Sounds, Soliloquy, & 6 Strings

& other ramblings of this Hilliard

Sermons on Marriage February 17, 2010

Filed under: Marriage,Resources — kennynclaire @ 7:38 pm

I’m learning that one can never learn too much wisdom about the precious gift of marriage. It’s such a precious gift from the Lord. I’ll never be a wife who “has it all together”. I’m a sinner in need of my Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s only by his grace that I can attempt to pursue being an “excellent wife”. It occurred to me over recent days that I’ve focused so much on the “externalities” of building a home (cleaning, cooking, organizing, scheduling, budgeting, grocery shopping, decorating, etc. etc. etc.) that in my day to day routine I haven’t even given much THOUGHT to “internalities” of the home. I just figured they were already there; that I didn’t really need to work on them intentionally but that they would just “happen”. Ladies, I was wrong, and if we are truly to work at making our homes a haven to our husbands and families where the Lord is treasured & honored, then we HAVE to be intentional about it. We can’t just assume its happening because we go through our daily routine of “wifely to-do” lists. Below are a list of sermons that will help us all pursue loving Jesus Christ through our homes and families (the “internalities” I mentioned earlier). I’ve included sermons on “Biblical Manhood” and being a “Biblical Father” because I think those sermons help us as wives, understand what our man’s world is like, and thus love him better. I pray that you are encouraged by these sermons. Enjoy & Be Challenged!

 

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Blogs I’m Lovin’ February 16, 2010

Filed under: Resources — kennynclaire @ 7:23 pm

I just found a new favorite blog today thanks to a Facebook Newsfeed:)

  • http://www.passionatehomemaking.com- From only reviewing the first few pages of this blog, I can see that this woman loves Jesus & gives some great practical homemaking advice and at the same time addresses the heart behind it all. I’m excited to explore this blog a bit more!

Below are some other blogs that I’ve found really encouraging, practical, and just enjoyable:

  • http://www.simplemom.net Simple Mom, Tsh O., always has a fun topic up her sleeve. She addresses a lot of topics that I would never even CONSIDER reading but the way she writes about them intrigues me and introduces me to whole new aspects of homemaking. I recommend checking out her recipes, home management NOTEBOOK (oh an INGENIOUS idea for a visual lady such as myself), organizing ideas, and just oh so much more.

     

  • http://www.simplebites.net Simple Mom just expanded to Simple Living Media. “Simple Bites” is a new branch of this. It’s a baby blog with only a handful of posts at the moment, but I’m very excited to see the new kitchen tips & recipes soon to be posted. I’m MOST excited about the “Quick Bites” topic. It’s supposed to be on quick, easy, and DELICOUS meals 🙂 Being a fast paced person (better put, just impatient) I REALLY enjoy QUICK yet EASY yet YUMMY meals. Oh & healthy at the same time;-) I know I have high expectations, but hey, I’m hoping this new blog will be a great resource for my food-making desires:)

     

     

  • http://www.benandveronique.com Veronique Peterson is the author of this blog & a friend of mine that I much admire. She loves Jesus, she’s vulnerable about life, but she never fails to point to the hope of Jesus for sinners. I highly recommend her blog for tips about Recipes, Frugal Living, and just for great encouragement in general. I know you’ll be blessed.

     

  • http://www.tammysrecipes.com I’ve only tried a handful of her recipes, but this is seeming to be an EXCELLENT resource for yummy meals🙂

     

  • http://www.girltalkhome.com
    A blog of four amazing women who love the Lord. I’m so thankful for their influence of writing in my life! You’ve gotta check this out;-)

 

I’ve got a few more blogs up my sleeve that I’m wanting to check out so as I find them, I’ll be sure to share;-)

I hope these blogs ENCOURAGE YOU!
Do you have a favorite homemaking blog? Oh PUH-leeze send it my way by leaving a comment:) I love this stuff! Thanks!

 

Shepherd’s Pie February 15, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — kennynclaire @ 7:15 pm

I’m not sure why, but up until December, I always thought “Shepherds Pie” just sounded gross. The title just didn’t sound appealing to me for some reason…. I believe it’s because I’d only had the “school cafeteria” version of the recipe up until I found this recipe at Tammy’s Recipes. To view her blog on this recipe click here. AMAZING! I’ll be making it this week so I’d love to share it with you to make as well. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie

A flavorful beef and vegetable mixture, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, baked until hot.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups mixed vegetables, either frozen, canned, or leftover*
4 cups (approximately) mashed potatoes (made from about 8 potatoes)
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup whole milk

Instructions: 

1. Brown ground beef with onion, pepper, and garlic. Drain grease.

2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, and mixed vegetables.

3. Grease a (deep) 10-inch glass pie plate. (You could also use an 8-inch square glass dish.) Spread the meat and vegetable mixture in the dish. Top with a layer of the mashed potatoes, sealing to the edges. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Just before baking, pour milk over cheese. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pie is hot and cheese is lightly browned.

 

My Side Note:

I always substitute the ground beef with ground turkey because 1) its a healthier option and 2) usually a cheaper option. I normally use my MY FAVORITE mashed potato recipe found here. I also normally don’t have any green bell peppers in my kitchen so I just leave that out;-) Also, substituting black pepper for Crushed red pepper works just as well. Enjoy!

 

 

CVS Couponing

Filed under: Couponing — kennynclaire @ 6:49 pm

I’ve joined the group of coupon-crazy ladies who carry notebooks & recipe holders with them to the grocery store. Yes, I’m “that woman” and gladly so! It’s becoming such a fun GAME! To see HOW MUCH I can get for HOW LITTLE
I spend. I’m slowly being reeled in with the bait of MANY good deals. I’ll be sharing about some of my endeavors in case you ever want to join me on a coupon rampage:) I was educated in the ways of CVS couponing by Crystal at www.moneysavingmom.com. To go to directly to her CVS tutorial, check out here. You may have trouble viewing the tutorial. If so, keep clicking “Previous Entries” at the bottom of the page and you should eventually come to an article titled, “CVS Couponing 101” and you’ll have found it!:)

Today on my lunch break I bought:

  • 1 Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
  • 4 pack Gillette Disposable Razors
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascaras

What I Spent: $3.61

What I SAVED: $26.76

I was able to do this by couponing and CVS’ promotion of Extra Care Bucks. On this purchase I earned $12.29 in ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) to spend on my next purchase! Yay! To learn how to do this yourself, visit

How FUN IS THAT?! You should join me;-)

As a disclaimer, I’m still a “newbie” at all of this couponing stuff, so please comment and let me know your couponing “tips”. I’d love to hear them!

 

Be Still My Soul February 12, 2010

Filed under: Hymns — kennynclaire @ 5:02 pm

My wonderful husband encouraged me to read the lyrics of this song earlier this week and I wanted to pass along the encouragement;-) I found these lyrics at http://www.lyricstime.com/hymn-be-still-my-soul-lyrics.html .

BE STILL MY SOUL

 

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 

 

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

 

 

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.

 

 

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past

All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

 

 

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise

On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

 

I Love Hymns

Filed under: Hymns — kennynclaire @ 4:39 pm

As soon as I say those words, I know I will get so many responses that vary from, “I totally agree!” to, “WHAT are you thinking? They’re so OLD and out of date”. Well, no matter you’re response, this post is simply to share with you my heart about what I love (& don’t love) about the beautiful art of hymn writing.

1) They are useful to teach the singer about God’s Word.

 

2) The basis of hymn writing is Scripture and Bible Verses; not merely emotions.
Emotions are often deceiving. [Jer. 17:9] The only thing I love about traditional hymns are the lyrics. Hence, my third reason for loving hymns:

 

3) The focus of hymn writing is the lyrics.

