Wednesday, January 12, 2022

About podcasts, videos, devotionals, and a WIP

PODCAST

A little while back the idea came to me to read and record some of my older blog series and publish them as podcasts. Although I am an avid reader, I understand some people enjoy listening rather than reading, and since I have so much valuable material... why not venture out onto new roads? 😉

My husband and I used to listen to cassette tapes and CDs with preaching and teaching. Nowadays we use YouTube. So, audio messages are nothing new, yet podcasts are very popular at the moment.

I am using the Anchor app to record my messages and they get linked to Spotify, where you can find them under 'Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths',  yep... same name as this blog.

Readers: you might enjoy these short messages while walking, working out, or cooking!
Bloggers: maybe this is an idea for you!

VIDEOS

Last year I taped more than 200 video devotions on the Psalms, on Psalm 119 (incl. the Hebrew alphabet), and on Proverbs 3. They are 2 minutes each and you can find them on YouTube or my Instagram TC channel. If you are in need of encouragement and a daily boost of faith, please consider doing #apsalmaday. 👉And... I am working on a new series!

DEVOTIONAL

At the beginning of this year, I decided to read a devotional, which I hardly ever do. The book is called Stormproof, 100 days of triumph over trouble. It is written by John Hagee.

Well, are we going through a storm worldwide, or what? I want to make sure I keep running the race towards the end, I want my faith to grow stronger.

I need this book, I need these reminders!

Are you reading a devotional these days?

WIP, work in progress

I have been working on a new book for quite a while now (I admit I struggle with writing discipline). It will be the ninth book in my series about the Ten Commandments in the 21st century and it deals with the 7th commandment: do not commit adultery. I plan to publish it this year!

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Romans 10:17).

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

My #oneword for 2022

For some reason or another, I received my #oneword for this year back in October 2021, on October 4th to be precise, which happens to be my birthday.

I wrote it down in my journal while Psalm 51:10 came to my mind: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

I had been struggling with some health issues and that evening, when we went to bed, I told my husband he had to call an ambulance... I had so much pain, I thought I was going to die.

He prayed Psalm 91 over me, again and again, until I finally fell asleep. As always, the Word sustained me and the #oneword God gave me, turned out to be a huge encouragement to me. My #oneword for 2022 (that I needed that day back in October) is RENEWAL.

When that word popped up in my mind that autumn day, I thought 'Oh my goodness, what a refreshing thought!' Yes, I need renewal of strength (Isaiah 57:10), renewal of a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10), and renewal of my mind (Romans 12:2).

I am curious to find out in what other areas renewal will come. I'll keep you posted!
Do you have a #oneword for 2022?

Friday, December 31, 2021

Looking beyond restrictions

Sometimes I get the feeling that 2021 was a year of restrictions, in many ways. That may be true, if I look through a negative lens.

If I look through a positive lens instead and make my 2021 work summary, I come to the conclusion that I have done many things... when it comes to writing and speaking.

I realize that there is an enemy who always tries to make us think that we didn't do enough, that it wasn't good, that it could be better, that what we did had no impact etc. etc.

That enemy is a liar and a thief. He is harassing us, trying to steal our joy, and belittle our talents. For that reason alone I like to take inventory for myself, as proof that he has no right to speak!

  • I have recorded more than two hundred videos about the Psalms and Proverbs 3 and distributed them on YouTube and Instagram TV
  • I have written monthly blogs for www.ikzoekgod.nl and
  • monthly columns for Opwekking Magazine
  • In addition, I also wrote posts almost weekly on my English and Dutch blogs
  • I also wrote two feature articles for Opwekking Magazine
  • Recently I also started making podcasts that you can find on Spotify under the name Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths
  • I also wrote 23,000 words in my new book and
  • I preached a number of times in churches and at gatherings.

All different ways to stay connected with readers and listeners and to keep spreading His Word. After all, my #oneword for 2021 was connect.

👉I don't know about you, but if you have the feeling that the year has slipped through your hands without significant highlights...

Please, take inventory and you will be amazed at what you have been able to accomplish and it will inspire you to continue, also in 2022!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Italian castagnaccio pie

When we visited our friend Maria Meier in Comunità Brezzano in Tuscany, Italy this last September, she gave us some chestnut flour to take back home to The Netherlands.

Ancient chestnut trees are abundant in Tuscany and the grinded flour of chestnuts is being used for salty bread, cookies, and pies.

👉Since the flour does not contain gluten, it is great for people who cannot eat cookies or bread made of regular flour. I found a recipe for Italian castagnaccio pie, which is quite simple to make and surprisingly tasteful. (Remember: no sugar, no butter, no eggs, no wheat flour!) By the way, you have to preheat the oven to 395° F (200° C).

What you need:

  • 9 oz (250 g) chestnut flour
  • 1.5 cup (350) water
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • ¼ (30 g) pine nuts
  • ¼ (30 g) walnuts
  • 3 tbsp (30 g) raisins
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • honey (if you have a sweet tooth)
How to prepare:
Soak the raisins in lukewarm water (or sweet wine), then soak the rosemary leaves in another bowl filled with water and crush the walnuts into pieces.

Pour the chestnut flour into a bowl and add the water a little at a time, stirring with a spatula until consistent, then add the raisins (+ lukewarm water), 1 tsp of table salt, and 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil.

Bake the pine nuts and crushed walnuts shortly in a flat bottom pan. Grease a 9 -inch baking tin with 1 tbsp of olive oil or line with parchment paper and pour the chestnut mixture into the baking tin and garnish with pine nuts, walnuts, and (optional) a sprig rosemary. Use a spoon to press the nuts halfway into the mixture.

Baking time:
Bake the Castagnaccio in about 35-40 minutes, depending on your oven, until the surface becomes perfectly dried and starts to crack.

ENJOY!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Got oil in your lamp?

'Darkness is nothing more than lack of light',  my husband always says. And he is right. 👉When we complain about the dark world we live in, we are not shining our light.

Ouch! We don't want to hear that. Especially not in this current time of unrest, crisis, political mess, and ungodliness.

I suspect many are not even sure whether they still have oil in their lamps. I meet people who are tired, weary, worried, anxious, down... just waiting for better times.

Well, there is no better time than Christmas time when we celebrate (no matter the circumstances) the birth of Jesus, the light of the world! He came to shine His light and to pass the oil (the Holy Spirit) on to us. He said: You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

Wow, like a city on a hilltop... I love that idea. No matter how hard the enemy is trying to dim the light of Jesus, he will NOT succeed. That should encourage us, that should stir up our faith. We are blessed to be the light and to have the light. |Jesus said:

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a deLIGHTful New Year!