Book Series: The Prayer Saturated Family, Becoming Prayer Saturated

The Prayer Saturated Family was written by Cheryl Sacks, it's a 12 chapter book.   Every three weeks or so I plan to do another chapter in it.  :) 

This first chapter is called Becoming Prayer Saturated.

The central theme is this: Praying together as a family is one of the best investments you will ever make.   She gives four reasons why this is so:

1. Praying together strengthens and heals.
2. Praying together impacts future generations.
3. Praying together ignites nationwide revival.
4. Praying together shapes young lives.

So I piecing together what I think about some of these thoughts.

I am fully on board with point 1, 2 and 4.  I can easily see the truth of these statements.   I query number 3.   If the point is to have a prayer saturated family I don't understand how that will lead to nationwide revival.  How can one family praying spark a nationwide revival?   I know that families praying together can change neighbourhoods.  I know this. I read about it. I have seen how the prayer of one family for another makes a the lives of both families.  I just have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of one family prayers being able to influence the trend of a nation.

So perhaps that means that my mind is too small to conceive the idea... or that my belief in God is too small... or perhaps that I don't really see the strength of prayer... or that it just isn't possible.

But yet I know that with God all things are possible ... if one has the faith and if it be the Lord's will.
So who I am to say that the faithful prayer of one family isn't just what God is requiring in order to start a revival in our land?

Thinking that makes me see just how small I sometimes make God.
How small and unimportant I make talking with him.
When prayer, it can change the world.

Not Good.

Prayer isn't small.
And the God we talk to...he isn't small either.
He changes the world.
Query is this: Am I prepared to help him?  To do my part?  Despite my lack of seeing the big picture?  Can I believe that my prayers can help to change the world?

Review: Silver Soldiers

About this series: With the release of this collector's item, limited edition of God's Silver Soldiers/The Deluxe Comicbook just in time for the San Diego 2016 Comic-Con, a 20-year dream mission has come true. God's Silver Soldiers (Nordskog Publishing, Inc. November 2016), the first edition in the new superhero series, is now available with issue two and three following close behind.

Now Art has formed Truthmonger Comics, a creative entity whose mission is to bring the much-needed messages of morality and spirituality to today's youth through the medium of comicbooks.  Joining creator/editor/writer Art Greenhaw for this new line of Truthmonger Comics and its flagship title, God's Silver Soldiers, are superstar comicbook artist Ben Dunn, writer Rebecca Dunn, and graphic designer Josh Knight.    Truthmonger Comics is additionally inspired by Art's friend of many years and biggest literary influence, Stan Lee.

My thoughts:
I honestly am not sure how to review this comic book.   I disliked the start of the comic book, like REALLY disliked.. enough so that I didn't want to read through the comic, but since I promised to do so I persevered.   The initial premise is "God" pulling people who are actively living a life of sin with no thought toward God into a life as Soldiers in his service.   Now granted ALL of us are lost in our sin, but we don't go from actively living a life of sin, to suddenly being soldiers.  So it was hard to let go of that...

BUT redemption...happened later on... 

The called soldiers learn to fight temptation by remembering the path that God put them on.
Each had a battle to fight .... and then we are left hanging waiting for the next book in the series.

NOW the second half of the comic book I liked better, though I had to take imagination into consideration.  :) The scene is Jesus in Jerusalem as a boy child.   After all we are not told all the Jesus spoke about with the teachers in the temple.  All we know is that he answered all their questions with wisdom and surprised them with his knowledge... So I am not sure that I agree with the authors take on it in "The Tales of Nazareth" but it did perk my interest as to what they will do with the rest of the series.

Should you get it?  
Honestly I don't know.  Not my style of literature, the lad was uninterested, and hubby couldn't be bothered.  :)   BUT the message overall not bad, so if you like comic books and you are wanting something more uplifting, this just might be your ticket.  :)
For more information please visit:

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing; 1 edition (November 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1888092300
ISBN-13: 978-1888092301

Israel's Shepherds Disciplined

 We continue our study in Ezekiel, the last time we met was about Come and hear. You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.

Today the Lord God has a word for the shepherds of Israel, the folks who are supposed to guiding and watching over Israel. ... you a shepherd watches over his folk, leading them to good place to eat, keeping them safe from the wild animals that threaten them and such like.   The shepherds of Israel have been remiss in their duties.  God asks them.

Should not shepherds feed the sheep?

The shepherds have been so busy feeding themselves and minding their own concerns that they have stopped caring for those in their charge.

