Monday, April 30, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 04/30/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa. Tonight we made M&M sandwich cookies (with colored frosting between them). It was a fun project and the kids seemed to enjoy it. But, between the preparing the dough, making the frosting, cooling the cookies, and frosting the cookies, it took up our whole evening. We made it through only the first paragraph of our lesson from  Leading Little Ones to God when it was time to leave. (And Carissa was really hoping we would have time to weed the flower garden--as was I with such eager volunteers at my disposal, but alas maybe next time). 

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

To Blog Or Not To Blog

To blog or not to blog, that has truly been the question of late. With some recent time constraints (that won't be going away for awhile), I gave careful consideration to discontinuing the blog. Instead, I decided to continue it and make some modifications:
  • I'm no longer aiming for daily posts on my blog. (You can check out "What to Expect from this Blog" on the sidebar to the right of the page for more details).
  • I changed the look of it, just a little (I have a hard time moving away from simple).
I have spent a long time praying about this blog. All along I've prayed that God would allow me to keep blogging only if it brings glory to Him. I consider it a ministry, and that is a main reason it's staying. 

As long as I'm blogging about blogging, I thought I'd mention the pros and cons of blogging that I considered in my decision. 

  • I have opportunity to share the gospel.
  • I am connected with Christians around the country and abroad that I would not have "met" otherwise.
  • The blog allows me more opportunities to hand out gospel tracts (upon meeting someone new, I often will give them the gospel tract I have written, explain it shares a little about my story and mention that my e-mail address and blog address are on the back). 
  • It allows friends and family to experience a little bit of what goes in the head of a "quiet girl".
  • I like to write, and the blog allows me that opportunity. 
  • I can document what's going on around me (in words and pictures).

  • It's time consuming. 
  • It's dangerous to my walk with the Lord. (Sitting at the computer can distract me into doing and viewing far more than I should. I can have the tendency to put it above my time in God's Word or prayer).
  • I'm intensely private (which I'm not sure isn't a sin--probably could be put under the category of pride) and every post is a battle for me. 
  • I like my relationships with others to be real and to be deep (blogging, especially for those who live in close proximity to me, can cause people to think they already know me so there's no need for conversation about things they've already read on my blog---there are so many details I don't put on the blog). 
  • It opens a door to pride (there is the danger in blogging of thinking yourself to be more important than you are). 

All things considered, I would say that blogging, in it's proper place and perspective, can be a useful tool, and I recommend it (along with much prayer and constant evaluation). 

See you in future posts....

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 04/16/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. We made a traditional seasonal treat this evening (traditional for Cookie Baking Night, anyway): Spring Bird Nests. This is  definitely a kid favorite. They always have fun making these and eating them. 

 Here's the recipe:

1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 bag chow mien noodles
Colored candy eggs

Melt the butterscotch chips, choc chips, and p-nut butter in the microwave until smooth. Add chow mien noodles. Mix until well coated. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto waxed paper. Decorate with candy eggs (p-nut or almond M&Ms will do in a pinch). Chill to set. Enjoy!

We also read from "Leading Little Ones to God" tonight. We decided to read two lessons each night since we're nearing the end of the book. Since we meet only every other week, and we read one lesson a week, we've been reading this book for 4 years now (and I should note nobody's complaining about it--the kids always remind me if we haven't read our lesson yet and they make sure I save time for it). We read lessons 66 (The Father Will Help If We Ask Him) and 67 (The Holy Spirit Helps Us) tonight Ethan and Emily took turns reading from the Bible for us. Tonight's lessons were followed by some good Spiritual discussion with the kids (my favorite part).

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Good Friday 04/06/12

In light of Good Friday (the day we honor the death of Jesus), I'm going to replay a video done by Voice of the Martyrs that I think beautifully illustrates the gospel message. I never tire of it.

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 04/02/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Emily, & Carissa. Yesterday was Emily's Dad's (my brother's) birthday. So, for the cookie this evening we made chocolate chip cookies. (Rob's always asking me, "Why don't you just make chocolate chip cookies?"--so tonight, for him, we did). 

Hmmm, I clearly wasn't watching the flour measurer closely enough this evening. Looks like not quite enough flour got into the cookie dough. Well, they weren't pretty, but they did taste good. 

We also managed to squeeze in a walk around the neighborhood (first one this spring--woo hoo!). And we read from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Tonight we read lesson 65 titled "We Need Help to Live for God". Emily read 1 John 1:7-2:1 for us.

As usual, a fun time was had by all!

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