“Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the Man will not be in rest, until He have finished the things this day.”
My dear Jesus, I hear Your Voice in these verses. My Heavenly Beloved, I see You working and feel You instructing and guiding me…within the earthen vessel of my body of flesh You have given me. Lord Jesus, the heart of man is deceitful – desperate to be wicked… without Your Own Life in us, we are nothing. How easy it is to have our flesh stirred up within – for our souls to be excited and to speak, to move, to act…instead of being but the instrument of the Spirit abiding so deeply within.
Dearest Jesus, I know You will not be in rest until You have finished this work in me – and in us all. Yet all You desire is for us to sit still. To rest in You…to loose ourselves in You. Only then can You truly do Your Wonderful Work in us and through us. You desire all the glory and praise – how easy it is for us to steal this from You!
My dearest Jesus, please take me and hold me…quieten my fears…seal my lips…cause me only to hear You…only to see You…only to live by the Love that You are. May I have no other Life source – no other source of true Joy… no other source of lasting satisfaction…save through my being completely abandoned to You – may this be my ONLY ambition, my ONLY true calling, my ONLY reason for living…..to be Yours.
“I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taken away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
Lord Jesus, purging is not always easy…it even hurts…it can hurt badly. But You DO work all things together for good to those who love You, to those who are the called according to Your Purpose. My Jesus, purge me in Your Love, that I may bring forth fruit through Your Life. I desire to be of use to Your Purpose here on earth. May I be a branch not taken away…but one which the Father purgeth…so that I may bring forth fruit for You.
“As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my Beloved among the sons. I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His Fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was Love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am faint of love! His left hand is under my Head, and His right Hand doth embrace me.”
Song of Solomon 2:3-6
A friend on Facebook requested the recipe for our pizza dough today. We made pizza for supper using a new recipe. We all liked it and are trying for the first time to freeze the dough before it rises or is formed into pizza. Lordwilling, we will make pizza again soon and see how it comes out! 🙂
Here are the recipes.
Today’s Pizza Dough recipe;
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 c warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 c flour (can also use 1/2 and 1/2 white and whole wheat)
1 tblsp vegetable oil
Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside.
Mix dry ingredients. Then add yeast mixture and oil, stir. Turn out and knead 6-8 minutes ’till elastic and smooth. Rise 1 -1 1/2 hours. Roll into 12″ round. Rise 10 minutes. Bake in 400* oven for 10 minutes. Cover with toppings. Bake again in 400* oven 12 minutes or until warmed through/cheese melted and browned.
Our so-far-favorite Pizza Dough recipe;
3/4 c olive oil
3/4 cup plus 2 tblsp skim milk (we use whole) heated to 110*
2 tsp sugar
2 1/3 c plain flour
1 pkg yeast
1/2 tsp salt
Mix the milk, sugar and 2 tblsp of the olive oil together in a measuring cup.
Mix the flour, yeast and salt together. Make a well in the flour, then pour the milk mixture into the well. Stir until the dough becomes shaggy and difficult to stir. Turn out onto a heavily floured work surface and knead, incorporating any shaggy scraps. Knead until the dough is smooth – about 10 minutes.
Rise for 30 minutes. Shape into pizzas. Place into heavily greased pans (greased with the remaining olive oil) and let rise again about 20 minutes. Cover with toppings and bake in a 400* oven about 20 minutes.
Pray everyone has a wonderful, productive weekend!
The Lord Jesus blessed me richly with these verses last night and again this morning. It is such a rich blessing to read His promises – how He will bless us and multiply blessings upon us, if only we will accept our place of death upon His cross and bring our all before Him to lay upon His altar.
I like to see the ‘fruits of the ground’ and the ‘vine’ etc. in verses like this as having spiritual (as well as physical) importance. The fruits and vine being our spiritual life and work; and the mention of us being a ‘delightsome land’ as having reference to our being a blessing to others – He in us, becomes rich soil on with the fruits of His Spirit grow abundantly, and off which others can feed and become filled with His blessing of True Life as Well.
May the Lord Jesus bless you all this Sunday!