Monday, 29 August 2016

Worry


Yesterday the planning for Christmas started in our home, as we began discussions on how we would get a loved one from far away home.  

Year after year he has travelled by train and we have started to see the wear and stress this trip is beginning to have on him.  So we announced that this year we would take some of our holidays to drive to pick him up.

The response we received from was “So I can worry the whole time you are gone” and true to form she started worry right there in the restaurant in August!

Has worry ever solved a problem or resulted in a positive outcome? 

Has worry ever been a productive use of your time?

Corrie Ten Boom’s quote is so true all worry does in exhaust, and stress the person who is worrying it is of no help at all to those who are being worried about.

And our worry makes us vulnerable to overreacting, to being conned by threats over the phone or by email.

Be mindful of what causes you to worry, and find ways to release it.  

Engage in life affirming strength giving activities, prayer, meditation, walking, singing anything that will take up the space worry has created.

As parents and grandparents we also need to understand how our worrying is affecting the children in our lives, what we are modeling.  

Model productive ways to take charge of worry and be mindful that you control your thoughts.
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Imitate their faith


The readings this week present us with the behaviours that we as Christ followers are to emulate. 

Our model is Jesus Christ both in his spirituality and in his humanity.

Just as infants and children imitate their parents and in so doing learn to eat, walk, sing, speak, work, … in short learn to survive and live with others, so we are to imitate Jesus as we learn to live through faith and worship.

And just as children imitating the adults in their world believe they have learned enough go to work with them, to step into the adult world, Proverbs 2:6 cautions us against believing ourselves to have achieved the mark, as believing our lives to be so Christ like as to sit at his right hand.

“Put not yourselves forward in the presence of the King.  And stand not in the place of great men” because we will find ourselves being sent back to the children’s table to keep on learning.

What is this life we are to imitate?

It is a life lived through love, service, dedication, selflessness, and justice. 

It is a spiritual path of listening in silence for God to speak, of wandering in the wilderness with only God to sustain.

It is a life dedicated to other’s even unto death.

It is doing all of this everyday of our lives, from the time we wake to the time we sleep. 

It is more than Sunday worship, volunteering on Saturday.

It is imitating Christ in how you do your laundry, shop for your groceries, how you plan for your retirement, the TV shows you watch and the books your read and so much more.

Most importantly  it is about “loving each other as brothers and sisters” 
Hebrews 13:8

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls


Lectionary Readings for this post Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14: 1, 7-14.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Russian Salad - Vegan


Growing up within a Russian Mennonite extended family there were many delicious dishes that we would only have when we went visiting.  

Russian salad was such a dish.  

As children we all thought Russian salad was an adult code name for emptying the refrigerator because it contains some many different vegetables and fruits and it did not matter to us because it was a favourite.

We have reworked the original recipe without loosing any flavour to meet the requirements of a healthier diet.

Our recipe is vegan.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of julienned Brussels sprouts, carrots and cabbage (the ratio is up to your tastes we used very little cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large potatoes cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup cubed cucumber
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 apples cored and cubed
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup of our favourite mayo
The ingredients without the dressing.



Directions:
  1. Prepare the julienned ingredients and place in a large mixing bowl
  2. Prepare the apple, and cucumber and add to the julienned Brussel sprouts bowl
  3. Add to this the crushed pineapple and juice combined
  4. In a frying pan sauté in the olive oil the cubed potatoes and raisins until the raisins are plump and potatoes start too brown.
  5. Add all of the ingredients to the other vegetables.
  6. Mix together the coconut cream and mayo which makes the dressing and mix this into your salad.
  7. Place in refrigerator for approx. 3 hours or overnight.
  8. Salt and Pepper individual serving to taste.


From Our Table to Your
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 22 August 2016

Perfect Love


This quote was on the wall of a friend's home and it trouble me as a new parent how could there be any more perfect love that our love for our first born son.  

The Grandmother in whose home the quote was found just smiled and said someday you should be so luck as to understand.

Now as a grandmother myself I do. 

As a parent my love for our children was unconditional, I would have given my life for them and yet I questioned my every action.  

I worried over every decision and cared too much what other people thought.  

The worst part was measured by value as a parent against my children’s progress both positive and negative.

I now believe the perfect love referred to in the quote is the freed from self reproach as you engage in play for the pure joy of play and eating ice cream before lunch just because you can.

Getting to know your grandchildren not as your children with responsibility for their future.

 Getting to know them as people unique and very separate from you.

Getting to know them and rediscovering yourself, the child you once were and still remain.

