Lunch Sack Snacks…And Banana Bread

lunch-sackI have to carry lunch to work several days a week right now…so let’s just say I’m getting really creative at packing lunches. Although these recipes have made it on the blog before, I figured since I still use them as my go-to recipes, they were worth sharing a second time: Continue reading

“See in This a Chance to Die…”

imageIt’s been years since I’ve written poems or songs, but I was reminded today of this poem I wrote way back in 2005…It is based on a quote by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. Even though this was written years ago (and you can tell it was written by a teenager), I still am able to reflect and see parts of my heart in it. But God is challenging me that even in the things I face today, I need to die to myself and put my trust completely in Him.

What about you?…

A Chance to Die

I know I have been called to a life of prayer
A life of compassion and of care
But so often I choose not to obey
And instead choose to go my own way
“See in this a chance to die.”

I struggle with being the real “me”
And too often worry of what others might think
Although I know Father longs to draw me near
I’m distracted by how I seem to appear
“See in this a chance to die.”

I wish I could see more than just one step ahead
My future is dim, and I see the unknown instead
Knowing that You are going to use me to bless
Doesn’t make me fear any less
“See in this a chance to die.”

Among all this confusion and chaos
Fortunately my God is not at a loss
He walks beside me with His guiding light
And gently shows me how to do right
“My child, who knows this path better than I?”

Carne Asada–in the Crockpot!

carne asadaConfession: I did not pick out the correct meat for this recipe.

I have almost zero knowledge when it comes to picking out red meats.¬†I know…In all the blogs, books, and websites, it says that you should plan your menu¬†before you go to the grocery store. And, in most cases, I do. But during my last grocery trip, when I saw meat was on sale, I decided to try broadening my horizons.

That’s when it hit me.¬† Continue reading

For Times Like These

20130801-222431.jpgI heard this paraphrase version (from the Voice paraphrase) of Psalm 23 spoken on the radio earlier this week. As heretical as it may sound, Psalm 23 is not usually a favorite psalm of mine. But the way that this chapter was worded really resonated with me personally. In light of what’s happening in our nation, and in light of whatever struggles you may personally be going through, I hope this is an encouragement to you:

The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
He provides me rest in rich, green fields
    beside streams of refreshing water.
    He soothes my fears;
He makes me whole again,
    steering me off worn, hard paths
    to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
    I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
    near with Your protection and guidance,
    I am comforted.

You spread out a table before me,
    provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies;
You care for all my needs, 
    anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision 
    will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere.
I will always be with the Eternal,
    in Your house forever.
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