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Pancake Talk Tuesday Index No. 15: How to obtain the desires of your heart.


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The Heart: Heart, intellect, awareness, mind, inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts, inner self. When the Old Testament uses the word "heart," it is not just describing the physical organ that pumps blood through your body.  As in English, the Hebrew concept of "heart" encompasses both the physical organ (2 kin. 9:24) and a person's inner yearnings (Ps. 37:4). Perhaps the noblest occurrence of leb is Deut. 6:5, commanding Israel to love the Lord "with all your heart" (Jesus placed great emphasis on this sentence; see Mark 12:29, 30). Jer. 17:9 states that the human heart is the most deceitful thing in the world, and yet v. 10 shows that the Lord is able to sort and analyze what lies within the heart. The Bible focuses on what is really going on in a person's heart or inner being.

Psalm 37:1-4
Tells us not to be worried about the success off others, but to trust in God who has the power to make our dreams come true. David wrote, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" (v. 4). The condition to this happening is that we first delight ourselves in the Lord.

When we are walking with Jesus Christ in a surrendered relationship and our hearts have been purified by His truth and love, then the desires of our heart will be godly desires. In fact, when she are walking in a close relationship with Him, He will inspire us with dreams and desires that are from Him. 

Psalm 37:6-8
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, Do not fret because of him who posters in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 

Crease from anger, and forsake wrath: Do not fret-it only causes harm.

Turn it Over to God

Psalm 37:5-8
This psalm teaches us to commit our way in life to the Lord and He will bring our righteous desires to pass in His timing (v. 5). In order for us to realize the dreams that God has placed in our hearts, we will need to exercise faith, being obedient and committed to the vision and dream. God's promises can only be fulfilled in us as we obey the "Law of Use" described in the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-29). Jesus taught His disciples that they must use and exercise the gifts that God had given them or they would loose them.

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Best Broccoli Salad

As Promised... Signed Sealed and delivered The Best Broccoli Salad every!!

8 ounces beef bacon ( If you cannot find use pork)
Salt /Pepper
Onion Salt5 cups small broccoli florets

1 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup of sandwich dressing

1 tablespoon cider vinegar 
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
squeeze a half of lemon juice

1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup of red bell pepper
(sometimes I use 
pimentos if pepper not available)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup raisins 
3/4 cup of dried cranberries

1/2 cup sunflower kernels
8 ounces sharp Cheddar, shredded 
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes 
1 cup of shredded carrots

Clean and Trim any leaves from and broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk ( I sometimes add a little it I'm running low on flowrets). Cut the flowerets off and and a little of the stalk. Make sure its bite sized pieces, Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently. Garnish with your left over carrots, cranberries, and raisins.

Please try this at your next party. Perfect for an office gathering or over to your neighbors.  Its the best of both worlds tangy and sweet. The non-meat and meat lovers alike will love this dish. Hit a home run this summer with this dish!

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