My friend Jennifer is the oldest of 5 kids. She claims to be her ‘daddy’s favorite.’ :-)
At age 18 she moved into her own apartment when an unexpected call came. Her parents were divorcing, and her Dad asked to come live with her.
She reports being torn & ambivalent. She had just moved out on her own and honestly preferred to stay that way. However, she agreed.
She & her dad agreed to the understanding that he was not there to be a parent per se. Wisely, this father knew he still had influence on his daughter. He decided not give unsolicited advice.
Since her dad was a truck driver, many of their conversations day to day were by phone. When Jennifer was frustrated or overwhelmed by circumstances in her life, it was natural for her to call her Dad.
Many of these conversations began with the question…”Do you need to vent, or do you want advice?” If the need was to ‘vent,’ Jennifer’s dad would settle in and simply listen. As a result, they were wonderfully close.
Our Father God has many names that give us insight into his character. ‘Abba Father’ is one. This attribute of God depicts a compassionate ‘Daddy’ who extends grace to His children.
It was this name for God that Jesus cried unto in the garden. He needed this tender Daddy to hear Him on this difficult day before the coming crucifixion.
Personal time reading God’s Word and talking to Him in prayer are essential for growth in this Christian walk. When we realize that PRAYER is conversation with God and SCRIPTURE is God talking back to us, it is almost as if He settles in and says, “Do you need to vent, or do you want advice?”
I’m sharing today a gluten free recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. My friend Jennifer is gluten intolerant & this will be one I will make for her.
Mark 14:36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
2 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
3 c. quick cook oats (make sure they are gluten free oats)
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. peanut butter
Bring sugar, milk, and margarine to a boil in saucepan. Cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Mixture will be stiff.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper or silicone mat. Cookies will harden as they cool.
Note: These easy cookies are not ‘pretty’, but their unusual shape adds interest to a
platter of different kinds of cookies. I sometimes spoon the mixture into mini-muffin
papers if I want to dress them up.