Wednesday, February 24, 2010

prayer for friends...


right now i sit in blessing
while others sit in need
how might You use me,Father
to plant a tiny seed?




a word of encouragement?
a shoulder for their tears?
use me,heavenly Father
as they face their fears

may my life be an offering
poured out into theirs
holding nothing back
Your love may i share

so many who are weary
wondering how they will endure
give me wisdom,Father
words that help them to be sure

that You have not forgotten
or left them in their need
but You're working every minute
and Your plans will succeed

in making us like You
as we share our struggles here
'til we stand before You,Father
hand in hand ~ then all things clear!

*jb*

Ephesians 3:16-17
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.


2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Friday, February 19, 2010

drudgery ~ transformed





Isaiah 60:1
“Arise, Jerusalem! (Jennifer!) Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you.”


Today, Oswald Chambers' selection was about drudgery. (Don’t you love old words like that! Words that we don’t use so often anymore, and then when you hear them, you think - oh, that’s such a good word!) Anyway, he reminded me that when I arise and shine in the midst of everyday things, that “drudgery becomes divinely transfigured.”

He went on to say “drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal – the utterly mean grubby things.” And then he says “some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lord does a thing through us, He always transfigures it.”

What a blessing this reminder is since it has been with an “attitude of drudgery” that I have been facing my days lately. Now I see anew that if I do what He is telling me, He will transform it! The very mundane, will become lovely!

A trip to the grocery store ~ becomes ~ a shared family meal

The writing of another paper with my children ~ becomes ~ perseverance in their character

The cleaning of my house ~ becomes ~ a welcoming home,ready for friends

Math lessons ~ become ~ diligence and excellence in all my children do


You alone can do this, Lord ~ transform our drudgery!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


"You wish to hear from me why and how God is to be loved? My answer is: The reason for loving God is God Himself, and the measure in which we should love Him is to love Him without measure." ~ Bernard of Clairvaux

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

HaPPy VaLenTinE's DaY!!!

Audrey's sister Ruth joined us for cooking class yesterday! We made Red Velvet cupcakes.


soooo pretty!!








Ruth kept saying the batter looked like ketchup!! yuck! We think the hand over her head thing is her halo!! Thanks, Ruth, for being such a sweet girl! Good job girls!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

sauces continue...

Tuesday we continued with working through the 5 Mother Sauces...it was time for Veloute. Another pretty white sauce made starting with a roux (combination of butter and flour cooked together) and then adding stock (chicken, fish or vegetable - we used chicken stock) and then salt & white pepper to taste. The veloute can then be transformed into several other sauces including "Supreme", which is the one we made. We reduced the veloute by 1/4 then added tempered heavy cream, butter and lemon juice. It was soooo rich, silky and delicious! We served it over some roasted chicken and we also roasted some veggies to go along side. It made for a bigger lunch than what we usually have, but it was really good!






waxes & wanes...


waxes & wanes
my determination
i want to deal with this
but i don't

it must be done
but it's just too hard
this will be different
maybe it won't

a battle's going on
here within me
it's worth fighting for
it's gonna hurt

i know there's more
status quo's not so bad
you must be strong
just lie down

every thought captive
it's someone else's fault
the battle is raging
it can't be won

I AM in control
it's all up to me
I can turn a heart
this won't work

now is the time
just wait & see
it's worth the risk
no it's not

you're fully loved
you don't deserve
for all have sinned
you're the worst

voice in my head
Voice in my heart
a turning point
trust in Me

give up control
I'll give the words
I'm the Redeemer
you will see

it's not up to you
this is about Me
glory to Myself
I will bring

you will be free
open your heart
step in the place
no lingering

transparency
honest open heart
humility
these My plan

it won't be easy
I will be there
trust not yourself
but My hand

*jb*


from Shattered Dreams~
"The movement begins unseen. Slowly, sometimes not for years, it becomes visible. When we catch sight of the trickling stream that will eventually develop into a river with force enough to carry us toward joy, a new kind of hope stirs. God is working when we see nothing but darkness. He is moving with rhythmic purpose through our agony and pain to unimaginable joy...Knowing that He's moving at all sometimes becomes the central piece of faith we need to keep ourselves moving. The courage not to quit, not to settle..."

Jer.5:22,24
Why do you not tremble in My presence? I, the Lord, am the one who defines the ocean's sandy shoreline, an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss & roar, but they can never pass the bounds I set...Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for He gives us rain each spring & fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.


He ~this HOLY, powerful God~ has His eye on us today!