I Burnt The Resurrection Rolls

Seriously.  I burnt them.  See …

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The tops don’t look so bad.  But you’ve used those prepackaged crescent rolls before, right? You know how GREAT they are when they are lightly browned? Where they are fluffy and just cooked all the way through? These were hard and flaky.  Check out the bottoms …

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YUCK! I bit into one and threw it away.  My sweet kids?  These guys?

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They ate them right up!!! They didn’t even care.  Isn’t that sweet 🙂

My hope in Jesus dying on the cross to make a way for me to have a relationship with God the Father is so deep and hits on so many levels, but it also hits on the basic level of this:

I can’t even make resurrection rolls correctly and I need His help to just make breakfast every day!!! Praise Jesus for the hope He gives us!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

You can find the recipe for ‘Resurrection Rolls’  like I did, by googling it.  🙂 

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A Prayer for You for Today

Prayer from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Germany, 1906-1945)

O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray; and to concentrate my thoughts on you; I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness, but with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience; I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me. . . .

Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now that I may answer before you and before men. Lord, whatever this day may bring, your name be praised.

Amen.

Fish Fridays During Lent

I learned something new at work last week.  Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent.  When I inquired about it, no one really knew why, but that’s just what they did (or didn’t do) on Friday’s during Lent.  So that left me wondering and doing a little internet research.  If you know more about this … please leave comments below.  I’d love to learn.

Let’s start from a Theological perspective:  in the church, we commemorate Jesus’ death as being on a Friday.  Because of that, people have written of fasting on Friday to remember His sacrifice for us from very early on.  That’s it.  It’s just that simple.  So in an effort to not forget Jesus’ sacrifice, many cut out meat on Fridays.  Eating fish is fair game for Fridays because they are cold-blooded animals.  Apparently it’s only warm-blooded — live off the land sort of animals — that are off-limits.

As the church and Catholicism grew, fasting from meat was not just a Friday during lent sort of thing. Most catholics were supposed to fast from meat every Friday to continually remind themselves of Jesus’ death on the cross. When adding in advent and other Holy Days in the christian calendar, Fish Friday’s grew in popularity.

I read an interesting USA today article concerning Fish Friday’s and a McDonald’s in a largely catholic part of Cincinnati. Apparently, the franchise was doing very poorly on Fridays and was going under. The Owner/General Manager knew he needed a non-meat alternative for Friday if his business was going to survive. So he developed the Filet-o-Fish sandwich. The the full article here.

I personally did not adopt the ‘no meat Friday’ as a part of my fasting this year. I’m going to keep it in my thoughts and see if that is something I think I need to pull in at another time. I will tell you, this would be a hard one for me. I don’t really care for fish, so it would definitely be a sacrifice for me. Maybe that is reason enough to pull it in and take part?

Do you eat meat on Fridays during Lent? Was it something you grew up doing or are you doing it just recently as an addition to your Lenten fasting routine? I’m super interested to know!

No Fasting on Sundays

photo-2Did you know it is a part of the Lenten tradition to NOT fast on Sundays?  I had no idea!  The reason?  We treat every Sunday like a Mini-Easter.  We celebrate His resurrection.  So how do we have a Mini-Easter celebration every Sunday?  I have a few suggestions …  More

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