Here Today Gone Tomorrow

I don’t mean to be trite, but two funerals in two days, really? I have never been more aware of the frailty of life as I am right now. In reverse order, last Thursday our sweet friend, Tressa, breathed her last breath. When the cancer metastasized, she was doomed. No one more precious, a young mother, wife, lover of Jesus and just all-around good person.

A few weeks ago, our friend, “Brother Jim” was working on his computer one night after his wife went to bed and just died. He just peacefully died.

My son-in-law’s father, Bubba, died from complications of a stroke. Joe officiated at the funeral. He was beloved by his family and a friend for many years. Precious friend, Bede died after an exhausting fight with brain cancer.

Before that, just 1 month ago, a wonderful singer, Robbie, just 29, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, too late to rally and he died after a valiant fight. Jenny, who brought joy wherever she went, 50’s, lost her fight with cancer just before months before. And then there’s John, 30’s, young father and precious son of our friends who died instantly in a car wreck on Christmas Eve.

There are more, there are many more but these people so very close to me are enough to produce the evidence that life is short, and death is certain.

I could end this post here and there nothing I have said is untrue. And the sadness I feel could be overwhelming. And the truth of death could defeat me. But I won’t end here.

These souls all loved and trusted Jesus. Tressa, Jim, Bubba, Bede, Robbie, Jenny and John are all living forever in Heaven right now. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. *” My hope is in the fact that I will see them all again. I will be there with them. It is certain.

If you haven’t realized that today may be your last day in this life, I recommend that you stop what you are doing, get on your knees and ask Jesus to forgive your sin and come into your life right now. Life is hard, but it’s impossible without Jesus. Death is sure, but peace is the product of trusting the salvation provided for this life and the next through Jesus Christ.

If you’re reading this, you are “Here Today”. These friends have gone before us to show us The Way, I implore you to let them do just that.

Acts 2:21, “And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (KJV)

*The Solid Rock (Hymn) Edward Mote ca. 1834

Note: I wrote this post a few years ago, it was not the right time to post, it was too fresh for these families. My greatest desire in posting this is that you will come to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord. And it is good to remember my friends. PM

🙏 How I Teach Kids to Pray (& Enjoy Prayer!)

Here’s another great download from “teachsundayschool.com.” When your child trusts Jesus as their Savior and Lord, they need to feel comfortable about praying. This lesson tells 6 valuable steps that teach children (and adults) how to pray. It’s also discounted with this link! Enjoy! Professional Mom

Teach Kids to Feel Comfortable
Speaking to God, Hearing His Voice &
Asking for Things With Assurance!

Hi-

Most kids have a lot of questions & concerns about prayer.

They wonder why prayer feels boring.

They wonder why their prayers go unanswered.

They wonder if prayer really works.

We’ve developed a 6-Step approach to helping kids understand prayer:

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/closer2christ/

Enjoy!
Mary-Kate

Keto-Friendly Breakfast Bagels

Good morning!

If you like bread, and I do, these are the most “bread-like” morsels I have tasted (and they’re mostly cheese!)

With just the right zing from the “Everything Bagel” mix, these would be a hit for any meal, including but not limited to a Charcuterie board (just make them smaller.)

I found this in a Keto magazine in the Airport on a recent trip, source is S. Ryan, ketokarma.com.

Ingredients:

3 cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese

2 ounces cream cheese, cubed

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 pinch salt

3 eggs, divided (not separated, my mistake!)

2 tablespoons everything-bagel seasoning mix

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking sheet (foil will stick, I did that!)

Place cheese and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 2 minutes, stir, and then heat for an additional minute, stir.

In a large bowl measure almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder and salt, stir to combine, add cheese mixture and 2 eggs, knead with your hands until dough comes together and is smooth.

Divide dough into 6 balls, flatten and poke a hole in the middle (my holes closed up!)

Whisk remaining egg and apply egg wash and bagel mix on each one.

Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Yum!

🆘 Bible Emergency Numbers for Back-to-School

Here’s another great product from Teach Sunday School! Don’t miss this valuable locker (or notebook) sticker for “Back to School”! (free shipping) Professional Mom approved! Patti

Hi-

We just posted a list of Bible Emergency Numbers on the website.

This is the perfect tool to ease anxieties during back-to-school season.

Feeling AfraidLonelyStressedJealousBored?

No matter what the challenging feeling, the Bible has a verse to help kids feel better.

Check it out here:

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/bibleemergencynumbers/

I’m making sure all the kids at our church have these ‘Emergency Numbers‘ tucked in their Bibles for quick reference.

Enjoy!

Mary-Kate