Friday, January 23, 2015

Life's Interruptions ~



I am Jonah
I want to serve God…..
as long as it is convenient.
I desire to do His will….
until it is a tad uncomfortable.
I want to hear His Word…..
as long as its message is one I'm supposed
to pass on to someone else.
I don't want to have my plans interrupted.
Oh yes, I am Jonah, and I suspect that in
one way or another, you are too.   Taken from~ Priscilla Shirer (Jonah- Navigating A Life Interrupted)

I have been doing this Bible Study on Jonah and a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.  It is not by accident that God places in my hand's encouragement just at the right time. He has been doing this for me since I can remember. I was at one of those moments when life was comfortable. I am satisfied. I am happy. And out of the nowhere, the winds start to blow and my boat is rocking.  My life has been interrupted.

In doing this Bible study I am learning in depth the surroundings of just why it was hard for Jonah to just go preach to those enemies in Nineveh. He had to sell his home~ his belongings~ leave behind all that he loved to go to people who were not only evil but they hated his people. It was a long way to travel to preach to his enemies.   Can you give a little grace to our brother ?~ I sure have been.  He had great wealth to leave behind. Yet ~ God interrupted his life and demanded him to go. I would say Jonah had no option ~ wouldn't you?

When I started this study a few weeks ago life was boring. I was at a crossroads and needed some direction. Just two weeks later God has thrown an interruption at me. ( Not exactly what I was praying for.)  Jonah ran when God gave him his life's interruption.  How well did that work?

My natural response is much like Jonah's response. RUN! So this morning I am praying~ seeking~ and listening. Where is this interruption going to take me? What am I going to be willing to leave behind?  Is God asking me to leave behind all I know and love?  I  don't know but I know I am not going to run. I think I will learn from Jonah and just be willing to trust and obey whatever it is that He is asking me to do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What interruptions has God placed in your life today ~ how will you respond?

Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Kitchen~ Lemon Poppy Seed Bread




 I wrap my mini loaves and large muffins in coffee filters and tie them with a bow.

LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD-CAKE
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. poppy seed
(1 tsp. salt, optional)

GLAZE:

1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease bottom only of 4 (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 1/8 inch) loaf pans.In large mixer bowl combine all bread ingredients. 

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into prepared pans. 

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


In small bowl stir together glaze ingredients. Pour over warm bread. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen edge with knife; remove from pan.


Yields 4 mini loaves, which are great for gift giving. Freezes well.



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