Thursday, March 27, 2014

Almond Butter Chocolate Cookies

So I just made these gluten/ grain free cookies.  They are really pretty good and surprised me.  My kids devoured them in a matter of a couple minutes so I think I will be making them again.

Almond Butter Chocolate Cookies

1 c. almond butter (I used trader joe's)
3 T raw honey
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. gluten free oat flour
2 T tapioca starch
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Blend up the wet ingredients, then add the dry.  Mix till everything is incorporated. Spoon onto cookie sheet, or roll into balls.  Cook 10 minutes and then let cool and eat.  I also rolled some up and put them in the freezer to eat raw.  Those ones did not have the egg it in.  Both ways tasted good.  It makes a cake like cookie that is fluffy.

I hope you enjoy making this, add some real whipped cream as a topping or eat it alone.  It's a nice healthy little treat your gluten free kiddos will enjoy.  You can substitute any nut butter.  I used almond due to a peanut allergy/ intolerance, in one of my three children.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Looking Up and Waiting

Things are most definitely looking up in many ways.  I now only have my children at home. Three is much more doable in a two bedroom apartment, than six. ;)

 My dear friend is doing better daily and was able to take her children home.  What a blessing that is.  She can hold her 3 month old and be in her children's presence.  These things are huge praises to the LORD.

In this there are also a lot of things that seem to be standing still.  Each day brings on more questions.  What about, what's going to happen? My heart feels heavy at times with the waiting, with the unknown.  I know the Lord has told me not to worry about anything, but that's so hard!  I worry, I think about all the what ifs and I plan for how to react, how to deal. I do this probably because of my upbringing.  It's my survival mechanism.  Yet it still doesn't fully prepare me.  Things still blow me away and take me off guard. 

I find I have to keep saying, " Lord, help me, help me to wait on you.  Renew my strength daily.  Please Lord. I so easily fall into worry and fear, help me Lord to not worry about tomorrow, but to come to you daily, seeking you to guide me and answer me just for this day. Help me to remember that God,  and keep a day at a time perspective. "

If you are a person who worries too.  I hope you can find peace in Christ, and go to him each day asking for help to not worry but to Wait on Him.  I know it's not easy, let's do it together.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Fun

My husband is Irish.  We love to celebrate St. Patty's day.  We don't do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but we do the Leprechaun.  We set out traps the night before and try to catch the Leprechaun with greens and rainbows and yummy treats.  The Leprechaun has yet to be caught.  Though one year my husband got a "picture" of the Leprechaun.  He did some fancy computer editing and had the Leprechaun by my daughter's trap.  The kids were amazed! 

This year we set 5 traps, one for each of the kids that were big enough.  We got some fun ideas for traps here. The kids had a lot of fun being creative and decorating their traps.  The next day they woke up to green cre paper confetti all over their beds, green footprints on their traps and walls and floors, even on the green tooth brushes.  The Lephracaun found my sons green truck and drove it all over the kitchen floor leaving green streaks.  There was also candy all over wrapped in yellow or gold colored paper.  It was a very fun time of finding the sneaky things the Lepracaun did, like adding green (natural colored) sprinkles to the milk.  That silly guy.

 What fun things do you do with your kids to celebrate St. Patty's day?  Tell us about it.

After he came. The candy is gone, and foot
prints are there.

One trap before he came.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crying Out

This week was a hard week.  My dear friend struggled to gain her breath as fluid from tumors filled her lungs.  Seeing her struggle and become winded while talking or walking from one room to the other in her home was heart breaking.  Back at my home I tended to her three babies, praying over them and caring for them and hoping and praying that their mommy would pull through this.  On this particular morning there was a fight over blocks and one of her little boys began to cry.  He crumpled up on the floor with tears pouring out.  I lifted him up and he clung to my neck while his tears streamed down my arm.  As I rocked him and prayed for him aloud and silently my heart felt as if it would burst.  This was not merely about blocks.  His tears seemed to pour forth all his worries, his fears, the changes.  My heart cried out to my Heavenly Father, "Please, LORD, please heal her, heal her, they need their mommy."

His little back stopped heaving and we dried his tears, a smile broke across his face and he scampered away to play again.  As I watched him I thought of how much was bottled up in my heart.  How I could curl up in my Father's lap and cry out to him.

I'm believing for a miracle, I'm believing for her healing.  In the meantime I'm remember to cry out to God and cling to His truth, His word!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Worthy is His Name

Each night as my precious kiddos close their eyes and begin to drift off into dream land I sing Jesus Lamb of God. The song speaks to my heart each night.  Though I may fall down, He picks me up, though I may feel dry, He fills my cup.  I love singing this at the end of each day, it's a reminder to me that God is my ALL and that no matter what the day may have been like HE is worthy of praise. 

I love singing praises to the Lord as my children fall asleep.  It makes me feel like I'm in the Lord's presence.  I imagine angels joining in praise filling my children's room.  The peace that surrounds us as I sing out to the Lord is so calming and so comforting.  I hope that my children will remember when they are grown to start the day and close the day praising our great God.

I hope they too will know that they can not do anything with out the Lord and that only He can fill their cup, only He can pick them up when they feel unable to go on.  I hope and pray that my kids will learn to lean into the Lord and bring Him all their joys and all their sorrows.

Do you have a special song of praise that you sing over your children or with them?  Share it with us.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

My faith will stand

As I listen to "Where feet may fail" my soul cries out to the Lord.  I feel like HE has called me out and these are deep waters. Deep waters of life circumstances: cancer raging in my best friend's body, children confused by the changes and acting out from a place of needing reassurance.  Deep waters of my mind racing with all that's going on and my heart burdened day and night.  The thoughts of what if...the hopes for healing and renewal.  Yet I will declare, "MY FAITH WILL STAND".  I declare it again to the Lord in this time of deep waters, as I did when I didn't understand loosing my babies, as I did while in the hospital for 10 straight weeks, or when money seemed non existent and we didn't know how we'd make it through the day let alone a week.  This time the waves seem bigger, the ocean deeper and I will say, " LORD, my faith will stand and I will call upon YOUR name!"  

"God keep my eyes above the waves."  There are so many waves.  Waves of unknown, waves of emotion, waves that feel like they could crash right over us.  But God you are bigger than those waves, you are bigger than the storm and I know that you can keep my eyes on you, above the waves and allow me to walk.  I thank the Lord that I can rest in his embrace knowing that I am his, that my best friend is his that all 7 of these children involved are his.  I thank the Lord for his grace, as they abound in these deep waters.  Fear may surround us, but God has never failed me and he won't start now.

I need to keep calling on HIS name and keep my eyes above the waves, so that my soul can rest in HIS embrace. 

I never thought this is where the Lord would take me.  I would not have wandered to this place. Moving to a new state, uprooting our lives, we did not picture this would be why. We had much grander, less messy plans. Yet the Lord has lead me to a place where my feet could fail, but his grace abounds.   A place of taking care of two families of kids and homeschooling more than my family. Meshing our children together and working through the trials that come.  Yet I see my faith being made stronger as I press into the Lord and I cry out,  "Lead me Lord where my TRUST is without borders, going where ever you would call me. If it's ministering to my friend, if it's tending to her babies, if it's teaching them.  If it's calming the fears, wiping the tears, give me the strength God."

When the days are hard, when the noise of the world crams in, when others speak their fears into my life, into this situation, I'm so glad that I have my SAVIOR, that I can be in his presence.  That I can feel him saying TRUST me, that he's taking my faith deeper, though there is pain, without it there would not be growth. So I will call upon HIS NAME and keep my eyes fixed on HIM, my dear heavenly father, though my feet fail, HE never does and he can lead my feet and allow me to walk on the water, over the waves. 

I pray today for HIS strength and for my eyes fixed above the waves.  Will you pray for me too and for my best friend.  To listen to the song that is my anthem right now click this link.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Staying Centered

I haven't been able to write much lately.  Things have been very busy.  I've been spending a lot of time tending to my friend's children as she deals with doctor's appointments and all that has to be done with her recent diagnosis.  Life can seem chaotic when our routines get thrown out the window and we add more children to our home school classroom.  It reminds me all the more of why I need to be centered on Christ.

I need to have my mind on him, my thoughts on him so that I can function through the day, no matter what life throws at me.  If God is not my focus than I start to get flustered because things aren't going by my plans, my schedule my desires.  I become angry easier at children or friends when they throw a wrench into my system.  Like the temper tantrum my youngest threw as I was trying to get out the door. 
These things can put me in a state of panic or I can give it to Jesus and say, "Okay Lord you know all things.  You know I have appointments to get to. You know the crazy schedule I'm keeping and all the running we're doing. You know my lack of sleep and my worry for my dear friend.  You know how the kids are bickering and schooling is not getting done the way I envision.  Lord you know it all, please give me the right perspective and help me to meet the needs of my family.  Give me strength and patience in this moment." 

I want to be centered on Christ.  I want to be always thinking about him and handing over my plans.  I know I need him.  Without him I'm a mess.  Yet I have to make the choice to focus on him. 

How do you focus on Christ, when everything around you seems out of control?