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Friday Five (on Saturday)


So, I know it’s a day late, but here is our Friday Five. :)

But before we start with that, look who’s home:

She got in during the wee hours of this morning. We slept in late, had a special breakfast, had friends and family drop in, and tonight we are spoiling Rebekah with all of her favorite foods.  :)

1. Reading:

Just finished up A Woman’s Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything and I highly recommend it. It was challenging, comforting, convicting and extremely practical.

2. Working on: 

Art for a series of Vintage Style Watercolors that I am painting. I love sketches of children playing outside and enjoying wholesome pursuits. I am hoping to have prints made of this series to sell in local shops. 

3. Learning

A little more about using whole grains. This week I made this simple salad using bulgar (1 cup bulgar soaked in 1 cup water for an hour), chopped avocado, red onion, chopped tomato and lemon juice. It was very easy to make and delish.

 I also made homemade Larabars.

I used use the food processor to chop each ingredient separately and then I mixed them together by hand: chop to two bags of pitted dates, 10 oz. cashews, 5 oz. almonds, 4 oz. Blueberry Craisins, and 1 cup mini chocolate chips with a splash of vanilla.

Then I pressed them into a glass pan lined with wax paper and refrigerated them for two hours. Cut and store in tupperware.

* Next time I make them I may try to add a tiny bit of blueberry juice to make them a little more sticky. But they are delish!

I am also excited to try several different flavors. Perhaps orange craisins next time with chocolate. Oh, are these supposed to be healthy? Ahem.

And Hope made these little guys out of biscuits:

4. Pondering:

These quotes:

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” – Jerry Bridges

My stomach literally turned as I read this sad account of a young, Christian woman who died of anorexia at the age of 30. She was 66 pounds. Even more upsetting was the take of the Christian periodical that reported it. I was saddened because as a disciple of Jesus Christ, she didn’t have to let this sin control her. Tragic Death and the Gospel.

“Too often, we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated. We are simply disobedient. It might be good if we stop using the terms victory and defeat to describe our progress in holiness. Rather, we should use the terms obedience and disobedience. When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may in fact be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey.
We need to brace ourselves up and to realize that we are responsible for thoughts, attitudes, and actions. We need to reckon on the fact that we died to sin’s reign, that it no longer has any dominion over us, that God has united us with the risen Christ in all His power and has given us the Holy Spirit to work in us. Only as we accept our responsibility and appropriate God’s provisions will we make any progress in our pursuit of holiness.”  Jerry Bridges

5. Planning

We have National Hoops coming to our church this week and are excited about this Evangelistic Outreach to the area of Brockton. I am hosting Mother’s Day for my mom, so I have a special meal to plan. We also are running around getting Bek ready for her missions trip. She leaves in two weeks!

How about you? What are you reading right now? Learning? Did you find the article about the young girl who died of anorexia as upsetting as I did?