Hello again friends.
I’m so tired going into this weekend. I imagine many of you are as well. Our little boy has been having allergic reactions to many of the foods we tried to introduce, which has led to fairly sleepless nights. Our little girl has been craving mama time, acting out all week long. The weather keeping us cooped up in doors has not helped that one bit.
I hope that you get rest this weekend. Here’s a few links to peruse as you recharge.
Olive Oil Biscuits – these came out super soft and fluffy. I made mine with 3/4 cup homemade yogurt and enough water added to equal 1 cup of watered-down yogurt instead of milk, because we were out of milk.
Commitments for this Year to Build a Sustainable Life by Sally Clarkson – This came as timely reminder to do less, rest more. I have a driven personality and when that combines with not enough sleep/rest I become an unpleasant wife and mama. If you have a similar personality, I think you will find it helpful to read over her goals, and how she strategizes to complete those goals. I’ve set my goals for the year, but have not fully fleshed out what completing them looks like, so that was also helpful.
Practicing Hospitality Imperfectly – “We sometimes must let things be awkward. If every space in an evening or a life must be filled with small talk or inventions of stories, there is no space for the awkward growing pains of maturity to stretch. Being quiet for longer than the noted beat of acceptable silence reminds us in sometimes painful ways that not all is resolved yet, that we are still in process, and in need. Most of us ramble to fill that space and in doing so we crowd out the small voice of the Spirit who may want to move the conversation in another direction entirely. Part of true hospitality is times of quiet, sometimes awkward quiet.”
I read this on Friday, after a discussion with my husband on Thursday night about my habit of filling awkward silences when I ought, instead, to be quiet.
Eight Life Changing Things Someone Taught Me – “When I began to simply hope in His character and not at all in his gifts, everything changed for me. Nothing about life itself changed, but everything about the way I saw him changed.” This is a lesson I learned through the sadness of the past year and half. God is good, even if what He gives or allows is not what I wanted. And that is enough. And then this, referenced in the above article on hospitality: “To be a ‘There you are!’ person, instead of a ‘Here I am,’ person.” This struck me hard. To sit and be shy and wait on someone to notice you is as wrong as blatantly drawing attention to yourself. Both crave attention and are selfish.
Becoming God’s Masterpiece – Part 1 – This is a post by my good friend, Julia. She’s been blogging longer than I have, but took a break around the time that she got married. She’s back, and her writing is sound, scriptural, and interesting. I really enjoyed this lesson on Jeremiah 18:1-6, the explanations of how a potter creates a stunning masterpiece from beginning to end, and how that applies to us.