December Scripture Reading – Day 2

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 2nd

Isaiah 9:2-7  (ESV)

[a] The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[b] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[c]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 2

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December Scripture Reading – Day 1

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 1st

John 1:1-5 (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,a] and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

 

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 1

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PODCAST – Wisdom Wednesday #8

Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday, the time of the week when we get to dive into ways to level up our households! Remembering our mission of raising households to serve the lord is not done without intentionality! So lets learn and grow together!

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Don’t forget to join us back on Mondays as we are going on foundational truths for our Christian Faith and how to teach and train these to our households! See you then!

 

PODCAST- Wisdom Wednesday #7

Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday! This is a great chance for us to encourage each other towards raising households that serve the LORD! On Wednesday Darren and I like to provide tips and ideas to help level up your household. Join us today as we chat about one idea!

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Make sure to join us on Mondays as we are working through the 52 questions and answer to our Christian Faith. We are working through the New City Catechism and super excited to create a foundation for our households to be a strong faith on! Join us Mondays!

RaisingRices Artisan Bread “Jesus Bread”

If you guys have been following RaisingRices on Facebook or Instagram @RaisingRices, you would have seen our “Jesus Bread.” This artisan bread has been a staple in our home. In fact we make this bread at least twice a week (and sometimes more!)

This is our favorite bread to use as communion bread. When Darren leads our family through communion (as well as others that have come into our household), the fresh artisan round loaf been torn in two leaves such a visual reminder to our household of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross.

We use this bread at our sabbath communion we do every Saturday (stay tune in the summer we are going to bake the bread out camping in a dutch oven, can’t wait!) We also do communion together at our in home worship nights, and when we have other biblical community families over throughout the week. Our church family once a month gather during our regular schedule service time to share a meal together; and this last month the theme was soup and our family baked and brought 6 loafs to share. (Not only were they all eaten but it was SUPER simple and such a blessing.)

Lastly, one other of our staples in the Rice family during the week is on Thursday we do homemade soup and fresh made artisan bread. This staple is a life-saver, because on Thursday our three older kids do a Karate Class down the street (it is called KICKS karate school, ran by this amazing Christian couple, we feel so blessed by the class). But, we are all out of the house until past dinner time, so when we get home the family is hungry, and dinner is on the table in 2 seconds flat.

I can’t wait to share with you all these SUPER EASY recipe! Darren and I have mortified this recipe into our own and are so excited to share with you all! We pray that as you make-bake-eat-share this bread that you would also be reminded of the John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Here is the RaisingRices Artisan Bread Recipe:

One of the reasons this recipe is SO SUPER EASY is because it is a NO-KNEAD bread!

Ingredients:

3 Cups all-purpose flour (you will also need an additional about 1/4 cups when you transfer into your baking dish)

1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups of WARM water (we usually pour 1 1/2 cups of water in and then mix and if we need more of a cement like texture then we add the rest, see picture below)

Directions:

In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and say. Then add water and stir until blended. The texture will be super sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 18 hours, at room tempter for best results. (We have done it in less time by resting in our oven on bread proof setting, rested about 10-12 hours there, but waiting the 18hr makes a great texture, so plan ahead the day before).

Dough is read when it is surface has bubble dots on the surface.

Lightly flour your counter (with the addition 1/4 cup of flour), take the dough out of the bowl and on counter, fold dough over 3 to 4 times tucking in the round ball to smooth on top. Then gentle pick up the dough ball and put in cooking container. (You want to find something that has a lid, like a dutch oven for example.) Once you put the dough in let it sit for another 2 hours at room temperature.

Preheat oven for 450 degrees

Bake for 30 minutes covered. Then uncover and bake for 4-6 more minutes (this will allow the top to brown).

Let rest for at least 10 minutes to allow for easier cutting. And ENJOY!

For you visual learners out there, here is a play-by-play below 🙂

(at the very end we have options for variations on the original artisan flavor.)

I priced out how much it would be to buy an organic artisan bread for a local grocery store (New Seasons) and it would cost anywhere from $6.00 to $8:00 dollars! Darren and I even with buying organic flour (we buy it in bulk at costco, along with the yeast and salt) that we can make each loaf for around $1.00 dollar!!!

We like to combine all the dry ingredients in a large glass bowl, this helps to have room to mix when the water gets poured in.

This is the sticky part when we combine the water, make sure to use WARM water! It does make a difference! (remember that too hot of water will kill the yeast though, so just warm.)

