May 22

Simple BBQ Ribs

2009 at 3:21 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Homemaking | Recipes

104808 Janelle was having a cookout a few weeks ago and asked me what she should have Mikey grill. When I told her ribs were easy to prepare, she didn’t believe me. But then she tried this recipe and discovered her big sister was right once again. If you don’t have a plan for your Memorial Day cookout yet, give these ribs a try. They are super yummy, and yes, Janelle, super easy too!

(We use reviewer Bonnie12’s instructions, which is first when you sort by “Most Helpful.” And then we slather the ribs with Bulls Eye or Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce)

Simple BBQ Ribs

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds country style pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce

Directions

  1. Place ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Season with garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Bring water to a boil, and cook ribs until tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Remove ribs from pot, and place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour barbeque sauce over ribs. Cover dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

May 21

Measly Bits

2009 at 4:46 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood

I never dreamed of being a writer. I never aspired to publish my thoughts—anywhere, ever. I don’t like to write, and I don’t think I’m especially gifted to write. Just today I happened upon a blog by a woman who is a gifted writer. She’s clever, she’s funny, and she has a way with words.

It made me wonder, what am I doing writing a blog? Why do I drag myself to the computer each morning to do something I don’t really want to do?

The answer is simple. I have a passion to promote biblical womanhood.

And why do I care so much about biblical womanhood?

I care about biblical womanhood because I love God’s Word.
I care about biblical womanhood because I want to spread the gospel.
I care about biblical womanhood because I long to promote God’s glory.

You see, Scripture, and what it says about Who created woman and what he created her to be and do is under assault from our post-modern, feminist-fed culture—at every point.

They belittle a woman’s calling in the home, marginalize motherhood, sneer at modesty, and abhor wifely submission. Yet these qualities are all an intrinsic part of God’s perfect, exquisitely beautiful design for women.

And so, I write. I write because I want to do whatever I can to promote the qualities of biblical womanhood that keep the Word of God from being reviled (Titus 2:5).

I want to contribute my measly bit. I can’t do everything. I can’t do much. But by the grace of God, I want to do what I can.

You might find your “measly bit” as unappealing as I find writing. It may seem as insignificant to you as this post does to me. But our measly bits, by the grace of God, can champion biblical womanhood and so adorn the doctrine of Christ our Savior (Titus 2:10).

So, together, with God’s help, let’s do what we should do, what we must do. Let’s do what we can.

May 20

Our Burden Bearer

2009 at 4:07 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

I came across this post by Nicole from a couple years back and thought it was well worthy of a re-post. I trust it will encourage you today as it did me.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah.” (Psalm 68:19)

I’ve been suffering from various mild ailments for what seems like a month now. This is an especially busy week for me and I have been tempted to self-pity over my lack of strength.

This morning my husband prayed this verse for me. The note from my Reformation Study Bible sent me to Isaiah 46:1-4. Here the Lord contrasts the “bearing ability” of idols to that of the One True God:

“Bel bows down; Nebo stoops; their idols are on beasts and livestock; these things you carry are borne as burdens on weary beasts. They stoop; they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity. ‘Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.’”

Stockxpertcom_id31974711_jpg_5a4130c18918ed25350d5888e1f9e0eb What is your burden today? They come in countless shapes and sizes—from clingy colds to crushing cares. But one thing’s for sure: our idols cannot bear their load. Leisure and escape don’t provide true rest. Sinful anger cannot relieve the pressure. Even friends are not strong enough to bear up under their full weight.

But have we forgotten? We have been borne by Christ since birth. He carried us from the womb and will not stop even when we are old and bent and gray. He alone has borne the full weight of our sin, and He alone can bear the burdens of life in a sinful world.

He doesn’t pop in once a week or every month to relieve us of our heavy load. Daily, everyday, today, He promises to bear us up.  He will carry and he will save. Today. So big or small, let’s cast our burdens on Him. God is our salvation.

May 19

Re: Modesty

2009 at 3:51 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

Stockxpertcom_id28151751_jpg_0519956547d02540f1883b1042f8b9a6 You’ve been expecting it. And here it is. Our annual Spring modesty post.

This year we want to point you to a recent message by Janelle, given in March to the girls in the Covenant Life Church youth ministry. Her talk was short (only 15 minutes or so), but in typical Janelle style it’s packed with humor and biblical conviction. Let me encourage you to download, listen, and discuss with a friend. And moms of teenage daughters: this is a great one to talk about with your girls.

May 18

Hold Your Nose and Eat Your Broccoli

2009 at 1:14 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

In my family, I have a reputation for living by this motto when it comes to things that I don’t like to do. It’s usually simple tasks like making a phone call or putting my laundry away. I tend toward procrastination—or, more biblically—a selfish delaying of duty.

