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What’s the deal with Lent anyway?

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Lent

Here we are again. Lent.

Lent, means forty.

Moses was forty days on Sinai with the Lord.

Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh for forty days.

Ezekiel laid on his side for forty days, prophesying to God’s people about their sins.

Elijah was forty days without food or water on Mount Horeb.

Jesus had forty days in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by the devil.

Trials, testing, temptation. Revelation, forgiveness, provision.

Neither of us grew up in a liturgical tradition. For the past 5 years or so, we’ve gotten increasingly into it. It started with one thing. Then another. It’s always fascinating to reflect on how the Lord leads us. Green pastures and still waters. Sometimes the Valley of the Shadow.

So what’s the big deal about Lent anyway? Why go through all the trouble? Let’s be honest: It’s complicated. It’s awkward. It’s inconvenient. It’s so very traditional and steeped in ritual. Why do it?

Here’s how I can best explain it: Recently on social media an acquaintance posted a picture of Christ’s empty tomb. And he said that as Christians we’ve been carrying around and clinging to the wrong symbol. Christianity is about freedom and new life. So, we should trade in our crosses for empty tombs.  The replies were all Amens and affirmations.

My heart sunk into my gut.

We are fooled into thinking we can have the power of His resurrection and neglect the fellowship of His sufferings. We want to live in freedom, but not take up our crosses daily and follow Him. The Sermon on the Mount is fantastic until you start talking about the promise of testing and persecution.  We want “Jesus paid it all” but not “fill up what is lacking in the suffering of Christ.”

Lent is……

What is Lent? It’s….

It’s facing hard truths.

Intentionally leaning into Jesus.

It’s accepting our humanity.

Accepting Jesus’ humanity.

It’s working out our salvation with fear and trembling.

It’s failing and realizing that grace is enough.

It’s walking the road of the cross in order that we may live in the power of the empty tomb.

It’s being the Beloved Disciple who did not run away at Christ’s suffering, but remained steadfast until the end.

Lent is a school of grace. And what is grace, but to participate in the life of Christ.

Why do we do this thing? We fast. We pray. We go to church more often. We light more candles. We clean up our messes and declutter our homes and hearts. And if we do it right, by the time Resurrection morning comes around and we shout HE IS RISEN we know it is true. And we know why it’s true. We know that if we are crucified and buried with Him we will also rise with Him and live in Him. And in Him we have our very being.

So, here we are again. And there is some trepidation. We’ve got some butterflies. What is Jesus going to reveal in this season? In what way will we be drawn into His heart more and more this year?

Maybe you have never done this Lent thing. Maybe you even think it’s a tad weird or unnecessary. But there’s also a curiosity. A little part of you wants to experience it. We invite you to join us this Lenten season. Let’s lean into Jesus together.

Failure done right is our path to Jesus

 Links to help you on your journey:

Lent For The Rest of Us

 Radiant! Inside and Out! (Spring Cleaning for heart and home)

Forty Things To Clean Up During Lent

Stations of the Cross For Children

Ashes to Glory: An Easter Devotional on DVD (We’ve been using this with the kids for the past several years. It’s excellent for the whole family!)

Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families (Daja did this two years ago and Kristina did it last year. It’s wonderful!!!)


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What's the deal with Lent?

Here we are again. Lent. Lent, means forty. Moses was forty days on Sinai with the Lord. Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh for forty days. Ezekiel laid on his side for forty days, prophesying to God’s people about their sins. Elijah was forty days without food or water on Mount Horeb. Jesus had forty days […]

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Stay at home this Black Friday

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When it comes to Black Friday, I’m a conscientious objector.

My husband and our friend Sean eat pie directly from the pans like a boss.

Daja’s husband and our friend Sean eat pie directly from the pans like a boss.

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My husband and our friend Sean eat pie directly from the pans like a boss.

When it comes to Black Friday, I’m a conscientious objector.

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June Goals

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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

This is our first “official” week of summer and I feel like a child on Christmas morning, not sure where to start with all the fun!!  I want to allow myself plenty of time to rest but at the same time I’m very aware of how quickly summer goes!  I don’t want to miss anything!  Not to mention my to-do list for things around the house that just seems a mile long this year!  I remind myself to set some goals and take some baby steps.  Those steps really do add up over time and that’s what we are all about here in the Provision Room.  Just take a look…

After one year!

After one year!

Increasing slowly without breaking the budget!

Increasing slowly without breaking the budget!

I love stepping into my provision closet now!  It’s neat and organized and full of food for any of life’s little happenings.  One of the smartest things I did was give my 10 year old the job of keeping track of everything in the freezers and in the closet.  She is taking her job very seriously and keeping us all in line!  I love it!

