How to Burn the Brussels Sprouts

First, make elaborate plans for them.  Choose them lovingly from the grocery store, imagining the slow drizzles of herb-infused oil over them.  Tell yourself that your children will eat them THIS time, because they’ve never tasted the amazing flavors you’re going to cook into them. At home, shove them under the lettuce in the bottom…

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Trash Can Vacations

There is a time in life.  A very special time in the life of any bouncing, well-manicured young wife.  A time when she leans in to to her husband, feeling his arms wrapping around her, and whispers into his neck, “Oh honey, let’s have a baby.” Fast forward a bit. There is another time in…

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To Give Your Best

Have you ever had a meal brought to you?  Say, you had a sickness, or a surgery, or a baby, or lost a loved one, and a dear friend shows up at your door holding out hot home-cooked food.  It felt pretty special, right? It IS pretty special.  When our baby came, our church coordinated…

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God’s Cooking

  “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…’”        2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul is getting his answer from God after complaining about a hardship.  But I feel like Paul and I are jiving along the same wavelength when I too declare…

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