Seeing Clearly

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“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
(1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG)

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

It’s sort of cheesy, I know.. but the back of this stitching project I recently finished keeps singing this verse over me.  This is as good as it gets folks.  We see the scribbly backside of the masterpiece, and we can sort of make out shapes and letters and colors, we can sort of see an order to it.  The very best and brightest of us, the very godliest to walk the earth–this is as well as we can see it.  Won’t it be incredible to get to glory and finally see if fully?  To see it rightly?  To know as we are known?

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Yes, I think the relief and joy and delight we will feel will be nearly more than we can handle, certainly more than we can hope to comprehend this side of heaven.  Hang in there, friends.  His plan is good.  There is an order.  He has an explanation for it all that is going to exult your heart until the end of time.  His ways are higher.  His ways are love.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:9)

“For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”
(Psalm 92:4)

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.”
(Psalm 145:8-9, 17)

All praise to Him for that truth.

Also, littlest one has been trying to get her hands on this project ever since I started it.  I’m really thankful to Alicia Paulson for creating this fun stitching kit and I’m eager to frame it and see it in the kid’s room!  Minutes borrowed from each day over the course of a few months and here is the final result.  There are a TON of mistakes (so don’t look too closely), but I’ve realized I’m not a perfect needlepointer and I don’t really mind imperfections.

Happy Friday, folks, and hope you have a lovely weekend!

Happy Friday!

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Friday nights are homemade pizza nights!  My husband loooovvvees pizza and we usually have a little family date at home on friday evenings to celebrate the end of the work week + the beginning of weekend fun!  What are some of your family/weekend traditions?  Happy Friday!

Our pizza dough
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp yeast (or one package will do)
1 1/4 cup warm water

I make my dough in the bread maker machine on the dough setting (takes 1 1/2 hr to stir and rise) but you could easily do by hand as well.  Combine ingredients (add a couple more tablespoons of flour if dough seems too wet, water if it seems too dry), let rise for 30 min to an hour.

Roll out on floured surface, place dough on a greased pizza pan or stone (we like to sprinkle pan with cornmeal first, too).  Then top with fresh chopped tomatoes or part of a can of crushed tomatoes (or pizza sauce).  Add aromatics such as chopped garlic, oregano, basil, salt + pepper (if just using regular tomatoes), or pesto.  We usually add organic pepperoni, a few handfuls of spinach leaves, and a combo of cheeses (fresh mozzarella, sharp cheddar, parmesan, and/or feta).

Bake at 450 for 15-17 min or until cheese is slightly browned.