Going Visiting ~ I’m Over at Melanie’s Blog today

Dear Readers,

It is always an honor to be asked to share at other blogger’s blogs, and today I have the privilege of being featured at my friend, Melanie Redd’s, blog. She interviewed me about my new Bible study, Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study. Melanie is a woman with a heart for Jesus and other women, so I am blessed to sharing at her blog.

Melanie is also hosting a giveaway of ONE COPY OF TASTING GRACE, so be sure and stop by Melanie’s blog, read the interview, and enter the giveaway.

 

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Here is a bit of the interview to whet your appetite.

 

Melanie – What do you hope women will do with this book? How would you love to see them use it?

Leah – Our hope is that Tasting Grace will become the catalyst and tool that women need and use to begin developing face-to-face relationships with other women, speaking into their lives and hearts and teaching Biblical truths to them. Our social media-driven world has made those face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder relationships increasingly rare in our day. Our mothers and grandmothers knew and experienced the value of them, but women today are, by and large, missing out on them.

Jan and I would love to see Tasting Grace used in several ways:

  • As a Bible study to teach women about biblical mentoring; either individually or in a group setting,
  • As an event planning guide for women to host Tasting Grace cooking sessions in their homes and churches,
  • As a method of outreach to those who have yet to meet Jesus,
  • As a way to encourage women to prepare homemade dishes for their families.

 

To read the rest of the interview, please click THIS LINK.

 

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The 144,000 ~ God’s Servants

Hello! So glad you are joining me for our study in the book of The Revelation. We have been journeying through this marvelous book for almost 8 months. Want to read past posts? Go to THIS PAGE where I have linked to every post in this series in dated order.

Did you download and print Lisa’s drawing of Revelation 7? If not, go HERE to get that.

Let’s get started.

As we rustle the pages of Revelation and find our place in chapter 7, we meet 144,000 folks who take center stage in verses 4-8. Let’s listen in with John.

 

 

4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 

5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,

12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,

12,000 from the tribe of Gad,

6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,

12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,

12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,

7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,

12,000 from the tribe of Levi,

12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,

8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,

12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,

12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

 

The 144,000 Witnesses

 

 

While this seems, on the surface, to be a straight-forward passage, I would be doing you a disservice to gloss over these verses. Today I want to give you a glimpse into two of the questions that float to the surface about the 144,000 witnesses.

Question #1 ~ Who are these witnesses?

Question #2 ~ Where are Ephraim and Dan?

 

Let’s begin with the ‘who’ question. For those who believe that Revelation is a symbolic book, these 144,000 represent the church in her completed state…believers in Christ from across the age.

But wait. Houston, we have a problem! The Scripture clearly states that these believers are from the tribes of Israel, so it is difficult, if not down-right impossible, for me to square what the Word says with the idea that these 144,000 represent the completed church. Nope! Can’t do it. The Scripture says that these are 144,000 ISRAELITES who are sealed, which means they have come to faith in Christ and He is placing His seal upon them for all eternity. He has work for them to do in these last days…witnessing work. The church is not mentioned at all here.

Questions have arisen regarding the ‘144,000’ number itself. Do we understand this to be, literally, one hundred forty-four thousand, or is it instead representing a completed number of saved Jewish people? The number 12 is the number of completeness in Scripture and 144,000 is a multiple of 12. I tend to lean toward the idea of the 144,000 being the correct, or right, number of Jewish Christians for the job and time on the Kingdom calendar. I also believe it is a literal 144,000.

Now for the where question?

The listing of the tribes in these verses is curious. If one returns to the Old Testament listing of the 12 tribes (Genesis 29:32 – 35:18), you will find that the names are:

Reuben

Simeon

Levi

Judah

Dan

Naphtali

Gad

Asher

Issachar

Zebulun

Joseph

Benjamin

 

In our focal passage today, the tribes are listed in an interesting way:

Judah

Reuben

Gad

Asher

Naphtali

Manasseh

Simeon

Levi

Issachar

Zebulun

Joseph

Benjamin

 

Do you see anything odd? Other than when the 12 tribes of Israel are listed in their birth order, other listings of the tribes that inherited the Promised Land usually consisted of the following (in no specific order):

Judah

Reuben

Gad

Asher

Ephraim – son of Joseph

Naphtali

Manasseh – son of Joseph

Simeon

Issachar

Zebulun

Benjamin

Dan

 

So, it is interesting that Levi is included in the Revelation list, while Ephraim and Dan are not. The tribe of Levi was not allotted a portion of the Promised Land, by God’s own direction. They were the priestly tribe, and their inheritance was the Lord, Himself. There is much conjecture among scholars (of which I am NOT) concerning the curiosity of the listing of the tribes in Revelation. The bottom line is that we must raise our eyes to heaven, and in humility say to God, “You know, Lord.” Holy Writ does not tell us the reason and we must be satisfied that this is one of those things that we have no need to understand.

