Hospitality

“Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized possessions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy, and time. Indeed, we share our very lives…Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humans to understand.” – A. Strauch

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One of our favorite ways to foster the atmosphere of hospitality in our home is through the use of candles. Soft lighting and fragrant aromas are inviting to almost anyone, helping guests to feel at home and at rest. Even with the arrival of unexpected guests, it is quick and easy to slip into the bathroom or living room for a moment and light one. One such simple act does much to communicate a loving and welcoming spirit.

With Confederate Candles, the waste and mess that accompany many other candle brands is almost non-existent, making them highly practical for homes that are continually teeming with busy activity. Confederate Candles are guaranteed to burn for between 30-40 hours, and with the addition of the ring that traps the heat in along the edges, they typically burn clean – all the way down the edge of the jar – so that no wax is wasted. Hand-poured into rustic jars, these candles are tidy to burn and add a touch of homey elegance to any room decor. Click here to view a few of our many fragrance options, and check back soon for additional fragrances!

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Blueberry Breakfast Rolls

Try this delectable breakfast recipe, that tastes more like a dessert! Soft, sweet, and simple to make, this is sure to become a favorite for any family. Drop us a comment to tell us how you like them.

 

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Blueberry Breakfast Rolls

375° F
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 16 rolls

 

1 (12.4 ounce; 8 count) package refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and well drained
1/3 cup blueberry preserves
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

  •    Lightly grease 16 2 1/2″ muffin cups. Remove cinnamon rolls from package; set icing aside. Cut each cinnamon roll in half crosswise. Press each half in bottom and about 1/2″ up the side of each muffin cup.
  • In a small bowl, stir together blueberries, preserves, and lemon peel. Spoon filling onto dough into muffin cups. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • Bake at 375° F for about 12 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Place icing in small bowl. If necessary, add a little milk to make icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over rolls. Serve rolls warm.

 

For more delicious blueberry recipes, check out our family cookbook, Tasty Traditions.

Why 2 Websites?

Hello to our family, friends, and followers!

You may be wondering what we are thinking, as far as what our plans are for these two websites.

The purpose of theneelyteam.com is simple: to encourage other families and believers to press onward for the glory of God in the race that He has set before them. The purpose of this site has not changed. We plan to continue posting about day-to-day life, encouraging thoughts/tidbits we come across, news about family happenings, etc., just like we’ve always done.

The vision for neelymarketplace.com is simple, as well, though entirely different from theneelyteam.com: to make high-quality products and services available to the public, while striving to encourage and point others to Jesus Christ. While this seems like a broad goal, there are many plans behind it which we hope will prove to be useful to you.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to drop us a comment. We love hearing from our readers. After all, you are the whole reason why we’re doing this. May the Lord bless you, and draw you closer to Himself in the days and years ahead!

Rejoicing in our Lord,
The Neely Team

 

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12 Uses for A Therapitic Pac

Question: How can you use a Therapitic Pac?

1. To keep casserole dishes warm on the way to a potluck dinner
2. To relieve aching muscles and joints
3. To warm feet on a wintry evening (or in the deer stand!)
4. To keep a sick Komodo dragon warm on the way to the vet
5. To cool off after a long day in the sun
6. To keep lunch cool on the way to a picnic
7. To give as a unique gift
8. To sleep with
9.  To keep scrambled eggs warm on the way to visit a sick friend in the hospital
10. To make memories
11. To keep the baby warm in the stroller
12. All of the above

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Answer: 12. All of the above (Based on actual testimony of users.)

Drop us a comment and tell us how you use your Therapitic pac!

Why “The Neely Team?”

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Well, it’s simple.

1. Because we need to be a Team.
2. Because we want to be a Team.
3. Because teams have to work together in order to survive, and we have to do the same.
4. Because we like to be identified with one another.

These are a few reasons. I’m sure more could be listed.

God has put all twelve of us into this family for a specific purpose.  He has given us specific tasks to accomplish. He has done this at a specific time in history.

What is our specific purpose?

In three brief categories, our family’s purpose is:

To glorify our Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To encourage other families and individuals.
To work together, taking dominion in Kingdom-advancing tasks.

What are the specific tasks?

The practical side of day-to-day living and the fulfillment of our purposes are myriad and progressive. Myriad because of the multitude of varying tasks and goals; progressive because we’re “a work in progress.” We have so much to learn, so many goals, dreams, and ideas. But above all, we desire to bring honor and glory the the Lord Jesus Christ in everything we think, say, and do. This is our ultimate goal and purpose.

When is the specific time?

It is now. God has sovereignly put us in the place we live, with the people around us, at this point in the world’s history. We praise the Lord for the ways in which He has led and taught us up until this point. May we be faithful to Him with every ounce of energy and every breath of air until the day He calls us home to be with Him!

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