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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Talk on Tuesday-Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom
who loved Jesus.
She is best known for her and her family's role
in hiding Jews in their home, as well as working with the Dutch resistance
in the Netherlands during World War 2.
They constructed a false wall in Corrie's bedroom
and the "hiding place" was entered
through a shelf in her closet.

Corrie's great grandfather owned a watch repair shop
and the business was handed down in the Ten Boom family.
His daughter Corrie worked with her father and was
the first Dutch woman to receive her watchmaker licence.
Not only was the family business handed down to the next generations,
but so was a love for God and the Jewish people.
They were a hospitable family, always helping those in need.
On February 28, 1944, their kindness was betrayed.
A man came into the shop stating they were hiding Jewish people
and that his wife got arrested and could he borrow some money to help
her get out of jail.
Later that day, the Nazi's came and raided their home.
They searched and searched but never found those hiding in the "Hiding Place".
The ten Boom family was taken to jail,
and then eventually to concentration camps.
This is an amazing true story of
courage, forgiveness, fortitude, love, and light,
in a place full of darkness and evil.

Corrie and her sister Betsy (who died while in the camp) were able
to lead many women to Jesus,
and how they were able to, is undeniably  miraculous.
Betsy said to her younger sister Corrie, (who was struggling to forgive)
"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."
They had a wonderful relationship with Jesus
that spilled out to everyone they met.
A simple trusting in Jesus.
To read a bit more of Corrie ten Boom's story,
click here.
If you click on the above you can watch a trailer of the movie.

Source (used as the front of the postcard)
Corrie was released from the concentration camp
one week before all the women her age were to be executed.
She was 52 years of age.
Her release was due to a clerical error.
She spent the remainder of her years
sharing about the goodness of God around the world.
(This is the back of the postcard that I put together to give for this devotional.)
This is truly an inspiring story and so
perfect for today with so much
persecution of Christians around the world.
May you be encouraged today to know that,
God knows every situation that you are in,
and that He has a plan for you.
He has not forgotten about you,
but wants to use you for His glory.
Blessings to you,
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Burger Corn Casserole...Simple Meal Idea

Well hello there! It was a beautiful Fall day here today in Southern Ontario.
No need for a jacket today!
The colours are beautiful and bright.
The red leaves are getting redder and redder it seems.
It's also the season for casseroles.
I've been cooking meals the night before lately
because it's late by the time I get home from work,
and casseroles reheat well,
Today I wanted to share one of our many favourites.
It comes from the "Company's Coming" casserole recipe book.

 These are your needed ingredients,
along with an onion and hamburger,
and your choice of noodle.
The tri colour fusilli is one our favourites.
And shredded cheese!
I shredded some marble cheese.
Stir the cooked noodles into the fried hamburger and onion,
creamed corn, tomato soup, and spaghetti sauce.
This oval casserole dish was a wedding gift and it gets a lot of use.
Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.
Serve with a salad and a dinner roll
for a homey and satisfying meal.
A simple meal idea.
You can print it here.
Bon Appetit!
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Thrifty Picture Find #2

I came across this picture in the summer.
I saw the black frame first.
Black always makes me take a second look.
When I pulled it up, I just thought, "Ahhhh".
A young lady,
 sitting at the spinning wheel,
in black cross-stitch.
Finding a place for all my wonderful picture finds
is always a challenge.
But pictures don't always have to be hung on the wall.
They can easily be tucked in with a vignette.

 I have the picture sitting on an old singer sewing machine table,
leaning against a small vintage ironing board.
I added a few Fall touches.
A small white ceramic pumpkin that I purchased at our local grocery store.
A handmade primitive pear that came in a set of three,
can easily be tucked in.
 I made up this Fall candle with the glass jar purchased at the dollar store.
The mason jar was attached to the bottom piece and had a lid on it.
It's much easier than gluing the two pieces together!
 I added some mini pumpkin pods and set a glass votive inside.
I love the look of a candle and I have them throughout my home.
I think she looks pretty sitting there.
For now.
Soon, the Christmas décor will be coming out,
and she may go into hiding for a little while.

But for now, she is sitting pretty with the other antique and thrifty finds.
We just had our Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend.
It was a beautiful sunny and warm weekend.
But the weather has been changing.
More Fall like.
Cool outside and cozy inside.
Sending warm and cozy blessings to you,
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Monday, 5 October 2015

Picture Perfect Thrifty Find #1

I found this sweet picture hanging on the wall between two wall units at one of our local thrift shops.
The black and sepia colouring of the frame
and picture made me take notice.
I liked the period dress of this young lady
as well as her soft smile.
So, for $1.99 she had to come home with me.
I found this pretty doily as well.
A larger motif is at one end,
so it makes it perfect for hanging over the edge
of a cabinet, small table,
or a chair.

They look well together.
A handmade primitive pear is added
for a touch of autumn.
Fall weather has found its way back.
Blustery, rainy, and chilly.
A found treasure always tends to warm the heart
whatever the weather.
Stay tuned for another picture perfect thrifty find
coming soon.
Have a blessed day!

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Sunday Ponderings

I've been thinking of the precious lives lost this past week
as they stood in their classroom
with a gun pointed in their face.
Have you ever mentally put yourself in their shoes?
Does your heart start beating faster.
This is not what they were planning as they got out of their beds
that morning to start their day.
We all have numbered days.
A lot of people don't live like they do.
I know I don't always.
Oh I know I'm going to heaven and live forever with the saints
who have gone before me,
and with my Heavenly Father and Saviour,
but I too get caught up with things here on earth.
I don't mean that we can't have fun,
but there are things that I know to do
but procrastinate about.
Numbering our days is something we have to learn to do.
It's not a morbid thing in the sense that we are always thinking about dying,
but rather living our life
for the glory of God.
By sharing the beauty of Jesus inside of us
wherever we are
whomever we are with.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these precious people.
How will you live today?
Blessings to you,