Weekly kid-friendly/budget-friendly THM menu

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That pic above is of my favorite muffin in a mug. It’s the coffee cake for one by Rhonda Sue. *drool*

Okay! Moving right along to the menu. I’ve decided to just list 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with several snack ideas. I realized that people start their weeks on different days, eat more (or less) snacks than we do, and  run into a night where they just want to make Thursday’s dinner on Monday. So I’m hoping this new list format makes it easier to tweak and make your own!

Breakfasts

eggs and bacon or sausage (2x)

cereal for the kids and muffin in a mug for mom (2x)

thm pancakes (page 223) with berries

oatmeal with cinnamon and diced apples (brown sugar and walnuts on the kid’s, truvia on mom’s) 2x

 

Lunches

tortilla pizzas (page 280) and sliced veggies

PB&J (regular for the kids; low carb wrap with smucker’s natural PB and homemade strawberry truvia jam for mom) with sliced veggies (2x)

hot dogs and mac&cheese for the kids; crispy salmon (page 283) on romaine with EVOO for mom

leftovers from the soup dinners (2x)

lunchmeat (sandwiches for kids; roll ups for mom~ page 299) and fruit

 

Dinners

pinto bean and rice roll ups (low carb wrap for mom) and fruit

tuna melts for the family; tuna on a low carb wrap for mom; salad

all day lentil stew (page 311)  and crackers (wasa for mom)

hamburgers (lettuce “bun” for mom) and green fries (page 357)

krabby patties (page 338) made with tuna and salad (sourdough bread for the family)

my version of fotato soup (adapted from page 294) ~use the THM bullion in place of the chicken broth and add turmeric with the other seasoning

pork chops; broccoli with cheese and butter; mashed potatoes for the family

 

Snacks

nuts

string cheese

THM friendly muffins (there are many of these on pinterest)

fruit

sliced veggies

smoothies (I love the cake batter frappa. I make the kids’ smoothies with frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk and honey)

85% dark chocolate from aldi

fudge (page 386)

peanut butter cups

for the kids: chia energy balls

 

 

Linked up at menu plan monday

 

 

 

 

thou shalt not “judge”? (correcting your opponents with gentleness)

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We learned last time that we are supposed to be able to teach and patiently endure evil.

I feel like this reiterates that point. Usually the evil we come up against will be from our “opponents” and patiently and gentleness were used interchangeably depending on what translation you look at.

Breaking it down with Strong’s, Thayer’s and HELPS:

Correcting:  to train, chasten, correct so they may reach their full potential

Those that oppose: one set in opposition

Gentleness:  meekness (“gentle strength”) which expresses power with reserve and gentleness

I think the KJV puts it best:

“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves…”

If someone isn’t walking with the Lord, they are most detrimental to themselves. It’s not really YOU they are opposing, but their own souls.

The NLT explains it a little better:

“Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.”

If someone opposes a biblical Truth that is being shared, it is much different than disagreeing with a preference. In our world today, people are very big on “Thou shalt not judge” and “Judge not, lest ye be judged”. While that principle is in the  Bible, it seems to be one of the most misused. There is a difference between judging (which usually happens when people disagree or go against what your preferences are) and correcting or instructing (which should always be grounded in the sharing of a biblical Truth).

There’s a really good article on “Answers in Genesis” dealing with this.

I know it is something a lot of people, especially Christians, struggle with. We are called to uphold a righteous Truth and how can we that if we just sit idly by and allow a wicked and corrupt culture to twist and mar the Word of God?

If we are speaking this Truth in love and gentleness, we are fulfilling the call of God. If we are doing it in a hateful or prideful way with the intent to harm, we are in sin. Likewise, if we are shrinking away from proclaiming the Truth, we are in sin.

I’ve already shared about how gentleness is my hurdle.

What are you most guilty of? What are you going to change, starting today, to be a more effective ambassador of Truth? Comment below or on the facebook page.

 

 

…able to teach, patiently enduring evil…

I was unsure if there would be enough in the rest of verse 24 to write a whole post on. After opening up Bible Hub, I was pleasantly surprised to see that even these 5 words can invite in depth study of what the Lord expects of us, his servants.

