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We’re sharing summer camp memories. Johnny says he remembers learning how Leech lake got its name and the long time it took to get the leeches off.

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Stacey remembers waking in the morning after falling off the top bunk in the middle of the night and falling onto a skit prop (car jack).  Another summer, she fell off a horse (ouch)!

 

(Mascara alert) Stacey shared this beautiful prayer, written by Kate Battistelli for her grand daughter, Audrey Jane. If you’re thinking you’ve heard that name before, Kate is Francesca’s mom. We play Francesca Battistelli’s music right here on Family Life Radio.

Here’s my prayer for you:

  • I pray you will come to know Christ at an early age and relentlessly pursue Him until your last breath.
  • I pray you will know your calling early and follow hard after it.
  • I pray you will dream big, pray hard and love ferociously every day you’re on this planet.
  • I pray you will know you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • I pray your life will be marked with humility, honesty and integrity. Living thus will require you to go against the flow but I already know you are incredibly strong and fearless.
  • I pray that maintaining purity will be important to you. The culture will try to drag you down and convince you to devalue virtue but I’m praying you will be strong and resist every temptation. Learn this early: The culture is not your BFF.
  • I pray you’ll be a generous woman and will give to others no matter what because you’ll know that everything you have, everything you’ve been given, is a gift from God.
  • I pray, like your mom and dad, you’ll be a world changer. Your life is incredibly important to God and He has something special that only you can do. In fact, He created you to do it before the foundation of the world.
  • I pray you will always use wisdom with your words. Words either build up or tear down, they either speak life or death. Choose carefully.
  • I pray you’ll continue to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Pursue wisdom and hold her close.
  • I pray you’ll have a strong sense of discernment and the ability to clearly hear God’s voice. And to obey quickly.
  • I pray you will honor your mother and father that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  • I pray you will always love and and be a friend to your big brother, Matthew Elijah. He is incredible and amazing and precious to God too.
  • No matter what God calls you to do, I pray you’ll do it fearlessly. Or, just do it afraid. But do it. And refuse to compromise the truth.
  • I pray you will always choose to do the right thing, even when it costs you.
  • I pray you will always keep your word and honor your commitments.
  • I pray you will never be afraid to believe the impossible. I pray you’ll always be willing to take the God Dare.
  • You are of royal heritage and you will get to know your King and Father as you grow. Don’t ever forget you really are a princess which comes with great privilege but also great responsibility.  You are a princess because your Father is a King. So I’m praying you will lead but serve. Don’t be afraid to wash feet. Don’t be afraid to go into all the world and love the unloveable.
  • I pray you will live like you mean it.
  • Most importantly, I pray you will love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Because this is the main thing and the foundation for life.

 

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CHAR BOLTHOUSE’S FAMOUS BUTTERMILK PIE RECIPE

Ingredients1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup biscuit mix (recommended: Bisquick)
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend for 1 minute with a handheld electric mixer. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.

Your Love Dare for today:  Take time to pray through your areas of responsibility and your areas of wrong doing. Where you have failed, ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love.
Your Respect Dare:  Prayerfully consider your husband as the man he has become. Ask God to show you what positive characteristics have developed in him over the years and in writing, let him know what those characteristics are. Support each one with why it’s important to you.

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Today, we talk about Acting to Defend OUR Marriages.

Here are some help from Dr. Randy Carlson’s book Starved For Affection:  PRAY: Lord, I ask that you help me during times of difficulty in my marriage to remember:

To stay focused on what truly matters.

To pray for my spouse.

That being the right person in more important than being right.

That having a relationship with another human being is a precious gift to be handles with love and respect.

That the greatest thing I can give to another person is the gift of myself-even with all my frailty and hurt.

That true forgiveness and reconciliation begins with me, and will spring from a humble spirit and a contrite heart.

That after I have given all I can to reconcile a broken relationship, I must trust you with the outcome and refuse to react bitterly or vengefully if I have to let that relationship go.

 

Your Love Dare for today: End it now. Identify any obsession or object of lust in your life and let it go. Expose any lie you’ve swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it. Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back closet. It must be killed and destroyed today. Focus on thanking God the He and what He provides can satisfy you and meet all your needs.

 

Your Respect Dare today:  Pray wholeheartedly that God shows you how this concept of allowing your husband to be CEO of your famiy impacts your marriage. Ask Him to help you be teachable and pray that you learn. Ask Him to give you and your husband a united

 

Just in time for the July 15th return of the Twinkie, here’s the recipe Shannyn uses to make a healthy-ish vegan alternative.

