HOPE*ann*FAITH

Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


Leave a comment

Pro-Life Convictions Worth Risking Career For: “The Passion” Actor Jim Caviezel


Pro-Life Convictions Worth Risking Career For: “The Passion” Actor Jim Caviezel.

 

Simply astounding article!


1 Comment

Summer time Crock Cooking…


I finally have a contribution for….(((drum roll)))

Make-Do Mondays!!

Make-Do Mondays!!

So the sad story goes like this…

Last weekend my wonderful husband cleaned our ancient wall oven for me. I’m 5′ tall and I cannot safely reach…and he is sweet! Well he heated it up…applied the oven cleaner, cleaned it and repeated! Yeah! I know, but I am too short! Anyway, he did a wonderful job.

Two days later I season a whole chicken, and oddly enough decided not to stuff it. God is good! Put the lovely meal in the roaster with its marbled blue lid and set the oven to preheat. Well I heard a little pop, but the indicator light was on and when I opened the door a waft of heat was coming off the heating element. Needless to say that the waft of heat was from the short out…20 minutes later, indicator light shining luminously and the oven was cold.

Now I have a beautifully clean, ancient (Olive green 1970’s Electric) wall oven that is decorating my kitchen! What to do?

That night I clevered the chicken in half and cooked it in the cast iron pans I have and love! All pans should be cast iron!

Tonight, however is Monday and I wanted to make a pot roast! Ahhhh, my mind recalls the Crock Pot that is stored away, out of my 5′ reach, atop the refridgerator. A ladder….or footstool???? No!  The amazing 6′ foot son….

James!

James!

James got me the crock pot, while I rubbed a beautiful pot roast with freshly minced garlic, kosher salt and coarsly ground pepper. I then dry seared the seasoned roast, in the cast iron skillet, making an awesome crust. Set it lovingly in the dry crock and then deglazed the skillet with a bit, about 4 tablespoons of stock, pouring the flavorful tidbits over the roast and cooked on high setting ( it was 1 pm) for about three hours.

google crock roast!!! =)

google crock roast!!! =)

 

google roast plated ~ =)

google roast plated ~ =)

(I made do with web photos too, if that counts! LOL…=))

Served with Knorr Cajun Rice and sliced carrots ~ we had a lovely roast dinner, without the use of an oven. And on a hot and humid summer NJ evening to boot!
Blessings! =)


2 Comments

Continually in God’s Presence ~


The Lord Upholds All ~

The Lord Upholds All ~

In an effort to be continually in the presence of my LORD and SAVIOR I find praise and worship to be my key.

There is absolutely nothing that I have experienced that is more powerful, more healing or more peaceful than being graced with the awesome presence of our God Almighty.

When I say effort, I do not mean work. Although, left to myself I would have to work at the discipline of remaining in this place of faith and fulfillment. Isn’t that crazy? Crazy that it would be work to remain in such a place of peacefulness and restoration!

When I say effort, I mean my determined purpose to remain in the presence of my God, my Father, my Abba in all circumstances. I desire only His counsel, only His Word, only His direction…

O’ LORD this wonderful feeling of arrival has once again saturated my spirit, body and soul…I humbly thank You for this confirmation that my efforts are what would glorify Your Name!

So in this purpose I post this marvelous Psalm…O if I could only put it to music!
Blessings! ❤

Psalm 145
A Praise of David.

1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 I[a] will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.[b]
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The LORD is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD,
And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.[c]

14 The LORD upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The LORD preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.


Leave a comment

The Joy of the Lord…is watching your child Praise the LORD!


Just when I thought that I had it all together the Lord reaches down and gives you bonuses!

Now, all you mom’s out there know how it feels when your kid gets up and does something that makes your heart break with too much love and pride!  At these times in life you just know the LORD is giving you props for being a good mom!

James

James

My oldest son, James, 23, has grown into a Mighty Man of God. Recently his fire for the LORD was reignited and he is off and running again! But even before that I had noticed he had gone from performing in our church’s Praise Band to praising the LORD in song with the band. The first time I saw this it brought me to tears…there is nothing like watching your child in deep worship of the LORD, whether it is on stage or not!

Don’t get me wrong, I have seen James perform for the congregation in praise and worship to the LORD, solo…his talent is truly a gift.  To be able to witness it is truly a gift that I must give glory to the LORD for!

Anyway, James is on his first mission trip with Faith Covenant Ministeries and River of Life Family Church’s Cayman Team! They are doing street ministry and holding crusades at night! Tonight he called for the song he sang at church on Easter Sunday this year…My heart beat double, they may have him sing there! What a blessing! I only wish I could be there!  Here is the song he may sing on the mission trip!

