Gluten Free & God Seeking

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Winter Time Fav - Classic Date Nut Bread

Dates are so good.   I grew up in California, and loved it when my parents bought Hadley dates. My brother was born in Palm Springs, and last April on our way to Arizona, we all stopped in at Hadley's. They are definitely a  great place to stop and grab some yummy snacks for the trek across the desert. 

In the past I've made scones with dates and hermit cookies which contain finely chopped dates, but today I'm showcasing classic date nut bread. This recipe comes from a fundraiser cookbook from the first school I taught at.

So this morning one of my daughters came over, and while the snow was falling, we read out of the book we're going through and enjoyed some date bread and tea.  Ahh, now that's one of my favorite ways to spend a winter morning!



Classic Date Nut Bread

1.  Prepare dates - In a small mixing bowl put and let sit while mixing the dry ingredients:
 1 cup of boiling water and 1 cup of chopped dates.

2.  Prepare dry ingredients - In a large mixing bowl put:

(1)  2 cups of your favorite gluten free flour mix- I usually use 2/3 cup of white rice flour, 2/3 cup of sorghum flour, and 2/3 cup of tapioca flour.
(2)  Stir in 1 tsp. of baking soda and 1/2 tsp. of salt.
(3)  Then add 1 cup of sugar (I usually use 3/4 cup) and 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

3.  Beat 1 egg

4.  Melt 3 T of butter in a small pan. (I used olive oil yesterday, and it came out great!)

5.  Combine ingredients:
(1)  Add the date mixture to the flour mixture
(2)  Then stir in the beaten egg and the melted butter.
(3)  Mix until combined.


6.  Grease a loaf pan or you can use 3 mini loaf pans.  Bake at 300-325 for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Breads & Coffee Cakes: Gluten free & Low-fat Banana Bread    (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Celebrate Fall With Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread  (A friend's recipe)
Delicious Gluten Free Zucchini Bread (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
My Favorite Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bread  (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)
Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free!)   (From a former neighbor)
Here's a Zucchini Bread with a Hawaiian Twist! Gluten Free Pineapple Zucchini Bread (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Dot's Old Fashioned Pumpkin Bread   (From my father's friend)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Major Truths in the Minor Prophets - Seeing Human History in the Book of Joel

     The Ethiopian eunuch told Stephen in Acts-- that he couldn't understand what he was reading in Isaiah 53 unless someone helped him.  I often feel this way when I read the Life-Studies--I appreciate the clear exposition and spiritual applications  contained in these chapters. 

     For example, the book of Joel begins by talking about the stages of a locust.  Without the insight from the Life-Study of Joel, I'd probably just gloss over it. But I learned that these locusts parallel Nebuchadnezzar's great image in Daniel 2.  That's worth a wow.  When I read the Life-Studies of Daniel, I learned that each part of this image from the head of gold which represented Nebuchadnezzar as well as each of the other parts  portray major empires.

     In chapter 15 of the Life-Study of Joel I learned that within this history of these empires is a divine history.  Here's that excerpt on pages 99-100:

We should not think that man has a history but that God does not have a history.  In this universe there are two histories: the history of man, the human history, and the history of God, the divine history.  We may liken the history of man to the shell of a walnut and the history of God to the kernel within the shell.  In the Minor Prophets the "shell" is clearly defined, and the "kernel" is revealed in some detail....In Daniel 2 this history is signified by a great human image, with the four sections of this image corresponding respectively to the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire. Although it is easy for us to see the shell, which is something outward and physical, we must have a kind of intrinsic insight in order to see the kernel within the shell, to know the divine history within the human history  (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of the Minor Prophets.  Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1993, Print). 
     
     Who would have thought the Minor Prophets contain this lens to view all of human history?  In this chapter Witness Lee also points out that the Lord's incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection are all parts of the divine history that took place during the history of the Roman Empire.  And even the church that the Lord died for on the cross is a part of this divine history that is even now being worked out in human history.  Isn't that incredible!  I would encourage you to click on the above link and read this entire chapter.

