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I NEVER knew how fun it was to have a teenager AND toddlers in the house!
Uncle Jonathan Ahlgren enjoys debating 6-year-olds (Jeremy says it’s always fun to verbally spar with someone you KNOW you can beat!) and today was especially entertaining:
Jonathan to Elijah: “You aren’t a hobbit, your parents aren’t hobbits, so where did you come from?”
Elijah: “Yeah, I know they aren’t hobbits, I came from the Shire.”
Uncle Johnny couldn’t keep a straight face. He’d been fairly and squarely beat by the humor of a quick-thinking 6-year-old. We all laughed, and took a quick ride to Waterfront Park where we enjoyed playing on the playground, a picnic of turkey sandwiches, and skateboard rides from Uncle Johnny.
Psalm 105:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” May your heart be drawn to give simple thanks for the greatest gift of Jesus Christ and the uncountable lesser blessings.
Here’s our menu for Thanksgiving. . .a few more sides will be added by a friend tomorrow:
(I’ll add links as I find them)
* Herb-Brined Turkey
* Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups
* Mashed Red Potatoes
* Cranberry Orange Sauce (details below)
* Green Bean Casserole using only half the butter and with homemade onion rings on top
* Pecan Pie with whipped cream
* Pumpkin Roll
I just finished making homemade cranberry sauce for the first time, and HAD to say it was SOOO easy and I will never open another can of that stuff again!
This took all of four ingredients and 20 minutes! I got the idea from this blog.
1 bag of fresh cranberries, washed and bruised ones removed
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup of sugar (more or less to your taste)
a few dashes of cinnamon (til it tasted right to me)
Throw all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove, bring to a boil and simmer and stir for 10-15 minutes.
THAT’S IT!! And it is TO DIE FOR!! SO EASY and SO YUMMY!!
Filed under: Ministry
Today Jeremy had the funniest conversation with a leader in a church that is currently without a pastor:
Leader: “So, you will be preaching next Sunday morning.”
Jeremy: “Uh. . .I’m not available next Sunday, I’m sorry?” (This church is over 9 hours away. . .can you hear the thoughts going through Jeremy’s head, WHAT? Did I forget to tell him that I couldn’t preach this week? None of my professors told me what to do when this happens!)
Leader: “Oh, I mean you will be preaching from a CD player for our Sunday morning sermon.”
Whew! This is a first for us. So many surprises along this road. A wide range of different possible outcomes. But I’m so very thankful that I serve a God who KNOWS and is PREPARING the exact ministry HE desires for Jeremy and our family. God has been faithful to show Himself as a God who hears our prayers and provides more than what we need.
Jeremy has prayerfully and selectively put his resume at churches that seem like they would be a good fit for us and us for them. God, in HIS PERFECT timing will give us what we need, and a body of believers what they need also (though in the words of Frank Cone, they probably “deserve a better pastor than me.”) This has been so humbling for us. How blessed we are that we get to do this!
If you go to a church that currently has a pastor who preaches God’s word to you every week, PRAISE GOD, and tell your pastor that you are thankful for their family and their ministry to you and your family day and week in and out. Many churches even here in America are without a pastor this holiday season. Pray for them! Pray that God would bless them with godly leadership.
And pray for your current pastor and his family. They are a precious gift.
If you think of praying for us, please pray that we would continue to trust God and NOT put our hope in the process or an outcome, or even in our efforts to do and say all the right things. Please pray for Jeremy to have stamina, discernment, wisdom and encouraging words for the leaders in churches seeking pastors.
We wait with excitement, hope and joy knowing that God will glorify Himself. . .it’ll be fun to see HOW!
Filed under: Friends
“See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God;” 1 John 2:28a.
I just got home from the airport where two sweet church families welcomed a father and mother and their newest child from Ethiopia. It has been a beautiful picture of Christ to me to watch my friend and her husband pursue and pursue the adoption of this adorable little boy! The process was longer and harder than most, with extra paperwork and extra time and so, oh so much extra emotional energy! And yet, what they sacrificed is so small in comparison to the sacrifice the Father made to secure my adoption into the family of God!
Smile with me tonight, and thank God for the precious gift of adoption. . .both physical and spiritual!
Here they are!!
Here’s the church media crew (this was quite the well-documented event!!)
Here’s big sister, ready to see her baby brother NOT in a video!
The Crowd. . . what a precious church family we are blessed with!
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Micah LOVES capes. After he wore out the one he got this summer I made him one for his birthday that he wears pretty much everywhere. We require him to take it off for bed, Sunday morning church, and during meals.
Today, Merry is helping me in the kitchen, wearing her apron when Micah walks in, and says, pointing at her apron, “oh, is that your cape, Merry?” Of course! Only logical, Micah!
When we go out, people always talk to Micah about his cape and smile at him. The other day someone asked him, “What’s your super power, Micah?” to which he matter-of-factly answered, “I don’t have any super powers.” Or does
he? Does cuteness count for a super power?
Filed under: Ministry
It surprises me how embracing and enjoying my smallness and unimportance in the grand scheme of the universe and God’s plan can bring me such hope (see the last blog).
Scripture took this idea a step further for me today, as it assured me that I don’t always have to have an explanation. or all the answers. And it’s 100% okay for me to say, “I don’t know.” Because, really, that’s the truth, and praise God, HE does know!!
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
As I talked to a dear friend the other day about the process of waiting and looking, being under the microscope and answering lots of questions from churches, she said one the of the most profound and comforting things I have heard in a while. It’s not like it’s anything new, but it was said in a fresh way. She said:
“Adina, you have to remember that God has a lot more at stake in this process than you and Jeremy do. He is the King and you are His servants!”
God is ruling the Kingdom and all of eternity, Jeremy and I are caring for 5 people and, in comparison to God and His Kingdom. . .well, there’s really no comparison!