Sunday, May 26, 2019

Spiritual Suicide

With references from the Holy Bible NIV

Obsession - Anything that clouds your mind or spirit.
Exodus 20:2  
You shall have no other Gods before me.

Complaining - negative conversation 
Ephesians 4:21  
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths. Only what helps build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Bitterness and Jealousy - lack of love& compassion
Hebrews 12:14-15 
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy. Without holiness, no one will see the lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Immorality - loose and careless
1 Corinthians 6: 18-20
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins man commits are outside his body. He who sins sexually, sins against his own body.   Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 

What we see and hear - television, books, the internet, etc
Psalms 101:3
I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.

Negative Thinking - depression
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart, Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed daily. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Conclusion:
Psalms 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers.
But His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law, He meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prosper.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Classic Southern Dessert 

The old fashioned banana pudding is a style of dessert that has been a favorite for generations — made with a creamy vanilla egg custard - layered with vanilla wafers, slices of bananas, and the custard — then topped with a wavy homemade meringue.   The only tricky part about this vintage delight is waiting for it to cool before eating.

I've always stayed true to that tradition. However, You can use whipped cream instead of meringue, and instant pudding instead of custard. You can't go wrong, either way.

My fascination with banana pudding began at a  young age.  It was an absolute necessity on the dessert table at every single special event, church social, and extended family gathering. There were tables arranged with the best of Southern food.

You Will Need

9 X 13 rectangular, deep baking dish
electric hand mixer
whisk
fork
2 mixing bowls
a heavy - deep saucepan
dessert bowls

Prep Time - 20 minutes
Cook Time - 20 minutes
Chill Time - 2 hours

Custard Ingredients

3 - 12 oz can of evaporated milk
16 ounces of water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup self-rising flour
7 large egg yolks (reserve egg whites)
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2  boxes vanilla wafers
6 medium bananas sliced

Instructions

In a deep mixing bowl - whisk together the evaporated milk, water, granulated sugar,  flour, and the egg yolks until mixed. Pour into the deep heavy saucepan.

Cook over medium continuously for about 10 -15 minutes until the custard has thickened. Once thickened remove from the heat. Whisk in the butter and vanilla. Set aside

 In a 9 X 13-inch oven safe dish, layer the bottom with vanilla wafers. Top with banana slices. Cover with 1/3 of the custard. Repeat ending with custard.

Meringue Ingredients

7 reserved egg whites
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 Tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven 450 degrees

Mix the 7  egg whites with a mixer, add the vanilla and mix, pour sugar a little at a time while mixing. Beat on high until stiff peaks.

 Spread the meringue on top of the banana pudding. Use a fork to make peaks. Place on middle rack in oven for 10 - 15 minutes until golden.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My Faith Conquers

My Testimony

I didn’t anticipate myself to be good. When I first started freelance writing back in 2003, I assumed I was too “deep-rooted” and also “far behind” to ever “make it” as a writer. All I wanted was to write my way and what was easy for me. I created reality within my imagination. Then I was having too many thoughts to sit and chill. My imagination created “out of my comfort zone” reality. That is what I wrote about and forwarded to popular magazines. To my surprise, I received payment for several of those stories/articles.

It was spring 2010 when I relocated to my home town, where I grew up. As I was trying to figure out the course and the road I wanted to take with my life, I rented a building and opened a gift shop. As an interior decorator by trade, I knew how to put flower arrangements together and some arts & crafts. It was open to the public to bring items into my shop for me to sell on commission. I did foresee that I was not going to make a lot of money at first. Therefore I did send in more stories. I had too; I wanted to eat, I had car expenses, gym membership, and overhead for my shop.

After being in the retail business for several months, one of my vendors gave me a copy of his CD: he and his wife sung in a gospel group. I was already a Christian and was a believer. I did trust God with my finances and was a praying woman. I got back into my childhood church, thinking I could sit on a pew every time we had a service. I also thought that since the stories I wrote was just tales of my imagination that it was just a job that I created for myself to make easy money.

I wanted to help promote this couples CD and did listen to it. When I heard the song “Not For Sale,” the power of the spirit within me convicted me of my sins. I fell to my knees and began to cry like a baby. I then knew I was guilty of selling out. I begged God for forgiveness. I also confessed to the ladies at church and asked for prayers. I promised that I would never again write anything I wouldn’t want them to read. I have done some assignments for a different but similar magazine. Even though these stories/articles required some research, I do believe to be somewhat dicey.

It was 2012 when I got more involved in church activities. I began to study my bible more. I put my novel on the back burner for several months trying to figure out how to take some of the explicit material out or reword it. As I got closer to God, it was easier to do. I also started writing poetry, religious articles, and concepts. I then changed my business to Rosa’s Concepts.

The beginning of 2014, I thought my novel was ready to be published. With help from the internet, I have been trying to edit it myself and found more issues than I realized. It is a slow process, but I am getting there. I find myself praying as I go step by step.

It is March 2015, and I am walking down many roads simultaneously with my writing. I am very active in my church. I have fallen in love with toddlers and babies. The elderly are my role models. I have brothers and sisters in Christ that I care about, pray for, and love dearly. My faith conquers, and my wisdom is my fortune. ©

Unconditional Love

Genuine Love

Love is a deep, tender, expressible feeling of affection and concern toward a person.  Unconditional: without conditions or limitations.

The exclusive way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional; something that I did learn from several ladies in the generation before me. These ladies showed me so much love; therefore, I do know what it feels like to receive and to give that same unconditional love freely and also to myself. First, you have to love yourself, and I do genuinely love myself.

Unconditional love has no restrictions; A passion that asks no questions. Show or express love by wishing others to be happy is a good start. Giving of one’s self, giving without expecting anything in return; it’s about what we offer not what we get.

Perform an act of kindness every day with love alone; practice makes it a habit. It is helping someone when he is down, going out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter if we think the person is worthy or not. We shouldn’t hesitate to do good for our neighbor. Do it without anyone knowing.

For example, you can send email, text, or a card to someone whom you have not been in touch with for quite a while. Give compliments to other people. Go out of your comfort zone to speak to someone. You can give a smile to a stranger passing by. Do small things with great love each day. It will do your heart right and watch your heart expand to more love.