Today’s episode features a young woman who is near and dear to my heart- Mandi Moseley. She is a gifted songwriter, anointed worship leader and has the most contagious giggle you’ve ever heard. We often laugh about sage-like marriage lessons we’ve gleaned from an old sitcom we’re hooked on (whose reruns got pulled off Netflix just prior to editing time!)
I mention a recipe from the show, “Everybody Loves Raymond” where Debra made a dish that was actually edible- Braciole (prounouced “brajole.”) I’ll link the blended version that I actually cooked below just in case you have a free day with nothing better to do than wrestle with London Broil steaks all day. If you find an easier way to make this, please let me know. I love the flavor of the spices and sauce all mixed together…. but I explain why the chances of my making this particular dish again are slim to none…. We decided it was a perfect example of enjoying something that was beautiful but not practical or functional in the least.
Mandi and I talk about what it’s like to live around the corner from each other from a family you love; how sweet it is to have community so close. Blair and I had been trying to get Luke and Mandi to move into our neighborhood for some time and I’ll share our favorite pastime with our couple to couple couple. She’ll explain a time where a hard conversation with her best friend drew them closer and why the bathroom is her room of choice…
At around 9 minutes in, I apologize for the background noise that you’re surely hearing in your headphones….You see, my daughter normally sleeps in like a log on days when she doesn’t have school, (as teenagers are supposed to do!!!) but on this particular day, she was up at an unconscionable 8:30. In the morning. On a no school day. UP! I was all “WHAT???? You’re a teenager!” She decided she wanted to make herself a pizza for breakfast. (Of course! That makes PERFECT sense!)
Mandi talks about how sometimes, an earthly father may give a child her first wrong impression of what God is like, but she decided to not keep it there. Her mom is the voice who spoke to her truths about man’s limitations sometimes not reflecting the reality of God accurately- the Latter, being free of limitation. Mandi was wise to seek confirmation in the Word of God of our Heavenly Father’s character.
We have a great discussion about self worth, comparison, why she quit praying for a while, how joy and sorrow are connected, why things/people don’t always have to be functional and how creation is one way God reveals Himself beautifully to His children. Mandi is especially fond of stars- she’ll tell you why.
Mentioned on the show;
http://sosresponds.org/ (SOS International)
http://marriagehelp.org/ (Re/Engage ministry)
(the Abraham series Mandi referred to)
And for your listening pleasure, a song that kept running through my head as Mandi was talking about how art matters to our hearts- Sarah Groves‘ song “Why It Matters”
Hey Love, if you’ve been enjoying what you hear on the show, can I trouble you to please give us a good rating on itunes? We’d be much obliged! 🙂