Recipe: Lemon Bars

Here is one of my personal faves.

Lemon Bars:

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 cup of butter, melted

Lemon topping:

4 eggs

2 cups of white sugar

1 tsp of baking powder

1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup of lemon juice

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X13 pan.

2. In a medium bowl stir in the 2 cups of flour and the powdered sugar. Blend in the melted butter. Press into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden.

3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light. Combine the sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 cup of flour so there are no lumps. Stir the sugar mixture into the eggs. Finally stir in the lemon juice.

4. Pour over prepared crust and return to oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until bars are set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday, Grace!

Gracie– Happy Birthday! I love you so much and am so thankful that the Lord has given you to me as a sister. We are so different and God has used that to grow us and reveal sin over the years and continues to… ūüôā¬† You are so patient with me. I love being able to talk about anything with you. You are such a dear gift to me and I am so thankful for¬† all the evidences of God’s grace I see in your life. May the Lord RICHLY bless you with an abundance of His grace this coming year as you grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! Love, Bec

Dear Grace,
Happy Happy sweet 16! I hope that this year is filled with grace and that God will continue to use you! You are such a wonderful friend and a joy to be around. May your sixteenth year be filled with joy and adventure! ūüôā Love you! God bless!~Lily

Dear Grace,

Happy Birthday! Wow. 16. You are so old! ūüôā

As I was thinking about what I should say I felt led to thank you for being such a great friend to me. You are a friend that I can trust and I know that the gospel is important to you. I can feel free to be silly around you without feeling like an idiot (even if I should) and you make every situation more comfortable and light-hearted. It is an evidence of God’s grace in you to care for me and to be friendly and outgoing towards others. It’s really encouraging to see you put aside fear of man (if you have any!) and show kindness towards others. God is at work in you.

Thanks also, for getting obsessed with things with me (4 8 15 16 23 42), for loving musicals with me, and for putting up with me (especially when I talk a lot). Thanks for all the photo shoots and costume making, which we really need to do again sometime soon. Thanks for standing up for me and especially for telling people it is pronounced Brontee (hence the two dots!). Thanks for encouraging me and for saying kind things to me, even when I say all the wrong things. Thanks for helping me get out of my comfort zone and for teaching me that improv really is fun.

Can you tell I‚Äôm thankful? ūüôā

I love you Grace, and again Happy Birthday!

Love,

Bronte (with two dots over the e)

Desires and Conflict

Today, as conflict was present in our home again I was led to read the word as tears were filling my eyes. Why? This question was going through my head. Why is there conflict? I had to remind myself again, because we live in a fallen world and that is why we need a Savior!! BUT, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ‚ÄĒby grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2: 4-5). In search for the source (or root) or all conflict, the Lord led me to these verses.

“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. ” -James 4: 1-5 (ESV)

“Ouch”…..very convicting!! Our passions and cravings that are at war with in us. We want something but, do not have it so we murder (hatred is considered murder in the eyes of our Savior). This is the root of all fighting.

This afternoon, my sister and I experienced this very thing.”BUT, I”. This very sentence reveals so much selfishness and pride! It comes out of my mouth so often. “But, I want to do this”, “But, I want it this way”, “But, I was in the middle of doing something”, to name a few.

Every single day, we all have a chance to lay down our wants and our desires and glorify God by serving others. How quickly I fail, how quickly I speak before I think about what I am¬†going to say, how quickly I¬†become moody when don’t get my way.

As, all of this sin was revealed in my heart today, I was quickly tempted to despair. I love the words to the song, “Before the Throne of God Above”. The 2nd verse particularly speaks against despair.

When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see him there who made an end of all my sin! Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free, for God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me, to look on Him and pardon me. -Before the Throne of God Above (Vikki Cook-Sovereign Grace Music)

images-1Remember the gospel!! The gospel is the the only antidote to discouragement. Remember when the Savior died, and how He died for all of our sins!! Absolutely NOTHING is outside of His mercy for those who are His. Nothing can keep you from the love and grace waiting for you in the arms of the Savior. Run to His side, dear saints. Don’t walk and fall away from the path of mercy, RUN to HIM!

Lastly remember that when in humility (James 4:6) we acknowledge our sin and weakness before the Lord, HIS sustaining grace is ever-present!!