So now is the time to join in, right where you are and start preparing your family for rainy days when life takes over.  Don’t be frustrated or overwhelmed let’s just journey together in community and the job will get done!

We are continuing our hospitality theme for this month.  It seems like we really hit on topic close to everyone’s heart so we’ve decided to stay here a little longer.   Daja and I have so much more to share with you!  We really feel like we’ve only scratched the surface!

Baby Steps:

1.  Continue to double two meals per week for the freezer.  If you are new to the Provision Room and don’t know why this is so important, and why we think it is one of the smartest ways to expand your stores without increasing your budget, check out our page on What Makes The Provision Room Unique.

2.  Prepare a car picnic basket.  This is a great way to avoid the drive-through this summer and be prepared for impromptu picnics, date nights, days at the beach, and just any ol’ time the hunger monster lifts its head from the back seat!  How to prepare a car picnic basket.

Big Girl Steps:

1.  Take the 30 Day Fast Food Challenge!!  Last year we kicked off our 30 Day Fast Food Challenge.  If you haven’t yet tried giving up fast food here is your chance!  For 30 days commit to eating intentionally, promising not to hit a single drive through or fast food joint.  This is a great challenge for your entire family, small group or church!  Trust us, you won’t regret taking this challenge!

2.  Practice hospitality.  This will be different for each of us.  The point is reach out to someone and make them feel welcome.  Need a refresher in the art of Biblical Hospitality?  Check out Entertaining vs. Hospitality.

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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James This is our first “official” week of summer and I feel like a child on Christmas morning, not sure where to start with all the fun!!  I want to allow myself plenty of time to […]

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FOOD REVOLUTION DAY, May 17, 2013!

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Food Revolution Day is something about which we are super passionate.  REAL FOOD!  Where it comes from! How to arrives to our tables! How we prepare it with respect and awareness!  And how we share it with others!

Last year for Food Revolution Day we hosted a Farm-To-Table dinner for the pastors and church leaders of our community.  It was beautiful and inspiring to see leaders from different denominations and streams come together around a common table.  You can see lots of pictures and read more about it here and here.

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This Food Revolution Day’s theme is “Cook it. Share it. Live it.”  Now that’s a motto we can definitely support!

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WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

To celebrate and to spread the message this Food Revolution Day, we will be having friends over to taste all your amazing vegetable recipes!  Our panel of experts has grown!

We want you to be involved, too.  It’s as simple as cooking real food and sharing it with others.  It’s something we all can do!

  • Gather friends for a potluck picnic!
  • Invite the neighbors over for a homemade ice cream social!
  • Fire up the grill and include lots of local veggies from the Farmer’s Market!
  • Have your kids’ friends over for a cooking lesson and everyone eat together!
  • Meet friends at the Farmer’s Market and picnic afterwards!
  • Make meals or sack lunches to share with the homeless in your community.
  • Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or food bank.

The possibilities are endless!  Just cook it.  Share it. And live it!

AND THEN…….

Share it with us!  Send us a picture of how you celebrate Food Revolution Day.  And you might win Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook!

Jamie Oliver

It’s super easy.  Just snap a picture of you sharing real food with real people on or around Food Revolution Day (May 17) and share it with us via Facebook or by emailing theprovisionroom@gmail.com and you’ll be entered to win!  We can’t wait to see what you creative people come up with!

Believe it or not, it is things just like this that change the world.  Sharing a meal is POWERFUL! It really is.  Even Jesus used sharing food to describe our salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven!  Talk about powerful!

We’ll be talking more about the Food Revolution in the days to come, via the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  PLEASE JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

I sometimes think the chef end of cooking is not the real end of cooking.  Cooking is all about homes and gardens, it doesn’t happen in restaurants. –Delia Smith

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Food Revolution Day is something about which we are super passionate.  REAL FOOD!  Where it comes from! How to arrives to our tables! How we prepare it with respect and awareness!  And how we share it with others! Last year for Food Revolution Day we hosted a Farm-To-Table dinner for the pastors and church leaders […]

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Answering Your Questions: How To Cook Vegetables So People Will Eat Them

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Q.  Starr asked, “Would you write a series about vegetables? A ‘How to cook them so people will eat them’ type of series.”

Summer's bounty.

Summer’s bounty.

A. First of all, may we say that we are so proud of so many of our readers who have made it a goal to eat less fast food and junk food!  It’s a challenge, we know, to substitute carrot sticks for French fries and veggie burgers for Big Macs!  But, it’s SO VERY worth it!

That said, a lot of people did not grow up eating a variety of fresh vegetables.  The vegetables they did eat came from a can and were served school cafeteria style.  ICK! Well, it’s no wonder people say they don’t like vegetables!

