Sunday, May 21, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 22, 2017

We have been so off track the last few weeks with planning our dinners and sure can tell.  Both Jeff and I have been busy and it sure makes it more difficult to decide on dinner when it was not planned ahead of time.  However, we are getting back on track with this upcoming week with some easy dinner plans.

Saturday, 5/20: Dining Out
Sunday, 5/21: Hello Fresh New York Strip Steak Panzanella

Monday, 5/22: Hello Fresh Char-Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Tuesday, 5/23: Hot Dogs
Wednesday, 5/24: Leftovers
Thursday, 5/25: Chicken Sandwiches
Friday, 5/26: Dining Out
Saturday, 5/27: Dining Out
Sunday, 5/28: Roast and all the Fixings!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Savior: The Way God Works - 3/11/17

On Friday, March 10th, we found out about Pastor Chris being relocated to Greenville.  He will be the pastor at Wesley UMC beginning this July.  We will surely miss the Yost family as they have truly been an amazing inspiration to our family.  I am grateful we were introduced to him and his family and to Cross Way UMC.

Savior: The Way God Works - 3/11/17

The call of the first disciples illustrates one of the purposes of Jesus' ministry: to call people to follow him in self-denying obedience.

“As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," he said, "and I’ll show you how to fish for people." Right away, they left their nets and followed him. Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
Matthew 4:18-22 CEB

The opening song to church that evening hit me hard.  I can hear the tune and I can remember exactly where I was standing.  The main lyrics go something like:
I will follow you,
Where you go I will go
Stay I will stay
Serve I will serve...

My reflection / notes:
  • Really frustrating when you experience real people in poverty.  Then you see someone... momentarily glance and then you look away as quick as you can?? God I really don't want to see what I just saw but God is there something I can do? It never fits into your schedule. You understand the call of serving and having god in your life.
  • People in this passage:
    • Peter is a goof ball sometimes.
    • Andrew maybe a little bit more wholly.
    • James 
    • John
  • Fisherman -- multiple job concepts related to fisherman.
    • These fisherman Were just going about their lives. Jesus takes the initiative to see them.  Jesus is the one who speaks to them.  Seeks to offer. Seeks to restore the relationship.
    • The call was for everyone.
  • Redemption story. God calls us to be apart of. Miracle is the call itself. Jesus would speak the word and people would follow.
  • Jesus says, "Follow me."  As he leads, we follow.
  • Take the plans you had and set them aside.
  • Chris handed out fishing nets.  Whatever God is calling you to.  What vocation are you in?  Go be it. You are the one.

Then, I read my Jesus Calling book for March 12th!  It was spot on to what I was feeling with the news and all of the emotions.  It was one of the moments, when I said, "Okay God, I'm listening."  I am reminded more now than ever to stop and listen when I am troubled.  God has a way of speaking to me, but you just have to slow down to listen and hear him.

Jesus Calling - 3/12/2017

Waiting, trusting, and hoping are intricately connected, like golden strands interwoven to forma  strong chain.  Trusting is the central strand, because it is the response from My children that I desire the most.  Waiting and hoping embellish the central strand and strengthen the chain that connects you to Me.  Waiting for Me to work, with your eyes on Me, is evidence that you really do trust Me.  If you mouth the words "I trust You" while anxiously trying to make things go your way, your words ring hollow.  Hoping is future-directed, connecting you to the inheritance in heaven.  However, the benefits of hope fall fully on you in the present.

Because you are Mine, you don't just pass time in your waiting.  You can wait expectantly, in hopeful trust.  Keep your "antennae" out to pick up even the faintest glimmer of My Presence.

John 14:1; Psalm 27:14; Hebrews 6:18-20

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 24, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of April 24, 2017

Monday, 4/24: Hello Fresh - Hunan Cumin Beef Stir-Fry over Jasmine Rice

Tuesday, 4/25: Hot Dogs
Wednesday, 4/26: Ham
Thursday, 4/27: Chicken Sandwiches with Roasted Asparagus
Friday, 4/28: Leftovers
Saturday, 4/29: Leftovers
Sunday, 4/30: Herbed Pan Fried Pork Chops

Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 17, 2017

The past few weeks have been quite busy, but productive.  I am really enjoying our dinners from Hello Fresh!  Here are a few of the most recent dinners we have cooked a few weeks ago!

We received our Hello Fresh box this past Saturday which was helpful with our busy weekend.  The recipes include strip steak, chicken orzo dinner, and a beef stir-fry.  Ashlyn was baptized yesterday at our church and we had family over leaving little time for the grocery store for this upcoming week.  Jeff and I decided to purchase a new GE Profile refrigerator which will come in a few weeks.  Our goal is to clean out the food and freezer over the next two weeks to help make it easier when they are switched out.

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of April 17, 2017

Monday, 4/17: Hello Fresh - Strip Steak Florentine with Mashed Potatoes and Squash

Tuesday, 4/18: Pinto Beans in Crock Pot and Corn Bread
Wednesday, 4/19: Hello Fresh - Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner with Cheesy Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes

Thursday, 4/20: Leftover Buffet
Friday, 4/21: Leftover Buffet
Saturday, 4/22: Dining Out
Sunday, 4/23: Hello Fresh - Hunan Cumin Beef Stir-Fry over Jasmine Rice

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coupon Savings and Paying Off Debt

To encourage myself to cut and use my coupons, I have decided to transfer the money I save from coupons to our credit cards.  Jeff and I have been following Dave Ramsey's plan for two years now after taking Financial Peace University from our church, Cross Way UMC.  Since getting on a budget, we have paid about 73% of our debt, excluding our mortgage.  Today, I transfered another $27.75 to one of our credit cards!!

Proverbs 22:6-7Common English Bible (CEB)

Train children in the way they should go;
    when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.
The wealthy rule over the poor;
    a borrower is a slave to a lender.

Proverbs 22:15New Living Translation (NLT)

15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,
    but physical discipline will drive it far away.
Love this study note from my bible, "Wisdom is learned, not inherited or innate.  It takes discipline, sometimes physical, to change foolishness into wisdom."  I am thankful we were able to take this class since it has allowed us to get on a budget which in turn will help teach our children the way to handle money.

We were out of stock of Windex and it was also on sale at CVS.  The furniture around the baseboards in the main area of the house is moved around since we are in the process of getting the house painted this week and possibly our tile and grout cleaned and sealed.  The goal is to go around the baseboards prior to moving furniture back into place and clean them this week.

CVS Shopping Trip

$4 ECB wyb (4) participating Household Cleaners

2 - Windex or Scrubbing Bubbles, $2.99
  • -.50/1 Windex product, excl trial size, SS 03/12
  • -.50/1 Windex product, excl trial size, SS 03/12
2 - Ziploc storage bags, $2.99
-$1.00 CVS Coupon "Food Storage" via CVS App
-$4.00 ECB coupon from Monday
=$6.46 Total
GET back $4.00 ECB for next trip

I started following Southern Savers many years ago.  I find it nice to have the store advertisements matched to particular coupons.  Using Jenny's blog, I went to Target yesterday to pick up primarily household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, mouthwash, laundry detergent, contact solution, allergy medicine, and a few other odds and ends.  Many of these items were advertised on sale and a few included gift card deals.  Paired with coupons, I was able to save the discounted store price along with my coupons which totaled $26.75!


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