     And all of this can even be brought down one more level.   At the end of this chapter he reminds us that when we got regenerated, we were reborn in the divine history.  So he leaves his readers with this question--"Are we living in the divine history or are we living merely in the human history?"  May God continually show us where we are!



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It's That Time of Year Again - Why Not Make Your Own Cold, Cough & Flu Brew?















       Twenty years ago I lived next door to a horticulturist who had a flower shop in downtown Seattle.  Eventually she made both her front and backyards into different types of flower gardens.  When her fight with a brain tumor was almost at an end, she told me I could dig up any of the plants I wanted.  Besides some beautiful perennial flowers,  I chose some lemon balm, peppermint, and feverfew which looks like a miniature daisy. 

      A few years after planting them, I began doing some research to check out  their medicinal benefits.  I learned how to dry peppermint and lemon balm.  Over the years I researched some of the other plants I got from her garden like daisies and sweet woodruff, and I found out that they were  also great for colds and coughs.  Then I found out that certain roses can be dried and some of them have both antibacterial and antiviral properties. So because in the Northwest we have a rugged winter, I began  putting together all the herbs that treat  colds, coughs, and flu.  Every year since then I have dried herbs and medicinal flowers so I could make a fresh batch of  this tea. 

HERBS & FLOWERS FOR COLD, COUGH & FLU TEA
 

Calendula:  Reduces a fever, soothes a sore throat, stimulates the immune system, flavonoids prevent infection and inflammation. 


 


Daisy:  Colds, cough, bronchitis and reduces a fever.
Dandelion leaf:  Antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Make sure you pick these in the woods or a clearing where there are no pesticides. 
  

Feverfew:  Use for wheezing and coughs.  Also an energizing herb.   Pain reliever; helps with asthma, fever, and sinus congestion.

 
Lavender:  Helps relieve headaches and nervous exhaustion common when ill.
 
Lemon Balm:  The tannins and polyphenols in lemon balm extracts have antibacterial & antiviral effects.  Used in treatment of colds, flu, and cold sores. Contains eugenol a natural pain reliever. 
 
Nettle:  Colds, bronchitis, stimulates the lymphatic system. (I get these from a nearby forest.)
 
Rose:  Antibacterial and antiviral, clears lungs, flushes toxins and soothes a sore throat.

 

 
Yarrow:  Contains antiseptic qualities that fight bacteria.  Good for colds, flu, and fever.  Helps detoxify the body  Good for soothing a sore throat. 
 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Major Truths in the Minor Prophets - Taking a Closer Look at Hosea

     God asked Hosea to do something seemingly preposterous.   He told this Old Testament prophet to marry the harlot Gomer.  By now you may be thinking really?!  But He did as God instructed, and in the Life-Study of Hosea Witness Lee explains on page 13 why.

"The prophet Hosea took Gomer, a wife of harlotries (1:2-9). This symbolizes that God took Israel as His wife--one who gave herself to harlotries and who departed from Jehovah.  God told Hosea to do what He himself had done, and Hosea did it" (Lee. Witness. Life-Study of Hosea. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1994, Print).

I learned that Gomer had three children, and their names symbolize different aspects of God's judgment against Israel. But even at such a low point in Israel's history, you can see in this verse in Hosea that God doesn't fully let go of His people: 

In the place where it will be said to them, you are not My people, it will be said to them, You are the sons of the living God.  Hosea 1:10b

The book of Hosea is touching to me because it shows us that no matter how far we may fall away from God, His love will reach us there.  Here we see God's loving heart and how relentless He is to pursue us and bring us back to Himself.  


As 2019 is coming to a close today, and another new year and decade is about to begin, my prayer is that all of God's people would know more the depth of God's  loving heart.  And that means that no matter what this next year brings, you will know that God's heart towards you is always good, and that everything that God allows was designed with the purpose of bringing you closer to Him.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Overcomers in Babylon - Lessons From Daniel's Dream About Four Beasts in Daniel 8

     In Daniel 9 we see that the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies are real.  Prior to that God had given Daniel a dream about four beasts in chapter 8 that left him deeply perplexed. The Bible tells us that Daniel prayed for 21 days to try to figure it out (10:2). 

