A lot has been going on is this current season of my life. From my husband’s never ending job search, the brutal behavior I face from my kids as a stay-at-home mom, and trying to find my purpose and talents in and outside of being a mom- life is a whirlwind! I’m in my own little unending hurricane at the moment only to learn that I have a LOT more to learn (haha!- not funny, but actually funny)! That’s how life works right?
God is so good and bringing clarity out of the blur, and giving me what I need when I need it. He wants me to be desperate for Him, He wants me to consult with Him before making decisions and not make them based on a feeling that it’s the right thing for me. It’s in these moments of desperation and uncertainty that God makes Himself oh so clear. I’m always so amazed by His works when I so desperately need them, but why am I so amazed? I’m on my knees begging, pleading and crying out to Him and that’s EXACTLY where God wants us to be. How can He help us when we’re not asking for help? Funny how I learn that it’s a 2 way street like any relationship and am humbled every time by my own lack of self-awareness…. God gave me these verses, Psalm 71:20-21
“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.”
He is faithful and no matter what we are going through and how hard it is going through it. He has a plan that is far greater than anything we could ever ask for or imagine! Isaiah 55:8-9 says it perfectly:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
I will continue to place my hope and faith in my creator. He knows best, and I do not. If this encourages you- that’s so awesome, God has given this to me as a part of my journey, and I wanted to share. If you have anything I can pray with you about, please comment or email me through the contact.
In the last year I’ve been learning more and more about the history of the Bible and history of my faith as a Christian based on God’s people, the Jews. Our church, Gateway, and pastor, Robert Morris support Israel, have a Messianic services and classes, and strive to honor those who God tells us to honor. I’ve been learning a lot about this season in Jewish culture with the upcoming holiday of Yom Kippur.
Here’s an article that I will reference to share what this holiday is all about (it’s something I always wondered about as a kid bc it’s on the calendar every year and I had no idea what it was until recently) Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar, when God instructed Israel to atone for its sins. Yom Kippur should be welcomed by Jews and non-Jews alike as an invitation to stop and reflect on the current state of ourselves and our societies. It’s an opportunity for all of us to look within and resolve to be instruments of peace, brotherhood and reconciliation. For all of us, Yom Kippur can serve as a reminder that God is still with us and hears the prayers of those who turn to him in a spirit of true humility and repentance. This is reason for hope and great thanksgiving – especially during difficult and divisive times.
In honor of this special time of year, I made a Honey Almond “Cake” that’s similar to coffee cake. You only need 3 ingredients and it literally takes 5min to put together (a little longer to bake). Join me in honoring Israel today and making your tastebuds quite happy!
- 1 + 1/4 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 3 Egg Whites
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Combine blanched almond flour with honey until it has become a thick paste. Set aside.
- Beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff enough to hold peaks.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the almond honey mixture.
- Transfer to loaf tin lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle batter with sliced almonds.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cake has turned golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into bars.