Live Love Daily

Honest to God, my goal is to live love everyday.

Our Private Museum Tour De France

One of our most extraordinary experiences was visiting this magnificent museum filled with art from the 20th century masters such as Miro, Giacometti, Braque, Chagall and others and then walking up the hill to the ideal Mediterranean home of the curator where we found “Chagall on the Wall” and of course brought high Hawaiian culture with a rendition of the Hukilau Song and Hula.

When all was lost, God won.

 

When all seems hopeless, God is our only hope. in the utter darkness is born light, in death comes forth everlasting life.

Arose Our God!

Listen, View video, New Original Song for Easter

What the Easter Bunny Never Told Me

What Christ showed me on the day of resurrection was something the Easter Bunny had never shown me…all those Sundays, colored eggs hiding their secret.

This is a story for all of you who delight in the game of hide and seek, hide and find…like all children do…

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Turn Your World Upside Down – Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Ingredients

Topping:*

1 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices

 

 

Cake:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
6 Tbsp cake flour
6 Tbsp of ground almonds (from about 2 oz of whole almonds)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
Method

1 Start by making the caramel topping. Take brown sugar and butter and combine and melt in a saucepan on medium heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbly, this should take several minutes. (After sugar melts, don’t stir.) Pour mixture into a 10 inch diameter stick-free cake pan with 2 inch high sides. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer ontop of the caramel mixture.

2 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Whisk the flours, almonds, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream in 2 additions each, beating well after each addition. Pour cake batter over caramel and pineapple in pan.

3 Bake cake until tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 to 14 servings.

* Note an alternative topping that my father is favoring these days. 2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup butter. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium until all sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Boil until syrup becomes warm amber in color (about 10 minutes). Add 1/4 cup butter, carefully as it will foam up a bit. Swirl the pan so that the butter is all incorporated, stirring with a wooden spoon if necessary. Remove from heat and pour out into cake pan. Continue with recipe as noted.

Rock On

There is an inner rocker in any musician brought up in the 60′s, even one who is nearing his 60′s

Today I spent the day with my inner rocker recording this new song He’s Given Me A Rock.

It was hard labor and its far from perfect but it is what it is and it is here for anyone to listen to.

When I was younger I wrote a song called I Can’t Find A Place To Stand.

Truly that was my life’s anthem until I was 45 years old.

It was then that God gave me a Rock where I can stand.

The Rock He gave me with great love was His salvation in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

How solid is that rock! Unlike all else in my life it has never shifted and never given way.

My life has been all about learning to stand on this Rock.  (Its good for dancing as well).

Here”s the link to the song  He’s Given Me A Rock

Rivers of Living Water

The coolest invitation ever.

Obey your thirst!

So I wrote this song in 1999 when I read these words on the last page of the Bible:

The Spirit and the Bride say “Come”
Let the one who hears say “Come”
Let whosoever who is thirsty come.
Let everyone who wants drink from the waters of life freely.
(Revelation 22:17)

I was shocked by these words.
They were so open ended… so full of welcome ….so full of grace.
So unlike the face and heart of the Christianity I had been exposed to full of moral condemnation and religious exclusion.

I knew they were a song as well…and then I heard this resonating verse in John.
(John 7:37-38)

When we drink of the waters of life through faith in Christ, He opens up a spring of living water in our innermost being that satisfies our spiritual thirst and for it is the Spirit we seek. Now it is in us and must flow out of us.

Two Birthdays…

Today I celebrate my birth on this earth 59 years ago in Palo Alto, California.

I arrived and began to grow…and now I am nearly 60 years old.

Life has been a journey with many turns but through it all “i carried the corpse like a question”.

I knew I was born and that I would die and so what was the meaning of this life.

Today also I celebrate my second birth, this birth not of Earth but from Heaven. 13 years ago I answered the question of the corpse when I accepted eternal life as a free gift from my Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ.  Through faith I know that when this earthly body dies my spirit shall ascend to the One I love and who loves me. Through faith I know that just as He  was resurrected in an immortal body so shall I be and that we shall live forever, together with all who receive this gift.

My heart is full of love for all of you who have been born and desiring always that you may, if not yet, be born again of Spirit that your joy in life may be complete.

God Bless You this day.

1 hour of prayer is worth 100 hours of hard work.

I have been working long and hard to earn money in order to provide for my family and to be able to travel with them and see the world as is their desire.

Today I stopped and prayed in faith to Jesus and as I prayed I asked for all the things that I have been working so hard for — however for this purpose, so that our family could be a blessing to all the families of the world, just as the Messiah was promised to be and now is a blessing to all the families of the world.

And so as I prayed I was given clarity that it is good to ask of the LORD for He longs to hear the sincere prayers of our heart and to answer them with power, moving mountains and tearing down fortresses before us, declaring Himself alone sovereign over all things.

And I was filled with Spirit of the LORD and strengthened in the power of the Holy Spirit and given confidence and joy, for I know this, God is pleased to give all that He has to those who trust in Him.

So I say this, one hour in prayer is worth a hundred hours of hard work.

Happiness Depends On…

A friend commented..most people are not happy like you, they work 2 jobs and are just trying to stay afloat. I thought ‘that is me” My happiness does not depend on my situation, it depends on my salvation!