Menu Plan Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

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MONDAY
Lunch – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Dinner- Cowboy Crockpot Casserole

TUESDAY
Lunch- Do Overs (from the weekend)
Dinner- Lasagna from my neighbor, Kelley!

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Buffalo Corn Chowder
Dinner- Pork Chops, Gr. Beans, Potatoes

THURSDAY
Lunch- Deli Meat Sandwiches, Fresh Veggies
Dinner – Chicken Gumbo, Crockpot

FRIDAY
Lunch-
Dinner- Chilton Chili over Mashed Potatoes

SATURDAY
Lunch- Eggs
Dinner – Stuffed Peppers, Br. Rice

SUNDAY
Lunch- Old Fashion Beef Stew
Dinner- Turkey Wraps & veggies

More ideas at www.orgjunkie.com

Delighted

This morning, while using a prayer guide that Chilly posted yesterday, I was stopped in my tracks by a verse I’ve read many times. To keep it short, I’ll use bullet points to share what God’s Truth spoke to me.

Psalm 27:4
“The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

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DELIGHTING!

– The Hebrew word means “Bold. To see.”
– Also means “To look intensely with gratification”

Gratification?

– in English, “gratification” means “to give pleasure or to
have desires satisfied”

Oh my word!

– If I look intensely at Jesus my desires will be satisfied.
– This is because He IS my satisfaction!!!!
– He
– IS
– my
– satisfaction!

He is more than ENOUGH!

-When I’m intensely focused on Jesus, my heart
remembers that HE is all I need.

-When I let my mind get distracted from this
one thing then I easily forget.

HE
IS
ENOUGH

Just One Word

This post isn’t one word… but my focus is.
I asked the Lord to give me one word for this year;
one word to focus on, remember, strive towards, etc.

This morning while reading in Matthew, He very firmly
spoke the word, “TRUTH.”

It makes perfect sense to me.
I’m a “people person,”
And “people persons” really like
people… not a problem.
But they also really want people
to like them…. problem.

Over the years Jesus has taught me more
about obeying Him regardless of what other
people may think or say. But their words
can still mess with my head.

-Stuff I overhear
-Things I think they think
-Knowing I didn’t live up to their expectations
(even if they were totally way off & unrealistic)
– Trying to anticipate their reactions
-Wondering if I shoulda-woulda-coulda…
sigh
You get the picture

All this boils down to…
Who do I want to listen to?
Cuz whoever I listen will prove who I really trust!

He IS Truth!

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth
and the life…”

Normal, Common, Regular

“How was your day, today?”

“Regular.”

This conversation used to happen between
my daughter and her friend, Satina.
We always got a kick out of her
use of the work, “regular.”
Other people usually say words like,
“fine” or “good.” Her day was usually
just, “regular!” (I love that girl!)

Honesty, that word describes most of my
days, too. As a stay-home-mom I do nearly
the exact same tasks every day/week.
Not much changes. And since my five kids
range from ages 7 to 22
(only four are still at home), I’ve been
doing these daily jobs for 22 years with MANY
more years to come! Many!
The real kicker is that these
jobs are never, ever “completed.” NEVER!

As soon as I clear & scrub the sink,
someone eats again!
(how dare they?)

No sooner do I sweep our gorgeous wooden
floors & the dog saunters through the room &
disperses his hair to every corner.
(What does he have against me?)

Laundry is put away just about the time
someone dumps dinner on their clothing!
(Seriously?)

You know exactly what I’m saying!

Very few areas of my life offer that
wonderful satisfaction of “a job well done”
because nothing is ever DONE!
This reflects the “stay-at-home-mom” life.

Unrelated side note:
Recently when I called myself a stay-home-mom
a lady said to me,
“Oh, you shouldn’t feel bad that you
live with your Mom.”
WHAT? Come on!!
(but this is another topic altogether!
)

Regular. Common. Normal.
That’s my daily life.

All throughout the Old Testament the Bible
refers to the “Holy and the Unholy,”
the “Sacred and the Common.”
My daily life feels like it belongs in
the later of each of these comparisons.
And yet… it does NOT!

