trials · trust · waiting

Lessons In Waiting

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Yesterday I had the joy of spending the day with my daughter, Whitney.  She was accompanying her refereeing husband to a Lacrosse game and it was close enough to me that I decided to drive over and spend her waiting hours with her.  It was a great day of mom and daughter shopping, having lunch, oh, and of course we watched the lacrosse game, too (well part of it!)!

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On our way back to the school after our shopping excursion, I was dropping her off at the stadium where she would wait while Paul reffed one more game, and I would head back home.  The traffic in this little town was backed waaaay up and Whitney commented to me,

“Maybe you could find an alternate route so you could miss this traffic and not have to sit and wait.”

I opted to stay my course and it wasn’t that bad after all!  But her comment made me think about this post I was getting ready to write.  Don’t we all eagerly look for ways to divert waiting? 

At Chick-Fil-A we look for the shortest line.
We make doctor appointments at the times of day when the doctor will be less likely to be backed up.
We use the Scan and Go app at Sam’s club and the on-line pick-up at the grocery store.
We text so we don’t have to wait for someone to answer our call.
We slide into scheduled events right on time or shortly after so we don’t have to sit.
And yes, we take alternate routes so we don’t sit in traffic.

But when it comes to waiting for God to move in on a situation or end a trial, our hands are completely tied.  There is nothing to do but wait.

Such was the case in our Two-year wait for our grandson’s adoptionOur daughter and son-in-law did all they could to help the process go through by fulfilling their responsibilities, but we could not hurry the process in any way at all.  But praise the Lord, after two full years, the waiting is now over and those boys bear their parent’s name!  The judge made it official and we could not be happier!!

I sat down after the adoption day and wrote out the things the Lord has taught me while we waited and watched our grandsons go through the adoption process.  These were lessons I didn’t want to forget.  While they’re fresh on my heart, I want to share them with you, too.

  1. My spiritual adoption made me forever God’s child. 
    1. I was weak and sickly.
    2. I was needy
    3. I was already connected to earthly things
    4. My spiritual adoption was costly
    5. There were witnesses – the angels in heaven!
    6. I’m secure forever as God’s child
    7. God pursued me in love
    8. There was a plan
    9. I now call God Abba Father
    10. I have all the rights and privileges of a full-grown son!
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  2. We can trust a sovereign God with the desires He puts in our hearts.  God had put in our daughter’s heart the longing for a child, and she longed to adopt!  God didn’t give her one child…He gave her TWO!!
  3. While waiting for God’s plan to unfold, faithfully and diligently do now what He has called you to do.  Alli learned this lesson and shared it with me.  While she was waiting, she said God prompted her heart to be a faithful wife and homemaker.  She got busy taking care of her husband and their home.  One day after feverishly deep cleaning her house, they got the call from the social worker about two boys that needed a home.  Weeks in the NICU with them, and becoming a mom of twin sons kept her so busy in the weeks to come, she had no time to think about deep cleaning!!  Her faithfulness while she waited truly paid off once God brought about His plan for their family!
  4. God’s timing is perfect!  We know this in our head, but when we watch Him answer and provide and we turn around and look behind us at the path we’ve walked, we see that the timing of it all couldn’t have been better!  We see how amazingly it all worked out!
  5. He is at work even when we cannot see the evidence of it. There were so many days that it seemed we were getting nowhere, but all along the way, God was opening the path and providing the best way possible for our whole family.
  6. When we allow God to work, He gets the glory because we had nothing to do with it!  There is no way we could have worked all these details out, and we clearly see that the Lord did it all.
    On that Adoption Day, we stopped in that courtroom and my husband led in prayer, thanking God for all He had brought to pass.  We praise Him for His love, provision and care for us and those two precious boys that we love so much.

Now, I ask you, What are you waiting for right now?  What answer, what provision, what completion, what need is staring YOU in the face as the adoption did us?  Please read again these six points and remind yourself that if you have been adopted into God’s family, all these truths apply to you right now, too.  Why not stop right now and ask God to help you to trust Him to bring about what is necessary, and to increase your faith as you, too, learn these precious lessons while you’re waiting.

The adopted daughter of the King,

denise a

dinner in 30 minutes

Quesadillas – Fast, Filling & Fantastic

We absolutely love Mexican food at our house!  Recently when I needed a quick supper, I whipped up a Chicken Quesadilla that was fast, filling and fantastic!   

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As I’ve said many times, one little trick to fixing a quick meal is having cooked chicken, beef or turkey in your freezer. There are so many options for fast meals if the protein  Continue reading “Quesadillas – Fast, Filling & Fantastic”

death · eternal

Thinking About Dying

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Death. I’ve been thinking about it a good bit in the last week or so.  It isn’t something most of us like to talk about or dwell on, but because we live, we have to face that fact that unless Christ comes first (and we’re all praying He will!), we will all die.

Ecclesiastes 9:5

For the living know that they shall die:

In recent days, I’ve heard about or witnessed the death of acquaintances.  Their departures, like their lives, were totally different.  Both were believers and had   Continue reading “Thinking About Dying”

baking · cakes

Two-Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake

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A week ago when we had our Adoption Celebration, I made a favorite cake of ours – Triple Chocolate Cake.  It’s so decadent and fitting for a special occasion.

But it takes lots of careful preparation to turn out perfectly!  That’s great for a special celebration, but sometimes you just want a good cake for dessert that is fast, delicious and not nearly as fattening!  Enter the Two-Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake! This recipe is from Betty Crocker and it’s a true winner on every account!

