Spinach > Arugula

After church today, Lydia and I dined on salads.  Mine was the last of the spinach / arugula mix and hers was all spinach.  We had a variety of toppings including, boiled eggs, cheese, walnuts, raisins, celery, and carrots.

spinach salad

One of my favorite food bloggers, Kath, reported that she had learned to make boiled eggs from someone who had learned from Julia Child herself.  I used that method today and these eggs were the best ever and oh so easy.  All you do is put the eggs in a pot and cover with cool water.  Bring just to a boil and then take off heat and let them sit for 13 minutes.  Next put them in a bowl of ice water to immediately stop the cooking process and help the shell to peel easier.  These eggs did peel extremely well and cooked to perfection.

I enjoyed my salad but I confessed to Lydia that I don’t really like arugula anymore.  I’m not sure if it was that awful smoothie the other night or not but I’m sticking to spinach and butter lettuce from now on.

Today’s sermon was on the 8th commandment.  Do you know it?  Click here for the complete sermon notes.  They might still have last week’s sermon up so check back often.  My favorite part was what our pastor ended with today.  He read the lyrics from Amy Grant’s,  I Have Decided.   I remembered it right away and have always loved it.  Listen to the words. They are truly powerful.

I’ve got a ton of laundry, housework, and grocery shopping ahead of me today.  I so wish I could be diligent enough to learn to get all my stuff done on M-Sat.  That way I could really keep commandment number 4.

Happy Sunday!

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Time on my Hands

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my new Galloway training plan?  Well I do!  Two 30 minute runs during the week and then a long run at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning give me so much more time.

It’s a lot like this quote I shared the other day:

“When you run in the morning, you gain time. It’s like stretching 24 hours into 25. You may need to sleep less and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day.”

 Fred Lebow, Founder of the New York City Marathon

You just cannot imagine how much time I have on my hands and to be honest, I’m not sure what to do with it!  Getting my run in yesterday and getting home by 9:00am gave me the longest Saturday you can imagine.  And now today!!  A Sunday and church is done.  Ron is cooking dinner today and I have the entire day OPEN.  It is truly Inconceivable!

Last Sunday I did housework all day.  I finished up the laundry yesterday and did the grocery shopping.  I might do a bit more cleaning today.  I do want to incorporate some celebrating being it is Memorial Day weekend and all.  We’ll have to see.

I almost skipped church today.  I knew we would be going over the 7th commandment and that one is a gimmie to me as well.  I knew our pastor would bring up Matthew 5:27-29.  However, I didn’t expect him to cover my favorite verse in the Bible:  Philippians 4:8-9. Just as it is important to feed your body on healthy food, it is more important to feed your soul on what is noble.  Think of yourself as a daughter of the true King.  Consider yourself a princess and conduct yourself as such.

Go here for the complete sermon notes.  They might not have commandment 7 notes ready yet due to the holiday, but please check back soon.

Happy Sunday everyone!

The Precious Gift of Life

Today’s sermon was on the 6th commandment:  thou shalt not murder.  (Exodus 20:13)  I had always thought of this commandment as an easy one.  I could check this one off and never think of it again.  I would never murder.  Check.  Done.  Move on to the harder ones.  Number 6 was a gimme.

Unfortunately it’s not that easy after all.  Our pastor preached for one full hour on those 4 little words and has forever changed the way I will think of this commandment.

As a Christian, we’re really not supposed to do anything that diminishes the life of another human being.

He reminded us of the great commandment in Matthew 5:43;  “You have heard the law that says, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies!”   And from Romans 13-8-10, “….Love your neighbor as yourself…”

He reminded us of the time that Peter asked Jesus how many time he should forgive someone.  “…No, not seven times, Jesus replied, but seventy times seven!”  Matthew 18:21-22

Check out the sermon notes for a full explanation.

The 6th commandment teaches us to love life and that we have to forgive.

Check out this awesome song that I’ve been humming all day.

Happy Sunday ya’ll!

 

 

 

 

Rest

The current theme that our pastor is preaching on is the ten commandments.

Here’s a cool video we watched.  Today we were on number 4.

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

Head on over to the virtual church section to see all the sermon notes.  I liked it a lot!

This one quote was my favorite and really made a lot of sense to me.

 

“There is no music in a rest, but there is making of music in it.”  John Ruskin

Oh so very true!  We all need rest, reflection, and fellowship to recharge our minds and bodies.  We all need a little rest to be able to make beautiful music.

Is a nap on your Sunday agenda?  Not for me!  I dislike them greatly because they ALWAYS make me have trouble falling asleep later that evening.  However, a nice restful walk with Mason in his stroller and Lily on her leash beside me are just what I’ve got planned.