Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.

Posting for me, so I can find it easily when I want to view it. I hope that you all enjoy it as well if you haven’t already seen it.

By Jefferson Bethke

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion.
What if I told you voting Republican, really wasn’t His mission.
What if I told you Republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian
and just because you call some people blind,
doesn’t automatically give you vision.
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fail to feed the poor?
Tell single moms God doesn’t love them if they have ever had a divorce,
but in the old testament, God actually calls religious people whores.
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice. T
end to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John the Baptist.
They can’t fix their problems and so they mask it,
without realising it’s like spraying perfume on a casket.

See the problem with religion, is that it never gets to the core.
It’s just behaviour modification like a long list of chores.
Like let’s dress up the outside to make it look nice and neat,
but that’s funny cause that’s what they used to do to mummies
while the corpse rots underneath.
Now I ain’t judging, I’m just saying, quit putting on a fake look.
Cause it’s a problem if people only know you’re a Christian through your Facebook.
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic is worthy.
It’s like saying you play for the Lakers, just because you bought their jersey.

See this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me.
Acting like a church kid, but addicted to pornography.
See on Sunday I’d go to church but Saturday getting faded,
acting like I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boost in my weakness.
Because if Grace is like water, then the church should be an ocean.
It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for broken.
Which means I don’t have to hide my failure I don’t have to hide my sin,
because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
See when I was God’s enemy, and certainly not a fan,
He looked down on and said “I want that man”.
Which is why Jesus hated religion and for it he called them fools.
Don’t you see so much better, then just following some rules?

Let me clarify, I love the church I love the bible and yes I believe in sin.
But if Jesus came to your church, would they actually let him in?
See he was called a glutton and a drunkard by religious man,
but the son of God never supported self-righteousness, not now, not than.
Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention,
how Jesus and religion, are on opposite spectrums.
See one’s the work of God, and one’s a man-made invention.
See one is the cure, the other’s an infection.
Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son.
Religion puts you in bondage, Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, Jesus makes you see.
That’s why religion and Jesus, are two different clans.

Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own.
Not based on my merits, but Jesus’ obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns and the blood dripped down his face.
He took away all we deserved, I guess it’s why you call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “Father forgive them, they know now what they do”,
because as he was dangling from that cross, he was thinking of YOU.
He absorbed all your sin, and He buried it in the tomb
that’s why I’m kneeling at the cross saying “come on, there’s room”.

So for religion, no I hate it. In fact I literally resent it.
Because when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED”,
I believe he meant it.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

(Printable version)

 

 This recipe was adapted from Joyful Momma’s Kitchen. Her original can be found here.
 

10 soft taco shells

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

10 oz can Enchilada sauce (or make your own.)

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. flour

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup sour cream

1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan

2. Mix chicken, 1 cup cheese, and half of the can of enchilada sauce.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.

3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Add broth and whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

4. Stir in sour cream, remaining enchilada sauce, and chilies.  Do not bring to boil, you don’t want curdled sour cream.

5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

These were so good and pretty easy for a weekday night. My husband HATES the taste of the already cooked canned chicken, so instead I cooked 4 chicken breasts with the previous nights dinner and set them aside to use the next night. If you like spicy food then use hot enchilada sauce and add some jalapeno on top. Enjoy!

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2011 in review — How fun is this?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people.  This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2011.  If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

In 2011, there were 135 new posts, not bad for the first six months! There were 96 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 199mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 30th with 153 views. The most popular post that day was Experiment: Laundry.

 

How did they find you?

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wood halloween cut out decorations, crayon glue gun, chemically inclined, and michele reed 9 11.

 

// Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

 

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2011 was The Marrying Kind

These were your 5 most active commenters:

THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!! I have had so much fun blogging these last 6 months and I know it is because of all of you! You mean the world to me!!!

 

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

An Answer to Prayer

For any of you that have been keeping up with my family, you know that my daughter had a cardiology appointment this past Tuesday. We were extremely worried for this appointment considering the results from 6 months ago.

At that appointment the doctor was concerned because she had dropped from the 40th percentile in weight to the 3rd. He was sure that this dramatic of a drop in weight indicated that her ASD was stunting her growth. If this was the case, than Ade would need to have open heart surgery to correct the ASD sooner rather than later. Something I freaked out a little about here. He gave us 6 months in which the goal was to keep her from dropping any further down the charts. If she was stable or showed any signs of gaining he would postpone the surgery for a little while.

