Monday, October 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So I’ve been following the bible-in-a-year study plan for about two weeks now and what I’ve learned is how much I really don’t know.
The story of Samson for example... I remember the storybook bible when I was little and thinking it was really cool that he could smash palaces with his bare hands (Boomer and I would walk around pushing pillars and grunting. It never worked.) But what significance does this guy have in the whole redemption story?
[whew, thank God for the commentary in the ESV study bible]
I’ll admit that I have a tough time getting motivated to read the Word most days. I’ve tried to follow this reading plan probably 80 times in my life and stopped after about the 3rd day. But this time, by God’s gracious intervention in my life, has changed my usual ADHD wandering brain to be excited about the Word.
And now that I posted this to blogworld, (sighhhh) I am even more accountable to keep reading. I feel pretty lame that I have boasted in the Word in its entirety without ever having read all of it. not that it's validity depends on me reading it, but you know what i mean...
On a much different, but still relatively similar note: T
On a much different, but still relatively similar note: Two weeks ago I decided I’d my sign myself up for a triathlon. What I didn’t pay much attention to was that it was only a week away. I thought, “well, I can run and swim, how hard can biking be?” One kidney infection later, I realize I am not superman, and this, in fact, was one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever had.
So this week I realized: I am not superman, nor a super christian, nor a great communicator (and often come off greatly offensive). I also learned that God is gracious and in control of not only where I am on the map (which I grumble against daily), but also of my heart. And finally I realized, that no day is wasted in God's plan to mold me. #hope.
Monday, August 8, 2011
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
4 cups all purpose flour
Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Combine all ingredients including rest of water in Kitchenaid mixer bowl, knead for about seven minutes with bread hook or until dough is no longer wet but smooth. Remove mixer bowl from stand and place a dish towl or saran wrap over bowl. Let bread rise until doubled in size, punch down for about a minute on a floured surface and divide in half and shape into two loaves. Place each loaf in a greased (I used sunflower cooking spray) and floured 9 x 5 loaf pan. Let bread double in size again. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush top of loaves with an egg wash (whisk an egg with water). Sprinkle with extra rolled oats. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crusty and brown on top.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
1/2 cup dried black beans (or about half a can of black beans, rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/8 cup minced red onion
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
dash of black pepper
1/2 large egg (I usually just refrigerate the other half to make for breakfast the next morning; according to the USDA, make sure to "Use leftover yolks and whites within 4 days.")
If using dried black beans, be sure to soak and boil the them first for the appropriate amount of time.
Once that's done or if you're using canned black beans, place beans in a large bowl and mash with a fork or put in a food processor to chop them down (I find that easiest).
Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Divide the mixture into two patties and then grill on skillet/frying pan for about 5 minutes each side.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Today I read a Real Simple article written by 9-year-old Grace from New York:
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Jay planned a SURPRISE honeymoon to Inverness, California, population 850. 2hrs north of San Francisco on the beautiful coastline with dropoff cliffs, seals and elk, ginormous trees, old lighthouses, and organic hippie heaven!
We spent the rest of April in our new lil home here in Louisville Kentucky while Jay finished up the rest of the seminary semester and I went job hunting.. (the Provider ended up giving me two jobs!)
EPIC ROAD TRIP:During the month of May, we drove a total of 4000 miles, as well as a plane ride half way around the world and back. Thank the Lord we both like adventure (and I like a good dose ofchaos every once in a while)
Kentucky to Oklahoma for Jessica, one of my college roommate's, wedding:
Oklahoma to Mississippi for newlywed reception (which was a HUGEblessing)/ meeting up with the team to travel to China
Mississippi to Himalayan Mountains:
West China back to Mississippi:
Mississippi to Paris, Tx to stay with Jay’s uncle for a night:
Paris, Texas to Borger, Texas for pretty Anna's beautiful wedding:
Borger, Texas to Tulsa for a pit stop:
Tulsa (through tornado-demolished Joplin) to Louisville:
Followed by a weekend in Ohio for my Papa's 90th birthday, (He is the most Christ-like man I know, besides my husband).
And a short weekend trip to Indianapolis to see the Mother-in-law who was there for a conference:
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, God taught, rebuked, redirected, called me out, admonished, encouraged, and sustained me a lot. I will have to share some of my musings now that life is somewhat in a rhythm here at our lil homestead..
Thursday, March 24, 2011
While I’ve really enjoyed this season of wedding planning, preparing to be a wifey, and working when it’s convenient, I am just really ready to be Jay Keywood’s wife.
If God has taught me anything about the symbolism of marriage through this 4 month, 3 week, 4 hour, and 56 minute engagement is the reality of waiting for The Bridegroom.
Song of Solomon aside, John the Baptist–Jesus’ best man.. if He were to have one—talks about this so plainly in John 3:29-30:
“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”
So I had a dream about midway through our engagement: I was sitting on the steps of the altar of the church, waiting for Jay to get there. I was dressed and ready and the wedding party was all there. I was weeping uncontrollably and when Melissa, my matron of honor, asked me what was wrong. I told her “My bridegroom is coming! It’s just a picture of Christ and His church!!!!’ (said in high pitched crying, blubbering voice) And Melissa was like “alright, pull yourself together, He will be here soon.”
[disclaimer: my dreams that include any snippet of reality/truth are very few and far between. Usually my subconscious spends it's night befriending dinosaurs and solving murder mysteries.]
Not that I think this dream is prophetic and the end times are imminent nor do I think that they are not imminent. This dream has just stuck in my mind. that is all.
I am ready. So so ready to be in perfect community with my King Jesus. But for now, I know that God has a sanctifying journey called marriage that he’s called me to embark upon in just nine days.
I get to marry my best friend and the most wonderful man I know. But this is not the end.
To glorify God and make Him known,