Archive for April, 2013

Maddie’s been saying she wants to take a cooking class this summer. I guess she’s serious.

Yesterday she rummaged through my cabinets and found “ingredients” to bake a cake. We were in a hurry and I told her to remind me another day.

Today, yesterday’s tomorrow, was the day. She reminded me, and since I really had to reason to not let her do it, I let her pick out ingredients and bake a cake. She did not want to follow a recipe, and she did not want to be guided. She ran out of ingredients towards the end and asked for suggestions, and took my ideas to add flour and baking soda. Otherwise, she did it all on her own.

She tried it and ate her whole piece and she said it was good. I asked her if she was going to eat the whole thing but she said no, she made it for her “baby sister” (aka her doll), and she really doesn’t really like peanuts. :\

She had me try it, and it actually wasn’t too bad. A few bites of it with all that Stevia made it pretty pungent, though. I had to try to keep it in my mouth to be a good mommy, since she did and everything…She said it’s great that I put it on the internet, so she can remember the ingredients (for next time, I guess? Egads.).

Can’t blaim her efforts though. Especially when I made strawberry banana muffins from somebody’s self-proclaimed amazing recipe right before her baking attempts, and mine really didn’t turn out that great either.

Here’s Maddie’s recipe for “Peanut Cake”:

1 Tb shortening

a few tsps (you decide how many) brown sugar

1/2 tsp sucanat (this is unrefined sugar)

1/2 a small bottle of Stevia

about 1 tsp cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

flour (just eyeball it and throw it in)

1/2 apple juice juice box

1-2 tsp sherry

a few small handfuls of peanuts, pecans, walnuts

sprinkling of white chocolate chips

sprinkling of semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix brown sugar and shortening thoroughly. Add sucanat, stevia and cocoa. Mix. Pour in apple juice and sherry; mix well. Throw in baking soda, flour, and all nuts. Mix really, really, really, super well. Pour batter into mini bread loaf pan. Sprinkle the white and semi sweet chocolate chips on top. Bake at 375 degrees for awhile…until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean. Cool.



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Prone to laziness when it comes to growing in faith? Read 2 Peter and you just might get a good swift kick in the booty:

For whoever lacks (growing in the listed godly qualities), is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins (2 Pet 1:9).

Lesson for today:

having forgotten: lambano lethe

This is no ordinary forgetfulness; this is proactive forgetfulness. It literally means to look upon any one’s power (in this case God’s), to consider it, and then neglect it. Peter’s not talking about those who just plain don’t want to know about God…he’s talking about those who’ve already tasted and “known the way of righteousness (2 Pet 2:21).”  Lambano lethe means “to take up and carry” forgetfulness, “to not refuse” to forget, “to choose” to forget.

For those called to share in the divine (2 Pet 1:3-4), that means forgetting & neglecting the divine power of our salvation. It means to add to our repertoire of knowledge as we go to church and conveniently forget to allow that knowledge to be effective and fruitful in our hearts. So…maybe it’s not so much that we’re always prone to laziness, but perhaps, if we’re honest, we’re really more prone to forgetting.

For me it means to forget to make my one interest in life to become more like Christ by seeking after any activity that will keep me from living out this very purpose: to put off the pouring out of my soul in prayer with my Abba Father until another day, read God’s Word but delay engaging it, waste hours of my time discussing the health benefits of raw milk and the horrors of high fructose corn syrup, spend volumes of brain power pondering how I can make my house look “just a little nicer”, look at scorn upon another woman’s perfectly clean home, well-made bed and perfectly decorated everything, add to my reading list of “knowledge-worthy” books, neglect dealing with the those nagging things in the depths of my soul that I’ve noticed for years, relish in praise, attempt to be more comfortable in this life, and simply just “fit in” a little more in this world.

What does it mean for you?

Bottom line? I’d say I’m to be exerting all my interests and all my efforts into looking more like the native of heaven that I really am, rather than putting it off and forgetting about it.

…make every effort to supplement your faith…be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure…(2 Pet 1:5, 10)

Because why? Because growing in godliness enables me to stand firm in this life, Peter tells me…in the midst of personal trials and suffering, while false prophets rise up around me, as I see others enslaved by sin, while I watch the wrongful & unjust suffering in others’ lives, as people engage in active sinfulness, and while I see some of my fellow Kingdom-natives enjoy the ‘freedoms’ of the flesh & start backsliding. And if I really, truly want to stand firm, for all of my days, with my whole heart, with my eyes on Him and Him alone, despite all these things that will go on around me…which I so wholeheartedly, down in my deepest gut do…I’ll submit to the calling that God has placed over me: the call to His own glory and excellence. It is the call to escape the corruption in the world and grow more and more to be what He has told me I am: a sharer of the divine nature. I’ll allow Him to transform me. But not only will I allow it, I’ll seek after it with all earnestness and diligence and striving. I’ll seek after godliness, and in so doing, I won’t fall away.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. (2 Pet 1:8, 10)

Prone to laziness when it comes to growing in faith? Prone to forgetting to actually grow? Read 2 Peter and yes, you just might get a good swift kick in the booty. But you’ll also get the sweet assurance and hope that there is a good and beautiful purpose for that little kick; a fruit-bearing, incredibly effective, steadfast and firm standing purpose. We’re made of different stuff; we’re made of the divine. Let’s be brave and bold to remember that, and to grow. Mercifully, astoundingly, we have His incredibly precious and very great promises and His divine power to help us.



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