Well, the little stinker apparently loves dramatics, because this appointment was another shocker.  Not only is she no longer in the 3rd percentile, she isn’t even in the 40th. She is now firmly in the 45th percentile according to his charts.

That’s right, I said 45th!!!!! She didn’t just stay stable, gain a little, or return back to her previous percentile; she gained past that.

The doctor was astonished, asking if we had changed her diet in any way or found out that she was allergic to something (like milk). He stood there and shook his head for a few minutes before announcing that he would not need to do a costly echocardiogram this visit nor see her for another year! He said at that time he would do an echocardiogram and that although he is fairly sure her ASD will need surgical correction (at the age of 6) there is a chance that it may never bother her enough for even that!

Are you as floored as we are? We stumbled through the rest of the conversation with him and the nurse and remember very little of what was said because we were so stunned. What a difference 6 months (and countless prayers from those of you that read this and many others we know) can do! This is better news than we could ever have imagined.

Thank you everyone who has been keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. I have no idea how to express just how thankful we are to every one of you!

What an incredible answer to prayer!

I’m doing it again.

I’m freaking out.

AJ’s Cardio appointment is in a week. Those 6 months have gone way to fast. WAY TO FAST.

She has gained about 6lbs in the last 6 months. Turns out, there are a million different Infant Growth Charts out there. They range from placing her in the 90th percentile to the negative percentile. So I did a little research and according to the CDC’s website the ‘official’ chart is the WHO Child Growth Standards. Her weight at her last appointment 6 months ago placed her a little bit below the 50th percentile.  Her current weight places her firmly between the 50th and 85th percentile.

To say that I am happy about that is an understatement. However, being the fretful mother that I am I can’t help but wonder if it will be enough. He obviously is using a different kind of chart, since he said she was around the 4th percentile at her last appointment. What if her growth isn’t enough according to his charts? What if he still recommends that she have open heart surgery?

Please, pray that it will be enough and that we can put off another cardiology appointment for another year. Please.

Further Proof that I am a Geek

Like many Americans, we have a set budget for Christmas presents this year. We always have a budget, but since we are a little tighter this year and we are trying to save to completely redo our laundry room, we wanted to make sure that we stuck to our budget no matter what.

So being the geek that I am, I designed an Excel Worksheet using the Designer function and working with Macros. As I was making it I just took our budget and divided by the number of people we getting presents for, but then I thought, what about the presents we have already purchased that we found on sale or cost less than we originally expected?  So I figured out a way to make the money redistribute itself to the others who we had not bought a gift for. This way, if a present happened to cost more than we expected we would know how much squish room we had before we would just need to decide on another present. That way the left over money would be available to be spent if we needed it without having to worry about ‘accidentally’ spending too much.

For you visual people:

So, in case you weren’t 100% sure before, this should confirm it. I am a geek. No sense in hiding it, might as well embrace it! Any other geeky people out there that go a little crazy when making lists? I would love to hear your stories and know that I am not alone!

Why does unhealthy always taste so good?

You know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong, there are TONS of healthy meals that I love. But if I were to be honest with myself I would have to admit I am an addict. An addict to things like heavy whipping cream, sour cream, cream cheese, (are you seeing a cream pattern here?), mayo, and deep-fried deliciousness.

It’s a curse. But so good. Are you like me? Do you not mind using a little unhealthiness in your recipes every once in a while? Do you like meals that are quick prep and quick to the table?

Than I have a easy-peasy recipe for you that I recently stumbled upon via the interwebs:

Hellmann’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken (Bran calls it Lazy Day Chicken Parmesan)

1/2 cup Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise (So, I didn’t have Hellmann’s in the house, instead we use Kraft Mayo made from Olive Oil. This makes it healthy right? Can I get away with healthier prehaps? Please?)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

This is very moist, and even my daughter who is going through a aversion to meat phase right now loved it. So, you can’t beat easy and family pleasing right?

You know what makes this meal even easier? When your hubby makes it for you 🙂

What an honor!

So, upon my arrival back home (since I have been out-of-town the last two days participating in some continuing education seminars and taking a certification test) I found a wonderful e-mail from Heather at Raising Memories.

Did you click the link? You should if you haven’t yet. Isn’t her blog the CUTEST!!! Right? She has some pretty awesome blog posts too like DIY Applesauce, Fun Learning Tool Ideas, and even a super cool Homemade Advent Calendar!

Okay I’ve gotten off track, let’s blame it on being brain-dead after lectures; seems like a good excuse right? The e-mail from her was to let me know that she had featured one of my posts on her Sharing Time Feature post for December (referencing November). Yay!

