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This week, I’m taking snacks for our Sunday School class and thought I’d make Blueberry Muffins.  Here’s the recipie I use.

2 1/2 cups of  blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 t. sugar & 1t of cinnamon mixed together to sprinkle on top.

Cream butter and sugar, add egge one a t a time and blend.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla.  Mash half of the blueberries.  Add mashed and whole blueberries to the batter and stir in by hand.  Grease your muffin tins well (inside and the top surface.)  Fill muffin tins 1/2 to 2/3 of the way.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.  Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely. 

*Note:  I’ve made  these and other muffins and sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar on top before baking them, they always taste so good!

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Sometimes it’s hard for me to be patient.  I’m always searching for a solution, always trying to have things planned out.

I was getting a little bit frustrated because I’m still working on losing the last of the “baby” weight, but other than drinking lots of water, making healthy choices and taking my green tea pills (which are working!), I wasn’t able to do anything else to help my weight loss progress. 

I was talking to a friend of mine about this a few weeks ago, and she said……”Stop stressing out about it.  You’re a single mom……when are you supposed to find time to work out?  Are you supposed to pay someone to watch Grace, and pay to go swimming?  You can’t afford that……just do what you can do for now and don’t be too hard on yourself.” 

That was nice to hear, but it was coming from a friend who’s a size 4……….so I stopped stressing about it, and started praying about it.

A few weeks later, a former piano student’s mom got in touch with me about two of her daughter’s taking lessons again and said that her husband wanted me to stop by and talk to them about the financial side of things since my rates have increased in the year they haven’t taken lessons…….

Guess what?  God worked it out for BOTH of us.  They are paying for half of the girl’s tuition, and then they are watching Grace for the other half of the tuition, which means that I now have someone to watch her for FREE while I go swimming!!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how overjoyed I was to see God bring together two people who had situations that they were stressed out about that worked out for what we BOTH needed.

Even though, it seems like a small thing, it is a HUGE blessing for me, and another lesson in letting go of my concerns and letting God do the work.

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This is an old song that I heard awhile ago and I recently found the music for it.   I’ve had people ask me over the last couple of years….”How can you keep a smile on your face?”  or “How can you be so happy after everything you’ve been through.”  This song kinda sums it all up.

How Can I Keep From Singing?

 My life flows on in endless song
above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing;
It sounds and echoes in my soul;
how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, 
how can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing,
All things are mine since I am His;
how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, 
how can I keep from singing?

So you tell me……how can I keep from singing?

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