Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Lyrics Matter

I was raised on conservative, sacred music interspersed with great classics. We did not listen to Pop or Country music. Not because it was always, in any situation, considered to be wrong. But my dad and mom wanted to carefully guard the way our minds were shaped, the influences that had sway with us, and as I work to recall, I think they wanted us to develop a particular taste in music. They wanted our music choices to be intentional. They wanted our music diet to be thought-provoking, inspirational, and artistically developed.

When my brother and I were in high school, they opened up the funnel and allowed us to listen to contemporary Christian music - on headphones at first because it was so foreign to them. We had demonstrated that we were pursuing God with all our hearts, and so they trusted us to choose wisely. We joined the Word Record Club and could hardly wait for new records to arrive each month! We would comb through each and every song, analyzing the lyrics, discussing whether the music appropriately painted the words, contemplating whether the words were theologically accurate as best we understood.

I was shocked when as a young mother I met young people (from Christian homes) who were listening to music that was filling their minds with ideas contrary to the mindset of Jesus. I could not wrap my mind around the fact that they had no conscience on the issue, that they were filling their minds with images that would not promote thinking which would lead them to healthy relationships or Godly living. I remember being told by a young lady, "I don't listen to the words, I just enjoy the music." Sadly, the outcome of her life has proven she (at the least) hasn't been helped by her musical diet.

So, I have this theory that lyrics really matter in music. It seems to me, what I repeatedly feed my mind (in the way of ideas) I become. 

Phil 4:8 Whatever is true, ... honorable,... just,... pure,... lovely,... think about these things.
Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet...
John 15:4 Abide in me...

Any thoughts?

Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Cherukara!



It has been far too long since I last blogged, and despite the insanity of  2020, we have happy news! Our older daughter, Jeana LaRae, is married as of July 20, 2020, and we are thrilled to have Matthew Thomas Cherukara as our son-in-law. God is good! 

Matt and LaRae seem to be a perfect balance for one another, and it is has been a joy to watch their friendship blossom into marriage, even though, due to COVID 19, we were not able to be at their wedding. They planned to come to the U.S. and be married in our home church, but U.S. travel restrictions prohibited Matt, a British citizen, from entering the U.S. So, we watched online, and rejoiced with them from a distance through our tears and joy. God is still good! 

We look forward to a joyous reception next year in our hometown!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Delectable Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups Quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened
1/2 to 2/3 cup raw honey
1/2 to 2 cups canned pumpkin 
(I just used what I have left over and didn't measure it. But these cookies were amazing for gluten-free. I think the pumpkin really helps the texture. They were fluffy.)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. 

Drop on cookie sheet from large approx. 2-inch cookie scoop and flatten slightly. 
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookies are set.

Enjoy!










Thursday, February 7, 2019

Celebrating our firstborn, LaRae!


I'll never forget the day!
Feb. 7, 1994
Our first little lady entered our world and it changed forever!
For good! ;)
Oh, the gifts from our Abba!

Happy 25th, Sweetheart!

Mum ;)