Sunday Song: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

In this morning’s sermon, my pastor encouraged us that it is natural to believe that God does not love us, but that it is the work of the Holy Spirit’s work in the believers’ heart that gives assurance of God’s love.

God is love.

We love because He first loved us.

God will never stop being who He is and He will not withhold from His children that which He has promised to give.

So maybe, like me this morning, you need a heart check. Do you know in your heart that God loves you and why? May the Holy Spirit keep changing our hearts, replacing the natural unbelief with strengthened faith and the real assurance of the truth of His steadfast, never-ending love for those who call on the name of the Lord.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:9-10

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:16‬

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalms‬ ‭13:5‬

By God’s grace, arranged and played by Katie

“Just as I am / How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Post- Christmas Pancakes: Holiday Nog Edition

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I ended up with quite a bit of leftover holiday nog.

I love the taste of holiday nog – whether it tastes like eggnog or not, I wouldn’t know- but two cartons is a bit much for one person to drink. Naturally my mind turned to baking… and breakfast and scones and pancakes and muffins… and finally, came a new recipe! So, here they are, gluten-dairy-egg-soy-nut free holiday nog pancakes!

Holiday-Nog Pancakes (for 1… or two if they’re not very hungry)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. Brown rice flour
  • 1/2 c. Oat flour
  • 1/2 c. Sweet Sorghum flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil (I used avocado oil.)
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Honey
  • 1 Tbs. flax seed
  • 3/4 c. Holiday Nog

*Note: I made a flax seed egg by letting it stand 5 minutes in 1-2 Tbs. water. However, the dough needed more help thickening, so I ended up sprinkling another 1/2 tablespoon on top. Next time, I will try just adding the flax seed and letting it gel in the pancake batter.*

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl snd stir until blended an few lumps.

Let the mixture stand to thicken. It should look about like this:

I added avocado oil to the skillet because it is not a strong-tasting oil, so it wouldn’t mask the flavor of the nog. Word to the wise, use a really good non-stick skillet so that you can use as little oil as possible. If you aren’t avoiding cooking spray, that would be best. Too much oil makes the edges a bit crumbly…

But they make good, thick pancakes nonetheless. I used a full 1/4 c. measuring cup to pour the pancakes into the skillet once it was to temperature (water droplets sizzle when dropped in pan). To help the pancakes rise, I cover for the first few minutes with a lid. I had more trouble with this recipe burning… maybe because of the extra sugar in the holiday nog.

This recipe made six pancakes and taste delicious!

Sixth pancake not pictured because I was already eating it…

Christmas Medley

As there has been hope and fulfilled promises in the past, so there are promises that will be fulfilled in the future.

Christmas is a reminder: God makes promises to weak and lowly sons of earth, and he delights to keep them.

So, we delight to sing with hope in his goodness in the present and hope in his faithfulness for the future.

By God’s grace, arranged and played by Katie.

What Child is This: a song for Christmas

1. What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

2. Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

3. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise a song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

William Chatterton Dix, 1865

By God’s grace, arranged and played by Katie.

Video created using iMovie. Scripture images from YouVersion Bible App, NIV & ESV. Photos by Katie.

Kindness and Humor

Today’s themes: Kindness and Humor.

Today is the last day before Christmas break, for which I am so thankful! But even more than that, I’m thankful for the memories of my students today.

Like little J in the elf hat carefully bouncing down the hall to deliver cookies to office staff and anyone else she happened to pass.

Like little M- who didn’t talk to me at the beginning of the semester – resolutely placing the antlers on his head and turning to face me, fists on his hips. “Ms. Watson, do I look ridiculous?” It was more of a statement than a question and the suppressed mirth on his face told me he already knew the answer.

I hope they succeed well in school… but even more than that, I hope they keep growing in their kindness and humor.

And may they love the One who is the reason for our Christmas hope, kindness… and humor.