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil…”

“Able to teach” is also translated “apt to teach”, “an apt teacher, “instructive”, “a skillful teacher” and even “teachable” (which takes on a whole different meaning in my mind….changing from what you do ~teach~ to how you are ~teachable~)

Apt:  fit, suitable, having a tendency, liable, qualified.

Are we qualified to teach the Truth? I love how the ISV puts 2 Cotinthians 3:5-6:

“By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God, who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant…”

As a homeschooling mom, this verse is so encouraging to me. As a child of the living God, my credentials come from Him. I should try that answer the next time someone in the grocery stores asks what qualifies me to teach my children. 😉

The next time you feel that prompting because you are in a situation to share the Gospel, don’t shrink away because you think you aren’t able to teach it. We are all, as Christians, equipped by the Holy Spirit to teach! Although, the person hearing may reject it, you are called to do your part by putting it out there. Even if it means you will be met with evil….

“Patiently enduring evil”.

There are many different translations of this phrase. The King James Version simply says “patient”.  Other ones are “not resentful”, “willing to suffer wrong”, “long-suffering”, “forbearing”, and “patient with difficult people”.

The Greek word here is anexikakon: patient when wronged. HELPS word study goes on to say that it “shows the quality of patiently affirming a belief in face of mockery.”

When was the last time you were mocked for your faith? When I think of standing firm in the face of mockery, I think of Jesus. In Mark 15, He is mocked as He is being physically mistreated. I can’t even begin to fathom that. Having the ability to give the very people who are abusing you vocally, emotionally, psychologically and physically what they deserve with just a word… yet staying quiet and enduring it.  It’s humbling. I think I am being mistreated when the most petty of things happens to me and I automatically jump to words and attitudes that are less than godly (to say the least). Really gives me something to think about over the weekend.

What stands out to you in this verse?

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The servant of the Lord must not strive…

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“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone….” (ESV)

I’ve also noticed that many times in Scripture when we are told NOT to do something, we are given something to replace it with. Here, we are to replace quarreling with kindness. And it’s not just a suggestion. It’s a command. If you are a “servant of the Lord you MUST…” Since it seems to be so important, I decided to do a word study to understand it a little more in-depth.

QUAR’RELSOME: adjective given to brawls and contention; inclined to petty fighting; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible; choleric; petulant.

CONTENTION: noun a violent effort to obtain something

The Greek word used for quarrelsome is machomai which is a verb and means to engage in battle or to strive.

The King James Version says:  “the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men…”

Strive: verb  To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard; applicable to exertions of body or mind.

Wow. Anyone who knows me knows I am always up for a good debate. I have a zeal for the truth that can definitely be  described as quarrelsome or contentious. This passage tells me that is not of the Lord though. Sharing the Truth, yes. Striving to prove the Truth, not so much.

Let’s look at what we should do then.

The Greek word used for “be kind” is épios which Strong’s tells us means “gentle or placid”.

Uh-oh.

I don’t think anyone has ever used those words to describe me.

ever.

Helps word studies on that same page goes on to describe the definition this way :

properly, gentle (affable, mild), referring to calming words that bring God’s order to a situation. …..happens as we yield to God – i.e. are committed to handling matters according to His preferred-will. It describes the believer acting even-handedly, avoiding unnecessary harshness or excess by speaking into a situation that God reveals.

 

Well.

Here we are on the very first day, not even through an entire verse yet, and I already see a need for a change in my life and the way I approach things.

How about you? How has the Lord spoken to you today?

It doesn’t have to be through this passage. If you are studying somewhere else in Scripture, please comment below on how the Word of God is challenging you today.

Studying the Word (2 Timothy)

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“…the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,  correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,  and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:24-3:7

There’s no doubt that this passage fits the world around us today. Read each characteristic of people listed in this passage and I’m sure you can identify someone in the news, on your facebook feed or even in your own life that fits the description.

God gripped my heart with these words.

I feel a strong leading to meditate on this paragraph, break down what the Lord is teaching me in my life through it and lay it out on here. My plan is to, each day, take a point that is standing out and link it to real life (because we are not meant to just read the Word but do something about it also) and other parts of Scripture.

I would love for each of you to join me.

Read it for yourself. Maybe your translation is different. Share any differences you find here with the rest of us.

Maybe God is speaking to you through this passage. Please tell us what the Spirit is telling you in these words. We are each at different places in life and we know that the Word is living and active so it will meet you where you are.

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