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Saturday, March 31, 2012


Just this morning Jesus heard your thoughts. Go to the cross and talk to him.
He'll meet you there.

Will He Love Me?
I see a cross lifted high on a hill
Does He Love Me?

And something inside me says, “Go,”
I want to go near it,
Yet somehow I fear it,
There’s something that I need to know.

Will he love me?
Does he even see me?
I’m just one among the millions
Who’ve tried to say a prayer.

Will he love me?
Does he even see me?
I’ve been living in this valley
But I need to go up there—
To the cross,

Yes, I love you. I really see you.
And I'm waiting just to talk to you,
I want to hear your prayer--at the cross . . .
The holy cross . . . come touch my cross . . .up on the hill.
The holy cross,
To touch the cross
Up on the hill.

From Hope Flinchgaugh's blog, Lift the Cross of Jesus! March 29, 2012

            “This how much God loved the world: [which includes you] He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, any can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”  ( John 3:16-18 MSG)   Tomorrow’s post: 

 CHOSEN by Mary Southerland          

 Some up-coming posts are:
                    THE SCAPE GOAT
                          A SONG AND A POEM

Friday, March 30, 2012


 “Take no thought for your life.”   (Matt. 6:25 JKV)

         “A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in. We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food, it will come on the line of money or lack of money; of friends or lack of friends; or on the line of difficult circumstances. 

It is one steady encroachment all the time, and unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the standard against it, these things will come in like a flood. ‘Take no thought for your life.’ ‘Be careful about one thing only,’  says our Lord – ‘your relationship to me.’ Common sense shouts loud and says – ‘That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink.’ 

Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things so as to make them the one concern of our life. Whenever there is competition, be sure that you put your relationship to God first.

         ‘Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ How much evil has begun to threaten you to-day? What kind of mean little imps have been looking in and saying- Now what are you going to do next month – this summer? ‘Be anxious for nothing.’ Jesus says. 

Look again and think. Keep your mind on the much more’ of your heavenly Father.”

Devotions for MORNING and EVENING with OSWALD CHAMBERS  January 2

JUST BECAUSE HE’S GOOD!        Taken from Our Daily Bread   (2/8/12)

        “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  (Ps. 136:1)

Read Psalm 100

 “Joel and Lauren decided to move from Washington State back home to Michigan. Wanting to make one last special memory, they bought coffee from their favorite café and then stopped at their favorite bookstore. There they picked up two bumper stickers with a favorite motto of the town they were saying goodbye to: ‘It’s an ‘Edmond’s kind of day.’

After 2 weeks and a 3,000-mile drive, they entered Michigan. Hungry and wanting to celebrate their arrival, they stopped and asked about where to find a restaurant. Although they had to backtrack a few miles, they found a quaint little café. Emma, their waitress, excited to learn they were from her home state of Washington, asked, ‘What city?’ ‘Edmonds,’ they replied. ‘That’s where I’m from!’ she said. Wanting to share the joy, Joel got their extra bumper sticker from the car and handed it to her. Amazingly, the sticker was from her mother’s store! It had gone from her mom’s hands to theirs, across 3,000 miles, to her hands.

Mere coincidence? Or were these experiences good gifts orchestrated by a good God who loves to encourage His children? Proverbs tells us, A man’s steps are directed by the LORD’ (20:24). In response, let’s ‘bless His name. For the LORD is good’ (Ps. 100:4-5) —Anne  Anne Cetas

                  Bestowed with benefits daily,
                  Sent from the Father above’
             Mercies and blessings abounding,
           Gifts of His marvelous love. — Anon.

Every good gift comes from the Father.”   

Thursday, March 29, 2012

LEAN ON ME: Prayer Note # 26

“The Bible says, ‘Weep with those who weep’ (Rom. 12:15) and  ‘Bear one another’s burdens’ (Gal. 6:2 ). Although this involves ...sharing each other’s pain, it does NOT convey the full scope of these verses. We’re not merely to carry burdens for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we’re to carry them away….Big difference! One involves sharing a load; the other involves removing a load.

       When the Lord commands us to bear with one another in Col. 3:13 and Eph. 4:2, He isn’t simply saying, ‘Put up with one another.’ 

