I knew today's post was going to go up later because of a new recipe that I wanted to share with you that I will be making for dessert tonight. Sunday's in our home you can bet on two things lately. Soup for dinner and something for dessert. I am sure as Winter turns to spring soup will not be a regular Sunday appearance but for now it is always just the right thing for the end of the weekend.
I am thankful there was a delay though, because God hadn't given me the word to share until I jumped in the shower. It is something that I have spoken on before but today, there is going to be another twist on what you expect and in some ways there will be many who don't agree. That's okay. I know deep within that this is a message for me, and often times God uses those same messages for others too.
Anyway..... here we go!
There is no doubt that we have all had spoken words that have hurt someone, or that have been spoken to us. No matter how many times "I'm sorry" is used afterwards it never erases what was said, the hurt it caused, or the heartache that is felt. I've talked to ya'll before about this and how important it is that we are careful with the words that we choose to use with one another. But I need to expand on that today. We must also be careful with what words we choose to say to ourselves and about ourselves. Words are powerful. The way in which you speak to and about yourself and your circumstances indeed are reflective in your life. If you speak pain, lack, hurt, you will continue to experience pain, lack and hurt. But if you speak abundance, joy, favor, and peace in your life and about your circumstances you WILL experience abundance, joy, favor and peace! Don't believe me? Try it! Start taking responsibility for what you think and say to and about yourself and the situations you are facing. The bible tells us to not worry ... over and over and over yet we do. But the Bible also says that there is power of life and death in the tongue ~ and I think God meant it. I don't know about you but death of anything is not pleasant. We often hear when people commit suicide it is often because they feel so hopeless that they cant' go on. We need to realize that often we in some sense push ourselves to that same hopelessness in our minds and hearts. It might not be a physical suicide but it surely is a mental one.
I challenge you this week as you begin to prepare for your Christmas festivities to give yourself a gift of peace, joy, and life! Take responsibility for how you treat yourself. There have been things you say to and about yourself that you would be offended if anyone else had told you the same thing. In fact, it might would even end a relationship. When will say enough is enough and stop doing that?
Now that we have talked about being a bit sweeter to ourselves, here is that recipe I promised!
Ingredients1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
1 1/2 cups self rising flour *
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk or half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup hot water
DirectionsIn a cast iron skillet, (or 13x9 pan) melt butter in a 350* preheated oven. Pull out of oven and add in pecan halves. In a bowl mix together the flour, granulated sugar, milk (or half and half) and vanilla. Stir to combine but do not over mix. Pour over pecans but do not mix. Sprinkle on top of batter the brown sugar but do not stir. Finally, pour hot water over mixture and again, do not stir. Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes being careful not to over bake. It will look like it is too runny ~ but if you over bake it will be too dry when it cools. Allow to cool down a bit and set, then serve with vanilla ice cream, or some whipped cream.
*If you do not have self rising flour ~ make the following substitution:
In a one cup dry measuring cup add 2 1/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp of salt, and enough flour to make 1 cup. Then add in 1/2 cup of flour to give yourself the 1 1/2 cups you need.
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