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Monday, March 28, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Once again here is a post about Nancy Leigh DeMoss's, Becoming God's True Woman. Its amazing that I can read this book a million times and still get something new or challenging out of it. This week's chapter was How to Raise Feminine Daughters.

Its funny because though this is the title of the chapter its not the only main point. The last chapter on submission oozes into this one as well. I love the way she defines it. Submission isn't slavery. Submission is surrendering to the order that God has created. We submit to the Lordship of Jesus when we trust him. The out-flowing of our love for Christ should be evident in the way we submit to our husbands and others in authority(...which I'm learning even means the speed limit.) We do this out of love, not duty. We do this based on their position that God has put them in our life not on their performance. Let's be honest some authority figures doesn't deserve our respect or encouragement, but God doesn't say respect those only worthy of respect.

"Jesus loved us so much that he voluntarily submitted to death on the cross. His command is that wives are to submit to their husbands. This is a gift that we voluntarily give to the man we have vowed to love, in obedience to the Savior we love. The redeemed helper knows that submission does not restrict her- it actually frees her to fulfill her helper design. And as she lives in the light of this truth, her daughters WATCH and LEARN."

All of this to say, our biological daughters and/or spiritual daughters are watching us. We are teaching a way of life as we live. WOW. What are our girls seeing? Are we truly showing them what Godly submission looks like? Are we loving and encouraging our husbands? or are we tearing them down with our words or attitudes? We teach with our lives and they are watching and listening! So let this be a challenge to us all to love our husbands and our Savior enough to be the redeemed helper that our daughters/girls will want to exemplify.

"We must teach biblical truths and pray that the Holy Spirit will apply that truth to their hearts. When our daughters are taught the truth of biblical womanhood, and they see the wonder and substance of this reality being lived out among Christian women, I believe they will be dazzled and will flourish."

"Our daughters will be products of their theology. Their knowledge or lack of knowledge of who God is and what he has done for them will show up in every attitude, action, and relationship. Their world view will be determined by their belief system." What are we doing to teach them the truth?

"We must teach our daughters that their value and identity lie in the fact that they are image bearers of the God of glory. This will protect them from seeking significance in the inconsequential shallowness of self fulfillment, personal happiness, materialism, or other's approval." Because our purpose is God's glory, this should shape and simplify our life. Every decision we should ask, "Does this glorify God?" Our girls should see us making decisions based on this mandate. Now our boys should too, but this chapter is about raising daughters.

A question we should be asking ourselves before we challenge our girls: "Is God's glory really the driving passion of my own life?" We can't expect them to do what we don't.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss says some awesome things in this chapter. All of it is going back to we need to practice what we preach. Trust me... this concept is kicking my butt. I can type out all of this awesome stuff and challenge you guys, but if I don't let it change me... what good is it?

The chapter goes on to explain that we as women are "redeemed helpers." Of course this is insinuating that we have been redeemed. Once we realize our purpose as redeemed helpers we can better understand our role in our relationships. "As women we need to embrace our helper design. Once we as women embrace our helper design we will encourage and equip our daughters to do the same."

"The man and woman were created with the capacity to reflect the very character of God. Both having very different, purposeful characteristics for God's glory." D and I have very different characteristics that together make us work very well together. The more I learn about this the more I see God revealed in more aspects of my life. His perfect plan was purposeful and makes perfect sense.

-A redeemed helper will be a woman of prayer. She will defend her family and the covenant family on her knees, and her daughters will be drawn to emulate her selfless strength.

-A redeemed helper is not inward focused. She spends her time training and helping others.

-A redeemed helper values male and female distinctiveness b/c she knows this is God's design and order. She isn't threatened by male leadership. She knows submission doesn't have to do with status. It has to do with function.

A true woman knows her place as a redeemed helper. She is a reflection of God's glory. One of the ways she demonstrates this is through domesticity. "Domesticity means that we prepare safe places where troubled hearts can find rest and comfort, and we involve our daughters in this ministry in our homes and churches." I always thought being domestic meant cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, etc. Though that is part of it, the bigger picture is the motive behind cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry. You do these things not out of duty, but so that your home is a safe haven to others and your husband.

This book is awesome and just keeps getting better and better. I hope it encourages and challenges you as much as it has me!

Trying Tuesday with a Try It Tuesday

This week is my "spring break." What that means is that our other campuses are closed all week, but ours is open Mon-Wed. Can you sense my enjoyment of this?! Our normal 6:30 before care worker teaches at the other campus so she's on spring break this week. So I decided that I'll work the 6:30-2:30 shift these 3 days. I have loved it. I love getting home so early! Yesterday I sat my phone alarm for 5:30 p.m. b/c I wanted to make sure I was up and ready to leave for our volleyball game. Well I forgot to change the p.m. part when I went to bed so instead of my alarm going off at 5:30a.m...it didn't. I just so happen to roll over and look at the clock at 6:06. I flew out of bed, jumped in the shower, and threw on my clothes and make up. Once I got in my car, I couldn't find my garage door opener that is always on my visor. I then remembered I put it in my purse b/c I rode with my parents to the game last night. So I had to dig in my purse and find it. Finally... I left the house!

