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God has been teaching me about humility in the last year or two. And I have been asking what an authentically humble me looks like.

Yesterday, I stood in front of my church and said these words:

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

(~1 Tim. 1: 12-17)

I admit, I was embarrassed to stand up there and read these words from the second lesson of the day. I felt naked. I felt like I was confessing my own sins.

Too often, I tell myself, “I’m not so bad.” “So-and-so is a lot worse than me.” But I felt God letting me “try on” Paul’s authentic humility to see what it felt like, to let me practice being comfortable in a humble spirit.

I know that to really be used of God, I have to be comfortable saying, “I am the worst.” Not to dwell there and spiral down in shame, but to be aware of what I would really be without Him; to be aware that He is the only reason I am ever “not so bad;” to shake off the subtle arrogance that whispers, “You’re such a good girl; they’re not really talking about you;” to examine what I really believe about myself; to always and only give Him the glory.

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

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Best of Blog in my Eye

for your reading pleasure until there are fresh posts:

Blog v*rgin (my first post)
Blessed Trinity
I am from
My most adventurous moment
Lovin’ ‘em at the grocery store
Jesus Bread (by hubs)
Egg carton car
Motherhood is

Don’t see your favorite post? Tell me about it.

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Nuthin’ t’ say

I seem to have fallen into introvert mode lately. I’m doing what I tend to do in conversations at parties–where I just start people watching, and soakin’ up life, and don’t tend to say too much. Fun for me…but not very interesting to you folks in bloggity-ville. You’ll see me around commenting on your blogs, but I think I’ll just take a little bloggy break here until I have something more to say. My new fall schedule is soaking up my precious little blogging time, and that is as it should be at the moment.

Megan at Fried Okra blogged today about our visit with Jeanne at At a Hen’s Pace last night, which was very fun. Jeanne is so cute and tiny; she looks like a little teenager. I don’t think I’d found a picture of her on her blog, so you’ll just have to imagine her tiny, hip self. We were all bad bloggers, and there was no photo documentation of the evening (and strangely, Emily, no large underwear). I see now that Jeanne has blogged about it too.

I wish that I could go out for coffee with all my new bloggy friends. Y’all are so fun. I’m thankful for the encouragement and wisdom and laughs you have added to my life in recent months.

Sincerely,

Lainey

Here’s some good things to read while you’re thinking about introverts and solitude (if you do such things):

from A Bluebird’s Table

from At a Hen’s Pace

from Queen Heroical 

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What’s Cookin’

End of summer–Football’s on the TV, happy children are playing outside, and the smell of my mother-in-law‘s Super Chicken fills the house. (She’s not actually here. She just supplies me with all my best recipes). She definitely has Jedi skills in the kitchen. Everyone loves this dish.

2 lb. chicken breast
2 cans cream chicken soup
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chopped celery
1 sm. onion, chopped
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. Worcestershire

Mix and bake uncovered at 350 degrees 1 hr. 15 minutes. Can add butter slices during last 15 minutes.

I’m serving it with Jasmine rice and wax beans.

We’re going to enjoy some late summer family time and ride to the local DQ after dinner for some dessert. That’s good living.

Hope you are enjoying your Sabbath.

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luckyduck

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Yesterday, Fried Okra showed her cabinets to the Internets at the prompting of Gathering Grace who showed hers first. Never to be one left out of the girlish fun, I have done some photographing, importing, exporting, and uploading for you all in the last two days.

So, without further ado, here is my Tupperware cabinet…

tupperwarecabinet

I know, Internets, it is not pretty. The Tupperware in my house lives in a “go-round” right beside my dry goods. It is forever falling off the side of the go-round into the little abyss in the back, which keeps the go-round from properly go-rounding. I can only hope that some day I might be the proud owner of a deep drawer the Tupperware cannot fall off or out of.

cabinets

Here is our “beverage station,” which is, yes, of course, (could it be anywhere else?!) right beside the fridge and above the dishwasher. (It was time to run said dishwasher in case you can’t tell from the bareness above). Shorties on the bottom; tall boys in the middle. Notice the hospital-issued giant 30-ouncer on the top shelf, which I still use when I’m sick and forcing fluids or just feeling wrinkly and dehydrated and trying to get my daily 8 glasses. Good times. And I do find that a few paper and plastic goods on the top shelf are good for the impromptu random act of hospitality.

bigcabinet

Now the good thing about this cabinet is that it’s extra large, compared to the other cabinets in my kitchen. This is where our plates and bowls hang out. Serving bowls up top. But you will notice that in this house, just like in our Tupperware cabinet, the plates and bowls have to hang out WITH the snacks. It’s an organizational travesty people. But there is just no other way. I have taken to storing the kiddie plates and bowls on the bottom and grown-up things in the middle, but this will soon be changing because last night my 6-year-old requested a big girl plate. Plastic-ware is SO last year.

cerealcabinet

This is the cereal cabinet over the microwave, which is not terrible, but just LOOK at that plug for the microwave hogging all that beautiful space over on the left. Shameful.

prettycabinet

And this, people, is where my pretties hang out in the dining room. THIS makes me happy.

Now. Wanna show me yours?

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Shameless plug

mitilogoIt’s back to school time, and, like many of you, I’m planning what activities to be involved in this fall. If you aren’t already involved in a Moms In Touch group, let me encourage you to check it out.

Moms in Touch is a nondenominational prayer group for moms who meet for one hour each week to pray for their children, their schools, their teachers, and administrators. You homeschool moms are not exempt. There are groups for you too.

I started with Moms in Touch last year when my oldest entered kindergarten, and it has been such a blessing to me and to her, and to her friends, and their moms, and her school, and even our community! If you can’t tell, I just love this group. And as Beth Moore would say, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.” I want you to experience answered prayer and a growing faith for you and your children.

So, please, check it out.

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