4.30.2012

Right Up My Alley

Convenient, economical, time-saving how we adore adjectives such as these! Huge thanks go out to my brother for passing on a link to Mom On A Mission blog. This blog contains exactly the kind of info. I delight in passing on to my readers. I could have taken the idea and recreated it to be my own, but why do that when it has already been done so perfectly? Here’s the link: http://momonamission.me/ . Drop in for a visit and experience the blessings for yourself. This is a seriously great resource filled with recipes, instructions, and tips galore! Have a desire to feed your family well yet still spend quality time together? You’ll learn how right here at: http://momonamission.me/.

Just a quick side note: the use of a microwave is instructed in the recipes on the Mom On a Mission blog. Not being a microwave fan, I do recommend adapting recipes so that healthier cooking options can be used. While time-saving, microwaves completely zap food of any nutritional value. Once cooked or warmed in a microwave, there is literally no nutrition left in the food. However, I'm not going to take the time to discuss all of the specifics on this right now. Time will still be saved, even if more traditional cooking methods are used. If adapting recipes/instructions seems like too much work, still visit the site. There are plenty of recipes using the slow cooker, grill, stovetop, and oven to try.

4.23.2012

Growing Things, It's A Passion

Spring has officially sprung at our house. For many, this is old news. In some parts of the nation, trees budding, green grass growing, and flowers poking up through the soil are so yesterday. For us, it is all new, fresh, and welcome. Oh, so welcome. Besides starting my tomatoes, peppers, various herbs, and cabbage inside, I am itching to get carrots, onions, squash, watermelon, pumpkins, corn, and potatoes in the ground outside.

Naturally, growing things conjures up visions of tiny green sprouts peeking out of a seed and lush green foliage thriving. For me, it also includes getting my hands into potting soil and/or earth and wondering what my poor little plant who appears to be dying needs. As I was cleaning up after my aloe transplanting this morning, it dawned on me that I could spend all day, every day puttering around in the dirt happily planting little plants or seeds, plucking off dead, spent leaves, and watering established plants without ever growing tired or bored. I could easily get lost in caring for and maintaining plants of every kind, shape, and size. Walking into the greenhouse(s) each spring is to me what Macy's 5th Ave. NYC is to other shoppers, delightful.

So, happy day. I have discovered I do have what has been popularly termed a "passion". I heart growing things. Now it's your turn. What do you never get tired or bored of doing? 

4.20.2012

Yumminess Strikes in the Kitchen!

After seeing an advertisement for a chocolate peanut butter milkshake in a restaurant, we had to try it out for ourselves, at home. It was a success. Because this is extra rich, everyone at our house consumed less than normal. Here's the scoop!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKE
  • vanilla ice cream
  • milk
  • smooth peanut butter
  • chocolate syrup
Blend ice cream and milk until smooth. Amounts will vary depending on desired thickness of shake and strength of blender. Add desired amount of peanut butter. I used approx. 1/2 C. to full blender. Add chocolate syrup to taste. I squeezed the syrup bottle until the glob of peanut butter was fully covered by the chocolate. It was probably about 5-6 Tablespoons. Blend thoroughly. Pour into drinking glasses and enjoy.

4.19.2012

Full, of Words

Here I sit. It's the day before ladies' Encounter. I ought to be doing something to get ready for it. Hadn't I? But here I sit. I'm full, full of words. After weeks of reading, studying, searching, digging, and finding, I am filled to overflowing with words. Words of truth, words of redemption, words of victory, words of hope, good words, words. words. words.

As I looked through the words I had so carefully typed, copied, pasted, and printed, the ones I spent hour after hour preparing, I wondered what on earth I prepared so many words for. Words won't free anyone. God frees. God heals. God delivers. It is God who needs sharing, not words. Ladies are coming to Encounter God, not my words.

God. He is the One who sets my feet a dancing. He is the One who turns the dark clouds to sun. He is my reason for living. God, my everything, is calling to me. He is beckoning me to come. To come spend time with Him, resting in Him, soaking in the fullness of His presence. I'm doing it now, soaking Him in; breathing Him in. I'm drawing in deep breaths of the One who saved me, who rescued me and exhaling stress, tension, and nervousness. The bondage of human effort is being exchanged for the rest of the Holy Spirit's leading. Matthew 11:30 says that His yoke is easy  - wholesome, useful, good, not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant - and His burden is light and easy to be borne.

I'm still full, but not with words. No, the words have recessed to the back of my mind. They have been replaced with the peace of the Lord. How much I love Him. How sweet and pleasant are His ways. The ladies' Encounter doesn't begin until tomorrow evening, but I find I am Encountering Him more each and every day. I am learning to say with the Psalmist "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises to His name, O Most High."

What about you, you who are reading these words? Are you full? What are you full of? Join me in encountering God in a very new, real way? In a way you haven't ever encountered Him before? Please do. Oh, please, please do. Come along and discover the new thing He is leading us to, the new He is revealing more and more. Please listen and hear Him call out to you saying:

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest, [I will ease and relieve adn refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls." Matthew 11:28,29

"Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls..." Jeremiah 6:16

4.09.2012

Reading Where?

 BooksBook Share time again! It is so much fun hearing what all of you are reading! I am so glad more are joining us each month. Invite your friends. All are welcome. This is a safe place where we all share using our gentlest, most loving big boy and girl voices.

So today I thought we would not only share our newest reads but also our favorite place to read. Do you have a favorite reading spot? A favorite chair, sofa, or shady tree to settle in or under and read the time away? To be truthful, I do not have a specific spot that I favor above any other. I read any and everywhere. You would be just as likely to find me reading while preparing a meal as you would be to find me curled up on the couch. For me, anyplace will do. Though in the summer, sitting outside with a glass of iced tea would be pretty close to a favorite spot. What about you? Where do you read?

Boy reading


4.06.2012

An Encounter of the God Kind

In two weeks our church is having an encounter, not a retreat, an encounter. This particular encounter is for women only. What is an encounter? It is a weekend set aside to encounter God in a new, deeper way. No cell phones, computers, or other electronic devices will be found among the women that weekend. Together we will meet, worship, and learn more of Him who died to set us free. We're getting deeper than our usual gatherings typically allow.

As I've been preparing my heart to go deeper in Him, interesting happenings have been taking place. I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in many years in a town that really didn't make logical sense for us both to be in at the same time. You're probably asking me when God ever made logical sense. I'm smiling along with you. It's true. Rarely does He follow human logic. I also catch myself remembering "forgotten" scenes from the past, scenes that contain areas I need to submit to God.

Far above and beyond these unexpected happenings however are the distractions. Yes, distractions, circumstances, instances, thoughts, a nasty spring cold, and a host of other things (for lack of a better term) that get in the way of focusing on the preparation of my heart to meet Him more fully at encounter. While bemoaning the distractions to God in prayer this morning I realized that there are distractions attempting to derail me every day, even when there isn't an encounter pending.

I think that Good Friday, the day we contemplate the sacrifice Christ paid for our complete and total freedom, is the perfect day to refocus our thoughts and minds. It is a perfect time to look our distractions full in the face and boldly declare we are His! We were bought with a price! We have been set free from any and everything that would distract us from Him who died that we might live! "Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus,..." Hebrews 12:2 Looking away to Jesus, good words for a Good Friday.