Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jane Addams writes to Woodrow Wilson about dangers of preparing for war »

Jane Addams writes to Woodrow Wilson about dangers of preparing for war » 1915 WW1 

McKinley assassin is executed »

McKinley assassin is executed » 1901

The first store opens in the frontier town of Denver, Colorado »

The first store opens in the frontier town of Denver, Colorado » 1858

Stock market crashes »

Stock market crashes » 1929

Israel invades Egypt; Suez Crisis begins »

Israel invades Egypt; Suez Crisis begins » 1956 Cold War 

Battle of Wauhatchie (Brown's Ferry) concludes »

Battle of Wauhatchie (Brown's Ferry) concludes » 1863 Civil War 

Hancock resigns as president of Congress »

Hancock resigns as president of Congress » 1777

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before...

Friday, October 28, 2016


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Job 5:6-16

Job 5:10 He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields

Job 5:6-16 Matthew Henry Commentary5:6-16 Eliphaz reminds Job, that no affliction comes by chance, nor is to be placed to second causes. The difference between prosperity and adversity is not so exactly observed, as that between day and night, summer and winter; but it is according to the will and counsel of God. We must not attribute our afflictions to fortune, for they are from God; nor our sins to fate, for they are from ourselves. Man is born in sin, and therefore born to trouble. 

There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble. Actual transgressions are sparks that fly out of the furnace of original corruption. Such is the frailty of our bodies, and the vanity of all our enjoyments, that our troubles arise thence as the sparks fly upward; so many are they, and so fast does one follow another. Eliphaz reproves Job for not seeking God, instead of quarrelling with him. Is any afflicted? let him pray. 

It is heart's ease, a salve for every sore. Eliphaz speaks of rain, which we are apt to look upon as a little thing; but if we consider how it is produced, and what is produced by it, we shall see it to be a great work of power and goodness. Too often the great Author of all our comforts, and the manner in which they are conveyed to us, are not noticed, because they are received as things of course. 

In the ways of Providence, the experiences of some are encouragements to others, to hope the best in the worst of times; for it is the glory of God to send help to the helpless, and hope to the hopeless. And daring sinners are confounded, and forced to acknowledge the justice of God's proceedings.

Isaiah 45:8

Isaiah 45:8
"Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

John 16:33

John 16:32-3332“Look, an hour is coming and has already come when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and you will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 


Romans 6:23

Romans 6:22-23

22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life. 



Isaiah 51:15

Matthew Henry Commentary Isaiah 51:9-16 The people whom Christ has redeemed with his blood, as well as by his power, will obtain joyful deliverance from every enemy. He that designs such joy for us at last, will he not work such deliverance in the mean time, as our cases require? In this world of changes, it is a short step from joy to sorrow, but in that world, sorrow shall never come in view. They prayed for the display of God's power; he answers them with consolations of his grace. Did we dread to sin against God, we should not fear the frowns of men. Happy is the man that fears God always. And Christ's church shall enjoy security by the power and providence of the Almighty.

Psalm 94:19

I love to take God's word and surround it with beautiful pieces of nature and beauty using digital art. I thought these fall colors fit nicely around Psalm 94:19. What a treasure we have knowing in the midst of our anxieties, our soul can delight in the comforts God gives. 

* Little Birdie Blessings 

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19 NKJV

PSALM 9418-20
:The Lord will Not Forget His People
18If I should say, "My foot has slipped," Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up. 
20Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?…

Matthew 22:37

Matthew 22:36-38
36“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” 
38This is the first and greatest commandment.…

1 John 4:17-19

1 John 4:17-1917In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. 1
19We love because He first loved us.…

Matthew 5:7-10

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Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
1 Peter 3:13-14
A Time to Think
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. –Anonymous
A Time to Act
When fear comes, counter it with an affirmation of faith.
A Time to Pray
Father, Your love surrounds us; there is no need to fear.
* Guideposts

1 Peter 3:12-14New International Version (NIV)12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 

14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”


