I prayed about such things as the state of this world, how people get so wrapped up in other people's business. I don't really care who's doing what to whom or what someone I don't know is doing to their body, what this country is doing or if the sky is falling. What other people do is between them and God.
Let me re-phrase this: I care, I'm simply not going to let outside forces manipulate my thoughts and behaviors. I had a long discussion with one of my children the other day about control. Do what you can, not what you can't. You have control over your own thoughts and words and actions. Nothing more. The rest is in God's hands. The battle isn't between ISIS and the world, between this person or that person and the media, it IS between God and Satan. I know for a fact who has already won (God) and, therefore, I don't sweat the little stuff - such as what other people/governments/media/political groups do or think.
This does not, however, mean that you should not be involved and sit on your thumbs. Do what you can, not what you can't. Volunteer at a homeless mission, vote, plant seeds of the Good News, teach people truth, do a good deed, be kind and love one another, etc.
So, read the news, listen to the media, listen to your family/friends/neighbors then think "What can I do that is positive?" Gossip about him/her/the situation? No. Worry? No. Post inflammatory comments all over social media? No.
Do one good thing.
Then do another.
Love your neighbor.
Trust in the one true God that has already won the war.
John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Now, back to today.
|I'm sitting here on my couch, feet up, craving chocolate.|
I've got my compression socks on, feet propped up after my "long run" and I'm craving something sweet. I eat a few jelly beans, but that doesn't do it.
Cookies!! I want cookies, but not just any cookies because I'm allergic to dairy and don't eat store bought cookies.
|Mixing up a batch.|
I decide to whip up a batch of double chocolate, espresso cookies. Dark chocolate chips, cacao powder, espresso powder, and lots of love.
|Almost ready for the oven.|
|You have to press them down because they don't spread.|
|Fresh out of the oven.|
|Yummy double chocolate chip espresso cookies!|
2-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 TBS all-natural applesauce
1/2 cup plus 1 TBS coconut oil
1-1/2 cup agave or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 oz dairy-free dark chocolate chips
1/2 c cacao powder (not cocoa powder)
2 tsp espresso powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together wet ingredients then add the chocolate chips. Add dry ingredients. If the batter seems dry add more applesauce.
Spoon batter onto parchment paper
Spray your fingers with non-stick spray and press the batter. These will not spread out. You can leave them in little balls if you want, just turn temp to 325 and cook a little longer.
Bake for 8 minutes, let cool, then enjoy with a cold glass of almond milk or other non-dairy milk.
Here are a few more pics of some recipes I've recently tried:
|Frozen banana bombs|
|No bake vegan carrot cake|
Hope you enjoyed the blog and the recipe!