Soaked Homemade Granola Recipe

Happy Independence Day!  It’s great to live in a free country and for my soul to be free in Jesus!

First off, I want to explain why I soak my grains.  I believe that soaking the grains cuts down on phytic acid and makes the vitamins and minerals more absorb-able.  Another blogger has explained in a little more detail, and I encourage you to look into it.  Let me know your thoughts.

Another blogger that I follow fairly closely, The Healthy Home Economist, does not endorse even soaked granola, but she does admit in the comments that “If it’s nice and soft, then it should digest fine.”  I’m happy to say that my granola is pretty soft 🙂

Okay, now for the recipe 🙂  I normally triple the recipe, but I’ll give you the normal proportions.  Also, you should know that you can make this recipe gluten-free by making it with gluten-free oats.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups oats
  • about a cup of raw soaked almonds (Really, any nut would do.  Pecans are super yummy)
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 T. lemon juice.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 T organic raw cocao
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)

Soak the oats and nuts in water and lemon juice overnight.  The next day, bake the oat mixture at 325 F for about 40 minutes or longer.  The goal is to have the oats still wet but not too soggy.

Then mix the oat concoction with the coconut, cocao, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

Melt 1/3 cup raw honey and 2 T. coconut oil.  Mix this warm sauce into the other ingredients.  Be careful!  Don’t burn yourself.  I do most of the mixing with my hands, so I have burnt myself.

Put the new mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300 for 40 minutes, mixing the granola at 20 minutes.

Let the granola cool and add the dried fruit.

Voila!  You have yummy granola.  I store my granola in the fridge, because it will mold.  That’s how you can tell it’s healthier for you though 😉  Normally, a long shelf life means that the food doesn’t have much nutritional value.

“His Deliverance” and Trusting God with Results

The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Deliverance”.

Things that touched me:

  1. Stormie reminds us “Why would Jesus come as Deliverer if we didn’t need one?”  This may seem like a straightforward question, but I have met many who don’t believe they need any deliverance.  They feel they are good enough and can stand on their own two feet on judgment day.  They will be sadly mistaken, because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
  2. Stormie reminds us that we are “instructed to pray ‘Deliver us from the evil one’ (Matthew 6:13).”  We need to humble ourselves and ask for our all-powerful Creator to help.
  3. Stormie writes, “The best way I know to stand strong is to put on the whole armor of God.”  She then demonstrates how to pray for the armor of God in her prayer at the end of the chapter.

“I pray that he will be strong in the Lord and put on the whole armor of God, so he can stand against the wiles of the devil in the evil day.  Help him to gird his waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  Enable him to take up the shield of faith, with which to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  I pray that he will take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication int he Spirit, being watchful and standing strong to the end (Ephesians 6:13-18).”

I didn’t find anything that I respectfully disagree with.

Trusting God with Results

Have you ever been in a place where you want things to change, and they just aren’t?  You feel like you’ve done everything that you could to make things change, and there is still not a difference?  What are you supposed to do in these circumstances?  Well, perhaps do our best and let God do the rest?

Or, have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do anything to get it?  Yes, you might have to bend the rules a little, but it will all be worth it in the end, right?  Well, perhaps we should do our best and let God do the rest?  Bending those rules wouldn’t be “the best” now, would it?

In both situations, we need to trust God with the results.  We need to walk in obedience to Him and His Word and watch the wonderful things that can unfold.

It might be easy to say that the ends justify the means, but that just isn’t the case.  Take that to the nth degree, and you might end up like the Children of God cult who lured men into their church through prostitution.  The end result was to get men to church.  Nothing wrong with men in church, right?  The means was women using fornication to get the men to church.  That’s not okay!

Sometimes we are tempted to go beyond what we should to get a job done.  Not quite as bad as the Children of God cult but in similar disobedience to God’s Word.  We want to scream and yell at our husband or children to whip them into obedience.  We want to give that lady at the grocery store a piece of our mind to let her know who’s boss.  Those things are not in obedience to God’s Word.

I just want to add that sometimes God gives us a goal, but He might not show us the steps of how to get there.  In that case, as long as the steps are in obedience to God’s Word, they are our “best”.  On the other hand, if God gave us specific directions and we don’t follow them, we are being disobedient and not giving our best.

Some Biblical examples of those who chose to do things their way instead of Gods:  Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:12), Saul (I Samuel 15:3-23), those so say “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21-23)

When God gives specific instructions, we need to follow them.  Without specific instructions, we need to do our best within the moral confines of God’s Word.