But the craziness doesn't stop there....

I always pray on the way to school so I'm just praying and totally drive past my school! I said out loud, "Are you kidding me?!" What a morning! As if I wasn't already late...

I get to school, clock in at 6:35. 5 minutes late. Thankfully not any later! So I take my hair dryer to the bathroom to dry my hair and what do I realize? There is no outlet in the bathroom. Plan B. Dry my hair in my classroom. Its def. a first, but what else am I going to do?! I finally get my hair dried, got my oatmeal and coffee fixed so I go and sit down with the kids. Finally I can relax. 20 minutes after finishing my oatmeal I look down and realized I have 2 significant drops of dried oatmeal on my solid color shirt. All I could do was laugh at this point. I mean alarm doesn't go off, don't have time to dry my hair, can't find the garage door opener, drive past school, have to dry my hair in my classroom, and spill oatmeal on my shirt. Hopefully that is all the craziness for this oh so very Trying Tuesday!

Now on to bigger and better things... like food!

Chili Queso Dip

I am a huge fan of Chili's chili queso dip. Now this is not that particular dip, but close.

1 block of Velveeta
2 cans of rotel
2 cans of chili with beans

-Poor all contents into a large microwavable bowl.
-Microwave in 5 minute increments. Stirring in between. Enjoy.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. (*Carefully poor the popcorn into the bowl. Try and keep as many unpopped kernels out as possible.) In a saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Pour over popcorn and mix until well coated. Press into a buttered 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cool slightly before cutting. Yield: 2 dozen.
These are so good!!!!!!!!

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday Night Highlight

We had family night at church Friday night... with a basketball theme. D had TV's set up with the NCAA tournament going, we ordered pizza, and one of our rec committee members brought a basketball cookie cake... along with all the other sides and desserts we had! I love these Fridays nights with our sweet church family.

I made the bacon cheeseburger dip to go along with the pizza... but almost burned our house down in the process. I bought the already cooked bacon so I put a bunch of the slices on a paper towel on top of paper plate to warm it. Apparently I didn't realize how long I had set the microwave for b/c I got busy doing something else and smelt the most awful burning smell. The paper plate and paper towel were almost on fire! Congratulations to me. I almost burned our house down... not with a candle, not with the stove or oven... but with the microwave. Genius. Thankfully my scentsy stuff left on all night took care of the awful stench. Black Raspberry Vanilla... you are amazing!

Saturday Highlights

I woke up to the sound of thunder and rain. I smiled, rolled over, and went back to sleep. We didn't get up until almost 9. That rarely ever happens. I guess b/c it was so dark. But the extra sleep was wonderful. I got up and fixed D some cinnamon rolls... we figured out the ww points and realized that he ate my whole days worth of points in that one meal. Must be nice.


-We had lunch with mom, dad, sister and J.
-Sister and I went shopping.
-Made a much needed Starbucks run.
-Went home and people came over to hang out and watch basketball.
-Used 2 new recipes that were delicious. I'll share them tomorrow.
-Later that night we had 2 of our students stop by to hang out. Me and Madison had to humble D and Corey in Catch Phrase.

Sunday Highlight

D continued his Sexology series. I sat there thanking Jesus that he doesn't shy away from tough topics. He talked about sexual temptations... including pornography. The statistics he found were insane! One of the craziest ones was that apple, amazon, google, microsoft, and tons of other big name companies combined don't come close to making as much money each year as the porn industry alone.

We looked at 1 Cor. 6:12-20. How differently would we live our lives if we truly believed that our bodies are apart of Christ? That we are not our own? We've been bought with a price!

His points were:
1. Sexual Temptation can rule your life
- He gave an analogy about a wrestler. The more you feed the wrestler the bigger and stronger he gets. Before long he's a sumo! Just like our sexual temptations the more we feed it the bigger it gets. We must starve the sumo so we can effectively fight back. We must surrender to Christ. We must have accountability in our lives.

2. Sexual Temptation can ruin your life
-ruin relationships with the opposite sex: they become objects rather than a person created in God's image
-ruins your relationship with God: sin causes division

3. Jesus alone can fulfill our life
-all sin is caused by us not allowing Jesus to fulfill our need in that particular area

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Avoiding Sexual Sin
12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.

