July 6, 2010

I Made Bread!

Posted in Random, That's life tagged , , at 4:55 pm by askandimagine

It’s funny how some things in life you will never do unless you absolutely have to. Making bread is definitely one of those things for me. Especially living 2 minutes away from a grocery store; it is SOO much faster to buy rather than labor for a fresh loaf.

Nevertheless, I was blessed a couple of months ago with a bread machine. I had been told that I could save some money by just making my own bread. This is understandably so, as we (the two of us) go through about a loaf and a half each week.

So after having this bread machine stare at me for about a month (at times while I was even eating store bough bread), I finally decided to go ahead and try it.

First let me explain that it was a unique situation that led me to do this with such urgency and determination. While everyone loves a three day weekend, it not as fun when your waiting for a check to come in. Low and behold the usual happened: we ran out of bread…

“Nobody panic! We have flour, yeast, so all is not lost,” I thought. Long story short, after 3 hours and 40 minutes, some weird sounds, and uncertainty as to whether or not the bread would rise, a small loaf of fresh baked bread emerged! It definitely tasted different than usual, but it was fresh  and free of preservatives and God knows what else.

After tasting success, I’m thinking I might just have to keep the trend going. I bought some unbleached whole wheat flour – unbleached, since I’m planning on making this as healthy and as tasty as possible – and a 3 pack of QuickRise yeast. Who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to really make bread. After all, I did make chipates 2 days later, which do require kneading and using a rolling pin…My Kenyan friends would be proud 🙂

May 27, 2010

Syncing Up with God

Posted in Revelations, That's life tagged , at 11:19 pm by askandimagine

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SO …today was a pretty productive day! I did some laundry, dishes, reading…pretty much tackeled some things on my never ending to do list. But this one simple task went wrong!!

I planned on exercising and wanted to put a sermon on my phone to keep my brain occupied. I asked my husband to do this for me and explicitly ( I think) made the statement “make sure you don’t sync it with Media Player”…Low and behold this is exactly what happened. I said a few silent prayers and was willing to except that some songs were added but really concerned about loosing some pre-historic music from another computer.

Sadly, I did loose the old music and got some music that I really could do with out. I must admit, I did get  PRETTY ANGRY for a hot minute. After I came to my senses (I did realize that with some effort I could rebuild my collection) it occurred to me that God might be speaking.

This is what I got:

Syncing up with God is of the same concept. For us to be more like Him not only do we get to receive and enjoy the many riches of His presence, but we have to let go of some things that we have held on to for a long time. The new material may be  blessings of all shapes and sizes: endless  love,  provision, wisdom, mercy, grace, etc. On the other hand, old ways of thinking, habbits, and the usual way of life most likely  need to be “deleted” from our memory drive <get it?? …hehe>.

If we want to be synced up with God, which is the goal of every believer,  we must not only be willing to receive but to surrender all that we have. Not knowing what was completely a part of my husband’s collection, I knew that some stuff was in common, but a lot wasn’t. In the same way, as He lives in us (after the old man has been cut off) there are things in us that are Christ like and can stay. This could be giftings He has placed in us or maybe areas where He has already worked on. The other character traits, those of the flesh, must go. There may be several times in your life where you will need to be synced up with God. It’s a process, be encouraged!!

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Hopefully, I didn’t look too deep into this issue, but even if I did maybe it made it all worth it. I’m felling much better now and have all the more reason to purchase some new mp3s!