Although He is telling us to do that, He is also saying, ‘Stake yourselves to one another.’

{Dutch compares this to a stake being placed next to a tomato plant to bear it up.} In other words, we’re to come along-side a weak brother or sister who is ‘weighted down’ and say, ‘You’re not going to fall and be broken or destroyed because I’m staking myself to you. 

My strength is now yours. Go ahead, lean on me. As long as I can stand, you will.”

Prayer Note # 26 LEAN ON ME - Taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer (pgs 61, 62) 

        “With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”   (Eph. 2, 3 NKJV)

Next Prayer Note April 3rdCARRY THE BURDEN AWAY   

Tomorrow’s post: LOOK AGAIN AND THINK by Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


    Our responsibility is to enforce the victory as we also meet the powers of darkness….We, through prayers of intercession, meet the powers of darkness, enforcing the victory Christ accomplished when He met them in His work of intercession.

     A meeting can be a good and pleasant experience or it can be a violent confrontation between opposing forces. The intercessor is either going to meet with God for the purpose of reconciling the world to the Father and His wonderful blessings, or he is going to meet Satanic forces of opposition to enforce the victory of Calvary. The purpose will vary, but one thing is certain:

The prayers of an understanding intercessor WILL create a meeting. And when the meeting comes to a close, something will have changed.

Deny unbelief access. You can do it!     Let’s have a prayer meeting!”

Prayer Note # 25 ENFORCING THE VICTORY - Taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer   (56-58) 

“Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.”   (Ps. 60:11, 12 NKJV)

Next Prayer Note Mar. 29thLEAN ON ME   Tomorrow’s post: 


Monday, March 26, 2012


ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep
all you want.

FOUR . When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.     

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have
dreams don't have much.

NINE . Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the
only way to live life completely.

TEN.   In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. 

ELEVEN.  Don't judge people by their relatives. 

TWELVE.  Talk slowly but think quickly..

THIRTEEN.  When someone asks you a question you don't want
to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN.  Remember that great love and great achievements
involve great risk.

FIFTEEN.  Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze. 

SIXTEEN.  When you lose, don't lose the lesson!

SEVENTEEN.  Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect
for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in
your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.                                  

                 Savior, let me walk beside Thee,
                                 Let me feel my hand in thine’
                               Let me know the joy of walking
                       In thy strength and not in mine.  Sidebotham

            Our Heavenly Father longs to spend time with His children.”

Our Daily Bread

"For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Prov. 2:6

Tomorrow’s post:   ENFORCING THE VICTORY:  Prayer Note # 25  Dutch Sheets

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Joy Dawson shares with us, "We experience the adventure of intercession to the degree we have learned to wait on God.

Everything about our human nature rebels against waiting. To those of us who were born in 'overdrive', waiting is not our favorite pastime.

However, we discover that waiting on God in humility and faith because of who He is, and obeying His signals according to His timetable, are really where the exciting action is."Rec
 “How many of us rush around and have not learned the secret of waiting on God. In order to move with God's direction in the end times, we must learn this secret.

The truth is that it is in waiting that we will accomplish the most for God. It is in waiting that He will give us His secrets to kingdom living.

It is in waiting that we will live as overcomers and walk in joy, peace and contentment. How much time is wasted when we run down the wrong road?
Waiting on God in prayer brings forth his maximum purposes.
I am a very active person and over the last several God has taught me and my husband to wait on Him. All the world was rushing around us but He stopped us and disciplined us into waiting on Him.

And now is waiting is often the place of joy because that is where God tells us His secrets. Many of you are learning the same lesson.
Waiting is going to be the key to our effectiveness. God is not looking for soulish activity. Anyone can do that.

God is looking for those who can wait and let the flesh die so that the spirit can truly live for His purposes.
It is in waiting that the very highest direction for our life can come forth on a daily basis. What may look like a loss of time is really only time multiplied on our behalf.

God is able to do things with a lot more efficiency than we are. The unnecessary falls to the ground and the very purposes and wisdom of God come forth in purity, holiness and power. "My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him" Psalm 62:5.
‘Waiting is a discipline that has tremendous rewards. And yet vast numbers of Christians, including many who pray for others, seldom, if ever make it a way of life.’
What are you waiting for today in prayer? Don't give up. Make it a way of life. It is in waiting that we make room for God.
‘The tests of our willingness to wait patiently for the Lord come almost daily for most of us. Waiting requires patience -- a willingness calmly to accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.

