Friday, August 29, 2014

Knowing Jesus

As a believer and Christ follower, it is so important to me that Ford doesn't just know about Jesus. I want him to know Jesus. Personally, in his heart, and as a teacher, friend, brother, confidant, and savior. Since 1 year olds aren't known to be the best listeners and rule followers, we have to get creative with how we teach him about Jesus. We decided that from the day he was born, we wanted to immerse Ford in the word and share the gospel with him! It would be so easy to say, "let's wait until he can listen and actually understand what we are saying" but kids are a lot smarter than you think. Ford now clasps his hands together to pray with us before dinner. Melt.

Ford is very into books right now and can usually last through about 5 pages before closing it and crawling onto the next thing. We've been reading The Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley to him in the mornings and he loves it! The book is made up of 20 beautifully illustrated stories of the bible (based on certain chapters and parables). Each story is just a few pages long and Ford is entranced by the pictures and colors....and mommy's fine singing voice. The stories rhyme which is fun because I like to sing stories to him for added laughs. 

One of my nightly prayers for Ford is that he is kind and loving. I want my son to care for the widow and orphans and stand up for the little guy. I want him to love others because Jesus loved us first. It's important that Ford sees stories in the bible where brave, powerful, and courageous people still needed God. I want Ford to know God is so much bigger than giants, whales, and lions. And that God is so much bigger than the devil. I want Ford to know the power and the beauty of the cross and want to live in community with other believers. I want so much for my little boy but there is only so much I can do as his earthly mother. Praise God that He is our creator, Father, and ultimate protector. I know it is not my job to save my son but I sure do enjoy teaching him about the love of Jesus Christ.

Tell me how you share Jesus with your children for a chance to win your own copy of Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley. 

(giveaway ends 9/4/14)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Casserole

We are huge fans of cauliflower in our household and are always looking for new ways to prepare it. Our two favorite ways are roasted and they taste like french fries and mashed like homemade mashed potatoes. Yum! It was no surprise that the day after I pinned this recipe and asked Jon what he wanted for dinner this week, this was the front runner. We ate more than half the pan for dinner and the leftovers were gone by lunch the next day. SO GOOD!

1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into florets
Olive oil spray
2 cups pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Toppings of your choice: Pepperonis, cooked sausage, sliced olives, sliced mushrooms, chopped peppers....the sky's the limit! And amount is up to you.

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Coat cauliflower pieces in olive oil and place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way
4. Mix cooked cauliflower with pizza sauce, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and any toppings.
5. Spread evenly into a 9x13 in baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella, Parmesan, and toppings. Sprinkle with oregano
6. Lower oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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