 

4) Hymns are carefully crafted. It’s just cool how the lyrics were written with accents and particular rhythms in mind so that they could match certain music meters. There is purpose behind each syllable and rhythm. It’s quite a work of art. I’ll blog more about this later just because it’s cool stuff to know, but I’ll keep it simple for now;-)

 

6) Hymns remind the singer of the truth of scripture, regardless of the emotion behind it.
For example, Last Sunday, I didn’t quite “feel” the presence of the Lord. I didn’t spend time with Him alone before our Church Service. Did this make me unrighteous before God? No, Christ is my righteousness and I know God didn’t condemn me for it. But I did miss out on a blessing sweet fellowship with the Lord BEFORE the service and my heart had a very hard time focusing on His presence. My emotions didn’t feel like I was “connecting” with Him. The Lord showed me something extremely sweet in the middle of all my emotions.
THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD STILL STANDS TRUE EVEN WHEN I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT.
That spurred my heart to claim the Truth of the Words I was singing even though I didn’t quite “feel” like them. After the musical worship, I just felt so encouraged by the Truth of God’s Word and through fighting to sing Truth, I the Lord reminded me of His sweet presence regardless of my initial feelings. Oh how SWEET worship songs can be when they align with the TRUTH of God’s Word.

 

My only COMPLAINT
with hymns:

 

1) The traditional organ & piano music that normally accompany them. It’s just not my thing;-) I’m not against it totally.
God cares most about the HEART behind singing praises to him, not the music!
Many people, myself included, can worship God accompanied by an old fashioned organ & piano. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not my style and I don’t think it has to be….I mean, I’ve never seen an ORGAN mentioned in the Bible:)

 

2) Mindless singing behind them. But that really has NOTHING to do with the hymn itself, but with the worshipper.
No matter the style of music, the call is to repent, and sing praises to the Lord with sincerity of heart and in truth. [John 4:23]
The ONLY way a person can do this is if they are a child of God, because no matter hard one tries, they could NEVER muster up enough “goodness” to praise God the way they should. They need the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. They need the righteousness of Christ; not their own. Myself included.

 

So what’s YOUR FAVORITE HYMN and why? I’d love to hear your responses and hopefully enjoy finding a few new faves;-)

 

 

Sounds, Soliloquy & 6 Strings February 11, 2010

Filed under: About Me — kennynclaire @ 8:47 pm

Hi! I’m Claire. This is my first blog post and I’m pretty crazy excited about it. I’ve tried blogging in the past but have never seemed to keep up with it very well. But recently, because of the inspiration of so many wonderful bloggers, my love for music , and a desire to share a lil’ of life with you all, this blog, “Sounds, Soliloquy & 6 Strings” is born:) Happy Birthday!:)

SOUNDS. I’m a musician, a singer/songwriter to be exact. I’ll be posting music and links to music that I make, love, or both:) My sound? I play acoustic guitar. I’m a female vocalist. I sing all sorts of genres (classical, Broadway, country, pop, folk) but when I write music, it’s more a laid back “coffeehouse” type sound with vocals and guitar or vocals and piano. So for now, I’ll say the genre is indie/folk/pop.

SOLILOQUY. The definition according to dictionary.com is, “1. an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present and 2. the act of talking while or as if alone.”

Personally, I just think soliloquy is a fun word:) I’ll be posting a lot of it on this blog about various subjects from homemaking to recipes to theology and other various topics and loves in my life. Stay tuned. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by it;-)

6 STRINGS. Well, that’s referring to my wonderful friend, my guitar of course. As much as I name my belongings (Naphtali Nelly the Dodge Neon, for example), the best guitar name I’ve come up with for my guitar is “Take” (Pronounced “Tauk-ee”) or just “Tak” (Pronounced “tauk” for short). She’s a Takemine. I know. so original:) You won’t be hearing my Take on this site, but my husband’s “baby”, Taylor. Yes, she’s a Taylor. I know, we’re so original with names;-) Taylor just has a prettier voice than Tak so I’ll be using her:)

So that’s the blog and a lil’ about me. So who are YOU?! Leave a comment and let me know. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Love,

Claire