Coconut Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

1 box yellow cake mix
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3 eggs

1/3 cup of oil

4-5 mashed bananas

1 cup chopped pecans

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans or 1 large bundt pan.
  3. Mix all ingredients together until well blended and pour into pan(s).
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes (45 minutes, approximately for the bundt pan) or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven to cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  6. Punch holes in the top of the bread and pour Cream of Coconut into the holes. You may need to warm the cream of coconut just a little for pouring purposes.

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Sprinkle coconut and pecans on top to cover the holes and decorate!

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Enjoy the yummy coconut/banana flavor–SO MOIST!

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Ethical Practices in Social Work

As a school social worker and L.C.S.W., an ethics course requirement exists for re-certification.  After an online study of Ethics through NetCE, a colleague and I presented an ethics training course to the staff based on the information shared within the article.

Below is the link to the PowerPoint to learn more about ethics in social work. The round table discussion was vital to the training and brought a deeper understanding of values, principles, and codes of ethics within our profession.  We specifically addressed ethical practices within the field of school social work.

Also, I highly recommend NetCE for continuing education points and re-certification courses for most professions and practices.

At the end of the PowerPoint a powerful TED talk is embedded.

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TED talk in the PowerPoint:

Evaluation/Feedback of the Training:

Ethical Training for Social Workers 6-17-2015 Evaluation (Responses) (5) (1)

Ezra Chapter 3, The Building Begun: “The Foundation of the Temple Was Laid”

The people who returned to Jerusalem to build the temple did not begin the actual construction of the Temple until June of the second year of their arrival.  Construction began after they rebuilt the altar of Moses, “the man of God”. They offered prayer, worship, and sacrifices on the very spot that Moses worshiped.  They took the time to gather the right men, the right supplies, and they took time to honor the Sabbath and traditional annual feasts of the Lord.

Interestingly, they organized shared leadership under the direction of Zerubbabe, Jeshua, Kadmi-el, Henadad, and their sons and relatives.  The Levites who were twenty years old or older were appointed to supervise the workmen. Everyone had a role and leadership was shared.

This preparation allowed a strong foundation for the Temple. The people were fearful of attack, but they knew that God had called them to rebuild.

3-5 Even though they were afraid of what their non-Israelite neighbors might do, they went ahead anyway and set up the Altar on its foundations and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings on it morning and evening.

They pressed on with their fear.  They boldly worked together to honor God’s plan without being stymied or swayed by the culture around them.

When the builders completed the foundation of the Temple, the priests put on their priestly robes and blew their trumpets; and the descendants of Asaph crashed their cymbals to praise the Lord in the manner ordained by King David.

They sang praise and worship songs and thanked God! “He is good, and His love and mercy toward Israel will last forever.” (verse 11)

THEN ALL THE PEOPLE GAVE A GREAT SHOUT!

His Word says that the old men who remembered Solomon’s beautiful Temple-WEPT ALOUD.  The younger generation were shouting with joy! Together their voices could be heard from far away! Their worship and  obedience influenced the culture around them.

The world around you may not agree or support your faith in Jesus, but be bold and worship! Whatever emotions you may be feeling today or circumstances you have encountered–worship!  Learn from the older generation who “remembers” and weeps with Joy.  Be the next generation who shouts the praises of the King!  Let us first work on our “foundation” in Christ.  Are you established in the love and truth of Jesus and His Word?

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.  Matthew 7: 24-27

There is much to worry about in our world today, but God has called us to follow Him despite what is going on around us and to WORSHIP HIM!  This wonderful worship song based on Ezra Chapter 3 verse 11 will start you on the path of worship and remembering that God is good all the time and His mercy endures forever!

Israel Houghton, You Are Good

Ezra Chapter 2

42,360 persons returned to Judah.  In addition to the list were 200 choir members. The choir members were from the clan of Asaph.  Who was Asaph?

There were a number of Levites that King David assigned as worship leaders in the tabernacle choir, according to 1 Chronicles 6:31–32. Asaph was one of these men (1 Chronicles 6:39). Asaph’s duties are described in detail in1 Chronicles 16. According to 2 Chronicles 29:30, both Asaph and David were skilled singers and poets. Asaph is also mentioned as a “seer” or prophet. The “sons of Asaph” are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:12 Chronicles 20:14, and Ezra 2:41. The sons of Asaph were likely a guild of skilled poets and singers, modeling themselves musically after Asaph, their master. The church musicians of our day can be considered spiritual “children of Asaph.”

