by Regina of reginatherrienstock

"Graham Lemon Bars"


1) 1 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs
2) 7 TBSP butter, softened
3) 2 TBSP white sugar
4) 5 eggs
5) 3 C white sugar
6) 6 TBSP all-purpose flour
7) 1/2 C lemon juice
8) 1/3 C confectioners' sugar for decorating


Preheat oven to 350°
Combine graham cracker crumbs, softened butter and 2 TBSP white sugar. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 min.

Beat eggs, white sugar, flour and lemon juice. (If mixure is too thick, water may be added to thin it.) Pour the mixture over the hot graham cracker crust. Bake for 25 min or until golden brown. Dust the top with confectioners' sugar. After cooling, cut into squares. Can be served with either french vanilla ice cream or an orange creamsickle sherbert. Yummy! 

Psalms 27: 3-4
When besieged, I'm calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I'm collected and cool.  I'm asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I'll contemplate his beauty; I'll study at His feet. The Message Bible

I can only imagine what it will be like in heaven to sit at the feet of God the almighty.  No more sin, no more tears, no more strife, no more problems.  What a glorious time that will be.

We don't have to wait for heaven to sit at the feet of God.  He is asking us to do that now.  When all hell breaks loose in our life we can be as calm as a baby, if we sit at His feet.

Or we can look at our troubles, be worried and anxious. This is our choice.
I was talking to a lady in our church who was lonely. She wanted to invite ladies over for lunch.  She loves to cook.  As soon as she told me this she said, "But the ladies are too busy and they have husbands. They won't want to come."  Was this the truth or her fear and insecurity?

A pastor once told me if you want to have a friend you need to be a friend.  In other words if you have a problem than do something about it, don't complain about it.  This lady is lonely because she is afraid to make friends. She is not sitting at the feet of God soaking up God's truth and strength like Paul did.

Philippians 4:11 And I am not saying this because I feel neglected, for I have learned to be satisfied with what I have. Paul who had been beaten, tossed into prison, whipped, shipwrecked had learned to be content.  He went from persecuting the church to sitting at the feet of God.
Fear of our circumstance keeps us from living our whole lives in the house of the Lord as calm as a baby, no matter what happens in our lives.

Fear is nothing more than False Expectations Appearing Real.

Do you have a fear that is keeping that is preventing you from sitting at God's feet?

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Phillipians 2:5-8 (NIV)

It is interesting to see how we go through phases and stages of life.
It is quite evident when talking to our ladies at church about
what would be most helpful and supportive to them.

Some are looking for lighthearted relationship building fellowship
in which talk of the Lord just comes as a natural part 
of the experience and growth of relationships.

Others need regular and structured Bible study.

Over the days, weeks, months and years of our lives
I think we can all relate to both approaches.

I am going to get to participate in both groups.

So on Friday afternoon four of us met to begin the study of 
The Psalms.

Our hostess and leader began with a study of Psalm 145.
It was so special.
It is a poem filled with praise and so much more!

It speaks of our Heavenly Father's attributes of 
graciousness, compassion, righteousness, goodness and mercy.
Of His provision for our needs.

One generation will share with the  next the wonderful
things we know about the Lord.

It reminds us to praise daily.

We will sing His praise. a musician I love this.
In my world there is no better way to tuck amazing truth
into my memory than to put them to music.

The riches of a single Psalm merely scratch the surface of the encouragement 
and knowledge available to us in the Word of God.
I look forward to sharing this journey with these friends over the next year.

If you are in this stage of life and are feeling the need to 
share scripture with friends that you would seek out those
who are feeling as you do.
It is very worthwhile and allows us to see things through
other's eyes that can be very, very helpful to us.
Your input will be helpful to your friends as well.

It is a very important part of our Christian walk.

Allow me to share my favorite portions from this Psalm.

The Lord is gracious,
 and full of compassion; 
slow to anger, 
and of great mercy.
 The Lord is good to all: 
and his tender mercies 
are over all his works.

The Lord upholdeth all that fall, 
and raiseth up all those 
that be bowed down.

The Lord is nigh unto 
all them that call upon him, 
to all that call upon him in truth.
 He will fulfill the desire of them 
that fear him: 
he also will hear their cry, 
and will save them.
The Lord preserveth all them that love him: 
but all the wicked will he destroy.
My mouth shall speak 
the praise of the Lord
and let all flesh bless his 
holy name for ever and ever.

I hope these words are sweet to your heart.

“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:7-8 (ESV)

For years I've written a journal of my thoughts, prays and concerns.  One day as I was writing in my journal I noticed how relaxing it was for me. Since no one would read it I wasn't concerned about my spelling, punctuation or if it was legible. is quite different when I write a blog or this devotion.  I reread it several times before I push the publish button. I want it to flow smoothly, with proper grammar and correct spelling, because others will be reading it.

This can be  a lot like our lives.  When we are alone or with people we are comfortable with, do we care what we say, how we act or if our language is appropriate. Yet when when we are in the public our language and behavior might be different. In church we might behave especially good. 

If we don't think some of our behavior is appropriate for church, why do we think it is appropriate to for our family, close friends or when we are alone. 

God isn't a god who just sees us in church.  He sees us all the time.  One day I was in the shower and realized he even sees me there. 

Psalm 139:1-   God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I'm and open book to you: even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your site. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too-- your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is to much, too wonderful -- I can't take it all in! (The Message Bible)

God created us and knew all about us before we were conceived. He didn't bring us into the earth to leave us alone.  He is always watching over us, his pride and joy.  

Our goal is not to please people, but to please God who sees us all the time.

"Careful little tongue what you say.  For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little tongue what you say. Careful little feet where you go...."  A popular Sunday school song with a lot of meaning to it

Noah built an ark in a land where there was no rain.  Abraham left his home to go to an unknown destination.  Sarah was old – much too old to bear a child, even a promised child. Joseph was forgotten in prison, serving a sentence undeserved.  Moses found himself and his people between the Red Sea and mighty Egyptian army. Esther approached the King even though it most certainly meant death.

Like these heroes of faith, many times we find ourselves in difficult or impossible situations.  Many times we find ourselves waiting on God.  And God has a timetable that is so different from our own.  We see the deadline on the horizon.  The bill is due. The job doesn’t come through. The family member breaks our heart.  But where is God? Where is He that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think?  Why does He tarry?  Doesn’t He know that right now would be the perfect time to answer our prayers?

Mary and Martha must have wondered that as they waited for Jesus to come. They had sent word that Lazarus was sick. They knew Jesus could heal their brother. Why did He take so long? It would be such an easy thing for Jesus to lay His hands on Lazarus and he would be completely healed.  But Jesus was in no hurry.  He had a better plan.

We know the story.  Jesus arrived “much too late”. Lazarus had been buried for several days. But He showed his exceeding abundant power and raised Lazarus from the dead.  We know that story.  What we don’t know is our own.  How will God work miraculously in our lives? It isn’t easy when we are facing our own trials. Yet God still asks us to trust in Him. Even during those days when He seems silent, the nights when we can’t feel His presence, the weeks or years that it doesn’t look like He’s working in our lives – know that He is.  It has been said “God is seldom early and never late.” He asks us to have faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6