24 February 2015

Yes, No, Wait...

Its true what the scriptures say, "Gods plans are not our plans" - Proverbs 16 verse 9. 
& "we may make our plans but God has the final Word" - Proverbs 1 verse 1.
Let me tell you a story I once heard: 
A man had a job interview and he had been praying about it for weeks-on-end. On the day in question he arrived at the station and realised he had an extra hour to spare. He decided to head off to the nearest cafe to grab a coffee and read a newspaper. As he left the store to go catch the train, he forgot his wallet. Later having realised, he rushed back only to miss his train, ultimately, losing out on the interview.
At this point, it was so easy to ask God: where are you, do you not care ? ?  
But what this man failed to conceive was that maybe that was God saving him from an accident that happened in that exact space of time.
& that is called God's mercy that goes before us! (Deuteronomy 31 verse 8)
This short recite may not be the day to day scenario of each and every one of us but hopefully this somehow conveys the message.
We are often taught the concept of submitting to what he says he will do and whom he says he is because above all else, he is still God. But lets be frank, its really easier said than done yet that is the exact approach we need to take. Often things don't turn out as we had hope for but when God shuts a door we have to trust that its for our greater good even though it doesn't look like it.
God stirred these two scriptures in my heart:
'For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. - Psalms 84 verse 11.
'& we know that in all things God works for good for those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose"
I don't know maybe you are reading this and you've been feeling like your faith is getting weak. God's answers are YES, WAIT and sometimes, the seemingly harsh, NO, but thats ok because he is still the God that knows the very hairs on your head - Luke 12 verse 7.
His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you - Jeremiah 29 verse 11.
I may never understand why our planned holiday never happened for us after so much preparation and subsequently resulting in us losing out financially but this too has passed & hey, we will all get through life's different hurdles.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15 verse 13.
Build the muscle of faith and trust in Him.


13 February 2015

L o v e

I can almost smell the aroma of a fresh bake from back in the day when my amazing father used to gladly serve us week in, week out with these delicious treats.
& here I am, decades later, baking with my daughter, what are the odds.
With Valentine's day just a day away I thought to share this post with you for a quick go-to or for future reference, either way it might turn out to be of good use. 
 First & foremost, you will need to make the trip to the grocery store to grab a few tidbits...
Here's some of the things you will need (italicised) and the sequence of baking:
Heat the oven to 180C/fan - 160C/gas.
Butter and line the bases of your heart shaped baking tray with baking paper.

Grab your bowl & or mixer
Put 200g of well softened butter into the bowl/mixer then pour 200g caster sugar (always ideal but if you ask me, granulated sugar still does the job - real deal bakers might dispute) and 1 tbsp strawberry extract.
Put 4 medium egg whites; 225g self raising flour and 2tbsp buttermilk preferably/ whole milk. Using your mixer, beat together all the cake ingredients until smooth then pour into your baking tray and level the tops.
Place the tray into the oven and allow to bake for at least 35 minutes or until golden. 
When ready, cool the cake before icing.
Food Family Living Tesco magazine, February 2015 issue, free to pick up in store. (open)
For icing and decorating you will need strawberries; 1 tbsp icing sugar and
  400ml of double cream.
Pour cream into a jar and sieve icing sugar then whip until smooth and thick (to do this we used our food processor - not very ideal but still does the job. Take your decorating tools and spread the icing as evenly as possible.
Decorate your cake to your personal style.
  1. Wrap in a box and deliver to your loved ones'.
  2. No specific 'loved one', well, worry not, switch on the kettle for a brew, slice a piece of cake, a must read is waiting for you on one of my all time favourite blogs, click here to read, its titled 'the waiting game' and thereafter you might consider turning to your Bible & reading 1 Corinthians 13 - love.
  3. Too many left overs, look no further, how about generously serving it for your neighbours and appreciating them - talk about an attitude of generosity and gratitude ha!
I love you all my amazing readers!

Be blessed xx


10 February 2015

An Attitude Of Gratitude/Generosity (2)

Skirt and jacket are still available in store or online, subject to availability.
See previous post for details.

As I'm writing this post I'm also brain storming some ideas for the next blog post.
 I won't sell the whole nine yards but what I can tell you is, its definitely something different, this is the part where I say, expect the unexpected.
In other news, last week I had one of my very close friends and prayer partner visit me. It always brings me great joy, honour and pleasure to host and spend quality time with her. The night comprised of talking vision, 2015, and so much more. 
My take on this years approach to setting attainable goals was definitely key to our vision.
For this post, I only saw it fit to share more of my daughter's photographs as I continue on the subject of 'An Attitude Of Gratitude/Generosity' - the Biblical aspect.
I love the first letter from Paul to the Corinthians and how he speaks of 'matters of conscience', here are a few verses I picked from this book and others:

2 Corinthians 8 verse 12 reads; If you are eager to give, God will accept your gift on the basis of what you have to give, not on what you haven't.
2 Corinthians 9 verse 6-9 reads; Remember the person who sows few seeds will have a small crop; the one who sows many seeds will have a large crop. You should give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says, "He is generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever." 
2 Corinthians 9 verse 11 reads; He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. 
Lastly, as read in the parable of the three servants, let us be faithful in little so He may trust us with much. Matthew 25 verse 21.
1 Thessalonians 4 verse 18 reads; Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ.

If the Word of God says it, that settles it!
Let the Word of God be the sure foundation that you build your life upon.

1 Corinthians 9 verse 14 reads; in the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who preach the gospel should get their living from it.
Having read that, I'm responsible to apply this to my life as much as anybody else.
Be blessed and thanks for passing by.

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