May you wake to sweatshirt weather and piping hot coffee.
May you shuffle all the way to your front porch, in your pj’s and bare feet, and may you watch your street wake up.
May you watch your neighbors, with eyes wide open, with the expectation that God is up to something BIG,
Right on your street.
And may you know that God has placed you there,
For such a time as this.
And now, some of my favorite reads this week:
Flower Patch Farm Girl: On Kids and Entitlement ~ Oh wow…I am living this post right now. I look at my kids and I can’t help but think that I have fostered the sense of entitlement within each of them. I am reaping what I have sewn.
Lisa-Jo Baker: When You’re Tired of the Waiting ~ I laugh and I cry and I nod right along with this lady- I am 35, living my days in a rental home, knowing quite certainly that God is working His plan in my life. And that maybe His perfect plan is that I would own nothing in this world. Nothing at all.
Jen Hatmaker: Worst End Of Summer Mom ~ Need I say anything more? Just her name makes me laugh.
Lisa Leake: This is a new one for me. I am giving you a link to the entire blog because Jen Hatmaker has officially jacked up my neat, disgusting world and this lady, Lisa, has done all the work that I thought I was going to have to do in order to eat my way into a better life. Thank you Katie Jones for sending me to Lisa’s blog and royally messing up my Southern Living “real” food eating. Dang it.
Ann Voskamp: Only read this post if you’re willing to give up your next birthday. Really. So not only has Jen Hatmaker jacked with my Starbucks Venti Skinny Caramel Frappuccino (only 190 calories, y’all), but now Ann has jacked up my 36th birthday. I mean, really, how many times does God think He can pick up my snow globe sort of life and shake it into a flurry?
Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food ~ I got nothing. The cover of this book has a bunch of broccoli on it and this entire book has made me want to stop eating altogether. It’s like a double-edged sword.
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess: See above. Really. The life I used to know is over and I stand on the brink of liberation. And no more waste. Or sugar or trips to TJ Maxx or mindless Facebook scrolling. As of Sept.1, this mama will enter her own 7 month experimental mutiny of excess and she will simultaneously give up Diet Coke. And she might cease to make things happen. (And Jesus smiles as Lori types these words…)
And 1 more new thing for the ‘ole blog…A Recipe!!!!!
I have baked 7 loaves of REAL, home made bread this week. The kneading with your hands, only use whole wheat flour and honey and active yeast, kind of bread and although all the loaves were edible, only 1 was FABULOUS.
So I share the link with you~ Simple Whole Wheat Bread
I used half whole wheat flour and half bread flour and we ate 2 loaves in 4 hours. And Elli LOVED it. That fact alone is reason enough to make this recipe. I will make 3 more loaves tomorrow.
You should also know that I am not a foodie or a baker or a calorie counter or a health nut- I am a woman who loves coffee and wine and carbs and a woman who believes that Jesus is asking her to consider her diet and her neighborhood and answer this timeless question: What would Jesus do?
Or eat, for that matter.
And so I bake bread.
Happy Weekend Y’all-