I really like it when a singer sings one from the heart. Here’s a rendition of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” by the originator, Steve Winwood.

This version seems to “feel it” and that transfers over to this listener.

This is a test run of the new SmallBizTracks show on BlogTalkRadio. I’m probably going to schedule these for Fridays, but that’s yet to be determined.

I tested removing the mic and talking straight into the phone about midway and there was a noticeable difference. The sound quality lessened when using the phone straight to my face. Using the mic will be better for both sound and hands free.

“I don’t know” … should never end in a period. Seek Better Answers

It’s Angela’s Life Anniversary (Birthday) on November 14th. I’m presenting her with this infographic when she gets home tonight on her birthday eve. She will also get the physical handout – after all, she’s a teacher.

Happy Birthday, Angela!

Angela Sansone Birthday Infographic

Incline Your Ear

November 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

The “Fear” of the Lord

Often a topic of debate among folks. Fear means different things to different people in changed times. Let’s let the Bible help define things:

Prov 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Prov 3:13 – Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

So, the fearing of the LORD will make one happy as he gains understanding of such holy matter. Check out Prov 2:2 -2:5 and compare – and pray as you incline your ear and apply your heart to what God has to say.

Small dog tilting head to listen and understand

Photo on Flickr by Yestertale

I hate losing an argument, don’t you?  Maybe it’s the competitor in me. Maybe it’s the winner in me. Frankly — it’s the pride in me.

As I begin to check my pride at the door, then having to argue and fight is no more.

Proverbs 13:10 teaches us that only by pride comes contention. Lose your pride – you won’t have to worry about battling.

Two people arguing on a bench

Photo on Flickr by yourdon

Feeling stuck? Often, I’ve found that being stuck begins with being stubborn – with God.

God’s Word in Isaiah 64:8 tells us the mindset and heart’s cry we should have:

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

If we become hardened to change, are we still pliable clay in God’s masterful hands?

A potter works with clay

Photo on Flickr by Sarah R

A great man of faith, George Mueller once said,

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”

Show God you have confidence in Him (Prov 3:26) and you’ll be able to rest that He’s got it covered. As my friend Tony says, “God’s Got This”.

Anxiety Ends Faith Begins

Recipe for Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Bars

I tried to share this recipe on Facebook, but there’s too much information for what’s allowed, so I’m delivering it here.

Post Office Pumpkin Bars (because they always deliver healthy goodness!). Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Treats

- 1 Banana
- 3 tbs (unsweetened) apple sauce
- 1 tbs pumpkin butter
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 15 oz can of pumpkin
- 1.5 cups Gluten Free flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Puree the banana, apple sauce, and pumpkin butter. Your goal is to get 3/4 cup. Any remaining would be a great topping (for this batch, I just mixed some Trader Joe’s apple sauce and pumpkin butter for a topping).

In a mixing bowl, combine and mix the puree, coconut sugar, oil, and pumpkin until fluffy and light. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, and then add to the pumpkin mixture.

Spread batter into a greased cake pan (a 9×9 for a taller bar, 13×10 for a shorter bar). Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.

Notes: If you want more fluff, I guess you could add cornstarch. Additionally, I’ve sometimes used a bit of maple syrup – but there’s already plenty of sweetness.


Is Your Heart Merry?

November 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

I wonder as I wander, about the grumpy, zombie-like faces I see. What’s going on in their heart? In Artie Davis’ Craveable, he reminds us that our face reveals what’s in our heart. And you could look it up, for the Bible tells me so (Prov 15:13).

Even with this time of trial, can I find joy? Amidst the persecution, is there a blessing? Yes. Jesus.

Your face reveals what's in your heart.

Thanks for the reminder, Artie. Stay contagious and courageous!

Photo on Flickr by NYCArthur