What Are Your Priorities?

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”           -Matthew 6:33 NKJV

What if you were given over $80,000, everyday for the rest of your life?  What do you think you would do with it?  Quit your job?  Buy a new house?  Invest?  What if you had to spend it all in a day, every day! How then would you spend it?  Do you think you could spend it all in a day?  I do not know how many seconds are in a day, without goggling it, but God gives us all of these seconds every day… and you spend every one of them!  How are you using your time?

To many of us are so busy and rushed especially during the Holiday Season, we just can’t wait to get through another day.  We need to take a step back and ask ourselves if what we are filling our days with really matters and if the activities we do choose reflect our priorities.  Often we are so disconnected that we are to busy to recognize it.

However, the Bible says, ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also “  -Matthew 6:21.  I have written scripture above each of my children’s doors  and this is one of my favorite verses I had placed above my oldest daughters door.

Have a wonderful and blessed time this Christmas with your loved ones as you remember the true miracle of that first Christmas.

-Cyndee Longe

 

 

 

Book Review

GetAttachmentMade to Crave-Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food
Author:  Lysa Terkeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries
2010, Zondervan
ISBN #978-0-310-29326-2 (softcover)                                                                                

 

 

 
Drawn in by the catchy title, I soon found myself immersed in a spiritual journey.  This book is about so much more than just another healthy eating plan.  Through her own personal story of struggle and triumph Lysa takes the reader on a quest, beginning with “Finding Your Want to” all the way to “Living as an Overcomer.”  Quoting Lysa,

 

                                      ” When Jesus says, ‘Follow me,’ it’s not an invitation to drag our divided heart alongside us as we

                                         attempt to follow hard after God.  When Jesus wants us to follow Him-really follow Him—it’s serious

                                         business.”

 

This book is not a diet plan.  It is, rather, a very practical and spiritual approach to living a healthy lifestyle for the glory of our Heavenly Father.  The “personal reflections” section at the end of each chapter prompts the reader to process the information and take a deeper look within, all the while supporting the content with Scripture and drawing attention to one’s relationship to God.  It is not a quick or casual read, but more a mixture of practical application and devotional.

For anyone who has ever struggled with food issues, this is an excellent resource.  Food not your issue?  I believe you could still benefit from the principles outlined in this book.  I highly recommend it.

Juanita Golden
November 2014

2014 BSAM Conference Reflections

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Chocolate Nut Zucchini Cake

CHOCOLATE NUT ZUCCHINI CAKE

This was given to me by a friend. It is equally good with or without the nuts.

3 squares unsweetened chocolate or you may substitute (3 Tbsp butter plus ½ cup and 1 more Tbsp. cocoa powder)

3 cups flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

3 cups sugar

1 ½ cups salad oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set to one side. Melt chocolate (or butter and then add cocoa powder) and cool slightly. Beat eggs. Add sugar, oil and vanilla. Beat well then add melted chocolate, zucchini and nuts and mix thoroughly. Finally, add flour mixture. Beat until well blended.

Bake at 325 degrees F. until top springs back when touched with finger (approximately 55-60 minutes).

Yields 3-4 loaves or one 9×13 inch cake.

If you ever meet someone who says, “What am I going to do with all this zucchini?” you now have a delicious answer! Enjoy.

Juanita

Humor

 

After watching sales falling off for three straight months at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel calls up the Pope and asks for a favor.

 

The Pope says, “What can I do?”

The Colonel says, “I need you to change the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken’. If you do it, I’ll donate 10 Million Dollars to the Vatican.”

The Pope replies, “I am sorry. That is the Lord’s Prayer and I cannot change the words.”

 

So the Colonel hangs up.

After another month of dismal sales, the Colonel panics, and calls again.

“Listen your Excellency. I really need your help. I’ll give you $50 million dollars if you change the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken.’”

And the Pope responds, “It is very tempting, Colonel Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much money. It would help us support many charities. But, again, I must decline. It is the Lord’s Prayer, and I can’t change the words.”

So the Colonel gives up again. After two more months of terrible sales.

The Colonel gets desperate. “This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you change the words of the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’ I will donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

 

The Pope replies “Let me get back to you.”

So the next day, the Pope calls together all of his bishops and he says, “I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

The bishops rejoice at the news. Then one asks about the bad news. The Pope replies, “The bad news is that we lost the Wonder Bread account.”

 

Janey Hoffman

Membership Vice President

Gooey Butter Cake

Simple and delicious.  Try using other flavored cake mixes for a nice variation.

 

Ingredients

Cake:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

 

Filling:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. 

Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

 

God Who Sees

Have you felt insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated?  I have recently had to deal with those feelings.  This is not a pleasant place to be.  However, I have found great comfort in His Word. 

The ladies of our church have recently begun The Patriarch’s Bible Study by Beth Moore.  Last week we discussed Hagar and how Sarah was being mean to her after she became pregnant with Abraham’s son.  It became so bad that Hagar decided to leave and try to make it back to Egypt.  However, God had something else in mind and He stopped her and took the time to talk to her.  Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me?”  Genesis 16:13 (NLT)

As a result of this encounter, we are given the name El Roi for God.  It means the God who sees.  God sees all and He cares for all.  If He will take the time to pay attention to one who is not His, can you imagine what He will do for the ones who are His? 

In the study, Beth Moore writes this, “He sees no one else care to look.  He sees through the smile we wear when we’re dying inside.  He sees our hurt when we’re mistreated.  He sees us when we cry into our pillow because we feel unloved.  He sees beyond our sin into the depth of our need.  He sees when we’re hiding.  Running.  He sees when we continue to sow the seed of His Word even in the floodplain of our grief.  He is the God who sees you.”

The next time you begin to feel insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated remember, you serve El Roi, the God who sees you.

Theresa Shurtleff

2014 BSAM Program VP

 

Mini Pizza Snacks

Mini Pizza Snacks

These make a great appetizer or snack for your Super Bowl party!

1 pound of pork sausage
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 pound Velveeta (or similar) cheese
Garlic salt and ground oregano to taste
1 loaf party size rye or pumpernickel bread

Brown and drain sausage, then sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce and add the ketchup.
Melt cheese over low heat or in microwave; stir in the prepared sausage.
Spread on individual slices of party-size bread.
Sprinkle with a touch of garlic salt and ground oregano.
Bake on cookie sheets at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes.

Can be made ahead of time, frozen and used as needed.  Allow to thaw slightly and increase baking time if frozen.

Juanita Golden
BSAM President-Elect 2013

Why I can be Thankful for Exercise

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I can give thanks for a lot of things in Christ Jesus:  my husband, my family, my health, my church and my friends. Is it possible to give thanks to exercise in some way? I think it can happen if we just change our thinking a little.  I can give thanks to exercise when I think of all the positive effects it can have on my body, spirit and mind. There are so many new and challenging benefits of exercise today. Exercise may even improve our mood and memory.

Here are some ideas for staying fit this Thanksgiving:

  • Check out if your city has a “turkey-trot,” typically a 5K run on Thanksgiving for a little pre-meal workout. Don’t worry if you are not a runner, you can always power walk it.
  • If you are making the meal, choose healthier options such as less butter in the foods, fresh cranberries instead of canned, and fruit or salad sides.
  • If you are not making the whole meal, offer to bring a healthy side. How about a vegetable tray, homemade stuffing (you know what you put in it – make it healthier), corn without gobs of butter, lightened-up pumpkin pie…be creative!
  • Get your family out moving with you. Go for a walk after the big meal to get it digesting, play football or catch together, play charades, take the dog for a walk, or anything else active that you all like to do.
  • When getting food buffet-style: only have 3 things on your plate at a time. You can always go back again, but if it’s not on your plate, you might re-think needing to eat it.
  • Drink water. Enough said.
  • Know that it was one day, one huge meal (averaging 3,000 calories!), and do better tomorrow.
  • Keep up activity through the whole holiday season. You can always take a few minutes to do body-weight resistance exercises (plank, push-ups, etc.) and pack your walking shoes when traveling.
  • Spend time being thankful for all that you have, and toast your health and wellbeing

Some days maybe harder than others, but I want to be all I can spiritually, mentally and physically for the Kingdom of Christ.  So get active and enjoy the beautiful gift of exercise this holiday season.

Cyndee Longe

BSAM Historian 2013

 

Grandma’s Wacky Cake

GRANDMA’S WACKY CAKE

This is a Depression era cake recipe.  It also goes by the name of Vinegar Cake.  It is a perfect alternative for those who are allergic to milk or eggs.

Don’t let the ingredients fool you, give it a try.  It is so good you don’t need frosting!  Best served warm topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

You will need an  8” x 8” pan, glass or metal.  Do not grease the pan.

Sift the following ingredients into the baking pan and mix thoroughly:
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup cocoa powder

Mound the mixed dry ingredients up and make 3 deep holes in the mound with a knife.  Put one of the following ingredients in each hole in the order listed:
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon white vinegar

Pour 1 cup COLD water over all the ingredients and mix well with a spoon.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy this family favorite!
Juanita Golden
BSAM President-Elect 2013