How Then Should We Walk AND Grace & Truth Link-Up

Every week, each host of Grace & Truth will feature one of our favorite posts that has been linked up to the previous week’s link-up.

It’s been an honor to read such an array of thoughts on what God is doing from so many people. We’ve enjoyed sharing and commenting on these posts throughout the week.  Without further adieu, here is what I chose to feature this week.

How Should We Then Walk - Featured G&T Post

This post is called How Then Should We Walk? by Heather at My Overflowing Cup. She talks the issue of walking uprightly because of our faith. I love this line, “We must understand what has been done for us and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result.” Please head on over to her post and read these wise words that urge us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, not to attain anything for ourselves(including salvation) but to give glory to God!

Heather, please be sure to grab this “I’ve been featured” button and add it to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!

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Grace & Truth exists to point people to Jesus! We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement each and every week.  If you’re a blogger our hope is that you’ll use this space as a way to meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader our hope is that you’ll meet new bloggers that love Jesus just as much as you do! Most of all, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.

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Meet Your Hosts

Satisfaction Through Christ
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Kaylene Yoder
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The Brown Tribe
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Arabah Joy
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A Divine Encounter
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Leah Adams
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Being Confident of This
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Sharing Redemption’s Stories
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1.) Follow your hosts via their blog and/or social media channels. This is not mandatory, but appreciated!

2.) Leave 1-2 of your most recent CHRISTIAN LIVING posts. Please do not link DIY, Crafts, Recipes, etc. Links of this kind will be deleted. We also reserve the right to delete posts that don’t align with the theme or that are deemed by the hostesses to be inappropriate.

3.) Visit 1-2 other links and leave a meaningful comment! We want to encourage community, so please don’t link and run!

4.) All links are randomly sorted – feel free to link as early or as late as you’d like. The playing field is even!

In order to be featured next week:

5.) Grab a button or link back to encourage new linkers. This is not mandatory to participate, but is required to be featured. 

6.) Each host will choose one link to feature and promote via their social media channels next week. 

7.) By linking up you agree to allow the hosts to use your featured post image if you are chosen as a feature for next week.

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The Big-Flavor Grill {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Holly got the book The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes to review and asked me to help with the review since I am the grillmaster in our family.  The book is basically organized around types of meat, utilizing a few different cuts or varieties with a recommended rub and cooking instructions for each one, and then having several different sauces or garnishes to go with each one.  The premise behind the recipes is what they call in the introduction a “geographical model” of flavors, which the author describes as “one flavor after another—sour, sweet, bitter, hot, aromatic, earthy—is laid out for your taste buds in rapid succession.”  The author contrasts this with the “architectural model”, which is based on blending various flavors to create “a single, well-blended, subtle, intricate articulation of flavor.”

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I picked out three recipes that I wanted to try grilling up during a rare week where I handled all the meal planning: one beef, one chicken, and one lamb.  In the beef chapter, they build recipes around only two cuts: skirt steaks and steak tips.  I chose to go with Grilled Skirt Steaks with Barbecued Bread Salad.  The first strike against the recipe was when I went to the grocery store and looked for a skirt steak.  Our grocery store did not carry skirt steak as a fresh cut, and single pre-packaged steak they had was both too small for our family and upwards of $10 per pound.  I decided to go with a flank steak instead.  We grilled it up using the rub recipe and made the bread salad with it.  I thought it was delicious—very flavorful—but the kids and Holly thought it was “too spicy”.

The chicken dish I decided to make was the Grilled Chicken Breasts with Cilantro-Lime Viniagrette.  This recipe was a hit with both Holly and I, but the kids again thought it was “too spicy”.  I really enjoyed the strong flavor of of the chicken & vinaigrette.  It may not be a recipe for frequent use, but as a special meal to mix things up from time to time, I think it would work great.

The lamb dish I wanted to make was the Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Turkish Flavors.  The recipe looked great, and I was very excited about it due to my memories of delicious Turkish food.  However, we ran into two problems:

  1. We couldn’t get the boneless lamb leg needed for the recipe.  The grocery store butcher could special order it for us, but it would be big $$.
  2. The recipe called for Maraş pepper and implied the alternative spice mix they give was significantly inferior to the Maraş pepper.  There was no Maraş pepper to be found in town.

