Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes

Yesterday I made something new and seasonal. Pumpkin pancakes. Let me just say with a heavenly sigh, YUM. I now consider it my duty to share with you this fantastic recipe!

Warning - These are so delicious that you will have to make them again and again!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 1/4 C  all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
dash ground ginger
1 C milk
1/2 C pumpkin puree (I used pumpkin pie filling)
1 Large egg
2 Tablespoons oil or butter

These pancakes do not need syrup. I sprinkled a little cinnamon and sugar on top and I had some fresh sugared pecans that I added as garnish (such a fun word to say!).

So in the words of my sister: Mix - Cook - Devour!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election 2012 || A Conversation with God

I did not vote for Barack Obama. As the results came in last night, I felt my heart slowly sinking. I'm going to be honest, I was not happy angry. I was upset. I literally cried (call it pregnancy hormones). Some have said, "Get a grip! It's over. Quit mourning!" Really? I think America has just cause to mourn. I think we SHOULD have mourned long ago for the state of our nation. The election is over, yes, but that does not mean that the children of God should shut up and "get over it." Our country needs help and I think it's good that many are speaking up, completely and soberly aware of the situation we are in. Personally, I am praying this leads to a massive revival of God's people. It ought to...

To be clear, I don't think Mitt Romney was outstanding. People hailed him as some kind of savior and maybe that's where the conservatives messed up. Who knows? But I voted for him because he would have been FAR better than the socialist view of our current president. I could vent a lot, but I won't. However, I'm going to give you a conversation I had with the Lord last night and this morning. When things do not go as we want, it is comforting to know that no matter what our thoughts say, Jesus always has an answer that brings peace!

My thoughts: God, how could this happen??

His Truth: I have made all things for myself: yea, even the wicked. (Proverbs 16:4) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7). For the kingdoms are mine: and I am the governor among the nations. (Psalm 22:28)

My thoughts: You are in control, Lord. But oh how I wanted a different outcome!

His Truth: My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

My thoughts: Lord, I know Your Word says this world is only going to get worse before You return, but why can't I experience a little of the America my parents and grandparents had?

His truth: See that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass. (Matthew 24:6) For this cause have I raised you up, to show My power; and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth. (Exodus 9:16) Fret not because of evildoers. (Psalm 37:1)

My thoughts: But Father, what about my children? How can I raise them for Your work and Your glory in a world so evil?

His truth: My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in your weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) I will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on Me. (Isaiah 26:3) My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

My thoughts: Oh Lord, will You remove Your Spirit from our country??

His truth: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18) The Comforter shall abide with you forever. (John 14:16I will give strength to My people; I will bless My people with peace. (Psalm 29:11) I will never leave you, nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

The Lord is good. His peace is surpassing. His faithfulness is sure. His strength is our shield. His truth is our sword.


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