Ephesians 4

Before I start writing my thoughts about Ephesians 4, I want you to meet a new friend:

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This little guy thought it would be ok to nap in my basement. I’m thanking God that he was sleeping when I found him because that was way easier than trying to catch him while he was flying.

Anyways. Ephesians 4. Where to start. I’m probably going to spend a week just in this book .
Verse 7: Christ has given each one of us our own gift.
Do you know what yours is?
Verse 11-13 he filled the earth with gifts for each one of us in the body so that we can work easily with each other, efficiently and gracefully.
*note… I’m paraphrasing a lot. Get a Bible and read it!
We are supposed to be working together as a team, moving as God moves us, doing what He tells us. Not fighting or worrying about who is doing what or how you can do it better.
Know what your gift is? Great! Do it to the best of your ability, but don’t let it get to your head.
I’m a singer. I know there is a fine line between doing my best and being prideful. It is a hard line to walk because when you sing well and people are moved by the Spirit, what do they do? They come to you and tell you how good you were. Sometimes they say the Spirit really moved them while I was singing, but usually just compliments. I’m sure it is the same for pastors, teachers etc. God gave us these gifts. We could not do them on our own nor should we take the credit.

Don’t know what your gift is? Ask people! Others see your gifts SO much more clearly.
Pray about it. God knows what He have you too and I’m sure He wants to reveal it to you. Don’t be afraid to ask.

I hope that what I’m writing is speaking to your hearts. And that it makes sense. I just feel this urge to share as I’m learning. Because I’m excited about what I’m learning!
I love to hear your comments and thoughts on what I’m writing. I love conversing about God.

My day in pictures

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Finally have some new inspiration for my jewelry line. Took apart several old pieces to make some new jewelry (way cooler jewelry at that. Opening a new store on a new site tomorrow as well)

Dropped off my daughter for camp today and on the way home was blinded by this gorgeous sunset. Made driving a little dangerous as it was right in my face but so worth it.

Concert!!!!!!

Got to go to the REDvolution concert on Sunday. Amazing.

Saw RED, Thousand Foot Krutch, Manafest, and Nine Lashes. This ranks as the second best concert I have been too. Evanescence is still first. Sorry guys.

Ty Dietzler - Thousand Foor Krutch - Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved. I love this photo.

Trevor McNevan - Thousand Foot Krutch - Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved..

RED - Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved.

Nine Lashes -  Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved.

Nine Lashes - Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved.

Manafest -Copyright 41 Stars Studio. 2012. All rights reserved.

 

They aren’t the greatest pictures ever.  98% of them had to have security guard heads and teenager cell phones cropped out. But that is ok. Because it was awesome. I am never happier than I am at a concert. But I was forced to promise to never marry another musician, so that is out of the question. (this was said to me by a musician, so he might, MIGHT, know what he is talking about).

gluten free english muffins

yum

So, they turned out pretty well. A little salty, but still really good. I am going to add some honey to the mix in the next batch just because I like them to be a little sweeter. (or probably agave nectar because I don’t think I have any honey).

Homemade English Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Prep time: 1 hour 15 minutes (includes dough rising time)

Cook time: 12 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Homemade English Muffins

1/2 cup non-fat powdered milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon shortening

1 cup hot water

1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1/3 cup warm water

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (I used Arrowhead Mills gluten free all purpose flour)

Corn meal, for sprinkling

Non-stick spray

Canning lids or 3” metal rings*

*Tip: For an extra special touch, try cookie cutters!

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the powdered milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, shortening and hot water in a bowl and stir.

In another bowl, combine the yeast, a pinch of sugar and warm water until the yeast is dissolved, then add the mixture to the dry milk ingredients.

Thoroughly stir in the flour until everything is combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot for an hour.

Preheat an electric griddle to 300°F.*

Place the metal rings in the skillet and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Stir the last 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the dough. Spoon the batter into each ring with a 1/4 cup measuring scoop and sprinkle a little corn meal on each of the tops. (I don’t think it needs this last bit of salt)

*I used canning lids and it worked out well. Just make sure to only fill them about half to 3/4 full. You’ll see why in my pictures.

Cover the skillet or griddle with a lid or cookie sheet and cook for 6-7 minutes.

Carefully remove the lid or sheet and flip the muffins over with tongs. Replace the lid or sheet, then cook for another 6-7 minutes or until browned.

Remove rings and cool on a cooling rack.

Split the muffins with a fork, around the edges, to keep the crannies intact, then lightly toast them.

*Tip: Don’t have an electric griddle? Try cooking in batches on a preheated cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

****Sorry about the double spacing, my computer hates me and won’t let me fix it. *****

They look so pretty!

too much batter makes for an english muffin explosion. only do about 3/4 full because the dough does expand!

 

 

 

Food.

yes, I really took a picture of this in the grocery store. I'm ok with looking crazy for a sweet photo.

 

I think for most people, the start of the new year brings up dreams of being a size smaller and desires to eat healthier. That is usually my goal, but this year, my goal is to make bread that is gluten free that actually tastes good! I was depressed for months when I moved to Minnesota because they didn’t sell the bread that I loved when I lived in California. So imagine how dramatic is was to find out that most gluten free breads make you want to cut off your taste buds! Even the best tasting gluten free bead I can find still leaves something to be desired. It is too dry and crumbly. And I don’t like to have to take a drink just to be able to swallow a bite of a sandwich.

If I am not needed at my second job today, I am going to try to make gluten free english muffins. I have a great gluten free flour, so I am just going to use that instead of wheat flour and pray for the best. This flour hasn’t let me down yet! If it turns out well, I will share the recipe. If not, I will sit in the corner and cry and then eat some Christmas candy to help me feel better.

Craziness

Because one shop couldn’t possibly be enough work, I have opened a second etsy shop! I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking this morning.

http://www.heathernichols.etsy.com is my jewelry site

http://www.41starsstudio.etsy.com is my photography site.

I have SO many photos to go through now. I’ve always been told that I needed to start selling my photography and just now thought that it might be a good idea! Hopefully it goes over well. Since it has gotten warm out, sales have dropped dramatically. Which is ok I guess, since people should be enjoying the weather instead of being online.

Hopefully I can keep up with two as well if they get busy. I am a single mom, college student, and apartment manager. Which is why all of this is so crazy. But I would gladly drop the apartment manager thing if my etsy stores make me money! Speaking of which, I have more photos to go through!!!

Let me know if there are any kinds of photos that you would be interested in. Like I said, I have tons so I’m sure I have something for everyone.