First off, I’m always amazed that there are people who manage to get a blog post written and posted by first thing Thursday morning! Truth told, I haven’t finished my chapter for the week or even done my 48 hour challenge. To give you even more TMI, there are still unpacked groceries on my kitchen floor Furthermore, it is 4:00 P.M. and I’ve just showered for the day. So if you are ready to read some thoughts from an imperfect wife and mother, I’m ready to write them!
I’m writing on the passage from I Thessalonians, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” My Facebook small group leader said during one of our in between studies that this reminded her of parents giving last minute instructions to their kids before they go out the door. My family’s version was “Be good. Be nice. Have fun!”.
Admittedly, I’m never been to seminary. I don’t know Greek or Hebrew. There are times I love the mysteries of scripture and to have someone unpack them for me. My pastor is excellent at this (randywhiteministries.org). There are other times that it is so refreshing to read a passage that could not be more straightforward. That even I, a layperson, can grasp on first reading. I think of all the years I wasted in my twenties fretting over God’s will when I could have been following this passage the whole time. I’m also so blessed to hear the absolutes here. Always. Never. All. This is God’s will.
As a woman who has dieted her whole adult life, (anyone else with me?) it is easy for me to draw analogies with losing weight. I’ve heard it said that successful weight loss isn’t easy but it is simple. Eat less, move more. I love having some of the action steps of Christianity boiled down into bullet points in this passage. I think Satan would love us to feel confused about how to please God or make it seem complicated. That being said, just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. If simple things were easy, we’d all be thin and Godly, right?
The other phrase that comes to mind about control issues addressed in Karen Ehman’s “Let. It. Go.” is “take care of you”. Back in my years teaching school, that was our go to response when a student was being a busybody. In retrospect, I NEVER recall having to say that to a boy! It seems to me if I’m spending all this time being thankful, joyful and praying that I’d have precious little time to take care of anyone else’s issues but my own.
I always seem to have a difficult time closing out these posts appropriately. So this time, I thought I’d share a recipe that is simple AND easy. One ingredient. Stupid simple.
-Line one cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 400. Take a tablespoon of refrigerated shredded parmesan cheese (this will not work with the shaker kind) and make a thin pile about the diameter of a cookie. Do this six times and bake for 6 minutes. Let cool. There you have it. Crispy cheese.