Thursday, December 31, 2015

How I Get Organized for a New Bible Study

A new bible study is about to start for me and I love getting ready for a new study. Something about it reminds me of starting a new school year. I buy supplies, get my stuff ready and feel so ready to learn from God.  I thought I would share how I prepare.

This next session is going to be The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. I love her work and have completed her Jonah and Gideon bible studies before.  I am really looking forward to this one.

The first thing I do when I buy my new bible study book is take it to Office Max or Staples and have them bind it. It is about $3 to have it bound. It is so worth it because it stays open much easier.

 Next, I tab the weeks. This is a short bible study so I chose to tab on top. But for 10 week studies, I place the tabs on the side.
 I turn to the first page of each new week and place the tab on that page.
 I have used post it tabs in the past. But this time I found these cute paper clip tabs that were prettier and cheaper at Office Max.

 Then I add a post it arrow to the page where I will start. I move this after I finish the day's work to tomorrow's first page. It makes it easier for me to find where I need to go.  If I tab on the side of the book, then I use the post it on the top for easy viewing.

 Bible study isn't just about the book. I use this notebook on the side to record my thoughts on that day's lesson and to reflect more deeply on a particular scripture that interested me.
 On the inside cover is a pocket where I keep my prayer calendars. I love prayer calendars. They remind me to pray for things I might not always remember to pray for.
 Here are some of the prayer calendars I am currently using. This one is a prayer calendar for my small group. I found it here.
 This one is for attributes to pray for my son. I could not find the link but I found it on Pinterest.
 I use the one below for its names of God. It allows me to focus on a particular aspect of God in my adoration time. Adoration is focusing on WHO God is. That is why I love these names of God.  It also included other peoples that I could focus on in prayer like leaders of our state, city, or nation, etc.  You can find it here.
 This one below is a prayer calendar for my husband. You can find it here.
 I say the prayers above aloud before I begin my bible study and then ask the Holy Spirit to help me learn what I need to learn from today's bible study. I ask God to teach me from His Word.

After I finish my bible study in the book, I use the SOAP method to focus on one scripture verse from that day that stood out to me. I love Beth Moore's bible studies because she always has a Today's Treasure verse that I use to focus on for this section of my study.

I write down my prayer after learning from the scripture verse.
 I close my Bible Study time by praying for those closest to me. I write specific requests down in the prayer section of my notebook (the back of the book sectioned off for prayer). I use the 2 column method. On one side I write Prayer requests for myself or others, on the other side I write praises down when prayers are answered. I date both.

Below is an example that I found on Pinterest. No website or link is associated with it so I can't tell you where it is from but this is how I do my specific ending prayers. I label the left side Prayers and the right side Praise.
Prayer Journal Sample - I never really knew what to do for a prayer journal. I love this. Now I know.:

When I am active in a bible study, I do this 5 days a week usually Tuesday - Saturday. Monday is my bible study group meeting day. I study in the evenings before bed.

My new study starts in 4 days! I am very excited to begin.

Hope this helps.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Garner State Park

We camped for the first time at Garner State Park Easter 2015. We have been to many parks but this one was wow!

We stayed in the new section near the park host in a tent. We had electricity and water at our site.

Tons of things to do here: hike, basketball, swim, kayak, paddleboard, paddleboat, miniature golf, shop, geocache, bike, and dance. Yes, they have dances in the evenings! And the Easter Bunny came by with candy.

This is going to become a Easter tradition for us.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Newbie Camping

Well, I am a self-professed indoor enthusiast!  I love all things indoors...malls, movies, libraries, restaurants, you get the picture.  So when my hubs decided he wanted to take our family camping for the first time, I was not very supportive of the idea. 

First, I am not married to Mister Macho.  He would not kill a bear with his bare hands for us.  His idea of survival is: "I don't have to be fast, I just have to be faster than the other guy.  Cause the bear is going to stop and maul the person behind me."

Second, he has never camped a day in his life...not even in the back yard.  So you see my dilemna.

To my surprise, we had a good time.  Primarily because of a program that he found that teaches indoorsy types like ourselves to camp and for CHEAP! ($65)  It is called Texas Outdoor Family and is a part of the Texas State Park System.  They provide EVERYTHING except your clothes, food, and sleeping bag.  The tents, propane cooking stoves, pots, pans, coffee press, and my favorite part - AIR MATTRESS.  They teach you how to set up a tent and provide guided activities for you to do.  It is real camping in a real state park but with help - and someone who may in fact be more helpful in a bear fight.  In fact, I learned raccoons are more trouble than bears.  It is one night.  So if you don't like it, it is over before you know it.  If you do, sign up for another.

We have been to three Texas Outdoor Family Events.  First was in June 2011 at Pedernales Fall State Park.  This was great!  The park was nice, the rangers were fabulous, the activities were fun.  But this was the beginning of our tremendously hot and dry summer and temperatures were already above 100 by 11:00 a.m.  Consequently, on the guided hike to see the Falls, I suffered dehydration and had to be driven back to our camp.  I was shot for the rest of the trip.  But even so, we had so much fun as a family together and the time spent here was priceless.

