Are You Listening

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

How is your hearing?

Mine is not that great at the moment. The trouble started a short while back and last Sunday has been one of the worst days so far.

I walked into church and was thrilled seeing people and getting to talk to some of them. While somebody was talking to me, in the middle of her sentence, my hearing dropped tremendously. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to understand most of what the men were about to share. Then, as the first man opened up the service I knew.

The preacher who stepped up to the pulpit is one who speaks loud and clear. However, during a time of having to keep a greater distance and the wearing of masks, I couldn’t hear much of what he has said. That was quite frustrating.

The hearing of God’s Word is crucial, as Romans 10:14 says:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

You see, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10 continues in verse 17.

Faith and hope are so important especially during a time of having to keep distance, living more or less contact-less, and limits of making joyful noise.

Just as this time with all its trouble so will my bad hearing eventually come to an end, “But the Word of the LORD endures forever,” says 1 Peter 1:25

So, how is your hearing?

Open your Bible today. God is speaking. Listen well.

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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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