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2 Corinthians 5:7 Catharine Hardyman

Beach Sunset November“We live by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7
Have you ever experienced a particularly difficult time in your life when you didn’t know what was going to happen next? I am a very high strung, type A personality, NEED ANSWERS AND ORGANIZATION NOW, type of girl. Therefore, I have struggled with this more times than I like to admit. However, I am proud to say that I am getting better with this.
These situations can occur with school, home life, work, and financial situations- just to name a few. For anyone that has not experienced this, it is an extremely uncomfortable time in your life. Looking back on it now, what made the times feel so miserable is that I got off track with my spiritual beliefs and practices and in all honesty, just put my relationship with God on the backburner. Instead of trusting in him and keeping my faith, I became so obsessed with finding answers on my own that I had ultimately created a world that was all about me. I didn’t want to wait. I didn’t want to be patient. I didn’t want to trust in God’s timing. I was desperate.
I finally came to realize that God asks us to live by faith because he wants more for us than our eyes can see. This involves trusting in God, his timing, his love. This requires patience. Most of all, this demands trust in my God. When I started incorporating this into my life again, I have been the happiest woman and the very best version of myself. Catharine Hardyman believes God is so good.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

2 Corinthians 13:5-7 – Catharine Hardyman Reflects

2 Corinthians 13:5-7 – Catharine Hardyman Reflects

“We live by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7

Have you ever experienced a particularly difficult time in your life when you didn’t know what was going to happen next? I am a very high strung, type A personality, NEED ANSWERS AND ORGANIZATION NOW, type of girl. Therefore, I have struggled with this more times than I like to admit. However, I am proud to say that I am getting better with this.
These situations can occur with school, home life, work, and financial situations- just to name a few. For anyone that has not experienced this, it is an extremely uncomfortable time in your life. Looking back on it now, what made the times feel so miserable is that I got off track with my spiritual beliefs and practices and in all honesty, just put my relationship with God on the backburner. Instead of trusting in him and keeping my faith, I became so obsessed with finding answers on my own that I had ultimately created a world that was all about me. I didn’t want to wait. I didn’t want to be patient. I didn’t want to trust in God’s timing. I was desperate.
I finally came to realize that God asks us to live by faith because he wants more for us than our eyes can see. This involves trusting in God, his timing, his love. This requires patience. Most of all, this demands trust in my God. When Catharine Hardyman started incorporating this into my life again, she has been the happiest woman and the very best version of myself. God is so good.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Devotions, Uncategorized

 

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Proverbs 14:23 – Catharine Hardyman Reflects

Proverbs 14:23 – Catharine Hardyman Reflects

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” –Proverbs 14:23

I think it’s safe to say that we are all guilty of saying that we are going to do something and never actually following through with it. Sometimes, we talk it up so much that people even get interested in what we are doing. Even worse, friends and family hold us accountable and start asking how “training for my half marathon” is going or how far down my “read 20 books by July” list I’ve gotten and so on. And you can’t lie about it, so it’s incredibly embarrassing to say that you haven’t started.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to remove “Someday” out of my vocabulary. Yeah, I’m a super busy woman but I can also make time for some of the things I have really wanted to do and/or accomplish. I started by going hiking last weekend. I’ve always wanted to go but never had time. Guess what? I made time and I had a blast. 2016 is going to be an amazing year.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Devotions, Uncategorized

 

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Catharine Hardyman – The Importance of Drinking Water

Catharine Hardyman – The Importance of Drinking Water

Do you ever wonder how important it REALLY is to drink water to stay healthy? I know what you’re thinking… “I just don’t have enough time to drink that much water” or “how am I supposed to remember to drink that much water when I have SO many other things to do today?!” You’re not alone. I often feel the same way but it’s important to FIND time in your busy day to drink enough water. Your body will thank you.
Did you know that drinking enough water has more to do with just quenching your thirst? It may do more than you realize. Drinking enough water moistens your tissues. This includes those in the eyes, nose, and the mouth. (Hence why your mouth gets dry when you’re thirsty ). Water also regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. Are you feeling extra achy today? Drink a glass of water  It can also help prevent constipation and it ensures that your skin and tissues are hydrated which allows them to do the job of protecting your body, tissues, and organs.
So Catharine Hardyman wonders “How much water do I need to drink each day?” It truly varies for each person. How much do you sweat? Do you have underlying health conditions? The best advice is to ask your doctor. But remember, water is the best choice over sugary drinks. It is always best to drink water throughout the day AND while exercising. You can also get water through fruits and vegetables high in water content. When in doubt, drink a glass of water.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Sports, Uncategorized

 

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Catharine Hardyman’s Heavenly Mashed Potatoes

5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut up
¾ cup sour cream
½ cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups (12oz) shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided
½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions, sliced

Catharine Hardyman loves this Taste of Home recipe but likes to change it up just a little bit to make it extra creamy and unhealthy. Instead of using ¾ cup sour cream, I use 1 cup. I also use ¾ cup milk instead of ½ cup and I use 4 tablespoons butter instead of 3. I leave the green onions out and… Don’t even get me started on the cheese and bacon… I use about 4 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese and I use a whole pound of bacon. It just tastes better!

