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Friday, November 2, 2018

Updates

And 2 months later ...

We have been busy.

September saw me primarily in the print shop at church.
30,000 Tagalog John and Romans being assembled for the Philipines.
I have enjoyed working usually 2 days a week in the shop for the past 3 months.
Sometimes collating,
sometimes inspecting and boarding,
sometimes using the glue binder.
We collated the last one yesterday,
now there are just about 5,000 left to bind!

Our big event was in October.
We took a road trip to Tampa, FL.
Some of our friends were attending a Baptist World Mission Conference
and seeking to be appointed as missionaries to Colombia.
Hubby and I went with them to watch their four littles during the day.
It was a ministry slightly out of our comfort zone,
but it was the right thing to do.
While we were there,
we were able to catch up with our nephew and his family.
They were home from Colombia for a brief time.
We enjoyed meeting our "great-nieces" and appreciated their love of family.
We also caught up one morning with one of hubby's sisters :)

We have also been editing hubby's new study in Isaiah.
After 3 years, it is finally nearing completion.
It will be published in 3 volumes.
Volumes 1 and 2 have been edited and physical copies ordered
and we are into volume 3.

We also had a missions conference at our own church which involved many nights
as well as meals for missionaries.
We really enjoyed the missionaries and a challenge to pray specifically.

The first care package idea went off fairly well.
We did an "open when" package.
The package was filled with letters labeled on the outside with "open when ..."
Church members wrote notes corresponding to the topic and some even stuck in little surprises.
"Open when you feel sick."  -  I included some Emergen-C
"Open when you feel bored." - one lady included word puzzles
"Open when you are tired." - an encouragement to rest, and a package of instant mocha
You get the idea.
We even put together an evangelistic box for a summer intern from hubby's work.

Now we are collecting food items for one more box before the end of the semester.
This is a great opportunity for new members at church to be involved
or even for those who are still deciding but want to have some ministry opportunity.
The students gave me some of their likes and wish lists were made available to the church.

Hubby has at least 2 more teaching opportunities this 2018.
I will be attempting Children's Church with the littlest people (2-5) in the month of November.

Soon we will be into the holidays,
so we will be searching for a family to adopt for the day.
Or maybe this year it will just be quiet holidays ...
with some extra rest.

I hope you will forgive the lack of posts.
Rejoice with us at God's provision of ministry opportunities.
God is faithful.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Always Faithful

So this week I am back to preparing an offertory for Sunday.
I have found that when the words of the hymn really mean something to me,
my nerves are lessened.
This week, I am dwelling on the words to 

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

“Great is Thy faithfulness!”
 “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

The world is ever-changing,
but He is faithful.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Sticking Power

Happy Labor Day, ALL!
We are enjoying a day off in celebration of all of hubby's daily labors.
I did a little babysitting this morning,
but then we enjoyed the afternoon together and even got to the big city of Asheville!

On another note ... MUFFINS!
Muffins are just convenient.
They are portion controlled.
They usually travel fairly well.
They cover snacks or meals.
It's a win-win when they are not sugar bombs.

So here's one with some sticking power - 
whole grains and protein - 
oh, and some veggies too!
We enjoyed them for breakfast - 
but they also make great snacks and/or small lunches.


Protein Muffins

8 slices bacon (I use precooked chicken bacon)
3 eggs
1 1/4 c milk
1 c cheddar shreds
2 cups oat flour (just throw oats in a blender and blend till flour consistency)
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 TBSP sage
1/2 bell pepper chopped
1 c chopped spinach
2 TSBP coconut oil or butter

Set oven to 350*
Cook bacon and when cool chop into pieces
Mix dry ingredients with a fork
Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spatula
Divide between 12 muffin molds
Make about 25 minutes.

Friday, August 31, 2018

What's Missing?


Old

New

Look closely ...
What's missing?
I guess there are a couple of things missing.

