Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers

This decadent-tasting treat is just over 160 calories per serving and offers 4.1 grams of fiber and 3.7 grams of protein, so you can feel good reaching for an extra nibbler or two. For an added bonus, they are a cinch to whip up, and since you can store them in the freezer, you’ll have a go-to healthy dessert whenever your sweet cravings kick into high gear.

INGREDIENTS

5 medium ripe bananas
1 tbsp. all natural creamy peanut butter
2 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel one banana and mash it with the peanut butter and yogurt. Set aside.
  2. Peel the other four bananas. Slice into half-inch thick slices. Smear the banana, peanut butter, and yogurt mixture on half the banana slices and top with the other halves, making banana sandwiches. Place on a wooden cutting board or a plate and freeze for at least two hours.

Makes four servings (about seven pieces).

Taken from popsugar.com

Joyful Trials

Today we start a journey through the book of James.  It is one of my favorite books in the Bible.  In the book of James you will find encouragement.  It is a guide how to live a Christian life.  It gives you advice on how to grow spiritually by exercising the faith you currently have in God.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV)

Do you enjoy going through trials and tribulations?  I don’t.  But if you look at them as a trial that will produce a stronger faith it makes it worthwhile.  Each trail we face makes us stronger for the next challenge that will come.  To purify silver it must go through a refining process to remove the dross so that the precious metal will be revealed.  My husband and I visited Virginia City, Nevada a few years back.  In the 1800’s miners were originally looking for gold but they had a problem digging for gold because there was this sticky blue-green mud that stuck to their shovels.  They would remove the mud and dump it outside the mine.  This worthless annoyance was discovered to be silver.  We are like that annoying blue-green mud that must go through the refining process to reveal the precious metal that is hidden in each of us.

–Diane Levy

He Will Lift You Up

No Words Needed

No words are even needed if you “carry” the cross.  Start a conversation my simply wearing the cross.

Orders yours at Peace Be With U.

Soy-Wasabi Spread

Edamame, soy, and wasabi blend together in this Asian-inspired vegan spread. Full of essential nutrients like folate and calcium, the tangy soy-wasabi spread offers a quick punch of protein and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Serve with low-calorie rice crackers for a complementary crunch!

NOTES

Be sure to drain the silken tofu in order to achieve the perfect consistency.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound frozen shelled edamame
1 1/4 cups silken tofu, drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Chinese hot mustard
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Black sesame seeds, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add edamame and cook until tender, about five minutes. Drain in a colander. Rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking, then drain again.
  2. Puree the edamame, tofu, lemon juice, Chinese mustard, wasabi, lemon zest, and salt in a food processor. The spread can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two days. Garnish with sesame seeds before serving.

Serves eight.

Taken from popsugar.com

 

Taking Up Your Cross

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NIV)

The Bible says we must take up our cross in order to follow Jesus.

What is a cross?  Is it some problem we have, a minor annoyance?

Somehow I think when we see our ‘problems’ as a cross to bear, this cheapens the cross that Christ bore.

Christ asked for the task of the cross to be taken from Him but ONLY if it was God’s will.

Maybe bearing our cross means to deny what we want and do what God wants, no matter what the outcome.

–Elaine Kapetanakis