I’m a Christian; student of the Bible; wife; mom of 2 teen & 1 tween girls; podcaster/blogger; and connoisseur of coffee, dark chocolate & lobster rolls! I enjoy reading, learning, studying, and teaching. And I enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking, baking, meal planning, and grocery shopping. This blog and podcast is a place where my study of faith and my delight in food come together. I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you’ll join me in reflecting God’s light in our lives and to the Me at M&D partyworld.

~ Food for the Body ~

In 2007, I was among some listeners of the Moody Bible Institute’s radio program “Midday Connection,” to contribute and make it into a cookbook they were putting together. My recipe for Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Peas is published in that cookbook, Come to Our Table. {affiliate link} Shortly thereafter, a mom’s group I was part of at my church did a cooking show for one of our meetings, where I prepared my recipe in front of a live audience.

Around 2012 or ’13, I joined a Christian lifestyle contributor blog, Fancy Little Things. At the time, my youngest daughter and I were on a gluten-free diet. So I became their food writer, posting a gluten-free recipe twice a month.

I have researched nutrition, diets, and food allergies due to my journey with food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, hormonal imbalance, and endometriosis. I’ve done the gluten-free thing, dairy-free thing, Paleo, Low-FODMAP, Keto, no sugar, low acid, and vegan diets at different times. I’ve learned a lot about how what you take in effects the body, (particularly mine), how to substitute foods so the same types of food can still be enjoyed, how to create meal plans and do cheap, easy meals even with dietary restrictions. I am now eating a fairly normal diet, just avoiding dairy when possible; there are a few high-FODMAP foods that I can’t handle; and I have learned that I’m sensitive to pork, so subbing all pork products for turkey.

I have a large collection of recipes and cookbooks. Some very old ones are from my grandma and some are from my mom. I have some interesting ones like Amish recipes, some with just blender recipes, some with just microwave recipes, and some with all the ways to use Jell-O!

I’m creating a YouTube channel of the same name as the blog & podcast, “In Awe & Wonder.” I’ll be posting some cooking-type videos soon. (I tried a live stream, but had technical issues. I might try live shows again in the future.) I’ll start with a “Tuesday Tea” to chat about a Psalm, Proverb, or other faith-related issue, and move into creating a recipe and/or sharing tips, tricks, & hacks with food substitutes, meal planning, quick cheap meals, and more!

~ Food for the Soul ~

Headshot pic 5-2020God has done a transforming work in my life, and continues on in sanctification. I was “saved” at the age of four! I had a genuine understanding of the Gospel message and a work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. God has held and kept me, even when I struggle with sin or have not been completely faithful to Him. His love and faithfulness have also taught me lessons when there have been hard circumstances in life and going through the sanctification process. Our faith is a gift from God – He gives us (who are Believers) the faith to believe and trust in Him and Jesus’ saving work. Faith is the evidence of things unseen, and an unfathomable endurance in trusting and believing, which can only come from God, through testing and trials of life, is the evidence of our faith.

The most notable thing that happened to me, which shook me to the core, and caused a “Great Awakening” of sorts in my life, was when my husband and I suffered three consecutive miscarriages in 2003. There are several other large events, good and bad, that have happened since then, all refining my faith in different ways. None of us (converted) will ever reach perfection this side of heaven, but our circumstances are used by God to shape us and grow us closer to Him.

“Who is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with submissive wonder]? He will teach him [through His word] in the way he should choose.” Psalm 25:12 (AMP)

For many years, we attended more “seeker sensitive,” “church growth movement” types of churches in typical American Evangelicalism, and even a couple of charismatic churches. Over the past few years, I have delved more deeply into theology and church history, and God brought me back to the basics and orthodoxy. I discovered and embraced the doctrines of grace, commonly known as “Calvinism,” and Reformed theology. We are now attending a Bible Fellowship Church, which is a Reformed denomination.

The podcast and Facebook group is for helping women grow in Biblical literacy, discernment, theology, Christian living, and our awe and wonder of God. Ultimately, the Westminster Catechism, in the first question, answers what all Christian’s purpose should be: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” The word “enjoy” in this statement is another way of saying “to know.” So as Christians, we are to glorify God and know Him forever. That really, right there, encapsulates the purpose of what I’m doing – mainly to glorify God and know Him myself and to teach and convey that to other women so they might also glorify and know God forever.

~ Bread of Life // Living Water ~

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 (John 6:33, John 6:48, John 6:51)

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (John 7:37-38)

I pray this podcast, FB group, blog, and YouTube channel will reflect Jesus Christ and the Gospel, edify my sisters in Christ, be a place to find solid resources, and glorify Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King.