This looks like a good place to take a break. I am eager to hear your thoughts on this passage. I’ll see you in the comments!!

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Sharing Life……Thinking About Thinking

“What were you thinking, you dummy?”

 

“What a stupid thing to say!”

 

“You will never be good enough to be her friend!”

 

“You are too fat/ugly/loud/pimply.”

 

 

My guess is that you have spoken, or at least thought, some of these things toward yourself. Right?

Me, too.

We all know how words can hurt other people, but sometimes we forget the power of words that we speak silently to ourselves. Our thoughts have power over us…over our happiness and our joy. This is a lesson that I am learning at 52 years old.

 

Thinking About Thinking Sharing Life

 

 

My basic personality is one of perfectionism. I’ve never been very good at offering myself grace when I mess up. I am much more apt to offer YOU grace for your mistakes than I am to offer myself that same grace. AND, the beating that I give myself mentally is ruthless at times.

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 ESV) emphasis, mine

 

For so many years I knew this verse and quoted it, but always my mind went to the ‘words of my mouth’ part of it. Probably because my mouth has gotten me in more than a few spots of trouble over these 52 years. I always assumed my mouth was where I needed to focus my clean-up efforts.

WRONG!

Sure, I need to sanctify my mouth, but my mind, my thoughts….oh heavenly days!! Those needed some significant attention.

My thoughts of myself often were negative. My thoughts of others were, as well. Very often I fell victim to the victim mentality when someone else would hurt me. In those moments, I would begin rehearsing that hurt over and over in my mind until…..oh poor, pitiful me. So-and-so hurt me and stole my happiness. Ugh, how ugly is that!

Do you do that too? Come on, be honest, now! How often do your thoughts, the meditations of your heart, lean toward the negative? Probably more often than you are ready to admit.

Are the meditations of your heart acceptable in the sight of Jesus?

Friend, I am finding that as I take every negative thought captive…every single negative thought…..and submit it to this test: Is this thought true and pure and acceptable in the sight of Jesus, that many of my thoughts and meditations need a bit of refining fire applied to them.

It is then that the Spirit prompts me to cease thinking that thought and replace it with Scripture or a thought that is pure and holy. It might simply be to repeat the name of Jesus a few times.

 

Today, as your mentor, I am putting my arm around your shoulder and asking you to commit to taking your thoughts captive. Ask the Holy Spirit to heighten your awareness of negative thoughts that creep into your mind for the next 48 hours. Once He does, take them captive and replace them with thoughts that are pure and holy and true. I promise that you will be amazed at the difference in your joy and happiness as you begin to purify your thoughts with the help of the Spirit of Christ.

Okay, who is with me on this? Who is willing to take my challenge? Let’s do this thing!   

The Loft Link-Up – Social Media

Our topic today at The Loft is SOCIAL MEDIA. I will be honest with you….my thoughts on social media lean a lot toward the negative. Oh sure, it can, and is used for a lot of good, but it also can have serious, negative impact on people and relationships. The video that I want to share with you today speaks to that negative impact.

Before we watch the video, however, I want to address one additional negative impact of social media, and that is how it has affected our attention spans. My attention span. When I began doing in-depth Bible study in the early 2000’s, I would sit for up to an hour studying Scripture, thinking little of the time that was passing. I was engrossed and engaged.

Over the course of the years, as social media became more prevalent in my life, specifically Facebook and blogging, it seems I have slipped into the sound-bite mentality. Today we get our information in sound-bites. A 140 character Tweet, a post on Facebook, an Instagram or Pinterest picture. Glance and go.

As I sit some days to spend time in God’s Word I find that I must fight against that ‘glance and go’ mentality. I check to see how much longer it will take to finish that day of study. My attention wanders after a page of homework, and I am ready to move on to the next thing on my schedule.

Sisters, this cannot be. I cannot fall into this pattern, and neither can you. We must be diligent students of the Word, spending focused time there, without falling victim to the glance-and-go mentality.

I’m eager to hear whether you have noticed this in your own life, if you are active on social media.

