Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The beginning of knowledge

When I was in high school, I frequently prayed for the same 3 things:
1- that God would prepare for me a godly man to marry
2- that God would give me wisdom
3- that God would give me lots of money
I'm not proud of that last one, but keep in mind I was 16 at the time.
Thankfully, He saw the foolishness of that 3rd request and knew what my heart really wanted/needed and that was to always provide for my needs.

My first request was answered graciously when He led me to Tony. He knew Tony was the kind of man I needed and God continues to bless me through Tony.

As for the 2nd request, He is still teaching me that one, and I pray He always will. My God is so big that I will always be learning of His knowledge and wisdom. I don't want a God I can figure out after 'x' many hours of study and then I know everything I need to know about Him. My God is huge and I will be spending eternity learning from Him. But the beginning of that knowledge begins with fearing Him. Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge."

What does that mean? That phrase has always tripped me up--the fear of the Lord. It's not the kind of fear that causes us to be frightened, instead, it is a feeling of reverence; awe.

Think of it this way:
Think back to when you first met your spouse or someone you like (if you're not married). You found out everything you could about them. You hung out where they hung out. You found out what they liked to eat and tried to like it too. You found what music they liked to listen to and listened to it too. You wanted to know everything about them! You cared what they said and how they said it and hung on to and replayed in your mind every sweet word that fell from their mouth. You adored them, honored them, stood up for them, defended them, revered them. You feared what they might think of you not what your friends might think of you for being so in much more should our affections be towards God!

If I want godly wisdom it all has to start with knowing God. I'm going to hang out where He hangs out (church, fellowship with other Christians, the Bible). I'm going to care about and memorize and replay in my mind every sweet word that came from His mouth (the Bible). I'm going to like what He likes and hate what He hates. I'm going to adore Him, honor Him, stand up for Him, defend Him, revere Him, and fear what He thinks of me not what the world thinks of me. Because He is the One I will be spending eternity with, so I want to know all I can about Him before I get there!

Lord, thank you for knowing our hearts and giving us what we really need and not what we think we need. Please continue to give me wisdom so that I can know Your will. Make it something I desire more than anything else. May I find true pleasure in seeking after You. Thank you for the love you created in marriage to point us to a greater love in You.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Menu Monday

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope you either got a lot of work done or were able to spend it relaxing with friends or family.....or both!

Here's the menu for this week. I think we have some repeats.

roasted corn toastadas
green bean curry chicken/rice/fruit
grilled chicken/potatoes/veggie

What are you having?
What did you have last week?

Banana Cream Pie

This is Tony's grandma's recipe. It's yummy! One of my favorites! We had it today over at our neighbor's house for a Memorial Day grill-out. Thanks Anderson's!

Banana Cream Pie
Grandma Esther Soper

3/4 c sugar
7 T flour
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c milk
2 1/2 c half-n-half
2-3 bananas

Scald half-n-half.
Mix flour, sugar, and salt together.
Add eggs and milk and half-n-half. Whisking until smooth.
Place mixture over a double boiler, whisking constantly until thick, about 5 min.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla.
Cool to room temperature by placing mixing bowl into larger bowl of salted ice water, again stirring constantly so skin doesn't form on pudding.
Add sliced bananas and pour into 1 large or 2 small baked pie shells.
Top with whipped cream.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Menu Monday

Welcome to another week.
Only 9 days left of school. I can't believe another year is behind us.

Here's what's cookin' this week.

hot chicken sandwiches/chips/applesauce
Pastrami Paninis/fruit
No Name steaks/potatoes of some kind/veggie
Nachos supreme
Roasted corn toastados

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shhh! Did you hear that?

I think I have spiritual ADHD. Really. I can't focus or be still for very long whenever I pray or read my Bible. I'll start praying about something really important like wisdom in how to parent my kids and what they are struggling with at the moment, and next thing you know I'm trying to figure out if 2 cups of shredded cheese would be the same as 2 cups of solid cheese. It can't be! So, how big do you think the shredded cheese was before it was shredded? See what I'm dealing with here! Why in the world am I thinking about cheese when my kid's character is at stake!
It takes discipline for me to focus and be still. When I do reach stillness, I can hear His still, soft, loving voice. That is when I meet God and it is always sweet. But I don't get there often enough because I've been programmed to fill empty time with stuff...TV, internet, email, blogging, music, baking, cleaning, gardening, etc. My busyness gets my priorities messed up. I get caught up in making sure the house is clean, and dinners are planned, and laundry is done, and crafts are made, and blogging is interesting. These are all ok to do, but not when it takes priority over being still and knowing God is God.
When I do make myself be still and reflect on God, I hear Him and He makes known what He wants for my life. Our time here on earth is short compared to eternity. Where I'm spending my time is where my heart truly is.
Matthew 6: 19-21 says:
19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When people think of me, I would rather be known for having raised godly children than having a good blog. I would rather have been a submissive, loving, respecting wife than a good cook. I would rather be known for talking to people about the one true God who can save the world than how Jack Bauer is going to save the world.
I must be still! I must make myself be still so I can know God and do what He really wants me to do!

Lord, please cause me to be still long enough to recognize the hugeness of You and the minusculeness of me. Show me Your truths and help me to change so I value the things You value, things that will prepare me for worshiping You for eternity. Not things that will be destroyed when this earth is gone. Help me to be disciplined in how I use my time. Make my priorities line up with Yours. Change my heart, oh God!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Speaking of random......

TIME: mid-afternoon

SCENE: kitchen of a family's home. Mother is loading dishwasher. Oldest son, Evan, is doing crafts at kitchen table. After a few minutes, the daughter, Addie, walks in and stands by mother at the dishwasher.

ADDIE: Speaking of swim pants....

