Saturday, June 16, 2012

KFC Chicken Secret Spices ~

I LOVE the taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  I found this copy cat recipe for the delicious coating.

1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon powdered sage
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoon thyme
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry minced parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons onion salt
2 tablespoons powdered chicken bouillon
1 package instant tomato soup mix

Place all ingredients in blender on pulse for 3-4 minutes to pulverize.  Store in an airtight container so it will not lose potency.

To use with flour:  Add 1 oz. mix to cup of flour for coating chicken.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Have you ever been guilty of trying to hold on to the rights to your life?  I am ashamed to admit it, but sometimes I have been.  I  don't shake my fist at God and say, "This is MY life!  This is MY time...this is MY child!"  But by my complaining, my fear, my lack of peace I am saying to God, "I don't trust you with my life."  Mark 8:35 and 36 says,  "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."  When we try to hold on to the right to our life then we will surely lose it in the transaction.  But when we give the right to ALL our life to God, then He will take what we give Him and multiply our blessings just as he did with the little boy's five loaves and two fishes.  There have been times that God has had to pry my fingers lose one at a time as I tenaciously tried to hold on to some part of my life, but let me share how yielding to God multiplied my blessings.

Forty nine years ago Tom and I began our journey together with the Lord.  While we were in Bible College the Lord allowed us to start a church in Hartsville, S.C.  It was our first full time pastorate and seeing a church grow from nothing to several hundred was exciting. For nearly ten years we enjoyed the most wonderful relationship with our people and we saw many people saved.  Mark and Dawn were growing and happy.  I thought surely we would spend the rest of our lives there.  But one day Tom came to me and said  he felt the Lord was calling us to start a church in our home town of Memphis, TN.  It was a heart wrenching thing but I was able to say to the Lord, "I yield my right to stay at this place I love, and the people that I love.....I yield it to you, Lord!"

We began all over in Memphis, TN knocking on doors and temporarily meeting in a gymnasium.  Finally the church began growing and soon became one of the fastest growing independent Baptist churches in Memphis.  Once again we fell in love with our people.  Mark and Dawn grew up and started college.  Our son married a lovely girl.     Now in addition to our children and our new daughter-in-law we were blessed to have more of our family serving with us.  My mother and grandmother, Tom's grandmother, grandfather and aunt - they all were a vital part of our church.  Those twelve years were such exciting times.  God took what I yielded to Him and multiplied it.  I just knew we would spend the rest of our lives right there.  Then one day Tom came to me and said "I believe God is calling us to leave the church and go into evangelism and church planting."  For various reasons it was one of the most difficult times in my life, but by faith I was able to say to God, "I yield my right to be a pastor's wife, I yield my right to my home, my family and friends to enter a new uncertain ministry.  I yield it all to you, Lord."

The next three years were difficult.  I missed the pastorate and I missed our people.  For six months I cried in every service we were in.  I felt like a little baby bird that had been pushed out of her nest....and my wings weren't working very well.  What was God doing in our lives?  God blessed in the revivals we were in, but there was unrest in our hearts.  But in the midst of some dark days came the most beautiful burst of sunlight.....the birth of our first grandchild, Emily Joy.  From her first cry in the hospital she captured our hearts.  We lived close to our son and daughter-in-law so we saw Emily often and were able to see her grow and be a part of her life.   I still wasn't sure what God was doing in our lives, but I was loving being a grandmother.  Then one day Tom came to me and said, "I have been asked to consider becoming the missionary pastor of a church to the U.S. military in Germany."  Now wait a minute, Lord!   I have yielded my rights to you in leaving two wonderful churches and people that I loved."   I yielded my rights to you to leave the pastorate.  But now you are asking me to leave my country, my daughter who is still in college, my son and daughter-in-law....AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER!!  This was the toughest thing yet,  but the Lord gave me a wonderful peace and by trembling faith I said to the Lord, "I yield it all to you, Lord....even the right to hold my granddaughter and be a part of her life."  

We arrived in Germany the last week of August, 1992.  I felt like I had arrived on another planet.  But little did I know on that day how God was going to take all that I had yielded to Him over the  years and multiply and bless it beyond measure.  We have been serving Rhein River Baptist Church in Mannheim, Germany for twenty years and these have been the happiest and most fruitful years of our lives.  Hundreds of soldiers and their families have been saved.  It was as if all the other ministries and experiences of our lives were preparing us for this wonderful ministry.  We have spiritual children all over the world.  There are couples serving the Lord as missionaries, pastors, pastor's wives,  Christian educators - all over the world.  We could never imagine all that God would do as we yielded to His will.

Oh, and remember our first grandchild, Emily Joy:  the one that I, with trembling faith, gave to the Lord twenty years ago as we left for the mission field?  Well she, along with her mom and dad,  have now been serving with us in Germany for about six years.  Yes, God takes what we yield to Him and multiplies and blesses it beyond measure.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Emmy's Home For the Summer ~

Last summer Emmy traveled with one of the singing groups from Crown College , so we are so glad that she will be spending this summer in Germany.  She will be a tremendous help to her dad and mom in the new military church in Wiesbaden.  She is going to begin a Patch the Pirate musical program for the children as well as helping with the Euro-Youth Conference that Mark directs in July.  We are thankful for Emily and her love for the Lord and her desire to serve Him.  Love you, sweet Emmy!!

Our Estonia Trip ~

On Tuesday, May 22, Tom and I flew to Tallinn, Estonia to minister in a family retreat for missionaries and their families serving in Estonia and Russia.  We sent a team from our church to conduct the retreat last year and God not only blessed and encouraged the missionaries but our team came back full and running over with blessings.    This year Bro. Mike Smith, missionary serving in Tallinn, planned the retreat and invited Tom and me to come back again.  It was a special blessing for me to go because last year I missed the retreat due to a dreadful stomach bug that I came down with a couple of days before we were to fly.  What a treat to spend time with these faithful missionaries and get to know them better.  One of our men who was part of last year's team went with us again to help with the children's ministry.  It was a wonderful three days!