In Grand Cayman until the 20th the Cayman team is reaching the young people of the Island with the message of Jesus Christ and Salvation…Keep them in prayer! This is a mighty team of people from our church that has just begun to reach the nations! They have answered God and said…Send me Lord…Send me!

Here is a link from a Cayman News Report of the Dance Team from Faith Covenant Ministries. It’s not my son, but it’s one of the teams he is with!

Blessings!


4 Comments

A Sign of the Times…


 

 
 James 1:27

 27  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

God did not create religion, and Jesus spoke against the religion of man. So what is religion? The way I see it, religion is the traditions created by man,  usually wrong, when they interperet the word of God to their own understanding. Which we are told not to do, clearly, in the Proverbs.

Proverbs 3: 5 -6

 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;

 6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.

Our creator accepts only one of man’s religious, or habit, precepts. Our God given ability to be a loving people.  If one reads any one of the Gospels you will find that it is actually the Greatest Commandment, #13 as I see it. The 13 th commandment tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. He then directs us to hang all the laws and the prophets (those who quote the law against the Lord) on these last two, more important, replacement  LAWS OF GOD.

Matthew 22:36-40 

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

So what has this all have to do with the Times we are in? It has everything to do with the times we are living in, right this minute.

For the first time in many, many decades we are in a national decline. As Christians, my family does not adhere to the world’s economy. However, many around us are quite moved by the condition of the economy and the fear that is spreading like the common cold, in a preschool class. Even family who claim Chrisitiantiy as their faith. The times are hard and confusing if one does not cling to the knowledge of a Omnipotent God. A God who provides.

Many ask, and in anger at times, “Why are you above the problems in the economy?! If your God is so loving and fair, then why am I losing everthing? Why is He allowing me and others to suffer and not you?!”.

In my natural being, my life, I and my family, are not above the economy. Our electric and gas bills have gone sky high with everyone else’s. Our mortgage bill still comes in the mail at the beginnin of the month with many other bills that need paying all at the same time. 

So why are we different, why does God treat us differently? That is how non-believer’s and new believers see it.  People see my (the Christian’s) calm and misinterperet what I (we) are feeling as being more favored, more loved by God. This is simply not true, God loves us all the same, I simply accept that truth in my life.  If I look at the circumstances of my life, a part time job, an adult son, living at home, on unemployment, the bills, the mortgage etc. and on and on, I could, naturally fall into tremendous fear. However, I focus, diligently, on my God who gives me the ability to make a living and to prosper above the times. I, diligently, pray continually in thanksgiving for God’s provision. And He is faithful to help my family to do what we should have always done. What we should have always done was live within our means. We are now, in these hard times, able to live within our means. We have, like many families, budgeted and saved for things, rather than getting them on credit or paying something late to get a minor item now. Faith in God and diligence in making the correct financial decisions have been fortified by a God concept that makes no logical sense to those who do not know God and the rules of the kingdom. We tithe, but that is another article, you can read that one here.

The result?

God has faithfully supplied our every need.

Not necessarily in the way we saw it in our understanding, yet provide HE does! Just check my blogs to see our blessings!

fof

One of the things we do is see to it that our offerings help others!  Our church, River of Life Family Church, has a food pantry. As the church secretary I have consistant contact with many people who are desperate in this economy. They are losing their homes, jobless and are embarrassed to come and recieve help in this manner. We have seen able bodied men, who have waited until hunger has gotten the best of them, come in, with their heads hung in humiliation, for food to feed their families.

We have prayed and comforted these people, and God has provided! We have successfully fed hundreds of people a week, in the two days a week that River Outreach Food Pantry is open. We even have a clothing give away each day we are open now. And, finally, they are beginning to seek God in their lives! After just over a year these individuals are coming to RLFC to feed upon the Word of God! What a blessing!

Many of our volunteers are being rewarded for their obedience to this challenge. They are getting jobs, in an economy that is seeing more and more people receiving unemployment checks!

Praise God, all the glory and honor to our Father God!

However, ROFP is beginning to be in need. Each week our shelves are donated bare…

ROFP Needs Donations and Volunteers ROFP Needs Donations and Volunteers

 The Angel,  ROFP Angel

 

 

the woman, who runs our food pantry, has made connections over the last year and we receive donations from local restaurants, wholesale warehouses and bread companies. And as Wednesday closes and the pantry looks like the picture from last week (above), we know that God will see to it that we can provide for these ever increasing numbers that will be at our door the following Tuesday. The blessings and provision abounds.

So my request to everyone who wanders over to Hopeannfaith’s Well is this…instead of throwing a coin into the well, give it to your local food pantry. Donate food, or better, donate your free time. Reaching out and helping those in need pleases God. Reaching out and helping those in need allows God to help you, in your circumstances.

Volunteer…Helping…it does a Body, Soul and Spirit good.

many, Many, MANY Blessings to you!  🙂