Thursday, May 14, 2015

Favorite Things Friday!


Hello world! Yay, it's Friday!!! Even though my Friday's don't look too different than the rest of my days, there always seems to be a lighter feel to the day. Do you feel it, too?

So, here is my list of the best things or thoughts this week:

#1 Nourish Organic Body Lotion, lavender mint scent. Gil stashed this in my stocking at Christmas and I instantly loved it. Soon though, the baby found a way to hide it from me for the last 4 months. It turned up again this week and the girls and I have been using it like crazy. Go get yourself some and try and tell me you don't like it too. (If you don't like it, I'll happily take it off your hands!)




#2 My second favorite thing this week has been this cake! Cinnamon, chocolate, banana, brown sugar…. are you drooling yet? Many moons ago, Gil asked me to make him a coffee cake. Surprisingly so, there are loads of theories on the perfect coffee cake. In my opinion, this one fits the bill. Head on over to the Idea Room and try it for yourself. (And since there are bananas, yogurt and eggs in the recipe, it's like breakfast food anyway!)
    I did alter her recipe slightly. I felt 2 cups of sugar was way too much, so I only used 1 cup and it still turned out rather sweet. Also, I only had a little bit of yogurt left (which I needed to save for the 'starter ' of my next batch) so I swapped milk for that. I'll definitely use the yogurt next time. How much can you change in a recipe and still claim to follow it??


#3 And for my serious favorite thing- this quote from my pastor: "Before you ever preach to your kids, tell them the stories of what God has done for you over and over. Tell them and retell them the promises God has made and how he has met you in the midst of the battles." (Dr. Richard Lafferty, 4/26/15) He was preaching on Joshua 23:3-5 and encouraging us to "be mindful", to remind ourselves about what God has done already. It stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you.
    Isn't it true though? Retelling the stories of what/where/when God got us through, how I knew he was there, pointing to the miraculous moments, identifying God in the everyday and mundane, celebrating the victories and walking through the sadness with us- God was in the midst of it. Sharing these things gives a depth to our own story and validates these words we preach. When we tell the stories of our personal experiences with God, it's as if we are saying "kids, God has done these xyz amazing things and now let me tell you who this God is." What a way to give an introduction!


#4 Gifford's S'mores ice cream. It's from Maine and it's amazing. Shhh…don't tell anyone, but it's better than the Dairy Bar. A dear friend visited us this past weekend. She knows how much my family values good ice cream, so she warned us to have our spoons ready. She also came armed with information on which grocery store near me sold it and instructions to print coupons from the website. 

Now it's your turn. What has been a favorite thing for you this week? What story about God moving in your own life can you share with someone?

Love,
Lindsay
   

I am not being compensated by anyone, just stuff I like and thought you might too. Although, if Gifford's wants me to be their local taste-tester, I'd be more than happy to oblige.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

From Protected to Projected- The projected part


He sent them into the world- John 17:18

Let’s zoom in on another key term Jesus employed. He said “As you sent me into the world, so I am sending them (the disciples) into the world.” The words “sent and sending” both come from the same Greek word /apostellō/ which means “set apart, to send out on a mission literally or figuratively: put in, send away, send forth, send out, and set at liberty.”`

        When Jesus released his disciples into ministry, he literally projected them into the vocation God called them to. Included with Jesus’ instructions to the disciples to be “sent” was his prayer that they would not be alone. Believers are supposed to be held together in unity with others (Acts 4:32) so that body of Christ can remain strong until the day he returns. We are not meant to be an island unto ourselves (Romans 14:7), so we should model and teach our kids likewise. Encourage participation in their community and begin praying now for your child’s future surroundings, such as college and career placements, that a body of believers will be found there. 

Challenge #3:
May I challenge you to consider your parenting strategies and realistically imagine what it will look like if our kids are “sent” just as Jesus’ disciples? 
And what does it look like on a daily basis when our task is to project them into the call God has on their lives?

This call could be anything from cutting hair at the salon across town to carrying God’s message to broken lives in foreign nations- no job is insignificant when they are accomplishing the very task God has for them to do for His glory- no more, no less. On the term Jesus used for “sent”, a biblical commentary states, “It is more the honor of a Christian solider by faith to overcome the world than by a monastical vow to retreat from it; and more for the honor of Christ to serve him in a city than to serve him in a cell.”*


`Strongs
* Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible. Digital Edition. 


Monday, May 4, 2015

Move Over Monday: My Family Right Now


Hello there. I unintentionally took a two week hiatus from blogging. We had family visiting us during the first week and it seems I am not the type of blogger that can get my posts prepared far enough in advance to make it happen nor the type to steal away a few minutes to get my non-essential things done with company around. Week number two, well, who really knows what happened to week #2? Normal life continued to roll on in all other areas except the blogging. Maybe my next goal should be to get ahead of my posts and set them to post at the right time…. I'll need a lesson for that. 

So, in honor of Mother's Day approaching, I'd like to share a little poem I wrote many years ago to celebrate those that call me "mom". In all honesty, becoming a mom was the greatest fear I ever had- yet one of the things I desired so deeply. I had plenty of reasons to be fearful of the task, just as most women feel prior to (and during) mothering + a whole bag of extra reasons (that might eventually make it to paper one day); and yet we've been so blessed to have the three world-changers snoozing upstairs. With some serious mentoring, hours spent reading anything I could get my hands on, 76, 869.5 hours of on-the-job-training, and by God's heaps of grace (the real reason), I immediately fell in love with my role as mom. There are days that are tougher than others, but it all smooths out in the end and we start over the next day. 

So, here it is. Be forewarned, I am a "roses are red, violets are blue" kind of poet...

My Family Right Now (12/23/10, edited 5/4/2015)


That’s my Adi Marie
With a very cute little tushie.
And a smile as big as the sea. 
That’s my Adi Marie. 

That’s my Emma Colleen
She’s as sweet as a jelly bean. 
Her heart is so naturally keen. 
That’s my Emma Colleen. 
That’s my Judah dog. 
He’s smart and eats like a hog.
He sheds fur as thick as ocean fog. 
That’s my Judah dog. 
That’s my Gilbert Benjamin. 
He's a great daddy for our two little women. 
He is fast like the wind and very genuine.
That’s my Gilbert Benjamin. 
That's my sweet little Philip. 
He plays "how early can we get up?"
He melts hearts with his smile and loves his new cup.
That's my sweet little Philip. 

That’s my Lyzza Jane.
She just about needs a cane. 
She’s old and sweet and doesn’t like rain.
That’s my Lyzza Jane. 
That’s my family right now. 
I love them more than I know how.   
I feel in a constant state of wow,
Because I can’t believe this is my family right now. 


PS- Lyzza Jane was our enormous lab we had in Virginia. She was really sick and hung on until right as we were preparing to move, but she was a great dog!

PPS- the math cats helped me figure out how long I've been a mum. Cool website. 

PPSS- Have you ever been so scared of something, yet wanted it so badly?