Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A New Tea Cup & Mug

Hi delightful friends! 
Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose blog hosted the tea cup and mug exchange in April. Usually I only exchange a tea cup, but this time I decided to exchange both a mug and tea cup. 
Kaitlyn sent me a pretty mug. She included many different items: cold brew tea, hair accessories, a wall sticker, candles, pots and seeds, and chocolates.

Christianna sent a simply exquisite tea cup along with sweet tea, a candle, dark chocolate pretzels, scoop-waffles, and a journal.

Thank you, Stephanie, for all the work you do in arranging these exchanges...It's so much fun to make new friends. :) 

Psalm 106:1

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

"It's Coffee Time" Giveaway Winner

The winner from the "It's Coffee Time" giveaway has been picked!!

Congratulations.......................................Rebekah Neal!!!!!

I'll be in touch with you shortly so you can enjoy this wonderful package. :) 

Thank you all for entering the giveaway. I hope your week is a blessed one.  

Praying for you all! 


Friday, May 4, 2018

"It's Coffee Time" Giveaway Update

*UPDATE:*

I mentioned on the "It's Coffee Time" post that the giveaway will end next Friday and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Well, I forgot that I am going out of town that weekend and won't be able to pick the winner on Friday night.
Instead, the giveaway will end on Thursday afternoon and I'll announce the winner on Friday morning.  


love,
Ashley


"It's Coffee Time!" Giveaway

A cheery hello to each and every one of you!

Can you believe that today marks the 5 year birthday of my blog?!  I am so thankful for all the kind and lovely people I've met over the past 5 years and for all the sweet comments you've shared.  :) Thank you to  those who follow my blog.
 Friends truly make life just a little bit sweeter, wouldn't you agree?  
I really love coffee, particularly cold/iced coffee, and I know many of you do as well. 

So I've decided to host"It's Coffee Time" themed giveaway in celebration of Creating Precious Moments turning 5.  
Now let me show you the goodies that one winner will receive.


 *Two ceramic coffee-themed car coasters, a coffee hand towel, Coffee, Cookies, & Inspiration book, and french vanilla coffee.
 

The giveaway will run for one week and will end next Thursday evening. I'll pick and announce the winner on Friday morning. 
To enter: please leave a comment with your favorite kind of coffee and your favorite way to drink it. 
Bonus entry: You will receive one extra point if you follow my blog.

That's all! Have fun entering and I hope your weekend is a good and godly one!


love in Christ,
Ashley



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Etsy Shop Update

Hello, 

I wanted to quickly pop in and let you know that sugar scrubs are available in the etsy shop in case you didn't know. They come in peppermint, lavender, and lemon scents, and are made by my sister Deborah. We'd love for you to check them out here as well as our other products and hopefully you will find something you like. :) They make excellent gifts too.  ;)


Have a blessed day! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Would You Care for a Scone?

Good day, friends!
I have a recipe to share with you. Why don't you grab some tea or coffee and enjoy these delicious little morsels.  :)
 

 To make these, you will need: 
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- blueberries (optional) 

 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together. Cut in 6 tablespoons of butter until mixture resembles a coarse cornmeal. (I used a pastry cutter, but you can also use two knives.) Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk, or if you don't have buttermilk, you can use regular milk. (I use regular milk every time and they come out great.) Mix until dough clings together and is a bit sticky. Be sure not to overmix. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and shape into 6-8 inch round circle, about 1-1.5 inches thick. (These will rise, so you can spread the dough out on the thinner side.) Cut into pie wedges or use a round biscuit or cookie cutter to cut circles. Try not to handle the dough too much. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, (parchment paper works great as well). Brush with egg for a shiny, beautiful scone. 
Note: Right before brushed the dough with egg, I pressed a few blueberries into the scones. If you wanted to flavor your scones, you could use chocolate chips, blueberries, cranberries, orange, or almond flavoring.
Bake for 10-20 minutes, or until light brown.  
These taste great plain, with butter or jam.


Enjoy! 


I would love to know, have you made scones before? 
What's your favorite way to enjoy them?  


Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Old Rugged Cross

 The Old Rugged Cross
By: George Bennard

 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suff'ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain. 
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; 
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.
 Oh, that old rugged cross so despised by the world, has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left his glory above, to bear it to dark Calvary.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.
 In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see; 
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me. 
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.
 To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then he'll call me some day to my home far away, where his glory forever I'll share. 
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.
George Bennard was born on February 4, 1873 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the only son among four daughters. While he was still young, his family moved to Lucas, Iowa, where George accepted Christ as his Saviour at the Salvation Army meeting. George's father died when George was sixteen years old, and he assumed the responsibility of providing for his sisters and mother. George joined the Salvation Army and served alone until he married. Then, both him and his wife were officers in the Salvation Army until George resigned and became a traveling evangelist for the Methodist church. He conducted revival campaigns in Canada and in the northern and central United States. 

