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Is She Dressed for His Return?

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : Ministry 

No prophet or messenger from God ever came to God's people saying, "Hey, you're doing a great job, keep that up." No, be careful that the voice crying out in the desert to make straight the paths for the King isn't the one that offends you or the one referred to as "tearing down" the church. Those who tear down the church attempt to correct her without any direction or hope for how things will be made better. Those who tear down the church also are those who help her keep sleeping and ...
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Sowing and Reaping

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, In : Ministry 
"A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil." Proverbs 12:2

It sounds simple but for someone who cannot discern well between what is good (by worldly standards) and what is Godly (more highly preferred), it might not be so clear and the wrong choices lead to unpleasant consequences.  You can't work iniquity and then run from it and expect it not to catch up with you.   

I would rather suffer the pain of a thousand heart breaks than to receive the wa...
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He Will Establish You

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, In : Ministry 

In Matthew Chapter 16 we see two stories back to back that reveal much about the way Christians can act and it isn’t always how Christ would desire. We are being molded and shaped on a daily basis, as we walk with the Lord, just like the disciples were when they walked with Him. We are sometimes no different than the double minded apostle, Simon Peter. He was the disciple with the foot shaped mouth. In verses 13-17, Jesus asks the disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?” ...
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I Will Too

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, May 3, 2015, In : Ministry 

About service this morning.... my heart is still so tender over it... I mean tender. My husband and I were just talking about it have both been brought to tears over again. There were many portions of worship that were a great blessing... the worship (music) was so God exalting, it was wonderful... The message was so uplifting and on point and truthful and it was wonderful. BUT out of it all the part that touched us to the very core is something we have done in different churches...


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In The House

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, In : Ministry 

Gracious did I have a dream last night....   Let me try to share it. 

     It is March 17th, the day we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  Saint Patrick was the Apostle to Ireland, where he had been taken as a young boy to be a slave.  When he became a cleric he went back to Ireland as a missionary.  Ironically the verses that accompany the message in my dream each have the number 17 in them.  So perhaps this is a timely message. 

     I believe God wants revival in the church even more than...


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You Must Be Born Again

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Ministry 


“Ye must be born again.” - John 3:7

Jesus said, "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21)

Jesus made it clear that we cannot be ...
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Humiliation

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Ministry 
In prayer I asked God why He lets me be humiliated in front of people so much.  (Sorry, but sometimes I feel like the biggest mess up in the room because I am) and I told Him I would follow Him and do whatever He asked of me but please please don't let me keep being humiliated... His response..."My greatest ministry for my children required my complete humiliation. Can you imagine having all the power in the world to end it but having to endure it anyway for your sake? Don't think it will be ...
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In God's Time

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, In : Ministry 

For those who are in waiting... I have something to say to you.

Prayer is done in man's time. Answer to prayer is done in God's time. You cannot "pray enough" to finally make God answer you. God is not ignoring you. God hears you from the start and has imparted the best answer for you, even before you ask, and at the very right moment, which only God in His infinite wisdom can know, the answer will come to you. Through the prophet Isaiah, in chapter 65 verse 24, God said, "I will an...


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Get Back On The Table

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, In : Ministry 
This is a skit that I wrote to help illustrate what it has been like for me to allow God to prepare me for ministry.  Hopefully this will encourage others that God will always take you back on the table.  Because He's good. 

Narrator:  All too often when God is working on us we leap off of the table the minute He begins to dress our wounds.  We pray for God to heal us and then as soon as it starts to hurt we run from Him and then ask Him why He’s not healing us.  Christian brother and sis...


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Rocky Road Brownies

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, In : Recipes 

Rocky Road Brownies


Delicious!
Before the last 5 minutes of baking your favorite brownie recipe, top it with a mixture of:
  • 1 cup of pecans,
  • 1-1/4 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips.
SO yummy! Oh and cut it with a wet knife so the marshmallows won't pull on the knife so bad. I ended up scooping ours out with a big spoon, much easier.  Enjoy!



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F is for FAIL

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Ministry 

A B C D and E always come before F!
I hate F.  F is for FAIL!  I failed.  What in the world is wrong with me?
But there is a reason God allows us to keep seeing the F for FAIL in our life (even when we've coasted on the B for a long time) and that is so He can begin to cause us to notice, E, then D, then C, then B and finally live, eternally in the image of Christ, in the area of A.  Maybe I'm not the only one.  Maybe you failed this week?  That's okay, start looking for what happened JUST befo...
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Roasted Garlic & Asparagus Chicken Pasta

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : Recipes 

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Guarding Their Hearts

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : Ministry 

Phil 2:3-4 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with HUMILITY OF MIND regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."  >>  I woke up at 4:30 this morning having had a dream.  The body of Christ was in a worship service and we were singing songs I've never heard before.  God was being exalted and worshiped on a greater level than ever, because of the hearts of the people.  I'll ke...
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A Night of Rejoicing!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, In : Ministry 



Come join us at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount, NC on December 12th (this Friday) from 6-8pm. 
We will be playing Christmas music and taking donations to help a family in need this Christmas!
We have a saxophone player a violin soloist and lots of great music.  It will be fun for everyone.  Grab dinner and make a donation and celebrate Christmas with us!  Don't miss it!

