Banana nut cream cheese bread or any banana nut bread for that matter is a favorite of mine. It’s hard to resist when I see it on a menu or a co-worker brings a loaf to work and wants to share. Being allergic to gluten and having other food allergies prevents me from this tasty treat when I am out and about so I did some research and created a recipes of my own that I’m excited to share with you. I hope you love it as much as I do! Makes 12 super delicious servings. Continue reading Banana Nut Cream Cheese Bread
My friend David wrote this article on March 2, 2013 on his site Together We Heal. David’s point of view as a survivor himself gives much to think about. He makes some valid points so I wanted to share and get your opinion. Check out David’s site at first chance, he doing big things to help others.
I was sitting on the patio having my morning Coca-Cola, when I came across the most disturbing article title, “Is it Rape or Incest? Giving Abuse a Politically Acceptable Name”. I didn’t think I’d ever heard of a politically acceptable name for abuse. Have you?
This is truer than true so for anyone struggling with their identity. If you find yourself in this place emotionally, I want to encourage you to visit Amanda Lannon’s site and read the full post. Her testimony is so powerful and very much comes from the heart.
I often hear people use the terms “sexually abused”, “sexually molested”, “molested”, incest and “child molestation but if you have lived through or suffered any of these experiences or know someone who has, you know someone that’s been raped.
Continue reading They Are Rapists and Should Be Labeled As Such
Everyone walks in either their flesh or their spirit. You can’t walk in both. They are mutually exclusive. The unsaved person has no choice but to walk in the flesh. They know nothing else. However, if we are children of God our intent is always to walk in the Spirit. But, as humans we have a choice. Daily. With every decision. To walk in the flesh, or walk in the Spirit.¹
|If we choose to walk in the flesh . . .||If we choose to walk in the Spirit. . .|
|We live by the law.||We live by the grace of God.|
|We bestow our righteousness on ourselves with our behavior trying to do good.||God bestows our righteousness upon us as part of our true identity in Christ.|
|We are obedient out of fear and a desire to avoid God’s wrath.||We are obedient out of love for God and desire to please Him and fellowship with Him.|
|We base our acceptance on our performance.||We know God fully accepts us for who we are in Christ.|
|In our flesh we “strive to arrive” and do things we think will be good enough to gain God’s approval..||In our Spirit we know we are fully accepted by God, all our sins are forgiven and we have an intimate relationship with Christ.|
|In our flesh we depend on our own resources and the counsel of friends or self-help books to resolve our problems.||In our Spirit we depend moment-by-moment on the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.|
|In our flesh we struggle to make it.||In the Spirit we surrender all our wants and needs to Christ.|
|In our flesh we attempt to live the Christian life.||In our Spirit we allow Christ to live His life through us.|
Where do you walk? In the Spirit? Or in your flesh? It makes a world of difference.
¹One resource for this blog post is the Association for Exchanged Life Ministries Grace Conference workbook, ©1993-2000 by A.E.L.M., www.aelm.org