- Waking Up With Inspiration- I’ve been fretting a bit about my two preaching gigs at the end of July. They are both for congregation number 1, where we’ve been worshipping for a year now. There are a bunch of reasons I’ve been fretting about it… but, in any case, I woke up with some solid ideas and went back and found some definitely reworkable material. LOVE it when that happens.
- Family Nap- Yesterday I was wiped out all day. I took a nap with Caroline in the morning and still was tired all day. I went to bed crazy early and woke up feeling refreshed, but Kev was wiped out this morning. All three of us slept for over two hours this afternoon. Ah… love it.
- A New Beginning- The pastor of congregation number 2 has been challenging the members of the church to have an accountable Bible reading plan in place and put it to work a.s.a.p.. Shortly after he renewed this challenge and we shamefully could not stand when he asked people to stand if they had an accountable plan in place, and had to stand with the many who did not, I found a link to this site on a blog I read (Pinkhammer’s maybe?) which gives several options for reading plans for reading the full Bible in a year. It gives you a schedule of readings starting on either the 15th or the 1st of any given month. Given that I am a lectionary woman, generally, and given that we have used the daily lectionary in various periods of daily household prayer, there are chunks of the Bible I haven’t ever really read and others I’ve read, and read, and read… so… this seemed a good way for us to go. And we’re going to read the N.I.V. just for a different voice, and as it is the preferred text of many in congregation number 2. We were going to start on June 15th, but decided to wait until Kev was done with his temporary work and start fresh on July 1st. And we started this morning. I really hope we stick with it until we get to the unfamiliar texts, because Genesis 1-3 and Matthew 1- ummm… I’ve read them… and read them… and read them… still LOVE the new plan. And I LOVE the continued practical challenges that cong. 2 extends to us that facilitate our spiritual growth.
- Quinoa “Pilaf”– The recipe we had picked out for dinner tonight came with a suggestion that quinoa or rice be served on the side. We are new fans of quinoa so I thought we’d go with that. Kev got out one of our favorite cookbooks (another thing we love! The link takes you to a site that offers a chance to buy the latest edition. We have an earlier version!) and found a couple different recipes for it, one of which involved olive oil and onions… a “pilaf”. Oh. my. goodness. Delicious. And apparently simple. Love it. Definitely a new staple here! I ate more than I probably should have, but… just did an hour in the garden, so… it all evens out. Love that too.