Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Musings (Do More Better) Part 1 02/29/16

I haven't made any book recommendations on the blog lately, and today I am breaking that silence. I recently read (twice) and am still in the process of reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. It is a book about productivity, written from a Christian perspective.  Its a small book (120 pages),  but it contains a lot of material. I think most people won't use everything in the book, but I personally don't think anyone could read this book without taking something useful away from it that could be applied to life immediately. This book is really more of a process than a story. It causes you to think about what productivity is and why we want to be productive. And it calls you to action, stopping along the way to instruct you with action items.

First, the author supplies us with a definition of productivity, which is: "Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God." He returns to that definition many times in the book as a basis of explanation for the tasks you are being called to complete along the way.

He then calls the reader to define your own areas of responsibility by asking yourself: "Who or what has God made me responsible for? Where will God require an accounting from me?" After that is done, you are asked to list the roles, tasks, and projects that fall under those areas of responsibility and then prepare a mission statement for each area. All this is to be done before you even look at tools to manage your life in a productive way.

This is a well thought out and well written book. One that should be taken slowly and not abandoned when it gets hard. I highly recommend it to you. It's worth the effort. As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I am still working through it myself (reading and re-reading it--listening to it on an audio version as well). I will continue to post about my journey along the way, so stay tuned.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cookie Baking Night 02/02/16

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Alli and Rylar.


First, they spent a little time coloring pictures with Clara.



Tonight we made Valentine cookies (aka peanut blossoms with a chocolate heart in the middle). 
First, we unwrapped all the chocolate hearts.


Then we made the cookie dough.


Next, the dropping of the dough onto the cookie sheets. They love that part. 



And finally, we get to put the chocolate heart on the warm cookie. 




We also spent some time tonight reading from "Leading Little Ones to God" by Marian Schoolland. We read lesson 23 titled "What the Law Means" and we learned what it means to put God first through reading in 1 Kings 17 about Elijah and the poor widow who trusted God  and gave what little bit of food she had left to feed Elijah. God honored her obedience and provided for her. 

It was a small crowd at Cookie Baking Night tonight, but it was an enthusiastic one. And, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Cookie Baking Night 07/31/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and Larry, Clara, and Greg). Tonight ...