Fun Tips and Tricks for Effective Bible Study


They say that “well begun is half done”.

I couldn’t agree more.

Beginning any project well makes it easier to do the rest. This system also applies to studying the Bible.

Start your day right by reading the best book in the world!

Start your day right by reading the best book in the world!

If you carve out a specific time to study, you are essentially saying that this is important enough in your life that you can’t afford spending a day without reading it.

The bottom-line is, you have to make an executive decision to read God’s word every single day and finish it cover-to-cover.

So, if you have the same goal, here are some fun and easy tips and tricks that I hope will help you to effectively do your Bible Study.

1. If you are just beginning, it may be helpful to start with a translation that you can understand well. What I have is the New International Version.(I really like it because it doesn't have the confusing old english words and you know, the "thee's" and "thou's")

1. If you are just beginning, it may be helpful to start with a translation that you can understand well. 
(I really like this version because it doesn’t have the confusing Old English words and you know, the “thee’s” and “thou’s”)

Use your Crayola Colored pencils so that if you highlight something, it won't blot at the back page.

2. Use your Crayola Colored pencils so that if you highlight something, it won’t blot at the back page.

Assign a color of  your choosing to the different concepts you want to highlight.

3. Assign a color of your choosing to the different concepts you want to highlight.

If you have a favorite verse/commentary, write it down on a journal and maybe even draw pictures! ^^,

4. If you have a favorite verse/commentary, write it down on a journal and maybe even draw pictures! ^^,

Reading Plans help you keep track of your progress and easily divide your reading portions into easily-digestible chunks

5. Reading Plans help you keep track of your progress and easily divide your reading portions into easily-digestible chunks

Last but not least, a hot cup of "Choco-peppermint tea" is your best Morning Bible Study companion

6. Last but not least, a hot cup of “Choco-peppermint tea” is your best Morning Bible Study companion!

Once you have begun a project well, you do not need to put in much more effort to finish it.

Happy Studying! (=

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Whole Wheat Stawberry Pancakes


Weekend Mornings aren’t complete without this lightly-browned fluffy creatures lying on your breakfast table.

Like many “health and fiber-conscious” people,  I don’t really want to use the “empty” refined all-purpose flour. Remember, the dietary expert and my Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention instructor Katie Ferraro MPH,RD, CDE said that “fiber” is the future!

Therefore, the more fiber you add in your servings the better off you will be.

And so, here is a recipe that will satisfy that premise.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Servings: 7
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Organic Whole Wheat flour 
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp fat free milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • sunflower oil
  • Nutella spread (for a little swirling only!)

Directions:

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; don’t over-mix.

3. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly coat it with oil and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter.

4. Wash strawberries, cut the top part off and cut them lengthwise.

5. When the pancake starts to bubble, you may add your strawberries if you wish. (or you can add them on top of your pancake tower later)

6. When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes.

7. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.

8. Get that fork and dig in! ((=
Makes 14 pancakes.

Calories: 171.7 • Fat: 2.1 g • Carbs: 31.5 g • Fiber: 4.9 g • Protein: 8.9 g • Sugar:2.5 g
Sodium: 561.4 g

Who am I?


Hello everyone and welcome to Homemade Magnolia!

My name is Magnolia. What’s yours?

Since identity asks and answers the question, “Who am I?”…

I would like to ask a question that is very near and dear to each one of us: our names.

What is your name? Do you know the background behind your name? Is there a story or history behind it?

For me, my name is Magnolia.

Many of you would think that I was named after the flower called Magnolia.

But that’s actually NOT the case. My name is actually derived from an ice cream company in the Philippines named Magnolia Ice Cream.

My dad used to work here plus, we love their flavours… particularly “Double Dutch”! YUM! ^^,

It is still very vivid to my memory how my classmates were making fun of me because it is like naming your child “Häagen-Dazs” or something…

Thankfully, I realized when I moved to the United States that Magnolia is more known to be a flower here than an ice cream brand. That made me feel much better!

I also believe in the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words” and so… please allow me to show you my bulletin board (=

Inside Magnolia Lim's Mind (=

Inside Magnolia Lim’s Mind (=

I guess you just have to look closely… and you will kind of understand where I am coming from (=

It is like a “Portfolio” of all my current culinary ventures and creative endeavours at the best place to be… at home.

It is my hope that this small space in the blog realm would inspire you to craft, cook, over-expose your husband (wink!) and to meditate on what matters most in this life. (=

Now tell me…

What is your name?

And then, we’ll go from there…

Have fun reading!