So, I am following Elizabeth's idea today and posting some lyrics that have edified me lately. "Feel good" doesn't describe them well, but they certainly do encourage me and remind me where my hope is! I grew up singing this song in church and honestly never thought a whole lot about the lyrics - which appalls me because I would be the first one to tell you how important it is to understand what you are singing about, especially when it comes to offering God acceptable worship! Recently I heard these lyrics set to a new tune and I stopped and contemplated them for the first time.
Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee. Let the water and the blood, from Thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure: save from wrath and make me pure.
All the labors of my hands could not meet Thy law's demands. Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone...Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling. Naked come to Thee for dress, helpless look to Thee for grace; to Thy fountain, Lord, I fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath, when my eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on Thy judgement throne: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.
Now, on a completely different note, I am posting my favorite brownie recipe...because doesn't chocolate make EVERYONE feel good?! These are my mom's, with a couple of small modifications. I made these brownies for my friend Amy T. and the next day she went into labor. They are magic.
Noelle's Double Chocolate Brownies
1 1/2 c flour (can use 1/2 c whole wheat)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c raw sugar
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
350 oven, greased 8x8 pan. Melt chocolate and butter on stovetop, blend in sugar, then eggs. Add dry ingreds. and chocolate chips all at once. Bake about 23 minutes, or till they have a dull crust. They should still be really ooey-gooey!