“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” Psalm 46:1-3,7
“God I trust You.” These are words I kept repeating to myself over and over again last Friday night. These brought strength and peace to my heart.
I got a very disturbing call; one that informed me my husband had been in an accident and was being taken in an ambulance to the Emergency Room. Those were probably the most heartbreaking news I have ever received in my life. I started shaking, my mind went blank, and I could not process outside information very well. The thought of losing my love, my best friend, was too much to bare. All I could do was pray. All that was left for me to do was put my trust in Him and ask Him for a miracle.
I felt Him telling me it was all going to be ok; I felt peace. Peace no one would’ve been able to provide me.
It is so important to know He is our refuge and strength. He is all we have. HE is all we need.
Preston (my husband) recovered pretty well. He hit his head pretty bad while snowboarding and ended up with a concussion. For those of you who have never had a loved one go through a concussion, it is pretty scary stuff…especially because concussions make you experience short-term memory loss. I balled every single time my husband asked me what had happened, or when he asked me again and again why he was in the ER. He thought he was 22 years old and that George W. Bush was the president of the United States.
It is so, so hard for a wife to see her man in such condition.
Praise The Lord, he is perfectly fine today! He was sent home that same night and slept for a good 12 hours; he woke up fully recovered. I got my miracle. God provides you guys. He does! Trust in the Lord, with all your might.
In order to celebrate life and good health, I decided to spend some time baking treats this weekend.
I am leaving you all with two things:
- Always keep God present in your life no matter what.
- Baked goods are a great way to bring extra (needed) smiles to life. Give it a try, by baking these delicious strawberry almond muffins!
Tools You’ll Need:
- Muffin pan
- Muffin liners (12)
- Mixing bowl (x2)
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
Ingredients for muffins:
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 8 medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 ¼ cup of sliced strawberries
Ingredients for crumbles (to top muffins):
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place muffin liners in muffin pan to have them ready. Set aside.
- Prepare “muffin-top crumbles” for later use: add all ingredients to your food processor and pulse until you get a crumb-like consistency. Place crumbles in a bowl and set aside.
- Now on to make your muffin mixture…
- Add dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda and sea salt) to a mixing bowl; mix well.
- Mix your wet ingredients (dates, eggs, vanilla extract and coconut oil) in a food processor; start by pureeing your dates, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and incorporate.
- Fold in strawberries to your mixture.
- Add about 3 tablespoons of muffin batter to each muffin liner (make sure batter is equally distributes on all 12 liners, all batter must be utilized).
- Top muffin batter with ‘muffin-top crumbles’. Distribute crumbles evenly.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let muffins cool all the way.
* Makes 12 muffins
* Nutritional Information (per muffin): 289 calories; 22g fat; 15g carbohydrates; 8g protein