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Today, the Karagoz puppet troupe and I are so very honored to share an essay written by our e-friend, Deonna Kelli Sayed. Deonna was kind enough to offer to write a guest post for me while my shoulder/writing capacity heals. I am very moved by this act of kindness and sharing but even more moved by her incredibly thoughtful critical consideration of what it can mean to be a transcultural or cross-cultural child in the United States of America – and a bit about what it can be like to be the Mom of that child (or in her case, the Farsi Nanna).
I should mention that my M. (along with my internal puppet, Yehuda Rebbe, the wise man) was stopped in his tracks by her writing as I read it aloud to him last night – and immediately went to read more of her stuff. She’s a powerful…
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prayers are appreciated but sincere prayers are the ones that move mountains. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) We have to pray, especially in these situations, and we must pray in earnest. We have to strongly desire a result that produces what is needed. In this context, prayer is for another, especially for those with physical or spiritual weaknesses. The follow up verse describes how Elijah, who was a man like us, was able to pray and accomplish God’s purposes. He saw results because his prayer was effectual and fervent. That kind of prayer “availeth much”. A fervent prayer is impassioned and an effectual prayer is sufficient to produce the desired result. Simply put, it’s effective, deeply felt and significantly internalized.
In other words, a prayer that availeth much, is one that has been effectual – the effectual part comes first! In this verse, we find that it’s also the prayer of a righteous man – one in right standing with the Father. One good way to get there is by having a pure heart, a pure life and a mindset that puts others first. In essence, when we pray with a right heart, with a passion for others, with a faith that is aflame, and with the assurance that God can and will supply the needs while making necessary provisions – it is then that the prayer will avail much.
I love this passage of scripture, it exemplifies everything I want to do and be as a follower of Christ. It reminds me to give respect to my leaders and all leaders in the Body of Christ, getting to know them is the key. I know a woman who said she did not want to get to know her pastors outside of Church as it would be like going through their drawers and closets and then she would be unable to respect them. I was baffled as have always wanted to know my leaders and be known by those I lead. Her approach is what I call a pedestal approach and if you put a man or woman on a pedestal they will eventual fall. A pedestal separates the leaders from those that follow them and prevents the leader from teaching by the example of their life whether it be by their victories or failings. I did lead my friend to this very passage of scripture and I hope she has chosen to get to know her leaders. She knew me, but I wasn’t her pastor, although I was her children’s teacher and principal. I hope that I have made a difference in the lives of all I have come in contact with whether it be in person, online, as a friend, as a leader, or simple someone they struck up a conversation with somewhere out of boredom. I wish all who read here a blessed day, a bright future and the knowledge that there is a lifting up.
12 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
Collisions of Life by Sarah Jakes A young woman with a gift for putting her thoughts into words and then putting them into print.
Okay, so you’re going to need:
6 Large Eggs, Separated
10 Tablespoons Butter, Salted
1 13oz Jar of Nutella
8oz Hazelnuts 5 for the cake 3 for the topping
1 Bag of Dark Chocolate Chips
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2)Chop your hazelnuts or grind them, size is to your preference, but I preferred mine pretty bitty.
3)Whisk your Egg Whites for about 2 Minutes
4)In another bowl, mix the butter and Nutella with an electric mixer(would
be a giant pain w/o but still doable). After its well mixed, add the egg
yolks and ground hazelnut
5)Melt 3/4 of the bag of chocolate chips(about 100 Grams) and fold that into the mix. You can
make a topping with the left over chips later.
6)Slowly fold in your egg whites. About 1/3 of them at a time.
7)Pour into a greased and lined 12″ Spring Form Pan.
8)Bake for about 40 minutes
Now you’ll want to let it cool for about an hour before you remove it from the pan. Place
it on a wire rack to cool completely. Once completely cooled, frost with your favorite frosting recipe(personally I go for something fudgy each
time. Spread the rest of your ground hazelnuts over the top. Melt the rest of your dark chocolate chips and mix with a
tablespoon of butter. Put in a zip lock bag and cut a hole in one end so you can spritz it and voila! You’re all done! Enjoy the deliciousness!