Honesty time: cooking is not my favorite thing to do.
I am growing in meal-creating knowledge, hallelujah, and I’m truly happy to serve my family this way. But meal planning, grocery shopping, preparation, wisdom to use ingredients with completely different recipes…. not necessarily a fountain of joy for me.
I confess I even ask God for help in this area. He’s Provider and Helper, so He’s gracious.
Here I share a few small changes I made tin my role as Predominant Meal Creator in our home:
I always try to start with an empty sink and dishwasher.
This didn’t hit home with me at first.. until the first few days I implemented it. Then I told J it’s a new kitchen rule. It seems tedious to clean before you start cooking, knowing you will ‘dirty up’ many more dishes, BUT it’s worth it when you can chop or prepare and immediately put a dish into the dishwasher, out of sight.
I’m a (although not perfectly executing) clean counters are happy counters girl. I’m also the girl who likes to clean up as much as possible before J and I get settled in on the couch reading or watching a movie, to eventually fall asleep there, and mosey our way to the bed. No one wants to clean the kitchen at 10:30pm. No one in our house anyway.
I am a sucker for a lovely art print or book or desktop wallpaper. True sucker.
What used to be Naptime Diaries is now All Good Things Co. Sweet women striving to share the message of Jesus and hope with the world through beautiful artwork and inspirational prints.
Last year I purchased a few of their Advent resources and greatly enjoyed them. They recently shared the Advent 2017 Collection. Devotionals, banners, prints, and more.
I am really digging the theme of this year’s resources: do less. make it mean more.
How freeing and inspirational does that sound? Doesn’t it make you crave simplicity? Doesn’t it strengthen you to be more intentional with your choices as holiday months approach?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Help us, Lord.
I’m curious… do you and your family celebrate Advent? How? What works for you or your crowd?
All of this I suppose is just a way to say to you that if what’s in your eyesight when you look up is what everyone else is doing or thinks you ought to be doing, clear the way, friend. Clear the paths around you, unmuddle the simplicity of the gospel. It is Christ who cares for you and cares for your provision, far more than you can ever care for it. So let the dead things drop, find out what they are and let them drop. via
Clear the paths around you, unmuddle the simplicity of the gospel.
Is the theology I live by rooted in God’s Word, or my own version of the gospel?
Driving home the other night, Holy Spirit impressed, You can’t manufacture spirituality, growth, or intimacy.
Listening to all the podcasts, reading all the books, being aware of others’ opinions and learnings gives an air of growth, because I feel knowledgable or capable. But knowledge doesn’t always champion intimacy in my relationship with Father God.
OR… am I listening, reading, and spending my energy to honestly and desperately use them to enlarge my God-lens?
Every time you close another door—be it the door of immediate satisfaction, the door of distracting entertainment, the door of busyness, the door of guilt and worry, or the door of self-rejection—you commit yourself to go deeper into your heart and thus deeper into the heart of God. Henri Nouwen
Encountering God minute-by-minute is what changes me, not continually stuffing my mind with others’ words, or measuring faith by someone other than Christ.