To want what we don't have is impatience and mistrust of God. A spirit of resistance cannot wait on God. It is this spirit which is the reason for some of our greatest sufferings. It is here and now that we must win our victories or suffer defeats.

Spiritual victories are won in the quiet acceptance of ordinary events, which are Gods 'bright servants' standing all around it. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands. Can I not then wait patiently? He will show me the way." Elisabeth Elliott
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. ... I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” Psalm 27:14, 40:1.
Together in the Harvest,   Debbie Przybylski    March 06, 2012
Tomorrow’s post:   MIGHTY FINE ADVICE  Author unknown

Thursday, March 22, 2012

SHE-BEAR MEETINGS: Prayer Note # 24

Dutch Sheets tells us, “Let’s progress in our thinking to the breaking aspect of intercession meetings—enforcing the victory of Calvary.

I call this ‘the bear anointing’ because of Proverbs 17:12: "Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly."…

I’m not insinuating that that this verse is talking about prayer.

I am saying, however, that the word for "meet" is our Hebrew word translated ‘intercession.’ Paga.

Meetings can be unpleasant!

Some can be down right ugly! Such as the one Satan had with Jesus at Calvary when Christ interceded for us.

Satan had come between God and His ‘cubs.’…

Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a flare for the dramatic.

The Cross defines drama….captives were rescued, bruises were inflicted, keys were exchange, authority was transferred.

1 John 3:8 KJV adds insight to what happened at the Cross.

The verse reads, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."

Destroy is the Greek word, luo, which has both a legal and physical meaning…

The legal meaning of luo is (1) to pronounce or determine that something or someone is no longer bound; (2) to dissolve or void a contract or anything that legally binds…He ‘voided the contract,’ breaking {Satan’s} dominion over us.

He also made certain the literal consequences of that deliverance were manifested: He brought healing, set captives free, lifted oppression and liberated those under demonic control.”

Prayer Note # 24 SHE-BEAR MEETINGS - Taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer (pgs. 54-56 )

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed: by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” John 3:16- 18 MSG

Next Prayer Note March 27th – ENFORCING THE VICTORY Dutch Sheets

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


OSWALD CHAMBERS tells us, “As workers for God we have to learn to make room for God – to give God ‘elbow room’ We calculate and estimate, and say that this and that will happen, and we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. 

Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never looked for Him to come? 

Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. 

That is the way to make room for Him. Expect Him to come, but do not expect Him only in a certain way. 

However much we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that at any minute He may break in. We are apt to overlook this element of surprise, yet God never works in any other way. 

All of a sudden God meets the life - "When it was the good pleasure of God…"

Keep your life so constant in its contact with God that His surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. 

Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes. (pg 50 ) 

The teaching of Jesus is out of all proportion to our natural way of looking at things and it comes with astonishing discomfort to begin with. 

We have slowly to form our walk and conversation on the live of the precepts of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit applies them to our circumstances. 

The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations; it is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is getting His way with us. (pg 426)

The whole meaning of our being identified with the death of Jesus is that His blood may flow through our mortal bodies. 

Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him, and it is the blood of Christ, in the sense of the whole personal life of the Son of God, that comes into us and "cleanseth us from all sin '   (pg 427)

“But when it pleased God…”  Gal. 1:15

The above was taken from Devotions for MORNING and EVENING with OSWALD CHAMBERS

Our Daily Bread 

“If we pursue mere earthly gain,
We choose a path that ends in pain’
But joy remains within the soul
When we pursue a heavenly goal. –D. De Haan

You are headed in the right direction when you walk with God.”
( 8/22/11)

“When a person’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways. If he stumbles, he will not fall, because the Lord holds his hand.”  Ps. 37:23-24  NCV

“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”  Mark 13:37 NKJV

“Stay at your post.  Keep watch.”  Mark 13:37 MSG

 Tomorrow’s post:  SHE-BEAR MEETINGS  #24  Dutch Sheets

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MEETINGS THAT HEAL: Prayer Note # 23


“I have witnessed miracles of healing as God met with people. 

