My Top Five Goals in Life

I was challenged yesterday, by Nate of ItStartsWith.Us, to take note of my top 5 goals in life.

I had to chew on it for a while, but following his two-word framework, here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Be genuine
2. Listen carefully
3. Love always
4. Organize stuff
5. Enjoy now

If you feel so inclined, I’d love to hear yours!

Menu Plan Monday – March 16-22, 2009

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Weekday Dinners

Monday – Chicken Ranch Jack, Biscuits, Carrots

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Corned Beef-Style Brisket

Wednesday – Leftovers (chicken or corned beef & cabbage)

Thursday – Slow Cooker BBQ Orange Chicken, Brown Rice, Corn on the Cob

Friday – Leftover Chicken, rice, and corn

Weekend Breakfasts

Saturday – Biscuits & Gravy

Sunday – Leftovers

Menu Plan Monday – February 2-8, 2008

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Ok, so life has been busy. I just realized that 4 of my last 5 posts have simply been Menu Plans – fine blogger I have been! Ah well, I guess it’s better to live life than just write about it? I am grateful to be able to plan meals this way at least. It keeps me motivated and is very helpful.

So here we go…

Weekday Dinners

Monday – Parmesan encrusted pork loin, sweet potato fries, sugar snap peas

Tuesday – Leftover pork

Wednesday – Mini Cheddar Meat Loaves, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn

Thursday – Leftover meatloaf

Friday – Mom Pinner’s Chicken Casserole

Weekend Breakfasts

Saturday – Pancakes, eggs & bacon

Sunday – Leftovers

Breakfast Options

– Cereal
– PB & applesauce toast
– Frozen Waffles
– Scrambled eggs & toast

Lunch Options

– Hot dogs
– Ham & cheese sandwich
– PB&J Sandwich
– Macaroni & Cheese
– Chicken Nuggets

Lunch Sides & Snack Options

– Bananas
– Fruit cup
– Yogurt
– Dried berries
– Animal crackers
– Goldfish

Menu Plan Monday – January 19-25, 2009

Menu Plan Monday – January 19-25, 2009

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I’ll be using my “spare meal” from last week for my Monday & Tuesday meals. I might try to get to the grocery store tomorrow, but since it’s MLK Day and my son is home, grocery shopping is a lot more difficult. Also, I have learned that Monday is Target’s restocking day, so if I want fresh stuff, Tuesday is going to be my best day to shop anyway.

Weekday Dinners

Monday – Special K Loaf, Mukimame, Biscuits w/butter

Tuesday – Leftover Special K

Wednesday – Pork loin, Mashed potatoes & gravy, Corn

Thursday – Leftover pork

Friday – Onion baked chicken, squash, biscuits

Weekend Breakfasts

Saturday – French toast & bacon

Sunday – Leftovers

Sola Scriptura – Lundie Style

I am pretty sure I have written about Sola Scriptura (“by scripture alone”) before. I believe it was in the context of the Seventh Day (Sabbath) being the true Sabbath. I’m still not 100% sure where I stand on the whole “day of worship” and “Sabbath” issue – but that’s not what this post is about.

After hearing it from a couple different places, I have decided that my morning time with my Bible will be just with a journal and my Bible. I have had a lot of white noise when it comes to what it means to be a Christian. While there are a lot of really good books out there by people expounding on what Christian life should look like, I have come to a place where I need to weed out the interpretations of others and take some time to read for myself*.

I’ve decided to start with the book of John. I read a chapter (or a portion of a chapter if it’s long) and just let it sink in. I read it a few times, then I journal about my impressions.

Interestingly enough, I hear this same message today from what I read.

John 4:39-42

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay at their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many of them to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed the Savior of the world.”

So, that’s where I am today, and for this season — spending long enough to hear His message for myself, not just because of what someone else tells me.

*PS: Technically, I probably believe more in Prima Scriptura rather than Sola Scriptura, but I am SOOOO far from having a debate on these issues that this is where I will end my commentary on the topic.

A New Year

Happy New Year!

I have to tell you, 2008 was not my favorite year.  The past several months have been particularly challenging.  Yeah, yeah.  I know.  Challenge brings growth, but I don’t have to like it.  Two miscarriages, a long awaited but essentially missed vacation due to a monster case of bronchitis, weight gain.  Ugh.

Hello and WELCOME 2009!  🙂

My last post was short and almost to the point.  Passion.  What is it that drives me?  I’d have to say that in the recent past it has been obligation, responsibility and sometimes, simply survival.  Not a very Life filled life.

