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Girl Talk had some helpful words for my heart today:

Our Lord doesn’t hesitate to address our fears about money: “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.” (Matt. 6:25). Instead of worrying about money we should trust our Heavenly Father.
 
“Do you trust the King who is also your Father?” Scripture puts this question to us, says author Ed Welch:
 
“Our Answer? ‘Sort of….a little….usually.’ We sort of want…to trust the King—until life gets precarious. When everything is going well and the storehouses are full, we trust him. But when there is nothing for tomorrow, we panic and track down the address of another god who can give us enough for tomorrow and the next day too….Our trust is divided. We don’t put all our eggs in one basket—even God’s—because that’s too risky.”

It’s good to be reminded of our good, trustworthy, heavenly Father.  It is good when one can say, “It is well with my soul”. =)

You can read the whole post here.

“…besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God.

Speak to thy soul thus, ‘If I were dealing with a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy—that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the promiser—that will cheer me.

My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favours, for He knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold.

Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise.’

If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.”

~CH Spurgeon on 2 Peter 1:4

It’s lovely outside.  Can’t go anywhere, or really, don’t want to go anywhere. =)  I just want to enjoy my fire, throw, hot cocoa and a good book.   Oh, and my man.

So what should I do with my time, the question I’ve been asking myself for the past hour as I browse through blogs and look at what’s coming up next week.  Ricky is inspiring me with his fine example of productivity, waking up an hour before me, and using his time well today; I need to emulate my husband more.

So I think I’ll try.  My plan for today:

_Read that chapter I’ve been meaning to for weeks in Charity and Its Fruits.

_Create my quiet time schedule I’ve been mulling over since last Wednesday

_Finalize meal plans for this coming week =) see below for a successful new recipe I found last week! yay. And making sure I have everything I need for whipping up a little Chicken Parmesan for Family Birthday Lunch tomorrow. =)

_Wrap Ricky’s birthday presents!!  Super excited about his surprise-birthday-date-day on Monday, I’ll let you know how it goes.

_Hopefully go to a friends wedding tonight, Lord willing the weather doesn’t get worse.  Which as the day goes on, I think the family is deciding to stay home… which is such a sad decision, this is a wedding I’ve been looking forward to for a while.  Lauren, I’m praying for you and your groom that this will be a wonderfully blessed day for you, and that you will experience so much of God’s pleasure in your marriage =) and may this snow just add more beauty to an already incredible day.

And good news, I learned not only that you pronounce quinoa as “keen-wah”, but also that it tastes good!  I tried this recipe out last night, and enjoyed it: Thank you epicurious.com

Quinoa with Corn, Scallions and Mint

  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups quinoa (about 10 oz)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Cook your corn, and cut it off the cobs. I actually bought frozen corn on the cob, so I could try to get it as fresh as possible, but I wasn’t sure when I was going to make it, and it worked pretty well – though fresh corn I’m sure would taste oh so much better!

Then in a seperate bowl, whisk together your lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, honey (or in my case, honey powder…sadly in need of some fresh honey around here), salt and pepper.

Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a large sieve each time.  (I don’t have a sieve that works, only colanders with holes too large that the quinoa would slip right through, so I used my rice-washing technique of just rinsing it in a bowl and carefully pouring the water out, seemed to work fine.)

Cook quinoa in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve (or in my case, a colander – praying that they were sticky enough that they wouldn’t fall through the holes… it worked), then set sieve over same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don’t worry if lid doesn’t fit tightly) and steam until quinoa is tender, fluffy, and dry, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand (still covered) 5 minutes.

Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in corn, scallions, mint, and salt and pepper to taste.  And enjoy that tasty freshness! =)

And please, don’t try to use any dried scallions or mint or anything, I plead with you to use fresh ingredients.  And really I would consider this a great spring or summer dish.  And… it’s won me over to quinoa… now I just have to figure out the nutritional value of it, is it healthier than rice and pasta? Would it be worth using more?

Enjoy your Saturday folks.

Le Madeleine is a great spot for eating good food, chatting and making fun of people and yourselves with your husband, and pretty much figuring out more how to do life together.

And it really is best over a cup of coffee and little treats

And of course, part of that discussion had to do with the mustache…

Yes. I love my husband.  And though he has said he would shave it for me, I told him not to…this is the one chance he’ll ever have to find out what it’s like to have one.  ever.  no more after January.

yup, we discuss deep issues.

Here we are sitting in one of our favorite Baltimore coffee houses, Spoons.  Great time to think about this break we’ve been on, and looking ahead into the new year.

So the holidays are some of my favorite times:

– Because of getting good times with family and friends.  Like watching cute movies together like “Up”, cooking lots and lots of scrumptious food, and playing fun crazy games like white elephant with cousins, aunts and uncles etc — which is even better when you win a framed print of an old couple that says “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”. yea.

– Because sometimes is snows.

– Because Special things happen, like people getting married.

– Because I get to cook yummy foods, like this Pot Roast: Oh thank you Paula Deen.

– Because there are holiday sales:

– And because there are lots of bloggers blogging and holiday design and bringing inspiration (from some of my favorites: =)

Thanks Sherry for your beautiful work at Young House Love

Thanks for your inspiration Rachel, at the Urban Nest blog

And I love the earthy beauty that the Visual Notes blog brought from Eva Lindh (Images: Eva Lindh)

– And lastly (but of course not leastly), because we got to start off our new year with a wonderfully provoking sermon from Don Whitney on 1 Timothy 4:7 – check out this blog post (or listen to it).  It’s time now for me to think about this question:  Name one biblical spiritual discipline in which you would like to grow this year.  What specific and practical steps are you going to take to grow? (Should probably work on this resolution before determining the rest… what good is physical/practical resolutions that only last a short time, when spiritual disciplines and resolutions can have a permanent affect?)
Ok, so a Lot more happened these holidays. (there are a few more pics on my flickr) Ricky and I had such a great time on his break.  Now, he hits his studies and preaching and paper writing hard core.  Breaks are good, because the regenerate and re-energize one for the hard work meant for us to accomplish.  Here we come new year.

Sometimes encouragement comes in unexpected ways. Sometimes when I want someone to make me feel good about myself, and feel like that would be true encouragement, that’s not necessarily the best thing for me. My heart will quickly go back to dwelling on my failures because I’m only looking inward. Oh boy does it serve my soul though to look outward and upward. And I love the prayers/poems in Valley of Vision because they help me do exactly that.

An excerpt from one actually titled “The Valley of Vision”

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.

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