Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Besides the heat, it was a nice run. I was able to talk with God about everything I've had on my mind, and I was, once again, thankful I'd thought to start praying like this during my runs. Then, something occurred to me...
Let me first say that when I first considered training for the half-marathon, I was extremely apprehensive about it and didn't know if I had what it takes to run, even if I didn't really know what "it" was. My final decision to actually do it was made during worship on a Sunday morning when I clearly felt the Lord telling me that I could do it and He would give me any and all the strength I needed to do so.
Since I've started to train, I really have gained an appreciation for running. It's become more than just training for a half-marathon. When I haven't been running for a while, like when I hurt my ankle, for example, I actually get to the point where I crave goint out for a run. It's crazy and I never thought I'd EVER feel that way. But I do, and I (most of the time) genuinely enjoy running now.
So, it occurred to me tonight that I think the Lord gave me this appreciation of running because in doing so, He gave me time to spend with Him. One thing I love about running is that there are NO distractions. I don't have a toddler at my legs, or a phone to my ear, or any of that. I just r-u-n. I'm so thankful He gave me this so that I really can have undivided time with Him.
And let's be honest, I don't think my husband minds giving me time to myself for prayer if I'm also getting skinny in the process! ;)
These are the best cookies EVER, and they aren't bad on the thighs either! They're only 65 calories a pop! (65 calories without the cookies rolled in extra sugar.) I actually made them all the time as regular cookies, and then when I started dieting, I calculated the calories, and was very impressed! The recipe as written only makes just over 2 dozen cookies...so keep that in mind. (I always double it!)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup butter or margarine - melted
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
1/3 cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium bowl, slightly beat egg whites; stir in melted butter, water and vanilla.
In another bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir in egg mixture until well blended. The dough will be dry when you're mixing, but just keep mixing. It will all blend together.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in extra sugar. Place on cookie sheet (I use parchment paper on nonstick cookie sheets.)
Bake 10-11 minutes or until edges are set. **Keep a close eye on them because they are already brown cookies, so it's hard to tell if they are finished or not.
Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack (If you can wait that long!)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Well, I had mine tonight, and I wanted to share it with y'all too. :)
Here is the email...
It happened. My “unusual moment” happened. And it wasn’t in my timing as I wanted it to be. It was in God’s. Let me elaborate on the timing of it all…
I worked tonight, as I do every Monday. But because of someone requesting off, I was scheduled to close. I also had someone else closing with me, (we’ll call him “John”) who, despite all efforts to find someone to close for him, was stuck with me until 11pm. Now looking back, I see that God worked it out for the two of us to both close on the same night.
The beginning of the night was a normal Monday at work, until John asked me my opinion on Psychics. I could never have imagined the conversation that would spark off of that one question. For the next few hours, John and I talked about everything from the Bible, to institutionalize churches, to the virgin birth. He had so many questions that he wanted my opinion on. I think that my unwavering mind-set that everything in the Bible is true intrigued him, so he wanted to know more about what I thought of different things concerning Christianity. He was so inquisitive, and stumped me a few times with his questions. But it was amazing that distractions of work would come at the perfect time, such as the phone ringing, that would buy me time to think over my answers and try to decipher the right way of wording things. I felt the Lord giving me the words to say, even though now I can’t even recall what they were exactly.
We talked about so many subjects – too many to fit in one email. But I honestly believe that God made sure that both of us worked together tonight, and I trust that the Lord worked through me to tell my friend what he needed to hear. John’s not ready to accept Jesus’ gift yet. But I pray that I planted a seed and that he will continue to explore it all and try to find answers, because I know when he is sincere in doing so, God will honor that and meet him at the perfect time and the perfect place.
Now I know this “assignment” was to write to you about something unusual. I have, in the past, had conversations with friends concerning Christianity. But none of them were to this extent. When the conversation started about Psychics, and I brought up the Bible, I was initially worried about where the conversation might go and the criticism I would receive for how I answered the question. But I believe that the recent deepening of my faith I’ve had allowed me to stand up for what I know to be true, and to answer questions about it. I found myself recalling things you’ve said recently that I hadn’t even realized I remembered. Had I not been growing deeper in God, I may not have been as available and knowledgeable for the Spirit to speak to John with what he needed to hear.
The conversation ended with the understanding that I would bring The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobbel, for him to read. I pray that John can find answers in the book that will lead him on the path to have his own “Unusual Moments.”
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009