Decorating For Thanksgiving

Ready for this week? Are you like so many of us and you have been busy today cleaning up and getting ready for the big week? Need some fun and inexpensive ideas for those last touches? Let us help!

Decorating for Thanksgiving adds an element of warmth and fun to your home. The best thing is you don’t have to go overboard or put a lot of time or effort into this. Use a few of the suggestions below, add some fall colored throw pillows or blankets to your couch, light a pumpkin scented candle and your whole house will have that special Thanksgiving feel to it.

Yard Display
Decorate the front yard with a wooden scarecrow, turkey or sign. For a little color, plant a few mums, either in the ground, or in pots and planters.

Mantle Display
The mantle over your fire place is the perfect place to decorate for Thanksgiving . For a simple display, arrange some pumpkins or decorative gourds on the mantle along with a few candles. A fall garland or wreath is a nice touch above the mantle.

Fall Flower Arrangement
Stop by your local florist for some flowers in yellow or orange. Arrange them in a vase along with some greenery.

Pumpkins and Corn
You can make a beautiful fall arrangement by setting out some miniature pumpkins and ears of corn. Look for yellow and purple varieties of corn for an authentic Thanksgiving feel. Scatter them across your dining table, or arrange them in a bowl for a nice centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Wreath
Purchase or make a simple grapevine wreath and decorate it with fall leaves and miniature pumpkins. Add a nice bow and hang it on the front door. A Thanksgiving wreath is a great way to welcome your guests in.

Display Kids Artwork
Not only will your home be beautifully decorated, but you’ll be building your children’s self-esteem at the same time. Buy a few inexpensive frames and set them out or hang them on the wall. This is of course also a great way to display your child’s artwork year round.

The First Thanksgiving
There are quite a few ways to incorporate the first Thanksgiving in your decorations. Create a small scale version of this special occasion by setting out a few figurines of pilgrims and Native Americans. Complete the scene with a small table, some turkeys and miniature trees to show that the first Thanksgiving took place outside.

Melt in Your Mouth Marshmallow Drops

Baking away? Why not make time to whip up some yummy candies? This month all of our recipes are candy recipes. These are super for fun yummies to have for guests who drop in…or for the family to munch out on during movie nights…or even for Christmas gifts on a shoestring. Give these a try. You will love these!

What You Need:

1 (6 oz) pkg. semisweet chocolate pieces
1 (1 oz) square unsweetened chocolate
1 T butter
2 eggs
1 1/4 C confectioners’ sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla extract
2 C peanuts
2 C miniature marshmallows

How to Make It:

Place the chocolate pieces and the chocolate square into a heavy saucepan.
Place the sauce pan over low heat.
Add the butter and stirring constantly melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth about 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and set aside until ready to use.
Place the eggs into a mixing bowl.
Use a fork and beat the eggs until they become frothy.
Pour in the sugar, salt and vanilla extract.
Mix until all the ingredients are incoporated together well.
Pour the melted chocolate into the mixture and stir to incorporate.
Fold in the peanuts and marshmallows.
Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.
Drop the marshmallow mixture onto the wax paper by a teaspoon about 1 in. apart.
Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.
Store the candy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Serving Size:  4 dozen

Always use the recommended size and type of pan when making candy.  A pan that is too small or too large can affect the cooking time of the candy.

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Perfectly Positioned for Your Purpose

Cindy2015Positioning…

Positioned for your Purpose…

Perfectly positioned for your purpose…

God has been speaking and unpacking the word, “Positioning” to me this whole past year. He just woke me up with a clear vision of what He is doing right now–not just for me, but also for you.

Dear friends, God wants for you to know that He Is positioning you, your circumstances, your story, your finances, your gifts, your heartbeat, your heart cry, your relationships, your support, your team, your destiny. He is moving everything and everyone into position for your greatest days, your greatest works, your greatest ministry, your greatest experiences. What you have been waiting for all of your life is such a time as this!

I see it like a chess board. Everything is moving into position for a great victory!!

Don’t fret when you don’t understand why you are where you are and don’t see what’s up or what’s next. Don’t fret when a seemingly very vital piece is knocked out of your game. God is POSITIONING and ALLOWING THAT WHICH POSITIONS you perfectly for the very best. It’s time for your purpose. It’s time for you to get in the game and play to win!

Victory is yours!! You can trust Him! You are being positioned for your purpose! It is your very very BEST…GOOD…VERY GOOD…BETTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE !

You are armed for battle!
You are armed for victory!
You are made for this!
You will have great victory!

