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James Week 1 James 1:1-18

Thanks for joining us for the first installment of Bible Study with Tina! This week, we're looking at James 1:1-18








Study Questions for Week 1:


What does it mean for you to consider it great joy when trials happen?What does joy mean for you? Can you think of a trial that you've gone through that now brings you great joy?What does it mean to persevere?Can you think of an area in your life that you could persevere?What is the loudest voice telling you to stop moving forward? Is it a voice you trust or one of fear? If it's one of fear, what can you do to quiet it?What is wisdom?What does Psalm 111:10 define as wisdom?For further study, do a word search on the wisdom and compare what the scriptures have to say about it. (You can use Biblegateway.com or the YouVersion Bible App)Do you have faith that God will grant you the wisdom you need to navigate whatever is happening in your life today? If you are doubting, check out Jeremiah 29:11-14How do you define temptation and trial?Ev…

Which Bible is Right for Me?

There are so many options out there in regards to Bibles. It can be hard to know which one is the right one for you. We can end up with a ton of Bibles and still not read them. I'm going to go highlight five different versions and what I like about each of them. And I'll share a John 3:16 from each of them so you can get a feel for what makes them different.


1. The New Living Translation (NLT). I've gone through lots of different versions that are my favorites over the years, this one is my current. It's easy to read, relatively easy to understand. But the best part is that it has so many different options. Tyndale Publishers is committed to making scripture accessible to everyone in that they publish the Life Application Study Bible, various different children's Bibles, and my favorite The One Year Bible.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.




2. The New Intern…

Tasty Tuesday: Savory Green Beans & Caramelized Onions

This is one of my favorite green bean recipes of all time! I keep frozen green beans around and just toss it all together as a last minute side quite often. The other day, I served it with chicken rollatina (I modified the recipe by dipping the rolls in melted butter, exactly what it needed and thus the name change). I don't even cook the green beans before hand. After caramelizing the onions, I toss them in frozen and put the lid on the pan. A few minutes later, I toss it all together and sprinkle on whatever nut and dried fruit I have on hand.

Here's the recipe link from Bird's Eye:  Savory Green Beans & Caramelized Onions

Monday Mess: Wait on the Lord

The other day, I went to a training about direct sales and IT WAS AWESOME!!! Oh my word, it was great and I was totally hyped and ready to run out and crank my business back up!! I decided to wait, because honestly, cranking up an old busted clunker of a machine is never fun and you better be fully committed before you attempt it. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done and I'm definitely not saying that it's not worth it, but the work to start something old and abandoned is by far greater than the work of starting and maintaining something brand new. Well, unless you bought a lemon.

Here I was excited and pumped up and willing and ready to dive into something, anything. And the thing I had to do was wait. I had to wait to see what God wanted me to do with that information He'd placed in my lap.

You know what? Waiting isn't much fun. Especially when what you perceive wandering by right outside your door is opportunity that you could be participating in. You see all…

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful that the voices in my head aren't always right and today that's enough.

Tasty Tuesday: Salad Bar

I will admit that I do love a good salad. I think my love began in college. There was always a fresh salad bar for lunch and dinner. When I became a vegetarian in the midst of school, it became my go-to meal option. My favorite was cottage cheese, chickpeas and ranch dressing. I totally went without lettuce, never really liked the way it tasted and still don't hold it in high regards. But I do serve it when I make up what I either call "The Big Salad" or salad bar.

Here's the thing I love most about this meal, it lasts for days!! Most of the ingredients will keep in the fridge or on the shelf and allow you to go back and create a new tasty meal for a week and never eat the same thing twice. So chop up some lettuce, grab your favorite toppings, and dressing and have some fun! Need a few ideas? How about...

chickpeas
cottage cheese
shredded cheese
block cheese
broccoli
cauliflower
beets
artichoke hearts
sunflower seeds
raisins
dried cranberries
fresh apple
goat cheese

Thankful Thursday!!

I'm thankful for all the sunshine we've been getting this year! It's certainly helping with my moods.
I'm thankful that my mom is officially one-year cancer free. Uterine cancer is no joke.
I'm thankful that my dad has a phone that I can call and reach him, even though he's in the boonies.
I'm thankful for a husband that mows the lawn! It's gorgeous this year. 
I'm thankful for a daughter that does the right thing even when she doesn't want to. And I'm super thankful for a God that encourages her in the midst of that struggle. 
I'm thankful for all of you! 

