Too Much Comfort?

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My husband and I both love dramas.

We’re foodies and enjoy a delicious dinner at a fabulous restaurant.

Our favorite vacations are spent at the beach.

From crafts to rehabbing an entire house, DIY is the way we roll.

We enjoy spending a quiet night reading our favorite books, although I love fiction and he likes non-fiction best.

We share a love of music and art.

The phrase opposites attract doesn’t really mean much to us, because quite frankly, we’re kinda like two peas in a pod.

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Make + Listen

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Make:

I have loved Shrimp (and chicken) pad thai since I used to get it for lunch from Thairish when I worked in Baltimore. I've been trying to replicate it ever since. While this newest recipe I've tried for Shrimp Pad Thai doesn't do that of Thairish justice, it was better than past versions I've made. So this recipe is going to stick around for a while. (Hint: sometimes the text of this recipe doesn't appear right away and you have to refresh the page for some reason.)

Listen:

Currently my audiobook listen is Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. I have enjoyed all of Allen's other novels. They are magical southern small town stories that have a fairy tale element. The descriptions are always uniquely beautiful. I'm enjoying it.

What have you been making and listening to recently?

 Linking up with Dawn today.

Because Sometimes the Only Time You Have is Today

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The pastor asked if anyone wanted to share something at the funeral, and she stood up, shaky and brave.

“My dad and I have had some tough times ever since I was a teenager,” she said. “The last time we talked we got into an argument, and I hadn’t spoken to him in two years. Suddenly all those hurts don’t mean anything if I could have him back one more time for one more conversation. While he was laying in the hospital in a coma I was able to tell him I was sorry and that I still love him. I don’t know for sure if he even heard me, but maybe it was more for me to be able to hold his hand, kiss his cheek and tell him one more time “Daddy I love you.” In my heart I have truly forgiven my father for all those past hurts and I hope before he passed he was able to forgive me.”

A few sniffles echo in the quiet church sanctuary.

She cleared her throat and pushed on, her voice growing stronger.

Sharing over at iBelieve today.

When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up {Ungrind Book Review}

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“We have too few female heroes of the faith,” asserts author Jamie Janosz in the introduction of her new book, When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up.

If you were asked to name historical female heroes of faith, whom would you name? Amy Carmichael, Mary Slessor, Gladys Aylward, Corrie Ten Boom, and Elisabeth Elliot might immediate come to mind. But then does the mind go blank?

The fact that we might not immediately know their names certainly does not indicate there have been a lack of women who have served God in faithful and dynamically world-changing ways that still impacts us today. And When Others Shuddered attests to this fact.

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Remembering Him

Do you participate in Lent? If so, how are you participating in Lent this year?

I did not grow up "doing" Lent in my family or church. My mom certainly made Easter a special celebration but I didn't hear about Lent until I became an adult. Now, I seek for ways to incorporate it into my life each year, even if I don't do it in the traditional way.

The following is an article I wrote reflecting on the first year we celebrated Lent. Would love to hear your thoughts if you have incorporated Lent into your preparation for Easter too. Has it changed the way you celebrate?

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I cut dogwood limbs from the tree in the front yard. Knobby grey buds are still tight, not yet ready to open. Taking my distressed blue stool that my husband found discarded along the side of the road, I tuck it into a corner of the dining room. Pulling my earthenware pitcher down from the shelf, I place it on the stool. The dogwood limbs go into the jug, along with some water.

The branches are now ready to decorate. We’re getting ready for Easter.

I’d already downloaded Ann Voskamp’s An Easter Devotional: Trail to the Tree from her blog. I’d cut out all the reproductions of great master’s paintings and mounted them on some card stock. Then I’d punched holes and strung ribbon. Ornaments depicting the various scenes of the Passion were ready and waiting to be hung on the dogwood branches.

In the evening we read Scripture that pertains to the Passion and hang the corresponding “ornament” on the tree. My three-year-old boys look forward to examining the pictures and taking turns hanging the cards on the tree.

It’s our first time celebrating Lent.

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