Tuesday, March 11, 2014

my everyday kind of life...

this blog was started by my husband to inform others on the state of his cancer journey 4 years ago.  we are long past that trial now.  there is nothing to report.  no life events to keep people up to date on.  no great or hard things to tell.

we are living the boring everyday kind of life.

but i know that many of you are too... if there is still anyone out there reading this neglected little blog.  and you are often on my heart and in my prayers.  i wish i knew you and the trials you are going through in your everyday life.  i want to encourage you, to build you up, to light a little fire in you to keep doing good.  

so i hope to find more time to share here.  in between the homeschool lessons and the piles of laundry, i desire to study and pray and write words of encouragement to any who need it.

it will not be profound.  it will not be great and moving.  but it will be truth.

and while i will never be one of those everyday bloggers, i hope to get back here a little more often.

so, here is a verse that so fits for a boring everyday kind of life...

Psalm 37:3a
"Trust in the Lord and do good;"

2 things.  neither very complicated.

i could expound on the difficulties of letting go of control and trusting Someone else, but there is no point since, as the Sovereign Creator, He is already in control anyway.  so trust Him, in His perfect judgement, to do what is best.

and i could give examples of how our flesh battles us everyday, wanting things that are selfish and lazy.  but you already know about those.

so rather than some mounting lists of all the things that we need to change in our lives (cuz that list would be very overwhelming!) let us instead relish in the simplicity of it.  let us face our days this week with these 2 things that cover all the trials of our everyday lives.

memorize this truth.  it's 7 words long, so it's not too hard, even for the worn mommy or busy student.  devote it to memory and remind yourself of His beautiful little statement over and over again.  when the day is long and our body and mind grow weary, meditate here.

let us trust in the Lord, and let us do good!

care to share and encourage someone else?  leave a comment about something from your everyday life that you need to remind yourself to trust Him with.  or a situation you come to in your everyday that you need to remember to do good.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

mommy moment of the day:

when you grab the pot to put it away and realize that, for all your meticulous scrubbing and scouring of the inside and outside of the pot, you forgot to clean the gunk off the handle... and now decide to put it away anyway, cuz the part that counts is clean.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

not-as-bad-for-you peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

so, i've shared this recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies before.  

but i have been messing with the recipe some more (i'm a perpetual tweaker when it come to food) and thought i would share.  cuz i've figured out how to make them healthy! not as bad for you.  



ok, let's face it, a cookie will always be a cookie.  but (!) these probably rank above donuts and pastries when it comes to nutritional value.  so, i will be serving a couple of these with scrambled eggs for breakfast in the morning.  cuz i'm a cool mom like that.  ;)

now if you're a fan of the light colored, fluffy little, eat a dozen at once type cookies, use a different recipe.  or buy some from the store.  cuz these cookies ain't like that.  these cookies are deep and rich, satisfy your hunger with 1 type cookies.  these are what other cookies want to be when they grow up.  

ok, moving on from my ridiculousness, here's the recipe with the changes i've made.

not-as-bad-for-you Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
just under 1/2 c. coconut palm sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar (i usually just use my 1/2 c. but don't pack it or fill it all the way)
1/2 t. vanilla (i love my homemade vanilla)
1 egg
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. dark chocolate chips 

cream together butter, peanut butter, both sugars, vanilla and egg very well, making sure you scrape your bowl a couple times.  

in another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, soda and baking powder.  add these dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over beat!).

mix in your oatmeal and chocolate chips, then drop by spoon fulls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.  bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet in order to keep them soft and moist and prevent them from drying out (i know, this is terribly difficult as they will be calling your name.  you may be temped to throw them on a wire rack to make them cool more quickly so that you can indulge in one (or two), but trust me, it's so worth the wait!)


now i don't sub out the butter, cuz animal fats are a lot easier on your body than vegetable fats.  and i use a more natural peanut butter if i have it on hand, but the hubby likes JIF, so that's usually what's in the cupboard.  

the palm sugar was new for me.  i've read some things talking about it's lower glycemic index, so your blood sugar doesn't rocket around as violently.  and, like cane sugar (which i usually use), it still has all the minerals and such in it.  

sugars, clockwise from top left: cane sugar from the bulk bins at my local health food store, white sugar from the grocery store shelves, coconut palm sugar from the health section of the grocery store.

honestly, sugar is sugar.  so you could say just pick your poison.  but i felt like the palm sugar is at least a half step in a better direction.  however, you have to consider the hefty price tag for the palm sugar and use it sparingly.  

the real kicker is just cutting back the sugar.  trust me, if you fill your measuring cup a little less and a little less as time goes on, your family won't even miss it.  i never pack brown sugar anymore.  i pretend my hips are grateful for those little gaps in between the clumps.  

i sub out whole wheat flour for white flour all the time, so my family is pretty used to it.  if your family is used to 100% white, make the transition gradual.  go half and half for a while.  give them time and they will be more than happy with whole wheat cookies. 

oh, and many articles sing the praises of dark chocolate, especially in regards to women's health!

when you bake them, remember that they are going to look a lot darker because of the dark sugar and flour.  it's always better to have a cookie that's a little under done than a little over done, personally speaking.  

now excuse me while i go spend the rest of nap/rest time enjoying one of these cookies with a cup of peach ginger tea.  



Friday, November 8, 2013

words...

my God does not waste Words.

He does not speak unnecessarily.

every thought, every command, every promise was given with purpose and care.

Isaiah 55:11
"So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."

do i think lightly of the things which He took the time to say?

what Scripture has God laid on your heart lately?  and have you considered the full weight of what He said?  take comfort in what He spoke and find joy in the fact... our God does not waste Words!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

list, list, list...

random fact:  i have started this post over about 6 times now.  i just can't quite find the words i'm looking for.  so let's just skip my words and move on to His.

Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;  His praise endures forever."

ever have to make a choice, and you have no idea what to do?  yeah, i'm right there today.  i'm a pen and paper kinda gal, so i make lists of pros and cons, i form plans about how each path could be carried out, i write out every random thought having to do with said choice and i mull over the possible outcomes that would follow; i try to think long term, i attempt to sort out short term, and in the end i'm left with a dozen pieces of notebook paper filled with neat handwriting.  and no real answers.

why?  are weighing options and looking at the future bad ways to plan?  well, no.  but really, when i've finished with my lists and reasons, i put them aside and i ask my blessed heavenly Father for His wisdom and direction.

He has often shown me in my life that the logical isn't always His best.  He has pointed out that the option with the most pros and the least cons doesn't always come with the most eternal benefits and growth.  sometimes, He wants me on the path that "doesn't make sense" so that i trust Him more and let go of my selfish pride that wants to be seen as wise.

so at the end of all my lists, it's really His call.  i stack my papers neatly and set them off to the side.  i go back to my knees again, and i pray again.  and then, as the verse says, i pick myself up and do what i know i'm supposed to be doing (His commandments) and trust that He will come through on that promise and give me "a good understanding".

i go back to folding the laundry and cooking the next meal, because He has called me to be a hard worker in my home (Proverbs 31).  i continue teaching my children to work hard and to obey with joy because He has told me to train them up (Proverbs 22:6).  i return to the everyday tasks that require me to implement the joy, peace, patience, love, gentleness, & self-control that His Spirit imparts to me every day (Galatians 5:22-23).

so i'm going to mark todays date next to that verse and go back to that basket of clothes.  someday i will be able to look back and see how He made clear the muddled mess in my notebook and head. and i will praise Him even more than i am today because He proves Himself good and faithful again and again.

"... His praise endures forever."