Monday, March 29, 2010

Man of Contrasts

Devotional below from "Our Daily Bread".

"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 21:9
On that first Palm Sunday, one might have expected Jesus the King to enter Jerusalem on a mighty steed. But He chose instead a lowly donkey. Before He could come as a King to reign, He had to come as a savior to die. Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was a man of striking contrasts- reflecting both His genuine humanity and His full deity.
Someone once wrote this about Jesus: "He who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungaring. He who was the Water of Life ended His ministry thirsting. Christ hungered as a man, yet fed the hungary as God. He was weary, yet He is our rest. He paid tribute, yet He is the King. He was called a devil, but He cast out demons. He prayed, yet He hears our prayer. He wept, and He dries our tears. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet He redeems sinners. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepard. He gave His life, and by dying He destroyed death. "
We would expect to find such a contrast in the life of One who was fully God and fully man. Jesus, who is the soveriegn Lord of the universe, became a man to provide for our redemption. But one day He will return as King of kings. Jesus, the God-man, deserves all our praise.- RWD
All glory to Jesus, begotten of God,
The great I AM is He;
Creator, sustainer- but wonder of all,
The Lamb of Calvary.- Peterson

The lowly carpenter of Nazareth was the mighty architect of the universe.

Monday, March 22, 2010

White Bread Recipe

This is my favorite white bread recipe. It is very easy to make, and is delicious toasted with some homemade strawberry jam.

White Bread

5 1/2 cups warm water

3 tbsp. yeast

4 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
14 cups flour

Place in large bowl water, yeast, salt, butter and sugar. With a wire whisk, whip until smooth. Add flour. The dough should be very soft and sticky. This keeps your bread soft. Put a little vegetable oil on hands and work dough until it looks smooth. It does not need kneading. Let rise once, punch down and form into loaves. Makes 4 loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Matthew 4:4 "Jesus answered 'It is written : Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. '"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;

As Thou hast been Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth

Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Words by Thomas O.Chisolm

Friday, March 12, 2010

The History of Aprons

A few years back a friend shared this article about aprons with us, knowing how much we love sewing and wearing aprons. : )

The History of Aprons

The principle of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears and on occasion was even used for cleaning
out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy children.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

Share this with those who would know, and love the story about Grandma’s aprons. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives.

Remember, Grandma used to set her hot baked pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set their pies on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on the apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron…. but love!