"I have come to realize that making a home looks different for me than for others – even other single women. In His great goodness, God is the designer of all and is pleased with the faithful, trusting obedience of His children whether he has called them to singleness or marriage. The Father of Lights, who gives good gifts, does not give second best. His will is good, pleasing, and perfect."
The Weeping Prophet and True Hope
Jeremiah’s persistent obedience, even in persecution, even in the unraveling of his city during the Babylonian siege, stirs a fearless hope. He faced what many of us fear today, in the counsel and fellowship of his God. Such a closeness is not now only reserved for prophets, but all of God’s children.
Palm Sunday Song: Fairest Lord Jesus
“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed… Continue reading Palm Sunday Song: Fairest Lord Jesus
Celebrating Through April
With quarantine in effect around the world, including my little corner, I’ve thought about how much light-heartedness and mirth were missing from daily routine... This got me to thinking, what other ways could I celebrate through the quarantine of April? Below, I’m listing my favorites I found. Happy April!
Songs of Hope and Peace: the Sure and Steady Anchor
Trouble is guaranteed in this life, but what a comfort that we need not go through this life without the peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He made a way for the disciples’ peace, speaking purposefully to them, and so He speaks purposefully to us through His Scripture. Even in the midst of trouble and great grief, the time and testimony of fellow believers prove that the peace of Christ emboldens Christians to take heart and even sing. Perhaps that is one reason I love both of these songs so much. ‘It is Well’ is one of the songs I would play for my grandma while she lay in bed with cancer. This song was born out of comfort in grief and has in turn comforted so many like me. The second song, ‘Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor’ speaks of the hope He gives in salvation. We hope as those who already know the answer, yes, He has, and, yes, He will.
Cornbread Dressing: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut free
Thanksgiving baking part 2: Cornbread dressing #glutenfree #eggfree #dairyfree #nutfree #soyfree Notes: be sure to check the stock you use that it is free of allergens, including soy and wheat. Also, I use about 8 cups of bread squares and increased the toasting and baking time to make it crispier. Enjoy! Cornbread recipe: https://thoughtsong.com/2019/11/29/homemade-cornbread-gluten-dairy-egg-soy-nut-free/ Dressing… Continue reading Cornbread Dressing: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut free
Homemade Cornbread: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut free
My goal for this Thanksgiving was to learn to make allergy-friendly cornbread dressing. The first step was to learn to make the cornbread first. I really like this recipe. It has a bread-like texture because of added flours, but also that nice cornmeal taste and bit of crunch. 😋 This recipe is definitely a keeper!… Continue reading Homemade Cornbread: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut free
Delicious, protein-packed, grain-free peach and blackberry cobbler
Sunday Song: I Will Sing of my Redeemer
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” Psalms 59:16-17 The book of Psalms is… Continue reading Sunday Song: I Will Sing of my Redeemer
Saturday Song: More than Anything
What is most important in life? What is most important for death? Thankful for a (very) rainy, gray Saturday, honest conversations, remembrances of the past... because of what is most important: the Good Giver of all gifts. Today's song is "More Than Anything by Natalie Grant. Click here for the video, read below for the… Continue reading Saturday Song: More than Anything
The Heart of a Single Woman’s Home: Lies and the Truth (blog series part 2 of 8)
As I mentioned in the introduction post (read here) of this series on the heart of a single woman’s home, several lies about myself as a woman and as a homemaker wreaked havoc on my heart. These lies still tend to rear their ugly heads now and again, but by the grace of God, I… Continue reading The Heart of a Single Woman’s Home: Lies and the Truth (blog series part 2 of 8)
Courage for the year ahead
The Gospel fuels our courage These verses end a Psalm full of sorrow and lament. But even in the midst of his grief, and at the end of his cry for relief, David remembers and takes courage for the path ahead. At the changing of the year, that is what we all need. Thankfulness for… Continue reading Courage for the year ahead
Carrot Cake: gluten-free & vegan
This delicious, moist carrot cake is sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a crunchy crumble that will melt in your mouth! If you want a coffee cake that’s also a carrot cake, give this #glutenfreevegan recipe a try!..Whisk together:1 c. general purpose gluten-free flour mix with xanthum gum (I used Bob’s Red Mill blue… Continue reading Carrot Cake: gluten-free & vegan
God’s Guiding Word
And that word is true (Psalm 199:160), unfailing (Mark 13:31), enduring (Isaiah 40:8), life-giving (John 6:68), and active (Hebrews 4:12). Our confidence in God’s Word can, therefore, be complete and unshaken, even in a world that is screaming otherwise.
Spurgeon & Singing
“The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. You… Continue reading Spurgeon & Singing
σκοπέω: consider for yourself
σκοπέω - to look, to consider How often do I think only about what I can see? Even in the midst of lesser trouble, how often do I just look at my circumstances and lose heart? When was the last time I contemplated - actually considered in depth- the eternal glory of God and heaven?… Continue reading σκοπέω: consider for yourself
Prayer and Pleasing God
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come… Continue reading Prayer and Pleasing God
Monday Moments: hygge
Sunshine, heated blanket, kitty, coffee, prayer, and books. I may never get off this couch again. Granted, this is not a normal Monday morning (see last Monday’s post). So, I am thankful for an extra day of rest. This moment, I am relaxing and soaking in the sounds of the clock ticking, laundry whirring, and… Continue reading Monday Moments: hygge
Where is Peace?
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your… Continue reading Where is Peace?