The bright pillows will be back soon.
The bed skirt can come back soon.
But the headboard is gone.
We decided that rather than battle the bed bugs that had found shelter 
in all of the cracks of the headboard,
we would dispose of the headboard.
So far 5 nights without bites ...


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Anybody Else Like Sleep?

Today, I am thankful for a new sleep aid.
For a while now, I have known that I have mild sleep apnea.
It is nonexistent if I sleep on my side,
so I have tried to stay on my side during the night.
Easier said than done.
I tried to put things along my back that would jar me awake if I were to roll onto my back.
The methods worked slightly, but my sleep was still poor.
My default was to sleep on my back.
We debated sleep studies that would probably lead to CPAP.
Oh, I did not want a CPAP machine!

So I searched and found that for some people with slight apneas,
mandibular adjustment can work.
Basically, that treatment involves pulling the lower jaw in front of the upper jaw.

It seemed far better than the alternative,
so I ordered a device.
Meet the Z Quiet.


WOW!
The first couple of nights were hard - 
slight pain in teeth
and adjustment learning how to swallow with the device in ...
but the results were phenomenal.

Less waking during the night.
No apneas with hubby having to push me back over to my side.
Mornings where I can hop out of bed with hubby.
Energy.  Real energy.
So excited.
Hubby is excited too - 
no more listening to me choking myself 😀

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

For William

While back in NY in June,
we were able to see all of my family.

One nephew reminded me that I do not look like my blog picture.
I am still working on getting an updated one with hubby for our blog profile.

But until then ...
William,
Here is a picture of your aunt ...


I need to stand up straighter ...
but that is the 2018 version of me 😉

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Every Blessing

The song of this week is the hymn "Come Thou Fount."
Hubby and I hope to sing a duet of this old hymn on Sunday.
We are so undeserving of God's blessings and grace ...
but He just gives and gives.

Have you counted your blessings today?

Have you told God how much you appreciate 
all that He has done for you?

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here there by Thy great help I've come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Cooler Meal

What a wonderful Lord's Day we had yesterday ...
food for the soul, encouragement from the saints ...
just an encouraging day.
We have also come off a beautiful 4 days with cooler temps.
I even had the windows open all day one of the days.

We are back to hot temps and my menu plan went out the window.
All we crave is fruit, cold things ...
Well, we need the veggies too,
and the protein.

How about a simple twist on a Potato Salad.
Perfect with a grilled chicken breast, smoked sausage, ...



Creamy Dill Potato and Pea Salad

1 1/2 lbs potatoes
12 oz peas
1/3 c plain greek yogurt
1/4 c mayo
2 tsp dried dill (or 2 TBSP fresh)
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cook cubed potatoes 10-15 minutes.
Add peas last 3 minutes.
Drain.
Mix in remaining items.
Chill.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Forum: Care Packages

Yesterday, I mentioned college care packages.

I have plenty of friends/family in or shortly out of college,
plenty of family looking forward to college,
and many readers who have "been there, done that."

What would you love to see in a care package?

Thrifty ideas?

Theme boxes?

All ideas accepted.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Without a Name

At the beginning of the year,
I mentioned a goal of finding new ministries.

The struggle has been that we wanted to presume on our ministry.
I went to school to be a teacher.
Shouldn't my ministry involve teaching?
Hubby went to school to be a pastor.
Shouldn't his ministry be teaching or preaching?

With a prayer to find our place,
God has continued to show us ministry after ministry.

Sometimes ministry doesn't have a name.
Ministry can be faithfulness in the every day.
Ministry can be a smile.
Ministry can be a note.
Ministry can be just doing what you do.

This week,
I was asked to spearhead the college care packages.
Ministry.
Ministry that I already do.
But I can encourage others while doing it.

Hubby has helped with machine repair.
Hubby has texted Bible verses.
And he has ministered to others.

I write this to encourage you.
Ministry does not always have a name ...
it is not always "pastor," or "teacher," or "deacon,"
or "pianist," or ...

I may still struggle from time to time - 
but I am thankful for the peace and direction right now.