Monthly Archives: October 2008

4 Tips for Waiting on Our God Who Moves Like a Steady, Slow Glacier

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We serve a God whose calendar moves by millennia, not minutes, and who thinks in terms of generations, not seasons. Unless we understand this about God-that He moves by millennia, not minutes-we will never understand His ways with us.”

Abraham’s excruciating exercise of waiting marks the essence of the Christian life. The psalmist, though full of hope, recognizes that God’s blessings do not always come with the speed of a bullet, but rather with the slow, steady approach of a glacier.”

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6).

One thing is clear: God won’t be rushed. Without a willingness to wait, we will be regularly frustrated with God and may become disillusioned with our faith. God never promises us that our present circumstances will always make sense. Sometimes, we’ll have to wait until the present becomes the past before what we are going through becomes even remotely understandable.”

Waiting has always been hard for me. My kiddos can attest to that. Of course God knows this. So, I appreciate words that help me put into perspective God’s perspective on waiting. The above comes from a chapter titled “That Excruciating Exercise: The Discipline of Waiting” in Gary Thomas’ book Authentic Faith.

I know God’s perspective in my head but not in impatient bones and fretful heart!  I gleaned the following from this chapter on how to wait well.

  1. Pursue and do, on a regular basis, thoughts and activities that inspire you.
  2. Pitch those activities and thoughts which numb you, zap your strength, foster a sense of rebellion or entitlement, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity.
  3. Do what it takes to put your hope in God’s Word.
  4. Remind yourself that God moves by millenia, not minutes.

Waiting, for the believer, is not the futile and desperate act of those who have no other options, but rather a confident trust that eventually God will set things right” (Thomas, 40).

I’m listening to some music this morning to ready my soul as I get ready for my day.

Do you have other ideas about how to help me become a better wait-er?

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Looking For the wRight Name

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“Decaf Skinny Latte Extra Hot 4 Pepper.”

“Pepper?”

Oh yeah, that’s me. I’m Pepper. (Smile.) When I go someplace where I have to leave a name in order to get my merchandise, I often leave an “experimental” name.

Why? I’m still trying to figure out who I am. And even though I’ll be done with my MA by late August 2009, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

So, I try out names. Today the name Pepper came to me. I was thinking of black pepper. Since antiquity, black pepper was prized for its flavor and medicinal properties and was used as legal tender (for taxes and rent to name a few). If a peppercorn was dropped, it was searched for until found as if it was a pearl. From the 1840’s on pepper had the figurative meaning of spirit or energy which was shortened to pep.

I like those attributes. But I think I’ll still keep on trying other names.

While I may not have all the answers about who I am, I have all the answers as to WHOSE I AM. God’s precious daughter. I am His chosen, adopted child who can never be snatched out of His hand. For more of who I am go here.

Have you ever given an “experimental” name before? Why? What was it?

Hello Elizabeth, This Post Is 4 U; Plus Google Reader Warning

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Elizabeth recently signed up with Google Reader and is thrilled with it. “I keep waiting for something from you on Google Reader. C’mon it can be a short post,” she said to me today. Daughters, even very sweet and intelligent ones, can be bossy sometimes. 🙂

But because I’m such a loving mom, here’s my post. With a tip even. About Google Reader. Sign up with caution. Those 5 or so blogs that you first put in, GROW very quickly. Toward the end of my time with Reader, I  easily had 100 blogs. What normal person can keep up with that many blogs?

Now, I’m back to a reasonable number: the blogs of my family and friends.

Oops. I lied. After a check I see that I do have some other blogs on there. Some of these might surprise you. Like . . . .

  • Best Article Everyday: That way I don’t have to look for them, they come to me.
  • Camian Academy: Cool homeschoolers doing cool learning.
  • Medical Ice:  Dr. Shuwarger, an OB-GYN from Virginia, USA is spending a 20 week tour of duty from Oct 2008-Feb 2009 at McMurdo Station in Antarctica as their staff physician. Lots of cool info about Antartica.
  • Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles: “Mother of a former 24-week micro-preemie. Determined advocate for the tiniest of babies. Firm believer in faith and miracles.” Inspirational and educational.
  • PhoenicieKonnection:  Great way to keep connected with some friends living in the Middle East.
  • Sunday Scrappin’ is a “weekly blog meme for paper crafters.”  This is just a tease as I have yet to actualize any of the assignments or even my own ideas.
  • Too Many Recipes and “not enough time to try them all.” It really is funny that I look at cooking blogs, magazines or trade recipes. As that act seems to imply some intention of actually cooking. Don’t have much intention here, for the most part.

