Friday, July 11, 2014

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Israel has been on my heart lately.  

This week, there has been numerous attacks against God's Holy land.  In response to protecting their land,  Israel has also struck back.  It's so hard to imagine sirens continuously sounding off with only a 15 second warning to run for safety.  The feelings of uncertainty rise in the air.  The air is thick, my friend.  My people are constantly being bombarded with warnings, terror and fear.  It saddens me and makes me feel so helpless.   However, I am not hopeless, because I can pray.  

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee.  Psalm 122: 6 

As a believer in Jesus,  you and I have a mandate to pray for Israel.  

It's easy to deny it.  It's also easy to look the other way and go along with your everyday life. 

However, we must not relent! 

We must respond with prayer.  

Genesis 12:1-3 says, 

We must bless Israel and continue to lift up of Israel in prayer for God's protection in these days.  

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD.  
Isaiah 54: 17 

Pray for the salvation of Israel.  Pray that the blinders on their eyes will be opened to see Yeshua Jesus as their Messiah.  

Jesus spoke, “Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused!  Look! God is abandoning your house to you! I tell you, you will not see me again until you say,‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai!’”  Luke 13: 34-35
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Pray for the nations that are coming against Israel.   
For Jesus says to pray for our enemies.  Yes, even the enemies of Israel need salvation. 

You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' 44"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. . . ".  Matthew 5: 43-44

As a mother, I think about those sweet precious Israeli mamas at this time.  The mamas who are doing their best to take care of their children and husbands in the midst of turmoil.  

How do they remain strong?  How would I remain strong if I were in their situation? 

Do you ever think like this?   

How do you remain hopeful in a dangerous situation? 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Here is a short video clip to gain an understanding of how challenging a 15 second warning is for an Israeli mom.  Click Here to see video:

Although, this is a dangerous time, there is hope.  

 For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai,‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.  
Jeremiah 29: 11

We don't have to fear!  For our Lord our God is with His people who love Him. 

For His name is called Immanuel- God is with us.  

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7 

Turn your eyes upon Adonai,  keep your focus on Him.  

Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.  
Colossians 3:2 

A year ago, my family and I were going through a hard time when our faith was being tested.  One morning, I sat down at the computer and wrote a blog post entitled, "20 Bible Verses For Trusting God in Hard Times".   

That day, I also created a printable that I framed and placed in my living room and office to remind me to trust Jesus everyday, no matter what! 

Trust in ADONAI with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding."Proverbs 3:5  

I'm sharing this printable with you today as an encouragement to place in your home.  

I love the name of Jesus and His Hebrew name is Yeshua.   

On this printable, I used His name Yeshua which means the Lord of salvation.   

May it remind you to pray for Israel and to keep your trust in Yeshua always.  

Thank you for letting me share my heart with you today.  

May you have a restful sabbath weekend.  

The Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.  Numbers 6: 24-26 

Blessings and Shalom

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Early Morning Adventure in the Kitchen {Banana Pancake Muffins}

One morning, I woke up and thought . . . hmmm. . . I really feel like making banana muffins. 

I asked myself, "Could I make muffins from pancake mix?".  

I grabbed the box of Krusteaz Pancake mix, my iPad and I was off on my pancake muffin adventure! 

Did you know that on the Krusteaz website there are many recipes you can make with their various forms of pancake mix? 

I've always liked how Krusteaz pancakes turn out which makes me partial to this particular pancake brand.  In my opinion, they are the closest to Cracker Barrel, which are my favorite pancakes of all time.  Yum! 

I was impressed.  :)

So, with some over ripe bananas, and pancake mix, I attempted some yummy easy peasy muffins. 

If you follow my Little Pink Casa on Facebook then you already know about this recipe.  

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I'm sharing my Banana Muffin recipe with you after I adapted and modified it from the Krusteaz blueberry muffin recipe.   

Do you have any quick tips on making the best muffins? 

What is your favorite pancake mix? 

