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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Living the Word

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To Him be the Glory!


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

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. 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.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!

I love God's Plan it requires lots of love, Faith, and He gives us unlimited forgiveness, patience, and free, no fee Grace. I'm praying for God's plans, for me n you n the Joy to enjoy all that we have!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Faith, Family & Finances


Faith: I am a Jesus lovin' Christ Follower Disciple Child of God Filled with the Holy Spirit Christian

if 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 you like what you have read come in and relax. I'd love to hear from you! post some feedback, comment, like my posts, follow me, share, visit me on facebook. 

Writing is therapeutic to me it's something i've been doing for a very long time since i was pre-teen 10-11 i kept a journal and had always dreamed of being a travel photojournalist. This is one way for me to share, connect, and relax. My hopes is to encourage someone in their day. Have a Blessed day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One Month Bible Reading Plan



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
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Homemade Pizza less than $5 budget savvy Pizza

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 sauce and 1 tbsp italian seasoning
mix with a wood spoon and then ur hands until well mixed and firm but moist may need a couple
of more splashes of water
Cover with lid and place on top of warm stove for 3-4 hours minimal

when done rising poke with fingers
get some flour on ur hands n sprinkle dough
seperate into two equal balls of dough
sprinkle ur pizza pan and place dough
get a roller and flatten out into ur pizza crust
you can make as thin or thick as u want with or without
a thick crust
we make ours thin n flat for bigger pizzas

Preheat oven to 450 may need to adjust depending on ur oven n thickness of crust

you can put the other dough in the fridge for 1 or 2 days b4 using or store in the freezer up to 2 weeks

add 1 can of sauce i get the small cans with added seasonings b4 you spread ur sauce out add on top one or 2 tsps of olive oil and then spread out sauce evenly over entire pizza
cover with your favorite pizza toppings, you can cut into slices with your finger and let each family member put their ingredients on there my kids love to do this!

our favorite toppings are mozzarella or mexican cheese, lots of cheese!
pepperoni or turkey pepperoni, black olives, spinach, sliced deli meat, i like mine with pineapples,
my husband loves peppers and mushrooms.

cook for 15 minutes thin crust, more for thicker crusts.





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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!!


Monday, April 13, 2015

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


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 will make that with eggs n homemade gravy n biscuits both of which my husband makes superbly, Praise the Lord for a man who can cook good!!

Now that he's working days from 3rd shift he actually helps out alot more with cooking, I'm so in love!!

I would love to see what's on your menu for this week and share ur favorite links and recipes too!

Have a blessed week! Now if you'll excuse me I need to get cooking!


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 items he put into the cart. he thought the $70 was the total for him but it was the total of everything i had on my list, minus his items which shouldn't have been more than $30. oops!!
I finally consoled him knowing how many timed i've overspent and went on therapeutic shopping sprees so I forgave him and quickly cut our main shopping list to match what he'd spent leaving us $25 to not go over the $80 budget goal.
on Sunday I decided to do our grocery shopping while he was at the churches monthly conference. I had just that morning started getting allergy symptoms and as I was shopping I wasn't feeling too well n decided to just get everything without using my calculator to add up the cost. This cost us an extra $50 over for a total of $82. It doesn't take much to add up that's why I know how important taking those few steps to stay on track are: add up as you put in and stop shopping when you reach ur budget. Oh! so yeah, we overspent this week by $58. thankfully we had a little cushion in our checking account.
I wanted to share this with you so you know we aren't perfect people and do screw up big time just like we all do and here it is folks, ill try to post pics later today.
Hope yall do better than we did this week in staying on track.
I'd love to hear from you. I dont know how so many bloggers have interactive blogs mine gets quiet lonely although i know people are viewing 110 already this morning, I wish I could get you guys to talk to me and leave comments n feedback, lol! maybe one day.
God bless! it's rainy here today, always challenging with toddlers.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

From Wonderer to Saved by Grace

books available for purchase on amazon.com or kindle app:
Freedom Behind Bars and Following God by Kimberly Fincher

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 were mean. My parents did have a tradition of saying a bed time prayer it wasn't personal just memorized and my Dad made us pray before eating for a brief time I believe but that wasn't at all a pleasant memory. My parents divorced when I was 12 before then their were lots of violent fights with yelling, cussing, hitting, and screaming we would be told to go to our rooms during these times. My dad was an alcoholic at the time who would be abusive during his drunkenness. My mom didn't get custody of us so we were forced to live with my Dad which I hated at the time and I felt that my mom didn't love us and abandoned us. My dad stopped drinking at some point but he continued to spank us up until I was 14 or 16 and I confronted him as he was about to spank me with a belt or flyswatter I turned around and said NO, I want to move to Mom's. This was very brave on my part as nobody every stood up to Dad. It must have been I was almost 16 because that's when we could legally choose who we lived with. Being free from Dad's strict discipline, control and abuse I become quit rebellious. Mom was a lot easier to get your way with. She was married to another man who drank and smoked/sold marijuana. They also fought quiet often he had a terrible temper especially when their baby daughter was crying. I decided during that time I wouldn't have children for one and I wouldn't be with an abusive husband as I had witnessed Moms misery. I was never taught social skills by my parents and always felt like an outsider and awkward in school and didn't really feel comfortable in my own skin as this is often the case when you've been put down for so long and controlled living in such fear at home. I didn't like living there at Moms either as she would go to sleep crying a lot or you would hear them in the bedroom as the walls were so thin. He left her while I was still staying there and she started working in Dallas leaving me with the baby a lot and responsibilities I wasn't ready for. I dropped out of school soon after that at the beginning of 11th grade I believe it was. I do have great memories of being on the swim team in the 10th or 11th grade that was the best time I had in school. I also did quit well in typing class and Algebra and loved English literature.
I got a job at Super Kmart at the time working as a cashier and soon after met a college student who I started dating, eventually moved in with and after about a year or so we moved to Wichita Falls so he could attend college there as he just graduated from Navarro College. I thought I was in love even though there should've been some red alerts that told me get away he's no good for you those were sensitised by my experiences as not that bad in comparison. I'm pretty sure he was seeing at least one

other woman while we were dating. But I guess I won him over as the candidate for his plans. I didn't see it at the time all I seen was love but as I look back I as just a pawn in his plans to be a US Citizen as he was from nepal here on a scholarship. I tried to keep a job and go to college but I wasn't able to for some reason. I could get jobs so fast I guess I took that for granted and would quit over any little thing I found but I never thought of my personal goals or plans it was all about him. At the time he was my rescuer, my hero, even my god I know that's a terrible thing to say but it was the truth for me at the time in my young adult life. When I was 20 he finished his Bachelors degree and his plans then were to move to Las Vegas and get a job in graphic design and I was going along for the adventure even though secretly I was sad and scared to leave my family behind at the fore front I wanted to get far away from them as they didn't care or need me and their was nothing for me back there anyways. I dreamed of being rich, famous, and successful and in Las Vegas finally decided to go to modeling school that dream ended fast with some reality one the cost was outrageous, two I wasn't tall enough to be a run way model which was their primary training and so three as i'd done on most everything else to this point I quit, dropped out. I was married soon after my 21st bday to my dream man. He was doing well making the money I was still struggling to find my place. I read everything I could get my hands on and started a hobby in the stockmarket spending hours in the library comparing stocks and made a few investments with a small amount of profit. I also tried out timeshare as a realtor and ironically the day after my certification exam that's when 9/11 happened as I was driving to work on las vegas blvd. We were all very hopeless thinking this would crash the market an we wouldn't have any business that with other doubts I constantly had in my mind led to me to quit that job too. I was a salesperson for a newspaper but that was a commission job and I didn't have much drive or motivation, the same for electrolux vaccum sales. My main job was as a waitress during that time. Eventually after catching my dream husband lying to me several times and seeing what was really important to him which was him I knew in my heart I'd never be successful or happy with him so I divorced him and decided a new move is what I needed to Austin, TX. There my goal was to make it big as a Natural Health Consultant. But after searching and searching I ended up with a job as a waitress in a vegetarian small restaurant. I rented a room in a 3 bedroom house shared by the owner of the house and 2 other tenants one was a bubbly, high energy, alcoholic girl she invited me out and I decided to give into the temptation and became an alcoholic binge drinker for a brief time there in my life I was now around 24-25. Drinking was scarry for me and I got off that really fast and after about a year in austin decided another move was the key to my happiness and I found an opportunity to move to Berkeley, CA all I had to do is sale most of my stuff, buy a bus ticket there and I'd have free room/board, a job, and small stipened (allowance). Wow! This sounded great to me. So I began my journey and time studying and living at a Buddhist Ashram and working at Dharma Publishing I was hired on as the accounting assistant after a time of learning all the different areas. They had just switched CEO's from the Burns to the Maitlands and I guess on a relative scale things were going pretty good. I made friends, I felt some inner peace through meditation classes, and felt a sense of pride working and learning a new skill. Actually I learned many new skills there: how to be a friend, get along with different people, how to cook and shop for a group of 30-50, vegetarianism, yoga and meditation, dancing, etc. I had already committed to a year or a 2nd year and then I received a phone call from my 2nd to youngest sister or youngest from my dads children she had visited for a few months and we had formed a close bond and she tells me something that just makes me lose it and completely messes up my peace there to the point I can't continue there I become uncontent and eventually quit I met a man and he promised me all these things it sounded great what ended up happening is I was being drugged and started having hallucinations very scarry stuff. I went home to visit family and while I was gone was told by my mentor what was going on and it seemed to make sense even though I was broken as I thought this guy was real. I didn't know what to do at this point in my life. I ended up moving back to Austin going back to my old landlord and staying with the little money I had but because of the drugs in my system I wasnt thinking right. And then the man with all the answers entered my life once again he was someone who hosted drum circles I'd attended several times and he was looking for a roommate he'd offer free room/board in exchange for help and he'd even teach me massage therapy. I loved massage thereapy and thought I loved him our relationship quickly went from casual to toxic. He was a pot head and very known in austin in the massage and music social circles. I was a nobody who happened to be dating him and he was also twice my age so he was boosted up by that and it kind of made me feel even lower. I went home to visit my family and at this point I'd been smoking just to get the edge off of life and i'd tried committing suicide. I hoped in my heart they'd ask me they'd notice something is not right but instead just the opposite they embraced him and was happy for me. After a time I wouldn't go anywhere and I gained about 20 lbs I was miserable and hated my life. I started working for a phone company and after I got a big check from a research study I did finally made my escape as this man would go looking for me and even found me once or twice. I hated him but as our relationship fed off each others desires I'd go back to him. But, lets jump forward to the point I was homeless in austin prostituting in a sense to get room/board a meal and a shower it was bad. I never called home and asked for help as I didn't think I could or they would help me or even understand what I was going through. I was filled with hate and craziness as doing drugs n living on the street will do to you. I acted in revenge torwards my ex the massage/indian guy and was charged with Burglary and harassment I did some jail time and got out on probation and decided I wasn't going to do it as I didn't have any money to pay the probation fee so I was staying with a friend I met at the phone job he was a nice guy living in a wheel chair and an alcoholic but he helped me so I would hang out with him off and on in a nonsexual friendship which was refreshing at this point. I ended up committing another crime arson in a hookah shop it was a small trash fire as I through a litted cig in there I was arrested and spent 2 ½ years for a 3 years for 2 felony convictions. My main time was spent in Hobby Unit, Marlin, TX. I spent a bit of time in Skyview and that therapy helped me come to terms with reality for the first time in some time as I'd taken to running away when life didn't go my way and doing whatever to feel ok and good. The therapist there really made a difference in my life God bless her. On September 24th, 2009 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and the next year was baptised on hobby unit in the gym in a baptismal by Pastor Dorsey. I was on the ministry team for a short time and took water to the guest speakers one who I remember was Cheryl Archer she brought dove soap to us on christmas and their was the AA ladies who also taught a class their kindness was remembered they brought us mead notebooks very treasured. Then their was football player Mike Barber Ministry who came and I was chosen for a special leadership meeting with him as the guest speaker to only about 25 out of 1100 woman. At the time I really didn't know how or why I was there but I was delighted as well. I was on fire for God and wanted to know more and serve Him. A lot of healing happened during those times so much healing in me physically I know all those demons that were in me from all my sexual relations were cleaned out and my heart was filled with love and warmth. 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

money saving shopping menu plan

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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