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Workplace Musings (05/28/16)

There was a situation at work lately that remided me of God's infinite wisdom and my lack of proper qualifications to run the universe (hard as I may try).

There was an open management position at work, and I was told that it was being filled internally but the information of who was filling it was not yet public knowledge. I made several guesses in my mind and came up with the likely choices (as I saw it). A day or two later I found out who was taking the position. My guesses were not even close (and not as good as the reality). As usual, God did a much better job filling that position than my imagination did.

Trying to predict the future (not to mention rule the world) is a work in futility. That is much better left to God. He is the qualified One; I am not.

"Great is our Lord, and abundanct in power; his understanding is beyond measure." Psalm 147:5


Tip of the Day (How to pit a cherry)

I'm creating a new blog post category. Let's call it tip of the day. Here's the first one.

Here's how to remove the pit from a cherry if you don't own one of those fancy cherry pitters (which I've been meaning to get but this method has been working for several years now, so why rush it?)




Materials needed: 1. Large straw (at our house we call them "smoothie straws"). 2. A cherry (complete with pit).

Place one end of straw over the stem of the cherry.

Push the straw through the cherry.

Squeeze the end of the straw to remove the cherry stem, core, and pit.  Repeat process.

This method works very well. It doesn't take long to work through a bowl of cherries. 

Katrina's Musings- Resource Musings (05/25/16)

In this "Resource Musings" post I'll share with you my current favorite podcasts. No more iPod for me, now it's all on my smart phone. Makes things very handy.

Here's my current podcast list: 
The Christian Worldview - a weekly podcast with host David Wheaton
Revive Our Hearts- a daily podcast (5 days a week) with host Nancy DeMoss Wogelmuth-from the Revive our Hearts daily radio program
Wretched Radio-a daily podcast (5 days a week) with host Todd Friel
Bible Baptist Church-a thrice a week podcast of my church's Sunday School hour, worship service, and Wednesday evening service. 
The Village Church-A weekly podcast from the ministry of The Village Church in the Dallas/Fortworth Texas area.
Truth in Love-A weekly podcast with host Heath Lambert, president of The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. 
VOM Radio-A biweekly podcast from the Voice of the Martyrs ministry.
The Art and Business of Public Speaking a weekly podcast with host Ken Davis.
The Daren Streb…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Part 6

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To see all my posts on this particular book go to the "Labels" section of this blog on the sidebar menu and click on "Do More Better".

In my review of Do More Better by Tim Challies, so far, I've worked through the book chapter by chapter and given my thoughts and shared some of my examples. Chapters 5-8 are about the tools you can use to carry out the foundation you set in chapters 1-4. Truthfully, the author lost me a bit in these chapters. It's not that I lost interest, I had a hard time following the information.
All of the tools that he recommended are electronic tools that required set up. The concepts were also new to me. He recommended a tool to manage your tasks, a tool to manage your calendar, and a tool to manage your information.

The tool recommended for task management is Todoist.
The tool recommended for information management is Evernote.
The tool recommended for calendar management is Google Calendar.

All the above-mentioned tools are fre…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Mission Statements (Employment)

I'm continuing to work through my experience with reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. To see the rest of the posts on this subject, go to the Labels section on the side bar men of this blog and click on the label "Do More Better". Currently, I'm working through chapter 4 and posting my mission statements for each area of life.


5. Area of Responsibility: Employment

Mission Statement: To bring glory to God while serving Him at MCN. I will seek to accomplish this through earnest prayer, diligent preparation, and dying to my own selfishness. 
Explanation: I wrote this mission statement for work a few years ago. I have it framed and displayed on my desk. I read it often to remind myself of my purpose at work; it's about so much more than a paycheck.

Book Musings (Do More Better) Mission Statements (Church)

I'm continuing to work through my experience with reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. To see the rest of the posts on this subject, go to the Labels section on the side bar men of this blog and click on the label "Do More Better". Currently, I'm working through chapter 4 and posting my mission statements for each area of life.