15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.”[a] 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weight Watchers Update 11

Last week: 145.6

This week: 147.2

Yikes... 1.6 gained this week! Ok, I guess its time to get strict again with what I eat. All the "cheats" have apparently caught up with me. I'm going to have to take what I learned Wednesday night about self control and really apply it... dead gummit.

Here's to hoping next week is more successful!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Things Thursday

10. What happened to our 76 degree weather?!!!!!!!!!

9. As you know I have been Jazzercising. If you're like me and were clueless as to what a class was like.... here's a sneak peak.

8. My favorite snack this week: frozen grapes.

7. I explained in an earlier post that I have taken my acrylic nails off and am letting my real nails grow. My sister has me text her a picture everyday to make sure I'm keeping them pretty. Can you tell that I need accountability?!

6. Thank you all for your sweet words of encouragement with my ww progress. Its def. a roller coaster at times. Your sweet words mean so much! I'm finding that weight training doesn't help the scale though... dumb muscles.

5. We began our volleyball league on Monday. I wish I had started sooner with this sport. I love it!

4. I've said many times before how God uses D's messages to really get a hold of me. Well, last night was no exception. He's finished up with the fruits of the spirit. Last night was on self control. Here are some of my notes:

Self Control

There is a battle going on within us. We have a choice.
a. Self Control takes discipline.
-we should train like an Olympian
: finishing, committing, saying no to self even when it hurts

b. Self Control takes grace
God's grace- gives us what we don't deserve
God's mercy- doesn't give us what we do deserve
Our response to His amazing grace should be us living a life that is self controlled

c. Self Control takes us walking with Christ
-when we walk daily with Him we are less likely to give into self.

*There should be an obvious difference in my life in the area of self control vs. an unbeliever.*

Ok... sermon over.

3. I have at least 2 massage gift certificates that I am dying to use... isn't it crazy that I can't find a good time to go though?!!! I need a massage! Yes... need... not just want.

2. One of my little girls looked at my pearl earrings that I am wearing today and said, "Mrs. Jerkins, is today old day? Is that why you're wearing those?"

1. I would love a Gigi's or a Muddy's cupcake right now. No, not even a mini... the real deal. I'm not even picky. The plain yellow or white cake with choc. icing and sprinkles would do just fine.

I must be hormonal b/c I was craving so badly an oreo blast from sonic the other day so I convinced D he needed one so I could eat some of it. Yes, he ordered it... not me. I just got to indulge in it. I'm smart enough not to order my own. You know... maybe its not just the strength training...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trike A Thon

Today was our annual campus Trike A Thon. I love this program because it not only teaches our kids bicycle safety, but also opens their eyes to what St. Jude is. Our kids were able to see pictures and video of boys and girls their age who are getting treatment from this incredible hospital. What an honor to be able to show God's love in this practical way of giving!

The 76 degree weather we had was great. The wind on the other hand... we could have done without. The sun finally came out turning our morning outside into a fantastic event.

We have been raising money for St. Jude and today was our celebration day. Every child got to bring their bike or trike along with their helmet to school. Our art teacher came and drew a "course" for our bikers throughout our parking lot. Thinking this would help them understand the boundaries, which direction to go in, etc.... boy was I wrong. Let me rephrase... for most this was successful.... others... not so much.

There are a few changes I would make for next year, but overall it was a fun morning. We enjoyed the nice weather, got some great exercise, and celebrated what we have done to help St. Jude.

I know most of the events that I post from school contain the same kids. Their mom's have given me permission.... I promise I do have more kids in my class. I got an adorable picture of my whole class. I said, act like you love each other and they threw their arms around each other. Its absolutely precious. You'll just have to use your imagination!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Try it Tuesday: Dips

This past weekend I knew we'd be having people over so I went looking for some new snack recipes. I found these two different dips and they did not disappoint. However, my scale may be disappointed this week b/c they are so good!

Layered Pizza Dip

1 (8-oz.) container soft cream cheese with chives and onions
1/2 cup chunky pizza sauce
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped pepperoni
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Heat oven to 350°F. In ungreased 9-inch pie pan or 1 to 1 1/2-quart baking dish, layer all ingredients in order listed. (I actually repeated the layers minus the cream cheese.)
  • Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until dip is hot and cheese is melted.
  • Serve warm with bagel crisps, bagel chips or crackers.

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

8 slices bacon
1 lb lean (at least 85%) ground beef
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1 package (8 oz) shredded American-Cheddar cheese blend (2 cups)
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into bite-size strips
1 package (5.25 oz) mini bagel chips

  • In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon for garnish. (precooked bacon works just fine too!)
  • In same skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream cheese, shredded cheese, tomatoes and crumbled bacon until well mixed and cheese starts to melt.
  • Pour mixture into 1- to 1 1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 to 3 hours or until hot and bubbly.
  • Stir parsley into dip. Sprinkle with reserved bacon for garnish. Keep on Low heat setting to serve. Serve with bagel chips.