Ok, now for the video that I wanted to share with you. It is from The Skit Guys and offers a pointed message on how social media can have a negative impact on our lives.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

September 7 ~ Labor/Work

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is SOCIAL MEDIA. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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Angels and the Winds of Destruction ~ Revelation 7

Hello! It is time for us to begin studying the 7th chapter of the book of The Revelation. That also means it is time for me to offer you the FREE printable download of Lisa’s drawing of this chapter. I hope these drawings are a blessing to you! I know they really help me visualize what takes place in each chapter. Here is the link to the drawing. In case you have not downloaded one of the drawings previously, you might receive an error message saying you have to enable a payment method. Just ignore that and continue with the download. Okay, here it is:

 

As we dive into the seventh chapter of The Revelation, we find our focus being placed on five angels. There is no doubt that people have been fascinated by angels for millennia, and many people have an inaccurate and unbiblical view of them. Angels in the Bible are not cute little cherubs with rosy cheeks, fluffy wings, and a little bow and arrow. Angels in Scripture are powerful, majestic beings that usually elicited fear in the hearts of those who were privileged enough to experience the presence of one. In our study today we will see the power of angels and the trust that God places in them to do His work.

 

Angels and the Winds of Destruction

 

 

Let’s begin by reading Revelation 7:1-3 (ESV).

 

1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,

3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

 

Anytime Scripture uses the phrase ‘after this’, we are wise to stop and figure out what the ‘this’ could be. In the case of Revelation 7:1, the ‘after this’ points back to what we have just studied, namely the opening of Seals 1 through 6 by Jesus, and the resulting consequences. Knowing this helps us keep the events of chapter 7 in context. Jesus is offering a lovely interlude, reminding us that even in the middle of the coming destruction, there is mercy, grace, and protection for His beloved.

Some commentators believe that chapter 7 is a ‘flashback’ of sorts, taking one back to the time before the seals began to be opened in order to show the selection of these Jewish servants of God who will evangelize the world. While it makes for great drama, I have not been able to make the sealing of God’s Jewish servants fit onto a timeline in any place other than between the opening of the sixth and seventh seals.

In verse one we are introduced to four angels who are standing at the four corners, or the four compass points, of the earth. Their assignment is to hold back the winds of the earth, preventing the winds from causing further destruction. This holding back of the winds would effect many things in nature. No waves would break on the seashore, no clouds would move, no air would stir….the atmosphere would be completely still. Very often in Scripture angels are involved in the execution of God’s judgment on humanity, and so it is here. Surely the opening of the first six seals brought judgment, but these angels are holding back, at least for a time, a far worse judgment caused by winds.

A fifth angel who is holding a seal comes on the scene in verse 2, rising out of the east. This angel seems to be of a higher rank than the first four angels, for he orders them to stay their judgment until he has sealed the servants of God.

You will recall from our earlier post that a seal conveys two things: ownership and authority. The seal this fifth angel holds is the seal of God that will be used to place a seal or mark on God’s servants. The mark will tell the world that they belong to the Living God, and that they are under His authority. This is why the Greek word used for seal is doulos, or bond-servant. We will study more about these servants next week.

It is not known exactly what sort of protection the seal affords the servants. Is it protection from physical harm or death, from spiritual attack, or from the coming judgments of God? The most likely answer seems to be the last one, similar to the ways the ancient Israelites were protected from the plagues in Egypt.

We will take a break for now, but be back in chapter 7 next week when we will find out who these servants of God might be. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

 

Sharing Life…..Sharing Encouragement

Welcome to Sharing Life….my Friday series that encourages women to share life with other women. My friends and I are going to be offering posts here that do just that. Our posts will have one of three themes: Faith, Food, or Friendship/Mentoring. To learn more about this series, please click HERE.

 

Sharing Life Encouragement

 

Encouragement.

Mr. Webster tells us that this word means

  • the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen
  • something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, confident
  • something that makes someone more likely to do something

 

There is not a soul breathing earth’s air that cannot use a little encouragement. Every single one of us has times when we need something to boost our hope and our confidence. Encouragement is the seed that others can plant in our lives that brings forth amazing fruit.

 

Stuart Briscoe tells a story of something that happened to Howard Hendricks when he was in elementary school. Howard had come from a broken family and was a problem kid. During his first day in fifth grade the teacher said, ‘Oh, Howard Hendricks. I’ve heard a lot about you. I understand you are the worst kid in school.’ That year Howard did whatever he could to prove her right.

When the next year rolled around his sixth grade teacher said to him, ‘Oh, so you are Howard Hendricks. I’ve heard you are the worst boy in this school.’ Hendricks thought, ‘Here we go again.’ But then the teacher continued, ‘And you know what? I don’t believe a word of it.’ And Howard said that year that woman did everything she could to help him and encourage him and praise his work; she believed in him. Hendricks credits her with changing his life forever.

