A Morning Prayer

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In the morning, O LORD, Thou wilt hear my voice;

In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.

Psalm 5:3

Start the day with blessings and open your heart, home and life to them for the rest of the day!

I want to share a sort of testimonial this morning. I read somewhere to not brag on ourselves but to boast in the LORD. I have found that to be so, so, SO true. There is no good, real, thing to brag about on my own. Not one thing good or a worthy spec can be found within 100 miles of me without HIM. On the other hand, having things to BOAST in the LORD over are plentiful to the point of overflowing!

For years, I struggled with praying. I didn’t enjoy it, I fumbled through the same words over and over. It was NOT natural to me and I felt bad for being so [less than gracious] in the holy department but I kept at it out of obligation.

Bible reading was a little easier for me but it wasn’t consistent.  In some of life’s seasons and through all of life’s storms… I would cling to the Word for the power to keep breathing in and out. Other times, I would get busy and daily distractions took over.  Instead of drinking in deeply from the clean, Living Waters,  I grabbed an inner tube and rode the current until the river ran out.

I prayed for the Lord to help me with prayer because I knew it was something I needed to do as a Christian. I knew it was important for me, my family and for others and it was just my selfishness keeping me from it.

More prayers soared to heaven for me to fall in love with reading the Bible and for the discipline and organization to read it every single day.

I learned something. One day, I stopped at a place in the pathway of this journey and I realized that God had already given me everything I was asking for. I just hadn’t stopped to unwrap the requests and bring them into my life. For so long, I was borrowing His gifts and then handing them back or leaving them at places along the way… as I reached for other things.

Have you ever heard that God doesn’t need our prayers to show His power and He doesn’t need us to read His Word for Him to work? The saying goes that He calls us to seek Him because He knows we need those things. He knows where our peace and power come from!

I’ve tried it both ways – seeking Him through meditation, prayer, reading the Bible and listening for His voice or attempting to make it through without those disciplines.  I have decided to follow Jesus! The difference is so amazing … I could write a million words every day for the rest of my life and not find adjectives adequate to describe it. No turning back, no turning back! He is alive and living within me… my life is not the same. A light now shines … it BLASTS through the darkness. My head is now bowed in praise and worship instead of being lowered in shame. My hands lift up in gratitude for HIS goodness, His mercy, and His amazing, amazing grace.

My prayers are celebrations. My prayers are victorious. My prayers are my praises!

Reading my Bible is my favorite part of my day! It is where I find my faithfulness, it is where I see Who goes before me and it is my life’s plan.

My walk with the Lord isn’t perfect but HE is.

My ways are not always right but HE is.

My day is no longer my own. I strive to remember each morning to ask HIM to guide it.

For me, I get up anywhere from 4:00 to 5:00 on average and make my side of the bed as I get out of it.

Depending on the hour I awake, I either immediately make myself a cup of French press coffee and have a quiet time reading my Bible and prayer journaling or I do this as soon as my husband leaves for work.

Before he gets out the door, I pour coffee into his Stanley thermos and a stainless steel cup he carries to work, fill two thermoses with nutrition shakes and one more keeps  his oatmeal (with peanut butter, raw honey, cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon) warm until he is ready to eat.  He has the same thing every work morning and it actually bothers him if anything gets changed. (He is such a creature of habit naturally…)

Whether I have my time seeking the LORD first or second each morning, it comes before any and everything else.

Each morning, my dishwasher needs to be emptied/refilled, the floors need to be swept, the animals have to be fed, the laundry has to get moving, and the bathrooms get a quick clean. There are appointments, tasks for businesses I run from home, writing, and on the list goes. These and anything on my calendar & planner come *after* I seek God to direct the steps for the hours of my day. He is my Advisor, my Coach, my Mentor. He is my Lord and Savior. He is for me and not against me and He will not leave me nor forsake me. He makes a way and His Word is before me for the new adventure of each new day.

He isn’t a God of partiality. What He does for one, Who is is for one… He will do and He will be for another. “For there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:11

If you are seeking the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and you have the bountiful provision for your every need, share it! Share your testimony! Shine HIS light brightly into a world of darkness and offer a hope that only comes from heaven.

“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

If you are feeling a bit lost in your relationship with God or if seeking Him seems awkward and you don’t know how to feel His presence… start right where you are. That is right where He is…

It isn’t a long trip for Him to find you. The moment you call out to Him, you will find your hope for He has been there all along.

 

 

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Pesto

My basil plants are producing beautifully this year! Every time I have grown this herb it has done well but this year has just been beautiful, green leaf after beautiful green leaf since right after they were planted. 

I have sold them at a farmer’s market table, mixed them up in soups, tossed them in salads and plan to layer them with fresh mozarella and tomatoes. I have been reading all kinds of interesting ways to store basil and I have also been craving pesto so I gathered a grocery sack full. After giving them a good bath and spin in the salad spinner, I used some in this thrown together recipe for pesto:

Walnuts (I know pine nuts are the standard for this but they are outrageously expensive and these work just as well)

Olive oil (I tried to use a lot less than I’ve seen in recipes)

Parmesan cheese (I don’t recall adding this before but saw it in a recent recipe and happened to have some out for my son’s dinner so I threw some in!)

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Sea salt and pepper

I just pulsed this in the food processor a few times. It was delicious. I am taking advice from a fellow farmer’s market table vendor and covering it with a light layer of olive oil and refrigerating it over night. In the morning, I will remove some of the oil and freeze it! 

 

Oven roasted corn on the cob?

I don’t make a lot of corn and even though I adore the flavor of fresh corn – I’m not in love with shucking it. Getting a gazillion, tiny strands of silk from row after row after row of snugly nestled niblets isn’t great fun. 

I came across this recipe (and I just got 12 cobs from a local farming couple) so I thought I would try it. Twelve corn cobs are basking in the glow of oven flames (prettier wording than gas oven) and I will try to send an update later to let you know how they turned out. 

🙂 

Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Single Serving Cake! (S)

I want to try all the versions shown here!

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Single serving desserts are one of my favorite things to eat on Trim Healthy Mama!  I’ve tried a few different mug/bowl recipes for cake or muffins in a mug.  I’ve been trying to come up with one that really hits the spot for my taste buds!  After many attempts, I have one that I really like!  This is great for anyone on a low sugar/low glycemic eating plan!

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cake in a Mug! (S)

  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup of egg whites
  • 1.5 Tbs. of almond flour/meal
  • 1.5 Tbs. of coconut flour
  • 1 Tbs. of Truvia or xylitol
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 Tbs. of water
  • 1 Tbs. of coconut oil or butter
  • 1 Tbs. of Lily’s Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
  • 2 tsp. of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. of unsweetened coconut(optional)

I mix it all together and microwave it for…

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Rockin’ Roll Cake! (FP)

This looks so good!

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I’ve NEVER been more excited about a dessert in my life!  No lie!  My friend Angel is a great cook and she came up with this delicious recipe.  I give her BIG props!  I almost ran to the kitchen to make it after she gave me the recipe.  I made two different versions to try and really enjoy them both!

This first one has a cream cheese and whipped cream filling.  I topped it with berries!

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The second version I made had a filling of chocolate pudding that I made by adding 1 TBS of cocoa to the Nighty Night Custard and a layer of whipping cream!  I just made one serving of the custard for my filling.  You could do so many flavors!

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I know, right?!!  They taste as good as they look…probably better!  The possibilities are endless for the filling.  I say this is a Fuel Pull because…

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First Post & Whole grain waffle recipe

This blog is actually one I started at another blog site and it is a long and very drawn out story (with me telling it anyway) that I won’t bore you with. The thing is… this is an attempt at getting the pictures, recipes, and other kitchen dancing and such down. Far too often, my husband and/or kids want something I’ve made and I do not recall the ingredients! 

It is also just nice to have a record of what I am making. 

Someone (my DIL)  has been talking about food blogging being a fun idea and I decided to stop saying I would get back to it … and actually get back to it. So, here it is. 

Now that the introduction of sorts is done, I will share a recipe!

We were under winter storm warnings so I made a pot of pinto beans and a pot of garbanzo beans. They were washed and sorted, soaked, rinsed and cooked and are now in the fridge and ready to eat. For dinner, I had a low-carb flour tortilla seared on one side with a Laughing Cow garlic -light- cheese wedge with refried beans I made by smashing the pinto beans. I also added a bit of salsa to the top and this was SO GOOD! 

I made a pot of quinoa in the rice cooker and steamed an almost full head of cabbage in the top of it. Those are both in containers in the fridge for tomorrow. We will probably add some sauteed vegetables to the quinoa tomorrow and drizzle some Bragg’s liquid aminoes or balsamic vinegar over it. 

Last but now least, I took ideas from my other DIL and made chicken and waffles for all of us! I’ve never made this before but I have seen it in restaurants and ours may have been more healthy! Instead of frying the chicken, I just cooked it slowly on my cast iron, stove top griddle. Here is the recipe for the whole grain waffles:

Here is the recipe with my changes:

Whole-Wheat Waffles

 
 
 
 
SERVES: 4 – 5
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups milk (I have used everything from skim milk to thick buttermilk…so whatever you have on hand should work) * My note * I used Kefir and some water in the first two batches and used Kefir and unsweetened almond milk in the last two. 
  • ¼ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon honey *My Note*  I want to try these with Truvia or Stevia but my husband and kids still say they can taste it in some of the things I’ve made. 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon *My Note* (I almost always add way more cinnamond than recipes call for!)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda *My Note* Missed this so it didn’t get added!
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s organic white whole-wheat flour) *My Note* I used a blend of Kamut and hard white flour I milled before today.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder *My Note* * I had two recipes and the other called for 4 teaspoons and that is what I added.
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Warmed 100% pure maple syrup for serving
  • Fresh fruit for serving
  • *My Note* – Some of the batches had blueberries that were coated in some of the flour and the last batch had those as well as roasted pecans, walnuts, and almond slices! 
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lumps disappear.
  4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3 – 4 minutes each).
  5. Keep waffles warm until you finish cooking all of them. Top with pure maple syrup and fruit. Enjoy!