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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

it's a God thing....

Every Wednesday, my daughter and I go to my friends house to say the Rosary with a group of moms from church. The moms pray , the kids play. It is always a nice morning.
This morning as I was tidying the kitchen, I had a thought to make a banana bread to bring over, so I did. I called my friend and told her I had a banana bread in the oven, so don't bother to make anything. She was really surprised because she had planned on making one this morning when she woke up, but her husband ate the bananas. She really didn't have the supplies in the house to make anything else so she was going to pull some a pie out of the freezer, which I'm sure would have been fine.
I know this is kind of a silly story and you may be wondering why on earth I felt the need to share this with you, but here's the thing. To me and my friend it served as yet another big reminder through the smallest of details how much God cares for our every need. It reminds me to listen to the still small voice of God that leads and guides me.
If I feel compelled to make banana bread, I should make banana bread. If someone keeps coming to my mind, maybe I need to call them or better yet pray for them. That's how God works, that's how he uses us to help others. In my life right now, with my primary focus being a wife and mother, I may not be able to work in a soup kitchen or volunteer at the hospital, but I can do things like these. I just have to be quiet enough so I can hear Him.
Anyhow, here is the recipe. It comes from a little cookbook by the Sisters of St. Dominic.

Banana Bread

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
3 very ripe bananas-the riper the better
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, salt and vanilla. Sift flour and baking soda and add to mixture. Add bananas and nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

enjoy, it's moist and delicious.

4 comments:

Xia said...

Thanks for sharing that insight Amy - I so often think of people and DON'T call because I think they're too busy or I get caught up or something. Makes me stop and think...
Xia's Mommy - aka Stephanie

Blakely said...

I have read your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy it. The banana bread recipe sounds good and easy. I think I'll make some tomorrow.

sms said...

Amy, thanks for that story, I wholeheartedly agree with how God works if we are willing to listen. Had a similar experience yesterday, a friend brought me lunch which just 'so happened' to include my favorite drink and desert (this unknown to her but she had prayed on the way to the grocery store for God's wisdom in her choosing what to bring). What an awesome God we serve who cares about the little things in our lives.
Hey, are you still going to NH farmers mkt?

melanie said...

oh, it's so true! I had an inspiration to clean the toilet before I went to bed one night and for once actually followed through... I woke up a few hours later to the sound of my dear husband throwing up in the bathroom into a nice clean toilet LOL...

thanks for the recipe.. I have some bananas sittin on my counter waiting for a recipe :-)