To Live and to Love

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

Things of the Day January 24, 2009

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The job decision has been made, but the details are still being worked out so keep praying for us, please. It’s been a difficult two weeks trying to make the most difficult decision we’ve made yet in our short marriage. I will say that this period of reevaluating jobs and life focus have been very profitable for Jeff and I as we have carefully examined and planned the direction of our ministry and goals.


No exercising this week. I’ve been lazy; I will not lie.


Be sure and check out Jeff’s post about our Bulletproof Faith conversation last weekend.


I still can’t get enough of Jon Foreman’s Limbs and Branches. In the past, I have taken a staunch stand against Contemporary Christian Music (CCM); however, there is something deeply refreshing about Jon Foreman. He is a true musician and is both experimental and soulful. He defies the typical repetitiveness of CCM and accomplishes appropriate soul searching through contemplative lyrics and Scripture quotations. I continue to be impressed.


The Era of the Messiah January 20, 2009

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America has chosen, and the Messiah has come.

While watching today’s historic inauguration (and indeed, it was historic) I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Israel’s complaint for a king and Samuel’s unheeded warning.

So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.”

1 Samuel 8:10 -22

May God protect President Obama from the temptation that having power brings and may He grant us mercy for the foolishness of placing unreal expectations upon one man.


As the new president gets to work, high on his priority list is reinstating the use of tax money for abortion services.


Week Three: Stay Fit January 19, 2009

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Fit… yes that is a nice word… I used to walk regularly, but I lost my walking partner. Moms make great walking partners…

This week’s plan divides the week into days of cardio and strength.  I didn’t look at it until now, unfortunately, or I would have taken a longer walk before it decided to snow. Jeff and I walked to and back the apartment office (down hill from home).

Someday, we’ll have a wii and then, we’ll get a wii fit. 🙂


At home with the Schrages January 17, 2009

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It’s been another tough week, only this time, it’s because God answered prayer. How can an answer to prayer be tough? By being complicated! This week, I received three job opportunities at once, so now there is a choice to be made. Please continue to pray for us. We are weighing all the pros and cons to all things considered and a praying for a crystal clear answer. It seems like in the life of the Schrages, friends need a text update, because you never know when things could change. Yay for an adventurous first year of marriage! We were going to send out Christmas letters, but Christmas has come and gone… I think we should do an anniversary letter instead because who knows what could happen by May 3! All the people who were at our wedding would think we wrote a crazy novel, not a true update…


We’re having company tonight. Not just company, but friends! The only other young, un-childrened couple in church who are great and we’re looking forward to it. Jeff really wants to go to a discussion at a local bookstore with a lesbian Episcopal minister on her book, Bulletproof Faith. We found out about it on Tuesday night when we had a date night downtown, and he’s been reading and marking up the book all week. He’s trying to come up with the one perfect question for her. We’ll see what our friends want to do.


Jeff changed his blog. He now keeps a regular blog at and a new blog focusing on the church at Enjoy!


Day Six: Snacks

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Even though I said this week was less challenging, I do appreciate that there are recipes that make suggestions for each category.

Suggested Snacks:

Spiced Hummus: I think if I had hummus on hand, I might be more inclined to snack on veggies. Dipping veggies in Ranch dressing pretty much cancels out any nutritional value. Hummus is definitely an overlooked health gem. I see it in the refrigerator section at grocery stores, but it tastes fake. It’s way better to make it from scratch and it’s easy too. I still haven’t used Tahini like Alicia says to, but only because I’ve never felt like buying that jar of Tahini.

Biscotti: This, too, is a good snack idea. It’s a lower calorie option than a cookie, and since it takes so long to eat a biscotti, you’ll eat less! Plus, biscotti have a long shelf life. This recipe has ginger and dark chocolate, both rich tasting ingredients, so it seems to me that you would be more satisfied with one or two than you would say chocolate chip cookies. One thing in particular that I really appreciate about most of Martha Stewart’s recipes is that they include the nutritional break-down (only 84 calories per biscotti). This would be perfect to go with my new favorite tea (thanks, Jeff!) we got at World Market (80 bags for 6.99). Or better yet, coffee!

Granola, or this granola: Again, granola is on my list of things to try at home. I bought wheat germ the other day at Amazing Savings (the organic outlet store) for $.40/lb in preparation for the day I follow through with this idea.

Since doing the challenge, I’ve been snacking on almonds and rice cakes, which are surprisingly enjoyable. I always like snacking on dried cranberries and the orange flavored cranberries from Trader Joe’s are my favorite. I should have looked at the packaging for the gummy fruit slices Jeff and I devoured the other night BEFORE making that the evening snack. (We were watching The Dark Night and needed a diversion from the intensity….) Really, planning ahead for snacking would save a lot of calories and be much more filling. Snacks are usually bought spontaneously and with little attention paid to the nutrition panel. A cookie jar filled with low calorie, low sodium goodies and a pantry with nuts and fruits would go much further to reinforce the healthy mealtimes. Hmm…


Downloadable Menus January 16, 2009

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I found this interesting website from a grocery store in Dallas that has downloadable monthly menus and a recipe search. Check it out; be inspired.


Day Five: Beverages

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This is SO true. If society could vote to eliminate soda beverages from the market, the United States would be much healthier and thinner! I can’t believe I didn’t gain a whole lot of weight during my sophomore and junior year of college because I survived on Cherry Pepsi and coffee.