Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bible Journaling: Deuteronomy 30:19

The choices we make in life do not just effect us. That seems to be something we don't always realize. Our choices stretch out beyond us and into our friends and family. It can even carry on as it expands out from person to person. So, how do we make good choices that can effect ourselves and others in positive ways? 

Looking at Deuteronomy 30, Moses has been talking for multiple chapters to the people of Israel. He is preparing for his death and knows that soon the people will be heading into the Promised Land. Living with these people for the 40 years he has seen how finicky people are. He is letting them know how important it is to be obedient to God. He wants them to see that their choices today can have an effect on generations to come. And throughout history there was a lot of emphasis on the next generation, on descendants and keeping bloodlines alive. 

Here in Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses is  keeping very simple. You can choose life or death for you and your family. It says. "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children will live." (emphasis mine)

Choosing life means choosing God. And when we make healthy choices we teach healthy choices to our children. It carries down. So if I choose God and am continually obedient to him, I'm showing that to my kids, my future generation, how to. And hopefully, they will see and make healthy choices for themselves. My hope is that they will choose God for themselves. And this love of God will carry down through my family, generation after generation.

So, I will choose life. I choose God. I choose life over death for me and my children. 

Deuteronomy 30:20 says "and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

God promises life when we choose Him.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Fancy Home Cooked Dinner

Michael and I have never really cooked together. Sure we've made some dinners together but it consisted of "Hey, wanna chop this for me, real quick?".

But a few weeks ago we had a weekend to ourselves and decided it would be fun to plan and cook a full meal together at home.

I got this cookbook from the library.

This has to be my new favorite cookbook. After I return it to library I'm going to have to buy myself an actual copy for home use. Gordon Ramsey is awesome!

We wanted dinner and dessert. Both witch we found in this book.

For dinner we had a roasted chicken with chorizo, bean and sundried tomato stuffing. (This was the most delicious stuffing I've ever had in my life. There was not enough of it. Thinking of it now makes me want to make this dinner all over again.) Along with a side of roasted asparagus.

We drank our fancy root beer out of bottles, because that's how we rock it!

Also, like the lantern? We went to IKEA that morning for the first time ever and found that lantern and loved it. It's awesome.

But check out this dessert!

Chocolate tarts topped with peanut brittle. We made peanut brittle. These were so rich and indulgent and awesome. And we have made them again for family since.

And what's a fancy dinner without getting a little dressed up?

It was one of my favorite weekends recently. I got to spend a ton of time with this man I love. I got to see some of his culinary skills and making dinner and dessert together was a fun time that I look forward to doing again in the future!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bible Journaling: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a time for everything. 

In Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 it says:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

And there are perfect moments for each of these things, they can not be rushed or avoided. And the truth is people rarely have perfect timing. But there is a time for everything. And we just have to let it happen.