  • slaughter the fat ones
  • do not feed the sheep
  • do not strengthen the week
  • Clothes themselves with wool
  • Do not seek those the stray
  • The lost are not looked for
  • in fact, they treat their sheep so harsh and with such force the sheep have scattered.
The sheep indeed have become food for the wild things that surround them.
You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts.

God's complaint against the shepherds is this: My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.

God's charge: 
“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, 

God's response: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.
Do you hear that?  
God is going to rescue his people from this improper care. 

Ah...hearing those words is a comfort you know?

Especially when we are in the process of trying to find a new church home while hubby looks for a new job.  Having gone to two churches and finding fluff presented to us from the pulpit and are people being fed?   How are they being cared for?

And today I find God telling me that he does mind his scattered people, he does care for us and watch out for us, disciplining the shepherds, providing for the needs of his people.

It's a comfort to know.

SOMETIMES we have to be patient... God allows a situation sometimes to fester for a while.  But he does watch, he does mind, and he will act. 

Recipe: Seasoned Teriyaki Chicken

This is one of those throw it together dishes that hubby and I often collaborate on.

Take four chicken breasts.   If you dislike any kind of fat like hubby does, trim off that fat and leave for your spouse to fry up with some mushrooms.  :)

Slice one large onion thinly and lay it in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Use more if you really like onion.   We are a mixed bunch in this house so we met in the middle.

Salt and pepper one side of those chicken breasts, and lay the seasoned side down on the onions

Season the chicken: Feel free to use what you like eh?
we put on
  • salt
  • powdered garlic
  • basil
  • pepper
  • no salt seasoning (from Costco)
Take 3/4 of a small bottle of diana's teriyaki marinade and splosh it over the chicken.  The marinade we used was a thinner type of marinade, but not too thin.  It thinned more as it cooked. letting off a delicious aroma.

Stick in in the oven for about an hour, at 350.  About 50 minutes in, I cut the chicken breasts in half and moved them around a bit in the liquid.

End result:

International student: tastes good.

11 year old boy, somewhat food suspicious lad: I like this mom!   Can I have some more?
Mom: This works.
Dad: I really like how we did this.  WRITE THIS DOWN hun. 
As for the leftover chicken bits.   I tossed them in a pan with some sliced thin small chucks of portabello mushroom.  I tossed in some garlic salt and butter as well.  It was a really quick fry up.  I like cooked mushrooms, and this gave me a way to use up the chicken fat so it didn't go to waste.

D is for DogSledding in Canada!

You know... I was all set to talk about different Canadian river beginning with "D" and as I was browsing through books at Costco a kids Canada alphabet book had D is for DogSled...and that was WAY more interesting than talking about the Dubwant and Don Rivers!   LIKE WAY more interesting.

One of my dreams, oh... for such a very long time has been to go on a dogsled ride.   In fact, I had a dog when my lad was young who needed a job to do so I got her a harness so she could pull the lad around.  :)   My goal was to help her become more accepting of the lad by giving her something she liked to and feel useful!   (we didn't succeed but at least had fun trying).   When the lad was I think 8 we went to an Archaelogy day and he got to go on a dogsled I was jealous!!!  But they didn't allow adults to go....ah well...

The world's biggest Dog Sled race, as far as I know, is the 1000 mile race called  the Iditarod.  There is also the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest which runs between
Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska.   There is also the 211 mile long Hudson Bay Quest and the 200 mile Canadian Dog Sled Races which are among the biggest races just in Canada.

There are two main styles of dog sled hitches.   Fan hitch and gangline.  Gangline tends to be the more popular of the two for dog sled races.    They each have their own advantage.

 The fan hitch allows dogs to spread out their weight over a larger surface area, helpful on rough surfaces, treeless areas or on ice.   The Innuk often use this method to travel.

The gangline has the dogs held closer together which is excellent for running in forested areas or on narrow trails.  Numbers of dogs can vary in this type of hitch.

Travel by dog sled used to be one of the major forms of transportation in Canadian winters, particularly among the more northern peoples.    In fact, the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports states that archaeological evidence shows dog sledding in Canada, North America, and Siberia originated 4000 years ago.  (source)

Did you know the word mush came from a poorly understand early French Canadian word where the drivers of the dog team would say "Marche!" in encourage their teams to run well.  English explorers misunderstood the term and henceforth dog sled drivers were called Mushers.(source)

  A famous sled dog is Balto...who was the lead dog in a dog sled relay of 1000 miles, in January 1925, when a deadly diphtheria epidemic threatened the children of Nome. Medicine to stop the outbreak was in Anchorage.  Balto's team covered the last 53 miles.  (source)  A statue of Balto can be found in Central Park, New York.

So there you have it, information about dog sledding and Canada.

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