How Sweet It Is John 6:35 Bread

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Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35

I started making my own bread a couple months ago.   I never would have imagined getting to a place in my life where I could commit to weekly making bread, whipping up Turmeric Golden Paste to keep in our refrigerator, as well as  many other items I bake, and things we prepare and do rather than purchase packaged and processed.

I am so grateful to God for giving me strength and energy these days, He has truly been healing me. It is a JOY to be near our boys while they are working away at math or language arts at the table while I am mixing up another weeks worth of bread.  God is good.

My husband took this bread to work and a few people have really enjoyed it and have requested the recipe.  I took a recipe off an old flour bag and tweaked it and made it a bit different.

The results have been great.  As my husband’s words for it:  “it’s like the Lord God Almighty sent you the recipe from heaven above and then as you are mixing the dough He reaches out His hand and places it on yours while you mix away together”.

My guys LOVE this bread.  And while not every loaf is a so called success a funky looking loaf a time or two – it always tastes great.  Not sure what happens to make it go apparently wrong on some batches, … but hey, you know… that’s just life.   And most of the time I get loaves that look and taste like the ones I baked tonight, as shown in the picture.

Here is the recipe.

How Sweet It Is John 6:35 Bread

1 Cup Warm Water (container-warm, but not burning hot-info. on yeast packet for temp.)
2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast (one packet)
1/2 tsp  organic sugar – I have made it without the sugar. It can help activate the yeast.
1 Cup Silk Coconut Milk (room temperature) I use the the cartons from the refrigerator section
in the grocery store – ORIGINAL
1/4 Cup heaping to a bit overflowing of  raw honey
2 TBSP Olive Oil
2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Organic flour (Unbleached, Unbromated)
1 TBSP  Himalayan Salt
2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Organic  Flour

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In large bowl add water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is activating correctly it will begin to foam a slight layer on the surface of the water.

In small bowl combine the room temp. coconut milk, honey, oil. Stir together. Pour into the large bowl with the yeast. Mix a bit. Add 2 3/4 cup flour and the salt. Stir until all flour is mixed in (will be lumpy). Add in another 2 1/4 cups of flour. Mix together again, until blended. The dough will be somewhat sticky. Prepare a cutting board and lightly dust it with flour. Use the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to work into the sticky dough on the cutting board – little by little adding a bit as you go. Begin to knead the dough, working in the remainder of this flour. And continue kneading for about 8 minutes.
Oil a large bowl with olive oil. Form the dough into a ball and place in bowl. Cover with a towel and place on top of stove for about an hour. Or until the dough is about double in size.

Thoroughly oil two loaf pans from top to bottom with olive oil.

After dough has risen, carefully with fingers, divide the dough in the bowl in half down the middle. Pulling with hands to part the dough. Take 1/2 of the dough and lay on a very lightly floured surface. Begin to tuck the dough into a loaf shape. IF dough is sticky you can add a dusting of flour on top as you work the dough and seal it with a seam on one side. Then do the same with the second 1/2 of the dough.

Place these into the loaf pans. Cover with a towel/cloth. Place on stove top again. Let rise for an hour.

Turn oven up to 425 degrees. Place the pans in the oven and then immediately turn the temperature down to 375 degrees. Bake for 24 minutes. (that’s how long it takes in my oven). Until the top is medium golden brown. And when you tap on the top it sounds hollow.

Remove from the oven. Brush with butter. Use a knife to go around the edges to loosen. Turn over onto a cutting board and let cool. And well… if you are like us here at the Sellars’ house, you will be slicing immediately while it is still steaming hot, smothering with butter and indulging in deliciousness.

ENJOY!

 

And I pray you know the true bread of life… JESUS!  For as He also said:  “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

 

 

Where You Go I’ll Go – I Will Follow You

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WILL WE MOVE? OR WILL WE STAY?
We’ve been thinking about moving. Early in our marriage, before children, we bought this place as an investment. God knew all along, He would eventually move us to this place to live, that HE had much GREATER investments in mind. It has been the place to provide for our needs to keep me here to raise our sons. We were brand new, first generation going down this path. We knew nothing. They were just 1 and almost 3 when we came here. I did not know how in my own understanding to be a wife or a mom. And then a mom to a Pediatric Stroke Survivor!!!??? And our youngest who has his own special way?? I am filled with emotion at the thought of leaving this place. I stand in awe of a HOLY GOD who is so very gracious and FAITHFUL!!! This is the place where prayers have been prayed, tears have poured, praises have been lifted up, pruning has been done over and over, where we have persevered through trial, where laughter has come, where the joy of the LORD has ruled and been our strength, where God literally has broken chains, has set captives free, won battles – a place of VICTORY!

 

When You move, I’ll move, where you stay I’ll stay, I will follow you….

 

To think I was that woman who dreamed of being home to raise my babies and wondered how that would be possible. The one who wanted so much, and yet in my own understanding had no idea how??? The one who surrendered my life in a time of desperation, committing to following JESUS many years ago. Where does my hope come from? I HOPE IN HIS WORD! “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” (Ps. 119:81). I had nothing but JESUS and HIS WORD – and I FEED, and FEED, AND FEED ON HIS FAITHFULNESS by HIS EVERY WORD, to carry us onward to His call upon our lives. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” (Ps. 37:3-5)

 

By wisdom a house is built. Wisdom? Yes! The wisdom of God! “if you ask for wisdom HE WILL give it -generously!” (James 1:5). Treasures, beautiful treasures He has given in this place. Will we move on? God will lead us one day at a time. We do know GOD IS FAITHFUL to HIS WORD! And FAITHFUL TO HIS CHILDREN. So whether we stay or go – WE KNOW IT WILL BE GOOD because it is of the LORD. “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” (Deut. 7:9)

 

HOPE IN the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD’s WORD! It’s been the testimony of our life! Going against what “men” say, and listening to the VOICE OF GOD! Experiencing immense victory! I pray God instill in me, along with my brothers and sisters in Christ a deeper and deeper devotion so STRONG to not stray to the voice of men, but HOLD ONTO GOD’s WORD ABOVE all to direct our every thought and step until we meet JESUS and live together in eternity!!

 

THE WORD IS THE – WHO, WHAT, HOW, WHEN, WHY, WHERE to LIFE! WE CAN TRUST ABOVE ALL!