Give Dad Some P.E.A.R.L.S.

With Sunday being Father’s Day I thought about something each of us could give those in our lives who are either our fathers, have been like a father to us, or are the father of our children.

P.E.A.R.L.S. for dad. That’s it. And the best part is they won’t cost us a thing.

P.E.A.R.L.S.

Pray. We know how effective prayer is. Mountains are moved. Burdens are lifted. Peace is restored. The dads in our lives need prayer on a daily basis, just like everyone else. Let’s commit to praying for them.

Encourage. We all need encouragement when the going gets tough. And even when it’s smooth sailing. We need reassurance what we do is important. That we matter. That someone’s in our corner cheering us on. Let’s commit to encouraging.

Appreciate. This is a biggie. Everyone likes to know someone appreciates the effort they put into what they do. How difficult is it to tell someone you appreciate them? It isn’t difficult at all. Just do it. Say thank you.

Respect. No rolling our eyes. No muttering under our breath. No snide remarks. Respect. That’s what I’m talking about. Yes. Aretha Franklin’s song is humming through my brain. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take care, TCB. Show them respect.

Love. Okay. There are a lot of songs running through my brain on this one, but how about we go with a song from my church camp days. Love, love, love, love. The gospel in a word is love. Love thy neighbor as thy brother. Love, love, love. When was the last time we said, “I love you” and really meant it? Or better yet, let’s show our love by doing something we know dad would like without being asked.

Support. It may appear our big strong dads don’t need our support, but I believe that would be a false assumption. They’ve started a DIY project … support their effort, help if you can.  If you can’t be an active participant in something they are interested in, at the very least support them in it. Are they facing a tough place? Stand by them.

Although these P.E.A.R.L.S. today are directed to dads on Father’s Day, if you think about it, they apply to each and every one of us. Dad. Or not.

What pearls would you add to the string?

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Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you. Exodus 20:12 (AMP)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Cucumber Tomato Linguine Salad Recipe

This gluten-free cucumber tomato linguine salad is perfect for summer meals, picnics, and potlucks.

  • 1 lb. box gluten-free linguine. Spaghetti noodles work fine if you can’t find g-f linguine.
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, sliced, and quartered
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 16 oz bottle Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 bottle McCormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning

Cook linguine per package directions.

Cool.

Chop vegetables add to cooled noodles.

Add Italian dressing and Salad Supreme.

Mix all ingredients well.

Marinate for 24 hours.

The longer this salad sits, the more intense the flavor.

Enjoy!

I wish you well,

Sandy

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Women Who Met Jesus

In her book, The Women Who Met Jesus, Dorothy Valcárcel compares her life struggles, and the struggles of those around her, with struggles she believes women who met Jesus struggled with. Through these encounters with Christ, the author sets out to show how just as Jesus met these women’s needs long ago, he continues to meet our needs today.

Before beginning, the author states the women in her book didn’t get to the point of transformation by reading self-help books or by following the latest advice fad. She says each woman began the healing process when she met Jesus.

While I didn’t always see the connection the author tried to make, or agree with the label she placed on each woman to identify their need, I understand her point that Jesus meets each of us where we are in the middle of our need and guides us toward the path he has for us.

Each chapter ends with several sets of questions for self-reflection.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Cut Loose the Anchors

 

In a previous post I mentioned the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck. This past week as I revisited this story, I concentrated on what the Bible says those men did.

They cut loose the anchors which kept them from moving forward; abandoning them in the sea. They untied the ropes that held the rudders immobile. They hoisted the foresail to the wind, hung on, and made it to shore.

Thinking about this, I compared it to times in our lives when we’ve thrown out the anchors and refused to move forward in God’s will.

Our anchors, whatever our individual anchors may be, keep us in one place. Stuck. Static. Immobile. We see the shore up ahead, but are paralyzed.

Our frozen rudders render steering impossible.

Our sail does us no good furled.

When we allow our faith to beat out our fears, however, we’re willing to cut loose the anchors, untie the rudders, hoist the sail, and hang on.

At this point we’re committed.

We’ve released our life into the All-Powerful hand of the One who controls the winds and the seas to carry us safely to shore.

Cutting the anchors, releasing the rudders, and hoisting the sail can be frightening. Don’t I know it. We believe it’s safer to stay put.

We know what to expect where we are. The unknown is altogether different.

Our fears can cause us to think of worst-case scenarios, can they not?

Although my fears probably look different from yours, I’ve allowed fear to freeze me in my tracks far too many times. I’ve allowed fear to replace faith in God. I’ve allowed fear to keep me from moving forward in the path God calls me to.

Perhaps you’ve done the same.

The only way Paul and the others on his ship reached the safety of land was to cut loose their anchors, untie the rudders, hoist the sail, and let God direct their path.

Any anchors you need to cut loose?

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Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. Acts 27:40 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Blueberry Dessert Recipe

This delicious gluten-free blueberry dessert is a tasty way to enjoy summer blueberries.

Blueberry filling:

  • 2 C blueberries (You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. If you want to skip making the filling, use a 16 oz can of blueberry pie filling.)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 C water

In a saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water.

When mixed well and the sugar is dissolved, add the blueberries. Crush them into the mixture.

Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until blueberries thicken, and the filling boils.

Cool.

Crust:

  • 2 C gluten-free graham crackers crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 C sugar

Mix cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.

Press to form crust in 9 X 11 dish.

You can save 1/4 C of the mixture to sprinkle on top, if you’d like.

Topping:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 8 oz container whipped topping

Soften the cream cheese. Mix together with milk and topping. Beat well.

Assemble the dessert:

Layer 1/2 of the topping mixture over the crumb crust.

Spread all of the berry filling over that.

Add the remaining topping mix over the berries.

If you saved some of the crumb crust, sprinkle it over the topping.

This should be refrigerated 3-4 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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