Today is Thursday! My ladies group day! My most treasured time of the week! Today we talked about having Jesus in our living rooms, so at our feet and in our hearts all day long. It is so easy to get distracted. The dogs are barking, our kids are bickering at the breakfast table, or maybe you and your husband argued about some meaningless Christmas present. Your to do list is so long today. You need to go food shopping, run the kids around after school for sports practice, cook dinner and try to do the laundry! Just writing this makes me a little stressed. One of the ladies talked about how she read a book called Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships by Randy Frazee http://www.amazon.com/Making-Room-Life-Lifestyles-Relationships/dp/0310250161 In it he talks about setting time limits on tasks. Don’t spend all day organizing the closet, cleaning the living room or on your phone playing games. Set an appropriate time for each task. Doing this will give you far more time to spend the day on what is important, building your relationship with God.
How do we become more disciplined in listening and talking to God? All he wants is for us to have a relationship with Him. We can’t have a meaningful relationship with him if we aren’t talking to him and being open to listening to him. There are lots of ways to become more disciplined but the winning formula of staying close as we learned today in Joanna Weaver’s book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-Martha-World/dp/1578562589 is Prayer + the Word + Time = Intimacy with God.
I have a daily devotional that I use to start my day. It is called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Calling-Enjoying-Peace-Presence/dp/1591451884. It is a love letter from Jesus everyday. It focuses me right when I wake up before I even get out of bed in the morning. It has practical every day tips to becoming closer to God and is supported by bible verses. This is just one way. Some of the ladies in my group use different devotionals, get emails in their inbox and are in other bible studies. Find a way that works for you and become disciplined in talking and listening to God. I would love to hear how you stay close to God!
In the meantime, bake a batch of strawberry scones, grab your tea or coffee, bible, notebook, and light a candle and start talking and listening to God. Life will start to be less distracting and more meaningful.
Gluten Free Strawberry Scones
2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Doves Farm brand)
1/2 cup corn flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup (or more) heavy cream
2 cups fresh strawberries
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F
2. In mixing bowl combine flour, corn flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and whisk a couple times. Add lemon rind; combine
3. In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and egg until just combined.
4. Slowly add wet ingredients to flour mixture, while stirring. Add enough heavy cream (up to one cup, I used 3/4 c) to hold ingredients together. You should not need more than one cup. Add strawberries and combine.
5. With clean hands, knead in bowl a few times until there is no more loose flour in the bowl and the berries are well-blended into dough.
6. Turn out onto lightly floured sheet of parchment paper; knead a couple more times to further combine. Shape into diagonal log about 3 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high and slice in diagonal pieces so you have alternate triangles.
7. Place on baking sheet about 1 1/2-2 inches apart and bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown.
Makes about 12-14 scones