Hello friend, how was your week? Take a load off. Sink your feet into my newest guilty pleasure; a sand box in my living room. Yes, it happened. There is no greater pleasure, in my opinion, than to sink your feet into some warm sand. AND you can relax in those oversized blue couches. Talk about win-win. Now, if only there were brownies. Don’t worry, I provided that too! At the end of this blog post, you will find my friend winning, crowd pleasing, finish-the-whole-pan-without-shame brownies. **Just a public service announcement, they make you mad at ya mama.**
As you are munching on a brownie and sipping your tea or coffee (but not together because that’s slightly disgusting), let me outline my blogging plan for the next 7 weeks. Anyone who knows me knows I am always writing lists. So, as the blog was an extension of the book, (31 Days to Sanity; Finding Victory in Single Motherhood) the next 7 weeks will lead up to the Book Launch. You can check out the book here –> https://www.createspace.com/5010253
It is broken down into 7 sections:
For the next 7 weeks, we will be talking about each of those topics. Today, we will be talking about faith.
I have heard it said that the way you view your earthly father has a direct impact on how you view God. Think about that paternal relationship for a minute: was he present in your childhood and into your adult life? Was he absent? How does that affect you now?
The truth is, no one is perfect, friend, not even us. (hard to believe, I know.) The truth is, no one is perfect. We all have people in our lives who will disappoint us, regardless of being present in a child’s life or not. I am by no means excusing or minimizing absentee fathers; I know that he has a lot to answer to God for. But this is not about him and what he did. This is about you. My Granddad often said, “Bitterness and unforgiveness is like a poison you swallow and expect the other person to die.” Wise words, in my opinion.
Now, think about God. How do you view Him? Is he a Grandfather-type, who sits up in clouds, not really caring too much about your life? He doesn’t interfere with things, except to give you a present every so often. Maybe He is vindictive? Does He sit up in Heaven, waiting to pounce on you when you’ve done something wrong? Is there judgement and shame seething from his mouth? You could have a dozen notions of who God is.
I would love for you to experience God the way I know Him; to experience unmerited forgiveness. There is no shame. There is no guilt. The Bible says God hurls our wrong doings into the depth of the deepest ocean (Micah 7:19). He “remembers them no more.” (Hebrews 8:12) Those tears you’ve cried? God collects them in a bottle; they are precious to Him (Psalm 56:8). He promises to be close to the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18).
I would encourage you to spit out the pill of bitterness, unforgiveness, and hurt, and insert some brownies made with love 🙂 Allow God’s present to flood your heart, mind, soul and spirit this week.
Feel free to send me a message if you have a question, comment or just need a friend. That’s what I’m here for.
Until next week, my friend. Be encouraged: Dream. Achieve. Inspire.
Weekly Affirmation: I choose forgiveness.
1/2 c butter
1 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c all-purpose flower
1/2 c sweetened, shredded coconut
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
*optional: 1/4 c chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°C (175°F). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter on medium low. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla, coconut extract and two eggs. Beat in cocoa, flower, salt, baking powder.
- Spread batter into greased pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook.
Best enjoyed warm with friends and ice cream.