We bought this tool just recently, it is a bread mixer, and it is nice! We were using wooden spoons before (which still work great) but the dough doesn’t stick as bad to this tool.

Mix, Mix, Mix 🙂

This is the texture you are looking for, but this recipe is pretty forgiving, however we would lean towards more wet then dry, because you will be adding more flour when you fold it into a ball.

Cover with plastic wrap, OR a towel. Let it rest! I know I am a bit A type personality but we have a bread making schedule that helps me remember to make the artisan bread to rest the day before. 🙂

After resting for 18 hours (we like to do ours overnight) you can see it all rises and has bubbles.

This is when you scoop it out with your hand and place it on the extra flour, give it a few turns to put it into a ball, making the top look smooth; this will give you a smoother surface on top 🙂

Then place into your bake pan with (looking for a baking pan that has a lid).  We have used dutch ovens before but our go to is Bon Cook (used to be called Demarle) glass silicon large round mold withe lid.

Here is after we have place the ball into our baking dish and waited another 2 hours, you can see it rises again to make it fluffy and ready to bake.

Remember to take off the lid after 30 mins and bake for another 4-6 to get nice and brown on top 🙂

Eat and Enjoy! Share with Others! Invite them into your home! Share Communion with others, “do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24)

Variations 🙂

(these are to your personal taste, so try and have fun)

  • Cinnamon and Raisin (Darren loves to make this one for the kids for breakfast, with peanut butter on it 🙂 about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/3 cup of raisins)
  • Rosemary and Garlic (Great for dinner bread, about 1/2 teaspoon of Rosemary and 1/4 Garlic.)
  • Cheese and Herb (herb blend about 1/2 teaspoon, about 1/4 garlic, and add about 1 cup shredded cheese on top of bread. Just before baking brush on beaten egg to glaze and then add cheese.
  • Other ideas: Kalamata Olives, Roasted Garlic, Sun-dried Tomatoes or Nuts and Dried Fruit)
  • Also experiment with flavored butters YUM!!
  • This is our favorite bread for crunch grilled cheese sandwiches and soup, double YUM!
  • Darren and I love this bread with a yummy bruschetta on top!!! I am getting hungry just talking about it!

POST ANY PICTURES IN THE COMMENTS WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR CREATIONS!!!

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Epsom Salt Baths – Worth it?

I have become obsessed with Epsom Salt Baths! I have heard that they are super beneficial but never did the research myself, well, now I have and I would LOVE to share with you all some of the Health Benefits of Epsom Salt baths.

What is Epsom Salt???

Epsom salts are a naturally occurring pure mineral compounds made of sulfate and magnesium. It was actually named after a saline spring in Surrey, England, where it was first discovered. (This is not the same as Table Salt.)

How can we use Epsom Salt?

My favorite way (and the only way I currently am using Epsom Salts) is in a hot bath or foot soak. As a mom I use it as a decompress time. I feel like it allows me to relax and have that time to think through the day or previous days (I don’t want you to think I get to take Epsom Baths everyday hahah … honestly like once a week usually haha). It also helps me to “remove” whatever has built up during the day which allows me to focus in on my relationship with my husband in the evening, to be able to give him a better focused attention.

So other then relaxing what are the benefits?

Due to the ability for the salt to penetrate into the skin it can help in the following areas:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Detox the body (Removal of pollutants, metabolic waste)
  • Promote weight loss (source)
  • Stiff joints and tight muscles
  • Arthritis pain and swelling
  • Insomnia
  • Psoriasis
  • Soreness from diarrhea
  • Swollen and tired feet (improve athlete’s foot, helps ease: bunions, corns and calluses, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, tarsal tunnel syndrome)
  • Complications from sunburn
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ingrown toenails (improve toenail fungus)
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Poor circulation
  • Acidity
  • Inflammation
  • Migraines

How to use?

In general terms you can use this recipe and adapt to your needs:)

1-2 Cups of Epsom salt (see bottom of article for more clear amount based on age and weight)

10-20 drops of essential oil (this is optional and I prefer Lavender, if you need a place to snag some essential oil here is where we get ours: HERE!)

1 Cup baking soda (optional)

1/3 cup of ACV (apple cider vinegar, optional)

Side notes: They recommend soaking in the bath for 15-20 mins up to 3 times per week. Also to note the ACV is for added detoxification, skin softener, rebalances skin’s pH, helps cure fungal or microbial infection. Similarly, Baking Soda has a cleansing ability, anti-fungal properties, leaves skin soft, and helps soothe irritated skin.

 

Epsom Bath are a WIN-WIN

Where relaxation mets healthy living! LOVE IT!

Here are the quantities of Epsom salt to use in your bath according to your weight:

  • Children under 60 lbs (27 Kg): ½ cup to a standard size bath
  • Individuals between 60-100 lbs (27 kg- 45 kg): 1 cup
  • Individuals between 100-150 lbs (45 kg – 68 kg): 1½ cups
  • Individuals over 150 lbs (68 kg): 2 cups

I hope this has been helpful information for you to be able to get to know this Epsom Bath craze. I know I have already fallen victim to this trend. Haha

 

 

Here is a website with a lot more information for Epsom Salt (source)

PODCAST- Wisdom Wednesday #6

We are so excited to share with you here on Wisdom Wednesday some ideas and way to serve our households better for God’s Glory! Join us as we weekly find ways to “level-up” our households.

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We welcome you all to jump on here on Mondays for some extra motivation on how to bring more conversations around the foundational truths to our Christian faith! See you then!

How to Help Your Spouse Spiritually Lead

Hey RaisingRices community Darren and I are super excited to tackle this topic of Spiritual Leadership together, we pray you will be blessed and encouraged.

Darren and I had an amazing weekend away in Bend, just the two of us! High Five to our amazing family for blessing us by watching the kiddos (all 5 of them)! During our time away we had a great chance to engage in deep conversation, vision casting, fun, and rest.

One amazing opportunity we had was to meet up with  Isaac and Angie  Tolpin who are dedicated to full time ministry through Courageous Parenting and their local church body, and you guys this was so LIFE GIVING! One of the conversation we got to talk about together is how to support your spouse as a Spiritual Leader and How to RISE to the calling of being a Spiritual Leader.

In true gentlemen like nature we are going to do “Ladies First”

Ladies First

Here are a few helpful ways we as wives and work toward the encouragement of our husbands leading.

  1. First things first, as wives who desire for our husbands to lead, we NEED to be in PRAYER for our husbands. We need to find ourselves on our knees because the enemy of our soul knows that when men start spiritually leading CHANGE is coming! My challenge to myself and I hope you would join me is as we pray for our husbands to lead spiritually and pray for their protection against the spiritual warfare that will be coming.
  2. As a leader our husbands, can be heading into a unknown battle, the more information they have the better equipped they can be as a leader. What information can we help them with?
      • The heart status of the kids, this is helpful to know how to instruct, redirect, encourage, and guide to righteousness.
      • Any key events of the day, a quick play-by-play with room for  quick questions
      • And your (wife) emotional/spiritual state, this is important for your husband to know too
      • Lastly, we must remember that we need to give our husbands the information and then TIME FOR PRAYER AND PROCESSING. If we don’t allow them to prepare their hearts then they could be walking into the home with a “get-it-fixed” mentally instead of an “I am here to lead” mentality.
  3. As a mom and wife I will be the first to admit that I can forget that my husband has also been working all day. Ok, I know that sounds silly but when I am at home working hard as a stay-at-home momma (you know cleaning, cooking, hugging, changing poopies, schooling, laundry, kissing scraps and bruises) I can sort of forget that my husband is working hard at his job too. And when he gets home I can feel the urge to do the “handoff,” you know the please take the baby I need a break. And while this is completely fine, we are a team, I need to also realize WE ARE A TEAM BOTH WAYS! My husband needs the time to prepare himself to lead spiritually.
  4. In addition, these mentality adjustments are crucial.
    • If you want him to lead, then we as wives need to make room for him to lead. This isn’t permission to nag, or “convince”. This means to be the one who stand beside your husband, not in front.
    • Slow to speak, quick to listen. This has been my kryptonite, and I would go out on a limb to say I am not the only one out there who is quick to talk and slow to listen. One element I would encourage the wives out there to do with me is to work hard to provide wait time before speaking so that it gives our husbands a chance to share what is on their heart, and time to process. This has been a revolution to me, that in general terms, a woman will use 10 sentences to explain something where as a man uses just one, because he has processed and condescend his thoughts down to one.
    • Provide time for spiritually leading. If there are other moms and wives out there like me who “take-charge” of the calendar scheduling I would like to give another encouragement (anyone else notice these suggestions come out of life lessons). My encouragement would to be PROVIDE REST TIME, this will encourage family time, togetherness, and the ability to give a chance for spiritual leadership. When we have so much planned we neglect our most important mission: Building HouseHolds That Serve The LORD!
    • Another reminder to us all as biblical wives, that as we desire our husbands to lead our families spiritually we must also remember we must be in the WORD of GOD! Daily pursing Christ! Please know though this personal relationship is essential to our growth however it also can be intimidating to our husbands when we “appear” to have all the answers. It is hard to lead someone who, “knows it all.” Now the is a touchy issue, because I am NEVER suggesting, lying or acting dumb, (because that would just be dumb). What I am suggestion is that as a couple you ask deep thoughtful questions to purse Christ together. Questions for example like these:
      •    How do you think _______ (this bible character) feel during this _______ (bible event.)
      • Since everything in the Bible points to God and his redemptive plan through Jesus. In this passage how does this relate to Christ?
      • Would you pray for me I am struggling with this _________?

