I've been so overwhelmed with them the last week and I'm wondering how much of this out of character behavior is from eating "on the go" junk all week. Neither of my girls have any type of food allergies or sensitivities to food or dye that I know of. But, I'm sure after a week of quick, mostly unhealthy meals, it has to have some effect on their behavior. So, this week we're eating at home for every meal and I'm home cooking everything. It may not start out great because I have a feeling this will be sort of a detox week, but here's to hoping!
I've planned through Thursday because Friday is payday so our life kind of starts over on paydays. I'm trying something new I've never done before. I'm roasting a chicken! I've purchased them from the deli at the store before, but I've never cooked my own. I'm interested to see how this goes. Good hopefully, because I'm using the chicken in other meals this week!
Monday- Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, and roasted green beans.
Tuesday- Breakfast. Sausage, Eggs, and probably pancakes.
Wednesday- Chicken Spaghetti and garlic bread.
Thursday- Sloppy Joes, corn on the cob, and a fruit salad.
I made homemade shortcakes for strawberry shortcake 2 weeks ago and they were a huge hit. So, I think I might throw that in somewhere this week as well.
I feel like there is so much awesomeness packed into this verse that I could probably preach a whole sermon on it. But, I won't. Instead, I'm going to give the highlights of why this verse means so much to me right now...
- Oh that we might know the Lord! I bolded and underlined the exclamation point because it's doing exactly that. It exclaims the fact that we can know the Lord. How great that is! Hosea is showing how great a privilege it is to know the Lord but by that one piece of punctuation!
- Let us press on to know him. If you read last weeks Verse of the Week segment, you know that I made an emphasis of "Just Keep Swimming". Hosea didn't say... just keep strolling down the beautiful tree shaded, wild flower dotted lane. He said "press". To me that gives me the idea that Hosea understood that life can be hard. And complicated. And messy. And it takes work. Press. Push. Keep going.
- He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming rains in early spring. Ok, so seriously. How great is this. Sit back for a minute and think of a day that you've lived that the sun did not rise. Obviously, I'm drawing a big huge blank. And the point is that God is that consistently faithful. He WILL respond to us. We can be sure of it because that is who God is. Hello!! That's awesome. :-)
Man, I love this verse! And God is good. He knows that I'm in a time in my life where I'm pressing toward him. It's definitely not a stroll, and because he's faithful, and he's consistent, He drops verses like this into my life right when I need it as encouragement. And as a reminder to just keep swimming!!
I hope that you have a great Monday! Keep pressing and rest in his consistent faithfulness today!