Sunday, March 26, 2017

FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions and Answers

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FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions & Answers

 Today we are going to talk about "Forgiveness."  Our example and goal of forgiveness is the type of total forgiveness that we receive from our Heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus Christ.  God sent His one and only Son to died on the cross so that we all might have everlasting life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

This post is in a "Q & A" (Question and Answer) format.
 Q: How can my sins be forgiven?
"........forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14 & 15

A:  The first step is to believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins - it's just that easy.  Pray to God thanking Him for the gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

The next step is to follow God's example of forgiveness and forgive everyone around you - forgive whatever wrong that has been done against you and then you will also be forgiven in that same way.  "Treat others as you would want to be treated" and "Forgive others as you would want to be forgiven."


Q: Are there some sins that can never be forgiven?
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us ALL our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13 & 14
A:  There's nothing more simple than "all".  That means every huge and horrid sin and every tiny seemingly insignificant sin.....ALL....."The whole lot"........"The whole kit and caboodle"........"The whole shebang"...........Every single little, moderate, big and everything in between sin......Everything is forgiven through Jesus' sacrifice.
Q: Are there certain people who are exempt from receiving forgiveness?

"Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him EVERYONE who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses." Acts 3:38 & 39

A:  Again, another simple answer - Everyone.  That includes people of every kind of race, every religion, people from any country;  it includes family, friends, neighbors, strangers & enemies;  that also includes the young, old and everything in between and men and women alike - EVERYONE!

Q: What if someone doesn't know that they are sinning? - Do we still have to forgive if they haven't repented?

"When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
Luke 23:33 & 34

A:  This is one of the most difficult things to do - forgive someone even if they don't know that they are sinning.  Tears come to my eyes every time I think about this verse & what Jesus endured for our sins - for our salvation.  Not only did Jesus forgive the 2 criminals that were being crucified with Him but He also forgave the people who were nailing Him to the cross & He also forgave the people who were gambling His clothes away!!!  He cried out "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."  So, the answer is YES - we need to forgive everyone and every sin even when that person doesn't realize that they are sinning. 

Q: OK - so we have to forgive but do we have to forget also?
"For I forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Hebrews 8:12 

A:  I'll answer this question with a question - Is it really forgiving if you are not forgetting?  Now, I know that we are human and of course we will remember what was done to us in the past -  but if we do not forget that means that we are constantly bringing up that sin in present and future arguments or conflicts.  When you have been hurt by someone it is so easy to bring up all of the other "hurts" from the past - but that's NOT forgiveness - that's holding onto that offense.  We MUST forget because that is part of forgiveness.

Q:  How many times do we have to forgive someone? 

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  Up to seven times?'  Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.' 
Matthew 18: 21 & 22

A:  The "RSV (Revised Standard Version)" of the Bible actually uses "seventy times seven" - either way I believe that Jesus is stating that forgiveness is unlimited.  Can you imagine how crazy it would have been if Jesus was being literal? - We would then have had to keep a "forgiveness log" on everyone keeping track of how many times that each person had been forgiven - craziness!  The truth is that God's forgiveness is unlimited and so should our forgiveness be unlimited. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Coconut Truffle Lava Cake

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Coconut Truffle Lava Cake

Lindt (Lindor chocolate company) just came out with a new coconut truffle!  The outer shell is delicious dark chocolate and the inside is a creamy coconut white chocolate (see pictures below).  This unique truffle makes the perfect center for my newest lava cake recipe - and the lava is snowy white!

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3 eggs
4 coconut Lindt Truffles (wrapping removed)
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
(4 ramekins - sprayed or buttered & dusted with flour)

Begin by melting the butter and coconut oil and then once melted, remove from heat - set aside to cool to lukewarm.  In a large bowl - mix together the milk, eggs & sugar (you may use a whisk but do NOT whip until frothy).  Now the butter mixture should be cooled - add that into the egg/sugar mixture & stir until combined.  Now, add in the flour, coconut flour & cocoa powder and stir with a wooden spoon until fully blended.  Spread the shredded coconut in the bottom of each ramekin (divide the 1/4 cup by sight into 4 equal parts).  Pour the batter on top of the shredded coconut (equal amounts of the dough) into the Ramekins (which should already have been sprayed).  (see pictures below) 

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Now place 1 truffle in the middle of each batter filled ramekin.  Press the truffle down until the batter covers the top of the truffle (see pictures below).
(IMPORTANT NOTE:  The success of this dessert depends on the size of the ramekin - if you are using a wider more shallow ramekin then the truffle will not be covered with cake batter & therefore will not work)

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Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 9 to 14 minutes (NOTE:  Every oven is different - if you are making this for the first time I would bake 1 Ramekin first & then test to make sure the "lava" is flowing inside.  The perfect time for my oven is 10.5 minutes).  Remove the Ramekins from the oven & place on a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes.  While they are cooling - take a knife and gently run around the edges.
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After about 10 to 15 minutes - invert each Lava Cake on a plate. 

