I thought you may like to know some of the stuff going on in my little world. This is what I WANT to be doing today.
But alas, I am not 91 years old in dog years (like Cal is), or I'd have a good excuse.
Since school started, I've been on the ball with meal planning on Sunday night for the whole week - dinners and breakfasts! Booya. (OK, it's not that impressive. That means I've done it twice now.)
So Sunday night, I make a small stack of my fav cookbooks or magazines, and grab two notepads and a pen. One notepad is for my grocery list (right column = produce, left column = everything else). The other notepad is a special one that is broken up into the 7 days of the week. I got it in the dollar bin at Michaels, but you could just make your own. The top sheet is for dinners, the second page is for breakfasts. I mark off the nights we will be out of the house. It's nothing fancy, people. We're not talking five - or even three - course meals. In fact, this week, I tried as hard as possible to choose things that make for a one-pot meal. A protein, veggie and a carb all in one dish. If I had pre-planned blogging about this, then I would have tried to write more neatly.
And the only reason I plan out breakfasts is that my mind doesn't work at 6 a.m. My mind wakes up somewhere around 9. But life unfortunately requires that I function like three hours prior. I'm not a fan of that requirement.
My lists are making me so happy and I feel so organized. When it comes to the middle of the day, I don't need to drum up a meal plan or scrounge the kitchen for something to assemble. I have all the ingredients I need for the whole week. OH, and weekends aren't on the list. But by Saturday, we usually either go somewhere, or have leftovers we can enjoy. So my plan only covers M-F.
Tonight, I'm making Chicken and Orzo Soup. It's like in the top 3 soups in our house. Everyone loves it.
Also, I took some time this morning to continue reading this.
I'm really enjoying it. It's about how even though 2 million Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, only two of the original crowd ever made it to the promised land of Canaan. Two out of 2 million. Here are a couple excerpts.
Let's be honest: we tend to like and remain fond of certain parts of being enslaved. We're not always totally convinced that God has a match for some of the things that made bondage feel deceptively satisfying...The problem is not necessarily with desiring some sweet pleasure from the past; the problem is with wanting what the enemy offered instead of the new thing God is providing. Looking back keeps us from looking forward...But you and I can never climb out onto that exhilarating ledge with God until we've accepted and applied His deliverance to our lives. Until we know release, we will never know freedom. Until we turn away from Egypt, and refuse to look back, we can never truly set our sights on Canaan. Deliverance comes first, or destiny never comes at all.
If you ever have a chance to attend a women's Bible Study on one of Pricilla Shirer's books, then do it. We did her study on Jonah last year and I was pretty blown away with her gift at delivering truth with power and authority. She is an amazing teacher. I'd love to hear her speak live some day.
Finally, I'm trying my hardest to stave off a cold. And with Blog Sugar this weekend...!? Really? If you think of it, please pray for my overall health this week. And for those of you asking what I'm wearing: I don't know. But I can tell you this. I'll be trying hard to appear like I'm not trying too hard. Just like every single other lady there. Let's just be honest.
Oh, and one last thing....I'm super stoked that Heather featured my Cake & Cotton post on Life Made Lovely today! Yay! Love that Heather.
So what are you up to today?