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Easter Lovelies

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I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma.

Easter Lovelies

But, Easter. Easter is so close to my heart. It falls at a time in the year when I need it most. Its hopefulness. Its triumphant overtones and peaceful undertones. It’s grace and mercy after a long Lent. Like the promise of Spring after a long Winter.  The stark contrast of Sunday morning, compared to the hopelessness of Friday night, is the Gospel in all its glory. Read More

Easter Lovelies

I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma. But, Easter. […]

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What to watch during Lent

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We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the season. Service, sacrifice, love, justice, penance and fish on Fridays.  So, unless you gave up movies for Lent, here are some recommendations:

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What To Watch During Lent

We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the […]

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Want to hear a horrible story?

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“Want to hear a horrible story?” This is how my priest should have begun his homily on Ash Wednesday. Because the story he told was indeed horrible. But the lesson has been chewing on my heart for days. It won’t let me go.

When he was on a train from Southern India to Northern India there was a family in his  car with several children. In the course of the journey one of the little girls died. A doctor on the train examined the child and declared that she had died of something terrible and very contagious. She could infect the other little daughter. The doctor told the mother to throw the dead child’s body out of the train before others caught the disease. Like any mother would, she refused to throw her child’s body from a moving train. They argued over it. The train then went through a tunnel. While in the tunnel the electricity to the train cut off and the train went dark. While it was dark the father of the child threw the child from the train. When the lights came back on it was discovered that he did not throw his dead child from the train, but his living child. The body of his dead daughter was still there.

Selah.

Do you feel like throwing up? I did when I heard that. My heart was sufficiently wrenched. The pain, the trauma, confusion, suffering, anger. Injustice of it all.

This is what fear does.  When fear is our motivator we throw away what is good and alive while holding onto what is dead and dangerous.  Fear causes us to react rather than respond. It causes us to embrace what is terrible and reject what is good.

Fear causes the culture of death and the rejection of life.

Fear causes  people to throw away relationships and isolate themselves.

Fear causes the confusion that eventually leads to torment.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” I John 4:18

The enemy loves to make us afraid. He knows that if we become afraid we will make bad choices, disconnect from important relationships, and turn our love off.  Surrounded by beauty, with grace right there within reach, with Jesus being closer than a water is to fish. And we choose darkness.

Torment. That’s what it is.

The devil is a terrorist whose suicide bomb is fear.

Like the father who threw away his precious child whom he intended to protect, we will throw away our peace and freedom and cling to bondage.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

We are in this season of fasting and self-denial. But are we doing it for the right reasons? What is our motivation?  Years ago I had a sign on my bedroom door that I would read every day before I walked out. It said:

Fear of what you might lose.

Hope of what you might gain.

Love of what you might give.

There are only these three motivations for everything we do, in every interaction we have with others, with every decision we make: Fear, hope or love. Choose love. Choose love. Choose love. Every day, a thousand times. It is the only way.

“In order to live in one single act of perfect Love, I offer myself as a victim…to your merciful love.” (St. Therese of the Child Jesus) 

For some of us, because of our pasts or our brokenness or our sin, fear has to combatted on a daily, hourly or sometimes moment-by-moment basis. We have to choose all the time to banish our fears and drown them in the love of God. Perfect love is what drives out fear. Perfect Love is my lifeline. It is my prayer, my deepest longing, my vocation. As I learn to embrace and cling to and welcome and live in Perfect Love, fear–the kind of fear that throws the baby out of the moving train–loses its control of me.

Want to hear a horrible story? Fear destroys lives. Everyday.

Want to hear a beautiful story? Jesus is Perfect Love. Everyday. Everywhere.

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

 

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

“Want to hear a horrible story?” This is how my priest should have begun his homily on Ash Wednesday. Because the story he told was indeed horrible. But the lesson has been chewing on my heart for days. It won’t let me go. When he was on a train from Southern India to Northern India […]

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40 Ways To Have A More Merciful Lent

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When most people think about Lent they think about fasting. Lent equals giving up pleasures. But, Lent is just as much about taking something up as it is laying something down. It’s about giving….giving up, giving in, forgiving

Last year we shared 40 Things You Should Clean-Up For Lent.

