I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Mar 20, 2012

A Mother's Prayer

I will never get tired of listening to this song because it hits close to home.


When I heard this song for the first time, I did not stop until I found it in youtube. It is quite difficult to search for something especially if you don't know the title. But as luck would have it, I found the song and read the story behind it.

From then on, I made Rachel's prayer my prayer because it narrates exactly the same emotions i feel as a mother. I know that all mothers (even fathers) will also agree.




A Mother’s Prayer (HANNAH'S SONG) Words by Rachel Aldous
Music by John Mandeville

Verse:

My sweet baby on loan from above.
No better treasure could I more love.
I stand here beside your bed as I pray
I lay my hand on your head and I say:

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days.
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast

Verse:
I stare in wonder at your tiny frame.
Just to think that God knows you by name.
He knows every hair on your beautiful head.
He knows your thoughts before they are said.

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

Prayer:
May God grant you peace
in the midst of a storm.
May God give you strength even
when you’re forlorn.
May you answer the door when
Jesus comes knocking.
May wisdom guide when
your mouth is talking.
May discretion protect you
and keep you pure.
May you never stumble
or fall for a lure.
May your heart remain humble
to the very end.
May uprightness and truth
be what you defend.
May the world not ensnare
or change who you are.
May the light that's within you
shine like the stars.
May angels surround you
body, spirit, mind.
May favor and peace be yours to find.
May rejection and pain
never reach you.
May your spirit grow bold
for what you’re called to.

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

Singing:
As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too.
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you.
Amen

Hannah speaks: I love you, Mommy…



Thank you Rachel Aldous for this wonderful song.
Happy Mother's Day to all!



Mar 1, 2012

Raisin Scones



I discovered scones in 2005 when I was in Sydney and I loved it ever since especially the raisin scones. For the past six years I have never tasted one because pita bread or khubz is preferred in the Middle East.  Since I have gone back to baking, I thought it would be great to try baking my first raisin scones :)  I found a recipe from Woman's Weekly (just made very slight variations) and thanks to them, I baked my first bread ♥


Ingredients:
250g self-raising flour
1 level tsp. baking powder
50g butter
2 level tbsp. brown sugar
125g raisins (or as you like)
1 medium egg
approximately 100ml milk
beaten egg for glazing
brown sugar for sprinkling


Procedure:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C (428°F)
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and raisins.
  4. Break the egg into a measuring cup and add enough milk to make the amount up to 150ml. Whisk the mixture and pour into the the flour mixture
  5. Knead the dough very lightly to make a smooth ball. DON'T HANDLE IT TOO MUCH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO MAKE TOUGH SCONES!
  6. Roll out the dough to about 2cm (¾in) thick and cut out as many rounds as possible. Re-roll trimmings and cut out to use up the remaining dough.
  7. Place the scones fairly close together on the baking sheet. Brush the beaten egg on top of scones and optionally sprinkle with sugar or plain flour.
  8. Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes or until light golden.  Let it cool in a wire rack.
The whole process is finished in about 35 minutes! It is so easy to have delicious, freshly-baked raisin scones. Now, I don't have to wait long to have a serving of my favorite raisin scones :)

TIPS:  
  • Scones are best eaten with a FRUIT JAM and CLOTTED CREAM
  • Scones are best eaten on the day they are made.
  • Serve with TEA or COFFEE.
TRIVIA: 
Scone UK(skɒn) US(skoʊn)
Most people pronounce it to rhyme with gone, and the rest pronounce it to rhyme with cone.

I pronounce scones the way Americans do but pronunciation doesn't matter, what matters is we all love scones! ✌

Cheers!