Wake Up!

Today is June 21st – the first day of summer and the longest day of the year!

And what better way to get through a long, hot, sleepy day than by imbibing in an icy, sweet, caffeine-infused beverage?!

So let’s do it!


Homemade Frappuccino
Serves: 1-2

¾ cup double-strength coffee – chilled (brew double-strength coffee by using twice the coffee required by your coffeemaker, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups ice
3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into two 16-ounce glasses and apply desired toppings:

  • Whipped cream or chocolate Cool Whip
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, chopped nuts, or coconut
  • Drizzle caramel syrup or chocolate syrup (or both!) over the whipped cream

and serve with a straw.


Food for ThoughtFOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Did you know there is another kind of sleepiness for which caffeine and sugar are not a remedy? It’s a spiritual sleepiness and, in fact, a bible verse tells us, “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you”! (Ephesians 5:14) This is a verse often used in sermons to speak to those who don’t know Jesus, but if you read the scripture in its entirety, it is speaking to us – followers of Jesus Christ . . . and the “remedy for the sleepiness” (ignorance, complacency, and compromise) is clearly described in Ephesians 5:

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

‘Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This may be the longest day of the 2013 calendar year, but spiritually time is short. Church, let’s wake up and . . . “make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil”.

— Cheri Henderson

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