Get into position! Embrace your position! You are perfectly positioned for your purpose! It’s time!!!

Your Wounds are Weapons!

Cindy Gunter RushtonTired? Battle-weary? Broken? Wounded?

Beloved…I have very good news for you!

This is not your position!

This is not your identity!

Soak that in…

You are a mighty warrior! You are a victor! Your wounds are your weapons. What the enemy intended for your harm is actually the very thing the Lord uses for your good. Those very “hits” are not your identity but weapons you will use to set captives free!

Those heartaches, losses, disappointments, struggles, messes are all turning today. They are turning into beautiful weapons–like arrows in your quiver. That pain is turning into wisdom that can be shot forth to bring hope and healing. That lack is turning today into a testimony of God’s faithfulness and miraculous provision that can zone in to the soul in deep need of “a way”. The dryness, parch-ness, burn-out, brokenness, and weariness are turning today into wells that never run dry and a river that flows out in overflow, bringing an arrow of refreshing into the longing heart. That emptiness, loneliness, and betrayal are becoming beautiful and powerful arrows shooting forth great love and satisfying relationship with God, self, and others. Those lies, accusations, doubts, fears that were hurled your way are transforming before your very eyes to become weapons sending forth truth, wisdom, and prophesy. Even the momentary death of your dreams is turning into an arrow sending forth abundant, full, lavish, intentional, and purposeful life. Everything… EVERYTHING

… every single weapon used against you is turning today into your arsenal of weapons.

Felt a heaviness from all of the hits?

Feel like you are standing in the midst of a huge pile of arrows that have been fired into your life??

Today is the day to gather those arrows and lay them at the feet of Jesus. You are not intended to carry around all of that heaviness. You are destined for so much more!!

It’s time to “yoke up” with Jesus and turn all of those into your weapons and arrows! It’s time to let Him transform those arrows and fill your quiver full of weapons of defense and offense–you are made for battle! You are a might warrior! You cannot lose!! No weapon formed against you can prosper! Every single hit from your childhood is before you and beckoning you to step up as a mighty warrior and pick up those arrows as your own weapon so you can fight the good fight! Your arrows will set the captives free! Your arrows will protect you from the enemy–they are your weapons for protection! Those arrows are in your quiver to assist you in taking back the captives for the Kingdom of God and setting them free!!

Today, gather those arrows! Offer them up. Let them all go. Refuse today to be a victim. Refuse to stay in captivity! Refuse to be a prisoner of war. Today, get back up!!

I declare that you are a mighty warrior! I declare that these weapons are now your arrows that you will use to bring Jehovah’s freedom to the culture. These arrows intended for your harm are now your testimonies of healing, sustenance, provision, wisdom, love, comfort, transformation, relationship, freedom, purpose, and calling. Be aware of the schemes of the enemy but don’t miss the greatest truth–he is under your feet! He is defeated! You ARE a victor! You ARE an overcomer!! This is your position! It is not one day or someday. It is your position and your identity TODAY!

Rise up mighty warrior!!

Press Into His Presence!

Cindy Gunter RushtonWhat are you looking for? What do you really want? Do you know?

God offers us exactly what we have been craving!

We search for it in soooo many places and end up empty, burn-out, used, abused, tired, weary, lost. If that is not enough, the enemy knows what God offers and the satisfaction we would find in that. His greatest work is setting up counterfeits to lure us away from all God has for us.

Today, the call is to turn our eyes away from that lure…to stop searching everywhere but that place where we already know we will find what we really want–In His Presence…and to press into His presence! His sweet, sweet presence!!

In His presence, we find all we are looking for! In His presence, we can stop our frenzy pursuit of stuff, fame, education, notoriety, position, possessions. Without His presence, these things vie for our attention and lure us away to a life that is less than God’s very best. We miss the power. We miss the provision. We miss the healing. We miss the love, acceptance, peace, joy, satisfaction. These are all here before us waiting for us to enjoy. They are awaiting us in lavish portions!

Today, God is gently calling us to come apart, taste and see how very very good He is. He wants to be and become all you will ever need. Everything! EVERYTHING! Everything we will ever need!

Come to Him! Then…watch out for what He has in store for you!! Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God (God’s design, God’s way of doing things, god’s lifestyle, God’s culture, God’s atmosphere, God’s presence, God’s provision, God’s healing, God’s rule/lordship) …and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU!

Today, press past the lesser…the lure…the limits…grasp on to all that Christ died to give you!!