At some other time, I’ll point out the blogs that I know and check on without the help of Reader.

If you feel like it, share some of the blogs that you read that might surprise us.

Pumpkin Fudge Just Got Pumpkinier

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Pumpkin Fudge is my latest love. I found the original recipe at HD Mac’s Crafty Blog and More at this post. Be sure to check out Marcia’s blog; the crafts, recipes, challenges and more will give you a lot of good ideas and reading material.

Now, onto the recipe. I even improved on it – in my opinion anyway. I don’t care for butterscotch chips, so, it’s not too surprising I didn’t love the original recipe. I substituted white chips for the butterscotch chips. The pumpkin taste is much more pronounced now.

And I made it in the microwave. I started off by using the Fantasy Fudge microwave recipe on the marshmallow creme bottle. I love easy!

Susan’s Microwavable Pumpkin Fudge (Be careful this mixture gets very bubbly and very hot in the microwave.)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Butter or Margarine (I used butter.)
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
  • 1 12oz Package Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels
  • 7 Ounces Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • OPTIONAL: 1 Cup of Chopped Pecans

Microwave Instructions

  1. Put the butter in the bowl and heat on HIGH until melted  – about 1  minute.
  2. Stir in Sugar, Evaporated Milk, and Pumpkin. Mix well.
  3. Microwave mixture on high 3 minutes, stir.
  4. Two minutes, stir.
  5. Three minutes, stir.
  6. Two and one half minutes, stir. Check temperature. See Note at the end of the recipe.
  7. Microwave two minutes more if needed, stir.
  8. Gradually stir in white chips.

      Add the following to the bowl, mixing until well blended. Be careful this mixture is very bubbly and hot!

    1. 7 Ounces Marshmallow Creme
    2. 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
    3. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    4. OPTIONAL: 1 Cup of Chopped Pecans would make a nice addition.
    5. And then:

      1. Pour quickly pour into a greased 13×9 baking pan, spreading just until even.
      2. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares.
      3. Store tightly wrapped in refrigerator.

      Note: At this point (Step 6) I used my candy thermometer to see how hot the mixture was. It needs to be 234 degrees Fahrenheit. Both times I made this, I needed to add Step 7 and cook for two more minutes. My microwave is 1000 watts. From now on I won’t have to check the temperature at Step 6.

      Let me know if you make this. How did it turn out? Any additions? Suggestions?

      CNC Women, Want Some Good News? Me, too!

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      Our venue for Retreat 2009 has now been confirmed. So, go grab your calendar for June 2009. We will have the opportunity to spend a lovely weekend at Zephyr Point Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7th.

      We have some more good news! The 60 beds that we were able to reserve are ALL in a lodge.

      We will have more Retreat information next month. But while you are waiting for more good news from us, start saving about $5.00 a week and you’ll have the room paid off in no time.

      How to Get Out of the Gutter

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      “We are all in the gutter.” Irish poet Oscar Wilde

      Whether you look for your news via the Internet, magazines, TV newscasts or newspapers, it’s unlikely it’ll bring a smile to your face. We are all knee-deep in bad news about politics, the economy and human relationships. Many of us feel the need for some hope, some good times, some way to get through the bad news.

      We all want to have a reason to put a smile on our faces.

      Oscar Wilde finishes his above quote with some advice Abraham (from the Old Testament) took and some advice we can take:

      “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

      By shifting our gaze and keeping our eyes on the stars and the unconditional covenant they represent, our outlook can change. I’ll be looking up so that I don’t even notice (too much) the gutter that I’m living in. One day, I’ll be exchanging this gutter for Heaven. And while I’m here in the gutter, I’ll look at the One who made the unconditional covenant with His people.

      Our Heavenly Father has been, is and will be eternally faithful to keeping His promises to us.

      These are promises of safety, power over sinful desires, guidance, financial peace, and joy. The best promise is the forever relationship we can have with the Creator of the universe.

      So, tonight instead of listening to the news before bedtime, I’ll be taking a nip outside to do some star-gazing and promise-remembering

       

       

       

       

       

      Social Media is Great, But Takes Time to Stay Updated

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      I love emails, Twitter, Facebook and of course this blog. But the older I get, the harder it is to multi-task. I just can’t seem to cover all the bases all the time. Nor do I want to anymore.

      Right now I can be found at Facebook. Come on over to see what I’ve been doing according to the blurbs I drop about my life. I think you can find me here.

      Are you on Facebook too? How can I find you and read about your life snippets?