Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review: The Spirit-Controlled Temperament

One hobby of mine is reading. I'm very into books that teach you things and right now I am especially interested in personality books; ones that tell you why people are the way they are.

I just got done reading The Spirit-Controlled Temperament by Dr. Tim LaHaye. In summary, it is about how there are four different types of temperament. Choleric, Melancholy, Sanguine, and Phlegmatic. Typically, everyone has a blend of two of the temperaments. He gives descriptions of each one, it was very entertaining to find out which one I fit into. In the descriptions, he gives the strengths and weaknesses of each. Then, LaHaye gives hope to all of us that our weaknesses can be overcome, but only with the Holy Spirit. He breaks down what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how to overcome things like anger, fear, and depression. He talks about how these emotions hinder the Spirit's work in our lives.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, you should definitely check it out! Especially if you have wondered about the Holy Spirit or ever been confused about what He does. This book helped clear up a lot of things for me!

Check out Amazon for some reviews and more info!

-Megan

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Communication in Marriage

Let me introduce you to my husband, Jamie.


He's cute, huh?

We've been married for one year now and have been together for 32 months (as he informed me yesterday). We have a great relationship, he makes me laugh like no one else and is very patient with me, I don't deserve him but I am so thankful that he is mine. :) Occasionally though, we have little glitches in communication.

So...one day I was playing around on Pinterest and I found this funny little comic strip that perfectly describes our communication most of the time. 


The best part was when I showed this to Jamie. I showed him frame by frame on my iPhone and when he read the frame that says, "I know what to do..." he said "Problem Solved!" and then when we got to the last frame we both busted up laughing! It was a great moment. I think laughter is what keeps a marriage going strong. :)

-Megan 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moving Mountains




Today, I was thinking about Jesus telling us that we can move mountains.

He says, "But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God." (Mathew 21:21-22 MSG)

I always thought of this in the literal sense that if I told an actual mountain...say Mount Everest to jump into the sea that it would if I really believed it could. I never really thought that I could actually make that happen because that seems so impossible that my words could have so much power.

But then today, my mind thought about this differently, what if Jesus wasn't just talking about a physical mountain that we can see? What if he was talking about the mountains in our lives, in our family's lives, in our government, in our community, in our world? Mountains that look like cancer, poverty, hunger, social, and racial injustice?

What if we told those mountains to jump in the sea or be removed from us and from our fellow man?

This is just a revelation to me and a reminder that my words carry so much power to direct my life. Hope it gets you thinking too.

-Megan :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blessing Bags!

My awesome friend, Jamie, and I made these things called Blessing Bags. We found the idea on Pinterest (of course)! We have a lot of homeless people in our area and want to help them. So this little idea is for anyone who similarly wants to help the homeless.


We bought gallon bags from the store and filled them with little travel sized items. You can really get creative here and add whatever you want. Click Here for the blog we got the idea from. We made three bags each and that cost us about $20, but I think if we buy in bulk next time that we could make the price go down. 

Items we added:
-toothpaste
-toothbrush
-deodorant
-granola bars
- Q-tips
-cleansing wipes
-A note of encouragement
-Business cards of a homeless shelter

Basically, you carry around these pre-made bags in your car and hand them out to any homeless person you see. Make sure to get the person's name so you can pray for them :) 

Here's what our note of encouragement said: 

God created you and he loves you. He is with you through good times and bad. Call on his name and he will listen and come to your aid. Be blessed and I am praying for you!

“I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.”
-Isaiah 43:2

“Be strong, take courage, don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you, He’s right there with you, He won’t let you down, He won’t leave you. “
-Deuteronomy 31:6

“For it was you who created my inward parts, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been fearfully and wonderfully made.”
-Psalm 139:13-14


-Megan 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Catch Up :)

So...basically I have been very bad at keeping up with my blog so far. I just started a full-time job and things are a little busy, but I'll figure it out! I want to catch you up on what I have been doing for the past few weeks...except I want to do it by showing you my delightful food adventures....here we go:

First up: Oreo Cream Cheese Cupcakes


These received 4.5 out of 5...very delicious :)

Next, my husband and I tried our hand at Tofu....let's just say it was an experience. 


It comes in a goopy flavorless square, so it's key to season it well.

Next, we made Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Bran Muffins.


Very healthy...too healthy for me but my husband loves them! 

So later, I had a chocolate craving....and I made Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies.


They are actually semi-healthy and really delicious. 
They taste like those chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies!

Next up is an invention of my very own: Chicken Nachos :)


Super delicious if I do say so myself. 

Last but not least, I made Twice Baked Potatoes 
and Artichoke Dip with bread pieces 
for the lovely ladies of Evangel Home.


This meal was a big hit with the ladies :)

So...that's mainly what I've been up to, trying to figure out some good recipes to keep my husband's stomach happy! So far so good. Check out the recipes tab for the sites where I found these recipes and also for the little twists that I added to them. 

-Megan

UPDATE!

Here are all my little touches:


Oreo Cupcakes:


-I didn't use the sour cream or salt....I don't like sour cream at all!!

Tofu: 

-I put this tofu in a salad, pretty good but we definitely needed more flavor.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins:

-We didn't put in the nuts in this recipe, but we should have. You definitely need lots of berries & nuts or it tastes bland.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies: 

This recipe was actually just for nutella, but we spilt the 1 cup nutella needed. We used 1/2 cup nutella and 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter. We also just whole wheat flour (3/4 c. instead of 1 full cup of flour) and added wheat bran for some fiber. These were very delicious and semi-healthy so I feel pretty guilt-free about these.

Chicken Nachos:


This is actually my own invention :) ....I will have to share more later.

Artichoke Dip:

-I pretty much followed this recipe but I used Parmesan cheese to top the dip and mixed some with the rest of the ingredients as well.

Twice Baked Potatoes:

I used this basic recipe without the pesto...I love pesto but didn't have any unfortunately! I love twice baked potatoes because they are so versatile, you can add whatever you want in them. I added pepper, milk, Parmesan cheese, and butter. It turned out delicious!