Thursday, September 26, 2013

Coleen's Best Pancakes Ever

      Last Friday evening while getting ready to turn in for the night I thought I would try a pancake recipe for breakfast that I discovered on Pinterest. I thought we would eat outside since we had been having delightfully cool and sunny days. When I got up and looked out the kitchen door this is what I found.

It had been raining most of the night unbeknownst to me and it was still raining.

Okay, plan B ~ we eat inside.

   The recipe is called Best Pancakes Ever and can be found over at Coleen's Recipes. Please go there as she has gone to considerable length to give good details about two steps in the mixing process that really are important. I will list the ingredients here:

Best Pancakes Ever

3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar 
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Coleen will tell you she uses 3 tablespoons of sugar and so did I. They were sweet. You could use 2, and I may next time but I do like the kick of sweet with the fermentation of the vinegar and baking soda. These pancakes are very good. 

Souring the Milk
Time for Fermenting

Lovely Aroma 
Syrup and Cherries, Jon prefers Red Fruit on Pancakes

      So I let Jon know breakfast was ready and he shows me this comic.

   I am a cartoon lover and he loves the comics. This one was in his email this very morning and certainly seemed apropos. When we do have pancakes it is at weekend. The last time I posted about a pancake recipea dear English woman I know, Barbara, commented on how that pancake recipe looked to be "A real American breakfast..." She is right, they are quite American.

Pancakes and Sausage for Breakfast

   While eating we talked about how nice the rain sounded and how much like autumn it felt that morning. A few days earlier we had been at a park close to our house that has a river with a small waterfall. It was running slow and low with very little "waterfall". We decided to start our day by going there first. The water was indeed up and running nicely. I thought I would share that. I love rain, and autumn is my favorite season. Autumn begins on the next day and we are off to a great start!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Feed your Faith

   In order to receive the promises of God we must believe they are true, and we must trust God. In order to believe God for them we have to know God, and know what His Word says about His promises. We must have faith in God and for the promises and blessings.

   Faith is not some mystical emotion or illusion given to or conjured up better by some than others. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. That kind of confidence, the kind of assurance that believes things are true in the spirit world before they are manifested and seen in the physical world, the kind of faith that walks in a promise before it is seen, the kind of faith that knows the promise God has given in His Word is true even when everything it sees speaks to the contrary comes from an intimate relationship with God. The spirit to Spirit connection and relationship with God is stronger than all five of our senses put together. Yes, God gives us revelation about His Word that speaks into our lives personally, but that revelation comes from spending time, quality time with Him, and in His Word. God's Word and God's will are one and the same. The testaments of the Bible are His Will and Testament to us. Knowledge of that Word develops our faith. Our faith is developed by hearing the message Jesus brought, the message He spoke and displayed on Calvary's Cross. Romans 10:17 says,  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith is what will bring those things God already promised and gave us into the physical realm where we will walk in them, and enjoy them. That pleases God.

   We have in us even before we are saved the ability to put "faith" or trust in things, like the elevators we get on for instance, or the chairs we sit on. But remember in Ephesians 2:8 where Paul wrote, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;...? The whole world would be saved if salvation was based on God's grace because He gave that grace to all men. Those that are saved are saved because they have used the faith of God, not just faith in God. You see when we get to know Him through His Word one of the gifts we receive is faith. When we hear the gospel of Christ we learn about God's love for us and our need for salvation; we acquire some knowledge. The faith to receive Jesus is there because the Word was spoken. Glance back at Ephesians 2:8, that faith we had to receive Christ as our Savior was not of ourself, but a gift of God. That gift comes by hearing the Word of God, about Jesus Christ. Once we are saved we have that faith on the inside of us to believe for and stand on God's Word, His promises, for our lives. And here is one of my all time favorite verses.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

Did you catch that? When we have that kind of intimate knowledge of God, He ALWAYS leads us in triumph, and through us He can and will spread Himself to others. If we will honor God, that is where we become that vessel of gold and of silver that God can use to minister salvation and blessing to the world. That makes me want to dance the happy dance!!

   How about you? Do you set aside enough time to have a quality relationship with our amazing God, our Father? It is not a duty, it is a privilege and such a pleasure to do so. I will change you life for the good, forever!

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to Himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 
2 Peter 1:2-4  NLT

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Wall Builders

   Labor day expresses gratitude and esteem to the workers of the country it is celebrated in, and acknowledges their hand in the prosperity, strength, and the success of that country. Tomorrow is Labor Day here in the USA and I wanted to share one of my favorite websites with you. The organization’s name is, Wall Builders. What is written below I took straight off of their website. I hope you will visit that site and be inspired to put what you find there to use in some way for our country. 

Happy Labor Day!

   “WallBuilders' goal is to exert a direct and positive influence in government, education, and the family by (1) educating the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country; (2) providing information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect Biblical values; and (3) encouraging Christians to be involved in the civic arena.”

  “Why the name, Wall Builders? In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the nation of Israel rallied together in a grassroots movement to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and thus restore stability, safety, and a promising future to that great city. We have chosen this historical concept of "rebuilding the walls" to represent allegorically the call for citizen involvement in rebuilding our nation's foundations. As Psalm 11:3 reminds us, ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?’”

Patrick Henry’s Raison d’ĂȘtre.