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I Am Not Scared Now

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A few days ago, we went through our typical bedtime routine. After pajama’s are on, teeth brushed, bedtime prayers and kisses are given, off they head to their beds. There is one little one I have who is always afraid of the slightest noises. “Mommy, can I crack my door?”, “Mommy, are you in your room?”, and “Mommy, did you hear that?” are common questions floating down the hallway in our house.

My husband has been finishing a building to put his personal office in outside of our house. This particular evening, he was out working late. As usual, all the kids were tucked in and heading to sleep…except one little unnamed child. I had went on to my bed to get comfy and I heard a light knock on my door. I said, “Who is it?” knowing all along which child it would be. She was weeping. I asked her to come in. “Mommy, for real, this time I hear lots of noises outside and I am SOOOO scared!!!” I grabbed her in my arms because she was shaking with fear. “Honey, don’t cry. You DO hear noises. It is Daddy. He is outside working on his office.”

She sat straight up, dried her tears, and said, “You mean Daddy is outside tonight?” “Yes”, I said. What she said next burnt deep into my soul. She said, “If Daddy is outside, then I am not afraid anymore.” She kissed me and went straight to sleep.

I immediately bowed my head and prayed that God would help me to make Him that real to my children. My precious, fearful daughter (much like her mother at times) was so afraid. The realization that her strong and brave Daddy, whom she adores, was keeping the night watch while she slept, comforted her soul and brought her peace. I want her to know, as she grows in her faith, that her Heavenly Father is watching over her and keeping her in His hands. It is a lesson that I need to remember!

Since that night, I have thought often of this story in our home. It brings a deep gratefulness to my heart and a prayer to my lips. “My Heavenly Father, I know You are watching out for me. I am not scared anymore.”


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Warning: This is not a post for dieters.

ATTENTION! SPOILER ALERT!  This is not a post for you if you are currently dieting.  It may tempt you to get off that diet and ruin all of your hard work thus far.  Also, do not read this post if you have an affinity towards sweets!  Consider yourselves warned. 

Once upon a time, a long, long, long time ago, I had the privilege of knowing a very dear and sweet lady.  She was my kindergarten Sunday School teacher, a precious Christian, and the closest thing to a Godly grandmother I would ever get.  Her name was Lavada.  Isn’t that a great old name?  Lavada.  Well, she was also a fabulous cook and one of her best recipes was for a German apple cake that she brought to almost every church fellowship.  She passed away several years ago but before she passed away,  I was somehow deemed me worthy of having that recipe and it has become a family favorite as well as a favorite of a bunch of other good people with good taste. Haha!!  It seems like a lot but it’s actually very easy and I promise you will not go wrong.  It can be a bit rich though so if you’re serving it, don’t cut the pieces too big. :) I’m only sorry I don’t have a picture of one of these to share with you!  

Ready?  Okay! 

 

German Apple Cake

1 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 of granulated white sugar (or 1 1/2 but I always use 2 because, well, I’m a sugaraholic) 

2 cups of all purpose flour*

1 cup of chopped walnuts(optional or if you live with a nut allergy like my son does, then it’s absolutely forbidden!)

2 tsps of cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 cups of apples (peeled (did I really need to say that?) and chopped) That’s about 4 med. sized apples.

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to a toasty 350 degrees.

Beat eggs, vanilla, and oil with a mixer till well blended.  Stir in all of your dry ingredients (Except the apples and nuts!) a little at a time.  Your batter will seem to be one big lump and you’ll probably wonder how this big dry lump could make such a delicious dessert.  Trust me.  It will be great.  After all the dry ingredients are stirred in, and you’ve gained a bit of muscle, add your apples and nuts.  Voila!  The juice from the apples gives the cake a more, well, cake batter-like consistency.  And here, you were all worried.  Pshaw.  

You’ll want to pour this delicious batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan.  I have used cooking spray before so it is totally your preference!  I have also done a cupcake version, just make sure to spray the liners.  I learned the hard way. 

Bake that high-calorie yummy goodness for about 45-60 minutes.  It will turn a nice golden brown on the top.  Check with a toothpick to be sure.  

Now for the good part (because we all know the icing is the BEST part of cake! Am I right?!)

Icing:

This is a cream cheese icing.  My husband does NOT like cream cheese so I always have him taste it to make sure I added enough sugar.  If it doesn’t taste much like cream cheese then it’s perfect. :) Seriously, I’m not kidding.  

You will need:

1 box of Philadelphia cream cheese (or a store brand, again, your preference)

1 lb of powdered sugar.  If you buy those two pound bags at the store, you will more than likely use, at least, half a bag. 

1 tsp vanilla.  

Mix all that together till it’s fluffy. If it’s too stiff or thick you can always add a LITTLE milk to thin it out.  Don’t add too much or you’ll have cream cheese soup.  No one likes cream cheese soup.  No one. 

 

If you make this and it turns out well and you take it somewhere, make sure no one knows you made it.  You’ll be inundated with requests for this cake over and over.  And you will tire of making it, over and over.  ;)  We have it for special occasions like, oh say, Christmas! Or Thanksgiving.  I hope you enjoy this as much as our family does!  

 

*P.S. Tip tip tip!  If you want to cut down on measuring ingredients you can always substitute self-rising flour for the all-purpose.  You would then just omit the baking soda and salt.  So no salt, no soda, no all-purpose flour.  Just self-rising and if you’re lazy like me, you’ll end up doing that every time.  

 


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Simply Trusting

 

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Trust in the Lord! This is such a bold,challenging, and encouraging statement! We often hear and may repeat it to others. We mean it with all our hearts and seek to live it. We earnestly teach our children to trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. One definition says that trust means to earnestly hope, and we know that our trust in Jesus is certainly a confident assurance.

We also put our trust in other people. We trust doctors for good medical advice. We trust the airplane pilot to safely land the plane on which we travel. We even trust others to stop at the red light or stop sign. We trust our friends with things held in confidence. Recently, I began to ponder why is it that sometimes it is so hard to trust God? Many times our hearts know the right answers, but we still worry and become anxious. What are some things we can do to be more trusting?

1.We can remember that He is always present with us. What an amazing, glorious thought that is though we forget it and try to plan things ourselves. When we focus on the thought that He is constantly weighing every one of our thoughts, word, and actions, and attitudes, it is very sobering. Yet, knowing this helps us have strength to trust.

2.We can remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Hebrews 11:1 tells us: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

3.We can remember that it is not our wisdom but in His wisdom alone we can trust. I am so grateful for an all-wise Heavenly Father who will lead us every step of the way.

In closing, there is good news! I once heard that to TRUST is to “TOTALLY REST UPON SCRIPTURAL TRUTH”. Does not that just sound so refreshing. What a relief! We can not carry our burdens, but our great Burden Bearer is able and willing. Did you know that when animals are trained to work for farmers they are yoked together in an amazing way?. There is always a very strong animal that is placed with one that may be weaker. That is a beautiful picture of us being yoked with Jesus. We are weak, but He is strong and loves to bear our burdens. We can fully trust Him!

Simply trusting every day.
Trusting through a stormy way
Even when my faith is small
Trusting Jesus that is all

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