Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Emily, and Kylie (Kylie lives further away from us than the rest of the kids, so she isn't able to attend Cookie Baking Night very often. However, she was staying with Emily for the week, so she joined us tonight. It was good to have her along).
And as you may see from the photos below, energy abounded.
We made Ritz cracker cookies (I have no idea what these cookies are named, but I'm sure you've all seen them on Christmas cookie platters for years). We spread peaut peanut butter between two crackers and then dipped them in almond bark (chocolate and white). The children enjoyed this project, and the cookie was quite tasty.
We also read from God's Names by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned the name Adonai meaning Lord. We also did some review of all the names we've learned so far. We are learning a lot about God's character through His names.
We finished the night off with a couple g…
About five years ago, I spent some time writing a gospel tract that I could hand out to people. I wanted something that contained a small portion of my story, an awareness of sin and what that means in regards to our status before God, and the good news of the gospel message. I also knew that if the tract contained the message in the way that I presented it in person then I would likely be able to answer questions that arise from it (instead of defending or explaining phrases that I might not normally use but are part of an otherwise very clear gospel tract).
I set out to write the tract. I read it. I re-read it. I edited it. I cut parts out of it. I added things to it. I asked my Pastor to read it. He edited it. He suggested cutting things out of it. He suggested adding things to it. I asked my good friend, Kim, to read it. She edited it. She suggested cutting things out of it ... I think you get the picture. I went through that same editing process with my husban…
"All of the past, I believe, is part of God's story of each child of His--a mystery of love and sovereignty, written before the foundation of the world, never a hindrance to the task He has designed for us, but rather the preparation suited to our particular personality's need."
Elisabeth Elliot (Keep A Quiet Heart/A Small Section of the Visible Course)
Your heart is where you do your thinking, processing, assessing.
Psalm 15:1-2 says: LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart.
The thoughts that we say to ourselves we say in our hearts. The heart is where we do our thinking, talking, sorting, and interpreting of everything that life is throwing at us. We do what we do because we want what we want, and we want what we want because we think what we think. Our actions stem from what we're feeding our hearts. So the heart is our control center.
And that means that when we sin, it's never random. It might seem random when you can't see the heart, but there is no random sin. There are no random outburts of anger, no random flights of fear, no random flood of tears. It's not random. You were already thinking something in your heart long before you felt something and acted on it.
If you know a Christian who deals with depression on an ongoing basis (or situational), I would recommend this resource to them: Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down by Edward Welch. It's a small (28-paged) Biblically-based booklet about depression. I've yet to read a better booklet on the subject than this one.
The opening line was this:
"It is technically called depression, but it can't be captured by a word. You feel numb, yet your head hurts; empty, yet inside there are screams; fatigue, yet fears abound. Things that were once pleasures now barely hold your attention. Your brain feels like it is in a fog. You feel weighted down ..."
It had my attention from sentence one, because anyone who has experienced depression (of a clinical, ongoing type or situtational in nature) could identify with what was being said.
This little booklet contains theology and practical steps to maneuver through depression. I highly recommend keeping a copy on hand, reading it, an…
"You can't exclude God from your thinking and priorities and do well. You'll need the alcohol industry, or the pharmaceutical industry, or the sporting industry, or the entertainment industry to sustain you once you've abandoned God as your first love."
Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel With Hidden Idols by Brad Bigney (chapter 7)
Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa (and special guest: Diana, their mom).
We always have supper together on Cookie Baking Night but I don't usually post about it. Tonight I thought I'd share the idea, as it might interest others. We made our own French bread pizzas. I toasted the bread on one side beforehand, and then each person put on their own toppings, and I baked them in the oven for about five minutes. It was definitely a hit.
Our cookie tonight was the "hamburger cookie".
To make these we use mint patties (candy), green-colored coconut (to resemble lettuce), Nilla wafers (buns), yellow frosting (mustard) and red frosting (ketchup).
Then we topped them off with sesame seeds. Always a winner, this recipe.
We also read from God's Names by Sally Michael. Tonight's lesson was the name Jehovah-El Emeth, meaning The Lord God of Truth. We talked about the difference between truth and lies. We also learned that &qu…
Yesterday ended my daily posts from Gospel Meditations for Missions. Our women's ministry at church was reading through that book during the month of May as part of a missions-focused emphasis for the month (we all started on different days and ended on different days) with the idea of having conversation around what we were reading during times we gathered together as a congregation or in smaller groups. I was posting a "quote a day" on the blog from the devotional book each day during that time. I highly recommend the "Gospel Meditations" booklets if you have a chance to go through one of them. The focus of each is (as it implies) Gospel centered. Well worth the time spent on it and very thought provoking.