What I am loving these days…

I’m back…I didn’t intend to be missing in action since the giveaway…but I just never got back and then I  have been struggling with a piece that a friend of mine (kimz) suggested that I put on the proverbial shelf and move on…

So I am moving on…I thought I would share a few things that are making my life full of happy…

This lactose-intolerant gal is loving…

silk-soy-milk

During my first pregnancy, I developed an intolerance to milk…and now that it has been almost 20 years…I am so glad that there are so many brands of soymilk…but Silk is my favorite…and I also love their creamer too.

Lasagne in a pinch…

no-boil-lasagna

Is this the greatest invention ever…seems like I tried some brand of no-boil lasagne years ago and the recipe recommended adding boiling water or something like that…anyway it was an expensive disaster.  But these noodles make lasagne a snap…I made a large batch of sauce a couple weeks ago and made spaghetti one night and froze the remaining sauce and made lasagne tonight…it is a thing of beauty.

Great read…

living-prayer

Living Prayer by Robert Benson

Thanks Joanne for the endorsement.  I really loved reading this book especially because Robert Benson is so humble and earnest in his desire to live a life that is carved by prayer.  It felt a bit like I was listening to a friend talk about meeting with the Savior over a cup of tea.  It was a delight.

I underlined a lot of the first part of the book and then decided to just sit back and read…I will underline…when I read it again…here’s a couple of quotes…

**We cannot hear the Word because our own words are in the way
We cannot be filled with God until we are not so full of ourselves.  Our hearts and minds, wonderful as they are, are simply too small.  We cannot give our hearts to God, or anyone else for that matter, as long as they are too heavy for us to lift.**

**In any life of prayer, one will live through and pray through seasons of great certainty and conviction.  Seasons when one is acutely aware of belonging to God, of being chosen and being marked for some particular time and some particular place and some particular work for the kingdom.

There must also be seasons of prayer in which you must pray for suffering, for brokenness, for the most blessed of the gifts that make us the Body of  Christ, and that make that Body available to be shared with any and all of us.  You can’t be multiplied enough to be shared.  You can only be broken enough to be shared.**

New Study…

esther-member-book

Already this study of the book of Esther has been eye opening…such a familiar story…but I have a feeling that this story is going to invade my own life story.

Words…Words…Words…

The word(s) or word phrases that I have been meditating on for this year are…

The other side…you can read more here

I’m trusting Him that He is sticking close as I head to the other shore in different areas of my life…He’s with me and the other side is a foregone conclusion…because He has declared it…I just need to remember that more often when storms pop up out of nowhere.

My scripture for this year is Psalm 34

It’s all about Him and in this 22 verse psalm LORD is used 16 times…which leads me to my second word of the year…good…this psalm uses it 4 times…

“Taste and see that the LORD is good” (8)

“but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (10)

“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days” (12)

“Turn from evil and do good;” (14a)

Good…Who God is…two blessings and a command…it’s all good.

That’s a little bit of what I have been up to while I deal with hitting the writing wall.

Next time…I will share with you my all-time favorite cookie recipe…it’s pretty incredible…trust me…it will be worth the wait.

Tell me what you are reading…eating…drinking…what verses have been hard hitting lately…what are you studying in the Word…I would love to know!

Helen

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3 thoughts on “What I am loving these days…

  1. I am drinking some great teas that someone (YOU!) sent me! Thanks so much!

    I am reading the book of Exodus right now… my morning quiet times are my favorite part of the day. I am also reading a fiction book called Winter turns to Spring by Gary Smalley & Catherine Palmer. I have read the whole series and love it.

    I am eating clean! As healthy and organic as possible. I feel great. =)

    Have a blessed day!

    Gayle

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  2. So glad you have loved “Living Prayer.” Robert is one of the most gifted writers I know–a true poet. I have to read his books slowly and savor them. And someday I hope to write as well as he does!

    And I’m lactose intolerant too. Well, it’s beyond intolerant I suppose. That makes it sound like something you don’t really like, not like something that makes you want to die!

    Love those Lactaid pills…

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