Potato Ham Bake

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her Potato Ham Bake with us!

Potato Ham Bake
12 servings

2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 bag (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash browns, thawed
for topping
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup breadcrumbs

In a large bowl combine first four ingredients; mix well. Stir in ham and potatoes. Spread in a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered at 350° degrees for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender.

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5 Ways Forgiveness will Change Your Life

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When you’re in the midst of pain caused by someone else, it’s hard to see past that pain. Sometimes it’s even hard to imagine a life free from the hurt you feel now. Try shifting gears in your brain for a moment, and take a look at the big picture. How would forgiveness change your life?

1. Forgiveness is crucial to your prayers

2. Forgiveness replaces hurt with healing

3. Forgiveness humbles

4. Forgiveness opens the door to God’s mercies

5. Forgiveness brings new beginnings

If you are in Jesus, you do have the power within you to forgive. It may take time and patience, but you are able and capable to forgive and be healed, through Jesus’ supernatural ability in your mind and heart.

Where to start when you need to forgive: 

  • Start by confessing that you forgive someone, even if you don’t feel it yet.
  • Visualize yourself receiving a new sense of peace in your heart because you have forgiven.
  • Look at the other person through Jesus’ eyes. They are God’s child, responsible to Him, and loved by Him. He will repay anything that needs to be repayed and deal with anything that needs to be dealt with. Surrender the other person and their deeds over to God.
  • Look at yourself. Rise above and forgive…and declare that you will not make the same mistakes. Be better, wiser, and stronger than those who have hurt you through your forgiveness, mercy, and goodness.

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Spiritual Gifts

One of the biggest inward struggles a Christian can face is this question: What is my spiritual gift and how should I use it?

There are two extremes you could take with this issue. One is to search obsessively for your gift, and then focus so much on using this gift that you forget to take time to tend to your own relationships, including your relationship with God. God becomes more about how He will use you and your gift instead of how you will deepen your relationship with Him. The other extreme is to be so full of doubt that you decide you don’t have a gift or anything to offer. You become so frustrated at how to use your gift that you even become angry with God for not showing you or using you enough.

The problem with both of these mentalities is that sometimes we view God has a human boss and we want Him to give us clear, black and white descriptions of what we have been given, how we are to use it, and what our rewards will be as a result.

However, God is not human and therefore He does not operate as a human. So, let’s look at the big picture and break down what we do know and what we don’t know:

What we Know:

1. God will use us: Whether a person’s heart is for God or against Him, He will use each person according to His own purposes and plan. Look at the story of Moses. Moses’ heart was for God and God used Him to lead His people closer to God and His will. Pharoah’s heart was against God, but God still used Him as part of His plan to free His people and illustrate the destruction of what happens when a person turns against God.

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)

2. If we are believers in Christ we have a spiritual gift: Jesus has every spiritual gift in Him. He has shared these gifts with you. It would be wise to draw closer to Jesus and allow Him to transform your heart to become more like His, then obsessively searching for what your exact gift is. The closer you become to Jesus, the more your gift will be revealed through you.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

 (1 Peter 4:10)

3. Our obedience matters: When we are obedient to God in our thoughts, words, and actions we open the door for God to use us in a good way. When we disobey God we open the door for God to use us in ways we would probably rather not be used. Again, God will use us…our obedience to His will may determine how He will use us.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

(John 15:5)

What we Don’t Know:

1. How God will use us and our gifts: We like to plan and control, so our thought process about our spiritual gifts naturally goes into wanting to plan what they are and how they will be used. However, God’s thoughts and ways are much bigger and deeper than ours, so we really have no way to understand how He will use us. Could Paul have imagined that Christians would still be reading his letters thousands of years later? Could a woman who simply smiles as a stranger understand what that smile has meant?

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
(Isaiah 55:8)

2. What kind of fruit we will bear: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This is the type of fruit we need to look for in ourselves, however we can’t understand how God will transform and change our hearts over time. Hope for and search for all of these fruits to bear within your heart as you serve. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

(Galatians 5:22,23)

3. How much reward we will see: Many of the rewards from our earthly efforts will be eternal; meaning we won’t see the result of our efforts until we reach heaven.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.

(1 Corinthians 3:11-14)

Looking at the big picture we see that God has given each of us a gift that can be used to help, encourage, and serve other people. Remember it’s about just that – helping people. Your gift is to be shared to build other people up, not to build yourself up. Stay close to Jesus, draw near to Him, and He will bear much good fruit from you. That…we know.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a New Goal

Ideas can pop into your head all the time. One idea leads to another, and it’s hard to decipher which ideas, goals, and dreams you should follow…and which ones need to be just ideas. You’ve probably heard the expression, “God placed this idea on my heart so I need to follow my heart,” but be careful with this theory.  The Lord Himself says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

God goes on to say, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10)

If God is searching our hearts behind our deeds, then it would be wise for us to do the same before we jump into anything.

Here’s a few questions to start with when searching your heart:

1. Why am I doing what I’m thinking about doing?

2. What am I really trying to achieve?

3. Is it wise to do this financially? Do I have the time to commit? Will any of my relationships be hindered?

4. How will I do this thing with balance? (What will the boundaries be so I don’t get myself over-scheduled and overwhelmed?

5. What will measure my success?

It’s easy to get excited about a new idea or goal. It’s even fun to start planning, buying materials, or just hop into your new ambition. It’s much harder to finish what you started. So before you eagerly jump on board, take a step back to look at the big picture. What’s really going on in your heart behind this new idea? If you can align your belief and thoughts to what God’s will is for this new passion of yours, then you’re ready to jump in. It might take some discipline and scripture searching to get there, but it will be worth it in the long run.

* Your turn ~ Are you wanting to start a new goal? What will determine if you’re ready to start and stick with it?

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Harvest Wild Rice Soup

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Fall is here and Mrs. H is bringing us this delicious Harvest Wild Rice Soup recipe!!

Ingredients needed -

1/2 cup wild rice
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 small onion, diced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon parsley
1/8 teaspoon sage
1/8 teaspoon rosemary
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream

Directions:

Cook wild rice according to package directions; set aside.
In a pot, sauté vegetables in 1 tablespoon butter.
Add broth and seasonings to vegetables.
Melt remaining butter in a sauce pan and combine with flour.
Whisk in milk and let cook, continuing to whisk, for about a minute or so.
Add mixture to pot and whisk to combine.
Stir in cream and cooked rice.
Makes 4 servings.
Enjoy!
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Three Things Your Daughter is Probably Struggling With Today…and How to Help Her.

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Kids are especially gifted at masking their feelings. They’re so busy with homework, riding bikes, and going to activities that it can easily seem like all is well in their little world. However, underneath the easy laughter is a heart that unfortunately is facing some big challenges.

Here is a look at a few things your daughter is probably struggling with today…

and how you can help: 

Her Looks: She may think she’s too tall or too short. Her nose too big or too small. She’s probably trying to figure out her “style” and may dress sloppy one day and dressy the next. She notices the girls around her…and they don’t look the same as her. Any difference, even slightly, can make her feel like her looks don’t quite measure up. Many young girls are never taught where true beauty comes from, and carry this insecurity for the rest of her life.

How to help: Tell your daughter often she is beautiful. Ask her to take a look at you – her mother, and your mom – her grandmother. Point out how we naturally age as we get older and if our goal is to be outwardly beautiful our goal will fail as the bad hair days, extra pounds, and wrinkles come. We will be let down at one point or another. Instead, remind her that true beauty is unique that many women never acquire. True beauty is one with a heart faithful to God.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Fear of Rejection: Fear of being rejected because she’s not cool enough for the girls or cute enough for the boys. This will cause her to do anything and everything she can to fit in and gain positive attention. If there isn’t any positive attention coming her way she could rebel just to seek negative attention. Any attention is better than no attention.

How to help: Remind your daughter that it is impossible to please everyone you meet. Some people, no matter how nice or kind you are, will not be nice and kind in return. If you run your life trying to please people you will do just that…run constantly without a break to even catch some air, because there is never an end when trying to please people. Instead, teach your daughter what it means to please God instead of people – to have faith and trust in Him and serve Him with your heart and hands through love, patience, and peace.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people  were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Galatians 1:10

Her Abilities: Someone is always going to be a better basketball player, dancer, gymnast, student, and your daughter is going to notice exactly who that person is. This could either make her give up on herself all together and pursue nothing, or become obsessed with being just as good, if not better, which will make her main goal turn into pride instead of passion.

How to help: Show your daughter scriptures that talk about our unique spiritual gifts. Let her know that God has equipped her with a gift to be used to share with others. Point out what these gifts are. (see Romans 12:6-8). Remind her that other people have the same gift as her, but God can only use her in a unique way with her gift. Tell her not to put too much pressure on herself to figure it all out, but instead go with her God-given passion, along with prayer, and be patient with herself as she discovers how to use her gift. Teach your daughter that these gifts serve one goal – to build up the Church, and we are all working together…and therefore there is also no room for jealousy or rivalry.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Did you see some of yourself in these struggles? We are all daughters with the same Father, and therefore we all have the same struggles. Your daughter’s challenges are not so far from your own. Relate to her and let her know you understand. Help her feel normal in her feelings and not so alone. Share with her the gift of scripture, prayer, and knowing God. Every stronghold must come down in Jesus.

