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A Quick Post

a quick post

This is just a quick post to let you know that I’m taking this week to step away from the blog.

To quiet my heart before the Lord. To hear His voice. To lean into Him.

So there will be no devo thought today and no post at all on Friday.

Regular posting will resume next week.

Until then and in the absence of my words, might I humbly suggest you read HIS instead.

I just started the book of Joshua…

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:8-9 (ESV – emphasis added)

5 Things

5things - railroad crossing

1. I took this photo last night when my roommate, B, and I were stopped for the slowest. train. ever. on the way home from dinner last night. I kinda love it.

2. If we’re friends on Facebook, you may have noticed that I posted a status about dreams not too long ago. Basically, I’m considering writing a post or two about dreams/hopes/plans for the future. I’ve never considered myself much of a dreamer, but lately, I find myself dreaming about and considering “big” things for the future a lot. And it’s a little uncomfortable.

I suppose I’m hesitant to become what I consider a dreamer because I don’t want to leave the Lord out of my dreams for the future or not give Him room to move and re-direct in their midst.

Something about naming a dream and putting a hope for the future into words makes it seem like a real thing, too. As in, if it’s truly a dream or desire I have, it might require action on my part, and it may not be easy. But maybe the Lord gives dreams … or at least works through them? Maybe there’s something to delighting yourself in Him and being given the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)? Maybe the closer we move towards Him, the more our hearts align with His, and the dreams of our hearts reflect His heart?

I don’t know. I don’t have a schedule for this yet. And I’m sure I won’t get it right. But I’m interested in talking about it and exploring it if you’re willing to come along for the ride.

3. Remember that baby dedication I mentioned in last month’s “5 Things” post? Well, my friend (and favorite photographer. no lie. except for these boys. they still top my list.) let me use her good camera (uh, I was a little nervous, but it was super fun!) to take a few shots of the event, and ended up using a few in this post of my favorite 9 month old (I promise she’s incredibly cute!!). Check it out. And take a few minutes to look at some other photos while you’re over at her blog. Beautiful, right?!

4. This verse has been swirling around in my heart and mind ever since I read it a couple of weeks ago…

“They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.”
Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV)

5. According to the official WordPress count (which means feed readers aren’t included…), I’m ONE blog subscriber away from 100. I know. Numbers don’t mean that much and that particular number is not really anything to write home about. But if you read my blog with some degree of regularity, would you consider subscribing to receive updates via email? (note: I blog twice a week.)

If so, see the sidebar to the right, type in your email address, and click the ‘Yes, please!’ button. If I make it over 100, I could even be convinced to have another giveaway to honor the occasion.

And just for the record, I so appreciate each and every one of you! Whether you subscribe or not. Whether you comment or not. I’m just grateful you read here and pray you walk away encouraged and filled with truth. So there.

5 Things

1. The beach is pretty much my favorite place. Ever.

2. This here blog has a new look. Nothing too drastic, but if you usually read through a feed reader or via email, you should click over and check it out!

3. There’s just something about watering plants on a Saturday evening that makes me want to embrace my inner child and play in the hose.

4. This makes my heart happy and is just plain goodness:

“Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

– Psalm 28:6-7

5. I’m currently eating a bowl of cocoa puffs (yes, at 10:30pm) and watching the season premiere of Covert Affairs (love that show!), so I’m gonna get back to that now. . .good night!

An oh-so-brief Break

One of the things I found most refreshing while on vacation at the beach was the slower pace of each day intermingled with short intervals of very intentional technology use, for both personal and professional reasons.
 
I didn’t realize just how dependent I had become on technology until I spent most of my time apart from it.
 

 

And truth?  I have been craving going back to that intentional use of my time ever since I returned home.
 
From a work perspective that is just not a reality (I certainly can’t check my email only once a day), but from a personal perspective it’s not only a reality, but a necessity.
 
So I am taking a break (albeit extremely brief) from my typical technology routine until Thursday evening…when I will be back with a BIG announcement!
 
Though I don’t blog anywhere near daily, and it may not be out of the ordinary for me to go from a Monday to a Thursday with no post, behind the scenes, I am still very much engaged with and connected to various means of technology.  But not this week. 

 

And I would be remiss if I didn’t share what I would be filling my time with over the next few days in place of technology:

 

Scripture. God’s Word. Truth.

 

Why?

Because the past month has seemed like a whirlwind of activity and the last couple of weeks have been downright chaotic.
 
And in the midst of the chaos, as I was struggling to find a constant, I realized that I had been suffering from a severe (and unacceptable) LACK of Scipture intake.
 
Oh sure, I’ve been in church a couple of times a week  and I’ve read a few verses here and there on a near-daily basis, but I have been lacking that intentional and focused intake of Scripture.  That raw, revealing, convicting, humbling, uplifting, self-exposing, heart-filling, ear-opening, soul-satisfying, one-on-one time with Jesus Christ that only comes through reading, meditating on, and soaking in His Word.
 
So over the next few days, I will be doing a rather fast-paced reading through all of Paul’s New Testament letters – that’s right, ALL of them – in preparation for the aforementioned announcement on Thursday.
 
See you then!

Big Soft Sugar Cookie Cakes

Any post that begins with a title like that and a picture of rainbow sprinkles can NOT be bad, right?

 

Especially when it’s followed by an announcement like this:

 

Sunday (March 13th) marked this here blog’s first anniversary!

 

In honor of the occasion, I celebrated by making a batch of these amazing sugar cookies that I used to make all. the. time. in college, but for some reason haven’t made in over four years.

And then in good slacker blogger fashion, I promptly got busy with life and failed to post about either the blog’s milestone or the cookie recipe.

But.

I can assure you that the recipe for these cookies was worth the “belated anniversary post” wait.

When I made these cookies in college and took them into work, one of my managers tried to convince me to go into the cookie-making business and sell them at the mall (maybe I missed my calling. . .), and when I made them on Sunday, B may have used the words “fluffy clouds” to describe their goodness.

Because, yes, they really are that good!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 can vanilla frosting (I use whipped white frosting)

Rainbow sprinkles

 

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Stir into the sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (space at least 3 inches apart so cookies have plenty of room to spread).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until light brown.
  5. Remove from cookies sheets to cool on wire racks.
  6. When completely cool, frost the cookies and decorate with rainbow sprinkles.

 

 

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this first-year-of-blogging adventure!!

What Could Have Been…

…but I’m SO glad was not!

In an effort to delete and organize some random and poorly categorized files on my computer, I recently came across a document that I had named “Potential Blog Titles.” Considering I had no recollection of ever drafting such a document, I thought the contents might be interesting.

Well . . . I suppose that would be one way to put it!

Although “The Inner Harbor” is far from a perfect blog title, let’s just say it now seems rather brilliant compared to some of the following ideas that were apparently swirling around in my brain a few years ago:

1. Placed, Planned, Purposed: Freely living the perfectionist’s every-last-detail-has-already-been-considered dream life on HIS terms. [I suppose this one could be worse, but it’s kinda/sorta/maybe boring.]

2. The Submitted Life: God-Aware. [I do vaguely remember thinking that this one seemed like a bad idea about 10 seconds after I typed it out, but I guess I never got around to removing it from the list.]

3. Structured Randomness. [Because that’s a blog everyone wants to read.]

4. As Classy and Refined . . . As a Post-it Note. [Ummm, yeah, okay.]

5. In My Black-and-White World . . . Everything Looks a Little Gray. [I actually liked the concept behind this title, but it just didn’t exactly work out.]

6. Perspectives from the Analysist: Random remembrances from one who over-analyzes everything. [“Analysist” being an accidentally-coined term from college that was fun at the time, but in a title sounds like I should be blogging about accounting.]

What was I thinking?!?

If you have a blog (or even if you don’t and you’ve just thought about what you might title one), what were some of your “alternate” titles?