When I was about ten years old, my best friend’s grandma taught me how to make grilled cheese. I am sure I had made grilled cheese before then, but she taught me the proper steps.
- Butter the pan, not the bread.
- Heat the pan.
- Completely assemble the sandwich before placing it in the warm pan.
- Cook two to three minutes, and use the back of a spatula to smash the sandwich. This is key. I am not sure why, but it is highly important.
- Flip the sandwich and smash again.
- Toss the sandwich onto a plate, and cut it in half.
- Eat it!
In July, I listened to the Esperanza Rising audiobook. After I finished the short novel (it only took a few hours on 1.2 speed), I realized a slight (but natural) biblical connection to Job.
Like Job, Esperanza loses everything dear. Due to no misdeed of her own, she moves from a mansion to a horse stall. She transitions from being the served to being the servant. Through the mountains and valleys, she learns that “the rich person is richer when he becomes poor than the poor person when he becomes rich.”
“Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
― Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
You see, salvation does not lead to automatic wealth. In fact, Christ himself was poor, and many of his followers were lower-class (We’re talking about shepherds, fishermen, and lepers). We cannot expect Christianity to bring us earthly prosperity, but a relationship with God builds eternal wealth. When we are poor, we realize our need for the God who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).
Ten Verses for When You Feel Poor
I guess this isn’t really a recipe. It’s more of an idea for a yummy snack, a proposal for a unique flavor combination, a suggestion for using a tasty nut butter.
I like to think that I am still a “youngin’,” but every time I see new students arrive on campus, I feel a little bit older. Then I go to the gym and share the pool with the water aerobics class, and I realize that my day is coming.
Today’s verses give me hope that God will be faithful throughout my entire life, no matter how long (or short) that may be.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Old
1. I John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
2. Psalm 37:25
August is National Sandwich Month
August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
Have I ever mentioned how much I love ice cream?
“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”
– Lemony Snicket
Without intention, July became a month of books. Here are my one-word summaries of the sixteen books I read in July.
Books for Grad School:
- Mere Christianity: Theology
- Out of the Silent Planet: Extraterrestrial
- Perelandra: Parallels
- That Hideous Strength: Propaganda
- Prince Caspian: Courage
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Adventure
- The Silver Chair: Enchantment
- The Last Battle: Hope
- The Abolition of Man: Insight
Audiobooks for Fun:
Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Esperanza Rising: Awareness
- A Spool of Blue Thread: Family
- Tuck Everlasting: Imagination
William P. Young
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood: Pleasure
- The Last One Home: Opportunity
A few weeks go, I went for a walk with a new friend. Before this night, our friendship had been surface-level. We both wanted to be friends, but our “water cooler” conversations had not drilled deep.
But this night, our friendship grew rapidly. As we discussed the wonders chocolate milk, we realized that we are (in the words of Anne of Green Gables) “kindred spirits.” The conversation flowed from dairy products to education, to work struggles, and, finally, relationships.
Both of us are single, and we agreed that society can portray single girls as neglected. But the truth we both claim, as cliche as it sounds, is that God does not make mistakes, and His plan is perfect. The Bible is filled with His promise to never neglect us. Time and time again, we read of his never-ending, unbreaking, enduring love.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Neglected
1. Hebrews 2:6
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?