Tuesday, August 9, 2011

life. with a lil dose of humility please.

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: 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

i am woman. i can make bread.

In an attempt to keep up with the bread-making Walkers,
i endeavored to make homemade whole wheat scrumptilicious bread!


...Taaaa-duhhhhhh!!!!!!

Honey Wheat Bread

Ingredients:
Ingredients 2 1/2 cups warm water
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

Directions:
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

ice cream from heaven.

Homemade Ice Cream without a machine
{the best thing that's ever happened to me}

{i got the recipe from Pinterest, but did a little editing}
Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) Fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Tasty things: i.e. Mini Chcocolate chips, brownie crumbs, mushed up candy bar, oreos, caramel syrup.

Directions:
Whip heavy cream in large bowl with an electric or stand mixer until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, butter, and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well. Stir in "Tasty things", then gently fold in whipped cream. Pour into a 2-quart container and cover. Freeze at least 6 hours or until firm.

Monday, August 1, 2011

he sees you while you're sleeping..

the fun thing about being married is that you have someone watching you at all times... even when you sleep, (much like Santa Claus)

So a few weeks ago I was having really bad nightmares every night and I would wake up shaking and exhausted. So before we went to sleep the other night Jay prayed that God would give me good dreams and rid them of evil.
In the middle of the night instead of Jay waking up to me shaking or crying, he woke up to me punch dancing.
[in my dream I was making a music video to "As Long As You Love Me" by Backstreet Boys with my roommates at OBU]
I woke up to Jay saying "what.the.heck!"
my response, "sometimes...i...like...to...dance.."

and who says God doesn't have a hilarious sense of humor..