Saturday, May 27, 2017

James Week 1

Weekly Podcast for Bible Study with Tina, James 1:1-18

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Which Bible is Right for Me?

There are so many options out there in regards to Bibles. It can be hard to know which one is the right one for you. We can end up with a ton of Bibles and still not read them. I'm going to go highlight five different versions and what I like about each of them. And I'll share a John 3:16 from each of them so you can get a feel for what makes them different.


1. The New Living Translation (NLT). I've gone through lots of different versions that are my favorites over the years, this one is my current. It's easy to read, relatively easy to understand. But the best part is that it has so many different options. Tyndale Publishers is committed to making scripture accessible to everyone in that they publish the Life Application Study Bible, various different children's Bibles, and my favorite The One Year Bible.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.




2. The New International Version (NIV). This version is pretty widely accepted as a standard. It has inclusive language and does a fine job of taking out all gender-related references, which in my opinion is also one of its drawbacks. It is published by Zondervan and you'll find it in many churches as a pew Bible.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.



3. The English Standard Version (ESV). This is an older translation, sometimes it's not as easy to understand. The reason why I like it so much is the well-done journal versions that are available with the text. I also appreciate the relatively free use of the text. The publisher, Crossway, appears to be more concerned about people sharing the word than prosecuting those that have not upheld their copyright guidelines, which to be honest are very generous in the first place.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.



4. The New American Standard Bible (NASB). This is an old favorite. When I pick up this Bible, it's like returning home. It's the most literal translation of the ones I'm sharing. In fact, that's what it calls itself a literal English version. That makes it a little more difficult to read, but an excellent bridge version for those that are studying or have studied the original languages. Makes it much easier to find the word in question when you pull out the parallel Bibles. It is still easy enough to read, though because of its literal bend, doesn't flow as easily as some other versions. This is different than the NAB, the two do not include all the same books, but that's another post for another day.


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.




5. The New King James Version (NKJV). If you love the King James Version (KJV), but your eyes and mind get a tiny bit tired as you read through the thees and thous, this is your Bible. It's basically much of the same beautiful language as the KJV but just a little bit easier to read. The Psalms are particularly delightful.


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.(NKJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

Can't decide which one is right for you? Well, you're in luck because Crosswalk has a great quiz to help you pick. Click here. Let me know which is your favorite in the comments!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Savory Green Beans & Caramelized Onions

This is one of my favorite green bean recipes of all time! I keep frozen green beans around and just toss it all together as a last minute side quite often. The other day, I served it with chicken rollatina (I modified the recipe by dipping the rolls in melted butter, exactly what it needed and thus the name change). I don't even cook the green beans before hand. After caramelizing the onions, I toss them in frozen and put the lid on the pan. A few minutes later, I toss it all together and sprinkle on whatever nut and dried fruit I have on hand.

Here's the recipe link from Bird's Eye:  Savory Green Beans & Caramelized Onions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Mess: Wait on the Lord



The other day, I went to a training about direct sales and IT WAS AWESOME!!! Oh my word, it was great and I was totally hyped and ready to run out and crank my business back up!! I decided to wait, because honestly, cranking up an old busted clunker of a machine is never fun and you better be fully committed before you attempt it. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done and I'm definitely not saying that it's not worth it, but the work to start something old and abandoned is by far greater than the work of starting and maintaining something brand new. Well, unless you bought a lemon.

Here I was excited and pumped up and willing and ready to dive into something, anything. And the thing I had to do was wait. I had to wait to see what God wanted me to do with that information He'd placed in my lap.

You know what? Waiting isn't much fun. Especially when what you perceive wandering by right outside your door is opportunity that you could be participating in. You see all those posts on the internet about day one vs one day. And honestly, those things are only things I see when I'm waiting. I'm not sure if the world is holding on to them until I'm in the wait pattern or what.

And then it happened. I saw it, that opportunity, it was right there and I really really wanted to take it, but I still had not heard. And you might be saying, "But, Tina, you'd been waiting and there it was! Why didn't you just take it?" Well, because I wasn't actually waiting on opportunity, I was waiting on the Lord. And here's the best part, when that opportunity drifted on by and I waved at it longingly, seeing my boat pass on by, God spoke. He reminded me that I didn't really want to go where that boat was leading and I most certainly didn't love the opportunity enough to see it through. I would have begrudged the work because of my lack of love in fact.

I knew God was right because I'm old enough to have made that mistake before a time or ten or hundred if we're into honesty. And I had to hand it to God for being so graceful with me. He could have let me go on that journey, heading in the wrong direction. He could have not allowed the opportunity at all and just had me continue to wonder if I could have got that old motor to start. No God let me see it, God gave me the patience to let it pass by, and God gave me truth to sustain the decision.

These things aren't easy. Waiting on the Lord in any situation isn't easy, but I will say time and again that it's worth it.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday



Today I'm thankful that the voices in my head aren't always right and today that's enough.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Salad Bar



I will admit that I do love a good salad. I think my love began in college. There was always a fresh salad bar for lunch and dinner. When I became a vegetarian in the midst of school, it became my go-to meal option. My favorite was cottage cheese, chickpeas and ranch dressing. I totally went without lettuce, never really liked the way it tasted and still don't hold it in high regards. But I do serve it when I make up what I either call "The Big Salad" or salad bar.

Here's the thing I love most about this meal, it lasts for days!! Most of the ingredients will keep in the fridge or on the shelf and allow you to go back and create a new tasty meal for a week and never eat the same thing twice. So chop up some lettuce, grab your favorite toppings, and dressing and have some fun! Need a few ideas? How about...

chickpeas
cottage cheese
shredded cheese
block cheese
broccoli
cauliflower
beets
artichoke hearts
sunflower seeds
raisins
dried cranberries
fresh apple
goat cheese
candied nuts
bacon
pepperoni
bell pepper
tortilla chips
croutons
black beans
canned corn
green chiles
carrots
jalapeno canned or fresh
hamburger
BBQ pork
chicken
avocado
mandarin oranges
ramen noodles (dry)
chow mein
sliced almonds
sesame seeds
strawberries
grapes
pineapple

You name you can put it on a salad. What's your favorite salad topping?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday!!


I'm thankful for all the sunshine we've been getting this year! It's certainly helping with my moods.

I'm thankful that my mom is officially one-year cancer free. Uterine cancer is no joke.

I'm thankful that my dad has a phone that I can call and reach him, even though he's in the boonies.

I'm thankful for a husband that mows the lawn! It's gorgeous this year. 

I'm thankful for a daughter that does the right thing even when she doesn't want to. And I'm super thankful for a God that encourages her in the midst of that struggle. 

I'm thankful for all of you!