I drug the family over to the cemetery to look and remember
those who have fought and died to make us free-
they don't enjoy cemeteries as much as I do,
but I think all the history is so interesting!
Anyways, today I'm sharing with you a lovely
bouquet of irises that our neighbor lady
brought over last week. What a sweet surprise!
They made the whole house smell good.
I think this violet colored frilly iris was my favorite... I think-
they were all so pretty!
Of course I had to use my iris tea cup!
And I couldn't resist a Double Decker Brownie-
the recipe is below. It works very well if you are
on a gluten free diet too, since they don't take much flour.
Double Decker Brownies
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. flour or gluten free baking mix
2 T. cocoa
1/2 t. baking powder
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter
1 1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
2 c. miniature marshmallows
Mix together butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend in flour/baking mix, cocoa, and baking powder. Place in greased 9x13 pan. Spread evenly and bake at 350 for 20 min. Remove and sprinkle miniature marshmallows on top. Return to oven for 3 minutes. Let cool. After bars are cooled, mix the chocolate chips and peanut butter and melt over low heat or in the microwave. Add cereal and then spread on cooled bars.
Here at our house it seems like there is always something to worry over, wonder about, and decide. I suppose it's that way for everyone. Kids activities alone is a huge one. I don't know how many camps we've gotten fliers for this month- football camp, basketball camp, golf camp, Bible camps, VBS in 3 places, you name it our kids could be busy all summer. Of course each one sounds so exciting and if their friends are going then they want to be there too! This morning as I was pondering this and other things we have going on, God brought the story of Martha and Mary to my mind in Luke 10.
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered,
"you are worried and upset about many things,"
"but only one thing is needed."
What was that one thing?
"Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken from her."
If you look back a couple verses, it tells us about Martha's sister Mary-
She had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
We can't let ourselves get so busy that we fail to sit at Jesus' feet and listen. That is the one thing that is needed. A good reminder for me this morning!
I found DJ playing Legos under the trampoline the other day-
this is the battle of Helm's Deep.
Since we are in the process of finding our next child these days adoption has been on my heart a lot. Right now in our state there are 850 children waiting to be adopted. There are over 100,000 children in the United States who are just waiting, some for years- now listen to this- there are something like 300,000 churches in the United States right now also... Umm, doesn't something seem wrong with this picture? I'm not trying to guilt you into doing anything, guilt is not a good motivator, I'm just trying to make you aware.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
At our church we have begun an orphan ministry, and last Sunday night we watched a video by Family Life, and Dennis Rainey made this point. For decades the church has campaigned to end legalized abortion. That is a good thing. We need to protect life at all stages. But let's just imagine that Roe v. Wade was overturned- there would be thousands more children who would need to be adopted then, right? If the church can't or won't take care of the thousands of kids waiting right now, why would we take care of thousands more?
Now you might say, well... those kids that are waiting, they have all sorts of issues that I don't think we can handle.
But he said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
No, you or I probably will not be able to handle everything these kids might throw our way, but we have God! In his power and strength, we can do it. We do not need to be afraid. You know, when God adopts us into his family, does he only adopt those of us who are perfect, who haven't made any mistakes or gotten into any trouble? Of course not, he delights in redeeming us and healing us from all our past problems. So why do we only want to adopt perfect babies, who haven't made any mistakes yet? (I'm talking to myself here too, you know). Adoptive parents wait for years to get their perfect baby, and 13 year old children wait years for their adoptive home. Doesn't quite add up.
Therefore as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,