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Living the Word

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Week 5 Day 1 of Live in the Word Discipleship Series

God's Word for Today:
 "Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22




"Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool." Ecclesiastes 5:3

To Him be the Glory!

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Through His Spirit

14 So I bow in prayer before the Father.15 Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him.16 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you. Ephesians 3

God's Special Gift of Grace

7 By God’s special gift of grace, I became a servant to tell that Good News. He gave me that grace by using his power.8 I am the least important of all God’s people. But he gave me this gift—to tell the non-Jewish people the Good News about the riches Christ has. These riches are too great to understand fully.9 And God gave me the work of telling all people about the plan for his secret truth. That secret truth has been hidden in him since the beginning of time. He is the one who created everything.10 His purpose was that all the rulers and powers in the heavenly places will now know the many different ways he shows his wisdom. They will know this because of the church.11 This agrees with the plan God had since the beginning of time. He did what he planned, and he did it through Christ Jesus our Lord.12 In Christ we come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this because of our faith in Christ. Ephesians 3

Gracefilled Living

As I read all the latest trends n movements that are very popular n being talked about, blogged about, n videos being made about on YouTube I decide to not prescribe nor follow any but that which my bible teaches me to be filled with His grace n that's enough." I choose to take the road less traveled by n that has made all the difference."

So don't be discouraged if you own more than 33 summer items of clothing known as a capsule wardrobe, follow Christ instead n be free from rigged rules to follow in the name of simplicity.

Don't despair or feel like a failure if you don't follow the Dave Ramsey way to financial freedom abide in the Lord's way instead let Him be ur ultimate teacher, guide n His Word be your instruction manual.

Do you like to enjoy your food n buy some snacks? Me too! We increased are weekly budget for food n household items from $80 to $200. It's ok if u have a little debt, n u eat fast food every once in awhile and ur not perfect!

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Faith, Family & Finances

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Faith: I am a Jesus lovin' Christ Follower Disciple Child of God Filled with the Holy Spirit Christianif that offends you do not follow me
Family: I am a SAHM (stay at home mom) I have 2 toddler boys and I am married to my best-friend who I try my best to love and serve til death do us part. As a single income family of 4 I share recipes, weekly meal plans, ways to be frugal and save money on groceries alot.

Finances: I am a number crunching nerd. I love accounting, financial management, and sharing how to live frugally, with less, and current goal is buy a home, pay it off in less than 15 years and be debt free in less than 5 years. I am a big fan of #Dave Ramsey and #Mary Hunt, and doing this all to the Glory, Honor and Praise of my #1 Hero, Saviour & Creator, Yes, we give 10% at minimal.

I hope this helps people who stumble upon one of my topics rather it be a recipe, a weekly meal plan, my testimony, or what have you to know more about my blog which reflects my beliefs. If yo…

One Month Bible Reading Plan

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I'm currently doing this one month bible reading plan and thought i'd share just in case you might want to follow it too.

Read one chapter in your Bible each day. Check off the chapters as you read them.

Mark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Exodus 20 The 10 Commandments

Matthew 5, 6, 7 The Sermon on the Mount

6 of Your Favorite Psalms
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mine are Psalm 3,23, 89, 90, 91, 119

Ephesian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

If you have some extra time for reading add a Proverbs every day too.

Have a blessed month in the Word.

Pray before you read that God will reveal His Word and truth to you. underline and highlight verses that stood out and further study them. Pray for the text to be practically applied in your life if applicable. Write out in a notebook or journal specific prayer requests, praise reports, and scripture verses to memorize.

No Milk, No Eggs Biscuits

No Milk, No Eggs Biscuits i had to share this recipe my husband found and has been making for us the past two weekend, very good! I love a man who can cook!!

Homemade Pizza less than $5 budget savvy Pizza

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this is an absolute must for your kitchen capsule if you are determined to be thrifty and live on a budget that includes delicious pizza the way you like it, so much better for you, healthier than those $5 pizzas you get ready to go. the key to successful thrifty living is preparation. with a little prep work you got this and the whole family can make pizzas or slices with their fave ingredients!
win! win!





Dough:
2 c warm water
1 package or 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast (i buy in bulk n it lasts almosts a year)
4 c  flour (we use all purpose whole wheat) choose ur fave flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
for seasoned pizza dough optional:
1/4 c italian seasoned tomato sauce
1 tbsp italian seasoning

pick a bowl with a lid that will allow for your dough to double in size
and a warm spot if it's cold in ur kitchen turn the oven on to warm 20 minutes b4 hand

add 4 cups of flour to ur bowl
add ur yeast, salt and mix
add 2 c warm water and olive oil
add ur 1/4 c italian seasoned tomato sau…

Budget Burgers

1 lb HEB skillet mix or ground beef
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup carrots
1 med squash thinly sliced

1 med zucchini thinkly sliced
1 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg

cook rice, boil vegies
combine rice & vegies with bread crumb n egg
add ground beef stirring all together

spray a baking pan
shape into patties you can cover & chill up to 2 days
bake in oven on 350 for 45 min to 1 hour

we split this recipe n made meatloaf too, but not many burgers.
 you can double the recipe to make a good meatloaf n baked burgers
all with the same ingredients that's budget meals!!

Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb ground beef or we use HEB's skillet mix which is seasoned already
1 med onion
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic seasoning
1 28 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1 15 ounce ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
1/2 c water
8 lasagna noodles, uncooked

cook meat, drain
break noodles to fit slow cooker
(we used an oval 8qt n it fit 1 long 2 smaller n i used broken pieces for the sides)
spread 1/2 of the cooked beef over noodles
lay 1/2 of sauce, water & cheese (we didn't use the seasonings, onion or ricotta cheese)
repeat
cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours

it tasted great without the onion and ricotta cheese
you could also add chopped up zuchinni n spinach to give it some texture n added vegies.
we also used whole wheat lasagna noodles for added nutrition.

really good!!

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Ingredients:

3 lbs cabbage shredded
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
2 cups sugar or sugar substitute of ur choice

cook cabbage, carrots, raisins, and sugar on med heat
stirring until sugar is dissolved

remove from heat into a storage container
mix the dressing:
1 cup of vinegar we used apple cider
1/2 cup of vegetable oil or other oil of ur preference
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

mix it all together n let sit for an hour or 2 b4 serving

delicious!!


Weekly Menu Plan

This weeks main meals are:

Crockpot Lasagna from
deptproofliving.com lot's of great recipes with membership

Budget Burgers with vegie n rice filler
(just add vegies n rice to ur patties to make more filling n more burgers)

Meatloaf with Kim's special sauce
Homemade Pizza
Meatballs on a bead of rice n vegies
side dishes: homemade coleslaw, tator tots (frozen), chips, can vegies, whole grain rice n steamed vegies with italian dressing

snacks: fruit and yogurt, pnb crackers

these are the main courses and will be eaten for lunch and dinners

in addition we will have good 'ol turkey n cheese w/spinach on whole wheat bread sandwiches

for breakfast we alternate from oatmeal, cereal, and homemade sweet bread or muffins, we also have eggs so i might make some eggs one or 2 days, my fave is breakfast tacos but i didn't buy tortillas n do not like making tortillas so yeah u can buy a pack of white corn tortillas 8-10 for .88c will have to buy next week. I also have breakfast sausage so…

We Overspent Our Budget this week!-are you staying on track?

Goal: $80
Spent: $138

I have pics of the receipts their's 3 but they wouldn't load from my kindle maybe later.
Yes, we didn't do very good this week. It all started when I asked my husband to pick up a few things at the store after work all the heavier items so I wouldn't have to lift n carry them.
This was his list which I sent to him via fb pm: Dogfood- $10, catfood- $8, 12 pck sodas $2.25, chips free w/coupon, charcoals- $8 free w/sausage purchase n instore coupon, 12 pck waters this is how I sent it to him and at the top was $70
So he calls me n says yep i did good spent under $70 and I freak out, what! u did what! it shouldn't have been more than $30?!.... I tend to quickly loose it and blow up pretty fast, must be the irish in me, lol. So later i asked him for the receipt n quickly seen where it all went down hill, for starters he didn't look at the prices i put on the picture n 2nd he didn't add up everything or pay attention to the prices of the ite…

From Wonderer to Saved by Grace

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Kim Fincher's Personal Testimony
Their's many ways or details that I could add or edit from my personal story so today will be a unique tale of my experiences some before and some after I was saved and accepted Jesus Christ as my Personal Lord and Saviour either way know that was the decision that changed my whole life and why I'm sending this letter out to you today so all credit of my present life goes to Christ who redeemed me, saved me and gave me a new life. I am 35 born 9-27-1979 in Athens, TX which is 45 min from where I live now in Corsicana, TX. I didn't grow up in a Christian home that went to church. At a young age I did go to a church briefly as a friend of my grandmother would take us and she would attend sometimes too I think but I chose to stop going stating that it was boring n the kids…

money saving shopping menu plan

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Week of April 9th

Food budget: $80
Spent: $75
Saved: $21

I did pretty good. My husband n me decided he'd stay home with the boys as they made our shopping trip stressful even though having him there was nice. Here's my receipt from HEB n part of my menu plan for the week. I made Chile today n haven't made the fish yet.

I succeed well with this plan so hope to keep it going n adding up my shopping as to not go over my budget for such it really helps, hope it will encourage n help u too.

Prayer request: we applied for a home loan n down payment assistance.
Thanks n stay encouraged!

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