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Books as Mentors

they feed my soul.  They help me grow.  They give me perspective.  I have taken some time to read this summer, here are the 3 books that I am in the middle of.  I recommend them to you.

Someday I will write about my ‘real life’ mentors but for today it’s the books that are mentoring me.

Dancing with My Father, by Sally Clarkson

This book is so practical in how to CHOOSE joy in your life! I have read this book so many times and it is so marked up I would not lend it out to anyone at this point but every time I read it, I am just amazed at what I glean from it.

7 Men, Eric Metaxas  (He is the current voice for Break Point since Chuck Colson died).

This book is for the men in your life or the young men in your life who are wanting to become REAL heroes.  Or if your like me it’s also for the woman who wants to offer solid books to her boys, who will one day be men. My radar is up for books that I can point my boys to as they develop an interest in reading.

Kingdom Woman, Tony Evans and his daugther.

Ladies, this is such a spot on book.  Not a book about an easier life, but a book about getting ourselves in position with the God of the universe so that HE can use me/ you to radiate HIM thru our lives.  It’s just that good and filled with practical, every day life issues we face!!

Rhubarb was waiting for us when we arrived in Ohio

And I ate more bites of this then I want to count.   My mom did it again with her mad baking skills.  It was divine!


The rhubarb came out of her garden.  It was so fun just to see her go cut more because she realized she didn’t have enough cut.  That’s the beauty of a garden.  No running to the store, just walking out your back door.


 Here’s the recipe for this yummy goodness!

Rhubarb Custard Bars
2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter
2 cup sugar
7 Tbsp flour
3 eggs, beaten
5 cup rhubarb, finely chopped
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
For the crust, combine flour and sugar.  Cut in butter with a fork.  Press into a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  For filling, mix all the ingredeints together, pour over crust.  Bake at 350 ffor 40-50 minutes or until the custard is set.  Cool and chill.
For topping, beat cream cheese and sugar.  Add vanilla and whipped cream. Cut bars and dab on top of each bar.

We are off to an outdoor wedding in the rain to watch two, beautiful young souls say, “I do” for the rest of their lives.  The umbrella’s are packed and we are up for the adventure.  Hope your weekend is grand!




Why not make this recipe for dinner tonight?  My sister, Jenelle gave this recipe to me when I was newly married. It is a wonderful way to use up all those hard boiled eggs that are sitting around from Easter! P.S.  It’s SUPER easy to make!



1/4 cup salted butter

1/4 cup flour

2 tsp prepared yellow mustard

1 tsp salt (optional, you may want to withhold if your bacon is salty I made the mistake of adding it last week for my guests and then let it set for several days, it was WAY to salty!)

3 cups milk

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/4 lb white American cheese

2 tbsp fresh chives, minced (or 1 tbsp dried)

1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

toast or biscuits

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in flour, mustard and salt.   Slowly add milk, stirring until smooth.  Stirring constantly, cook until mixture is thickened and just starts to boil, approximately 6-8 minutes; remove from heat.  Add eggs, crumbled bacon, cheese, chives and pepper to taste.  Stir until mixed.  Serve over toast or biscuits.  Serves 4-6. 






the ‘spiritual life’ in another, even if it appears dead.  It can bubble up and

come to life as HE, JESUS breathes into them.” 

We sat under some incredible teaching this week at our church.  It was Spiritual Renewal week with Jason Schlabach. 

I am reminded all over again how my finite heart and soul can look on another fellow saint and perceive that there is no life bubbling from them and so deem them dead spiritually.  It is so not in my place to judge that in another and when Mr. Schlabach used that word respect in this context it clicked in my spirit.  What my fellow saint’s soul really  need’s from me is ‘respect’  and not my condemnation.  And Jesus is faithful, and can bring to life what is dead in their heart, in HIS time.

This morning, I am drinking in the fresh breathe and life that was breathed into my soul  as I was washed by the Word again this week!!
What are you pondering today?