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Bible verse and Reflection

1 John chapter 4 verse 16:

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”


1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4 to 8

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”


As we read in the verses from 1 John, God is love and if God is love then we can replace the word love to God in 1 Corinthians.

  1. Read 1 Corinthians but replace the word 'love' with 'God'. Is this a God you want to know?

  2. What does love look like in your life?

  3. Have you ever known the love of God?


Prayer


God I thank you that you are a God who loves us. Help me to know the love that you give, the love described in 1 Corinthians. Amen.


John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”



Heart Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

Cookies

375g plain flour, plus more for surface

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

200 g butter, softened

200 g caster sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. milk


Buttercream Icing

225 g cream cheese, softened

110 g butter, softened

500 g icing sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

Pink and red food colouring

Sprinkles


DIRECTIONS


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add the flour mixture gradually until totally combined.

2. Shape into a disk and wrap in cling film. Put in the fridge for 1 hour.

When ready to roll, preheat the oven to 180ºC and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until 1/8” thick. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared baking sheets.

3. Bake until the edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. Make the Icing: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the icing sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.

Divide the mixture into 3 bowls. Add pink food colouring to one bowl and red food colouring to another. Stir each bowl and add more food colouring until desired colour is reached. Frost the cookies using a spoon with each colour of frosting, then top with sprinkles.

5. EAT!! Yum


Journal Tip

The Journal tip this week is to write down what love means to you. You can write down some things that make you feel loved. Use 1 Corinthians to help you. For example: I feel loved when I know I am protected and safe.



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