Monday Morning (or Afternoon) Commentary


Yesterday we continued our series on faith.  My husband's message was amazing.  I know I say that every week but its true, every week.  The sermon on faith was applicable at all levels.

One of my favorite points was Our faith is not in our faith but it is in the faithfulness of God.  I loved all the examples of a faithful God to a faithless people found throughout the scriptures.

The last point was so applicable…
    Hearing the word initiates faith
    Speaking the word activates faith
    Doing the word demonstrates faith

Speaking the word is often the missing link for faith and although there are denominations that take this to the extreme it is quite biblical.  Check out this verse and this verse.  We gave out a list of 12 faith confessions.  They are good.  I plan to put mine up in the shower (odd I know but a great place to focus my thoughts and say some things out loud).  My husband said yesterday, "Dr. Phill didn't invent this, Jesus did."  Its not self-help, it's simply stating the truth and acting on it.  (Sorry for the crooked scan).


You can listen to the message (week 2 of Give Me Faith) here later today. 

Recipe: Easy (low carb) Chicken Parmesan

In the past, my husband and I have done many low-carb diets.  Well, I cook the meals for him and add bread for myself.  I am always trying to figure out ways to cut the carbs and still eat good.  One of the things I discovered is using grated Parmesan cheese instead of bread crumbs (not the fresh cheese, the Kraft kind that comes in a jar).

I "bread" fish and chicken in it all the time and its really tasty.  This week I had planned on making eggplant parmesan with my leftover meatball sauce (I love to reuse leftovers into a new dish) but I forgot to buy the eggplant.  I had some chicken in the freezer so I decided to improvise.  I had never made chicken parm before.  I also had some part skim ricotta that I wanted to use (I know that is not traditionally part of chicken parm but whatever…)  Here's what I did…

  • Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally.  This is really important because it makes the chicken thinner and cook faster.
  • "Bread" in Parmesan cheese.  (No need to dip in egg, if you don't want.  It will stick.) 
  • Cook in a heated pan with olive oil.
  • Put sauce in bottom of an 8×10 glass dish
  • Place chicken in, top with sauce.
  • Top with ricotta.
  • Top with mozarella.
  • Bake at 400 until cheese is melted and sauce bubbles.

Serve over whole wheat noodles and salad to be healthy!


You asked… don’t push

I am entitling this post Don't Push.  I am answering these two specific questions that are seemingly inapplicable to someone who does not have young children, but stick with me, read the whole post, there's something here for everyone.

If Graham is off his paci …. how did you do it? And what age?
I'm just looking for some tips and support!!
  Posted by:
Joy Henderson

Hi Joy!  I am currently in the processes of transitioning Graham to leave his paci in his bed.  If you know Graham, you know that he has always had two security items, a blanket and a paci.  Up until very recently I let him take both items everywhere we went. 

The blanket soon became a hygene issue for me (I think the day he insisted on having it at the pool was the last straw for me), so we started with that first.  I started making Graham leave it in his bed.  This was difficult for him for about a day and a half (during which he had to sit in his crib if he wanted to hold it).

Once he got use to it, I asked him if he wanted to leave his paci, at first he said no and I didn't push it.  Eventually, he did it.  I would still keep the paci in my purse or his bag when we went out.  ESPECIALLY at church.  Church is the last place I would make Graham go without his paci because it is the place he feels the least secure.  I don't care if people think that he is too old for a paci.  Graham is afraid at church.  He never knows how long it will be before he sees me again, and there are strange people (to him at least) constantly talking to him.

The past two weeks he has not used the paci at all except for sleep times.  I am so proud of him.  I didn't push it and he has done great.  I have heard that a paci will not effect your child's teeth until age 5.  For now, that is my goal to completely take it away (although I have hopes it will be sooner).

This is a lesson I have learned the hard way, which brings me to the next question…

How did potty training go for you? Any tips for someone in the trenches of pt? Any fun hints that worked for you?  Posted by:

My tip?  Don't push it.  I "potty trained" Elijah for about 8 months.  I tried every.thing.  When Elijah was ready, he got it.  He was 3 1/2 and almost gave me a heart attack.  He has since had about 5 accidents total and sleeps in underwear.

