Pruning

•January 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I originally wrote the following a couple of years ago, but I find it just as applicable in the present as it was the day I wrote it…

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It’s been terribly long since I’ve touched this blog. So much life has happened. I’m not sure that I could begin to catch you up on everything. There is one thing I’d like to share at the moment.

There are times and seasons where one’s heart seems to be going through [what seems like] an over-abundance of pruning–giving one cause to stop, take a few (or a lot of) steps back, regroup, pray and cry (sometimes with a loud voice, and buckets of tears) out to the Lord.

You get to the point where you feel your prayers are just hitting the ceiling. This is when you realize that somewhere along the path you’ve been trying to go on your own strength. With the wind blowing in your face and the noises of life rushing passed you, it has kept your ears from hearing His call from behind you (which has been there the whole time). You feel foolish and ashamed that you didn’t think to stop, listen, and run back to His side sooner. However, you are grateful that He’s there waiting with open arms, and He wipes away your tears. When out of the bleakness you see the faint honey glow of light on the horizon, you begin to feel hope again, and step forward again in faith (even if they are baby steps at first)–this time knowing with certainty that God is there with you. It brings you comfort that God didn’t forsake you, that He was waiting for you to quit running ahead of Him, to retrace your steps back to His side, grab His hand, and follow His’ lead through the rugged, yet beautiful terrain ahead.

To affectively hear His voice, we must stop, wait, and tune out the world’s hubbub which is drowning our mind with noise.

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Comparison

•January 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Comparison really is a thief. We can’t look at our life through the lens of someone else’s life. Their life will *always* look different than our’s. So how can we glorify the Lord within our own lives? What talents has He given us? What gifts has He given us? Have we thanked the Lord for them?

If Bread Is Your Weakness…

•October 18, 2010 • 3 Comments

…these must be a cure…? 😀

Cinnamon (Doughnut) Muffins

Mix:

1-1/2 c. flour (I used half all-purpose, and half whole wheat)
3/4 c. sugar (I reduced this to 1/4 c. and it still turned out yummy)
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
1 egg
1/3 c. butter or oil (I used olive oil)

Spoon into greased muffin cups and cook at 400*F for 15-20 minutes.

1/3 c. butter, melted (I used melted coconut oil)
Mix together: 1/2 c. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Dip each muffin in butter and then cinnamon sugar.

Makes: 12 muffins

(Thanks for the recipe, Abigail C!)

How To Make An Organic Fruit And Vegetable Wash

•October 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is a great video on how to make an organic spray to wash your produce, and help neutralize chemicals that may have been used on them.

How To Make An Organic Fruit And Vegetable Wash (Life Hacks).

My First Month

•January 7, 2010 • 3 Comments

Today finds me resting from a head cold, so I thought I’d take advantage of the down time to update you all.

On the 5th, I passed the one-month mark of my being here in Missouri. The time has gone by all too quickly, and has been filled with lots of activity and adjustments here on the farm. I’ve been working long days, and the internet works sporadically in my room, so my internet time is rather limited. By the time I get done with my tasks in the evening, I’m ready to crash and go to bed.

I’ve enjoyed being in a family setting, and getting to have two younger “siblings” once again. A couple of weeks ago, I took Josh and Bethany to a Christmas Ball that I like to attend every year. The weekend was filled with lots of fun and fellowship with some dear friends of mine. We talked almost non-stop on the four-hour trip back, about all that had taken place over the weekend.

The Lord has been teaching me a great deal from my time here. Things I never even imagined I’d learn about myself, family relationships, how to “parent” teenagers (I hear myself often saying the same things to Josh and Bethany that my parents told me when I was younger), and countless other things.

Bethany and I have been spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen together: putting up produce from the garden (yes, the greenhouse is still giving some fresh veggies), making bread, cooking lunches and suppers, making Christmas cookies, among other things. My mom was a “dump-and-pour” kind of woman, and she taught me how to do the same. It has been fun to watch Bethany pick up my enthusiasm for “experimental” cooking. From the Brabo’s recent move, their KitchenAid mixer’s dough hook got misplaced in the shuffle. Last week I focused on teaching Bethany how to make bread by hand. She has caught on quickly.

I was able to go home for 5 days over Christmas. It was wonderful to be with my dad, Bryan and Tina (Shannon and Alice stayed in CO) on Christmas day. We are getting spread out across the country, and I have a feeling it will be more so as time progresses. What a different season in life. It seems like ages since we were all kids at home, playing with blocks, legos, and micro race cars. The hands of time never stand still.

The new year marks the start of a fresh beginning…an opportunity to learn from the good and hard lessons from in the previous year, and, hopefully by God’s mercy, improving and growing more in grace and wisdom in the new year. I wonder what 2010 will hold? It will be an adventure I look forward to exploring. 😀

A New Chapter

•December 9, 2009 • 1 Comment

I do not, as of yet, have internet access that reaches to my room (so my internet time is extremely limited). I hope that will be remedied before long.

I’m getting settled, and slowly adjusting to life here in Missouri. I’m enjoying getting to know the Brabos better and I look forward to seeing how the Lord plans to use my time here for His glory.

Thank you for your prayers. I’ll update again as soon as I’m able, and I’ll have some pictures to share too.

Advent

•December 3, 2009 • 3 Comments

Christmas 2009

Wishing you all a very jolly, blessed Christmas season. Though I’m a few days late in recommending, for those interested in a day-to-day Advent reading, I came across this one last year. I enjoyed it so much I’m using it again this year. Grace and peace.

 
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