MOTHER: Addie, nobody said the word "swim" or the word "pants". In fact nobody was talking.

ADDIE: Oh... [whispering] Evan, say "swim pants"!

EVAN: [without looking up in a monotone voice] Swim pants.

ADDIE: Speaking of swim pants, can you get out the sprinkler?

Grandma's Apple Crisp

In honor of Grandma Marian showing internet savvy and entering a blog contest (and winning!), I thought I would post her amazing Apple Crisp recipe. (And I happened to make it last week).
Next time you have apples laying around that you don't know what to do with.....make this! You won't be dissapointed!

Grandma's Apple Crisp

10-12 apples, sliced
1/2 c sugar or more depending on tartness of apples
1/8 c lemon juice
1/4 c butter, cubed
2 t cinnamon

1 c flour
1 c oats
1 c brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/8 c oil
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon

Slice apples. Sprinkle with lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon.
Dump into a 9x13 pan.
Arrange cubed butter on top randomly.
Mix topping ingredients. Pour over top of apples.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 min. until top is golden and apples are bubbling.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Menu Monday

Hello all! Hope you had a great Mother's Day!
Here's what's cookin' this week.

BBQ chicken/cheesy potatoes/asparagus
Meditteranean chicken/pita/rice/veggies
hot dogs/buns/chips
green bean curry chicken/rice
hamburgers/fruit/leftover cheesy potatoes

How about you?

And the winners are......

Thank you to everyone who commented and participated in my first give away! I enjoyed reading all of your comments and appreciate all of you who take time to read Housewifery. Now that you know that it doesn't hurt when you leave a comment, please keep commenting and adding your thoughts to what I post! I really do love to see what you are making or what God is teaching you!

I put everyone's name into a hat (some of you twice!) and had Evan and Addie each pull out a name.

And the winners are.....
Evan drew the name........Grandma Marian!
Addie drew the name.......Bryant!

Way to go Grandma and Bryant! I'll be sending out a towel to each of you sometime this week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Give Away!

This is my 100th post! I can't believe I have stuck with this blog thing. I'm usually really faithful at things (exercise, discipline plans, new year's resolutions, etc.) for about a whole week and then I lose interest or come up with reasons why I shouldn't do it anymore. But blogging has been great for me! I set out wanting it to help me get organized with meal planning, keeping distant family updated on the Cooper's goings-ons, and to help me memorize scripture. It has done all of that for me and as an added bonus (and probably even more exciting for me) is that you guys share through your comments about your life. Thank you so much! I love reading what you have to say, so please keep the comments coming!

In appreciation of your readership, I would like to give away a gift to 2 lucky commenters.
These handy-dandy, hand-embroidered dish towels!

There's a few ways you can be entered in the drawing:

1. Leave a comment below about what you enjoy about this blog.
example: "I really enjoy seeing how you label each post."

Try to come up with something more exciting than that, but if that's truly what you enjoy, then.....go for it!

2. Tell a friend about Housewifery. For each person you tell, your name will be entered again. Just leave a new comment for each person you told.
example: "Enter me again! I told my sister about your blog."
or: "Hey, I'm commenting again because I just told my mom to check out your blog so she could win the dish towels for me."

3. If you are new to this blog, just leave a comment saying you are new.
example: "I'm new to your blog. Heard about it from my brother's sister's mom."

*Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you are one of the lucky winners!
example: heidi at visi dot com

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, May 10th.
Sometime on Monday I will randomly pick the 2 winners. And a dish towel will be coming your way! So get your comments in!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

If I don't cry, a rock will cry out!

In Luke 19, Jesus is making his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people begin praising God for all the miracles they had seen Jesus do. The Pharisees didn't like it and told Jesus to rebuke them. Jesus tells the Pharisees, "if they were silent, the very stones would cry out"!
In other words: God is going to be praised, if not from your lips then from the rocks and trees and rivers.
We don't determine when God can be praised. It's happening whether we participate or not. And someday, even the Pharisees and their like will worship God. Romans 14:10-12 says,
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11for it is written,

"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God."

12So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

I don't want to stand before God and have Him tell me that the rock in my wood chips did a better job praising him. Oh, that I wouldn't be ashamed to give You praise!

The thought for this post comes from a song written by my brother. Take a listen.

If I don't cry, a rock will cry out.
Praise will happen whether 'not you hear this man shout!
But, if I don't howl, then let it be heard,
"Foul!" from the creature, every boulder and bird.

Cry out! Cry out! Brother won't you?
Are you not affected when the Lord rides through?
Cry out! Cry out! Sister, what say?
Will the pebble beat your lips to Jesus today?

If I won't yell, well, what's there to fear?
"Hell's not a heater that you dare stand near.
If you won't wail, brother, angels still say,
'Hail to the Holy, Holy, Holy this day!'"

If you don't groan, still it should be known:
Man does not determine when the Lord's on His throne.
If you won't weep, then of you 'twill be said:
"The field stone's wiser than the rock in his head."

Mango Salsa

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
In honor of my Spanish heritage (my Norwegian grandpa's name was Carlos), I thought I would post this yummy mango salsa recipe that I found over here at Good Things Catered. She has a lovely food blog that I enjoy perusing.

Mango Salsa
adapted from Good Things Catered

2 large ripened mangoes, peeled and flesh cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced extra fine
1/2 medium red onion, diced fine
1 tomato diced
juice of 1 lime
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
sea salt

Monday, May 4, 2009

Menu Monday

Yeah! It's May! Summertime is just around the corner. Grilling season is upon us.
Here's what's cookin' this week.

curry chicken/rice/carrots
grilled Mediterranean chicken/pitas/veggies
spaghetti/meatballs/garlic bread (didn't get to this last week)