Find your Purpose, Again!
- The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
A cancer doctor would ask his patients if they wanted to live
to be 100. If they answered "yes", he knew they would likely be
cured. If not, he knew they likely wouldn't be cured of cancer. How
did he know this? If they wanted to live to be 100, that meant they
had a goal, a purpose to life. The goal meant that they also had a
reason to beat the cancer.
That story made me think, "Wow. What is my goal or
purpose?" Do you know what yours is? It's true, we all need a
purpose, but sometimes they just get lost.
A friend of mine is a mother, and she wants to be a good
mom. Her husband has a good job, and she has two part time jobs.
She thinks providing all the "toys"- the snowmobiles, the camper, the
big house, the new cars are what makes a good mom. The bills keep
piling up, too. It makes no sense, but the frenzy just continues.
It's an endless spiral of responsibilities and work and worries, and
not really even any time to enjoy the "toys". Its like a bottomless
pit; a monster that can't be satisfied. It just continues, day after
long tiring day. There is no hope that it will end anytime soon. But
at the end of the day, mom is way to tired out to even have an ounce
of energy for her kids. She has a goal, but she has lost sight of
it. Maybe she is trying to provide all the "things" she didn't have
as a kid. But what her kids want is just a mom and a dad, and a meal
and a warm bed. All the bills for all the toys make them slaves to
the life they are trying to have. It isn't all the "stuff" of life,
it's the main goal that we must keep our eyes on.
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Save at the Grocery Store
You know all that food that you have to go a few months? Why not use
it up before replenishing it? Instead of shopping, try using up food
in the freezer and pantry. Plan meals around what you already have.
Venison in the freezer from last year? Use it up before hunting
season starts. Your family would love a hearty venison stew with lots
of garden vegetables. If you run out of milk, eggs, or bread, pick
up those items only. Other than that, try to use up what you have
first. You will be surprised how many meals you already have on hand
and how many dollars you can save in a few weeks!
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If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use
anybody if you're available. ~~Rick Warren
If you're alive, there's a purpose for your life. ~~Rick Warren
You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life
will never make sense.~~ Rick Warren from "The Purpose Driven Life"
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SIMPLE SKILLET COOKIE
Need a good and easy desert? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie cooked in
1/2 c each butter, softened and brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
1 t vanilla
3/4 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
1 c semisweet chocolate chips
Vanilla Ice Cream
Caramel Ice Cream Topping or Chocolate Syrup (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until
creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Add combined flour, baking
soda and salt, mix well. Stir in oats and chips, mix well.
Press dough into bottom of nonstick ovenproof skillet. Bake 20 min.
or until top is lightly browned. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 10 min. Cut
into 8 wedges. Serve with ice cream and if desired caramel or
chocolate topping. Makes 8 servings.
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