“‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’;
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? Is it even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'” – James 4:13-15
Hey Saltines a happy May to you all! I have the privilege of writing our newsletter editorial again this month and so I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all a thought that I have been challenged by this past month. “If God were to say to me today, that my life – in my case, my schooling/future career, family, friends, church, etc – situation were to remain the way it is now, for the rest of my life, could I still say that I am satisfied with His plan for my life?” That may seem like a trivial question, and perhaps for some it is, but the more that I have considered it, the more I have realized that a portion of my faith is invested in the idea that God’s plan involves a future more appealing than my present. Not to say that I am ungrateful for the situation I am in, I am blessed beyond all I could ask of Him, but I tend to endure unpleasant events in the present, by waiting with expectation for the future.
I’m certainly not trying to say that I don’t think that God has a perfect plan for our lives (we know He does), but I believe He is challenging me to focus on the present and to surrender my future to Him. I find it easy to attach “God willing” as a sort of disclaimer to a plan I make (especially if it’s a plan to do my homework, haha), but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to contemplate the weight of surrender that James is exhorting in these verses.
The beauty of this is, however, that it isn’t a surrender due to defeat. James isn’t telling us that we shouldn’t have any expectations for our future, but that we don’t have to worry about our future. We don’t need to fret about where we’ll be and how we’ll be profiting, instead we know that is out of our control, and in the hands of He who loves us. In the words of Jesus: “…Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV).
In May we celebrate two major holidays: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. For many these are as much days to contemplate what was, and what may not be in the future as it is a celebration of what is, and so I hope to leave you with the comfort of knowing that we are in the hands of an almighty loving God Who has had our futures planned since before Creation!
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)
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• New Saltines •
Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!
• May Verse of the Month •
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, now the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” “
• May Song of the Month •
I Wanna Go Back
• May Recipe of the Month •
– 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
– 5 Tbsp sugar
-1/3 cup melted butter
– 3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs, separated
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp vanilla
Crust: Combine all ingredients and press against sides and bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (I use a measuring cup to do this – works great!)
Filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together cream cheese, sugar, 4 egg yolks, lemon juice and vanilla. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites until stiff and creamy. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Pour into crust in springform pan.
Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour with the door closed.Freeze several hours before serving. Remove from freezer and remove from pan before allowing the cheesecake to thaw.
Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Plain Chicken.
Vasshti’s Notes: This is one of the easiest and most delicious things I have made in a long time! We like to keep ours frozen and eat it right out of the freezer with fresh fruit! It defrosts really fast so it’s usually a great consistency with the slightest ice cream like freeze in the middle! Yum!
• May Tip of the Month •Guild Email Address
Did you know that we have a guild email address in addition to our website, facebook and twitter? This is a great way to get in touch with us if you can’t get in game or just can’t seem to catch us there. Our email address is email@example.com so hit us up with any questions, prayer requests or suggestions and I promise I will do my best to check it on a regular basis!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16