I think Joseph was a great example of trusting God with the results.  His brother’s threw him in a pit then sold him as a slave into Egypt.  What did he do?  He was the best slave he could be, and he was promoted, as the result.  When Potipher’s wife lied and landed him in jail, what did he do?  He was the best prisoner that he could be and was well trusted, as the result.  When presented with the dreams of other prisoners, he interpreted according the ability that God had given him.  As the result of his interpreting skills and more so as the result of his mighty God, Joseph went from a slave to the second in command in Egypt!   God certainly had great results in mind!

During Paul’s shipwreck as a prisoner on his way to Rome, it would have been easy for Paul to lose his trust in God and give into fear.  He chose to believe and obey, and as the result, everyone was saved.  In the same way, Paul and Silas chose to praise God and pray in prison instead of trembling in fear of the situation.

“Just as the blind man had to obey the command of Jesus and wash his eyes before he could see, just as the paralyzed man had to get up and take up his bed and walk before he found the power he had been given to do so, just as the man with the shriveled hand had to stretch it forth before it was made whole, so you and I have to demonstrate our faith in God’s Word through our obedience if we want to experience the glory of His life-giving power” – Anne Graham Lotz in Just Give Me Jesus

In each and every circumstance, we need to do our best.

Colossians 3:23  “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Then, we trust God with the rest of what will happen, or in other words, we trust with the results.

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”


I’m a slacker

Okay, it’s too beautiful outside, and I’ve been distracted by planting gardens and organizing for the new baby.  I’ll get around to this blogging thing sometime, but I’m warning you that it will be hit and miss from here on out until the placenta lets go of my brain.  🙂  I’m still going to finish The Power of a Praying Wife, but it might take me a little longer.  Thanks for being patient with me.  I’ve been working on the next post about “Trusting God with Results”, but I’m being slow.  Feel free to add in your thoughts on the subject.

“His Repentance” and Trusting God with Health?

The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Repentance”.

Things that touched me:

  1. Stormie shares a story of a wife named Suzanne who prayed for his husband to repent of his drug use.  Stormie writes, “Suzanne was a praying wife who never stopped believing that God would bring her husband to repentance.”  In the end, Suzanne’s husband did find repentance and deliverance!  Don’t ever stop praying!  God has his perfect timing.
  2. Stormie reminds that the first step in repentance is feeling sorry about what we did.  If we feel we have done nothing wrong, there will be no repentance.  When we do repent, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  Stormie further explains, “A man who can’t humble himself to admit he’s wrong before God and before man will have problems in life that never go away.  ‘Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him’ (Proverbs 26:12).”   Lord, help us to be humble and ready to repent so that you can use us.
  3. Stormie writes, “True repentance means having so much remorse over what you’ve done that you don’t do it again.”  Repenting means to turn and go the opposite direction.  We haven’t truly repented, if our behavior hasn’t changed.

I didn’t find anything that I respectfully disagree with.

Trusting God with Health

What type of things are included in our “health”?  Well, I would think our mental, physical, and spiritual health would be covered under this category.

Spiritual Health

In my mind, our spiritual health means our status in eternity.  God is the only one who controls that.  We can choose to accept His free gift of grace in Jesus dying on the cross for our sins or we can choose not to accept.

Mental Health

God is the only source of true peace and happiness.  He is the only one powerful enough to handle stress, worry, anger, and strife.  He is the only one who can fill that empty God-shaped hole inside of all of us.  

You may have heard it before, but I always need the reminder.  Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Jesus sees and knows all your infirmities.  He promises to work all things together for good and be faithful to complete his good work.

God has greater things in store for those who love him than we could ever imagine.

Ephesians 3:20-21  “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  (21)  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

We feed our minds with the things we think and dwell on.

If we are worrying or being “full of care”, we cannot find peace.

Philippians 4:6-7  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We can also be filling our minds with hate, discontent, violence, lust, etc. by just turning on the t.v. or computer.

Physical Health

What would it look like to trust God with our health?  Does it mean we sit back and allow things to devastate our bodies?  Does it mean we make sure our health insurance will cover everything from a cough to cancer?  Does it mean we avoid doctor’s all together even though a life may be on the line?  Does is mean we take every natural cure available?  Is it somewhere in between?  You decide for yourself 🙂

Well, who is the Creator and giver of life?  Jesus/God the Father/the Holy Spirit!  If He created our bodies, don’t you think He knows how to take care of them?

Jesus was known as the Great Physician.  He, of course, is able to heal any wound.

