In Light Of Eternity

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Ecclesiastes 6:9

LORD Jesus, we thank You for all the things You are providing for us. Enable us, O God we pray, to keep our focus on the One who gives and not on the things we want or have. Let our minds be set on things that are above. Give us the spirit of discernment to see things in light of eternity. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

It’s so easy to lose sight of eternity when we are caught in the middle of wrestling with the here and now, isn’t it? We have to make decisions on a daily basis. These range from the smallest, like which shirt to wear, up to the larger ones, like which house to buy. Then we also worry about things like how to manage this or that situation. We need to decide what’s for dinner, or we have to make a decision while facing a tough family issue.

In midst of all of what is going on in our life do we ever stop to see things in light of eternity? Does it matter what we do and how we do things? Will it make a change if we are buying one product over another? Where lies our focus? Where do we aim at?

C.S. Lewis said:

“It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.”

When we are only living in the here and now, without having the light of eternity in our life, then faith neither has much room nor power in our life. We desire the world and the things of it and we lose sight.

Are you living in light of eternity?

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Frozen Yogurt

Remember that in my post from last week Receive Him Joyfully I mentioned that I will share a few recipes? Here is the first one: Frozen Yogurt.

Do you and your family like to have an ice cream every now and then, but you don’t have the suitable kitchen appliance to make homemade ice cream?

Don’t worry because you don’t really need one to make this dessert — which is a great alternative to regular ice cream.

The advantage of it is that it has less fat and therefore less calories than most ice creams, but it contains a wealth of healthy fruit. Yes, it does taste delicious! Give it a try.

You will need a food processor with blade or a blender to make this. The ingredients are as follows for 4 servings:

– Frozen fruit/s
– Yogurt
– Flavor/s to taste.

Frozen Fruits

Use whatever kind your family likes. You will need roughly 1 1/2 to 2 cups (300g to 400g) of frozen fruit. Slightly defrost bigger fruits and/or chop them into smaller pieces.

Yogurt

Use your family’s favorite one — natural, Greek Style, low fat or whole fat. You will need about 1/4 to 3/8 cups (80g-120g)

Flavors to Taste

What flavors do you like? Try cinnamon, honey, lemon or lime, mint, vanilla extract, or any other flavor your family likes to taste.

Put all ingredients into the food processor bowl or the blender and mix well for 3-5 minutes to make creamy frozen yogurt. Serve immediately.

You will have to experiment with the ratio a bit to get the perfect mixture that suits you well. Let me suggest also that you make it fresh each time. I have found that the frozen yogurt becomes quite hard and so, coming out of the freezer, it cannot be scooped well. Or, how about putting the frozen yogurt mix in popsicle moulds and freeze them? That works out okay.

Keep your eyes fixed on the LORD Jesus. 

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Only a Little More

Have you found honey?
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

Proverbs 25:16

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You provide so richly for us each and every day. Help us to eat the right things to nourish our body and soul. Enable us to enjoy with thanksgiving what You have given to us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

God gives us so many lovely things! Honey is good for us, isn’t it? God Word warns us, though, not to eat too much of it. It’s okay to use a little wine but not to drink too much. Eating and enjoying food and drink is all right, but gluttony is not.

We could add many more things to this list: things that are beautiful, things that will cause us pleasure, things that will cheer us up. What good will they be to us, though, if we should not have them or if we cannot truly enjoy them?

Ecclesiastes (5:19 and 6:2) says that God gives the power to eat and to rejoice. We can heap up all we want to and still never be satisfied. True joy comes from the LORD.

True, waiting on God to give can be a challenge in times of poverty. On the other side, the excitement of having more than enough loses its beauty the moment we lose focus on God. We begin to start craving for more and more.

My husband and I used to be in a stage where needs were barely met. Living from one paycheck to the next was an ever-present and haunting reality. Now we are much better off and able to give more abundantly to others. That (sharing what God has provided with others) is a blessing in itself. However, where much is given, much is required — that’s a challenge in itself which I will talk about another day.

Be content and give thanks for the things and talents God has provided to you.

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