Book Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

I have been a fan of Dekker for a while now, having read Thr3e then the Circle Trilogy. This last book, The Bride Collector, has been the most penetrating to my soul. I identified so much with Paradise. The inner demons and self-loathing that occurs only in the mind driving one insane. I lived that until I met my Bridegroom. It was He who made me feel as His favorite, loving me enough to cover me with His blood. My Bridegroom loved me so much that He even gave me a bridegroom here on earth to shower me with so much love that I have begun to see the true nature between Christ and His Bride. Wow.

Thanks Ted, for telling my story, and the story of all of us who have swam in the dark, murky waters of our minds. I look forward to reading your next novel. You haven't disappointed me yet!

Being Yourself - - - Wild at Heart

Recently, I've had a restlessness that has not abated. The wanderlust of my nature has been buried long enough. I feel as though I need to break free of something, maybe of myself.

What I mean is this, I am finally learning to accept myself as the woman whom God created. He doesn't make junk, so I have determined to live in the freedom that comes from knowing Christ.

So what does that mean? That means I can live free and wild! No, I'm not going to go out and get a tattoo or dye my hair a unique color although the thought has crossed my mind.

I am choosing to live life to the fullest.

Summer's Almost Here

Wow! It's been a long time since I've posted anything. Subbing has kept me pretty busy. I've doing some editing, too. I'd like to keep up with this blog. It's good for the creative juices. Maybe I'll get that book written that's buried somewhere in my head.

Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world

Today after church dismissed, one of the members alerted us to a shooting which had just happened this morning. A man entered the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois, spoke with the pastor then shot and killed him. The full story can be found at a variety of St. Louis news stations. A prayer vigil will be held another church, Metro Community, this evening.

My husband and I think it's important for us as a family to go to the prayer service. So, we explained to our kids during lunch what happened and that we need to go and pray. We mentioned the pastor's family and the church. Our son said, "and the man, too?". Wow! He understood that this man, the one who shot the pastor, needs Jesus too.

Greater is He (our Lord Jesus Christ) that is in me, than he that is in the world. Our kids caught that today. Whatever happens in this world, Jesus is Lord and is powerful and mighty to save.

Sausage and Bean Stew

I love to try new recipes. I really, really enjoy creating (or experimenting, my husband says) new ones. Here's one I came up with today. It's a good hearty stew on a blustery cold day.

1 lb. sausage (I used mild, but any would work)
1 onion
1 small can tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup (diluted with 1 can water)
1 - 2 Tbsp oil
chili seasoning to taste (or any kind of seasoning packet you have on hand)

Saute onion in oil until golden. Add sausage and brown. Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beans, and cream of mushroom soup. Add seasoning. Simmer on low heat until desired thickness. Serve with your favorite bread or over rice.

Pumpkin/Peanut Butter Apple Dip (or Harvest Fruit Dip)

You may be thinking that pumpkin and peanut butter are a strange mix. Hold judgement until you taste. My picky-eater (the 7 year old) absolutely loves this dip. In fact, she'll eat it by the spoonfuls. Try it and let me know if you like it.

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (I like to use 1 cup)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix and serve with sliced apples. Yummy!

Veterans' Day

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country, and some of you are still serving. I appreciate your hard work and sacrifice. God bless you all.