Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year--> New Blog

Out with the old and in with the new!
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Christmas 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Throw Down Your Nets

"He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break." (Luke 5:3-6)
I've probably read this 100 times, but something new grabbed me this time.  (Isn't it so cool how scripture has that power?)  These men, these fishermen, had been working so hard to catch something!  They were following all the rules, doing exactly what was expected, yet still they couldn't catch a single fish!  It didn't make sense, I'm sure, why they weren't having any success.  
Enter Jesus.  "Throw your nets down, Simon."  Simon must have thought Jesus didn't have a clue about fishing, but maybe he humored him nonetheless.  Obviously, they'd been doing that very thing all day long!  Simon basically tells Jesus it probably won't work since their efforts haven't done any good, but he will do it because Jesus asked him to.  
And what do you know, they caught so many  fish that their nets broke!  Were they doing anything differently than they'd been doing all along?  No. So what was the difference?  Why were they able to catch so many fish this time?  
Faith. Simon decided to have blind faith in Jesus and do what He said. He stopped trusting in himself for a moment and placed his trust in Jesus Christ.  He stopped trying to prove himself by following the "rules" and working hard to "get things done."  
I'm a doer.  I'm one of those "good girls" who thrives on following the rules. I like to make sure things happen and I'm a planner. (Did somebody say control freak?) I would probably have been standing next to Simon saying, "You're crazy. We've done everything we can and it hasn't worked.  This isn't going to work either!"  I tend to trust in what I can see, what I can accomplish on my own.  But this isn't what Jesus asks of me.  He doesn't want me to accomplish things the hard way-- without Him.  His call is simple and clear- "Throw down your nets and see what I can do!"

All it Took Was a Little Butter...

Look!  ACTUAL Snickerdoodles!
(If you missed the cookie disaster, click here.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lately I am...

lately i am:

missing: the friends I spend way too little time with lately

listening: to David Platt (pastor of The Church @ Brook Hills).  Just finished a year-long sermon series called "The Chronicles of Redemption."  I have an entirely new perspective on the story of redemption and the Bible now.

eating: cookies.  Trying all kinds of recipes.  

exercising: I've hit 3 miles.  Working toward 4 and then onto 5.  I crave running!

studying: God's Word.  Have you actually read Obadiah?  Just started it.  Reading the Bible through chronologically.  

singing: "I Love Your Presence" by Bethel Live. "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman

laughing: at my hubby.  He makes me giggle all the time!  Also, my 8th graders are purely awesome.

drinking: water, of course!

thinking: that I'm continually amazed at the protection and love of my Savior.

wearing: new jeans from Belk (Red Camel) and awesome workout pants from Kohl's (Tek Gear).  Needing new running shoes.

excited: to be home for the holidays!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Unto Us

For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

[isaiah 9:6]

My Cookie Disaster

Last night I decided I would make these lovely little snickerdoodles from In the Little Red House. Don't they look so yummy and full of cinnamony goodness?  Mmmmmm...  I can just smell them baking now...

I grabbed all the ingredients and started to put together my dough.  These were going to be the best cookies I'd ever, ever, ever made!  Well, it didn't turn out exactly as I'd planned.  This stuff ended up looking more like cake batter!  I needed to thicken it up, so I, of course, sought wisdom from... Google.  I read that if I added flour and left it in the fridge overnight, it would be just fine.  Yes!  A recovery plan!

The next afternoon I pulled my batter out of the fridge, and it seemed fine.  So I preheated the oven and started to form my little balls of dough.  Well, as it turns out, they were still soft and runny!  At this point, I was determined to defeat these little things, so I started spooning them onto the cookie sheet.

Don't they look awesome?!  HA!  Biscuits!!!!!  Geez.

After being cut and scraped from the pan, this is what I ended up with.  I have dubbed them Cinnamon Cornbread Cookies.  They're so light they could float up to the ceiling!  But what else would we expect with all that extra flour!?

What did I learn?  If the recipe calls for butter, don't use margarine!!!

Also, you should cook them long enough...

It's ok.  You can laugh at me if you want.  I know I did!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
-Phillip Bliss (1875)


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