Blessings, Happy Mail & Bacon

I have been running at high speed since my last post. Preparing for a half marathon, trying to get all my training in, work, Bible study, helping to plan a baby shower and getting ready for Sweet Pea's fourth birthday party! And then there's all the mundane stuff...getting the kids to school, T-ball, soccer and everything in between.

Yes...spring is busy.

But, in my Bible study this week, I was hit by this excerpt:
"I forget that even those daily tasks give me an opportunity to glorify God. I glorify Him when I have a heart that is grateful for those "mundane" tasks, when I recognize that everything I have is on loan from Him, and everything I do can be used for His glory."
Corinne Baur, Running by The Book: Becoming Physically and Spiritually Fit

I needed that reminder this week. So, I count it all as blessings....

God has blessed me with health and the ability to train for a half marathon.
He has given me an awesome opportunity to work in ministry with an amazing group of people.
He has brought women into my life through Bible Study that speak truth into my life.
He has blessed me with talents and abilities that I can use to bless others through events and fellowship.
God has given my husband and me the most amazing kids! And I love to celebrate them!

And celebrate we will!! This is the inspiration for Sweet Pea's Birthday Party...

A Strawberry Shortcake Baking Party!! She invited her closest little girlfriends and we're planning some fun baking activities for them to do. Here are some of the things we've gotten in the mail this week...

Yesterday, my mom and I went the fabric store to get some fabric (and lots of burlap) for the party and the shower

We also picked up 30 pounds of bacon, which we got for a screamin' deal. I split it with my good friend, Katie. I don't think we'll be buying bacon for the next year or so.

So, for dinner tonight...BLT's, of course. By the way, do you bake your bacon in the oven? If not, you should! It will change your life!

UPDATE: Here's how I do my oven-baked bacon:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet
3. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on how many slices you have on the baking sheet)

If you wanted to make the clean-up super easy, line your baking sheet with foil. And that's it! Perfectly cooked bacon :)


Jessica Chez said...

Can't wait to see more from the Strawberry Shortcake birthday! So perfect for your little Miss!

Loved what you said about the mundane being a gift. You would LOVE one of our Pastor's wives blog (Kari- she's amazing!)

You should read her post about her heart that everything mundane is sacred:


Thankful for you!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what you do with these crafty goodies!
I love your perspective in how you are looking for the blessing in things!!
Do tell how you bake your bacon. I'd love to know!