Monthly Archives: March 2016

My Good Friday Prayer

Dear Lord,

About 2,000 years ago at this time, You were hanging on the cross for me, and the person reading this, and everyone else in the world.  You suffered and were mocked. You didn’t have to die. You could have stopped the hurt, but You didn’t because You wanted to spend forever with those who believe.

Thank You, Jesus, for going through all the agony and pain for me.  By making the ultimate sacrifice for us, You opened the doors to Heaven.  I now have the peace of knowing that one day, when You call me, I will fly through those pearly gates and hold Your hand for all eternity.

I’m sorry for sinning everyday and nailing You to that cross.  Fill us with Your grace and strengthen us daily, Lord, so that all Christians will proclaim the Good News to the whole world.

I love you, Jesus.  I am hopeful about Your Resurrection and Second Coming.

Amen.

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Minty Mousse Trifle For St. Patrick’s Day

13 days!  I cannot believe it has been almost 2 weeks since my last post.  It’s been wild and fun around here!

St. Patrick’s Day is just a couple days away!  Lot’s of things come to mind when I think of this holiday’s food, but two specific things are green and mint!

Recently, I’ve developed a thing for mint.  I love mint cookies, mint brownies, mint chocolate, the  mint color… EVERYTHING mint!  I like enhancing the flavor mint in different ways, and what better way than in a trifle!

I have made probably 4 types of trifles and this one is by far my favorite!

Minty Mousse Trifle

Yields about 6 trifles per cake

You Will Need:

  • White or Yellow Boxed Cake Mix (and all ingredients required to make the cake)
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Instant Chocolate Mousse Mix (and the milk it requires)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Mint or Mint Chocolate Chips

How to Make:

First, I sprayed two 8 inch round cake pans with non-stick spray.  Then, I followed the directions on the box, making the cake batter.  Before pouring the batter into the rounds, add about 6 big drops of green food coloring into the mixer with the batter.  Let it mix in for a couple of seconds, then pour the batter evenly into the pans.

green cake mix

Bake the cakes according to the directions on the box.  The cakes will go in looking green and come out of the oven looking…brown.  That’s ok!  The inside is still the green we’re looking for!

2 cakes

While the cakes cool, make your mousse using the powder mix and milk.  Typically, you will mix the mousse for 5 minutes.  When you have about thirty seconds left of mixing, add about 1/2 cup of the mint chips.  This will give it a nice minty taste.  Chill mousse in the freezer for 15 minutes.

mint chips

mixing mousse

I only had 4 people who were ready to eat my trifles, so I ended up using only one of the cakes, but we’ll get back to that later.

Crumble the cakes in a large bowl.  You want to have chunks that are not to big and not to small.  Basically, if you can pick it up with two fingers, it’s what we’re looking for.  Pull out the chilled mousse, and grab the ice cream (you will have to serve immediately).

awesome pic of green cake

crumbled cake

ice cream

Grab  some cups and prepare to get stacking!  The bottom layer is cake.  Cover the bottom of the cups so no big patches of glass are visible.  Then, add a scoop of ice cream.  Next, add a large spoonful of mousse.  Repeat one more time.  Then, sprinkle some green cake on top for a decorative touch!

trifle

top trifle

Other Tips

  • Chill the cups to keep the ice cream from melting a little longer.
  • Use mint ice cream for even more mint flavor.
  • Make miniature trifles in tiny cups for the kids!

mousse cake

Because I didn’t use the second cake, I used the leftover mousse as an icing!  It was amazing!  Serve with a side of ice cream and you have basically deconstructed your trifle!  Yum!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful St. Patty’s day!

BTT: God Forgives My Sins (Bible Activity)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”     – 1 John 1:9

We all, as imperfect children of God, sin everyday!  Thankfully, God loves us so much that He forgives our sins and redeemed us by sending His Son to die for us.  For smaller kids, that’s hard to understand.  They may not know what sins are, or how and why God forgives us.  I like to use visual representations to help explain these hard to grasp concepts.

God Forgives My Sins

Sinning is when we choose to turn away from God by making a bad/wrong decision.  When we pray and ask God to forgive us because we know we did wrong, He does.  God pours out His unending mercy and cleanses our hearts.  We should always try to do better and strive to live pure lives.

To Do This Activity, You’ll Need:

  • White Board + Dry Erase Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

How To:

First, before you round up your kids, cut out (about 5 per child) 1″ x 3″ rectangles from the paper.  Also, draw a heart on the whiteboard.  Call over the kiddos.  Explain how when we sin, we turn away from God.  All of these sins give us impure hearts.

heart whitebrd

Each child should write down a sin that they have committed on the rectangles.  For Example – lying, saying mean things, not obeying parents, etc.  These don’t have to be big things.  Show how these sins make our hearts unclean by coloring the heart in with a black (or dark colored) marker.

heart sins close

black heart

Have each child tape their sins onto the shaded in heart.  Say a prayer with your kids, apologizing for your sins and asking for forgiveness.  Ask your kids why they are sorry.  Do they feel bad about what happened?  Do they want to do better?

There is good news!  Jesus died on the cross for their (and everyone else’s) sins.  Describe how we are redeemed and will spend eternity with God in Heaven.  Take off the sins and set them aside.  Erase the shaded section of the heart.

After you have erased the heart, there will be some outlines of the shaded areas or erased parts of the heart.  This symbolizes our imperfectness.  No matter how hard we try, we will always sin.  We ask God for His help.  He mends our hearts.

imperfect heart

When we are sorry, we promise to try to do better.  On the back of each sin, write a good action that is opposite of the sin.  This can be a quality or a good deed.  For example – lying -> be truthful, saying rude things -> be uplifting.

sin lyingbe truthful opposite

Tape the now improved rectangles onto the clean heart.  Because of God’s love and Jesus’ death, we are able to spend eternity with Him.  We are thankful Jesus forgives our sins!

transformed sin

Like 1 John 1:9 says, God is faithful and just.  Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and forgiveness.