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see so clearly

Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

-Grace Like Rain (Todd Agnew)

Bronte’s Picks

Besides the Bible I love the following;

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis:

I love Narnia! Besides the Bible there is no book I have read that affects me so deeply. I feel God has brought me closer narnia_booksto Him through reading these books. They beautifully portray real life truths in a graceful, imaginative way. They are wonderful and a dear part of my growing up. And I’m not ashamed to say I actually cried as I read The Last Battle. “Further up and further in!”

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Another fantastic seriese! In LOTR Tolkien clearly shows the difference between good and evil. It shows even in the 0395193958_01_lzzzzzzz1darkest of times there is still a glimmer of hope. Oh, and the movies are fantastic too!

 

Why Pro-Life by Randy Alcorn:

x88301I was definitly pro-life before I read this book but now I feel like I’m even more pro-life. Alcorn does a great job of defending the pro-life stand in short, easy to read chapters. Even thought I’m only 16, I found this book understandable. This book is for everyone, whether or not their pro-life.

 

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul:

God is holy. How often in our day to day life we forget this. It should not be forgotten! God’s holliness is nothing to be the_holiness_of_godtrifled with. It is awe-inspiring and powerful. It should take our breath away. This book is a worshipful expirience. As it takes us deeper into God’s holliness it inspires worship to our awesome Creature. This book is worth it’s weight in gold.

 

Other favorites include, Chosen by God (by R.C. Sproul), Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards (by N.D. Wilson), The Penderwicks (by Jeanne Birdsall), Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen), Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott), and anything written by Kate DiCamillo

Read away!

Worldiness: Is This Verse in Your Bible?

imagesWelcome to the very first discussion on the first chapter of Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. To learn more about what this group is, click HERE. We also recently started a FACEBOOK page! Click HERE to visit this site. It is NEVER to late to join!! To join, send an email to innominables@gmail.com

Well guys, it is February 20th. I applaud all of you for the grace that is evident in your life by taking this step to learn about resisting worldliness! Not many people would join a group like this.

I want to encourage all of you to not just read these questions and move on. Please take the time to answer them on paper and to prayerfully consider whether any of these things can apply to your life. So without further ado, here are the questions.

For Your Mind:

1: When the apostle John warns us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15 NIV), what does he mean by “the world”?

2: Why is this warning relevant for every Christian?

3: How does 1 John 2:15-16 turn our focus away for externals to the matters of the heart?

For Your Heart:

4: Can you relate to any of these reasons for neglecting Scripture’s command not to love the world?

  • “Resisting worldliness” is just another way to say “out of touch.”
  • I can’t evangelize the world if I don’t relate to the world
  • No one has the right to tell me how much of the world I can take.
  • My friends need this book more than I do.
  • I’m not tempted to worldliness because I go to church-in fact, I attend Sunday meetings and a small group every week.
  • If I think too seriously about it, I might have to let go some things that I enjoy. (My biggest reason!)

5: Is your Christian life marked by increasing love for the Savior? Or was there a time when you were consistently more passionate for God, and more characterized by extravagant devotion and love for the church, then you are now? If the latter, why do you think this has happened?

6: What are you passionate about? What preoccupies you when your time and thoughts are your own?

For Your Life:

7: Is there something in the world you’re presently attracted to or pursuing? It’s probably whatever you have been thinking about as you read this chapter. If, so, how can you seek accountability and help from a godly friend, parent, or pastor?

8: As this chapter points out, the antidote to worldliness is the cross of Jesus Christ. This is why Charles Spurgeon’s counsel to “dwell where the cries of calvary can be heard” is so valuable. What does Spurgeon man by this? What is one way that you can begin to follow his advice?

*These questions are taken from the back of the book, Worldliness in the discussion questions section*

Throughout the next two weeks leading up to the discussion of the second chapter (God, My Heart, and Media) we will be posting more ways that we have been convicted and how we can put to practice what we are being taught.

Join us on MARCH 6TH for the discussion questions for chapter two: God, My Heart, and Media by Craig Cabaniss.