This is a year of mercy.  Making mercy a focal point of Lent is a beautiful sanctifying challenging thing.  Here are 40 ways you can bring more mercy into your Lent:

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Merciful Lent

When most people think about Lent they think about fasting. Lent equals giving up pleasures. But, Lent is just as much about taking something up as it is laying something down. It’s about giving….giving up, giving in, forgiving… Last year we shared 40 Things You Should Clean-Up For Lent. This is a year of mercy. […]

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10 Pinterest Boards To Follow This Lent

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Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there!

Pinterest Boards To Follow

Check these out:

LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom

Lent by MuffinDome

Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome

Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + More

Lent and Easter by Catholic Mommy Blogs

Lent and Easter by Look To Him and Be Radiant

Season.Lent* by Catholic Sistas

Season.Easter* by Catholic Sistas

Lenten Work For Children by Like Mother Like Daughter

Lent by Raising Young Ones

Easter by Raising Young Ones

So, go now to Pinterest and follow these terrific boards! You’ll be inspired beyond measure! And while you’re there, make sure you are following us, too!

FOLLOW THE PROVISION ROOM ON PINTEREST!

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Pinterest Boards To Follow

Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there! Check these out: LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom Lent by MuffinDome Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + […]

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Let’s Talk About Lent, Baby.

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Are you all ready for Lent?

Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal?

Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a coastal town, fish can be really pricey, which encroaches on the whole almsgiving thing. Fortunately for us, we do both live in coastal areas where fish can be had fairly inexpensively.

But for the rest of you, here are four ways to do fish during Lent that will not break the bank:

Tuna Casserole

Fear not. This is not your middle school cafeteria’s tuna casserole. This is real food and it’s delicious. I mean, com’on! It’s topped with cheese rolls. Cheese. Rolls. Nuff said.

Let's Talk About Lent, Baby

LINK HERE FOR OUR TUNA CASSEROLE RECIPE.

Trout Pate and Yorkshire Pudding

Who would have thought children would eat anything called trout pate! Seriously though. Delicious.

Let's Talk About Lent, Baby.

LINK HERE FOR TROUT PATE. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

Salmon Burgers

This one gets the prize for being very nutrient dense! It really packs a nutritional punch! But that doesn’t mean it compromises on taste. No siree! This is one to convert your non-fish eater in your family!

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LINK HERE FOR THE BEST SALMON BURGER EVAH!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

Although this is one of our breakfast favorites, there are no rules saying you can’t have it for lunch or dinner!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

LINK HERE FOR BREAKFAST SALAD YOU WILL WANT TO EAT FOR DINNER!

OK, so, prayer, fasting and almsgiving….

What if you love fish. Like LOVE it, as my kids do?  It’s hardly fasting to say that Halibut is on the menu.  Nothing but cheers from the studio audience here. So, sometimes it’s better to redirect Fridays in Lent to vegetarian meals and dishes that are a bit more austere. Remember the purpose of why we skip meat and get down to the bare bones of what the fast is really all about.

So, here are some vegetarian suggestions for non-fish Fridays:

Tomato and Garlic Paste Pasta

Veggie Burgers

Fermented Veggies

Fontina Basil Blueberry Sandwich

In fact, we have a myriad of ways to eat your veggies and get your kids (or hubby) to eat them, too!  Our very best vegetable inspirations are in our cookbook: All Things Veg. How about a Vegan Ceviche? Or Creamy Honey Lemon Slaw? Or Eggplant Mozzarella Sandwiches? The possibilities!  Delicious possibilities. You won’t miss the meat, we cross our hearts! PURCHASE HERE IN OUR STORE. Only 3.99!

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So, now, we would love to hear: What are you planning to cook during Lent?

Let's Talk About Lent, Baby.

Are you all ready for Lent? Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal? Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a […]

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How to fail at Lent.

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Lent is almost upon us. I can’t believe it. It’s still Christmas, right? I mean, seriously. Where did the time go. Anyway, some years I feel incredibly ready for Lent and have all my intentions lined up and ready. And then there are years when I am not. so. prepared. #enoughsaid

Yet, Lent is so beautiful. It is actually one of my favorite times of the year. There is this emphasis on holiness that causes me to face and embrace my imperfections and throw myself at the feet of my loving Jesus. It’s failure done right.

Failure done right is our path to Jesus

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Failure done right is our path to Jesus

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.] Lent is almost upon us. I can’t believe it. It’s still Christmas, right? I mean, […]

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Happy Easter!

