Wednesday, July 28, 2010


i've, finally, been reading Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot. it's amazing. i knew she was great already, so i'm not surprised i like it. what's really awesome is that it's pretty much my views and thoughts on the same ideas already. but i'm still learning and it's really great to hear her talk about her and Jim's love story.

here's a passage i read just now and really loved.

By the grace of God we have not been left to ourselves int he matter of who is to do the initiating. adam needed a help. God fashioned one to the specifications of his need and brought her to him. It was adam's job to husband her, that is, he was responsible--to car for, protect, provide for, and cherish her. Males, as the physical design alone would show, are made to be initiators. Females are made to be receptors, responders. it was not arbitrarily that God called Himself Israel's bridegroom and Israel His Bride, nor Christ the Head and the Church the Body and the Bride. He woos us, calls us, wins us, gives us His name, shares with us His destiny, takes responsibility for us, loves us with a love stronger than death.
-Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity

Friday, July 23, 2010

melon salsa

my mom's recipe for melon salsa

normally watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew

3 melons in fine dice
Vidalia Onion
fresh jalapeno
chili powder
lime juice and zest
vinegar of your choice(I like something light like rice or white wine but Aunt Lori likes Balsalmic. I think that gives it an unpleasant color but does give it a little sweetness)

Mix all to your taste and heat requirement. I remove the skins and seeds from the jalapeno to remove the heat and then add hot sauce to taste depending on the crowd. You can also add some fresh cilantro but I usually don't. I go easy on the onion and cut it up really fine but be sure to use a really nice sweet one. It can be served immediately if your ingredients were already cold. Tip: Get 3 melons off the salad bar at the grocery to save time. Love ya!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

self .vs. old testament

i have a confession to make.
i work in college ministry but have never read the old testament in it's entirety.
i know, what a slacker. sure i've read the important stuff, well some of it anyway. but i've been on a mission. read it. and don't give up this time or skip over "boring" parts to jump back to the new testament. my favorite trick seems to be to skip over parts of it to read about baller women like ruth and esther or to the warm fuzzies of song of solomon.
but it is on. for reals. i am so gonna do it this time. and lucky for me today marks me being a fourth done! a fourth! :)
i felt bad but honestly part of me was sooo ready to be done with Moses. i mean he's a killer fella and all but after hearing the same things that happened in his life multiple times i was way OK to put that part behind me.
my mission is to get a big picture of what's going on, and honestly some of the chs are so long but the time i finish the book i don't want to forget what happened at the start. to prevent said flaw in myself i read at least 5 chapters a day, i even read the whole of leviticus in three days, i think if i had stretched it out i would have disliked it or been discouraged but since i did read it so fast i found new appreciation for it. specifically how God wants us to be pure. and what proof it was for that truth to me.

here's to enjoying the remaining 75% :)