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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Do Not Be Afraid

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:26-27

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have made us and by Your name we are saved. You are the One who is able to heal us and delivers us. Enable us, O God we pray, to keep our focus on You — the One who is above all. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

What do you fear?

Is there something and/or someone in your life that you fear? Some of us are scared whenever it is dark, worried over an upcoming test, or afraid of someone who seems a lot stronger than we are. What or who is it that you are terrified of?

Why do you fear?

Have you ever asked yourself about the reason for your fear? What will trigger your nervousness? How come that you will panic in certain situations while you remain calm in others? How is it that you are in distress over being with certain people in your life?

We begin to fear things and people as soon as we (want to) make ourselves independent from God. Ouch! That’s the truth, I’m afraid.

How can you overcome your fear?

Do you ever wish that, facing this or that, you would be bold enough to speak up? What’s the secret to boost confidence during times of doubt and trouble?

So, how can we overcome our fear? We need to see situations, things, people as what they are: UNDER God. On the other side, and more importantly, we need to see God for who He is: ABOVE ALL — above all situations, above all things, above all people.

With that in mind, let’s read the two verses found in Proverbs 14 again:

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.

Where or with whom is your confidence today?

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