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Dice them up into cubes and throw them into a Dutch oven and cover them with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil. Reduce heat and keep them covered and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, start cooking the bacon so that it will be cool enough to crumble when the potatoes are ready to go.
  3. Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Using a hand mixer beat on medium-low speed until potatoes are light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups of cheese, the crumbled bacon, and green onions (if desired).
  4. Transfer to a greased 3 quart baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Yields: Approximately 14 servings

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Favorite Recipes

 

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Catharine Hardyman Reflects on 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

Catharine Hardyman Reflects on 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.” -1 Corinthians 13:6-7

Let me start by saying that I love 1 Corinthians 13. It is such a beautiful chapter and is familiar to many. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul will argue that love is
not an emotion, but rather an action. Refer back to the verse, “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.” You can see how these are all actions.

I truly believe that friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts. I see God working in my life through my friends. For me, my friends serve as a middle of the night counselor, a random visit, a much needed bouquet of flowers, and even just a simple text expressing their appreciation for me. I believe in having true friends who will tell you the truth and set you straight when you are being hard headed and leaning towards temptation. I believe in having true friends that will stand by your side through the good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe in having true friends who love you despite your flaws and past mistakes. I believe in having true friends who will use their love to protect you in whatever ways needed. I believe in having true friends who will trust you and that you can have trust in. I believe in having true friends who provide hope to you when you may not be able to find it yourself. I believe in having true friends who practice and encourage perseverance and push you to be the best version of yourself. Catharine Hardyman is  fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who love with me through these actions. My heart is so full. I’m thankful!

 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Catharine Hardyman Reflects on 2015 Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again! New Years is quickly approaching and some of you may be thinking to yourself “OH MY GOSH… does this mean I have to renew my gym membership again?!” New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to if you choose one that is not quite in your ballpark. Today, I’m going to tell you about how I stuck with my New Year’s resolutions for 2015.  Catharine Hardyman decided that she was going to better myself in the areas of living a healthier life, letting God take charge of my life in all areas, lead a spiritual life and share the love of Jesus with others, and just relax and have more fun.

At first, when I decided to that I needed to live a healthier life, I automatically thought “GYM!” but that didn’t prove to be all that I needed. In order to lead a healthy life both physically and mentally, I realized how important it was to eat right, get enough sleep, and maintain a routine in addition to getting enough exercise. The biggest game changer for me was the sleep aspect. When I started getting between 6-8 hours of sleep (my body runs without skipping a beat on 6 hours, you may need 8-9 hours, that’s the beautiful thing about the human body- no one is the same J), I was a much happier, more productive, attentive person. I began to watch what I ate and was careful about making sure to include enough protein and most importantly drinking enough water. After about 2 weeks of doing this, it became routine for me and it has gotten to the point that I don’t even have to think twice about making my healthy decisions.

It was very important to me to give my life fully to God and let him take charge of my life in 2015. It was also important to me to lead a spiritual life and share the love of Jesus with others in all that I do. Sometimes, we get a little off track with our spiritual lives. Whether it be a rocky job that is really testing our patience and you come home and take it out on your families. Or be it that you are in college in a very stressful situation just trying to make ends meet and you take it out on the ones around us to the point that your loved ones don’t even enjoy being around you anymore because you make them feel like the enemy. Maybe you’re in a situation where your family is coming apart at the seams and you feel lost. Everyone has been in a situation at some point in their lives that has tested their relationship with God. I know I have. And because of that, it was especially important to me to rekindle my passion and love and commitment to God. It was important and rewarding to help share the love of Jesus with others through volunteering, talking, and even just sending a smile to a stranger in the grocery store. It’s a beautiful feeling.

Catharine Hardyman’s last resolution was to relax and have more fun in 2015. I am an uptight person so sometimes this is hard for me to do. I made it a point to sit outside and just listen to the birds and breathe in the fresh air with my precious puppy a few days a week. That was incredibly relaxing! I tried my best to quit taking things so seriously (to a reasonable extent) and that has greatly benefitted me.

2015 was an amazing year for me. I hope that you can see now that your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be enormous and unreachable. Start small- it’s rewarding JIMG_0095

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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