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March 23rd, 2012 by Sarah

Going Unnoticed


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I spend a lot of time doing tedious tasks. Making and cleaning up from meals, picking up toys, changing diapers, and filing away our bills.  It doesn’t feel very important.  If I am honest,  I can get a bad attitude when my work goes unnoticed for long periods of time.

I have always loved this verse.  On days when I worked outside the home and wanted to please my boss or on days as a mom when I feel unnoticed, this verse is a great reminder.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Colossians 3:23

In mundane moments I try to remind myself that even if my husband doesn’t notice that I just put away his laundry for him, or that I picked up his bowl, God does.  I am reminded that God asks me to do a good job because it’s good and pleases Him, not merely for the praise and recognition of others.

My children may not thank me for changing their diaper or coming into their room at night for the fifth time when what I really want is a break… but God sees when I work with all my heart.  This attitude has given me a joy in doing tasks that I don’t particularly love doing.

People may notice our hard work when we are working hard to please God, but that isn’t even the best reward.  The Bible says we will receive an inheritance.  An inheritance from the Creator of the world and owner of all things… that sounds amazing to me.

This poem for wives and moms by Roy Lessin really encouraged me.

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A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life.

She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother.

She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference. At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated. “Is it worth it” She often wondered.

“Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?”

It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the still small voice of her heavenly Father speak to her heart.

“You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be.”

Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye. ” But I notice.”

Most of what you give is done without remuneration. “But I am your reward.”

Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support. Your influence upon him is greater than you think and more powerful than you will ever know. I bless him through your service and honor him through your love.

Your children are precious to me.. Even more precious than they are to you. I have entrusted them to your care to raise for me. What you invest in them is an offering to me.

You may never be in the public spotlight, But your obedience shines as a bright light before me. Continue on. Remember you are MY Servant.

Do all to please me.

By: Roy Lessin

March 10th, 2012 by Sarah

Irish Brown Bread


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In light of St. Patricks day I wanted to share one of my favorite bread recipes.  It is so easy and delicious.

My mother and father in law took Jason and I to Ireland ten years ago, during our first year of marriage.

We drove around the countryside staying at a different bed and breakfasts each night.  It was beautiful, but my favorite part was staying in the restored mansions and country homes.

Each afternoon we were greeted with an afternoon tea… bread with jam, maybe some dessert and tea.  Jason and my father in law were not very interested in “tea time” so my mother in law, Colleen, and I usually enjoyed the girl time by ourselves.

Colleen asked for the recipe for this Irish brown bread at one of the bed and breakfasts, the Berry Lodge (shown above).  This lodge was also a restaurant and cookery where the owner taught cooking classes, but she was still willing to give this recipe to Colleen.

This recipe requires no kneading or rising.  It is easy, healthy and so delicious with jam.  Our family loves it with strawberry or rasberry jam.  I have also made it with whole grain white flour before and it is a little less chewy (and a little less healthy), but very good.

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Irish Brown Bread

2 c. Whole wheat flour

1 1/4 c. White bread flour

2 T. Steal cut oats

1 t. Baking soda

1 t. Cream of tartar

1 Good pinch of salt

1 t. Honey (I think you could substitute sugar if you don’g have honey)

1 T. Oil

1 Egg

2 1/4 C. Buttermilk

(I usually don’t have buttermilk so I substitute either half plain yogurt/half milk OR I make a substitute by mixing 2 T of white vinegar OR lemon juice with 2 1/4 C of milk.  Let sit for 5 minutes before you mix it with other ingredients.

Heat buttermilk, honey, and until hot, but not to a boil, in microwave or saucepan.  Mix in the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into a greased bread pan or 5×5 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (until it sounds hollow).

Enjoy with your favorite tea!