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Hands Full of Blessing

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, In : Ministry 


Would you rather be the hungry person sitting under a tree when the apple falls or the person who climbs the tree and shakes the apples down into the hands of the hungry. The one who shakes the apples down has all he needs to start with. He's already in the tree with the apples.... Climb the tree, don't just sit under it. 

It is an attack of the enemy to make people think too much about what they don't have and not enough about the wonderful things they do have. Where ever satan can p...
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Faith For Today

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, November 3, 2014, In : Ministry 


It amazes me to see how God works.  Some of the most significant things He does are often done through people who have no idea what He is doing or what the affect of what they are going through is having outside of their circumstances.  When we are climbing up difficult mountains in our lives we know by faith in God's goodness and promises that there is a top of the mountain moment coming but all we can see and feel is the enormity of the mountain. The cliffs are steep, the places where we ne...
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Finding Peewee

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : Writing 

We had a nearly horrific experience today. Zoe took her guinea pig outside this afternoon and became distracted somehow.  She forgot he was out there. He was not in a cage, just with her until she set him down. Well, she came in eventually, forgetting he was even outside and only remembered much later in the day when she went into her room to see him again and he was gone. It had been most of the day, hours.  She ran outside in an unbelievable panic. You have to understand. She r...
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Homemade Cottage Cheese

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, In : Recipes 
Here is a very easy way to make homemade cottage cheese right from your own kitchen.  Once you taste this you'll never want to buy it from the grocery store again.  Of course if you have access to fresh raw milk, that's the best, but even if you don't you can still make this recipe easy and fairly quick!

      What You Will Need:
  • 1 gallon Whole or Skim Milk
  • .75 cup fresh white vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • .5 cup half and half or cream
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Food thermometer
  • Cheese cloth & strainer


Instruct...
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"Everybody's Favorite" Butter Rolls

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : Recipes 

I am going to share my personal butter roll recipe that EVERYONE loves.  I'm not just pretending here, this bread is loved by everyone who has ever eaten it. If you like the yeast rolls or butter rolls from places like Texas Steakhouse or Golden Corral, then you will really love these.  I use my bread machine to make the dough but you could mix it, knead it, wait, punch it down and let it rise before you form it to be cooked if you like.

I let my machine do all the work on th...


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Build Your Own Garden Beds

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : Gardening 
So your dirt is no good huh?  Mine either, let's fix it!

        

I have noticed there are kits available for purchase now that you can order online or purchase in the local hardware stores with pre-cut wood that you put together (build yourself) at home.  That's great!!  Except there is one problem.  Have you seen the price on them?  Wow!!   Upwards of hundreds of dollars for SMALL beds you still have to build.  The best I have seen locally is one the other day for only $29.99 at a local stor...
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Battle Park, Rocky Mount

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : Photography 

We took a walk through Battle Park in Rocky Mount, NC together today with my new camera I received for Christmas.  I have to learn how to use it.  It has a lot of buttons and features so it may take a little while.  It has rained here for the last few days so I had the feeling we were in for a mushy day by the river.  It was cool but not too cold.  It was mostly cloudy but the sun danced through the clouds throughout the day casting a spotlight for us here and there.  The water was high...
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Painted Terracota Pots

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : DIY 
This has got to be the hardest time of year for people who love to garden, especially those who plant vegetable gardens.There are a few little things that can be done this time of year around my area in eastern North Carolina, but aside from raking, weeding and giving the ground and initial tilling, it is a waiting game. So while we wait here is an idea that will prime you for the spring planting and garden decorating season and even provide some unique gifts for your friends. When I go out t...

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Candy Corn Baby Hat

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : DIY 


Here is my latest knit!  I have made a candy corn baby toboggan for Jakob for this fall.  I am currently working on a winter toboggan with ear flaps.  I decided to do it in blue and white and I am using a bulky fuzzy type of yarn for the winter hat.  If you are interested in doing this candy corn hat, it is super simple.  All I did was e-wrap on the red round knitting loom with brown, orange and white.  I have made them with yellow instead of brown before and they look good too, but thi...
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