Tasty Tuesday: #PBandSpoon

I love peanut butter! One of my favorite snacks is to mix peanut butter with coconut oil and some unsalted nuts and a couple of dark chocolate chips. What I don't like about peanut butter is the sugar and the vagueness of their ingredients...

Case in point, I love this peanut butter, but what exactly is hydrogenated vegetable oil. Is it one of those oils listed or all three whipped up into some sort of super oil? I guess I should Google that at some point.



When I make peanut butter at home, I use exactly what I want in it, which are things that I can pronounce and generally know what they are. For example

Peanuts, honey, sea salt and some oil of choice. I've used all kinds including canola and peanut. But if you have patience, the peanuts will release their own oils and you won't have to add any additional amount. The best part is that you can use a sweetener of your choice and salt of your choice and if you want to get really fancy, you can roast your own green peanuts an…

Monday Mess: The Hustle

I'm almost positive that you've been reading all the hustle talk out there. I think it's the modern day equivalent to "Get it, Girl!" I'm here today to let you know that I didn't hustle today. I'm pretty sure that I didn't hustle yesterday and the chances of hustling tomorrow are looking pretty slim. And guess what, life is good. 
Don't get me wrong, I've read the books, I've listened to the motivational speakers and they are all telling you how to run your business and life. They are saying that they key is to be omnipresent. More reliable than Jesus is what appears to be the goal in most cases. There is no sense of taking a day off. There's no remembering of the story about the Oregon Trail teams. Have you heard that story? I can't verify the truth of it, except that I've seen it play out in my personal life. 
Once there was a large group heading out on the Oregon trail. They had enough supplies and provisions to get the…

Home Sausage Making by Charles G. Reavis, Evelyn Battaglia

Let me start off by saying that I love sausage. Last year, Joel was taking brats and smoking them on the grill and they were amazing! And this was just plain ol' store bought brats we were eating. I can't wait to make our own brats and smoke them this summer!! WOOT WOOT!

Okay, so this book is great for a beginner, there's information about ingredients and picking them as well as tools that you'll need, pros and cons of different varieties. Now we already have an electric meat grinder, so I wasn't in the market to change, but a hand grinder does sound like it would be awesome.

The recipes themselves are divided into several different genres from pork to game to poultry to fish to vegetable. Throughout the recipes are areas that focus on techniques, including a lengthy section on aged meat sausages, something I'm not sure I'm quite ready to give a go. And there are stories from various different sausage makers and their tips. The one that I heard over and ov…

Tasty Tuesday: MOD Pizza

Today, I'm sharing a Veg Bad restaurant choice. If you are having a hard time getting all your veg in or want to get a lot of veg at once, I highly recommend MOD Pizza.
They have personal size pizzas that are one price for as many toppings as you like. Think the Subway of pizza. But the reason I love them isn't the pizza but the salad options. I get a mini and jam pack it full of toppings. It's one of my favorite veg restaurants. It might be because of the fact that they have roasted garlic cloves which are amazing in salads.
Some of the other options include five different lettuce blends, bell peppers, roasted peppers, roasted spicy peppers, roasted broccoli, red onion, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomato, black and green olives, garbanzo beans, other daily changes. You can get your dressing on the side or toss it right in. There's also a variety of meats that you can add to your salad if you're an omnomnomnivore. My favorites include bacon, spicy Italian sausage…

Monday Mess: I quit

I don't know where I read this but it was somewhere on the internet and it basically said When you get tired, learn how to rest instead of quit. Turns out it's attributed to a graffiti artist in England.


This is totally what I'm trying to learn right now. I sometimes take a while longer to recover from interactions that I would like. Especially if there is mental work involved. I've talked several times before that I've suffered from clinical depression, well it feels as I get older that my bout of Lyme Disease is also making things deteriorate faster than I would like. I don't always remember exactly when I want to, sometimes I stop mid-sentence because I don't remember what I was saying. And yes, these are all parts of getting old, but when it's just part of getting old, you don't really notice and you don't really care. Me, on the other hand, I do notice and I do care, it's much too early to be losing my mind. I find that I do better when…