Wednesday, March 30, 2011

But as for me and my household...

Today in my quiet time I sat down with a hot cup of coffee and a toasted slice of my homemade bread with honey butter to dive into the Lord's Word.  My reading today was Joshua 22:1-24:33, and man did it hit home. Don'cha just love it when the Lord speaks exactly what your heart needs to hear, even if it does step on your toes a bit.  And man, are my toes feelin' sore this morning!

"But be very careful to keep the 
commandment and the law 
that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: 
to love the LORD your God, to walk in 
obedience to him,
 to keep his commands, 
to hold fast to him and to serve him 
with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Joshua 22:5

Wow, talk about gettin' in my face, Lord.  This verse literally stopped me in my tracks as I read it, and caused me to pause, asking myself each of these questions.  Do I love the Lord?  Absolutely, 100%.  That one was easy.  A++ for me!  Do I walk in obedience to Him?  Well, I certainly try to be obedient, but if I'm honest with myself, I must admit that I often fall short in this aspect, especially when His path and mine don't quite line up.  Do I keep His commands?  hmmm....I'd like to say yes, but again, I'm falling quite short here, too.  (I'm starting to feel nervous about my 'not so much' answers here!)  Do I hold fast to Him?  WHAM!  Hit me square in the forehead, why don't ya?  No, I often don't hold fast to Him.  What I hold fast to is my desires, my plans, my wants.  Do I serve Him with all my heart and all my soul?  Nope, not even close.  If I can't walk obediently, keep His commands, and hold fast to Him, there's no way I'm able to serve Him with all my heart and soul.

Man, that hurts to admit that.  

So, what's the reason for all of my not so much answers?  Simply put, it's me.  Little ol' me, with all of my selfish pride, need to be in control, well laid plans and organizational strategies, To-Do lists and calendars, play dates and Mom's Nights, everything I do gets in the way of what the Lord wants to do for me, if only I'd step aside and let Him work.  All I have to do is seek Him and obey.  That's it.  Strangely enough, it's exactly what I tell my children.  "All you have to do is listen to what I say and then do it.  It's not that difficult"  hmmm............insert bruised toes here.

After my reading I watched Wendy Pope's vlog and she noted:
"Joshua recorded the “recommitment” 
of the Israelites in the Book of God’s Instruction.  
Do I record my recommitments?"

So after being convicted so thoroughly this morning, I decided I needed to record my recommitment right here on this blog for everyone (no one really, as I don't yet have any followers)  to see.  Actually, the only one who needs to see it is me, to remind myself visually of God's will for my life......God first, husband second, children third, everything else (including me!!) last.

 “Now fear the LORD and serve him 
with all faithfulness. 
Throw away the gods your ancestors 
worshiped beyond the Euphrates River 
and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable 
to you, then choose for yourselves 
this day whom you will serve, 
whether the gods your ancestors served 
beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, 
in whose land you are living. 
But as for me and my household, 
we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:14-15

In Loving Service to the Lord, my husband, and children,
the Busy-at-Home Mom

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I am Super-Mom....see me bake!

So, I've been reading blogs of other ladies for months who make their own bread, and make it look surprisingly scary easy, so I decided Today is my day to take on the world...err, stove.  I was headed to Wal-Mart already this morning, so I added yeast to my list and headed out with Monkey (my 2 year old son) in tow.

After coming home, eating lunch, and putting Monkey down for a nap, I gathered my ingredients, rolled up my sleeves, and began to tackle the monster that is homemade bread making.


I quickly discovered that mixing the dough is no easy feat, moving quickly from mixer, to mixer with dough hook, to hands, to a spoon....none of which seemed to do an efficient job at mixing.  Somehow I finally got it all mixed and turned it out onto the counter to begin the kneading process.

Wow....I had no idea how difficult this would be, not to mention the fact that I wasn't even sure what "smooth and elastic" actually looked like.  And my moving kitchen island wasn't helping.  But somehow I managed to do a decent job at the kneading and set the dough aside to rise.  An hour later I returned to punch it down, roll out into loaves, and place in the pans to rise again.

After another 45 minutes of rising, the loaves were finally ready to go into the oven, accompanied by a small prayer that the 3 hours I'd invested into these 2 tiny loaves had been worth it.  25 minutes later my labor of love was rewarded by 2 beautiful loaves of fresh-baked bread.

Don't let the picture fool you.  I very quickly cut into the loaf on the right  to sample it  (and then placed it strategically so you couldn't see the missing slice in the picture) can't serve your family something you aren't sure is top quality, now can you??

I made up a quick bowl of honey butter to go with it and served it with dinner.  All 3 of my boys (the hubs and both of my little guys) tore into it.  My super-picky eater (and super snuggler) actually ate bread crust for the first time in his entire life and requested a PB&J with it in his lunch box tomorrow!  GO MOM!  (this is where my self-appointed title of Super-Mom comes into play).

My husband asked if I could start making this all the time instead of buying store bread.  Ego-boost & added chores all in one....thanks, honey!  :)  I'm very proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone in the kitchen today and find a new way to serve my family.  At the end of the day, there's nothing more rewarding than sitting at the table with your family watching them so thoroughly enjoy something you lovingly prepared for them with your own 2 hands.  

I did learn 2 very important lessons today, though.
1)  I very, very , very desperately want NEED a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer.  My Target knock-off stand mixer just doesn't cut it when it comes to mixing dough.  
2)  Kitchen islands on wheels were not intended to be kneading stations.  Period.

How have you blessed your family today?

In loving service to the Lord, my husband, and children,
the Busy-at-Home Mom