. Gradually add vinegar a little bit at a time and mix well (some fizzing will occur and the mixture will start to clump) You may not need the entire amount of vinegar, so add it a little at a time.

  3. Mix in castile soap and lemon essential oil

  4. Pack well into two ice cube trays (take your time doing this and make sure they are well compacted)

  5. Set ice cube trays or your silicone one out to dry for at least 24 hours in a sunny spot

  6. Take tabs out of trays and store in a tight-lidded container

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Ministry, Ranch Life
This is the heart of ranch life. living for Jesus and sharing the love of Jesus with the brokenhearted! Many come to the ranch to enjoy the horses, by doing activities throughout the ranch,  as well as to help volunteer. But when each come, they come with some kind of hurt, trauma, pain, that is causes their own life to be in turmoil.

Our 90 minute sessions offers a time of healing, overcoming their issues by experiencing relationship strongholds. They will be in a beautiful setting that offers them peace and quiet from their busy lifestyle or structure and lastly they leave our ranch empowered knowing they have a God who loves them and is giving them strength to endure the days ahead.

Our ranch is not just for children as we serve adults too. We have adults with marriage issues, addiction, and of course parenting conflicts. With each of the everyday life challenges, the horses provide a way of understanding ourselves and what we do within those challenges. The horses teach us ways to improve our own communication, and or deal with the trauma that is overwhelming their daily life.

Here at the ranch, we also provide times of volunteering, which in of itself can be healing. The daily chores and upkeep of the ranch is a task that we love to have people come and experience themselves the gratitude of hard work and giving back. With cutting trees, to manure pick up, to making the ranch beautiful with flowers and gardening. 

We have young and old who love to be a part of this activity and what makes it special is we provide it anytime so it works on their schedule not ours. We also love to cook on the open fire and do crafts so we often will do cook outs and picnics for different events.

We love our veteran families and love to serve them as much as possible. Minisry is really all about sharing Christ with others and sharing what He has done in our lives and what He can do in others. Jesus is the only way to peace, we know, we have had trauma in our own life to know….He is the answer to all pain!
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Ranch Life

Ranch life is living a life that uses as much of what the Lord provides as possible. Letting our horses live in an environment with natural trees, no halters, blankets, or shoes. Allowing them to eat wondering the pasture keeping constant movement and providing as much of a “wild like” life. It’s taking care of  woods, planting a garden, and even a special herb garden we call, “thyme out” pasture for both human and horses to get what their bodies need. It’s taking the natural herbs and flowers the Lord provides and use it to keep our bodies and home healthy using it for tinctures, oils, skin care, cooking, and our favorite, afternoon tea.

Whether we need the herbs to keep healthy or to use instead of modern medicine we do all we can to use the “ranch life” in keeping our world simple. Dan and I work everyday on the ranch. Besides the daily chores of the “have to” things like feeding the animals, cleaning up the manure, hauling wood, and basic care, we also take time to keep the area clean. We make sure that brush is picked up and trees that are dead taken down and of course keeping the buildings picked up as well. We always have things to do, but we enjoy every minute of being outside and enjoying the simple days.

We take time to ride as often as we can and before the ride is time for bonding with our horses. Building our relationship with them and doing our favorite  training of liberty work and playing in the obstacle playground. We love this time. Each of us being a partner with our horse and building confidence in each other.  The time we spend on the ground prepares us for a relaxing and great ride through the woods. Because the Lord provided this ranch…we desired to share it with others.

With ones especially that are living a life that isn’t so awesome and peaceful. We desire to use this place of peace to bring hope and healing to ones who suffer from trauma to relationship issues.  This place is not ours, it belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ and to share his message of Hope thought this place is humbling.

Lastly, Dan and I love to create! We love doing crafty things that include wood, card making and sewing, but we really enjoy the creative outlet of making the ranch look unique. Our fence is specifically  created to see the horses when they run and also see a beautiful line of trees. We created a beautiful log round pen where our  ministry is focused.

Our outhouse is adorable and has character and inviting to those who may not want to go inside. From the moment  you enter our driveway you enter a place of peace. That is what we strive for all who come and visit!

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