Do you love Cracker Barrel like I do? 

I'd love to hear if you make this recipe and how it turns out? 

It would also make me smile if you pinned this or shared with a friend.  :)

Blessings and Shalom

Banana Pancake Muffins  

2 1/2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix* or any Pancake only add water mix
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 banana
You can also add nuts to your preference.

Preheat oven to 400°F.
In medium bowl, stir together pancake mix and remaining ingredients until moistened.
Do not overmix.
Spoon batter into lightly greased or paper-lined muffin pan, filling 2/3 full.
Bake 14-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

MM: Marriage Monday {Speaking Life Over Your Marriage}

Does your marriage need a resurrection?  This week on Marriage Monday at the Little Pink Casa, learn how the principle of decree can bring your marriage back to life.  Grab your Bible!  This is gonna be life changing for your marriage.  

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No matter where you are on your marriage journey, there comes a time when the sizzle may begin to fizzle.   Emergency!  Is there a marriage doctor in the house?  We need a resurrection here! 

In the beginning, as newlyweds, we are so full of life and excitement.   We want to give attention to our spouse everyday with intention to build a great marriage.  It's like walking on the clouds! 

Reality sets in and soon we are influenced by the demands of life like parenting and work which can cause us to get distracted.  Our focus is no longer building a better marriage, but on other things that are constantly fighting for our attention.  

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Did you know your marriage is like a beautiful river?

A river must remain flowing in order for the water to sustain life.
When a body of water stops flowing, it becomes stagnant.  Stagnant water is dead water. 
Nothing can live in dead water.  The fish die.  The plants can't survive.  Everything depends on the water source.  Stop a river from flowing and you got disaster.  

Did you know what you focus on becomes your habit? 

Focusing on building a living marriage is found only in Jesus.   He's the only One who can give you the living water to keep your marriage flowing.  

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.   John 7: 37-38 

But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  John 4: 14

Don't complicate this ladies.  The focus is clear and simple.  

 Jesus said, for his yoke is easy and His burden is light. 

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11: 28 -30. 

Also, Jesus was bruised, wounded and pierced for your healing.  That includes the healing and restoration of your marriage.  Praise God!  

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53: 5

So how do you resurrect your marriage and keep your marriage alive? 

1. Decree

Job 22:28 says, "You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you.  

A decree is an official order issued by a legal authority.   In Jesus Name you have the legal authority to order your marriage to get aligned with the Word of God!  You must decree life over your marriage.  No matter what the situation looks like, speak life!  

Jesus says, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly".   John 10:10 

James 1: 21 says, "Receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your souls. 

2. Store up the Word of God in your heart.

As the little squirrel stores up nuts in preparation for a long winter.  You must store up the Word of God in your heart and be ready at all times.  

Proclaim the Word of God over your marriage. 
-That your house shall serve the Lord.  

Proclaim healing over your marriage.  
-That God is working a miracle over you and your spouse. 

Declare life over your marriage! 
-Your marriage shall live and not die, says the Lord!  

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.  Psalm 118: 17 

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  John 11:25-26

Have faith my friend and take courage.  

Be empowered today to pray and decree life over your marriage.  

It's never too late and it's never too early!  

I hope you have been encouraged by today's devotional.  If you would like prayer for your marriage or anything, please email me here for my husband and I would love to pray for you.   

Also, if you have been empowered by today's teaching, please comment below and let me know what you think? 

What are some other marriage topics you'd like to see on the blog? 

What can I write about that will help you? 

Simply, comment below or email me here and consider it done!   I read all the responses.  

Blessings and Shalom to you, 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

He Shall Hear Your Voice

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My voice you shall hear in the morning, O LORD; 
in the morning I will direct it to you, 
and I will look up. Psalm 5:3

Twenty years ago, I walked into a Christian bookstore and first gazed upon this beautiful painting above.  I'll never forget.  

