Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
three egg whites
Place the pecans into the zip lock baggies, and break them into smaller pieces with the wooden spoon. Explain how Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers after he was arrested, and read John 19:1-3.
Next, add the vinegar to the mixing bowl and tell your kids that Jesus was given vinegar to drink while he was on the cross. Read John 19:28-30. Add the egg whites to the bowl, explaining that eggs represent life and how Jesus gave his life to us by reading John 10:10-11.
Now add a pinch of salt to the bowl to represent the tears shed by Jesus' disciples and followers
after his death. Read Luke 23:27.
The next step is to add the sugar while telling the children how the sweetest part of Jesus' story
is that he died because he loves us. To reinforce this notion, read Psalm 34:8 or John 3:16. Let them taste a bit of sugar as well.
Beat the mixture with the mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes. Have your kids take turns beating the mixture until stiff peaks are formed. Next, fold in the pecans and drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets covered with wax paper. Read Matthew 27:57-60 to explain how each cookie represents the tomb where Jesus' body was laid to rest.
Put the cookies in the oven and close the oven door. Turn the oven off and seal it with tape to
represent the way that Jesus' tomb was sealed off. Read Matthew 27:65-66. Read John
16:20 and 22 to learn about how Jesus' disciples and followers were saddened by the sealing of
to 15 minutes, then should be taken out to cool after that.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Map by David Murrow is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. I have nothing but respect for an author who realizes that important truths can be well conveyed through fiction. What if Madeline L’Engle had just written a nonfiction book about the timelessness of God and His Word? What if Tolkien had written a nonfiction book about how the righteous remnant will conquer the evil horde? There would be huge gap not only in literature but in our understanding of these subjects.
I definitely admire Murrow for whetting a reader’s appetite for truth by couching it in a fast paced adventure novel. The first part of the book is the novel, and it’s worth a read for sure. The second part of the book delves into the truth of “The Map” which is actually an outline of Christ’s work on earth as told by Matthew—a map to manhood. (If you end up skimming the second half, be sure to read Epilogue which adds to the novel part of the book!)
I have to admit I skimmed the how-to-be-a-man part. (Insert wry smile here.) But I did read enough to know that I agree with the author’s overall premise, though I have some doctrinal differences with him. The overall premise is that “feminine qualities” (which is just a broad term that Murrow uses to mean things like submission, communication, family, nurturing, and harmony) are a part of a man’s spiritual journey, but only a part. The other part is to emulate Christ’s strength—His ability to get in a Pharisee’s face when the moment called for it or overturn tables when His anger was righteous. These strong spiritual men, Murrow argues, are lacking from the Christian church.
Murrow seems to be pointing to that idea that I have spoken of several times on this blog—that we modern Christians do everything we can to make Christianity seem safe, harmless, and harmonious. I have argued that this leads to disinterested and rebellious teenagers. Murrow argues that it leads to disinterested and feminized Christian men. We must as a culture admit that sacrifice, discomfort, and all-out war on sin are a definite part of the true Christian life. We must teach that surrender and love and relationships are a necessary part of the Christian’s spiritual journey, but they are not the end! They are the fuel that leads us and spurs us on to building the Kingdom with all the muscle that the Holy Spirit can supply.
So yes, I recommend it--mostly for the men and husbands out there. Read it through the lens of Scripture, read it with an open heart, and then go and use the strength of the Holy Spirit in your own lives!
Linked to Things I Love Thursday (because I love to read and I love to write about reading obviously!)
I was sent a copy of The Map by Booksneeze.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
This was the passage that our pastor used this Sunday for a charge before a baptism, and I was so caught by the beauty and meaning of the words that I almost missed seeing all the baby and sibling antics in the front.
"As your days, so shall your strength be." Is that not the most wonderful promise for me, a mom? Each day, God will provide me with the strength for that day. He will. He promised, and He never lies.
And then, as if that weren't enough, there is that beautiful "And underneath are the everlasting arms." Wow! What wonderful imagery, and even better, what wonderful truth! He is holding me! And when I need to escape to the bathroom to vent my frustration in the only room in our house with a lock, He is there holding me up with everlasting arms.
Today has been a good day. We had no issues during school time and some of my daughter's friends came over for a class we have royally named, "Castle School." There were no bad accidents, the baby participated meekly as well as she could, and the boy was also very cooperative. We talked about simple machines and did experiments and everyone had fun.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Pretty straight-forward, I guess. And it meets my requirements of no cream (I'm lactose intolerant); I can handle a little cooked milk, but if I put in sour cream or cream cheese, my tummy is not thanking me, for sure.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?
The hardest part of this project was coming up with a WORKING organization since we use these areas constantly.
2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?
When the closet was junky, I was only using the top shelf for storage. I moved all of the storage stuff to the attic and am now using that shelf for mine and my hubby's boots--in other words really USING that shelf. This is helpful. I also left an empty basket in the bottom of the closet. That has become the drop box for things that don't really have a home.
3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
Most of the stuff that I took out of the closet either went in the trash or the attic. (The attic is my NEXT project.) There was also quite a bit of just regular clothing in the closet that I was able to put where it really goes in our clothing drawers/closets.
4. What creative storage solutions were you able to introduce in order to create additional space as well as establish some limits and boundaries?
The shoe organizers are awesome! (I might even be able to get my hubby to use them!) And I used a lot of nails on the walls of the closet for bags. Part of the problem is that it is a teeny closet and a lot of stuff really belongs there, especially in the winter. The heating/cooling unit is there too, and I put a basket on top of that for boggins and mittens.
5. Why do you think you should win this challenge?
I think I've already won! Look at the awesome spaces I now have (and continue to have--really!) to look at. The piles of junk are gone, and I am HAPPY about that!
Linked to Organizing Junkie's Organizing Challenge!