Apr 1, 2012

Making Memories on Palm Sunday

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Growing up, I remember seeing a dry palm leaf that had been twisted into a cross sitting over my grandparents’ entryway of their home.  It was there for years, and I suspect it might still be there after my grandmother sold her home (through what I’m sure was divine intervention!).
The symbolism of the palm leaf is of course taken from Mark 11:1–11Matthew 21:1–11Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19, when Jesus rides his last triumphant journey into Jerusalem on a donkey.  This is his last excursion before he is sacrificed on the Cross.  As he and his donkey ride into the city, the people rush out to greet him, and they lay out the palm leaves in his path.  They basically roll out the proverbial red carpet for him.  

By the way, did you know that in that culture, what type of animal a king rode upon when he entered a town actually had significance?  A horse was a representative of war, and when a king rode a horse into town, he was basically declaring war on the town.  However, Jesus rode in on a donkey, a symbol of peace.  
Palm Sunday is an excellent opportunity to discuss with children the love of Jesus and the importance of his sacrifice.  Spend some time today making memories with your children.  After service, discuss the events that happened on this day all those years ago.  Tell stories about Easter traditions in your home.  Write thank you letters to Jesus.  If you’re interested in making a palm cross yourself with your family this lovely Palm Sunday afternoon, here is a very clear set of instructions!  If you make it small enough, you could even wear it on a piece of cord as a necklace or pendant (careful, it may get brittle!)

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Mar 28, 2012

Scripture as A Soothing Balm

 

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Thus says the LORD: … I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:2–3

Our family is going through a struggle right now.  While we are united and strong in our resolve to support and commit to each other and our Saviour, outside forces are causing us some difficulty.  At times like this, I, like many other, find solitude in the Scriptures.  During a bleak moment last week, when I was full of anger and fear, this passage was was posted on Twitter by a pastor I greatly respect.  Immediately, as the words soothed my burning soul and angry heart, I felt at peace.  Knowing that God sends us challenges can be discouraging.  But knowing that He not only sends them to build our character, but also gives us the tools to do it with.

He sends us family, who love us and stand by us.  He sends us faith, so that we can be strong in our resolve.  He sends us compassion for others, so that we may give rather than take.  And He gives us Himself, so that we may find something to lean on when we are weak and frail.

Our family will triumph over this dark period.  We will emerge stronger and more faith-filled than before.  We are sad to see a chapter close, but we are also excited to see in what ways God is reshaping and challenging us.

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Mar 19, 2012
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Breast to Bib

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed and gave away a copy of Kate at Modern Atlernative Mama‘s ebook, Wholesome Comfort.  Well Kate has just released a brand new eBook, written for any parent with a child who has a taste for real, wholesome food.  Breast to Bib is designed to “offer help with breastfeeding, discusses low milk supply and homemade formula options, how and when to introduce solids, and handling picky toddlers.”  This would be a great resource for our family, in which Naomi believes that raisins, crackers and apple slices constitutes a complete meal!

Kate is also offering up a generous discount!  The first fifty people who use the promotional code BIBLAUNCH50 will receive 50% off the purchase price!  If you don’t get one of those first fifty copies, you can still use BABYFEED35 to get 35% off as well (valid until March 20th!).  Can’t beat a deal like that!

This post is part of Real Food 101 at Ruth’s Real FoodReal Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen KopPennywise Platter Thursdays at The Nourishing Gourmet, and Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade.

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Mar 14, 2012

Sweet Potato… Juice?!


Alright, right off the bat, you’re totally turned off by the title, aren’t you? I thought the same thing. I wanted to get some more juices in my day, and was looking up different things you can juice. Well, to my shock (and mild horror!) you can actually juice sweet potatoes!  Well, come on, I just had to try that!

So I peeled one big potato, two carrots and grabbed two apples from my fridge.  Into my trusty juicer, and in a few seconds, I had the most gorgeous bright orange juice — two cups of it, in fact!  I couldn’t believe it!  How could you possibly get that much juice out of a sweet potato?

And you know what?  It is delicious!  It is sweet, light and delicious.  And so super easy!  Give it a try, you will be totally shocked (and delighted!).


This post is a part of Real Food 101 at Ruth’s Real FoodReal Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, and Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade.
 

 

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