My husband and I were dating at the time and I was a new believer in Jesus.  As a couple, we loved our dates at the christian bookstore.   We'd spend hours listening to new music, picking out new tracks to sing, and getting lost in every part of the store.  That day, in particular I wanted to check out the wall decor. That's when I first viewed this painting . . . it captured me.  It inspired me.  It gave me hope as a new Woman of God. 

As a young believer, I was just learning about prayer and how to talk to God.  I may not have known how to pray like the church folks did, but I sure knew that I loved Jesus! 

This painting reminded me of myself at the time. 

Young,  full of love and devotion for my King-desperate. 

Sadly, that day, we didn't buy the painting.  It was pretty much out of our price range, but I never forgot about it.  No, I never did. 

And neither did God

This past weekend, when I wasn't even trying.  I came across this painting on a google search.  Did you know I was searching for this painting periodically for about 20 years!   I never knew who the artist was or the name of the painting until this past Saturday

It's called, "He Shall Hear My Voice" by artist Michael Dudash. 

The Lord is constantly reminding us, that He sees us.  He loves us.  He hears our voice.  

I want to encourage you Mamas. . . He hears your voice.  

He hears your voice when you are praying for your beautiful children. 

Prayer means talking over with Jesus 
everything that happens from the morning til night. 

For the past 3 weeks, my husband and I have been praying for our little girl's healing from a neck injury.  Sunday evening was really rough for her since her pain grows more intense at night.  Once she finally fell asleep after a long night of praying and intercession, my husband and I came back to our bedroom where I just fell on the bed and wept. 

It's so hard to see our children hurting.  

It's so hard when we can't do anything for them.  

It feels like a helpless situation in the natural. 

BUT, in the supernatural realm, we are not helpless.  
For, God is our help in time of trouble. 

That night, I continued to pray and cry out to God.  Seeking the Lord. 

Then, I remembered that beautiful painting. 

At that moment, I knew that He was listening . . . Jesus you hear my voice.

The voice of a worried, desperate Mama. 

The voice of a broken heart. 

The voice of His beloved bride. 

Yes, he hears our voice when we call out to Him morning or night. 

I sought refuge and I found it in Him. 

For He is my Almighty God full of power and might. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
         And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
                                                             Proverbs 3: 5-6 

I want to encourage you Mamas, with this message today. 

No matter what you are going through with your children.  Keep praying! 

Trials bring you to your knees in prayer.  

Lift up your voice to Him.  

Cry out and call unto Jesus. 

He hears your voice! 

Blessings and Shalom

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trending Summer Beauty Tip: Perfect Pout

Summer is my favorite time to be creative and bold with make-up.

So what's fun to wear and totally speaks of summer? 

Bright Red Lips and Oversized sunglasses! Can you say vintage glam? 

This past weekend I had fun rockin this look at Hadara's swim lessons.
I love to change it up a bit.  Who says you can't wear red anytime and anywhere? 

I say wear RED just because! 

Here I am wearing Rockin Red lipgloss by Mary Kay

Did you know?  
The color RED evokes passion, confidence and drama. 

RED also means redemption, atonement and grace. 

Don't let RED scare you! It is a classic. 


BEAUTY TIP: Keep eye color neutral with minimum coverage when wearing RED.  Do wear mascara.  Eyeliner can be optional or a cat eye wing tip always does the trick. 

Red can be feminine and classy. 

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Here's a video tutorial on how to get the perfect red lip this summer! 

Will you join me this coming week and participate in the Little Pink Casa Red Lipstick Challenge

Pick a day to wear your RED Lips. 

Take a selfie and post it on my Little Pink Casa Facebook wall. 
hashtag:  #redlipchallenge 

It's a great time to wear red, just in time for 4th of July. 


Wear it on that date night with your hubby? 

Have fun with this ladies.  
Maybe it will be your first time trying RED? 

It's your time to be sassy.  
Maybe get out of your beauty comfort zone? 

I can't wait to see who joins me on this challenge. 

It's going to be mar-va-lous dar-ling. 

Blessings and Shalom

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