Better late than never, right? We hadn’t actually planned on a Faith Friday because we have had a lot going on as of late, but this morning, as I was watching the news, I was just struck with the need to talk about what is going on in our culture and in our world.
Usually, Faith Friday is a little less serious, more uplifting, but I’ve just felt compelled to write, so write I will. We may lose fans, we may gain some, but either way, we have to take a stand. For ourselves, for our children. We have to be an example to our family and we have to lead them to truth.
This morning, I saw on the news that a hotel is replacing their copies of the Bible in each room with a copy of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. I know the book series is a whole thing and people are in love with it, but I just can not shake this verse every time I hear about someone reading these books, especially those that are Christians.
1 Peter 5:7-9 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Lions silently stalk their prey and pounce when it is too late to get away. Women are going crazy over these books, trying it get their hands on them, bonding over them. All the while, I feel like we are blinded as to what they really are, what they really represent. These books walk around under the guise of literature, but they are really nothing more than porn.
Men are visual. Magazines and movies appeal to them. But somehow, reading erotic literature isn’t viewed as being as bad as all that. It’s just a story, anyways. What’s the big deal? The big deal is these books appeal to women’s minds. The words we read and the images created from those words enter into our minds and seep in and while on the surface no damage may be seen, these things seep into our very being.
Galatians 5:9 A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough.
We have watched pornography destroy countless families and we judge the men infected with the addiction to pornography. If our own husbands were caught viewing or watching other women, would we be ok? Would this be acceptable to us? No. Why, then, are we allowing our own minds, our minds that God has crafted so differently to be jewels to our family, to think on sexual immoralities in another form? Over and over the bible warns against any sexual immoralities. God warns us to guard our hearts and minds. We are called to think only of those things that are good, only on those things that bring glory to the one deserving of all glory.
Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
As women of the body of Christ, we have to work together to keep our hearts pure. We have to mentor and encourage fellow women to do try works of God, to be women worthy of being called blessed. This does not mean we judge or discriminate or condemn. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. No, we are simply called to care for and love each other and spread the good news. And what the good news says is usually not going to align with the popular beliefs of the world. Let’s not bond over things that are damaging to each other, but let us bond over the glory and works of the Lord.
And whether you’ve read it or not, whether you will or not, whether you hate us now or not, we love you. Have a blessed weekend! And make this ice cream, because brown butter takes life to a whole new level.
Brown Butter Ice Cream
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
8 egg yolks
1 tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until it is golden brown and you start to see brown flecks and the butter smells nutty. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to a bowl until cool to the touch.
- Once cool, cream together the browned butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until combined. Slowly add in the heavy cream and milk, whisking constantly until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, lower the temperature to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened. When the mixture is thick enough, it will lightly coat the back of the spoon. When you run your finger across it, it will leave a line behind.
- Pour the mixture into a glass bowl and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator, about 2 to 3 hours. Once cooled, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturer instructions. Place in an airtight container and allow to freeze for 6 hours to set. Eat and enjoy! It is especially good with a bit of coffee poured on top! Yum!
Source: The Novice Chef