Monday, 25 October 2010

Food for Thought

By time I get to work and home again I work pretty well an 8 hour day. Anything else I do is pretty well extra. Like feeding my family for instance.  I like to cook and I enjoy shopping like your average She, however, providing food for my family has become pretty overwhelming to say the least.

I have no time to creatively plan a weeks menu and I detest grocery shopping.  Even online shopping can be tiresome when you order the same old stuff. Then there’s the conviction that a family needs to run on a good healthy diet and not oven ready foods or snacks. 

So I decided I would spend the better part of a day of school hols’ and plan 6 weeks worth of menus.  You can imagine my delight when I came across this site: The Resourceful Cook  On this site there is a selection of menu types all arranged in 7 days and proportioned for 1 – 4 people.  You can personalize the selections within each seven days  and then print up a grocery list.  It will store your choices and your shopping list for future use.  One of the great things about this site is that it is a British site so the recipes don’t include ingredients not available to us.  They also have the added benefit of logging you into Asda or Tesco and helping you do your shop, although I couldn’t get this feature to work yet.

So I ended the day with a months worth of recipes printed and laminated (I am a teacher, what can I say) At least that area of my life will be a little less stressful!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Celebrations are in the Preparations

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Christmas, a time when we can celebrate the birth of Christ and rejoice in it. And I do! I love Christmas. For me Celebration is in the preparation. I love to make lists, and start the countdown. I think about how I can spread the joy and spread the word. I have a great sense of worship as I enter into the season. It is not crass or commercial, it is Christ centered and intentional. And I love it.

Two days ago I had to go into the Nursery at school to help cover in the absence of a teacher. I started to play with the play-dough at the table and soon a crowd gathered. I gravitated toward the Christmas Tree cutter and before long I was singing jingle bells, along with half a dozen 3 year olds, much to the amusement of my colleagues.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Reflection Sunday

Reflection Sunday

We seem to deal with the same behavioral issues with DS until we finally lower the boom and say, “No more!”  My sin issues are not much different.  Why do we continue to do the things that we shouldn’t?

Just recently I was doing a devotional with DS and I was reminded why.  Psalm 51:5 says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

I am not a sinner because I sin, I sin because I am sinful. I do bad things because I am bad!  This is BAD news until you consider the GOOD news.

No amount of doing good can make me righteous it is only trusting Christ for His righteousness that makes me good. 

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4

Friday, 1 October 2010

Autumn is Upon us

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My Soul was shrouded with sadness today to the point of announcing to my colleague, at lunch time, “I am not having fun today!”  The greatest part of my job is that it is fun.  However, today I spent lots of time in the rain.  I commuted to work, in the rain. I walked back and forth to the main school building, in the rain. I spent 15 minutes at play time, in the rain and commuted home again, in the rain.  I guess I am just a Sunshine Girl at heart!