Well, y’all. Week two… for me at least. I’d assume about the same for the rest of you. There have been a couple of moments in the last week that I let myself get down, get worried, get anxious. And I wanted to share with you, the thing that brings me back.
And it’s the truth. I mean… the actual thing is the truth. THE TRUTH.
When my mind goes astray. When I start to ponder things like… “Is this the end of the world?”… “Will we be stuck here forever?”… “Will things ever be as they were before?”… “Will I get to see Micah ever again?”…
I have to remind myself of the truth. Spiritual and physical truths.
The physical truth is…
- We can prevent the spread and the chances of contracting the virus by staying home.
- If we absolutely have to get out, we must wash our hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. We must not touch our faces if our hands are not clean.
- Significantly more people recover from Coronavirus than pass away from it.
- Not everyone in the world will get the Coronavirus.
That may only be a few truths. But, they are truths.
There is a lot of unknown. I get it. But those are the times when we then lean on the spiritual truths. The truths that, sometimes, may even be harder to believe in crisis.
The spiritual truth is…
- Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
If physical truths don’t ease your mind and spiritual truths are hard to grasp at this moment. Know this.
Know these absolute truths…
- You were chosen for this time and place. You could have been born in any other country at any other time in the entire history of man… but you… YOU are alive during the COVID19 Pandemic. You will have a story. And your story will be marked by a significant time in history. How old were you? Where did you live? What did you do in quarantine? YOU WERE CHOSEN FOR THIS TIME! Maybe to be a light for someone else. Maybe to be an employer that extends grace and comfort. Maybe to be a neighbor who waves from your yard for the first time and lets someone know they are not alone. Maybe to rest and reflect and come out of this with a new lease on life. But no matter what you do with this time… YOU WERE CHOSEN FOR IT.
- The sun always rises in the morning. This is a virus. It does not affect the sun, moon and stars. They are your constant through this. Be thankful each morning and evening for their light.
- Spring always comes after Winter, Summer after Spring, Fall after Summer and then Winter again. Those things you can count on.
Lean on the truth. Speak the truth. Focus on the truth. Spread the truth. The real truth because that is what we have.
I know we have all been cooking more and I have also heard that most stores are out of bread so what better time to start making regular old white bread at home.
This is an easy recipe and so so good. (TRUTH)
Before I leave you with the recipe… I want you to know… I am here. You can email me or FB message me or DM me on insta. I will talk to you and pray for you and laugh with you and cry with you. We may not be able to sit together in a coffee shop but we can talk. WE CAN TALK… and that’s another truth.
Basic Homemade White Bread
Basic Homemade White Bread… easy to make… perfect for toast, sandwiches, or just quarantine carb loading.
1 package active dry yeast, 1/4 ounce
2 1/4 cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp butter, softened
6 3/4 cups all purpose flour, may not use all
2 Tbsp butter, melted
- In a large bowl, stir yeast and warm water together. Let dissolve. Add sugar, salt, softened butter and 3 cups of flour. Using a stand mixer, beat until smooth.
- Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until it forms a soft dough. I used closer to 6 cups of flour. Knead with a stand mixer for about 7-9 minutes or until smooth and elasticy.
- Grease a large bowl. Place dough in greased bowl. Turn once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Press dough down… some people say “punch the dough down”… Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half.
- Shape each half into a loaf. Place in two greased 9x5in loaf pans. Cover again and let rise until doubled. 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- With a sharp knife, make a slit down the middle of the bread (vertically). Top dough with melted butter, 1 Tbsp per loaf.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.