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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Journey A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament-I Read Book Tour-Spotlight/Review


THE JOURNEY by Debbie Johnson
About the book 
At a time of unprecedented crisis in our lives comes an inspirational book, THE JOURNEY: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament by Debbie Johnson, who has spent decades as a mission worker, and is the founder DenverWorks, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the unemployed find work. Whether you are a Christian, religious, or irreligious, Johnson’s contemporary interpretation of The New Testament will inspire all who read her book.

Years ago, Debbie took a glorious six-week backpacking trip to Europe. Now she takes readers on a metaphorical trek through the New Testament, filling her backpack with a year’s worth of inspirational items. For Debbie, her destination is love, plus the sense of “mission accomplished” in her life’s work.

“Maybe this is a time for homebound people (all of us) to read through the NT,” says Debbie who begins her journey as Christ began his, when he met two sets of brothers and said, “Follow me” and eventually there were 12 friends, the 12 apostles. Jesus was no longer by himself,” says Johnson and got to experience the strength of friends. “My best friends and I remind each other that we are never alone, even though some of us live hundreds of miles apart.” Here are some of her many useful and inspiring key insights:

  • Love of God versus Love of Money. In Matthew 6:19-34, she quotes Jesus: “you cannot serve both God and money.” Johnson explains that Jesus did not say you can’t be materially wealthy, as some interpret that quote. He just said you can’t serve two masters, so you have to choose which one wins your heart. Johnson explains further that you should be responsible with money. “I never saw a passage that says, “though shalt not make money,” “she says. “It’s all about what we love the most.”
  • Neighborliness Matters. Romans 13:8-14 tells us that how we treat our neighbors is essential to living fulfilling Christian lives. Half of the Ten Commandments address being a good neighbor. No killing, committing adultery, stealing, slandering, or coveting. We’re to love our neighbors as ourselves, meaning we need to love ourselves sufficiently enough to love them. If we can love our neighbors, even the unlovable ones, then we’ve fulfilled The Law as Christ commanded.
  • What to Wear Today. We’re to put on, says Debbie, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We’re to bear with one another and forgive each other. We’re to put on love. We’re to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
  • We Are People of the Day. We’re people of the day, so we need to act like it, even in this long in-between time. We’re to be sober and faithful and loving and hopeful, encouraging one anther and building each other up. We’re to appreciate our coworkers and leaders. We’re to live in peace.
  • The Journey with Our Partners. “My best friends and I remind each other that we’re never alone, even though some of us live hundreds of miles apart. And for all of us who believe God is real and in a relationship with us, we’re never apart from him either. Our beautiful challenge is to understand that fact more and more, experiential. Life takes an enormous amount of personal strength. Jesus spent a lot of time in conversation with God to gain strength. And if Jesus needed that, how much more do we need it! But we can also draw strength, counsel, wisdom, and emotional safety from each other.” (Matthew 4)
  • Solid Foundations. Luke 5:12-6:49 is full of rock-solid teaching about building life on a firm foundation. Building a rock-solid life isn’t about sharing his words and then going about our business. It’s about acting on those words. Not intending to act on them, but literally acting on them. The words are powerful and life-altering, but not easy. Nobody ever said building a life on a solid foundation would be easy, just worth it.
  • The Gift. Romans 3:23-24 just might be the best gift in the whole wide world, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” In other words, we can lay our burdens down—our guilt, regrets, little sins, big sins. The reason? The gift. The gift of unmerited favor. Some people spend their whole lives striving for approval trying to be good enough, when all along, God has said all we have to do is have faith. All we have to do is ask God for the gift.
  • Practical Matters (1 Corinthians 16). Christianity is hard. G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” But we can do this. There is a way to follow Christ in good times and bad times, in heavenly matters and practical matters.

In trying times such as these, Debbie Johnson’s THE JOURNEY will brings readers daily inspiration and comfort for themselves and their families.

And I thought 
A fresh and new look at the Jpurney of following Christ.
I like that this book leads the young/new Believer.  Invites the Seeker.  And comforts and inspires even a Mature Believer.
The Journey is well written with personal stories and I felt reads more like a book than a devotional.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

It's a Fabulous Week-The Fabulous Party 2020 -Join The Fabulous Party

Hello and Welcome to a Fabulous week! 
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Menu's, Recipes etc. 

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Menu Monday

Good Morning.  Welcome to a new and Fabulous Week!


Menu planning has gone a bit awry here at the My Journey Back 
house.
With all the new health restrictions and with learning to live on 
our Social Security income I am not as free to go shopping for 
extra's to add to my pantry.  Also because of the Cowboys condition(s) we are trying to isolate as much as possible. 