4. Area of Responsibility: Church
Mission Statement: To love and serve the people of  Bible Baptist Church as we walk side by side in our Christian walk. To glorify God in my opportunities to lead and teach the women and young people of the church.
Explanation: I think the first part of the statement explains itself. As to the second part of the statement, I believe God has given me many formal and informal opportunities to lead and teach the women and young people of our church (from friendships to assisting with women's leadership to teaching classes to mentoring and discipling others), and I believe it brings glory to God to take these…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Mission Statements (Relationships)

I'm continuing to work through my experience with reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. To see the rest of the posts on this subject, go to the Labels section on the side bar menu of this blog and click on the label "Do More Better". Currently, I'm working through chapter 4 and posting my mission statements for each area of life.

3. Area of Responsibility: Relationships
Mission Statement: To view every relationship in my life (whether temporary or permanent) as God-given entities and to maintain those relationships as a way to glorify God and do good to others. 
Explanation: It might seem like a contradiction to say "whether temporary or permanent" and then to say "to maintain those relationships". Let me explain. I once heard this statement said about relationships and have found it to be true in life: "Some relationships in life are for a reason, some are for a season, and some are for a lifetime." Sometimes you meet people and they ar…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Mission Statements (Household Management)

I'm continuing to work through my experience with reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. To see the rest of the posts on this subject, go to the Labels section on the side bar men of this blog and click on the label "Do More Better". Currently, I'm working through chapter 4 and posting my mission statements for each area of life.

2. Area of Responsibility: Household Management

Mission Statement: To maintain a household that glorifies God both in purpose and function. 

Explanation: Glorify God in purpose: My goal here is to have my public self match my home self. My aim is to honor God in the words spoken in my home and in the actions taken toward others who live in that home with me and those who enter it. Glorify God in function: My goal here is to maintain a house that prepares my family to enter the outside world, one where our minds can focus on God and not clutter (working on this one), one where more time is spent thinking about who God is than thinking about &q…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Mission Statements (Personal)

In this post, I'm continuing to work through my experience with reading Do More Better by Tim Challies. This is a book on the subject of productivity done to the glory of God. To see the rest of the posts on this subject, go to the Labels section on the side bar men of this blog and click on the label "Do More Better". In chapter 3, the author calls the reader to define your roles and responsibilities in life. Click here to see what I came up with. In chapter 4, the author calls the reader to "state your mission" for each area, complete with a written mission statement for each. Mission statements can be scary and daunting, but Tim Challies did give some guidelines and some examples, so do show that this is a doable assignment and a useful one, I'll spend the next several posts going through the mission statements I came up with for each area and explaining them a bit.

1. Area of Responsibility: Personal

Mission Statement:To love God with my heart, soul, min…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Part 5

This post will cover chapter 4 of Tim Challies' book Do More Better on the subject of productivity. To see the previous posts on this subject check out the Labels section on the side bar menu of this blog, and click on the "Do More Better" label.

Chapter 4 is titled "State Your Mission", and this chapter walks the reader through defining a mission statement for each previously identified area of responsibility. The mission statements are not meant to be "fixed and unchanging" but rather "living" statements that can grow and change over time as life takes its course. I understand this concept because I have had a personal mission statement for my job for several years now, and I have tweaked it over time as I have grown and my job has grown.

In this chapter, Tim Challies gives a few examples of his personal mission statements for some of his areas of responsibility and then gives explanation for them. I'll share one example with you from…

Cookie Baking Night

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Alli, and Rylar. Tonight we made strawberry-rhubarb crisp.


First, we had to pick the rhubarb, so we headed to the backyard. Rhubarb grows best in an area where it's shady and wet. We've had a lot of cloudy, rainy days lately, so the rhubarb is perfect for the picking.



This is the first time the youngest ones have picked the rhubarb. Rylar was a little skeptical about it. When I told him we were going to use it in our dessert, he said, "That doesn't look like something you can eat." He sure did enjoy the process of picking it though. 





We brought it in the house and cut it and cleaned it up.

