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Power of a Praying Parent Book Review

 

I have had this book for at least 12 years. My oldest will be 13 this month. 
I love this book because there are times when you just don’t know what to pray for you children. In such a harsh world, how do you protect them at all times? 
This book helped me come to the realization that I can not, but that God could and would. 
I am not naive to think this would keep all bad from happening. I do think however that in the bad God provides a peace that surpasses understanding and that he also provides guidance on how to handle each situation we are faced with. 
This is a book that I keep close during my quiet times, one that I have given to many friends and one that I highly recommend. Power of a Praying Parent

Product Description

Stormie Omartian’s mega bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 8.2 million copies sold) is re-released with fresh cover designs to reach those eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives.
After decades of raising her children along with her husband, Michael, bestselling author Stormie Omartian looks back at the trials, joys, and power found in praying for her kids. In 30 easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children’s
  • safety
  • character
  • adolescence
  • peer pressure
  • school experiences
  • friends
  • relationship with God
This resource will encourage readers in the parenting journey whether their kids are three or thirty-three.

From the Back Cover

Why leave your child’s life to chance when you can give it to God?
Award-winning singer and songwriter Stormie Omartian and her husband, Michael, spent 20 years raising their children…and learning the power of praying for them. Now, in 31 short, easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s growth, from early childhood through adulthood.
Learn how to turn to the Father and place every detail of your child’s life in His loving and capable hands:
* safety 
* character development 
* peer pressure 
* school 
* marriage 
* friends 
* relationship with God 
* family relationships 
* adolescence 
* career choices
Whether your child is three or thirty-three, it’s never too late to discover the joy that comes from being a part of God’s work in his or her life.

About the Author

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 23 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying® series, which includes The Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying® Woman. Her many other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 39 years and are the parents of two married children. www.stormieomartian.com

Healthy Double Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Double Oatmeal Muffins
We like to make these for a quick weekday breakfast, or a filling lunch option served with Greek yogurt.
These are very hearty muffin that are slightly sweet. They pair well with cream cheese or alone.
These are loaded with fiber: chia seeds, oatmeal and carrot pulp
They also have a good level of protein: Chia seeds and almonds
Recipe makes 36 muffins
 1 cup milk
1 cup carrot/lemon juice (can substitute orange juice)
 3 cups Oatmeal
 3 eggs
 3/4 cup applesauce
 6 cups Oatmeal puréed in food processor
1 cup almonds
 1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chia seed
3 cups shredded carrot or carrot pulp from making the carrot juice
 2 tablespoons baking powder
 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
 2. In a small bowl, combine milk, juice, chia seeds and oats; let soak for 15 minutes.
3. Place 6 cups of oatmeal and almonds in processor and blend till smooth.
4. Add brown sugar, baking powder and salt
5. Add egg and applesauce to oatmeal mixture and stir.
6. In a large bowl combine oatmeal mixture with blended oatmeal and carrot pulp. The batter will be thick.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin, comes out clean.
* You can top your muffins with whatever you like. We like using Craisins and chocolate chips.

 

Healthy Double Oatmeal Muffins
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Perfect make ahead breakfast, lunch or snack.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup carrot/lemon juice (can substitute orange juice)
  • 3 cups Oatmeal
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 6 cups Oatmeal puréed in food processor
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chia seed
  • 3 cups shredded carrot or carrot pulp from making the carrot juice
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine milk, juice, chia seeds and oats; let soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Place 6 cups of oatmeal and almonds in processor and blend till smooth.
  4. Add brown sugar, baking powder and salt
  5. Add egg and applesauce to oatmeal mixture and stir.
  6. In a large bowl combine oatmeal mixture with blended oatmeal and carrot pulp. The batter will be thick.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are ⅔ full.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin, comes out clean.
  9. * You can top your muffins with whatever you like. We like using Craisins and chocolate chips.

Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola
Ingredients:
8 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup of chia seed {optional}
1 cup sliced almonds or whole raw almonds chopped or your favorite nut.
3/4 cup coconut oil or safflower oil or canola
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. vanilla
{Optional} 1 cup of dried fruit of your choice such as raisins, blueberries, cranberries, or banana chips.
Directions:
 
 1: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Measure the oats, coconut, nuts, flax meal and put in a large mixing bowl and stir well.
 2: In a medium saucepan heat the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and salt on medium stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then add the vanilla and stir well.
3: Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and stir well until combined.
 
 4: Spray 2 12 X 17-inch pans with cooking spray then half the oat mixture between the two pans. Spread the oats out evenly. Bake for about 20 min. Stirring at least twice while the granola bakes, it should be a golden brown color. Cool completely, then add the dried fruit if using and store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

 

Healthy Homemade Granola
Author: 
Recipe type: Snack
 
Easy Granola recipe you will love.
Ingredients
  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of chia seed {optional}
  • 1 cup sliced almonds or whole raw almonds chopped or your favorite nut.
  • ¾ cup coconut oil or safflower oil or canola
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • {Optional} 1 cup of dried fruit of your choices such as raisins, blueberries, cranberries, or banana chips.
Instructions
  1. : Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Measure the oats, coconut, nuts, flax meal and put in a large mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. : In a medium saucepan heat the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and salt on medium stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then add the vanilla and stir well.
  3. : Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and stir well until combined.
  4. : Spray 2 12 X 17-inch pans with cooking spray then half the oat mixture between the two pans. Spread the oats out evenly. Bake for about 20 min. Stirring at least twice while the granola bakes, it should be a golden brown color. Cool completely, then add the dried fruit if using and store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Deep Harbor (Northern Lights #2) Book Review

Title: Deep Harbor

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Pages: 384

 

Once again Lisa Tawn Bergren gives us a story that pulls you in. Full of inspiration, suspense, sorrow and justice. Deep Harbor leaves you satisfied.
Plot: This book picks up where Captain’s Bride left off a few years later. We are updated on the lives of Peder and Elsa, Karl, Tora, and Kaatje. These characters have found their place in America and living their lives accordingly.

Characters: One of the things I love about Lisa Tawn Bergen’s writing is the strength of her female characters. Elsa, Kaatje, and Tora are all beautiful women in this book. Some more than others, but they all exude their femininity beautifully. Along with that femininity, they are all unyielding women. The beautiful thing is they are all truly individual in their feminine strength, trusting God to enable them to battle whatever they face with all the power within them. Peder and Karl exude their masculine power and are not threatened by the strength of the women that come from their homeland.
Themes: The main theme of this book I would say is forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. All three play a part in each of the characters lives. Once again I found myself placing myself in some of the situations in the book and asking myself how I would respond.
Emotion: There is a myriad of emotions felt while reading this book. Each of the characters is experiencing life as it comes at them. This book will make you cry and cheer, wince with empathy and call for justice.
Overall: I liked this book more than the Captain’s Bride. It started off fierce and continued through to the end. This book like the first continues to build, to highlight how God can help us in any situation. No one is ever too far gone for the hand of Christ to reach them.