They are so good, but the best part is they are so easy!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sister!

Today the sister...who's real name is Kacie, but I never call her that... turns the big 22. I am so proud to be her sister. She is one of the funniest people I know and never fails to make my day. She is my complete opposite for sure, but I love her more b/c of it. She is passionate about Jesus and it shows. Sister... we love you so much!

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday Night: Hockey Game

We took our youth to a Riverkings game. This was our first ever hockey game and it did not disappoint. There were all of 10 people there... j/k... but compared to a Tigers game it was bare. I was surprised at how much fun it was. It made me want to go home and watch Mighty Ducks.

When the game was over we all got to go ice skate on the ice. It was a lot of fun. Quite a difference between there and zoo lights rink.

This is Ms. Dorothy. She is a die hard hockey fan. She had been trying for months to get us to take our students. She goes to almost every game so she tagged along with us to this one. Here she is with her gear. Check out the earrings as well.

A trip to Mississippi wouldn't be complete without some mullets. This is a terrible picture, but it was a good mullet.

Yea, I think I'll keep him.


It was gorgeous outside! So I laced up my running shoes and went for a run. Then because it was so nice when I got back I decided to lay out and try and get some color... thank you Spring! Around noon people started coming over to watch basketball. D said he was feeling funny so he went upstairs and laid down for a minute. He ended up having a terrible migraine, but it was so bad we thought it was vertigo. Excedrin knocked out the headache and thanks to Walgreens helpful pharmacist, Dramamine helped with the dizziness. Thankfully by 7:00p.m. he was feeling almost normal.... a little loopy from the dramamine, but much better! So Saturday didn't turn out to be as crazy as I thought.... since D wasn't feeling well everyone went home. Then later my wonderful parents brought us dinner. It ended up being a nice and relaxing day... well for me.

Sunday: Youth Sunday

A couple of times a year our church has Youth Sundays. Basically D leads the service, and we get our students to be involved as much as possible. They greet, usher, give testimonies, sing the special music, etc. We bring in different worship bands and speakers. D preached in the morning and we had a friend come speak in the evening service. It was a great day. We're so thankful for our church to allow our students these opportunities to lead.

Sunday Night

Every Sunday night after church we go out to eat with our students. Normally its Subway, Taco Bell, or Sonic. Because it was so nice last night, we ended up at Sonic. I was talking to one of our girls and I look over and see this...

Yes, thats D's phone propped up on a honey mustard package playing the NCAA tournament live. Oh boys...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Weight Watcher Update 10

Last week: 148.2

This week: 145.6

Total loss for this week: 2.6 lbs

Total loss: 17.6 lbs

As I'm typing this out, I am in disbelief. I knew ww worked, but for me to lose 17 lbs... Holy cow! This has been such an exciting journey. I am so glad I took this challenge!

Ten Things Thursday

10. The NCAA tournament is among us... which means my husband is singing "Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

9. Though I don't care to watch every game of the tournament, I do like filling out a bracket and seeing how my teams pan out.

8. Is it bad that I chose Kansas to win it all based on the fact that it sounds like my name?

7. In my defense, I did look at rankings, but when it came down to Kansas or Ohio State... I knew D chose Ohio State so I thought I would choose the other one and the fact that it sounds like my name sealed the deal.

6. People are coming over to our house to watch the games today while I work hard for the money. I didn't think it was appropriate to ask off for the NCAA tournament that I wouldn't even really watch. Though my sister tried to convince me it was a good idea.

5. Enough about March Madness... and madness it will be at my house for the next few days!

so moving along...

4. I have worn acrylic tips for years now. I've always been a picker and my nails have always suffered b/c of it. I didn't like manly looking hands so I turned to acrylics and have loooved them. Last Friday, I went to have a new set put on. She began taking them off like normal. No problem. Then she got to one of my fingers and I thought I was going to jump out of my chair it hurt so bad to get off. I think its just because my real nails were so fragile and weak. Nonetheless.... I couldn't imagine her putting new ones on with me feeling like that! So I said forget it... lets' just soak these things off and I'll just get a manicure. To my surprise, I have yet to cave and go back for my acrylic tips and am enjoying my real nails. Sister has GORGEOUS nails so I'm going to try my best to keep mine looking as good as hers.

3. We're going to our first hockey game tomorrow night. We're taking our youth and the best part is after the game everyone gets to ice skate.

2. While eating my lunch today, somehow I managed to sling Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing in my eye. How that happened I have no idea! I was almost in tears it burned so bad.

1. What are y'alls big weekend plans? Will your house be filled with people and food? Will you get to relax without hearing buzzers, yelling, and cheering? If so... enjoy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Lately, I have had this verse on my mind.