We are all on a journey in pursuit of holiness. And as our church always says, “Come as you are but leave more like Christ.” As we walk through this crazy thing call life lets remember to have grace, pray tons and work to spur each other towards righteousness.

GUYS TURN 

Men, it is our role to rise to the Biblical call to be spiritual leaders of our households. Here are some areas that I know I am growing in and I want to challenge you to assess your own habits consider your spiritual growth in these areas as well.

  1. The first step in spiritual leadership is ensuring that we are on a path of personal growth in our walk with Christ through reading the word prayer and allowing time to listen to God. It is impossible to lead on a journey that we are not willing to take.
  2. We must take seriously the Word of God as truth. Not just in knowledge but in action, in heart change, in repentance, in transformation of the way we think and act. It does us no good if we read Deuteronomy 6, where the scriptures talk about making the commands of God prevalent and constant in our households, and yet continue to go day after day allowing the business of life to overshadow the glory of God. These things, whatever they are that take time away from the discipleship of our children and leading of our wives can become Idols, taking the rightful place of God in our lives.
  3. We must love our wife as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 6 is very explicit about this. This means men that as we lead our wives spiritually we must lead them in love, and as a servant as Christ loved the church. So as we lead, we must not disregard our wife’s wisdom, concern, or emotions, but rather listen to her wisdom, or lead her gently back to scripture as needed as we shepherd her heart towards Christ.
  4. As the leader, in coordination with our Wife (who I know many, including mine, manage a lot of the calendar) WE are responsible for building and prioritizing rhythms in our household. Rhythms of studying the Word, prayer, discipleship and rest.
  5. Be open with our wives, we must be explicit in the ways we could use their support in our leadership. God made our wives to help us, but they can not help us well unless they know what we are struggling with. As the leader with an awesome helper we must communicate what we are feeling, what emotional or cultural forces are pulling us away from leading well, and how the enemy of our souls is trying to prevent us from leading.

Men it is a battle out there against the enemy of our souls, we must recognize that without spiritual leadership in our households they are vulnerable to the enemy. We must take seriously the the design of our Creator in our families and the significance of choosing what is at the head of our life.

PODCAST – Wisdom Wednesday #5

Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday! This is an opportunity for Darren and I to share some ideas and ways to help the whole household! We want to work to in all we do embrace the verse found in Joshua 24:15, where we can be encouraged to raise households that serve the LORD! Will you join us in this mission!

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We want to also invite you to join us on Mondays as our heart is to give motivation to find want to bring into our conversation, application and discipling the foundational truths of the Christian faith! We look for to sharing our podcast with you on Monday! See you then!

PODCAST- Catechism #4 – Week #4

WELCOME! Thanks for getting into the foundation truths of our Christian walk with us on Motivational Mondays! This year we are making a BIG push and focus on answering the 52 questions found in the New City Catechism on Sundays during our Family Ministries time and we want to provide those of you also following along (or just discovering ways to get these truths into your households) ways to bring these truths into conversations around the dinner table, or practice world examples to share with the household, and or including it in your family bible time! WE WANT TO PROVIDE AND ENCOURAGE WITH THE CONVERSATION STARTERS AND MOTIVATION FOR YOU! Lets all do it together as we work on Raising Households That Serve The LORD!

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ALSO come hang out with us on Wednesdays as we have a short but meaningful podcast called WISDOM WEDNESDAYS! This is a great time to get some ideas that will help “LEVEL -UP” your household!

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