Which Bible Version Should I Read?

what bible version should I readThe other day a reader asked me why there are so many Bible versions and what is different about each of them.  I thought this was a really good question, one that I only came to understand a couple of years ago, so I thought I’d share with you what I found out.

What is the Bible and Where Did it Come From?

God inspired human men to write the Bible.  The Bible is God’s actual word but it was written down by men He chose and it was written in their own language.  The Bible was originally written in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament).

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  -2 Timothy 3:16-17 {NASB}

Why So Many Different Versions?  

Any English versions of the Bible are translations of the original.  This is why there are so many versions.  The Greek language especially is very different from our English language.  One word in the Greek might need several words in English to convey the same meaning and at times there might be more than one English word(s) that could be used and it would still be a correct translation.

Another interesting thing is that the ancient Greek language does not change anymore however our English does.  Ancient Greek would be called a “dead language” but English is a “living language”

For example:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:…” -Genesis 1:28 KJV

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;…”  -Genesis 1:28 NASB

In the old English “replenish” meant to fill for the first time (the meaning intended in the original language) however now a days when we say “replenish” we mean to fill again.  Both the KJV and NASB have translated correctly but because our English language changes over time translators have tried to update the translations so the reader understands what the original intent of the verse was even if they are not well versed in Greek, Hebrew or Old English.

Knowing the original intent of a word or passage is extremely important because if we misunderstand we can easily form incorrect thoughts and doctrine.

Genesis 1:28 has been used as a “proof” that the Bible allows for evolution all because of a misunderstanding of the word “replenish”.  Some have taken that word to mean that God called man to refill the earth as in, it used to be filled before by the evolutionary process but must be filled again after creation.  This of course is not true and was not what the original intent of the verse was but you can see how it could be easy to get confused if you aren’t digging down deeply and understanding the true meaning.  Here is a fuller explanation of this.

 

What Are the Different Types of Bible Versions? 

There are a lot of Bible versions out there.  Some are better than others, some have different purposes and others are just bad.  Here are the 4 basic categories of Bible versions:

1.  Literal Translations- these translations are the most accurate because the translators translated word for word.  These Type of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)

2.  Broad Brush Translations- this type of version was translated thought for thought instead of word for word.  As a result the translation isn’t as accurate (and can sometimes be faulty) but it covers the general idea.  These type of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)

3.  Paraphrases- these aren’t really meant to be Bibles at all though some call them that.  Their intent isn’t to be precisely accurate but rather to tell a story, perhaps for children. These types of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • The Message
  • Word On the Street (I have not read this one)

4.  Heretical Literature- these types of works are not Bibles at all, in fact they are in direct opposition to the Bible.  The authors have added or written things that are not true and are dangerous to the reader.  These types of books should be avoided.  This type of literature includes (but is not limited to):

 

Which Bible Version Should I Read?

On some level the Bible version you read will be about preference and conscience.  I think all of the Bibles in the first three categories can serve a purpose but when digging down deep and setting your doctrine I think it’s best to read a literal translation that is very close to the original.  If we can’t read or understand Greek and Hebrew we want to get as close to it as we can so we can understand what God was really saying.

If you are a long time reader you may have guessed that my favorite version, right now, is the NASB but when studying I often compare several literal translations to get a fuller picture.  I talk about that a little bit in a previous post 4 Valuable {easy} Bible Study Tips.  You may also enjoy, “Why I Stopped Reading My Bible… out of a book”.

What about you?  When you are studying what is your favorite literal  version to use?  Have you found some of the other types of Bibles to be helpful in other settings?  Share your experiences with us!

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Printable Pack FREE

ultimate thanksgiving day printable packSo, I made this Thanksgiving Day Printable Pack as a special help for the holiday!

It includes:

  • A Thanksgiving Day Food Checklist
  • Vintage Name Place Cards
  • Kids Activity Place Mat
  • A Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Page!

I’m over at The Better Mom today!  Come check it out!

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Is Fear Always Sinful?

Is fear always sinfulIs Fear Always Sinful?  I have been thinking a lot about fear lately, studying it, interrogating it and I’ve come to realize much of what I believed about fear is not true.

Growing up I always thought that fear was always a bad and sinful thing, a lack of trust in God.  We see many verses in Scripture telling us to “fear not” and I affirm these passages but I’ve come to understand that the fear talked about in these instances is a specific type of fear and that not all fear is bad or wrong.