I am wondering.  Has the new social distancing measures made a change in the way you plan your menus?  

For us for now I work with what I have.  My pantry is full of
canned veggies.  And my freezer is full.  But there isn't a lot of variety.  

So for this week I have a few plans based on what I have on 
hand.  I need some fresh fruits and veggies.  I will go to a food 
pantry in the morning so my prayer is I am able to get some 
meat, fresh veggies and Eggs.  

Here' are my plans for the week . . . 

Tonight we will have leftover Roast, Potato's/Carrots and I found a little Cauliflower from last week in the fridge.

Do you do that?
Loose things in the fridge?

Chicken Breasts a pot pie will go nicely with the canned Green Beans, Peas and Carrots  this one will be a challenge I'll have to make a pie crust.

Pork Loin I need to find a new recipe to try otherwise I'll just roast it and add some Potato's open a can of Green Beans and Corn


Ground Beef the old stand by Spaghetti will get it do
Dry Beans,  Pinto's, Great Northern, Black Eye Peas, Split Peas
make a great Mixed Bean soup.  And some Corn Bread and we'll have a meal.  

That's 4 days worth I'm thinking I'll have some leftovers that I can whip up on Friday or Saturday.  Maybe a Cottage Pie I've never made one maybe we'll give it a try. 



Have A Fabulous Week.
Happy Menu planning. 

I hope I've inspired you to cook something Yummy!

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy homemaker in Texas

Welcome to happy Homemaker in Texas
the day that I link with Sandra at Family corner and her Happy Homemaker blog party Sandra provides the prompts I add a few of my own 



the prompts  . . .

The weather . . .
This last week it wasn't too hot.   There was a bit of a breeze everyday.  I think Thursday was the only day I didn't spend anytime out in the late afternoon.  
This week is will be upper to mid 70' to 98' first of wee then cooling to 94 to 97.  
Fall is around the corner

On the menu  
I'll be going to a food pantry this week to help stretch what I have in the freezer.  We have no fresh veggies so I am praying to get some this week.  
In the freezer . . . 
Chicken Breasts a pot pie will go nicely with the canned Green Beans, Peas and Carrots
Pork Loin I need to find a new recipe to try otherwise I'll just roast it and add some Potato's open a can of Green Beans and Corn
Ground Beef the old stand by Spaghetti will get it done
Dry Beans,  Pinto's, Great Northern, Black Eye Peas, Split Peas
make a great Mixed Bean soup.  And some Corn Bread and we'll have a meal.  
That's 4 days worth I'm thinking I'll have some leftovers that I can whip up on Friday.  Maybe a Cottage Pie I've never made one maybe we'll give it a try. 

 The To Do List  
This week I have left over health related chores. 
. . . I have to follow up and find somewhere to get glasses filled.  I began calling agencies on Friday for some help with that.  The Cowboy got his eyes checked on Thursday and got a new prescription for glasses.
. . . Set up P.T. appointments for The Cowboys shoulder and knee
. . . I need to get a routine going to keep up with the house
. . . I'll be meeting with a caseworker to see if I can find a job I am actually praying if I can get on part time at the agency in our town that has helped us with bills and the food pantry.  

My Tah-Dah Moment  
I managed to get the Cowboy to all his appointments.

 Outside my window 
Sitting in the Cowboys room now on the computer.  His window is closed but I can see out the door into the outdoor room and my garden.  I love my garden.  It's all brown now where I can see but I can dream about what it will be again soon. 

On the breakfast plate 
Still early it's Saturday and I usually do Brunch.  Today I'll be re-creating this   


Something fun to share 
Today at Sarah's click here

What I am reading
A page turner for a tour.  This is a fun 'quirky' series.  I enjoy it because of the quilting theme.  

On the reading/listening list
On the Kindle I have a few more to read starting Monday I hope.
 This one is coming up fast so I'll have to get 'on it'
    

In the garden...
Bed is prepped for Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbages.  I have Tomato's in the Green House hoping for a few for Thanksgiving.  I've cut back the Tomato's in the garden and watering them like crazy so they'll give me a Thanksgiving harvest.  I cut back the Marigolds too hoping for a new bloom or two in the next few weeks. 

Zinnia's and Basil are happily doing their thing and giving me gorgeous blooms and leaves for cooking.  



And the crafting room... 
Last week I worked on a tiny tour of the craft room.  I didn't get 
that post completed but I am hoping to get it posted on Tuesday. Stay tuned . . . 

From the camera (archives)... 


I ran across this one while cleaning up some files.  Too cute not share again.  This will be happening again this time next year.  
His baby brother Noah is coming in December!



Scripture Devo...


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