Everything my hand finds to do is
for God’s glory.
It’s all for Him.
It feels “regular,” but my feelings lie.
Whatever I do, I do it all for the
glory of God!
This makes the common task HOLY!
(Scripture references are from 1 Cor. 10:31 and
Col. 3:17)

Take heart, my fellow moms!
Chin up, faithful employee
with “menial tasks.”
Our attitude of praise & glory to God
converts our “normal regular stuff”
into holy, God-glorifying
jobs of great importance!

Yes, I’m a “stay-home-mom” but I’m far from common!

4 Days in Detroit, 2014

It’s a fantastic blend of summer youth camp and a missions trip.
We call it “4Days.”
Last week, teenagers & leaders from various places in Michigan,
Kansas and Iowa joined us in Detroit.
-The mornings provided excellent teaching for the students;
adult leaders were part of a mentorship session at the same time.

– Lunch was served by lovely volunteers from here in Detroit
and all the way from north Chicagoland!

– Teams went into several parks near our church building and
played games, told stories & testimonies, painted faces, laughed,
danced hugged, hosted a three day 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament, & we all made
friends with the lovely people in Southwest Detroit.

– After enjoying dinner at one of the glorious Detroit restaurants
(and I am NOT being sarcastic! We have great ones), everyone
met back at the building to have a meaningful evening service of
ministry, growth & change through the Holy Spirit.
Chilly spoke the 1st & 4th evenings, Dave Barringer & Kevin Berry
on nights two and three. Powerful, specific, life-changing!

The final evening ended with a service in the park and a number
of our neighbors accepted Jesus as their Savior & Lord! (One of those
new friends attended Courage Church Sunday morning and brought all
of her family!!!! Praise Jesus!)

Much of last week I happily captured on our Courage Church instagram,
so I didn’t have much opportunity to post things in my own instagram.
So now I will share some pictures with you…
I mean… I will bombard you with photos from last week!
(Hershal made an appearance in the park, too… but I didn’t get
a picture of that. Maybe I’ll track one down cuz I know my Mom
(and a few of you) would like to see his crazy face!

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Claudia & Stephanie (the wonderful lunch ladies) finishing out our week by eating Taco Truck food in the McDonald's play land with our kids!

Claudia & Stephanie (the wonderful lunch ladies) finishing out our week by eating Taco Truck food in the McDonald’s play land with our kids!

What a wonderful week! People met Jesus, we all enjoyed each other’s company and
lives (including everyone who attended) were changed!
Thank you to everyone who came, prayed, provided financing, etc!

A Proper Home

I excel at DIY projects… in my heart, at least.
But in reality I make a big mess, and when it’s all finished
words like “crooked” or “splotchy” come to mind.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to know how to build & create beautiful
things that function well?

Leadership is like building, but fortunately for me,
it never requires things that are purchased from Home Depot or Lowes.
In 2 Corinthians 13:10b, Paul says,
“I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to build you up, not to tear you down.”

In this verse the phrase “build up” means constructive criticism and instruction
that builds a person up to be the suitable dwelling place of God
,
to make a suitable place where the Lord is “at home.”
What a thrill! Our job as a spiritual leader is to help others grow and
serve Jesus in a way that makes their lives a comfortable home for JESUS!

I may not be gifted at interior decorating, and I’m certainly not
good at DIY projects, but I CAN encourage and instruct others as
I whole-heartedly follow Jesus. If I am dedicated, faithful and
open myself up to those who are following me then I become a decorator!
Imagine it! Me… and YOU…
creating a comfortable & proper home for GOD Himself!!!

Eat your heart out HGTV!

Menu Plan Monday, July 21, 2014

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MONDAY- Grilled Sausage, fettuccine noodles, corn, cucumber salad

TUESDAY- Crock Pot Messy Max’s (aka – sloppy joe’s)

WEDNESDAY – Mexican Beef Stew & Crackers

THURSDAY – Ravioli Crockpot Casserole

FRIDAY – Taco Truck (one of many in SW Detroit)

SATURDAY – Pasta (made from spiral cut egg plant), grilled Italian sausage

SUNDAY – Grilled Chicken, Grilled Broccoli, Rice

more ideas at OrgJunkie