disappointments

Disappointments come in all kinds of shapes and forms. They can be with people, failed plans, or even covid19 disruptions. It is what we do when they come that is a true test of character.

Christ told us we would have troubles not if or when but that we would.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33

The answer to disappointment is in that verse. Read it again.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

So, what are we to do when trouble comes? Know we can still have peace because of Christ!

What comfort and hope to lean in to our Savior!

And the best part is knowing this old world with all its trouble is not the end. Problems as fear of failure, fear of viruses, racism, selfishness, self preservation or success at the cost of another, and the list can go on, we must contend with on a daily basis. What would you add?

A glorious day we can look forward to is coming when we meet our Saviour face to face in glory.

Not only did He promise to give us peace, He promised He would return: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14.1-3

Here’s some other powerful passages to be encouraged about Christ’s return:

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4.16-17

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21.25-28

Until then don’t let disappointment reign. A heart divided can not breed contentment. Harboring hurts of today only ruins tomorrow.

be.the.light to the world around you!

#bethelight, #bethehope, #bethechurch, #covid19, #disappointment,#bebetter

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just be kind

As governments try to figure out how to ease back in to a new normal, please remember:

🛑 Some people don’t agree with the opening…that’s okay, be kind.

🏡 Some people are still planning to stay home…that’s okay, be kind.

🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening…that’s okay, be kind.

💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes…that’s great, be kind.

👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off…that’s good, be kind.

📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job…be encouraging, be kind.

😷 Some will now always wear masks…god for them, be kind.

💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get the hair or nails done…that’s okay, be kind.

👉🏽 The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay, just be kind.

We don’t have to agree, but we can be kind if we disagree.

We each have a different story. If you want to stay home, stay home, just be kind! If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and be kind! Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story or have the same views. We all certainly are in different mental states than we were months ago. So, what are we to do? JUST BE KIND!

Please remember this and try to be loving everyday to everyone for “Love is patient and love is kind.” (from I Corinthians 13)

As we are: “kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving just as Christ has forgiven us…”(from Ephesians), the world will see us…

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This entry was a Facebook post that I copied, edited, and added to. I do not know the original post-er or I would give credit where credit is due. Just trying to be kind (see what I did there). 😊

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chocolate chip day

So, supposedly today is chocolate chip day. I imagine there is a day out there for anything you could think of or come up with to honor, but I say we need things to celebrate especially during quarantine.

God desires us to delight in things. What is it that gets your fancy? If it is not chocolate chips, what can you celebrate today?

There is so much in life for us to delight in. We can start with the Lord – His goodness, faithfulness, love.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37.4

Also, when we turn our hearts towards gratitude and enjoy the many things we have to be thankful for, it sure makes life a little sweeter.

So, go ahead eat those chips and celebrate the fact you are alive and have taste buds to enjoy them.

Although chocolate chip cookie day is not til August, I say go bake a batch today. (See some famous recipe options and cooking tips below.)

Then go share them with your neighbors (socially distanced of course) or drop some at the door step of relatives or friends.

In these trying times, spreading a little joy will definitely help you…

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What other ideas do you have to spread joy during these crazy times? Please comment below so we can all apply them too.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
  • Rolled oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate bar
  • Preheat oven. Line baking sheets.
  • Grind outs in a food processor.
  • In a bowl whisk together ground outs, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In an electric mixer cream butter and sugars.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time then blend in vanilla.
  • Blend in flour mixture, then mix in chocolate chips and chocolate, and walnuts if using.
  • Scoop dough out nearly 1/4 cup at a time and shape into balls.
  • Transfer to baking sheets and bake until set.

Just be sure to under-bake these slightly so you don’t end up with a dry cookie. The centers should be moist and chewy and you should have those buttery, crisp edges.

You’ll know that these homemade chocolate chip cookies are ready to come out of the oven when they’ve gone a light golden brown around the edges and on top. The centers of these cookies will be slightly moist when you take them out of the oven.

It’s best if you use unsalted butter, otherwise these cookies might be too salty. Remember that you’re also adding in 3/4 teaspoon of salt as well.

These Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies can be kept in a sealed container on your countertop for several days. If they go a bit stale, just dunk them in a little milk.

