Friday, April 24, 2015

Blessings from Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson humbly speaks to her readers about the true love of God, and how by grace, our brokenness can be repaired.  I am intrigued with the idea of grace and what grace is.  Am I looking for grace myself or am I searching to extend grace to others?  Ms. Thompson uses this book to let us realize, accept and understand the grace that God gives us everyday and in turn extends and transform this grace in our relationship with others.  Don't get me wrong.  This is NOT a how-to or an advice book.  Ms. Thompson even point out says this is not an advice book and it won't contain a lot of advice.  What it is, is a narrative. It pulls out areas in the Bible and explains to us her ideas and translate it in terms of how we can relate to others with it.

It is simply said from the cover of the book, Everyday Grace: Infusing all your relationships with the love of Jesus.  I enjoy reading this book at first.  I like how it reads well,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Love languages for you and I (and the little ones)

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell, MD is an easy read, but it's also 'hard'.  It's hard because it's good.  It's thought -provoking and opens your eyes on relationships, in-general and more specifically with children.  Have you read Gary Chapman's original The 5 Love Languages? I've read it many years ago and though I know what the 5 love languages are; physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts and acts of service; it's not something I make an effort in figuring out.  It is not until The 5 Love Languages of Children that I've put more mental effort in seeking out what it means and how to apply it.  It could've been age or just stage in life that the original The 5 Love Languages was just a book to read and to know about.  As to application, it didn't fit into my life - at least not yet.  I wasn't married or romantically involved with anyone at the time, and during the time I was more, shall I say, I was selfish (ain't we all in our 20s?). 

The 5 Love Languages of Children

Back to The 5 Love Languages of Children. This book opened my eyes and heart to not only my immediate family, but especially to the children around me.  Since this book focuses on relationships with children, it took a longer time for me to read and process the information I was reading.  From this book, I can assure you that this is a book not only for parents or parents to be, but it is a great read for ANYONE. I'm stressing the 'anyone' part because the 5 love languages applies to anyone, and does not limit itself to children alone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Love on the Mend for the Full Steam Ahead

Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer is an e-novella (short novel e-book) that continues the story of Jacob Sadler, whom we've seen in the pages of A Full Steam Ahead (full book), also by Karen Witemeyer.  He's returned to his hometown as the town doctor and we see him deal with his past and the meaning of forgiveness and grace.   Forgiveness is a tough topic to talk about (and it's a topic I like to read about). It's hard to understand and harder to act upon.  Since this is a short novel, I didn't have too much expectations, even though I am  a fan of Ms. Witemeyer's novels, since her first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Genius Recipes Black Pepper Tofu

Tried the Black Pepper Tofu from Food52's Genius Recipes cookbook.  Flavor is great, but I find the amount of black pepper was too much. I would suggest using 2-3 TBS of crushed coarse black pepper instead of the recipe amount of 5 TBS.  Other than that, everything else was great. I would make this dish again with the change. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Let the blossoms bloom

A beautiful day after a full week of rain and dreary weather, especially if the plan is to go enjoy the annual cherry blossom festival.  How beautiful are they? If it wasn't crowded with locals and tourists, I would love to lay down on the grass by the tidal basin and look up above to the beautiful shades of pink and white.

We had some time, so walked around DC, and dropped in on "The place where Lincoln died" - Ford's Theatre, and the visitor area had this on display:

What do you think? Can you think of any other person in this world, (besides Jesus/God) that will have this many books written on him? And it's still climbing....