Source: Spiritual Stamina, Stuart Briscoe, p 231-232

 

In Acts 4:36 we are told about a man named Joseph, who was also called Barnabas by his friends. Barnabas sold a field that belonged to him and gave the money to the apostles to further the spread of the gospel. The Scriptures go out of their way to tell us that the name Barnabas means….wait for it…..son of encouragement.

How’s that for a name? Obviously Barnabas had a reputation as an encourager. It was such a reputation that apparently those who knew him best had given him a nickname that perfectly described his character. Barnabas, son of encouragement.

Being an encourager requires that we step outside of ourselves and enter into the life of others. We must be willing to actively listen for opportunities to encourage when others speak. An encourager is always seeking ways to speak a word of hope into the life of another person.

 

Are you an encourager? Do you intentionally look for opportunities to encourage others? For some of us, it takes a bit of practice because we must take our eyes off ourselves and put them on others, but oh, it is a beautiful thing.

I want to challenge you to be an encourager. Be a Barnabas in a world that needs encouragement. Be a Barnabas to your family and your friends, your co-workers and the folks at the gym. Go forth, daughter of encouragement, and spread hope and confidence!

Tell us about a time you either gave or received encouragement and how it impacted the person receiving it.

The Loft Link-Up ~ Knowing God’s Will

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is KNOWING GOD’S WILL. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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Revelation 7: A Glimpse of God’s Mercy

Before I begin sharing what the Lord has placed on my heart from Revelation 7, may I ask you to pray for me?

Revelation is the only book in the Bible that promises blessings to those who read, hear, and heed what it says. It is not a stretch to imagine that Satan might try to short-circuit the reading, hearing, and heeding in order to prevent believers from obtaining the promised blessings. In addition, Satan’s demise is clearly told in this incredible book and let me assure you, HE AIN’T HAPPY ABOUT IT. It stands to reason that he might try to dissuade, distract, and discourage me from sharing the TRUTH of Revelation with you. And he is, and will. So, would you pray that I would keep my eyes focused on the task at hand and stay faithful to the job of sharing The Revelation with you? Thank you so much.

 

 

Revelation 7 and Housekeeping

 

I need to ask you to give me some feed back on something the Lord has me pondering. God has piqued my interest in podcasts. Often people enjoy listening to sermons or other teaching podcasts when they drive or exercise or clean house. I had never done a podcast until recently and a friend encouraged me to give it a try. I did and found I really enjoyed it. You can listen to it HERE. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find the link to the podcast.

I am pondering and praying about the possibility of turning these blog posts into a Revelation podcast series. Tell me your thoughts, please. Would you enjoy being able to listen to this teaching, in addition to reading the posts? If you would leave a comment below or send me an email to info@leahadams.org letting me know if a podcast series would be of interest to you I would be so grateful.

 

Today we come to the seventh chapter of The Revelation. We have been witness to the throne room in heaven and the revealing of the Lamb who is worthy to open the scroll as we traversed chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 6 gave us a window into the events that take place when the seals on the scroll begin to be opened by Jesus. If you missed any of those posts, or any post in this entire series, I have created a specific page on my website where I link to every post in this Revelation series. They are linked in the order that we studied the material. Please feel free to peruse that page by clicking HERE.

Revelation 7 is a distinct interlude between the opening of Seal 6 (chapter 6) and Seal 7 (chapter 8). Seals one through six brought God’s judgment on the earth in many ways. Seal 7 will launch the sounding of the trumpets and even further destruction and death. In Revelation 7 we are reminded of some beautiful concepts:

  • God’s love of and commitment to His people, Israel
  • God’s mercy on His children
  • The plan of God for the preservation of those who name the name of Christ
  • The glory that awaits all believers

Today, our assignment is to take a moment and read Revelation 7 (ESV). We will begin our study of this book, in earnest, next week.

 

1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,

3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

 

5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,

12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,

12,000 from the tribe of Gad,

6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,

12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,

12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,

7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,

12,000 from the tribe of Levi,

12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,

8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,

12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,

12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

 

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”

14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.

17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Today was a housekeeping post, of sorts, dear reader. Next week we will jump into Revelation 7 with both feet. See you then.

Sharing Life on Friday

Thank you for coming to my corner of the WWW today. I’m pretty excited about what I have to share with you on this first Friday in August. For the vast majority of the life of my blog, Fridays have been a day for either posting with a link-up or just a general post about random things. Fridays have been easy and good, and I want it to remain so.

