Each man is afraid of his neighbor’s disapproval- a thing, which to the general run of the human race, is more dreaded than wolves and death. -Mark Twain
Today my dad and step-mom are arriving in Tucson for a short visit. I am super excited to see them and have them meet our youngest son, Ashton (4 1/2 months). They live in Kuwait, so understandably we do not see them often. It will be interesting to see how the kids react because they have not seen my parents for quite a while. If you have ever been in our home, you may notice the great photography on the wall, most of them were taken by my step-mom. It will be fun to have some more pictures taken so that we can add and update our wall. (And fill the empty frames that are waiting for pictures of Ashton) I am anticipating that the visit will be a good one! I will post pictures of the visit soon…
Monday and meal planning! June 29, 2009
I am trying to get a rhythm for posting on different topics. As you saw on my last post, Sundays will be dedicated to reviewing the sermon, and I think that Mondays will be fun tid-bits about how I structure and create organization around our house! So we will start this first Monday with a few meals that I plan to prepare for the week. Usually I plan at least a week and a half worth of meals and that will get us through 2 weeks. This past weekend was a great time to stock up on much needed meat. So here are a few recipes:
-BBQ chicken breasts, corn on the cob, lemon pepper broccoli and Grands rolls
Lemon Pepper Broccoli(This is one of our favorites given to us by the Daleys)
Cook about 2 heads of cut broccoli in 1/2 cup water for about 6 minutes. Remove broccoli from pan. Melt 1 Tblsp butter in pan, add 2-3 cloves of garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper; mix in broccoli and juice from 1/2 lemon. Sprinkle with lemon rind and enjoy!
–BBQ Pork Ribs, corn on the cob, and probably a fruit salad
-For the 4th of July, Revolution Church Picnic, I will be making a double batch of the Big Bean Pot and Texas Sheet Cake.
Big Bean Pot
1/2 pkg. Bacon diced, 3 med. onions, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup katsup, 1/2 cup cidar vinegar, 15.5 oz can kidney beans drained, 15.5 oz can butter beans*, drained, 2-21 oz can pork and beans
Heat oven to 350. In dutch oven saute bacon and onions, drain. Add remaining ingrediants & mix well. Cook uncovered for 60-70 minutes or until hot and bubbly**.
*I cannot seem to find butter beans in Tucson, so I usually pick some kind of white bean instead.
**If I plan ahead I usually will make this in a crockpot, then I the oven is free for other things and I can serve it out of the crockpot as well.
That is all I have for now…
Sunday “Morning” Review June 28, 2009
My goal is to review the Saturday night gathering at Revolution Church on Sunday mornings. Josh and I typically talk about his sermon through the week, so it is fun to see how God speaks to and through him on Saturday night. Hope you enjoy this first, Sunday “Morning” Review.
Josh did a great job finishing strong with this 5 month series on Hebrews. He took quite a bit of time to put together a study guide and reading schedule so that everyone could follow along, as well as have some context each week. This weeks message was the how to the last 12 chapters of why. Josh did a great job of explaining that “right belief leads into right living” and even if we believe the right things it does not mean that we are okay. No one cares if we know everything about the Bible, but our lives are no different from theirs. They will care when they see our own transformed lives. As Josh said, the Gospel of Jesus is transforming.
One of the things that we are passionate about at Revolution is becoming a voice of Hope to our world through using our gifts and resources in and outside of the church. Through a video and the Killer’s song, Human, Josh tried to demonstrate that being missional is being on mission with God, it is not an act, but something that penetrates into every area of our life. Missional is not something that we do, but something that we are as a follower of Jesus. With the program we passed out a sheet with different missional opportunities because being on mission with God is sometimes hard to do because we do not know were to start.
What things are you doing in your life right now to be on mission with God? Has He used you to reach your neighbors, town, country and world?
(Listen to the sermon here.)
For such a time as this… June 27, 2009
In what way might God be saying “I have brought you to the kingdom for just such a time as this?”
“In A Time for Risking, Miriam Adeney comments that, ‘Only those who turn down standard activities will have time and energy for priority affairs.’ She offers this challenge: For you, kingdom priorities might mean saying no to talking on the telephone so much. Or saying no to well-established committees in order to serve on more needy committees. Saying no to certain kinds of reading in order to do other, more crucial reading. Saying no to thinking so much about how you feel or about the way you look– saying no to your “pity parties.” Kingdom priorities might mean monitoring your imagination and bringing every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). It might mean limiting the time you spend thinking about fashion, shopping, romance, eating out, backpacking, gardening, skiing, soap operas, novels, gossip, or whatever catches your imagination, in order consciously to focus a certain amount of your thoughts on people’s need for Jesus, on world hunger, on nuclear weapon dangers, on teenage mothers. Kingdom priorities may mean saying no to spending so much time with certain friends in order to spend time with friends who need you more. Or limiting your mindless conversations, in order consciously to make your conversations channels of grace.” (As quoted in The Truth’s that Free Us, Ruth Haley Barton.)
God has been speaking to my heart and into my life in a multitude of ways that can lead me to only one conclusion; my desire is too weak… “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (The Weight of Glory, CS Lewis) My fooling about has been with the need and desire to do and get things done. I feel like I have been running while saying to God, I hope that you are here with me, because right now I don’t really have the time or energy to see where You are leading. How ironic that all along He was leading me home; to a place of peace and less busyness. To a place that I can rest and have margins in my life to experience Him and allow Him to speak into my life.
All of the conversations, Bible study, books, podcasts and sermons have been speaking to me in a way that is making clear the place that I am in now; which for the time being is to relish in my role of being a stay at home mom, and the wife to a lead pastor. So this is my coming out! Letting go of what is behind and striving for what is ahead. I hope that you enjoy this journey as much as I know that I will.