This past week I have read the book “The Shack“.  Wow.  There was nothing coincidental about my Mom loaning me that book when we visited them at Christmas.  It’s cases like this that reaffirm my belief that God does things in His own perfect time.  That book was a water filled cup for my shriveled crusty sponge of a soul.  SLUURRRRRRRPPP!!!!

So here I sit, on a January 1 morning, doing one of the things that I love to do.  Blogging.  Though I don’t always have something superior to say, I like to write and I’m not going to get any better at it until I do it on a regular basis.

I’m going to pick up the book reviewing, meal planning, and general chatting.  And here and there, I hope to pose a question or two that arise in my mind for deeper study.  If anyone reading wants to chime in with your own inspiration – please do!  I really do welcome interaction!  De-lurk!

One of the first books I have in front of me to read and review is “First Place 4 Health“.  I have an idea of what this program will present.  I am all too familiar with “Christian Weight Loss Programs”.  There was a Q&A sheet that came with the book that was explaining how it’s different.  It is a revised version of a prior program that has existed for many years.  As they explained the changes (softer language, incorporating newer scientific findings) it brought me to this question:

What is the difference between softly-padded, nicely-worded walls of Law and living free in Grace?

I’ll be exploring this and more.  Hope you’ll join me!

Happy New Year!!

Menu Plan Monday – November 10-16, 2008

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I just started a new blog with my recipes so I can link to them there. Please feel free, if you’re looking for recipes to cook, to come over and visit. It won’t be anything special – no frills – few pictures, just a repository for my tried and true, or super favorite recipes. I will make comments as I go to build on what I’ve tried in case I have variations that work better or comments about what NOT to do. 🙂

Weekday Dinners

Monday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Crescent Rolls, Broccoli

Tuesday – Tater Tot Casserole

Wednesday – Leftover Tater Tot Casserole

Thursday – Crock Chicken & Stuffing, Corn

Friday – Leftover Chicken & Stuffing

Weekend Breakfasts

Saturday – Biscuits & Gravy

Sunday – Leftover biscuits & gravy

Lasting Change

Just wanted to share a quote today, from a blog post entitled “When Sin Loses its Appeal“, by John Burke:

Frank Laubach, who I’ve told the history of in my last post, wrote this in his journal after the first five months of seeking moment by moment life with God:

“Oh, this thing of keeping in constant touch with God, of making Him the object of my thought and the companion of my conversations, is the most amazing thing I ever ran across. It is working. I cannot do it even half of a day – not yet, but I believe I shall be doing it some day for the entire day. It is a matter of acquiring a new habit of thought. Now I like the Lord’s presence so much that when for a half hour or so He slips out of mind – as He does many times a day – I feel as though I deserted Him, and as though I had lost something very precious in my life.” – Frank Laubach, May 14, 1930

I can now believe him, but this was not always the case for me. For many years, my spiritual life felt dutiful. I would say it was the right way to live, or a good way to live, but not amazing, life-giving, exciting, thrilling, fulfilling like nothing else. Now I can say that because that’s been my experience as I’ve stayed more and more connected [to God] in a daily, hourly, sometimes even moment to moment way. When we learn to stay connected and responsive, sin begins to lose its appeal. We sin (go against God’s will or ways) because we think it will get us something we want or need, but the more you stay connected and experience the fulfilling inner life God’s Spirit produces, you selfishly don’t want to sin because you don’t want to ruin something much better with something less satisfying. That’s when lasting change takes root.
— John Burke, author of Soul Revolution and No Perfect People Allowed and pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas

I know there is a lot of talk about change going on right now. I tend to dread change most of the time – but that’s my personality type. I need change in order to grow. I believe strongly in the lasting change that is described here, change that is founded in regular exposure to God’s Spirit. That is the change I need.

A night out!

J4 and I are heading out this evening to go see my friend, Tara, perform in The Drama Group’s performance of A Man For All Seasons!

I love having a night out with my hubby!

Happy writing about anything month for NaBloPoMo!

Menu Plan Monday – Sep 22-28, 2008

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Shifted a meal from last week to this week. Fortunately, the one meal I didn’t get a chance to make was one that is an old family favorite*. Perfect for this week!

Weekday Dinners & Weekend Breakfasts

Monday – *Special K Loaf, Scalloped Potatoes, Edamame

Tuesday – Leftover Special K

Wednesday – Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash, Dinner Rolls

Thursday – Leftover Chicken

Friday – [Carryout?]

Saturday – Pancakes, bacon & eggs

Sunday – Breakfast out w/Ps