Who doesn’t love a good cold drink on a hot summer day? Some of my favorite summer drinks are sweet tea and lemonade. Here’s a recipe you can use to make these traditional drinks a little fancier!
Peach Syrup: 6 fresh, ripe peaches 3 cups of water 1 1/2 cups of sugar Stevia to equal 1/2 cup of sugar. (I use liquid stevia, so it’s one dropper, you can also just do another 1/2 cup of sugar.)
Peel and slice the peaches and put them in a kettle. Add the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Mash up the peaches some with a spoon or whisk. Let the mixture at a low boil for 10 minutes. Then remove from the heat, and let it cool. Strain the juice off into a quart jar. Now you have peach syrup! Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Tips: Use 3 T. of syrup for a 16 oz. serving of tea or lemonade. Use 1 cup of syrup for 1/2 gallon of tea or lemonade. When you are making your drink, you can halve the sugar because the syrup is sweet!
Recently I have been studying the book of Ruth, using a study guide by The Daily Grace Co. This book of the Bible, which is the story of a woman named Ruth, has been very challenging to me. I’m only on chapter two. I am excited to continue studying this book and the life of Ruth. I’d like to share with you some things I’ve learned over the past week. One of the first things that struck me was that even though the first several verses in chapter one make it look like everything was going wrong in Naomi’s (Ruth’s mother-in-law) life, God had this all planned out for the good of many people. After Naomi’s husband and two sons died, one of which was Ruth’s husband, Naomi decided to go back to Bethlehem where she was originally from. Ruth was determined to go with her. It is clear to me that Naomi must have had a really strong character for Ruth to know that she wanted to go with Naomi, even though it wasn’t her homeland. She didn’t hesitate to commit to following Naomi in every aspect of this journey. “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where though lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest I will die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Ruth 1:16-17 Does this look like commitment to you? Reading this made me wonder if I am the kind of person that, when other people see me, they know that I have the truth they need in their lives.
When Naomi and her family first left Bethlehem, before her husband died, Naomi’s heart was full. Now, when she returns to her homeland, she says she returned empty. She allowed her circumstances to define who she was. What she didn’t realize at the time was that when she left, she was full of herself. The entire time between then and when she returned to Bethlehem, God was working in her life and emptying her of herself so she could be filled with Him. Am I allowing my current circumstances to shape my character? Or am I making myself moldable in the hands of our Creator? The one who knows everything and has a divine purpose for my life. Maybe in a few weeks, I will write another post about the rest of the book. Study this book for yourself and allow God to speak to you through the lives of Naomi and Ruth. I’d love to hear what you learned in your study.
Stretching. Exhausting. Rewarding. Exciting. These are some words that describe our week at Rubies Girls Camp this year. Kinza and I and our younger sister all went to this camp this year, all with different responsibilities.. Kinza was a counselor, I was a Jr. counselor, and Kylie was a camper.
Prior to the campers arrival on Monday, Kinza and I and the other staff got to sit in a very well-taught training series. We studied a lot on the importance of having a vision and knowing how we will accomplish it. The weekend was very challenging and refreshing for me. I saw many ways I could apply the things I learned to other areas in life!
Monday through Friday was spent with 240 girls doing a lot of fun activities. Kinza was a counselor for ten 14-year old girls. She really enjoyed being with them and made the week very exciting for them. I was a Jr. counselor for three cabins which was thirty 10 & 11 year old girls. They were so full of energy, so I loved being with them as well as fulfilling the other requirements for Jr. counselors. Things like trash duty, cleaning, and doing some of the activities.
For the sake of time, I won’t go into detail on everything we did, but some highlights were high ropes, swimming, hanging out with the other Jr. counselors, team-building activities, and serving meals. If you ever get a chance to go to Rubies as a camper or staff, I recommend you take it. Yes, it’s a very full, exhausting week, but also rewarding in so many ways.
Do you ever wonder how everything will get done? And your mind feels about like this picture!
The laundry needs folded
Bread needs made
Computer work to finish
Sewing that needs completed
A card to mail
Flowerbeds need weeded
You want to spend time with a friend!
AND YOU REALLY NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD!!!! but you have so much to do…
Your tired already……..
I really struggle to take enough time with Jesus, especially when life doesn’t feel slow. Actually does it ever?!
I encourage you, and tell myself, time with Jesus is most important. Let’s together Seek Jesus first in how to live life well and to be intentional about our time with Him! You are going to be able to spend your time wisely and give better when you are first filled with Him!
And most times, you do get done what really has to get done.
”God, please guide my day. You know what I actually need to get done. I surrender my day, time and thoughts to you. Help me to live and speak in ways that bring you honor and glory!”
And you know, we must remember sometimes in life, depending on which season you are in, having time with Jesus doesn’t hardly happen. Even in those times, if you are surrendered to Jesus, you are still worshiping Him by meeting the needs and caring for the people or children around you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. -Proverbs 3 : 5-6
Kinza and I know without a doubt that we have the best youth group. We’re definitely not biased. LOL. Part of what helps us have as great of relationships as we do, is the Bible study we girls have together. We started this last fall when our church and youth were facing some hard things, and it is obvious this was God’s timing. We generally have an evening together every other week where we discuss the lesson for the night and share our hearts and encourage each other. Then we end the night in prayer groups; praying for each other and various requests. We are going through a book called “Salvaging My Identity” by Rachel Lovingwood and Jennifer Mills. It’s very practical for youth girls!
Recently it was Kinza and my turn to host the Bible study, so we decided to have supper along with it. We served Low Country Boil and fruit cups. It was such a fun evening of fellowship and encouragement. I encourage you to get a group of girls together to study God’s Word and share with each other.
The topic for the evening was on Conflict. We are all plagued in some way with conflict with ourselves and other people. We discussed that most often the things that cause conflict in relationships are the very things that could make a relationship beautiful. Things like cultural differences, different ways of thinking, and such. We also discussed ways to overcome conflict- pray, be humble and admit failure, be willing to change, etc. Remember, where there are people there will be conflict, so let’s do what we can to handle it correctly when we are faced with it.
Low Country Boil:
1.5 gallons of water 1/4 c. Old Bay seasoning 1 T. salt 4 lbs. small potatoes 2 lbs. kielbasa, cut in 3″ pieces 12 ears corn, halved 4 large onions, cut in chunks 5 lbs. shrimp
Boil water, Old Bay seasoning and salt. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add keilbasa and cook 10 minutes more. And corn and cook 3 minutes. Add onions and cook 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook one minute. Strain the water off and then dump all the food on a table. Serve with cocktail sauce, barbecue sauce, sour cream, butter, and salt. We included fruit cups and sweet tea in the menu as well.