An Excerpt from Chapter 3:
"You and I, we need people. And not just any people, we need real friends. We were not designed to go at it alone. After all, in the very first scene of humanity, when God created us, He looked at Adam and said, “It is not good for the man to be alone,” Genesis 2:18. Isolation is where the enemy wants us. We are no threat to the advancing of the gospel when we stay locked in our houses behind a pile of chores or at our desks with our heads down focused on the task at hand. If we can predict and count on just one thing to be true of our futures, it is this fact that we are not exempt from hardships, sorrow, loss or disappointment. This life will have difficulties and when those times come, being able to rely on a person or small group of people is what has carried me through."
Let's Talk about your village:
Chapter 3 Challenges you to start taking inventory of your own village. A village is not just your friends, not just your family, it’s a ring (or rings) of people who invest in your life and you reciprocate into theirs. Our calling in this short life is to make an impact by drawing others to Jesus, and the most powerful way to do that is by being relational. Maybe you’re reading this and still not tracking with me. Or maybe you don’t have your village yet. I think of my village as a bulls eye, with a core and outer rings. Each level of that bulls eye is equally as valuable but they serve a different purpose
The Core of your village should be the people in your life who speak life and truth into you. These are the ones who don't bend with the world, waiver with popular opinion or dance around the truth with what you want to hear. These are your accountability partners and your unconditional loving sisters. I have found this core in the stability of my Bible Study Babes for over a decade. If you don't have this, I'm going to give you all the tools to start one. Don't be intimidated, anyone can do this! Just follow the steps below and begin building your village from the inside out.
Chapter 3 Application: The Bible Babes Challenge
If your village does not consist of a core of believers who will walk with you on your spiritual journey and hold you accountable for truth, I challenge you to start it and I’m going to give you all the tools to do this.
Connie's Coffee Cake**
5 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted.
Prepare the Topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to blend well. Stir in the butter and set aside. (try not to eat it all out of the bowl because it is yummy!)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup canola or safflower oil
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar to garnish
Bake that cake:
1) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2) Grease and lightly flour a 12 by 17 by 1 inch jelly roll pan.
3) Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
4) Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk until well blended.
5) Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist and blended. Do not over mix.
6) Spread the cake batter evenly in the bottom of the jelly roll pan and set aside. The batter will barely cover the bottom of the pan. It should look sparse.
7) Sprinkle all the crumb topping evenly over the dough and press lightly into the batter.
8) Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake rises and the topping bakes into the dough.
9) Remove from the oven and cool slightly in the pan. Trim the edges and cut into 2 1/2 by 3-inch pieces.
And if you promise to keep serving this, I promise people will show up every week!
**Connie got her recipe from the Foster's Market cook book, but the original can also be found on their website. We call it "Connie's Crumb Cake" because she is always the one to make it! https://www.fostersmarket.com/new-yorkstyle-crumb-cake/?rq=crumb%20cake