Missed you!

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I am back from a very long absence of blogging. There have been major events in our family and my work that required my time and attention. My blog, Everyday Marvalous, is my passion and creative outlet. This is a great opportunity for me to share that things that I love and enjoy, gives me a voice beyond my social circle, and hopefully encourages others to live a life of love and fulfillment. I have also missed you, too. I appreciate all of the kind words and thoughtful feedback that you have given me. I am so grateful and feel so blessed.

This morning, I want to share one of my favorite Psalms with you. I have incorporated this into my daily prayer. I hope it blesses you, as it has me.

XOXO

Marva

 

Psalm 150 (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

  Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

 

Pancake Goodness

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Almost every Saturday morning, I make my youngest son’s favorite breakfast, Pancakes. He loads the down with syrup and really enjoys eating his breakfast. I started to worry about all of the sugary sweetness and lack of nutrients in his breakfast, so I decided to change things up a bit. I am still making his pancakes. However, I added rolled oats to the mixture to provide more fiber and nutritional value to the breakfast.  Now, if I can get him to cut back on the syrup. Perhaps, once a week is not so bad.

Below is my recipe for making these pancakes. They are delicious as taste like regular pancakes.

2 cups any brand complete pancake mix

1/2 – 1 cup ground rolled oats (I grind them in my mini food processor. I recommend that you start with 1/2 cup. I like more rolled oats in ours.)

1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (One and a half cups of water will make the pancakes thicker. Add water to your liking.)

2 teaspoons of sugar.

Mix all ingredients.

Cook on the griddle and then voila…

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Here are the rolled oats that I used.

Rolled oats

Enjoy your rolled oats pancakes. You can add fruit, jam, etc. I love them, too, with just a little dab of butter and syrup.  This is a great way to start the day. I hope that you have a “marvalous” Saturday.

Merry Christmas!

 

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I hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas Day! Our Christmas celebration began on Christmas Eve, attending the candlelight worship service. I was really inspired to continue to allow God’s light to shine through me and felt thankful for the gift of Christ, His birth, death, and resurrection. We sang traditional Christmas songs of worship. In my heart, I sang an old song that I learned in elementary school, God is so good. He really is! When I think of how He has blessed me, guided me, loves me, cares for me, and I could go on and on. I just want to sing, “God is so good. Oh so good to me!”

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My children are older now and Santa was not a major player in celebration this year, as in the past. They are appreciating more the “reason for the season.” And the magic of Christmas is still palpable. I enjoy sharing this time with my family, attending service, gift giving, sharing the Christmas breakfast (our new tradition). It was such a wonderful opportunity to just love and be loved. Below are  some highlights from our family celebration of Christmas.IMG_0207

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The greatest gift is Christ, our Savior. We can show our appreciation by how we serve and love others, as He does for us. Give the gift of love. Merry Christmas!

Love,

Marva

Marvalous Landscaping

I have picked up a new hobby, mowing the lawn. It may seem odd. However, I find it quite enjoyable. I have a modest sized back yard that I maintain. I get up early on Saturday morning and get to work in my back yard. My husband takes care of the rest of the lawn. Thank you, Ted! I must admit that I am cultivating my own green thumb by trial and error, help from Home Depot, and what I am learning on the internet. Below are images from some of my gardening successes.

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Enjoying nature, even in my own yard, is a great way for me to connect with the Lord and His creation. I do not want to ever take for granted even the smallest gift that I have received from God.  I recommend that you find a way to connect with Him through nature by creating your own garden, going for a walk, or looking up at the clouds in the sky. During that time, experience God’s goodness, pray, thank, and praise Him for all of His magnificent creations. It is a simple, yet, excellent way to add joy and beauty to your life.