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26

I can't shake it. I guess I don't really understand it. I mean I do understand what its saying, but I can't grasp it. I know this is elementary. We are to love God above all else.... but its the rest of the concept that I can't shake.... our love for Him should be so strong that the love we have for the others in our life should look like hate. W.H.O.A.

I found this commentary by Dan Lacich...

(I know nothing about this man, but I do think he's right on about this.)

"But we can’t just ignore what Jesus said. The enemy, Satan, would like nothing more than for us to blow off such provocative verses and refuse to get any deeper in our faith that having a some vague sense that God thinks we are okay. We need to wrestle with what Jesus meant. In order to do that we must first understand what He did not mean. Clearly Jesus would not teach that we are to hate anyone in the way that we normally think of hatred. After all, it was Jesus who commanded that we not even hate our enemies but instead love them. It was also Jesus who said the two most important things you could do were to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Surely we are not expected to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and at the same time, detest our parent and siblings.

Some people try to use this as an example of a contradiction in the Bible and an excuse to ignore all of it. But there is no contradiction. When Jesus says to hate He uses the Greek word, miseo. It is a word that has duel usage. It can in fact mean to despise or detest someone. But it is also used in the Bible and other ancient literature to mean “love less”. Numerous scholars of the Bible concur that in this an many other casesmiseo is used in to mean love one thing less than another. It is a matter of placing higher priority over one thing than another.

With that in mind the meaning of Jesus becomes easy to grasp but harder to live. What Jesus is saying is that there would be nothing in this world that we love more than we love Him. We are not to love our parents more than we love Jesus. We are not to love our brothers and sisters more than we love Jesus. We are not to love our children, or spouse, or cousins, or next door neighbor more than we love Jesus. In fact He says that we are not to love our own life more than we love Jesus. That shouldn’t surprise us for two reasons. First, God said in the Ten Commandments that we are to have no other gods before Him. In other words, nothing in life is to have more devotion from us than the Lord our God. Secondly, Jesus said that we are to love God with ALL that we have and ALL that we are. The implication is simple, nothing and no one should have a greater place in our heart, and in our devotion, and in our love, than the Lord.

To emphasize the fact that we are to love nothing so much as we love the Lord, Jesus goes on in Luke 14:27 and says “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Those folks who heard those words come from His mouth had to have been stunned to the point of being frozen in their tracks. The image of carrying a cross was vivid to them. Anytime someone was carrying a cross they were on their way to their own execution. They were going to death, just as Jesus was when He carried His own cross. By saying that we are to love Jesus more than we love our parents and that we are to carry our cross for Him or else we are unworthy of being His disciples, Jesus is saying that when it comes to following Him, He wants your all. There is no halfway measure with Jesus. It is full and complete devotion or nothing. It is Jesus first or not at all. It is give Him your life even to the point of death, or not at all.

Sometimes your love for the Lord might mean that you have to say no to your family and yes to Jesus. Sometimes your love for the Lord might mean that you have to turn down a promotion because even though it will mean more money and prestige you know that it will have a negative impact on your relationship with Jesus. Sometimes your love for the Lord might mean that you must sacrifice your comfort and open your home to someone without a home. Sometimes your love for the Lord means you must live with rejection from people whom you care about, or face ridicule from others. You must love them and their acceptance and your comfort and your promotion and your prestige, less than you love Jesus.

So the right thing to say is not, I love Jesus but I hate you. Instead, it needs to be, anyone or anything else, I love you but I love Jesus most of all."

I love this insight. I need to be challenged and this verse def. has been challenging me. I guess I should clarify and say that I'm not confused about what this verse says. I get it. Living it is another thing. Time to get to work.

Anyone else ever question or wonder about this verse? Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Try it Tuesday

Today's Try it Tuesday has to be my new favorite snack! A precious friend, Carol H., brought this to me today. Her thoughtfulness never ceases to amaze me! This snack is simple, but so delicious. And the best part is that its ww friendly!

Graham Cracker Sandwich

Low fat Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams
(1 serving=2 full crackers)
Calories 140
Total fat 2g
Dietary Fiber 1g

Fat Free Cool Whip
Serving Size 2tbsp
Calories 15 calories
no fat no fiber

1 cool whip sandwich is 1 pt.

*Can do with or without sprinkles.*

Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

We had a crazy busy weekend, but it was so fun. It all began with our basketball party as we watched an exciting win by the Tigers Friday night. Ok... I say that like I was glued to the TV and watching every second. I know I am a terrible fan and didn't, but I was glad to spend time with my sisters and my precious nieces.

Saturday began with my favorite Saturday morning routine. First I must add that the only day I don't have to set my alarm I am wide awake by 7:45. I mean...really?!! Back to my favorite thing... quietly getting out of bed, slipping down the stairs, preparing a good cup of coffee, and grabbing my bible. There is something sweet about this early morning time with Lord. When I am through with my quiet time, its DVR catch up time. I don't know what we did before DVR! This is the only way we watch TV. So I folded 5 loads of laundry while watching Survivor, Women Tell All.... and then I had to get productive. Maybe one of these days I'll get to the 3 or 4 America's Next Top Model episodes I have yet to watch! After folding, it was then time to put it all away! Gross. I don't mind washing, but the putting away is the pits!

Thanks to my man it was then time for Ripped in 30. I'll be honest the title was intimidating. I love Jillian workouts, but I knew this would be intense. It is, but its do-able. It really is a great workout. I love combination workouts. 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs... of course you do several sets... and you're dripping with sweat when finished!

Before we knew it, it was time to head to the Upwards banquet that we were hosting at our church. Of course... it was during the Tigers game! D was able to watch the first 15 minutes and then the last 3... so he saw them pull it out! I had one happy boy.

4 hours later, 500 people gone, tables of food cleaned up, floors swept and mopped, confetti vacuumed out of the sanctuary, and thanks to a great recreation committee we were all able to go home. We love and appreciate our recreation team so much... at least the ones that are committed. :) We couldn't do it without you guys!

The highlight of the weekend though was Kennett, MO!

We ran home threw some clothes in a bag and headed to Kennett where D was preaching the next morning. Some of our good friends, Josh and Laurie Gray, are on staff there. I was looking forward to seeing our friends, hearing my man bring the word, and getting away! Even if it was for less than 24 hours. A good road trip with my favorite person on earth was just what I needed. Good conversation, new scenery, new faces, new town... I loved every minute of it.

We had such a great visit in Kennett. Thanks Josh and Laurie for having us!
It was so good catching up!

Here's D with Josh, who he went to middle school, high school, college, and seminary with and was also ordained with!

Here I am with precious Laurie and baby Lizzie Kate!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Weight Watcher Update 9

Last week: 148.8

This week: 148.2

Total loss: 15.6

A whopping .6 lost. Good grief. If I had only known that first week how awesome 3.8 lbs was! I made such fun of it. Now if only I could get back there. Rather than aim for 3.8... I will settle for 2 lbs. Surely, this is do-able. And maybe a little Jazzercise and Jillian will help!

I had hinted that I wanted this ...

and when I got home yesterday it was on the counter. He's the best.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ten Things Thursday

10. Sam's has some delicious fresh fruit now!
Blueberries, Strawberries, and Pineapple... DELICIOUS! I can't get enough!

9. Family dinner with the Burbs tonight. I love my crazy family.

8. Spring... where are you?

7. I have decided to hold off on the gym thing. As busy as we are, I'm afraid I wouldn't get my moneys worth... especially the summer months when I'll be gone almost 6 out of the 8 weeks.

6. Thank you Palm Beach Tans for my free week of tanning. Even though we've had no sun lately, my skin looks sun kissed and not pasty anymore.

5. I mentioned on Tuesday that I am doing Jazzercise for the next month. This is the weirdest, craziest, fun thing I've done in a while. Its a mix between dancing, aerobics, and weird cardio jumping moves ... I can not even adequately explain it. The first night I went and loved it. The instructor def. challenged us, but her moves were easy enough to pick up. Last night, however, there was a different instructor. I must have looked like a baby giraffe trying to learn how to walk. I was so lost!... well only 90% of the time. Don't get me wrong. I still worked hard and sweated my butt off though... awkward white girl and all! I am so glad I took on this 30 day challenge with Jazzercise. Hopefully I won't look so awkward the whole month!

4. While on the subject of exercise. I really have grown to love it. I seriously don't miss a day... and sometimes I work out twice a day. Its a great stress reliever, makes you feel great, sleep better, and knowing swim suit season is just around the corner doesn't hurt either! I used to make excuse after excuse about exercising. I needed to join a gym, its too cold to run outside, the treadmill is boring, I need to buy some dvd workouts, blahblahblah.... I had all of these excuses until I discovered Exercise TV On Demand.

If you have comcast you no longer have an excuse. You have tons of great, FREE, workouts that you can turn on anytime. I now do several of these workouts a week.They range in variation, instructor, program, etc. Surely you can find one for you and your schedule. Don't have time? Nope. Not an excuse anymore. They also have quick workouts to choose from.. like seriously 10 minute ones. Anyone can workout for 10 min! So throw out the excuses and get moving... just remember you're going to have to put a swimsuit on in a couple of months!

