Monday, January 25, 2016

Menu Plan

Monday: Lasagna & Caesar Salad

Tuesday: Honey Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday: Leftover Lasagna

Thursday: Leftover Chicken

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Leftovers or Tuna Melts

Sunday: Going Out to Eat

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Menu Plan

Monday: Stuffed Peppers, Grilled Cheese

Tuesday: Crockpot Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potatoes, Gravy, Veggies

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Tuna Melts & Sweet Potato Fries

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Leftovers/Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Menu Plan

Sunday: Waffles & Saskatoon Berry Sauce

Monday: Beef Burgundy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies (didn't get made last week)

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Balsamic Glazed Salmon, Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad

Thursday: Tuna Melts & Sweet Potato Fries

Friday; Potato Soup & Biscuits

Saturday: Leftovers

Alternate Meal: Stuffed Peppers (using leftover taco/tomato mix in the freezer)

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Years Thoughts & Conflictions

It's a new year, and I can't help but notice that I feel like I can breathe a little easier. I have had a spring in my step ever since I woke up from the glorious nap I had this morning.

 I have also been contemplating a lot today. My emotions are conflicted. Here I am, enjoying the first day of the new year, feeling excited, anticipating fresh starts, and feeling nervously hopeful about 2016. My mind races with thoughts of all the things I'm going to accomplish, all the things I'm going to change in my life, and oh yes, this year things are going to be different. I am immensely bothered by my feelings that are associated with the "new year". What makes me think that I should feel different today, feel like today matters more than yesterday? That the goals I make today are somehow different from the goals I could have made a week ago? I do this all the time. I'll start Monday. I'll start on the first day of the month, I'll start in the New Year. Rarely, do I think I'll start now in this moment. A new year guarantees none of this. It doesn't guarantee things will be different, easier, or more hopeful. There is much futility in it all unless it comes from a true change of heart.

My own confusion about it all is, well, confusing.
I suppose more than anything, the reason my emotions are so conflicted is because they reveal  something about the state of my soul, something that is not very pretty. If my feelings of hope and fresh starts are so strongly associated with a date on the calendar, a "new year", do I really grasp and understand the concept of God's grace...His new mercies? His new mercies that are offered not just once a year, but every morning and every moment in which we are willing to surrender to Him, to repent, to ask for forgiveness. And isn't true hope a reality based on truth and not on feelings? I think it's apparent I have not yet fully grasped the depth of new mercies.

Still, I will make plans and goals. There is nothing really wrong with having goals as long as we hold our plans and goals with a loose hand and a heart surrendered, seeking His will and not our own.

And, I am so grateful that God doesn't offer fresh starts only on January 1st.
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