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Thank You God November 21, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:50 pm

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I look forward to time spent with family and living life at a slower pace for a few days.  It’s a time to be thankful, not just for the blessings we have received from God, but also for the things we’ve prayed for that we’ve not received.  It is really quite easy to praise God for the things He gives us, but what about when he gives us a “no?”  Well, I’m convinced that’s when we need to praise Him even more, and as we do God will allow our faith to come in and carry us through.  God gives us these times to grow our faith and dependence on Him.  If we never struggled in trials, would we need Him?

“I will praise You forever, because You have done it” (Psalm 52:9).  David’s words remind us that we can fill in the blank for “it.”  “It” can be anything and everything God does, whether it’s what we wanted or not!  We must trust Him and praise Him because He alone is the One who has the power to hear us and listen, the power to work, and the power to answer.  He always has our best interest at heart, and we must remember that He created us and knows us and He can see the big picture of our lives.  I’m so thankful that I can trust Him to take care of me.

After studying about the animal kingdom, our school curriculum encouraged the kids to write a prayer or poem of thanksgiving to God for His creation of animals.  The following is a poem that Lindsay wrote:

“Thank You God”

Thank you, God, for the animals you made,

You made them great, not a bit delayed.

Big and small,

Short and tall,

God above, You made them all.

Thank you, God, for horses that run,

All of this that You have done.

I think about the elephant’s strong

and of their trunks so long.

The birds fly in the sky,

Oh how pretty, oh how high.

Thank you, God, once again,

For all the animals you gave to us!

 

 

Hot, Hot, Hot November 15, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:01 pm

“Do you know what the most dangerous part of the body is?” questioned my 9-year old last night.  “The eye?  The heart?” I responded.  Logan said, “The tongue.”  I asked, “Are you reading in James, chapter 3?”  Surprised that I knew where his Bible was turned to, Logan showed me verse 6 which says “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.  The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell.”

You see, Logan had no idea that the first few verses of James 3 were the exact same verses I had just been studying with my small women’s group at church Sunday night.  It was like God was saying to me through Logan, “Don’t forget My word.  Put it into practice.”  I admit, that in my frustration and impatience, I tend to really let my kids know how I feel about what they have done.  But what have I done with my tongue?

I am a very visual person, and as I read through verse 6, I can’t help but picture a tongue lashing out of the mouth on fire.  When our mouths are open, the oxygen fans the flame and makes the fire hotter and stronger.  However, if we simply shut our mouths and cut off that oxygen supply and douse our tongues in saliva (which acts as the water), the flame is put out.

In the heat of the moment of frustration, we must learn to cool down.  James 1:19 says we must be “slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  One friend of mine repeats the fruit of the spirit before doing or saying anything.  Maybe leaving the room (or the house!) or sending your child to another room is a good option.  As mothers, we must remember that harsh and unnecessary words are not productive.  Correction (pointing out the sin), forgiveness, and restoration are what is important!

I love how God uses my children to work on me!

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf November 11, 2011

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:45 pm

I kept a recipe from my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) days for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf.  I found it in a random paper pile on my kitchen counter (you know, that good intention, pile of papers waiting for my attention!).  So yesterday, I finally made it.  I was shocked at the amount of sugar and oil, but moderation is the key!  The recipe supposedly makes one loaf, however, I felt it was too much batter for one pan, so in addition to filling one loaf pan, I filled 2 mini muffin tins with batter (making 24).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf (from mops.org)

3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil (I like grapeseed oil)

3 eggs

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 bag Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix sugar, oil, and eggs.  Add pumpkin.  Blend in flour, salt, spices, soda and powder.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Bake 45 minutes.**   Cool and remove from pan.

**If you make mini muffins, they cook in 15 minutes.

Enjoy this delicious and fragrant fall treat!  Double the recipe and take a loaf to a neighbor!

 

Logan’s Story November 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:10 pm

My 9 year old son, Logan, wrote a story yesterday for an English lesson.  The first paragraph was given, and he had to complete the story answering four key questions.  As a motivator to my son who does not really like to write, I told him I would put his story on my blog.  He was thrilled, so here it is:

One morning in spring, Farmer Davis said, “I see that old Speckle wants to raise some more chickens.  I think I will let her raise some ducks instead.  I will get some ducks’ eggs when I go to town this afternoon.”

Farmer Davis got six eggs for Speckle.  When Farmer Davis brought the eggs to Speckle, she immediately sat on them.  She waited and waited for two months, and finally, she noticed a crack in one of the eggs.  Soon ducklings were everywhere.

Baby ducks are different from baby chickens.  Baby ducks are dark yellow and their beaks are rounded.  Baby chickens are light yellow and their beaks are pointed.

Speckle took her babies to a puddle to drink and to the best place in the farmyard where there were worms.

One day Speckle took her babies to the pond.  One baby was near the pond and fell in.  The baby swam to the end of the pond and found some other ducks.  The baby decided to live with the ducks, and they lived happily ever after.

The End!

I am very proud of you, Logan!!

 

Fall in the Mountains November 9, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:45 pm

I just love fall!  It is my absolute, very favorite time of year!  I love the wonder of the changing leaves, the smell of smoke from chimney fires, the warmth a good cup of coffee offers, and the chill in the air!  I find all of my favorite things about fall in one of my favorite places…the mountains!

My family and I met some dear-to-our-heart  friends a couple of weekends ago in Hendersonville, NC.  We spent two days hiking to waterfalls.  Each morning began with a cup of coffee and each evening ended with good conversation around a cozy wood fire.

Our first day we hiked to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls in Dupont State Forest.  Triple Falls was a beautiful, fascinating spot.  We climbed up rock walls, which in my opinion were treacherous!  I was like Mama Hen, hovering over my chicks!  Anyway, the photo ops were worth putting our lives at risk!  We carried picnic lunches with us and decided to dine on the rocks at Triple Falls.  We hiked on to High Falls and enjoyed spending some time at a covered bridge overlooking the falls.  The 3 boys enjoyed skipping rocks, and the 2 girls watched and giggled.  On the hike back to the parking lot, Luke complained about being tired, so he rode on Brad’s shoulders most of the way down.

On day two, we visited Caesar’s Head State Park and then headed to the Waterfall Trail to hike to Raven Cliff Falls, a 400 foot waterfall.  The trail we hiked this day was one of the prettiest trails I’ve ever been on.  The trees were at their peak of color and everything was so beautiful!  Thank you, God, for fall!  When we arrived at the observation platform, we ate our picnic lunch on benches in a gazebo.  As Logan ate, he looked down, spotted a dollar bill, quietly left his seat, walked down under the deck and retrieved his find before telling anyone what he was doing.  He wanted to make sure he was the one to get that dollar!  Logan makes me laugh! 

On our hike back, we stopped at a vine hanging down from a tree beside the trail.  All 5 kids and both moms took a swing on the vine over the trail.  It was great fun!  Luke did not complain one single time on the return hike, and our friend Trevor paid Luke one dollar for walking out of the woods on his own two feet!  It was a 4.4 mile round trip hike!

The next morning, the five children led our worship service on the deck.  Logan and Evan played guitar while Lindsay and Claire sang worship songs, Luke prayed and quoted some verses from the book of James, and Evan preached on James 4.  It was wonderful!

Fall in the mountains is wonderful!