The God of Abraham…

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In the Bible, people would often refer to God as the God of *insert name of cool Bible person here*. For me it was akin to saying, “you know, the God of Elijah, and not that fish-looking statue thing.”

Then, I went through a dark time. I could’t stop crying. Life seemed overwhelming, and it felt like things were going to stay that way. As I was praying, I thought of my friend, Hannah. She has been through more dark times than anyone I know personally, and it almost killed her. I was privileged to walk with her for some of those times and to see God bring her through them.

God brought Hannah through.

So, I called out to the God of Hannah. I reminded myself of the deep darkness he brought her through, of his faithfulness in an endless situation filled with suffering, and I asked him to…

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Three Words

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Three words. That is the entirety of the most romantic thing that my husband, Jonathan, has ever said to me, and they are probably not the three words you are thinking of (“of which you are thinking”, for the grammar police…I know, and I don’t care).

I had been having a rough time emotionally, but I knew that Jonathan’s job was very stressful at the moment, so I hid it from him didn’t tell him. I had been struggling maybe a week, when I came home to candle light, dinner on the table, and a flowering plant. Naturally, I burst into tears. Later that night, as my husband slow danced with me (he hates dancing, by the way), I asked him how he knew when I had tried so hard to keep it from him. Then he said three words, three words that went deeper than anything he had ever…

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In the Name of Jesus

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I had a moment that changed the way I pray. In the circles that I grew up in, every prayer was ended in a magical phrase. Jesus had told his disciples in John 14 that whatever they asked for in his name would be given to them. So, every prayer was closed, “in Jesus name. Amen”. Even after coming to a more theological understanding of what the phrase meant as an adult, I still ended my prayers with the familiar sign off. It took explaining it to seven year old for the meaning to fully impact me.

As I searched for a way to help him understand, I thought of the perfect analogy.
“You know how when you tell Jak to let you in the bathroom, he doesn’t do it; however, when you tell him that mom said he has to let you in, he opens the door right up…

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I Was Diagnosed With a Chronic Incurable Disease, and I Was Happy

I have struggled for over 20 years with symptoms that no one could explain. I so identify with the author. I now have a diagnoses and it is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ME. I am so happy to finally have a name to all the issues I have been having for years. A name to explain why i can’t work, why my body does so many crazy things, why when i get tired or stressed all my symptoms rear their ugly heads and wreck havoc on my body. Why for so long I have been homebound.

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I was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease this week, and I was happy. I called up friends and family, and they congratulated me. What may sound baffling to some, will make perfect sense to anyone who has ever struggled with an undiagnosed illness. I wasn’t happy to have the condition, but I was thrilled to have a name to call the thing that had plagued me for more than seven years. I was so relieved that I sat in my car and cried outside of the doctor’s office. No longer was my strange list of symptoms to be given in apology for why I couldn’t do something (especially when I could do that thing and more on other days). I had a name to give, and while it didn’t offer any treatment beyond what I was already doing, it dignified my saying “no” even though I seemed perfectly healthy.

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Homemade Bread In An Hour!

Homemade bread in an hour???  Yes, it is true!!!

 

 

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I realize that this title sounds too good to be true, but I assure you, I’ve been baking this recipe for several months now, and this can be made in an hour – rising included! If you’ve made bread before, you’ll find this recipe beautifully easy. If you’ve never made bread before, I’ll give you some tips and tricks that will help you pull it off like a pro.

One Hour Bread
Makes 2 loaves -aka have a loaf now/freeze a loaf (raw or baked) for later.

5 1/4 cups (1lb & 6.3 oz) white bread flour
2-4 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. (rounded) instant yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
2 cups warm water (between 100-115F)

1. Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Mix for 1 minute. Dough should be sticky. If it is dry, add in a little water.

2. Mix for 5 minutes.

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What The Bible Doesn’t Say About Bathsheba

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Somethings, it seems, never change. In our culture when a woman is raped, the go-to thoughts tend to be, “What did she do wrong? Was she in a skeevy bar? Did she dress provocatively? Did she lead the guy on?” Even women do this, and I think we do it because, subconsciously, we feel the terror of helplessness. So, we think of all the other things that could possibly have stopped it. There must have been something she could have done differently?! …There must be a way I can assure this will never happen to me. We demonize the woman because if she was bad or dirty and that’s why it happened, we don’t have to worry about it happening to nice, clean us.

This type of thinking has even been trumpeted from the pulpit, where Bathsheba is blamed for her role in David’s great sin. “She shouldn’t have been bathing on…

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I Tried it And…

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Pinterest and the Internet have given us more hacks and neat things to try than we can possibly attempt in our lifetimes. I do like to try though. A lot of things flop, but somethings turn out to be even better than I imagined. Coconut oil and baking soda is one of those things.

I saw the idea originally toted as a facial scrub. I have very dry and VERY picky skin all over, but in the winter, even washing my face with water will give me dandruff of the face. So, an oil wash sounded like it might be helpful. Added bonus: coconut oil has both antibacterial (see this skin study) and anti-fungal (or this specimen study) properties, and as pimples are caused by a bacteria feast blocking up a pore, I thought it could help with that too.

The instructions were equal parts oil and…

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