Worry is just a waste of time!

In this season we are seeing the absolute sovereignty of God, and are joyfully resting in it.

IMG_20170814_173901606For years we have discussed and re-discussed
“what in the world are we going to do with Bill
(My mentally ill Bro-In-Law) when Mom
(my Mom-in-Law) dies?” Then out of nowhere
he was killed two weeks ago today in the freakiest
of vehicle accidents.

All those years of, “What in the world…” worries and fretting and time and energy, just washed away in a matter of seconds. God had opened no doors. He had tried to draw me into peace about the situation, and I refused to follow him. I kept at it.  I made phone call after phone call. As a family, we talked through a wide variety of scenarios.   I have a stack of paper work at my elbow of completed applications and pleas for appeal and waiver to the County and State Housing Authorities (to whom he owed money), that I am about to throw away. All wasted time. Wasted Energy. Wasted Worry.

Oh, How I hate to call it worry! Worry is sinful. It is direct disobedience to Jesus. (Luke 12)  Jesus says it is a complete waste of time. He goes on to say that those who worry, have little faith. YIKES!  “O You of Little Faith.” Luke 12:28b (ESV)
 Jesus does give us a fantastic alternative to worrying in Luke 12:31:
Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (ESV)
Seek His Kingdom?  Here’s what that looks like:

  • Praying for the Church, fellow Believers, and Elders
  • Studying Scripture
  • Praying for the lost
  • Sharing the gospel
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Visiting the sick and those in prison
  • Meeting the needs of orphans and widows
    (Matthew 25 and James 1)


Instead of wasting my time worrying,
I am actually supposed to be ministering. 

What a contrast! 

I’m supposed to be actively serving other people, not fretting over the future –
over which I HAVE NO CONTROL.
To quote my teenage self, “DUH!”

Both of our kids started college this semester after a lifetime of homeschooling, one as a Freshman and the other through dual-enrollment while finishing high school at home.  Talk about a prime opportunity to worry.  Man!  I could join the Olympic Worry Team over this one if left to me own >Vice<.  However, that isn’t where I am left.  I am left humbly sitting at the dining room table knowing that to spend a minute fretting over cruel people, harsh words, conflicting world views, etc. is a total waste of time.

What I can do In Obedience is:

  • pray for my adult children
  • continue to study God’s word with them deeply and faithfully
  • continue to teach them how to share the gospel and challenge them to do so


Thank you all for praying with us and for us over the past months. Mom (my MIL) is under hospice care, and we are enjoying this peaceful time with her, and trying to meet her needs.  Her mind is still pretty sharp and we are thankful for meaningful conversations.  We are also very thankful for family who works together so well. It is a joy.
Finally, I encourage you to…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

3 Hots: Week 5, Day 3… naughty girl!

OK.  I know.  I make all these promises and I break them.  Naughty, naughty me.  Things are just so busy and blah, blah, blah…

So here we are on Wednesday, let me catch you up.

Monday we went for our store run.  We found the following for $1.49:
3 packs of Mushrooms
5 lb bags of Fuji apples
5 lb bags of Red Delicious apples
3 lb bag of lemons
bag of org celery
cucumbers
bag of baby Romaine lettuce
3 lb bag of onions

In addition, we gathered 6 lbs of Kale and Curly Mustard greens from Mom’s garden.  Their garden has been crazy productive all winter, and we are very thankful.

Monday

Breakfast
Apple Breakfast Cobbler
Milk
Lunch
Baked potatoes
Butter, sour cream and cheese
Grapes
DinnerLettuce wraps – chicken, cabbage, carrots, onions, water chestnuts
Rice
Romaine Lettuce
Tuesday
Breakfast
Hashbrowns (made from the left over potatoes from lunch yesterday)
eggs
Lunch
Homemade chicken noodle soup – Yesterday I bought a pack of chicken breasts, brought them home and filleted them.  We used the meat for the Lettuce Wraps, and then boiled the bones with celery and onions and spices to make stock.  We used that to make the soup today.  To the stock we added carrots, celery, onions and noodles.
DinnerSteaks (we found them marked down to half price at the store Monday.  We bought 2 and just split them.)
Mac and cheese (such a comfort food!  We used De’Boles corn pasta for this.)
Kale and Mustard Greens from Granny’s garden
Greek Salad

So that is this week so far.

If you are interested in any recipes or have ideas to share, please feel free to.

Kindly,

CS

Week 4, Day 3

Tonight is my last night with my class at the college (I teach in the Business Department), so I am making dinner for  the students.  Well, actually the Girl is making dinner… maybe we can come to an understanding that when I say “I cooked, prepared, etc,” It means that she cooked, prepared, etc.

Breakfast
Grits with cheese
Fried Eggs
(Could it be more Southern?!)

Lunch
Chicken Salad (left over chicken, celery, onions, pickle relish and some mayo)
Homemade crackers (http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ritz-schmitz-have-a-cracker/)
Apples and pear slices

Dinner
Chili with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce options
Cornbread with Cracklins (If you do not know what cracklins are, I am very sad for you. 😦  Make friends with a Southern Cook, just so you can learn to cook with Cracklins.  It is worth the effort. 🙂 )

See you tomorrow!

~CS

3 HOTS: Week 4, Day 2

Two days in a row. Who’s being consistent now?  HA!

