Friday, May 29, 2009

Biblical Hospitality....

I'll be the very first to admit that I am not very hospitable. At least, not biblically speaking. I worry about what people think about the home, if they'll like the food, etc. I want to impress them with MYSELF instead of impressing them with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I was even more convicted about it this afternoon as I read an article entitled Not Just Good-Housekeeping: A Case for Christian Hospitality. Oh boy. How do YOU stack up here? Be honest with yourself...

Entertaining is fundamentally "me-focused."

It has the feel of a show and it's heart is impressing other people either visually or with a meal.

It is embarrassed if something "goes wrong" or doesn't fit the kind of reputation it is trying to project or protect.

It is essentially prideful and hopes to be repaid.

It carries an air of formality that prohibits spiritual intimacy and fellowship.

It tends not to associate with the "lowly."

Biblical hospitality is humble.

It attempts to make people feel comfortable; creating an atmosphere where people can be themselves, fellowship together, and where ministry can take place.

It doesn't seek to hide areas of weakness or flaws - these are assumed.

It recognizes that the importance of any other person rests in their having been made in the image of God, not their social status.

It is servanthood that desires God to receive glory by time spent with others.

It is open to the needy and doesn't seek repayment.

It points unbelievers and those who are weak toward the Gospel.

This article is actually part 2. Part 1 is entitled Practicing Biblical Hospitality and is wonderful, as well.

I'd love to hear from some of y'all that have battled "self" in this area and conquered it. What does true biblical hospitality look like in your home?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Death is Not Dying...

I recently stumbled across a blog that shared about Rachel Barkey. She is a sister in the Lord who is dying of cancer. But, she says...
“Cancer does not define me. Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.”

Please make time, especially any of you that do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, to go watch Rachel's video entitled "Death is Not Dying". And remember to pray for her and her family.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The dirtiest spot in your home....

Oh my. I recently read that the dirtiest spot in your home is........ can you guess??? No, not your bathroom. Not the kitchen. It's the doorknob into your home!!!!!

Be honest, when was the last time you cleaned the doorknob that leads into your home? Just thinking of those germs gives me the heebie jeebies!!!

I don't know about y'all, but I am cleaning my doorknobs TODAY!!!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!!

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. LOL!! We were hit by lightning last weekend and our high speed is STILL not working! We have dail-up temporarily, but anyone with dial-up knows that you can NOT load any type of photo here on blogger unless you have high speed. So, I'll be up and running again as soon as we are back to normal around here!!

I do hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!! Thank you to all those serving in the military to keep our country safe!!!

Mrs. U

Friday, May 15, 2009

Perfectly sized muffins....

I make muffins quite often. They are the perfect "fast food" for mornings. I've been making different muffin recipes for years and each time I've used a spoon to get the muffin mixture into the muffin tin. A mess would ALWAYS occur and I'd always try my best to get all the little spills cleaned off the edges of the pan. What a pain.

But recently, I heard Ina Garten recommend using a regular ice cream scoop to, well, scoop the muffin mixture into the individual tins.

Aside from the fact that I have heard her mention this MANY times before and I COMPLETELY ignored her, you know what? It worked!! And it worked PERFECTLY, too, I must add!! All the muffins are incredibly close to being the same size! And it was MUCH quicker than trying to spoon it all in!!

I should have listened sooner!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lemon Meringue Pie

I LOVE my mom's Lemon Meringue Pie!!! It is simply the BEST!! I've made it every Mother's Day for years now. We always look forward to it.

Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie

9 inch graham cracker crust
3 eggs, separated
1 (14 oz) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup ReaLemon Lemon Juice from concentrate (yesterday, I used 3/4 cup!!!!)
1/4 t cream of tartar
1/3 cup sugar

Beat eggs yolk; stir in sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Pour into pie shell. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form; gradually add sugar- beat until stuff but not dry. Spread on top of pie, sealing CAREFULLY to edge of shell. Bake 12- 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until meringue is golden brown.

Cool and chill before serving.

I surely wish I could share a slice with you!!!

Monday, May 04, 2009

She's 3...

On Saturday, my sweet girl turned 3. THREE!?!?!??!! Where has my little baby gone???

She's really into Hello Kitty right now, so this was her cake for her party.

And this, by far, was her FAVORITE gift- a sand box. I forsee HOURS of fun ahead for us this summer!!!!


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