huzzah!

February 4, 2017



This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Made this lasagna and it came out amazing. I made some tweaks to it (whole grain, fat free ricotta, left out the pesto), but the recipe was a good base.

Ramen is now on my mind. Anyone have a good recipe to share?

I tried making a new pizza with anchovies, but the ones I got from TJ’s were way too salty for it. The pizza was topped with red onions and argula, but I need to find a low sodium anchovy and maybe that will pair better.

Love this pair of vintage wood ball drop earrings.

I love all the new goods at Everlane. The breton cotton dress is so classic.

Not many sofas would make me rethink my vintage leather chesterfield, but this one (in pink!) definitely does (good thing the amount of pennies I’d need are way out of my reach).

The girls love reading choose your adventure books.

Praise God I’ve been doing well cutting out one bad habit a week. For next week, I’m going to cut my reading of news outlets to just one time a day.

Oh! Another blessing… I finished reading the entire Bible this week. It took me 3 years and month, but I’m thankful for grace that my salvation isn’t dependent on what I do or don’t do, but Jesus is my righteousness. Learning and growing in the Word, increases my joy in Christ. Here’s to starting another year of Bible reading and praying I actually finish in one year. I use the YouVersion app and choose the One Year Bible reading plan.

Before being an American, I am a follower of Jesus first, and trusting in Christ isn’t about my own self-preservation, but rather about dying to self. I’m called to love others as I love myself. I haven’t read all the articles or the actual new legislature about the order (so I didn’t want to post something without doing research), but what I do know is that we are called to love others in the same way we love ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39 “He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'” I may not be loud about it on social media, but we ought to all be restless with what’s going on (no matter who you voted for). I do want to encourage everyone to do something to love others, especially those in fear right now. While some may oppose “love trumps hate” and instead say “action trumps hate,” I do believe love does trump hate because love is an action. My Savior going to the cross to die for me, someone who deserves eternal death and is undeserving of such grace, is an action. Jesus on the cross is the greatest form of love in action. While your action will look different based on your conviction, I think we can all agree, that just sitting idle and doing nothing is definitely not the best way to love our neighbors, here in the US and all around the world. Call, write, speak, listen, protest, educate (others and yourself), donate… do whatever it is you need to do to show love to all people.

Peace friends.

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5 comments on “huzzah!”

  • Frédérique says:

    Didn’t think I could be a bigger fan of your awesome family but here you go! Sending so much love your way!

  • Iliah says:

    I am SOO proud of you for this post! Sometimes, it is hard to speak about controversial things when one has a large and varied audience, but it is only truth that sets the masses free. What is especially troubling is that out beautiful faith and the precious name of Jesus is being used to justify and promote hatred, racism, islamophobia, environmental destruction and so many other horrendous things. There has never been a better time than now to act, love, speak, pray and resist! We have to be that counter voice to the those who are hijacking Jesus for political gain. Rubyellen, God has given you a world-wide voice to speak directly into hearts, and what you wrote matters and makes a difference! The world watched the inauguration and heard Jesus being given the “credit” for Trump becoming president- how would anyone love Jesus if they believe that it was him who gave Trump the victory and supports what Trumps supports? You keep standing bold! You have so many people who have your back. You may offend some and they will stop reading your blog, but then again, you may have so many more who come from all walks of life because you spoke the truth!

    These scriptures have been giving my life as of late. And I’ve been sharing them on Facebook so that all my non-Christian friends can see what the bible really says, and what the true heart of our Father is. Much love to you! -Iliah

    “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” -Leviticus 19:34

    “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” -Exodus 22:21
    “Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country.” -Deuteronomy 23:7

    “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” -Deuteronomy 10:19
    ”Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18

    “If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the LORD gives us.” -Numbers 10:32
    “The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” -Psalms 146:9

  • paravieja says:

    I love when people of faith speak out. Love will come your way
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  • what are the other bad habits you have cut out? congrats on finishing reading the bible! I am doing the she reads truth one year bible plan, but use the youversion app to read the word since I like the AMP translation. thank you for speaking the truth in love.

  • Deborah says:

    Hi, I love reading your blog and just wanted to share something that I think you would appreciate since you respect the Bible so much and you love teaching your kids. These little videos are designed for kids, and I just think they have the best lessons in them, all scripturally based. Hope you enjoy. There’s a whole slew of them on there with different topics. https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/family/children/become-jehovahs-friend/videos/making-friends/

    xo
    Deborah

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