To my shame, I have never quite developed the habit of taking gifts to those who invite us to enjoy a meal in their home, but I have often been the recipient of such gifts. The jar of granola was one of them. It sat on the kitchen counter until it was empty, which wasn’t long. I took to having a spoonful of it every now and then, as a quick pick-me-up. I also ate it like cereal with a bit of milk. It hit the spot!
My friend, Dottie, who brought the granola had over the years come bearing gifts. Dottie, and her husband, are gifts in themselves for they are life-long examples of Christian living. Sometimes when I wonder how to handle a situation, I look to their pattern and often find the needed answer. It was not too long ago that my friend handed me a plaque wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon. Printed on it was a poem titled The Difference. It is about the need for prayer. Lovely.
It sits in my quiet-time room, and today it is a reminder that I have not yet taken time to meet quietly with God. Ron will soon be leaving for Kid’s Hope, and I thought his absence would provide a perfect opportunity. There is a problem with waiting for the perfect opportunity to sit with God; it easily gets swallowed up by other things. May that not happen today.
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek.
I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
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|Very Good Granola|| |
- 1 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ¾ grape nuts
- ½ cup chopped or slivered almonds
- ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- ½ cup wheat germ, wheat flakes or crushed bran flakes
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons salad oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup raisins (added after baking)
- Mix sunflower seeds with cinnamon.
- Add to that the next 5 ingredients.
- In separate bowl combine salad oil, honey, and vanilla.
- Pour liquid mixture over granola mixture.
- Mix well.
- Spread on edged cookie sheet.
- Bake at 275 for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Half way through baking time stir granola.
- After removing from oven add raisins.