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This Is the Wage for All My Hard Work?

Feb 14th, 2018 Faith

The parable of the landowner angered me for the longest time because I identified with the day laborers hired at dawn. If I work all day, I expect to be paid more than the laborers hired right before quitting time. I worked harder. I worked longer. That should be worth something. I wanted a fair wage for my work.

And I applied the same principle to the gospel.

I felt my obedience to God – my labor – should be worth something to Him. After all, it is really hard to love someone who isn’t loving. It is hard to turn away from sinful things. It is hard to pay my tithes when I want a new pair of shoes. But I do it regardless. Don’t I deserve some reward for making those good choices? Don’t I deserve a little extra for doing extra hard things?

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Loving Supermom

Feb 12th, 2018 Lessons Learned

She let out one last sigh of defeat that pierced my hard self-righteous heart. Here was a woman – a sister – disheveled and broken because of the turn her life had taken, and I haughtily sat there convinced she brought it on herself.

You know you are being nasty when you are taken aback by your own level of nastiness.

Whisper by Mark Batterson :: A Book Review {}

Whisper by Mark Batterson :: A Review

Jan 22nd, 2018 Book Review

Whisper How to Hear the Voice of God By Mark Batterson 224 pp. Multnomah $21.99 Having never read anything by Mark Batterson, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He has authored eleven New York Times bestsellers, and his book, The Circle Maker, is wildly popular. Though I try to stay away from other people’s opinions about a book I am reviewing, I did glimpse a plug…

Classic French Toast

Jan 17th, 2018 Recipe

Our family’s favorite way to utilize the old bread cache is French toast. My recipe comes from my grandmother and her Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book from 1962. It is simple and delicious and basic. It can be dressed up with added flavorings if you want to get fancy (try cinnamon and Mexican vanilla), but we prefer the classic modesty of its purest form. And don’t get caught up in the fact I use homemade bread. This will work just as well with standard white bread. That’s how my grandma made it.

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Simplify :: Five Minute Friday {}

Jan 12th, 2018 Five Minute Friday

Wouldn’t you know ‘simplify’ is not in any translation of the Bible I searched? So I am forced to think of related terms. Maybe it is because we just went back to school and I have a child working with fractions, but when I think of ‘simplify’ I think of mathematically reducing, or rewriting an expression in a simpler form, which is done by dividing terms into smaller numbers.

And the first biblical model of reducing that came to mind was Gideon’s army.