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I AM JUST SO EXCITED!

We are only one week away from the launching The Rubies Project. The first Rubies story will be published, The Rubies Project Shop will open, my kickstarter goal must be met and the winners of the loop giveaway will be announced. What an excited day June first will be!

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Why DO you love God, anyways?

Do you love God for His sake of for your own?

Last Sunday my pastor said something I can’t stop thinking about.

Do you love God for His sake or for your own?

How often does our “love” for Christ become selfish; to fulfill our own purposes and desires. In an exaggerated sort of thinking I imagine a corrupt televangelist who is just “preaching” for money and fame. Who twists God’s precious words and gifts to glorify themselves. On a realist scale I think of myself.

Of a woman who thinks she can just buy His affection and forgiveness by my words, actions, thoughts or deeds. Of a woman whose ignorance exceeds her search for wisdom in Christ. Of a woman who is lost in the woods of temptation convinced into thinking that I can never leave, or that I don’t actually want to.

Yes, this is a bit of a poetic, melodramatic mess, but raise your hand if you can connect with what I am trying to say? I am willing to bet that each one of you are raising your hands now.

Do you love God for His sake or for your own?

Sometimes I have a hard time putting into practice the words I preach. I don’t quiet understand how or why, but I don’t.

Do me a favor and read this passage below out loud. It will make so much more sense that way.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:15-24

Doesn’t this sum it up perfectly?

You must realize, I must realize, that we are a broken people. We weren’t designed that way, but it is they way we are now. The thing is God wants to “fix” us so to speak. He can, and will, make us whole.

How on earth do you expect God to put you back together if you don’t give Him every single broken piece of you!?

God does not need you. He is God, He already has everything He needs and some. The thing is, He wants you. He is jealous for you, He loves you!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

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Spicy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Guys, this recipe is amazing. Seriously. Amazing.

These spicy rosemary chocolate chip cookies are bursting with herb flavor, a hint of spice, dipped in dark chocolate and finished with sea salt. – Running to the Kitchen

I found it on pintrest (like all of the recipes I use..) on a blog called  Running to the Kitchen. I think I spend over 87.43% of my time on pintrest pinning recipes and food photography. I just can’t get enough! I pinned this recipe on my dessert board over a year ago and I finally made it, I can’t believe I waited so long! Normally I change up recipes to make them my own, but this recipe is just too perfect! I followed it to the T, and  it was perfect. Perfect. You go, Gina!

(Hey. Before you make this take out the butter to get to room temperature!)

INGREDIENTS
For the cookies
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup gluten free baking flour (or all purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
For the chocolate dip
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1½ teaspoons coconut oil
  • coarse sea salt
INSTRUCTIONS
For the cookies
  1. Combine the brown sugar and rosemary in the bowl of a stand mixer and rub together with your fingers.
  2. Add the butter, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the egg and mix again.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cayenne in a bowl.
  5. With the mixer running, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Turn the mixer off and fold in the chopped chocolate with a spatula until combined.
  7. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  9. Roll dough into 1-1½ tablespoon balls in your hands, place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and press down gently to slightly flatten.
  10. Bake for about 8 minutes until the edges are just starting to turn golden. The cookies will appear undercooked but will firm up once out of the oven.
  11. Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the chocolate dip
  1. Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave until melted. Stir thoroughly.
  2. Dip the cooled cookies in the chocolate and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt.
  3. Let them rest to set before eating.
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62% + 12 Days // The Rubies Project

The Rubies project is 62% funded! Only $190.00 left to raise in 12 days. We got this!

Thank you ALL for your prayers and intense generosity. I am feeling so blessed!

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