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Me, Jesus and a piano – The Percentage Ratio

I remember when I was on staff as worship pastor at my church we did an excercise that has proved valuable even to this day. We were asked to write down in percentage form how much we spent doing what each week.

It came as a shock to me that 85% of my whole role was spent on the platform – worship leading, playing keyboards, rehearsing, speaking. I was quite surprised. I had become so used to spending my life on a stage that it had become a normal and acceptable way to do ministry. Without realizing it, most of my ‘moments’ with God were on the platform. This was not intentional, but as a young mother, traveling in ministry, it was often hard to spend alot of alone time with God away from platform ministry.

What also came as a surprise was that another 10% of my role was administration – emails, rosters, phone calls. (don’t know if that will ever change, but it doesn’t mean I can’t hate it!!!) The remaining 5% of my time was spent on the creative elements – songwriting, advancing my prophetic gifting, brainstorming. This 5% was the reason I was intitially employed by the church, but it had the least of my attention. I’m sure it is no surprise to you that I became quite stressed and empty.

Now, I make sure those percentages are in the right balance. If I am spending more time on a platform than I am with the Lord, I know I need to make changes. This is a constant balancing act because the demands of ministry and travel are high for me at the moment. But I no longer have a problem saying no. For me, the time I spend writing etc is prayer time. It fills me up when it’s just me, Jesus and a piano. He talks to me – my songs become my prayers, and sometimes even my answers because He has the space to speak. I know it wont always be easy to live this way and it will demand will power and discipline, but I believe it is absolutely necessary to my growth as a God-artist.

It does not matter what creative endeavors you embark upon. If you are a lover of God, it does not matter whether you are a worship leader or a professional musician, a painter, dancer, poet, editor, journalist. To be effective as a public person you need to always be investing in the private person.

Psalm 46:10 “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Worship

 

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Apple Strudel Cupcakes

This is one yummy cupcake.  You can have them as a dessert with cream if you really want to indulge, but they are also great for the kids lunches or as a snack.  They sure look nice sitting on the kitchen bench! I stole this recipe from a new cookbook I recently bought from the market – called “The Cupcake – life’s better with a cupcake”.  Looking forward to trying more of the recipes after the success of these ones!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda

280g apple sauce (from a jar)

53g butter, softened

85g demerara sugar (I used raw sugar)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

175g self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For Topping:

50g plain flour

50g demerara sugar (I used brown sugar)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

35g butter

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180. Put 12 paper cases in muffin tray

2. To make the topping, put the flour, sugar and spices in a bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces, then add to the bowl and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembled fine breadcrumbs.

3. For the cupcake mixture, Add the bicarb of soda to the apple sauce and stir until dissolved.

4. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.

5. Gradually beat in the egg.  Sift in the flour and spices and using a metal spoon, fold into the mixture, alternating with the apple sauce.

6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases

7. Scatter the topping over the cupcakes and press down gently

8. Bake in the over for around 20 minutes, or until risen, golden and firm to the touch.  Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

ENJOY!!!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Food