God Always Listens and Answers

Psalms 28.6 -9 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

I can’t imagine how many gazillions of prayers are being sent heavenward every minute of every day. And God listens to them all; and He answers them all.

The thing is, sometimes we don’t or can’t see His answers.

Isaiah 55.8, 9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Most times, when we pray, we have expectations of what the answers ought to look like. We play God all the time, believing our answers – our solutions – are the best way, and that’s what God ought to do.

But, thank God, His ways are not our ways; and He is high and mighty and lifted up. He loves us best and most perfectly, and will answer accordingly.

However, no matter our situation, a Christian can always be comforted through prayer. The greatest of God’s answers to our prayers is peace with Him. David was in some pretty tough situations, but he knew without any doubt that God was his rock, his peace, his comfort.

We can know the same. Whatever our need, whether for ourselves, loved ones, our country, our world; we can be comforted in prayer, knowing that God is in control, He can quiet our anxious hearts (Psalms 139.23), He is trustworthy, and He is working in our lives and everyone’s lives to the benefit of those of us who love Him, and to His glory (Romans 8.28).

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.

Let God be your guide in prayer (The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6, Luke 11; Matthew 21.22, 1 John 5.14, 15), even if you can’t find the words (Romans 8.26, 27).

And do not worry about how God is going to answer your prayer, just know that He listens and He answers. Be content in letting God handle it all.

Matthew 6.33, 34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

And, as David did, end each prayer with praise and thanksgiving. God is worthy of that, in any situation, any time.

2 Samuel 22 – 24 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Saviour; Thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Revelations 4.10, 11 The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.

Recipe Friday: Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

My sister and I were chatting online yesterday, on Thanksgiving, about cinnamon rolls. She made my mom’s recipe, and I made a different recipe, one that wouldn’t make me sick. But I started getting all nostalgic about my old classroom. I taught in a differently-abled classroom for several years. I retired from this position, and really it was one of my favorites. We (by “we” I mean myself and the para pros who worked with me) had students ages 13 – 21 in our self-contained room. We had the students all day, and they were in our room for 7 or 8 years in a row. So, we got to know them pretty well, along with their parents.

Another teacher, in the same building, started a student-run coffee shop in school. It was the making of a perfect partnership: They made the coffee and ran the shop; my class made the baked goodies to sell. We made scones and granola and muffins, mostly. But the biggest seller was every Friday: Gooey Cinnamon Rolls. We started them on Thursday afternoon, and on Friday morning we baked them and walked down the pre-first-bell hallways to deliver the fill-your-senses, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. My students and I created this recipe; it got lots of tweaking (all with delicious results) until we got it just right. It includes cream cheese in the filling. (Yum!)

Although this recipe comes too late for this Thanksgiving, it comes in plenty of time for Christmas and a second batch for the cold winter months to come.

Yes, this recipe makes enough dough for two large batches (18 rolls). The filling also makes enough for two batches; the gooey part makes enough for one batch. You can make one batch now, and freeze the other half of the dough for the second batch.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 packages             active dry yeast 2.5 tsp each
  • 1/2 cup     sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup     warm water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons        butter
  • 7 cups      white & whole wheat flour
  • 3                eggs
  • 1 teaspoon             salt

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup     butter softened
  • 8 ounces    cream cheese softened

Gooey Stuff:

  • 1/4 cup     butter melted
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup        corn syrup
  • 1 cup        buttermilk or ice cream, or milk
    • cinnamon sugar
    • more cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Dough:
    In a small bowl, dissolve yeast, 1 Tablespoon of the sugar, and warm water. This is proofing: you are making sure your yeast is still good. It should foam up.
  2. In a saucepan (or microwave) heat milk and butter, just until butter is melted.
  3. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups flour, the rest of the sugar, warm milk & butter, yeast mixture, eggs, and salt.
  4. Beat 3 min on medium speed.
  5. Add remaining flour; stir until incorporated.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured or oil-sprayed surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover with a damp towel; allow to rest while you make the filling and the gooey part.

Filling:
Beat together the butter and cream cheese.

Gooey part:
Stir together all the Gooey Part ingredients. Pour into a large baking pan (11″ x 15″). Note: If the baking pan is non-stick, you don’t have to grease it; if it isn’t, you should grease it first.) [Another Note: If you cut the rolls thick, then you can use a smaller pan.]
Sprinkle gooey stuff liberally with cinnamon (as much as you like).

Assembly:

  1. Knead down the dough. Cut it in half; freeze one half.
  2. Roll the other half into a large rectangle (like, 10 x 16ish). Spread with half the filling (refrigerate the other half of the filling, for the other half of the dough).
  3. Sprinkle the filling liberally with cinnamon sugar (as much as you like).
  4. Roll the dough up, starting from the long end.
  5. Slice the dough into ½-inch to 2-inch pieces, depending on how thick you like them, and how many rolls you want. Skinnier slices means more rolls. I usually get 16 – 20 rolls out of one recipe. (Note: these rolls rise pretty well.)
  6. Place each roll into the prepared pan, into the gooey part.

[You can refrigerate the whole pan until you’re ready to bake them: if you do, cover with foil or plastic. Refrigerate overnight. ]

Plan on an hour and a half between dough rising and time to serve.

Whether you bake right away, or refrigerate first:
Place into a warm oven (170°) to let rise: 30 – 40 minutes from the ‘fridge; 20 – 30 minutes if already at room temp.
With the pan still in the oven, turn the temperature to 350°. Let bake 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

To Serve:
Cut between each roll with a table knife.
Lift each roll out of the pan with a spatula, invert onto serving plate.
Drizzle gooey stuff from the pan over the rolls.

Rejoice, Worship, and Praise Together!

Psalm 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Thanksgiving Tag

ThanksgivingTag

First, a big Thank You to Christy for tagging me for this fun go-around. Please visit Christy’s blog for informative, thought-provoking reading.

I am thankful for…

A – Abba Father, agape love

B – Bountiful love

C – Counting my blessings

D – Delighting in the Lord, and He gives me the desires of my heart

E – Edification of the saints

F – Father, I adore You, You offer forgiveness freely

G – Going to Heaven some day

H – Holy, holy, holy is our Lord God Almighty

I – In Christ is our righteousness

J – Jesus is my Lord and Savior

K – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ

L – Loving others, even as I am loved

M – Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

N – No one comes to the Father but by the Son

O – One God and Father

P – Perfect love, perfect salvation

Q – Quieting my heart before my Lord

R – Resting in His love

S – Satisfying my soul in Christ

T – Taking all He has to give me

U – Unquenchable fire of God’s anger

V – Variety of spiritual gifts

W – Winnowing of the wheat from the chaff

X – eXceptional grace and mercy from our Lord

Y – Yea, Lord we greet Thee

Z – Zealously pursuing God

This Tag was started by Moon Child Nova

RULES:

List your thankful ABC.

Add one theme clip art to your post.

Tag 3 people you hope would participate.

I tag Stuart, Ana, and Amy 😊