I think this flaw of mine bugs my sister Nicole the most. I have to say, she is the opposite of a procrastinator. She can get more done in a day than I can in a week. And when she is waiting on something from me (like she was recently) it’s almost more than she can bear.

So she jokingly offered me some advice. “Janelle, remember when we were little and Dad and Mom would make us eat our vegetables?” (Yes, I remember, terrible memories those are!) “We could either eat really slowly and gag our way through the process or we could just hold our nose and eat our broccoli. That’s what you need to do. Hold your nose and eat your broccoli. Hold your nose and put that laundry away. Hold your nose and make that phone call.”

We laughed really hard. But you know, the image stuck with me. Now when I’m faced with that unpleasant task, instead of putting it off and then slowly gagging my way through the unpleasant chore (nice picture there, huh?), I just try to hold my nose and eat my broccoli!

Today, with two loads of clean laundry waiting to be done, I have an immediate opportunity to apply my sister’s wisdom. Thanks, Nic!
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May 12

What Rachel Barkey Knows

2009 at 6:18 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

UPDATE, Wed. May 13: We’ve never done this before. In almost four years of blogging we’ve never missed a weekday. But we are going to suspend posting for the rest of this week. That’s how much we want everyone who comes to this site to watch Rachel’s video. We guarantee that if you take five minutes to check it out, you will want to find another fifty to watch the whole thing. It’s that powerful! So please, watch the video or listen to the audio; and please, tell everyone you know—your spouse, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends—to watch it too.

PS - Parents, we highly recommend you show this to your teenager!

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We had a post ready for today, but we’re not going to put it up. This afternoon, we received an email from a girl talk reader named Shaila, in Vancouver, Canada. Her best friend, Rachel Barkey has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rachel is a wife, a mother of two children, and she is not expected to live to see her 38th birthday.

Rachelbarkey Several weeks ago, Rachel shared a message with a group of women entitled “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves.” We were so affected as we watched this video that we wanted to share it with you right away.

Many people have asked Rachel, “Why? Why is this happening to you? To Neil? To Kate and Quinn? To your family and friends?”

“I don’t ask ‘why?’” says Rachel. “Because I know.”

Please watch or listen and learn what Rachel knows.

May 11

A Bad Idea?

2009 at 4:09 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

Stockxpertcom_id39795141_jpg_d0ef100ae7bd185eee3cc4cc6cb41d2a The sentimentalism and commercialism of Mother’s Day has Dr. Al Mohler thinking that “Mother’s Day is a bad idea.”

“Christians must resist the reduction of motherhood to sentimentality,” he insists, “and particularly that sentimentalism that undermines what mothers are truly to represent—nurture, fortitude, courage, dedication, faithfulness, discipline, and trust in God.”

“Mother’s Day is a bad idea,” he concludes, “because it subverts the reality of faithful mothering and robs faithful mothers of their true glory.”

As usual, Dr. Mohler’s biblical insights cut through our culture’s cloudy worldview and provides a compelling alternative: Let’s not stop honoring mothers on Mother’s Day, but let’s not stop there—let’s give faithful, godly mothers appropriate honor all-year long.

Read the entire article.

May 8

A Sad Mother’s Day

2009 at 1:23 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

You may wish you were only weary this Mother’s Day.

For you, weariness is merely the byproduct of numbing sadness. You don’t even want to think about Mother’s Day. A day that reminds everyone else of what they have, reminds you of what you’ve lost—as if you needed another reminder.

Maybe your child has rebelled and doesn’t want anything to do with your family. Or maybe you’ve lost a child through death.

I wish I knew the right words to say to you. If I could sit with you today, I would want you to know how inadequate I feel to comfort you. I know that no words of mine can dull the pain. But after I had grieved with you awhile I would remind you of the comfort of the cross.

There, God the Father sacrificed His only Son. This event did not seem to make sense either. But out of Christ’s unspeakable suffering, God, in His perfect wisdom, provided salvation for mankind. If He has purchased our salvation through the suffering and sacrifice of His son, we can trust that He is working good in the midst of our suffering.

May I encourage you to pour out your heart to the Lord of love? He knows, He sees, and he hears. Your tears are not lost on your heavenly Father. He is the compassionate Lord who urges you to draw near to Him. “I, I am he who comforts you” he declares (Is. 51:12).

It was said of Jonathan Edwards that even in the midst of being falsely accused and persecuted his “happiness was out of the reach of his enemies.” Your loss may be much greater, but the truths of the cross can also put your happiness out of the reach of your sorrows.

Because the Holy God sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world to live a perfect life and die a sinless death, in your place, for your sins, and rise again to conquer death, and because he has surely borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, and because He has reconciled us to Himself, called us His children, declared Himself our comforter—because of all this and more, may I be so bold as to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day?