Wednesday, October 26, 2016



scripture cake apple fig walnutScripture cake is also known as “Bible Cake”, “Scriptural Cake” and “Old Testament Cake” and was extremely popular in the latter part of the nineteenth century, especially in the southern Appalachians.  The cake was meant as a way to teach young girls baking and Bible verses.  The cake was sweet to eat, and a chance to modestly exhibit knowledge of the Bible.  It was fun in the form of an early trivia game, and a great dish to take to a church supper.  The original recipe didn’t include the ingredients only the amount next to the scripture. Mom and I recently used this recipe as part of a devotional we presented to our Community Bible Study leaders.  It was fun, filled with scripture with a very tasty ending!
peeling applesFor example the recipe reads: 1 cup Judges 5:25
If you know your Bible well, this will pose no problem and 1 cup butter is the first ingredient.  If you don’t know it quite that well you may end up with a “surprise cake!”
The earliest recipe for this cake has been traced to the Atlanta Constitution, published on June 27, 1897.  Some researchers believe the cake dates to the late 1700s in England or Ireland, while others claim the cake a favorite of Dolly Madison, wife of U.S. President James Madison.
scripture cake nutsThis cake is my version, arranging ingredients and amounts to give us this incredible apple, fig, and walnut cake.  The cake is loaded with flavor, quite dense and wonderfully delicious.  I’ll go easy on you and give you both the scripture and the ingredient.  Scripture comes from the King James version.
Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with 1 tablespoon Judges 5:25.  Sprinkle with raw Jeremiah 6:20, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle 1/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, beat 1 cup Judges 5:25 (Butter)
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
along with 1½ cups Jeremiah 6:20 beating until light and fluffy–(Sugar)
To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Beat in 4 Jeremiah 17:11, one at a time. (Eggs)
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Combine 2 cups Exodus 29:2 –(flour)
And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil; of wheaten flour shalt thou make them. 
mix with the following ingredients: 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 – (baking powder)
And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings; for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.
2 Chronicles 9:9 to taste (cloves, allspice, nutmeg)
And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.
2 teaspoons Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)Take thou also, unto thee the chief spices; of flowering myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon, half as much.
and A pinch of Mark 9:50 – (salt)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with another.
Add to the Judges 5:25 mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.
Stir in: 1 tablespoon 1 Samuel 14:25 – (honey)
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.
along with 1/2 cups 1 Samuel 30:12 – (raisins)
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins; and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 
and 2 cups chopped dried Song of Solomon 2:13 (figs)
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Mix in 1 cups slivered or chopped Numbers 17:8 – (almonds) and remaining 2/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 (walnuts).
And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yield almonds.
Add in 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8. (apple)
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Follow Solomon’s advice for making good boys – Proverbs 23:14Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degree oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.  Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack and cool completely.  Best if prepared 1 day before serving.  Store cake at room temperature.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream!
Scripture cake single slice

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.   Psalm 34:8

The historical cake can still be made today. To play the game as our grandmothers might have played it, read the Biblical list of ingredients and write down your knowledge (or best guess) of the scriptural ingredients. Then, to be on the safe side, look in a King James version of the Bible to verify your answers! Have fun with your sons and daughters or grandsons and granddaughters in playing this game!
scripture cake single
~Blessings, Catherine

Scripture Cake
As women moved westward across America, this recipe went with them as a small, treasured bit from "back home." It usually traveled along as part of a prized collection of recipes. 
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 1 Tablespoon Judges 5:25 (Butter)
  • ¼ cup raw Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Genesis 43:11, divided (Walnuts)
  • 1 cup Judges 5:25, softened (Butter)
  • 1½ cups granulated Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 4 Jeremiah 17:11 (Eggs)
  • 2 cups Exodus 29:2 (Flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 (Baking soda)
  • ½ teaspoon Mark 9:50 (Salt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)
  • to taste Chronicles 9:9 (Cloves, Allspice, Nutmeg)
  • 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8 (Apples)
  • 1 Tablespoon 1Samuel 14:25 (Honey)
  • 1 cup chopped Numbers 17:8 (Almonds)
  • 8 ounces dried, chopped Song of Solomon 2:13 (Figs)
  • ½ cup 1Samuel 30:12 (Raisins)
  1. Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with the 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle raw sugar into pan, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle ⅓ cup of the chopped walnuts evenly into bottom of pan; set aside.
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat the 1 cup butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add optional spices to taste: cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Add to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.
  4. Stir in chopped apples, figs, raisins, honey, almonds, and remaining ⅔ cup walnuts.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degrees F. oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Best if prepared 1 day before serving. Store cake covered at room temperature.
This historical cake can still be made today. To play the game as our grandmothers might have played it, read the Biblical list of ingredients and write down your knowledge (or best guess) of the scriptural ingredients. Then, to be on the safe side, look in a King James version of the bible to verify your answers!