Living in the Light

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“Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” {ps 43:3}

“Your light” – what does that mean? Obviously, the light is the thing that guides this person to where the Father dwells. But maybe the light isn’t a what. It’s a who.

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I believe that God’s light can be sent through people. We are the messengers of His light and glory. How fantastic for us to be a part of His eternal plan? To win souls and lead people to His holy dwelling place! But, friends, how do we become the carriers appointed for this particular task?

• Love others {Matt 5:44/ Luke 6:35}
We can do this by volunteering in our community, sending a word of encouragement to a friend, going on missions trips. Anything that demonstrates the love that Christ gives us to others.
•Walk in humility {Phil 2:3}
Which means that everything we do should be out of LOVE (see step 1) and not selfish ambition. Everything we do is for the glory of God.
• Be a light of truth {2nd Cor 13:8}
We need to always keep the truth in our heart, and on our lips. Even though speaking the truth may be hard, it’s something that is desperately needed in this world. And truth always needs to be spoken in LOVE (see step 1)

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“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
{ ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1‬ }

• Surrender your life to Jesus {Job 11:13-15}
“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭11:13-15‬ ‭

It may be a difficult task for us to undertake but through Christ, all is possible.

You are called, you are chosen, you are anointed, you are His light.

“Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” {Isaiah 2:5} •

Mapping the World By Heart: North America Display

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1016171139Monday at the Olive Plants Co-op the World Mapping Class, a 7th and 8th-grade geography course taught by Mrs. Mary Fields, met at lunch to present their recent studies on North America.

The assembly of middle schoolers introduced many favorite snacks for each country and clay projects of their own making. The snacks included were Kit-Kats, and Swedish Fish represented Canadian favorites. M&M’s were Americas lackluster option. Mexico came in with a bang with Acoiris, a strawberry cracker topped with pink and white marshmallows and coconut shavings, Emperador, a lime sandwich cookie, and everyone’s favorite, Takis.

1016171141aAs for their projects, there was an array of creations by all students. Ally Skipworth, 7th grade, made a model of North America, a posterboard project of Canada by Garrett Cromer, and a drawing of North America portrayed through flags by Paul Batastini.

 

We interviewed Ally Skipworth and Anna Kate Bakarich who both agreed that they “loved learning about different cultures, even though they are not far away!”

 

1016171230aMapping the World by Heart is an excellent curriculum that teaches students how to not only draw but also introduces unique features of each of the seven continent. By the end of this course, each child will be able to draw each continent in vivid detail from memory.

The students and Mrs. Mary show great enthusiasm for this class, and we enjoyed learning about some unique aspect of the North American continent. We look forward to seeing more from the Mapping the World by Heart class! For more information regarding this curriculum, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mary Fields.

 

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Caitlyn Daniel’s Pinterest Recipe Review

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Let’s face it, 90-95% of the recipes we pin on Pinterest is never put into action, they are never tested! After reading that you may have thought something along the lines of, “They looked so good… but what is cream of tartar?” or maybe, “This says the prep time alone is an hour! Not including the baking time. I don’t have time for this!” Well, I’m here to tell you about an excellent recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls that I found on Pinterest that takes only forty-five minutes!

image4.JPGLayla, from GimmeDelicious.com, posted on therecipecritic.com that this cinnamon bun recipe would be the only one you would ever need, and I completely agree! Although this recipe did take longer than forty-five minutes for me, I think the more I practice it, the faster I will be able to do it.

The recipe does require that you make your own dough, but down let that scare you! It is much simpler than anyone has ever made it look. It’s a simple mixture of flour, sugar, water, milk, butter, egg, salt, and a package of fast rise yeast. After microwaving the milk, water, and butter together, you simply throw it all together in a bowl and begin to knead. If the word ‘knead’ scares you, it shouldn’t. All you are doing is pressing the sticky ingredients into the dry ingredients with the heels of your hands. When your dough is no longer sticky, they tell you to

If the word ‘knead’ scares you, it shouldn’t. All you are doing is pressing the sticky ingredients into the dry ingredients with the heels of your hands. When your dough is no longer sticky, they tell you to sit it aside in a lightly greased bowl for five minutes. While you’re waiting, you can mix the filling of your delicious rolls. Mix two tablespoons of cinnamon and ¼ cup brown sugar and set aside. When your dough is ready, roll it out into the neatest rectangle you can get, remember the wider the dough is rolled out, the more beautiful spirals you will have. I knew that my mother would not appreciate me spreading flour all over the counter of a Saturday morning, so what image3I did is take a cookie sheet and flip it upside down, cover it with a thin layer of flour and rolled my dough out on that. This kept the mess of the flour contained, for the most part, and also gave me something to stencil my dough into the right shape with.

