Worthy Pursuits

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Any sacrifice you are making to teach and support and nurture and strengthen your family will pay you in the end. We’re here to grow together. Even the greatest pain- childbirth, temporary separation, saying you’re sorry and asking forgiveness, finding the strength to forgive; all will be nothing compared to the joy that comes to those who love.

“(Mortals) say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory,…The Blessed will say, ‘We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven.'”

C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Fight for your family’s success!

Keep going.

Heaven is cheering you on! Can you hear it?

Love,
Jacque

Strength In Us

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Every family has challenges. No, every family has multiple, on-going, at times life-threatening and or soul-threatening difficulties they are trying to work through.

And, while none of us are without challenges, there is so much strength in moving through them together! 

Funny how we really come to understand the strength of togetherness, when we witness or experience the death of a relationship or family unit.

Many of you have experienced this pain and my heart goes out to you! You know what it is to be without your people; without the structure and stability that each person contributes to the whole. For instance, you understand the subtle balancing of two parents as they combine strengths and accommodate for weaknesses, so much that you don’t know who does what, they’re just singularly, mom & dad.

Yes, our bonds, so profound and complex, are worth fighting for!

In part simply because facing life together is such an extreme blessing! We can collectively work and sweat and bleed if we have to in order to make it through, knowing that we are far stronger together {yes, even when someone in that together is driving you batty!} and that, with God’s help, we can weather the storm. Together.

I thank heaven for the together that is our family. There is no greater blessing in my life.

Be strong.
Be committed.
Be fierce in defending and supporting one another.
Guard and protect your union.
The dividends of togetherness are endless.

Love,

Jacque

Fall In Love

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I love this fall-time of the year!

The skies are softening. The angle of the light is changing and the colors are looking richer every day.

I love the abundance of vegetables and fruit! And it’s such a wonderful feeling to put some things by for the winter. “All safely gathered in.”

I am grateful for the new beginnings that launch in the fall; for new opportunities to expand talents; for chances to commit to learning new things.

I’m making friends with the word practice.

When I misjudge a situation, I think, I am practicing, it’s ok, I’ve gained more experience in this situation, now move on.

When I put my foot in my mouth, I think, I am practicing, I am learning to be more tactful and kind, I apologize and move on.

When I realize I haven’t set up my environment to support my current goals, I think, I am practicing and I make the needed changes and try again.

I send you love and hope today, and wish you a wonderful season of gratitude and thanksgiving.

Love,

Jacque

Kitchen Coach Jenny- GF Cheese Bread

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Here’s another great idea- thanks Jenny!

GF cheese bread

1/2 C. tapioca starch
1 C. sharp cheese, shredded (like fresh Parmesan or Asiago)
2 T. melted butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking powder
rounded 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
3 T. finely chopped fresh herbs (optional)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a bowl, mix tapioca starch, shredded cheese, baking powder, salt, onion powder and garlic powder until combined. Stir in melted butter, egg, and fresh herbs until dough forms a ball. (dough will still be slightly sticky. If it’s not sticking together well, add water a tsp. at a time until it forms a ball.)
Roll into ping-pong sized balls and bake for 7-10 minutes, until lightly browned. These are best right out of the oven.

Those Wrong Songs

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I say “wrong” because they aren’t true, and I’m referring to the songs in our culture that worship people, even those we love.

The music that says, “If you leave me, I won’t have any reason to go on.”

Or, those that sing along the lines of, “If you decide to be unfaithful to me, it would kill me.”

I reject those messages. For those of us who put our faith and hope in God, they are wholly untrue.

Instead, I would suggest lyrics and declarations that speak of our commitment and steadiness. Of our decisions and behavior. Of the divinity of our souls and the eternal purposes of God. And of the strength that comes from putting good faith and hope in the promises and fidelity of others, with the understanding that because of humanness, we ultimately lean and depend on God and His promises to us.

If the day ever comes, or already has come, that someone you love abandons their commitment to you, or in some way is unfaithful, I hope you will determine now that you will stand in strength; find forgiveness, beauty and newness in life because of your faith in and dependence on your Heavenly Father. For ultimately, giving the responsibility of our happiness to another person is a misuse of our agent-hood.

We all make mistakes. We all fall short. Only He is worthy of all praise and adoration.

Love and blessings,

Jacque

“With God all things are possible,” even surviving, rising, discerning, forgiving and healing. God bless you!