Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Kalanchoe

The Kalanchoe includes more than 100 plants,the one that I have is the Flowering Kalanchoes.These are not difficult plants to grow. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season. Water moderately. They dont like too much water. They will rot if you water them too much.

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jonah

A reluctant missionary.The book of Jonah contrasts the mercy of God with the deeply ingrained prejudices of his people. Nineveh has long been a wicked, barbaric thorn in Israel’s side, inflicting terror and cruelty. When God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach a message of judgment, Jonah flatly refuses (Jnh 1), because, he says in 4:2, “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God……… who relents from seeing calamity.” Jonah’s attitude is that Nineveh is too wicked for God’s grace; Nineveh should be destroyed. In his refusal to yield his prejudice to God’s mercy, Jonah runs away from God, suffering the consequences of his rebellion (Jnh 2). Yet God ultimately uses this reluctant prophet to bring the people of Nineveh to repentance, and God forgives them (Jnh 3).
Jonah ends his story with a complaint to God about Nineveh’s repentance and god’s forgiveness (Jnh 4). This final dialogue exposes Jonah’s narrowness of heart. God is quick to remind Jonah that God’s compassion and concern extend far beyond what Jonah expects or desires. In fact, no one is beyond God’s forgiveness and love. God will deliver all who call out to him, regardless of background, nationality, way of life or ethnic group.
The message of the book of Jonah also clearly demonstrates that running away from God is never a good idea. The God of Jonah and of Nineveh is our God today, and he is a God of second chances (Jnh 3:1). Just as he saved Jonah when he called to God from the stomach of the great fish and Nineveh when they heard Jonah’s message of judgment , he offers us today a second, a third, even a fourth opportunity to call in him and be saved.

Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to swallow us up." This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can't move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah sat in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us.

God put Jonah in a holding pattern because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was all alone. There were no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat, no interference's, and no interruptions. He had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate, and pray. When we're deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.


A. Few Of God's Holding Patterns:
1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed, but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are in a holding pattern. When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no mountains that are high enough, valleys that are low enough, rivers that are wide enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from Him. We must remember to praise Him while we're waiting and remember three things:


1. The pattern has a purpose.
2. The pattern has a plan.
3. The pattern has a process.
So stop struggling and start listening, praying and trusting. He'll keep you right where you are until you can clearly hear Him say, "I love you." 
 (Got this lovely article in my email. Hope you enjoyed it!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Special Breakfast!!!

Today my kids wanted a special breakfast.....This is what I made for them. And they said Im the bestest mom in the world................. Love you my lil munchkins.
 
 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Malika}

Hey everyone,
This blog is all about Malika's passion for designing. Check it out and be inspired. I love her pretty cards......You will really enjoy her blog check it out here.





Friday, March 25, 2011

Lapbook {Alphabet A}

Talked to them about the letter Aa. They learnt that Astronaut, Alligator and Apple start with the letter A.We've been working on our Alligator Lapbook, and I just wanted to post a few "Sneak Peeks" at what we're working on! We learnt about the alligators characteristics, their habitat etc. We also talked
about how Alligators have short legs and crawl with their bellies on the ground and how strong their tail is. We also crawled like the alligators and we had loads of fun catching each other crawling on our bellies :)


Made the alligator card and wrote its characteristics in it
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/animals/alligator/



For making the lap book we got the information from the book Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons. The kids loved looking at the pics.


We made a chart about Alligator hole. We learnt that alligators are key stone species.And stuck the chart behind the lapbook.

Check out the Activity here
Click here for Alphabet A related snack made by my lil chefs:)






Thursday, March 24, 2011

Growing Cilantro

Coriander is a  fragrant annual herb and will grow to up to 2 feet in height. Coriander is grown for both its seeds and leaves and both are used for culinary purposes. The leaves can be used raw in salads, sandwiches and salsas or in cooked items such as Bread or Indian Curry.


