Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pastor’s Wife Read!

Pastor’s Wife Read!
Please read Bro. Ballestero’s post first.
My response:
I am a pastor’s wife. We pastor a decent size church, and our church has continual flow of young preachers going out into the kingdom. This, I feel, is what the church is designed for… sending laborers into the field.
We also have people who have left and gone to other churches. However, for every person we are allowed to “plant” somewhere else, God always sends a replacement. I have learned, that if people who are disgruntled stay within our congregation, we just end up with more disgruntled people. As a result, I send up prayers for the pastor and the pastor’s wife who are assuming the responsibility of pastoring the dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontent, and unhappy people, and I thank God for the relief. And did I say that I look forward to the replacements that God sends our way.
I admit, there are times when I wish we could keep them all, but through His Word, I am comforted, my spirit is hushed and quietened and any ill will I might wand to harbor is subdued by this message, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV –

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I Gotta Make It!

I have seen this several times and it reminds me of a message that I heard Rev. James Kilgore preach about not removing landmarks that are detrimental to our salvation. Sometime we not only find ourselves jumping the rail, we also are guilty of actually moving the fence! Once a landmark is removed or changed, it becomes very hard to retract the action and put it back into place. I have come to this conclusion; if I perchance, am acting on a principal or a land mark that may not be necessary for my soul to enter the pearly gates, so be it! I would definitely rather be safe and make the rapture than to remove a landmark or a principal from my life and then learn at the judgement seat that I should have left it in place! It is my greatest desire to make it to heaven and to see my family and my church family walk through those gates made of pearl and walk on streets of gold with me!
"It will be Worth it All!" 

Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014 Britni's Day

On this day and a while back, we were blessed with the sweetest bundle of joy. I remember her baby sweetness like it was yesterday. the hugs, kisses and snuggles brought perfect joy to us! During the growing up process, there were times she learned the hard way, and there were times she just sailed through things that would have devastated a lot of people. She developed an independence that has created a beautiful, strong woman, and a great mother! She still holds my heart in her hands, and I love her beyond measure; Happy Birthday to my Britni!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lime, Shrimp, and Avocado Salad

I fixed; it is delicious!

1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 limes, juice of
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.

In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, jalapeno. Combine all the ingredients together, add cilantro and gently toss. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice 
(as healthy as I could make it)

1 stick real, unsalted butter
3 cups brown rice with vermicilli 
3 cups water
3/4 cup of frozen green peas
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp large grain Black Pepper
2 chicken breast halves cubed (small)
coconut oil spray
2/3 cup frozen seasasoning blend
2 eggs
1 Tbs. coconut oil
3 to 4 tbs. Soy Sauce or enough to suit your taste


Melt butter in large pot add rice and stir fry until vermicilli is browned.
Add water and lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 7.5 min.
Add green peas and cook for 7.5 min. more. Turn off fire and let set.

chicken breast halves seasoned
Grill in a skillet sprayed with Coconut Oil Spray.

frozen seasoning blend
Grill in a skillet sprayed with Coconut Oil Spray.

Scramble in a skillet sprayed with Coconut Oil Spray. Chop fine.

Mix chicken, seasoning blend, and eggs in a large serving bowl.

Reheat skillet with coconut oil, add rice and stir fry aproximately 5 min.

Add rice and soy sauce to serving bowl mix all ingredients well.

Add salt and pepper to suit your taste! YUMMMMM!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Happens the last 30 min. of my workday! I can hardly wait to see my best friend! He will have fried fish (thanks to Rebecca Davis Jarrell & Flemon) with all the trimmings today when I get home. He is the love of my life, and he loves me unconditionally, I know! There is a recliner waiting with my name on it and a really good book! The house will be neat, and I can kick back and rest until bed-time! I love that man!

Friday, April 11, 2014


Friday, April 27, 2012

I have learned that the only real and lasting peace comes from knowing Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Ghost.  When you can come to Him in complete distress and He can wrap His love around you like a the softest knitted afghan and bring peace to your troubled spirit. That is when you know that you have found real peace. 
          Knowing this truth has caused me to combine two of the most pleasurable things I know.   I knit and pray and thus my peace becomes complete!  These two things have carried me through some rough times in my life, and they have helped me find my way when trouble was on every hand.
          There is a course that flows like this,
                           "The only real peace that I have
                                     Dear Lord is in You 
                             The only real peace that I have
                                      Dear Lord is in You

                              Through all life's frustrations                 
                                       I need You and I know I do 
                               The only real peace that I have
                                       Dear Lord is in you"

Posted by Debra Burks at 12:29 PM

String Hobby

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

$50.00, 'Well Blow Me Down'

