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I have a COOKIE DOUGH recipe for you, but first I have a confession to make.
Somewhere along the way I got sucked in by wanting to make money blogging and forgot that it was about the giving.
A sermon from Matthew 10 hit me yesterday. It hit me hard. It reminded me just how much of a gift giving is, and why I would rather give than get.
‘I don’t give for Jesus, to others, enough.’ My God supplies all my needs, so why am I nervous about not ‘having enough’ money to do this blog?
I’m not saying that because I want to ‘work my way into heaven.’ I know that my eternal security is safe in Christ. Christ finished the work. I didn’t do it, but didn’t He give one of the greatest most glorious gifts in the world on that cross? How could I not give up my life to serve Him by serving others?
It made me think. If Jesus Christ, Son of God, willingly gave up His life to take my sins, to take His Father’s wrath on my sins, on the cross, why would I not want to give EVERYTHING for Him?
I got into this thinking… ‘But if I don’t make enough money, I can’t justify keeping the blog going.’
That is not what this blog is about; it’s not about me. It’s about Jesus and beauty that is in Christ. It’s about me serving, sharing, helping, listening to, and blessing you.
The motto from now for this blog is Matthew 10:28-31, ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.’
If this is something God wants me to do, He will supply all my needs. I have never seen Him forsake me. I have seen Him re-direct me to other paths, but never forsake me.
The other part of the motto is this verses 38-40 of Matthew 10-38-39, ‘And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.’
I’m not going to do this perfectly, but I need your help. My desire is to live 1 Timothy 6:16-17 out more and more everyday by God’s sufficient, abounding grace.
‘But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.’
Sure, it’s not wrong to make money at ALL, but it can’t be my end goal. God made us to work, and the workman is worthy of his hire. Yet I’m learning that money and stuff and products and sponsorships can’t be the center of my mindset when it comes to blogging. That’s not why I started this blog in the first place.
Colossians 3:1-2, ‘If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.’
I can’t take any of this with me when I die, when I go to glory with my Lord. Money is a tool, a tool to serve, but it’s not my end goal. I know that if God wants me to do something here, then He will provide the resources. I can’t be anxious about it; I just need to do what He’s called me to do, to serve Him, to serve you all. (Philippians 4)
I want to use the money that God has given me to give to you all by writing this blog, sharing products, sharing ENCOURAGEMENT, sharing tips, and things that God is teaching me in this crazy, tough, long, joyous road to heaven.
What is the ultimate motive and goal for this blog?
The motive is love. Love for my Savior which trickles down to love for YOU. It’s imperfect love, but He is perfecting it. He is teaching me. This is the love that is perfecting me. It’s a process. It’s a journey, and I’m thankful that God’s promises are always true.
1 John 4:18, ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.’
I want to pour it all out for Him, here, because this earth is my last chance to truly die to my selfish desires, live to Christ, and love others with the great love wherewith He loved us.
With that, I want to give you a recipe, and I also want to say that there is an EPIC nut butter giveaway (3 jars in total) going on on my Insta till May 13th! 🙂 Go over and enter!!! I really hope, Lord willing, that you win!
This recipe is made with the ‘Rainforest Dark Chocolate’ version of Nut Butter Nation’s butter. You can check out my previous review on last week’s ‘What I Ate Wednesday.’ This stuff is seriously, the bestest, creamiest peanut butter ever. Two out of four jars are gone, and one jar went off to one of my blogger friends. I’m hoping they love it just as much.
Doesn’t that look DELICIOUS? It makes the BEST raw chocolate chip cookie dough, which I am about to share. It’s also gluten free, which is a plus, right? This would be the perfect way to bless your cookie-dough loving, gluten free friend or family member.
The Ingredients of these balls are CRAZY simple, and I hope that it guarantees that you will make them soon.
Oats (Gluten Free)
Peanut Butter (Rainforest Dark Chocolate – Nut Butter Nation)
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats (Add more if needed to bring it to the right consistency)
- 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas or 1 can
- 1/2 c. peanut butter (Nut Butter Nation - Rainforest Dark Chocolate)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips (dairy free if you are dairy free)
- 1 tsp. coffee granules (optional)
- Process the chickpeas in the food processor until they are pretty well 'mashed.' Add peanut butter and honey. Combine for another 20-30 seconds. Sprinkle in the oats 1/4 cup at a time, until the mixture starts to form a ball (about 30 seconds to 1 minute.) Add the vanilla. Blend for another few seconds, and then add the chocolate chips. Roll the mixture into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden. Cover with more peanut butter and enjoy God's good gifts!
I’ve also been loving and so blessed by how God brings other bloggers into your life to show you how to cook and bake and actually try to make an effort to do EVERYTHING excellently as unto the Lord.
Some of the gals who have inspired me with their beautiful recipes and delicious creations to become a better, kinder, more considerate giving blogger are….
Rachael at the Simplific Life did a blogger baking exchange with me. Wow, this girl truly went above and beyond the call of duty. I got her box in the mail, and she stuffed it. She stuffed it with the BEST cookies I have ever eaten, and I can’t wait to try her peanut butter and granola. This just made me feel overwhelmed. It reminded me of the love of Jesus again, of how overwhelming and undeserving I am. Why should I ever complain? Even if I were in a dumpy jail, I would have no reason to complain… I have life. Jesus is my life. Jesus blessed me with even, precious friends, like Rachael who put so much work and love into this box. This truly spoke the love of Jesus into my life.
Love is best shown in actions. Jesus showed love by the greatest action of love that could ever be imagined, and everyday, God uses different people to remind me of the sweetness of that love, the amazingness of my sin being forgiven, and the joy of being God’s child and getting to serve others.
Ashley at Fit Mitten Kitchen puts the work in to make the best scone recipes I have ever eaten. Wow, thank you Ashley. Sometimes, I’m just sad that we all have to live so far apart, because I would love to meet these bloggers behind the blogs, get to know them, and thank them for how they have been a blessing to many with their ‘fantasmagorical’ recipes and LOVE that they pour into their blogs.
Elaine at Food Parsed shocked me when she sent me this batch of cookies with some muscle frosting I shared with her. Woah! This girl knows how to bake, and you know what the best part was? The fact of the giving, when she doesn’t know me that well, was just such a precious gift from God. (She also has the SIMPLEST recipes on her blog. My goal is to make one before we leave on vacation next week.)
Amanda… I really want to meet Amanda. She was … secretly… another one of the people who motivated me to step out in faith and try snowboarding. She is a snowboarder, and I love it when she shares her snowboarding adventures on the blog. Amanda is a humble, fast and furious blogger (at pumping out recipes), and her simple, gluten free recipes have been such life savers for me so many times.
That loaf above is her DELICIOUS flourless apple muffins made into bread.
Last of all, don’t forget to smile, hug, laugh, and appreciate every moment … Each one is a gift from God. This life is too short to worry. Let’s go out there and live and give.
If you’re a blogger, do you ever lose focus?
Do you like cookie dough?
Have you tried Nut Butter Nation yet?? Do you like supporting big or small companies?
What do you think should be the ultimate goal in blogging?
Other thoughts? 🙂