Friday, January 1, 2010

Starting The Year With My Heart On JESUS!

We watched the movie The Nativity Story and again my heart was turned to the price that was paid when this little baby named Jesus, came into this world to save me from my sins. I think it is hard for me sometimes to really realize that there was a real baby Jesus. Maybe because I never saw Him born. I never saw Him die. Maybe? Watching the movie put it into perspective for me though. To think that Mary and Joseph had to make choices and had they not followed the instruction of the Lord, life would be very different for us all. I read His word and read that He was born and He "did die". I believe in faith that it is true. I want to continue this year to be one of His followers. I am so thankful for a husband, that is a leader in our home. He helps me to keep my heart close to the Lord, as He washes me in the Word. I am thankful for children who are like their parents, who find themselves as sinners and yet have the freedom to come for forgiveness from the ONE who knew no sin and can be forgiven. All because God chose a momma who would choose to have her baby, named Jesus. I am so thankful on this first day of the year. My prayer is that God would take our family this year and that we would be brave to tell the good news of the special little baby long long ago, who came to change the world forever.

I am going to keep this up until Easter. I will remind my grandchildren of the baby who came for them, if they would only believe.

Romans 10 9-13 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Just for fun
Here is our New Year Granola Recipe. Enjoy!

My honey bought me this little roaster for our granola recipe. I think it is just the cutest!
I sure will enjoy using it when I have to make granola.

I use my flour grinder to grind our wheat, that we grow on our farm.
It really grinds up fast and I use it in my recipe for our granola.
I like to gather everything that I am going to use before I start.

10 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup salted sunflower seeds
brown sugar
1-2 cups cranberries
Add all the ingredients except brown sugar and cranberries to the roaster.
In a small saucepan cook ingredients below on low, until the butter melts.
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tea. vanilla
Pour liquid mixture over all the dry ingredients.
Bake at 325˚ for an hour and a half. Check every 20 minutes.

Add cranberries or raisins after it has been cooked.
Let it cool before putting it into a container.

My honey is happy. He is all set!

This would make a wonderful gift for anyone to bring in the New Year.

I am so thankful for all of you!

Blessings, Linda


  1. Thank's for sharing your Granola recipe! I have been wanting to try to make granola.
    I'll let you know how it turns out.
    I too am thankful for our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ!
    Thanks for your thoughtful post.
    Have a great New Year!

  2. Blessings to you and your family and I do believe in keeping the Christmas spirit and it's meaning in my heart, throughout the year.


  3. Thank you Linda, for the great recipe! I hope to make it soon!
    And I love that you are going to keep up the baby Jesus in the manger until Easter. Our pastor is always saying that Christmas is the telescope that looks forward to Easter ~ It wouldn't have done any good for a baby (Jesus) to be born if He didn't die and rise again in our stead!
    Blessings to you in the New Year!

  4. My Hubs loves granola and I make it for him often. Have a great Pink Saturday. Terry

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  5. Thank you for a beautiful uplifting post. I love stopping by to read your thoughts, and I know I'm going to be inspired. I'm going to make this granola.. thanks so much for the recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out.

  6. Your pictures are lovely! Your little "peace" with the babe in the manger is a wonderful reminder...what a great idea to leave it there until Easter!!

    Oh my goodness...that roaster is so cute and your granola looks wonderful!

    Have a blessed weekend my friend!

  7. You are a doll Linda! I love your post today and I always love visiting you! I make sure to keep my bible studies in check because I know I will look at your blog and you are such a well versed lady! God Bless You! I think growing your own wheat is absolutely the greatest thing ever! Your granola recipe looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I look forward to every email telling me you have a new post! We watched The Nativity Story also and it just made the whole true story even more real to me. Isn't it amazing to think that our Creator knew even as He was creating Adam that one day He would have to humble himself to become a man and die?

    Thanks for the granola recipe! I'll have to try it. I have another recipe I use and cook it in the crock pot! Isn't that funny? As long as the lid is ajar, the granola doesn't become soggy and cooks like the oven, but without browning.

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  9. A beautiful post, Linda! :)
    I have never watched that movie...but it looks like one to definitely watch! :) Wishing you and your family a VERY happy new year! :)

  10. A wonderful post about our Lord and Savior. The granola looks yummy too. Have a blessed New Year.

  11. Hi Linda,two you roast with the lid off?And do you have the granola with milk for breakfast?? I dont know much about granola...can you tell,Lol.
    Ill be trying this recipe,its looks good :0)

    1. Hi......well this is from 2010 and I don't know if I ever answered was so hard then.....working outside the home......anyway......I do roast this without the lid or on a cookie sheet. Either works perfect.....sorry I didn't answer this back then. try is so so nummy!

  12. I am going to have to try this one! Thanks for sharing.


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