To freeze these cookies, let them cool completely on your counter. Then freeze them in a freezer-safe bag and reheat them in the oven on a low heat when you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers.

A few more tips:

  • Under-bake the cookies. These homemade chocolate chip cookies won’t look completely done when you take them out of the oven, but remember that they’ll continue cooking on the hot cookie sheet.
  • The butter should be softened, but still slightly firm when making the cookie dough.
  • If you don’t have a chocolate bar, you can add in more chocolate chips instead.

Above recipe and tips from classycooking.com

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

This recipe makes about 3 dozen medium or 18 large cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks butter), softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 330°F.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and set aside.
Combine butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar in a separate bowl and cream with electric mixer until fluffy.

With mixer running, add eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla.

Mix until combined, scraping sides of bowl.

Slowly add flour mixture, scraping sides of bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop 1 tablespoon dough for medium cookies and 2 tablespoons for large onto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake until light golden, 10 to 12 minutes for medium cookies, 12 to 14 minutes for large.

Classic Toll House chocolate chip cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars. 

SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION: 
PREPARE
 dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. 

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks. 

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet):Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

Above recipe from verybestbaking.com

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mums

Some mums give birth
Some give the child away
What a gift for another to now be honored on this day

Some mums lose their earthly battle before their little ones are grown
Some lose their little ones and live in empty homes

Some mums are loving and do not discipline

Others are tyrants trying to beat out all the sin

Mum, mumsy, mama bear, or mommy may all be heard across the land
But the greatest gift a mum can share is when a little one takes a relationship with Jesus in their own hands

You see there is no grandchildren in heaven only sisters and brothers over there
So, you better make a plan on where you will spend eternity now and here

Happy Mother’s Day to those who gave birth or raised kids not their own, but more importantly spiritual mums who pointed others to the cross training others in righteousness.

If you are a women, live out the scripture and help others see what is true, lovely, pure, admirable, and trustworthy (Philippians 4.8).

May each of us teach and be all that Paul has to say in these verses:

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4.29-32

Thank you, mums, for taking it upon yourself to…

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his name is Tom

As I pulled into the lot to order some chicken for a friend’s family whose spouse is dying, I saw him standing by the light on the opposite side of the drive in entrance way. He had a cardboard handwritten sign that said:

HOMELESS not HELPLESS.”

It was atypical.

It was unusual.

It made my heart sing.

Here he was just trying to survive and those words were life bringing and I pray life changing for all who read them including you.

Some may get offended that he is there asking for help, but the mere fact he is asking should pull on our heart strings to bleed compassion.

I got in the socially distancing only option of the day, aka the drive through and ordered extra chicken so I could park the car to bring some to him.

The intersection was a busy one and would be difficult to hand off some food to him driving out. Thus the reason I parked. Plus, I wanted more than a quick drive by hand off. He needed connection and I needed it too. Don’t we all during these trying times.

It is a time in life where many are afraid of others because of what germs they may be carrying. Still…

No excuse not to be kind.

No excuse to not reach out to our fellow man.

No excuse to not connect.

I asked his name as each nameless face has one. Please don’t forget that.

His name is Tom.

Behind every sign there is a name.

A story.

A baby born that a mother loved.

A child made perfectly by God above.

No one would will hard times on another, but we live in a sin-sick, fallen world and don’t know the full story behind the sign.

I wanted to pray with him. I wanted to talk more and hear his story. I wanted him to truly feel God’s love and understand His promises like this one👇🏼

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1.9

I wanted to truly live out the gospel when Jesus said:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13.34

Because of the coronavirus, our interaction was short. With gloved hands, he took the food and said: “God bless you.”

And He does. I know this. Do you?

For anytime we do something to the least of these (Matthew 25.40), we walk away more blessed.

That is the whole plan of serving. We give yet we get so much more. So serve your fellow man with gusto and without seeking anything in return except the happiness that is brought on by giving.

How can you make the world a better place today? Now go do it and..

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So many like Tom deserve our time, attention, care, and kindness, but most importantly our prayers.

His name is Tom. Won’t you please pray for him by name today?

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life goes on

Week seven with shut down and life goes on

We are somewhat getting use to changes we thought we would never see in our lifetime like social distancing, mask wearing, and raw or dry hands from continually washing. We are doing life different from meeting friends outside sitting 6 or more feet apart to using technology more to connect to those we work with or love. Many are completing projects set on a shelf for years. Puzzles are being displayed. Games are being enjoyed. More walks and talks with those you share home with.

How’s it going for you? What have you been doing to stay sane and pass some time. I would love to hear what you have done to make life more bearable.

Here’s a few tips to keep sane and embrace life as we now see it:

Start a thankful list and add to it daily.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5.18

Start a list with the names of God to comfort you in lonely moments.

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1.8

Don’t stress about the happenings in this world. Remember: God is in control, still sits on His throne, and in the end all who call upon His name to be saved will live in glory with Him forever.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” I John 2.15-17

Move a little each day.

“… your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6.19+20

If you can’t get outside to move because of the represent restrictions then, I highly recommend joining the Facebook ‘view from my window’ group.

It is over 2 million people strong and many have posted amazing pictures of the view out their window during this worldwide shutdown.

It avails you to go ‘traveling’ without leaving your quarantined quarters.

In the meantime, try to…

Renew your mind.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12.2

Be productive.

Be kind.

and…

be.the.hope, be.the.church, be.the.light

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2.9

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It was 1964

It was 1964 – December 10: Martin Luther King becomes the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent means.

Check out these previous posts to learn more about Dr. Martin’s efforts:

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/01/10/the-drx-excel-plus/

Today is Human Rights Day which the United Nations designated as a day to raise awareness for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Coincidence they are on the same day? I think not.

It got me thinking: There are no coincidences with God rather God incidents.

I am so grateful that God used Dr. King so mightily. I am grateful there is a declaration of human rights to protect the lives of the innocent.

What are you grateful for and what are you doing to make life a wee bit kinder for your fellow man?

“God has designed each of us for an enthusiastic, purpose-driven life. He doesn’t want you merely existing each day. He wants you to experience abundant life! But you have an enemy. And he’s a thief who wants to steal the passion, purpose, and potential you were born with. Yet here is the good news: Jesus has already overcome our enemy. Through the cross, you and I have access to His abundant life. And we can live in it today!”*

That is what this season is all about. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10.10

Be full of life.Have a grateful heart.

Live out your purpose with passion.

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*Not sure who the author is of this quote. Either a social media poster where I saw it or they got it from another.

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tell the truth. don’t blame people. be strong. do your best. try hard. forgive. stay the course.

Those were Mr. President George H W Bush’s words.

What a legend!

What a man!

What a legacy for us to learn from and try to become for ourselves.

This President was the last of the greatest generation. At his funeral last month, I learned things I did not know about him before. Like the fact, that he alone was the sole survivor during a WWII mission where he parachuted out of his plane, plunged into the ocean below, and later was rescued by a submarine. He lived his life making sure he didn’t waste his second chance and that he did not.

What are you wasting your time with?

Are you living in such a way knowing the only thing worth living for is to hear seven words when you enter into heaven.

“Well done, my good and faithful servant!” (Mathew 25.21)

We should be living out our lives desiring to hear those words “Well done!”

I believe our former president heard those words as he entered into his eternal home that can be ours one day too. He departed this life humbly, well respected, and with full faith of where he was going.

If you don’t know how to get to heaven or what it means to prepare, take some time to read the apostle’s creed * (listed below for your convenience) which was also read at the funeral. These statements of belief of the Christian faith are good pondering points that not only George HW believed but millions upon millions that went before and will follow.

And what we can follow is his example and desire to live a truthful life where he didn’t blame others, was strong in conviction, did his best at what he put his hand to, always tried hard, and stayed the course.

Do the same and your life will be brighter, full of joy, and purposefully lived. Then when your time has come ‘well done’ is what you will hear!

Happy are those who die in the Lord. Rev 14.14 (paraphrased)

I pray you are one of those happy ones as you strive to…

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on earth first.

*I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.

On the third day, He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (meaning pertaining to the whole Christian body) Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen

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