Wife, Mummy, Nurse: March 2011

30 March 2011

Matthew 6:25-34, Anxiety, and Respectable Sins

Recently, I have been anxious about many things. I won't go into them here, but reading the following verses is a tremendous help (The bold and italics were placed there by me). 
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 
If God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more will he take care of me-His daughter.  Why am I being anxious about money, clothing, jobs, health, etc.?  God knows what we need.  I need to rely solely on God and not myself.

About a year ago, the ladies in the church read Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Brides for a book discussion. A year ago, my biggest sins (listed in the book) were pride and unthankfulness; though at the time, I did not realize these were my sins.  But this past 4-6 months, anxiety has been one of my chief sins.  Jerry Bridges states that anxiety is a sin for two reasons:
  1. I am not trusting that God will provide for my needs.
  2. I am not accepting God's providence in my life.
I want to close with a quote from a sermon I heard Iain Duguid preach, "We beg God to give us a smove road through life, but sometimes the best way for God to get our attention, to move us on to new levels of dependence upon him it comes precisely through a breakdown in our comfort."

28 March 2011

Willow Store Giveaway: Wool Dryer Balls

Willow Store Giveaway: Wool Dryer Balls Passionate Homemaking is giving away three wool dryer balls!! Wool dryer balls are naturally made, help decrease drying time, and can help soften clothes. And if you cloth diaper, you can use these without worrying about getting chemicals on your diapers and decreasing the absorbancy. To enter, just click on the above link and follow the directions on the website.

23 March 2011

God Answers a Prayer...

BUT I didn't like the way it turned out. 

Even though my blog states "Musings of a SAHM", I am not a 100% stay at home mum.  Don't get me wrong.  I would love to be, but financially my husband and I are not able to swing it out to work that way.  So, I work at a nearby hospital PRN.  I worked full time before and during my pregnancy, but stopped working full time about 2-3 weeks before Charis was born.  In order to be PRN, I have to work two 12 hour shifts per pay period (every 28 days). 

I was scheduled to work on March 11, 2011, but prayed beforehand that God would work it out where I did not have to work that day.  I wanted to be cancelled, but no phone call came, so into work I went.  Around 10:00 AM, I started having chills, fever, feeling achy, having malaise, and tired.  I spoke with the charge nurse and she asked, "Well, did you take Tylenol?"  I was SO frustrated.  That's one thing about nursing.  We go to work to take care of sick patients, but how dare we get sick.  So I took 1000 mg of Tylenol.  One hour went by, I was getting worse-not better.  I spoke with the charge nurse again and was told "You didn't give the Tylenol time to work."  More frustration.  Eventually at 12:30 PM, I went to the charge nurse and said, "I need to go home.  I'm not able to take proper care of my patients."  So, I had to give my two patients up.  I left the floor around 1:15 PM and went to Employee health where I was given an excused absence.  I called my knight in shining armor-AKA my husband-who came and rescued me.

I was complaining afterwards.  God, why did you make me sick?  But then I thought, He answered my prayers, not the way I would have planned, but His own way.  And He knows what is best for me.

12 March 2011

Toddlers and TV: Early exposure has negative and long-term impact

Toddlers and TV: Early exposure has negative and long-term impact

What an excellent article!! It demonstrates one of the several reasons my husband and I don't have cable television. I don't want to be tempted to put Charis in front of the TV so I can have an easier life. Yes, I sometimes get tired of reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ten times a day. But, I know in the long run that would be better for her, and she won't have to necessarily pay the consequences because I have been lazy.

One quote I'd like to leave for you, by lead author Dr. Linda S. Pagani, "We found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, have a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and ultimately, higher body mass index."

10 March 2011

Dill bread

I love baking bread.  It has been at least two months since I have bought a loaf of bread.  My two favorite bread recipes are both from the More-with-Less cookbook.  They are Dill bread and Oatmeal bread.  I also want to try baking Pinto bean bread, but have not gotten the courage yet.  Hopefully, I will have it soon, especially since I have pinto beans in the fridge that I cooked on Tuesday.

The dill bread recipe is as follows:

1 package yeast in
1/4 cup warm water

Combine in mixing bowl:
1 cup cottage cheese
2 teaspoons dill seed
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1 unbeaten egg
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 tablespoon minced onion
2 tablespoons sugar

Yeast mixture
2 1/4-2 1/2 cups flour

Stir well to combine.  Let rise in greased bowl to double in size.  Punch down.  Put into two 7X3" or one 9X5" well-greased bread pans.  Let rise again, about 45-50 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes.  Remove from pans and brush with melted butter.