My Great Reward

Buenos Dia!

(Have to practice my Spanish…hehe!) you don’t use it, you lose it and to think it was my first language.

An elderly woman sat right next to me on the train today. The trains have been so crammed these days since Sandy the super storm strolled on through the metro area, but anyway let me not get side tracked here. Ok so she opens her devotional and begins to read Psalms 19 this stuck out at me this morning so I quickly made my way into work. I was eager to read it. There is something so rich and special with the Psalms! I love how David was so in love with God and how it shows so much in his writings. This is one thing I yearn for to have a heart like his and always want to go deeper and deeper to know God’s heart. So I’m here reading it and I started to think wow this chapter right here is a guide it tells us what to do to keep or reward. Our reward is Jesus and I took it as a guide for us to use to keep our reward that God the father has promised us. In Verses 7-9 it begins to list:

 Law of the LORD = perfect, converting the soul

Testimony of the LORD = sure, making wise the simple

Statues of the LORD = are right, rejoicing the heart

Commandments of the LORD = is pure, enlightening the eyes

Fear of the LORD = is clean, enduring forever

Judgments of the LORD = are true, and righteous altogether

 This is like a TO DO LIST what we need to DO so we get to see our GREAT REWARD. We are to desire these things more than anything, it says in Verse 10  10 “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

And then in Verse 11 there is our Father’s mercy warning us telling us to keep it and this is what will happen.11” Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.”

 This just made me really examine my heart more and I was like whoa God ok I need to lay myself down my wants and let God put what he wants in us all our desires that align up with his purpose, and then I feel a sudden whisper in my heart “Because it’s not about me in this end plan. Everything is for You Jesus everything I say, do, or want has to be for YOU”.

 As much as I want to do things on my own I need to realize that I cant’ do it all alone. I was not made that way. I want to grow more dependant on God and stop thinking that hey I can do this, I can get it all together all on my own. We need to realize that God made us to be in commune with Him and that’s why we were created to depend on him and He loves this he’s a father. What parent out there feels that sudden brick on their heart when you come to realize your little one is growing up so fast and suddenly thinks they don’t need your help anymore to get dressed, eat,…etc. It’s great to be independent but we need to remember that God is always there for us like a Father. He knows when and what you need even before you even think it so just let His will be done in your life because like he says in his word there will be a great reward.

 Verse 14 is the prayer that really clarified that whisper.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in YOUR sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

 Now as a side subject here BAKING!  I received my matches for The Cookie Swap 2012″  this week and I’m so AMPed to get to share some of my cookies with new people throughout the US 🙂 Woo for Cookies! Holidays always make me crave cookies.

 Here are some pictures of cookies I’ve made in the past now I need to choose which ones to bake up.  Any suggestions? New recipes? Feel free to share. I love trying new things.

Pumpkin Snicerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Banana Chocolate Chips

Banana Chocolate Chips

Alfajores (Dulce de leche Sandwich Cookies)

Alfajores (Dulce de leche Sandwich Cookies)

Strawberry Jam Top cookies

Strawberry Jam Top cookies

I went to a baby shower this past weekend had so much FUN. It felt so good to be around women who really love God they are so down to earth I really do LOVE being around them! Since I have this love (addiction) for anything cupcakes I decided to make baby cupcakes made out of baby clothes. I found this on Pinterest a long time ago and have been waiting for the right moment to make them. It’s really so simple. Here’s the link to the blog I found the instructions on (http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2011/02/baby-onesie-cupcake-tutorial-and-sweet.html) I took a try at it and was successful woo!

Recipe Card

Samuel’s Recipe Card

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Hope you Enjoy Samuel

Hope you Enjoy Samuel

Have a blessed day everyone, and joyous baking!

S H A N I A

Foodie Pen Pal October Reveal

Hello, well it’s been a long time since i’ve been able to write new post with the storm hitting us and having no power for days it was not possible. However, we are so blessed now we have power, food, water and heat I’m beyond grateful to God for. He always provides. But there are still people out there that are suffering many losses and I pray that God strengthens them and strengthens their relationships with him through all this mess.

Thismonth I participated in a Foodie Pen Pal through the Lean Green Bean. You are given a name of a person you buy goodies for. Then you mail it. Another person gets your name and they buy you goodies and mail it to you. There is a spending limit of $15.

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

FPP post September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

I joined a Foodie Pen Pal club and was matched up with Traci (www.cookingwithtraci.com) you can take a peek at what I sent her on her blog. So overjoyed that she loved her goodies.

I was matched with Natasha (www.homemadebytz.com) she sent me so many goodies that I felt like a child on Christmas morning when I got her box in the mail! 

It's a BOX with foodie stuff :)

It’s Here!

Handwritten Card :)

Handwritten Card 🙂

Love the Verse she wrote for me in her lovely card!

James 1:3-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

There was dark chocolate coconut covered almonds (killed this bag!) Dark chocolate bar from Trader Joes, Banana bread mix (not her recipe) box from Trader Joes, i’ve had yet to bake it. Pumpkin spice from Trader Joes, Biscoff cookies! (I LOVE THEM) lemon spice, lemon extract (I used this extract for my homemade strawberry jam top cookies the were delicious), a lovely jar of cookie butter which was new to me and last but certainly not the least it was my favorite part of the whole box Homemade Banana Bread!

Foodie Goodies from my Foodie PenPal Natasha

Foodie Goodies from my Foodie PenPal Natasha

I struck gold with this one ! Banana Bread nom nom.

I struck gold with this one ! Banana Bread nom nom.

It was perfectly moist and popped with banana flavor.

Natasha's Homemade Banana Bread

Natasha’s Homemade Banana Bread

So if your interested in joining please refer to the beginning of this blog post 🙂 I really do recommend this experience. You not only meet someone new you connect with people who love food and are very giving individuals. You also get to try new things which can open up your world to new recipes. I love how God always shows himself even in these little clubs we participate in. The bible verse really brought me encouragement in this Foodie Pen Pal box this month. 

Blessings!

Shania