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Whether we move, or just grow apart, we sometimes lose friends.

I often see tweeted on twitter: We don’t lose our friends, we just find who are friends really are. But that isn’t all that heartening. Why can’t we feel as though we have friends we can rely on?

This question was answered somewhat after I read this from 21st Century Science and Health, “On the road to Emmaus, Jesus was known to his friends by the words which made their hearts burn within, and by the breaking of bread. The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every generation and locality.

courtesy cbn.com

Jesus was on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. At first, Jesus wasn’t recognized, basically because the men thought Jesus was dead. But, he wasn’t dead. After Jesus talked to them for a while, they recognized their burning hearts. Their hearts weren’t burning with sadness, but joy and spiritual power.

No matter who I am with, friend or foe, I try to look past the human picture and see, or feel, what divine Spirit is revealing to me. Spirit can only reveal its own goodness, therefore, when I’m true to what Spirit is revealing, I feel as though I am around friends more often.

Three thousand miles away, our daughters are walking around outside amongst flowers and blooming trees, while we are bundling up in Carhart® winter clothes before walking outside into the falling snow. My hope for springtime is not dashed though. I know spring will come. It can’t be stopped. Just like love and life can’t be stopped. So, I pull out a favorite recipe, Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, to warm me up.

Oats are a hardy cereal grain. After being harvested and cleaned, they are hulled without stripping away the bran and germ. They are also rather high in manganese and other nutrients. In the cookie, molasses and spices perk the oats up and release a soothing aroma. Making and baking the cookies was a delicious break in my afternoon. And, I was sure to taste-test a cookie before my husband came home, to make sure they were okay to eat.

They were. So, here is the recipe:

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

Mix in bowl.

¾ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

Mix in another bowl.

1 ½ cup flour

2 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

¾ t. ground cloves

¾ t. ginger

2 cups oats

 

Add the dry and wet ingredients together and mix.

Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes. I like them moist so take them out of the oven closer to the 12 minute mark.

Ginger oatmeal cookie, notice the old-fashioned oats throughout the moist cookie

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