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Broken glass

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Broken Glass We started off this week with broken glass--a cracked van window due to an unfortunate crash in our usually safe garage and a pyrex dish that shattered into a million pieces! (It seemed like it anyway!) So I started thinking about broken glass and life. Glass is pretty and useful, but it has no give, so it breaks when something crashes into it. After that it is of no use except to be tossed in the trash.  As a human, made in the image of God, I realized that I don't want to be like glass. I want to be molded and changed like God says of the potter and the clay in Jeremiah 18. Sometimes that is painful and involves confessing sin and admitting I am wrong, but those difficult things are what cause me to change in the right direction--toward loving God and my fellow man! Also, the pyrex dish broke because another glass item crashed into it. As humans, we don't want to be glass like in our relationships. We need to be willing to bend and give so that we don't cras…

Favorite Gluten-Free Biscuits

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Yummy Gluten-Free Biscuit Recipe

I've played around with this recipe, and I think I have it about right!

Heat oven to 450ΒΊ.

Ingredients:
2 cups Namaste Perfect Flour Blend--You can buy this at Costco, Clark's (our local health food store), or online directly from Namaste.
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar (optional)
6 T butter ( I like to use Kerrygold butter)
3/4 to 1 cup milk, cream or buttermilk--if batter is too dry, add more, if too runny add a little flour.

Instructions:

Combine all the dry ingredients.
Cut the butter into the flour (I usually end up doing this with my hands because I get so frustrated using knives.)
Add the milk or whatever you are using for your liquid.
Mix together lightly until combined.

At this point you can make drop biscuits by dropping large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. If you prefer a more perfect biscuit, roll the dough out about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick depending on how soft or crispy you like your biscuits. Cut the …

Hospitality

I just completed The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. Her book challenges the Christian to make hospitality a way of life. Demonstrating how her family reaches out to the people who are hard to love, she discusses how God means for Christians to live in the world.

Whether it is keeping a pot of beans on the stove or a chicken in the crockpot, we should make our homes open and be available to help our neighbors and church friends. We can accept people without approving of their behavior--loving them like Jesus did. He was known as the friend of sinners.

I would recommend her book as an eye-opening and thought-provoking book that provides ways to be a good neighbor.

A New Year and New Books

I always start the new year with reading. Indeed, I read throughout the year, but I forget to post summaries of the books. Maybe this year will be different.

I started by reading a Christmas gift, The Russia Hoax by Greg Gutfeld. If you are interested in politics and what has gone on behind the scenes regarding the Clintons, the FBI, the Justice department, and Trump, this is an excellent book. Gutfeld chronicles what happened and why we ended up with a Mueller investigation. Many laws have been broken, and not by Trump, but it seems that obstruction of justice is the order of the day. This book is heavily referenced and the specific crimes committed with the punishment that should be meted out are listed throughout. Whether justice will ever be done is questionable, but for now, we wait. Our justice system is obviously corrupt.

Next I read a set of books that were actually used in one of my daughter's college courses, Fools and Follies and Self-Defeating Strategies by Harold Bull…

Our Christian Inheritance

A friend asked about our inheritance as Christians, so I wrote down a few things that I know. This just barely scratches the surface.

First, as a Christian, you have salvation from the consequences of sin--eternal damnation and separation from God. Ephesians 2 You are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 You are free from sin and are a slave to righteousness. Romans 6:15-23 God chose YOU to be His child. Galatians 3:26 You are able to directly communicate with God. I John 5:14-15 You have been justified. Romans 3:21-26 You are holy before God because of the blood of Jesus. I Peter 2:9, II Timothy 1:9 You are being sanctified--made like Christ, and when you go to heaven, you will be fully sanctified and holy before God--sinless with no desire to sin. II Thessalonians 2:13 You are loved. Romans 5:8 You have family--lots of family! Romans 8:15 You have the hope of heaven, and God has an inheritance for you in heaven. I Corinthians 2:9-10
This just scratches the surface of a Christ…

Reflections

Most days I am happy and thankful for what God has given me. Some days the cross is harder to bear than others. Every once in a while I think about what might have been.

For example, today I am home with our dear Bethany, and I am in my twenty-seventh year of feeding her, caring for her, changing diapers, etc. It is my responsibility, and I am thankful for her life and how she has changed me and made all of us better people.

But . . . What would I be doing if I wasn't at home caring for her? I am missing a day long retreat at church. I might be there. Holmes is at meetings in Texas. I might have gone with him and visited with family or flown on to New Orleans to spend time with Daddy. Perhaps I would have a job and be working on Saturday. Or maybe by now I would have gotten brave enough to drive in snow, and I would be headed up to the mountains to play! My imagination can go on forever, but I don't live in any of those worlds with those opportunities.

Like it or not, my world…

Blech!

πŸ˜“πŸ˜¨πŸ˜’πŸ˜΅πŸ˜·πŸ˜·  The blue light doesn't flash on my phone. My emails are boring. There is nothing new under the sun and the day is hazy.

Yep! It's a sick week. We've all had a turn with the nasty cold bug this winter. It has been a very long time since I have had a bad cold, and I don't like it one little bit! Mostly I don't feel like doing anything and that makes for a very boring day.

Time for bed, thankfully. It's a new day tomorrow.πŸŒ›πŸŒ πŸŒπŸŒž⭐