Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday's Fave Five

Today I am joining along with Living to Tell the Story  to share  my  Fave Fives for the middle of September...and what a week it was!
1.  We started out the week with  our  Christmas Choir    retreat weekend...  Hubs and I both sing in our church choir...  and I must this year's Christmas music is  truly delightful.. challenging..  but  is going to sound  amazing with orchestration!
Image result for christmas choir music
2.  Early week we got to visit with our gals on Facetime and daughter sent me a couple of  precious photos of the girls.

Love this one with hubs  while we were there last week!

3.  We have several  friends who have needed  food for one reason or another this week...

 I  have made 3 of these  apple crisps.. using honey crisp apples.
Apple Crisp with Oat Topping
Prep20 min   Cook  40 m   Ready In1 h

6 apples - peeled, cored, and sliced  (Use honey crisp)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  ( a friend suggests adding nutmeg as well.)
1 cup brown sugar
 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Toss apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl to coat; pour into a 9-inch square baking dish.
Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; spread over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the topping gently until even.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 40 minutes.

4.  Today  I have  branched out and also made  one of my favorite dishes I order  when we go out for Italian..

 Penne Pizziaola
This pan still needs to be baked for 10 minutes at 400 until  the cheese melts... There is a combination of  mozzarella,  fontina, and parm on top.
1 package (approx. 1lb / 500 g) of pasta (i.e. penne)
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 chopped garlic clove
1         sliced onion
2         1 sliced  red pepper
600 g / 21 oz of tomato sauce (diced or pureed)
½ tbsp of chopped parsley
250 g / 8¾ oz of chopped or sliced mozzarella  and some  parmesan
1 tsp of oregano
salt & ground red pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add the garlic. Stir for a minute at medium heat.
Then pour in the tomato sauce, the parsley, salt and ground red pepper  onion and pepper and let it cook at medium heat for at least 30min.
In the meantime bring the water to a boil in a separate pot. Add salt and pasta. Cook approx. 3 min. less than stated on the package (in order to avoid that it overcooks while being baked in the oven later on).

Drain the pasta and toss into a casserole dish. Pour the tomato sauce on top and cover with the mozzarella.
Sprinkle with some oregano and finally with a little bit of olive oil.
Bake for about 10 min. at 200°C / 390°F until the cheese has completely melted.
 Add  parmesan

Buon appetito!
One night this week we went to hear a fabulous teacher on end time prophecy as  taught in Scripture and how  world events are  being shaped  to  hasten  the end along...  and  it is rather mind boggling who  things are aligning with the Word of God faster than ever before.. There is beginning to be an urgency   for believers to  pray for the boldness to  share the gospel  ever more lovingly and purposefully  to friends and  family...  for  we  have no promise of tomorrow.  I read  a post last night  on another prophetic  site that  said  that we  should be travailing in prayer in these last days..for this source:

What is travailing prayer? It is crying in the Spirit which can take on several different manifestations. Before discussing this let us look at the Bible definition found in John 16:20-22:

Verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:20-22

Pastors Bud & Betty Miller on Travailing Prayer

Jesus, speaking here to his disciples, leaves them with a beautiful promise. He tells them He is going away, but He is not going to leave them comfortless as He plans to send the Holy Spirit. They later will cry at His departure, yet when they experience the new birth and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they will rejoice.

Travailing prayer is a manifestation of the grief of the heart of God. This also has a parallel meaning when applied to prayer that cries out unto God. Perhaps we can understand this better if we realize that we now have the Holy Spirit living in us, and He has chosen to use our mouths to speak for Him. Since He has chosen to use us in His great plan to spread the gospel, He uses our mouths to witness to others and our hands to help people. Another beautiful truth that is often overlooked is that He also uses our hearts and emotions to weep and “cry through.” The Spirit of God expresses His grief in this manner.

Most Christians have experienced this without ever realizing it was a work of the Holy Spirit. At their conversion they sometimes wept and cried, grieved over their sins. Then later they got a burden for the salvation and deliverance of others, and cried over them also. This is known as travailing prayer. When we have a burden for others and become sorrowful over them, it is usually the Holy Spirit crying through us over the situation.

There is another kind of weeping and crying, but it is in the flesh and stems from our own selfishness as it is from self-pity. Fleshly crying is always concerned over self. Crying in the Spirit is Godly sorrow for others. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). If we cry in self-pity it brings depression and fear; but crying in the Spirit brings life and joy after it is finished. (Just as a woman cries to bring forth a child during labor, yet she is rejoicing as soon as the child is born.)

We do the same as we yield to the Spirit and take prayer burdens for others. God’s heart is burdened for people, and He is looking for hearts that He can cry and weep through, hearts that are concerned for a lost and dying world. So, in essence, travailing prayer is when we weep and cry over something the Holy Spirit is grieved about. Jesus said they would weep and cry for a little while, but then their sorrow would be turned into joy.

(much muc more great stuff in the article  linked..)


  1. What sweet photos of your granddaughters! Apple crisp sounds perfect for this time of year.

  2. I love baking with apples in autumn and here in NY we have some AWESOME apples this time of year. My fave recipe is for Swedish Apple Pie. YUM

    Your granddaughter is adorable!

    Wow....that's a lot of info on prayer..all good stuff..thanks for sharing all of that!

  3. Anything moved with apples in autumn is wonderful! LOVE that sweet photo of your hubby and granddaughter.
    The rest of your week sounds very positive and uplifting, even challenging music.

  4. Sweet pics of the grandkids. Apple Crisp is my favorite dessert and I could probably eat that whole pan! And that other recipe sounds delicious too!


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