I am excited!  I am finally making my own pattern work.  A Christmas stocking customized with a name and a full-size Santa on the front. Yesterday, I looked on Itsy for knitted products, and I ran across a simple version of this Christmas stocking.  They have it priced at $50.00; I almost fainted.  I wonder......Can I do that? 
I still have a lot of work to do on this pattern, but maybe......down the road!
Posted by Debra Burks at 6:39 AM 

Friends & Memories

Saturday morning, 5th of December, and I was making Oreo Cookie Balls for a Christmas party that night!  I began to giggle as my mind traveled back in time about 46 years.  This is always an interesting past time, remembering an age of innocence where kids could roam and play without worries!
In this current memory, my brothers and I were down on our knees beside Hwy 1416, encouraging our very own doodle bugs to “move it buster!”  The bugs were each rolling their own little ball of ‘cow paddy,’ and we kids wanted our beetle to win.  The cookie balls looked exactly like the doodle bug balls!
Glenn walked into the kitchen and asked, “What’s so funny!”
Laughingly I told him where my mind had gone, and we begin to reminisce about those days on innocence!
Behind our home place there was a ‘patch’ of woods where we were allowed to play for hours.  Under the cool shade of tall pines, huge oaks, and around a few squatty bushes we had created a fairy tale play ground!  We had houses with wall divisions made of pine-straw, furniture created from fallen branches, and enough kids to people each house with moms, dads, and kids.
We built caves, cooked mud pies, squabbled, had prayer meetings, and played church.  At any given moment we could shout, talk in tongues, and sing as good as any saint in our home church.  We could do the two-step like Adeline Dougharty, Glenn’s Grandmother, or we could mock to a tee, Sis. Bertie Rashall’s obeisance dance (I do not know any other way to describe it!). We would kneel down and pray like Sis. Florien Brown (sort of machine-gun style), or stand to testify and break out in song like Sis. Linnie Stivender as she waved her hanky in her left hand!
This was not mockery in a hurtful sense, rather, as children we had learned to worship God from the examples set before us; sometime our play was so real that we would be crying for real.  Looking back now, I realize that there were times that we felt God’s presence.  I can remember Delbert, my brother preaching under the anointing, and at that time we did not even know what anointing meant.
Precious Memories, how they linger!

At the Party...with sweet friends!

My Heart


Monday, May 14, 2012

My Heart
Yesterday was Mother's Day....We had a great day at church, but I looked and looked...for as long as I was at the front... I looked for my girl to come in.  I see her regularly, talk to her daily, but it has been a number of years since she spent Mother's Day, in church, with me.  She came to family lunch, and I did so enjoy getting to see her;  BUT, my heart is broken because she is missing from my church life... There is a barrier that seems to be always erected, one that I dare not broach, one that she built, for reasons of her own.... I am holding on to Hope  that someday she will come back... I need to have my baby in God's House with me... I love her so.....
Posted by Debra Burks at 1:01 PM

String Hobby

Just a sample of my favorite hobby....I love to take a string and create a garment....the definition of Crochet and Knit....for me is:  The art of creating fabric and garments from a string!  That is my personal application!

      My most loved hobby is creating garments for children!  I Love doing my own thing! Sometime I start with someone elses pattern , but I invarialby end up doing my own thing with it. 

String Hobby

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How much fun can you have with sisters?  I think the possibilities of fun times are limitless…Tuesday afternoon three of us got together in Velda’s cozy new home.  

I am always the one with a stash of thread, crochet or knit needles found in my forays to thrift stores.  It is so exciting to say, “Hey, look what I got for only a few dollars!   Do you need any of it for your next project?  I declare it is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.  We delve into my stack of finds and have ourselves a blast deciding what project needs which thread. 

This week I got three full skeins of Macramé thread, two green and one brown.  They were in the stash but were already declared as my own.  I had been looking for some strong, bulky thread to create a yarn basket; this rough and tough, bulky thread was exactly what I needed!

Soooooo….this afternoon I started my basket.  Using the green thread and the single crochet stitch, I crocheted a flat round piece.  I increased as I went until the piece was about 20 to 24 inches in diameter.  The next row I did not increase at all, which began the sides of my basket.  I then changed to the brown, and crocheting in the back loops only, I continued with the single crochet for two rows.  The next two rows I changed to double crochet and continued to crochet in the back loops.  I love the effect this gives, although if I had been using a regular thread, it would not have been sturdy enough. 
Changing back to green I continued in the same pattern for three rows, and on the fourth row I created handles.  With the left over brown thread, I put a top edging of single crochet on the basket and completed my thrift store project.  It is perfect.