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Monday, August 16, 2010

German Recipes

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

I have decided to mix up my cooking routine and get in touch with my German heritage by  experimenting with German recipes. It can be a dessert, side dish or main course. I am looking forward to the variety and fun it will add to my kitchen. I hope to find some tasty recipes to pass on to my children and keep our German roots alive!
My first attempt was a success. I will most certainly be adding this one to the recipe vault! Quick, easy and delicious.

Bierochs (Krautburgers)


1 lb ground hamburger

1 large onion, chopped

1/4 to 1/2 of a cabbage, chopped

garlic salt and pepper to taste (I used a lot of pepper)

In a large pot (with a lid) cook all of the filling ingredients on medium heat until meat is browned. Bring heat to low and cover to let onions and cabbage get tender).


1 cup hot water

1 tbsp yeast (or one package)

2 tsp sugar

2 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)

2 tbsp oil (canola or olive)

1 tsp salt

combine 1 cup hot water with 1 tbsp (or 1 package) yeast and 2 tsp sugar. Let sit for about three minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp oil. Mix well. Cover with a towel and let sit for 10 minutes.

Separate in 7 to 8 balls and squish flat. Fill dough with meat mixture and pinch edges. Place filled dough pouches on greased cookie tray. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Guten Appetit!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pressing On

Philippians 3:12-14
12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I have recently struggled with looking back. I have been told by many wise individuals that a glance back is okay but not to linger in the past. There are many things that can weigh us down about our past but surprisingly I have been lingering on a positive season of my life and yearning for such a time to be now. It is easy to look back and think things were perfect. We should stop trying to recreate the way things were during good times in the past. They will rarely be the same and it is time to ask God what He would have us do NOW. Joyous times are yet to be and we should want to press on, to run our race with perseverance.

My husband and I were speaking yesterday afternoon about a totally unrelated subject and he was explaining that in order to improve something you need to have a threshold to judge it by. One definition of threshold: The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to elicit a response.

Today I will be journaling my current point, that is my beginning point which is to be exceeded, along with where I believe the Lord wants me to be so I can begin producing tangible results. What do I see in my life now and what do I need to change as a child of God, as a wife, a mother, as a home keeper, as a friend, an employee, a church member?
According to His Word I know I am equipped for His calling.
2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

I will do this for the joy obedience produces and the hope that I may glorify our Father. Christ endured the cross as an act of obedience for He knew joy was ahead.
1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds

We should not be looking to our own talents and strengths but the Lord's.
The book of Nehemiah says "The joy of the Lord is our strength".
Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Again, not to us be the glory but our Creator alone.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Another definition for threshold: An entrance or a doorway.
I am looking forward to walking through this door to another joyful season of my life. What is your threshold? What will your door lead you to?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Crown to Her Husband

Proverbs 12:4

A virtuous wife is a crown to her husband...

 I long to bring my husband honor. If you know him, you are fully aware that he is one who is worthy. If you too pose the question, "How can I be a crown to my husband?" I urge you to attempt these 6 steps:

1. Be his help meet. Genesis 2:18 says it is not good that man is alone so the Lord created woman to be his help meet. What does a help meet look like? She cheerfully looks for ways to meet her husband's needs. She selflessly helps. She loves, serves, and encourages.

2. Don't make him ashamed. Do not tell him how imperfect he is. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. I want to be life to those around me! If he is displaying an undesirable quality, understand this: you also display undesirable qualities. What would be the result of your husband gathering up all of your flaws and presenting them to you with the expectation of you "fixing" them and moving on? Would you be inspired to change? You would be hurt, embarrassed, ashamed, and discouraged. When you find yourself being critical, stop immediately.  Ask the Lord to help you work through this. Ask God to bring to your mind qualities you love about your mate and thank God for the husband he has given you. If you find the problem is persisting, find a way to talk with him after much prayer. Set aside a time when you can approach him in a non-combative tone and when he is not feeling stressed.

Plan ahead. You will not be able to muster up many positive attributes in the midst of your bickering. You must create this list beforehand. When your husband displays a quality you admire, write it down and include what he did to display that quality (i.e. kindness: he helped our widowed neighbor by fixing her plumbing). Think on good things. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

3. Do tell the Lord. When there is an issue festering inside your soul, take it to the Lord, not your husband. Pray that the issue be resolved without conflict and without any of that fun little thing called nagging. I assure you, God is fully capable of working it out without your help. Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

The Lord will give you the strength to endure.

4. Be Still. Know God is able. He is able to work all things for the good of those who love Him. He can take your concern and turn it into something beautiful. How much more beautiful would it be if it were just between you and God? Would your faith be increased? Would you come to know the Lord as your Provider? Would you love Him? Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. He will strengthen you to be the wife perfectly suited for your husband. Again, plan ahead. Know these times are inevitable and carefully calculate your actions and responses in advance. Consider 1 Peter 3:1-4 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Be quiet and bring your husband honor. If you were on the receiving end of loving service how would you respond to the servant, especially a joyful servant who encouraged you?

5. Forgive. Colossians 3:12-18 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
What can you glean from this passage? To forgive requires humility. You are laying down your pride. The forgiver must be longsuffering. The forgiver puts on charity (love). The forgiver will have peace.

Corrie Ten Boom endured great tribulation from the Nazis during the Holocaust yet listen to what she says about forgiveness. "Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you." Forgiveness is a freeing choice.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

6. Love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says this about love: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Love: passionately, selflessly, wholly, joyfully, cheerfully, and unconditionally. Impossible? For us, yes. But with God all things are possible. Through Him you can love if you choose to love. When you have a grievance toward your husband- love. Do not get puffed up with pride. Do not seek your own good but seek his good. Do not let yourself be easily provoked. Be lighthearted. Remember to think on the good not the evil. According to 1 Peter 4:8 let us love deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.

I must add that I understand there are times when it is necessary to speak to your husband concerning certain issues. I am not suggesting you never go to your husband with concerns. I am simply stating that you should not discourage him with every negative thought that enters your mind. You should not try to mold your husband into who you think he should be. I also understand that sometimes it is necessary to seek wise counsel and share with another. Galatians 6:2 says we are to bear one another's burdens. If you are struggling and feel you must share your load, pray God will show you one true confidant - a godly woman you can trust to pray with you. As wonderful as she may be, this person should not be your mother. ;) Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. Do not dishonor your husband when sharing with this woman. Always honor. Always build him up. Remember Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Shall we give it a go? Let's try for the next 30 days to encourage rather than discourage. Let me know how it goes...
Grace and peace,
Adoring Family