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Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!!

May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!!

<3 ,

Kristina and Daja

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Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!! May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!! <3 , Kristina and Daja

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Humble Pie (an explanation a long time coming)

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RevivalA year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel we need to explain and to offer, in a small way, reparation for having written and promoted this book.

So, for our long-time readers and friends, go get a cuppa and join us as we share our hearts and what led to this decision.

The background…

Both our families are part of a small homeschool co-op. Small, meaning just four families at its largest. We teach our children from curriculum and programs we write a lot of the times. It’s how we have poured so much faith and love and our values into our kids over the past 5 years.  Three years ago, we decided to teach church history. I had the idea to start from the Protestant Reformation and follow historical revivals to modern day, teaching a hymn or a worship song with each segment.

I wrote it. We taught it. Then we decided to release it. We put it in book format and set it loose. It was called Sounds of Revival.

And it tanked. Like miserably. We had poured so much work into it and it had amazing endorsements, including some very well-known and respected Christian leaders and historians.  Of all the books and curriculum we have written, none have done as poorly as this book.

Around the first anniversary of its release I wrote a piece on why everyone should celebrate the Reformation. It was light-hearted and meant in a spirit of fun. It included beer. A reader lovingly and courageously challenged the post. She said, lovingly, but without apology, that we should not be celebrating disunity. That a schism in the Body of Christ is not something to rejoice over, but rather something to be grieved. We didn’t get it. Her, very appropriate chastisement went over our heads. Perhaps she prayed for our eyes to be opened, for from that moment the Holy Spirit painted a bulls eye on us.

At every turn we were faced with an unending barrage of truth. Kristina and I would call each other or pour out our hearts to one another over coffee. What was the Lord doing? The other side of Church history found its way into our hands. The narrative we had learned since we were babies about how the “Reformation” went down, was simply not as cut-and-dried as we had been told. And soon our spirits were as grieved with the Reformation as our dear reader’s was. We realized that it was not something we could celebrate.

Jesus, in his High Priestly prayer in John 17, prays “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Jesus’ heart from the very beginning was unity. Perfect, complete unity. Not in an invisible sense (like someday in the sweet by-and-by we’ll be unified), but in a visible and tangible sense. The 40,000+ denominations since the “Reformation” is not unity. And it has broken our hearts in the past year. We get it now. And to say we are sad about it is an understatement. To say that we regret writing the book is an understatement.

This past year on what we formerly called “Reformation Day” Kristina and I got together, prayed the Rosary for the healing of the wound in the Body of Christ and then had a celebration of Sacred Music–from the Early Church to today.

Now we understand why the Lord kept the book hidden and had it sell so poorly. It was not consistent with His heart, His most Sacred Heart.

In the future we hope to write a new Church History curriculum for our children. One that is actually true to history, that is compassionate, inclusive, and has the true heart of Revival–which is all men drawn to Jesus–keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

We are on a new path, an ancient path and all we can do is trust the Lord and His direction.  In the words of John Henry Newman:

God has created me to do him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.  I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good–I shall do his work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments.  Therefore I will trust him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him.  In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.  If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what he is about.  He may take away my friends.  He may throw me among strangers.  he may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me–still, HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.

Please stick around the Provision Room, we are the same quirky girls–just a little more humble and with hearts a lot softened by a confrontation with Jesus.

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A year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel […]

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Prayer for the week of February 23 — The Spirit And The Bride Say Come

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I don’t know about you, but the season of Lent always increases my longing for Jesus.

In church two Sundays ago, I wept.

The longing.

The hunger.

The thirst.

I was talking to my pastor about it and he comforted me with the following:

When Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples, you have to realize it was not the only Passover He had shared with them. He had a three year ministry, so it only makes sense that he shared other Passovers with them and plenty of other meals. Yet what did He say? I have longed to eat this meal with you… He eagerly desired to share His life with them and to share that meal with them. In as much as you desire intimacy with Jesus, you must realize that Jesus longs for it even more. Read More

Longing

I don’t know about you, but the season of Lent always increases my longing for Jesus. In church two Sundays ago, I wept. The longing. The hunger. The thirst. I was talking to my pastor about it and he comforted me with the following: When Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples, you have […]