02 August 2012

Victory in Jesus and Muffins to Celebrate

Last night my grandfather went to be with the Lord. And this morning we celebrate the victory we have in Jesus.

It's an amazing thing, faith. In Christ we can experience both sorrow and joy all at once. I don't know that this happens outside of Him.

It's true, I have waves of aching sadness. But my grandfather's hope was in the Lord. He has waited some 60 years to meet his savior and as Jane commented, "Today he has hugged Great-Mother and is walking with God." Yes, my dear one, yes. And because of that I have joy.

This morning the children and I set-up breakfast on the outdoor picnic table. And because it's what we do, we made something tasty to eat. Oatmeal Apple Muffins. And because today is, ultimately, a celebration ... we added chocolate chips.

What a testimony it is to live a life given to the Lord. Not a perfect life. Not even a notable life. But a life of earnest love and service to our Savior. God is good.

Victory Oatmeal Apple Breakfast Muffins

Combine and let soak while getting other ingredients together:
2 c. oats
2 c. buttermilk

Add and mix well:
2 eggs
1 c. brown sugar
2 medium apples, grated
.25 c. oil or applesauce
2 c. flour (white whole-wheat works well)
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
.5 t pumpkin pie spice (or just shake in some cinnamon and nutmeg)

To make them into "victory muffins" add:
.5 bag mini chocolate chips

Fill 2 trays of muffin pans three-quarters full. Bake for 400 degrees, 16-18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then eat with joy.


  1. I got so teary reading this. How precious to grieve and yet have the joy and hope of eternal life with Christ. How precious that he has seen our Savior face to face. And how sweet that y'all celebrated. My heart is a mixture of sadness and joy for you. Praying for His peace to wrap your heart.

  2. The death of someone you love is so hard! Each tear you cry is a prayer and the Lord answers that prayer with joy and peace that he is with Him. I'm praying for you and know that I am sending you hugs and loves!

  3. I've been praying for you and thinking of you often. Loved this post.

  4. {hugs}

    I'm going to try this recipe and pray for your family while I make them.

  5. I can fully relate to the mixed happiness and sadness. Praise the Lord for the eternal hope he gives! You are instilling such wonderful values in your children at such a difficult time. Hugs!

  6. Oh, the heartache and the joy...praying for you today as you go to his service. I'm so glad that he lived his life well and that you know you will see him again one day! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  7. Thinking of you all and so happy to know that you are secure in your faith and will weather the loss as those who DO have hope.