Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pursuing Love December/January

Oh dear! December and January got away from me! There was Christmas, a super fun Disneyland trip right after and we rang in the new year there (*side note: Almost all of us were standing right next to Dennis Quaid there, except me watching the littles while everyone rode Radiator Springs. They think they raced his car!), and a long flu to recover from when we got home. Nonetheless, I have been pursuing love and not even remembering to blog about it. I have seen growth and am so thankful. I know marriage has peaks and valleys and we are on the peak right now. It is such a lovely place to be. My pastor has quoted that book, "Don't sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff." The small stuff seems not to be so offensive as it used to be! I was thinking on this this morning and how far it goes just to be patient with our spouse when they offend us and to just let more things go. The scripture, "Love covers a multitude of sins," came to me when I thought of it. I had to stay home from church with little Noah because he had a fever and listened to a John Piper sermon, "Love Her Less, Love Her More." Hardly a couple of hours after I had thought on it, Piper was quoting that very verse and talking about exactly what I had been dwelling on! The sermon lined right up  with it! I love it when it seems the Lord seems to be affirming things to us. It happened not too many weeks back with a sermon my pastor preached as well.

My notes on Piper's sermon~

If your marriage is going to make God look glorious, you must be more satisfied in God than marriage. If he's vastly more beautiful to us than we are to each other. Long-suffering required to be in this marriage for the glory of God. Daily, hourly, yearly, decades long dying, self-denial that will be required to love this man/woman so God gets the glory. How does love cover a multitude of sins? You're married to a sinner, your kids are sinners, there's a daily disappointment in life,  at church,  in the home. If this is not figured out, if you don't find a way to cover those sins...this is the end! True love covers them so you don't see them or they don't make you bitter, angry, hard, does love cause you not to respond that way?! Faith working through love to cover all these sins in my family, friends, in my church... Faith in what? What act of faith releases a love that covers sins and keeps me happily engaged in all my relationships without bitterness and anger, resentment, and hardness? Here's my sentence: "'Piper, you have a blood-bought, inexpressively happy, totally undeserved future.'" If I could believe that at every moment of conflict, every moment of difficulty,  at every moment of frustration, at every moment as I look out onto the world, I'd be a loving man. If our marriages are going to show God gloriously all satisfying, then we must find more satisfaction in Him than in anything,  especially marriage. Marriages sweetened by the glory of God...Marriages to portray truth and beauty...Make God central in preaching, not marriage. HE is my satisfaction.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lasagna with Spinach instead of Pasta

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Breakfast Sausage Casserole (with sweet potatoes!)

My friend made an amazing breakfast casserole and lots of moms starting requesting the recipe! I used Italian sausage instead of Deer sausage. I'm sure breakfast sausage would be great. I went to the grocery store to grab the ingredients for this casserole and thought I'd share some time saving tips for it. I had no idea but there are actually frozen sweet potatoes that are already peeled and cut at Walmart! That made me happy. Grabbing some frozen seasoning blend ( chopped onions, peppers, and celery mix) would also be good to cook with the sausage. :) I always keep seasoning blend handy for tons of recipes. Here it is:

I apologize, I do not measure anything when I do breakfast casseroles, so I will do the best I can :)
I used about 1.5 lbs homemade deer sausage (it was pretty spicy/salty)
About 3 cups chopped spinach
garlic powder
onion powder
one large sweet potato, with coconut oil for baking, salt and pepper
12 eggs
I love to add chopped onion when cooking the sausage, I just didn't have any this time.
I peeled and chopped the sweet potato into bite sized pieces, tossed the pieces in about 2 tbs melted coconut oil and spread on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 400 for about 25 min.  While those were baking I cooked the sausage.  When the sausage was cooked thoroughly, I added the chopped spinach to the pan, just long enough to wilt.  Then transferred sausage and spinach to 9x13ish dish.  I dusted the top of sausage with onion powder and garlic powder.  Then added the sweet potato on top of that, then the 12 beaten eggs.  I covered with foil and left in fridge overnight, but you can mix and bake in the morning.  I baked it at 400 for about 30 min, until the eggs are set. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

At Home with Sally

LOVE LOVE LOVE to listen to Sally Clarkson's (with Kristen Kill) podcasts!

This Life I Live by Rory Feek

Thankful for this 20 min. peek at Rory's book! I can tell it's going to be amazing!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tuscan Butternut Squash