In the English language one word can often hold several different meanings.  For instance: “I love chocolate”, “I love my father”, “I love my husband”.  All of these sentences use the word “love”.  I think we can all agree that though the word conveys a somewhat similar emotion in each sentence the emotion and meaning behind the word is definitely being used differently.  It’s the same way with the word “fear”.  This one word can hold many different meanings.

When you don’t identify the differences it can sometimes get a little bit confusing and even be a source of unnecessary guilt.

I’m not an expert on fear but here are some of my observations on four basic types of fear:

Sinful Fear 
A feeling that you allow to control you wrongly and cause you to take your eyes off of Christ and put them on a circumstance.  The actual feeling of this type of fear is not the problem.  The issue comes in when we let the feeling control our actions or our thought life to the point where we act or think faithlessly.  This type of fear is something we need to work on submitting to the Lord.

Fear of the Lord
A state of being in awe and reverence of God and His amazing power and authority.  This is a type of fear we want to cultivate in our lives.

Instinctual Fear
That “fight or flight” feeling or an inner (gut) perception that something is wrong.  I believe this feeling was designed by God to alert us to dangerous circumstances and prompt us to protect ourselves and others. I do not think this type of fear is sinful but it could have that potential depending on how we respond to it.

Medical Fear or Anxiety
This is an uncontrollable response our body makes after or during a physically or emotionally traumatic experience… such as panic attacks, racing heart, trouble breathing, etc.  I don’t think in it’s self this is wrong but again if not properly addressed it could turn into something sinful.  Those struggling with this type of fear should seek medical attention.

I found it very helpful to recognize the different types of fear and to identify which ones are wrong and which are either healthy or unavoidable.  I think if we don’t see the differences it can be easy to feel guilty or not fully appreciate some of the good types of fears.

What about you?  Do you have any thoughts to share about fears, either good or bad?  Did I miss any types in my list?

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Scripture Inscribed Christmas Giving and a Giveaway!


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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dessert

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dessert

I just discover the most delicious, healthy dessert-snack ever!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dessert

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of uncooked Oats
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • Small handful of mini chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together into a creamy consistency and enjoy!

Yields 1 serving (perfect for late night cravings)

I’m telling you, this is THE BEST!  It only takes about 2 minutes to make and it’s a great chocolate fix when you need one.

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What Christians Need To Know About Abuse

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October is National Domestic Abuse Awareness month.  This is a really good time to take a moment to educate ourselves on the all too common reality of abuse.  I have done some extensive research and this is some of the information that I found.  I realize this post is extra long but there is too much information I couldn’t leave out. Someone, one of you, might need it.  Many don’t realize what abuse actually is and that they (or a loved one) may be effected by it right now.

12 Myths About Abuse

1. Abuse Only Includes Physical and Sexual Crimes
When you think about the word “abuse” what comes to your mind?  Battered or sexually assaulted women?  These are the most commonly known types of abuse but are only two of many.

Types of abuse and short definitions:

1. Physical Abuse- any act resulting in a nonaccidental physical injury.

2. Sexual Abuse- assault or other crimes of a sexual nature, which need not be physical. Acts of a sexual nature are considered abuse if performed with minors or nonconsenting adults.

3. Verbal Abuse- mean vehemently expressed condemnation or disapproval. Word games and invalidating statements. Usually implies the anger of the speaker and stresses the harshness of the language.

4. Emotional Abuse- the debasement of a person’s feelings that causes the individual to perceive himself or herself as inept, not cared for, and/or worthless.

5. Mental Abuse- the use of fear, manipulation and guilt to control another person. The abuser often twists perceptions of reality to make the victim feel as if he must be the one who is crazy or wrong in the situation.

6. Financial Abuse- Making or attempting to make a person financially dependent, e.g., maintaining total control over financial resources and withholding access to money, are some forms of financial abuse

7. Spiritual Abuse- refers to abuse administered under the guise of religion, including harassment or humiliation,possibly resulting in psychological trauma. Religious abuse may also include misuse of religion for selfish, secular, or ideological ends

 *Sources: thefreedictionary.com, merriam-webster.com, womenslaw.org, Jason Candanedo

2.  The Most Damaging Types of Abuse are Physical and Sexual
It is commonly thought that physical and sexual aggressions are the most dangerous and damaging forms of abuse but in fact all forms can be equally as damaging and devastating depending on the scenario.  For example, a person suffering from emotional abuse will often have the same type of physical, internal and mental pains and reactions as someone who has faced physical abuse.

