Saturday, March 5, 2011

Better Than Peeps

I am a hopeless optimist, too stubborn to believe that I am defeated. If I don't have hope, I have nothing. If I don't have God, I don't have hope.

There is a christian saying that God won't give us more than we can handle. I have not found that in the Bible. I don't believe this is always used in a way that reflects what the Bible teaches. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but life is more than I can handle. MY life alone has proven itself tough in the least. Add four kids plus husband plus extended family plus unstable economy plus..... WAY more than I can handle. I know I'm not alone.

Instead, I think God gives us what we can't handle so we learn to depend on Him, and in turn, are blessed to have a living God in our life. For me, life is hard right now. It's been worse, but I keep reminding myself of how the really bad times have made me so much stronger. I love it that I can lean on this hope.

I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories- mostly because I believe they can happen! Maybe it won't happen to me until I'm at home in heaven, but it'll happen. My goal- a worry free life. NOT a trial free life, but worry free. I've got a long way to go, but I've come a long way! That is a big goal amidst this life that is more than I can handle, but I do believe it is possible. This devotion is a step in the right direction.

One of my heroes is George Mueller. Check him out. Google him. He was nothing special, but his faith was amazing. Faith is my greatest asset. Talents? eh. If I don't have faith, I'm a forgetful, frumpy mama that is looking forward to shipping my youngest off to college. However, by then I won't have a clue how to live my life without kids and wish for the next thing- until I'm on my death bed. Then I'll be wishing I had done more but not knowing how in the heck I possibly could have.

With faith- I'm still a little frumpy but I am blessed daily by little things like how Max gets so excited when he knows we are going somewhere or when Summer looks forward to making Divinity.

Divinity, in my opinion, is better than Peeps.

I got this recipe from my Aunt and Uncle- you will need a candy thermometer, and caution if the kids are assisting. Summer helped measure and beat the egg whites.

Jello Divinity

1-1/2 cup sugar
3/8 cup corn syrup
3/8 cup water
1 egg white
1/4 cup flavored gelatin

Mix sugar, water, salt, and syrup and bring to boiling point. Cook to hard ball stage (252 degrees F)

Beat egg white until stiff. Beat in gelatin.

Slowly add syrup to egg whites, beating constantly, until creamy and stands in peaks.

Quickly pour onto greased pan or drop.

Pure sugar, if you are into that sort of thing. I'm not really. I mostly like caramel or chocolate but this was pretty good.

It also gave us an opportunity to talk about boiling point, candy making, hard ball stage, beating egg whites... all sorts of good stuff. It was a huge blessing in the middle of a tough day. Divinity and faith. Somehow it goes together, right?


  1. Yummy. I too love the story of George Mueller. Amazing faith!

    I was reading a book that talked about Cinderella recently that opened my eyes. Ignoring the Prince Charming aspect, she was content. She sang as she worked, talking to the little critters and such. Not happy necessarily, but content.

  2. I love that. A worry free life but not a trial free life. And our struggles force us to lean on Him. Love your honesty here.

    My own Grandmother recently told me that divinity is hard to make, so I pretty much thought I would never attempt it. But maybe you've just inspired me to try.