Posted: 12:50 pm Thursday, March 29th, 2018
By Staff Writer
We are in the midst of Holy Week and all around us are the signs of rebirth and renewal. From the baby goats on the farm, to the daffodils straining upward through the cold hard earth, to the hearts I meet daily that have turned toward love, I am reminded that our Lord and Saviour is with us. He died so that we may have eternal life.
My hope is that you are alert and aware to the miracles that surround you. Have you noticed the buds forming on the trees that weeks earlier looked like ghostly winter sentinels? Are you rejoicing in the fact that it is still daylight when the workday has ended?
I know that much of our country is still getting hammered by inclement weather, but the signs are for balmier days ahead. Are you paying attention?
Please do. Find those signs and celebrate them, let your heart be gladdened.
O let your soul now be filled with gladness,
Your heart redeemed, rejoice indeed!
O may the thought banish all your sadness,
That in His blood you have been freed,
That God’s unfailing love is yours,
That you the only Son were given,
That by His death He has opened heaven,
That you are ransomed as you are.
by Peter Achan, translated to English by Karl Olsson
March Book Club | I Can Only Imagine,a Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever
by Bart Millard
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Earlier this month, I introduced you to my March Book Club pick, I Can Only Imagine, a Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever, by Bart Millard, founding member of the award-winning musical group, MercyMe.
First a hit song, then a book, a child’s version of the book (this one!), and now a major motion picture playing in theaters across the country. Have you seen it? It is phenomenal!!!
I Can Only Imagine was inspired by Bart’s personal story. The song not only topped the Christian music charts but was a cross-over hit to Top 40 and Billboards Adult Hot Contemporary, which illustrates the popularity of it’s universal theme.
I have several copies of this delightful book to give away! Do you have a child or grandchild you would like to share God’s love with?
Write to me D@Delilah.com and tell me who you’d like to gift the book to.
Make sure you include your snail-mail (USPS) address in your note. You might just see a book appear on your door step!
New Movie | The Miracle Season
Opens April 13
The Miracle Season is based upon the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team.
After the tragic death of the school’s star player, Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship
This is truly a heart felt love story about a team that would not quit. Let it inspire you to keep the faith when you are faced with obstacles that seem insurmountable. When something means the world to you, don’t give up!
The Miracle Season will be in theaters soon, it’s star-studded cast includes Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh and Erin Moriarty.
New Recipe | Blueberry Streusel Cornbread Coffee Cake
This is another “Steve Made” dessert. For those of you who don’t understand this nomenclature, Steve is the husband of DeeDee, my life-long friend and our studio Girl Friday. Steve loves to cook and to share his creations; he adds, subtracts, and fiddles with recipes until they are Steve perfect, and then they arrive on our counter beckoning in all their caloric glory with a note that says “Steve made…”
This one appeared on Tuesday and was a huge hit! He’s reduced the sugar in the cake (you can add it back in if you want a very very sweet cake – some recipes call for as much as 1 1/3 cups!) and added rolled oats to the struesel topping. That was enough to make us feel we were definitely eating health food! winky wink
Serve this on Easter Sunday (or any Sunday for that matter!)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 6 tablespoons cold butter, sliced
- ½ teaspoon salt fine kosher salt
- zest of half a lemon
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine kosher salt
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 8 Tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 9″ pie plate with cooking spray. In a food processor, pulse together all the ingredients for the streusel topping until the mixture resembles crumbs. Set aside.
Sift or whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the milk, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix! Pour the batter in the pie plate and bake at 400°F for 5-6 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle the blueberries on top. Cover the blueberries with the streusel mixture then bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool, cut, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
As I said before, this is Holy Week!
Have you been involved in fellowship of any kind? If you are feeling lonely or isolated, please reach out to the many many people in your life or your community that would willing to embrace you.
Attend a church service, volunteer at a community event, go watch an Easter egg hunt, give your neighbor children an Easter basket or treat. There are so many ways for you to be involved, to utilize whatever skill set you have, (even if it’s just the best hug in the world,) to bless others and in doing so, filling your own heart.
He Is Risen
Let us rejoice and remain free of the temptation to eat the ears off every chocolate bunny that crosses our lily-strew path!
Much love to you,