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Spring Break 2009

Posted by hrgarippa on 23 March, 2009

So do you remember these cuties from a while ago. I was blessed to hang out with them over Spring Break. We ate Chick-a-lika (as my niece calls it). We read books at Half Price, and we talked. We had a blast. I love these dear ones.

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Then later in the week I got to hang out with this sweetie pie…Miss Rissah. Big things are happening her life and I’ll tell you about them soon.

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I’ll also tell you about that sweet man who’s profile you can see in the picture up above…How he makes me smile and makes me laugh….and how he has a heart that is after my dear Savior.

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Memorial Stones

Posted by hrgarippa on 12 March, 2009

 

It’s been 11 years since I was introduced the world of Epilepsy and Colloidal Cysts, Nuerologists, MRI’s and EEG’s. Sunday, March 8 marked the anniversary of my first seizure and Friday, March 13 marks the anniversary of my brain surgery.

 

On Sunday, a dear friend asked me what I was going to do to commemorate the occasion. I hadn’t really thought about it, in fact most years pass without me even realizing, so I said, I’ll probably just thank the Lord.

 

But then I thought about it…First of all, how sweet that he remembered and wanted to commemorate the day. Secondly, how sad that I don’t commemorate the day…something so significant, so life changing. Third, I thought about memorial stones….Joshua 4.

 

When I worked at Park Cities Presbyterian Church I had the great privilege of working for Skip Ryan, the senior pastor. I also had the great privilege of typing his sermons and hearing them preached on Sunday morning. Skip would handwrite each sermon in hieroglyphics and then I would translate and type them into English, (I kid…he did have some serious chicken scratch though or genius handwriting). The three years I worked with Skip were so great because I learned so much about service, ministry and God’s word. I sincerely love that man and his heart for the Lord.

 

So now, whenever I’m in a life-situation my mind recalls much of God’s word thru these sermons. Like on Sunday with the memorial stones. As I thought of commemorating this occasion and the day that will follow, this Friday, I thought of the amazing miracle that God performed as he allowed the Israelites to walk across the Jordan on dry ground. I thought of the 12 men representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, of their walking out of the Jordan each carrying a stone. And of their placing it in front of the city of Jericho and building a pile of sorts as a reminder to all future generations of the Might of God.

 

“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.’” Joshua 4.21-22, 24

 

Skip brought that story to life for me, helped to sear it in my mind and heart.                      

 

He also reminded me that I am a living stone. My life, my every days tell the coming generation who God is. (1 Peter 2)

 

I pray that all of my days would commemorate God’s great mercy to me. That I would live in such a way that does show the next generation His mercy and His grace and His love.  

 

If you have the time and the inclination download Skip’s sermon, here. By the way, Skip has an entire serious on the book of Joshua…all very good.

 

 

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Granola

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 March, 2009

I love granola. I’ve been in love with granola for a while now. I think I love the way it is toasted and the way it is lightly sweetened and can be mixed up all kinds of ways. I love that granola is good for you when it is made with good sweeteners and when it has good nuts…it is filled with healthy fats. Things our body needs to get moving.

I don’t like how expensive granola can be. Or for that matter anything that is good for you. If  it is pure and not filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup or fake beef  or lots of other ingredients that you can’t pronounce than you’re going to spend half your fortune for just a serving. Oh, how that angers me.

So I’m boycotting all Granola making companies and doing a little DIY….It is almost the easiest thing I’ve ever made.

3 cups Rolled Oats (not instant)
1 cup roughly chopped almonds
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Put dry ingredients, oats and nuts, in a mixing bowl. Place wet ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat until just warm, then pour over dry ingredients and mix together. Then place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. You’ll want to stir every 5 minutes. Once you take it out of the oven you can add the fruit.

When granola comes out it will not be hardened, but will harden as it cools.

Here is the great thing about granola…there are no hard and fast rules about the ingredients…you can play around. I just bought the following ingredients to try; pistachios, unsweetened coconut, banana chips, agave nectar. The first time I made this I added some spices and I wasn’t a big fan of how that turned out. So experiment and see what happens.

And then pour a little of your homemade granola into a bowl and top it off with some Yogurt made without any added chemicals or some Kefir and little honey and you’re on your way to a very healthy digestive system.

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Oh Forgiveness

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 March, 2009

 We’ve been talking about forgiveness in Bible Study on Tuesdays. It sort of came naturally, when one of the girls said, “If someone disrespects me, I’m going to disrespect them.”

 

The last several weeks we’ve talked about what forgiveness is and what it isn’t. We’ve walked thru Matthew 18, the parable of The Unforgiving Servant and the girls have had a lot of questions…

 

“How do you forgiven someone who keeps doing the same thing over and over again?”

 

“How do you forgive your mom when she abuses you?”

 

“How do you forgive your dad who doesn’t want anything to do with you?”

 

“How do you forgive your mom’s boyfriend who molested you?”

 

And then there is Tree*…she always lightens things up with questions like….

 

“Is it true that if you don’t forgive someone, your insides will rot and you’ll die a miserable death alone and be eaten by dogs.” Or “Is it true that when you’re sick you smell different?”

 

(We love Tree…she keeps us focused and has taught us how to steer the ship back on course after getting WAY off course.)

 

As God would have it, I attended a certain church on Sunday, that I don’t typically go to and the pastor talked about forgiveness…Although his entire sermon I don’t recommend, some of this points were good.

 

He said, “forgiveness is not an emotional decision, forgetting, reconciliation, condoning, dismissing or pardoning.”

 

“Forgiveness is…the decision to continually and purposefully commit to being driven by love.”

 

You can’t love someone when you’re filled with bitterness and rage.

 

So on Tuesday we decided to have a bonfire and symbolically burn our rage…not our bras. HA!!!

 

We asked all the girls to write a letter to God listing all the people and the offenses that they needed to forgive. We have a spot in the back of Mercy Street where we have a fire pit and we lit a big ole fire and we burned our letters, as we talked about the freedom of forgiveness.

 

Oh….the freedom of us being forgiven…as far as the east is from the west, people…God is good.

 

And then we danced around the fire and sang silly songs, made smores, and young ladies that carry weights larger than most of us have seen in our lifetimes danced in the field as light as fairies.

 

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3.13 

 

*This is my affectionate name for her.

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