Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thankful Thursday- Week 3

This week's list of thanks....

1. Watching God orchestrate events and partner people together to grow. 

2. Laughing with my family.

3. Kids who help around the house.

4. Good worship music.

5. Hospitality of friends.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesdays- Women's Conference

Teachable Tuesdays....New Pajamas!

For Christmas I got new pajamas...the kind that are soft and comfy and that you start thinking about around 3pm when your eyes start to droop from a carb overload lunch or late night binge watching the night before. These were what I call replacement pajamas. You see I have a pair of well worn blue polka dotted PJs that I've had for years. They are "broken in". Most ladies know what this means but just in case let me explain. The shirt has long ago been discarded and traded for a soft t-shirt that doesn't necessarily match. The feel of the t-shirt is much more important than the style. The pajama pants are clearly worn...the waist drawstring is frayed and knotted and perhaps has even partly come out in the laundry. There could be a few small holes and even some paint stains from the time I had a pajama craft day. These jammies have seen better days.
But last night as I was getting ready for bed, I reached for the old faithful pair of PJ's. The comfort of the well worn fabric, the familiar feeling of softness....all so welcoming ....even tho...the new pajamas from Christmas were staring me right in the face. But I chose familiar, old and stained.
This morning, as I looked down at my old ratty looking pajamas God reminded me that He has new clothes for those willing to leave the comfort of the familiar. When we become part of his family our filthy rags, our ratty grave clothes can be left behind because much like the father of the prodigal son, God the Father has sent His son to give us a robe of righteousness. I don't have to wear these old clothes. I have new clothes because He has made me new. I don't have to stay in the filth of my sin stained garments.
And isn't that comforting? Isn't that just about the best news ever? I'm so grateful I don't have to walk around looking like a forsaken child. I have the choice to walk in newness. Thank you God for the giving us fresh clothes to walk in today.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Morning Menu Planning

Well, if you followed the menu from last week, you know I tried a new Mongolian Beef recipe and I promised to report back to you with a review...

We....meaning every person in my family...LOVED it! It will definitely go on the rotation. The flavor or sweet steakish beef and the saltiness from the sauce were a nice combination. I did double the sauce because I was using a little more meat than it called for. Also, the longer you can leave it in the slow cooker the better it is...just starts getting more tender with every passing minute.

Unfortunately, that's about all that went as planned last week so I am using the same groceries I had from last week to make meals for this week. Please tell me I am not the only one this happens to?!

Monday: Taco Salad

Tuesday: Chicken Spaghetti

Wednesday: Dinner at church

Thursday: Ribs

Friday: BLT's

Saturday: Steaks and smashed potatoes

Sunday: Out

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Friday, January 11, 2019

A Little Effort

I've been trying to clean out and organize ..... every year.... I always do this after Christmas ...things look worse before they look better.

But yesterday Bruce was off work and had time to hang the curtains that my mom bought me for Christmas....and what a difference it has made in our living area! And then we took down the Christmas tree and decorations and as much as we all loved them...things instantly looked cleaner.

It really was such a little effort for a big payoff. But life isn't always like that. In real life right now we are trying to eat better and that's a whole lot more effort for a smaller instant payoff. Even though the payoff might be happening will take a while before we see any big payoffs....we didn't get here overnight and we won't be at our best overnight....but the effort will be worth it!

I realized yesterday that the small effort made in my home really made happy. Sprucing up, whether it's your home or you diet or just getting dressed up for a night out, can make a difference in how you feel, your outlook. It feels good for things to be in their place, to be more organized and to enjoy a clean room. It's a slow process sometimes but definitely worth that feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thankful Thursday- Week 2

This week I am thankful for...

1. Celebration of life with Bruce's birthday this week.

2. A week to get the house in order from Christmas.

3. Opportunity to see old friends this weekend.

4. Forgiveness

5. The feeling you have after a hard days work...accomplishment.