GF & DF Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies! 😋

My brother and I just got out braces tightened, and our teeth hurt! I wanted to make a soft thing for us to snack on when we were hungry, and I came up with this! (This recipe is from scratch, I came up with it myself!)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Award Winning Oats.)

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1/8 cup of white granulated sugar

1 large egg

Handful of chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350º, and then move on to the batter. Pour in your oats, peanut butter, sugar, and the egg into a medium sized bowl. Use a beater on low to combine all of the ingredients. Once they are all mixed up, use a measuring spoon to scoop out the batter. (I used a tablespoon.) While scooping out the batter, remember to go a little bit above the top of the measuring spoon. You should end up with about 6-7 cookies.

When the oven is preheated, put a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Put all your scoops evenly spaced onto the cookie sheet, on top of the parchment paper. You can add topping if you please. I added about five chocolate chips on top. Slide the cookie sheet into the oven, and set the timer for about 13-15 minutes.

When the cookies are cooled, you can either put them in the fridge, or enjoy them straight off of the cooling rack!

Summer Is Here!

I love making videos on my trampoline!

Summer is by far my favorite season. The pool, the lemonade stands, and walking my dog, Mocha! (He is the one chasing the football above. 😂) Although this summer will be a little different from other summers, we can still make the best of it! I am doing a summer bucket list with my friend. Some activities include CrossFit, 3 sleepovers in a row, a bonfire, and tons more! I am also planning on babysitting this summer, if people are comfortable with it. I love little kids, and I have tons of free time to babysit! Think about the things you love to do, and do them this summer! Unless that includes watching TV from morning to night! I talking about outdoor activities, like jumping on the trampoline, and taking pictures, and maybe even having a picnic at your local park! Stay safe and stay sunny this summer!

What Have I Been Up To?

As you all know, the United States has been quarantined for about 6-7 weeks. I’ve lost track by now. 😂 I have kept myself busy by cleaning, making crafts, doing schoolwork, and hanging out with my family. There have been a lot of Google Meets, and a few FaceTime sessions. I made a friend jar for a friend, and I am working on another for another friend. I want to make sure they feel special and loved. 

I have to be honest, I have been complaining about not being able to see my friends and distant family. I have to realize that I’m not the only one going through this pandemic, and there are people who have it way worse than me. I need to be grateful that I am healthy and that I don’t have it the worst. I need to pray for those who aren’t as lucky as me.

I am planning on doing a few more activities (Thanks, Pinterest!) during the rest of this quarantine. Maybe you will do some of these things too…

– Start a daily journal

– Start a long Bible plan on YouVersion

– Make a Christian vision board

– Do some spring cleaning

– Make a summer bucket list

– Clean out virtual junk (Pinterest, Google Drive, Photos, and other unnecessary apps.)

If these activities don’t sound fun to you, pray and ask God to help you find some fun activities you can do, so you can make the best out of this quarantine! 

Easter-What does it mean?

Most Christians know that over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was crucified. Exactly 3 days later, he was resurrected from the dead. But what does that mean? Well my friends, it means freedom. Freedom from sin! When we come to our senses and finally believe that Jesus is the Son of God and ask him to be our Lord and Savior, then we become free from all our shame, guilt, and sadness. Plus, whenever we fall short, we can come running back to him again, and he will greet us with open arms. Easter is not about candy or curled hair, it is about what the resurrection of Jesus, and how the barrier between us and God was broken that bright Sunday morning.

My family and I have been watching a TV series called The Chosen. It is a realistic show about Jesus choosing His disciples and healing the sick and possessed. One episode was about Nicodemus (An important Pharisee.) trying to heal a possessed woman named Mary Magdalene. It didn’t work. The demon refused to leave her body. Later, after almost committing suicide, Mary met Jesus. Jesus called her His own, and the demon immediately fled from Mary’s body. Mary was different since then. She was free. When Nicodemus asked her how she was healed, she gave him a very minimal answer. She said she changed that day. This left Nicodemus puzzled. He wanted to know who this miracle worker was.

