When Life Seems Flat…Praise

When Life Seems Flat…Praise

  I live in my car when I am working.  It has a number of bells and whistles I’ve never had before.  The dashboard is computerized and will sound a ding to catch my attention with a message to indicate a problem.

The first time I experienced this great feature, I had just left the radio station heading home.  My tire pressure light flashed that one was low.  The level was going down so quickly I knew I had to get to a repair shop ASAP.

I breathed a prayer of thanks as I spotted one.  I had picked up a nail.   

Recently I left a nursing home when that now familiar ‘ding’ sounded and the dashboard flashed a low level.  I was close to a garage and they filled my tire for me.  I headed home.

The next morning was Sunday.  As I got to the end of my driveway, my nifty vehicle flashed a tire pressure of ZERO. I was completely flat. 

Thankfully, I have a roadside assistance plan. The repairman came and pointed out the problem. What is it with tires and me and nails?

Since he recommended minimal driving on the spare, I checked in to my church’s live stream on my computer, thankful for those techies that make this possible.

I had plenty of time to ponder the blessings of that day.  If I HAD to have a flat, what could be better than being at home when it happened?  I was grateful I had funds for the repair on Monday.  I even had a coupon for 10$ off any service.

I thought about nails in general and the ones Christ endured for me on the cross came to mind.  What is better worship on a Sunday (or any day for that matter) than to remember and praise the One who gave Himself a sacrifice for us all?

I’m sharing the recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies.  I had baked a batch that morning.  The tire repair guy received several as an extra ‘thank-you’ for a job well done.

So when life seems a little “flat,” find something to for which to praise God . You might just find this will change your focus, your attitude, and your life!

Confectionately Yours,


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
¾ cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2- 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
1 cup Quick Cook Oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients.  Add to the sugar mixture and mix well.

Drop by walnut sized scoops onto a silicone mat on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-13 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned.  If you want a softer cookie, bake for the lesser amount of time.