This is one of those lazy weekends in the best ways. We had nowhere to go and nothing pressing to do. Travis and I had a nice dinner date on Friday. After Judson performed his early morning ritual of waking us up around 5:00 a.m., he eventually settled down to sleep for another couple of hours. I made some oatmeal chocolate chip banana pancakes for breakfast to start our Saturday off right. The kids played some, we watched the Clemson football game while biting our nails to the final second in OT, and I got some reading and housework in. Tomorrow we gear up for another enriching day of worship with our FBC Gallatin family. We are prayer walking neighborhoods in the afternoon while inviting people to worship with us, followed by dinner and the Renew service back at the church in the evening. Should be a great day of worship and fellowship!
What I am listening to
There is just a lot of great music coming out right now. This week I’ve been listing to The Corner Room (beautifully captivating songs for worship and meditation- all Scripture settings), All Sons and Daughters’ new album Poets & Saints (melodic and rich both lyrically and musically), Joseph (I’ve been listening to this trio of sisters for about a year now, and their new album is just terrific- vocally on point), and Johnnyswim (their newest album just released yesterday- just a great duo- fun with a lot of depth).
This podcast: I just got back into listening to Karen DeBeus. I listened to her a lot last year. I love how she is so Christ-centered and doesn’t get all wrapped up in the trends, hub bub, and hype regarding food, education, home, etc. Her message is just as her podcast and blog state- Simply Living For Him.
What I am reading
I’ve been in Acts some in my Bible reading, and I love the cultural contradiction of this verse: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” They just saw Jesus ascend to heaven, and this is what they were compelled to do- agree together in prayer. May this be so in my home and in our churches.
I just finished reading a book and I’m about to finish several others. Many of the books I read are with my girls, so that is how I read several at a time. The book I finished this week was Ruth Reichl’s Delicious! I thought it was so-so. If you care to read my review on it, you can see it on Goodreads.
I’m digging into a few children’s fiction right now- Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski and The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale Of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. I enjoy kid lit, and I like to get a head start on some great books before I read them aloud to my children.
What I am watching
I’m in the last season of Parenthood on Netflix. Sigh. I also started watching Stranger Things…by myself! At least when I jump no one is there to laugh at me. 😛
What I am learning
“Let the peace of Christ rule in [my] heart”…and in my home (Colossians 3:15). Peace is not a physical, tangible, evidential thing that I can pull out and say, “Here! Here it is! My peace! See, it is right here. Now we can all breathe. Ahh…” No. It is something deeper than that, and far richer. I am humbly learning that Christ is the One who brings the peace- not me. Not my regimen, schedule, structures, control- none of it will provide lasting peace. I cannot form character in my children. Yes, I can teach them, lead them, correct them, but I cannot change their hearts. That is the work of God, and I am not Him. Dispensing lessons, completing curriculum, and checking off boxes does not educate my children. I educate them with various methods and tools, but the tools are to serve us not master us. Peace is a practice. It is found on my knees in prayer, not in a planner. I make the plans but I hold them up in surrender to One who is Sovereign over my plans and over the people that I love and lead.
Need some peace? God is there to meet you and He gives generously to all who ask for wisdom. We don’t have to have the answers or have it all together- we don’t and we can’t. But God does, and He amply supplies all that we need. Trust him.
I can’t give you peace, but I can give you pancakes.
Here is my recipe for Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes