There shall be a fulfilment

(ASV) Luke 1:45 And blessed [is] she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

This year I want to be praying more for the fulfilment of the Lords promises. It's going to be hard to see the fulfilment if I don't remember the promise though, so for the next few days I'm going to be looking back through all my old journals in my quiet time; looking for things that have been fulfilled, and praying for the manifestation of promises that are yet to come.

Im sure it's going to be very encouraging. If you don't have any journals, why not start one now? New years is the perfect time to start a fresh journal (they're cheap in the January sales!) and you'll be able to look back through it this time next year.

Oh, and happy new year!

Nut Butter Popcorn

Nut Butter what now?

Oh my goodness!

I just discovered this recipe, and it's amazing.

Honestly, I'm not a massive fan of peanut butter, but this?
This is to die for.

Take some popcorn, (air popped is best, but whatever you have is fine). Salt and butter it (try not to snack too much at this stage) and leave it in a large mixer bowl.

In a pan, warm 1/2 a cup of honey and 1/3 cup of sugar and bring it to the boil. If you're feeling decadent (and I was) add a vanilla pod. Actually mine was from the honey jar, but as I was using the last of honey I thought I may as well.

Heat until the sugar is dissolved, remove and stir in 1/2 a cup of whatever kind of nut butter you have (we had peanut and cashew nut. If you want to know how to make some - click here). I added 1/4 tsp of vanilla paste too.
I just love vanilla.

Stir it over your popcorn.


I'm told this tastes even better the next day.

I wouldn't know.

We eat it all.

2012 Seven Steps Curriculum Planner

I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging over Christmas/new year, to spend a little more time with family, but I couldn't resist sharing this little freebie with you.

Click over to our Homeschool blog, Gracieschool, to pick up you free curriculum planner for 2012.

Happy New Year!

You're My Cup of Tea

I love calling cards. I got some really cute ones from Moo that say things like 'You are Precious' and 'You are beautiful'. I love handing them out to women I meet, as they not only give them a way to contact me, but are encouraging in the process, something that our culture is not very good at.

Calling cards are a great way of giving your contact details to someone quickly, but are also so much cuter than just getting out your mobile phone and opening the 'bump' app.

With that in mind, over the next few weeks/months/however long it takes me, I'm going to design some new ones and upload them here so that you can download them for free. They will all be in publisher format so that they are fully customizable for you (and mostly because I'm not very good at using acrobat).

And here is the first one, entitled 'You're My Cup of Tea'.

Feel free to adapt as much or as little as you like for your own personal use.

Early Christmas Present

It's the end of term and as always the last week and a half was manic, so it was the perfect time for us to take a break. With this in mind, my darling husband planned an early Christmas present for me (completely out of character as he NEVER lets me open presents early).

He arranged our lovely mothers to babysit the children so that we could get away together in Bath. You can read more about it on our travel blog, but I just wanted to share a few photos here too.

Beautiful parade gardens in Bath

Tapas - we haven't eaten this together since our honeymoon!

Passionfruit and Lime Capirhana's by candelight

Roof top pool at the spa for sunset

I am one very lucky lady!

Glo on the Iphone only

I know I've blogged about Glo Bible before (I'm not an affiliate, I just think it's great) but I wanted to update you, because they have MASSIVELY improved the iPhone app, to the point where you could now reasonably not bother having it on your computer, but use it entirely from your phone.

They've obviously realized this too, so for a short time only, they are offering you the chance to buy it on your phone only for just $9.99, which is incredibly cheap. I'm not sure exactly what that converts to in GBP but it's less than £7.

You have to download the app from the store, then purchase as an in app upgrade, but I haven't tried that as we already own the full membership.

Some of the new features on your iPhone include:

Reading plans
Interactive Historical Bible Atlas (linked to verses)
Snapshot options
Media View strip
Study notes links
and much more!

If you haven't used Glo before, give it a try for free. There's no pressure to upgrade. If you don't like it - delete it!

This time last year...

We had snow!

I just found this video and had to share it with you.

English muffins

Hello Morning! It's 5:30am and I have a little time to spare whilst I wait for the some more muffins to prove, so I'm sat in a blanket on my sofa with a glass of juice and my laptop. I love these mornings. Funny how I never remember that once I get out of routine....
I know I said I was done with the sourdough recipes but, I have one more and, it's too good not to share!

I'd never made english muffins before, I noticed that Katie Riddle (RiddleLove) includes them as part of her wintery menu plan and I wanted to give it a go. They came out awesome, so here is the recipe I used.

  • 1 cup of sourdough starter
  • 2 1/4 cups of milk
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sprouted grain spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds (we dehydrated tons of these at thanksgiving)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda

Stir the first five ingredients together and leave in a covered bowl over night.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients and knead for a few minutes - you might want to oil up your hands/work surface, this is going to be messy! Then shape and cover for one more hour.

Fry for 4-5 minutes on each side and then pop on a baking tray.

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes.

Slice open and slather with ridiculously good salty butter.


Promises, promises...

Did you know that the Bible contains more than 5,000 promises from God?

He has given us prophetic words in scripture that have proved true time and time again. Those words can bring us encouragement when we're struggling, like "I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11 and "I will never leave you or forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

Because humans with even the best of intentions sometimes break promises, it's easy for us to forget or ignore the promises we find in the Bible; but if you check history, you'll find that every single promise God ever made, He has seen through to completion. Sometimes those promises didn't happen as quickly as people would have liked, but every single one was right on time.

God promised to always be with us, and He promised to love us without end. He promised to carry our burdens and renew our strength, but most of all God promised to send a Son who would be a blessing to all nations. He told his prophets the Son would come as a baby and that the baby would be born in Bethlehem, he even told the date that He would ride into Jerusalem and declare Himself the Messiah. Daniel 9:24-27 The greatest promise God has kept to date is sending Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. You can read more about the fabulous prophecies of the Messiah in an article by Jim Lippard.
The first candle in an advent wreath is called the Candle of Promise. It's lit to remind us that all of God's promises are true.

This week, when you're tempted to give up or feel discouraged, remember God's promises, His promises to always be with you, to care for you and to love you with a never ending love.

God promised Abraham a son when it seemed impossible, but He did it.

He promised he would father many nations - Not only was he father of the Israelites, but of the Edomites, the Ishmaelites, the Ammonites and the Moabites.

However unlikely it might seem, the promises God has for you will come to fruition; and Jesus will return, just as He said He would.

- Kj

Why Men Hate Going to Church - David Murrow

I have a love-hate relationship with this book.
On the one hand, I was annoyed with the way he portrayed women - I know, it was a stereotype to highlight the differences between men and women, but as a woman it annoyed me. I felt judged whilst reading it, and that my feminine qualities were somehow the reason men couldn't worship alongside me.

I'm probably being oversensitive about that. Maybe it's that time of the month.

I also really didn't like the way he separated Jesus into two separate characters who he called 'lamb Jesus', who he spoke of in quite a derogatory manner, and 'Lion Jesus' who he insisted never demonstrated gifts of the spirit such as being gentle, loving or patient. Painting a picture of schizophrenic Jesus by parodying two different sides of his personality felt very uncomfortable to me.

On the other hand, the book is very readable and makes some interesting points. Near the beginning he gives two lists of characteristics and asks which list best describes the church. Naturally you lean towards the list that doesn't include 'aggression', but has 'nurturing' listed. He then points out that these lists were actually taken from 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus'.

Men and Women are different and want different things, but whether this is inherent or the fault of culture is a whole other debate. Murrow points this out when he talks about targeted advertising. I couldn't help wandering though, aggression is surely not something we should be striving for when the bible asks us to be 'peace-loving'. 'Men are from Mars' is a secular psychology book, not a biblical guide. Just because our culture says men should behave one way, doesn't necessarily mean that our churches should emulate that to make men feel more comfortable.

'Why Men Hate going to Church' does raise interesting questions, the church certainly is losing men in their droves, but I'm not sure that the conclusions Murrow draws from that are entirely helpful.

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