|Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom|
and all the sweet ladies of Happy Homemaking Monday!
I pray that everyone reading this post had a wonderful weekend and is pumped up, ready to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead in the week before us! I know I am!
Last week I pretty much managed to stay on track in most areas and am hoping that the momentum continues. I got the program totes gone through and organized, and, in the process, I pulled out stuff used in past programs that I can use again in ones that are coming up. That was a huge job, but it's done and I'm thankful! And the Van Gogh room looks AMAZING right now! 😲🌻🌟💓
Let's get started, shall we?
Right now I am...
Finishing up my breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea as I write this post. (Actually, I started working on it yesterday afternoon and am just finishing up the last minute details this morning.)
On the breakfast plate...
Cinnamon-apple oatmeal (old-fashioned oats cooked with a whole, small apple chopped up in it, a tablespoon or so of unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, and stevia) and a steaming cup of plain, black tea
We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning! We woke up to snow yesterday morning, too, but most of it had melted off by evening. This fresh batch overnight brought us 3 or 4 inches of the fluffy white stuff and all the trees are outlined in it. It's so beautiful outside! (In fact, I'm thinking of heading out to the park to see if I can locate some snowy-backed bison to photograph this morning!) Snow chances continue through the rest of the morning hours, then just cold. The forecast shows a high of 31 degrees today, but, when you check the hourly, it's showing a high of 20 degrees this afternoon with an overnight low of 0 degrees and wind chills in the -10 to -20 range...so...back in the deep-freeze we go. The long-range forecast shows a couple of super cold days, then highs in the 30's, 40's, and 50's from there on out. Anyway we go, spring is on the way, so praise the Lord! (This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Amen?)
On my reading pile...
I finally finished reading A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George and, after telling you ladies for weeks how much I love this book, I must say, while the first part of the book was pretty much the same as it had always been (only minor changes and updates had been made here and there), the last two chapters really took me by surprise and left me totally disappointed...the next-to-the-last one especially.
While some scripture was sprinkled throughout, the entire text was filled with fear-producing unbelief. I was left with the feeling that Elizabeth George believes that seeking counsel from people within a church body takes precedence over searching the scriptures (seeking God's advice through His Word was suggested "in addition" to finding it from people in a church) and that, whether in her 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's or beyond there is no good season to a woman's life.
In fact, in the final chapter of the updated and expanded version of A Woman After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth begins by saying, "I don't know about you, but I realize that the reality check we've just been through could be discouraging. It could be a real downer, even the beginning step toward slipping into depression if we aren't careful..." WHAT?!?!? 😨
I'm sorry, but the "reality" that Mrs. George referred to in this statement is so far removed from my own reality, and the reality experienced by the women within my own family and sphere of influence, that it isn't even funny! She doesn't even sound like the same person that wrote the earlier chapters of this book!
Unfortunately, it appears that Elizabeth George has succumbed to the worldliness, pseudo-psychology, and religiosity that is found so prevalent within the modern church of our day,
Sadly, this book that used to mean so much to me...a book that challenged and encouraged me for decades to keep pressing in and keep pressing on...inviting and inspiring me to be all that God created me to be as "a woman after God's own heart"...has suddenly left me with a very bad taste in my mouth.
As I have done dozens of times in the past, I will no longer be gifting women with this book and I, certainly, won't be encouraging women to read it. I was really saddened and surprised (more like shocked) by the additions to this book and the changes that have taken place in Elizabeth George's view of reality as she has aged. It's very disheartening. 😞
|Tongues: Beyond The Upper Room by Kenneth E. Hagin|
Life in the Spirit Study Bible - King James Version
As for my other areas of reading, in addition to my daily Bible-reading schedule and individual study, I am down to the final few chapters of Tongues: Beyond The Upper Room by Kenneth E. Hagin. I am still determined to completely finish it before delving into the next books and study materials on my list.
On the menu this week...
Another week and we're still managing to stay on track with our Dollar S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, Cabinet-Clearing, Clean-Up-The-Food Project For January 2018. I will do an update on our progress a little later in the week. As we head into the third week, here's the plan for this week's menus...
Monday - Breakfast - apple-cinnamon oatmeal
Lunch - leftover homemade pizza
Supper - skillet cheesy chicken and veggie "rice"
Tuesday - Breakfast - cottage cheese on sprouted toast
Lunch - chicken soup and grilled cheese sandwich
Supper - salmon, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts
Wednesday - Breakfast - egg, sliced turkey, and cheese on toast
Lunch - leftover homemade pizza
Supper - stuffed pepper casserole
Thursday - Breakfast - THM pancakes with blueberries and yogurt
Lunch - leftover chicken soup and grilled cheese sandwich
Supper - meatloaf, smashed potatoes, and roasted veggies
Friday - Breakfast - THM pancakes with blueberries and yogurt
Lunch - leftover stuffed pepper casserole
Supper - salmon, baked potatoes, green fryes
Saturday - Breakfast - THM pancakes with blueberries and yogurt
Lunch - homemade macaroni and cheese
Supper - leftovers
Sunday - Breakfast - cottage cheese on sprouted toast
Lunch - leftovers
Supper - chili and crackers
Snacks throughout the week may include smoothies, fresh fruit (apples or oranges), cereal, or popcorn
On my 'to do' list...
- Monday - Plan the week ahead ✅, do weekly "home blessing" ✅, do laundry ✅
- Tuesday - Rest, relax, and work on little individual projects that need tended to
- Wednesday - Present "Birds of a Feather" library program at local library x 2
- Thursday - Run errands with dh
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Co-host baby shower for youngest son and d-i-l (am taking the day off at work)
- Sunday - Church; cousin's get-together
In the craft basket...
Peanut butter pinecone birdfeeders (preparation for library program)
Looking forward to this week...
Getting together with family and friends at the baby shower and getting together with my cousins and their families for an evening of food and fun
From the camera...
I just now took this picture looking out our front door. It is a view of the field across from our house. As I look at it, I can't help but think how much it looks like a scene that Andrew Wythe might have painted. I am posting an example of what I'm talking about below.
|The Field Across From Our House|
|An Andrew Wythe Painting|
Until Next Time...
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