    It probably surprised Daniel when an angel appeared to him and told him that at the outset of his prayer, he'd been heard, but a heavenly battle was taking place with an evil angel, whom he calls the prince over Persia:

  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days; but now Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, I remained there alone with the kings of Persia.....And now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia; so I go forth, and the prince of Javan is now about to come.    Daniel 10:13, 20B

    In chapter 15 of the Life-Study of Daniel Witness Lee says that this scene shows that Satan has assigned evil angels over different countries. These evil princes battle against God's angels to prevent God's will from reaching the earth. He also say here that this scene shows God's people that there's always a spiritual scene behind the physical one.  This is mentioned on pages 91-92 of the Life-Study of Daniel:

What we see outwardly is the physical world, but behind the physical world is the spiritual. In the spiritual world Christ is the preeminent One. Therefore, in chapter ten He is mentioned first (vv.4-9)....After this vision of Christ, an angelic messenger came to tell Daniel about the things behind the physical world. He told Daniel that he himself was fighting against the prince of the kingdom of Persia, a rebellious evil spirit. Then Daniel was told that there was another evil spirit, the prince of Greece (Javan). There was also the archangel Michael who was a prince fighting for Israel. At least four spirits are covered here....Apparently, all of these struggles [mentioned in the dream of the beasts in Daniel 8] are merely the activities of human governments represented by the great human image in Daniel 2. Actually, God was behind the physical world managing the entire situation. This is what we need to see as we consider chapter ten of Daniel and the vision of Israel's destiny in chapter eleven (Lee. Witness. Life-Study of Daniel. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, Print 1991).

     After reading this sometimes I've realized that an answer to prayer is probably somewhere in the space of "21 days" and God's answer is stuck because of this spiritual battle. This word has encouraged my husband and I to keep praying and not be discouraged if the answer doesn't come in a week or two. We've had situations in our family where we have prayed for over a decade before the answer came.

     I read in a book that our prayers can be likened to items put on a scale, and you have to keep praying until the scales are tipped.  God has a lot of concerns on this earth that need our prayer. This chapter showed me again that our prayer always connects us to the spiritual battle that's always going on behind the scene.






 Other posts on the Major Prophets

Life-Study of Isaiah:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Isaiah on Life Study of the Bible  with Witness Lee.   You can also read the online Life-Studies of Isaiah and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.


Life-Study of Jeremiah & Lamentations:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Jeremiah & Lamentations on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

Insights from Jeremiah - What Does God Consider Evil in Jeremiah 2:13?
Insights from Jeremiah - Taking A Closer Look at the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34
What Lessons Can We Learn From the Book of Lamentations?

Life-Study of Ezekiel:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Ezekiel  on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What's Does the Wind, Cloud, Fire & Electrum in Ezekiel 1:4 Symbolize?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The 4 Living Creatures in Ezekiel 1:5
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Man on the Throne in Ezekiel 1:28
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What Ezekiel 14:3 Tells Us About Israel's Captivity
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What's the Valley of Bones All About in Ezekiel 37?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What Do All the Measurements of God's House in Ezekiel 40 Symbolize?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Vision of the Return of God's Glory to His House - Part 1 of 2
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Vision of the Return of God's Glory to His House - Part 2 of 2
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - Why Does a River Flow Out of God's House in Ezekiel 47?

Life-Study of Daniel:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Daniel  on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

Overcomers in Babylon - Why Didn't Daniel Eat the King's Meat in Daniel 1?
Overcomers in Babylon - Lessons From Daniel & the Lions Den in Daniel 6

Monday, December 9, 2019

Make Your Own Toasted Seaweed Snacks

A few weeks ago a Korean believer who has been boarding with us made some toasted seaweed for an afternoon snack for my grandkids. Most of my grandkids love toasted seaweed, and so she didn't have to bribe anyone. 

And the smell was incredible!  I was surprised how quickly she prepared them.  She told me she learned how to make these from her older sister.  While she was working, I was taking these pictures. I could hardly get  a bite. They were gone within minutes, and she had to make another batch!

