Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blueberry Pound Cake

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

A friend e-mailed us this wonderful illustration:

Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.
"Yuck" says her daughter.
"How about a couple raw eggs?"
"Gross, Mom!"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! "

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

We have attached Wednesday’s Recipe and hope that, as you create this yummy treat, you think of all the “yucky” things that work together for the good!

Enjoy!
Lindsay

BLUE BERRY POUND CAKE

1 CUP BUTTER SOFTENED
2 CUPS SUGAR
4 EGGS
1 TEASPOON VANILLA
3 CUPS PLAIN FLOUR
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
1 PINT FRESH BLUEBERRIES OR 2 CUPS CANNED, DRAINED AND RINSED

CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR. ADD EGGS ONE AT A TIME AND BEAT UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY. ADD VANILLA. SIFT IN 2 CUPS OF FLOUR, SALT, AND BAKING POWDER TOGETHER. ADD SIFTED INGREDIENTS TO CREAMED MIXTURE AND BEAT. DREDGE BERRIES IN REMAINING FLOUR. FOLD BERRY MIXTURE GENTLY INTO CREAMED MIXUTRE. POUR MIXTURE INTO A TUBE PAN WHICH HAS BEEN GREASED AND COATED WITH SUGAR. BAKE IN PRE HEATED 325 DEGREE OVEN FOR 1 HOUR AND 15 MINUTES.