Thursday, February 17, 2011

Verses to live by for the Homeschool Mom (aka Me)

Yes, these verses are actually for me, but maybe just maybe in sharing them they will benefit someone else too.

I can do all things though Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

When the Lord leads I can do all things, even raise and educate 4 children while trying to keep a house in order. Because I'm not alone, there's a never ending supply of strength to draw from, I just need to go there. I am always praying that I would remember the Lord's capabilities.

Behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule with him: behold, his reward is with Him, and his work before him. Isaiah 40:10

He shall feed the flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11

I love the contrast of these two verses. The first says the Lord is coming with strength, his reward is with him and he has work too. The second assures us of his gentleness and patience, his ability to provide (feed his flock). When looking at his nurturing side to gently lead me with all these young, to feed us, to gather us. I don't have to doubt of his direction for us or in his ability because we know of his strength.
Lord Jesus, You have a direction and a work for this family, lead us with your strong arm, but gently, we are weak and sometimes need to be carried. 

Let Your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:16-17

Ah, I love this verse, I have made it our prayer many times. That God would show us the work he has for us, and that His glory would be on our children. The beauty of the Lord Jesus, would be upon this whole family, asking him to establish everything we do, being established in Him. That we would hear and apply these things in our hearts.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mastering the Crust

 It only took me 11 years of marriage to find the crust recipe I will use for the rest of my life.

I have a problem with shortening and I refuse to use it. I think, its not only gross but very unhealthy. So I have been on a long journey to find an alternative. Trying everything from olive oil to butter, rice crusts, pat in the pan crusts (because I could never even roll them out). I gave up for a while and resorted to premade which is even more unhealthy.  But alas, I have found it, the perfect crust; soft, rich, flavorful, a delicate flake, made without shortening. It may be fattening but aren't they all? At least its made with real ingredients. Oh, and did I mention its easy to roll out?

here it is:

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour (I like King Arthur best)
1 Tablespoon sugar (omit if making it for chicken pot pie)
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter
3 ounces cold cream cheese (a little less than 1/2 a pkg)

blend all together with pastry blender or I like to use my hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

then add:
2-3 Tablespoons cold milk or cream

mix it up until it gathers into moist clumps and forms your dough,
you can wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for later or roll it out on a floured surface. You need a generous amount of flour handy.

The recipe says its only good for 1 pie crust but I always end up with more, you'll typically get 1 1/2 pie crusts, when I doubled the recipe I got 3 pie crusts out of it, when I tripled it for the chicken pot pie, I was able to make 3 covered pies. So make a bunch and freeze it or save it for later in the week and make another pie. Keep in mind I tend to roll them out quite thin (because I can with this recipe).

This recipe came from Joy of Cooking.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Keep your Heart

 At the start of the year I wanted my oldest son to read Proverbs, it didn't take too long to notice he may have been reading but his understanding was limited. I thought about how deep and full of wisdom just one verse can be. I decided it would be beneficial for all of us to go through Proverbs very slowly for our daily Bible study. We started about a month ago and just finished chapter 4 today.

Keep your heart with all dilligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 4:23

This was the first verse we read today, I asked the kids if they could guess what it meant. I got some shrugging shoulders and not much more. So I broke up the verse even more, Keep your heart, how can we keep our hearts? by protecting them? I talked a little and for some reason the little kid song, Be careful,(that I dont think I've ever sang to them) came to mind.

Be careful little eyes what you see,....
be careful little mouth waht you say,....
be careful little feet where you go,....
be careful little hands what you do,
for the father up above is looking down in love,
so be careful little eyes, hands, feet.... ect.ect. 

So we broke out in song, which they all liked and I asked again I could see the light going on, and my oldest explained back to me her understanding.
The most exiting part came next.

We went to the next verse:

Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.
(Be careful little mouth what you say.)

the next:
Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.
(Be careful little eyes what you see.)

vs 26:
Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
(Be careful little feet where you go.)

and the last verse of chapter 4:
Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.
(Be careful litte hands what you do.)

I was just blown away at the coolness of our God to give me the exact words I needed to explain this to them today. The kids were pretty amazed too.

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