Who Needs Your Help?

Last night as I was scrolling through Twitter I came across a quote that has been on my mind today.  I did a Google search to see who the quote is attributed to but couldn’t find a definitive answer.  That doesn’t make it any less powerful.  Here it is:

Maybe Jesus didn’t add another day to your life because you need it, maybe he added another day because someone out there needs you.

Wow!  How true.  It’s good to be needed.  It’s good to serve and help others.

It’s also good to have those around you that you can ask for help. Sometimes I have trouble asking for help and try to do everything myself.  By doing this maybe I’m preventing someone else from being needed and using the extra day they were given.  It’s something for me to work on.

I found this verse, Mark 10:45, that I thought was fitting:

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Is there someone out there that needs your help?  You were given another day so use it!

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Oven Baked Hard Cooked Eggs

With Easter on the way there is a good chance you’ll be dyeing eggs. Last year I kept reading about a supposedly “easy” way you could make hard boiled eggs in the oven.  I was skeptical but went ahead and tried it.  Glad I did.  The results were great.

Here’s all you need to do.  Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.  You can put your eggs directly on the center oven rack but I’ve found it’s easier if you put them in a muffin tin.  We have a mini-muffin tin that makes 2 dozen.  It works perfect for this.  Then you bake the eggs for 30 minutes and cool them down in an ice water bath.  Pretty simple.

I’ve read that eggs made this way are creamier and easier to peel.  I guess I couldn’t argue with that.  I’ve always heard that fresher eggs are harder to peel and you should use the oldest eggs you have.

You may notice some brownish spots on the shell.  That’s normal and they wash off easily.  Once peeled you will also see some brownish discoloration where the egg touched the pan or rack.  This doesn’t affect the taste.

Hard boiled eggs made in the oven

I would definitely recommend this method of cooking eggs for anyone who has a lot of eggs to cook and doesn’t care about the brown spot on the egg.  I probably wouldn’t go this route if I was making deviled eggs but if you’re cooking a couple dozen to dye for Easter this will get the job done and save you a ton of time.

One thing I’ve done several times over the past year is cook a dozen whenever the oven is already on and hot for something else.  My kids enjoy being able to grab one out of the fridge, peel it, and eat it.  Just remember to label the carton or you could get a surprise.

Have you tried cooking eggs this way?  Did you like it?  If you try it out let me how it let me know how it goes for you.

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Week 15 Verse – James 5:13

It seems like many people in my life right now are physically or emotionally at one extreme or another.  Things either aren’t going well for them at all… or things are going great.  There’s not a lot of middle ground.

So, is there a Bible verse that applies to them all?  Is there one that can offer words of advice, help, and encouragement for both?  Turns out there is in the book of James.

Here’s this week’s verse, James 5:13 (NRSV):

Are any among you suffering? They should pray.  Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.

Good advice whether you’re happy, hurting, or somewhere in between.

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