However, I am feeling led to establish a theme for Fridays. Given the direction that my ministry has taken over the past year or so, it was not difficult for me to determine what that theme would be. God has taken me from a larger, stage-centered ministry to a smaller, more individual-focused ministry in the past year. While I still adore speaking and teaching publicly, God has made it clear that this season is about sharing life with others. The crowning jewel of this season is Tasting Grace ~~ both the event and the book.

I sense that God is encouraging women of all decades to return to the biblical practice of mentoring. In our social media driven world, we are starved for authentic, soul-nurturing, God-honoring relationships. A text message will never fill that need. Nor, may I say, will a blog post. But, I believe God is calling me to be more intentional with my Friday posts.

 

Sharing Life on Friday Posts

 

 

To that end, I will set my heart on offering posts on Friday that encourage us toward SHARING LIFE. My Sharing Life posts will center around three areas:

 

Friendship and Mentoring

Food and Cooking

Faith

 

My desire is to offer something that encourages you in one of these areas. One Friday post might be a recipe that I love or that I want to try. Another Friday might be a life lesson that God prompts me to share with you as your friend and mentor. Yet another Friday post could be a challenge from Scripture, a Bible study recommendation, or a testimony (mine or  that of a friend). Sharing Life on Fridays will be all about encouraging each other on this journey that we are taking.

I hope you will eagerly anticipate Fridays and find something here that blesses you.

For our first Sharing Life post, I would like to offer you a recipe that has been passed down for a few generations in my family. It is for Baked Squash. My family has never been big on deep-fat fried foods, so this recipe for Baked Squash gives us the comfort food feeling without all the deep fat calories. I not only use this recipe for squash, but I also use it for okra or green tomatoes.

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So, for a family recipe like this one, the measured amounts are a guest-imate. When you make the coating for the veggies you make it thick enough to stick, but thin enough to easily coat them. Make sense???

For a downloadable version of this recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post.

 

Baked Squash

8-10 inch cast iron skillet
7-8 medium yellow squash (may use okra)
1 large onion, sliced
¼ – ⅓  cup canola oil
⅓ – ½ cup self rising corn meal
Salt and pepper, to taste

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.

Wash and slice squash. Peel and slice onion.

In skillet mix oil and cornmeal, as well as pepper and salt. Turn heat to medium-high and cook, stirring regularly. Cook until mixture begins to brown, then turn off heat.

Mix in squash and onion and coat vegetables with cornmeal mix.

Coated squash and onions

Bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stirring with metal spoon or spatula every 15 minutes. Bake until squash coating is golden brown.

Baked Squash and Onions

The Loft Link-Up ~ Back to School

Hello! I wanted to remind you that it is not to late to register for my GIVEAWAY! There are only a few hours left (I will draw a winner on Thursday morning), but you may still enter to win a copy of my new Bible study, Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study. 

Not only is this a Bible study on the topic of mentoring, but my co-author and I have given you EIGHT of our favorite recipes for you to use to bless your family and friends. So, click HERE to be taken to my Monday post. There you will use the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post and register for the giveaway. All it takes is an email address and you are registered!

AND…..there is another GIVEAWAY of a copy of Tasting Grace going on over at Grace Table where I offered a guest post on Friday last week. Go HERE to register for that giveaway!

So YAY! Two opportunities to win!!

 

Now, on to our topic for today. BACK TO SCHOOL.

 

I, for one, loved school. I loved the studying, the challenge, the friendships, the teachers. Flitter, I even loved the food. The only time I did not love going back to school was in first grade. I cried on the first day. Copious amounts of tears. I did not want to leave my parents and my Ninnie. I wanted to stay home. I was frightened. I was full of anxiety.

Finally, my Daddy looked at me and said, “Dry it up! Or I will spank you.”

Well, that’s all it took. I did my six year old best to stop crying because I did not want a spanking.

My Daddy’s stern warning did not remove the anxiety of stepping into something new, but it did strongly encourage me to cease my crying and just go and get ‘er done.

Fast forward 46 years.

Oftentimes, I feel like I am that 6 year old once again. It seems like God just about always has me in some sort of ‘schooling’, seeking to teach me to trust Him and molding me to look more like Jesus. Life rarely stays the same, and in this season, nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is as I had thought it would be. There have been many, many changes in my life in the past 2 years. God sent me ‘back to school’ to teach me to trust His heart even in…especially in….the most difficult season of my life.

And you know what?

I have found Him incredibly faithful!

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (NIV)

So, if God has you going ‘back to school’ to teach you a lesson in trust, or to work out something in your heart that does not belong there, I pray you are able to trust HIS HEART of love for you. He is so very faithful.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 3 ~ Back to School

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is BACK TO SCHOOL. Share a post about going back to school. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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