3. D tweeted this last night while laying in bed eating oreos and milk:
Not sure why they still make regular Oreos. Go doublestuff or go home.
When I read this, I wanted to first punch him for being able to eat junk all the time and not show it. Then I wanted to steal all of his oreos , throw them in the milk until they were all soggy and eat every last bite! Oreos and milk are my favorite! Now I can still eat them when I want, but the problem is I have no self control with them. 2 or 3 cookies is a tease! I want 6 or more... well that may be dramatic... but you get the idea.

2. Can't wait for my Havanna Cabanna Scentsy bar to get here so I can pretend its warm outside and that summer is almost here.

1. So thankful that tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

"Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands." -Elisabeth Elliott

I saw this quote on Laura's blog and loved it. I know it's something I needed so I thought I would borrow it and share. It reminded me a lot of the chapter we've been going through this past week in bible study. The chapter is called, "Pruned to Bloom." Life is not easy. There are tough things that happen in our lives that we do not understand or wouldn't choose for ourselves. This chapter is one of great encouragement because it reminds us that we are not alone. We all have seasons of difficulty in our lives. We are also reminded that these "pruning" times are what God uses to draw us closer to Himself. And we all will go through this... its just a matter of time. So that means everyone is in 1 of 3 categories.

1. You have just been pruned: you're hurting, maybe frustrated, and even questioning God's will.

2. You are growing back after a pruning: still feeling a little hurt, but you are beginning to understand why God had you go through what you went through and are continuing to follow His leading.

3. You are in full bloom: you have come full circle. You are now standing on the other side of the situation, asking yourself why you didn't trust Him to begin with. You see that His plan was better than you could have ever planned for yourself.

One of my friends, Jenny, has experienced this in her own life. After years of trying to have a baby of their own, God said I have another plan. They were literally on their way to Nashville for IVF when they got a call that the building had flooded. God slammed that door shut. He then began opening the adoption doors wider and wider. Though it wasn't what she expected, she now has something... or somethings rather.... even sweeter. They now have 2 precious girls, Elia and Ava, that they adopted from Guatemala.

The pruning process was difficult and painful, but so worth it in the end. What God had planned was better than anything she could have dreamed up herself. I have had the privilege of teaching both of these adorable girls. This family is truly precious.... and a sweet reminder of God's grace and how His plan is always better than our own.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Try it Tuesday


Yesterday this site offered a month of Jazzercise 1/2 off. Bethany has been raving about it so I convinced ole sweet cakes to buy it for me. I went for the first time last night and loved it too. I didn't know anything about it other than what Bethany had told me. You are constantly moving, dancing, hopping, skipping, doing choreography... hard core cardio for 45 minutes followed by abs, legs, and arms for your cool down. It was so fun! You can burn 600 calories in one class! Now I see why.

I can't have a Try It Tuesday without food....

I had this Sunday and could have eaten a whole gallon of it.

Broccoli Salad

  • 2 bunches broccoli, florets only (5 to 6 cups florets)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 10 to 12 slices bacon, fried and crumbled

  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


Separate florets from broccoli stalks. Save the remainder of the broccoli for another use or freeze for later. Combine salad ingredients; top with dressing mixture. Chill and serve.

Last night Julsie had a Scentsy party and made these bad boys! I only allowed myself 1/2 of one but I could have eaten several!

Oreo Brownie

Oh yes. That is a brownie with an oreo cooked in side!

So go eat some of this broccoli salad and an oreo brownie then check out a Jazzercise class to burn it all off!

Weekend Wrap-Up

Highlights from the weekend:

Memphis game

Being there live is so much better than watching it on TV... which I normally don't do... I know... I know... I'm not really a dedicated fan.

D's message: Sexology Part 1

Yes, you heard me right. SEXOLOGY. He loves the title. The next few weeks he'll be talking to our youth about what the bible says about sex. To lay the foundation, he began the series with Why God created sex.

1. So we can know Him more fully
-The intimacy that sex creates within a healthy marriage relationship gives us a glimpse of the intimacy that we can experience with Christ. Because the world has so perverted sex, this is hard for many to comprehend.

2. Knowing Christ guards our sexuality
-If we're passionately pursuing Christ then we will have a greater desire to stay pure.

To be continued...

Winter Jam

I don't know why, but I thought it was a little disappointing this year. Maybe I'm just pms-ing... the good bands didn't play many songs and the ones that need to retire played too many.

This was the favorite amongst our youth. If you like hard, screaming, head banging rock then RED is your group. I, on the other hand, am not so much a fan.

Our youth love Winter Jam and we enjoy taking them. General admission I just think is a bad idea when you have over 10,000 people attending... many of which are groups. There needs to be more organization. Everyone had a great night though, but the late night makes for a rough Monday morning.

So here's to...

a great weekend and hopefully a nap later!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weight Watcher Update 8

Last week: 150.8

This week: 148.8

Weight loss this week: 2 lbs.

Weight Loss total: 15 lbs.