Breakfast
Toast – that was the end of the Glutino brand raisin bread. It was very good. We even did PB&J’s with the bread and that was fantastic. As always, toast GF bread prior to using
Eggs
Bacon – 3 slices

Lunch
Our girl took the leftover chicken from last night and boned it and put the meat in a med pot with 2 qts of chicken stock.  She sauteed about 1.5 c worth of celery, onions and carrots and added that to the stock. When this came to a boil, she added 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 TBSP of Bragg’s Amino Acids, 1/4 c coconut milk and 1 cup GF egg noodles.  Served it up when the noodles were tender, with a corn tortilla-Quesadilla.

Dinner
The girl took the chicken she brined over night and baked it in the oven for 35 min.  You wouldn’t believe how flavorful and juicy that chicken was!
Green beans
Cole Slaw
Cucumbers
Wilted Spinach
Fried potatoes
We like lots of veggies at dinner.  Tonight’s meal was excellent!

See you tomorrow! ~CS

3 Hots: Week 3, Days 1 – 3

Sorry. I have been a ba-a-a-a-d girl.  I will do better. I promise.

Monday we did our produce and meat run.  We found organic, whole chickens for .99/lb. Got all they had!  We love roasting whole chickens. So much you can do: enjoy eating it hot from the oven, make chicken salad, boil the carcass for stock, etc.  Chicken: It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Breakfast
Oatmeal with apples and almonds

Lunch
Hamburgers
Fries
Salad  – do-it-yourself let’s the kids decide what they want on their own salad. This means they eat it all up!

Supper
Stir fry with chicken and rice.  Buying bags of shredded veggies makes stir fry super easy!

Tuesday

Breakfast
Blueberry Pancakes – this used up the last of the blueberries we bought a couple of weeks ago.

Lunch

We found 5# bags of baking potatoes for 1.49 yesterday.  We also found 24 oz steamer bags of broc, carrots and cauliflower for 1.49.  We combined this today for lunch:
Baked Potatoes
Steamed veggies
Toppings: 1 TBSP Butter, 1 TBSP Sour cream, 2 oz cheese, green onions

Supper
Chicken wings  – some hot, some not
Salad
Slaw

Wednesday

Breakfast
We took the left over baked potatoes from yesterday and diced them to make hashbrowns.  Baking the potatoes takes the moisture out and they make very crispy hash! We diced onions into the pan with the potatoes at the beginning. When these were translucent, I broke in a couple of eggs, and added some fresh parm. YUM!

Lunch
The girls baked a loaf of bread (GF, of course!) and we used that to make PB&J’s.  Nothing can beat a PB&J sandwich on still-warm fresh bread!
carrots and apple slices are the perfect sides

Supper
The Girl made her world-famous meatloaf for dinner.
Rice and Green beans rounded out the meal

I will see you back here soon.

~CS

3 Hots: Week 2, Day 4

It’s Thursday already?!  Where has this week gone?

Breakfast
Eggs
Apples
Bacon
Lunch           
We had our homeschool co-op group here today, and that means each family brought a dish to share. Co-op lunches are generally junk-foodier (I made that word up. HA!)  than we usually make, and today was no exception.
Nacho Dip – Velveeta (which is Gluten Free. Who knew?!), hamburger and Ro-tel, served with tortilla chips
Egg salad sandwiches on Chebe rolls
No-Bake Cookies – made with GF oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate
Supper
Steak
Baked potatoes – Our Girl cut them in half lengthwise and put them cut side down on a baking sheet prepared with olive oil.  This cuts the baking time in half, and gives the potatoes a crisp, yummy side that reminds one of a french fry.  Nothing wrong with that!
Green Beans
Junk food every now and then isn’t so bad if you balance it with healthier foods over a period of days.
See you Friday.
~CS

Not Like Eve

I have been pondering Eve.

Knowing the protection that mom’s feel, I can’t imagine with how Eve dealt with her own sin. Because of her disobedience, her sons did not know the glory of walking with God personally. Because of this, her son was murdered. Because of this she lost two sons at once, as her eldest, her first joy, was driven away. I just can’t imagine that sorrow.

It was her fault.

IMG_9592_2919

There are bad decisions that I make as a mom and I rue and regret them. I receive forgiveness, yes, just like Eve did, but my children suffer for my sins. How foolish I am! I have seen this time and time and time again in families who are in ministry. (My grandfather, father, and husband: all pastors. EKE!) Mothers who put what is happening in the church or mission field ahead of their own ministry to their husbands and children, and justify this as service to the Lord.

(I am reminded of Jesus talking to the Pharisees in Mark 7.)

And that Sin for a Season results in lost children and broken families. I have watched dozens of families go down this path, and at the end the Mother weeping for her sin that she can’t change and her child or children exiled and lost, like Cain. Eve lived a long time, we aren’t given the exact time of her death, but she may have lived as long as Adam, which was to the generation before Noah. Oh, the wickedness that filled the whole earth!!

And she could look on that and remember that sin entered through her pride.

p9130205.jpg

What a warning to my Mother-Heart! My time with our precious babies is so limited. Their knowledge of the goodness of the Lord is begun at my hem, as they live and see and grow in the fellowship of our little family. How can I waste a moment of this time? How can I let sin distract and pride creep in?

Oh, Lord! Let me be satisfied in what you have for me right now.

Don’t let me chase after anything else, and lose these that you have entrusted to us.