Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Big Girls Bible CLub Learn Lessons From the Poor Widow

"Each person should do as s/he has decided in her/his heart -not reluctantly or out of compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." II Cor. 9:7
The story of the the poor widow is found in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4. This story from God's Word teaches us about giving with the right attitude in the right spirit for the right reasons. Sometimes young people think they have nothing to give. There are times in my life when I have felt that way. But it is not true. Jehovah Jireh -God is my provider and He has never failed to provide for my need. You can't out give God, so give freely. 
Jesus was sitting next to the temple treasury where the people were expected to give money for the poor. Some made a big deal out of their gift as their heavy coins made a loud PLINK PLINK as they hit the bowl. They wanted to make sure folks knew they were being obedient and generous giving. But when the poor widow came along and dropped in two of the smallest of coins, He said that she had contributed more that the others because they gave out of abundance, but she gave all she had. She was trusting God to provide for her. God looks at our heart when we give. Are we giving out of compulsion, or reluctantly, or for show? 
In this country, there is no shortage of out-stretched hands asking for money. Even those in Christian service have their hands out. We must give with discernment, a right heart, and cheerfully!

 Making Walnut fingers, a cookie that does not require an oven. Most of the families here do not have conventional ovens, but have microwave ovens.

 Making the foam craft. Thank you Susan and friends!
Eating their Walnut Fingers. They look like what Marley and I find on the road, but they taste good.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 T milk
2 T cocoa powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup of crushed digestive biscuits (wheat or milk cookies- crush to a powder with a rolling pin)
4 T finely chopped walnuts

1. Heat a non-stick pan, add butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder and salt, and mix well.
2. Simmer on a low flame for 10 miutes till the sugar melts. Remove from the heat and let cool for ten minute.
3. When the mixture has cooled, add vanilla and mix well.
4. Add the powdered cookies and mix completely.
5. Shape in to oblong fingers and roll in the nuts.
6. Refrigerate to chill.
7. Serve

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