So, we absolutely know that our God is great and powerful!  What is our responsibility?

Some may find themselves trusting in their health insurance to cover their health when it falters.

We were watching a show called “Best Food Ever”, and this man was eating an omelet made of 12 eggs and much more. He gobbled it down and even added ketchup to his hash browns. The lady at the next table cheered him on then said, “I guess it’s okay as long as he has health insurance.” WHAT! We don’t have to take care of our bodies because we have health insurance?

Okay, then how can we take care of our bodies?

Sometimes on the Christian radio, they play an advertisement for a Christian health care program called Medi-Share. One of the selling points for the program is that the people who you “share” medical bills with are followers of the Bible’s health guidelines and are less likely to have health problems. As Christians, are we being reasonable with our health and staying “low-risk” or are we throwing caution to the wind and waiting to see what happens?

What does the Bible have to say about health?

  • I Corinthians 6:19-20
  • I Timothy 4:8
  • Proverbs 14:30
  • Proverbs 3:7-8
  • Job 12:10
  • Proverbs 17:22
  • Proverbs 13:12
  • Proverbs 15:15
  • Proverbs 18:14
  • I Timothy 4:3-5
  • Isaiah 55:1-2
  • Matthew 11:5
  • Matthew 9:12
  • James 5:13-16
  • Proverbs 4:20-22
  • Psalm 4:23
  • Psalm 38:3-8
  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Acts 28:25-27
  • I Corinthians 10:31
  • Acts 10:38
  • 2 Corinthians 7:1

Is it wrong to trust a doctor or medications to help us in times of sickness?

I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the guy on his roof during a flood. Every time a boat came by to rescue him he said “No thanks, I have faith that the Lord will provide.”

When he drowned and went to heaven he asked “Where was God?  I had faith and I died in the flood!” Peter said “Dude, God sent three boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?!”

God can definitely use the resources available to us to help us in our times of need.  Those resources could be a doctor, medications, or even more natural remedies.

I guess that conclusion that I come to is that God is the one we ultimately trust in.  We do not rely on the doctor, medication, or remedy but know that God can use them to His glory.

Is it wrong to have health insurance or go to the doctor regularly?  NO!  It would be wrong to put your trust in them more than in your Creator God.

Some of you may find yourself dealing with constant health problems that the doctor’s can not seem to figure out.  Don’t give up hope in Jesus!  He is still there in the midst of the situation, and He may just heal you yet.  On the other hand, sometimes sickness is a way that God can be glorified in our lives.  We are forced not to rely on our own strength but on His alone.  Also, non-Christians and Christians alike may see a supernatural strength in you in the midst of your trials and sickness and glorify Jesus.  Even Paul, the great apostle, had a thorn in his flesh.  Take one day at a time and keep your eyes on your Maker!

Your assignment for week 27: Read Chapter 26 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Deliverance”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will be delivered from anything that may be hindering his path upward.  This week, ponder trusting God. What areas are the most difficult to trust God?  Give me some comments with suggestions :)   I’m pretty tapped out.

The story of one javelina

Once upon a time during a warm February in Arizona, a javelina found herself face to face with a seasoned hunter. The javelina lost her life that day to feed a family of 5 (almost 6).

The javelina carcass was field dressed then hung in a tree while it waited to be brought to the growing family.  It would soon be skinned.
The carcass arrived to the family on a Sunday afternoon, and the head of the household, a strapping lad, spent 2 hours cutting the meat off the bone so that sausage could be made.

The growing family, although very partial to not eating factory meats, had not yet butchered any of their own food as of yet. The mother, a homely yet well-meaning woman, did not want to touch the carcass with its hairy legs and cloven feet.

After the meat was cut into small pieces, it was placed into the fridge.  The next day (Monday), a grocery trip needed to be made to procure the supplies needed to finish the sausage project.

Much to the rambling mother’s chagrin, the family learned that game meat is often too lean to use for sausage.  So, they had to go buy some “factory” meat to add fat to the sausage.  The homely mother would have gladly run somewhere to get some homegrown fat, but that somewhere was not available.

So, Monday evening was spent grinding javelina and “factory” pork at about a 50/50 ratio.  The growing family ended up with 10 pounds of breakfast sausage and 20 pounds of Italian sausage.  Even the young discerning mouths of children think it tastes pretty good. 🙂  The rambling mother thinks that the breakfast sausage recipe needs some tweaking, but things turned out pretty well.

The javelina = lots of yummy meals!