Monday, August 8, 2011

"Why God?"

Scripture of the day: "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law." -Deuteronomy 29:29

Have you ever asked God "Why did you allow 'this' to happen to me" or "Why am I going through 'this'?" Most people would answer yes. We want to know why God allowed a tragedy or why there are certain difficulties in our lives. We want to know God's plan for us. I think even if He revealed His plans to us, we still wouldn't understand. It may be that God wants us to learn to trust Him more or maybe we need to work on being more patient, forgiving, humble, etc. Whatever the case may be, it is Gos who allows trials in our lives for His reasons and purpose. I always like to think of trials and difficulties as a test. If I pass the test the first time, I don't have to take it again. But if I fail, I must take the test again and again until I pass.

It has a lot to do with our reactions to things as well. God wants us to react with patience, kindness, gentleness, etc. (see Galatians 5:22-23). We must also have forgiving hearts. If someone wrongs us, we must immediately forgive them. I know, easier said than done. My husband is always saying to me "Be the bigger person...let it go." Well, I must be down right enormous by now! Haha! It is much easier to forgive than to hold a grudge and hold on to hurtful feelings and words. On the cross, Jesus cried "Forgive them, for the know not what they do." Sometimes we even get angry with God because of our circumstances. We blame Him for our difficulties and troubles. He may allow certain things to happen, but it's up to us to react according to His word and His will.

Just remember what Jesus said in the bible "Love one another". Try to love people the same way God does. Jesus died on the cross for EVERYONE! That includes the rude cashier at the grocery store, the crazy driver who cut you off on the interstate, that mean girl in your class spreading gossip, that family member who speaks harshly of others. Show them God's love. It may be just a smile or a thank you or an I forgive you.

God has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). So, instead of asking "Why God?" Ask yourself, "What can I learn from this, how can I become more Christ-like through this situation?"

This week's menu:
  • Monday- Pizza
  • Tuesday- cheeseburger mac and cheese
  • Wednesday- leftovers
  • Thursday- chicken strips, mashed potatoes, corn, and biscuits
  • Friday- Take out
  • Saturday- mini cheeseburgers and hot dogs with french fries
  • Sunday- lasagna, salad, and french bread
Recipe of the week:
  • Canned Biscuit Dough Donuts (Paula Deen)
What you will need:
Oil for frying
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
5 tablespoons milk, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cans large buttermilk biscuits
Colored sprinkles
Chocolate sprinkles

Heat 2 inches oil in a large pot or Dutch oven  to 350 degrees F.

In a shallow bowl, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, set aside. This is the vanilla icing. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of milk and set aside. This is the chocolate icing.

Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in the oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or ice and decorate with sprinkles, as desired.

Picture of the week: (there is more than one this week...I couldn't pick just one)

Kids having fun @ Ducky's birthday party!

My niece K.D. Bug snoozing before the party.

Birthday Boy with cupcake everywhere!

Big Brother enjoying his cupcake!

Activities for the week:
  • Monday- Hubby is off so we will be doing projects around the house
  • Tuesday- Ducky has a dr. appt in the morning, work in afternoon
  • Wednesday-Friday- stay home with kids, work
  • Saturday- my nephew "Bent-Bent" has his 1st birthday party (his actual b-day is Friday). Happy Birthday Buddy!
  • Sunday- Church and relaxation

God Bless,


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