I was made to have babies. I have always known that was God’s purpose for me. But is it? Wasn’t I really created to serve and worship Him? Often as mothers, we throw ourselves into serving our children. It’s easy to put them first. It feels natural. Satan can even use that pure and simple drive in us as bait and he can twist and contort it into this ugly, nasty problem that splits families and ruins marriages. That isn’t what God intended when He blessed us with babies.
While God did create us to raise babies to glorify Him, that isn’t the whole reason we’re here. It’s important to note, also, that children were not meant to be the center of the family unit. The culture in our world today tells us otherwise but that’s not how it was Biblically or even as recently as the 1950’s. How much lower was the rate of divorce back then? A lot. Coincidence? Probably not. God created the husband to be the head of the household and the wife to be his helpmate. Sure, children are an important part of that but they’re not supposed to be the center of it.
That was a bit of a tangent. The point of this message is encompassed in Romans 7:13, “But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.” This shows us that it doesn’t just have to be a mom thing, Satan can (and does) take even the holiest of things and contort them into something evil. A perfect example of this is when I (Heather) read the Bible. I often come out of it feeling lost and confused and like maybe I was never a Christian to begin with. That’s very clearly Satan because God wants us to have a great, fulfilling experience with His word.
As we’ve shared with you before, there is something that can be done about it. If there’s something that is confusing you or that you feel unsure of, just take it to God. Just ask Him. He will sort it out for you. It is our right to take the authority of Jesus and use it against Satan because we are blessed children of God. That, my friends, is the good news! So go have a blessed weekend. And make a strawberry pie because it’s good!
-Heather and Melissa
Strawberry Vanilla Crumb Pie
For the crust:
6 tbsp butter
2 tbsp shortening
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp cold water
For the crumble:
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup oats
For the filling:
3/8 cup sugar
Scrapings of one vanilla bean or 3 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 quarts strawberries, halved
- For the crust: Cube the butter and place it and the shortening in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the butter and shortening, and cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture with your fingers until the mixture is coarse.
- Add the water slowly and mix until just incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, place the dough on the counter to soften for 5 minutes. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough out to about 11-12″, or until it is big enough to fit a 9″ pie dish. Apply more flour as needed if dough starts to stick.
- Roll the dough around your rolling pin and lay it in the pie tin. Pinch the edges if desired.
- For the crumble: Combine all of the ingredients together and press until the texture is crumbly. Briefly place in freezer while you make the filling.
- For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Combine the sugar and vanilla in a bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the flour, cornstarch and salt.
- Add the berries and toss to coat. Pour into the pie crust and top with the crumble.
- Bake until juices bubble through the crumble, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Source: Whisk Kid