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Right Recipe, Wrong Method


IMG_1005Baking cookies has always been a big part of my Christmas experience. When we were children my mother used to bake dozens of cookies and give them to many people. Cookies were the greatest gift to give friends. All of the children had a part in the cookie making process and that is where I began to have a love of baking cookies.

I have refined some of my mother’s recipes and some other recipes in order to make a cookie that is exactly the right consistency and flavor. However, on Saturday morning I was struggling a bit with making my favorite chocolate chip recipe. My allergies were bothering me and I just wasn’t thinking straight.

Over the years I have written down exactly how to make these cookies. It begins with creaming the butter and sugar then adding egg and vanilla then slowly adding the flour mixture until they are just right. One of the steps in my recipe is to use softened butter. Saturday my butter melted when I was trying to quickly soften it in the microwave. When it came out partially liquid I knew there was going to be a problem but being foggy minded I poured it into the bowl anyway and then decided to put it into the freezer until it got a bit more hardened.  After removing it from the freezer I began to cream it, which was not working so well. Being stubborn I pushed through and began to add the flour but it all seemed to crumble. Just as I was about to give up and throw it all away I thought that maybe adding an extra egg would save the cookie dough by giving it more moisture. As soon as I added the eggs I looked back at the recipe and realized that I had completely forgotten to add the baking soda and salt. So, though it was really late in the process I added them and began mixing again. The mixture was still drier than what I liked but I added the chips and finished the process.

Now the cookies turned out tasting the same as usual because I got all the ingredients into the mix but they turned out more cake like than I am used to. This reminded me that even if we follow the same recipe each time we do something it can come out different because one element is not quite right. This reminded me of a scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Living by the recipe only works if we have all the right ingredients. If we are trying to live a life that is pleasing to God and we don’t have love we are just noise. Just like my melted butter made a dryer batter for my cookies that I had to make a substitution in the recipe to make it work, a life without love will have us substituting other things to make up for the missing ingredient.

2nd Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

I believe that if we humble ourselves before God and ask Him to soften our hearts toward people we will begin to live lives that are pleasing to God and will have followed the recipe for a better future. Enjoy your week and have a Merry Christmas.

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He’s the Most Important


IMG_2875I love weekends when we have sleepovers with grandchildren. This weekend was the first time I got to have all three of my daughter’s children. Little Grace was a welcome addition to our sleepover time. It is great to see how they play and interact with each other. Watching Jack and Rex interact with their little sister was so sweet.

I especially enjoy teaching the boys things like how to bake cookies or make fast paper airplanes. We watch movies, play, eat lots of food and eventually wind down to go to bed with a bedtime story.

Reading them stories from a variety of books but especially at least one story from the Bible is a great intimate time with them. As we sat on the bed getting ready to read our story Jack looked down at the book and asked, “Grandma why do you always read about God?” My answer to him was “Because He is the most important.”

We went on to read the story about Mary and the angel and then the story about Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and the shepherds and the angels and the three wise men. As I read about the angel talking to Mary, Jack said “I would believe an angel if it talked to me.” He also remembered hearing about the three wise men.

On Sunday as I helped the boys get dressed for church Rex got really excited because he knew his mom was coming and she was going to take him to church. He told me that “Church is fun” and he was excited to go there. I am so glad at his young age he is enjoying his time with other children learning about God–and having fun.

I want to leave a legacy with my children and grandchildren of following God with my whole heart. I hope that someday they will come to understand that, “God is the most important.”  After all as Christians shouldn’t we encourage them to seek God in their lives and live a life that brings Glory to God?

I hope that this week as we all prepare for Christmas that we all take time to think about what is most important in our lives. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

About, To and In Him


Romans 10 17

Yesterday Bob and I spent time working on our future home. We are in demolition stages. The house has many gaps right now which makes it a shelter for wasps. When we first arrived I did not notice any wasps moving and I assumed after the cold weather we had they all died. But they did not. I soon began to see them slowly coming to life.

As the sun started shining on the windows more wasps began to perk up and congregate on the windows. They were moving slow but  gaining strength from the the sun. I saw the parallel between this and our need to be close to Jesus in order to live out our Christianity. Without Him we are in slumber but with Him we come alive.

How does this happen? Well in my life, I read and heard ABOUT God and gained knowledge of Him and His creation, His will and His ways.

The knowledge I received made me curious enough to want to engage in truly following God. So I earnestly prayed TO Him.

I heard and felt Him answer my prayers and began the process of living by faith IN Him.

We must all first know ABOUT Him before we come TO Him and live IN Him through faith.

