Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The smell of home....

Ok I'm no photographer but I wanted to share a new family staple. BANANA BREAD! I attempted this for the first time on Friday so we could have something different and yummy for Shabbat breakfast. It came out yummy and now is something my husband has asked me to make often. I've actually baked another loaf already this week! 

I also made a loaf of white bread. That was much harder to do than the banana bread. But I'm learning and I'm very excited about the possibilities. I've really come up with some creative new dishes for our family this week. The hubby is well please! 

Being a wife is not an easy job, but I'm taking it day by day and trying to learn so I can get better. I have some moments where I feel defeated but I'm working on it. Prayerfully I will be able to develop a schedule soon that allows me to get everything done and I won't feel overwhelmed. 

Every wise woman buildeth her house: 
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.  
                      -Proverbs 14:1

Friday, September 17, 2010

Preparation Day!

It's preparation day again! Oh how I love the smells that come from my kitchen on this day! I've been getting more and more tired lately, this little one is draining my energy. So I do most of the cleaning on Thursday and do my cooking on Friday. It works for us so far. 

I'm very excited this Shabbat in particular because we have a new stove! Our old oven was broken and the maintenance man thought he could fix it. But we prayed and prayed for a new stove and God provided! Now we finally have a working oven, and its new! I have a delicious smelling banana bread baking now and I have dough for a white bread rising. I'm so excited about having fresh bread. We don't eat eggs so I can't make Challah but I think any bread would be just as much a blessing to have. 

I'm still struggling with what to do with my almost 2 year old on Shabbat when there is no tv. She is active but she's not so great at keeping herself entertained. She LOVES attention. I'm sure it's my fault I talked to her NON-STOP since she was a day old. She's always had all of my attention, so I can't be mad at her for wanting it now. I pray she will be ok when the baby comes along. I'm 23 weeks now so time is moving quickly. 

This Shabbat we plan to rest at home and do some studying and reading. I usually find either a Jewish or Christian video to watch and we will have some time to relax and watch a movie that keeps our priorities in order. If any one has any advice for making Shabbat special for very young children please share. Money is tight right now so instead of making three full meals as I usually do I  will be making two meals. One for tonight just after sun set, and one for tomorrow. We'll snack on left overs in between and the breads that I'm making. 

I pray that everyone has a Blessed and Restful Shabbat! 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A song that's on my heart..

painting by: Rhea Brown

Abba Father
by Ron Hamilton

Father, hold me safe in Your arms;
Father keep me free from all harm.
I cast my care on You Just like a child should do
Trusting, loving all that You are.

Abba Father, I rest in You;
You're always faithful,
You're always true.
Abba, Father, You are my song
Though clouds are dark,
Though night is long.
I cry to You, Abba Father.

Father, help me lean on You more
Through each valley, through ev'ry storm
Help me when I can't see Your will is best for me;
Love me, hold me sheltered and warm.

Abba Father, I rest in You;
You're always faithful,
You're always true.
Abba, Father, You are my song
Though clouds are dark,
Though night is long.
I cry to You, Abba Father.

Father, mold me, make me like new,
Guide my footsteps, keep my heart true
So that the world may see your like-ness lives in me.
Break me, shape me, make me like You.

Abba Father, I rest in You;
You're always faithful,
You're always true.
Abba, Father, You are my song
Though clouds are dark,
Though night is long.
I cry to You, Abba Father.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Woohoo I'm BACK!!

WOW! It’s been SOOOOOO LONG! During this time I’ve seen had some really low valleys, thanks to my own doings, and I’ve experienced some really high peaks! Through all God has been SO GOOD! I really clung to Psalm 38:21-22, although ALL of Psalm 38 rang true.

21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

As times got better in seemed Psalm 40 was exactly what I needed to read.

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.

10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Though it hasn’t been easy with His help I’ve gotten back on my feet! Now my life is in a brand new phase. My wonderful man and I were married a little over a week ago and we are finally in a position to make right our past wrongs! We finally are walking on HIS path and not our own. Granted we are both new to His Word, and we both are learning, but its just so exciting to be shedding the worldliness that covered us! I learned through this all that being set apart is a JOURNEY. Its not always an easy one and at times we may fail but HE is always with us!

In other exciting news, we are expecting our second child! What a blessing! Although it was unexpected and didn’t come about in the best of circumstances I know that the Most High can use this for His glory and that He will!
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. -Psalm 127:3-5

I’ve also been able to do A LOT of studying lately and we’ve been learning more about the Hebrew roots of our faith. There is SO MUCH to learn but The Lord has led us to keeping the Sabbath which we have been doing faithfully for over a month. Also we are preparing to celebrate these upcoming fall Feasts. We’re depending on the guidance of HIM and so far we’ve had a lot revealed to us. Its amazing what you get when you ask!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you -Matthew 7:7

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