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Monday, December 19, 2011

Don’t give up yet…

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Don’t give up yet…
For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; 
 and though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, 
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me. 
 "But should ye say, `Why persecute we him?'--seeing the root of the matter is found in me.
 Job 19:25-28 (KJV21)

What's the worst that can happen? If it doesn't do well I can put on my big girl panties, deal with it and move on.
Halle Berry

I did not have a great weekend.  It devolved in agonizing sequence, like a car crashing in slow motion; crumbling, like maybe a building demolition film run at half speed, first a single brick, and then all of a sudden, CRASH! For those in the know, I will say this…church meeting, fallen pizza, microwave (if you don’t know, you’ll never know).

By Sunday afternoon, I was pretty discouraged, including that I’d committed to dancing and choreographing a new liturgical dance work in about a week, including some people I’ve never worked with…a sane person would crawl in bed and vow not to come out until spring thaw.  I have never been described as sane.

Somehow (read by God’s Grace), I made it through.  I always do, but I never know I’m going make it through my storms until the clouds begin to clear.  The lesson, which I seem to need to learn about once a month, is not to give up.  Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse…they might, but that’s no reason to abandon your faith. 

Job had it worse than I ever will.  I simply do not believe it is God’s Will that I suffer similar trials.  Therein lay a place to begin my praise.  Job offers a lesson few are willing to admit to themselves...that being that the root of the problem rests not without, but within… “But ye should say, Why persecute we Him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?"  (Job 19:28 KJV21)  If that's not a reason to pull up your big girl panties, I'll never find one.  We are our own worst enemies.  We make the biggest messes.  And, when the messes are not of our own making, we seldom make them better until after we've made them scads worse.  

Here is today’s lesson…don’t give up, yet.  Even when things are bad, remember this (courtesy of my Gayle), if you have to pull up your big girl panties and deal with it one more time, the elastic is going to break and you might really have to show your (OUCH)…..but you will get through it.

The church matter will resolve itself, in time.  The pizza fell, but an important lesson was learned.  And the microwave? That’s just poetic justice…something that will keep me a la Giodanda (look that up), for several years to come.


I’m thankful, Lord, that You never leave me, and that You’ve made me more stubborn than smart, because I hate to give up. Tenacity and clarity, those are today’s gifts.  Two more ways I know, God is Good.


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Today’s feast: Crispy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies 

Back story~ Last week, I found what I thought was the coolest, fat-free recipe for Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, where the butter substitutions were canned pumpkin and applesauce.  I’ve used applesauce in brownies and other things for years, so I was all in.  The cookies were HORRIBLE.  I couldn’t salvage them at all.  A smarter person might have given up, but I knew there was gold in the right combination.  I researched and crafted another, better recipe, replete with nearly a pound of butter.  (I can do moderation, but I will not live a life of complete sacrifice) They are SO good that I have to make them in small batches or give them away…or I really will need big girl panties!
3/4 lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter (I cheat and use a tub and a half of whipped butter to save time)
1 C light brown sugar, packed
1 1/8 C granulated sugar (I use raw brown sugar)
1 large egg
3 C rolled oats 
1 ½ C all-purpose flour (I’m using Eagle Mills Ultra Grain, with 2* the fiber)
3/4 t kosher salt
2 1/2 t baking soda
2 C dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and sugars, then add egg.  Separately sift together the dry ingredients.  Incorporate dry and wet ingredients and then gently fold in the cranberries and the oats, just until mixed.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, just until they’re golden brown.  They are so rich that they will be fragile.  Carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Try not to eat them all…

Making it sexy…I’m planning to make some more, and will try rolling the dough into a log I can chill in the refrig...making them easier to get into the oven, more uniform, and also for gifting (think bake some, give some dough)


1 comment:

  1. Oh at least once a week I have to remind myself to put on my big girl panties and deal with it! But it always works out, even though I stress and worry it won't everytime.

    ... and Oatmeal and cranberry together in a cookie sounds delicious!


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