Monday, August 1, 2011
Today is a very exciting day for Will and I! We have spent the last few weeks preparing and are finally ready to share our special surprise with all of you!!!
Learning to Live a Surrendered Life has moved to its own (dot)com!
You can find us at: www.surrenderedlivingnow.com
Will designed the new website himself and created a wonderful one minute movie to welcome you to our new website home!
God is growing us in so many ways and we are thrilled to have this new location to stretch and share our journeys even more!
Please come join us for a month of new articles and devotions, great giveaways, new features and opportunities for our readers and opportunities to advertise your own ministries, businesses, or blogs...as we celebrate the launch of our new website!
Just a note to our wonderful subscribers...Feedburner will only allow us to transfer the email subscriptions. If you subscribe to this Learning to Live a Surrendered Life blog site you will need to re-subscribe to the new website in order to continue following us in your e-readers. We apologize for the inconvenience and want you to know how much we appreciate all of you!
Won't you come join us?
Dancing together at www.surrenderedlivingnow.com,
Will and Mrs Mary Joy Pershing
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Just a quick note to let you know that this blog will be moving to a new home.
Between getting ready for homeschooling and moving the blog…we will be taking a short break from writing to get prepared for everything.
We won’t be gone long….I promise! Pay close attention to the updates on the Facebook page
Question: How do you prepare your family when you are making changes?
Dancing with Jesus at the foot of the cross,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today is our daughter, Annie,'s sixteenth birthday so we invited her to guest post today to help celebrate this very special day!!!
Annie was very excited when we gave her this book as an early birthday present last week. So much so that she finished reading it in just a few days! Because she spoke so highly of it, we asked her to share her thoughts on Do Hard Things with all of you and she agreed to do it! We are so proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone!
I give you Annie's review...
The book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris is written by teens for teens. It seems that doing hard things is hard for many Christians. The Harris brothers tell the history of where the concept of "teenagers" came from. It's a pretty new concept which was created in the early 1940s.
Alex and Brett challenge the thinking of teens and adults in the church alike as they go against the low expectations and stereotypes that society has set for them over the past 70 years, such as...
- Getting outside of your comfort zone
- Going beyond what is expected or required
- Doing things that are too big to accomplish alone
- Doing things that don't earn immediate payoff
- Challenging the cultural norm
What I think would speak to a lot of people when reading this book is the section on "Doing Hard Things that don't ear immediate payoff". Small hard things, I think, would be difficult for most people because part of doing small hard things like doing chores around the house everyday that seems not very important compared to doing things outside your home where you might get more recognition and seem to make "more" of an impact to the world than cleaning your room.
"You won't make it in the headlines for any of them ('Local Boy Cleans Bedroom and Does Homework!') or waking up looking forward to them ('Oh boy! Today I get to obey my mom cheerfully!')".I felt like the part that impacted me the most was the section about stepping out of your comfort zone. The reason why I have such a hard time with this part was because I always have the question in my mind of "What if I fail?". What helped me with this in the book was that it said...
"You can't get to success without risking failure."That quote gave me the motivation to attempt to do more things for Christ and for the Glory of God outside of my comfort zone. You just have to trust God and take the risk of failure to take a risk to succeed.
I plan on reading Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris again and I will be reading its sequel Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are I also recommend this book to both female and male teenagers as well as adults.
You can learn more about the Harris brothers, their ministry, and their books at TheRebelution.com.
At the foot of the Cross,
Monday, July 11, 2011
I am so humbled as I see how much that me having a Godly attitude and response affected they way that my husband and children responded as well.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7I have a long way to go but I am so grateful that our God is bigger!!!
Dancing together at the foot of the Cross,
Mrs Mary Joy Pershing
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Marriage Monday with Julie at Come Have a Peace
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God's glory. --1 Corinthians 10:31
3 Chicken Breasts cut into bite size pieces
1 medium green bell pepper (use whatever colors you like!!!) cut in large chunks
1 medium sweet onion cut in large chunks
1 medium granny smith apple cut in large chunks
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
2 cans of diced tomatoes or 4/5 fresh tomatoes including the juice and seeds cut into large chunks
1/2 cup cup olive oil
1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil flakes or 6 leaves of fresh basil
1/2 cup of lite Italian Dressing
1 pound of whole wheat penne pasta
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Put olive oil, Italian dressing in a 4-6 quart pot and add chicken and seasonings and saute. When chicken is almost done add the onion, green pepper, spinach and apples (if you have fresh tomatoes add them now). Continue sauteing. If you are using canned tomatoes add them now. Add 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Simmer for 30 minutes.
I hope you will forgive the fact that I didn't remember to take pictures of the steps before the sauce was ready to simmer...but here it is simmering on our stove...
When you only have about 10 minutes left of simmering time...boil pasta until el dente and then drain.
Add pasta to sauce in pot. Toss/stir thoroughly so that all of the pasta is coated with the sauce. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled over each portion.
Question: What are some things you do to stay focused on bringing glory to God through the meals we eat? I would really love to hear about it!
Dancing with my family at the foot of the Cross,
Mrs Mary Joy Pershing
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Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace