Be BOLD with Black

Be BOLD and dramatic using black accents on your Valentine table.  We started with a red tablecloth, then added a black charger, white dinner plate and a red heart shaped salad plate.  The luscious cupcake, as well as our red napkins, is wrapped with a black, lacy-looking cupcake wrapper...

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Filling Up Our Hearts

This is our purpose: "Feeding"our hearts and homes for the benefit of the global faith community. Wellness. Wholeness. Focusing on our source for faith as Christians and that which brings us love, healing, life, and energy versus that which does not. Sacred, Strategic. Simple. Soft. Our different “selves,” the archetypes-...

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Our Valentine’s Table

Chocolate Marlow: (Serves 8) Mousse: 2 cups mini marshmallows â…” cup milk 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1â…“ cups heavy cream Sugared Crackers: 4 whole graham crackers 1 large egg, slightly beaten 2 teaspoons sugar For the mousse: combine the marshmallows, milk and chocolate in...

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Valentine’s Day Prayer

1 John 4: 7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knowth God.  (King James version) Valentine's Day Prayer Loving God, hear our prayers for those who need the sound of your love spoken clearly...

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Strawberry Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped (must use fresh) 1 1/4 cups pecans, toasted and chopped Heat oven to 325. Grease and flour two...

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The Balancing Act

Here we find ourselves marking the last few days of February off our calendars. In a month characterized by heart shaped candies and brightly wrapped gifts, it can be difficult to extract genuine meaning from all the flashy displays.  We are distracted and consumed with tasks like filing the...

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New Year, New Me!

10 Tips to "Lighten Up"! 1. Listen to music that makes my heart "sing!" 2. Check the lighting in my enviroment. Am I getting enough light? Enough sunshine? 3. Play. 4. Pray, even if I can only imagine the face of someone whom I want to "send care." 5, Fruits...

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Peanut Butter Cookies

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt (increase to 1 tsp, if using unsalted butter) ½ pound salted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla...

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Spiritual Celebrations: Son Light!

“…Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.”  Ephesians 5:8-9   (Holman Bible) January is many things:  celebrations, resolutions, new diets, exercise programs….and more resolutions.  But if I was only allowed one word to describe January, it would be “gray.”   Here...

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January Babies!

I am a January Baby. There is something about January that invites me into Winter. Perhaps it is because we celebrated my birthday and I remember those special days of childhood. I even had a dream last night that reminded me of that. Childhood friends. Which is to say...

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Dawn of the Self. Resolving to Love.

As an employee of a gym during January, I am bearing witness to those initial efforts of tackling idealistic New Years Resolutions. More people then ever are busting through the doors ready to shed last year’s baggage. I walk down the halls catching bits of conversations about how someone...

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Letting Our Traditions Shine!

There are years that I have not had the time or even felt like sending out Christmas cards. So I didn't. This left a lot of friends from years past wondering about me and our family. But maybe that is what I wanted….people to wonder. To care. Which begs the question...

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Our Favorite Things

        Please Remember these organizations for Christmas Giving: The Humane Society The Red Cross The Salvation Army   New Books I (Janine) can recommend: Unopened Letters from God: A workbook for Individuals and Groups. Rev. Robert L. Haden Jr. Haden Institute Publishing, Trust and Betrayal: Dawnings of...

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FaithShapes! Family: Christmas Traditions

…”this is my name (LORD) forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.  Exodus 3:15b  NIV This month at FaithShapes, the focus is on “letting our traditions shine”—and what better time to think about traditions than at Christmas.  Perhaps you already observe some established traditions...

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December Dreams!

I keep a spiral notebook and pen beside my bed. That way when I wake up in the morning I can immediately write down the images, colors, smells, feelings and "story" of whatever dream is still lingering in my mind. This morning I remember our grandson (now 4)  being...

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Fudge Pie

Janine's Christmas Fudge Pie: 1 cup sugar 3 TBLSP cocoa ½ cup flour 1 stick softened butter or margarine 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Melt butter. Beat eggs. Mix all ingredients by hand. Cook in a buttered pie plate for 20-25 minutes at 350°. Serve warm or cool. Can be...

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Burnishing Burned Silver

Michele Tracey, our Food Editor, is working on the story of a family piece of silver that was burned years ago!  Michele: All I was able to find out was that the silver dates back to 1885 and we think it could have been a wedding present, if you saw...

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Advent Table

For as long as I can remember, we have made our own Advent wreath. We would put it together at the Advent workshop at our church. My mother provides the evergreens, leaves and holly branches for the whole workshop with cuttings from our yard. We aren’t as diligent about...

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Back to Traditions- Stories on Love and Home

Traditions: familiar, meaningful rituals that help us remember the past while absorbing the present. They are instilled in us when we are young, passed down through generations, and even acts we create and start on our own. It can be sharing a special meal, reading a cherished story, or...

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Bread Stuffing

    This stuffing is my mother’s specialty. It’s so good that my brother actually made the recipe while he was at college. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this stuffing!  Michele Tracey, Food Editor     Bread Stuffing: 1 loaf white bread Parsley to taste Pepper, garlic salt, celery...

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It’s Where the Heart is.

"Home is where the heart is…" which is to say that it might not be where we expect. Have you ever had that sense of "deja vu" when you feel like you have been some place or in some situation before? Maybe it was in a dream, or in...

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Fruits of the Spirit

“On the other hand the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control; no law can touch such things as these.” Galatians 5:22-23. New Jerusalem Bible

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Hearing God’s Voice

 I once went to a healing retreat to “hear God’s voice” and left disappointed with no sacred voices speaking to me. But to my surprise, on the way home a thought popped into my head “When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” and I realized the great truth of...

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Blessings for this November

"But true growth is something other than the uncontrolled drive for upward mobility in which making it to the top becomes its own goal and in which ambition no longer serves a wider ideal. There is a profound difference between the false ambition for power and the true ambition...

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Celtic Prayer

        I saw a stranger yestre’en Put food in the eating place Drink in the drinking place Music in the listening place And in the sacred name of the Triune God He blessed myself and my house, My cattle and my dear ones, And the lark...

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Decoding Your Dreams, PART 2

Later that day, or that evening (after you have recorded your dream) go over in your mind and ask questions about the "story of the dream." Look at the colors you wrote, sounds, images/symbols, and ask questions about these and any action that happened during the dream. Think of...

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Katie and Culture

 As each of us fight the current of upward mobility in the rough seas of today's society, it is often difficult to live out the spiritual life that calls for a slower, more meaningful way of being. In the upcoming months, I hope to report/write on various aspects of...

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Proverbs and Wisdom

Blessed are those who have discovered wisdom, those who have acquired understanding! Gaining her is more rewarding than silver, her yield is more valuable than gold. She is beyond the price of pearls, nothing you could covet is her equal. In her right hand, is length of days, In her left...

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No Bake Pineapple Pie

No Bake Pinapple Pie Ingredients: ½ cup butter ¾ cup flour ½ cup flaked coconut 2 tablespoons brown sugar 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature â…“ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1 cup crushed pineapple, about half of a 20-ounce can...

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Pineapple Trivia

Pineapple contains micro-nutrients that experts believe protects against cancer and break up blood clots, those nutrients are also beneficial to the heart. Pineapple juices also help kill parasites, relieve intestinal disorders and soothes the bile. The juice contains chemicals that stimulate the kidneys and helps relieve the body of...

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Poetry and Life

 Life has a loveliness to sell,    All beautiful and splended things, Blue waves whitened on a cliff,    Soaring fire that sways and sings, And children's faces looking up Holding wonder like a cup. Life has loveliness to sell,    Music like a curve of gold, Scent of...

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Blessings for All Children

O God, whose beloved son Jesus took children into his arms and blessed them: Give us grace to entrust these children into your never failing care and love, and bring us into your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,...

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Decoding Our Dreams

In order to learn from our dreams it is vital to "honor the dream" with the intent to remember it! Place a spiral notebook or pad and pen beside your bed. This is your first dream journal. Relax and consider what has brought you joy and sorrow during the...

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Retreat

This is not my home, but it idoes belongs to my best friend  If you know of anyone who wants a "Shangri-La" near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee USA, please feel free to have them contact me. I have been fortunate enough to spend many happy hours visiting with friends and family in...

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