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5 Characteristics of a Godly Woman to Teach Your Daughters

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Do you ever feel like the rush of carpooling to school, dance lessons, and homework leaves you feeling like you haven’t taught your daughter anything you really wanted her to learn in  a day? Yes, you fought through traffic and got her where she needed to be, but where was the time to teach her about her value, her self-worth, and her real purpose in this life? Are her teachers or activities going to teach her?

Probably not.

The big question becomes how? How do you keep up with the daily ins and outs in your daughters life, and still make room for truth and wisdom? The key might be to narrow down to a few characteristics you really want your daughter to know and understand…and maybe add more from there.

Here’s a place to start:  5 characteristics of a godly woman to teach to your daughters:

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SEEK GOD FIRST: Reject the lie that anyone or anything can satisfy you.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:33-34

SPEAK FAITHFULLY: Love others with godly wisdom, boldness, and kindness as a faithful completer of others.

She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26

SHOW TRUE BEAUTY: Bodies deteriorate, persons develop. Invest in that which lasts.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

STAY HUMBLE: Be constantly aware of ‘pride and selfishness. Don’t think less of yourself but think of yourself less.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:3-5

SERVE THE LORD: Set your mind on eternal things, serve the eternal King, live to please only Him.

“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”

John 12:25-26

Make it your goal to either model these virtues, teach your daughter these virtues, or pray these virtues for your daughter. Give yourself grace when there was more rushing than being still and reflecting on what’s real…but get yourself back up the next day and fight for your daughters. Fight for their character. Her eyes are watching what you model. Her ears are listening to what you teach. Her heart is open to what you pray for her.

* This devotional is part of this week’s series: Raising Little Women.  Join us again Friday for more posts on this series!

* Your turn: What do you really want your daughter to know right now?

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Raising Little Women: How to Help Grow Her Faith

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Oh, the many stages and phases that girls go through to evolve into a woman. Little girls cling to their mama’s hand, teenage girls cling to their independence. Young adult ladies sort through questions and unresolved emotions, as older women discover a new confidence within themselves they didn’t know existed.

And in between the growing and maturing and unraveling mothers wonder, “Am I doing enough?”  Mothers put the weight of their daughters faith, goals, dreams, behavior, and even personality and attitude all on themselves. Mothers look at their daughters as if they were a mirror ~ reflecting how much or how little you gave. 

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. 

Isaiah 54:13

Read the above scripture again, and as you do feel the weight and pressure lifting off your shoulders. Your daughter, your little women, are being taught by God. He is orchestrating events, experiences, and emotions for your daughter to know Him and receive His grace and love.

God saved you by his grace when you believed.

And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8

Your faith and your daughters faiththey are a gift from God. You can’t take credit for this. No matter what you do, your daughters faith will come as a result of God. You may play a very big part though! Your faith may encourage her and inspire her to also become a faithful woman…but you see, God was the one to use you to influence her.

Don’t take this position you’re in lightly! Invite and welcome God to use you to influence your daughter. Stay close to Him, pray daily, study His Word – make yourself available to be a great influence in your daughter’s life.

Here are a few things to remember as you help your daughter’s faith grow:

You can influence:

When a young lady sees an older woman strong in her faith, this gives the younger lady a sense of security and hope. She has someone to look up to, someone who is leading by example, someone who is going against the world and clinging to the Word. When a younger lady sees an older woman with strong faith it gives her hope that she can have strong faith too. You can be this woman to your daughter. You can have this kind of influence on her young heart.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

You can Encourage:

Support your daughter. Give her positive feedback. Don’t let her give up. Remind her she is loved by God.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

You can Guide:

Advice her in the way of the Lord. Share scriptures with her on what God’s Word says on specific situations.  Daily ask God to give you the right words and wisdom in order to guide your daughter in the right path.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8

You can Pray:

Pray that God will give your daughter the gift of faith.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

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Fall Paper Leaf Wreath and Garland Tutorial

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Lia Griffith is joining us today to share her tutorial for this beautiful Fall leaf wreath and garland!

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Instructions:

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Click here for the free leaf printables.

We are excited to announce that Lia will be joining us once a month to share her amazing crafting tutorials with us!!

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Lia Griffith’s website offers DIY tutorials, printables, decorating, recipes, holiday and wedding ideas. Check out her website at Lia Griffith.com. You can also find Lia Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

Home Style Green Beans

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us today to share her delicious Home Style Green Bean recipe with us!

Home Style Green Beans
6 servings

fresh green beans
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook beans until tender. Meanwhile fry bacon; remove from pan and crumble. Saute onions in bacon grease and remove with slotted spoon. Drain beans and combine with bacon, onions, vinegar, sugar and seasonings. Cook and toss over low heat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse. Follow her on Facebook here.