Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Drama: Everyone is welcome!

Christmas will look a little different this year for the Osborne family ― much to their surprise!

It’s Christmas Eve, and their oldest son Tyler finally boards his plane for home, exhausted after six months on the mission field and eager to see his family again. During the flight, however, he meets an assembly of quirky characters in his fellow passengers, some amusing and some irritating, but all in need of a Father’s love.

Meanwhile, at home the Osborne family bustles to finish preparations for Christmas Day and their son’s homecoming. Mrs. Osborne looks forward to a quiet family Christmas this year; but a couple of uninvited visitors arrive, and she finds herself suddenly thrust into a situation quite unlike the one she had envisioned.

And when a snowstorm threatens to prevent Tyler’s flight home, the Osbornes are all compelled to question their pleasant expectations of having a simple family Christmas ― and must reexamine their understanding of family itself.

Synopsis, Story Concept, and Characters: Rachelle Ferguson
Script: Rachelle Ferguson, MacKenzie Branch, and Julia Thomas
Directors: Julia Thomas and Rebecca Hoard
Sound: Keith Bailey
Lighting: Steve Hoard
Prop Set: Keith and Rachel Bailey, Matt Thomas, Dan Miller, Curt Ferguson, and Dorinda Everett
Graphic design for invitation, banner, and program: Dorinda Everett

Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scrumptious Blueberry/Almond Streusel Muffins

Blueberry Muffins 
with Almond Streusel topping

2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
5 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
(I used 3 and the texture seemed fine.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1.5 cups frozen blueberries

Streusel topping:
1/4 cup flour
2 T. sugar
2 T. butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Butter and flour 12-muffin cups. 

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, which together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and stir together until combined.
Fold in blueberries and divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

For topping, combine flour, sugar, and butter. 
Using your fingers, work the ingredients together just until combined.
Work in the almonds and sprinkle evenly over tops of muffins.

Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book and DVD Recommendation for Spiritual Development

One of the best books I've read!

And another related and incredibly inspiring resource for spiritual development:

For my second "read," I'm listening to the book now on 
Truly spiritually edifying. 
I highly recommend it. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

We Are Never Alone

I awakened to an urgent whisper, "Mama, I'm afraid! I had a bad dream."

I sat up on the edge of the bed and wrapped her in my arms.

"All is well, my little one. There is nothing to fear. We are all right here together and God is watching over us. No matter what happens to us, we are safe, because we are in His arms even though we can't see Him."

With our firstborn baby girl in my arms--she was about 2--I  stood up and started down the long hall toward her room. I kept talking to her about the reality of God and His love. I quoted her scripture that she could lock away in her little mind and pull out when she was afraid. I prayed with her. I told her, "The next time you awaken and you feel afraid, I want you to remember that God is holding you. Even if something took your life, you would be fine, because you would be with God. He loves you even more than Mommy and Daddy know how to love you. He made you. I want you to learn to trust in Him."

She never ran to our bedside again in fear. But she would tell me from time to time that she had awakened in fear and had remembered the Bible verse and talked to God before she fell back asleep.

A few years later little sister had a bad dream. She ran to big sister.

"LaRae, I'm afraid! I had a bad dream."

LaRae took her hand, walked her down to her room and crawled into her bed with her. Wrapping her arm around her baby sister, she prayed with her and quoted the verse, then went back to her own room and fell asleep.

Our children are grown now. LaRae, our firstborn went away to college a few years ago--she's a senior now. In her first semester, as she was learning to even more deeply depend upon her Heavenly Father, another verse became a source of strength. When she wasn't comfortable taking part in things most everyone else took part in, she studied in her room and she prayed and she clung to the verse, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of."

Two years later little sister followed. Her verse was, "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."

Young parents, take every opportunity to train your precious little ones of the eternal. Teach the reality of God, our loving Heavenly Father, in our world right now, with us, wanting us to depend on Him in every situation.

I wish you and your children Jesus. Really.