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what do you see when you think of God?

Close your eyes.  What do you see when you think of God?

Years ago, I was asked this question at a women's retreat.  Everyone around me had a vision.  I had nothing.  I sat for a long time and absolutely nothing.  There was a wall and that was it.  A big black wall. My friends prayed over me.  They prayed for that wall to come down and for me to see God.  And that moment changed me.
I am a bit of a perfectionist and never measuring up to my own expectations on myself.  I really don't remember a time in life when this was not true.  Even as a young child, I would become completely overwhelmed with emotion convinced that I had not measured up somehow.  These lies became the filter for everything in life... including how I saw God.  It was hard for me to accept the truths found in Scripture about His love for me.  His love that was not dependent upon any of my accomplishments but truly unconditional.  
If you had asked me about God's unconditional love, I could give you an en…

Summer Garden Zucchini Boats

These zucchini boats are a great way to celebrate your summer garden... or the summer garden found at your local farmer's market.  This recipe has become a family favorite for our summer.  Tonight I set these on the dinner table and my picky eater actually said, "Yes! I love zucchini boats!"  They are that good.

Summer Garden Zucchini Boats

3 large zucchini
Basting oil with herbs and garlic (I use Wegman's Basting Oil)
16 oz plain hummus
1 drop dill essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
2 T pesto (if you don't have fresh pesto, the basil pesto sauce from Wegman's is fantastic)
1 pt cherry tomato
3 T goat cheese

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard (or save for the compost pile).  Cover the cut side of each zucchini with basting oil.  Place cut side down on medium grill.  Grill for about 6 to 8 minutes or until slightly charred and soft.  While zucchini is grilling, gather the other ingredients and bring everythin…