How important is worship in our challenges, new adventures, set-backs, and in the ordinary of our daily lives?  Chapter 2 of Ezra is mostly the lineage of “who” went back to rebuild the temple. In the midst of who, what was given, and some folks who could not prove their lineage, God saw the importance of worship and singing.  In a time of no computers, phones, videos, Pandora, microphones, and playlists, the task to organize over 42,000 people with all their “stuff” included worship in the midst of chaos and adventure!

Who is Asaph in your family or church?  Who leads worship?  Take the time to recognize their gifts and encourage them.

How can you be a leader in your home to encourage worship through music? Could you turn the radio station to a Christian station?  Perhaps Pandora playlists could be included! The best type of worship is the use of the best instrument–your voice!

Lift your voice to Jesus!  Sing!  Worship!

10,000 Reasons…..

The Man Called Jesus

My dad’s book has arrived and is ready to purchase on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Called-Jesus-Thomas-Lloyd/dp/1939930448/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434728823&sr=1-19&keywords=The+Man+Called+Jesus

The link above will take you to Amazon to order.  My father would be happy to sign your book after purchase.  Please contact me if you would enjoy meeting my dad!  🙂

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Ezra Chapter 1

Your story matters. It makes a difference. In fact, your story has an “upper story”–God’s story. I’m learning this in our sermon series and the book God Story.

Ezra is an Old Testament book that does not get a lot of attention.  As our pastor shared the message, I read the small book of Ezra, and I realized how relevant the story is to our modern-day events. History repeats itself. In some ways that frustrates me, but in other ways it brings me comfort to know that I’m not the only one facing difficult odds and difficult decisions.

The first chapter of Ezra is a reminder of the Sovereignty of God.  He moves those in leadership and “gives them a desire”.  God moves His people and places desires within them to move, change, and engage in His Kingdom work.

“The Lord fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy by giving King Cyrus the desire to send this proclamation throughout his empire.” Ezra 1:1

This King announces that Jehovah, the God of heaven exists, and is the reason that he, as King, is surrounded by a vast empire.  He also proclaims, organizes, and provides the means for the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of Jehovah, who is the God of Israel and of Jerusalem!  “May His blessings rest upon you”, said the King. Imagine the blessing and provision to rebuild that which was destroyed!

God not only placed the desire within the King, but also within His people.

“Then God gave a great desire to the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin…..” Ezra 1:5

Life Application:

Pray for those in leadership to hear the voice of God and act upon the desire He places within them regardless of their position and beliefs.  Trust that God is sovereign and will act and create the upper story that we may not be privy to.  Trust.  Be still and know that He is God.  Pray for God to give you a desire that you just can’t deny, and pray for the strength to act and move forward.  God purposefully did not place the desire for all the people to go.  So, the King, encouraged those who would not go and build to give to those who were going.  A desire to support those who are going, building, and working in the Kingdom is equally important.

Questions:

“What desires has God placed within your God story?”

“How have you supported someone else’s God story?”

Whole Fish on the Grill

How To Grill Steven Raichlen page 286-289

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Trim the fins off the fish. We purchased trout from Wegman’s in Fredericksburg, VA.  We were in the area visiting friends and a Mary Washington College tour for my Senior!

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Trim the tails to give them a V-shape (cosmetic purposes).

Make a series of 3 or 4 deep parallel slashes to the bone in each side of each fish.

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Arrange the fish in a baking dish, or we used a cutting board,and stuff with:

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Lemon

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Tomatoes

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Fresh Dill

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ON THE GRILL:

When you are ready to cook, put the fish basket (sprayed with oil) with the fish inside on the grill.  Turn the basket to cook the other side after 6 to 10 minutes and grill the fish for 6 to 10 minutes more.

We did not have a basket and cooked directly on the grill!  Serve with corn and caper butter!  The caper butter was so good I began to spoon it in to my mouth like yogurt!

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The yummy smell will bring your family outside to see what delicacy you are grilling!

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What a healthy dinner to share!

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