One day in his Michigan home, George reflected on the meaning of the cross in the life of a believer, in light of Galatians 6:14. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."
Upon mulling on this verse, George Bennard became convinced that the cross was the very heart of Christianity, and not just a symbol. He reported that as he meditated upon this, the words, "the old rugged cross" came into his mind and then the notes of a melody ran through his head. After writing them down, he tried for several weeks to compose words to fit the tune. Finally, four verses and the chorus flowed from his pen. George took the hymn over to his friend's house, Reverend and Mrs. L.O. Bostwick and sang it for them. The Bostwicks were so enthusiastic about the hymn that they offered to pay the fees to have it printed. "The Old Rugged Cross" was published in 1915. 

George Bennard traveled and preached for another forty years after writing this hymn. And although he composed several other hymns, none became as popular as his first. IN 1958, at the age of eighty-five, George Bennard "exchanged his cross for a crown." Near the house where he died, the city officials erected a wooden cross that stands twelve feet high. On it is a plaque that reads: "'The Old Rugged Cross' - Home of George Bennard, composer of the beloved hymn."
I hope and pray each and every one of you will have a good and godly week.

your friend in Christ,
Ashley

Ephesians 2:15-17
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Creation Moments

Hi Friends! 

I recently realized that I have not shared Creation Moments with you in quite a while, so I thought you'd enjoy reading a couple today. :) This first one is called Orchids and Bees, and the second article, More About Amazing Aspirin. 

Psalm 103:15-16
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 
 When I was a science teacher, in government schools in England, I used to like to show a particular video to my classes. This video featured some unusual plants that had strange reproductive methods. The most unusual of all was the bucket orchid.
Bucket-orchidThis orchid grows in Central and South America. The flower forms a bucket, which fills with a sticky secretion from the plant. The flower then has to sit and wait for a bee. But it is not just any bee that can pollinate this plant. It has to be the special, beautiful, green orchid bee. The bee is attracted by the sweet liquid, but slips and falls into it. The exhausted bee eventually climbs out, through a passage way of Goldilocks proportions—not to big, not too small, just right. 
As the bee tries to escape through this passage, the flower holds it tight, and glues two pollen sacks on its back. After holding the bee long enough for the glue to dry, the flower releases the bee. 
If a bee arrives at the orchid, with pollen sacks already on its back, the flower lets it quickly through the system, and takes away the pollen sacks, before the bee can finally escape. 
Evolutionists maintain that this is an example of co-evolution—two organisms evolving so that they cannot do without each other. Which evolved first? It is difficult to see how one could have evolved before the other. It is far more sensible to take the biblical presupposition, that both were the work of our Creator.

More About Amazing Aspirin

Psalm 147:3 
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  
A few years ago we aired a "Creation Moments" program about how plants seem to have pain and alarm responses similar to humans and animals. Of course, we don't know if plants have feelings as we Asprin bottleknow them. But when a plant is injured, it produces a chemical called jasmonic acid. This acid produces a vapor, similar to the jasmine in commercial perfumes, that is sensed by surrounding plants. They, in turn respond to the signal.
When humans feel pain it is due to chemicals totally unrelated to jasmonic acids. As we all know, aspirin is important to pain management for many people. Aspirin works by disabling the chemicals that cause our pain. Now scientists have discovered that aspirin also works to shut down a plant's response to injury. Aspirin shuts off the plant's production of jasmonic acid, even though jasmonic acid is not at all similar to human pain-causing chemicals. More amazingly, aspirin's chemical reaction is of the same kind in plants and humans. So the next time you accidentally injure your favorite house plant, it might appreciate a small dose of aspirin!
While we can be thankful that God placed substances in the creation which help us manage pain, we should never forget that nothing in this creation can deal with the underlying cause of pain. Only Jesus Christ can bring healing from our sinful condition that results in both spiritual and physical pain.


I hope you all have a good and godly rest of the week! 


praying for you all,
Ashley

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday

A cheery hello and good day to you all, world changers! 

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 
Psalm 118:24

Today, I'm thankful for:  

 

 -the precious time our family spent in Pensacola with Sarah over Easter and the good memories that were made.
(((We spent Friday and Saturday touring the National Naval Aviation Museum...
 and climbed the Pensacola Lighthouse on Saturday. Here's a few facts about the lighthouse you may enjoy: 
 *Construction on the lighthouse began in 1856; it was lit on January 1, 1859 and is still in use today. It is 191 ft. above sea level and its visual range is 27 miles. This lighthouse replaced the original one which, aside from being built in 1824, was the first lighthouse on the gulf coast.




 
 The view from the top is really quite beautiful.

And of course we had to make one stop at Petland. Lauren and Deborah absolutely love that place. They held the little Shih-Tzu puppy in the picture above...it looked (and acted) just like Lacy did when she was a puppy. :) And that giant turtle, well, he just roams around the building.)))


-the four new adorable chicks our neighbors gave us yesterday. 


What are two things you're thankful for this week? 


Psalm 9:2
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Sign Up

Good morning, friends! 

I just wanted to pop in with a quick reminder and let ya'll know that the tea cup and mug exchange, hosted by Stephanie, is beginning today. The sign up form is only open until Sunday, so if you are interested in making a new friend and swapping a tea cup or mug (or both), head on over to Stephanie's blog to sign up. :) If you want to read more about the exchange or to read all the details and rules, click here to read her post. I hope you will join the fun! Feel free to tell your family and friends...anyone can participate. 

Have a wonderful, good and godly day!