3. Abuse Only Happens To Low Income People or To Those Who Put Themselves In Compromising Situations
This is not true.  Abuse can happen to those in both low and high income brackets, to young or old, disreputable or well respected citizens and those that come from dysfunctional or stable families.

4. Abuse Usually Happens When Someone Is In the Wrong Place At the Wrong Time By Someone They Do Not Know.
On the Contrary, most of the time abuse is comes from from someone the victim knows well and interacts with often such as a family member, spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.

5. Churches and Christian Circles Are Abuse Free
Unfortunately abuse happens regularly in Christian circles.  Abusers will often misinterpret Scripture to justify their actions to them selves and their victims.  Those who are abused are often afraid or ashamed to come forward and exposes their suffering to the Church body.

6. Abusers Always Know They Are Being Abusive
Abusers often have their own mental disorders or delusions.  They are also very good at justifying their actions to themselves and others.  Many times they do not recognize their actions as being abusive though this is not always the case.

7. Victims of Abuse Know They Are Being Wrongly Treated
In some cases yes, but many times the abuser has retrained the victim’s mind to think wrongly.  A victim can be made to believe they deserve the abuse they are suffering from or be convinced that it’s really not all that bad.

8. Abuse Is Really The Victim’s Fault
Abuse is NEVER the victim’s fault.  Even if the victim did not make wise choices they are not accountable for the Abuser’s actions.  The abuser is always in the wrong.

9. Victims of Abuse Are Stupid For Not Leaving When They Have the Chance
There are many reasons a victim may choose not to leave an abusive situation such as having fear for themselves or their loved ones, not knowing where to go to or who to turn to, having a crushed self esteem, having a compassion or love for the abuser or having been brainwashed to believe the situation is actually normal and healthy.

10. Abuse Is Easy To Recognize
Abuse is often well hidden, explained away or discounted as a viable accusation because of the abusers relationship, standing in the community or the victim’s perceived unreliability.

11. Abuse Only Happens To Women and Children
Though women and children are by far the most targeted for abuse men can also be victims.

12.  You don’t know anyone who is being abused
Sadly, the statistics say otherwise.  You more than likely know one or more people who are being/have been abused you just don’t realize it.

What Are the Signs of Abuse?

There are many signs of abuse.  If you suspect abuse I recommend doing specific research on the category of abuse you suspect and talking with a professional.

Common Signs Someone May Be Abused

  • Physical evidence- bruising, scars, doctor or hospital visits, or attempting to hide these things
  • Fear- Being afraid around a particular person, having a fear of men, acting timidly and carefully, not wanting to go home or to a certain place
  • Depression- crying, feeling down, blocking out the world, talking about or attempting suicide
  • Have Stopped Doing What They Love- don’t spend time with and/or alone with friends and family anymore, missing important appointments, not participating in previously enjoyed activities, not wanting to leave home
  • Making Excuses- explaining away suspicious behavior or injury, covering for another’s actions, attempting to justify things out loud for their own benefit
  • Weight loss- losing weight quickly, showing signs of illness or seeming to “grow old” in a short amount of time
  • Interventions- police frequenting their home, victim is always moving from place to place (hiding)
  • Overly Apologetic- always takes things on as their own fault, apologizes unnecessarily, frequent self blame
  • Self Esteem Issues- puts one’s self down or tries to elevate one’s self (though not in the presence of the abuser)
  • Change in personality- a usually outgoing person acting shy or timid around their abuser, a usually articulate person having trouble expressing their feelings