As parents and grandparents there is a perfect joy in exploring who your children are as people and through them getting to know yourself better.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Bless the Lord


“Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service.” Hebrews 12:28 

Gratitude is an interesting concept and one that is gaining favour both in the secular and spiritual world.  

Being grateful changes our brain chemistry, we are less stressed, more focused on the positive – we are healthier.

Yet many Christians live in a state of fear, they are afraid that they are not good enough to enter Heaven and so following rules and making sure others do the same becomes the focus of their lives.

If we truly believed we belonged to an eternal spiritual kingdom that cannot be shaken, the foundation of our lives would be built on grace, on gratitude and all our actions both great and small would be offered in the same.

If we truly believed our God to be merciful, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness what reasons would we have to fear entrance into God’s kingdom?

Yet we demand that rules be followed, we argue over the rightness of every form of worship, we worry and stress – we live in fear of God.  

Thus we live our lives not in a state of grace and gratitude we live  constantly vigilant for the rightness and wrongness of our faith, our service to the world often demands the recipients of our service follow the rules and be grateful for it.

We are quick to judge, we are aloof in our rightness, quick to anger, and very short on unconditional love.  We are the opposite of how God is described in Psalm 103:8.

Our God is a loving God, the creator and redeemer of all, and our eternal spiritual kingdom is unshakable for this I am are grateful. 

There is nothing that I can do on my own to compel God to let me into heaven!

I will enter through God's grace and for this I am grateful.

Live your life in the surety of God’s unconditional love for you.  

Live all your moments in faithful reflection of God’s loving kindness, so that in all you do you are gracious, constantly living in a state of gratitude.
   
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls


Lectionary readings: Isaiah 58: 9b-14, Psalm 103: 1-8, Hebrews 12: 18-29, Luke 13: 10-17

Friday, 19 August 2016

Kale Chickpea Bites Vegan


We find it very disappointing when we purchase a vegan item in the grocery store only to find salt and fillers the first three ingredients.  This is where the idea for this weeks post started and we hope will end with some suggestions from you.

Using ingredients that we had on hand we experimented until we came up with a flavour we liked and a consistency that held together.

It in the area of consistency that we are looking for your help.  Our bites are very delicate and while they can be dipped into a sauce and eaten by hand, they have a tendency to fall apart as well.

Help!

We do not want to add filler as empty calories are not what we are looking for – do you have any suggestions?
Remember this is a vegan recipe.
 
Please post your suggestions in the comments sections.

Kale Chickpea Bites

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • In a food processor finely chop
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 ½ cups of finely chopped kale
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Finely shred 2 medium potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons of Shawarma Marinade
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 cup gluten free flour – we used potato flour
  • 3 tablespoons chi seeds
  • Olive oil

Directions:
  1. Combine in a large bowl all ingredients above and mix until well combined.  If it is too dry you can add vegetable broth a tablespoon at a time.  Once you have a consistency that will hold together let the batter rest for 10 times for chi seeds absorb the liquid.
  2. Make small bite size rounds with the batter.
  3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and brown the bits just until you have a brown crunchy crust on the outside remove and set aside.
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F
  5. Place the fried bits onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©20013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 15 August 2016

Perfection



Perfection is a terrible, awful, despicable goal. 

It rejects nature, creation, humanity!

We will never be perfect.

Nothing we do, say or create will be perfect.

No situation, or experience is perfect.

We really do not know what perfection is, except to know that somewhere we learned it is the goal we strive for.

That only when we have been perfect will we truly be loved and valued

Loved, valued by who?

How sad to learn after more than 40 years of striving for perfection that it was self love we are striving for.

Perfection has no place in the human experience, because it is in imperfection that beautiful has a chance to shine.

Imperfection makes us unique, calls attention to our personal stories, that make me, me.

A wise woman, once commented that she hopes in heaven she gets to keep the  scare on her leg because it and the story behind the scare shaped who she is.

Be mindful this week how beautiful your imperfections are and how perfection is a trick of the mind/advertisement/consumerism,  a black hole the sucks your unique spirit out of you.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 14 August 2016

So great a cloud of witnesses


The readings this week brought both joy and spiritual struggle. 

Words of love, faith and compassion
and
Angry words from an angry God.

There is too much anger and retribution in our world,
and far too little faith and compassion.

We each must find our own path and understand our God through
personal experience, and spiritual need.

We leave you the scripture passages to read for yourself, 
to understand as the Spirit leads you.

We are all witnesses, we all stand and watch and know ourselves to be spiritual beings.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls


Lectionary readings: Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29–12:2, Luke 12:49-56.