Due to these issues, we set this recipe aside to try again sometime later when we can round up the needed ingredients.  Instead, I used leftover rub from the flank steak and make kebabs with more flank steak.  I served it with some Greek-style yogurt** I had gotten to go with the Turkish-flavored kebabs, and it was a HUGE hit with the kids.  That was the day we learned that they will gobble up Greek yogurt.

Overall I enjoyed all the recipes from the book that we tried.  This is not a go-to grilling reference book like the Weber grilling book is; rather, The Big-Flavor Grill provided some bold new flavors outside of what would be our usual grilling comfort zone.  The use of unusual ingredients in some of the recipes is indicative of the kind of recipes it seems to contain.  The book is attractively presented, and the photos of the food in it are striking and dramatic.  I look forward to trying more dishes from this cookbook—if we can find the ingredients without breaking the bank.

**Bonus factoid:  So-called “Greek yogurt” in the U.S. is more accurately called “strained yogurt” and is more of a Turkish staple than it is Greek.  Fox News had an interesting article on it.

Monday Meanderings

This week is weird since we are potty training, but here’s what I can plan on. Next Monday’s organization will be much better I’m sure because I believe Iain will be doing fantastic with the potty (he already is with one component, but not the other…)

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Bible Study:
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (LOTS of Bible & LOTS of reading!)  

Memory Verse:
“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4)  

Husband Encouragement:
* Pray for him – this week specifically praying for our marriage
* Have things picked up for him, tidy up before he gets home from work

Train Them Up:
Potty Training. Nothing else is happening at home other than this…

New Habit of the Month:
De-clutter.

MUST DO:
* Lots and lots of laundry
* Send EO sample to Katie
* Dinner for Andrea’s family tonight

Menu:
Mon – Leftover lamb in mint sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, salad
Tues – Chicken Enchiladas, Salad
Weds – Leftover Spinach/Kale Sausage Rigatoni, etc.
Thurs – Breakfast for Dinner
Fri – Chili w/ all the fixin’s
Sat – Dinner with the Hruskas
Sun – Leftovers

FUN THINGS!
* Perspectives Course with Anna
* Playdate with Gennie & kids
* 1×1 with Ashley
* AWANA for Claire
* MOPS Steering Mtg
* Dinner w/ Hruskas

3 things I’m thankful for today:
1. God’s mercy in potty training so far. He’s doing great so far, he kept his bed completely dry all night long & hasn’t had an accident yet today (but see prayer request below for him)

2. Claire has been such a huge help and it’s wonderful to see her excited to help her brother.

3. My Perspectives class is going awesome! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do it again!

Prayer Requests:

1. Pray for Iain’s continued growth with potty training. He needs to go #2 in the potty!

2. Pray for Tim & Nancy. Tim has cancer and has another scan this week to see if it’s growing. Nancy is fearful, so pray for God’s grace for them as they walk this road and that they both would pursue Christ in His Word – the only thing that will give them peace.

3. Pray that Paul & I would connect more with the missionaries our church is supporting. We want to ensure that we are caring well for them.

When Projects Overwhelm Us: DIY Made Easy

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Do you ever look at the bare wall in the den, that tired and sagging couch, or those tatty tablecloths, and feel absolutely overwhelmed by the thought of tackling any of them?

Which one do you start with? And then once you’ve decided, how do you know which steps, instructions or advice to follow? Just getting to the point where you’re ready to start can often take so much time and effort!

It’s frustrating, because you know just how satisfying it can be to create something of your own – that sense of accomplishment and fulfillment can’t be beaten. What you need is for someone to pull together everything that you need to get started, to make it as easy and painless as possible.  Read More

DIY Boosts Your Confidence

As most people, you probably love the feeling of creating something of your own – and you know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is pretty hard to match.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! You may have started with decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and you’ve probably only scratched the surface!


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