Common Characteristics of An Abuser

  • Jealousy/Possessiveness- Desire to isolate their victim or regularly bring up unreasonable accusations
  • Control- The Abuser seems to hold a certain power and control over their vicim
  • Must Be the Center of Attention- frowns upon the victim doing well or showing signs of independence or independent activities.
  • Superiority- Putting down others’ thoughts and ideas in effort to make themselves feel/look superior.
  • Manipulates- Uses the power of persuasion, guilt trips, makes victim feel crazy or inept, blame shifting.
  • Mood Swings- Goes from kind and reasonable to aggressive and angry in a moment’s notice, making the victim feel the need to “walk on eggshells”.
  • Inconsistencies Between Words and Actions- Says one thing does another, is kind, loving and understanding in words but not in actions.
  • Reward and Withhold System- Uses tactics such as the silent treatment, withholding of emotional or sexual intimacy or withholding basics and necessities to make a point or get their way.
  • Unwilling To Seek Help- Chooses not to accept that there is a problem, blames their issues on others or their circumstances and refuses to get proper help.
  • Shows Disrespect to Others, Especially Women- This could be a present issue or one that has occurred in the past where the abuser sees/treats women as objects or lesser individuals.
  • Has An Abusive History- They were abused in the past, they have abused other people or animals before.

How You Can Help Others

Know the signs.  
Do your own research and be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.

Trust Your Gut.
If you have a feeling that something is “off” even if you can’t put your finger on it you’re probably right.  Take time to look deeper.

Know who to call.
For emergencies, imminent danger, proof or suspicion of violence call: 9-1-1

To Ask for Help or Advice call United Way:  2-1-1

For advice and healing: look up a professional Christian counselor in your area

If possible get in contact with a trusted authority involved in the victim’s life such as: a pastor, principal, parent

Pray.
Sometimes there are situations where there is nothing we can do but pray to the Great Healer and Protector for safety and wisdom.

Tips for Protecting Yourself

Get educated on abuse and the signs of abuse.
Do your own research, take a class or talk to a professional.

Be Aware.
Protection is 90% awareness and only 10% defensive action.

Trust Your Gut.
If a relationship or situation doesn’t feel right GET OUT.  Go to a safe place and talk to someone about your concerns no matter how silly they may feel.  If that person doesn’t listen to you keep looking until you find someone who will.  Do not try to talk to the possible abuser about your concerns until you have help.  You only risk endangering yourself or being wrongly convinced to disregard your feelings and concerns.

Take a Self defense Class.
I recommend the RAD self defense course.  It is specifically designed for women, is very educational and by the end of the course you will have tools for protecting yourself from physical danger.

Carry a weapon… or three.
There are a variety of weapons you can carry and conceal in your bag or on your person such as a knife, pepper spray or stun gun.  You also may want to consider buying a small gun and getting a concealed carry license.  Just make sure you know how to properly use your weapons.

Know Your Worth.
One of the biggest dangers to avoid is doubting your worth and competency.  You need to know that God stamped His image on you and that makes you valuable and deserving to be treated with respect and dignity.  Losing sight of your worth, doubting your competency or God given intuition puts you in a dangerous place where you may be more susceptible and accepting of abusive treatment.  To live full, safe lives we need to speak truth to ourself about the worth God has bestowed upon us.  If someone is continually making you feel less worthy or incompetent trust your gut, talk to someone about how this person is making your feel.

What the Bible Says About Abuse

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  -Galatians 5 {ESV}

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?  -1 Timothy 3 {ESV}

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.  -1 Peter 3:7 {ESV}

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  -Ephesians 6:4 {ESV}

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.  -Proverbs 22:10 {ESV}

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.  -Colossians 3:19 {ESV}

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.  -Psalm 11:5 {ESV}

Contrasting True Love and Counterfeit Love (often present in abusive situations):

“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;”  -1 Corinthians 13 {NASB}

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The Waiting Game

the waiting gameDo you ever feel like you have all kinds of plans for your life, plans that are good, plans that you believe the Lord has called you to fulfill but you’re in the middle of the waiting game?

You’re ready to take the next step in life but it’s not coming together in the time frame you had hoped.  You feel a shiver of fear over the uncertainty of it all.

Fix your eyes on the One who works all things out for your good, the One who holds it all together, the One who’s glory shines bright amid your darkest fears.