Coriander is sensitive to transplanting and the shock can cause boliting. Even fluctuating weather could cause bolting. ( producing seeds-as seen in the pic) Plant it directly on the ground to avoid it.Soow outdoors tin May to ensure warm soil temperatures which will promote more successful germination.
If growing in containers then make sure the container is at least 15cm deep so that the tap root can develop.
Coriander likes a lot of light.The soil should be well drained and have good aeration.
Harvest mature leaves to encourage further growth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

obadiah

PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTIONThe shortest book in the Old Testament, the prophesy of Obadiah is directed not to Israel but to Edom, the descendants of Esau, who were long-standing enemies of Israel. Though distant relatives of the Israelites, the people of Edom take every opportunity to inflict pain and suffering on God’s children. Obadiah condemns their treachery and declares God’s intent to wipe Edom, who has been gloating over Jerusalem’s devastation at the hands of the Babylonian army, off the map. While mist of the other prophetic books in the Old Testament offer a word of hope or the promise of eventual restoration, Obadiah’s words pronounce only judgment and God’s pledge to humble this proud, deceitful nation.
Though short on words, Obadiah is long on meaning. Woven throughout these few verses are reminders that proud hearts that thrive on self centeredness will reap the bitter fruit of judgment (Ob 2-7). We hear the ringing condemnation and promise of failure for those who find pleasure in someone else’s tragedy (Ob 10-14). And the certainty of destruction is revealed for those who hold grudges or take revenge on others (Ob 15-17). Obadiah resoundingly proclaims that no situation, nation or circumstance can be truly secure unless God is in the center of it, for justice ultimately belongs to him.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sura Puttu

This dish is a delicacy in South India. It is made with shark fish and Indian spices.Very rarely we find this fish here and when I find it in the market, it definitely lands on our dinner table as sora puttu:) It is very simple to make and puttu can also be made with tuna that we get in cans. (Super easy and yummmm)











Ingredients:

 Sura meen (Shark) 1 pound
 Big Onion chopped 2
 Green Chili minced 4 or 5
 Garlic 3 pods minced
 Ginger 1/2 inch minced
 Curry Leaves two strips
 Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon
 Salt to taste
 Oil

Procedure:

Steam cook the fish with ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
Cool , remove bones and skin and flake the fish.
Add chilli powder, turmeric and salt if necessary and mix well.
Add oil to a pan.
 Add garlic pieces, ginger, curry leaves and fry for a couple of minutes
 Add onion and green chili and fry until golden brown
 Now add the fish and mix well. Remove from heat and serve with fish curry!
 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Growing Peas

In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant peas and potatoes. Well you can grow your own garden peas in your backyard.





Peas require soil that is loose and loamy.Choose a spot that gets full sun. Sow peas directly in the garden. Plant the seeds an inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows about 3 feet apart. Install supports for peas -  and start guiding the vines upward as soon as they're long enough to climb. (Im having a hard time doing this as the plant constantly slides off of the supports) :( Water them regularly, they dont like too much water.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Amos

A stand against materialismThe nation of Israel, the northern kingdom, experiences economic and political successes that foster a false sense of optimism, comfort t and security. Deluded by their own sense of self importance, the people became complacent, greedy and corrupt, allowing slavery cruelty and injustice to flourish. Amos courageously confronts them with God’s perspective on their materialistic society and challenges them to stand against immorality by lives of justice and righteousness.
Fearless, Amos begins by declaring god’s judgment on Israel’s neighbors for their cruelty (Am 1-2). He then moves to point finger if judgment at Israel itself for its idolatry, for its exploitation of the poor, for its abuse of the righteous and for overlooking injustice (Am 3-6). In the iopening verses of chapter 4, Amos focuses on the women of Israel for their selfish, self indulgent lives. Amos related his conversation with God, who is holding a plumb line. The plumb line swings down among the people of Israel and shows them to be seriously flawed (Am 7). Finally Amos compares Israel to a basket of ripe fruit, ripe for plucking and for judgment (Am 8-9).
Amos boldly speaks God’s words and denounced the sins of the people. His example is an excellent one for us today, encouraging us to speak up when we see injustice, to change our ways that conflict with God’s ways, and to find hope in the knowledge that God will honor those who are willing to walk with him in righteousness.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quilled Card

A not so happy beginning of the day, yet God brought the right people to brighten my day. Thank you Jesus~~ Heres a simple yet cute card to cheer you up too!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green Zucchini Rice

 



Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March. It is an annual feast day that celebrates Saint Patrick who is  recognized as the patron saint of Ireland.Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue.  He is said to have used the shamrock,  to explain the Holy Trinity and now the color green is associated with St Patricks day.
Here's the recipe for green zucchini rice. Zucchini is a summer squash. In a culinary context, zucchini is treated as a vegetable. Botanically,the zucchini is an immature fruit, hmmmm interesting huh???