Also featured, Homemade Jolly Ranchers! Ummmm, yes please!! Go check it out and I hope you enjoy Raising Memories as much as I do!

15 Philosophies To Live By

By: Little Miss Ade-Tude

  1. No matter how sick you are, always find time to get out your crayons and draw a picture (it doesn’t have to be on paper).
  2. The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but the food is always better off of someone else’s plate.
  3. If it is on, I must turn it off. If it is off, I must turn it on. If it is folded, I must unfold it. Always be very proud that you can help mommy with this.
  4. “NO!” is just a really fun, new version of peak-a-boo.
  5. Also a fun game, running around with sharp/pointy things like pencils. For some reason Mommy always wants to play the “NO!” game during the running game. Weird huh?
  6. If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried. If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone. Plus, holding an adult’s hand just slows me down.
  7. If it can’t be eaten or make a cool noise than I don’t want it. Unless someone else wants it, than it is mine.
  8. If something upsets/scares/angers me it is obviously the adult who is closest to me’s fault. Obviously.
  9. Bedtime does not always mean that you have to go to sleep, it is also an okay time to stand up and yell things at your bedroom door. Also, you can throw things if you want, but it you throw your pacifier that is mommy’s fault, not yours.
  10. The more potential food has to stain, the greater the coverage area when it is hurled.
  11. Each day you should have a new favorite toy/food/stuffed animal/blanket/nap schedule, while completely despising the previous days favorite.
  12. The intensity of your tantrums should always be directly proportional to the amount of people around to witness.
  13. The amount of sound from the other room is inversely proportional to the amount of trouble you will be in when Mommy/Daddy walk in.
  14. Phone calls are the best time to do something EXTREMELY naughty.
  15. The best time to ruin an outfit is when you are out of the house and your parents have forgotten to bring along an extra set.

Today I am Thankful…

To wake up before everyone else to a quiet, messy lived in home. To have the chance to sneak in and watch my baby girl sleep, crunched in half, butt in the air snuggling her favorite ‘Porper’ (stuffed puppy).

Then I walk down the hallway, which most of the time feels to narrow, but today instead of the narrow horrible paneling I focus instead on the hallway closet that has a rather large stockpile of food. I smile to myself remembering my husbands panic when our supplies fall below 3 months worth of food (in case of an emergency). Now I am thankful the head of my household’s passion lies in preparing his family for disasters instead of the million other hobbies he could have. I am thankful, because I know he prays every night to God to keep us safe, because he knows that he can only do so little and that he needs our Heavenly Fathers help.

I am thankful to have Sundays off this holiday season, because I didn’t last year. I am thankful for the opportunity to go be with my church family every week if we choose too. I am also thankful that God doesn’t care if I worship him in a formal church or with my family snuggled around me in bed reading the Bible to my daughter on Sunday morning. There are times that I feel closer to God outside of church, and for that I am extremely thankful.

I was sad this week about Thanksgiving because we are not going to be able to travel to Missouri to see my family there again this year. But, last year we were able to have Ade’s first Thanksgiving together, as a family of three and I will cherish that memory forever. This year, we are getting to spend it with Bran’s mom and step-dad, and I am thankful for that. I want Ade to remember Thanksgiving as a time to spend with loved ones, and not always the same ones because we are blessed to have lots and lots of loved ones. For that I am thankful.

This morning I logged onto Facebook to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and the first thing to catch my eye was a post from a friend about her less than a year old daughters trip to the emergency room last night. It took my breath away as I prayed for her and her little girl and with my sigh of relief that she was okay I was thankful. Not just that their scary moment was over, but that even though I am always worried for my daughter and her heart defect we have never had to rush her to the emergency room. For that, I am so very thankful.

Thinking about Ade and her heart condition my mood changes, because even though she is healthy we have been fighting with her medical bills. Nothing outrageous, but still cumbersome. Then I remember, that even with those that we are still paying on, we have paid off a considerable amount more. For the ability to keep paying our bills in such an uncertain time, I am thankful. For both of our jobs, I am thankful and for Bran’s opportunity to go back to school and finish his degree (and us to be able to afford it) I am thankful.

But most of all today I am thankful for Thanksgiving. Not because tomorrow is Black Friday, or because it is a day for me to be thankful, but because it is a day that reminds me that I should be thankful for EVERYthing, EVERYday.

 

I realize that a lot of people are using this quote, but I want you to really think about it and not brush it off because you have heard it before. It is a great reminder for all of us, for every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!