imagesCould you use some extra strength today? Next week? This year? There is a way to find it.

We all understand that our physical body can be strengthened through exercise and nutrition, through getting focused on making good choices one day at a time, over and over and over until we can tangibly experience the results of those changes. But how often we fail to strengthen our spiritual life!

Now I know that some of you felt weary and tired when you even considered the idea of strengthening your spiritual life. You have tried that before and ended up crashing somewhere like a rocket that ran out of fuel.

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Daring to Dream in 2016

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Standing on the cusp of this New Year, I wonder what all God has planned for my life this year.

He spoke very specifically to me at the end of 2014 about the year that would come in 2015. I have stood amazed, watching as His plans for me unfolded before my eyes.  God took the initiative. He made the plans. I joined Him in them.  He revived old dreams and birthed new ones in my heart.

As He intends for our lives to go from one level of glory to another, I pause to listen to what He will say for this next year expecting it to be full of His plans.

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Lawrence2015Holiday-84A quiet expectancy dances in my heart. The holiday season is on my doorstep.

I prepare to receive my family and guests. Meals are planned as my daughter and I make the menu and think of the favorite recipes each family member loves. There will be smoked turkey this year. A green bean casserole that is made from scratch – no canned mushroom soup in this one. Sweet potato casserole (recipe follows) and mashed potatoes, too. Macaroni and Cheese made with smoked Gouda and other delightful cheeses. Dressing and a special cranberry sauce. Purple hull peas and piping hot rolls with butter. Cheesecake and Maple Walnut Cream Pie and Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Snicker Doodles. Carbohydrates and sugars will be temporarily welcomed to the table in great numbers. Old and new recipes guide our work. (Ah, so many good recipes and so little time to both prepare them and eat them.)The cooking has already begun.  Last minute trips to the grocery have happened and will continue to happen. 

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A mother is a person who seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people promptly announces she never did care for pie (Tenneva Jordan). I smile when I read that quote for it reminds me of my mother.  Today she would have been 89 years old.

I lost her last January and yet perhaps I am more aware of her presence than ever before.

I find that she is with me every day in my thoughts and in my actions. Particularly in the kitchen.

Momma was a good cook. A really good cook. From breakfast to dessert, she could cook it and cook it well.

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It began as a thought. An inconsequential thought that danced through my mind.

“Do you like cookies, cakes, or pies better?”

No doubt, I thought. Cookies. Yep, I love cookies. I love the texture. The chewiness.  

Then I began to envision THE cookie.  A dark chocolate chip cookie with oatmeal and pecans or walnuts.  Now for those of you who know my family, I am not talking about Eddie’s favorite cookies, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, which are not a cookie at all because they are not even baked! He often mentions these cookies and church members will bring him batches of them to show their love. We even got a batch after my surgery. (How does that work? It’s my surgery and he gets his favorite cookies!)

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