I made this this weekend for company that was here for Sunday dinner.  It was the perfect ending to our meal.  It’s not too heavy, but sweet enough to satisfy!  After reading the reviews that said it didn’t turn out well in the tube pan (a traditional pan for Angel food) I decided to play it safe and bake it in a 9×13 pan.  Mine baked perfectly in 30 minutes.  The recipe couldn’t be easier!

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Two-Ingredient Pineapple-Angel Food Cake

Ingredients
1 box Betty Crocker™ white angel food cake mix
1can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, beat dry angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 minute. (I mixed mine by hand.  It will become a bit “foamy”) Pour into ungreased 10-inch tube pan. I used a 9×13 pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.angel food cake 2
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely upside down as directed on cake mix box, about 2 hours. Run knife around edges; turn cooled cake out onto serving plate. Use serrated knife to cut into slices. If you use the 9×13 pan, bake for 30  minutes or until knife comes out clean.
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    How easy is that?  I think keeping these two ingredients on hand for a super-fast dessert is a great idea!  You’ll always be prepared with a satisfying cake that takes little time, isn’t super fattening, but is delicious!

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In case you did’t see the Two Ingredient Bagels I’ve shared, be sure to check them out.  They’re equally delicious!

Are you adventurous enough to try the Triple Chocolate Cake or are you a Two-Ingredient cake baker?

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

Prayer

High Five for Prayer

Last week Whitney shared the explanation of High Five for Friday.  It’s a place where bloggers can list their posts listing five favorite things from the past week.  Today I’d like to do a little twist on that and have a High Five for Prayer.  I’d love to share with you answers to prayer in my personal life and give God the glory for all He has done!

  1. He has revealed Truth me that I needed to learn. During our recent week of evangelistic meetings, I woke up one morning just feeling out of sorts.  I got into the Word and had my prayer time in the morning but still had an uneasiness in my spirit.  As I went about my day, it was really troubling me and I asked the Lord, “Father, why am I like this from time to time?  What is causing this irritability in my spirit?”  It was later that night in the service that God used our evangelist to give me my answer.  It came from James 4 – When I’m want something that I’m not getting, I get irritable.  It could be I’m not getting my way, or I’m inconvenienced by someone, or slowed down on the Interstate.  God showed me so clearly the answer to the question I asked Him earlier.  I got it right and I thanked Him that He so graciously gave me my answer so quickly so I could win over this selfishness.  My God cares about my growth enough to answer my prayers regarding those very issues!
  2. I believe God brought healing to me.   I recently had a nasty lesion on my arm looked at by my dermatologist. Her immediate response was, “This concerns me greatly.” A biopsy was taken and a few days later they called to tell me it was a Squamous Cell Carcinoma and it would have to come off.  When I went to have the procedure done, the doctor entered the room and said that the biopsy was inconclusive and she wasn’t absolutely sure it was cancer.  When she did the “scrape and burn” procedure, it had no roots and didn’t look at all suspicious.  Praise His name!
  3. He clearly directed me in an important decision. When looking for direction about an opportunity to serve Him, I was totally unsure of what to do.  As I prayed God began to bring an answer to my heart using the preaching of His Word that I heard on a podcast.  I then had no doubt that God was opening this door for me, and I knew that the only way this could be accomplished was through His enabling!  He made it very clear that if I trusted Him He would equip me. It’s been a blessing to my heart because I know it is all of Him and none of me!!
  4. He provided a desire in my heart for a material thing I felt was a need.  I don’t know what I need, but my God does, so I prayed about something personal that I felt would help me, but there was the financial burden of it.  We had the money, but it was designated for other things.  I gave the matter to the Lord.   I told Him I only wanted His will, and if I was asking for something He knew would not be the best for me, to please not provide.  Later in the day my husband asked me if I had made an order.  I told him, “No. I didn’t feel like we could afford it.  The next minute I looked at my phone to see a text telling me that the price had been reduced by half!  It was totally in my range now and it was only by the graciousness of my God.  This is a “small” thing, but it’s huge because it was a clear reminder to me that God cares about the little things in our lives.  He is a good, good Father.  I’m reminded of this verse –If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13

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    And now the best for last…

  5. He allowed my daughter and son-in-law to finalize the adoption of their two sons this past week! I’m officially a Gigi!! (In case you’re not aware of the situation, I wrote about their foster parenting journey here .)  It’s been two years of praying, waiting, (yes worrying!), then praying some more!  It’s been up and downs, questions with no answers, paperwork and endless visits and appointments, but this past Friday the adoption was official!  Perhaps you saw Whitney’s post about the party we had last Saturday.  It was certainly a time of rejoicing!
    The Lord has shown Himself so wonderfully in this whole process.  I’m reminded that He was at work even when we could not see.  His hand was caring and loving those little boys and providing for them when we wondered about their future.  He loves them even more than we do. God has made my own spiritual adoption become a doctrine that is richer than I ever understood it to be before these boys entered our lives! I am so thankful for this rich answer to prayer!

Psalm 3 is a passage I have recently memorized and it has become so very precious to me.  Let me share part of it here –

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What are you praying for?  Do as the psalmist and cry aloud with your voice.  Call.  Ask.  Then He will give you sleep, too.  You can awaken knowing that He is at work doing what only a loving, omniscient, sovereign God could do!  Don’t give up.  Keep on praying!

Do you have an answer to prayer?  I’d love to hear what God has done in your life recently!

Refresh your prayer life with praising Him for His answers,

denise a