Ingredients: 

Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
Water - 2 Cups
Zucchini (Shredded) 1 cup
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Curry leaves - 1 Strip
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
 Dry red chillies (whole) - 4
 Bay leaves - 2
Salt 1/2 teaspoon 
Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch


Procedure:
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. 
  • Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds to the oil. Add curry leaves, dry chillies and bay leaves. Add basmati rice and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add water, zucchini, salt and stir.
  • Pour the mixture into the rice cooker and serve when done.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Y Activity

We found an awesome way to unwind my 4 year old daughter. She is like any other 4 yr old.......... learning new things sucking up all the information like a sponge. Today we did some Yahweh stretching exercisesand it really helped her to unwind and take some rest. It sure was a calming experience. Looking forward to doing it tomorrow too:)



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Growing Orchids

  1. Choose an orchid that is already a mature plant with blossoms.  Mature orchids grow much more easily than young plants. Plant the orchid in a plastic pot with holes on the bottom for proper drainage. Do not use soil, as the orchid roots need plenty of air flow for quality growth. Use a growing medium such as, peat moss.
              2. Place your potted orchids in a lot of sunlight. Orchids need lots of sun for quality leaf and
                   flower production. The orchids must have 14 hours of sunlight each day.


    3. Drought-tolerant orchids thrive best with minimal watering. Because the roots need ample airflow, too much water can drown your plants. For best results, water your orchids once a week. Add a liquid fertilizer to the water.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Joel

Repentance needed for revivalThe prophet Joel shares a vision of ruin, a call to repentance and a glorious promise of restoration in this brief prophecy about the coming “day of the Lord.” The nation of Judah has wandered. Using a locust plague as an object lesson of God’s impending judgment, Joel urges the people of Judah to repent turn back to God and find hope for the future.
Joel tempers his frightening words about god’s dreadful and unavoidable punishment with words that inspire repentance because of the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all people (Joel 1-2). Joel assures his readers that God’s power is unlimited and that God’s forgiveness is always available. Even if catastrophe and calamity come because of sin, Joel promises that repentance will bring restoration and such joy that sorrow and pain will be more than made up for (Joel 2).
Joel’s appeal for a change of heart touches us deeply. Judah’s example exposes our own tendency to wander away from God when life seems to be going well, when affluence, friends and family surround us. Joel reminds us that close relationship with God is vital in both good time and bad. God loves us so much that he will use whatever he can to get our attention and bring us closer to him- even a plague of locusts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One Flaw In Women

By the time the Lord made woman,

He was into his sixth day of working overtime.

An angel appeared and said,

"Why are you spending so much time on this one?"

And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her?

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,

have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable

and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,

have a lap that can hold four children at one time,

have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart

-and she will do everything

with only two hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements.

"Only two hands!? No way!

And that's just on the standard model?

That's too much work for one day.

Wait until tomorrow to finish."

But I won't," the Lord protested.

"I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.


She already heals herself when she is sick

AND can work 18 hour days."

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.

"But you have made her so soft, Lord."

"She is soft," the Lord agreed,

"but I have also made her tough.

You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?", asked the angel.

The Lord replied,

"Not only will she be able to think,

she will be able to reason and negotiate."

The angel then noticed something,

and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.

"Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.

I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak," the Lord corrected,

"that's a tear!"


"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy,

her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride."

The angel was impressed.

"You are a genius, Lord.

You thought of everything!

Woman is truly amazing."

And she is!

Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in.

They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.



They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideals.

They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

PLEASE share this along to all your women friends and relatives  
to remind them just how amazing they are. ALSO, Pass it along to a MAN who needs to remember or recognize that a good woman is not perfect for a REASON!

I dedicate this to all the women Ive known, I know now and I will ever know. You are very precious in Gods sight dont ever forget that!!

(Got it in an email from my very best friend -thanx a ton Maryann)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Adrienne Gager }

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