Blueberry-Maple Muffins

Today is Thursday and that means my Thursday ladies group!  It was our first gathering since the Christmas holidays so we were like chirping birds. Many conversations going on about our breaks, travels, and time spent with family.

We continued our book study using the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-Martha-World-ebook/dp/B000SEHC18/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389847369&sr=8-1&keywords=having+a+mary+heart+in+a+martha+world  Today we talked about making room for God in our lives consistently.  An analogy Joanna Weaver uses is of a woman with many hula-hoops around her waist swinging them all effortlessly.  I am sure you can relate to having too many responsibilities (hula-hoops) and not enough of you to go around.  I have so many hula hoops in motion:  mother, school volunteer, driver, book club leader, church volunteer, advisory group member at school, middle school and high school graduation committee.  Sound familiar?

So how does the woman swing the hula-hoops so effortlessly?  Weaver explains, “She has found a rhythm.  She has established her center, then let everything move around that.”  For me my prayer life and a relationship with God keep me centered so I can keep the hula hoops swinging.  It is not easy and on many days the hula-hoops get in the way of worship.  The hardest part for many is staying consistent with God.   For me prayer is first thing in the morning with my daily devotional, bible, and notebook.  That doesn’t mean different times during the day are bad.  God will gladly be in a conversation with us at any time.

Weaver has three keys to have a Christ centered life: consistency, creativity and conversation.  Consistency seems easy but can be a challenge with all the hula-hoops.  All it really means is showing up.   It doesn’t mean perfection.  Creativity will help you to not lose momentum .  If you feel your spiritual life is in a rut or non-existent, try changing your bible version, switch your devotion place, adjust your time, burn a candle or bring a notebook.  And finally conversation, lay it all out for HIM to hear.  Lift all your worries, concerns and problems up to him.  Talking with God may seem a bit strange, but you can’t have a relationship with anyone without dialogue, so start talking.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you–Matthew 6:33

Blueberry-Maple Muffins

These muffins are easy to throw together and are sweetened by maple syrup.  I didn’t add the sugar on top and made them into mini muffins.  I baked them for 11 minutes.  The blueberry’s will soften during cooking and causing the muffins to seem like they are not done, but just test with a toothpick.   Makes about 40 mini muffins

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/blueberry_maple_muffins.html

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