2006 at 5:57 pm | by Janelle Bradshaw
Hey, everyone, two quick items today…
#1: Happy Birthday, Kristin! That’s right, today is Kristin’s big day. I won’t give you her exact age, but let’s just say that this is her last year with a 2 at the front of her number of years. Looking forward to dinner tonight, Kess. Love ya!
#2: If you’re looking for something super easy AND super yummy to make for dinner tonight, then look no further—I’ve got it. Honey-Baked Chicken, Mike’s favorite, is gracing the Bradshaw table tonight (even though I won’t be there to enjoy it). Serve it with a big bowl of white rice and you’re set.
Preheat oven to 350*. Arrange six skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or your favorite chicken pieces) in a shallow baking dish. Combine 1/3 cup butter, melted, 1/3 cup honey, 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon curry powder. Pour over the chicken. Bake 20 to 30 minutes (or until chicken is no longer pink in the center). Baste several times while cooking.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!
2006 at 9:28 pm | by Nicole Whitacre
Fun Stuff Friday Funnies
My husband gave me these pictures of “Confusing Signs.” They certainly live up to their description.
Happy reading this weekend!
for Carolyn, Kristin, and Janelle
2006 at 1:59 pm | by Nicole Whitacre
Series Girltalk Book Club
We hope you’ve been inspired by our “reading talk.” Writing on this topic has stimulated us too. So we want to put legs on our enthusiasm. And we want to do it together with all of you.
I’m excited to announce the inauguration of the Girltalk Book Club.
Its purpose is to promote the pleasurable discipline of reading and more specifically reading about biblical womanhood.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
* We’ll pick a book and post it on our sidebar.
* Each week, we will read one chapter and we hope you’ll read with us.
* Along with the chapter assignment, we’ll ask a question, and invite you to submit your answer.
* Among the answers, we will choose one to post.
* That person will receive an author-signed copy of the Girltalk Book Club selection.
* We will also comment on the chapters as we go along.
Does it sound like fun? Good! Then let me present our first selection:
Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur.
Have you ever wanted to get to know the women of the Bible more personally? Well here’s your chance. In a story-like fashion, John MacArthur introduces us to twelve of the most notable women in Scripture. But this work is far from fiction. It’s a biblically accurate portrait gallery of the life and times of women who were called by God. Not only do you meet these extraordinary women in the pages of this book, you encounter their faithful God. By doing so, you will become freshly encouraged by His steadfast love for you.
And for all our confident-in-your-manhood male readers, you can join in too. Here’s what pastor Rick Holland has to say about this book:
“Is ‘Twelve Extraordinary Women’ just for women? No, certainly not. Just as ‘Twelve Ordinary Men’ was written for every believer, so ‘Twelve Extraordinary Women’ should be read and studied by all. Both men and women will be encouraged by the message of this book, as they see God’s redemptive power exhibited in each of these fascinating women of the Bible.” —Rick Holland, Pastor of Student Ministries, Grace Community Church
So are you ready to go? We’ll give you a week to purchase this book (which you can do by clicking the picture on the sidebar) and then we’ll get started.
Thanks for coming on another girltalk adventure with us!
2006 at 3:33 pm | by Kristin Chesemore
Biblical Womanhood Reading
From an early age my mom sought to instill in me a love for reading. This was no easy task, for unlike Nicole, this love did not come naturally. I was even put in the “Slow Readers Group” in 1st grade, which did nothing to enhance my enthusiasm. During the summer months, when school was out, my passions were directed towards playing outside rather than reading.
But Mom was tenaciously committed to the priority of books for her children. She had a providential conversation with a family friend who said his parents made him and his siblings read for an hour a day when they were growing up. Now, he said, they all have an appetite for reading. This clinched it for Mom. Her kids were going to read an hour a day, whether they liked it or not!
Recently, on the Together for the Gospel blog, Ligon Duncan quoted Thomas Chalmers: “Perhaps the great gift any father can bestow upon his children, apart from the covenant blessings of parish life and a comprehension of the doctrines of grace, is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives a knowledge of the world, and it offers experience of a wide kind. Indeed, it is nothing less than a moral illumination.”
