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Jul 25

Christmas in July! Pistachio-Cherry Muffins

Christmas Pistachio cherry muffinsIt may be an adapted phrase, “Christmas in July” for sales and marketing of items at the mall, but why not enjoy a yuletide delicious treat this weekend?  Only five months away from today {YIKES!}, Christmas is such an incredible time of year. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe from my book Everyday Confetti to enjoy today, in July. {Who doesn’t like holiday lovin’ from the oven?}

These are as pretty as they are delicious. You could even update your Christmas card address list this weekend while you nibble on your muffins and sip some hot cocoa. You know that December is not the time to go searching for addresses so be ahead of the game!

Christmas Pistachio-Cherry Muffins

1 box white cake mix

1 sm. box instant pistachio pudding mix

1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained, coarsely chopped, and tossed in 1 Tbs. flour

white sugar

Christmas cupcake liners

Mix cake batter according to box directions and add in dry pudding mix. (Do not make the actual pudding, just add the dry mix to the cake mix.) Gently stir in drained cherries. Spoon into muffin tins lined with papers. Sprinkle a little white sugar on top of each. Bake according to box directions for muffins, or just a bit less. Do not over bake.


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Jul 23

Red Hot Faith giveaway by Cindy Bultema

Today I am excited for you to meet my close friend and prayer pal Cindy Bultema who is guest posting on having faith that is Red Hot. Can I get an Amen?  {I am on Cindy’s personal prayer team and she is on mine. I pray for her children and marriage and she prays for mine. Our combined seven kids and two hubbies owe us each a new pair of jeans because the knees on the ones we own now are worn right through!}

This girl lives her message and I am excited to have her share that message with you here. {Be sure to leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win a leader’s pack, which includes the DVD teaching (8 lessons) plus leader’s guide and participant guide.}

Now meet Cindy.


Cindy  loves the Lord, loves her family, and loves to celebrate!  With nearly 20 years of ministry experience, Cindy is a popular women’s speaker, author, and Bible teacher.  But don’t let her cheerful smile fool you—Cindy has endured single parenting, overcome bondage to addiction, and survived tragic loss.  Sharing messages of God’s hope and redemption is now Cindy’s great delight.  Her video-driven Bible study, Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Church, was released in July 2014.  Cindy lives in Michigan with her husband and their four kids.

Most days you can find Cindy walking her dog Rocky, attending one of her boys’ hockey games, or serving hot lunch at her kids’ school.

Is your faith life more fired up or fizzled out?  How I long for a faith life filled with purpose, passion, spark, and meaning but truth be told —most days I feel caught up in the whirlpool of life.  After long days jam-packed with a house full of kids, never-ending chores, and our zany dog—I barely have energy to change the sheets, much less change the world.

Maybe when my family life slows down, then I should serve. When I lose weight, then I’ll be more comfortable sharing my story. Or when I learn more Scripture verses, then I’ll be a better Bible teacher.  In the meantime, it’s easy to settle into a lukewarm routine, filling my days being busy with “good” things, while allowing the “best” opportunities God has for me to pass on by.

I wonder if you can relate.  You read about women who are moving mountains with their faith, blogging to billions, caring for orphans, and you want that life!  You declare “Use me, Lord!”  But when it’s time to talk to your neighbor, sign up to serve, or pray for the hurting friend, you hide behind your badge of busyness and settle in to accept comfort over calling, simplicity over serving, hiding instead of hospitality.  Thankfully God never intended for “lukewarm” to become our norm.

I’ve found the key to living with fresh passion and purpose tucked in a letter to the ancient church of Laodicea, also known as Revelation 3:14-22. The people in that church were not very different from you and me today.  They struggled with being lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—and Jesus had the perfect remedy for their lackluster faith.

Sweet friend, what if God has purpose for us in the midst of our most mundane days?  What if we went from just “believing in God” to allowing Him to ignite every part of our faith lives?  Let’s learn from the lukewarm church and say “no” to lives of complacency, staleness, and stagnation and instead pursue a life of Red Hot Faith!

Visit Cindy at www.cindybultema.com.

Now for the giveaway.

Cindy's book

Someone will win Cindy’s Red Hot Faith leader’s pack.  Leave a comment on how you said ‘NO’ to mundane living and yes to living a life of Red Hot Faith.

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Jul 22

Two Clicks. Two Posts.

The winner of my book Everyday Confetti is: Kim Stewart. Congrats! My assistant Amy will email you at the address you left when you commented with instructions for claiming your book. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am busy getting ready … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 18


Before I share these delicious salad recipes, I have some winning announcements to catch up on first! {It's been crazy busy around here getting ready for the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference}. So let's get caught up and congratulate the following winners. {Drum roll please.} 7 Simple Outreach … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 16

Atlas Girl Giveaway by Emily Wierenga

Today I'm excited to introduce my friend, Emily Wierenga. She is guest posting today about her just released personal memoir Atlas Girl. It's a beautiful and bold journey on finding home in the least expected place. Be sure to leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of 3 giveaway … [Continue reading...]

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