A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Why is there a music staff at the top of this design?  Well, I’m glad you asked…  because every time I read these verses, I SING THEM!  It’s one of many songs I learned as a child and I can’t shake it – not that I’d want to…  but earworms can be…  um – distracting.  Every teacher will tell you that memorizing Scripture is easier if it’s done with a tune – and it’s true.

I taught Sunday School for over 30 years…  I have a lot of Scripture earworms, but this one is my favorite.  I love that calypso beat – and imagined myself relaxing on a beach somewhere on particularly stressful days.  Hey – every child is not well-behaved, but for the most part I taught some sweet kids, I must say.

Just as Amazing Grace is a favorite hymn worldwide, this is without a doubt the favorite portion of Scripture for Christians everywhere!  Why?  Because it sums up the gospel of Jesus Christ and His sweet promise to those who will believe with their whole heart and mind.  We are promised eternal life with Him.  That’s quite a promise indeed!

Equally as exciting is that God didn’t send His Son to earth to condemn us – there is no condemnation.  For those who have accepted Christ into their hearts and lives…  there is only salvation!  We don’t even have to think about condemnation of any kind – and if that doesn’t make you happy in the Lord, I don’t know what would.

Why would God’s children want to suck lemons instead of drink sweet lemonade (sweetened with Splenda, of course)?  Christians have a great reason to smile…  we have a blessed HOPE.  So many times, though, we look a bit like…

I mean – unless you are Stonewall Jackson, who ate lemons (skin and all)…  there’s no reason to be sour.  Because lemons are so sour, they are to be used sparingly – a slice in your water or tea.  It improves your alkaline and rids your body of acid.  An acidic body tends to promote cancer.  Yet Stonewall Jackson died in spite of his lemon eating habit…  huh.

But… sour is not the reaction we expect when such good news is announced!

Praise God for His indescribable gift to you.  Words don’t do it justice…  ’nuff said.  🙂

 

 

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NATIONAL LEMON CUPCAKE DAY

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It’s tart with a little sweet and it’s taste can’t be beat – and it will make you pucker up!  Take a bite of a lemon cupcake and wish everyone around you a happy NATIONAL LEMON CUPCAKE DAY!!!

For my non-diabetic friends, this looks like a yummy recipe:

That’s too much of a sugar bomb for me, but I think this recipe is pretty good:

 http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=50442

Frankly, I think this day is odd because it’s in the middle of December!  When I think of a light, tart lemon cupcake, I picture springtime and warm weather and lots of sunshine – not cold temperatures with snow everywhere!  Hey, I just report the wacky holidays – I don’t make ’em up!

Maybe some lemon cupcakes are just what you need to eat today to give your taste buds a break from all the heavy foods from Thanksgiving – and all the even heavier fare coming up at Christmas!

The lemon cupcake fully deserves its day of recognition (even though it is in mid-December).  The humble lemon has gotten a bad rap – and it’s time the truth be told about this humble and misunderstood citrus wonder.

Did you know that by adding lemon (fresh – not that bottled concentrate stuff) to your water, you can immediately make your body more alkaline?  Why does that matter?  Because the more alkaline your body is, the more healthy it is!  A more acidic body is prone to be less healthy.

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Source:  Pinterest

Of course, lemon cupcakes are not healthy…  um…  no.  :-/

There is a compromise – you can make the healthy recipe and have a cupcake.  Then go squeeze some lemon in your water and drink it down.  That should work – right?

LOL – well – I tried. 

Make some lemon cupcakes today and celebrate.  Make a batch for a friend who has never eaten a lemon cupcake before and watch their reaction to it – that should be entertaining!

Lately I’ve seen some pretty funny advice about what to do when life hands you lemons.

When life gives you lemons, put them in the freezer until they are really hard, then take them out and throw them at the people who are getting on your nerves!  – Grumpy Cat

Well – we will just consider the source.

 When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.   – Cathy Guisewite

That certainly sounds feasible to me.  Not kind, but feasible.

When life gives you lemons, throw it back and demand chocolate!

I don’t know who said that…  who the heck said that???  I don’t know – but I LIKE it!  I think it might have been Miss Piggy.  Sounds like Miss Piggy logic to me.

Seriously – I scanned the entire internet and could not find one instance where this quote was given credit.  Sorry!

If life gives you lemons. Eat carrots.  – Unknown

Always practice proper etiquette when life gives you lemons.  Be sure to send a hand written thank you note for the lemons, as email thank you notes can appear to be less sincere.

Enjoy this poem by Lucinda:

MAKE LEMONADE

I found these on Pinterest – no infringement of copyright laws is intentional.

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Yep – that’s pretty much my attitude about it…

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Getting them to stay in one place and not move around could be a challenge…  jus’ sayin’…

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I probably broke a Guinness World record for amount of time laughing when I read this!

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Um…  yeah – I think it would be time to MOVE!

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Southern people rock!

And finally – our sentiment for today:

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Yep – make the cupcakes today!  Enjoy!!!   😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

TL 9-14 NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

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On NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY I’m asking:

Who is your favorite singer to sing our National Anthem?  I’ve heard so many great singers through the years, but the one that touched my heart most of all is this sweet girl (better grab the Kleenex box).

Detox Lentil-Lime Soup
Ingredients:
•6 cups (1.5 L) broth (chicken or vegetable)
•1 bay leaf
•3 cups (750 mL) dried organic red lentils
•3 Tablespoons (45 mL) water
•2 cups (500 mL) onions, chopped
•3 garlic cloves, minced
•3 Tablespoons (45 mL) whole cumin seed
•1 Tablespoons (15 mL) turmeric
•2 cups (500 mL) kale, finely chopped
•1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
•1 cup (250 mL) fresh lime juice
•Sea salt to taste

Directions:
1. Rinse dry red lentils in cold water, over and over until water runs clear. In a large pot, combine broth, bay leaf and lentils. Bring to boil.

2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

3. In skillet over medium heat add onion, garlic and sea salt with bit of water and sauté until translucent (about 10 minutes).

4. Break the shell of the whole cumin seeds by lightly grinding them in a mortar and pestle. The seeds should still be visible when you are done.

5. Add turmeric and ground cumin seed into the onion mixture and sauté for 5 more minutes.

6. Mix sautéed onion spice mixture and chopped kale into the cooked lentils. Simmer for 15 minutes over a medium heat to blend flavors.

7. Turn off heat. Add lime juice and olive oil at the last-minute to preserve the taste and nutrients.

8. When reheating, gently warm over a low heat.

Makes 10 cups.

This is great for overall health, but also gets your voice ready to hit that high note in the National Anthem!  😉