Reading still doesn’t come easy for me. However, I still spend time each day enjoying “experiences of a wide kind.” I’m so grateful for my mom’s perseverance with me. She gave me a gift of worth I’ll never be able to adequately measure.
Today, I’m teaching my oldest son Andrew to read. If he was in school, he wouldn’t be in the slow reading group! Unlike his mother, he enjoys books and reading comes easy for him. I expect the ability and love to read might come more slowly for Liam. But regardless of their desires or abilities, I want to give all my boys the great gift of a passion for reading.
2006 at 4:03 pm | by Nicole Whitacre
Biblical Womanhood Reading
One day, during our engagement, Steve and I took a walk around a local pond, bordered by shops and park benches. We came across some dear friends of my parents, Robin and Clara. They were sitting close together on a bench, reading a book. Reading aloud to each other—they told us—was something they had enjoyed for over twenty years of marriage.
Inspired by their example, we resolved that reading together would be a part of our marriage. So, we brought a book to read to each other on our honeymoon—Moby Dick (I know it seems like an oddly unromantic choice, but we were staying at Nantucket so it made sense at the time). One of my favorite mental snapshots from our trip is sitting on a chilly beach and relishing language together. On our long drive home I read to Steve from some of my favorite books by P.G. Woodhouse about a man named Wooster and his butler Jeeves.
Reading aloud to each other hasn’t been quite as consistent as we would have liked. Life fills up fast. But recently we started up again. We just finished Ivanhoe (swords for him, romance for me). Some day we hope we’ll fill a shelf—maybe even a couple of shelves with the books we’ve read, me and him.
I’m not suggesting every couple should read together. (Janelle recently told me that when she and Mike tried it out, he fell asleep!) However, it’s great to have some activity or hobby you enjoy doing as a couple. If you don’t already have one, why not give reading together a try?
P.S. It’s raining buckets here in Virginia again. The house is quiet and dark. Perfect for curling up with a good book and a cup of red bush tea!
2006 at 9:45 am | by Janelle Bradshaw
Biblical Womanhood Reading
Happy 4th, everyone! It’s nice and hot here in Maryland and the grills are firing up all over the place in celebration of our country’s independence. Check out Nicole’s post from last July 4th for a girly perspective on this American holiday. That was a good one, Nicole.
For some of you this holiday may afford a little extra time for reading. I know for me, I often skip a very important step when I sit down with a good book. I don’t ask for help to read. Don’t worry, I graduated from first grade and I can read on my own. I’m talking about a different kind of help. The help that only the Holy Spirit can provide.
In 2 Timothy 2:7 we are exhorted to “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Our thinking alone isn’t sufficient. You see, we think but the Lord gives. We must depend upon the Lord in all things; reading is no exception. In order to grow in knowledge and affection for my Savior, I need His divine help as I read—help that He is ready and eager to give to those who ask. So before you open a book, pray that “the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
2006 at 10:45 am | by Carolyn Mahaney
Biblical Womanhood Reading
Did you know that reading is a way to express our love to God? In Matthew 22:37 we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our minds. As we read books that cause us to think big thoughts about God, to know Him more, and to better understand His purposes, we are doing just that—we are loving God with all our minds.
And what’s more, reading can provoke change and cultivate our affections for God. When I consider two books I am currently perusing, I have been convicted of sinful judging by the one, and have been more deeply affected by my Savior’s death on the cross with the other. Needless to say, that makes reading a worthwhile endeavor.
But if you are not yet convinced of its importance, listen to Mr. Spurgeon go off about books in response to this verse: “When you [Timothy] come bring the cloak which I [Paul] left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13).
“He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He has had wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up in the third heaven, and had heard things unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books! He has written a major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every Christian, ‘Give thyself to reading.’ The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves he has no brains of his own.”
Well, I don’t want to be accused of having no brains of my own, so I’m going to keep reading. Seriously, Mr. Spurgeon was right: If Paul wanted books, we should all want them! So, let’s pull that book our pastors have encouraged us to read off the bookshelf, and let’s start reading—even if it’s only for twenty minutes daily or one page per day.