Thursday, May 19, 2011

Having your cake and eating it too.

You know how I said I was being "good" and trying to get a little more fit during the next nine weeks?  Yup.  Well, I'm sticking with it.  I got this cookbook for Mother's day and when I spied a recipe for Fudgy Brownies that were made with spelt flour, and sweetened with things like agave and pure maple syrup, I decided they were within my good eating guidelines. (Since I made them up in the first place. Ha!)  My grocery store didn't carry grain-sweetened chocolate chips, so they weren't 100% sugar-free, but I went with a bittersweet chocolate, and figured it was a compromise I could live with. (I have a tendency to go completely health-food crazy, like you can't believe, and I don't want to go overboard and obsess, so for me, that was good choice for balance. In all things, balance baby!) Anyway, I'm going to share this recipe, for those of you trying to get into better shape by the 4th of July alongside me, at the bottom of this post.  (Because like me, you may need a little bite 'o cake now and again.)
 In my last few posts, I've made mention about the fact that we are facing many huge decisions and we have no direction. 
 Because a good portion of our decisions revolve around one of my children, I can't share much.  Suffice it to say, we're facing a long road as we unravel what I am beginning to think was a mis-diagnosis. I'm not sure when, if ever, I'll be able to fully share what's been going on over the past few months but believe me, it's been a wilder ride than I've been down up to this point.  When I talk about waiting... um yeah.  I'm the queen of waiting.  
 So here's something that's been a crazy huge encouragement to me this week.  "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.'  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead- since he was about  a hundred years old- and Sarah's womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why it was credited to him as righteousness.  The words, 'it was credited to him' were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness- for us tho believe in him..." (Romans 4:18-24a  Emphasis mine.)
You know that part that read, "without weakening in his faith?"  My commentary says that Abraham had some anxious moments but God did not count these against him.  And further... it also explains that when  it says, "faced the fact," faith does not refuse to face reality but looks beyond all difficulties to God and his promises.  Mmmm... Let's just let that one marinate for a spell while we give glory to God, knowing that He has power to do what He's promised. 

And then let's go eat some "healthy cake." 

Gwyneth Paltrow's Fudgy Chocolate Brownies: 
2 c. white spelt flour
1 c. cocoa pwdr
1 1/2 tbsp baking pwdr
pinch salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c pure maple syrup ("Is there sugar in syrup?  Then yes!"  Buddy the Elf.)
1/2 c agave nectar
1/2 c strongly brewed coffee (I had to get my friend Maria to make me a cup of this since I don't drink coffee.)
1/2 c soy milk (I used regular 'ol 2% cow secretions here.  Can you tell I'm not a milk lover?)
1 tbsp vanilla
1 c chocolate chips
Combine dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients.  Beat til combined but don't over mix.  Pour half batter into a greased 9x13 pan, sprinkle with half the chocolate chips.  Pour the remaining batter over that, and top with remaining chocolate chips, then bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes.  

Did you guys realize you can go through a waiting period with no answers or solutions, yet still have strengthened faith?  I honestly didn't know that!  What do y'all think about that?  Isn't that huge?


  1. i can honestly say i HOPE to heck my faith is being strengthened right now because we don't have any answers either! great scriptures...i'm noting that down for my am reading tomorrow to read thru slowly and pick apart. yummy cake!! i just bought that cookbook for someone...good to know it's a good one :)

  2. prayers for you sweetie. the cake sounds yums:)

  3. Im reading a really helpfull book when it comes to eating health and the Lord. Its called Made to crave by lysa terkeurst Its about replacing alot of our worldly cravings such as food... shopping and so on and so forth with the holy spirit and asking him to fill us completely and satisfy our craving. Its a great book dont know if ya read it yet but its helping me realize that my emotions and impulses and general mistrust can only be solved with handing it over to God , praying and asking for the power of the holy spirit bc i can not nor will ever have it on my strenght alone... I need the lords. good read thought it went along with the health food topic.... love your posts!

  4. Waiting is sometimes our time to be still and find the answers within. Whatever happens with your child, I know you will be supported by God and all of your angels watching over you. With God's help, anything is easier.
    Blessings, daisy

    p.s. The cake looks faboo! Coffee and chocolate together? What's not to love?

  5. I love that his timing is better than mine! My learning is to be patient and his faithfulness will prevail in the end..Thank you for your encouraging words through scripture! The cake looks yummy..who doesn't love a chocolate cake..healthy or not?!

  6. It's called the Refiners Fire. With your wonderful attitude about the whole thing, and your searching for answers and patience, you have become "refined". You are learning things that are making you better. When the answers to your questions come, your trials will have made you a better person, if you keep the attitude that this is a blessing and not a curse. (There's my two cents) Your recipe looks delicious and I love following your blog and reading your posts. You should be a writer.

  7. Praying that your time of waiting will reveal answers soon. I'm sure it's so much harder when it involves your kids. I waited 30 years for something and wasn't always patient, but God was still faithful. Strengthened faith is the gift He gives us. The cake looks delish! Have a blessed weekend.

  8. I'm praying for you and your family. This was a beautiful post. Great scripture and great photos! God bless you, girl!

  9. i think chocolate is just necessary sometimes. i really does help. i'm sure that's in the Bible somewhere too right;)?? love you friend. i'm always praying for you!

  10. I didn't know but I've been learning (for a really looooooong time now ;)...not complainin' exactly, just sayin'.) And sweet sis, I'm asking God this very minute to unravel anything in your child's life that doesn't belong there. And that He turns a bright light on everything in that situation: revelation and transformation,

  11. I haven't picked up her cookbook yet but I follow her blog- looks great!

  12. Thanks for this post--both the delicious recipe and the thoughts. We are working out some potential issues for my child so I can relate to some of what you are saying. Being content, joyful and willing to grow while we wait can be a challenge that I'm learning in a big way. Arrival at points A, B, and C, in life is exciting, but the "in the meantime" is when most of life happens anyway and where God does most of His work--at least in my own life.