I try to get my coffee and read some of the scriptures before the little people wake up. It definitely does not always happen, but I’m thankful for God’s grace in this season of life.
Today I sat down opened the Bible up to where I had left off, and read the passage about Jesus healing the demon-possessed men in Gergesenes in Matthew chapter 8. What stood out to me was the very last scripture:
“And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.”
This really made me think. These people SAW the miracle that Jesus did and even after that they didn’t want Jesus to come anywhere near them. They were too safe. Too comfortable with the way they were living for Jesus to come in and change things even if they knew it would be for the better. Wow.
Complacency and passiveness tugs at all of us sometimes, but we must be careful to stay flexible with what the Lord wants to do in us. We should be like the water that flows around the rocks and takes its form. We can’t stay ‘safe’ or we will miss out on the depths of who Christ is. Lord, help me today. May we not push You away but stay ready for whatever You have for us.
Other Musings in the Reindl Home:
I’ve been slightly obsessed with reading other people’s blogs about suburban farms and homesteading. It fascinates me! We have a small home and a small yard (thankfully the kids don’t notice, lol) and since we’ll be here for at least another year, I’ve taken it on as a challenge to make the best out of what I have. I’ve already posted about getting a couple of hens and we are still planning to do so. Right now we’re in the process of gathering together some wood and wire to build a coop and run. We found a large pallet on the side of the road yesterday and I’m constantly scouring craigslist for deals. I’m a serious thrift/clearance junkie folks. I can’t stand paying full price for things knowing that there might be a deal out there somewhere. I just have to find it! After we get those built, we’ll go get our chickens!
I’ve hung a clothes line out back and have started using it here and there. Not sure yet if the benefits outweigh the convenience of my dryer, but its too early to tell. And with winter coming up, it might take a backseat for a while. LOL
I’ve also been better about making things from scratch. (You really CAN make yogurt in the crock pot! Woot!) And I’m trying to switch over to homemade granola for cereal instead of the boys’ beloved Cheerios. Thankfully they enjoy my granola. Found here~ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/megans-granola/detail.aspx I tweaked it a lot as I’m bad at following recipes I’ll just need to switch up the ingredients to keep it interesting. This week I need to make a batch of homemade tortillas and soak some beans for some black bean vegetable soup! Found here ~ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-vegetable-soup/detail.aspx
I made some homemade toothpaste last week, too. Found here~ http://weewaldorf.blogspot.com/2010/05/tuesday-tutorial-homemade-toothpaste.html Honestly, it tastes extremely salty and I’m not sure I like it, but I may try adding a natural sweetener of some sort to help. I’m on the hunt for a homemade shampoo, too, but since my hair gets oily quickly its hard to find a good one. If anyone knows one lemme know. I’ve been using apple cider vinegar as a rinsing conditioner and I really like it! It makes your hair soft without leaving a smell. I promise, folks…my hair does not smell like vinegar.
Other things on my list are homemade laundry soap and CANNING! So excited about canning… I just need some equipment first. Really just an extremely large pot. I could probably do without the cool canning tools, but they’d be helpful. I’ve bookmarked some on Amazon. Can’t wait to can some fruits and veggies and jams! I wish I would have learned more of this from my grandma before she passed away. They had a nice sized garden and she canned tons of stuff.
*Sigh* Isn’t this yard lovely? I want it. Its a little bigger than our backyard now, but its so cute!
Things are going good but sporadic on the homeschooling front. I’m taking advantage of the kids’ young ages to learn more about the stuff posted above, so I’ve been doing school when I get to it. I usually try and tackle it in the mornings after we do breakfast, Bible time, and our BBs (brushing teeth and making beds). Ethan’s doing really well with writing and reading but math takes a little longer. Miquon teaches different techniques for mastering an area, like addition, and it takes him a while to get them but we’re taking it slow.
This post was all over the place, but I hope it made some sort of sense! Be blessed!