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 Vegan Twinkies Recipe

Making the twinkies is a three step process:
Make the cream and let it chill for a few hours.
Make the cakes, cool and chill.
Fill the cakes with the cream.

For the Cakes:

Makes 16 Twinkies (2 pans). Once again, if you only have 1 pan, cut the recipe in half.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B or dark amber
¾ cup vanilla soymilk or rice milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Directions:
1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray the pan with canola or other nonstick spray.
2. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the pastry flour, white flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the strainer. Tap the strainer against the palm of your hand to sift the ingredients into the bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to distribute the ingredients.
3. Whisk the oil, maple syrup, soymilk, vanilla, and vinegar in a separate bowl until well blended. Pour into the dry mixture and stir with a whisk until the batter is smooth.
4. Fill each cup about 1/3 full (about 3 tablespoons of batter each). Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until the cakes are golden and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
5. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife between the cakes and the inside of the cup and lift each onto the rack to cool completely. Chill before filling.

For the Cream Filling:

Makes 1 ½ cups, enough to fill 16 twinkies. If only making half the number of cakes, cut the cream filling recipe in half as well.

Ingredients:
7 ounces firm tofu, drained (simmer in water for 5 minutes)
4 teaspoons expeller pressed canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B or dark amber
3 tablespoons raw light agave syrup
6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar
3/4 teaspoon very finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pure coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 ounces of vegan white chocolate melted
2 tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 6 tablespoons soy creamer

Directions:

You will need a food processor. An important tip to keep in mind: Tofu based creams must be pureed until absolutely smooth and creamy. If properly made, there will be absolutely no taste of tofu.

1. Crumble the tofu into a food processor and process for 1 minute. Add the oil and process 1 minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the arrowroot, and process 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth and creamy. Stop the processor a few times and clean the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
3. Taste and add more sugar for a sweeter whip. Stir the dissolved arrowroot to release any starch that has settled to the bottom.
4. Pour into a small saucepan and cook, whisking frequently over medium heat until the mixture reaches a full boil. It will be very thick and gummy. Immediately remove the saucepan from the stove. Add to the cream and pulse to incorporate.
5. Process until the cream is smooth. Spoon the cream into a container. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer to allow the flavors to blend. The cream will thicken slightly as it chills but it is not a stiff cream.

Assemble the cakes:
Use a pastry tip, large straw, or chopstick to poke 3 holes into the bottom of each cake. Remove a plug of cake, but don’t go all the way through the cake.
Fit a12-inch pastry bag with a star or round (¼ inch opening) tip and fill with cream. Slowly squeeze about one tablespoon into each hole. The cakes will seem to expand. Don’t worry if the other side of the cake cracks a little. Refrigerate the filled cakes in a covered container. Serve at room temperature.

Keep up with Fran on her Facebook page, Vegan Pastry Chef Fran Costigan. Find the video of Fran making her famous twinkies here, Fran Costigan video.

Holy twinkies batman! I know I’ll be making these soon. If you get to it before I do, please do tell! Drop a line below. Always love to hear from you! :)

Recipe posted with permission from Fran Costigan
Photo credit: Fran Costigan

 

Your Love Dare Today: Tell your wife the following “I love you and nothing will ever change that.” Pray, ask the Lord to make it true-even if you don’t “feel it” right now.

Your Respect Dare Today: Write a letter to a younger, newly married version of yourself, telling yourself HOW and WHY it’s most important to have a perfect marriage WITH CHRIST that any man THEWrite your husband a note, thanking him for being your knight in shinning armor.

This morning we shared two Father’s Day short stories from the book Dad in my Heart by Joe L. Wheeler. Shannyn read What My Daughter Taught Me About Love by Robert Fulghum and Peter read The Snob by Morley Callaghan- The book was released on Tyndale Press.

Your Respect Dare of the Day: Think about one area of your home of life which desperately need to be decluttered and organized. If nothing comes to mind-pray for the Lord to reveal something to you which needs to be put in order and then DO IT! Don’t try to tackle a huge project in one day…this is about a 15 minute dare: GO!

Your Love Dare of the Day:  Demonstrate your love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and your spouse. Tell them you are putting their preference first!

 

Have a blessed weekend! We appreciate you!