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Sometimes, you need a healthy muffin. Not all muffins can be the fluffy, delicious, thousand-calorie-per-bite muffins that dwell in pastry cases. But, just because it's good for you doesn't mean it has to taste like dirt either. Say hello to whole grain carrot muffins.Read More
She Reads Truth posted a challenge to their readers during Lent. Every Friday, they asked other women to compose and share a short devotional. The result? Hundreds of takes on a single passage of scripture. I've loved being a part of this community of women, so I was thrilled to dive into the Word with them. I can't wait to see what everyone posted. You can read more here! My two cents is below. :)
Text: Joshua 1:8-9
Verses like this make me uncomfortable. Why? Because, honestly, I can never live up to this. The Book of the Law will depart from my mouth. I'll say something short to my husband, I'll gossip or speak badly of someone I know, or I'll swear when I knock my shin into something... My tongue will stray from His word. I won't meditate on the law day and night. Instead, I'll be anxious about my circumstances, I'll compare myself to others, I'll let anger and fear plant bitterness in my heart... My mind will drift from His perfect law. I won't be careful to do all that is in the law. I'll disobey, I'll act selfishly, or I'll do good for selfish reasons... My best deeds are riddled with sin. No matter how hard I try, this side of heaven, I will fail everyday at living up to this verse.
But, God... God sent His only perfect Son on my behalf, so that when I confess and repent of all my failures, His perfect obedience is substituted for my failed attempts. The Book of the Law did not depart from Jesus' mouth. He meditated on the Law day and night. He was careful to do all that is in the law. And, He did it all on my behalf. He lived perfectly, so that my imperfect life would be acceptable in the eyes of a holy God. When God looks at me, He doesn't see mistake after mistake, broken law after broken law. He sees Christ.
That doesn't mean I shouldn't strive to obey His commands. I should write the word on my heart, and I should live carefully and purposely. But, it does mean that that striving doesn't need to come from a place of fear, but of love. I'm not obeying because I afraid of disappointing God, but because I have disappointed Him, and yet He loves me. He's forgiven me much, so I love Him much. It makes the rest of the passage ring true, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Today, let's remember that He is with us in failure. We don't need to clean our lives up to draw near. He is already with us, wherever we go.
It's been a while since we've done one of these, so I thought we were due...
If we were having coffee this afternoon, it would be my third cup since my adorable little 8-month old is on a sleep strike these days. There is just too much to do at 4AM apparently. But even at my weakest, most broken moments, I wouldn't give him up for the world.
Being a parent has already forced me to lean on God in a new way. It's completely terrifying to think that Noah's well-being mostly depends on Jason and I right now. I had no idea how much fear is involved in parenting. There's all these weird moments when panic sets in and utterly overwhelms you.
Is this fever is just from teething or if we need to go to the ER? Will he have ADHD if I let him watch TV? Am I exposing him to the right foods at the right times? This book says one thing, this blog says the opposite, this article says another... Will my bad habits and sinful patterns be projected onto him? What if he isn't a Christian when he grows up?
The truth is that we could do everything right (and we most certainly aren't going to do everything right), and Noah might grow up to be a rebellious teenager that hates me or that rejects God or chooses a life that I would never want for him. While we will impact his future, I am powerless to determine it, and I don't think I really want to when I think about it. I don't want to parent out of fear or be controlling, but trusting God with this sweet little person is so much harder than I thought it would be. Yet, God has always been faithful. God loves Noah more than I ever could. So, in this new season, I am finding comfort in his past goodness and that he hears every prayer and plea on Noah's behalf.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am loving The Cleaner Plate Club by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin. I don't normally read cookbooks cover-to-cover, but this book is awesome. Full of research from medical studies, it walks you through how kids develop their cravings, what to feed your family, where to buy it, when it's in season, and how to eat it so that you maximize the nutritional value. For example, did you know eating a fattening dressing on a salad actually allows your body to absorb more nutrients than a dressing without any fat? Most vitamins are fat-soluble and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that found that the participants who ate fat-free dressings absorbed the least amount of nutrients from their salad (Bader and Benjamin, 94). Tips like this are packed on literally every page of this book. I got it from the library and already ordered a copy on Amazon. It is one of the best cookbooks I've ever laid hands on.
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am so grateful for warm, sunshine-y days. This winter has felt so long.
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that Noah loves going to the park. He also loves mangos, story time, dogs, and Dada.
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I'm training for a half-marathon in May. It feels so great to be running again. Running is therapy.
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I hope you would notice the new do. Chopped it and I love it. So does Jason. No regrets here.