STRANGELY DIM
I’ve got all these plans piled up sky high
A thousand dreams on hold
And I don’t know why, 
I got a front row seat
To the longest wait
And I just can’t see
Past the things I pray
Today
 
But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
‘Cause when I seek Your face
And don’t look around
Any place I’m in
Grows strangely dim
 
Sometimes where I stand
On this narrow road
Is in a raging storm
Or a valley low
But oh
 
When I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
‘Cause when I seek Your face
And don’t look around
Any place I’m in
Grows strangely dim
 
I don’t know I don’t know
What tomorrow may hold
But I know, but I know
That You’re holding it all
So no matter what may come
 
I’m gonna fix my eyes on all that You are
‘Til every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
Let all my worries fade
And fall to the ground
I’m gonna seek Your face
And not look around
Til place I’m in
Grows strangely dim

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Meeting the Duggars!

duggar'sThis week I had the opportunity to go and see the Duggars!  They were in town giving talks and endorsements for Virginia governatorial   candidate Ken Cuccinelli.  Both Jim Bob and Josh are excellent speakers with a passion to better our Country.

There was a huge crowd of people surrounding them after the lecture but my sister, Amber, and I waited until we were able talk to Jim Bob, Michelle and their daughter-in-law, Anna.  It was so cool to actually be meeting the Duggars!

I loved meeting Michelle especially.  Her sweet, fun personality shone through even after having lines and lines of people asking to talk to her and take pictures.

I’m sure the Duggars and I differ on a few things but I really admire them.  It takes a lot of courage and strength to be in the spotlight, getting constant comments from naysayers, and still keeping up a good testimony.  Their family not only cares about Christian and moral values but they step up and do things to support and protect these values and freedoms.

I also love the value they place on family and children.  Such a beautiful thing in this world that largely views children as a bother.

Have you watched the the Duggar’s TV show, “19 kids and Counting?”  What is one of your favorite things about this family?

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Cooking Terms You Should Know

cooking termsI enjoy cooking and I think it’s a good idea to try to learn at least some basic cooking skills as a single woman preparing for marriage.  Cooking isn’t necessarily everyone’s favorite thing but it’s good to know how to follow a recipe and make yummy, healthy food for a family.

There are a lot of cooking terms out there and some of them are pretty obvious and easy to remember but others we don’t use as often and it can be easy to forget.  Also, some terms sound similar and can easily be confused  such as chop, dice and mince.

Below is a list of common and not so common cooking terms to help you in your culinary journey.  I think the list would be especially helpful to someone who is just starting to learn how to cook but it can be a good refresher for everyone, myself included.

Cooking Terms You Should Know

Basting
To brush flavorful liquid over meat

Blackened
To charr the outside of a meat over high heat

Broil
To bake food very close underneath the heat element

Brown
To quickly make brown the outside of a meat to seal in the flavors

Butterfly
To cut a meat down the down the middle without going all the way through

Chop
To cut into chunky pieces

Cream
To beat butter and sugar together to make light and fluffy

Deep-fry
To cook food by fully submerging it in oil

Dice
To cut into small, even pieces

Dredge
To coat lightly with flour

Fillet
To take out the bones from meat or fish

Garnish
A topping purely for decoration

Grate
To shred

Grease
To lightly oil a pan or skillet

Knead
To use your hands to mix dough by repeatedly folding

Marinate
To cover food with acidic-based liquid or seasoning rub

Mince
To chop food into tiny pieces

Puree
To mash food into a liquid type form

Reduce
To cook liquid to a point where water evaporates and it thickens

Roast
To bake uncovered

Saute
To quickly cook food in a skillet with a little oil

Set
To allow food to solidify

Sift
To make dry ingredients pass through a wire sifter to give it a fine even texture

Simmer
A very low boil

Steam
To allow steam to cook food in a covered pan over boiling water

Toss
To lightly mix ingredients

Whip
To beat quickly allowing air to be added to the ingredients

Whisk
To use a wire utensil to beat ingredients until fluffy

Zest
To grate the thin colored part of a citrus fruit

 

Sometimes while cooking we are forced to convert or multipy measurements.  Here is a list of common measurements and their equivalents:

  • Dash = less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • 4 quarts (liquid) = 1 gallon
  • 3 tsp. = 1 tbsp.
  • 8 quarts (solid) = 1 peck
  • 1 cup = 1/2 pint
  • 4 pecks = 1 bushel
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 16 ounces = 1 pound
  • 2 pints (4 cups) = 1 quart
  • 4 tbsp. = 1/4 cup
  • 12 tbsp. = 3/4 cup
  • 5 tbsp. + 1 tsp. = 1/3 cup
  • 14 tbsp. = 7/8 cup
  • 8 tbsp. = 1/2 cup
  • 16 tbsp. = 1 cup
  • 10 tbsp. + 2 tsp. = 2/3 cup

I also recommend a website called One Tsp.  It’s a free website that allows you to store your favorite recipes.  My favorite feature is that you can add tags and do searches.  Did you upload a recipe but can remember the exact name?  Just type key words into the search bar like “chicken” or “chocolate dessert” and it will search all of your recipes and bring up the best matches.  So easy!

