James drove out to GJ Friday and came back Saturday (he was dropping Bethany’s stuff off at her house she’ll be in this semester.) I used my Saturday morning to binge watch Twilight Zone episodes, then I dropped Jack at the groomers. He spent 3 hours there getting a shave, bath, teeth and ear cleaning, nail trim and face trim. He looks like a baby and his legs look weird because usually you can’t see them, but now you can. We had dinner and watched some TV before bed.
Benefit of outdoor church –
From church: What our culture needs is not superficial people, it’s deep people, people who think and act like Jesus.
What does it mean to think/have the attitude/mindset of Jesus? The Gospel is more than what saves you – it’s what shapes you. Does Jesus change the way you conduct yourself? What we do should flow out of who we are: be united and humble – which is simple to understand, but not as simple to put into practice. Satan uses our behavior to turn people away from the Gospel, it’s his easiest go to tool – let people use their words and actions to divide, sow discord, drive wedges instead of creating unity. Social media is the biggest tool of discord, it creates isolation and disconnect, division and anti-social behavior. It’s easy to attack and spew divisive things under the cover of a faceless relationship. What does it mean to have the mindset of God? Look to Jesus, give away your power and privilege, don’t look for ways to gain the upper hand, make yourself a servant with a servant’s heart, be a person who unites, strive to be a continually better version of yourself aiming to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. What do we want the world to see from Christians? A group of people that aren’t organized by politics, race, economic standing, looks, religion – the only thing we have in common is the cross of Christ and the yearning to be more like Jesus to serve a broken and hurting world.
Philippians 1:27 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against….
2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Baby Biscuit –
Happy Father’s Day! I don’t have any living dads anymore, so it was all about James today. He and Bethany went for coffee, he grilled: pork chops, chicken, sausage and watermelon for lunch. We went on a ‘find the outdoor chairs’ scavenger hunt (to no avail.) He got a card and Starbucks car from all the girls and an ocean painting from Grace. He and I went to Phil’s for a drink and we had pizza for dinner and watched Gaffigan. I’d say it was a good day.
Dinners this week – Chicken and eggplant parmesan with spaghetti, beef tikka masala over rice with sweet potatoes, chicken carbonara pasta with spinach salad, shakshuka, Thai orange chili pork over lo mein noodles with broccoli, eat out,
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes, or other high-quality plum tomatoes
½ cup water, or more as needed
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir until mushrooms release all of their liquid and start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in bell peppers and jalapeno pepper. Cook and stir until peppers begin to soften up, about 5 minutes. Season with cumin, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir and cook to “wake up” the flavors, about 1 minute. Pour in crushed tomatoes and water. Adjust heat to medium and simmer uncovered until veggies are softened and sweet, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Add more water if sauce becomes too thick.
Make a depression in the sauce for each egg with a large spoon. Crack egg into a small ramekin and slide gently into each indentation; repeat with the rest of the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until eggs are to your desired doneness.
Top with feta cheese and parsley.