Nothing about it was fun because I pushed it.  I have no real tips because nothing I did worked.  I probably prolonged it in the end because I made it such and issue.

How does this apply to everybody else?

We all have someone/thing in our life that we try to control or push…
    Friend we desperately want to come to Christ?
    Prayer we desperately want answered?
    Buy a house or car?
    Job change?

Sometimes, you just need to stop.  Stop nagging, stop fussing, stop asking, stop whining.  Just stop.  Leave the pesrosn/issue with the Lord.  Sometimes being pushy just prolongs the process.  Act only when all signs point to readiness and quit worrying about what others think about you.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.  Psalm 37:7a

See I told you pacies and potties apply to everyone.

A visit from Lukey

4 pm couldn't come soon enough today (written yesterday).  Lukey was coming over and Elijah has been beside himself with anticipation.  Luke is our 3 year old cousin, his birthday is right in between Elijah and Graham's and he is the perfect playmate for them.  Luke is spending tonight and tomorrow night with us.  We have already had tons of fun…

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We joined the club

Scan0001Yesterday we joined Costco.  We have been members at Sam's Club for the past few years and decided to change it up.

We ate lunch (pizza and sprite) next to a lady who told me her 3 year old twins had never had soda because the sugar would ruin their teeth.  The girls were destroying some vanilla ice cream while she was talking to me.  Hmm… I'm just saying.

Anyway, here's my new card, I love it.

Monday Morning Commentary

GiveMeFaith I think I have a hang-over from the weekend.  I guess you could call it a holy hang-over (ooh that was cheesy).

Here's a recap… 11 services, 3 campuses, 2 days, 1 new building, over 7000 people, over 500 salvations, 6 times my husband preached live, are you tired yet?

Our staff and volunteers did an amazing job carrying us through the weekend.  We pulled it off.  The best part is that with the exception of Saturday night, every service had seats available.

My husband's sermon was awesome (I sat through it 5 times and it was equally good every time).  The passage was Daniel 3, the story of the firey furnace.  The subject was faith.  Here are some of the highlights from my notes…
    -Real faith makes the opponents of faith see God
    -God doesn't put you in the fire to destroy your faith but to demonstrate His power
    -FAITH is believing God CAN,  EXPECTING that He will and TRUSTING Him if He doesn't
    -Old school faith is not based on what God is, rather who God is

And my favorite… Stop looking for a faith that keeps you from the fire and embrace the One that is with you in the fire.  I think that so many people have this idea that faith in God means that they will live a carefree, trouble-free life and when this doesn't happen, their "faith" is shattered.  Real faith knows that trials come and life happens, but God is with you every step of the way.  A faith that knows that God is great and God is good (but that's a whole other message).

You can, and should, listen to the message (week 1 of Give Me Faith) here later today.

Photo Journal: Friendship Trays

My friend, Amy Corbett, and I have been delivering Friendship Trays on and off for the past 2 1/2 years.  This past Wednesday was our last day to deliver our summer route (which we did every other week).

Volunteering in the community is such a great tool for teaching kids to serve others.  Friendship Trays (here in Charlotte a division of Meals on Wheels) is perfect for kids.  They enjoy bringing the people their juice and food and have a great time together. 

It takes us a little more than an hour and then we usually go to a fun place to eat.  This week we visited the train in Matthews after lunch.  We're taking a break for the fall but we will be back at it again soon I am sure.

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Check up 
Elijah had his four year check up yesterday. 

He was very brave!  Three shots and one "pwick" followed by a lemon cherry slushie from Sonic and a visit to see his daddy.

Elijah is the only 4 year old in the world who can interrupt Big Picture Meeting to show off his band-aids.

Pictured is Elijah in his "Shepherd costume" (from phone, please excuse the blurriness) just after his finger prick.  I think the nurse taught him a bit of Lamaze to blow away the pain.

PS.  My day was excellent yesterday.  Thanks for all of you who asked!

PPS.  Check back at noon for the winners of the giveaway.