Easy Homemade Pizza Dough | for the handmade baker, the stand mixer maker, and the bread machine faker

I love making pizza at home. The first reason is simple and obvious: It’s DELICIOUS! The second reason: It’s way HEALTHIER than what you can get at most restaurants and pizza joints. Finally – the frugal frosting on my cost-effective cake – It’s CHEAP because you can use other leftovers as toppings. For example, I rummaged through the refrigerator for last night’s toppings and found: a half-jar of spaghetti sauce; two previously opened bags of shredded mozzarella cheese (how did that happen!?); and some sliced ham and a partial wedge of parmesan, both of which were close to expiring. Really, … Continue reading Easy Homemade Pizza Dough | for the handmade baker, the stand mixer maker, and the bread machine faker

Why Memorize Scripture? – The Thursday Think Tank

Earlier this week, I talked about a strategy for memorizing Scripture. Growing up, my family went to church several times per week. Studying and memorizing Scripture was highly valued in our faith community. As a teenager and young adult, I made a conscious decision to embrace the faith I had seen in my parents and other role models. Thus, the tradition of studying and memorizing Scripture became important to me personally. I have a friend who describes herself as “non-religious.” After seeing my earlier post, she asked a great question: What is the point of memorizing Scripture? As a kid … Continue reading Why Memorize Scripture? – The Thursday Think Tank

Scripture Memorization Strategy – Rhythm

As I type the next sentence, I predict that I’ll be hearing a little chant in my head. “Great is our Lord and mighty in power. His understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5 Yup. I heard the chant. That’s why I was able to type the verse from memory.  My Sunday school class of early elementary-aged students had a great time learning it this past week. As suggested by our curriculum (Early Elementary Teacher by WordAction Press), we put the verse into rhythm. You can do this with any verse that you are trying to commit to memory. Clap hands, … Continue reading Scripture Memorization Strategy – Rhythm

Impossible / Possible

“God laughs at impossibilities.” That was a statement made by our pastor during a sermon about eight years ago.  He was referring to the story in Genesis 18, where barren, post-menopausal Sarah had just been given a Divine message: She and her elderly husband would birth a son in the coming year. If that Divine message had to come to her via text, her reply probably would have read, “LOL!!!!”, for the Scripture tells us that she laughed when she heard the message (Genesis 18:12). Fast forward to present day. Here are some facts we know about Sarah: She did … Continue reading Impossible / Possible