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I pray that where ever you are in this journey you will continue through eternity.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Thanksgiving 2018


As this year winds down I am reminded about the interesting treks Bob and I have been on. It was one year ago when we seriously began viewing properties for a future home. We got to see many beautiful places and some not so pretty spots. And just as we thought we might never find what we were looking for we found it. Now our weekends are consumed with working on renovations to make a place to stay on the property as we turn the land into our future home. I am very thankful we found it.

This weekend however we had the opportunity to spend time having more fun. I am thankful for spending time with family this thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see everyone for Christmas. Bob and I were blessed this year to celebrate Thanksgiving three different times. Twice with different family members and once with friends. Between good conversations, watching football, putting a puzzle together, playing and of course eating way too much, it has been a real blessing.

Psalm128:1-2 NIV

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

I pray that all my readers are blessed this year and thankful for all God has done. I know that I am. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Gifts from God


smiles 2 2I was blessed to be a part of the dedication of my youngest Granddaughter yesterday. Grace is a beautiful baby whom we have been blessed to make a part of our lives. And when I think of her name I can’t help but be drawn its’ meaning.

One of the definitions of Grace is a simple elegance and another is the unmerited favor of God. There is not  a more appropriate name that could be given to a child in this day and age. I feel we all are definitely in need of the unmerited favor of our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

I remember picking out the name for my oldest son. It was a frightening and exciting time for me. I wanted his name to be significant and meaningful. And after much searching Bob and I decided on calling him Matthew. It means gift of God or gift from God. Either way I believe he is a gift. I believe all children are gifts from God and their lives should be respected as such.

Children can be challenging as they go through the years of growing up and into adulthood. But I feel we must always come back to the fact that they are a gift. And we should respect that God entrusted them to our care. Which should lead us to do our best to help our sons and daughters grow into the adults who will give glory to God. 

For me children are the light of hope in my life. They allow us to see the possibilities of a brighter tomorrow and help us to better understand the love of God. Seeing pure love come out of a child can give a glimpse into the love of God.

I challenge you to step back this week and take a long look at the gifts that God has put into your life, whether it is children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. And as a sign of your thankfulness to God pray blessings over their lives and share the love of God with them.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.  

 

Inspiration


I get a lot of inspiration from nature. I believe that God created so much beauty in this world and it would be a waste to not allow it to inspire wonder and awe. As Bob and I walked through the fallen leaves in the woods many of them let go of their grip on the tree and gently fell to the ground. As they landed they covered up the muddy soil and made an easier path for walking.

I wondered if the deer in the area, whose foot prints were prominent in the muddy soil, would teach their young to walk on the leaves for less cumbersome path, just as I would show my children and grandchildren this less muddy surface to traverse.

As we walked down the lane and into the open field I heard a gentle breeze begin in the trees. I stopped to take in the full effect of the sound. With their leaves waving and limbs moving I could hear the scripture coming to life.

Isaiah 55:12 (NIV)

You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.

I felt some much hope and joy at that moment. I felt thankfulness for being able to experience the wonder of God’s nature. The wind is like the Holy Spirit moving those whom He encounters. And when the Spirit comes to brush by you as a gentle breeze brushes through the trees you will feel it and be changed. Just like a tree is stripped of their leaves for winter so the Spirit of the living God can strip away things from us when their season is complete.

My hope is that you will take every opportunity to spend some time in God’s nature and look expecting to be inspired. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Marine Corps Ball


Last night I was able to attend the 243rd birthday party for the United States Marines. It is their annual Marine Corps Ball and we had a great time. My son-in-law Joel invited his parents and Bob and I to go to the ball with them. I have never attended a ball before and knew I had to look my best. So with the help of my daughter—who amazingly found the perfect dress for me—and Joel’s mom—who helped me with make-up and loaned me some jewelry and a purse—I was dressed just right.

I was touched seeing the many pictures and hearing the stories of Marines in their service of our country.  I came away with a better understanding of the Marines and what they do. It was great to see all the young men and women who serve our country take some time to enjoy themselves. And to top it all off it was at AT&T stadium—the home of the Dallas Cowboys. That place is massive and our table was on the 25-yard line. Happy Birthday Marines and thank you for letting me be a part of your birthday party.

Marines and other military always begin their service to this country by going through training, then in times of need they are pressed into service where all their training is put into action. The cycle of training and action continues with brief times of celebration of victories that have been won.

Christians experience the same type of patterns in their spiritual service. After salvation we are trained with the Word of God, prayer and praise. Then when pressed into service by the Holy Spirit we are to take what we have learned and put it into action, therefore becoming a witness to the truth of the Word of God to the world. Just like the Marines we like to celebrate our victories.

So, this week if you see a Marine or any service member please thank them for their service. And also, if you see a Christian sharing the love of God with someone, thank them for their service to the kingdom of God.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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