In considering this request from our readers we had a stroke of genius.  We want to share our best veggie recipes with you…but we also want to hear from you, our homemakers in the field!  Here’s what we propose:

Let’s work together on this project!!!!

Send us your best veggie recipe!  Then Kristina and I will prepare them and test them out on our special panel: our husbands and children.  We’ll pick our favorites from among the submitted recipes, add our own tried-and-true veggie dishes and release them all together at once–in an ebook!  Does that not sound AMAZING?!

Cheers to you!!!!

our panel of experts

Here are the details:

1. Submit your recipe by April 30, 2013 to theprovisionroom@gmail.com

2. Your recipe may contain things other than vegetables, such as grains, meat, cheese, etc.  But, we want the vegetable to be the hero of the dish, not just the garnish or condiment.

3. You may submit as many recipes as you’d like.

4. We will choose our favorite 10 recipes.  Those whose recipes we choose will receive a free pre-release copy of the ebook.!!!! You’ll receive full credit for inventing and submitting the recipe.

5. We’ll test the recipes in May and release all the recipes in June–just in time for the abundance of summer vegetables and Farmer’s Markets in full-swing all over the country!

6. Need we say this?  It needs to be YOUR recipe.  Don’t copy something out of Bon Appetit Magazine.  It’s OK if it originated as someone else’s recipe and you’ve changed and adapted it for your family.  But, no recipes verbatim from a cookbook, please.  Thanks!

We can’t wait to see what wonderful and creative recipes you submit!!!

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In the meantime, here are some of the veggie recipes from The Provision Room Recipe File.  Hopefully, this will tide you over until the book release in June!

VEGGIE BURGERS

CURRIED CHICKEN SALAD

VEGAN SOUP

SEAWEED SOUP

CACTUS SALSA

CARROT SOUFFLE

ROASTED GARLIC AND ROSEMARY MASHED POTATOES

MONGOLIAN VEGETABLES WITH RICE

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Q.  Starr asked, “Would you write a series about vegetables? A ‘How to cook them so people will eat them’ type of series.” A. First of all, may we say that we are so proud of so many of our readers who have made it a goal to eat less fast food and junk food! […]

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72-Hour Food Kits Revealed

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We’ve done it!  We planned, purchased and now have properly stored our 72-hour food kits.  Remember these only include the food we would eat in the case of a major disaster.  These kits, neatly prepared in advance, will free us up and allow us to focus on helping our families and neighbors in need instead of trying to find food.

So how did they turn out? Read More

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We’ve done it!  We planned, purchased and now have properly stored our 72-hour food kits.  Remember these only include the food we would eat in the case of a major disaster.  These kits, neatly prepared in advance, will free us up and allow us to focus on helping our families and neighbors in need instead […]

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Books = Love. Here’s a little love from us!

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Learning to live in gratefulness is so powerful.  It changes everything.  Everything.

We want to share with you, our dear readers, a dare to live life fully wherever you are.  And it begins by counting our blessings.  Naming them one-by-one.  Oh, that may sound trite to you.  But once you start counting, you won’t be able to stop and your whole world will be turned upside down! Read More

One Thousand Gifts

Learning to live in gratefulness is so powerful.  It changes everything.  Everything. We want to share with you, our dear readers, a dare to live life fully wherever you are.  And it begins by counting our blessings.  Naming them one-by-one.  Oh, that may sound trite to you.  But once you start counting, you won’t be […]

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February Goals

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My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.  –Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Oh, there’s a feeling of love in the air.  And as the song goes, all you need is love. Read More

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My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.  –Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice Oh, there’s a feeling of love in the air.  And as the song goes, all you need is love.

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72-Hour Kit Challenge

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Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge!

Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last year increasing our food stores through freezing extra meals, buying in bulk and putting up foods by canning.  These are all great, and perfect for the unexpected job loss, illness or food shortage, but what if you suddenly had an earthquake and your house was no longer stable, or God-forbid there was another attack on American soil but this time in your city and you had to evacuate immediately?  This is when these little kits would be absolutely priceless!  We want to be like the sons of Isachaar who were credited as men who understood the  signs of the times and knew what to do.  (1 Chronicles 12:32)  Simply, we want to be prepared for anything. Read More

72-hour food kit

Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge! Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last […]

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist & A Reader Challenge

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Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last December when most of our area lost power for a week due to downed trees and power lines.  We had many friends with a lot of damage to their homes.  It was at this point Daja and I felt like it was time to get organized about preparing for “life’s happenings.”  Over the past 11 months we have diligently been putting away our stores for those unexpected events that are inevitable in this life.  This month in particular we thought it would be good to give you a simple checklist of items we all should have around.  The list also will help you track where these items are located so there is no panic in an emergency. Read More

Emergency Checklist

Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last […]