It seems like one friend in particular of mine gets in on my bi-monthly grocery shopping days. After a full day in the city we were driving home and she asked the usual, "So what's on the menu this week?" I proceeded to give her the run down and we conversed back and forth about it for a few minutes as she asked questions about what will go with what, how I will cook such and such, etc.
About 5 minutes of silence passed and she said, "You really impress me." It was such a shock to me, not that she would speak so kindly because she's always encouraging me, but that I impressed HER. I asked her what I did and she referred to my menu and my habit of making my menu before each shopping trip. I was so caught off guard because SHE is the one who has all the good organizational habits like it's 2nd nature, not me. But I guess in this one area I actually do it like it's 2nd nature. I don't even see an alternative to this method.
Anyway, I thought I would post the menu for the next 2 weeks just for fun. I don't assign days to my meals, I just get all the ingredients for a certain number of meals and each day I look at the list and decide what will work best for that day. I feel too restrained by daily assignments. I buy a variety of fresh vegetables to use as sides and sometimes I do assign those to certain meals and sometimes I don't, I just decide when I make the main dish.
Drum Roll Please....
Cabbage & Beef Casserole
Ground Chicken Sandwiches (x2) (good deal on Ground Chix this week)
Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Pork Chops & Sweet Potatoes (was supposed to be steak, but chops were on sale)
The kids (mine...not the ones pictures ha ha!) have been learning about goats and working with goats each week with a wonderful lady (pictured)who goes to our church. As a homeschool family, we love this because it's one less topic I have to teach and it involved hands-on learning.
A couple of Bible Verses I read this morning stuck out to me and I've always agreed with the rule thatblogs that have pictures are more interesting. With that in mind, the pictures really don't go with my blog to follow, except that when speaking of sacrifices, I often think of goats and the reddish colored goat (aka Sarah) reminds me of the red heifer spoken about in the verses.
Number 31:22-23 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water.
Number 19 ...Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish...the heifer is to be burned....The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burningheifer. After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water.... A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They shall be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin.
For quite some time, my friends and I have been having some reoccuring dream themes. One theme includes the setting of dreams occuring in a bathroom. The bathroom is always different, but a bathroom nevertheless. We learned that God is showing us a time of cleansing, purifying, preparing, getting rid of sin. The second theme includes redheads and hearing a lot of mention about the red heifer spoken about in the Bible. Knowing that a red heifer will be sacrificed at the nearing of the return of Messiah, we took this as a reminder that His return is near.
Oh, but the revelation of God is amazing! When I read the above verses this morning, His Spirit reminded me about His purification and cleansing. This takes place in fire and is soothed by the Living Water of His Son Jesus Christ. He is the great Cleanser, Purifier. I also think it is interesting that the Holy Spirit is referred to as fire.
Our family has been in the fire for almost a year now. But I can look back and see the cleansing that God has done in our life and be thankful. I'm ready to be bathed in His Living Water. I want to be a spotless bride ready at any moment for His return. This isn't His desire just for me, but for His Church. There has been a major purification of His Church over the last year, a cleansing, shaking, sifting, and shifting. I believe the fire is going to continue to burnhotter and hotter until His people are made ready.
He desires obedience more than sacrifice, mercy more than sacrifice.