Sunday, December 27, 2009
I cannot fathom going through this dark and uncertain time without Him. He truly is the Light of my life. I pray tonight that each of you will know the Almighty Father and accept the gift of His son, Jesus Christ. Two thousand years ago God sent His Son to be born in a world full of pain, sin, sorrow, and death. Then God allowed His Son to die a painful death to pay for all the sins, past, present and future. Three days later Jesus Christ defeated death, arose and ascended into Heaven where He lives today. He did that for my mom, for you and for me.
If you died tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity? In the Bible, God's perfect and unblemished Word, Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." There is no magic, no one thing you need to have Everlasting life except to ask Jesus to come into your life, to come into your heart, to cleanse you of sin and forgive you. When you make room for Jesus in your life He will extend His grace and his mercy to you and He will forgive you for all of your sins and you can live in Heaven with Him for eternity. Grace is simply unmerited favor, God giving us a gift that we do not deserve. Mercy is God withholding punishment from us that we DO deserve.
I don't care where you've been or what you've done, God will forgive you if you ask Him to. The Bible says that God throws our sin into the bottom of the ocean and He can remove our sin from us "as far as the East is from the West." You do not know what your tomorrow brings. But God does and He is waiting for you to accept the gift of eternal life with Him through the acceptance of Jesus Christ.
If you want to know more about salvation and eternal life, please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't have all the answers but I can help direct you to people who can help you.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Today I'm baking The Thinker's favorite cookie, Goliath Cookies. Most people call these Monster Cookies but an acquaintance once called them Goliath Cookies and I liked that better so it stuck. If you know me in real life you've more than likely had these because they are my favorite cookie to make. I like to mix and match the colors of M&M's depending on the time of year. At Meijer you can buy single color candy coated chocolate bits for a fraction of the cost of buying single color M&M's. I have matched the M&M's to holiday colors, team colors, school colors, favorite colors. The possibilities are endless. And who doesn't like peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&M's? Except my friend Kenny D? And Mr. Steady? And possibly you? Not me. Not The Thinker or any of his brothers for that matter.
Okay, so I cheated and made several of these doughs on the same day. Can you tell I got into it and forgot to take pictures of the process? It's pretty straight forward, cream the wet, mix in the dry, add the goodies. Here is the finished dough. See how full the bowl is? It's kind of crazy when the mixer is on you have to keep shoving the dough down so it doesn't fall out of the bowl.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here is where I venture off the beaten path, though it's nothing I made up. I actually used to buy the raisins for baking and paid out the nose for them. But then a dear friend told me to "Stop doing that! Just pour boiling water over regular old raisins, you ninny!" Well, maybe she didn't call me a ninny. So put your raisins in a bowl, eat a few and then pour boiling water over them. This will plump them up. Just set the bowl aside until you're ready to use the raisins, drain them well and add to whatever you're making. Which, today, is cookies. On we trudge.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Here are the ingredients you'll need for the cookie: flour, cocoa*, salt, baking soda, baking powder, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla.
*I am using black cocoa that a friend gave to me which is a dark chocolate. As a result my cookies will have a much deeper, richer color than if you use regular baking cocoa powder.
The ingredients you'll need for the frosting: maraschino cherries, semi-sweet chips, sweetened condensed milk.
Mix all of your dry ingredients together. I like to use a heavy hand with the salt when I make cookies because I like the salty finish paired with the sweet middle.
Cream your butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and egg.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- Go to Shabby Princess and pick up your own copy of the Holiday Recipe Collection.
- Choose a recipe card and post a cookie recipe to your blog, include pictures if you'd like.
- Grab my button on the right sidebar and include it somewhere on your post, along with a link to my blog.
- The recipe cards are part of the Shabby Princess free Holiday Recipe Collection and are only for personal use. You MUST include the link to Shabby Princess and give them credit for the recipe card design.
I will try to have a Mr. Linky up by Sunday morning. Come link up!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
And also how the woman was healed just by the hem of Jesus' garment sweeping over her hand. The boys are receiving a new nativity set in their advent pouches this year. I want them to be able to touch and play with the characters, to know them and to know their part in the Greatest Gift of all time. Never mind the fact that the set is rarely altogether in the same place at the same time. Around about the time we find the shepherd Mary has run off. Maybe they hired the same travel agent as last year. The shepherd keeps ending up in my bed for some reason. But that's okay, they are being played with and getting better acquainted.
Do you have a children's nativity set?
Saturday, December 5, 2009
What do you have that you can live without? What do you have that you can't?
Let's think about what we can't live without. Jesus, grace, water, air, food. Anything else? Nope.
What? There's lots of things I don't want to live without. My husband, my children, books, my matching $0.99 thrift store buffet lamps, chai tea lattes...
Do I love them and/or have a great infatuation with them? Yes. Can I live without them? I don't want to but yes, I could.
In Beth Moore's study of Esther she posed this question to us:
"If _____________, then _________________"
You fill in your own blanks. If (my husband died), then ____________. If (my children died), then ________________. If (my house caught fire), then ______________. If (I quit/lost my job), then_____________. Then what?
That's it. That's the answer. The only answer. Then God.
Then God will still be on the throne and Jesus Christ will still be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
What if we moved to a smaller house? What if we moved somewhere that wasn't a house at all? What if we were homeless?
I look around my house and I think "Do I need that?" Not "does that make my life significantly easier and more comfortable?" but "do I need that?" For most of it the answer is no. And it's getting kind of scary the things I'm willing to part with.
I feel like I'm turning into a real cynic. Are you getting sick of this yet? Is this blog becoming a drag to read? When you need a downer do you come to read up on Towngirl?
If so, then do NOT read Under the Overpass, The Hole in Our Gospel, or Same Kind of Different as Me. Especially not those. The Hole in Our Gospel is currently a $5 special at Family Christian bookstores. Buy one for every person you know.