Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How to get wisdom and what does soap have to do with that?

I LOVED this video! In a very clear way, Wayne Cordeiro explains why you should read the Bible and how to write about what you read in your journal. He explains the SOAP method.

It is long but very worth your time!

Starting Your Daily Devotions: Pastor Wayne Cordeiro from teaching on Vimeo.

I would love to know what you think of it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Multitudes on Monday for August 29, 2011

church and worship
answered prayers: God has given me motivation here at home!
chiropractor who can help with neck problems (which means fewer migraines)
self education
The Hobbit
early mornings
prayer journal, prayer cards
scripture spiral
and other prayer journals
Night Hours

Giving thanks is hard! I don't understand why, but sometimes it is so hard.

Menu Plan Monday 8/29/11

Menu Plan Monday! Linking up to I'm an Organizing Junkie Menu Plan Monday.

Last week I had great success in that I made four of the five dinners I planned. Since I am new to this discipline, I feel very happy about that. (And this is new. In the past I would have considered it a failed venture because I missed one.)

Using Say Mmm again and let's see if this works:

Mon 8/29Oatmeal with butter and maple syrup
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Green Gobble-'Em Garlic Bread Chunks, Green SaladGreek Pasta Salad
Tue 8/30Scrambled Eggs with Toast
Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole, Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes
Wed 8/31Classic Bran Muffins
Panda Express Orange Chicken with RiceRice Cooker Rice, Half and Half
Thu 9/1
Texas Chili & Frito Pie, Fresh fruitGreen Salad
Sun 9/4
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese, Crispy Cucumbers and tomatoes in dill dressing

And this should be the grocery list:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Prayer Appointed for the Week 8/28/11

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things:
Graft in my heart the love of your Name;
increase in me true religion;
nourish me with all goodness;
and bring forth in me the fruit of good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

from The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle.

Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor has the Divine Hours prayers on its website, here.

This prayer originates from The Book of Common Prayer. It the Collect (Contemporary) Proper 17, for the Sunday closest to August 31st. Page 233 in my copy of the BCP.

In the Divine Hours, the prayers have been changed for individual use. In the BCP, they are written for use in a group.

(Hmmm... Seems like Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor is using the Collect for the Sunday closest to August 24th.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Multitudes on Monday for August 22, 2011

Inspiration from other bloggers, these days, A Holy Experience (always this one), I'm an Organizing Junkie and Home Ec 101.
Good report from a doctor
Understanding husband
I get to be a mom! Yes, this is old news, but I need to remember the miracle of it.
Insights from books, such as The Highly Sensitive Person (maybe I am?)

Menu Plan Monday: August 22, 2011

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

I did one Menu Plan Monday over two years ago. To be useful, I need to plan a week's worth of menus more than once every two years, don'tcha think?

Monday: Baked Ziti from Cook's Illustrated magazine.

Tuesday: Harvey's Lentils with Sweated Onions, served on rice (half brown, half white)

Wednesday: Tuna Macaroni Salad

Thursday: Garlic Lime Chicken

Friday: Homemade Pizza with maybe this crust and this sauce.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Say Mmm: a free meal planning site that I am trying to figure out how to use!

I signed up for a free Say Mmm account.

Honestly, the biggest area of stress in my life now is food for my family. I've got a husband with a big appetite who also cares a great deal about eating healthy foods. Three teenagers (one boy, two girls) who are always hungry, busy with life, school and sports.

I have tried meal planning before. I over-think it and feel like I have to do it perfectly and so it is very time-consuming. (The couple of times I tried to do it.) And then, something would throw off the meal plan, so it was easy to conclude that the time invested was not worth it.

Here's why I think it is worth it:

that sinking feeling in the late afternoon/early evening when I realize that dinner should already be at least partially prepped and I haven't even decided what to fix...

rushing to cook so dinner won't be too late...

the mess that that kind of cooking (rushed, frantic) makes...

not having all the ingredients I need...

finishing dinner later than I like, which means kitchen clean-up happens when I am tired and moving slowly...

All unpleasant.

I am going to try Say Mmm.

But so far I am having a hard time figuring it out.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Living Proof Ministries August 15th Blog

Continuing to memorize from Isaiah. I have wanted to memorize this passage for a long time!

Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

The passage is this one:
Isaiah 52
The Suffering and Glory of the Servant
13 See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Living Proof Ministries August 1st Blog

Here is my verse:

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:6, NIV