Saturday’s Six

%r%XwMN7SNqjtI+r+G3xcAHere are six things for you on this Saturday:

1. The first one is a little anecdote that happened to me and my husband this weekend. We were in a large business dinner with people we were just getting to know, when, a few minutes into the conversation with the couple across the table, the gentleman asked my husband, “So, from what I know of you, and what you are saying, I am assuming you are Christian, Christian, Christian, right?”  To which we answered, “Yes, we are Christians.”

This made us chuckle afterwards and think how if in your head there exists room for someone to be a Christian or a Christian, Christian, Christian, then something is off in yous definition of Christian.

2. On our ongoing series of Faithful Obedience we have been reading of Christian women living out their faith in the “here and in the now.” Well, a dear family from our church, the Boyds, recently received the news that Liz has breast cancer. Her response to the news has been such a powerful example to all of us of what it means to live in faithful obedience. You can read it here.

3. Looking for books on contentment? These are the best 6 (the last two books are heavily inspired on the first three books):

1) The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by J. Burroughs
2) All Things for Good by Thomas Watson
3) The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
4) The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry
5) Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age by Nancy Wilson
6) The Power of Christian Contentment by Andrew M. Davis

4. I love what these guys do. Check out their store here.

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5. On this week’s email -that we send to the women who are doing the Bible Reading Challenge, I hope to encourage them not to skim through the hard books of the Bible, but read diligently and intentionally. You can read it here.

6. Here is a wonderful resource to memorize and sing the Psalms. Our church has now a Spotify playlist with the Psalms of Dr. Erb that you will love. Find it here.

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Have a wonderful Sabbath!

Under God’s sun and by His grace,

Becky Pliego

 

 

 

 

What I Will Be Listening During December

These are my favorite Christmas albums, and I will be listening to them all day, every day during December.

Behold the Lamb of God, by Andrew Peterson

Joy: An Irish Christmas by The Gettys

Three traditional Christmas songs that Sandra McCracken recorded in her kitchen.

The Word Became Flesh, “a musical interpretation and celebration of the incarnation of the Son of God. The biblical narrative from creation through the fall to redemption is retold as familiar hymns, Christmas carols, and new choral pieces are performed, resulting in an epic presentation of salvation that resonates in mind and heart.”

Veni Emmanuel:  Ancient & Traditional Latin Christmas Carols (Classical Academic Press).

O Come, Emmanuel by David Nevue

I also love to listen to Kenny G. He has recorded many great Christmas songs, hymns, and carols.

Mary Selby recorded a beautiful song for the season, Out of Heaven, and I am loving it!

What will you be listening this season? Any song/ album you think I am absolutely missing? Please, share!

Happy Advent, friends!

Let the world rejoice, our Savior has come!

Becky

How to Make a Book Prettier, A Lovely Candle, and a Lunch Recipe

Some of us are starting this week to pray through the Valley of Vision (13 weeks, 3x’s a day -Would you join us?-), and I think that most of us own the paperback edition which to be true, and I will say this quietly, it is not very pretty. So one day, I decided I would make mine prettier. Of course, I ran over to my Mom’s because she is definitely more talented than I am; and well, I convinced her to make a new cover for my books the easiest way possible (I we also made one for one of my favorite books, Practical Religion by R.C. Ryle, because of the same reasons: a not so pretty cover, go see what I am talking about here.)

What is my secret to have a pretty cover? No needles and thread, but glue!

The result is this:

Practical Religion by Ryle

 

Now you know, if you don’t want to spend your money on the leather edition, get the paperback and make it special. (Isn’t this another great idea for Christmas or birthday gifts?)

This week I have made two things that I found over at Pinterest, a lovely candle and a yummy recipe.

First the candle. I have seen it on Pinterest but was unsure how it worked, but after Katie Lloyd reviewed it I decided we needed to make it; and yes it works pretty well, and certainly looks very pretty. We used grapefruit instead of clementines, just because that is what I had at hand.

 

The “twig” is part of the fruit itself and the fuel is olive oil. (We made a second one and tried to use canola oil instead, but it never burned)

And lastly, a yummy lunch recipe. A recipe I needed to share because some of my friends are running out of ideas and serve their family breakfast for lunch, while others feed their family on chocolate and “throw them a few organic carrots once in a while to make themselves feel better”! 🙂  (Yes, you guessed, this is an “inside joke”!)

The recipe comes also from PinterestRoasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread from Alexandra’s Kitchen. The picture is hers, I did not even try to take one of mine, hers is just perfect.

I really recommend you to try this one; it is delicious, easy and looks perfect on your plate!

Enjoy the rest of your week, and rejoice in Him who gives us our breath every second.

Becky

Wednesday's World of Work

Beautiful Words

Some words are just too beautiful that they need their own very special place.

 

 

Becky

 

Workbook Notes:

I have so many little projects that I would like to make…
today I found my inspiration here,
Something tells me I got the “creative bug”
and will be soon making some other pretty things…
Today I will buy more markers,
Because I would love to try painting more stones with more colors.
(I already had the white marker at home)
I even thought these would make beautiful gifts during this
coming season, don’t you think?

>Paper Hearts… Easy Projects for the Weekend

>I couldn’t resist sharing some pretty easy and fun crafts for the weekend. I hope you enjoy taking out you scissors, markers, and old books. If you don’t have time to do all these fun little projects, then go here and print these:

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For the joy of making lots of paper hearts and hanging them around our house, we dismantled and old book and had so much fun cutting as many paper hearts as possible.

The result is this:

If you feel more like coloring, then this is the craft for you today.

Alisa Burke

May you have a wonderful weekend full of hearts, and love!

P.S. Don’t forget to check this great recipe… Chocolate and Dried Apricots Baguettes! 

>Friday…How it Looks Around Here

>Exam week is over on the home front… at least for our children; they are excited about a longer weekend and I am too! This mom, however,  still has some grading to do. (And it is OK, I am happy with that; I LOVE to see how my Spanish 1 students are already writing 250 words paragraphs and my Spanish 2 students are putting together words and sentences forming 500 words paragraphs!)

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Have you ever found something on the Internet  that you just love, a photo, a product, a painting, a book, a purse, a recipe, a cozy space, a sofa, a lamp, a journal, a notebook, a pen, a pencil…. and then you forget where it was?

Well, look at this great place I found (HT. Geninne), Pinterest. It is an online catalog in which you are the curator and you keep track of the pretty things and great ideas you find from here and there. I am just starting my own catalog but you can see what I have already pinned here (link is now working!)

View Becky...'s Pins on Pinterest

You will soon see this link on my side bar… just for fun, just so you get a better idea of what I like! 🙂

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And the fun part…  A craft for “Big Boys and Girls” (Note that  I say it is an activity for big boys and girls, because they will need to use pins… lots of pins!)

Palo de Lluvia, a Mayan Musical Instrument
  (sorry I don’t know the name in English and couldn’t find it!)
 * You need a thimble, pins, a cardboard tube (the longer the better), glue, scissors, paints, brushes, and lentils.
 * Following the spiral pattern of the cardboard press in the pins using the thimble.

* Now with some cardboard or construction paper cover one end.

* Now put about 3 spoons of lentils in the tube.

* Cover the other end and start painting it.

 * Now you are ready to make some Mayan music.

Have a most wonderful weekend!