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I just find it so amazing that God keeps pursuing those who turn away from Him.  He is never ceasing, and always loving.  It is when I’m becoming completely overwhelmed, ready to ‘throw in the towel’, bone-tired of all that is in this world, I remember how God just keeps on loving.  This knowledge alone gives me renewed strength.

Take, for instance, the discovery of Nineveh.  In the 19th century, near Mosul, Iraq, Sir Austen Layard unearthed the site of one of the greatest cities in ancient times(cited: Wikipedia).  Back then, Nineveh was a powerfully wealthy city full of wayward citizens.  The people built their palaces on the backs of the poor; lied, cheated and stole to become wealthy.  Jonah, the prophet, was told by God to go to Nineveh with warnings.  Remember that story?

Well, the people of Nineveh repented, but then they became complacent and eventually began lying, stealing and cheating once again.  Enter the prophet, Zephaniah, who told them to get it right with God, again.  Did they listen?  No they did not.  So God not only destroyed Nineveh, but He said the ruins of the city would be reduced to a place where shepherds would graze their sheep.

When Sir Austen Layard finally discovered the ruins of Neneveh hidden underneath hundreds of years of dirt and clay, he found clay tablets recording details of Nineveh’s fall to the Medes and Babylonians in August 612 BC-just as prophesied.  But what I found most interesting, was that the mound of ruins used as a place to pasture flocks (Zephaniah 2:13-15) is highlighted by its modern name, Tell Kuyunjik, or mound of many sheep.  This was named by a predominately Muslim country who care nothing about Christian history.

So here is scientific proof that a biblical city existed and then destroyed while prophets are proven correct.  Why was it recovered?  Why bother?  Because God is pursuing even the toughest of toughs.  The thinkers, the scientists, the “I need proof”ers.

Before I became baptized, I was one of the “I need proof”ers.  And God, our awesome and powerful God, gently showed me some proof.

Shortly thereafter, I jumped into the water to pursue Him.

After I became baptized, I began to see and hear of many miracles done by Him.

The story of the Muslim woman from Iran who came to America under political asylum.  She became a Christian against her families’ wishes after Jesus came to her and restored her “dead” womb.  Her son is thriving here and she is proud to serve God through Jesus here in the US.

The story of the blind African woman immediately becoming healed after a member of our church prayed with her on a mission trip to her tribe.

And these are just two of the stories of the extraordinary works of God – in my lifetime.  In this country.  Why does He personally move me when I hear about these modern day miracles?  Because He is preparing me for the bigger miracles still to come.  Its as if He is saying “Now that I’ve got your attention, stay tuned.”

I am so excited for what the future holds.

I hope you can add a miracle or two to your life.  Let Him provide one for you.  He is just waiting to hear from you.

 

 

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Angel Eggs

I’ve added a photo of more saturated egg colors. Have a fabulous Easter!

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Angel Eggs Angel Eggs

Are you interested in a new family friendly science project to help celebrate the Easter holiday this year?  We are mad about earth friendly projects that cater to kids of all ages around here and  Angel eggs are a great way to teach your kids how to make all natural food coloring.  Plus, this dish is so pretty, it always takes center stage at the Easter dinner table.

In addition to being fun for kids, its a healthier option for the littles and its good for the earth.  Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your local grocery store, so its an easy project for busy moms.

Formerly known as deviled eggs (we’ve changed the name for obvious reasons), the filling and dyed eggs can be prepared a few days before your Easter dinner.

Grocery ingredients Grocery ingredients

Your Farmer’s market grocery list:

4 Beets  (red and pink)

Turmeric (orange)

1 bag of Spinach or Spirulina powder (green)

Baking…

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Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

Are you interested in a new family friendly science project to help celebrate the Easter holiday this year?  We are mad about earth friendly projects that cater to kids of all ages around here and  Angel eggs are a great way to teach your kids how to make all natural food coloring.  Plus, this dish is so pretty, it always takes center stage at the Easter dinner table.

In addition to being fun for kids, its a healthier option for the littles and its good for the earth.  Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your local grocery store, so its an easy project for busy moms.

Formerly known as deviled eggs (we’ve changed the name for obvious reasons), angel egg filling and dyes can be prepared a few days before your Easter dinner (just add 2 tbsp. of vinegar to each dye to make them last longer in the refrigerator).

 

Grocery ingredients

Grocery ingredients

Your Farmer’s market grocery list:

4 Beets  (red and pink)

Turmeric (orange)

1 bag of Spinach or Spirulina powder (green)

Baking soda (blue)

1 head of Purple Cabbage  (purple)

How to make homemade, natural,  raw, vegan food dyes:

Create red dye by boiling beets for 10 minutes. Place beet water in ball jar and add 2 tsp of white vinegar.

Orange/Yellow is made by boiling 1 tsp. turmeric in 2 cups water for 30 seconds.  Let cool and add egg halves.  The eggs will dye quickly.  Note: If you would like a deeper shade, add 1/2 tsp. more turmeric and keep eggs in dye longer until you achieve the desired shade.

Green dye is made by boiling spinach for 1 minute and letting it simmer for 10 minutes.  Place green dye mixture in ball jar with 2 tsp. white vinegar.  Place egg halves in jar into refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Note: The spinach green is a much earthier green than the dye you will find in the store.

Green dye can also be achieved by adding 1 tsp. of Spirulina powder to a quart of boiled water.  Stir in powder and let cool.  Spirulina creates bright green eggs.

Purple dye is from boiling purple cabbage.  Wash the cabbage, cut out stem and cut into large pieces.  Place in pot and cover with water.  Boil for 10 minutes.

Blue: Pour half the cabbage water into a bowl with ½ tsp of baking soda at a time until you get the desired blue hue.

Secret to making eggs peel so easily, your toddler can help you:  place a teaspoon of salt and eggs into pot of water. Turn on high until rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Immediately pour out hot water and replace with ice cold water.

Place halved hard boiled eggs with yolks removed into each color (we use Ball jars with lids). Place in refrigerator overnight for the brightest hues.

We like this filling recipe the best:

6 egg yolks

1 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp of pickled relish

1/2 tbsp whole grain mustard

fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano

salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle paprika on top of finished eggs (we use Emeril’s Essence to top them off)

Enjoy!

Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

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Easter is a favorite time of year here in the northeast.  The warm sun melts away the last moments of the cold winter days and daylight lingers just a little longer each evening.  But what we love most about this time of year is honoring our Lord and Savior.  As you are dropping the eggs into the food coloring, be sure to share the story of God’s precious gift with your littles.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

xoxo ~D

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