Friday, May 18, 2012

Seek God's strength and presence

Lately it seems I have been feeling more and more "frazzled" not only in the past few days (although it does seem to have been worse) but in the past few months. Sometimes God brings situations into our lives that we would rather not deal with. Sometimes their just inconvenient things, sometimes their down right difficult/life changing things. When these things go on for months at a time, it can start to make us feel "caught" or "stuck". It's hard to see how this is God's plan and how God has our best interest in mind. You cry out to God, bare your heart and soul to Him and feel like He's not answering. The truth is, He is listening and answering....maybe His answer is "just wait, child, when the time is right I will let it all be fulfilled" or maybe later we will find that His answer is "No, child this is not the plan I have for you, I have SO much more in store". While in this present time of "struggling" for me, I'm still holding on to the hope that God is simply telling me to wait, I have to trust in Him no matter what the answer may end up being. I'm still learning this lesson, but I do feel like some days I'm making strides in the right direction while other days, I feel as if I've taken 4 steps back. Just remember (as I have to) when you are facing trials of any sort that God is ALWAYS there. HE know what He is doing and HE IS IN CONTROL!!!

I ran across this verse on a blog somewhere and it has been a Great encouragement to me,
"Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually."
I Chronicles 16:11

Isn't that beautiful?! To me that means that we need to CONSTANTLY see God and the strength that only HE can provide to get through ANY situation, no matter how big or small. We need to see His presence continually because we know that God is always there with us even though we can't see Him, He is there traveling this road right along side us! What a beautiful picture that paints...we can have God's strength and presence with us no matter what we are up against! There is no need to think we have to be "super mom" and do it all on our own, there is no need to feel as if you have to face sickness alone there is no need to feel like you are in this (what ever THIS is for you) by yourself.
Seek God and no matter how hard what you are facing is, He will carry you through and most likely some day you will look back and see God's fingerprints ALL over this time in your life. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The beauty of God's creation

Have you ever looked at the world around you and thought of how amazing it is that God created EVERYTHING!? Kansas is often thought of as a boring, nothing there kind of state. It is known for it's flatness and nothing but telephone poles as far as the eye can see, but after living here for my whole 20 some years, I see the true beauty of God's creation right here. In the spring time, the pastures are green and lush, as it gets close to wheat harvest the golden wheat waves like the sea in the wind and all through the year there are numerous breath-taking sunsets painted by God's hand alone. There have been many times that I've looked up at the gorgeous blue sky and thought only God could have made such a beautiful sky blue. At night when I see the millions and millions of stars (we can see SO many stars out here, since we don't have street lights) I think of when God told Abraham that his descendants would outnumber the stars....that's ALOT!!! It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this world, but sometimes we just need to stop and take a look around and find the beauty that is there EVERYDAY.



I was going to post a verse or two from Genesis 1, but then I realized that it's ALL so good, so go check it out for yourself!!!








Friday, May 4, 2012

Blessings

Sometimes I'm overwhelmed with just how truly blessed I am. God "dropped" an AMAZING man in my life 6 years ago and I married him 5 years ago (this August). Then He blessed us with the sweetest and cutest little boy ever in 2009. Lately, we have been struggling with some personal issues that sometimes get me down. At these times I feel so sad and upset, but yet I look around me and I have that wonderful man by my side to hold my hand and that little boy's arms around my neck with his big brown eyes melting my heart. Even in my times of struggles, I have to think about how blessed I really am.

 


 

Not only do have the two greatest men in my life, I get to stay at home with my little Pumpkin EVERYDAY. Take care of my home in a way that satisfies and relaxes my husband when he comes home from a long day of work.
I get to do what I ALWAYS wanted to do.


I have loved the song "Blessings" by Laura Story from the first time I heard it, but it has taken on a new meaning lately. As the songs lyrics say....
"What if trials of this life, are your mercies in disguise"

Someday I'm sure I'll look back and see how this time worked in my life to be a blessing.

But right now, I can look around and take comfort in the fact that God has blessed me in SO many ways already and in His time He will work everything out.


"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. "
Romans 8:28

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Wheat Thins

I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it. I LOVE wheat thins, but find that they are too pricey for me. I finally got around to trying this recipe and it was YUMMY. They are not an exact replica of taste of a wheat thin, but they are pretty delicious all the same! So here it is:

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling on
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance (I used soy-free) or butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water (or a tiny bit more if dough is too dry)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick mat.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, paprika, salt).
3. With a pastry blender (or two forks), cut in the Earth Balance or butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. See image below. Now mix together the water and vanilla and then pour into the flour and Earth balance mixture. Stir this mixture until it comes together. I got in there with my hands and really squeezed the dough to help it come together. If it appears dry add a touch of water, but you don’t want it sticky.
4. Split the dough in half. On a floured surface or on a non-stick mat, roll out one half of the dough very thin (1/16th inch). Using a pizza cutter, cut into whatever shape you desire. Using a splatula, place the crackers on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat as necessary. Sprinkle with more salt and sesame seeds if desired.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, watching closely. Half way through baking rotate the pan to ensure even baking. My crackers took 10 minutes, but if you do not use a baking mat it will likely take less time for you. Be careful because they burn quickly. Cool completely. Makes about 64 crackers for this full recipe. Store in an air-tight container.
Note: This recipe made enough crackers for two baking sheets. I baked them separately, but I am sure you could bake them at the same time as long as you rotate the pans half way through.

Here is the Pinterest link if you want to take a look for yourself:



Crumbly!


Rolled out to perfection!


Baking!


There they are...yummy wheat thins!!!