Originally my goal was to get down to 145. I changed my mind. I would like to get to 143 so that would be 20 lbs. lost. Once I get to 143 I won't bore you (Jules!) with anymore ww updates. You'll just have my skinny butt as the ww update! J/k... my butt is far from skinny!

This week's weight loss I think is attributed to many days of Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, and my treadmill. Intensity pays off! With that said, I'm considering joining a gym. There is one literally 2 minutes from my house. For $25 a month I get unlimited gym and tanning. Right now you can't even get a tanning deal for $25. I'm trying to decide if its worth it. I normally only tan at the beginning of Spring so I won't have white legs for Easter... well that and b/c by February I am pasty white. I also love the idea of being in a gym and having so many different machines to choose from. And knowing I better get my moneys worth of gym time sure helps! Like with ww... It was motivating knowing I was paying money for it so I better stick with it. What are your thoughts? Do you think its worth it?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I was cleaning out my bible... that frequently gets stuffed with bulletins and notes taken from sermons... when I found this one that D preached several weeks ago on True Worship. I truly believe God uses things/people in your life to bring you closer to him. Nothing/no one challenges me or encourages me to be more like Jesus than my husband.

True Worship

*We don't really worship God b/c we don't fully understand what he's done for us.*

What is worship? There are several great definitions, but I like this one:
Offering everything we have to the glory of God

Luke 7:36-50

This sinful woman that we see in these verses knew how to worship.

1. Worship is Humble
-She didn't care what others thought.
-She washed Jesus' dirty feet.
-She kissed His feet.
These things showed reverence and submission. There is no room for pride in worship.

2. Worship is Broken
-She washed Jesus' feet with her tears. She was obviously broken over her sin.
-Brokenness is the result of getting a glimpse of mercy and grace.
-Brokenness is being aware of the depth of our sin.

3. Worship is Sacrificial
-She gave the very best that she had to Jesus.
-She held nothing back.

4. Worship is Motivated by Love
-She was first forgiven.
-Forgiveness= Love= Worship
-She loved and worshiped freely because she was forgiven.

Ask yourself... is my worship humble? broken? sacrificial? motivated by love? How often do we just go through the motions of "worship?" Are we passionately seeking after Jesus? or doing enough to get by? Don't settle for simply getting by! We were created to truly worship! I am so thankful for this sinful woman that shows us what true worship looks like.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordy Wednesday: Susan Knopf

Susan Knopf is one of the craziest people you will ever meet. She loves life and is going to have a good time no matter the circumstance or situation. I'm sure you've heard me talk about her on here before.

I just can't tell you how much this woman has meant to my life. She has become one of my dearest friends. She is a full time mom/sub/taxi driver/cook/ cleaner/therapist/ youth leader/dental adviser/ medical assistant, etc. etc.... you name it Susan does it. She def. takes on many roles each day... to her husband's dismay. The one role that best describes Susan though is servant. I never understood what it meant to be a servant until I met her. She truly loves the Lord and people. She will do whatever.... whenever... for anyone without expecting any credit or recognition. She serves because she loves.

Susan, thank you for exemplifying what a Christ honoring friend and servant looks like. You're the best!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Try it Tuesday: The Grace Card

Last night D and I went to see The Grace Card. We don't pay full price for many movies, but this was one worth supporting... I guess technically mom and dad paid for it b/c they always give us date money for Valentines day and that's what we used... so thanks mom and dad! But... we would have gone regardless.

I am known to ruin movies. If you haven't seen a particular movie don't ask me anything about it. I will ruin it for you without even meaning to! This happened twice in one day... with 2 different movies recently. Seriously, I am a professional movie ruin-er. Too bad I don't get paid for it!

However... I PROMISE not to ruin it for those of you who haven't seen it. Well, at least I promise not to give any important details away. Overall, it was a god movie. I'm glad we went and saw it. I loved that it was filmed in Memphis so I knew the places they were filming and the streets they were talking about. I loved seeing familiar faces. I loved that the movie called out racism for what it is even to this day... especially in Memphis.... evident. No matter what people say everything is still a racial issue. People, both black and white, still have attitudes and strong opinions about the other...sadly. Its def. time to move on from this issue.

The downside of this movie is it is cheesy. I'm not sure how appealing this movie would be to the lost. The acting from some (not all) actors is pretty weak. It is slow in parts, but the ending brings it all together and makes it worthwhile.

Now, don't think I'm bashing this movie b/c I am thrilled that people are producing movies that are clean with a life changing message. I loved getting to go to a public theater and watch a movie centered around God's grace. I love that more movies are coming out like this. I do think that the acting and transitioning from scene to scene will improve with time.

The Grace Card is def. a movie I think everyone should see!
And hopefully I didn't ruin it for you!