 
 1.  Take out nori and brush both sides with toasted sesame oil.  Then sprinkle with salt.

 

2.  Heat a stainless pan to almost high heat, and place nori on it and let it toast for about 5 seconds and then flip it.  Flip it back and forth one more time. 

 
 
3.  Then stack the toasted nori on a plate.  They don't stick to each other and cool quickly.
 
 
4.  Take about 4 pieces in your hand and cut the seaweed into squares. 
 
Other Korean Recipes on this blog:

Bibimbap
Korean BBQ Chicken
Jap-Chae
Bulgogi Rice Bowl  


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Overcomers in Babylon - Lessons From Daniel & The Lion's Den in Daniel 6

     The book of Daniel is full of intrigue with stories that hold children in suspense.  In Daniel  6 he writes about the time when some evil politicians had it in for him.  They talked the king into passing an edict that for 30 days no one could make a petition to anyone but the king (6:7). 

 Behind this seemingly innocent request was their sinister plot to catch Daniel whom they knew prayed to God every day.  No doubt this was instigated by their hatred and envy towards Daniel. 

   Try to envision this--Some guys in robes hiding behind a palm tree watching Daniel's window ready to pounce. If this account wasn't recorded in the Bible, you'd be going huh, did this really happen in ancient Babylon because it sounds more like something that belongs  in a novel.  

 The signing of this decree doesn't phase Daniel in the least, and we see this in Daniel 6:10:

Now when Daniel came to know that the writing had been signed, he went to his house (in his upper room he had windows open toward Jerusalem) and three times daily he knelt on his knees and prayed and gave thanks before his God, because he had always done so previously. 

   
Now picture these evil rulers storming into the palace with the news that Daniel had broken the law and the king better follow the law and throw him into the lion's den or else.   For sure King Darius was greatly saddened to hear this and tried to get Daniel out of it. But these rulers would hear nothing of it and held the king to their law that could not be revoked. 

   And it's evident here like it is in countless stories in Scripture that God isn't the God of prevention.  Daniel did get thrown into a lion's den.  God doesn't zap the lions so they disappear or change them into kittens, He just shuts their mouths. Wow, God really knew how to one up these evil rulers!!  And as the story goes, when Daniel is joyfully released, they get their just dessert. 

    But there's a spiritual lesson here. Satan is always trying to shut down or at least shorten our prayer time. You can read about that in chapter 8 of the Life-Study of Daniel.    

     As I was writing this post, I was reminded of  The Prayer Ministry of the Church written by Watchman Nee.  In one of the chapters he likens these lions to Satan's attack on his people, and he encourages God's people to pray that the "lion's mouths" would be shut.  And it will happen just like it did in Daniel's day.

 Other posts on the Major Prophets

Life-Study of Isaiah:


You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Isaiah on Life Study of the Bible  with Witness Lee.   You can also read the online Life-Studies of Isaiah and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.


Life-Study of Jeremiah & Lamentations:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Jeremiah & Lamentations on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

Insights from Jeremiah - What Does God Consider Evil in Jeremiah 2:13?
Insights from Jeremiah - Taking A Closer Look at the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34
What Lessons Can We Learn From the Book of Lamentations?

Life-Study of Ezekiel:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Ezekiel  on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What's Does the Wind, Cloud, Fire & Electrum in Ezekiel 1:4 Symbolize?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The 4 Living Creatures in Ezekiel 1:5
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Man on the Throne in Ezekiel 1:28
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What Ezekiel 14:3 Tells Us About Israel's Captivity
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What's the Valley of Bones All About in Ezekiel 37?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - What Do All the Measurements of God's House in Ezekiel 40 Symbolize?
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Vision of the Return of God's Glory to His House - Part 1 of 2
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - The Vision of the Return of God's Glory to His House - Part 2 of 2
Looking at the Spiritual Meaning in Ezekiel's Visions - Why Does a River Flow Out of God's House in Ezekiel 47?

Life-Study of Daniel:

You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Daniel  on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.

 Overcomers in Babylon - Why Didn't Daniel Eat the King's Meat in Daniel 1?