Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Sovereignty and Children

Isaiah 55:6-9

 "Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


I wanted to focus on verses 8 and 9, but I thought 6 and 7 were a good reminder as well. We have to seek, call, and forsake our old ways. This year these verbs have been sticking out of passages that I have been reading. God had commanded us to DO a lot of things. It doesn't earn our salvation, but as Paul says in Romans, "what, shall I go on sinning so that grace may abound? May it never be!" Our life is changed and thus, we should act differently. 

I also love how verses 6 and 7 talk about God's abundant pardon. I have also been noticing The Bible talks about God's exceeding grace, he is rich in mercy, he graciously gives us, he lavished upon us, Unsearchable riches, and His abundant pardon. What a wonderful savior is Jesus my Lord! 

All that is a side note to what I wanted to say. I have learn a lot about God's will and sovereignty from watching my children. He is my latest example. Warren has been rolling over, a lot. But once he is on his stomach, he gets angry and annoyed. So, I graciously stop what I am doing and push him back to his back. I warn him that he doesn't like his stomach. But does he listen? No, just because he knows how to do something, he thinks it is the best way. He flips over shortly and gets mad again. I also have to strap him in his chair now because he tries to escape. I know he might enjoy his freedom for a little while, but he would quickly become frustrated. 


This started me thinking about rules and events in my life I don't enjoy. Sometimes I make my life unpleasant because I think I know the right way and I don't follow God's way. Sometimes a rule seems bothersome, but it is there to keep me safe. I am thankful I have a Heavenly Father who doesn't grow weary or tired because I am so often like a small child, doing the same stupid thing over and over again. 

Children are a wonderful picture of this to me. Often when I am telling them to do something that they don't enjoy, but that I know is good for them or will make them stronger, I think about God's ways being not my ways and his thoughts higher than my thoughts. It is a good reminder to trust him. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Warnie

He's such a happy baby. 



And he loves his feet.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Daddy?

"Daddy?" Martin said as we flipped through a catalog. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Challah and Calvinball

Hello, amazingly, delicious bread!! Why have I never made you before? 

I will post the recipe soon. It is really just bread with extra eggs and butter in the dough. I threw it in the KitchenAid, let it rise for 2 hours, punched it down, let it rise 1 hour, rolled it out and braided it, let it rise 30 minutes, and baked it. ATK says it makes the best French toast, but who would let it get old enough for French toast? It is too good. 


Martin decided to play a game with the baby. They wore special hats, hit the stuffed lion with a feather duster, and carried a basketball around. My sister said it looked like Calvinball. Ha ha. 




Friday, March 27, 2015

English Muffins

Have you made English muffins yet? They are so easy and delicious!! I was feeling like one for breakfast this morning. So, I threw a batch together and had them warm for lunch. They are pretty incredible. I make mine all whole wheat, but you can use white flour or a mixture. Plus, they cook in a pan on the stove. 

Our favorite ways to eat them:
Toasted with butter (and honey or jam)
Mini pizzas (slice in half, top with tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings - broil for a few minutes)
As sandwich bread
As hamburger rolls

Enjoy! 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Boys

Warren is moving much sooner than Martin. He rolled all over the floor last night before bed. His head hits the ground with a "thunk" each time he flips over. It doesn't deter him though. Over he flips again with a huge grin on his face. He also is trying to crawl. I am not ready for that yet. 

Martin will be happy once Warren can play with him... Until he takes his toys. Ha ha. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Great For You!

Really WalMart? Vegetable oil is great for you? Should I drink a glass with my breakfast each morning? 

Also, has anyone else read the ingredients in vegetable oil? All it includes is soybean oil. So, why isn't it called soybean oil? I am so confused. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In lieu of a measuring cup

I needed to make 4 pans of brownies for a church fundraiser and both my liquid measuring cups were in the dishwasher, which was running.  What to do? What to do? Then I remembered that there are measuring lines imprinted right on the sides on Mason jars. 

Ps. The brownies seemed to turn out normal using this method.