Christmas Scripture Reading – Day 4 + Crazy Easy Lemon Cake/Bars

4 Dec

Day 4 of our 25-Day Christmas Scripture Reading Plan and we are cruising now! How are you doing with it? Good, I hope. I’m really enjoying this step back as we read about the birth and life of Jesus.

christmas-berries

Here are links to Days 1 – 4 so you can follow along if you are just starting. The links will take you over to the passages on BibleGateway.com.

Today’s reading is incredibly relevant for many of us, I think. The disciples had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. We all want to be the greatest, don’t we? The greatest mom. The greatest wife. The greatest salesperson, business owner, dancer, cook, teacher, pastor, and on and on it could go. But Jesus said:

Whoever wants to be first must take last place
and be the servant of everyone else.

And there you have it. If we want to truly be first, we have to place others ahead of us and serve them, not expect them to serve us. This Christmas season, let’s look for ways we can serve others. I challenge you today to find ONE way you can serve someone and then DO IT. The easiest person to start with is your spouse, but there are numerous people in your life you could serve in big or little ways.

  • Bring your husband a cup of coffee before he gets out of bed.
  • Warm up your wife’s car before she leaves for work.
  • Fix breakfast for your son or daughter (if you don’t normally do this).
  • Bring breakfast or their favorite Starbucks drinks to your employees.
  • Watch the kids for an hour after work so your wife (or husband if he stays home with the littles) can have some time alone.
  • Listen to a friend who needs to talk, even if you are incredibly busy and don’t feel you have the time. (Remember, sacrifice = service).
  • Even something as simple as holding the door open for someone is an act of courtesy and service.

This list could be endless and I know there are tons of great ways we can all serve those around us every day. So let’s get to it!

Secondly, if you are in need of a simple (I mean SERIOUSLY simple) and fast dessert recipe, this is it. It’s a Pinterest find. (You can follow me on Pinterest here, if you like.) I’ve seen this recipe all over Pinterest, including several different varieties of it.

lemon-bar

This version uses lemon pie filling. Some of the other varieties I’ve seen use blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, apple pie filling, and pumpkin pie filling.

Crazy Easy Lemon Cake/Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Can of Lemon Pie Filling

That’s All. No kidding. :)

Mix the cake mix and the pie filling together by hand until all the cake mix is incorporated, pour into a greased 9×13 cake pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until it starts to turn golden brown on top. Cut into pieces/bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.

Easy as pie! Or cake, I guess. :)

It’s not fancy, it’s not super pretty, but it’s fast, easy, and it tastes really good. I like that it’s not overly sweet tasting. It’s texture is heavier than angel food cake, but not quite like a true lemon bar. It’s kind of spongey. I was skeptical as to how it would turn out so I was pleasantly surprised. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on it or a dollap of whipped cream and you have a fast, easy refreshing dessert.

Enjoy!
Rachel

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