Monday, June 22, 2015

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fish Friday

 In the first century, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays.    The original Christians were all Jewish,  and were accustomed to fasting as a spiritual discipline. Most often that fast took the form of avoiding meat in the diet. In those days, meat was a luxury food.  Because most people had to buy meat in the market back then, it was expensive.  But anyone could grow vegetables or forage for them, and anyone could catch a fish in a lake or a stream. So the poor could still eat without much money.   Meat was known as a rich man's food, and fish was thought of as poor people's food. That is why the most common form of fasting was to omit meat with the exception of fish.
Although not done for religious reasons, our family nearly always eats fish on Friday.  In Arkansas, our fish came to us without monetary cost, we simply caught it in the Little Red River.  Our freezer always overflowed with the catch of the weekend.  Now that we are city-folk in PA, we must buy our fish at the market.  Not only do we not have time to fish, the fish in the local rivers are fraught with mercury and toxins. 
And so, this evening, we sat in our lawn chairs and watched Blaine and the neighborhood children catch fireflies, waiting for the fish to cook. 


Mike grilled Rosemary Haddock
and Fried Green Tomatoes, with "Boardwalk" Fries 

Historically, first century Christians did resume fasting
after Jesus’ Ascension,
 moving the fasts to Wednesday
(the day of the betrayal)
and Friday
(the day of the crucifixion).

Nothing in the Bible actually requires us to fast,
 Jesus did assume that believers were fasting. 
"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do,
for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting... " 
Mt. 6:16

"Then John’s disciples came and asked him,
'How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often,
but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered,
'How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?
The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them;
 then they will fast."

-Matthew 9; 14-15

Fasting from Sundown on Tuesday to sundown
on Wednesday
is something the I do on occasion,
although I hope no one can tell I am fasting. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Good Read for Boys!

loved this book!


We just finished reading this splendid book as an oral reading project.  I highly recommend it if you would like to set your child's heart on fire for Jesus! 


I read that in 1894,  the publisher of this book rewarded the author, Florence Kingsley with $1,000 for writing the story.   Mark Hamby, President of Lamplighters stated, "In six weeks the demand for the book was so great, they printed 200,000 additional copies. 

The award-winning entry, Titus: A Comrade of the Cross, is provocative, full of suspense and drama. The story of Titus and his crippled brother climaxes at the foot of the cross, where the real hero is proclaimed. The most compelling moment is saved until the very end. It will take your breath away."

It can be found for purchase on, although we borrowed our copy from a friend.  This is our 3rd book selected from Lamplighter, and we have enjoyed each book immensely, with invaluable life lessons learned by all of us!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Because she thought she had to... and other false myths

Helen Frankenthaler, "the List"

"I don't believe Martha simply chose cooking or housework over the Lord.

When she begged the Lord to make Mary help her, what she was really saying

was,   "Notice me Lord!" she wanted Him to see her. Martha longed for acknowledgment

and love, and was willing to do anything to get it...  it isn't that she wanted to be 

working. It's that she thought she had to...."

-Nancy Lee DeMoss
from Revive Our Hearts

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Grandma Jeanne's "Semi" Home-Made Hot Cross Cinnamon Buns

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
2 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon milk
dash of vanilla

  • Roll dough into a rectangle, about 8x6 inches.
  • Brush with the melted butter.
  • Combine brown sugar, chopped nuts, and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle over dough.
  • Starting at long edge, roll up, jelly roll fashion;
  • moisten edges and seal.
  • Cut roll into 20 slices.
  •   Place rolls, cut side down, into two 8 inch lightly buttered round cake pans. 
  • Let rise for about 1 1/2 hours. until doubled.
  • Pour the cream over the rolls and 
  • bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Combine confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla,
  •  adding more sugar or milk if necessary. (I double this part!)
  • Drizzle over rolls while slightly warm
  • Makes 20 yummy cinnamon buns

Thursday, April 2, 2015

We love a good sermon!

"God never sends His servants on a fool's errand. It pleases God by the foolishness of preaching to accomplish His divine purpose, not because of the power of preaching, nor the power of the preacher, nor any power in those preached to, but because 'all power' is given unto Christ 'in heaven and earth,' and He chooses to work by the teaching of the Word."
~C.H. Spurgeon~
Our Preacher making cards for the friends
at the Golden Living Nursing Home