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Aug
26

The Roller Coaster of Motherhood

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I just couldn’t shake the nagging nausea. I hoped it wasn’t the flu that was going around. The surprise I felt when a fellow teacher suggested I might be pregnant led me to a pregnancy test which brought even more surprise – and delight! The mixture of nagging nausea and surprise and joy should have tipped me off to what was ahead. However I was much too young and inexperienced at life in general to understand that the journey into motherhood would forever change everything about me.

Now some 30+ years later, my four children continue to stretch me and delight me and scare me and change me.

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8As of late, I’ve been thinking more about food. My husband and I have been on a quest to get healthier, lose weight, and exercise more. We’ve taken some time to evaluate our food habits. We’ve identified some pits that we often fall in (M & M’s and late night Honey Nut Cheerios) and made plans to avoid them. We’ve stocked our refrigerator with healthier foods and taken to the treadmill.

One thing I’ve definitely become more aware of is that some foods satisfy hunger much better than others. Another thing I’ve found is that some foods actually increase my hunger.

While physical hunger drives us to choices, both good and bad, spiritual hunger can also drive us to choices, both good and bad.

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Lawrence2015Holiday-84A quiet expectancy dances in my heart. The holiday season is on my doorstep.

I prepare to receive my family and guests. Meals are planned as my daughter and I make the menu and think of the favorite recipes each family member loves. There will be smoked turkey this year. A green bean casserole that is made from scratch – no canned mushroom soup in this one. Sweet potato casserole (recipe follows) and mashed potatoes, too. Macaroni and Cheese made with smoked Gouda and other delightful cheeses. Dressing and a special cranberry sauce. Purple hull peas and piping hot rolls with butter. Cheesecake and Maple Walnut Cream Pie and Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Snicker Doodles. Carbohydrates and sugars will be temporarily welcomed to the table in great numbers. Old and new recipes guide our work. (Ah, so many good recipes and so little time to both prepare them and eat them.)The cooking has already begun.  Last minute trips to the grocery have happened and will continue to happen. 

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cookie

It began as a thought. An inconsequential thought that danced through my mind.

“Do you like cookies, cakes, or pies better?”

No doubt, I thought. Cookies. Yep, I love cookies. I love the texture. The chewiness.  

Then I began to envision THE cookie.  A dark chocolate chip cookie with oatmeal and pecans or walnuts.  Now for those of you who know my family, I am not talking about Eddie’s favorite cookies, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, which are not a cookie at all because they are not even baked! He often mentions these cookies and church members will bring him batches of them to show their love. We even got a batch after my surgery. (How does that work? It’s my surgery and he gets his favorite cookies!)

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Jul
11

Where Love is Enthroned

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To be truly loved is to experience being known and accepted by another. This love, while accepting you where you are, also invites you to become all you are created to be.

The human heart was created to live in a perpetual state of love and acceptance. With the fall of mankind came sin and when sin entered, so did also the failure of relationships. From the initial moments of Adam and Eve’s blaming and hiding until the moment of time in which we live, humans have struggled to know true love and acceptance, both with God and with others.

Yet  God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (Ephesians 2:4) has done everything necessary for us to find this true love and acceptance through the gift of His Son, Jesus.

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