You know you’ve heard a good sermon when it sticks with you. When days later it still has you thinking. That’s the case for me this week.
This past Sunday’s sermon and scripture lesson included Matthew 4:18-22. It’s the story where Jesus comes upon Simon and Andrew fishing with their father. He asks them to drop everything, follow him, and that he would make them, “fishers of men.” That’s just what they did.
If I’m going to be brutally honest I’m not sure I would have been able to do it. Drop everything and just go with a million questions swirling around in my head! That would be hard for my control freak self to handle.
If a friend of mine came asking for help I’d give it but probably not until after playing 20 questions. It’s just the way I am. That sermon, Bible story, and thinking about it led to this week’s verses to pray about.
In a kid’s song at church we memorized it as, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”
That’s great but I really like the version in The Message. It makes it easy for me to mentally digest.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
That’s what I need… a little more trust! I can’t help but think how much better my life could be if I “dropped my nets” (all of them, not just a few) and followed Jesus. It could only help personally, professionally, and spiritually.
When life gets crazy and there really isn’t time to cook it’s good to have some things in the freezer you can heat and eat. I’ve received some good feed back on the Freezer Breakfast Burritos I shared awhile back so I thought I’d offer this idea.
This is more of a tip than a recipe. It’s a way to save individual servings of mashed potatoes for easy reheating.
Some weekend when potatoes are crazy cheap and you have a little extra time use your favorite mashed potato recipe and whip up a huge batch. I’m talking 5, 10, even 15 pounds worth.
To save individual servings of mashed potatoes use an ice cream scoop/food server to dish up potatoes on wax paper lined cookie sheets. You can see the scoop I use here.
Let cool and then place in the deep freeze until completely frozen. Then you can transfer to freezer bags.
Now whenever you want mashed potatoes pull out the number of servings you want, thaw, heat and eat. Fifteen pounds of potatoes made the 48 servings in the picture above.
I’m always looking for good freezer ideas. If you have one let me know.
Sometimes parental decisions are easy. The no-brainers. The ones were the answer keeps them safe. The ones you are confident making based on your experience and faith.
Then there are the difficult decisions. They make you think and for awhile at a loss to answer.
That’s where my wife and I find ourselves. We have a difficult decision to make regarding our youngest daughter’s basketball team.
The coaches, the girls, and the other parents have been outstanding this year. They’ve learned a lot and have made great improvements. The league they are in, however, hasn’t been the best experience.
Without hashing out the details… here is the decision we’ve been asked to make:
Do we withdraw from the end of the season tournament? This would teach our girls to stand up for what you believe is right.
Or do we play the tournament teaching our girls the importance of sticking it out and finishing?
Either way you teach a valuable lesson. That’s what makes this such a difficult decision.
After thinking it over here’s where my head is at… you teach your daughter that integrity and standing up for what you believe is important and in this case more important than finishing. You explain why. You let her ask questions. You share how difficult a decision it was.
In short, you turn it into a teachable moment.
What are your thoughts? Would you have reached the same conclusion? What are some difficult parenting decisions you’ve had to make?