Our second trip was in November 2011 to Dinosaur Valley State Park.  My son was really excited to see the dinosaur foot prints and geocache.  He made friends and had a great time.  I learned my lesson and played it easy reading on the air mattress and watching birds.  The weather was much better but we didn't see a whole lot do to here.

Our third trip was May 2012 to Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument.  We actually got a chance to spend the night ON the Battleship.  Quarters were cramp and there was no privacy but this was one of the best times ever.  We learned how to kayak, geocached, visited the monument, learned from a park interpreter all about the Battle at San Jacinto and my son got to dress up in Texian soldier clothes.  We toured the Battleship Texas used in both World Wars I & II and in the movie Pearl Harbor.  Yes ladies...Ben Affleck was on that ship. Swoon!  This was a great trip and if you have a chance do this one.

Interested go to the site.  It is so worth it.  Our fourth trip will probably be one where they teach you how to fish.  Very cool!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Working Momma's Chicken and Dumplings

I am seriously the only one in my family who likes chicken and dumplings.  So what is a chicken dumpling girl to do - 1) eat at Cracker Barrel as often as I can, 2) learn to make it quick and still give the hubs and son what they like.

Every now and then we do soup and sandwich night or, more often,  for lunches we do soup, crackers, and fruit. So while I whip up some microwave soups for the family, I make this on the stove for me.  Everyone is happy.

WM Chicken and Dumplings - will serve 3-4 (I usually halve this since I am the only one eating it)

2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk
2 family size cans of chicken noodle soup

Pour the soup into the pan and add the 2 cans of water as the can instructs.  Heat to boiling.  Meanwhile, mix up the bisquick and milk in a small bowl.  When the soup is boiling, add the dough small spoonfuls at a time to the soup. Reduce the heat to medium or medium high (you want a low boil) and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.  Then cover and cook for 10 minutes longer.

Viola! Creamy chicken and dumplings.  Souper easy!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Recipe: Fish Tacos

Tilapia -2 filets per person (at least that is what my family eats)
corn tortillas - I like the thick homestyle kind not those thin horrible yellow or red kind.
oil-something without flavor like canola or veggie oil
seasonings - be creative - I have coated my tilapia in crushed tortilla chips, in bread crumbs, I have seasoned with McCormick Mesquite seasoning, sprinkled lemon pepper seasoning, the flavoring part always changes.

Make the coleslaw according to package directions or if you bought ready made - you go girl!

Heat a pan over med hi heat.  This is for the tortillas.

In a separate pan, Put oil and heat over med to med hi heat- I like to use my deep chicken fryer pan. Rinse and pat dry the fish.  Season as you like.  Place the fish in the pan and flip after about 2-3 minutes.  Tilapia cooks really fast so don't leave.When flaky and lightly browned, place on plate lined with paper towels.  Put in the next batch of fish and repeat.

When fish is done, warm up tortillas in the other pan, about 1-2 minutes per side.  Some like to fry their torts in oil but I don't like all that grease mucking up the freshness of the coleslaw.  That is why I like the thick homestyle corn tortillas warmed, so much better.

To plate, top tortilla with fish and coleslaw.  My hubby loves this recipe. Yummy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Meal Plan: Week 3 Recipes

From the October Dinner Meal Plan

Sunday: Beef Stroganoff with Green Beans, Salad (lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, Cheese cubes, crunchies, dressing) & Crescent Rolls

Monday: Rich & Meaty Pasta Bake, Salad, Broccoli

Tuesday:  Change from the pancakes to Salmon (have some in the freezer that I haven't used).
Salmon salad (salmon, egg, cheese, tomato, avocado, spinach/lettuce combo, crunchies, dressing)

Wednesday: Baked PorkChops (seasoned with season all), Asparagus, salad

Thursday: Fish Tacos

Friday & Saturday: Women of Faith Conference - Eating out!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Recipe: Plain Old Salad

I reference salad a lot in my meal plans.  A plain old salad is something that I can dress up or down according to my taste buds that day.  Here is my plain old basic salad.

Plain Old Salad
Lettuce - any good lettuce (green leaf, spring mix, spinach, boston, bibb, butter) - just not iceberg - YUCK!
Tomatoes - I like roma (I chunk them)  or those cute little grape tomatoes (I half them)
carrot shreds -they sometimes call them matchstick carrots or something like that
dressing - HEB has a good creamy garlic ceasar that has very little sugar, but I also like ranch, balsamic vinaigrette, asian, extra virgin olive oil greek vinaigrette, raspberry vinaigrette if there is fruit or nuts in my salad.

Now dress it up however you like.

Topping ideas:
hard boiled eggs
bacon bits (real stuff)
french onions
olives - I like black olives
beans - i like red kidney but pinto is good and black beans are good
nuts - any kind you like but stick to a quarter of a cup - no more
tortilla strips
wonton strips
fruit - apples, oranges, pineapple, are all good on salads
berries - blue berries, strawberries, cranberries, yum!
cheese - cheddar, feta, whatever floats your boat
veggies - grilled veggies, potatoes, anything
meats - tuna, chicken, steak, ground beef, whatever you like
pasta - you name it. You can stick it on a salad.

Salads are really fun to make. Enjoy!