Serve immediately & Enjoy A DIVINE DESSERT!
(NOTE - If you allow the cake to cool completely - it will still be delicious but the inner part will harden back to the creamy truffle middle instead of the flowing lava decadence)

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #58

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#58 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge last year, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for my cousin and a beautiful day at the Art Museum.  I am also thankful for my sassy cat.  I continue to be thankful for God's healing hand. 

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"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:4-10
So many people (including Christians) do not know the difference between "grace" and "mercy".  There is a huge difference and God gave us both (grace & mercy) by sending his only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. 
Read: Jesus - The Miracle of GRACE & MERCY

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Burning season (in our township) starts in a week so we will begin serious yard Spring cleaning!

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- Here are my Follower stats:
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That's a grand total of 27,756 followers in some form or another (which is up 26 from last week).

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I shared this post with you 4 years ago and it is a compilation of everything Easter:
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #204

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #204!
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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 

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My Features this Week are:

1. "DIY Faux Fireplace" by Wonderfully Made
2. "How much Should You Love God" by Imperfect Disciples
3.  "How To Make Comfrey Fertilizer"  by Alba Rosa

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Monday, March 20, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (March 2017)

Spring is Here!!  Enjoy the beautiful day!
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WELCOME to the March "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the March "You're the STAR" blog hop!
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Cohosting Team:
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This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the February "You're the Star" blog hop)

Redoing a Vintage Sewing Cabinet by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

 Lemon-Lime Cake with Pineapple Curd by A Fireman's Wife

Cream Cheese Potato Soup by Olla-Podrida

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mustard Seeds and Pennies

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Mustard Seeds & Pennies

The smallest of things in life are often the most valuable or the most important.  Things like diamonds, saffron, or what about a child's first step? - these are all tiny but valuable.

In todays featured Scripture Jesus compared a mustard seed to the first step in a believer's life.  It might begin with a kind word or action from a neighbor/friend that is planted into one's life.  This word/act then grows and becomes the first stage of faith that then grows into a beautiful tree.  This "tree" (a Christian) then spreads more seeds by living a Christ centered life and thereby growing an orchard.  This cycle continues for hundreds of years.  The number of trees in this example would be exponential over that period of time which of course symbolizes the Kingdom of God (eternity) in this parable.

I believe that the meaning behind this parable can also be applied to our personal and financial life.  It is the small important things that can grow into more valuable options.  Even if we are talking about pennies.  Pennies are important because monetary savings start with that first cent.  Last week we learned about "being practical" in every aspect of our life (click HERE to read that post).  So let's start (financially speaking) by being practical with our change (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) - I suggest putting a jar by your front door and everyday when you get home put your change from that day into your jar.  You will be surprised at how quickly that jar will become filled.  Then, decide to ONLY use this "jar money" to buy those small treats like that special coffee (or whatever small treat that your family enjoys).  By doing this you will be more likely to have "real" money left over each month (after paying bills).  This "real leftover money" can then be saved and eventually invested to grow and grow.

Use common "cents" when striving to be Christ-like in your personal finances.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Essential Oil Saturdays#5 - Bliblical History: Holy Anointing Oil

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Essential Oil Saturdays#5 - Biblical History: Holy Anointing Oil
This is the fifth post in my series on Essential Oils.  Today we are focusing on "Essential Oil History" and specifically "Biblical Holy Anointing Oil."
There are hundreds of references in the Bible about incense, oils, aromatics &/or ointments.  Historically, essential oils were used not just as perfume but mainly for anointing and in so doing either for healing or for sacred purposes.
Today we are going to focus on the Holy Anointing Oil that was give to Moses in Exodus:
"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 500 shekels of cassia - all according to the sanctuary shekel - and a hin of olive oil.  Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer.  It will be the sacred anointing oil.  Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand.  You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.  Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.  Say to the Israelites, this is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come.' "  Exodus 30:22-31

"Five hundred shekels" is equivalent to 1 gallon in modern terms and a "hin" is about 1.25 gallons.  Most of the prayer/baptism/anointing oils that can be purchased today still contain many of these ingredients like: myrrh and cinnamon. 

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Both Calamus & Cassia are not available but Young Living has their own sacred BLEND called: Exodus II

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Every Saturday I will share something from my own experience or feature one specific essential oil and share with you any information that I have found through online research.  If you are regular to this blog then you know that I am NOT "pushy" when it comes to selling - I just enjoy sharing anything that I have found helpful.  However, if you are interested in buying from "Young Living Essential Oils" we would be so appreciative if you would use this number: 10283796 (it is my sister's membership number & she will receive a small commission - Thank you)
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