Holy Sanctification Process Batman, What the Crap is Happening?

What an insane 24 hours it has been. We all know one of the reasons why, and for the sake of all of our sanity, I won’t talk politics.

Last night my son woke up at around 3:45 in the morning. Typically when this happens, something spiritually fishy is going on, but I was drugged up on NyQuil, so Daniel handled it.

I woke up this morning to my phone being blown up with texts about friends in the hospital. Seizures, brain bleeds, emergency open heart surgery, respiratory infections…. THE WORKS!

How quickly God can put into perspective what is most important.

How quickly God can remind us of WHO is actually in charge.

Today has been physically and emotionally exhausting, but spiritually I feel SO ALIVE. I feel like my church family is suffering together, and suffering well. I haven’t really realized, until today, how much we love each other. It’s incredible and perhaps a snapshot of what heaven will be like (without the pain, tears, and weird hospital socks).

As wounded soldiers who are having to get their broken bones set and bandaged up, we are all leaning on each other for help, and it may be one of the most humbling and amazing times of my life.

If you are of the kind that prays, pray for Church On The Way. Pray for endurance, rest, strength, courage, hope and faith.

God is walking with us through the valleys.

 

Grace, Love and Suffering

If someone were to ask me to describe the gospel in three short parts, this is how I think I would describe it. I decided to make a graphic for it to look at all the time, reminding me that I really do need the gospel every single day.

If I could get these words or something similar tattooed to my eyelids so that I would be able to see them when I woke up and immediately begin to pray for these things, I would. Starting the day off with completely surrendering to Jesus everything I want and know and feel ABSOLUTELY makes a difference in how my day goes, whether it’s a rough day or not. It shapes my thoughts, actions and feelings for the whole day, and I am overall more aware of the holy spirit and what he is saying.

Not sure what this kind of prayer looks like? Here’s how mine usually goes.

God,

I surrender today.

Right now, I die to my desires, my opinions, my control, my ________.

Show me Your grace that you have for me today, and help me to accept it.

Give me the love I need to love the people around me today, and give me the courage to open up my mouth and have conversations.

I don’t want to suffer, but I know that suffering is a part of this whole deal. You tell me in your word that suffering is essential to my relationship with Jesus, for my growth, and ultimately for my good, so help me to understand that and find comfort and rest in you and joy that you are working out all the garbage in this life. When I experience pain and grief, be there with me.

Thank You so much for being my Father. I love you.

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Simply Bread

Remember in college when your bank account would sometimes get down to .27 cents?

Well the ole Webb piggy bank isn’t too far off from that. Since Daniel started his new job, the couple of transition pay checks from last job and new job have SUCKED, which is to be expected. Nothing new, and we get by. Can’t say that I’m not excited about tomorrow being pay day though.

Anyways, we ran out of bread yesterday morning, and I was trying to figure out how I was going to obtain some more. I googled “bread”, and then clicked on the first recipe. “Beginners Bread Recipe”, is what it was called. We’re talking Home-Ec bread recipe, THE BASICS. I’ve only ever made bread one other time, so I figured I’d probably need the most simple recipe, and I happened to have all of the ingredients for this particular one, which is rare.

I did it! And it was quite an enjoyable experience. I had just enough organic unbleached all-purpose flour left over from the World Market in Georgia to use, and I managed to find exactly enough dry yeast.

 

It was perfectly consistent all the way through, with a tougher crust and an extra soft inside. It had the texture of the white mountain bread one would get at Publix, with the taste of cuban bread. I tried keeping it inconspicuous last night while we had small group at our house, but Daniel found it…. and needless to say, we are out of bread again this morning.

Guess you could say we were super biblical last night since we literally “broke bread” together. He. He.

Want the recipe? Here it is. The only addition I made to the steps was I added the sugar to the disolved yeast water first, and let sit for a few moments before I added everything else. I also had to use almost a whole cup more of flour to get the consistency right.

You can also substitute 1/4 cup of ground flax seed for flour.

Bread baking is definitely different than other baking, and I think I might really like it. There’s a patience and a kneading technique one must develop to end up with a superb loaf of bread, which is something I wouldn’t mind developing.

Have you ever made bread before? What’s your favorite kind of bread?