Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


Fall Favorite: Taco Soup (Faith-in-Action Fridays)

taco soupNow that cooler fall days are here, and I no longer have to sweat over a hot stove in a 90° kitchen, I’m enjoying cooking again.

Nothing puts feet to our faith like preparing a meal for people we love. It’s a tangible way to communicate love and care. We rarely receive special thanks for it, yet cooking is a ministry, a daily work of service God sees. (He also sees our efforts to stop by the drive through on the way home or heat convenience foods on busy days.)

I love this taco soup recipe because it’s simple, quick, and GOOD! It’s great for week night family dinner, and it’s an easy company dish to make for a crowd.

Taco Soup:


1 onion, chopped

4 peppers, seeded and chopped  (Use what you like; I used sweet Italian peppers.)

2 TBSP olive oil

1 – 1 ½ lbs. ground beef

2 cups water

2 14.5 oz. cans chopped tomatoes

7 cups cooked beans + 2 cups liquid from pot (Canned beans work too.)

½ tsp. oregano

½ tsp. salt

1 16 oz package frozen corn

1 package taco seasoning mix*

Optional: additional chili powder or red pepper flakes to taste.

Garnish with:

Chopped red bell pepper

Chopped tomato

Grated cheese

Crushed nacho flavored corn chips.


In a large soup pot, saute the onion and pepper in olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Add water, tomatoes, beans, oregano, and salt. Let simmer 10 minutes. Add corn and taco seasoning mix, let simmer for 20 minutes more. If you like more bite, add in a few extra shakes of chili powder or red pepper flakes.

Serve the soup, and let people add their own toppings: tomato, red bell pepper, grated cheese, and crushed corn chips.

*Taco Seasoning

If you live overseas like me, you can make your own:

2 tsp. chili powder

1 ½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. corn starch

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp paprika


This is one of my favorite go-to recipes because it’s quick, easy, and delicious. It makes a lot, enough for company or leftovers.

How about You? Do you have a favorite fall recipe? I’m always looking for new ideas. Share a link in the comments if you have one.

Linking up with Equipping Godly Women.


When Complaints Crowd Out Contentment

portion and cupMy heart lurched as I stared at the 15 year old pick-up, complete with cobwebs, that was supposed to take my family of 4 from Austin, Texas to Washington D.C. and back.

“You.Have.Got.To.Be.Kidding.” I whispered to God.

“Are you crazy?” I silently asked my husband. Continue reading


The Best Gift You Can Give Today

Faith in Action Fridays

What if you knew a secret that revolutionizes relationships? This nugget of wisdom can make us better wives, better parents, and wiser counsellors.  It’s one of the best gifts you can give someone.

No book offers more practical wisdom for putting feet to our faith than James, and in the 1st chapter he says this:

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19) Continue reading


Building Community: Let’s Get to Know Each Other

Today’s post is different than usual. I’m sharing my new “About” page, so you can get to know me and my blog better. I’d love to get to know you too. Please leave a comment to tell me a bit about yourself. If you have a blog, leave a link for your about page too!


me pic for blogHi, I’m Betsy. I love dark roast coffee and home schooling. I want my faith to spill over into my every day, even during the bumpy moments, like when you have a family blow-up with fireworks during breakfast.

I’m passionate about enjoying God.  I want to know Him better. I’m also passionate about enjoying the one life He’s given me. I try to open my eyes wider to see beyond my crazy, stress-filled moments and recognize the gifts God gives me every day. Continue reading


Rescue House Cleaning for Busy Women

Faith in Action Fridays

Most days my house looks like the Queen of Chaos lives here, not the Proverbs 31 Woman. My home has a mind of its own and quickly slips out control. While I’m cleaning the kitchen, entropy takes over in the bathroom. I do a quick room rescue in the living room, but by bedtime it looks like World War III. Continue reading


10 Tips for Getting Out of a Bible Reading Rut

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Have you ever been bored by the Bible? Back in high school, I’d make grand plans to read the whole Book, and I’d open to page 1 of Genesis. After 5 minutes, I’d start yawning, and that would be the end of it. Then a month later, I’d start again on page 1 of Genesis. By the time I got to the genealogy of Noah, I was snoozing.

It’s easy to get into a rut with Bible reading. Continue reading


What Our Kids Really Need to Know (Faith in Action Fridays)

Faith in Action Fridays

Today I’m excited to start a new series called Faith in Action Friday. Join me on Fridays for shorter, practical posts about living out our faith in our families and communities. I want to learn more about putting feet to my faith in everyday life, and I invite you to grow along with me!


When my kids were little, they loved for me to tuck them into bed and pray for them at night. Now they’re hulking teenagers, and it’s almost impossible for me to stay up late enough to tuck them in. But you know what? They still like it when I pray for them at bedtime.

I suspect they like it because I pray blessing over them. I list their qualities and talents, thanking God for each one. I pray that they’ll know how much God and their dad and I love them.

Our kids need affirmation, yet how often is our interaction with them based on instruction and correction? Continue reading


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