From here she tells you how to rise the dough in the oven for twenty minutes and bake them for 15-20 minutes. This part is explained simple enough so I won’t go into detail. When your kitchen has the aroma of what you imagine Heaven smells like, your cinnamon rolls are ready to come out and be topped with your coffee or original glaze.

image2I highly suggest this recipe for any sort of brunch or even if your friends are just coming over for coffee and movies. This recipe was simple and enjoyable to make, nothing was stressful, my curls are not yet gray, and so I say that anyone of any age can try, and rock this recipe!

Gas Station Restaurant Review: Granger’s Hot Wings

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Granger’s Hot Wings, located at 2911 Hamilton Road in LaGrange, GA, is much more than meets the eye. Though the establishment’s focus may be chicken wings, the menu is far more expansive than it may seem. Granger’s offers a wide selection of classic and quality southern food including fried chicken, hamburgers, and barbeque sandwiches.

 To be20170928_131318~2gin, one must discuss the chicken. The Fried Chicken sandwich is enormous and contains everything you would want on a chicken sandwich. Crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, and numerous sauces encompass a cooked-to-order chicken patty that is at least an inch thick! Each bite is filled with simple, yet exquisite, flavors that may surprise many. Each sandwich is served hot and fresh with the side of your choice (more on that later). The chicken is very tender throughout and juice splatters with every bite. If you have a hankering for a chicken sandwich but don’t like eating fast food, this sandwich may very well be for you!

Chicken is not the only item on the menu, however. Granger’s hamburger and double hamburger, known as the Big Nasty, is chargrilled to perfection and is ordered, cooked, and served within 15 minutes! The sandwich features many of the same toppings as the fried chicken sandwich, but in slightly larger portions.20170928_131438~2

When asked, Dawn Hays said, “The Granger Burger is, an amazing burger that blows all other hamburgers in LaGrange out of the water. Just ask for less sauce if you don’t want a mess to clean up.”

To round out the All-American sandwich trio, Granger’s offers their own unique twist on a barbeque sandwich. This barbeque, as well as their brisket, are slow-cooked for 15 hours. The meat itself is sweet like honey, slightly spicy, and well-rounded enough to please any carnivore’s taste buds. This sandwich is topped with a cooling, calm Cole-slaw which is freshly made on site every day.

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Michael Hays, a native Memphian, calls this sandwich “the best barbeque in town and easily the second-best barbeque I’ve had in my life. That’s saying something seeing as how I’m from Memphis!”

 

 

Not interested in french fries? Not to worry! Granger’s offers many alternative side options. Personal favorites include the fried okra and fried pickles, though the French fries are amazing. The fried okra is lightly salted to add flavor to already soft and flavorful okra. The fried pickles are served with two ranch dipping sauces, but seriously, the fried pickles don’t need it. The $3 (or $1 if replacing fries) bucket of pickles is filled to the brim with delicious, sweet pickles deep fried that morning!20170928_131305~2

Service at Granger’s is fast, efficient, and friendly. The exact time between ordering my food and receiving it was 15 minutes. Some “fast” food restaurants are slower than that! The restaurant plays Christian music in the store and is decorated with 80’s memorabilia and bible verses lining the walls. Unfortunately, Granger’s does not offer very many, if any, alternative food options for vegetarians or gluten-free diners. However, if one is searching for a local, fresh, fast place to eat fried southern food, then Granger’s Hot Wings is a near-perfect restaurant, and I highly recommend one dine at this wonderful establishment!

 

Olive Plants Co-Op Fundraiser

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On September 25th, 2017, Olive Plants Co-op will begin their first fundraiser for missionaries in Guatemala. The event will be a penny race that runs from September 25th to October 23rd.

The event participants will be divided into two teams, being a boys’ team and a girls’ team. Boys will be asked to put coins into a joy marked “Boys” to earn points for their team. The value of a coin will represent a number of points awarded to their team. For example, a penny would award one point, whereas a quarter would award 25 points.

However, if boys wish to sabotage the girl’s team, they may insert dollar bills and checks into the girl’s jar. One American dollar would reduce the girl’s score by 100 points; a 5-dollar bill would reduce the girl’s score by 500 points, and so on. Girls are asked to insert coins into their jar marked “Girls,” while also putting bills and checks into the boys’ jar to sabotage the boys’ team.

Donation rewards are offered to promote donations. If the boys’ team wins, Mrs. Amy Camp, the math tutor for the co-op, will be forced to wear a bacon costume and do a silly dance at lunchtime on October 30th, the week after the penny race ends. If the girls’ team wins, Mr. Jason Bennett, the co-op worldview, and social studies tutor will be required to wear an Incredible Hulk costume and perform the same dance routine at lunch. If $300 or more is raced over the course of the event, all Olive Plants Co-op tutors will be required to dress in costume and perform a dance at lunchtime on October 30th.

All funds raised from this event will be donated to local missionaries in Guatemala. A certain percent will be used to purchase children’s bibles translated into Spanish, while the majority will be given directly to the Rosemont missionaries, Meghan and Joe Frye.

This fundraiser is expected to end this coming Monday, October 23rd. To date, the kids have raised a combined $47.65.