Then we added a few strawberries and some sugar and added a topping and it was ready to bake. 





We spent most of our time tonight picking rhubarb and preparing the dessert, but we did have enough time for our Bible time. Tonight we read lesson 30 from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. It was title…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Part 4

I'm continuing with my feedback on Do More Better by Tim Challies. You can read part 3 by clicking here. In this post I'll discuss chapter 3 titled "Define Your Responsibilities". I felt this chapter was particularly helpful. The author calls the reader to define your areas of responsibility in life by asking yourself these questions:

What is it that the Lord has entrusted to you?What has He made you responsible for?If the master gave talents to his servants and demanded an accounting (Matthew 25:19-26), what has God given to you, and where will he demand an accounting? He encourages the reader to "have every one of life's responsibilities encompassed by a category, yet with as few categories as possible'". He recommends limiting the categories to five or six (with no more than nine). 
He gave this example of how he structured his own categories: Personal FamilyChurchSocial Business I divided my categories this way: PersonalRelationshipsHousehold Mana…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Pt 3

I'm continuing on with sharing what I've learned from the book Do More Better by Tim Challies. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Chapter 2 discusses three productivity thieves: 1. laziness 2. busyness 3. Thorns and thistles.

Both laziness and busyness are okay and even revered in our society today. We no longer feel ashamed about being lazy. We say without apology:"I knew I should do it but I was just too lazy." or "I just had a lazy day today." Even Christians adopt these phrases knowing that the Bible repeatedly warns us to guard against laziness. And busyness is the catchall justifier for why we're not getting anything done. Everyone is  busy, and it's okay. Tim Challies says this about busyness in chapter 2: "our society often judges us and ranks us according to our busyness. Although we complain about being busy, we also find it validates us, as if we have only two choices before us: doing far too little or far too much. We someh…

Book Musings (Do More Better) Part 2

I'm checking in again about the book Do More Better by Tim Challies. You can read my last post about it here.

Here's my analysis so far. I really enjoyed chapters 1-4, got lost during chapters 5-8, and found my way again in chapters 9-10 and the two bonus chapters at the end.

The first four chapters are about knowing your purpose, defining your responsibilities, answering the call, and stating your mission. I'll spend the next few posts working through this information.

The first chapter starts with defining your purpose and laying a foundation for why we would want to be productive. The author says this: "Productivity is not what will bring purpose to your life, but what will enable you to excel in living out your existing purpose." He then works through a brief chatechism of productivity, asking and answering questions.

"Q: Why did God create you?"

"A: God created me to bring glory to him."

"Q2: How can you glorify God in your everyda…

Happy Birthday Blog!

Today this blog turns 7 years old. It's seen daily posting. It's seen weekly posting. And it's seen bi-monthly posting (especially lately). There have been evangelism posts, Bible reading posts, book review posts, family posts, church posts, Cookie Baking posts and more. The topics and the volume have varied but the theme has remained the same. This blog has always been about glorifying God and making Him known, and I think a great canvas for showcasing that is blogging through the ordinariness of everyday life.

To celebrate these 7 years of blogging, I will return to daily blogging for the next year (as long as the Lord allows it). Much has happened around here in the last year and little has been written about it. It's time to write and process and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and mercy.

Stay tuned friends, there is much blogging ahead.

For now I say, Happy Birthday, little blog. I'm glad to know you.

Cookie Baking Night 05/02/16

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar.


Tonight, the action started right away. For supper, we had french bread pizza (sliced french bread, pizza sauce, toppings, bake at 350 degrees about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted). Everyone had the opportunity to make their own and choose their own toppings. It was a hit. 

For our cookie tonight, we made M&M cookies with white chocolate chips. 




The secret to M&M cookies is to skip putting any M&Ms in the batter. Put all the M&Ms on the outside of the cookie. That way they remain visible and they don't bake into the batter. My secret recipe for M&M cookie dough, a package of sugar cookie mix. 

After a lively Bible time (Leading Little Ones to God), we went for a walk. It was a beautiful night and we had some energy to burn off. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all.