Saturday, September 8, 2012

#1 key to COMMUNITY

What is community?  Where do you find one?  We've moved a lot, but I’m pretty social so I fairly easily surround myself with a community.  I know there are those people who are more withdrawn, not the “outgoing” type – or even those who have been wounded by people, so they build a wall around themselves (but then are bitter because they feel so alone). I get asked all the time HOW do they find a community of friends, help, coffee talk?!?!

I could give all my tips, and tools, but I have a MUCH simpler answer.  JESUS.  He was the friend, servant, and encouragement to all He came across. He GAVE, PERIOD.

When we come in contact with people in our lives, we need to ask Jesus, and ourselves, “What’s MY part in blessing, serving, or bettering their lives?” And when we approach relationships THIS way, communities happen.   Think about it – who are you drawn to? Is it complaining, needy, negative people - or positive, helpful, servant-type people???  

Sometimes  we’d be surprised WHO the treasures God is asking us to find by befriending the most unsuspecting people – but that’s the beauty of doing things HIS WAY, and not creating our own boundaries, or keeping our walls or hurts up.

Then the benefit is; people who have BEEN blessed, encouraged & built up naturally overflow with the desire to return the blessing (and isolating walls come down). Really think about it - if someone has been a friend, encouragement, or come to your aide during a rough time, don’t you look for ways to return the favor – and VOILA – Community is born.  People loving each other.

My favorite picture of community...

43-45Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.
 46-47They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.   Acts 2:43-47
I'm not suggesting we all sell everything, but I absolutely love the heart that they all pooled their resources so that each person's need was met, and that they lived in wonderful harmony, exuberant & joyful.  Is that too big of a goal?

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Power of PIZZA!

In the midst of getting back into school routine - and all the balancing that goes with it, I realized how easy it is to forget FAMILY SILLY TIME.  I grabbed my daughter, gave her a hug & held her tight.  In that moment, I had to think way too hard about when we last just sat together and concentrated on our relationship with each other. I mean it hadn't been months - but it sure wasn't in the last few days...too long for me.

SOOO - IT WAS ON, like white on rice, like cheese on macaroni, we did SAUCE ON PIZZA.

I found a great little secret at Sam's can purchase a box of their deli pizza dough - 20 individually wrapped frozen dough balls for $15!!  1 ball actually does 2 pizzas very nicely, but it depends on how floofy you like your crust.  This is wonderful because we have people over A LOT, so it's a fun event for family or FAMILIES to make yummy pizzas together for really inexpensive.

All you do is thaw one out (or how many you want) for about 5-6 hours, roll it out on a pan, pre-bake it at 350 for 7-9 minutes, add the sauce of choice, dress it, and bake (for about 15 minutes depending on the oven)!

Back to Family Time...

It's amazing how much you can giggle over pizza

The FUNNIEST part of the process was finding THIS...


Happy Family Time to you all!!!