UPCOMING MEETING: Friday, January 16th at 9:30am
We can’t wait for Friday’s meeting…it’s Spa Day! Comfy, casual clothing is recommended as we’ll have massage therapists, makeup demos, paraffin wax treatments, nail appliqués, stretching exercises, and more! Breakfast will be provided by the leadership team, so all you need to do is show up!
Next meeting: January 30th
Fundraiser with Five Below: Feb 8-14th (more details to come)
Do you eat pizza in your house as much as we do? Here’s a great recipe for homemade dough to keep the costs and calories down!
Quick and Easy Foolproof Pizza Dough (source)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 cups flour (see note)
- In a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the water, honey, oil, yeast and salt. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The exact flour amount will vary so go by the touch and feel of the dough versus the exact cup measurements in the recipe. The dough should be soft and smooth (not leaving a residue on your fingers but not super stiff, either).
- Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes (more like 5-6 minutes if kneading by hand or if using whole wheat flour).
- Let the dough rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into pizza(s), spread with sauce and toppings, and bake at 475 or 500 degrees on a preheated pizza stone or on a lightly greased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes
Sacred Makeovers, by Gari Meacham (source)
As an avid observer of people and gender traits, I’ve found that men and women handle their pain differently. Men tend to turn outward with their pain, while women turn inward. This explains why many more men struggle with pornography or infidelity than women. As women, we’d rather hurt ourselves. I would walk on a bed of rusty nails before I’d look at a pornographic image. I’m not ranking sin or deceit, as if some types are worse than others; it’s just that sexual sin does nothing for me. But I’ll beat myself up with damaging thoughts, poor self-image, food comfort, bitterness, or gossip — now we’re talking.
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus is speaking to the multitudes when He offers an invitation laced with a hope so deep that you can almost experience a spiritual massage just by reading it:
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus cleverly joined together the most unlikely mix of words. Words that don’t fit at all in their scope of purpose: weary, burdened, rest, yoke, gentle, humble, burden, light. Although we don’t often talk about yokes today, when Jesus walked this earth, a yoke was a symbol that people would recognize. Yokes were wooden frames that harnessed together two animals for the purpose of pulling. People also wore yokes as a frame designed to fit across their shoulders with balanced loads at each end.
When Jesus gives the stunning invitation to take His yoke upon us, to strap it across our shoulders so we are pulling with Him, all of a sudden the harsh view of a wooden apparatus with splinters looks inviting. Jesus then says that once we are strapped together, we will learn from Him and get to explore the gentle, humble ways of His heart, which led Him to the cross. As if that’s not enough, He promises rest for our souls and a load that is light.
Why in the world do we yoke ourselves to things that aren’t good? That aren’t gentle or humble or light or restful. That aren’t Jesus?
Paul clearly understood this plight when he wrote,
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
It’s interesting that the ones who subject us to a yoke of slavery are ourselves. Plain and simple, we choose our yokes.
The weight of this verdict sends me right back to my crumpled journal pages. I realize I need to settle into the truth and discover what’s going on in my life. If Jesus wrote a blurb to describe His yoke, these are the words He would use to describe it: gentle, humble, restful, light. Truthfully, my own blurb would sound like this: anxiety, fear, tired, a heaviness that screams, “I’ll never be enough.”
Jesus’ yoke beckons like a warm bath. We step in and find soothing comfort for our aching lives.
What are you yoked to? Are you ready for a sacred makeover? As the New Year is here, many of us are already evaluating ourselves (negatively) and promising to reboot our eating and exercise. What if we lean back into confidence based upon what the Scriptures say instead of what the world says?
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Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)