In 1980 I was on another of my many journeys into Guatemala. 

On one occasion my wife, another couple and I were ministering to an elderly lady who had recently been saved. 

We had gone to her home to share some teaching with her.

     Approximately six months earlier this lady had fallen from a stool and severely broken her ankle. 

As is often the case with the elderly, the fracture was not healing well. Her ankle was still badly swollen and she was in much pain. 

While we visited with her, the other gentleman and I both sensed that God wanted to heal her ankle—right then.

     After sharing this with her and obtaining her agreement, we asked her to prop her leg on a stool.

 I began to pray, sort of. Has God ever interrupted you? He did me on this occasion…

 When I stepped between her and God to affect a meeting, the presence of God came so powerfully into the room that I stopped in mid-stride and mid-sentence. 

I had taken one step toward her and uttered one word, ‘Father.’ That’s all He needed!

     It’s as though He was so eager to touch this dear lady that He couldn’t wait any longer. I realize that what I’m about to say may sound overly dramatic, but it’s exactly what took place.

     The presence of the Holy Spirit filled the room so strongly that I froze in my tracks, stopped speaking and began to weep. 

My wife and the other couple also began to weep. The lady we were ministering to began to weep. 

Her foot began to bounce up and down on the stool, shaking uncontrollably for several minutes as she had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit—a meeting!  

The Lord healed her and filled her with His Spirit.”

Prayer Note # 23  MEETINGS THAT HEAL - Taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer    (pgs. 52, 53) 

       “O, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”  Ps. 118:29 NKJV

       “I LOVE the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.”  Ps. 116:1, 2 NKJV

Next Prayer Note March 22nd - SHE-BEAR MEETINGS

 Tomorrow’s post:   LEAVE ROOM FOR GOD  Oswald Chambers

Monday, March 19, 2012


"Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything."  (Acts 9:8-9)

“Nothing like losing one of your most valuable senses -- your eyesight -- to make you dependent on others or rather to get your attention on what is important. The light that Saul encountered was Jesus, and it was so bright it temporarily burned out his sight. Try looking at a bright light for a few seconds -- then close your eyes. You will still see the image of the bright light against your eyelids. While this effect was not the cause of his blindness, I believe the same thing happened to Saul, except that Saul saw the image of Jesus -- and it was forever imprinted in his mind as a result.

Saul had been motivated by the Lord, and he did the appropriate thing -- he fasted for three days. Why? I think Saul realized he just had a life changing experience and needed to go to God -- setting aside the demands of the flesh -- in order to gain a better understanding of the significance of the message and how it changed his purpose.

I believe the Lord speaks to us in events -- all we have to do is seek Him. Many years ago I had a crisis in my personal life -- one that changed me forever. At the time I was confused and angry. I could have chosen to lose myself in work; in some sports activity; or in some other way to mask my pain and confusion. Instead I locked myself in my apartment for three days -- I fasted and prayed. As a result, God spoke to me, Jesus became real, and my life was irrevocably changed.

Questions to Ponder:

Have you ever had a life altering experience? Did you go to the Lord for direction and meaning while fasting and praying? Too often we direct our energies in painful situations toward something that we think will give us pleasure or entertainment (television, food, alcohol, etc.). What or who do you seek when you are under pressure? Is it the Lord? Have you developed a dependency on the Lord or something else? How do you change?”   Mark Brooks

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“I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established by steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.”  (Ps. 40:1-3 NKJV)

                                         Our Daily Bread  

                        “Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
                        How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
                        Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
                 There I find comfort, and there I am blessed. –Cushing

            Prayer is the soil in which hope and healing grow best.”  (10/3/11) 

Tomorrow’s post: MEETINGS THAT HEAL  #23  by Dutch Sheets

Sunday, March 18, 2012



Max Lucado tells us, “It was small enough to overlook. Only two words. I know I’d read that passage a hundred times. But I’d never seen it.  
            But I won’t miss it again. It’s highlighted in yellow and underlined in red. You might want to do the same. Look in Mark, chapter 16. 

            Get your pencil ready and enjoy this jewel in the seventh verse (here it comes). The verse reads like this: "But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee."

            Did you see it? Read it again. This time I italicized the words.)

           ‘But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.’