One last thing!   Funny Story >>>

A while back I had a funny cooking experience.  I had made a batch of cookies, chocolate -my favorite.  I was pretty excited when they were finished.  They looked like they had turned out really well and I couldn’t wait to eat one.  Expecting sweet, warm chocolate to melt in my mouth I took a big bite….. SALT!!!  Boy, was I in for a surprise!  Somehow in my cookie making I had mixed up the salt and sugar.  Instead of a teaspoon of salt I added about 2 cups!  All of the cookies were completely yuckified and had to be thrown away.  There was no saving these babies!

So, yeah.  The most important thing to remember when cooking -CHECK YOUR INGREDIENTS!  haha

Do you have any good tips or funny cooking stories?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Blessing of a Mentor

mentorToday we have Lisa, a special guest, sharing with us on the topic of the blessing of a mentor!  Be sure to check out her blog, The Cozy Nook!

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Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
Proverbs 27:9

Ever since I gave my heart to the Lord during my college years, I have had a heart for mentorship. At first my desire was to be mentored, since I was a new Christian, desiring to learn more and more about God and how to follow Him. I saw the older, godlier women and longed to be like them. I longed for close relationships that would encourage godliness and help refine my immature soul.

As I have grown, I have continued to desire to have mentors in my life as well as to be a mentor for others.

Mentoring relationships are beautiful and provide a great avenue for discipleship, friendship, and counseling.

In the Bible we see a call to women.

First of all, older women are to be an example and to teach good things to the next generation of women. Older women have a tremendous duty put before them.

Titus 2:3-5 -“ the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”

Secondly, the young women are to be taught. In order to be taught something, a person must be humble and willing to learn. Young women who want to be godly must have open ears and an open heart to hear what the older, more mature generation says about serving God.

How is mentorship different than counseling? With mentorship you gain some or all of the following benefits:

  • A mentor is chosen based on her reputation and character. You usually choose someone you know and respect.
  • A mentor knows you and your situation personally and possibly more intricately than a counselor would.
  • You can contact your mentor with flexibility. There are no real office hours, and there is no paycheck involved as with counseling.
  • You can choose a mentor who has had similar life experiences. This helps you relate and also feel the person’s advice is more warranted.
  • A mentor is a friend already or becomes a friend through the process.

Mentoring isn’t just counseling. A mentoring relationship involves discipleship and friendship.  Spiritual truths are imparted with love and concern with an underlying purpose of growing together in Christ.

When is a mentor especially helpful?

A mentor is helpful always. We always need women in the Body of Christ who can example godliness for us and are willing to guide us and teach us. However, a mentor is especially helpful when we are going through difficult trials. Mentors can help provide stability and attempt to keep us more spiritually-focused as we weather the storms of life.

Who should a mentor be?

  • Someone you trust and respect.
  • Someone with godly character who will challenge you to walk a more holy life and not just pat you on the back.
  • Someone with a caring heart who is willing to share her time and wisdom.
  • Someone whose life has shown good fruit.
  • Someone who loves God and believes the Bible is the Word of God.
  • Someone with similar life experience may be helpful.

A mentor may be your own mother, another relative, a friend, a church member, or someone you know through your network of friends/acquaintances or the internet.

When you approach someone for mentoring, you can approach it in a more formal way, asking if she would be your mentor OR you can simply ask the person if she is able to get together for coffee so you can talk for a while.

If you desire a mentor, the best thing to do is to pray. God knows your needs and can lead you to a person who can help you in your journey with Him.

Best wishes!

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About Lisa:
Lisa is a follower of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homeschooler, and homemaker who appreciates the quiet respites of life. She blogs at “The Cozy Nook” where she hopes to provide a haven from the chaos of the world, encouraging hearts and strengthening homes. She writes about Christian life, Homemaking, Motherhood, Marriage, Homeschooling, and Cooking.  Follow The Cozy Nook on Facebook!
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