Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Making a Sweetgrass Basket

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Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We Have Peace with God



First faith then peace?

No, peace has always been there waiting on faith.

God loved us so much that before we had/have faith, peace was made available for us all we have to do is believe.

Without faith we are blind to God’s unconditional love for us and the peace that faith brings.

We are like infants who are unaware that they are surrounded by life giving air, that they are alive because there is air for them to breath.

We are alive because of God's unconditional love for his creations, us!

Peace comes with the knowledge that God loves the sinner before the sinner knew of God.

Peace in the knowledge that our sin will never separate us from God’s unconditional love for us.

Peace in knowing that there is a place in eternity for each of us if we only have faith in God’s love for us.

Peace comes when we realize through faith that God's unconditional love for us has always surrounded us from the point of creation and nothing can separate us from our God.


Grandma Snyder
©2013 - 2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

Monday, 13 March 2017

Our Thoughts Predict Our Future


How many of us spend those quiet moments of down time reworking the past, reflecting on failures, embarrassments or attempting to recapture past glories?

Too many of us!

Contrary to popular thinking the past is not a predictor of the future, what you choose to do in this moment is!

Just as a shoreline is in a constant state of change, being affected by the tides, seasons, storms, animals, pollution and humans our future is affected by what we think.

This is not meant to diminish the reality that our past choices, actions and those random acts of life have consequences that extend into our future, our now.  Here is where our thoughts either support continued failure or support opportunity and positive change.

If we are mindful of our thoughts, if we take responsibility for our present we can influence our future for the better.  If we seek out, hope, joy, positive opportunities we redefine, begin to remake, influence our past in a life affirming way.

While our minds are not muscles we can train our thoughts and this is what needs to happens if you want to influence your future for the positive.

Right now too many of us are focused on the negative, our thoughts are the product of self loathing, regret, anger, jealousy … and we are defining and clarifying the past events of our life negatively and crippling our future opportunities through negative thoughts in this moment.

The past is not a predictor of the future, it is what we think and do right now!

Be curious about what you are thinking.  Stop negative thoughts and deliberately change practice being positive. 

Effect your future by training your mind and thoughts to focus on the positive, to see opportunities rather than barriers. 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 12 March 2017

It depends on faith


The Son of God came into the world not to condemn, yet we condemn ourselves and each other at every turn. 

We have built religious institutions where following rules is the measure of your faith.  Rules that ensure we find ourselves wanting and so we live in fear and guilt of God’s condemnation.  

We secretively believe we will be found out, found wanting and banished from God’s presence because we could not/ did not keep all of the rules.  

We lack faith in God’s promise, in Christ’s love to save us.

Like Nicodemus we have faith in the laws of nature, the laws of man, the laws of our religious institutions and we have failed to understand the promise of God’s love and Christ’s gift of eternal life for us.

Romans 4:14 “if God's promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless”

We cannot earn, our place in heaven.

There is nothing that we can do to deserve God’s love or Christ’s sacrifice.

We need only have faith in God’s unconditional love for us, as we are, sin and all.

If depends only on faith.

Faith in God’s promise.

Faith in our redemption.

Faith in God's ability to keep our going out and our coming for eternity Psalm 121:8

Then like Abraham, we will be a blessing to our families, our communities, to the world around us and to our God.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls


Lectionary readings Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Peanut Butter and Jam Oatmeal Muffins


This week we are offering another recipe that found its origins in the need to use up ingredients that were about to go beyond their best before date: peanut butter and sour cream.  
We have never liked peanut soup so that was out of the question.

We leave for vacation this week and travelling with homemade muffins would be nice so it was to Great Grandma Audrey’s recipes we went and here we found a recipe for Sour Cream and Oatmeal muffins.  

We then substituted peanut butter for butter and where goes peanut butter so goes jam.  Thus we added a dollop of black current jam to the centre of each muffin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Jam of your choice

Directions:

  1. Mix together the oats, peanut butter, sour cream, eggs and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture
  4. In well greased muffins tin fill ½ full with batter then add a dollop of jam and fill to top with batter.
  5. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes.

Note: The jam in the middle of the muffins retains the heat of cooking so let the muffins cool completely prior to eating or you may have a burnt tongue. 

Yep this is experience talking. 😊





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Grandma Snyder


©2013-2017 twonsnydergirls

Making a Sweetgrass Basket

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