           Now tell me if that’s not a hidden treasure.

           If I might paraphrase the words, ‘Don’t stay here, go tell the disciples,’ a pause, then a smile, ‘and especially tell Peter, that he is going before you to Galilee.’

   What a line. It’s as if all of heaven had watched Peter fall—and it’s as if all of heaven wanted to help him back up again. ‘Be sure and tell Peter that he’s not left out. 

   Tell him that one failure doesn’t make a flop.’


           No wonder they call it the gospel of the second chance.

           Those who know these types of things say that the Gospel of Mark is really the transcribed notes and dictated thoughts of Peter.  

           If this is true, then it was Peter himself who included these two words! 

           And if these really are his words, I can’t help but imagine that the old fisherman had to brush away a tear and swallow a lump when he got to this point in the story.

   It’s not every day that you get a second chance. Peter must have known that. 

   The next time he saw Jesus, he got so excited that he barely got his britches on before he jumped into the cold water of the Sea of Galilee. 

   It was also enough, so they say, to cause this backwoods Galilean to carry the gospel of the second chance all the way to Rome where they killed him.  

   If you’ve ever wondered what would cause a man to be willing to be crucified upside down, maybe now you know.

           It’s not every day that you find someone who will give you a second chance—much less someone who will give you a second chance every day. 

           But in Jesus, Peter found both.”

From Lucado Inspirational Reader  Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2011) Max Lucado

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             “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”  Ps. 18:19 KJV

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Ps. 23:3 KJV

  Tomorrow’s post:   LEARNING DEPENDENCE ON THE LORD The New Testament League

Saturday, March 17, 2012


            “An old woman's example inspires a younger man to change his thinking.”

By Scott Walker

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.” (2 Cor. 4:8)

”Mrs. Scarpa sat in the same spot in the same pew for years. Up until a few years ago, her husband had come with her. Now she came alone, her eyes often swimming in sadness.

This Sunday, as she came up to greet me, I winked at her, grinned and asked, ‘Where’d you get that pretty red hat?’

She chuckled, patting it fondly. ‘My husband bought it for me. Told me that in those terrible days of World War II, this red hat was to keep my spirits up. A couple of months ago I got it down and dusted it off, and I’ve decided to wear it again. Every time the world gets me down, I’m putting on this red hat!’

Perhaps you, too, need a ‘red hat.’ Find yours, dust it off and get on with life. When you do, you, too, will discover that ‘we do not lose heart’ (2 Corinthians 4:16). 

PRAY   Lord, I know that in the grand scheme of things, and compared to a lot of other folks, life’s not so bad for me. I’ve just been a little down. This story was just the attitude-adjuster I needed. Thank You, Lord. I’m ready to get on with life.

DO    You may have another ‘red hat’ of your own from the past, something that made you smile. Pull it out and dust it off.” 

Excerpted from Time Out for the Spirit ©2010 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.

         “For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”  (Is. 24:4 NKJV) 

Southern Hamburger Soup "warms the soul" while making good use of ground beef.

1 pound ground beef chuck (I used only 1/2 pound of Angus, ground)
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 carrots, scraped and chopped (I only used 1)
1 cup beef broth
1 cup tomato juice (or, preferably, V8 juice)
1 medium potato, scrubbed and diced
1 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves (I used 1 tbs. dried parsley)
4 cups milk, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste ( added no salt)

In a large saucepan or pot, stir beef over moderate heat until nicely browned,
(I put about 1 tbs of olive oil in pan) about 10 minutes, and drain off all but about
              1 tablespoon fat. Add onion, bell pepper and carrots and stir  till the
              vegetables soften, about 7 minutes. Add broth and tomato juice,                   bring to a simmer, 
              Add potato and parsley, cover and simmer 15 minutes.

(I sprinkled some Basil in).
In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk and flour till well-blended. Add to the soup, increase the heat slightly and cook till soup is 
thickened and bubbly.
Add the remaining 3 cups milk, salt and pepper and simmer 10 minutes longer.

I hope you'll enjoy using this recipe. I don't know who shared it.

Perhaps you'd like to hear Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman's version of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, from You Tube:

(What a great experience watching this video! I hope you’ll take the time to watch it!  Jean)   Tomorrow’s post: