Hosanna! Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!

Happy Palm Sunday! Of all the Sundays before Easter throughout the years, this one will probably be the most memorable.  Never in my lifetime did I expect the church doors to be closed for any reason, but now they are. You know what?  Since it has happened now, we are all still able to worship at home with most of our churches and a plethora of others.  Our souls will not starve.  We have a buffet before us.

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Today hundreds of years ago, Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. Scripture tells us that Jesus rode into the city on a young donkey. The streets were lined with people who threw clothes and palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage and respect. This was what people did for kings. They were treating Jesus like royalty. Using palm branches symbolized peace and victory. Jesus was coming in peace, triumphantly. The crowd of people shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.”

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This Palm Sunday we need to claim peace and victory in His name.  Amen.  Wave those palm branches high!  Did you know the Bible tells us “Do not fear” three hundred and thirty five times?  Wow!  One time for each day of the year.  Not only does He tell us not to fear or be afraid, but He has placed it in our spirit.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Timothy 1:7.

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Let’s be Warriors and not Worriers.  In Matthew 6:34  it says “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  So how do you become a Warrior?  Read your scripture and pray.  Put on the armor of God.

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Pandemic has cast a black cloud on this planet, but the bright glorious Light from God shines through it.  Use good judgment and don’t lose hope.  We are entering the celebration of Holy Week, the anniversary of the events the week before Jesus went to the cross and victoriously arose.  Grab your palm branches and prepare for peace and victory.  Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

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Secret Ingredient is Love, Bread Recipes

Do you enjoy cooking and baking?  I certainly do.  There is something about taking a number of different ingredients, mixing them together, and creating something yummy.  A creation that makes the house smell warm and inviting.  Homey.  Love wafts out of the pan.  It is so calming.

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For me baking is a way to destress and also to show my family and friends that I love them. I love it when my parents stop by and I have made a big kettle of soup to share.  It warms my heart when family pops by and I just happen to have made their favorite pie.  Sometimes it lightens their load and gives them a smile if only for a short time.
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Does it work like that for you, too?  Do you enjoy cooking?  Do you have happy memories from Times in your kitchen?   Most people that love to cook and bake have precious, “sweet” memories of time spent in the kitchen.  The women in my family taught me to cook.  I loved being with them and they were always in the kitchen.  It seemed natural that the kitchen was a place I would love.  My mother and hers were the two women who taught me the most about cooking.
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Everyone has something special they make or a special added ingredient that like to toss into their dishes.  If I’m cooking a savory dish, garlic is my secret ingredient.  Even if it’s a smidge, I love garlic.  Now baking, that’s a toss up.   Depending on the dessert I will reach for vanilla or cinnamon.  Mmmmmmmm.  They both smell heavenly.  However, the most powerful secret ingredient is love.  People can tell if you made something lovingly.  My Grandmother always told me “if you cook with love, you will always love to cook.”
God makes sure we have all of the things we need for our daily bread.  He sees that we have money to buy ingredients.  There are cookbooks and family members to guide us.    We have been given the ability to put the ingredients together to make all different kinds of wonderful dishes.  All we need to do is have faith it will turn out and add our secret ingredient of love.
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He has given us every thing we need for faith, too.  We have all of the things we need.  The Bible is our instructional book.  Church is our classroom, and other Christians are there to help.  God has the ultimate secret ingredient . . . Jesus.  There is no greater love.

Best Banana Bread Ever

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1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
3 bananas, mashed
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3 T. milk
1 c. chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350º. Beat sugar, eggs, oil, and bananas. Stir in dry ingredients, nuts, vanilla and milk. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.