Fighting Sin: Accountability

Hebrews 10:23-25: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Accountability is a very important way to fight sin, but what is accountability?¬†To call to account is (according to the dictionary) “to challenge or contest” or “to hold answerable for.” Another way to look at it is this: Let’s say I have a hard time resisting eating chocolate and I eat too much of it. I realize this is a problem, so I call Becca and Grace and tell them about my problem and I ask them to pray for me. The next day Becca calls me and tells me she’s praying for me and asks me if I’ve eaten too muchchocolate that day. A couple of days later Grace calls and asks me the same things. In this situation Becca and Grace¬†are holding me accountable, they are¬†reminding me not to eat too much chocolate¬†and they are praying that God will give me self-control over what I eat. ¬†That’s what accountability is, asking how someone is doing in a particular area and praying for them. This is a very helpful thing. Especially when you feel like you can’t get over a certain sin. It’s really encouraging to know someone else¬†is praying for me.

Now, who should I be accountable to? Well, first of all God. He is the ultimate Authority and we have to be accountable to Him first and foremost. We do this by obeying His Word (but that’s another post:)

For teens the most important means of accountability is our parents. They are our main counselors and disciples. It’s very important to our relationship with them to be open and tell them everything. There are so many times when I feel weighed down by something, a sin or a circumstance, and I take this to my parents. I tell them about it and they’re always willing to help me. They talk me through my sin until we get to the root and then they point me to verses and to the gospel. I always come away from those conversations feeling refreshed. If this is hard for you I urge you to put aside your fears (and pride!) and talk to them! It is so important for your parents to be your main accountability. It is so important to talk to them about everything! That’s why God gave you parents!

The last group of people we need to be accountable to is our friends and peers. This can be done in a couple of ways. In a small group setting (particularly if you’re an adult and a member of a church, but it can also be in youth group), or maybe just a oneonone conversation or email exchange. I find it so encouraging to know one (or more!) of my friends is praying for me. It’s also encouraging to receive emails with verses of encouragement sent by a friend.

Accountability is important because on our own we could never make it. God (being the brilliant God He is) has given us people to run this race with. So when we stumble or fall, they are there (by God’s grace) to pick us up again¬†or (as the case may be) carry us along the way. Please take advantage of the gifts God has given us!

Before I end this post I have to recommend a sermon for you to listen to. The best preacher ever (my dad:) preached a sermon on this not too long ago. Please take the time to listen to it! Click HERE

Where are we?

We’re so sorry for our lack of blogging recently! Grace and I just finished moving¬†¬† to a different house in the area and then we were on a week vacation that we just returned from! Life is busy!!

So, now we thought you would like to know our plan for the future (all of this is Lord willing!)

Starting next week we will be trying to post 3 posts every week. One topic each week written by each one of us. This is our goal. It may not happen every week because of all the things going on in our lives right now but, that is the plan.

So next week we will be doing a topic on Defeating Sin. Please come back next week when we start this series.

-Becca for the innominables

Introduction!

Hey everyone!

Our names are Becca, Grace (we’re sisters!), and Bronte. And we decided to start a blog. We got the idea a few weeks ago while eating chocolate¬†chip cookies in Becca and Grace’s living room. We thought it would be a good idea to start a blog about various¬†biblical subjects¬†that target teens, especially¬†young women. Okay, right off the bat¬†we have to admit that a¬†few days before that (like 3) we went to the Do Hard Things Conference put on by Alex and Brett Harris (which is awesome by the way). So, if you want to know the honost truth this blog will only be a¬†cheap copy of thier blog. ūüôā No really.¬†

After we decided to create a blog we had to choose a name. Here are some of the honorary mentions:

The Rebelution РTaken. Shoot!

The Girlbelution – We almost chose this one. Hehe

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Seemed appropriate, but it doesn’t quite cover what we’re trying to say.

Girls for Jesus! – Na ah.

Ladies of Zion – Nope!

Randomness for Christ – Very appropriate but not what we had in mind. It might scare people off.

Girl Talk РTaken. Oh man!

Radical Womanhood РTaken. Man! Are we ever going to find something good?

Finally, after what seemed like hours (well..), ¬†we decided to start randomly looking in a dictionary. After a few minuets we were flipping through the “I”s and we came across the word “Innominable.” We all thought that had a nice sound to it so we looked at the meaning. Innominable means “not to be named.” We all looked at each other and said “That’s it.” We still don’t know why, but it seems perfect.

All three of us have a burden for our generation and we’re not really sure what to do with it, so for now we feel like God wants us to start simply– With a blog. We don’t know where this will lead, and¬†we don’t know who will read this (by the way, you DO NOT have to be a teen in order to read this blog). But we do know that God is¬†sovereign and if He is behind it He will use it for His purpose and for His glory.

Please, come, join us.