Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Husband, My Maker

Good morning daughters of grace,

I have some awesome news for you!  The chef is getting married!  Yes!  Praise God, He has sent me a wonderful man of God, John.  I’m grateful to the Lord and I am so excited about starting my new life with him.  At almost 37 years old this is my first marriage and I am SO happy I waited on the Lord.  Can I say this man is perfect?  No, but he IS perfect for me.  Can I say we won’t have hard times?  No, but I know the Lord will get us through them.  I KNOW that trusting in the Lord is the best thing that we can do as a couple, just as a I learned as a single. 

Recently, one of the other Mom Squad moms asked me about waiting on the Lord during my time as a single mom.  She suggested that I offer any words of wisdom that may help encourage others that are living in a time of singleness.  Wow!  What a task!  I can only share what I went through.  I can’t say that I’ve never felt lonely or sad.  I can’t say that I’ve never questioned God about why I was still single but what I can say is that the Lord is faithful!!!  He kept me and protected me when I made and wanted to make poor choices.  Literally removing relationships from my life and causing people to never call me again!  He encouraged my heart when I’d feel down.  He gave me business opportunities to take up my time and He filled my life with the most wonderful friends a girl could ever ask for, single or married.
For me crying out to the Lord was a major help for me.  It may sound silly but it was the only thing that gave me peace.  I desired a husband and had for many years.  I felt the “clock” ticking.  I was a single mom and I was ready for someone to love!  I’d ask the Lord time and time again.  I had blind dates with friends of friends.  I asked friends for advice.  A lot of the advice was good but I’m not even going to go into some of the insensitive comments and bad advice that was given to me while I was waiting.  The fact was, most of my friends were married and I desired someone to serve the Lord with.  On several occasions I’d lie in my bed and cry out, asking God WHY was I still single.  What was wrong with me that everyone else was getting married but me?  WHY LORD WHY?! One day the Lord showed me this scripture”

“For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” ~ Isa 54:5 NASB

I held on to this scripture for dear life.  My husband was the Lord.  When I was struggling to pay the bills I talked to the Lord about it.  He was my husband after all.  When my body yearned for the touch of a man I cried out to the Lord to help me not to make bad choices and ease the tension in my body.  When I just needed someone to talk to because all my married friends were busy I learned to talk to my HUSBAND.  My Husband loves me and He will never leave me nor forsake me.  As I prepare for marriage and to begin life with my earthly husband I’m reminded that my heavenly Husband is always taking care of me.  I’m reminded that before I stress about bills, health and everything else I can need to take comfort in my Husband who holds the world in His hands.  My soon to be husband is a wonderful, caring man who can’t wait to take care of me but he is NOTHING like my Husband, my Maker, who loves me like no other! 

Take heart daughter of grace!  Your Husband is already here!  This week’s recipe is one for the single ladies specifically.  It’s so easy to “eat” your way to peace but that’s not what the Lord wants.  Chocolate is great but it’s not better than Him.  That said, please enjoy, in moderation J this recipe for black bean brownies.  Packed full of fiber, protein and chocolaty goodness, they are low in sugar and absolutely delicious!  I've made them several times and they are always a hit!  No one will know they are made mainly with black beans!

Black Bean Brownies

1 can (15 oz) black beans, no salt added
1/2 cup agave syrup (or sugar)
1/2 cup self-rising flour (or ½ cup whole wheat flour & ¾ tsp baking powder & ¼ tsp salt)
1/2 cup egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
6 tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor or blender, mix all dry ingredients (except chips) together. Add agave, vanilla, and egg whites.  Mix until incorporated and smooth.  Add the chips and stir well. Spread into the 8x8 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1 hour at room temperature.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amish Country! On a rainy cold day is awesome!

Hi ya'll!

Earlier this month I gave you tips of fun places to go and how to find fun activities outside.  Well, this weekend was rainy and cold, so I decided to get in the ole mini van and headed for Amish country. We are going to be making apple butter and I burned the last batch- whoops! So I had to get some more deliciously fresh apples. On the way we came upon Warther's Museum. This place is so awesome! He actually whittled all of this by hand. I found it interesting, because he spent five hours at least a day doing this, where many of us waste away our time unproductively texting, face book messaging, internet, television and movies. It makes you stop and think how amazing we as human beings can be, the museum tour guide said Mr. Warther only had a second grade education, but you will see what amazing gifts from God he had.

You can also buy their kitchen knives that they make right here in the good old USA!!!

You have to check it out for yourself!

In November you can visit for $5 a person! Here is some info from their website  for that:  
The 2014 Warther's Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Tree Show
From November 15th - 23rd, a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be set amid Warther’s famous carvings. Each tree, with its own unique theme, will be for sale. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Union Hospital Auxiliary.
Hours: 11AM – 8PM; Festival closes on Nov. 24th at 5PM
Adult Admission: $5
Children under 12 are free

After we toured the museum, we went to Coblentz chocolates! Yummy! This destination is a must if you are a chocolate lover.  My daughter is a beautician, so we got her scissor shaped chocolate. My husband loves motorcycles so we picked the motorcycle shaped chocolate for him. As for me and my son Jason, we just love chocolate so I picked a pumpkin and he picked another scissor shaped one like his sister.

The last stop in Amish country for the day was Hillcrest Apple Orchard.

I hope you get a chance to travel down to Amish country, it is really amazing! The beautiful scenery that God made is beautiful all seasons of the year. I just love going to Amish country with the family whether it is a planned trip or spur of the moment. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On The Eve Of Fifty!

On Saturday,  I will reach a milestone that some women dread....I turn 50!  I say bring it on!  I am excited to step into a new generation and take full advantage of my AARP card. 

A birthday is a great time to look back on the past year and set goals for the one that awaits.  I don't have many regrets in my life or things that I wish I had done different.  Okay...maybe a few.  I do regret my aqua net hair of the 80's, the fashion trends inspired by flash dance and that time I trashed the inside of a boy's car because he broke up with my best friend.  (they are now married)

Looking ahead is much more fun.  I feel that turning the page to the 50's is like a blank slate.  The possibilities are endless...but there is one goal that I want to reach soon.  It may sound crazy, but....I want to understand FOOTBALL.

Let me explain.  I am the proud mother of four.  One is married and two are away at college.  That leaves my son as a temporary only child.  In two years, he will be spreading his wings and leaving the nest.  He love sports and especially football.  I sometimes feel left out when I hear him and my husband speak non stop about football.  I want to contribute instead of staring at my phone googling "football for dummies."   I need help.  Please explain to me the difference between a full back and half back?  Why would you want half when you can have full?  What is a safety?  I thought a blitz was a reindeer? Could you explain what it means when a ref throws a hankie on the field? 

Here is my dream.  This Sunday when the men in my house are watching the big game, I want to come in the room and blow their minds with my football knowledge.

Are you with me?  Will you help me?  I will provide the tailgate.