Wednesdays at the Manor

We have a new tradition here at the Maple Manor on Wednesdays. And it’s not wearing pink.

The Jackson Brothers graced us with their presence tonight and we’ve decided to make it a weekly visit. These boys are not only helpful, but also entertaining. They make our middle-of-the-week blues disappear.

Ben arrived and went to work on our yard. His ODC experience at YL camp served hundreds of kids and five beautiful women. This guy cut the grass AND pulled the weeds. Shout out to manliness. Then we fed him chili and chocolate chip cookies as we listened to his thoughts on deep theological matters.

Sam studied with Sydney for six hours in preparation for a Public Health exam. Thankfully, Sam and Sydney have supremely compatible music choices and study habits. Sam was super encouraging and obviously pulled most of the weight in intelligence because we all know Capstone Scholars are way above Honors College students.

Both the boys then serenaded all of us and we swooned. Combining Ben’s expert guitar skills and Sam’s angelic voice makes for a den filled with love and adoration. You can play Jack Johnson for us any day, boys.

All sarcasm aside, us Manor girls are extremely appreciative of the love we get from all our guy friends. Thank you for being great men who come alongside us in leadership and community.

Luv u guyz,

Lainey

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Sydney’s Superlatives!!

Ditto Leigh Anne.

Most likely to NOT use a dishwasher (we have two): Lainey

Most likely to flirt to convert: Cathy

Most likely to be called to “Winistry”: LA (ask her about it)

Most likely to not check this blog post: Har Har

Most likely to protect the house w/ axe & pepper spray: Yours truly

With love,

-Sydney

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Taking Up the Cross

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
-Matthew 10:37-39

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
-Matthew 16:24-28

When Jesus asked his disciples to “take his cross” He was demanding total commitment from them. The Cross evoked a different picture to the disciples than it does today. They would have pictured violent, degrading death. We see the whole picture of the cross in Matthew 27-28. We see how Jesus carried the cross and died a horrible death but how He showered us in grace and love by becoming the last sacrifice. Matthew 10 is the first time Jesus mentioned the cross to the disciples, and I imagine “taking up the cross” had a very literal and real meaning to the 12 disciples who lived in the day where death on a cross was the death penalty.

The command is no different to me than it is to the disciples. There is no way for me to have life than to lose it. I must give up all of Leigh Anne in order to follow Christ. I must die to my selfish desires, my comforts, my white picket fence future, my lunch dates with friends, my stylish living, and so much more. I must deny myself. If I am commanded to lose my life yet my life is easy, maybe I’m not doing something right. I need to take heed of the warning in Matthew 16:28.

Taking up the cross means walking towards death. I want nothing more than to taste death if it means I gain life in Christ.

-Leigh Anne

 

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Shake It Off

Leigh Anne just stubbed her toe and this was my response. T-Swift is just so relatable.

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A Healthy Home is a Happy One

In the Manor we often call upon our southern roots and find our domestic sides. We bake and indulge in delicious goodies on the regular. The times where the house is lacking in some form of sugar are few and far between. Whether Sydney’s Mom is sending us rice krispie treats and pumpkin bread or I am buying out the dark chocolate section at Trader Joe’s, we are always well equipped in the sugar arena. However, we carefully balance out this sugar full diet with our different work out techniques. Feeling motivated to begin working out? Let me give you a few suggestions from our different routines.

Leigh Anne-  L.A. has mastered the Brazilian Booty Lift work out. This workout is great to do at home. Whether you own the videos or look them up online, this work out tones, lifts, and strengthens in all the right areas. However, this work out is limited to only the lower body. Upper body workouts are highly recommended in correlation with this video. Not sure what to do? Try to do some push ups every night as Leigh Anne does. She is looking to keep her whole body in shape!

Catherine- One of my favorite work outs is Roller Blading. While it is a bit scary and reckless at times, the whole body is moving and involved in the excercise.  Blading covers many miles and it keeps you on your toes the entire workout. I also do this along side weight training work outs at Strom. Weights have actually been proven to strengthen and lean out your muscles more adequately than intensive cardio exercises like running. It limits the destruction on your muscles all the while making you stronger.

Sydney- For all of those wondering how Sydney has managed to achieve those toned legs and arms, you can look to Jillian Michaels. She offers a full variety of exercise videos that can be easily accessed from right within the home. Whether it’s Yoga Inferno, Kick Box Fast Fix, or Killer Abs, your body will thank you. Sydney’s certainly has.

We would love to hear how you work out! Tell us below in the comment box.

Happy Exercising!

-Catherine

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The Fellowship of the Believers (& the Manor Girls)

Quick shout out to Katie Lindeman for her bible study last year on community. You rock, never change.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
-Acts 2:42-47

Being in community with other disciples is one of the most important parts of our walks with the Lord. Through it, we are poured into and encouraged. The first group of believers, not even called Christians at the time, show a beautiful picture of what community should look like. Four things stand out in Acts 2:42-27:

1. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…”
The first believers committed themselves to studying sound doctrine. In the 21st century, nothing should be different. Here at the Maple Manor, I constantly see my roommates reading the Bible and devoting time to listen and be with the Lord. This is how we are filled with the Spirit to be able to go out into the world.

2. “…and to the fellowship…”
They spent quality time with one another in the presence of the Lord. At the Maple Manor, this is an everyday thing. We are constantly sharing our lives with each other by living together, and it feeds our souls to be with people who have common values and faith.

3. “…to the breaking of bread…”
Hospitality, sharing food and time. Also a common theme in this house… eating.

4. “…and to prayer.”
Most importantly, the first believers prayed together. And they had a lot to pray for back then. Even now, when we are firm in our faith, we have so many things to pray for in this house. Each of our ministries, our own walks with the Lord, our families. We pray together very often for the steps each of us are taking in our own lives.

Living with four girls who love the Lord and serve Him daily has been the best part of my year so far. They spur me on in my walk to becoming the woman God has invited me to be, and I know they feel the same. The fellowship of the believers is the kind of community we will always be striving towards, ensuring that each of us is cared for, nurtured, and prayed for. This kind of living can only be explained by the Gospel.

As the first post on this blog, I feel a lot of pressure to be great. But the thing is, we aren’t great. We really are just five girls living together in a big house. And I think this blog is going to serve us well in that it is an outlet for us to reveal a little piece of our home to the public and be able look back to see how we’ve grown. Life in the Maple Manor is just starting and this blog will proclaim everything until the day we move out.

-Elaina

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