The truth is, that miracle worker was Jesus. But nobody knew that yet. Jesus performed miracles all the time. From healing the sick and raising the dead, to feeding 5,000 men with a small portion of fish and bread. The biggest miracle he worked was resurrecting himself. He conquered death! When Mary Magdalene saw Jesus on her way to His tomb, she was extremely surprised. When Jesus said her name, she knew He was alive. She rushed to town to share the good news, which is what we are called to do. We are called to share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and the opportunity to be free! We need to take hold of that freedom, and share it with others so they can be free too.

This is what Easter is all about.

In Control, But Not In Control

Do you ever wonder who is in total control over the world? Well let me tell you, it’s not God. It’s Satan. (A.K.A., the devil.) See, if God had total control over the world, then there would be no sin, no disease, no pain, no suffering. But there is. My brother Zekey passed away from Batten Disease. Disease took him away. Do you think I wanted that? No. Some people think God brings all the bad things in the world, but for a reason. No, he doesn’t bring any of that. He only brings love, joy, peace, mercy, and so much more! (Good things, obviously.) Satan is only existing to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the ruler of the world.

Not to be negative, but Satan has been the ruler of the world for a long time now. Keep in mind that Satan is the ruler of the earth, and God is not. It sounds a little odd, that the One True God is not in control of what He created. But sadly, it’s true. If you are still doubting, read these verses…

1 John 5:19: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” Pretty straight forward, but it makes me think. If God was in total control and Zeke still died, I would be so mad at God. My anger would probably never go away. But there is so much proof that Satan has control over earth, and that he causes sin and disease. Sin started at the fall in Genesis, and that includes disease. Also death.

John 16:11: “…of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” God has done nothing wrong, so why is He to be judged? On the other hand, Satan is definitely in need of judgment.

John 14:30: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” See how “Me” is capitalized? That is for God only, and he is mentioning another person in this verse. (Hint, hint! The ruler of the world.) So, God is not the ruler of the world.

One more…

Revelation 12:12: “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Satan knows he will be crushed one day, so he is filling his time “alive” with his treachery. He is doing all he can to make the world a terrible place. He is trying to ruin God’s beautiful creation, which includes you and me.

God has some control, but Satan has more. It’s not like God can’t have any control over the earth, He just doesn’t want to “program us” like mindless robots to make us do good. God loves us. When someone truly loves you, they give you a choice. So don’t think God makes bad things happen. He doesn’t. If someone loved you, then why would they do bad things to you?

Hey, I have a blog!

Hello! My name is Eisley Bree. I am twelve years old, and I love to write. I am a Child of God, and have been since I was three and a half. I have been wanting a blog since fifth grade, and here it is! I understand it is a big responsibility, but if we didn’t have responsibilities, then we wouldn’t grow to be responsible! I hope you find the love of Jesus in my posts, and that my blog will bring you hope. 

I am a sister, friend, and daughter. I have three siblings, two here on earth, one in heaven, and two amazing parents. My older brother’s name is Cyrus, a computer expert and also awesome at doing different voices! I have a little sister named Bexley, who loves ballet and performing. My little brother Zekey, passed away six years ago as of March 23 this year. We miss him very much, but my family, friends and I all know he is wrapped up in Jesus’ loving arms. My mom is awesome, and also a blogger! If you want to check it out, click here. My dad runs a software company and loves to spend time with my siblings and I. My parents have been married for 14 ½ years! 

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 31:25. (Not gonna lie, I had to look that up!) The verse says, “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” I love this verse because it is a reminder to women and men of all ages, not to worry about tomorrow. Another verse on worry is Matthew 6:34 “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” We are advised, no commanded not to worry about what is to come. It is a pretty relieving command, am I right? It feels great to not have to worry about the future, but to focus on the present, and its gifts. Ask God to help you focus on what today will bring, troubles and gifts. It will help bring you a positive attitude, and a light heart. I encourage you to do this every day, and see how it helps you!

I am so excited to be able to have this blog, and to be able to share my life and love of Jesus with you guys! This is just my first post, and I’m already loving it! 😁